Sunday, June 24, 2012
Susan Spence
Author of The Story of The West
Susan Spence has always been intrigued with life in the west in the 1880s. She 
researched historical accounts and first-person narratives as she prepared to write A 
Story of the West. A lifelong resident of the west, she currently lives in Montana on an 
old sheep shearing station that she shares with lots of furry critters, some domestic and 
others wild. This is her first novel, and she is busy working on a sequel due out in late 

A Story of the West
Spending summers trailing herds of longhorns north from Texas, Matt Daly and his father eventually arrive in Montana Territory in the 1880s. They realize immediately this is where they want to make their home. There are few people living on the frontier at this time, and the two are determined to build a ranch running cattle on the fertile grasslands.Once the transcontinental railroad was completed, it became much easier for people to head west, and many did, leaving the populated east behind. Lavina Lavold stepped off the train in Miles City and immediately caught Matt's eye. She had ridden out with her family looking for adventure. When she meets Matt and falls in love, she decides she would like nothing more than to share his life on the isolated prairie.
There are other men however, determined to build cattle empires. When a ruthless neighbor attempts to take control of the land they had claimed as their own, Matt and his father have no choice but to defend their home and family. Although the land is still owned by the federal government, there is little law on the rough frontier to manage the threatening range war. 

The Interview
If you could have any Superpower, what would it be? To be able to manifest myself anywhere I wanted.

M&M Or Skittle? It used to be M&M’s, but now I’m not really into either.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer? It was fairly recently, within the last few years, as I was completing A Story of the West. I realized I had to write another book as there was more of the story I wanted to tell.

What was the most exciting moment in your process from book idea to publication? Receiving the proof in the mail was probably the single most exciting moment.

Most influential person in the process? Supportive? My husband is both my most influential and supportive person. He is the model on the book cover, as well as the person who encourages me to continue.

Favorite book? There are so many. To Kill a Mockingbird has to be right up there.

Favorite color? Purple, but I like many different colors depending on my mood.

Did you base any of your characters around people you know? No, but I sometimes wonder if people I know find aspects of themselves, or me for that matter, in my characters.

Advice to aspiring authors? I consider myself to be an aspiring writer, so I don’t know how much advice I can give. As with any kind of success, you just have to keep persevering. And stay true to your
vision. It’s easy to get side-tracked listening to the advice of others.

One quality you have in common with your MC? It’s taken both of us quite a while to mature.

One Sentence Book Description? A Story of the West is about the early ranching days of the American West and  particularly, one family’s adventures and misfortunes, as they strive to, not only survive, but prosper on the frontier.

Favorite movie? Thunderheart is one movie I watch every few years.

If you had any other author to dinner who would it be? I just looked in my book case for ideas on an author I would invite to dinner and realized that any author whose book I enjoyed could be on that list. My criteria would be the same as for any other person and I prefer those who are open-minded.

Favorite quote from your book? “Kirsten led the way, her blond braid streaming out behind her as she urged her horse on. Lavina was right behind her, holding on tight. She didn’t have a lot of riding skill, but she wasn’t hanging back as the water drenched her. Matt remembered her hair had come loose and followed her in shiny, brown waves. He and Jesse turned to look at one another, then back to their beautiful wives, their grins matching the delight on the women’s faces. Right then they knew they were the luckiest men in the world.”

Is there a book that encouraged you to write? There’s no single book that encouraged me. Actually I could say that writers I admire could have the opposite effect, because I don’t know how I could ever come anywhere near doing as good of a job at telling a story.

Mismatched or matching socks? Definitely matched.

Writing rituals? Every morning I go for a walk and then do a crossword puzzle to get my brain

Favorite veggie? At the moment, lettuce.

Fav writing snack? Fresh fruit.

Rain or shine? I like both. I’ve lived in both arid and wet areas and like both. I enjoy a cool drenching
rain after a dry spell as much as a bright sunny day after a month of rain.

Thank you for joining me Susan! Make sure you all go check out her fabulous book on Goodreads!

Welcome to my Pit Stop on the Charlie's Girl Tour! Hope You Enjoy!

Charlie's Girl
Fourteen-year-old Rosalind has always been a foster girl without a past, until she’s sent to live with a long-lost grandmother in a house full of memories—and secrets. Soon Rosalind discovers that there’s more to her family history than she ever dreamed. Set in 1960s South Carolina, this unforgettable story of family, friendship, and faith is perfect for readers of all ages.

