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January Wrap Up & February TBR

Hi everyone! I thought it'd be fun to try doing a monthly wrap-up on the blog every month along with some of the books I'm hoping to read next month. Although I didn't read too much in January, it was a pretty awesome reading month! I was kind of on a contemporary kick too, and 9 out of the 12 books I read were contemporary ;) I'm planning to mix it up more next month, though. 

Here's what's happened on the blog in January:

I reviewed the following 5 books:
See Jane RunBeing Sloane JacobsDegrees of WrongUninvited (Uninvited, #1)Unhinged (Splintered, #2)

Out of all those books, I think my ultimate favorite of the month would have to be Uninvited by Sophie Jordan, although it was close with Unhinged! 

I don't have a definite TBR, but three books I'll be reading as soon as they come out are:
Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)Better off FriendsBe with Me (Wait for You, #2)

  • Next month, I have four blog tour stops coming up. Although it's a lot, I'm really excited to participate in all of them :)
  • I'm going to a signing for Tahereh Mafi, and I'll be hosting a giveaway in the middle of the month for a signed, personalized copy of Ignite Me, which will end just before the signing.
  • I'm also hoping to do something fun on the blog for Valentine's Day, one of my favorite holidays.
Which books are you planning to read in February?

Waiting On Wednesday: Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer

When Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston from an eastern finishing school, she's stunned to find her father in ill health. Though she loves him, he's only ever focused on what she's "not." Not male. Not married. Not able to run their family business, Renard Shipping. Vowing to secure a suitable marriage partner, Nicole sets out with the Renard family's greatest treasure: a dagger personally gifted to Nicole's father by the pirate Jean Lafitte. Many believe the legend that the dagger is the source of all Renard Shipping's good fortune, though Nicole is sure her father's work ethic and honorable business practices are the keys to their success. Before she can board the steamer to New Orleans, Nicole finds her father's rivals—the Jenkins brothers—on either side of the gangplank, ready to grab her and steal the dagger. Quickly, she decides to instead travel north, to Liberty, Texas, where she can decide what to do next. Darius Thornton needs a secretary—someone to help him get his notes in order. Ever since the boiler explosion aboard the "Louisiana," Darius has been a man obsessed. He will do anything to stop even one more steamship disaster. The pretty young socialite who applies for the job baffles him with her knowledge of mathematics and steamships. He decides to take a risk and hire her, but he's determined her attractive face and fancy clothes won't distract him from his important research The job offer comes at exactly the right time for Nicole. With what Darius is paying her, she'll be able to afford passage to New Orleans in mere weeks. But Mr. Thornton is so reclusive, so distant, so unusual. He can create complex scientific equations but can't remember to comb his hair. And his experiments are growing more and more dangerous. Still, there are undeniable sparks of attraction between them. But Nicole is leaving soon, and if she marries, it must be to a man who can manage a shipping empire. Darius certainly doesn't fit that description. And the Jenkins brothers have not given up on kidnapping Nicole and seizing the Lafitte dagger for themselves.

Not only does the synopsis totally make me want to have this book right now, but Karen Witemeyer is one of my favorite Christian adult romance and historical fiction authors. Her romances are funny and just fun to read! I really enjoy them and I can't wait for this one to be released, which will be June 3rd. I'm saving the date because all of her other books that I've read have been great!! :)
Girly For LifeSara Bennett happens to be a slightly crazy girl. A slightly nerdy girl. A slightly strange girl who likes being that way.  A slightly obsessed girl when it comes to things she loves. A girl who cries when reading books. A girl who desperately wants her own personal library. A girl who is a total bookworm. A girl who would rather read than watch reality tv. A girl who wants to be an author someday. A girl who loves her Savior. And a girl who just loves to read.

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan Book Review

Uninvited (Uninvited, #1)
When Davy Hamilton's tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn't feel any different, but genes don't lie. One day she will kill someone.
Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he's not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.
The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan's trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann.

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Pages: 384
Release Date: January 28, 2014

Which Cover? #9

Hi everyone! It's been a while since I've done a 
Which Cover? post. I'm hoping to do them more often and here are some of the recent cover changes I've found:

The Rules by Stacey Kade

The Rules (Project Paper Doll, #1)The Rules

My Opinion: Newer- I wasn't a fan of the original cover, and the new one is so much more unique and eye-catching! 

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Out of the EasyOut of The Easy
My Opinion: Older-I love the colors on the original and the birdhouse is very cool! I would probably think Out of the Easy was an adult novel based on the second cover.

Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass

My Opinion: Older- I'm pretty torn about this one, but I think the purple shade and upside down aspect of the cover make the older cover more appealing.

Send Me A Sign by Tiffany Schmidt

Send Me a SignSend Me a Sign
My Opinion: Older- The best I'd describe the older cover is it having kind of a whimsical feel to it and the newer cover seems more generic.

