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    Top 10 of 2015: Best Book Covers of 2015


    Welcome to Day Two of the Top 10 of 2105



    As I mentioned yesterday…

    This is my fifth year co-hosting this event with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, my fourth year co-hosting with Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and my second year co-hosting with Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader. Wow that’s a lot of years. But this event is so much fun, that I’m thrilled to be able to do it again in 2015.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2015 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Once again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on four of the five days of this challenge – I’m hosting Day One’s giveaway, Two Chicks on Books is hosting today’s Day Two giveaway, Tales of a Ravenous Reading is hosting Day Three’s giveaway, and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads is hosting Day Four’s giveaway. So be sure to check in with each of our blogs this week.

    Best Book Covers of 2015

    Today’s topic is:

    Best Book Covers of 2015

    There were so many interesting and beautiful and eye-catching covers in 2015 I wish I could share them all. But I had to pick only ten of my favorites for purposes of this post. And while, for me, in the past it was often about the girls in gorgeous dresses, this year it is all about covers that are bold and graphic and different and stunning.





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    Ella Grey Cover Image







    ROOK by Sharon Cameron – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS










    Honorable Mentions

    For my honorable mentions I’ve opted to choose a few of my favorite covers for books I either haven’t yet read or haven’t yet reviewed.

    So those are my favorites. What are yours?

    Leave a link to your Best Book Covers of 2015 posts in the Linky List below…


    Top 10 of 2015: Best Books I’ve Read in 2015 + Giveaway


    Welcome to Day One of the Top 10 of 2105

    A Week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward

    This is my fifth year co-hosting this event with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, my fourth year co-hosting with Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and my second year co-hosting with Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader. Wow that’s a lot of years. But this event is so much fun, that I’m thrilled to be able to do it again in 2015.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2015 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Once again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on four of the five days of this challenge – I’m hosting today’s Day One giveaway, Two Chicks on Books is hosting Day Two’s giveaway, Tales of a Ravenous Reading is hosting Day Three’s giveaway, and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads is hosting Day Four’s giveaway. So be sure to check in with each of our blogs this week.

    Best Books I’ve Read in 2015

    Today’s topic is:


    I’ve read so many seriously amazing books this year, that picking just ten was a dreadfully impossible task. I’m just glad I read THE STARS NEVER RISE by Rachel Vincent in 2014 or it would have made narrowing down my list that much more horrendous. It also didn’t help that I read more books this year than last, that I’ve been in an eclectic reading mood, and that there were just so many incredible books written.


    Why? Because it’s unique, it’s hard-hitting, the writing is beautiful, the story is phenomenal, the series potential has me desperate for the next installment.


    Why? Because this series is an all-time favorite, because the ending is abso-freaking-lutely killer, because it’s dark and gorgeous and the waiting is exquisite torture.


    Why? Because the story is epic, the world-building incredible, the writing gorgeous, the detail impeccable.


    Why? Because the writing is stunning, the world expansive and fascinating, the series riveting.

    #5 BRUTAL YOUTH by Anthony Breznican – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Why? Because it’s dark and gritty and edgy and shocking and disturbing, the writing brilliant, the story unforgettable.


    Why? Because it’s complex and interesting and fascinating. The world is chilling and still amazing. The characters sympathetic and scary. The story compelling.


    Why? Because it’s thrilling and epic and gripping and unputdownable. The dual POV makes it edge-of-your-seat exciting.


    Why? Because it’s so wicked and dark and wildly entertaining. It’s about villains. Nothing more needs to be said.

    #9 ROOK by Sharon Cameron – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Why? Because it’s action-packed, nerve-wracking, suspenseful. There are twists and turns. There’s romance, betrayal and heartbreak. What’s not to love?

    #10 SALT & STONE by Victoria Scott – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Why? Because it’s awesome and amazing and adorable and nail-biting. The characters are ones you can’t help but love, love, love. Though the possibility that there might not be a next book in the series is heartbreaking.

    Honorable Mentions

    I really wanted to limit honorable mentions to just five, but I couldn’t do it. Limiting it to 15 was hard enough as it was.

    So those are my favorite reads for 2015. What are yours?

    The Giveaway


    I’m offering up for giveaway…

    • Books of Your Choice (up to $30 US) open internationally to anywhere The Book Depository ships

    ***The giveaway is ONLY open to those participating in the Top 10 of 2015 event***

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • There will be ONE winner
    • Giveaway ends on December 31st at 11:59 PM Pacific
    • Giveaway is open ONLY to those participating in the Top 10 of 2015 event
    • Giveaway is open internationally to anywhere The Book Depository ships
    • Prize will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
    • Winner will be chosen by and announced in the Rafflecopter
    • Winner will be contacted by email and have 72 hours to respond

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    Leave a link to your Best Books I’ve Read in 2015 posts in the Linky List below…


    ROOK Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


    I am super excited to be a part of the ROOK Blog Tour and to have been able to read this ahhhh-mazing book just a little bit early. I have not read The Scarlet Pimpernel, which I understand this story is somewhat a retelling of, but having read that book’s description I know I would have loved this story more.

