Thursday, January 31, 2013

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

Nook Book, 368 pages
Released: January 8, 2013
Published by: Razorbill
Stand-alone
Source: Own
For fans of: Contemporary Romance, Pretty Covers, Mystery, YA

The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor's peaceful suburban community is killing girls.
For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian's ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah's just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn't there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness. 
With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life--and it's up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again. 
Paper Valentine is a hauntingly poetic tale of love and death by the "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Replacement" and "The Space Between." (Goodreads

*MY THOUGHTS*
     After reading that book blurb and looking over that GORGEOUS cover, doesn't it get you super excited to read this gripping thriller of a mystery that's about a killer stalking the streets of Ludlow and there is one girl who is able to fix it all with the help of her ghostly friends and her boyfriend who everyone deems the killer prematurely? Well that's what I wanted too, but not what I got. I was really disappointed. 
     This book reads more like a contemporary rather than a mystery. I had myself all ready to be kept up late at night due to being scared, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. There were so many things I disliked about the book, its hard to find anything that I DID like.
     Starting with the writing, I won't say I disliked it, but I won't say I liked it either. It seemed to read more like a MG novel than a YA novel. But ironically, it was a MG novel that I would actually have enjoyed. While reading it I was able to picture everything that was happening. From the suffocating heat in Ludlow and the quirky, fun pre-teen that Ariel was. Her descriptions are fun and easy to read. 
     As for the plot, I was a little lost. As I said, I was expecting a full throttle gripping mystery and instead I got a contemporary romance. Then as I was reading, it seemed to just get more and more confusing. I was able to pick out what happened to Lillian, but after that, I found myself only wanting to read it because I wanted to know for sure who the killer was. It just seemed that nothing was happening and the mystery took the back burner to the love interest. Which is the complete opposite of what I was looking for. 
     What I DID like, was the characters. Finny is a broken boy and we all know I love my broken boys. He's different than the others and has a bad boy image, so naturally he is the one suspected for the murders. But he turns out to be a real softy. He doesn't say too much, but the parts featuring him and Hannah together is definitely swoon worthy. I ended up putting an entire paragraph on Goodreads as a favorite quote because I was like in total awe. And then there was Ariel, my favorite character. She was so sweet and funny and I loved reading about her. The only problem I had was the fact that she is mentioned to be 12 but acted more like she was 6 or 7. She was not portrayed the way 12 year olds in this day and age act. It just felt easier for me to picture her as younger. 
     All in all, I wasn't too happy about the way the mystery aspect of the book was written, but I was happy with some parts of the book. I'm not going to say I didn't enjoy it because I did, but it just lured me to read it under false pretenses. It really served as an eye opener for me, "Don't judge a book by its cover." 
Overall, I give this

     

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: 1/30/13

     This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine! 

This week I'm waiting on something completely out of comfort zone. But because of the cover I'm willing to give it a try. (Yes I'm aware of how shallow that sounds.... Lol) but also because of its uniqueness. I haven't found any other book that deals with the circus and I would love to find out what it's all about.  

That Time I Joined The Circus
     A music-obsessed, slightly snarky New York City girl, Lexi is on her own. After making a huge mistake—and facing a terrible tragedy— Lexi has no choice but to track down her long-absent mother. Rumor has it that Lexi’s mom is somewhere in Florida with a traveling circus.
     When Lexi arrives at her new, three-ring reality, her mom isn’t there…but her destiny might be. Surrounded by tigers, elephants, and trapeze artists, Lexi finds some surprising friends and an even more surprising chance at true love. She even lucks into a spot as the circus’s fortune teller, reading tarot cards and making predictions.
     But then Lexi’s ex-best friend from home shows up, and suddenly it’s Lexi’s own future that’s thrown into question… 
     With humor, wisdom, and a dazzlingly fresh voice, this debut reminds us of the magic of circus tents, city lights, first kisses, last heartaches, and the importance of an excellent playlist.

Release Date: April 2013
Published by: Scholastic Point

So what about you? 
What are you waiting on this week? 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

TTT: Most Frustrating Characters



Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join.    

This week's topic is:
January 29, 2013: Most Frustrating Characters Ever! 
These are in no particular order.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)Twilight (Twilight, #1)Embrace (The Violet Eden Chapters, #1)
1. Professor Snape: Before you jump down my throat, its only because he was so secretive and we didn't know about his awesomeness until the entire series was over and it was a bit sad. 
2. Bella Swan- O M G she was super annoying. In Twilight she wasn't that bad to me. But in New Moon.... I wanted to strangle her when Edward left. I'm sorry, but when I was 16 and I went through a break up (even if I thought I LOVED him at the time) I wasn't screaming in my sleep, acting like a zombie, and trying to kill myself by beciming an adrenaline junkie. She just seemed super clingy and strange. It was very weird.
3. Violet Eden- I understand you were under some kind of weird trance thing, but at the same time, there should be a limit to the way you treat people. Especially someone as cool and cute as Lincoln. 

