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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! There's so many amazing books coming out this year and I'm really excited to read some of the new young adult titles coming out.

One of my blogging resolutions for 2013 is to try to post daily on the blog. I also hope to read and write a lot more reviews this year. I'm going to try to post a Waiting on Wednesday and a Stacking The Shelves every week. I'll also be participating in five different reading challenges. I hope everyone has a great year! :)

January New Release Giveaway

One Year Blogoversary and Giveaway!

This post is very long, and you can always skip to the very bottom for the giveaway! :)

Stacking The Shelves #13/Weekly Wrap-up #3

Hi! I wasn't able to film a video so I took a photo of all the books I received this week. Also, I'd love to visit your Stacking The Shelves/book haul/In My Mailbox! :)


Gifted:
Lullaby by Amanda Hocking-I've read Lullaby and thought it was great! My review is here.

Bought: 
Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos- I've heard some great things about Out of Reach, so I'm looking forward to reading it :)

Won:
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin-I've also hard amazing things about the Mara Dyer series, and the sequel just recently came out.

For Review:
Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry-I read and reviewed this one a few months ago and I already own a copy, so I'll probably be giving away my extra sometime soon! :) My review is here.

*Thank you so much to Nawanda Files and Harlequin Teen Panel!


Weekly Wrap-Up

Monday:

Tuesday:

I also posted a Top Ten Tuesday for my favorite books I've read this year.

I posted my Last Reads of 2012 Readathon Goals.

Wednesday:
I announced the winner of my 1000 Followers Giveaway.

I posted my review of Louder Than Words by Laurie Plissner.

I posted a new giveaway for a book of your choice from 3 different books.

Lastly, I posted a WOW for Of Triton by Anna Banks.

Thursday:
I reviewed Opal by Jennifer Armentrout.

Friday:
I posted a promo blitz for Fang Girl by Helen Keeble.

Books Read This Week:
Just One Day by Gayle Foreman- This books was so amazing, I loved it! My review will be posted in early January :)
Cruisin' by Sarah Mlynowski- Cruisin' was super short, but interesting. I was definitely surprised by what ended up happening!

Giveaways:
I having a giveaway where I'm offering up a copy of your choice of three books that I reviewed this week.

Opal by Jennifer Armentrout Book Review

No one is like Daemon Black.
Opal (Lux, #3) When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.
But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.
After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth pu
ts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.
Together we’re stronger... and they know it.

Waiting on Wednesday: Of Triton by Anna Banks

Of Triton (Of Poseidon, #2)
In this sequel to OF POSEIDON, Emma has just learned that her mother is a long-lost Poseidon princess, and now struggles with an identity crisis: As a Half-Breed, she’s a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm below. Syrena law states that all Half- Breeds should be put to death.

As if that’s not bad enough, her mother’s reappearance among the Syrena turns the two kingdoms—Poseidon and Triton—against one another. Which leaves Emma with a decision to make: Should she comply with Galen’s request to keep herself safe and just hope for the best? Or should she risk it all and reveal herself—and her Gift—to save a people she’s never known?

The cover for this was just revealed this week and I love it! I think it's a lot prettier than the first book's cover. Also, I'm so excited to see what's going to happen next to Galen and Emma. What are you waiting on? :)


Giveaway: Some New Reads

Hi everyone! Recently, Merit Press released three of their five very first young adult books. I've posted reviews of all them this week and I want to give someone else the chance to read one of these great books :) I'm having an international giveaway for the winner to choose a book of their choice from below. Good luck! 

Louder Than WordsThe Girl in the WallTempestuous: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare's The Tempest (Twisted Lit, #1)
















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Louder Than Words by Laurie Plissner Book Review

Louder Than Words
Since the snowy night when her family's car slammed into a tree, killing her parents and little sister, Sasha has been unable to speak except through a computer with a robotic voice. Nothing is wrong with her body; that's healed. But, after four years, Sasha's memory, and her spirit, are still broken. Then one day, she's silently cussing out the heavy book she dropped at the library when a gorgeous, dark-haired boy, the kind of boy who considers Sasha a freak or at least invisible, "answers" Sasha's hidden thoughts -- out loud. Yes, Ben can read minds; it's no big deal. He's part of a family with a host of unusual, almost-but-not-quite-supernatural talents. Through Ben's love, Sasha makes greater progress than she has with a host of therapists and a prominent psychiatrist. With him to defend her, bullies keep the world from ever understanding Sasha, he pulls away. Determined to win him and prove her courage by facing her past, Sasha confronts her past -- only to learn that her family's death was no accident and that a similar fate may wait for her, in the unlikeliest of disguises.

