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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Expected Publication Date: June 5th, 2012
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Page Count: 368 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Maggie from NYMBC
Amazon | Goodreads
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.
When I first picked up Shadow and Bone, I didn't know what to expect from it. I had heard from a lot of my fellow blogger friends that this was a homerun, and I can say for a fact that I was not disappointed with it in the least. Leigh Bardugo kept me hooked from page one, and I managed to read it easily in one sitting. Not only did the characters capture my heart, but the world-building is impeccable, despite the crazy Russian names that were incredibly hard to pronounce for awhile. I think I probably loved everything about this book, from the plot-line to the world the characters live in, and I can't wait to see where Bardugo takes us next.

Alina is such a great heroine. She's stubborn, smart, witty, and an all around likable character. I think there's something very relatable about her as well, she has a lot of insecure moments that reminded me of myself, but her ability to move past it and conquer her fears and frustrations really had me excited for her. I had the feeling that, if she can do it, I can do it. The Darkling is a mysterious character all on his own, but he was definitely the kind of man I like in my YA romance. He's mysterious, edgy, and there's just something dangerous and alluring about him. The moment I met him I was drawn to him and I hoped and prayed there would be some kind of romance between Alina and the Darkling. Of course, I'm not going to spoil it for you.

The world that Bardugo has created is so vivid and so spectacular I felt like I was actually in it. At first, I didn't even realize that this was classified as fantasy (other than the Volcra and magic....) because Ravka was just so real to me, I couldn't imagine a world without it. Bardugo is an amazing writer, everything she creates is so real and so original. I have to say I don't think I've ever read a story that's quite like this one. I was really impressed with both Bardugo's writing style, as well. It's incredibly elegant and descriptive, while still keeping the plot fast paced and exciting. There were times when I was so engrossed in the story that I found myself cheering and screaming for Alina and her accomplishments, as well as crying over her heart break. There's something special about an author who can put you through that much emotion and connect you to a character on such a deep level.

Overall, I really loved Shadow and Bone and despite taking me only 5 short hours to finish it, it felt like time just flew by while I was reading. Alina is an amazing protagonist and I really connected with her on an intimate level. The romance is sweltering as well as sweet, but I do have to admit I wasn't completely happy with how it turned out. Shadow and Bone is a fast-paced-high-fantasy-thriller that had me on the edge of my seat from page 1, and guessing until the very end. I'd recommend this one for fans of stories like Graceling, or really just anyone looking for something original, fresh, and exciting.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday [41] - Breathe by Sarah Crossan

****"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.****

Breathe by Sarah Crossan
Expected Publication Date: October 2nd, 2012
Publisher: Greenwillow
Page Count: 400 pages
Amazon | Goodreads
Inhale. Exhale. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe . . .

The world is dead.
The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygen-rich air.

ALINA
has been stealing for a long time. She’s a little jittery, but not terrified. All she knows is that she’s never been caught before. If she’s careful, it’ll be easy. If she’s careful.

QUINN
should be worried about Alina and a bit afraid for himself, too, but even though this is dangerous, it’s also the most interesting thing to happen to him in ages. It isn’t every day that the girl of your dreams asks you to rescue her.

BEA
wants to tell him that none of this is fair; they’d planned a trip together, the two of them, and she’d hoped he’d discover her out here, not another girl.

And as they walk into the Outlands with two days’ worth of oxygen in their tanks, everything they believe will be shattered. Will they be able to make it back? Will they want to?
Why I Can't Wait: *Sigh* Yet another dystopian for me to fawn over. You know how I adore any and all dystopians, so when I heard about this one I immediately added it to my TBR! I am definitely looking forward to this one!! It looks fantastic! 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

1st Summer 12 Hour Readathon!


The First 12 Hour Summer Readathon!!

Today, I'm doing a personal readathon (along with a friend) and I'll be reading for 12 hours today!!! I'm going to try to get through four books, maybe five if I can speed read!!! I plan on doing a bunch of 12 hour readathons this summer, while I'm vacationing and I don't have to worry about homework or anything like that, so I'm looking forward to spending my days reading!! This is just the first of many readathons to come!

What I'll be reading: 
1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo - I've been reading a couple books at a time, so it's time for me to finally get to this one! (I've only managed to get through one or two pages at a time!!!)
2. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne - I really need to read this one before the signing on the 7th, so I'm going to get it done now!!
3. Black City by Elizabeth Richards - I'm borrowing this from a friend so I need to get to it ASAP! Super excited!!!
4. Thief's Covenant by Ari Marmell - I have an ARC of the second book (which comes out June 26th!) so I need to get through these!!
5. Point of Origin by Amanda Havard - The blog tour for this one is coming up, and I'll have a review up on June 7th!

