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Saturday, June 30, 2012

New Releases (July 1 - 7)

Hot New Release
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Publication Date: July 3, 2012
Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .
Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.
Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.
With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.
About the Author: Goodreads 
I write books about vaguely magical peach orchards, resorts in the afterlife, enigmatic island princesses beloved by Tinkerbell, and...civics! I was an awkward and strange child who kept lots of secrets. Now I live with a sweet Basenji dog named Peanut who loves to eat shoes, and a sweet husband who is good at all the things I'm bad at, like being organized and thinking things through. I've loved writing and reading about mythical and strange things since I can remember

Other Releases This Week:

Stacking the Shelves (5)

Good morning everyone. I hope you all had wonderful weeks and are enjoying yourselves and the bookish thing that you received.
Love your faces <3

Updates from this week, Check out anything you missed!:
    Upcoming reviews and all things bloggy:
    • Blogoversary + Giveaways
    • The Mayfair Moon Blog Tour: Interview
    • Falling for Hamlet review
    Book Haul:
    (Click on  picture for Goodreads)

    *Thank you to St. Martin's Griffin, Spencer Hill Press, Katherine @ The Aussie Zombie, and Karice Bolton for everything this week*

    Friday, June 29, 2012

    Friday Hops (6/29/12)

    *Leave a comment below with you're post. Follow and I'll follow back*

    Follow Friday (#20)
    Q: Birthday Wishes — Blow out the candles and imagine what character could pop out of your cake…who is it and what book are they from??

    Hmm, this is a tough one. I know not many people are manga readers out there but if anyone has read Kimi ni Todoke I would love to have Kazehaya. He is just the cutest and sweetest character.

     TGIF (#19)

    Best I've Read So Far: We're half way through the year (crazy how time flies!), which top 3 books are the best you've read so far this year?

    *click on cover for review*

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

    Review: Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan

    Publication Date: July 3, 2012
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Stand Alone Novel
    Young Adult
    Pages: 344
    Genre: Paranormal

    Just because Mel lives in New Whitby, a city founded by vampires, doesn't mean she knows any of the blood-drinking undead personally. They stay in their part of town; she says in hers. Until the day a vampire shows up at her high school. Worse yet, her best friend, Cathy, seems to be falling in love with him. It's up to Mel to save Cathy from a mistake she might regret for all eternity
    On top of trying to help Cathy (whether she wants it or not), Mel is investigating a mysterious disappearance for another friend and discovering the attractions of a certain vampire wannabe. Combine all this with a cranky vampire cop, a number of unlikely romantic entanglements, and the occasional zombie, and soon Mel is hip-deep in an adventure that is equal parts hilarious and touching.
    Acclaimed authors Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan team up to create a witty and poignant story of cool vampires, warm friendships, and the changes that test the bonds of love.
    *Advanced Reader's Copy provided by publisher and Julie Cross for members of the Perfect Ten*

    You would think I'd stop reading vampire books after I, time and again, rant about how I do not enjoy the explosion of the trend. Well, Team Human is a vampire book that I'm really glad that I read. It was a vampire book that made me laugh constantly and I really needed a comedic but adorable read in this category.

    Mel happens to be the epitome of hilarious. Every thought, every parentheses, every sly remark towards Francis. I was smiling and snickering and giggling. She is a female character that dominates many other main female characters. Taking on the role of best friend protector, because Friends don't let friends date vampires. and also helping figure out a fathers mysterious disappearance with a female vampire patient, Mel had her hands full, especially with a name like her parents gave her, I wouldn't blame her. She's strong, loyal, stubborn, and always pursues a full-through on her actions. She's a friend who cares. And that's what I really like about Mel.

    Kit was absolutely adorable I can tell you that much. With his day of firsts at the beach. The adorable meter just rose when he entered the story. I loved him and Mel and the places they went and the things they saw and how Kit learned to drive with one foot on the break and one foot on the gas. It was just hysterical.

    The storyline was engaging and enticing. I fell in love with the book from the very first chapter and I knew that Team Human was going to be a book I would very much enjoy. I mean how could I not? A mysterious disappearance, a cranky vampire cop, a number of unlikely romantic entanglements, the occasional zombie (I do love my zombies) . . . Please, this book was went to be in my hands. Never once was I bored, some parts I was able to make sound conjectures and knew the outcome of some mysteries and actions, but I enjoyed the book none the less!