    It is epic and awesome and suspenseful – I’m talking of the nail-biting variety – and nerve-wracking and chilling and romantic and heartbreaking and sad and full of all sorts of twists and turns. And if you’d like to know a little bit more about what I thought, my review is below.

    The tour includes a few guest posts, interviews and reviews. So if you want to get to know the author and story a bit more, be sure to check out all the stops.

    This tour also includes an awesome giveaway for a copy of the book to five winners. So if you’d like a chance to win, scroll down to the Rafflecopter.

    And if you want to connect with the author online, links to her website and social media outlets are below.

    About ROOK


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    Title: ROOK
    Author: Sharon Cameron
    Release date: April 28, 2015
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Pages: 464
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook


    History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

    Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.

    As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.


    The Trailer

    Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

    The Review

    ROOK is an epic and thrilling and absolutely riveting, action- and suspense-filled story packed with hidden agendas, twists and turns, chilling punishments, lethal foes, romance, betrayal and heartbreak. It’s a story that takes readers into a future that is reminiscent of the past, with ruthless and bloodthirsty rulers, where madness, slaughter, mobs and treachery abound, and where rebellion is the only way to effect change.

    With everything that’s been happening in the Sunken City – the mass executions, the mobs, families and friends turning on one another – Sophia Bellamy can hardly be bothered by the fact that she will have to marry René Hasard, a boy she’s never met, in order to save her family’s land and her father from debtor’s prison. Especially when she’s the one freeing as many of those imprisoned in the Tombs as she can before they have to face the Razor.

    But when the boy she’s to become wed to turns out to be more than just the shallow, simplistic socialite she first thought him to be, she’ll have to make sure to cover her tracks, guard her secrets, keep an eye on him, and find out what his motivations are. Because if he were ever to discover what she’s done, what part her family and friends have played, and who she really is, she would be the next one to face the Ministre of Security’s justice. And those who need a savior cannot afford to lose the Red Rook.

    Author Sharon Cameron has created a story, that while loosely based on another, feels very much an original. It is interesting, exciting and full of the unexpected. It introduces a wide array of characters to like, despise, mistrust, be charmed by, be fearful of, be heartbroken by. It is set in a distant future where little is known about the past, where many are fearful of technology and the harm it may have caused, where artifacts are revered or destroyed, where fate serves as a guide to some, and where many of history’s mistakes seem to be repeating themselves.

    Told from multiple points of view, the author gives peeks at what’s happening with several key characters – sometimes just teasing their thoughts and actions, plans and schemes, building tension and suspense. She gives readers a heroine in Sophia Bellamy who is fierce, loyal, daring, and at times reckless. Sophie is someone who defies convention, who craves excitement, and who has a need to do what’s right, even if it’s dangerous. And she puts her in a number of volatile situations that could either destroy her and everyone she loves or turn her into a leader and savior.

    ROOK is a nerve-wracking and nail-biting and gripping read. It pays homage to the past while envisioning a new and fascinating, if somewhat scary, future. It is imaginative and captivating and dramatic and enthralling. It delivers a touch of romance, along with plenty of action and deception and heartache. It is a must for readers who love to be transported into a story that grabs hold and won’t let go until the very last page.

    The Rating


    Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

    About Sharon Cameron


    Sharon Cameron was awarded the 2009 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for her debut novel, The Dark Unwinding. When not writing Sharon can be found thumbing dusty tomes, shooting her longbow, or indulging in her lifelong search for secret passages. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.


    The Giveaway

    There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

    • FIVE (5) winners will receive a finished copy of ROOK courtesy of Scholastic – US ONLY

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

    Apr. 20th – Xpresso Reads – Interview

    Apr. 21st – The Starry-Eyed Revue – Review

    Apr. 22nd – The Eater of Books – Guest Post

    Apr. 23rd – Mundie Moms – Spotlight

    Apr. 24th – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post

    Week Two

    Apr. 27th – Fiktshun – Review

    Apr. 28th – Bookish – Guest Post

    Apr. 29th – Bumbles and Fairy-Tales – Review

    Apr. 30th – Chapter by Chapter – Interview

    May 1st – Winterhaven Books – Review



    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #143

    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 September 24th-September 30th that I have pre-ordered.