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About The Authors
Mary-Helen Foxx retired in 2009 after a long career in public education with the Peoria Unified School District where she worked primarily in library services and IT. She has written widely on genealogical topics and has authored four books on the histories of prominent Southern families. Mary-Helen was also a contributing editor for three years with “Georgia Genealogical Magazine” and has won awards for her writing.
Daniel is Professor Emeritus of History at Ottawa University in Phoenix and has been published in various academic and historical journals. He is the author ofI Only Laugh When It Hurts (Reissued by Pelican Publishing Company, Gretna, LA, 2009). His latest book, Nathan Bedford Forrest: In Search of the Enigmawith Eddy W. Davison (Pelican, 2007) was a National Book Awards nominee, received the 2008 Arizona Book Award for biography, and was finalist for the 2008 Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Award.

I have a confession to make. I'm still reading this book. But it's really great! I'm glad I was able to get a copy for review on tour. This is a really sweet story. Rosalind comes to live with a new family after a hard past and being jostled around. She doesn't know who she is. She's trying to figure out who she is.

It's a sweet contemporary set in a historical setting. I love it so far! The writing is sweet and pretty easy to follow. It can be a bit descriptive, but I haven't found it overwhelming. It's delightful and lovely. I can't wait to see where this story continues to go. 

All in all, I will recommend this! Look for full review to come!

Thanks for stopping by!

First off....I'm 111!!!!!!! Okay well, again not me, but my blog is! Lol! I've got 111 followers! 
*happy dance*

YAY! Thanks guys! I'm so happy! :D After all, I've reached the legendary age of my dear friend Bilbo, Eleventy-One! Anyway, that's my first exciting news.

Second..for the 3rd time I've been nominated for the LIEBSTER BLOG AWARD. Oh my goodness guys! Talk about 3 times in 3 days! Haha. I guess I'm loved, or just need to get to 200 followers to stop being nominated. Because I tell ya, I love getting awards but it's a lot of work! Lol. Anyway, this time my lovely Nominee was.... Elle @ Love Bigg. Read Bigg! Thank you Elle!

As with the second time, I'm not going to re-nominate people but I will answer questions that Elle has left for me! 

What Genre do you Perfer?
YA. Anything in that really. Contemp, Paranormal, name it!

Must Haves on your Bookshelf?
VENOM by Fiona Paul and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

Favorite Authors?
JRR Tolkien, Jane Austen, Shannon Hale

Favorite Bookstore?
Barnes and Nobles! I have one super close to my house. It's awesome. 

Opinion on the Current Genre Trend in YA?
Dystopian and Paranormal Romance is really big right now. I'd have to say those are the two IT Genres right now. 

A Series You Wish You Had More Books For? 
Oh sheesh. I don't even know. There are a bunch of books I wish I could have....but no specific series comes to mind. 

Any Non-fiction books on your shelf? 
Yup. I've got Bio's and Guides and stuff. 

Pretties Cover On You Bookshelf?
The Unearthly Books by Cynthia Hand.

Current Read?
So Close to You by Rachel Carter for an ARC tour and an abridgment of LES MIS before I go see it on Broadway!

Next Book You Want to Buy?
Shadow and Bone! once I'm off my challenge to not buy books I am bringing that baby home! Unless I win a giveaway first. lol. 

Best YA series? 
Oh wow. I don't know! I love the Paranormalcy Books and the River of Time Series though!

So that is that. Thanks again to Elle for nominating me! So Last, but not least, I'm going to celebrate my  Eleventy-One Followers! I mean come on guys. Eleventy One. EEEK! Maybe I'm just a little LOTR crazed. Haha. So anyway, to celebrate I'm gonna have a little SWAG giveaway! What swag do I have? 
EXTRAS from my book haul: 

Two winners get:
A SIGNED Venom Bookmark & a couple Mockingjay tattoos

a Rafflecopter giveaway

PLEASE NOTE: I will be out at a camp this week so I won't be on the blog! Have a great week and I'll see you on Saturday!
Hey Everyone, It's time for another Book Haul! I had a pretty sweet one this week! Here's What I Got:

Books Shown:
So Close To You by Rachel Carter (ARC via DAC ARC Tours)
Fated by Alyson Noel (ARC won from Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books)
The Merchants Daughter by Melanie Dickerson (ARC won from Goodreads)
Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton (borrowed from the Library)
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready (from library)
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting(from library)

Such A Rush bookmark and Hunger Games Tattoos from Ashley Loves Books.