    Final Summation: Team Human definitely had me giggling and engaged in nonstop reading for the past few days. If you need a laugh or a wake-up call on the vampire hype or something to satisfy all all the dystopians you've been reading lately, then I definitely recommend this book, to everyone!

    First Line: I wasn't feeling very enthused about education the day the vampire came to school.
    Story: XS
    Cover: A

    Wednesday, June 27, 2012

    Waiting on Wednesday (18): The Shadow Society

    The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski
    Publication Date: October 30, 2012

    Darcy Jones doesn't remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. So she isn't surprised that she doesn't recognize Conn, the new boy at her high school, even though he seems to know her—or at least know something about her.
         What does surprise her is how quickly she comes to trust Conn, and that he makes her feel both desire and desired in a way she hadn't thought possible. But his interest in her is confusing. It doesn't line up with the way he first looked at her.
         As if she was his enemy.
         When Conn betrays Darcy and she is arrested, she realizes that she can't rely on anything—not Conn, not herself, and not even the laws of nature. Because this world isn't the only one. Darcy belongs in an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire never happened, and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.
         Darcy needs some answers.
         And she hates that the person most able to help her get them is Conn.
     What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

    Tuesday, June 26, 2012

    Cover Reveal: Sever and Deep Betrayal

    Sever by Lauren DeStefano
    Series: The Chemical Garden #3
    Publication Date: February 12, 2013

    Other Books in the series:

    Deep Betrayal by Anne Greenwood Brown
    Series: Lies Beneath #2
    Publication Date: 2013
    It's been thirty days, two hours, and seventeen minutes since Calder left Lily standing on the shores of Lake Superior. Not that she's counting. And when Calder does return, it's not quite the reunion Lily hoped for. Especially after she lets her father in on a huge secret: he, like Calder, is a merman. Obsessed with his new identity, Lily's dad monopolizes Calder's time as the two of them spend every day in the water, leaving Lily behind.
         Then dead bodies start washing ashore. Calder blames his mermaid sisters, but Lily fears her father has embraced the merman's natural need to kill. As the body count grows, everyone is pointing fingers. Lily doesn't know what to believe—only that whoever's responsible is sure to strike again. . . .
    Other Books in the Series:

    The girl on Sever is gorgeous though I wish they could have spiced up the background, the green is just too plain. I love the items that are sound the cover model though. And that dress is lovely! Deep Betrayal I am liking the pose and the water shot. So beautiful and clear. Definitely can't wait to get my hands on both of these books and find out what goes on. It's sad to see that the Chemical Garden Trilogy is coming to a close, but I hope it goes out with a bang.
    Tell me what you think about the covers in the comments below.

    Review: The Girl in the Park by Mariah Fredericks

    Publication Date: April 24, 2012
    Publisher: Random House Children's Books
    Stand Alone Novel
    Young Adult
    Pages: 224
    Genre: Contemporary, Mystery

    When Wendy Geller's body is found in Central Park after the night of a rager, newspaper headlines scream,"Death in the Park: Party Girl Found Strangled." But shy Rain, once Wendy's best friend, knows there was more to Wendy than just "party girl." As she struggles to separate the friend she knew from the tangle of gossip and headlines, Rain becomes determined to discover the truth about the murder. Written in a voice at once immediate, riveting, and utterly convincing, Mariah Frederick's mystery brilliantly exposes the cracks in this exclusive New York City world and the teenagers that move within it.
    *Galley provided by publisher for an honest review*

    I've been trying to get more mystery novels into my system so I gave The Girl in the Park a try. The main character, Rain, is the shy girl who makes friends with Wendy Geller, the girl in the park. When her boy is found in Central Park, Rain fails to acknowledge the rumrors and stories that drift around and go around trying to find the cultpit and clear the gossip.

    This was a very easy and enjoyable read. Being from New York and taking countless trips into the city, it's always fun to read the setting and get a feel for it, and Fredericks does a very nice job with it. Capturing a rustling city is a hard thing to do but she does a wonderful job at it. As far as the mystery goes, it was intersting and like I said before, easy to read. I could infer and end up seeing where things were heading towards the end of the book. Even so, I enjoyed Rain's narration and the ideas presented for this story. Though the whole party girl meets a mysterious end after going off alone isn't the most original idea, it was still a good read.

    Final Summation: An enjoyable mystery in the New York City is always a fun and nice read to me. Fredericks did a wonderful job with this novel. Though given the shy main character and the party girl friend, the suspence of the murder surrounded by a girl with tons of enemies does cancel out some of the cliched aspects of the characters.

