Friday, March 30, 2012
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Published: April 17. 07
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 336
Rating: 5 Stars

SummaryMiri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king's ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.

Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires to be chosen and win the heart of her childhood best friend. But when bandits seek out the academy to kidnap the future princess, Miri must rally the girls together and use a power unique to the mountain dwellers to save herself and her classmates.

The Book In 3 Words: Refreshing, Cute, Enjoyable

Rad Review: This book is one of my favorites. It's such a sweet, lovable story. I loved it. I've re-read it over and over again. Shannon really did an amazing job on it. The world is just new and real and fresh. I loved discovering quarry speech, and the characters that inhabit that village. They all have this touch and spark. The story was very delightful and I loved how all the girls would band together at hard points. It's just a great book. For middle grade and high school. Really easy to enjoy and love. 

Content: Clean Read. 
Epic news from Shannon Hale today! I love Shannon's books and almost fell out of my seat when I read the news! Look at these beauties:

Taken from Shannon Hale's post
Beautiful! I LOVED Princess Academy by her and I can't tell you how thrilled I was when I first heard the news about a sequel. And the new covers are just GORGEOUS! yay!

I think in honor of this I'm going to go post a review for Princess Academy.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Okay! Hi! So for those of you who might be interested....Today is the first day of the YA Scavenger Hunt!


Everybody shout for joy! 60 fabulous authors are hosting an incredible hunt for all you book-thirsty people out there. Search for the hidden phrase for either the Blue, Red or Yellow team, and you can enter to win a package of a book by each of the authors on that team. More rules an info at the link above.

So what are you waiting for? A-scavenging we go!

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If you recall I posted a review of Divergent by Veronica Roth recently. WELL I JUST GOT MY AMAZING COPY! It's now in paperback with some epic Extras.

If you haven't read these books: READ THEM. AMAZING.


Divergent and the sequel we all await anxiously, Insurgent!

PS! Veronica Roth is giving away ARC copies of Insurgent to 8 lucky winners! See HERE
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame


Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: May 1st 2012

Eighteen-year-old Maggie Darlington has turned into an entirely different person. The once spirited teen is now passive and reserved. A change Lord and Lady Darlington can’t help but be grateful for.     It’s 1912, and the Darlingtons of Wentworth Hall have more than just the extensive grounds to maintain.As one of Britain’s most elite families, they need to keep up appearances that things are as they have always been…even as their carefully constructed faÇade rapidly comes undone.     


Maggie has a secret. And she’s not the only one…the handsome groom Michael, the beautiful new French nanny Therese, the Darlingtons’ teenage houseguests Teddy and Jessica, and even Maggie’s younger sister Lila are all hiding something. Passion, betrayal, heartache, and whispered declarations of love take place under the Darlingtons’ massive roof. And one of these secrets has the power to ruin the Darlingtons forever.     


When scandalous satires start appearing in the newspaper with details that closely mirror the lives of the Darlingtons, everyone is looking over their shoulder, worrying their scandal will be next. Because at Wentworth Hall, nothing stays secret for long.


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Oh my goodness this book looks so fab! Yeah for historical awesomeness! It looks full of intrigue, juicy historical intrigue and just awesome stuff. And I LOVE THE COVER! I'm such a nut for those! Can't wait till May!


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. It's designed to spotlight and hyperventilate about books we are eagerly anticipating!
Monday, March 26, 2012
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

Published: 7.7.09
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends/ Square Fish
Pages: 352
Rating: 4/5 Stars

SummaryAll her world’s a stage. Bertie Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater. She’s not an orphan, but she has no parents. She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own. That is, until now. Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the actors of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book — an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family — and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.


The Book In 3 Words: Theatrical, Magical, Lovely


Rad Review: Okay, I love the stage. I love performing on the stag. So to find a book like this where the setting is the stage...it's like Epicness in one. So I loved the setting even before I started the book. So much fun there! I loved Bertie and her voice. But the hysterical characters were the fairies. So fun, I loved there portrayal. Fun spending time with the Shakespeare characters. 


