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Claire LaZebnik

    Quickie ‘Thrillers or Contemporaries’ Giveaway

    The Thrillers

    The Contemporaries

    The Giveaway

    I have read a bunch of awesome books these past few months and have received quite a few new books to read and review. Since my shelves are getting pretty crowded, I’ve decided to box up a few of my recent reads and offer them up for giveaway.

    And I’m going to make it super simple this time around. (Though adding the books you are interested in to Goodreads by clicking their titles above would be super amazing!)

    What’s Up for Grabs

    • A box of four thrillers (ARCs) to one winner – US only
    • A box of four contemporaries (books/ARCs) to one winner – US only

    The Deets

    To enter, leave a comment stating whether you’d be interested in the box of thrillers or contemporaries and on Tuesday, April 18th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific I’ll throw names into Random and choose one winner for the thrillers and one winner for the contemporaries.

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • There will be ONE winner for the box of thrillers and ONE winner for the box of contemporaries
    • Giveaway ends on April 18th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
    • Winners will be chosen by Random on April 19th and contacted by email
    • Winners have 72 hours to respond or a new winner(s) will be selected


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    Author: Claire LaZebnik
    Release date: March 28, 2017
    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook


    Chloe Mitchell appears to be the it girl: the one with a cute boyfriend, popular friends, and a wide open future. But Chloe’s life isn’t exactly what it seems.  Her older sister, Ivy, has autism, and Chloe worries that she’s Ivy’s only friend.  If Chloe goes away for college, who else is going to remind Ivy to brush her hair each morning or to be polite when someone talks to her?  Chloe wonders if life might be easier if Ivy had someone else in her life: a boyfriend, maybe?

    Ethan, a sweet autistic guy in Ivy’s class, seems perfect for Ivy. It’s unfortunate that his older brother, David, is one of Chloe’s least favorite people, but Chloe can deal, especially when she realizes that David is just as devoted to Ethan as she is to Ivy. Chloe and David orchestrate a series of dates between Ivy and Ethan, and to Chloe’s surprise, she has way more fun as part of this unlikely foursome than she does with her popular friends at school. When Chloe’s matchmaking plan goes awry, she’s forced to look inward and realize that an easy life isn’t necessarily what she wants after all.


    Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy has been pre-ordered for my collection.

    The Review

    THINGS I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN is a sweet, funny, happy-making read that offers up a touch of romance, but is much more a story about siblings, and love, and family, and all of their inherent challenges. With a quick pace, a heartwarming narrative, and immensely likable characters, it’s a story that can – and will – easily be read in one sitting.

    Chloe Mitchell doesn’t want to resent her perfect boyfriend with his perfect family and his perfect life. She doesn’t want to be envious of her friends whose only worries seem to be about what parties to go to, what tests to study for, or what colleges to attend. And she doesn’t. Not completely. She just wishes her life wasn’t as complicated and messy as it is.

    Pretending to be the perfect girlfriend is wearing thin. Try as she might, she can’t keep up the facade that all is good, that she’s got everything under control, and that nothing bothers her – not even the ignorant comments people make about her sister Ivy.

    But she doesn’t want to end up a social pariah like David. She just can’t figure out how to keep up appearances while worrying about what’s going to happen with Ivy. She can’t turn to her mom for help. Or her mom’s new husband, Ron. But if she could find someone else for Ivy to spend time with, to trust, to like, and someday, hopefully, to love, then maybe she wouldn’t have to be so stressed all the time.

    Claire LaZebnik penned a heartfelt, delightful, and moving story that conveys just how strong the sibling bond can be and how important it is to have someone in your life who understands what you’re going through and who will be there for you when you need them. She introduces characters who are real and sympathetic and relatable. And she puts them in situations that are difficult, stressful, awkward and uncomfortable, emotional, and at times humorous.

    Through her characters, she lets readers experience what it’s like to love someone with autism – the joy, the fear, the challenges, the sorrow, the hope. And with her words she will make readers smile, laugh, tear up, and  fall in love with THINGS I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN.

    The Rating


    “This story about a girl who upends her own life by trying to help someone else is a winning read for young people ready for a realistic romance about life’s challenges… Chloe and her sister are so authentically portrayed, they nearly leap off the page… This story about a girl who upends her own life by trying to help someone else is a winning read for young people ready for a realistic romance about life’s challenges.” —School Library Journal

    “A charmingly honest, insightful story about love, family, and frozen yogurt. So good you’ll finish it in one sitting!” —Robyn Schneider, author of The Beginning of Everything and Extraordinary Means

    Things I Should Have Known is funny, compassionate, and loving. LaZebnik writes with authority and ease, capturing the complexities of sibling bonds and first love, and crafting characters to root for from start to finish.” —Emma Mills, author of First & Then

    “At once romantic and touching, perceptive and honest, Things I Should Have Known is about first love, the bonds of sisterhood, and living your most authentic life. I couldn’t put it down.” —Julie Buxbaum, author of Tell Me Three Things

    “A fiercely honest and surprising story about family, first love, and the beauty of individuality. LaZebnik reminds us that sometimes the most wonderful things in life are the things you never expected.” —Ashley Blake, author of Suffer Love

    About Claire LaZebnik

    CLAIRE LAZEBNIK has written many adult and YA novels, has coauthored two books on autism, and has contributed to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. She lives with her TV writer husband and four children, one of whom has autism. She resides in Los Angeles, California.



    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #173


    Below are the (mostly) YA books releasing this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    These are books for the week of April 22nd-April 28th that I have pre-ordered.


    The Inventor's Secret


    THE INVENTOR’S SECRET by Andrea Cremer releases in the U.S. today, April 22, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Philomel, the print edition is 336 pages.

    THE INVENTOR’S SECRET is the first book in Andrea Cremer’s new series of the same name.


    I kept forgetting that THE INVENTOR’S SECRET was releasing this week but now that it’s happily residing on my Kindle I couldn’t be happier. I’m so tempted to just set aside my current read and jump right in.