Which covers do you like better? :)

Stacking the Shelves #54

What's up, everyone! Today, it'll be me who is doing the haul post. I haven't really bought any books since I have a huge science exam coming up. I've been dedicating a lot of my time to studying for this test because it counts for 20% of my final grade. So here's all I got for the last few weeks:

Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor
Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
Salvage by Alexandra Duncan

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

That's all I got recently and I haven't started reading any of them yet! I'll be sure to catch up on my reading once my exam is over.. But for now, just more study *puts on reading glasses* :)

My name's Ariella and I'm a 14 year old Canadian girl that loves to read. Everything began with a book called the Lightning Thief and from there I was hooked. I enjoy and read all kinds of genres but my favourites are paranormal and mythology. I love reading YA books but I love Middle Grade books as well. I also blog over at Secrets of Lost Words. You can usually find me crawling on twitter so feel free to contact me!

Two Roads by L.M Augustine Blog Tour Stop

Hi everyone! Today, I have the chance to spotlight Two Roads by L.M Montgomery, a new adult contemporary.

Two RoadsThe only person poetry-loving Cali Monroe hates more 
than herself is Logan Waters, the geeky kid who lives in the dorm building next to hers.

Ever since Cali's parents told her she would amount to nothing, she has felt entirely inadequate. Friendless and alone, she takes on the mean girl role in hopes it will make her feel better--and Logan serves as the perfect target. He infuriates her with his obnoxiously long lashes, his all too perfect dimpled smile, and his complete lack of personality outside of his intelligence. It doesn't hurt that he's part of the reason her brother is dead, either. So Cali hates him, and he returns the favor. Thus, their prank-filled, insult-driven rivalry is born, and torturing Logan quickly becomes the highlight of her life.

But when Cali's parents set them up on a blind date, she begins to realize Logan might not be as boring as she always thought. He shares her love of poetry, takes a sadistic pleasure in making fun of crepes, and he makes her blush when he calls her smile pretty.

And hey, maybe those long lashes of his aren't that obnoxious after all…

Two Roads is New Adult Romance about finding love, standing out, and learning to embrace who you are. It contains some language and mild sexual content.


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L.M. Augustine is a YA romance author who is obsessed with writing about dorky teenagers, love, and happy endings. He currently lives in New England, where he spends far too much time reading books and screaming at his computer, and he believes that the solution to the world’s problems can be found in chocolate cake.
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The Registry by Shannon Stoker Book Review

The Registry saved the country from collapse. But stability has come at a price. In this patriotic new America, girls are raised to be brides, sold at auction to the highest bidder. Boys are raised to be soldiers, trained by the state to fight to their death.

Nearly eighteen, beautiful Mia Morrissey excitedly awaits the beginning of her auction year. But a warning from her married older sister raises dangerous thoughts. Now, instead of going up on the block, Mia is going to escape to Mexico—and the promise of freedom.

All Mia wants is to control her own destiny—a brave and daring choice that will transform her into an enemy of the state, pursued by powerful government agents, ruthless bounty hunters, and a cunning man determined to own her . . . a man who will stop at nothing to get her back.

Waiting on Wednesday: Extraction by Stephanie Diaz

"Welcome to Extraction testing." Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves Promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life. What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon's lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet's leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers—and that means Logan, too. Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don't want her running—they want her subdued. With urgent writing, fluid dialogue, and a cast of unforgettable characters, Extraction is a page-turning, gripping read, sure to entertain lovers of Hunger Games and Ender's Game and leave them breathless for more.

I'm really excited about the whole sci-fi trend that has really taken off in the young adult genre lately. I love reading books that take place on different planets and this one seems promising! It sounds like a book that could tackle some bigger, more controversial issues as well (like exterminating other human beings for example) and I'm excited to see how this author handles that challenge! But we'll have to wait till July for this one....

Oh hello there! My name is Emily, though some of you may know me as the Bookie Monster. As the name would suggest, I devour books like the Cookie Monster devours cookies. In my spare time, I like to bake cookies (and devour those as well) and dream about taking over the world. As if my book obsession wasn't life consuming enough,

I work in the children's room at my local library and I am currently a sophomore in college majoring in English. It's safe to say I'm a bit of a book fanatic. I discreetly shed a few tears on my eleventh birthday when I did not receive my Hogwarts acceptance letter and I waited seven hours outside in the rain just to get a good seat at the Hunger Games midnight premiere. I'm terrified of blood and Disney movies make me cry (in a good way). My passions include hippos, hugs, and Hans Zimmer…and uh,long walks on the beach. I'm just a normal girl w
ith a slightly abnormal and frightfully expensive obsession. Nice to meet you!