    Through the Zombie Glass


    THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS by Gena Showalter will be released in the U.S. on September 24, 2013 in hardcover and audio formats. (It will be available in eBook format on October 1st.) It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 480 pages.

    THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS is the second book in author Gena Showalter’s White Rabbit Chronicles. The third book, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.


    I am totally stoked that THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS is releasing this week. I read it early thanks to a trade for an ARC and it was so unbe-freaking-lievably awesome. Cole!!!!

    But even though I already read it, I can’t wait until my print copy arrives this week and it downloads to my Kindle next week so that I can read it again and again, highlight my favorite passages – there were a ton – and fall in love with this sequel for a second time.

    As I have already read this amazing book and this post is so very long, I will just say this is a total must read sequel, it’s angst-filled, nerve-wracking, maddening – in a really good way – action-packed and awesome. Okay, so I’ve said awesome already. But it’s awesome times two, times ten, times a million.


    Inspired by the childhood classic Alice in Wonderland, this harrowing and romantic story features teen zombie slayer Alice Bell who has lost so much—family, friends, her home. After a strange new zombie attack, Alice fears she may be losing her mind as well. A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do wicked things. The whispers of the dead assault her ears and mirrors seem to come frighteningly to life. She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more—including her boyfriend, Cole—than she does now. But as Cole strangely withdraws and the zombies gain new strength, Ali knows one false step may doom them all.




    UNTOLD by Sarah Rees Brennan will be released in the U.S. on September 24, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 384 pages.

    UNTOLD is the second book in author Sarah Rees Brennan’s The Lyburn Legacy. The third book, UNBROKEN, is slated for release in 2014.


    I haven’t yet read the first book in The Lyburn Legacy but I’m such a huge fan of author Sarah Rees Brennan that I just had to pre-order UNTOLD and hope to read both books in the series some time this fall.

    Even though I haven’t yet met Kami Glass and found out why – and how – she can love a boy she never met, found out how come her imaginary friend isn’t so imaginary and found out why either Jared or Ash is so familiar to her, I can’t wait to read this sequel. Both books sound awesome – yes I took a peek at this books’ descriptions and may have spoiled just one teensy piece of the story. Oh well. Totally worth it.

    I want to know what exactly were those “bloody deeds” that happened in the woods. I want to know what Kami’s mother is hiding. I want to know whether she still loves her not-so-imaginary friend or if she’ll choose to love someone else and most of all I want to know which side she chooses in Sorry-in-the-Vale – good or evil.


    Free from bonds, but not each other

    It’s time to choose sides… On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy English town. But Kami Glass knows the truth. Sorry-in-the-Vale is full of magic. In the old days, the Lynburn family ruled with fear, terrifying the people into submission in order to kill for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so that the town can return to the old ways.

    But Rob and his followers aren’t the only sorcerers in town. A decision must be made: pay the blood sacrifice, or fight. For Kami, this means more than just choosing between good and evil. With her link to Jared Lynburn severed, she’s now free to love anyone she chooses. But who should that be?


    Marie Antoinette Serial Killer


    MARIE ANTOINETTE SERIAL KILLER by Katie Alender will be released in the U.S. on September 24, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by POINT, the print edition is 304 pages.


    I am so excited that my copy of MARIE ANTOINETTE, SERIAL KILLER will be downloading to my Kindle this week. I absolutely loved this book and I think Katie Alender is an awesome writer and I cannot wait to have it as part of my permanent collection.

    It was such a super quick read, and the description did not lie, it was totally suspenseful. I was riveted. Now I just need to figure out how to write my review.

    But so as not to spoil anything, I will not reveal just what secret is uncovered, just what realization Colette comes to, or just why she’s in danger. It’s so much better to uncover all of that in the course of the read.


    Colette Iselin is excited to go to Paris on a class trip. She’ll get to soak up the beauty and culture, and maybe even learn something about her family’s French roots.

    But a series of gruesome murders are taking place across the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours museums and palaces, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks suspiciously like Marie Antoinette.

    Colette knows her popular, status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they uncover a shocking secret involving a dark, hidden history. When Colette realizes she herself may hold the key to the mystery, her own life is suddenly in danger . . .

    Acclaimed author Katie Alender brings heart-stopping suspense to this story of revenge, betrayal, intrigue — and one killer queen.


    Find Me


    FIND ME by Romily Bernard will be released in the U.S. on September 24, 2013 in hardcover 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 320 pages.


    I cannot believe release date is finally just about here for FIND ME. I received an eARC for review, am three-fourths of the way finished and I wish I were reading it right now instead of writing this post. I absolutely love this book. I just knew I would. And it did not disappoint.

