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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Teaser Tuesday - Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Unbreakable (Unraveling #2) by Elizabeth Norris
Expected Publication Date: April 23rd, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page Count: 496 pages
Goodreads | Books Inc.
Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she’ll never see him again. Her world is still devastated, but life is finally starting to resume some kind of normalcy. Until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up. Somebody from an alternate universe is running a human trafficking ring, kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths—and Ben is the prime suspect. Now his family has been imprisoned and will be executed if Ben doesn’t turn himself over within five days.

And when Janelle learns that someone she cares about—someone from her own world—has become one of the missing, she knows that she has to help Barclay, regardless of the danger. Now Janelle has five days to track down the real culprit. Five days to locate the missing people before they’re lost forever. Five days to reunite with the boy who stole her heart. But as the clues begin to add up, Janelle realizes that she’s in way over her head—and that she may not have known Ben as well as she thought. Can she uncover the truth before everyone she cares about is killed?
My Teaser
"Some days are so perfect, they just don't seem real.
They're the days when you wake up and aren't tired, when the sun is shining and the breeze kicks up from the ocean, keeping you from getting too hot or too cold, and everything you do goes right. Like you're inside of a movie with your own soundtrack, where you're so happy that you can't help just spontaneously breaking into smile. Some days are like magic.
But I haven't had one of those days in a long time." - ARC page 1  
 MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!!!!! That is all.

Monday, January 28, 2013

ALA Midwinter 2013!!!


I went to ALA Midwinter!!!! It was ridiculously exciting and overwhelming and OMIGOSH! I spent 3 days running around the exhibit hall and hanging out with awesome authors and fellow bloggers and now I am home, and sore, and dying. And waiting for my boxes to show up!

Some of the highlights of my trip definitely include meeting Lenore Appelhans, Vy from Vys Blog, Jennifer from Novel Thoughts, and Christin from Portrait of a Book!

Me with Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads! 
Me with Vy!
Me and Lenore Appelhans! 
The books I'm most excited about getting!!!

Friday, January 25, 2013

I'm going to ALA!!!!!


The time has arrived!!! I'm finally taking off for Seattle, Washington, where I'll be attending my first ever ALA conference! I am ridiculously excited, as well as nervous, because I'm flying alone for the first time ever! The last time I flew at all was about 10 years ago so I don't even remember how it works. I am definitely pretty freaked out, and super excited all at the same time!!!

So, if you're going to be at ALA, let me know! Maybe we can meet up and have coffee or something :)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday - Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris

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

Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris
Expected Publication Date: April 23rd, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page Count: 496 pages
Goodreads | Books Inc.
Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she’ll never see him again. Her world is still devastated, but life is finally starting to resume some kind of normalcy. Until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up. Somebody from an alternate universe is running a human trafficking ring, kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths—and Ben is the prime suspect. Now his family has been imprisoned and will be executed if Ben doesn’t turn himself over within five days.

And when Janelle learns that someone she cares about—someone from her own world—has become one of the missing, she knows that she has to help Barclay, regardless of the danger. Now Janelle has five days to track down the real culprit. Five days to locate the missing people before they’re lost forever. Five days to reunite with the boy who stole her heart. But as the clues begin to add up, Janelle realizes that she’s in way over her head—and that she may not have known Ben as well as she thought. Can she uncover the truth before everyone she cares about is killed?
Why I Can't Wait: I absolutely LOVED Unraveling and I can't WAIT for the sequel!! I seriously need to know what's going to happen next!!! And Ben! I need more Ben!!

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Welp, I'm going back to school!


Le sigh. I'm going back to school - AGAIN. My blog is going to suffer - AGAIN. Thankfully, this is it! After this final semester I am DONE! I will be a real, working adult!! But, just bare with me while I get my schooling done and get myself together for the working world.

I'm hoping to keep my blog up, somewhat, regularly, but there will be times where I'm pretty absent for a bit. Since it's my final semester I'm taking ridiculously challenging classes that will force me to spend most of my time reading adult books which are SO BORING, right? :P That leaves less time for me to spend reading the books that I actually want to read, but hopefully I'll be able to sneak in a couple hours every now and then. Because of this, I'm not accepting review requests for books that are being releases between February and Mid May. Hopefully I'll be able to open myself up again once school is over!

