Thursday, December 31, 2015

365 Days of YA Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

Kate from Literary Kate  and Sarah from What Sarah Read are co-hosting the 365 Days of YA Reading Challenge!  This challenge is inspired by Epic Reads’ 365 Days of YA info graphic.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #73: Ten Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016 (January-June)


Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Their blog can be found here.



December 29: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

Monday, December 28, 2015

Need by Joelle Charbonneau

Title: Need
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Length: 352 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Classification: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Source: e-galley via NetGalley (Thank you, HMH Books for Young Readers!)
Read: November 2015
"No one gets something for nothing. We all should know better."
Teenagers at Wisconsin's Nottawa High School are drawn deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every need . . . regardless of the consequences. Soon the site turns sinister, with simple pranks escalating to malicious crimes. The body count rises. In this chilling YA thriller, the author of the best-selling Testing trilogy examines not only the dark side of social media, but the dark side of human nature. 
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***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

Friday, December 25, 2015

Top Ten of 2015: Top 10 Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2016

Top Ten of 2015 is co-hosted by Jaime from Two Chicks On Books, Rachel from Fiktshun, Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and Nancy from Tales of a Ravenous Reader.

I had so much fun participating last year for the Top Ten of 2014, so I am very excited to be participating again this year!

Friday, December 25th – Top 10 Books I’m looking forward to in 2016. (This list should be comprised of books released ONLY in 2016)

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Top Ten of 2015: Best Book Boyfriends of 2015

Top Ten of 2015 is co-hosted by Jaime from Two Chicks On Books, Rachel from Fiktshun, Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and Nancy from Tales of a Ravenous Reader.

I had so much fun participating last year for the Top Ten of 2014, so I am very excited to be participating again this year!

Thursday, December 24th – Best Book Boyfriends of 2015 (MUST be from a book released in 2015 and from a book you’ve READ in 2015)

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #31: Burning Glass


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

Top Ten of 2015: Best Villains of 2015


Top Ten of 2015 is co-hosted by Jaime from Two Chicks On Books, Rachel from Fiktshun, Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and Nancy from Tales of a Ravenous Reader.

I had so much fun participating last year for the Top Ten of 2014, so I am very excited to be participating again this year!

Wednesday, December 23rd – Best ________ Of 2015 (Readers/Bloggers choice. Please fill in the blank with ONE of these topics – Villains, Contemporaries, Dual POV’s, Novellas, Adult titles, New Adult titles, Love Triangles, Couples, Bad Boys or Debuts. REMEMBER – this list MUST be from books you’ve READ in 2015)

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Top Ten of 2015: Best Book Covers of 2015


Top Ten of 2015 is co-hosted by Jaime from Two Chicks On Books, Rachel from Fiktshun, Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and Nancy from Tales of a Ravenous Reader.

I had so much fun participating last year for the Top Ten of 2014, so I am very excited to be participating again this year!

Tuesday, December 22nd – Best Book Covers of 2015 (MUST be a book released in 2015. Would be best if it’s a book you’ve READ in 2015, but it’s not required)

Top Ten Tuesday #72: Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree


Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Their blog can be found here.


December 22: Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Top Ten of 2015: Best 2015 Released Books I Read This Year


Top Ten of 2015 is co-hosted by Jaime from Two Chicks On Books, Rachel from Fiktshun, Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and Nancy from Tales of a Ravenous Reader.

I had so much fun participating last year for the Top Ten of 2014, so I am very excited to be participating again this year!

Monday, December 21st – Best Books I’ve Read in 2015 (Doesn’t have to be released in 2015, just a book you’ve read in 2015)

Saturday, December 19, 2015

My Latest Binge #6: The 100 & The Lunar Chronicles




I really like to binge watch and binge read series! It is so easy to do. And so I want to share all my latest and current binge watches and binge reads with all of you! Sometimes it might just be something I'm watching or something I'm reading or both! 