    As FIND ME was the book I spotlighted for my Book Watch post and it’s a book I hope to review, as always, I’m going to try to keep things brief here. But… yes there is always a but… I loved getting to know Wick, a.k.a. Wicket, a.k.a. Wicked. And I love the suspense involved in trying to figure out who the mystery man in Tessa Waye’s diary is and whether he’s the same person responsible for her death.

    There is one suspect at the tip top of my list but as the killer hasn’t yet been revealed I don’t know if I’m right. And I do keep second guessing myself. Which makes for the perfect mystery read for me. As I usually guess whodunit right at the start I’m usually quite bored during the read and the ending is often anticlimactic. I’m almost never wrong.

    But even if I am right, this story has kept me guessing, kept me engaged, and I am anything but bored. So I’m totally glad that I have this pre-ordered and that the final version will be downloading to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. Even though it won’t go on the TBR Pile I can’t wait for it to be a part of my collection.


    “Find Me.”

    These are the words written on Tessa Waye’s diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa’s just been found . . . dead.

    Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target.

    Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick. Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick’s deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step?

    Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare.

    But she’s going to find this killer no matter what.

    Because it just got personal.




    WITCHSTRUCK by Victoria Lamb will be released in the U.S. on September 24, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 320 pages.

    WITCHSTRUCK is the first book in author Victoria Lamb’s The Tudor Witch Trilogy. The second book in the series, WITCHFALL, will likely be available in 2014 in the U.S. The third book in the trilogy is currently untitled.


    I discovered this book thanks to a tour email from Kismet Book Touring and while I completely missed the sign-ups for the tour, WITCHSTRUCK looked so intriguing that I had to pre-order it for my Kindle. While I could have grabbed an early read from NetGalley, I knew my reading schedule was tight so I figured I could wait until its release and read my purchased copy.

    Though I wish I read it already. It sounds amazing.

    I can’t wait to go back in time to England in 1554 and meet Meg Lytton and learn more about her “dark and powerful gift.” A story of witchcraft and conspiracies against the crown sounds like just the sort of book I’d love to read right about now, especially after having watched a few episodes of “The White Queen.”

    But I am just so curious what will happen with the witchfinder Marcus wanting to wed Meg. I’m more curious about what will happen between Meg and the Spanish priest Alejandro. And I really want to find out just what “dangerous choice” she must open her heart to.

    And I really, really, hope to be able to sneak this onto the pile next week.


    If she sink, she be no witch and shall be drowned. If she float, she be a witch and must be hanged.

    Meg Lytton has always known she is different;that she bears a dark and powerful gift. But in 1554 England, in service at Woodstock Palace to the banished Tudor princess Elizabeth, it has never been more dangerous to practice witchcraft. Meg knows she must guard her secret carefully from the many suspicious eyes watching over the princess and her companions. One wrong move could mean her life, and the life of Elizabeth, rightful heir to the English throne. With witchfinder Marcus Dent determined to have Meg’s hand in marriage, and Meg’s own family conspiring against the English queen, there isn’t a single person Meg can trust. Certainly not the enigmatic young Spanish priest Alejandro de Castillo, despite her undeniable feelings. But when all the world turns against her, Meg must open her heart to a dangerous choice. The Secret Circle meets The Other Boleyn Girl in Witchstruck ,the first book of the magical Tudor Witch trilogy.


    A Radiant Sky


    A RADIANT SKY by Jocelyn Davies will be released in the U.S. on September 24, 2013 in hardcover 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 368 pages.

    A RADIANT SKY is the third, and final, full-length book in author Jocelyn Davies’ A Beautiful Dark series.


    I can’t believe this series is ending with A RADIANT SKY’s release this week. I own both of the previous books and have this last book pre-ordered, even though I have yet to discover this series. But I really want to.

    Because, as I’ve thought since prior to the first book in the series’ release, it sounds amazing.

    I want to meet Skye and the “dark and wild” Asher and  “fair and aloof” Devin. I want to find out more about Skye’s past and the secret that “threatens to shatter her world.” I love stories with a love triangle and the first book in the series holds the promise of one that sounds like it will have major repercussions. And I can’t wait to find out what those are.

    But I refuse to read the description for this final book in the series as it will potentially spoil the entire series for me. Including it in this post is proving to be quite the temptation, but one I’m desperate not to give in to as I hope to be able to read this entire series some time next month.

    And I am just so totally stoked that I’ll be able to devour an entire series from beginning to end, especially one that sounds as amazing as this one does.


    Since the night of her seventeenth birthday, Skye has been torn between two opposites: Light and Dark, the Order and the Rebellion, Devin and Asher.

    But her decision shocked both sides—because she chose neither.