Rush Author Interview and Giveaway

Hi everyone! I thought it'd be a lot of fun to start doing more author interviews, and in January, I'm so happy to be interviewing Eve Silver, the author of one of my favorite books I read in 2013, Rush. Here's the interview: 

What inspired you to write Rush? 

The short answer: games and anime. 

The longer answer: The Game trilogy, starting with RUSH, began with…a game. I live in a household that’s 75% gamers and because the layout is open concept, I can’t go anywhere without seeing and/or hearing a game. We have an xbox 360, playstation 3, game cube, Wii, three laptops, three desktops, several Wacom tablets, and a few iPads. Seriously, someone is always playing—Call of Duty, Gears of War, Bioshock, Mass Effect, Skyrim, Starcraft, Halo, Oblivion, The Last of Us, League of Legends (MOBA-massive online battle arena), Assassin’s Creed, and Starcraft (RTS-real time strategy). Hubby and sons are the ones who line up to get the game at midnight the second it releases. They’re the ones who buy the special collector’s edition that comes with a massive plastic helmet or dragon and then proudly display said helmet or dragon in…wait for it…my living room. 

Am I a gamer? I can’t make that claim. I’ve played a little Fallout (RPG) and my all time favorite is the old Donkey Kong for SuperNintendo, but my chosen role is more observer than player. 

The second part of the inspiration equation was anime. I started out watching Trigun, GTO, Hellsing, Cowboy Bebop, Last Exile, Rurouni Kenshin and Get Backers on DVDs I rented from this weird little store tucked away in the living room of an old house. It was run by these two dudes and their mom (who was like…80). More anime awesomeness: Red Line, Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro.

So I put the two together and came up with the idea for RUSH.

What are you currently working on writing?

I'm currently writing the next book in The Game series, which will follow book 2, PUSH. I've also been working on a cool sci-fi in space idea, as well as a dark, suspenseful contemporary story.  

Was it harder for you to write Rush or Push?

Every book has its trials and rewards. RUSH was tough because it was my first venture into the YA arena, my first book told in first person, the first time I'd written a series that would follow the same lead character throughout. 

PUSH was tough because I felt the pressure to keep the continuity, to stay true to the characters while making sure they showed growth and development. And the world I created got bigger in PUSH, and more frightening. 

But at the same time, I love these characters. I love Miki’s strength and determination. I love Jackson’s protectiveness and the way he feels about Miki. I love the aliens and the action and the way that Miki has to balance the real world with the stress of the game. 

I think the third book will be the hardest because I’ll have to say goodbye.

Did you always know you wanted to become a writer? What/who made you want to become one?

I wrote my first book when I was nine. It was the story of an unwanted teddy bear that found a new and loving home. I actually sent that manuscript to a publisher and received my first rejection letter. Over the years I kept writing, but I also did other stuff…got a couple of science degrees, worked in health care, taught human anatomy, worked as Director of Academic Education. But writing fed my soul and I always came back to it.  

What are your favorite books and authors?

As a little kid I loved Bread and Jam for Frances by Russel Hoban, the entire set of Dover Children’s Classics fairy books (The Red Fairy Book, The Green Fairy Book, The Blue Fairy Book, etc. by Andrew Lang), The Ghost of Dibble Hollow by May Nickerson Wallace, and Nancy Drew mysteries.

As a teen I loved Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, anything and everything by V. C. Andrews, and Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.

Some of my more recent faves include J. K. Rowling, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Sarah Waters, Judith Ivory, Maggie Stiefvater (The Scorpio Races), Linda Howard, Karen Marie Moning (Fever series), Kelley Armstrong, Christopher Moore, Andrzej Sapkowski, Naomi Novik, Daphne du Maurier, Edgar Allan Poe, Melissa Marr, Morgan Rhodes, Veronica Rossi…I could keep going indefinitely.

What do you like to do, when you're not reading or writing? 

Kayaking. I love dropping the kayak onto a smooth lake or a rough ocean and just paddling and paddling with the sun a perfect disc overhead and the water parting to let me pass. 

Walking the dogs, especially in the snow. Their antics make me laugh.

Hanging with family and friends. Good company. Good food. Lots of laughs. I can’t ask for more.

Baking. I love inventing my own recipes.

Quick Questions:

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate.
Beach or Mountains? A beach with a mountain view.
E-book or Physical? At home, physical. When I’m travelling, E-book, because an e-reader lets me carry so many titles with me.  
Dystopian or Sci-Fi? I see dystopian as a subcategory of sci-fi because there are often strong sci-fi threads running through any dystopian, so I’m going to have to say both.

Lastly, I'm giving away a copy of her book, Rush. This giveaway is international :)

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Stacking The Shelves #53

Hi everyone! I'm planning to start taking photos for all my Stacking The Shelves from now on. I hope you all have been having an amazing week :) Here's everything I received:

Going Rogue by Robin Benway: I'm reading AKA right now, and it's pretty funny so far. I'm hoping to read Going Rogue as soon as I finish that.