The story was exciting and the plot was fun. There were some points that confused me but did get explained eventually. So that was good. Also some of the workings of the stage lost me a few times but it really wasn't so bad. I flew this book, loved most of it and can't wait to read the sequels, Perchance to Dream and So Silver Bright. 


It's a book very easy to enjoy and I for sure recommend it to YA lovers. 


Content: Mild-Moderate
(A few instances of the D word. Mostly at beginning of book. An instance of Nate and Bertie taking a bath together. Almost like they were skinny dipping in a hot tub together. Nothing happens but it's kind of an awkward scene. Some kissing, mention of Ariel laying on top of Bertie when it happens.)
Slayers by C. J. Hill

Source: Borrowed
Published: 9.27.11
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 373
Rating: 5 Stars

SummaryDragons exist. They’re ferocious. And they’re smart: Before they were killed off by slayer-knights, they rendered a select group of eggs dormant, so their offspring would survive. Only a handful of people know about this, let alone believe it – these “Slayers” are descended from the original knights, and are now a diverse group of teens that includes Tori, a smart but spoiled senator’s daughter who didn’t sign up to save the world. The dragon eggs have fallen into the wrong hands. The Slayers must work together to stop the eggs from hatching. They will fight; they will fall in love. But will they survive?

The Book In 3 Words: Adventurous, Fantastic, Exciting

Rad Review: I loved this book. I am always a fan of a good, fun, clean fantasy and this was the perfect fit. Janette Rallison, who goes by a pen name for this novel (CJ Hill) is one of my favorite authors. Her books are full of comedy and fun. I loved her new take on dragons in this book.

You read a lot about dragons being friends with people and all that. Good dragons. Well what if Dragons were evil? It's somewhat uncommon to find a book devoted to that concept and in a setting such as this. But it was wonderful. It was so awesome to read this book and experience it! I like Dragons better as an enemy and I loved this one. Rallison's style is so great, she tells the story in an exciting way with fun plot twists and tricks. She threw in a nice little love triangle into this book to add some spice next to all the Dragons and I only one thing to say on that matter: Team Jesse!

All in all, I'm really excited for book two, and to see how this story continues to play out.

Content: Clean Read
To Catch A Pirate by Jade Parker

Source: Library
Publisher: Scholastic
Published: 4.1.07
Pages: 230
Rating: 5 Stars

Summary: A beautiful, plucky seventeen-year-old finds herself aboard a pirate ship...where danger lurks in every corner, but a certain dark-eyed pirate in search of buried treaure may just steal her heart. This high-seas romance will have readers swooning.

The Book In 3 Words: Charming, Delightful, Exciting

Rad Review: I really enjoyed this short and sweet book. It was fun, exciting and I read it in about a day. The story just picks up and sucks you in as you follow Anna and James in their story. It's a sweet piratic adventure with a nice little romance plot as well. If you love a nice, clean, romantic, adventurous read, this is one for you. You won't regret the read, however short it may be.

Content: Clean Read!
Sunday, March 25, 2012
In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren and was designed to spotlight books that you have bought, won, borrowed or received in the past week.






What I Bought:


Remembrance by Michelle Madow
bought from the kindle store
 Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England ... but she doesn't know it yet


Vengeance by Michelle Madow
bought from the Kindle Store

How far would you go to get revenge? 

Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble
bought from the kindle store
What really happened to Anastasia Romanov? Anastasia Romanov thought she would never feel more alone than when the gunfire started and her family began to fall around her. Surely the bullets would come for her next. But they didn't. Instead, two gnarled old hands reached for her. When she wakes up she discovers that she is in the ancient hut of the witch Baba Yaga, and that some things are worse than being dead


Pride and Popularity by Jenni James
bought from the Kindle Store
This modern high school adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice” is a battle of wits as Chloe desperately tries to remain the only girl who can avoid the inevitable—falling for Taylor

The Donna by Emma Howard
bought from the Kindle Store
Britte feels lost when her recent behavior places her into training for the Donna profession. Though her leaders are polite, they are vague and evasive, and Britte is sure they are hiding something. But once Britte learns their secret, her world is turned upside-down.