    With the help of her friends, Skye forges her own path, setting out to gather an uprising of Rogues. The treacherous and elusive half-angels may be the key to maintaining the balance of fate and free will. But completing the mission her parents left unfinished is more difficult—and dangerous—than she could have imagined. And doing so comes at a cost: Her greatest love may now be a lethal enemy. Because it’s not just the Order that sees her as a threat who must be eliminated. The Rebellion does, too.

    And both sides will do whatever it takes to win.

    Dark days lie ahead, and if Skye is to survive, she’ll need to rely on her extraordinary powers and the strength of her will. Because she has a future—and a love—that’s worth fighting for.

    The sweeping, darkly romantic story that began with A Beautiful Dark and gathered intensity in A Fractured Light comes to a thrilling conclusion in A Radiant Sky.


    Where the Stars Still Shine


    WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE by Trish Doller will be released in the U.S. on September 24, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, the print edition is 352 pages.


    Ever since I first saw WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE on NetGalley I’ve wanted to read it. While I didn’t request it for review, I immediately added it to my list of pre-orders and I’m so excited that it will be downloading this week.

    There was something about this book’s title that just kept calling to me. Even before I read the description I knew that it had to be a part of my book collection. But after having read the description I definitely knew I’d want to read this book. It sounds utterly heartbreaking and haunting with the potential for a happy-ish ending.

    The description promises “love” and “betrayal” and a story that is “gritty” and “true.” And I cannot wait to read it, make a connection with Callie and root for her to find the normal she never had.


    Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She’s never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love–even with someone who seems an improbable choice–is more than just a possibility.

    Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true.


    Not a Drop to Drink


    NOT A DROP TO DRINK by Mindy McGinnis will be released in the U.S. on September 24, 2013 in hardcover, audio and ebook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen books, the print edition is 320 pages.


    I have heard so many great things about NOT A DROP TO DRINK that when searching for details for this post and seeing its discounted price at Amazon I decided to pre-order it for my Kindle.

    I can’t quite get a feel for the story based upon its description so I’m not entirely sure if it’s the type of story I would normally read. It sounds more similar to the types of movies I enjoy – a family fighting to defend their land in a post-apocalyptic type of setting that’s part post-apocalyptic, part horror.

    But it does make me curious. Especially as regards the writing, which the description says uses “evocative, spare language.” And with its beautiful cover and high words of praise from trusted blogger friends I definitely plan on reading this book some time in early November.


    Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. 

    Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn’t leave at all.

    Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

    But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

    With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.


    Other Books of Note

    All the Truth That's In MeALL THE TRUTH THAT’S IN ME by Julie Berry

    Pub. Date: September 26, 2013

    Publisher: Viking Juvenile



    Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family.

    Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.

    This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last.


    CountdownCOUNTDOWN by Michelle Rowen

    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013 – eBook releases 10/1

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen



    3 seconds left to live. Once the countdown starts, it cannot be stopped.

    2 pawns thrown into a brutal underground reality game.

    Kira Jordan survived her family’s murder and months on plague-devastated city streets with hard-won savvy and a low-level psi ability. She figures she can handle anything. Until she wakes up in a barren room, chained next to the notorious Rogan Ellis.

    1 reason Kira will never, ever trust Rogan. Even though both their lives depend on it.

    Their every move is controlled and televised for a vicious exclusive audience. And as Kira’s psi skill unexpectedly grows and Rogan’s secrets prove evermore deadly, Kira’s only chance of survival is to risk trusting him as much as her instincts. Even if that means running head-on into the one trap she can’t escape.



    InhumanINHUMAN (Fetch #1) by Kat Falls

    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013

    Publisher: Scholastic Press



    In a world ravaged by mutation, a teenage girl must travel into the forbidden Savage Zone to recover lost artifacts or her father’s life is forfeit.

    America has been ravaged by a war that has left the eastern half of the country riddled with mutation. Many of the people there exhibit varying degrees of animal traits. Even the plantlife has gone feral.

    Crossing from west to east is supposed to be forbidden, but sometimes it’s necessary. Some enter the Savage Zone to provide humanitarian relief. Sixteen-year-old Lane’s father goes there to retrieve lost artifacts—he is a Fetch. It’s a dangerous life, but rewarding—until he’s caught.

    Desperate to save her father, Lane agrees to complete his latest job. That means leaving behind her life of comfort and risking life and limb—and her very DNA—in the Savage Zone. But she’s not alone. In order to complete her objective, Lane strikes a deal with handsome, roguish Rafe. In exchange for his help as a guide, Lane is supposed to sneak him back west. But though Rafe doesn’t exhibit any signs of “manimal” mutation, he’s hardly civilized . . . and he may not be trustworthy.