Friday, December 18, 2015

Reread Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Title: Cress
(The Lunar Chronicles #3)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Length: 550 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Classification: Young Adult, Fairy Tale Retelling, Science Fiction
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Source: Hardback
Re-Read: December 2015
In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. 
Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 
When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has. 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

2016 Reading Challenges

I LOVE participating in Reading Challenges. For 2015 I joined about 9 or 10 reading challenges and it was a lot of fun (though I did fail a few of them). I am joining some again this year and adding a few new ones that I am really excited for!

I will keep track of my progress for all of these challenges on my Challenges Page, as well as, posting what I read for each month in my Monthly Highlights posts. 

Hosted by Love at First Page

I really enjoy binge reading series, so this was something I was already hoping to do in 2016. So joining this challenge will give me that extra motivation to do it! I am really excited and have already started picking out my 12 series that I want to read.

Sign up for the challenge HERE!

My Goal: 12 Book Series



Hosted by Pretty Deadly Reviews

I have a TON of backlist books on my shelves that need to be read and I decided a couple months ago that 2016 was going to be my year of trying to read more of what was already on my shelves. So I hope this will help me achieve that goal.

Sign up for the challenge HERE!

My Goal: 25 books

Hosted by Gone With the Words & Love at First Page
I think Contemporary Romance is my most read genre. I just really like the light and fluffy. The romance. The happiness. So I was VERY EXCITED when I found out about this challenge. I had already decided I wanted to read the 8 Sarah Dessen books I have on my shelf. Plus several other Contemporary Romances I've been meaning to read. This is going to be a lot of fun!

Sign up for the challenge HERE or HERE!

My Goal: 21 books



I really enjoyed participating in this challenge for 2015; which is why I am excited and looking forward to reading more debuts in 2016!

Sign up for the challenge HERE!

My Goal: 12 books


Hosted by Cornerfolds and My Soul Called Life 
I am looking forward to reading some of the Dystopia books that have been sitting on my shelves.

Sign up for the challenge HERE or HERE!

My Goal: 10 books

Hosted by Alexa Loves Books & Hello, Chelly
I joined this challenge for 2015 and sadly I failed. (I am too far behind to finish it this year) but I still enjoyed participating and I am determined to achieve my goal for 2016!

Sign up for the challenge HERE or HERE!

My Goal: 15 books
Hosted by The Daily Prophecy
I LOVED doing this challenge in 2015. So I had no doubt in my mind about wanting to do it again in 2016. I am doubling my goal for 2016. I am so excited for reading more Retellings!

Sign up for the challenge HERE!

My Goal: 20 books

Hosted by The YA Book Traveler
I have a ton of books on my shelves, so I know this is a challenge I want to do. 

Sign up for the challenge HERE!


My Goal: 40 books

What 2016 reading challenges have you signed up for? If you haven't signed up for any, which ones are you wanting to sign up for? Which challenges are you excited for?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #30: Into the Dim


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Reread Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Title: Scarlet
(The Lunar Chronicles #2)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Length: 452 pages
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Classification: Young Adult, Fairy Tale Retelling, Science Fiction
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Source: Paperback 
Re-Read: November 2015
Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison—even though she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive if she does—in this second installment from Marissa Meyer.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother, or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Reread Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Title: Cinder
(The Lunar Chronicles #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Length: 390 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Classification: Young Adult, Fairy Tale Retelling, Science Fiction
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Source: Hardback
Reread: September 2015
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Title: Wolf By Wolf
(Wolf By Wolf #1)
Author: Ryan Graudin
Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Classification: Young Adult, Alternative History, Fantasy
Release Date: October 20, 2015
Source: ARC via the NOVL Newsletter (Thank you, NOVL!)
Code Name Verity meets Inglourious Basterds in this fast-paced novel from the author of The Walled City.
The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor's ball.
Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year's only female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin's brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael's every move. But as Yael begins to get closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?
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***I received an ARC of this book from the NOVL Newsletter in exchange for an honest review***

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #71: Ten New to Me Favorite Authors I Read For the First Time in 2015


Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Their blog can be found here.