The Breakup Artist by Shannen Camp
bought from the Kindle Store
Breaking up with someone is a major pain—-unless you can hire someone else to do it for you! And Amelia demands top dollar for her professional break-up services. Everything's business as usual until David, one of the boys she's been hired to dump, throws her for a loop. Now she must decide if David's intentions are genuine, or if there's something sinister behind his flirting.

Intrinsical by Lani Woodland 
bought from the Kindle Store
Sixteen-year-old Yara Silva has always known that ghosts walk alongside the living. Her grandma, like the other females in her family, is a Waker, someone who can see and communicate with ghosts. Yara doesn't want that to be her future. She has been dreading the day when she too would see ghosts, and is relieved that the usually dominant Waker gene seems to have skipped her, letting her live a normal teenage life. However, all that changes...

Wanderlove by Belle Malory
bought from the kindle store


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Glamour by Penelope Fletcher
bought from the Kindle Store


Rae Wilder has problems.... Supernatural creatures swarm the earth, and humanity is on the brink of extinction.



Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines
bought from the Kindle Store
It’s a fight to the death—on live TV—when a gladiator’s daughter steps into the arena. For fans of The Hunger Games and Fight Club, Lise Haines’ debut novel is a mesmerizing look at a world addicted to violence—a modern world that’s disturbingly easy to imagine.




Favorites From the Library This Week: 

The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges
St. Petersburg, Russia, 1888. As she attends a whirl of glittering balls, royal debutante Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, tries to hide a dark secret: she can raise the dead. No one knows. Not her family. Not the girls at her finishing school. Not the tsar or anyone in her aristocratic circle. Katerina considers her talent a curse, not a gift. But when she uses her special skill to protect a member of the Imperial Family, she finds herself caught in a web of intrigue.


The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness. Elisa is the chosen one. But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can't see how she ever will. Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.


Ruby Red by Kerstin Geir
Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era! Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon--the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. 

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Those are the awesome books of the In My Mailbox this week. Most of the e-books are $5 or less so check them out. Great prices for great stories. 

What did you get in your mailbox?



Thursday, March 22, 2012
Partials by Dan Wells

Source: Library
Published: Feb. 28th, 2012
Publisher: Balthazer & Bray
Pages: 472
Rating: 4.5

Summary: Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the world’s population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. The threat of the partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to the disease in over a decade. Humanity’s time is running out.

When sixteen-year-old Kira learns of her best friend’s pregnancy, she’s determined to find a solution. Then one rash decision forces Kira to flee her community with the unlikeliest of allies. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that the survival of both humans and partials rests in her attempts to answer questions of the war’s origin that she never knew to ask.



The Book In 3 Words: Creepy, Thrilling, Captivating

Rad Review: I liked this book so much more than I thought I would. It was totally different from any other dystopian I've ever read. It's got this whole edge to "Humanity is dying", instead of focusing on the control of the government. It was fairly fast past and engaging. It kept my interest even when it got confusing. It was seriously crazy awesome. If that's even a phrase.I did get lost on some place however. Through the action scenes sometimes it was a little unclear the surroundings and what else was happening. I also couldn't always follow the scientific description, but I got the gist. Despite that I liked how he protrayed the story.

It really liked the cast of chraacters. I felt like I could connect with the characters and with Kira, the main protaganist. I really liked the variety that Marcus, and all her friends added to the mix. Very flavorful. Wells, ends the book quite fast and with lots of questions and loose threads, leaving me quite excited for book two. I really did enjoy this new book and I can't wait to see what happens to Kira in the next book. 

Content: Mild-Moderate
( there were handfuls of H-E-double-hockey-stick, D*** word, and B**** word. Some kissing scenes and talk of doing it and getting married, because of the Hope Act which the government has enforced)
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Published: May, 13, 2005
Published: Bloomsbury
Pages: 400
Rating: 5 stars

Summary: She can whisper to horses and communicate with birds, but the crown princess Ani has a difficult time finding her place in the royal family and measuring up to her imperial mother. When she is shipped off to a neighboring kingdom as a bride, her scheming entourage mounts a bloody mutiny to replace her with a jealous lady-in-waiting, Selia, and to allow an inner circle of guards more power in the new land. Barely escaping with her life, Ani disguises herself as a goose girl and wanders on the royal estate. Does she have the pluck to reclaim her rightful place? 