    I love Andrea Cremer’s writing and it’s been quite awhile since I’ve read a steampunk novel. So I can’t wait to meet Charlotte and discover this alternate nineteenth century North America the author imagined. I can’t wait to see what inventions have been created. And I can’t wait to see just how awful the British Empire is.

    I am totally intrigued by the invention on the cover and wonder whether it will be discussed in the book. I am curious as to what the inventor’s secret is. And I’m also interested in finding out whether I’ll be left hanging, desperately awaiting the sequel’s release.

    Since this week is more than crazy IRL, I really hope to be able to sneak this one in next week. Even if I only have time for just a quick peek. Or two. Or three….


    New from Andrea Cremer, the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade novels, comes an action-packed alternate-history steampunk adventure.

    In this world, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth, they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape  or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire’s Machineworks.

    The Inventor’s Secret is the first book of a YA steampunk series set in an alternate nineteenth-century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery. Perfect for fans of Libba Bray’s The Diviners, Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel,Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan and Phillip Reeve’s Mortal Instruments.


    Don't Call Me Baby


    DON’T CALL ME BABY by Gwendolyn Heasley releases in the U.S. today, April 22, 2014, in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 304 pages.


    I can’t believe that DON’T CALL ME BABY releases today and that it’s now living on my Kindle. I grabbed an early copy from Edelweiss, and actually started reading it, but when things got busy with my sail class at the end of last month I never got the chance to pick it back up.

    But I definitely plan on finishing, as I want to know more about Imogene and see what she has to say on her blog. From what I’ve already read, I think I would just die of embarrassment if my mother was anything like hers. So I’m super curious to see how she copes.

    This story sounds like it will be a lot of fun, totally sweet, and will probably make me roll my eyes and cringe every time I read one of Imogen’s mom’s blog posts. But I can’t wait to finish it this weekend.


    All her life, Imogene has been known as the girl on THAT blog.

    Imogene’s mother has been writing an incredibly embarrassing, and incredibly popular, blog about her since before she was born. Hundreds of thousands of perfect strangers knew when Imogene had her first period. Imogene’s crush saw her “before and after” orthodontia photos. But Imogene is fifteen now, and her mother is still blogging about her, in gruesome detail, against her will.

    When a mandatory school project compels Imogene to start her own blog, Imogene is reluctant to expose even more of her life online…until she realizes that the project is the opportunity she’s been waiting for to tell the truth about her life under the virtual microscope and to define herself for the first time.

    Don’t Call Me Baby is a sharply observed and irrepressibly charming story about mothers and daughters, best friends and first crushes, and the surface-level identities we show the world online and the truth you can see only in real life.


    The Last Best Kiss


    THE LAST BEST KISS by Claire LaZebnik releases in the U.S. today, April 22, 2014, in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 384 pages.


    I had no idea until THE LAST BEST KISS downloaded today that I had an eARC for review. If I had remembered that I grabbed a copy I would have read it ages ago. But now that I have the finished copy on my Kindle I’ll definitely have to read that version instead.

    I want to get to know Anna Eliot. I want to see what happens when Finn Westbrook comes back into her life. I did not read Austen’s PERSUASION, so I didn’t meet her Anne Elliot or her Frederick Wentworth. But I already know I’ll love Claire LaZebnik’s characters – and story – more.

    If I can find some time to dive into this next week, I definitely will. I’ve been on such a huge contemporary kick, and seeing this at the very front of my Kindle makes me that much more desperate to read it. I just know it will be a super quick and fun and entertaining read.

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed.


    Anna Eliot is tired of worrying about what other people think. After all, that was how she lost the only guy she ever really liked, Finn Westbrook.

    Now, three years after she broke his heart, the one who got away is back in her life.

    All Anna wants is a chance to relive their last kiss again (and again and again). But Finn obviously hasn’t forgotten how she treated him, and he’s made it clear he has no interest in having anything to do with her.

    Anna keeps trying to persuade herself that she doesn’t care about Finn either, but even though they’ve both changed since they first met, deep down she knows he’s the guy for her. Now if only she can get him to believe that, too….

    With her signature wit and expertly authentic teen voice, Claire LaZebnik (the author of fan favorites Epic Fail and The Trouble with Flirting) once again breathes new life into a perennially popular love story. Fans of Polly Shulman, Maureen Johnson, and, of course, Jane Austen will love this irresistibly funny and romantic tale of first loves and second chances.


    The Hunt


    THE HUNT by Stacey Kade releases in the U.S. today, April 22, 2014, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Disney-Hyperion, the print edition is 368 pages.

    THE HUNT is the second book in Author Stacey Kade’s Project Paper Dolls series.


    I have not yet read the first book in this series, but I own it, and I can’t wait to dive into both THE RULES and THE HUNT really, really soon. The description for THE RULES totally sold me on the series, so I’d planned on grabbing each of the books in the series on its respective release date. I just hope that this second book in the series isn’t the last.

    But I will not read the description for THE HUNT as I haven’t yet read book one. So I don’t know whether Ariane Tucker followed the rules. I don’t know what it means that she has human and extraterrestrial DNA. And I don’t know who “they” are and whether they found who… or what… they were looking for.

    As I have both books to read, I won’t get the chance to add them to the pile right away. But I am hopeful I won’t have to wait too much longer before I can discover this series. Hm… I might just have some extra time mid-May.


    Ariane Tucker has finally escaped GTX, the research facility that created her. While on the run, Zane Bradshaw is the only person she can trust. He knows who-and what-she is and still wants to be part of her life.

    But accepting Zane’s help means putting him in danger.

    Dr. Jacobs, head of GTX, is not the only one hunting for Ariane. Two rival corporations have their sights set on taking down their competition. Permanently. To protect Zane and herself, Ariane needs allies. She needs the other hybrids. The hybrids who are way more alien and a lot less human. Can Ariane win them over before they turn on her? Or will she be forced to choose sides, to decide who lives and who dies.


