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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Review: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Publication Date: June 12, 2012
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Series: For Darkness Shows the Stars #1
Young Adult
Pages: 402
Genre: Science Fiction, Retelling, Romance

It's been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family's estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot's estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth--an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret--one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she's faced with a choice: cling to what she's been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she's ever loved, even if she's lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.
*This novel was borrowed from my local library*

Now, I've read Jane Austen before. Her works walk a very thin line with me. But Diana Peterfreund's retelling of Persuasion completely captivated me, making me want to go out of my way to read the book and capture the empowering emotions. On it's own level, For Darkness Shows the Stars beautifully broke my heart, flared up my anger, and mended all the broken pieces back together again all. A profound love story that took by breath away.

Caste plays a dominant role in FDStS in the forms of the Reduced, Children of the Reduced  or CORs for short, and Post-Reduction or Posts for short who are, what I took after reading, more of a submissive race--servants--who are looked after by Luddites, a pure line nobility keeping the expansion of technology to a refined nothing in order to keep humans from trying to become gods which sparked the wave of the Reduction and decimating a great portion of humanity. But over the years a new form of free Posts are growing, their society standings ultimately changing for the better, and along with them, is Elliot North's childhood sweetheart and servent, Kai.

The reduction confused me for a greater portion of the novel. Especially when it is learned about how this ERV procedure was administered to children in order to enhance their DNA--making them stronger, faster, see better, hear better--ultimately becoming superhuman or godly in comparison to human qualities. The Reduction ended up happening after the procedure collapsed the functions of the brain, turning the people who were meant to become the enhanced species into vegetables with brains of mush and nothing more. The ERV, the abbreviation that I don't think is ever expanded in the novel, felt underdeveloped in the explanation or even how the procedure is administered. One of the Posts in FDStS happens to excel in this procedure, but the narration lacks in going beyond and helping the reader know what it done or how it is done or how the process fails, etc.

Both Elliot North and Malakai Wentforth tugged at my heart. The letters between them were my absolute favorite part of the novel. Not only do they show the growth and the opinions of two children brought up in completely different social classes. Not only do the letters entail a growing friendship between a Luddite girl and a COR boy born on the same day, but their letters reveal history of the dystopic world and the aftermath of what the Reduction caused. And the history between Kai and Elliot, the anger and the love, the longing to leave and the willingness to stay, chipped away at my heart.

Elliot's father, Barron North, and her sister, Tatiana, sparked so much anger within me. Especially the cruelty and need for dominance that Zachariah North had for not only his servants but his youngest daughter as well. Tatiana just plain annoyed me with how arrogant she was, and the need to be the perfect daughter in her father's eyes.

Even the supporting characters--Ro, the beautiful Reduced girl; Dee, and Gill, the servants who found a reason to stay on the estate through Elliot's kindness, and watch out for her like one of their own. I enjoyed them much for than the Cloud Fleet supporting characters. Or even the other Luddites, like the Grove children.

The story went along very smoothly during my read. It was only the ending that I felt became a little too rushed for it's own good. The fact that Elliot had taken so much responsibility to watch over two estates, (how her father ended up agreeing to letting her handle the North estate is completely beyond me), and departing with Kai with the Cloud Fleet while Dee, Gill, and the other neighboring estates check up on the work from time to time before Elliot comes back before harvest. I don't know. It just didn't seem very practical for her to do. It didn't seem like a practical thing for Kai to ask of her, knowing well enough of the huge burden it weighs on Elliot's shoulders. All for a romantic, happy ending.

Final Summation: FOR DARKNESS SHOW THE STARS caught me not only by the stunning cover art, but the name as well. Stars captivate me. The ongoing theme of the stars in the novel was absolutely breathtaking. Diana Peterfreund did a remarkable job in her retelling of Austen's PERSUASION. Her characters had life flowing through them, and though her science fiction would and terms rocked me a bit in understanding, I found myself enjoying the ride while I figured everything out. A recommended book to Austen fans and those who enjoy a compelling romance glistening with the intensity of the stars.

First Line: Dear Kai, My name is Elliot, and I am six years old and love in the big house.
Story: S
Cover: XS

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (22)

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday Hops (6/28/13)

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Review: Weather Witch by Shannon Delany

Publication Date: June 25, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Series: Weather Witch #1
Young Adult
Pages: 324
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Steampunk

In a vastly different and darker Philadelphia of 1844, steam power has been repressed, war threatens from deep, dark waters, and one young lady of high social standing is expecting a surprise at her seventeenth birthday party–but certainly not the one she gets!