I am really looking forward to what's coming after school is over. My job at the bookstore has offered me a full time position as a supervisor and children's specialist so I'll be working full time straight out of college. I'm also starting our young adult book club, Not Your Mother's ACTUAL Book Club which starts in February. So I'll have my hands full!!

I'm definitely excited for some of the books I'll be reading for classes, I have to admit. Pride and Prejudice, In Cold Blood, Atonement, Fun Home, just to name a few. It will definitely be an interesting semester!!

Hope you all stick with me for my last semester of college!!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Stacking the Shelves - The one with lots of randomness!

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


Under the Never Sky baseball cap from Veronica Rossi!!!



The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell (borrowed from work)
Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge (borrowed from work)
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi (x2! signed!)
Cinders & Sapphires by Leila Rasheed (from work)
Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone (signed!)
The Crossing by Mandy Hager (for review from PYR!)


One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean (Thanks HarperCollins!)
The Archived by Victoria (from work)
Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher (Thanks PenguinTeen!)
Here There Be Dragons by James A. Owen (purchased)
The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan (from book swap)
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff (from book swap)
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson (from work)
City's Son by Tom Pollock (from work)
Arclight by Josin L. McQuein (from work)
Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson (from work)
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani (from work)
Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore (from work)
Rootless by Chris Howard (signed!)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Review: The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann


The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann
Publication Date: September 18th, 2012
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Page Count: 384 pages
Format: Finished Copy
Source: Publisher for review
Age: 9-10 and up - Some graphic images at the beginning as well as violence and scary elements throughout the story.
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Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hanged.

In the faery slums of Bath, Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie live by these words. Bartholomew and Hettie are changelings--Peculiars--and neither faeries nor humans want anything to do with them.

One day a mysterious lady in a plum-colored dress comes gliding down Old Crow Alley. Bartholomew watches her through his window. Who is she? What does she want? And when Bartholomew witnesses the lady whisking away, in a whirling ring of feathers, the boy who lives across the alley--Bartholomew forgets the rules and gets himself noticed.

First he's noticed by the lady in plum herself, then by something darkly magical and mysterious, by Jack Box and the Raggedy Man, by the powerful Mr. Lickerish . . . and by Arthur Jelliby, a young man trying to slip through the world unnoticed, too, and who, against all odds, offers Bartholomew friendship and a way to belong.

Part murder mystery, part gothic fantasy, part steampunk adventure, The Peculiar is Stefan Bachmann's riveting, inventive, and unforgettable debut novel.
Stefan Bachmann's The Peculiar is a gorgeous debut set in a fantastical version of the gritty streets of London. The story follows the trials and tribulations of young Bartholomew, the Changeling. In a world where fairies roam the streets in plain sight, and Changelings are depolored by humans and the fae, Bartholomew must learn to face his fears and defeat his many enemies. The Peculiar boasts a magnificent story line and likable characters that will appeal to children and adults. I loved the terrifying world that Bachmann has created and I immediately fell in love with poor Bartholomew. Fans of fantasy, twisted fairy tales, and the darker side of the fae will enjoy this one!

Bartholomew is just like most young children. He likes to play with his toys, he loves his younger sister, and he wants to see the world. The only problem is that he is allowed to be seen by anyone, ever. But Bartholomew is brave and when he's forced to leave the (somewhat) safety of his home, he does so with courage and intelligence. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Bartholomew overcome the obstacles that are thrown in his path over and over again; he really is a true hero. Even quiet Mr. Jelliby, a bumbling, idiotic adult who stays locked away in his home as much as he can manages to grow into a more appealing and courageous character. Both characters lean more about themselves and the world around them as they work together.

For being sixteen when he started The Peculiar, Bachmann puts the rest of us to shame. His writing abilities are spectacular, painting vivid images of this frightening world and bringing this entire city to life. The ideas are fresh, the world-building is realistic and horrifying, and the ease with which the plot moves along is elegant. There were some moments where things slowed down and may have moved too leisurely, but overall the story moves quickly and efficiently. I admit, I love a good bloody and graphic scene with bodies swinging from trees, and Bachmann leaves none of these scenes to the imagination. His descriptive language made me feel as if I were really there, watching lifeless corpses swinging from dead branches.