I'll be posting updates on Facebook, as well as Twitter, and if anyone wants to join in feel free to grab the banner and make your own post! Start whenever you want in the day, and take breaks whenever you feel like it :) If you're doing a mini readathon along with me, make sure to leave your goals in a comment! 

Teaser Tuesday [37] - The Survivors by Amanda Havard

 Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's teaser is from...The Survivors by Amanda Havard
"Just past the sign for the next exit at Waynesboro, I heard the humming. It was distant, but it was clear. Suddenly I felt thick curtains of fear hanging in the air, so far away that they only dusted against my skin. As I got closer, the fear swallowed me the way the sea swallows rocks." (page 68)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Review: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Expected Publication Date: June 12th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page Count: 398 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Amazon | Goodreads
* I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own * 
Generations ago, a genetic experiment gone wrong—the Reduction—decimated humanity, giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth—an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret—one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.
I've always been a fan of Jane Austen's novels; her writing style is just impeccable and she can make a woman weak in the knees with her romantic yet prideful men (and women.) Diana Peterfreund does not disappoint when it comes to this gorgeous novel based off of Austen's Persuasion. I have to admit, I haven't read Persuasion yet, but it is on my book bucket list. That being said, I don't think you need to have an appreciation for Jane Austen, or have read Persuasion, in order to adore For Darkness Shows the Stars. This novel blew me away with how amazingly written and heart-wrenching it truly is. Peterfreund drew me in with her elegant writing style and hooked me with star-crossed lovers; not to mention that gorgeous cover!

Elliot is such an admirable protagonist, always putting the good of the people before her own happiness. She's truly reminiscent of a Jane Austen heroine; she's loyal to her family, devoted to her work, and willing to put all others before herself. I loved how compassionate Elliot was when it came to the people who work for her. They may have been her servants, or "posts," but she did not put them beneath her and her deepest friendships developed with these people who are not in her caste. I loved her relationship with Kai, because it's developed throughout their childhood, but the novel starts off four years after Kai has left Elliot's farm. We learn about Kai and Elliot's childhood relationship through old letters at the same time we learn about who Kai and Elliot are now. Although sometimes I really wanted to hate Kai, in the end he always had my heart.

Peterfreund's writing style is absolutely magnificent. With For Darkness Shows the Stars she takes me back to reading Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, but with a modern twist. The story starts slowly, building on relationships and developing characters, but it was never so slow that I lost interest. In all honesty, I blew through this book, attempting to devour it at record speeds. It became increasingly harder and harder for me to even put it down for short periods of time. I loved the progression of the plot and the incorporation of letters which slowly reveal back stories and plot twists, adding more and more depth to the overall storyline.

I'm still reeling from the emotional turmoil that For Darkness Shows the Stars put me through. Peterfreund had me laughing, crying, and screaming over the course of 400 pages. Despite my lack of familiarity with Persuasion, I don't think that having read it would have influenced me to enjoy it more, I just would have been able to make the connections between both books. Even if you have never picked up a Jane Austen novel, you don't need to in order to fall in love with the story that Peterfreund creates. For Darkness Shows the Stars broke my heart and put it back together repeatedly, only revealing Kai and Elliot's destiny at the very last moment. Fans of romance, minor sci fi as well as dystopian elements, and Jane Austen will devour this one!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Stacking the Shelves [4] - The one with BLACK CITY!!!

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews as a way to share all the books we've received this week!



Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglein Goodreads | Amazon (Traded with Momo from Books Over Boys)
Black City by Elizabeth Richards Goodreads | Amazon (Borrowed from Nicole at Reader's Antidote)
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne Goodreads | Amazon (Borrowed from Audris at YA Bookmark)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

New Releases: Week of May 28th


Only a few new releases that I'm excited for this week, but they're definitely good ones!!!! I can't wait to finally get my copy of Changeling, it's out right in time for Bookseller Appreciation Week so I get a huge discount! LOVE! What books are you super excited for this week?

Friday, May 25, 2012

Dark Days of Summer 2012: Top Ten Reasons to Read UNRAVELING by Elizabeth Norris


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Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris



Synopsis from HarperTeen.com: Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she's opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn't possible, she knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.

But her revival, and Ben's possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father's files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something—but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what's right in front of her: Everything that's happened—the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben's sudden appearance in her life—points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she's going to need to uncover Ben's secrets—and keep from falling in love with him in the process.