December 8: Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015 

Monday, December 7, 2015

The Trouble With Destiny by Lauren Morrill

Title: The Trouble with Destiny
Author: Lauren Morrill
Length: 272 pages
Publisher: Delacorte
Classification: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Music
Release Date: December 8, 2015
Source: e-galley via NetGalley (Thank you, Delacorte!)
Read: November 2015
It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey... 
With her trusty baton and six insanely organized clipboards, drum major Liza Sanders is about to take Destiny by storm—the boat, that is. When Liza discovered that her beloved band was losing funding, she found Destiny, a luxury cruise ship complete with pools, midnight chocolate buffets, and a $25,000 spring break talent show prize. 
Liza can’t imagine senior year without the band, and nothing will distract her from achieving victory. She’s therefore not interested when her old camp crush, Lenny, shows up on board, looking shockingly hipster-hot. And she’s especially not interested in Russ, the probably-as-dumb-as-he-is-cute prankster jock whose ex, Demi, happens be Liza’s ex–best friend and leader of the Athenas, a show choir that’s the band’s greatest competition.
But it’s not going to be smooth sailing. After the Destiny breaks down, all of Liza’s best-laid plans start to go awry. Liza likes to think of herself as an expert at almost everything, but when it comes to love, she’s about to find herself lost at sea.
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***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #70: Ten 2016 Debut Novels I'm Looking Forward To


Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Their blog can be found here.


December 1: Top Ten 2016 Debuts Novels We Are Looking Forward To

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #69: Thanksgiving Freebie- Ten Recommended Books I am Thankful I Read


Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Their blog can be found here.


November 24: Thanksgiving themed Freebie -- ten books I'm thankful for, authors I'm thankful for, Ten fictional families I'd like to celebrate Thanksgiving with, a personal non-bookish thankful list, etc. etc.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood

Title: Six Impossible Things
Author: Fiona Wood
Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Poppy
Classification: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: August 11, 2015
Source: ARC via NOVL Newsletter (Thank you, NOVL!)
1. Kiss Estelle.2. Get a job.3. Cheer my mother up.4. Try not to be a complete nerd/loser.5. Talk to my father when he calls.6. Figure out how to be good.
Nerd-boy Dan Cereill is not quite coping with a reversal of family fortune, moving, new-school hell, a mother with a failing wedding cake business, a just-out gay dad, and an impossible crush on Estelle, the girl next door. His life is a mess, but for now he's narrowed it down to six impossible things…
In this charming story of one guy’s efforts to get it together when his life is falling apart, award-winning author Fiona Wood introduces an irresistible voice and a delightfully awkward character who is impossible to forget.

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***I received an ARC of this book from the NOVL Newsletter in exchange for an honest review***

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #68: Ten Book to Movie Adaptations


Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Their blog can be found here.


November 10: Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I'm Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

My Latest Binge #5: How to Get Away with Murder & Contemporary Romance



I really like to binge watch and binge read series! It is so easy to do. And so I want to share all my latest and current binge watches and binge reads with all of you! Sometimes it might just be something I'm watching or something I'm reading or both! 


Friday, November 6, 2015

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

Title: Hunter
(Hunter #1)
Author: Mercedes Lackey
Length: 374 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Classification: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Source: e-galley via NetGalley (Thank you, Disney -Hyperion!)
They came after the Diseray. Some were terrors ripped from our collective imaginations, remnants of every mythology across the world. And some were like nothing anyone had ever dreamed up, even in their worst nightmares.
Monsters.
Long ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were ripped open, and it’s taken centuries to bring back civilization in the wake of the catastrophe. Now, the luckiest Cits live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the hideous creatures fighting to break through. Others are not so lucky.
To Joyeaux Charmand, who has been a Hunter in her tight-knit mountain community since she was a child, every Cit without magic deserves her protection from dangerous Othersiders. Then she is called to Apex City, where the best Hunters are kept to protect the most important people.
Joy soon realizes that the city’s powerful leaders care more about luring Cits into a false sense of security than protecting them. More and more monsters are getting through the barriers, and the close calls are becoming too frequent to ignore. Yet the Cits have no sense of how much danger they’re in—to them, Joy and her corps of fellow Hunters are just action stars they watch on TV.
When an act of sabotage against Joy takes an unbearable toll, she uncovers a terrifying conspiracy in the city. There is something much worse than the usual monsters infiltrating Apex. And it may be too late to stop them…
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***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Cover Reveal: TONE DEAF by Olivia Rivers