That's pretty much it for me this week. What about you? I'd love to hear! 
Link Me Up!

Friday, June 22, 2012
Author: Alex Flinn
Published: 2. 8. 11 by Harper Teen
Pages: 341

I’m not your average hero. I actually wasn’t your average anything. Just a poor guy working an after-school job at a South Beach shoe repair shop to help his mom make ends meet. But a little magic changed it all. It all started with the curse. And the frognapping. And one hot-looking princess, who asked me to lead a rescue mission.

There wasn’t a fairy godmother or any of that. And even though I fell in love along the way, what happened to me is unlike any fairy tale I’ve ever heard. Before I knew it, I was spying with a flock of enchanted swans, talking (yes, talking!) to a fox named Todd, and nearly trampled by giants in the Everglades. Don’t believe me? I didn’t believe it either. But you’ll see. Because I knew it all was true, the second I got CLOAKED.

Inky's Blurbs
This is my first Alex Flinn book and it probably won't be my last. I really had fun with this one! I love fairytales so naturally I was drawn to this. Boy was it a ride! This book is a combination of over 5 fairytales, some more common, such as The Frog Prince, and some less known like The Salad. I loved the fact that my favorite fairytale, The Wild Swans, was a part of this book! Loved it!

First off, this book is narrated by a male voice. Shocker right? I wasn't expecting that but it wasn't bombed like I thought it might be. In fact I loved reading from Johnny's POV! He's funny, pretty smart and loves shoes. What more can you want than a guy who loves shoes? Haha. It also really neat reading from his POV as a girl reading and knowing things...yeah, things. Haha. Okay so specifically like how girls act and what that means. I think Flinn did a great job portraying him.

So the plot didn't have a problem keeping me interested. I loved where it went and the clever situations that arose. The way it all fit together in the end. It was super cool! Yay! The romance part was cute as well, but a bit obvious. Okay. It's staring you in the face. But it was sweet nontheless and I had fun watching it play out. Happy Ever After. *sigh*

I had a delightful time reading this and would recommend it to anyone in want to a good fairytale jamboree! A definite new favorite on my part.

Content: Mild
(A few Deity references, innuendo spots, a couple drug mentions and kisses)

Have you read Cloaked? What did you think? 

This review is 100% from Inky's brain. Use of this review w/out consent is prohibited.
It's only been a day and I've been nominated for the Liebster Award yet again! This time Lili @ Lili's Reflections has nominated me! Thanks Lili!

Wow! I'm feeling the love guys! Thank you to both Lili and Lisseth, my nominators! I have already nominated and answered questions at my First Liebster Post. Therefore I won't be nominating anyone new, but I'll answer a few of the questions Lili posted.

How long have you been blogging?
Please see my former Liebster post for answer. 
Why did you start blogging?
Because I'm a nut for books and I love to just talk and blurb about them! So what better place to do so than a blog?
What is your favorite book and author?
LORD OF THE RINGS by J. R. R. Tolkien!!!!!
Do you have any ARCs right now? If so, what?
Please see my former Liebster post for answer. 
How many books are in your TBR pile?
Please see my former Liebster post for answer. 
What is your favorite place in the world? 
Okay, first? MY BED. It's perfect for reading and sleeping. Second, the bookstore. Um hello? Best store. And it SMELLS SO GOOD! 
What is your favorite place to read?
Huh. I don't really know. I have an armchair in my room right now that I like to sit on. I also tend to curl up in bed of sit on the floor. But then again you might find me laying on the couch, or half-on-half-off a chair. I've been in some pretty weird places and positions. 
What is your favorite thing about book blogging?
Oh please...the awards. JK. I love meeting new people and their book tastes! Finding new books is always a plus to the blogging world! I also love giveaways and comments. I love knowing people like reading my crazy thoughts! 
What are your favorite genres?
Contemp. Paranormal. Chick-flick. Fantasy. Historical. Some Sci-Fi. Action & Adventure

Thank you very much Lili! I really appreciate the love! Have a great day everybody!

Hey everyone! I've got another special blogger on the scene today...Annabelle at Sparkles & Lightning! If you haven't see her blog yet go check it out now! She's awesome and her blog is super lovely!

About Anna:
Besides reading, Anna loves to dance! Especially Ballroom. She's also a crazy big shopper and phone caller/texter. Her favorite artist is Degas and she loves the Norton-Simon Museum in Pasadena. She's got amazing friends and spends a lot of time with them and her super boyfriend! 