    Other Books of Note

    Prisoner of Night and FogPRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG (Prisoner of Night and Fog #1) by Anne Blankman

    Pub. Date: April 22, 2014

    Publisher: Balzer + Bray



    In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her “uncle” Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf’s, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

    Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler.

    And Gretchen follows his every command.

    Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can’t stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can’t help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she’s been taught to believe about Jews.

    As Gretchen investigates the very people she’s always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

    From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she’s ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead.

    Summer State of MindSUMMER STATE OF MIND (Whispering Pines #2) by Jen Calonita

    Pub. Date: April 22, 2014

    Publisher: Poppy



    Summer has finally arrived and fifteen-year-old Harper McCallister intends to spend her days at the mall shopping or by the pool at her country club. But after receiving her latest heart-stopping credit card bill, Harper’s parents makes other plans, and ship her off to camp.

    Suddenly, the clueless yet ever-popular Harper is the new girl at the bottom of a social ladder she can’t climb in wedge sandals and expensive clothes. She seems to be winning over super-cute camp “Lifer” Ethan, though, and if she can manage to make a few friends–and stay out of trouble–she just might find a whole new summer state of mind.

    A fresh and funny summer-camp companion novel to Jen Calonita’s hit Sleepaway Girls.

    Deception's PrincessDECEPTION’S PRINCESS (Deception’s Princess #1) by Esther Friesner

    Pub. Date: April 22, 2014

    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers



    Some lies lead to true adventure…

    Maeve, princess of Connacht, was born with her fists clenched. And it’s her spirit and courage that make Maeve her father’s favorite daughter. But once he becomes the High King, powerful men begin to circle—it’s easy to love the girl who brings her husband a kingdom.

    Yet Maeve is more than a prize to be won, and she’s determined to win the right to decide her own fate. In the court’s deadly game of intrigue, she uses her wits to keep her father’s friends and enemies close—but not too close. When she strikes up an unlikely friendship with the son of a visiting druid, Maeve faces a brutal decision between her loyalty to her family and to her own heart.

    Award-winning author Esther Friesner has a remarkable gift for combining exciting myth and richly researched history. This fiery heroine’s fight for independence in first-century Ireland is truly worthy of a bard’s tale. Hand Deception’s Princess to fans of Tamora Pierce, Shannon Hale, and Malinda Lo.

    How-I-Got-Skinny-Famous-and-Fell-Madly-in-Love-Ken-BakerHOW I GOT SKINNY, FAMOUS, AND FELL MADLY IN LOVE by Ken Baker

    Pub. Date: April 22, 2014

    Publisher: Running Press Kids



    “Thick. Heavy. Big boned. Plump. Full figured. Chunky. Womanly. Large. Curvy. Plus-size. Hefty.” To sixteen-year-old Emery Jackson, these are all just euphemisms for the big “F” word—”fat.” Living on a Southern California beach with her workout fiend dad, underwear model sister, and former model mother, it is impossible for Emery not to be aware of her weight.

    Emery is okay with how things are. That is, until her “momager” signs her up for Fifty Pounds to Freedom, a reality show in which Emery will have to lose fifty pounds in fifty days in order to win the million dollars that will solve her family’s financial woes. Emery is skeptical of the process, but when the pounds start to come off and the ratings skyrocket, she finds it hard to resist the adoration of her new figure and the world of fame. Emery knows that things have changed. But is it for the better?

    Talker 25TALKER 25 (Talker 25#1) by Joshua McCune

    Pub. Date: April 22, 2014

    Publisher: Greenwillow Books



    Debut author Joshua McCune’s gritty and heart-pounding novel is a masterful reimagining of popular dragon fantasy lore, set in a militant future reminiscent of Paolo Bacigalupi’s Ship Breaker and Ann Aguirre’s Outpost.

    It’s a high school prank gone horribly wrong-sneaking onto the rez to pose next to a sleeping dragon-and now senior Melissa Callahan has become an unsuspecting pawn in a war between Man and Monster, between family and friends and the dragons she has despised her whole life. Chilling, epic, and wholly original, this debut novel imagines a North America where dragons are kept on reservations, where strict blackout rules are obeyed no matter the cost, where the highly weaponized military operates in chilling secret, and where a gruesome television show called Kissing Dragons unites the population. Joshua McCune’s debut novel offers action, adventure, fantasy, and a reimagining of popular dragon lore.

    Expiration DayEXPIRATION DAY by William Campbell Powell

    Pub. Date: April 22, 2014

    Publisher: Tor Teen



    What happens when you turn eighteen and there are no more tomorrows?
    It is the year 2049, and humanity is on the brink of extinction….

    Tania Deeley has always been told that she’s a rarity: a human child in a world where most children are sophisticated androids manufactured by Oxted Corporation. When a decline in global fertility ensued, it was the creation of these near-perfect human copies called teknoids that helped to prevent the utter collapse of society.

    Though she has always been aware of the existence of teknoids, it is not until her first day at The Lady Maud High School for Girls that Tania realizes that her best friend, Siân, may be one. Returning home from the summer holiday, she is shocked by how much Siân has changed. Is it possible that these changes were engineered by Oxted? And if Siân could be a teknoid, how many others in Tania’s life are not real?

    Driven by the need to understand what sets teknoids apart from their human counterparts, Tania begins to seek answers. But time is running out. For everyone knows that on their eighteenth “birthdays,” teknoids must be returned to Oxted—never to be heard from again.

    VictoriesVICTORIES (Shadow Grail #4) by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

    Pub. Date: April 22, 2014

    Publisher: Tor Teen



    The fourth and final book in the Shadow Grail series by the “New York Times “and “USA Today “bestselling authors Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill.

    Spirit White and her friends Burke, Loch, and Addie have escaped from Oakhurst Academy. But their freedom has come at a terrible cost–a dear friend sacrificed her own life to save theirs. In the wake of Muirin’s death, they are also forced to deal with the terrifying truth behind the facade of Oakhurst Academy: all of the legends are true.