From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl's fight to save herself, her world, and the boy she never saw coming.
 Top Ten Reasons to Read Unraveling

1. IT'S AMAZING.
2. There are references to X-Files!!
3. The romantic interest is NOT a hot, popular, football player.
4. They travel through time!
5. Janelle DIES in the first few pages of the book:


6. Everything that happens is completely unpredictable.
7. There's a murder mystery.
8. You will learn all about multiverse theory!
9. A teenage girl has to save the world!
10. Elizabeth Norris classifies it as a “romantic science fiction thriller!”

About the Author
Taken from Elizabeth's Website:
Elizabeth Norris briefly taught high school English and history before trading the southern California beaches and sunshine for Manhattan's recent snowpocalyptic winter.

She harbors dangerous addictions to guacamole, red velvet cupcakes, sushi, and Argo Tea, fortunately not all together.






Make sure you check out the rest of the tour stops!

Leg 1
5/21 Aprilynne Pike at AwesomeSauce Books
5/23 Bethany Griffin at Fiktshun
5/25 Elizabeth Norris at Literary Exploration 
5/29 Veronica Roth at My Overstuffed Bookshelf
5/30 Aprilynne Pike at AwesomeSauce Books
6/1 Bethany Griffin at Fiktshun
6/4 Elizabeth Norris at Literary Exploration 
6/6 Veronica Roth at My Overstuffed Bookshelf

Leg 2
6/12 Aprilynne Pike at Books with Bite
6/14 Dan Wells at Hobbitsies
6/19 Veronica Roth at The Mod Pod Bookshelf
6/21 SJ Kincaid at SciFi Chick
6/26 Aprilynne Pike at Books with Bite
6/28 Dan Wells at Hobbitsies
7/3 Veronica Roth at The Mod Pod Bookshelf
7/5 SJ Kincaid at SciFi Chick

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Review: Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Publication Date: April 19th, 2012
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Page Count: 293 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
EVERY GIRL WHO HAS TAKEN THE TEST HAS DIED.

NOW IT'S KATE'S TURN.

It's always been just Kate and her mom--and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld--and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy--until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she suceeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.

IF SHE FAILS...
The Persephone myth is one of my favorite stories of all time. I love the idea of a woman being swept into the Underworld for 6 months out of the year to rule as Hades's Queen. For some reason, I find it oddly romantic. The Goddess Test is a wonderful retelling of this mythological explanation for the seasons, and despite it's strange beginning I really enjoyed it. It's a quick read at less than 300 pages, but it's full of intrigue, mystery, and action which are definitely a few of my favorite things. The Goddess Test grabbed my attention from the very beginning and left me begging for more by the time it was over.

Kate is a fantastic female protagonist, willing to do anything for her mother despite the consequences. She's truly loyal to her friends (and enemies) and she risks her life for them on more than one occasion. Her relationship with Henry is rocky at first, after all he's forcing her to live in a mansion for 6 months, but I loved watching it develop over time. Henry is so sweet with Kate, I really fell for him myself. I did think that some of the friendships in the beginning were kind of rushed and weird, but they definitely made sense in the end.

The story itself is fast-paced and entertaining and there were plenty of twists and turns. Some aspects were pretty predictable, but there were other elements that caught me completely off guard. By the end, I was pretty much in shock at how things were ending and I was glad that Carter didn't leave me with a cliff-hanger. While some things did become a bit muddled or confusing, I definitely enjoyed reading such an interesting take on the Persephone myth, especially something so modernized. I definitely think there was a lot of originality to this story as well; the idea that girls are tested before they can rule as Queen of the Underworld is something new, considering the original Persephone was kidnapped into her tole.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a fun, quick read with an original twist on one of my favorite myths. I definitely found myself tearing up at some points while others made me laugh out loud. The characters were easy to relate to, and the story was entertaining. I would highly recommend this one to lovers of Greek mythology, as well as romance and mystery.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday [40] - Black City by Elizabeth Richards

****"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.****


Black City by Elizabeth Richards
Expected Publication Date: Novembr 13th, 2012
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR
Page Count: 373 pages
Pre-order: Amazon
A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war. In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable--they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash's long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they're caught, they'll be executed--but their feelings are too strong. When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.
Why I Can't Wait: This story is reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet and I can't wait to read it!!! There's just something about forbidden love that always gets me :) I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this one!!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Review: Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London

Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London
Expected Publication Date: May 29th, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 342 Pages
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed from Bookalicious Pam
Purchase: Amazon
This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the vampires won.

Humans huddle in their walled cities, supplying blood in exchange for safety. But not even that is guaranteed. Dawn has lost her entire family and now reluctantly serves as the delegate to Lord Valentine, the most powerful vampire for miles. It isn’t until she meets Victor, Valentine’s son, that she realizes not all vampires are monsters....