The Book in Three Words: Epic, Magical, Stirring


Rad Review: This is like one of my favorite books ever. I've got a bit of a soft spot for Fairy Tale Retellings, and this one is like THE BEST. I love Shannon Hale's voice. Her writing is fresh and new beautiful. I simply love it! Her retelling of the original Grimm Tale, The Goose Girl was just amazing. It's well tied to the original but this book is all her own. The way that she develops the land, the magic, the culture and the characters is just wonderful. There is depth and you just grow to love them all.


This is one of those books that I love to read over and over again. I come back to it whenever I need a good re-read. It's told so well and it just draws you in that you won't want to leave. It's clever, fun, and just masterfully done. Shannon has often said that writing books does not come easy for her. It takes drafts and drafts and lots of revisions. But through her books it's totally clear that all her hard work pays off. It's incredible. This book can be a stand-alone, but there are 3 sequels in the Books of Bayern trilogy: Enna Burning, River Secrets and Forest Born. Don't miss them, or any of Shannon's other books! Must reads!


Content: Clean Read!
Glamorous Illusions by Lisa T. Bergren

When Cora Kensington learns she is the illegitimate daughter of a copper king, her life changes forever. Even as she explores Europe with her new family, she discovers that the most valuable journey is within. The first book in the Grand Tour series takes you from the farms of Montana through England and France on an adventure of forgiveness, spiritual awakening, and self-discovery.

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I absolutely adore Lisa Bergren's books! You've probably seen my reviews for the River of Time series up here. And I can't wait for this latest YA trilogy. Look at the gorgeous cover! I love that dress. I want it bad. I love the gist of this book and don't know how'll I'll make it to June 1st when I can get my copy! Oh yeah! 

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. WOW is all about spotlighting books we are eagerly anticipating and hyperventilating for!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
I felt it was time for some less-liked reviews. Lots of 5 stars on my blog and I needed to add a little variety.
I've been getting really picky about the books I read lately. If I read them I want them to be books that will keep my interest and glued to the page. Content wise, I want a clean read with appropriate content. I have all these sites that I go to to research books before I read them. I look up other people reviews and see what they thought. But I have come across a couple books that I just could hardly finish. Books I quit, either from content or lack of interest. I won't make these official reviews but I'll them Books That Didn't Hook Me.

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BEFORE I FALL
Shocker I know, this books is like raved so much. I was really looking forward to this. The story looked great and I'd heard it was amazing. After Delirium I was ready for another great book by Lauren Oliver. But then the content in here drove me nuts. It was was just to much for me. I wasn't feeling comfortable  about that level of content.  Way to heavy. So I dropped it. I was disappointed with it, but honestly, I haven't regretted once, not reading this book.

MARKED (House of Night #1)
It's a seriously rare occasion when I do vampires. I'm not into them so I basically never read them. I only got this book because my friend was raving and I felt like I'd give it a try to see what the fuss was. I didn't even finish chapter to. Like Before I Fall, there was some content. It wasn't so heavy, but it was there. Also, I didn't feel like it was started very well anyway. It was kinda confusing. It just didn't grab my interest.


WARRIOR PRINCESS (Warrior Princess #1)
Okay, so the thing about this book was NOT content. Frewin's books are squeaky clean. The issue with these books was at the writing and how it was presented. And I didn't even want to finish this. It was boring and bland and FLAT. I just couldn't get into this. I really like finding cute clean reads but when it just doesn't grab you...it doesn't grab you.


MAGYK (Septimus Heap #1)
Again, with this one, it is not a content issue. It's the grab-my-interesting-in-a-unique-way issue. It dragged. It was totally a cliche. I didn't find much to appreciate. So I didn't finish it. I couldn't bring myself to do it. And, it's more a middle grade fantasy book, so maybe they'd enjoy it more, but yeah, I just didn't see much in it to excite me.