    Queen Guinevere, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table really had existed. With the magic of Merlin, they were able to imprison their greatest foe, Mordred, before he could plunge the world back into the Dark Ages. But Mordred is now free, in charge of Oakhurst Academy, and determined to finish what he started so long ago.

    Pursued by Shadow Knights, the reincarnated remnants of Mordred’s original army, Spirit’s small band undertakes a quest to recover the Four Hallows, objects of immeasurable power. Memories of a past life have begun to surface, one in which Spirit wields a legendary sword. She comes to realize that these memories are the true key to Mordred’s defeat. Can Spirit and her friends manage to recapture the magic of Camelot in time to save their fellow students and prevent the end of the world?

    The Year of the RatTHE YEAR OF THE RAT by Clare Furniss

    Pub. Date: April 24, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books



    I always thought you’d know, somehow, if something terrible was going to happen. I thought you’d sense it, like when the air goes damp and heavy before a storm and you know you’d better hide yourself away somewhere safe until it all blows over.

    But it turns out it’s not like that at all. There’s no scary music playing in the background like in films. No warning signs. Not even a lonely magpie. One for sorrow, Mum used to say. Quick, look for another.

    The world can tip at any moment … a fact that fifteen-year-old Pearl is all too aware of when her mum dies after giving birth to her baby sister. Told across the year following her mother’s death, Pearl’s story is full of bittersweet humour and heartbreaking honesty about how you deal with grief that cuts you to the bone, as she tries not only to come to terms with losing her mum, but also the fact that her sister – The Rat – is a constant reminder of why her mum is no longer around…

    The Chance You Won't ReturnTHE CHANCE YOU WON’T RETURN by Annie Cardi

    Pub. Date: April 22, 2014

    Publisher: Candlewick



    When your mom thinks she’s Amelia Earhart, navigating high school, first love, and family secrets is like flying solo without a map.

    Driver’s ed and a first crush should be what Alex Winchester is stressed out about in high school – and she is. But what’s really on her mind is her mother. Why is she dressing in Dad’s baggy khaki pants with a silk scarf around her neck? What is she planning when she pores over maps in the middle of the night? When did she stop being Mom and start being Amelia Earhart?

    Alex tries to keep her budding love life apart from the growing disaster at home as her mother sinks further into her delusions. But there are those nights, when everyone else is asleep, when it’s easier to confide in Amelia than it ever was to Mom. Now, as Amelia’s flight plans become more intense, Alex is increasingly worried that Amelia is planning her final flight – the flight from which she never returns. What could possibly be driving Mom’s delusions, and how far will they take her?


    Other Releases

    SHIFT by Jeff Povey

    LOST IN THOUGHT (The Sententia #1) by Cara Bertrand

    MIDNIGHT MEANDERS by Annika Jensen

    THE ART OF SECRETS by James Klise

    ON THE EIGHTH TIN by Adrian A. Cory


    It was a fairly quiet week this week for releases. But I am glad, as I just spent a ton of money while my Dad was visiting. And I think I used up my entire Amazon credit.

    Things have been so crazy this past week that I haven’t had a second to check whether I missed any releases last week, or if there are a few more books I should have pre-ordered that I didn’t this week.

    But the four books that did download, that are now a part of my permanent collection, are all books I can’t wait to get the chance to read. I just hope my schedule permits me to read them sooner rather than later.

    Anyway… I hope that a few of this week’s releases are ones you’ve been anxiously awaiting. I’d love to know if they turn out to be as amazing as you’d hoped they’d be when you get the chance to read them.

    And I want to wish each of the books releasing this week a happy bookish birthday.


    As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

    And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!


    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #113

    Below are the YA books releasing this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    These are books for the week of February 26th-March 4th that I have pre-ordered.


    The Goddess Inheritance

    THE GODDESS INHERITANCE by Aimee Carter will be released in the U.S. on February 26, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 304 pages.

    THE GODDESS INHERITANCE is the third (and final?) full-length novel in Aimee Carter’s The Goddess Test series.


    think that THE GODDESS INHERITANCE is the final book in the Goddess Test series. I’m not sure I want it to be, but I think it is. While I may be a little behind on the series, I love the characters – yes I love Henry – and I can’t wait to read this next installment.

    I did end up taking just a small peek at the description and I cannot believe the choice that Kate must face in this book. For those who are behind on this series I will say no more, as that description is super revealing about what happened in book two, GODDESS INTERRUPTED.

    But I cannot wait to read both of these books back-to-back this March. As soon as I clear a couple more books off the pile I am going to reboot the series and read all three books.

    If this is the final book, I hope that Kate and Henry get their happy ending. And I hope that the choice Kate makes doesn’t cost her everything. Although, as this is based on mythology, I’m not entirely certain it is even possible for it to end happily. Those stories always seemed to end tragically.

    And even though I won’t get the chance to read this for a few more weeks, I’m super stoked that my copy will be downloading to my Kindle on Tuesday.


    DUALED by Elsie Chapman will be released in the U.S. on February 26, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 304 pages.

    DUALED is the first book in author Elsie Chapman’s new series of the same name. The sequel, DIVIDED, is slated for release in February 2014.


    I can’t believe DUALED is finally releasing this week. When I first noticed this book, which seemed like a lifetime ago, I thought release date was so incredibly far away. Well it’s here. And now I’ll finally be able to take a look at this book that caught my eye those many months ago.

    As DUALED was the book I spotlighted for my Book Watch post a few weeks back, I won’t go on and on here. Because I’ve already let it be known that this was the book I was most excited for this week.

    I’ll be hiding from all reviews until I’ve had the chance to read it. Because I don’t want my read of this story to be swayed by someone else’s opinion. But if the description holds true and DUALED is as suspenseful and fast-paced and thought-provoking as promised, then there is no way I won’t fall madly in love with this story of “Alternate’s” and the harsh future it imagines.

    I am hopeful I’ll be able to sneak in a read of this book in early March.