M&M's Or Skittles? Actually, it's crazy, but I'm not too much of a candy person. I have an obsession with staying thin. Also, I can't eat M&Ms because I'm allergic to them. So, I'd have to go with Skittles.

Besides a love of books what made you want to share your reviews w/others? I've always enjoyed writing reviews, and I wanted to be able to share them with a wider audience. I also wanted to interact more with authors and things like that, plus, I love doing giveaways. Also, I'm the type of person who is easily bored and often quits a job halfway through, and blogging has encouraged me to push on and work hard.

Favorite Books and Authors? I loved Illuminate by Aimee Agresti, Nevermore by Kelly Creagh, Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, and Unearthly and Hallowed by Cynthia Hand. I also love absolutely anything by Tamora Pierce. However, my favorite books of all time are not young adult at all but are The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I'm romantic to a fault, and I admit it freely.

What's your Favorite Color? My favorite color is pink! I'm a total girly-girl in some ways.

What's your Favorite Book Genre to read? Oh goodness, just one? I love them all! I mean, I love horror and fantasy the most. I know that's two genres, but oh well.

Favorite childhood book? The Wizard of Oz and all the other Oz books. I think there's fourteen in total, although The Wizard of Oz is the best known because of the movie. They're all awesome and one of my earliest memories is my dad reading them to me.

Are you more inclined to check out books or buy them?  Buy them. I very rarely check out books from the library. One, because they're usually not in great condition and I like to own books. Two, I almost always forget to return them and have had library bills of over $100. I only really check them out if I've heard a ton of negative things but still really want to read it.

Best book quote? "I will be with her again, or I will die. There aren't any other options." from Julie Kagawa's The Iron Knight.

Mismatched or matching socks? Matching. I have OCD. Like, I actually have it. Diagnosed and all.

Best breakfast food? I hate eating. Especially breakfast. I only eat when I get hungry, not at set meal times.

If you could have any superpower what would it be? 
Flying. Or invisibility. No way could I choose between those two unless I actually had to.

If you designed your own fortune cookie what would it say? "You are beautiful." I truly believe that everyone is beautiful, but very few people actually hear that regularly, and I think that more people need to.

Could you say that reviewing from bloggers perspective has changed how you think about books? Yes. I've had to analyze them more, instead of reading purely for pleasure.

Favorite thing so far about book blogging? Reading all of the lovely comments that people leave me. They truly make my day. And doing giveaways! They're the absolute best.

If you had to change the name of your book blog what would it be? If I had to? I love the name Sparkles and Lightning! My blog was originally titled The Dancer Says, but I scrapped that quickly. Sparkles and Lightning is cute and it fits me and my personality. But if I really had to change it, I suppose I'd go with something similar, just because that's all I know now. Maybe something like Glitter and Thunder. (Actually, I really like that. Maybe I'll use it for that other blog I'm working on...and no, you don't get to know what kind of blog it is yet. That would be revealing the secret!) I'm original I know.

As you are reading do you think in terms of how you'll review it? Definitely. I'm a huge annotator. I try not to do too much margin writing, but, eh. I always take notes on a separate sheet of paper at least and write down quotes and such. I imagine the things I'll say and take note of that.

What do you look for in a book that will go into a review? 
I focus on several different aspects in detail: the characters, the plot, the romance, the writing, and the ending. I need to have enough to say on each of these categories. I look for character traits, twists and such in plots, and good romance, as in no instalove. I look for lush description and sensory details in the writing and cliffhangers or not in the ending, and how artfully done everything was. This is just a basic rundown, but I can't tell you too much--that's my secret.

Thanks so much Annabelle for stopping by! It was crazy fun! I loved reading all your answers, and I hope you all did to! Make sure you all go visit her and her Sparkly blog!

Time for another Feature/Follow post! This week's Questionaire is:

Q: If you could “unread” a book, which one would it be? Is it because you want to start over and experience it again for the first time? Or because it was THAT bad?

The Luxe (Luxe, #1)A: Okay so honestly this is just one book out of a couple that I could pick. So what do I wish I could unread? The LUXE by Anna Godberson. It called to me via cover and interesting premise, but I really felt that is wasn't as good as it could have been and for the story there was WAY to much inappropriate content. So yeah. I totally didn't like it very much and would totally like to unlike it all. Ah well. To bad there is no such thing as brain vomit.

What book would you Unread?