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)
4. Alex- Before you say anything, its only because she is the most stubborn thing you will ever see! 
5. Travis Maddox- He was crazy, but he did all that crazy stuff for attention. He just wanted someone to love him.
6. Nora Grey- She was a little too naiive for my taste. The real reason I kept reading the series was Patch lol 

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
7. The Inquisitor- She annoyed me to no other. She was crazy and only fueled by heartache that had NOTHING to do with Jace and the others. She made a big mess even bigger for nothing. 

Well, that's the second week in a row I couldn't finish my list :/ The Broke and The Bookish have been coming up with some hard one haven't they? So, what characters annoyed you?


Monday, January 28, 2013

Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

E-ARC, 203 pages
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Read: December 2012
Published by: HarperTeen*
Standalone
Source: Edelweiss
For fans of: Contemporary Romance, Realistic Fiction, & YA

     Bonnie and Clyde meets IF I STAY in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.
     They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run.
     Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When         Will turns eighteen, they decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger....
When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can’t run fast enough.
     Nobody But Us, told in alternating perspectives from Will and Zoe, is an unflinching novel, in turns heartbreaking and hopeful, about survival, choices, and love...and how having love doesn’t always mean that you get a happy ending. Described as “beautiful, heartbreaking, and exhilarating” by Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF, Nobody But Us will prove irresistible to fans of Nina Lacour, Jenny Han, and Sara Zarr.

*MY THOUGHTS* 
     This book was nothing like I expected it to be. Sad thing is, I'm not sure how I feel about that. Even more sad than that, this was one of my most anticipated reads of 2013. My expectations for this were so high, but they barely reached the bar.
     Zoe is a fifteen year old girl who is left by herself with a drunken, abusive father. Will is an eighteen year old boy who has been in foster care almost his entire life. Together they found solace. They realize that the only way they can live peacefully is together, without anyone else around. So they take off on their own for a chance to survive. 
     Sounds amazing right? Unfortunately, this book moved super slow for me. But, I was intrigued so I kept reading. Finally at about the last 20 pages or so, it picked up. If the rest of the book had been like the last 20 pages, I would have enjoyed this so much more. Before then it seemed like everything happened just so the plot could move. But finally, the action picked up. The writing made it seem like what was being written was actually going on. And the emotion in it was incredible.
     Now the emotion was the only thing really tying me to the book. I wanted to know every move that Will made because he was so emotionally driven. He may not have been the smartest, but everything he did had some type of feeling behind it and that's what caused him to do it. The number one thing was his love for Zoe. Now Zoe, she was the logical thinker of the two. She was the one that was driven by her mind and not her heart. I'm not sure why, but I didn't connect with her as much as Will. I just felt a little distant from her. I'm thinking it was because although she was the thinker in the situation, she still went back and forth in her decisions. But I will say this wasn't the easiest of situations to deal with so she deserved to be a little conflicted. 
     As for the romance  man Will is totally swoon worthy. (Minus all the other stuff....) His love for Zoe is unwavering. Through everything, throughout the entire book he showed his love for her. As I said he was the one that really thought with his emotions, so it came off as a little intense, but it was just the way he was. Now her love for him was different. It was obvious she loved him too, but since she was the logical one, every time she tried to show it, she showed it a little different. It didn't seem as deep as it was for Will. But that's only because she wasn't as comfortable showing her emotions as he was. 
     Although my expectations were not met, I was still able to enjoy this. I could see why Halbrook chose to do certain things and why she left certain things out, even if I did not agree with them. 
Overall, I give this

*A huge thank you goes to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for this e-ARC. It was given to me in exchange for a fair and just review. 

     
     

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Stacking the Shelves: 2 weeks worth edition!


     This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we received for review, borrowed, or bought, or traded for throughout the week! It's hosted over at Tynga's Reviews!

I know I know, I didn't post one of these last week.... As I said, I was sick. So, here's two weeks worth of books that I acumalated through mail and e-books from my library. 