    The Trouble with Flirting

    THE TROUBLE WITH FLIRTING by Claire LaZebnik will be released in the U.S. on February 26, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 336 pages.


    I loved reading EPIC FAIL by Claire LaZebnik and so I’m super excited for the release of THE TROUBLE WITH FLIRTING. Of course I’ve had this pre-ordered since the moment I heard about it and I’m hoping to take a peek when it downloads on Tuesday.

    This sounds like such a fun and delightful story. The description promises “mixed messages and romantic near-misses” and I cannot wait to see which messages are mixed and just who is sending them. Franny? Alex? Or is it Henry?

    I have a feeling that Franny will get herself into just a little bit of trouble in this story, as the title hints. But I’m curious to see if there is a happy ending to her summer romance.

    If I don’t get to devour this book in the next couple of weeks, I may take it on vacation with me at the end of March/beginning of April. It sounds like the perfect vacation read.


    PULSE by Patrick Carman will be released in the U.S. on February 26, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 384 pages.

    PULSE is the first book in author Patrick Carman’s new trilogy of the same name.


    I was immediately drawn in by the cover for PULSE and when I received an early copy for review my curiosity was definitely piqued by the description. While I didn’t get the chance to read it prior to its release, I knew I had to pre-order a copy so that I could have this book in my collection.

    I love stories dubbed “fantasy-adventure” and ones that promise to be “of epic proportions” are ones that will always find their way onto my radar. I am also, and have been for as long as I can remember, fascinated by telekinesis. So this story sounds like my kind of book.

    I can’t wait to meet Dylan and Faith. I can’t wait to see how they both use their abilities. The description hints at action and a love story, but little else, so I’m dying to know just what happens in this first book in the series.

    I am going to try and read this next week, especially as a reviewer I trust recommended it to me. Though, if not next week, then definitely the week after.

    The Madness Underneath

    THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH by Maureen Johnson will be released in the U.S. on February 26, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 304 pages.

    THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH is the second book in author Maureen Johnson’s Shades of London series. The third book in the series is entitled THE SHADOW CABINET.


    I have not yet read the first book in this series but I’ve had THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH pre-ordered for quite some time. I don’t know how many books are going to be a part of this series, but I wanted to have this sequel in my collection before I even considered beginning the Shades of London.

    I loved getting the chance to read two of Maureen Johnson’s books back-to-back in 2011. And I wanted to be able to do the same with this series which sounds very different from that other one but equally as entertaining… if not more so.

    I took a peek at the description – yeah, I can’t seem to help myself this week, can I? – and of course I’m fascinated by the fact that this sequel promises to be filled with “spectacularly gruesome details” and will “keep [me] on the edge of [my] seat until the very end.” I love books that make me cringe, shudder and want to race through them to see just what happens.

    So, yeah… I am so unbelievably excited to finally get the chance to read THE NAME OF THE STAR and follow it up instantly with THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH. Even the title of this sequel is wicked, wicked awesome.

    If I can’t squeeze these books onto my crowded reading pile in March, then they will definitely top the pile in early April. 


    FRAGMENTS by Dan Wells will be released in the U.S. on February 26, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 576 pages.

    FRAGMENTS is the second book in author Dan Wells’ Partials Sequence series.


    I have not read PARTIALS by Dan Wells, but I have heard so many amazing things about it that I had to order the sequel, FRAGMENTS. Not only am I am majorly in love with both covers, but the story itself sounds incredible.

    A society on the brink of extinction. A character, Kira, who must make a “desperate decision” to save her race. And not one but two books in this series the descriptions call “pulse-pounding.”

    I cannot wait to meet Kira and find out what decision she made. And I cannot wait to see just what will happen to Kira, to the humans, to the Partials, in FRAGMENTS.

    I am really, really hoping to be able to devour this series – including the novella, which I also own – this April, even though it sounds like there will be additional books in the series that will force me to wait as anxiously as others have had to wait for FRAGMENTS to be released.

    The Watcher

    THE WATCHER by Lisa Voisin officially releases in the U.S. on March 4, 2013 in paperback format. And it is currently available to order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Inkspell Publishing, the print edition is 508 pages.


    I am so excited for the upcoming release of THE WATCHER by Lisa Voisin next Monday. While the paperback edition is already shipping, I’m hoping that it will be available electronically on March 4th so that I can read it on my Kindle.

    If not, I suppose I’ll cave and buy the print edition because this book sounds seriously awesome. And with two of my favorite angel series having ended, I am desperate for a new story to fill the void.

    I especially love stories about fallen angels. And a story where an angel fell because of someone sounds all sorts of amazing. If it was for love, that’s the ultimate in swoon-worthiness. If it was for revenge, that’s totally epic.

    I cannot wait to meet Mia and Michael. I cannot wait to learn about this “past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge.” And I cannot wait to find out whether her story will end happily or end in destruction.

    If it does release in eBook format I will definitely be reading this some time next week. If it is only releasing in print, then it’ll be the week thereafter. Either way I cannot wait.

    Other Books of Note

    What We Become

    WHAT WE BECOME (Those That Wake #2) by Jesse Karp

    Pub. Date: February 26, 2013

    Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books




    SCANDAL (The Ivy #4) by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur

    Pub. Date: February 26, 2013

    Publisher: Dutton Juvenile



    Me Him Them

    ME, HIM, THEM, AND IT by Caela Carter

    Pub. Date: February 26, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens



    Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality


    Pub. Date: March 1, 2013

    Publisher: Point



    The Look

    THE LOOK by Sophia Bennett

    Pub. Date: March 1, 2013

    Publisher: Chicken House



    Some editions of EMBLAZE are being made available on March 1.

    I’ll include it again next week as that’s when my pre-order will be available!


    EMBLAZE (The Violet Eden Chapters #3) by Jessica Shirvington

    Pub. Date: March 1 and March 5, 2013

    Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire



    Also Known As

    ALSO KNOWN AS by Robin Benway

    Pub. Date: February 26, 2013

    Publisher: Walker Childrens




    I had one other book pre-ordered that I can’t believe I forgot to mention above!