Overall, I loved Bachmann's The Peculiar. It's horrifying and fantastical and the juxtaposition between fantasy and reality with steampunk elements thrown in is perfect. I greatly appreciated that Bachmann refused to portray the fae in a positive light, giving us the true eleven creatures of old world mythology. I loved watching the two main characters grow throughout the story and learn to navigate this strange world they live in, and I can't wait to find out what Bachmann has in store for us next. There are some graphic and scary images that may not be suitable for children under nine.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday - Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

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

Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins
Expected Publication Date: April 30th, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 464 pages
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Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?
Why I Can't Wait: I absolutely adored Sweet Evil and I'm just SO EXCITED that there's going to be a sequel, FINALLY! I just have to know what's going to happen with Anna and Kai!!!!! The sexy wait is KILLING ME!

What are you waiting on this week??!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Teaser Tuesday - Jinx by Sage Blackwood

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Jinx by Sage Blackwood
Publication Date: January 8th, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Page Count: 368 pages
Goodreads | Books Inc.
In the Urwald, you don’t step off the path. Trolls, werewolves, and butter-churn riding witches lurk amid the clawing branches, eager to swoop up the unwary. Jinx has always feared leaving the path—then he meets the wizard Simon Magnus.

Jinx knows that wizards are evil. But Simon’s kitchen is cozy, and he seems cranky rather than wicked. Staying with him appears to be Jinx’s safest, and perhaps only, option. As Jinx’s curiosity about magic grows, he learns to listen to the trees as closely as he does to Simon’s unusual visitors. The more Jinx discovers, the more determined he becomes to explore beyond the security of well-trod paths. But in the Urwald, a little healthy fear is never out of place, for magic—and magicians—can be as dangerous as the forest, and soon Jinx must decide which is the greater threat.

Sage Blackwood introduces a daring new hero for an innovative new world as Jinx is joined by friends, battles enemies, and discovers life beyond—and even within—the forest is more complex than he can imagine, and that the Urwald itself needs him more than he could ever guess.
 My Teaser
"In the Urwald you grow up fast or not at all. By the time Jinx was six he had learned to live quietly and carefully, squeezed into the spaces left by ther people even though the hut he lived in with his stepparents actually belonged to him. He had inherited it after his father died of werewolves and his mother was carried off by elves" - ARC page 1

Monday, January 14, 2013

Review: Asunder by Jodi Meadows


Asunder (Newsoul #2) by Jodi Meadows
Expected Publication Date: January 29th, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Page Count: 416 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Work; Not Your Mother's Book Club
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DARKSOULS Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.

SHADOWS Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

LOVE Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.

In this second book in the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.
I was lucky enough to get Incarnate as an ARC last year, and once I finished I knew waiting for the sequel would be torture. Unfortunately, Asunder came right in the middle of a busy school year, so when I finally had the time to pick it up, I devoured it. Asunder is probably ten times better than Incarnate and I am pretty positive that the next installment will be ten times better than Asunder. Not only are there fantastic new characters, but our old favorites are changing in the best of ways. Even the writing style has become more poetic and graceful, flowing together without leaving plot holes and questions unanswered. I absolutely adored Asunder and I can't believe I have to wait another year for the final book!

I really loved Ana's character development in Asunder, she seems like she's got a lot more confidence and a new backbone which I so loved and she so needed. She actually stands up to Sam and Stef and the council members on more than one occasion, and I just wanted to cheer for her the whole time. Even Sam shows his less confident side, breaking down and proving he doesn't know everything. We're introduced to some new characters who really added a new depth to Heart and Ana's world and I'm looking forward to learning more about them and how they have contributed to Heart and Range in their past lives.

The story lines from Incarnate are continued and there are plenty of new and crazy revelations that totally blew me away. We learn more about all the creatures living in Range, as well as where Ana came from and what will happen to her. Jodi's writing style is still beautiful and elegant, if not more so than before. The different plot points also connected together better in Asunder which helped the story flow more smoothly. The descriptive way that Jodi created this world is fantastic, I felt like I was truly there, standing in the town center, or with Ana in the tower. I could always vividly picture whatever scene was being painted in my head and that really hooked me into the story.

Just like last time, I completely fell in love with Jodi's story. I'm falling more in love with Ana and Sam and I love that questions are getting answered while others are arising. The world-building is going a little deeper and I'm really looking forward to the way everything will be wrapped up. Plus, there is tons of kissing!! If you loved Incarnate, you'll love Asunder even more and if you haven't started this fantastical series yet, you really need to. There are dragons! Fans of fantasy, soft sci fi, and romance will love this one!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Through the Ever Night Launch Party Recap!!!!