1000 Followers Giveaway Winner

Hi everyone! My 1000 followers giveaway just ended and the winner was......

Sabina C.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered! I'm already planning another great giveaway soon for my blogoversary, so if you'd like to, check back soon for that :)


Last Reads of 2012 Readathon TBR

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books of 2012

This week's topic is your favorite books of 2012. It was so hard for me to narrow it down to just 10, but here are the books I loved the most this year:

The Girl in The Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab Book Review

The Girl in the Wall
Ariel's birthday weekend looks to be the event of the season, with a private concert by rock star Hudson Winters on the grounds of her family's east coast estate, and all of Ariel's elite prep school friends in attendance. The only person who's dreading the party is Sera, Ariel's former best friend, whose father is forcing her to go. Sera has been the school pariah since she betrayed Ariel, and she now avoids Ariel and their former friends. Thrown together, Ariel and Sera can agree on one thing: this could be one very long night.
They have no idea just how right they are.
Only moments after the concert begins and the lights go down, thugs open fire on parents and schoolmates alike, in a plot against Ariel's father that quickly spins out of control. As the entire party is taken hostage, the girls are forced apart. Ariel escapes into the hidden tunnels in the family mansion, where she and Sera played as children. Only Sera, who forges an unlikely alliance with Hudson Winters, knows where her friend could be. As the industrial terrorist plot unravels and the death toll climbs, Ariel and Sera must recall the sisterhood that once sustained them as they try to save themselves and each other on the longest night of their lives.

Tempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes Book Review

Tempestuous: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare's The Tempest (Twisted Lit, #1)
Recently banished, unfairly, by the school’s popular crowd, former “it girl,” Miranda Prospero, finds herself in a brave new world: holding dominion amongst a rag-tag crew of geeks and misfits where she works at the Hot-Dog Kabob in the food court of her local mall. When the worst winter storm of the season causes mall workers and last-minute shoppers to be snowed-in for the night, Miranda seizes the opportunity to get revenge against the catty clique behind her social exile. With help from her delightfully dweeby coworker, Ariel, and a sullen loner named Caleb who works at the mall’s nearby gaming and magic shop, Miranda uses charm and trickery to set things to right during this spirited take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Which Cover? #2

Hi everyone! I did this post about a month ago, and since then, I've found some more changed covers. What do you think of the new covers?

Legend by Marie Lu

Legend (Legend, #1)Legend

My Opinion: Both-I like how shiny the older cover is, but I also think the newer one's background represents the idea behind the book a lot better.

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

The Future of UsThe Future of Us

My Opinion: Older-I think the background looks a lot cooler, and it's less plain than the new cover. 


My Opinion: Older- The image on the older cover makes the book look more interesting to me and it also hints more at what it's about.

Fairytale Retellings Series by Jackson Pearce
Sisters Red (Fairytale Retellings, #1)Sisters Red Sweetly (Fairytale Retellings, #2)Sweetly (Fairytale Retellings, #2)
                

My Opinion: Newer- I love the colors on the new covers. Also, I especially love the cover for Sweetly and the font looks great. I've never really liked the old covers for this series.



Which covers do you prefer? :)


Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes Book Review

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1)
In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power--brutally transforming their subjects' lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:
Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.
Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished--and finds himself the leader of a people's revolution centuries in the making.
Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past--and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.
Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword...
The only outcome that's certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

The Almost Truth by Eileen Cook Book Review

The Almost Truth
Sadie can’t wait to get away from her backwards small town, her delusional mom, her jailbird dad, and the tiny trailer where she was raised…even though leaving those things behind also means leaving Brendan. Sa
die wants a better life, and she has been working steadily toward it, one con at a time.
But when Sadie’s mother wipes out Sadie’s savings, her escape plan is suddenly gone. She needs to come up with a lot of cash—and fast—or she’ll be stuck in this town forever.
With Brendan’s help, she devises a plan—the ultimate con—to get the money. But the more lies Sadie spins, the more she starts falling for her own hoax…and perhaps for the wrong boy. Sadie wanted to change her life, but she wasn't prepared to have it flipped upside down by her own deception. With her future at stake and her heart on the line, suddenly it seems like she has a lot more than just money to lose....