CRESCENDO (Hush Hush #2)
For me, this book was half and half as to why I didn't like it. I read Hush Hush and gave it 3 stars. I thought it was okay and I was sort of interested to see how Nora's story would play out. Total let down. Not that I was super hyped about this book, but Nora drove me mad. These books are dark okay? Like dark, cloudy weather, and hanging out in dark places. Nora supposedly doesn't ever want to do these things,  but she's ALWAYS giving into it. Always going though she knows it's not good and will turn out wrong. The content was on the line between the dark side and good side. As if Nora's like, How Bad Can I Be? Yeah I don't favor this book and I won't finish it or the rest of the series.

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Okay, well I'm sorry to be so negative in these comments, but I'm trying to share my honest opinion. Books are such and important part in my life that I want to make sure I'm reading things I won't regret. So I'm not afraid to drop books any more. Every once in a while I'll post another one of these, but for now this shall suffice. I'd be interested to know why you liked them, if you found any of them interesting and good.

Later,
Inky
Visit Kathryn Here
Today I have another interview for you. I've been going around, inviting my favorite book bloggers to participate in this, and today I've got Kathryn from Clean Teen Fiction over here. Yeah! Thanks for joining me!

Kathryn is the mother of 3 little boys and they certainly keep her busy! She enjoys writing and is working on a YA novel. She loves reading YA if it's got clean romance and lots of action.

Welome Kathryn!
Inky: Alright, let's begin! Besides a love of books what made you want to share your reviews w/others? 
Kathryn: I had friends asking for clean book recommendations and thought a blog would be the best way to share my clean reads with everyone. 


Inky: M&M's or Skittles? 
Kathryn: Skittles


Inky: When did you start really reading a lot? 
Kathryn: This is sad to say, but I didn't get hooked on reading until college. My junior year I took a Children's Literature class and fell in love with YA books.


Inky: What's your favorite color?
Kathryn: Yellow, it's happy.


Inky: Most excited books to read this year? 
Kathryn: I'm really looking forward to Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter and Reached by Ally Condie.


Inky: Favorite Fictional Crush?
KathrynThat would be Lord Greco in Torrent by Lisa T. Bergren. Read it, and you'll know why. 


Inky: Favorite book genre?
Kathryn: I really like contemporary fiction, but I also love dystopian, historical fiction, paranormal, and fantasy.


Inky: If you were fictional, what character from a book would you be/most like? 
Kathryn: I'd like to think I would be Cammie from The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter. She's smart, tough, and brave. 


Inky: If you could have any superpower what would it be? 
Kathryn: I would love to fly! Then I wouldn't have to be afraid of heights anymore. 


Inky: Favorite series? 
Kathryn: River of Time by Lisa T. Bergren. It has everything I love in books! I also love anything by Janette Rallison


Inky: Are you more inclined to check out books from the library or buy them?
KathrynBecause I read so many books I can't buy them all so I do check out more than buy. 


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Well, thanks for joining me today Kathryn. I sure enjoy following your blog and all the book goodness there. Make sure to stop by and visit! 
Later,
Inky

Saturday, March 17, 2012
It was kinda bound to happen that I join In My Mailbox.
In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren and was designed
 to spotlight books that you have bought, won, borrowed or received in the past week.

I only joined just recently because of the immense amount of book related awesomeness that I got this week. :D So my book hoards will probably vary but no matter.


WHAT I BOUGHT:
Beyonders: Seeds of Rebellion by Brandon Mull
hardcover from Amazon


Playing the Field by  Janette Rallison
bought from Kindle Store

Blue Eyes And Other Teenage Hazards by Janette Rallison
bought from Kindle Store

Watched by Cindy M. Hogan
bought from Kindle Store

What I Won/Recieved: 

Protected by Cindy M. Hogan
won from Goodreads First Reads

Bourne by Lisa T. Bergren
received e-copy from author

Pretty awesome week in books for me this week. And that's not even the few books I got from the library. Hope you had a fabulous week. 

Inky
Friday, March 16, 2012

Bourne by Lisa T. Bergren

Source: From Author
Format: PDF
Published: Feb. 26th, 2012
Publisher: Bergren Creative Group
Pages: 117/307
Rating: 5 stars 

Summary: BOURNE, a novella for RIVER OF TIME, picks up right where TORRENT left off...Find out what has happened to men returning from the battle, gravely wounded, to the Betarrinis, fighting for the men they love, and just who is hunting them next... 