Jordan Astraea, who has lived out all of her life in Philadelphia’s most exclusive neighborhood, is preparing to celebrate her birthday with friends, family and all the extravagance they might muster. The young man who is most often her dashing companion, Rowen Burchette, has told her a surprise awaits her and her best friend, Catrina Hollindale, wouldn’t miss this night for all the world!

But storm clouds are gathering and threatening to do far more than dampen her party plans because someone in the Astraea household has committed the greatest of social sins by Harboring a Weather Witch.
*Digital galley provided by St. Martin's Griffin for an honest review*

Such a stunning cover and a clever idea for a novel. Weather Witch had a striking premise that couldn't be followed through or rather took too much time with too little to no explanation of the major elements that devise the the integrity of  this novel: the Weather Witches themselves and how they are Made, Magick, and all of these capitalized terms that never are really explained as well like Testers, Wraiths, and so forth.

Truth be told, Weather Witch is a confusing novel when going in head first with no background information or explanation. The prologue itself makes much more sense when going back and reading it a second time once completing the entire novel. It throws out terms like Weather Witch, Grounded, Maker, Fourth of Nine, Conductor. More terms are thrown into this story, but the narrator never really gets around to giving the reader some clear form of a explanation. Just happens to leave you blind, and pulls you along without fulling enjoying the story because you're so confused and still trying to make what things mean.

To really understand what is going on in this novel is to actually piece things together while asking questions in return, like--families are known as Houses and every family is given a ranking out of Nine with one being the most popular, but where did these rankings come from and why are there nine of them? Weather Witches are, as I have tried to understand, people who have come to tap into their magickal ability and taken away by a Maker to be Made and used to conduct the necessities for the people, like being the source for airships or something like that, and can also control the weather, but where does the magick come from and what does it mean to be Made? Made into a Weather Witch when they already have magick powers? Made so they are to serve society? What is of this Wildkin War and what is a Merrow? 

The questions quickly piled up on my read rather than relinquish the answers. It just felt like there was so much info-dumping with out really explaining. So let me actually explain what I mean by that. Weather Witch is this world being formed with all the words and  key terms it has grown into it's society's vocabulary, and the story is able to be told in the voice and vernacular narration of the world. But doesn't adapt to catching up the reader who does not entirely comprehend what the world of Weather Witch knows and fails to really translate the meanings for the reader. I guess you can compare it to reading Huckleberry Finn without having the annotated notes at the bottom of the book.

Jordan Astraea is convicted of being a Weather Witch. And she is persistent to her captors that there has been a mistake. Now Jordan happens to be the main concern of the novel seeing as she is being arrested, her family's rank now in ruins since the blasphemy of harboring a Weather Witch is social suicide, but her narrated portion of Weather Witch is cut so small that she seems insignificant. Not to mention the only character outline contrived of her is that she is only know by two things: her looks and her rank. When she is taken to the Maker, I applause her strength to keep her will from being unbroken, for keeping her heart in the right place and believing she has been wronged. Jordan Astraea just didn't have what it took to really have me value her as a character, probably with such sparse story involvement she was given.

Most of the book revolves around Rowen, Jordan's boyfriend who happens to be one tier below her on the social scale; Bran, a Maker of Weather Witches; Chloe, a  housemaid to the Astraea House with a past of her own; and Marion Kruse, the Weather Witch who had escaped. Unfortunately, there are just so many stories being told in Weather Witch that the novel is just so overwhelming. I don't know which story dominates over the other, what is the true path that the novel is taking--It's a mess.

The historical aspect of the novel is simply striking and captivating. It was one of the very few glories that the novel held. And the quotes from the beginning of chapters were enjoyable to read as well.

Final Summation: Unfortunately, WEATHER WITCH was very underdeveloped and confusing for me to really enjoy. With too many narrators and stories that made the novel feel like it was drifting away from the core plot, and with a lack of explanation, WEATHER WITCH was not the right book for me. Even the ending confused me. I would recommend taking this out of the library.