    Wicked Kiss

    WICKED KISS (Nightwatchers #2) by Michelle Rowen

    Pub. Date: February 26, 2013

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen


    [End of Update]


    And so begins the storm. The calm is over. I have six books pre-ordered, one book I’m definitely ordering on release date, one book I’m waiting for the eBook release of and two other books I just know I’m going to end up buying – SCANDAL, as I own the other books in the series, and ALSO KNOWN AS, because that book looks like a lot of fun.

    The fact that I got not one bit of reading done this past weekend has made me very, very, very nervous about the toppling pile of books I already have. With a potential ten… or more… new adds this week alone and I’m freaking out. BIG TIME!

    Well, I suppose I’ll just have to keep taking it one book at a time and hope that some day I’ll have all the time in the world to just keep reading. Something I want to do right now. Instead of rambling any further on this post.


    I hope a few of those titles above are ones you have been waiting on and now have less than a day to wait for their release. And I hope that if they are books in a series the wait for the very next installment isn’t too torturous.

    And… if you are heading to the bookstore to buy those lovely tomes in print, I wish you luck in finding the reads you want and not getting too carried away with those “impulse buys.”

    As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

    And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!


    The Extras: Teasers #8

    There are so many amazing books out there – released or soon-to-be-released – that have certain passages that just captivate.

    Here are just a few of those that caught my attention in the past month.


    There were quite a few passages to choose from, all of which tease, so it made things very difficult. I tend to love all things sarcastic, but decided to go for something a bit more on the steamy side without being too revealing.

    Because, I figure, if you want to know more, you’ll just have to read it yourself. This is a teaser after all.

    Alex and Aiden:

    Breathing became difficult as we continued to stare at one another. His dark waves had fallen forward into his eyes. He wasn’t moving, and I couldn’t even if I’d wanted to. I didn’t. Oh, gods, I didn’t want to move ever. I saw the moment he recognized the change in me. Something shifted in those eyes of his and his lips parted.

    This is one book that’s not all about the love story. It’s eerie so I knew I had to choose a passage that fit. And while I would have loved to tease something about the closet it would have been just too revealing.

    And so here’s just a little something to lure you into Frost House.


    Over the summer I kept thinking what good luck it was I’d stumbled upon Frost House that day. If I’d believed in anything more mystical than textbook facts back then, I might have wondered if it had been fate. I have no idea, now, if fate exists. But I do know one thing about the day I found Frost House:

    Good luck had nothing to do with it.

    When I think of the word “teaser” when it comes to this book, the first – and only – thing that comes to mind is Mirko. He is such an unbelievable tease.

    While there are many, many scenes which showcase just what a tease he is, I thought this one about a completely innocent training session was totally tease-worthy.

    Brooke and Mirko:

    We intertwined and melded our bodies together in intimate ways. I tried not to think about that, but there were moments when his warm breath blew across my neck, or his leg stroked the inside of my thigh, which kept the thought fresh in my mind.

    In this epic book there were a lot of wonderful scenes to choose from. From heartbreak to longing to despair, the entire story feels like one long tease. So I tried to find a passage that has just a little bit of everything in it.

    And because it’s a teaser, I won’t say who the boy is.

    Elisa and…

    Even more than the cold, I’m frozen by the sadness in his beautiful eyes, deep and true. He squeezes them closed a moment and breathes deeply through his nose. Then, with one swift movement, he cups the back of my neck with a strong hand, pulls my head forward, and presses his lips to mine….

    This book is romantic and charming and sweet with so many lovely moments that will just draw you into the story.

    But the biggest tease, and my favorite, has to be in the preface, which I’ve only included just a tiny glimpse at.

    Liz and…

    “Your boyfriend won’t mind if you dance with someone else?” a familiar voice whispered in my ear, barely audible over the loud, trancelike music….

    He pulled me closer before I could respond to the question. His arms wrapped around my waist, and I rested my head on his shoulder, closing my eyes and inhaling the sweet scent of pine coming off his skin.

    I included my favorite line in my review, which came from a much longer scene that I loved.

    Well, just to tease a little more, here is a peek at the paragraph right before that one line.

    Elise and…

    And I liked the feeling of being almost crushed, of being so much smaller than him, of his body enveloping mine, and of his mouth hot against my lips.

    It was tricky to find a short enough passage to tease without giving anything away about where this story is headed or just how this story ends.

    So, here is just a small one that gives a little insight into how Anya thinks.

    Anya and Win:

    I knew I wasn’t supposed to care what Win thought of me anymore, but I did. Had I known he was coming, I might have had time to steel myself against him. I might have refused him altogether. But my feet kept walking me ineluctably toward the table where he sat…

    As with the first book in this series there are so many beautiful passages. But since I had to choose something that teases, I thought I’d choose one that pulls you into this story right from the start.

    It certainly left me dying to read more. And yes, I am not revealing who the characters are on purpose.

    He’d moved in closer. While her eyes were closed, he’d stepped forward until the back of his hand brushed the bare skin above her elbow. The contact made her ache to close what little space was left between them. It stirred something deep within her. Every inch of her became super sensitive, her flesh reaching out for him, knowing he was the source of some unknown thrill.

    The only way to tease this book is with just how frightful and disturbing Furnace Penitentiary is. And since most of the book is set in Furnace, it’s all pretty much the stuff of nightmares.

    So, here is just a little something that hints at what Furnace has to offer its residents. And it isn’t even one of the more gruesome ones or ones that top my list of favorites. But it’s still seriously awesome.


    The wail of the siren cut out, and at the same time a thousand red lights embedded in the prison walls burst into life. I was plunged into a thick, choking silence, like someone had thrown me into a pool of blood. I saw the world in shades of red and black, and quickly found myself praying for night again. At least you can hide in the dark.