    ShadowsSHADOWS by Robin McKinley

    Pub. Date: September 26, 2013

    Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books



    A compelling and inventive novel set in a world where science and magic are at odds, by Robin McKinley, the Newbery-winning author of The Hero and the Crown and The Blue Sword, as well as the classic titlesBeautyChaliceSpindle’s End, Pegasus and Sunshine

    Maggie knows something’s off about Val, her mom’s new husband. Val is from Oldworld, where they still use magic, and he won’t have any tech in his office-shed behind the house. But—more importantly—what are the huge, horrible, jagged, jumpy shadows following him around? Magic is illegal in Newworld, which is all about science. The magic-carrying gene was disabled two generations ago, back when Maggie’s great-grandmother was a notable magician. But that was a long time ago.

    Then Maggie meets Casimir, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen. He’s from Oldworld too—and he’s heard of Maggie’s stepfather, and has a guess about Val’s shadows. Maggie doesn’t want to know . . . until earth-shattering events force her to depend on Val and his shadows. And perhaps on her own heritage.

    In this dangerously unstable world, neither science nor magic has the necessary answers, but a truce between them is impossible. And although the two are supposed to be incompatible, Maggie’s discovering the world will need both to survive.


    InheritanceINHERITANCE (Adaptation #2) by Malinda Lo

    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013

    Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers



    The triangular spaceship hovered motionless in the sky above Reese Holloway’s house, as inscrutable as a black hole. It had seemed like a good idea when they were inside: to tell the truth about what happened to them at Area 51. It didn’t seem like such a good idea now.

    Reese and David are not normal teens—not since they were adapted with alien DNA by the Imria, an extraterrestrial race that has been secretly visiting Earth for decades. Now everyone is trying to get to them: the government, the Imria, and a mysterious corporation that would do anything for the upper hand against the aliens.

    Beyond the web of conspiracies, Reese can’t reconcile her love for David with her feelings for her ex-girlfriend Amber, an Imrian. But her choice between two worlds will play a critical role in determining the future of humanity, the Imria’s place in it, and the inheritance she and David will bring to the universe.

    In this gripping sequel to Adaptation, Malinda Lo brings a thoughtful exploration of adolescence, sexuality, and “the other” to a science fiction thriller that is impossible to put down.


    Battle MagicBATTLE MAGIC (Circle Reforged #3) by Tamora Pierce

    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013

    Publisher: Scholastic Press



    NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Tamora Pierce returns to the magical world of Winding Circle.

    On their way to the first Circle temple in Gyongxi, mages Briar, Rosethorn, and Evvy pay a visit to the emperor’s summer palace. Although treated like royalty when they first arrive, the mages soon discover that the emperor plans to invade Gyongxi, posing a fatal threat to the home temple of the Living Circle religion. Accompanied by one of the emperor’s prize captives, the three mages rush to Gyongxi to warn its citizens of the impending attack.

    With the imperials hot on their trail, Briar, Rosethorn, and Evvy must quickly help the country prepare for battle. But even with the help of new allies, will their combined forces be enough to fight the imperial army and win the war?


    Fractured_CoverFRACTURED (Slated #2) by Teri Terry

    Pub. Date: September 26, 2013

    Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books



    Perfect for fans of the dystopian settings of The Hunger Games andDivergent, the gripping second installment of the Slated trilogy is a riveting psychological thriller set in a future where violent teens have their memory erased as an alternative to jail.

    Kyla has been Slated—her personality wiped blank, her memories lost to her forever. Or so she thought. She shouldn’t be able to remember anything. But increasingly she can—and she’s discovering that there are a lot of dark secrets locked away in her memories. When a mysterious man from her past comes back into her life and wants her help, she thinks she’s on her way to finding the truth. But this new knowledge lands her in the middle of a tug-of-war between two dangerous adversaries, and despite her misgivings about both of them, she’s forced to choose a side for her own protection.


    Not Your Ordinary Wolf GirlNOT YOUR ORDINARY WOLF GIRL by Emily Pohl-Weary

    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013

    Publisher: Skyscape



    Sometimes Living in the Big Apple Really Bites!

    Eighteen-year-old rock star Sam Lee isn’t like other girls. She’s the super-talented bass player and songwriter for an all-girl indie band and an incurable loner. Then one night after a concert in Central Park, she’s attacked by a wild dog.

    Suddenly, this long-time vegetarian is craving meat–the bloodier, the better. Sam finds herself with an unbelievable secret and no one she trusts to share it. And so begin the endless lies to cover up the hairy truth…

    When a new girl gang appears in the city–with claws and paws–Sam suspects there’s a connection to her own inner beast. Trapped in a tug-of-war between her animal and human selves, forced to choose between the guy who sparked her carnal appetite and the one who makes her feel like a normal teenage girl, Sam has to unravel the mysteries of the werewolf world before her bandmates, her mother, and the media catch up to her.