First Line: A banner snapped out on the pole high above the restrained seventeen-year-old boy, straightening to it's full length.
Story: B
Cover: S

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (44): Inhuman

Inhuman by Kat Falls
Publication Date: September 24, 2013

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.
Feral plants and human? Sexy rogue boy? Save father? Adventure time? INHUMAN better rock my socks off.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Review: Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight

Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Series: Wildefire #2
Young Adult
Pages: 480
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Romance

Fan the flames: A teen goddess fires up her search for love and family in this sequel to Wildefire.

Ashline Wilde may have needed school to learn that she is actually a reincarnated goddess, but she’s ready to move beyond books. She leaves her California boarding school behind and makes for Miami, where she meets a new group of deities and desperately seeks her sister Rose, the goddess of war. But she’s also looking for love—because even though her romance with Cole had to be snuffed, Ash is a volcano goddess—and she doesn’t get burned.

This sequel to the edgy and action-packed Wildefire continues a fiery drama on an immortal scale.
*Advanced reader's copy provided by Simon & Schuster for an honest review*

The snark master returns in a fantastic and action packed sequel. Ashline Wilde, the Polynesian volcano goddess, is back and better than ever in this second installment of the Wildefire trilogy. She is one fiery girl that you don't want to mess with. Karsten Knight delivers the mother of all sequels that had me blowing through those volcanic pages like there was no tomorrow! New friends and enemies, a long lost younger sister found and captured, an older sister locked in the pits of hell, Seasons that will kick your ass, death and destruction, revenge, a boyfriend that won't stay grounded, riveting god fighting scenes, the unstoppable master of the snark, hidden past lives, and some kisses along the way--Ember & Echoes took my breath away and left me sweating for the final book.

If I had to rate my heroines on a scale of one to infinity, Ashline takes the top spot. She's feisty, she's quick with the comebacks, she's too hot to handle, and packs one hell of a punch. Karsten Knight knew what he was doing when he put together Ashline Wilde, the mother of all heroines. Keen and cunning, Ash happens to be the epitome of heroic. She can be both bold and brash (volcano goddess, remember?), but can also quick in analyzing the situation when her head is in the right place. Information is key, and Ash know it. She is down to earth and understands the bounty of friendship and family is worth whatever cost. Ashline Wilde stole my heart and my laughter the moment I read the first words of Wildefire, and she hasn't let go of me yet.

The pacing was well set. The arc of the story was absolute perfection. The final scenes of the novel completely took me by surprise. Never in a million years could I have foretold what I had read. Even the second person narration, something that I had completely forgotten after the length of time from when I read Wildefire, was an breath of fresh air and so much fun. The pieces of Ashline's past brought out through these sections of second person POV had that element of dragging me into the very steps of Ash's past life. That happens to be another part of Karsten Knight's series that really separates it from the typical young adult franchise.

The side characters made Ember & Echoes as well. I looked forward for upcoming scenes with their appearances  Wes, the handsome Aztec god of night; Aurora, the spirited Roman dawn goddess; Ixtab (esh-twab), the Mayan suicide goddess who is awaiting the day Aurora switches sides for her. Each one of them put a little heart and soul into the story. Even the Four Seasons--the baddies of the book--Throne, Rey, Bleak, and Lily, brought something to the table in their own evil and destructive way. Can't have enjoyable god/goddess battle scenes without picking sides.

I'm not sure how I really felt about the romance in the novel. Time and again, I find myself reading how characters find themselves thinking about the other from the moment they first laid eyes on each other and all the jazz. When Wes comes clean and admits something along those lines to Ash, I found myself biting my lip wondering how I should take that. The two only knew each other for about a weeks time, and though there wasn't much advancement in their relationship to any "I love you, you are my everything" type dialogue. Though I much rather prefer Wes definitely over Colt, any day of the week that ends in Y.

Final Summation: This divergent, unique take on mythology, an unforgettable female heroine, and narration that sucks me in, EMBER & ECHOES defies the realm of the status quo in YA literature. Emotions run rampant throughout the novel, and I found myself so involved with wanting Ash to succeed, wanting things to work out with Wes and for Colt to disappear, I was cheering, laughing, loving, and hurting all throughout Ember & ECHOES. One fantastic series that makes me bittersweet about the final installment. The Wildefire series is one that I completely recommend for Rick Riordan fans, any mythology fan, and anyone who enjoys snarky comebacks a la mode.