I am really excited to help reveal the cover for Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers. 
As soon as I read the book description, I knew this is one I want to read. I love music. So basically, I get super excited when I find a book that has music involved in the story. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #67: Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward to Their Sophomore Novel


Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Their blog can be found here.


November 3:  Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel (because when you love a debut you just are ITCHING to get your hands on the author's second book) or Top Ten Sophomore Novels That I Loved Just As Much If Not More As The Author's Debut (no one hit wonders heeeere!)

Monday, November 2, 2015

Persuasion by Martina Boone

Title: Persuasion
(The Heirs of Watson Island #2)
Author: Martina Boone
Length: 464 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Classification: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Source: e-galley via Edelweiss (Thank you, Simon Pulse!)
Read: October 2015
Beautiful Creatures meets The Raven Boys in the spellbinding second novel in the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy that “skillfully blends rich magic and folklore with adventure, sweeping romance, and hidden treasure” (Publishers Weekly, on Compulsion).
Grieving the death of her godfather and haunted by her cousin Cassie’s betrayal, Barrie returns from a trip to San Francisco to find the Watson plantation under siege. Ghost-hunters hope to glimpse the ancient spirit who sets the river on fire each night, and reporters chase rumors of a stolen shipment of Civil War gold that may be hidden at Colesworth Place. The chaos turns dangerous as Cassie hires a team of archeologists to excavate beneath the mansion ruins. Because more is buried there than treasure.
A stranger filled with magic arrives at Watson’s Landing claiming that the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts—and the Colesworth curse—also lies beneath the mansion. With a mix of threats and promises, the man convinces Barrie and Cassie to cast a spell there at midnight. But what he conjures may have deadly consequences.
While Barrie struggles to make sense of the escalating peril and her growing and forbidden feelings for Eight Beaufort, it’s impossible to know whom to trust and what to fight for—Eight or herself. Millions of dollars and the fate of the founding families is at stake. Now Barrie must choose between what she feels deep in her heart and what will keep Watson’s Landing safe in this stunning addition to a series filled with “decadent settings, mysterious magic, and family histories rife with debauchery” (Kirkus Reviews, on Compulsion).

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***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review***

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Teacher's Night Before Halloween by Steven L. Layne


Title: Teacher's Night Before Halloween
Author: Steven L. Layne
Illustrator: Ard Hoyt
Length: 32 pages
Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company
Classification: Children's Book
Release Date: July 2008
Source: Library Book
It's the day before Halloween, and to every teacher's dismay, school has been overrun by princesses and monsters, Jedi and ghouls. In every classroom, teachers are struggling to keep order, but students have brought in their costumes to celebrate a day early. A group of girls sneak into the bathroom to exchange tiaras, and grotesquely dressed fifth-graders pretend to eat two younger students in the cafeteria.
The entire school has turned into a haunted house, and as cupcake icing spreads all over the desks, the teachers look for a way to escape the annual Halloween Day parade. But when the principal issues a memo that says all teachers must attend the parade, the faculty wake up on Halloween morning filled with dread.
But there's a treat in store for the teachers this year. The students and their parents have canceled the Halloween Day parade, and the teachers are ecstatic. There's just one catch, the students promise-next year, there's bound to be more trick than treat.



Thursday, October 29, 2015

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

Title: A Thousand Nights
Author: E.K. Johnston
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Classification: Young Adult, Retellings, Fantasy
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Source: e-galley via NetGalley (Thank you, Disney Hyperion!)
Read: October 2015
Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.
And so she is taken in her sister's place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin's court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time.But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.
Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.
Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

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***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #29 : The Forbidden Wish


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Publication Date: February 23, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #66: Halloween Themed Freebie


Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Their blog can be found here.