    Chasing ShadowsCHASING SHADOWS by Swati Avasthi

    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013

    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers



    Before: Corey, Holly, and Savitri are one unit—fast, strong, inseparable. Together they turn Chicago concrete and asphalt into a freerunner’s jungle gym, ricocheting off walls, scaling buildings, leaping from rooftops to rooftop.

    But acting like a superhero doesn’t make you bulletproof…

    After: Holly and Savitri are coming unglued. Holly says she’s chasing Corey’s killer, chasing revenge. Savitri fears Holly’s just running wild—and leaving her behind. Friends should stand by each other in times of crisis. But can you hold on too tight? Too long?

    In this intense novel, Swati Avasthi creates a gripping portrait of two girls teetering on the edge of grief and insanity. Two girls who will find out just how many ways there are to lose a friend…and how many ways to be lost.


    A Spark UnseenA SPARK UNSEEN (The Dark Unwinding #2) by Sharon Cameron

    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013

    Publisher: Scholastic Press



    The thrilling sequel to Sharon Cameron’s blockbuster gothic steampunk romance, THE DARK UNWINDING, will captivate readers anew with mystery and intrigue aplenty.

    When Katharine Tulman wakes in the middle of the night and accidentally foils a kidnapping attempt on her uncle, she realizes Stranwyne Keep is no longer safe for Uncle Tully and his genius inventions. She flees to Paris, where she hopes to remain undetected and also find the mysterious and handsome Lane, who is suspected to be dead.

    But the search for Lane is not easy, and Katharine soon finds herself embroiled in a labyrinth of political intrigue. And with unexpected enemies and allies at every turn, Katharine will have to figure out whom she can trust–if anyone–to protect her uncle from danger once and for all.

    Filled with deadly twists, whispering romance, and heart-stopping suspense, this sequel to THE DARK UNWINDING whisks readers off on another thrilling adventure.


    Model MisfitMODEL MISFIT (Geek Girl #2) by Holly Smale

    Pub. Date: September 26, 2013

    Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books



    “My name is Harriet Manners, and I am still a geek.”

    Harriet knows that modelling won’t transform you. She knows that being as uniquely odd as a polar bear isn’t necessarily a bad thing (even in a rainforest). And that the average person eats a ton of food a year, though her pregnant stepmother is doing her best to beat this.

    What Harriet doesn’t know is where she’s going to fit in once the new baby arrives.

    With summer plans ruined, modelling in Japan seems the perfect chance to get as far away from home as possible. But nothing can prepare Harriet for the craziness of Tokyo, her competitive model flatmates and her errant grandmother’s ‘chaperoning’. Or seeing gorgeous Nick everywhere she goes.

    Because, this time, Harriet knows what a broken heart feels like.

    Can geek girl find her place on the other side of the world or is Harriet lost for good?


    The FalloutTHE FALLOUT (The Compound #2) by S.A. Bodeen

    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013

    Publisher: Feiwel & Friends



    In this long-awaited sequel to The Compound, Eli and his family can run but they can’t hide.

    After barely escaping from the compound where Eli’s dad kept his family for six years, they’re learning to acclimate to “normal” life—whatever that is for them. It seems like the entire world wants to know what happened to this high profile family.

    Slowly they begin to make their way back into the world, but Eli can’t escape the creeping feeling that they’re being watched everywhere they go. But by who?

    Eli’s anxiety is heightened as unnerving information continually surfaces about Eli’s dad’s company. Not to mention the sketchy new friend his twin brother Eddy has. Nothing seems to be “normal” anymore. New people are entering their lives—but who can Eli and his family trust?


    The Darkest PathTHE DARKEST PATH by Jeff Hirsch

    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013

    Publisher: Scholastic Press



    USA TODAY bestselling author Jeff Hirsch once again creates a futuristic world with stunning, dramatic realism.

    A civil war rages between the Glorious Path–a militant religion based on the teachings of a former US soldier–and what’s left of the US government. Fifteen-year-old Callum Roe and his younger brother, James, were captured and forced to convert six years ago. Cal has been working in the Path’s dog kennels, and is very close to becoming one of the Path’s deadliest secret agents. Then Cal befriends a stray dog named Bear and kills a commander who wants to train him to be a vicious attack dog. This sends Cal and Bear on the run, and sets in motion a series of incredible events that will test Cal’s loyalties and end in a fierce battle that the fate of the entire country rests on.