Darkness Before Dawn is a fresh new story with captivating characters, unexpected plot twists, a fascinating setting, and a compelling voice. Written under the name J. A. London by a talented mother-son team, the trilogy is perfect for fans of True Blood and the House of Night and Morganville Vampires series.
While it seems like Vampire-Dystopian is on a rise right now, I think it takes a special writer to be able to capture the thrill of such a genre. Darkness Before Dawn is definitely a fast-paced and fun read, but it doesn't live up to the hype of Immortal Rules or even The Hunt. Both books, I thoroughly loved, but this one fell short. While I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, I didn't find anything special or unique about the characters or story-line. I didn't particularly like any of the characters other than Dawn and Victor, and I wasn't amazed by anything specific. I really wanted to love this book, but I think it was definitely a case where the gorgeous cover outshone the average plot line.

Dawn is definitely a fierce chick. She's tough, living in a world run by vamps, but she's also smart and knows how to take care of herself. She's quick to make decisions, even if they aren't the best ones, and she's the kind of girl who follows her heart and goes after what she wants, despite the consequences. Victor reminded me of a younger combination between all of the swoony True Blood men. He's protective, powerful, smart, practical, genuine, and I could go on forever. Michael, Dawn's boyfriend, just got on my nerves the whole time. He was so protective it was nauseating, crossing the line into possessive on more than one occasion. He also came across as really insecure, throwing his muscle around just to prove a point which is BARF when it comes to guys for me. Dawn's bff Tegan is also a bit of a nuisance - she's incredibly shallow and stupid. I kind of just wanted to slap her most of the time...

The plot line, while fun and fast-paced, is incredibly predictable. At the introduction of almost every character or situation I was able to correctly guess how that was going to turn out. Nothing surprised me, which was definitely a blow to how much I enjoyed the book overall. I can understand coming across a few things that are a tad predictable, but being able to accurately guess what was going to happen at every turn just made the story unoriginal and a bit boring at times. I think the biggest benefit is that I was able to read it quite quickly, almost in one sitting, and the time flew by while I was reading. It's definitely an interesting take on vampires, but I just wish it would have brought more UMPH to the table.

Overall, Darkness Before Dawn, is a fast-paced, entertaining read, but it fell short in bringing me an exciting story-line. I would definitely recommend it if you have a free afternoon and are looking for something easy and quick to read, but don't expect the excitement of True Blood or the unpredictability of Morganville. I'd recommend this book to anyone who's a fan of vampires with a twist, especially when a love triangle is thrown in.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Stacking the Shelves [3] - The one with GILT!!!

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews as a way to share all the books we've received this week!

I only got one book this week because I went to Katherine Longshore's launch party for GILT, so I got a signed copy of that :) 



That's all for me this week! What'd you put on your shelves this week??

Saturday, May 19, 2012

New Releases: Week of May 21st


Another week of awesome releases!!!! Looks like Michael Scott is coming out with a new book, I really want to start that series! I have a copy of Fated sitting on my shelf and I can't wait to get to it!!


 

What new releases are you looking forward to buying this week?? Of Poseidon maybe? It's a good one :) Remember, purchasing through these links helps support the blog and earns you more giveaways!!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Discussion: Book Borrowing Etiquette

Have you ever lent out one of your favorite books, only to never get it back? What about that time you let a friend borrow your copy of Harry Potter and they returned it with a water stain on it? Or that time you lent out your entire Sookie Stackhouse Series and it took them more than a year to return them all? We've all had that experience that makes us a little bit jaded when it comes to lending out books. I know I have. The thing is, how do you politely tell a friend that you have some ground rules when it comes to borrowing? How do you tell a friend who has proven themselves unreliable when it comes to borrowing that they can't borrow anything anymore? As crazy as I am when it comes to my books, I try to be understanding and a little less controlling about my stash, but my books are my babies and I need people to follow certain rules when it comes to borrowing them.

So, as a fun discussion today I thought I'd share some book borrowing etiquette tips, as well as some rules I simply follow myself out of respect for those that are nice enough to let me borrow their books.

1. Give my books back in one piece.
I can't tell you how many times I've gotten my books back without a dust jacket, with pages torn, with the cover bent, and all other sorts of horrors. This is one reason why I rarely lend out my signed copies anymore. I'm sorry, but I pay good money for the books on my shelf and I'm expecting you to treat them with the same respect you'd treat your own books. If you don't treat your books with much respect then don't borrow my books. EVER. For this reason, when I lend out hard cover books I always take the dust jacket off before letting you go home with it.