GUYS! I had to share another cover reveal today! EEEP! There are so many amazing covers! Today's reveal is for BOUNDLESS, the 3rd book in the Unearthly series! I'm SO excited for this last book. It's gonna be amazing! So are you ready for the cover?

I think it's BEAUTIFUL! I tell you, this trilogy has the BEST covers ever! Ack! It's beautiful. This was essentially my reaction to seeing the cover:

Thoughts? Feelings? What do you think of the new Boundless cover?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Well, not me...but my blog! EVERYONE!!!! Holy Mackeroll! I just won my first AWARD! Lisseth from Read-A-Holicz awarded me the Liebster Blog Award!

Thank you SO much Lisseth! I freaked out when I heard!

What in the World is a Liebster Blog?
The Liebster Blog Award is giving bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Liebster is a German word meaning: sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued,cute, endearing and welcome.

How to Share Liebster Blog Award:
1. Each person tell 11 facts about themselves 
2. Answer the 11 questions the tagger has posted and then give 11 questions for the people you tag.
3. Choose 11 people to tag and link them in your post.
4. Alert them to your tagging.
5. No tag backs

11 Facts/Questions About Me!
1. I've been blogging books for about 13 months, but I've been blogging my life(separate blog) for about 2 1/2 years.

2. What genre do I blog? Well as stated above I blog books. I cover YA mostly and pretty much ever genre within that. Whatever I read, I blog. So you could find everything from Chick-flick to Paranormal.

3. I am from...CALIFORNIA in the USA. It's a pretty sweet place!

4. Yeah I do have a few ARC's right now. Some are already published (like The Merchant's Daughter and Fated) but I do have some awesome ones like Palace of Stone, Glitch, The Assassin's Curse, The Glimpse, and Burn for Burn!

5. I'm currently reading...Cloaked by Alex Flinn and an abridgment of Les Miserables!

6. If I could travel anywhere in the world I would go to Europe. I don't know where in Europe, but I really want to visit England and France and Italy!

7. I read a lot of mainstream authors, but I have been reading more indie authors lately since my book blog started really growing. I've found some really good ones even in indie, but I do still love reading lots of mainstream!

8. My favorite web-game? Honestly, I don't play web-games. I know. Shocker.

9. I couldn't say which I go on more because I don't have a twitter or a Facebook. Lol. But I'm thinking of getting a twitter for the blog. So we'll see.

10. Gulp....okay, in my TBR pile (according to goodreads) I have.....1793 books. Yeah....

11. My favorite food...I honestly don't know. I love Lasanga and most Mexican foods. And then of course Ice Cream, Chocolate and even French Fries work by my standards.

11 Bloggers I'm Nominating:

11 Questions for Nominees:

1. Best blogging experience?
2. What inspired you to start a book blog?
3. How long have you been blogging?
4. Favorite book discovery? 
5. Favorite dessert?
6. Most anticipated read of 2012?
7. Best book quote
8. Do you have anything specific you blog about?
9. Best fictional crush?
10. What are you currently reading?
11. What are you planning to read next?

Thanks so much again to Lisseth for the great award and congrats to my nominees!

 Have a WONDERFUL day! 

I've got more love from Jessica @ Book A True Story today! She has this MARVELOUS meme called....

(are you not dying at the epicness of that photo?)
It's a very fun meme where she hosts a fellow book blogger and they offer some theories for books in a series that still have unpublished books. She was kind enough to invite me to guest post on her crazy great meme so I got to offer some of my theories for REBEL HEARTS, the sequel to Blood Red Road (Which I LOVED). I also got to have a little interview with her! I had so much fun figuring out my theories and the answer to the questions! To see my Theories and Interview, go HERE!


It's time for another Still on my Mind post! This meme is hosted by Hayley @ YA-Aholic. It's a weekly meme on Thursday for spotlighting books you've read a while ago but are still on your mind.

Chickens in the Headlights: A Novel
Chickens in the Headlights 
          by Matthew Buckley

What are a mother and father to do with SEVEN rambunctious boys under the age of eleven? For the Buckleys, the days are filled with running, yelling, food, wrestling, and burping. Every night culminates in an epic bedtime battle.When the school year ends, however, Mom and Dad decide to harness some of their boys' apparently inexhaustible energy and buy some goats and chickens for them to take care of. While they are initially thrilled with the "responsibility," the boys soon learn that it's far tougher-and far funnier for the reader-than it appears.

                            add it on.....