Bought/Traded/Given: 

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans 
Crash by Lisa McMann (Read my Review: HERE)
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Spirit Fighter by Jerel Law
Fire Prophet by Jerel Law
*The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd 
(*not pictured. Realized it wasn't in the picture when I was putting this post together. Didn't feel like digging them all out again for another shot lolol) 

e-Books bought: 
Uses for BoysPaper ValentineThe 13th Sign
*Uses For Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt 
*Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
*The 13th Sign by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb
(*not pictured) 

So this is two weeks worth of books. Sorry about not going to get them, but I just don't feel like going to get them. Look out for all of their reviews coming soon! 

What did you get this week?!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Crash by Lisa McMann

Hardcover, 233 pages
Read: January 2013
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Published By: Simon Pulse
Visions, #1
Source: Own
For fans of: Nice Covers, GLBT, Supernatural, YA

If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of four books from the New York Timesbestselling author of the Wake trilogy.

     Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.
     What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode...and nine body bags in the snow.
     The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more shesees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.
     In this riveting start to a gripping series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality.

*MY THOUGHTS*
     After seeing so many mixed reviews about this book, I needed to find out  for my own whether it would be something I liked or not. And lo and behold, I did. Don't follow EVERY review you see.
     A long time ago, before I started blogging, I read Wake by Lisa McMann. In short, I HATED it. Her writing style worked my last nerves. It seemed as if she was trying wayyyyyy too hard to be the age she portrayed her character and in the end she still failed miserably. This book is unfortunately the same way. I just can't make myself like her writing.
     Because of this, the fact that I wasn't exactly blown away that this book didn't surprise me. What did surprise me is the fact that it had so much potential to be a great book, but it just didn't. It turned out feeling like a modern day Romeo and Juliet with a small twist of Juliet seeing visions. Sound weird? Yes? Well that's exactly what it was. 
     Now there were a few things I did like. Mainly the characters. And Sawyer was the number one thing on my character like list. I'm not sure why I liked him so much.... Well besides the forbidden love. I really have a soft spot for it. And this one was quite funny. (This is why I mentioned Romeo and Juliet earlier lol Warring families and all smh)
     I also liked how fast paced this was. The chapters were short and because of this it kept me saying Just one more chapter" and ending up reading it until it was over. If it hadn't been for the short chapters making it feel like the story was moving quickly, I'm not sure that I would have finished it. It had the potential to be a gripping, fast paced, mystery where she had to learn about all the clues and then piece it together and save them in the nick of time from the body bags that keep popping up in her visions. But uhhhhhhhhh of course not. That was definitely wishful thinking. Although the premise is cool, I found myself caring about her family's and her crush's business rather than her vision. That's how I KNOW that I wasn't too intrigued.
     But the ending! Wow. The best part was the 2 am part. And then the set up for book 2 now has me super intrigued to see what else is to come from this series. Let's hope the writing gets better.... 
     All in all, it wasn't a bad read, but it wasn't a good one either. It was a fast paced novel that kept me thumbing through page after page and feigning for a slice of pizza.
Overall, I give this

Friday, January 25, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday: What's the last book that gave you a "Book Hangover?"

Feature and Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. This is to promote blogs, have new followers and to be friends with everyone!!

RULES: (just tweaked them a bit but still the same idea!)

To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

1. (Required) Follow the hosts {Parajunkee and Alison Can Read} and Featured Bloggers.
2. Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing on either of the host's blogs.
3. Follow as many as you want.
4. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love!
QUESTION: What is the last book that kept you up late into the night just to finish it?

A:  Altered (Altered, #1)
This book was nothing like I expected it to be and the ending was filled with twists and turns that had me looking at the book like this 0_0 I ended up not going to bed until 4:30am and unfortunately had to be up at 8:30 for work. Yes I had a book hangover, but it was soooooo worth it! 

What about you? What did you stay up late to finish? 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: 1/23/13

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for. It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. 

This week I'm waiting on what is sure to be an explosive contemporary. 

When You Were Here
     Filled with humor, raw emotion, a strong voice, and a brilliant dog named Sandy Koufax, When You Were Here explores the two most powerful forces known to man-death and love. Daisy Whitney brings her characters to life with a deft touch and resonating authenticity. 
     Danny's mother lost her five-year battle with cancer three weeks before his graduation-the one day that she was hanging on to see.
     Now Danny is left alone, with only his memories, his dog, and his heart-breaking ex-girlfriend for company. He doesn't know how to figure out what to do with her estate, what to say for his Valedictorian speech, let alone how to live or be happy anymore.
     When he gets a letter from his mom's property manager in Tokyo, where she had been going for treatment, it shows a side of his mother he never knew. So, with no other sense of direction, Danny travels to Tokyo to connect with his mother's memory and make sense of her final months, which seemed filled with more joy than Danny ever knew. There, among the cherry blossoms, temples, and crowds, and with the help of an almost-but-definitely-not Harijuku girl, he begins to see how it may not have been ancient magic or mystical treatment that kept his mother going. Perhaps, the secret of how to live lies in how she died.