I understand that accidents happen. So don't eat around my books. If you get stains on the pages I'm going to be pissed. Don't drink anything around them. Seriously, I've gotten books back that have had WATER spilled on them and the pages are completely warped from water damage. I get it, it's just water, what kind of damage can it do? TONS. If you're not careful it can ruin something that isn't even yours.

Don't bend the spine. Don't dog-ear the pages. Don't tear the pages. Don't bend the cover. Don't lose the dust jacket. I know, when you're reading a paperback book it can be hard not to bend the spine. But those creases that happen when you're not careful drive me crazy. I'm going to put the book back on my shelf and have to stare at those horrible, ugly crease marks whenever I face my shelf. And it's going to remind me of how you RUINED that gorgeous cover.

2. If you ruin/lose it, replace it.
You borrowed my book because you didn't want to buy it yourself. That's fine, but if you lose it or you ruin it, you should be a decent human being and buy me a new copy. I actually had a co-worker who borrowed a book from me, got fired, and disappeared. She never returned my calls, texts, or anything and I never saw my book again. I also had a friend who moved while she was borrowing my books and lost them during the move. She then proceeded to tell me that she never had the books in the first place. You did, I wrote it down.

If you ruin my book, I'm going to ask you to buy me a new one. I'm not going to beat around the bush, I'm going to say, "Hey, you spilled coffee on my favorite quote in The Hunger Games!! You better order me a new copy RIGHT NOW. You can keep this nasty one." Seriously, I've said crap like this before. Just because it's a book, and not something more expensive doesn't mean I'm not expecting it back. I had a friend who spilled water on a book and immediately went out and bought me a new copy. She was very apologetic and didn't even tell me about ruining it until she had a replacement. That is called BEING RESPONSIBLE. She doesn't get to borrow books anymore, but still :)

3. Read them in a timely manner.
If it's going to take you longer than 1-2 weeks to read a book you're borrowing than hold off on it unless we've talked about it. I admit, sometimes I hold on to borrowed books for longer than 2 weeks because life gets in the way. But I always, ALWAYS, let them know that I'm going to have it for a bit before I even have it in my hands. I need to set up that understanding so no one gets mad. If I tell you I've already read the book and you can hold on for it a bit, then fine. If I tell you I haven't read it and I need to soon then you better have it read and returned in about 2 weeks. I have no qualms about asking for books back before you've read them.

Unless I have other commitments, I always push borrowed books to the top of my reading list and I'm expecting you to do the same. If I ask you if you if you've read the books yet, take the hint and get to reading. I'm getting impatient at having my books far away from me for so long. I'm not going to lie, your inability to give my books back in a timely manner will effect our friendship.

4. Don't ask to borrow something if we haven't talked about it before.
I've had so many people I don't know well (or at all) ask me to borrow books and it just makes things awkward for everyone involved. I had someone ask me on Formspring if they could borrow a bunch of my ARCs. I wanted to respond with, "I'm sorry, WHO ARE YOU?" Usually, if someone hasn't offered to let me borrow something I won't ask. I don't know how attached other people are to their books, but it just makes me uncomfortable asking to borrow things when I don't have an established relationship with someone. My recommendation is to wait until someone offers to let you borrow whatever you want from them, or if they respond to your cries of request on Twitter. I've been known to beg at Twitter to borrow things, but I never ask people directly. I just put it out there... "Hey, anyone have a copy of Insignia they wanna let me borrow? Please?? Pretty please??" This way, no one feels obligated, no one feels uncomfortable, everyone is all good!

Obviously, these are just my personal opinions and experiences, but I think a lot of people feel the same way. I'd love to hear about your experiences and some of your book borrowing etiquette tips!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop!


Sooo... I haven't participated in a giveaway hop for awhile, so I really wanted to get involved in the Love in Bloom hop because who doesn't love a good romantic read?? 

At my stop, one winner will receive a YA romance which you can choose from the list below!

If something on the list doesn't appeal to you, I will let the winner choose a light-hearted, contemporary YA romance of their choose, but I must approve it.

- US ONLY
- Winner will have 48 hours to respond
- I will not be responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged items
- Winner will receive ONE of the books above, or a book of their choice with my approval
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday [39] Ten by Gretchen McNeil

****"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.****

Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Expected Publication Date: September 18th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Page Count: 304 pages
It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.

But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off the from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?
Why I Can't Wait: There's just something about this book that makes me want to curl up under the covers late at night and read it by myself in my room... This seriously sounds SO CREEPY!!! I definitely can't wait to get my hands on a copy!!

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