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
Publication Date: January 8th, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Page Count: 352 pages
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t's been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don't take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe's precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and dystopian elements to create a captivating love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.
The gorgeous display of THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT at the front of the store!
Veronica Rossi's sequel to her amazing debut, Under the Never Sky, came out this past week on the 8th and she held an amazing launch party at Rakestraw Books in Danville, CA! I was lucky enough to be able to attend and it was such a good time!!

Veronica, signing my book with lots of hearts :D 

Me with Veronica Rossi!!
I'm wearing the same leather jacket in my first picture with Veronica, when she came to San Francisco for the Dark Days!

Veronica tearing up and thanking everyone for coming out to support her <3

My gorgeous signed copy of THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT with a pretty bookmark and tattoo!!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2) by Veronica Rossi

Expected Publication Date: January 8th, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Page Count: 
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It's been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don't take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe's precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and dystopian elements to create a captivating love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.
Interview with Veronica Rossi

1. Tell us how Through the Ever Night differs from Under the Never Sky Twitter style, in 140 characters or less!
The world is unraveling so the situations are more intense. Aria and Perry are both tried to their limits. It's epic!

2. How was the writing process different the second time around?
It was different because I was writing on deadlines, and also writing with fans in mind. I love my fans, but I had to mentally put up a wall to make sure I wasn't writing what I thought they wanted. I know that sounds strange, because I actually do want my fans to love the story, but my priority is always to stay true to the world and the characters that I created in the first book. Everything that happens needs to feel organic, and not like I'm writing to please.

3. Did you have a hard time keeping certain plot points or character traits consistent though the sequel?
No, not really! What I loved about writing the sequel was that I could just hit the ground running. I can write these characters on autopilot now; I know their fears and desires so well. Recently I started a totally new manuscript. I'd forgotten what it felt like to have to write unfamiliar characters!

4. What are your go to writing snacks and drinks?
I love tea and coffee, and I drink both while I write, but I'm not much of a snacker.

5. Did you have any really terrible writer's block? When you do get a bad case of writer's block, what's your method for getting through it?
I have definitely had moments when the writing isn't easy. When that happens, sometimes I'll take walks or work on something else to clear my head, but usually I just try to write through it!

6. Out of all your characters, old and new, who is your favorite? Least favorite?
I actually enjoy writing all of them. Especially now that I feel so comfortable in this world and in this series. I even loved writing Flea, the dog that's introduced in THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT!

7. If Perry and Roar were both vying for your affections, who would you choose?
Oh, boy. I really can't answer this. It feels very traitorous to even consider!

8. Are you working on any new projects at the moment?
I am! I just began a new project that I'm very excited about. I can't wait to be able to share more about it. Hopefully very soon!

9. For those who have yet to pick up Under the Never Sky, why should they add it to their ever-growing TBR?
I'm very biased, obviously, but they should add it if they are looking for an exciting adventure with a romance, and great supporting characters.

About the Author
VERONICA ROSSI was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Growing up, she lived in several countries and cities around the world, finally settling in Northern California with her husband and two sons. She completed undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went on to study fine art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. UNDER THE NEVER SKY is her first novel.
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Friday, January 4, 2013

Giveaway: ARC of Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans


I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans, and this last week Simon and Schuster generously sent me a finished copy! Since Level 2 isn't out for another week or so, I thought I'd throw a quick giveaway where one lucky winner will receive my extra ARC of Level 2! 

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans
Expected Publication Date: January 15th, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 288 pages
Three levels. Two loves. One choice. Debut novelist, Lenore Appelhans has written a thrilling otherworldly young adult novel about a place that exists between our world (Level 1) and what comes after life (Level 2).

'I pause to look around the hive - all the podlike chambers are lit up as the drones shoot up on memories ... I've wanted to get out of here before, but now the tight quarters start to choke me. There has to be more to death than this.'

Felicia Ward is dead. Trapped in a stark white afterlife limbo, she spends endless days replaying memories, of her family, friends, boyfriend ... and of the guy who broke her heart. The guy who has just broken into Level 2 to find her.