    First Line: In my dream, everyone talks except me.
    Story: A
    Cover: C

    Monday, June 25, 2012

    Blog Tour (Guest Post + Giveaways): The Watchers Trilogy by Karice Bolton

    Top Ten with the Author:
    Here with me I have Karice Bolton, author of the Watchers Trilogy whose cover's I will neatly display right . . . here:
    Pretty bunch aren't they? 

    Well, let's take a long look and see what's behind the author shall we? 

    1. Favorite movie?  
    One thing you’ll quickly find out about me is that I can’t pick just one when it comes to favorites! At Christmas it would be National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Although it has been known to turn on magically in July at my house for a quick fix.  I also love oldies like Uncle Buck, Great Outdoors, Home Alone, As Good As it Gets etc. I really liked Shutter Island and Inception. I also love Johnny Depp movies (any and all).  So far this year, I loved Snow White and the Huntsman, and I’m looking forward to Prometheus!
    2. Favorite song/singer?  
    I love music so much that I don’t just have a favorite. At the moment, Jack White’s Blunderbuss album is in heavy rotation along with Fun, Black Keys, and Gotye. 
    3. Favorite place you would love to visit?  
    I would love to visit London!
    4. One item you can’t live without?  
    My iPhone
    5. Who would you like to meet?(dead or alive) 
    George Lucas
    6. Favorite hobby?  
    Reading!  But I love skiing too! :)
    7. Guilty pleasure? 
    Daily Starbucks
    8. Favorite author and/book? 
    That always changes too, but right now it’s Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City.
    9. Do you collect anything?  
    Books! I can’t let any out of my sight.
    10. Favorite ice cream?  
    Cherries Jubilee

    Thank you for the enjoyable answers. I have to say that I enjoy Gotye as well and anything with Johnny Depp in it is good enough for me! Thank you for your time!

    . . .

    Now for the giveaways:

    Sunday, June 24, 2012

    New Releases (June 24-30)

    Hot New Release:
    Smart Girls Get What They Want 
    by Sarah Strohmeyer
    Publication Date: June 26, 2012

    Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are best friends and total overachievers. Even if they aren’t the most popular girls in school, they aren’t too worried. They know their real lives will begin once they get to their Ivy League colleges. There will be ivy, and there will be cute guys in the libraries (hopefully with English accents)! But when an unexpected event shows them they’re missing out on the full high school experience, it’s time to come out of the honors lounge and into the spotlight. They make a pact: They will each take on their greatest challenge—and they will totally rock it. Gigi decides to run for student rep, but she’ll have to get over her fear of public speaking—and go head-to-head with gorgeous California Will. Bea used to be one of the best skiers around, until she was derailed. It could be time for her to take the plunge again. And Neerja loves the drama club but always stayed behind the scenes—until now.These friends are determined to show that smart girls get what they want—but that could mean getting way more attention than they ever bargained for....
     About the author: Goodreads | Website | Twitter

    Sarah Strohmeyer is the award-winning, nationally bestselling author of fifteen novels one of which, THE CINDERELLA PACT, became a Lifetime Movie, LYING TO BE PERFECT.Her first mystery, BUBBLES UNBOUND, won the Agatha Award and THE SLEEPING BEAUTY PROPOSAL was nominated for a prestigious RITA™. Her books have been translated into German, French, Italian, Turkish, Taiwanese and a bunch of others.Her first young adult novel, SMART GIRLS GET WHAT THEY WANT, will be published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, on June 26, 2012.

    Other Releases this week:

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

    Stacking the Shelves (4)

    Good morning everyone. I hope you all had wonderful weeks and are enjoying yourselves and the bookish thing that you received. Today is my Graduation day, marking my step from high school to college so I'm really excited and so very happy to finally be going off. I hope everyone enjoys their Saturday and Sunday, because I know I will!
    Love your faces <3

    Updates from this week, Check out anything you missed!:
    Upcoming reviews and all things bloggy:
    • New Releases (June 24-30)
    • The Watchers Trilogy Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway
    • The Girl in the Park review
    • Team Human Review
    • New Releases (July 1-7)
    • Blogoversary + Giveaways
    • The Mayfair Moon Blog Tour: Interview
    Book Haul:
    (Click on  picture for Goodreads)

    *Thank you to MTV Books, Nancy Holder, Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing, HarperCollins and Karice Bolton for everything this week*