    The Paradox of Vertical FlightTHE PARADOX OF VERTICAL FLIGHT by Emil Ostrovski

    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013

    Publisher: Greenwillow Books



    What happens when you put a suicidal eighteen-year-old philosophy student, his ex-girlfriend, his best friend, and his newborn baby in a truck and send them to Grandma’s house? This debut novel by Emil Ostrovski will appeal to fans of John Green, Chris Crutcher, and Jay Asher.

    On the morning of his eighteenth birthday, philosophy student and high school senior Jack Polovsky is somewhat seriously thinking of suicide when his cell phone rings. Jack’s ex-girlfriend, Jess, has given birth, and Jack is the father. Jack hasn’t spoken with Jess in about nine months—and she wants him to see the baby before he is adopted. The new teenage father kidnaps the baby, names him Socrates, stocks up on baby supplies at Wal-Mart, and hits the road with his best friend, Tommy, and the ex-girlfriend. As they head to Grandma’s house (eluding the police at every turn), Jack tells baby Socrates about Homer, Troy, Aristotle, the real Socrates, and the Greek myths—because all stories spring from those stories, really. Even this one. Funny, heart-wrenching, and wholly original, this debut novel by Emil Ostrovski explores the nature of family, love, friendship, fate, fatherhood, and myth.


    SteelheartSTEELHEART by Brandon Sanderson

    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Press



    There are no heroes.

    Every single person who manifested powers—we call them Epics—turned out to be evil.

    Here, in the city once known as Chicago, an extraordinarily powerful Epic declared himself Emperor. Steelheart has the strength of ten men and can control the elements. It is said no bullet can harm him, no sword can split his skin, no explosion can burn him. He is invincible.

    It has been ten years. We live our lives as best we can. Nobody fights back . . . nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans who spend their lives studying powerful Epics, finding their weaknesses, then assassinating them.

    My name is David Charleston. I’m not one of the Reckoners, but I intend to join them. I have something they need. Something precious, something incredible. Not an object, but an experience. I know his secret.

    I’ve seen Steelheart bleed.

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.

    But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

    Nobody fights the Epics… nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

    And David wants in. He wants Steelheart—the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning—and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

    He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.


    A Non-YA Title

    Doctor SleepDOCTOR SLEEP (The Shining #2) by Stephen King

    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013

    Publisher: Scribner



    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

    On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

    Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”

    Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.


    A Non-YA Title

    The Bride Wore Size 12THE BRIDE WORE SIZE 12 (Heather Wells Mysteries #5) by Meg Cabot

    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013

    Publisher: William Morrow



    Heather Wells is used to having her cake and eating it too, but this time her cake just might be cooked. Her wedding cake, that is.

    With her upcoming nuptials to PI Cooper Cartwright only weeks away, Heather’s already stressed. And when a pretty junior turns up dead, Heather’s sure things can’t get worse—until every student in the dorm where she works is a possible suspect, and Heather’s long-lost mother shows up.

    Heather has no time for a tearful mother and bride reunion. She has a wedding to pull off and a murder to solve. Instead of wedding bells, she might be hearing wedding bullets, but she’s determined to bring the bad guys to justice if it’s the last thing she does . . . and this time, it just might be.


    Other Releases

    ROCK AND A HARD PLACE (The Jamieson Collection #1) by Angie Stanton (first published April 15, 2011)

    SNAPSHOT (The Jamieson Collection #2) by Angie Stanton (first published June 10, 2012)

    INVASION by Walter Dean Myers

    TASK FORCE (Recon Team Angel #2) by Brian Falkner


    While I was totally relieved at only having eight books pre-ordered last week, that number seems to be stressing me out this week. Even though I have – or will have – read three of the books I have ordered prior to their release date.

    I’ve gotten to the point where my Kindle is telling me it has no more space to add new books. Which makes me a very unhappy camper. Especially since that Kindle doesn’t even have the eARCs on it. Just finished copies. So much for having all my books on one device.

    But I’m pretty sure I’m stressed because I also plan on buying ALL THE TRUTH THAT’S IN ME and COUNTDOWN and INHUMAN and SHADOWS. And I’ll probably purchase Malinda Lo’s sequel INHERITANCE since I own the first book.

    And as I have Stephen King’s DOCTOR SLEEP on order, which I’m kind of freaking out about, it’s really more like 13 new books for the collection versus five.

    So I’m feeling kind of buried.

    And while I decided to change up this post a little and add in the descriptions for both the books on order and the books of note, I will still be writing down my thoughts about each of the books I’ve pre-ordered. Though it makes this post hugely long. So maybe not one of my better ideas….

    Anyway… I hope that a long awaited book is releasing this week that you’ll finally get to enjoy. I hope that if you read THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS you’ll tell me how much what happened there with Cole absolutely killed you. And I hope that it won’t be too difficult to say goodbye to a series you’ve loved.


    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!



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