Stacking The Shelves #12/Weekly Wrap-Up #2

Hi everyone! This is my Stacking The Shelves video for the last two weeks. Sorry for the abrupt beginning and ending, I accidentally edited them out. Thanks for watching and as always, I'd love to visit your Stacking The Shelves/book haul/In My Mailbox! :)




For Review:
The Girl In The Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab
Tempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes
Othermoon by Nina Berry
City of A Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster

*Thank you so much to Kensington Teen, HarperTeen, and Merit Press!

Bought:
The Almost Truth by Eileen Cook 

Weekly Wrap-Up:
Monday:
I posted my December TBR. I've already finished two of them! :)
Wednesday:
My WOW Pick for this week was The Summer I Became A Nerd by Leah Rae Miller. I love the cover and it sounds great!
Friday:
I posted my review for Lullaby by Amanda Hocking.
I also started a giveaway for the winner's choice of either Fracture by Megan Miranda or Slide by Jill Hathaway.
 
Books Read This Week:
Tempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes- It was great and super cute. Look for my review on 12/17
Furious by Jill Wolfson- I received this through a trade and it definitely had some very vengeful girls....
The Almost Truth by Eileen Cook- I didn't like it as much as I hoped to, but it was still great! :)
The Girl in The Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab- This was an intense book that got a bit too gory, but I liked the characters.

Giveaways:
My 1,000 Followers giveaway is still going on, and the winner gets to choose a prize pack of their choice :)
Also, I have a giveaway for Slide by Jill Hathaway or Fracture by Megan Miranda.

Giveaway: Slide by Jill Hathaway/Fracture by Megan Miranda

Hi everyone! I'm so sorry for my infrequent posting this week, school got pretty busy. I'm giving away a copy of either Fracture by Megan Miranda or Slide by Jill Hathaway. This is US/CA only, but my 1000 followers giveaway is international. The winner will get to choose the book of their choice :) Good luck!

Slide (Slide, #1)Fracture (Fracture, #1)


















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Lullaby by Amanda Hocking Book Review

Lullaby (Watersong, #2)
Harper only wanted a safe, normal life. But when her younger sister Gemma runs off with a dangerous clique of beautiful girls, Penn, Thea, and Lexi, everything changes. Vowing to get her sister back no matter what the cost, Harper must face dangers unlike any she's ever experienced. Fortunately, she has Daniel by her side, a gorgeous guy who's devoted to helping her find her sister—and who's immune to the girls' dark powers. 
While Harper searches for her sister, Gemma struggles to adjust to her new life. Gemma's powers are growing by the day, and the longer she lives with her new "sisters," the harder it is to resist entering their magical world. It's a realm both dark and beautiful, and where she's plagued by strange hungers and unspeakable needs. Just as she's drifting far away from her old life, Harper and Daniel find her...but no one can deny how much she's changed. All she wants is to return to her family and the mortal world, but how can she do that when she's become something else entirely—and will they still love her once they learn the truth?

Waiting On Wednesday: The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

The Summer I Became a Nerd
On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl's body isn’t just unknown, it's anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.

Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.


I think The Summer I Became a Nerd sounds great! I'm really curious about what Logan will be like and about Madelyne's character and how things will turn out for her. Also, I love how vibrant the cover is. What are you waiting on? :)

December TBR

Hi everyone! I know this going up somewhat late, but here are all the books I want to read this month:

Winter White (Belles, #2)League of StraysKissing Shakespeare
The Girl in the WallTempestuous: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare's The Tempest (Twisted Lit, #1)The Peculiars

I think all of the books look really good, and there's also some other releases coming out this month that I'll probably be buying and reading. Have you read any of the book above? If so, what did you think of them? Also, what are you planning to read this month? :)

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Dare You To by Katie McGarry Cover/Summary

I was on Goodreads, and I saw that Dare You To, the second book in the Pushing The Limits series, had a cover and summary. It sounds so amazing! :)

"I dare you..." 

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and goi
ng to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does.... 

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him. 

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....

What do you think of the cover and summary?