The Book in 3 Words: Amazing, Captivating, Thrilling

Rad Review: When I read Lisa's blog and found out that she offering a PDF Proofed copy of Bourne to book bloggers, I jumped at the chance. I own the River of Time trilogy and love it! I was so excited when I heard about this book because Torrent didn't have a lot of wrap up. Bourne was totally great. I gobbled it up in a couple sittings, especially due to the fact that it's a novella. 

I loved being back in Italy with the gang. Gabi and Lia, and all the rest. Love those guys! One thing I really enjoyed was that for the first time we got a taste of Lia's POV. Yeah! I really can't wait for her to resurface with her own novel in Tributary. Don't think I'll be able to wait. I found that for part of the book I just wanted to read Lia. Only Lia. Ditch Gabi. Her story is done. However much I love Gabi, it's Lia's time to shine. Yeah for She-Wolf #2! And Luca.....I've always loved Luca for his humorous personality and fun aspect that he gives to the book. We got a little more in depth with his character since Lia's finally giving her voice. I really liked getting to know him a little more. 

Once again Lisa's writing was fab and sucked me into the tension, the adventure, the action, the romance, and 13th cent. Italy. I have always loved how well she portrays the time period and gets into the girls as they experience how hard it was to live back then.  I'm now stuck in this prolonged happiness period, the kind you experience after you read a really good book and it just sticks with you for days. Don't think I want it to leave. Fabulous novella, Bourne was. 

Content: Clean Read! 

Last Thoughts: If you still haven't experienced the marvelousness of the River of Time series then get to it. You will not regret it. You might even want to open a new tab right now and buy them on Amazon!
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Published May 1, 2012

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. 

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so. 

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I LOVED Divergent (see review HERE) and I can't wait for the sequel to come out in a couple months. It's going to be a fantastic addition to this great Dystopian series and I can't wait to follow Tris on her journey. 
Plus..GORGEOUS COVER!
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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine.
Waiting on Wednesday spotlights books who's publication we are eagerly anticipating! 


Not to mention a little bit of hyperventilation!!
Sunday, March 11, 2012

Squashed by Joan Bauer

Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Library
Format: Paperback:
Published: 9/1/92
Publisher: Speak
Pages: 208

Summary: Ellie Morgan's life would be perfect if she could just get her potentially prize-winning pumpkin, Max, to put on about two hundred more pounds, and if she could lose twenty herself. With the extra weight, Max would be the champion of the Rock River Pumpkin Weigh-In; minus twenty pounds, Ellie would have the courage to approach Wes, the new boy in town. But unpredictable weather is threatening Max, pumpkin thieves are running rampant, and Sweet Corn Coquette contestants are eyeing Wes. Will Ellie be able to go for it all? 

The Book In 3 Words: Funny, Contemporary, Sweet

Rad Review: This was such a cute book. I read it for a book club and I loved it. It's a very quick and light read for one of those pick-me-up days. Following Ellie and her obbsession with growing her giant pumpkin Max is extremely fun. To top that off, the new boy Wes moves to town and he grows...corn! Instant crush on Ellie's side. 

It's sweet, with fun snarky comments stuck in there. With a little family drama with her dad, tastes of romance and tons of pumpkins this is for sure a delightful read. I can't wait to read some of Joan Bauers other books. 

Content: Squeaky Clean Read!

Now that I've read some of Joan's work, I'm really excited to read some of her other books such as Peeled & Close to Famous.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Endlessly by Kiersten White

Try as she might, Evie can’t seem to escape her not-so-normal past. And what was supposed to be a blissfully normal school break is ruined when a massive group of paranormals shows up at her house, claiming that Evie is the only one who can protect them from a mysterious, perilous fate.

The deadly war between the faerie courts looms ever closer. The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its future rests solely in Evie’s hands.

So much for normal. 

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I can not tell you how much I can't wait for this book. I LOVED the first two and can't wait for Evie's story to be finished up. It will be so sad when it's all over though. Isn't her dress just fantastic? 

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine.
Waiting on Wednesday spotlights books who's publication we are eagerly anticipating! 
Not to mention a little bit of hyperventilation.  


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