October 27: Halloween themed freebie -- your choice (ie. 10 best ghost stories, 10 things that scare you in books, 10 literary Halloween costumes, 10 vampire novels, 10 books that WILL scare you, 10 non-scary books for Halloween, 10 scariest covers, etc.)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #65: Ten Wishes I'd Ask The Book Genie to Grant Me


Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Their blog can be found here.


October 20: 10 Wishes I'd Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me (a new book from a certain author,  a reading superpower, a library that is your absolutely #librarygoals, a character to come to life, to met a certain author etc. etc.) YOU DREAM IT AND THE BOOKISH GENIE CAN DO IT.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas

Title: Ash & Bramble
Author: Sarah Prineas
Length: 464 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Classification: Young Adult, Fairy Tale Retelling, Fantasy
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Source: e-galley via Edelweiss (Thank you, HarperTeen!)
Read: September 2015
A prince.
A ball.
A glass slipper left behind at the stroke of midnight.
The tale is told and retold, twisted and tweaked, snipped and stretched, as it leads to happily ever after.
But it is not the true Story.
A dark fortress.
A past forgotten.
A life of servitude.
No one has ever broken free of the Godmother’s terrible stone prison until a girl named Pin attempts a breathless, daring escape. But she discovers that what seems to be freedom is a prison of another kind, one that entangles her in a story that leads to a prince, a kiss, and a clock striking midnight. To unravel herself from this new life, Pin must choose between a prince and another—the one who helped her before and who would give his life for her. Torn, the only thing for her to do is trade in the glass slipper for a sword and find her own destiny.

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***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review***

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #28 : The Lies About Truth


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens


Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen

Monday, October 5, 2015

Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis


Title: Spinning Starlight
Author: R.C. Lewis
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Classification: Young Adult, Fairy Tale Retelling, Science Fiction
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Source: e-galley via NetGalley (Thank you, Disney Hyperion!)
Read: September/October 2015
Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it's hard to escape it. So when a group of men show up at her house uninvited, she assumes it's just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired.Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi's vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word and her brothers are dead.Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home-a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers' survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back?Haunting and mesmerizing, this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Wild Swans strings the heart of the classic with a stunning, imaginative world as a star-crossed family fights for survival in this companion to Stitching Snow.

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***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

Thursday, October 1, 2015

September 2015 Highlights



  1. Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith
  3. Lock & Mori (Lock & Mori #1) by Heather W. Petty
  4. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer (Reread)
  5. Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas
  6. Hunter (Hunter #1) by Mercedes Lackey


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September #365DaysofYA Challenge Progress + October TBR

Kate from Literary Kate  and Sarah from What Sarah Read are co-hosting the 365 Days of YA Reading Challenge!  This challenge is inspired by Epic Reads’ 365 Days of YA info graphic.

Waiting on Wednesday #27: Manners & Mutiny


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger
(Finishing School #4)

Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Monday, September 28, 2015

Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams

Title: Ruthless
Author: Carolyn Lee Adams
Length: 256 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Classification: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: July 14, 2015
Source: e-galley via Edelweiss (Thank you, Simon Pulse!)
A spine-tingling debut about the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse in reverse as a teen struggles to retain hope—and her sanity—while on the run from a cunning and determined killer.
Ruth Carver has always competed like her life depends on it. Ambitious. Tough. Maybe even mean. It’s no wonder people call her Ruthless.
When she wakes up with a concussion in the bed of a moving pickup truck, she realizes she has been entered into a contest she can’t afford to lose.
At a remote, rotting cabin deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ruth’s blindfold comes off and she comes face-to-face with her captor. A man who believes his mission is to punish bad girls like Ruth. A man who has done this six times before.
The other girls were never heard from again, but Ruth won’t go down easy. She escapes into the wilderness, but her hunter is close at her heels. That’s when the real battle begins. That’s when Ruth must decides just how far she’ll go in order to survive.
Back home, they called her Ruthless. They had no idea just how right they were.
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***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review***