Release Date: June 2013
Published By: Little Brown



Tuesday, January 22, 2013

TTT: Settings I'd Like to See More of!

First off, sorry for the lack of posts, but I've been sick with bronchitis and haven't been doing much of anything. But I'm starting to get back in the blogging/reading spirit. Also I have a couple of reviews and posts going up that I already had scheduled before I got sick. So until I get better enjoy those and the other posts that I can manage to make up. 
-Nikki



Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join.    

This week's topic is:
January 22: Top Ten Settings I'd Like To See More Of (Or At All)
These are in no particular order.



1. Space: Only because there haven't been very many. 

2. Beach- Yes I know its been done time and time again, but beachy summer romances get me EVERY time. 

3. Super Unique, Super Cool Dystopian World- Ok this is vague, but I really wish there was one. I want to read about a world that is super unique and cool. 

4. Super Unique, Super Cool Fantasy World- I don't like fantasy that much because sometimes I feel like the world isn't though out well enough, so I want one that will knock my socks off. 

5. Different Countries/continents- But maybe I just need to expand my horizons with this one. I've only read two books that are set in another country and so far I like them both. 

6. Water- What can I say? Sometimes I wish I was Poseidon's kid. I just want to read something that has to do with water. It can be about surfing, a kissy face romance, or even mermaids, but I want to see it included more. 

7. Magical boarding schools- Not trying to be like Harry Potter, but one that's really cool and unique.

8. Texas! - I love when I can connect with a setting because I can connect with it better. 

9. Mt. Olympus and the Underworld- If you are an old follower you know how much I LOVE Greek mythology and if I find any type of book that has anything to do with it, I will give it a try. So, even if there are a lot out now, I still want MOREEEE!

Umm I can't really think of anymore. If I do, I'll add them as I go along! What are some settings you'd like to see more of? 

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

ARC, 321 pages
Release Date: January 22, 2013
Published by: Disney Hyperion
The Archived, #1
Source: Received from the amazing blogger Molli
For fans of: Paranormal, Ghosts, Fantasy, Mystery, YA

     Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.
     Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.
     Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.
     Being a Keeper isn't just dangerous-it's a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da's death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.
     In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.

*MY THOUGHTS*
     For some reason when I first heard about this book I didn't jump to add it to my TBR pile. I remember the cover coming out and then deciding I wanted to read it. (Shallow right? smh) But I'm so glad I decided to read it! After reading the blurb and everything, I decided that it would be one of my most anticipated reads of 2013! And trust me, I was not disappointed. 
     In the beginning, we are introduced to Mackenzie and her parents. They have moved away to a different set of apartments (or really an old hotel) due to one of her mother's "crazy projects." They are still suffering from the deaths of their family members Ben and Da. As they move in, she meets Wes (who is super uber amazing) and the story unfolds from there. 
     First, I want to start with the mystery. The mystery was so good. I'm normally the type of person that can figure out the answer from the beginning, but this one, I had no idea. It really made me have to sit and analyze the situation and even still I didn't know who to choose. 
     Then there was the emotion. While reading this book I had ALL THE FEELS. From love, to grief, to happiness. I felt everything while reading this, just as I imagine Mackenzie would have felt going through it. As they showed the flashbacks from Da and Ben towards the end, I was biting my nails and tearing up. It was so overwhelming. Mackenzie had to be super strong to endure that type of pain. Then the deceit and betrayal that was at the end of the book. Gah you guys, I'm getting rambly, but the emotion in the book is the best part. It had me hooked and wanting to stay with my head stuck in the book. 
     Lastly, the world building was great! One thing I love about fantasy novels, is the way the author can make up the world completely in their head. I also hate that fact about fantasies because they sometimes leave out certain details that the reader may need. But in my opinion, Schwab got it 100% perfect. She made a very imaginative world in her head and was able to deliver it to her readers in the book. As for me, I pictured The Archive as my actual local library. With me putting it towards something that I could actually relate to made the story that much better for me. 
     The characters are amazingly put together as well. Mackenzie is an amazing, kick ass MC, even if she does make some bad decisions. But who doesn't? Then there's Wes. My goodness, talk about book boyfriends. I loved him. He definitely was a great asset to the story. and my interpretation of him... I pictured him as a young Hook from Once Upon a Time with the guy-liner lmao (Don't judge me.) 
     Overall, this is an amazing read and you will not regret picking it up. At the end the emotion left me breathless and the epic finale had me biting my nails. Schwab did an amazing job with this one, from beginning to end. 
  Overall, I give this

Friday, January 18, 2013

Follow Friday!