    As I mentioned just days ago, this entire book is filled with gorgeous, amazing and enticing passages. I listed one of my favorites in my review, but here’s another peek at just one more.

    Amazing, right? Do I even have to ask?

    Juliette and…

    Everything is on fire. My cheeks my hands the pit of my stomach and I’m drowning in waves of emotion and a storm of fresh rain and all I feel is the strength of his silhouette against mine and I never ever ever ever want to forget this moment. I want to stamp him into my skin and save him forever.


    Review: Epic Fail

    Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik was released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 304 pages.

    Epic Fail is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at

    Goodreads description:

    Will Elise’s love life be an epic win or an epic fail?

    At Coral Tree Prep in Los Angeles, who your parents are can make or break you. Case in point:

    As the son of Hollywood royalty, Derek Edwards is pretty much prince of the school—not that he deigns to acknowledge many of his loyal subjects.

    As the daughter of the new principal, Elise Benton isn’t exactly on everyone’s must-sit-next-to-at-lunch list.

    When Elise’s beautiful sister catches the eye of the prince’s best friend, Elise gets to spend a lot of time with Derek, making her the envy of every girl on campus. Except she refuses to fall for any of his rare smiles and instead warms up to his enemy, the surprisingly charming social outcast Webster Grant. But in this hilarious tale of fitting in and flirting, not all snubs are undeserved, not all celebrity brats are bratty, and pride and prejudice can get in the way of true love for only so long.

    Derek Edwards is handsome, rich, arrogant and moody. Everyone wants to be near him. Everyone would kill to be him. Whatever he wants, he gets. With just one exception. Elise Benton.

    Elise refuses to be just another star-struck groupie, hanging on his every word, catering to his every need. This full-of-himself son of a Hollywood celebrity is definitely not worthy of her attention.

    Besides, she’d much rather spend time with Webster Grant. He’s cute, nice, friendly and humble. In a school filled with the rich, privileged and entitled, Webster just might be the only person she can relate to. He really couldn’t be more perfect.

    But first impressions can often be misleading. And if she isn’t careful, Elise might just let her pride and prejudice blind her to the truth and prevent her from finding out who is truly worth fighting for.


    While the main character, Elise Benton, may have felt like everything she did was an epic fail, this book is anything but. From start to finish, Epic Fail is charming, fun and hugely entertaining. And with such a quick pace, this is an easy one-sit-read.

    Elise is uprooted from her quiet hometown of Amherst, Massachusetts when her mother takes a job as principal at Coral Tree Prep in Los Angeles where the wealthy send their children. Moving across the country was difficult enough, but having to attend the same school where her mother works borders on cruelty.

    Surrounded by the children of celebrity, Elise tries to keep a low profile. But when her sister, Juliana, meets the handsome and outgoing Chase Baldwin, best friend to Derek Edwards, the son of one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses, staying out of the spotlight is no longer an option.

    With the entire school practically bowing down to him, moods and all, Elise wants nothing to do with him. Just because he is rich, popular and handsome doesn’t make him a good person. And if he thinks she’ll fall in line with the rest of the school, he’s wrong.

    So when she meets Webster Grant, who seems to be everything that Derek isn’t – nice, funny and down-to-earth – she is quick to befriend him. Even when she’s warned that hanging out with Webster will destroy her social status.

    But Elise soon learns that appearances can be deceiving and that fame and money don’t always make someone the bad guy, it’s sometimes the lack of them than does.

    This modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice is Author Claire LaZebnik’s debut young adult novel. Not only did the author bring the story into the present, she changed the setting to the Los Angeles Westside, home to Hollywood’s elite.

    While this must have been no easy task, she accomplished this brilliantly. The Los Angeles backdrop was different enough to make this story not feel like a carbon copy of the original, and she incorporated the ideas from the classic into her story in a way that felt natural and not forced. Even though this is based on Jane Austen’s classic work, the story and characters are very much this author’s creation and are wonderful in their own right.

    And for readers who haven’t read Austen’s book, they won’t feel at a loss while reading Epic Fail. While the ideas are taken from the original as a basis for this book, their usage is subtle. And without knowing in advance that this story is a modern adaptation of the classic, a comparison might not be made.

    Elise Benton and her family are outsiders to this world where the students at Coral Tree Prep have the money and the power, not the teachers. And where all it would take is just one call to their parents to cost Elise’s mother her job…or worse.

    Elise is a strong-willed, opinionated, but incredibly likable main character. While at first she lets her preconceived notions get in the way of seeing Derek Edwards for who he really is, she isn’t so stubborn that she is unwilling to change her mind. And Derek is her perfect match. He is just as judgmental and hard-headed as she is, and makes just as many mistakes along the way.

    With an eclectic group of secondary characters, from Elise’s good-hearted older sister Jules, to her quirky, star-struck and overprotective mother, Epic Fail is an absolutely delightful, fast-paced and thoroughly engaging contemporary young adult novel.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    On a personal note:

    Epic Fail was such a perfect way to spend a few hours. It was fun and light and a great distraction. And it was just so easy to get caught up in this modern take on a classic.

    For someone who has almost zero memory of Pride and Prejudice I’m sure I missed several of the parallels, but it really wasn’t needed for me to totally devour this book.

    I am not the biggest fan of Victorian Era books. Though I have an appreciation for them, they just aren’t stories that I connect with. But I am a fan of contemporary novels, so when I heard that this book took the ideas from the classic and revamped them into a style that I’d enjoy, I was excited to read it.

    From the book’s description I expected this to be flirty and fun, with a great dynamic between the two main characters and it was exactly that. And it was also a super quick read, which I loved.

    Looking back I can see some places where it mirrored the original, but it wasn’t so obvious that I felt like I was hearing the same story all over again.

    I also loved how the author created most of her characters with the same initials as those in the original book. Even their names had a certain feel to them that felt similar to the original characters. Granted, I did have to look a few up as I didn’t remember all the characters’ names from Pride and Prejudice.