First Line: Ashline Wilde lay battered on the side of the Pacific Coast Highway and watched her boyfriend emerge from the fiery car wreck, back from the dead.
Story: XS
Cover: S

Monday, June 24, 2013

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett

Publication Date: June 18, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: Confessions #2
Young Adult
Pages: 288
Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year—everything is going to be different. This year, she’s going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jamie Forta jerk her around...

     ...but if she’s not careful, she’s also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the “good girl” who finds herself in mid-scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possibly worst of all...the almost-girlfriend.

When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself.
*Digital galley provided by Harlequin Teen for the blog tour and an honest review*
*Warning: review contains spoilers from the previous novel CONFESSIONS OF AN ANGRY GIRL, please proceed reading at your own risk. Thank you and enjoy the review!*

I love the voice of Rose. Always have since her debut in the first novel, Confessions of an Angry Girl. I just find it so dramatically hilarious at the hell of high school that this girl has to go through, and do mind that she also has family trouble going on at home. Between her father's death, homecoming 911 calls, running to the principal, cutie Jamie Forta being arrested, freshman year is anything but a fresh start. And sophomore year can barely even be considered smooth. Rose Zarelli takes the ice cream cake (you know, with the chocolate and the vanilla with those orgasmic chocolate crunchies in the middle) for my favorite snarktastic female character in contemporary Young Adult.

And here I thought that I have had enough drama in my life, Rose really does take first place. Then again high school is it's own bat shit crazy basket case compared to college. But then again I was still in the midst of people who were still wallowing away in their high school years rather than moving on to bigger and better things. Can't waste your time on the people living in the past, I guess -- rule of thumb. Anyway, Rose's year is definitely chalked up with more Deladdo encounters, with a new sibling introduced, more principal office visits, and more complication with Jamie Forta. It's tough, but that's what therapy is there for, right Rose? (It's all her mom's idea anyway.)

When Holly, the new girl from LA and the one Robert has his eye on, mentions Anything Goes I almost lost my kindle in all of my excitement. Anything Goes was my first ever high school musical where I playing in the Pit Orchestra. Not to mention that every now and again I find myself either singing verses from It's Delovely and the title song, Anything Goes. If you have never seen the musical, I recommend it and even though it is old humor it has a great song selection that makes you want to sing along and the tap dancing isn't half-bad either.

Where complicated relationships are concerned, Rose and Jamie claim the title. You would think that these two would catch a break after the last book, but do not count your lucky stars just yet reader! Because dark secrets are revealed, and Jamie gets a little more darker and mysterious than he was in the first novel. There is no denying that the boy has a past. His ex-girlfriend still has a part of his life that he cannot let go. And Rose is caught between a rock and a hard place. But the one thing that I found very mature about Rose while everyone else was telling her to go up (mainly Peter, her brother) was that she is beginning to understand that though others find her actions to be wrong, it matters if she feels like she had done the right thing. She is beginning to understand that if she can live with the decisions she has made, than she can be at peace with herself. Whether it means losing the people special to her. It's their loss. Some people can say that it's a selfish way of thinking, I find it to be a coming-of-age prospective. Not to mention that Rose is getting a lot of issues under her belt in her high school years. Many more than I have ever dealt with and I'm in college!

The novel even has merit by tackling strong issues like homosexuality and abuse in high school teens. Watching Rose struggle to do the right thing during each situation even when she has to flounder by revealing names after she promised to keep a low-key profile after the events that had happened in book 1, she tries her hardest to do the right thing even when she knows the aftermath that will rain down on her. It's a round-about situation, where one person gets hurt another person is left to suffer. Rose's reputation is caused to sink after her trying to submit to the right decision. And sometime the decision can get other's involved is worse ways. Sometimes it's detrimental more than protective. The outcome can be unknown. And Rose understood that formula of cause and effect. High school is difficult, children are mean. Louise Rozett gives two sides: the one where adults intervene and the one where students take matters into their own hands. Both have consequences, but some are more detrimental to the person who is trying to make things right. 

Final Summation: With a unique voice, witty and snarky humor, and those hilarious SAT words at the beginning of every chapter, CONFESSIONS OF AN ALMOST-GIRLFRIEND kept me entertained until the very end. Louise Rozett definitely has a knack for creating angry teenage girls with high sarcasm ratings because Rose Zarelli is one of my all-time favorite female characters. A fun and drama filled read that makes time fly.