Why This Book is Still On My Mind
I read this book almost two year ago but I still love it! It's a hilarious story if you can't tell from the synopsis and it was SO much fun to read. I still like to share some of the crazy stories in this book! It w as a fun enjoyable clean read and I loved it. Following the adventures of the seven boys was a ride like no other.  So I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good laugh and contemporary stories!

And that is why I have Chickens on my Mind.
What is still on Your Mind?

Crewel by Gennifer Albin
To be Published: October 16th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Incapable. Awkward. Artless.

That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail. Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.  Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape. Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.

Add it on...

Why I'm Hyperventilating: 

This book looks LOVELY! First off the colors on the cover are so pretty and give this really cool impression! and then if you read the synopsis...oh WOW. Peeps does not that sounds absolutely fantabulistically AWESOME? Ack! So far there is great blurb about this book so I'm sure it's going to be AMAZING! Yikes! Lovely Lovely Lovely EEEP! Okay enough, let's be realistic here: Guild. Weave TIME. Spinster. No Turning Back. Ooh-la-la! 

What are you Waiting on?
Link me up!

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
So everyone it's Tuesday! And that means Teasers and Top Tens! Woot! I haven't always been super constant with these two fabulous memes but I'm going to try harder.

This fantastical meme is hosted by....MIZB @ Should B Reading.
Legacy (Legacy, #1)
Today's teasing comes from: LEGACY by Cayla Kluver

"Think me impudent if you will, but I must inquire as to what a princess is doing out here on this balcony in the middle of such a grand gala."

Ooh-la-la. I know there are a ton of mixed reviews of this book so I'm interested to see what I think! Keep an eye out for my review.

What Are You Teasing About Today?
   Link Me Up!

And now for Top Ten Tuesday hosted @ The Broke & The Bookish

(not ranked)
Shadow  and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Farewell To Charms by Lindsey Leavitt
Endlessly by Kiersten White
The Secret Letters by Leah Scheier
Gilt by Katherin Longshore
Inside  by Maria V. Snyder
Fated by Alyson Noel
Tributary by Lisa T. Bergren
Cloaked by Alex Flinn
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Those are just some of the books I'm hoping to get through this summer!
What's On Your TBR list?


Author: Bethany Griffin
Published: 4.24.12 by Greenwillow
Pages: 320

Everything is in ruins. A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them. So what does Araby Worth have to live for? Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up, and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club. And Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does. And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her.

Inky's Blurbs
From the first time I heard about this book I was eager and excited to get this. The idea of a retelling of the Allan Poe story fascinated me. Post apocalyptic set in a Steampunk-Dystopian Area? Yes please! But when I started reading it, it just really didn't grab me the way I had hoped it would.

Let's take the writing. I really wasn't grabbed in the first ten pages. It felt slow and confusing. There were times throughout the book where I felt there were sentences missing! For example there was a time when it mentions "Elliot followed my gaze." It never even told us she was looking at that particular thing! That's just one instance. There were times I was confused about what happened. I found myself asking. "Where exactly are we?" "How do you know this guy?" "How did he get there?" and things like that. 

And then we have Araby. I just didn't feel the connection at all. In the beginning of the book she's taking drugs to relieve herself and contemplating suicide. That changes by the end but I just never even got a hold of her character and her strengths. She wasn't particularly unique in anyway and even though she had a decent voice, it didn't capture me well. 

 Basically I kept reading because I had so many expectations and I wanted them fulfilled even if the first part of the book didn't have that. And by the end I think it grabbed me pretty well, but still not in the way I like. 

The romance was interesting. The guys are not swoon-worthy but they are interesting. Elliot was better in the beginning but I never really liked him. Will was much better and I loved him and his siblings. Okay and then you have Araby in the middle. I didn't even get who she really liked. Total mixed signals. It was annoying. 

So most of the book wasn't that impressive but I will give it to Bethany for her world-building. I totally got that point she was trying to get across. It was well developed and disease ridden and quite apocalyptic. Although I would have liked more Debauchery Club development

Overall, this book wasn't a total loss. It semi-kept my interest and the world was great. I think Will was part of the main reason I kept reading. I wanted to find out what happened to him and his little siblings. As for the rest, I didn't get the character connection or the writing suck. However if you are prone to like this kind of book I still suggest you try it. Maybe you'll like it better than me. 

Content: Mild-Moderate
(Language (H***, D***, Deity), Drug use, Suicide attempts, Mention of crude gestures, Innuendo)

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 I'd love to hear your thoughts if you've read it or not.

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