    I’m sure this will earn a few grumbles from die-hard Jane Austen fans, but I liked this book way more than I did the classic. I would totally re-read this, where one read of P&P was enough for me. Although, reading Epic Fail may have sparked my interest enough to give it another go.

    I loved what the author did with Elise’s family, who did not fit in with the Los Angeles Westside lifestyle at all. They were odd and funny, embarrassing and annoying, but they felt like a real family – the overprotective mother and father, the good sister, the sister with a good head on her shoulders, the overly dramatic bratty sister and the sweet kid sister. I just kept thinking, “Poor Elise!” every time she encountered her mother at school or someone stopped by the house.

    Derek and Elise made for two great main characters. I loved going through the journey with them as they both set aside their pride and Elise let go of her prejudice and headed toward a happily ever after ending.

    Favorite passage:

    I got lost in him, and it was the kind of lost that’s exactly like being found.


    For a long look inside, courtesy of HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

    This review is based on a finished copy of the book I received from the publisher in exchange for my honest review and for a potential interview with the author.


    My Reading Pile #24

    Well, although my mail is still MIA with a few of the books I’m expecting, I did get a bunch of my much anticipated books this week. Especially those that I bought for giveaway.

    I was so excited to hear my signed copies of Bloodlines by Richelle Mead had shipped from University Bookstore. The one on the bottom of the pile is mine, then one for a friend, and finally the one in today’s giveaway is on top.

    Also, I received three of my early copies of Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey, which I ordered from Flux. Amazon used UPS so I won’t get the rest until Monday. But I love the finished copy, it’s absolutely gorgeous. And way prettier than the ARC was.

    I received a copy of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi from the publisher, HarperTeen, for review and I love the shiny cover. I’ve heard such amazing things about this book and I can’t wait to read it. I also received a finished copy of Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik from HarperTeen for review and I’m excited to see if this modernized version of Pride and Prejudice will pique my interest in the Victorian Era classics. Plus, I love the title.

    Finally up is my very first audiobook I received for review by Macmillan Audio. It’s Dreamland by Alyson Noel. It wasn’t the audiobook I was expecting, but I’m excited to check this out, though I haven’t yet read the first two books in the series.

    I can’t wait to read Bloodlines and re-read (for the third time) Witch Eyes, but they’ll have to wait, as…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

    (August 28-September 3 2011)


    First up is Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik. I received a finished copy from the publisher, HarperTeen, last week for review and I’m excited to dive into this story which modernizes Pride and Prejudice.

    I’m not a huge fan of stories from the Victorian Era, so I’m trying to read updated versions of them and this sounds adorable. Plus, I love the title Epic Fail.

    Epic Fail sounds like a super fast and fun read. Elise, the main character, is attending the prep school in Los Angeles where her father is the principal and has to deal with all that entails. She meets Derek Edwards, the son of a Hollywood celeb and the arrogant boy who basically owns the school. And instead of setting her sights on him, she goes after Webster Grant, a social pariah.

    From the description on Goodreads, this looks to be a charming story filled with all the drama, angst and excitement that comes with falling in love in high school.

    Next up is Lie by Caroline Bock. I received a printed ARC from the publisher, St. Martin’s Griffin, for review a while back. As it’s coming out this week, I’ve added it to the pile.

    When I first heard about this book, I checked out the description and was immediately captivated by this story. While this is not a long book, only 224 pages, it is a heavy story dealing with a serious subject.

    The main character, Skylar Thompson, was witness to an assault. Her boyfriend, Jimmy, who she has always seen as her protector, stands accused, and his accomplice, Sean, is given the opportunity to accept a plea and to testify against him.

    Both Sean and Skylar must decide whether or not to remain silent or to testify against Jimmy, but they must first discover why they haven’t come forward with what they know.

    This story sounds really grabbing. I’m not sure whether or not Jimmy is guilty, but it seems like he must be. I’m curious to see just how much I’ll love or hate the main character for her decision to stand by the boy she loves or to keep quiet and let a crime go unpunished and a criminal go free.


    Once again, I decided to add only two books to my pile as I still have a scattered mix of books to be read from the previous few weeks’ reading piles. I’m definitely making progress, but it’s not going as quickly as I’d like. I’m still hopeful for a mid-September catch-up, but by then there will be those October releases to contend with.

    Since I haven’t requested any new books from publishers and I have stayed hidden from NetGalley, I really hope to catch up by end of October with all my reading.

    I am still devastated that I can’t read Bloodlines this week as it looks absolutely way more gorgeous in person than it looked like online.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    Shatter Me is my only wishful thinking read this week. I still can’t afford to be wishfully thinking about anything right now, but I can’t help it. I’ve managed to get my hands on a few copies of this book, which I’ve passed along to other readers, but now that I have a copy for myself, with its shiny, beautiful cover, I can’t wait to finally find out what the story is about.

    All I’ve heard is that it’s amazing. I actually haven’t read the description (that I can remember) or any reviews, but I will allow myself to be swayed to move this up toward the top of the pile based on the high praise it’s received.

    Those left behind:

    Just The Power of Six from last week. I was still working on some of the books from my previous piles, one of which I had to set down mid-way through, which I absolutely hate to do. I am also behind on a review, which was due yesterday, but I will have it up on the blog on Sunday.

    I’m really liking this committing to two books only each week, though that just means I’m falling behind more and more on my personal reading challenge. Still, it takes the pressure way off. I shouldn’t have set such a lofty goal when adding in the fact that I would be reviewing these books and blogging about them in addition to simply reading them.


    There are three books on NetGalley that I’ve been dying to request, and at least two that I’d love to reach out to the publisher for, but I’ve kept firm in my decision to stay away from any new requests for at least a few weeks until I get caught up.

    I am still hoping to discover the secret that will allow me to keep ahead of my stack of books. Sadly, I think the only way that will happen is if I were able to do this full-time and that’s not going to happen anytime soon.


    Do you create a reading pile?

    If so, what’s in your pile this week?



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