     Yay its Friday! Although that means absolutely nothing to me seeing as I work today, tomorrow, AND Sunday... Anywho, its Friday so that means its FOLLOW FRIDAY TIME!!! Here's how it works: 
Feature & Follow Friday is a meme hosted by Parajunkiee's View & Alison Can Read. Check out their blogs and the two Featured Bloggers of the week! This is great for finding amazing new blogs to follow and for gaining followers yourself!

This week's question is: 
Who is your favorite book villain?

My Answer: 
     Wow, this week's question is a doozy. Ironically I have a bunch of favorite villians. I actually did a whole Top Ten Tuesday post about this a while ago. (You can see that post HERE.) But, my FAVORITE one is actually the Lunar Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles series. I mean come on, compelling people (mind control) is one hell of a power to have! You could have anything! *ahem* Not that I would lose control like that, but you get my drift lol And dude, she's from the moon. That's awesome enough by itself lol 
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Cover Reveal!!!

Ok, I'm sure you all know this, but I'm a HUGE fan of the Mara Dyer series! The Unbecoming was my favorite book of 2011 and The Evolution was amazing as well! So, there was no surprise that I sqee'ed when I saw that I was able to share this with the public! (I saw it released a couple of weeks ago but didn't post it because no one else had... It turns out it was released too early.) But anyways, without further ado, here is the cover for the final installment for the Mara Dyer series!!!

The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #3)

So what do you think of it?
Like it, love it, or hate it???

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: 1/16/13

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what books we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

     This week I'm waiting on ANOTHER re-telling. There's so many of them coming out this year and I want to read them all!!!!! I should probably sign up for a re-telling challenge. Anyone know where I can find one??? 

Anywho, this week I'm waiting on:
Strands of Bronze and Gold
     The Bluebeard fairy tale retold. . . .
     When seventeen-year-old Sophia Petheram’s beloved father dies, she receives an unexpected letter. An invitation—on fine ivory paper, in bold black handwriting—from the mysterious Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, her godfather. With no money and fewer options, Sophie accepts, leaving her humble childhood home for the astonishingly lavish Wyndriven Abbey, in the heart of Mississippi.
     Sophie has always longed for a comfortable life, and she finds herself both attracted to and shocked by the charm and easy manners of her overgenerous guardian. But as she begins to piece together the mystery of his past, it’s as if, thread by thread, a silken net is tightening around her. And as she gathers stories and catches whispers of his former wives—all with hair as red as her own—in the forgotten corners of the abbey, Sophie knows she’s trapped in the passion and danger of de Cressac’s intoxicating world.
     Glowing strands of romance, mystery, and suspense are woven into this breathtaking debut—a thrilling retelling of the “Bluebeard” fairy tale.

Expected Publication: March 12, 2013 
Published by: Random House Children's Publishing

So, what are you waiting on this week?!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

TTT: Debuts I'm Most Looking Forward To!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join.    

This week's topic is:
January 15, 2013: Debuts I'm Most Looking Forward To! 
These are in no particular order.


Dance of Shadows (Dance of Shadows, #1)My Life After NowIf He Had Been With Me
1. Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black: Only because of the cover. Shallow yes I know...

2. My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi: Interesting premise & its the first of its kind. Its about a very huge subject and I cant wait to see how its written out for teens.

3. If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin: The premise sounds awesomeeeee! Gut wrenching and sad, but awesomeeee!

The Nightmare AffairBetween the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1)The Beautiful and the Cursed
4. The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett: I love that the premise is so unique! And the cover is gorgeous as well!

5. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke: The cover is fantastic and the premise sounds good. River sounds like the hottest bad boy EVER!!!

6. The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan: Gargoyles??? Sign me up!!!


The Rules for DisappearingStrands of Bronze and GoldMILA 2.0 (MILA 2.0, #1)
7. The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston: I've never read anything about Witness Protection and I would like to start with this one.

8. Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson: Another retelling??? I'm allllllll over it!!!

9. Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza: The cover is gorgeous and the premise? Who doesn't love a good sci-fi???


Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)
10. Pivot Point by Kasie West: The cover is gorgeous and the premise sounds soooo good!