Felicia learns that a rebellion is brewing, and it seems she is the key. Suspended between heaven and earth, she must make a choice. Between two worlds, two lives and two loves.
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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Review: Wildwood by Colin Meloy


Wildwood by Colin Meloy | Illustrated by Carson Ellis
Publication Date: August 30th, 2011
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Page Count: 541 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher for Review
Age: 10 and up - Some frightening elements and advanced vocabulary may be too much for younger children
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The first book in the epic middle-grade fantasy series full of magic, wonder, and danger—nothing less than an American Narnia—from Colin Meloy, lead singer of the highly celebrated band the Decemberists, and Carson Ellis, the acclaimed illustrator of the New York Times bestselling The Mysterious Benedict Society.
When Prue's baby brother is kidnapped by a murder of crows, she wastes no time setting off into the impassable wilderness to save him. Along the way, Prue discovers that her missing brother is part of something much bigger and more sinister than she could ever imagine. Wildwood by Colin Meloy has to be, by far, the best book I've read all year. I am absolutely in love and obsessed with it and I have been recommending it to anyone and every one I know. The characters are fantastic and strong, and the world building is magnificently constructed. While written for a younger audience, the adventurous plot and lyrical writing style will have adults and children hooked from the very beginning.

Prue wastes no time in deciding that she will do everything in her power to save her brother, risking her life on more than one occasion. Prue's classmate, Curtis, takes it upon himself to accompany her in hopes that he'll find friendship and an adventure. I loved Prue from the very beginning; her heart is huge and she is an incredibly courageous young girl. Curtis' need to help Prue was admirable and selfless and I loved how much he grew into himself throughout the story. Their journey through Wildwood helps both Prue and Curtis come into themselves, realizing their true potential and developing into warriors while growing out of their childhood selves. The rest of the characters are fantastic - an army of coyotes, an evil witch, an owl king, and a helpful mailman all play important roles in Prue's journey.

Meloy's writing style has to be one of the best I've encountered in a while. His poetic form captured my interest immediately and his ability to weave such metaphorical language with beautiful imagery created a harmonious reading experience. As the lead singer of The Decemberists, his writing style becomes very lyrical and emotional which adds a great depth to the plot and advances the world-building to another level. The Narnia-esque world that Meloy creates is both fascinating and frightening, but I was unable to pull myself away. I became completely immersed in the wilderness and magic of Wildwood. The juxtaposition of reality and fantasy is fantastic and the strength of children compared to the weakness of adults is a wonderful concept. The size may be daunting, but I know that once readers meet Prue and Curtis they will be hooked.

It didn't take long for Wildwood to grab me and once I was hooked I wasn't letting go. The world of this "impassable wilderness" is frightening and exhilarating and I can't wait to return. The story may be too scary for younger children, but fans of Narnia and Harry Potter will devour it. The gorgeous writing style and daring plot will seize children (and adults) of all ages. I am so ready to pick up all of Meloy's books, even the ones he hasn't written yet!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday - Hysteria by Megan Miranda

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


Hysteria by Megan Miranda
Expected Publication Date: February 5th, 2013
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Page Count: 336 pages
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Mallory killed her boyfriend, Brian. She can't remember the details of that night but everyone knows it was self-defense, so she isn't charged. But Mallory still feels Brian's presence in her life. Is it all in her head? Or is it something more? In desperate need of a fresh start, Mallory is sent to Monroe, a fancy prep school where no one knows her . . . or anything about her past.But the feeling follows her, as do her secrets. Then, one of her new classmates turns up dead. As suspicion falls on Mallory, she must find a way to remember the details of both deadly nights so she can prove her innocence-to herself and others. In another riveting tale of life and death, Megan Miranda's masterful storytelling brings readers along for a ride to the edge of sanity and back again.
Why I Can't Wait: I absolutely LOVED Miranda's Fracture and I am so excited to read yet another awesome title from her!!! I'm sure this one will be just as crazy and mind-bending as the last!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Favorite Books of 2012 and What I'm Looking Forward to in 2013!

2012 was really a great year in books and I definitely read some amazing titles!! There is no way I could limit it to only 10, so I'm really just going to list all of the amazing books I super duper loved in 2012 :) I'm going to list them in the order that I read them, rather than least favorite to most favorite.

Favorites of 2012



A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Wildwood by Colin Meloy
Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
Every Day by David Levithan
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Gilt by Katherine Longshore
Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows



Top 5 of 2013

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
Asunder by Jodi Meadows
Sever by Lauren DeStefano
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo



What are some books you absolutely loved in 2012? What are you looking forward to in 2013??

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