First Line: homophobic (noun): scared of homosexuality (see also: the Swim Thugs, and half of Union High)
Story: S
Cover: A

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Ink by Amanda Sun

Publication Date: June 25, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: Paper Gods #1
Young Adult
Pages: 377
Genre: Mythology, Paranormal, Romance

On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

     Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they'll both be targets.
     Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.
*My Top 5 Favorite Things About INK*

#1. Language and Culture
If you're going to be reading a novel set in Japan, about Japanese customs and religions, then you have to read it right. Amanda Sun does a spectacular job of combining her knowledge of the Japanese language and her time spent in the wonderful country and incorporates it into INK with such vivid and astute detail. Not to mention you learn a thing or two about the customs of Japan --i.e., saying Itedekimasu before beginning a meal; when returning home, saying tadaima; taking off shoes before entering a building or a household so that the floors are not dirtied by outside filth-- even just getting little translations of the language was fun. I'd been taking a Japanese class at my college, so it was enjoyable to see the words and phrases I'd been studying incorporated in the novel and also not having myself turn to the glossary in the back of the novel. I say, I felt proud!

#2. The Artwork
A book about art with pictures in the book. I was excited when I saw pictures in my ARC of Wanderlust. INK made me change my pants there were so many different techniques going on. The astounding cover for one; little flip book pictures in the corner; pictures in the pages of the novel, and I hear that the e-book ones move! How freaking cool is that! 

The artwork of INK really beings another element to the novel. Not only does it stand out from different YA novels in the market, but because INK is a book about art, the pictures and doodles in the book give INK an air, a personality and a sense of beauty.

#3. The Scenery/Places
Katie Greene takes you as the reader around may places in the town of Shizuoka. Two of my favorite places happen to be the garden/park area where Katie finds Tomohiro drawing on one of her little staking escapades for the truth. The nature is gorgeous and the growing relationship between the two characters really forms from their time spent there. The other place that I liked reading about is the karaoke with Katie's friends. The reason I liked the scene is because Karaoke is such a popular place in Japan that it brings out more of that culture the novel is so rich with.

#4. The Mythology
Shinto religion really intrigues me. The gods and goddesses of Japan, the creation story of the islands. I found it an inspiring element to the Paper Gods novel, INK. I just wish there was more involvement in the first book about these walking Shinto gods with ink in their veins as well as background elements of the myths, too. Hopefully book 2 really feeds my craving!

#5. Katie's Growth:
From the first introduction of Katie Greene, she's a girl who is alone in a foreign country she has no wish to be in. It is understandable for her feelings. I don't think I would enjoy it very much if I was pulled out of the United States just after my mother passed away, still in high school, and know very little of a language that had no English letters in any of their three alphabets. Yes, dear reader. Japan has three different alphabets that get harder each go. And lets mention that they strike no resemblance to English, unless you're reading katakana, which then the pronunciation of the characters are that of English words because it is an alphabet for non-Japanese words--like cake or cheese or hamburger or McDonalds or Disneyland, if you get the picture.

Anyway. From start point to end point, INK really shows how Katie blossoms into a girl, sought to leave Japan at the first change she caught, to a girl who has mixed feelings leaving behind valuable friends, an aunt who cares an awful lot, a strange country that begins to feel like home, a boy that she had feelings for, and gods walking among her in the land of the rising sun.

I’m a YA author and proud Nerdfighter. I was born in Deep River, Canada, a very small town without traffic lights or buses, and where stranger safety is comprised of what to do if you see a bear—or skunk. I started reading fantasy novels at 4 and writing as soon as I could hold a pencil. Hopefully my work’s improved since then. In university I took English, Linguistics, and Asian History, before settling into Archaeology, because I loved learning about the cultures and stories of ancient people. Of course, I didn’t actually become an archaeologist—I have an intense fear of spiders. I prefer unearthing fascinating stories in the safety of my living room. The Paper Gods is inspired by my time living in Osaka and travelling throughout Japan. That and watching far too many J-Dramas. I currently live in Toronto withmy husband and daughter. When I’m not writing, I’m devouring YA books, knitting nerdy things like Companion Cubes and Triforce mitts, and making elaborate cosplays for anime cons.

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (21)

Good morning everyone. I hope you all had wonderful weeks and are enjoying yourselves and the bookish thing that you received.
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Friday Hops (6/21/13)

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Q: Share your favorite literary quote!

Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.