Diamonds & Deceit by Leila Rasheed: I still haven't read the first book, but I recently read a great review for this, and I'm convinced that I should read this series.

Vitro by Jessica Khoury: I've heard a few mixed things about this one, but I'm excited to read it. Plus, I've heard that the two main characters were childhood friends, which sounds super cute.

Unhinged by A.G Howard: This was such an amazing sequel! I'm now torn between Jeb and Morpheus. I recently reviewed it here.  

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner: This cover is so gorgeous and I've heard tons of great things about the story itself.

Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins(Won) I just recently read Sweet Evil, and I'm looking forward to reading Sweet Peril and Sweet Reckoning sometime soon. Sweet Evil was great, and I loved Kaidan ;)

Defy by Sara B. Larson: I'm not usually much of a fantasy fan, but Defy sounds pretty cool.

Angelfall by Susan Ee: I read this a while back, and it's a great angel story. I'm planning a reread of this one before I read World After.

Afterparty by Anne Redisch Stampler: I am so excited for this one! The story sounds intriguing and I was able to go to the launch for it and get a copy signed.The author is really nice, too!

What did you get this week? I'd love to visit your Stacking The Shelves :)

Anne of Green Gables Contest Announcement

Sourcebooks is going to be republishing Anne of Green Gables this February. It's an amazing book (one of my all time favorites) and the new cover is so gorgeous. They're hosting a great giveaway to get the word out about it's release :) Here are the details:

The New York Times calls her “One of the most extraordinary girls that ever came out of an ink pot.”  Mark your calendar for the release of the Anne of Green Gables series in February 2014!  Sourcebooks is proud to be the new home of L.M. Montgomery’s beloved novels and will continue to publish gorgeous brand new editions of all her classics throughout March and April.

Bookpage is hosting a contest for the Anne of Green Gables series through January 31, 2014, (check out our delightful ad here) where all entries will have a chance to win the following:
·1 Grand Prize Winner will win 2 Tiffany & Co. sterling silver key pendants
·5 Second Place Winners will receive a full set of the Anne of Green Gables series from Sourcebooks Fire (6 books)
·10 Third Place Winners will receive a copy of Anne of Green Gables
Visit their website here for a list of official rules.  Submit your entries on the same page, or click here to enter and then tell others about this exciting contest.  Plus, you can tell us about your experiences and send us the links so we can share them on our social media sites.
·What memories do you have about reading Anne of Green Gables?
·How did Montgomery’s stories inspire you?
Dive deeper into L. M. Montgomery’s world by “Montgom-ifying” your name, entering giveaways, downloading posters and excerpts and so much more right on our Anne of Green Gables page on the Sourcebooks website

January 2014 YA Contemporary Challenge Review Link-Up

Hi everyone! It's already halfway throughout January, so here's the review link-up for the YA Contemporary Challenge. I hope everyone's been having a great reading month :)

This month, there's a prize pack giveaway that one of the participants can win. If you're still not signed up and would like to be, you can sign up here

It'd be great if you could link up your reviews with the book reviewed followed by your blog name (ex. Being Sloane Jacobs @ The Book Belles)

Thank you so much to all of the participants! :) Here's the prize pack info and linky:

Signed Copy of Going Rogue by Robin Benway
Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
Afterparty by Anne Redisch Stampler Swag

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Top Ten Debuts We're Excited For

Montana's Picks:
Open Road SummerSide Effects May VarySomething RealLandry Park (Landry Park, #1)

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord: This sounds like an amazing contemporary and it was blurbed by Elizabeth Eulberg, which makes me even more excited! 

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy: Side Effects May Vary sounds like a heartwarming read and I'm so curious to see what will happen to all the people close to the main character.

Something Real by Heather Demetrios: This book wasn't initially on my radar, but I heard a few awesome things about it and the cover is so colorful and eye-catching.

Landry Park by Bethany Hagen: "Downtown Abbey meets The Selection" alone makes me intrigued by this book. The premise itself is amazing and I'm curious to find out more about David ;)
Emily's Picks:
Half Bad (Half Life, #1)Alienated (Alienated, #1)Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)Sekret (Sekret, #1)The Falconer (The Falconer, #1)
Alienated by Melissa LandersEver since I read Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout, (this is a fantastic series, you should all go read it NOW) I've been dying for another alien book and this one just sounds amazing! I love the idea of a foreign exchange program for aliens and it already has some pretty good reviews on Goodreads. Can't wait until it is released!

Half Bad by Sally GreenI'm not usually a fan of books told in the male point-of-view, but there are a couple of factors that make this book irresistible. First of all, the cover. I mean, look at it. Secondly, I'm all for witches and I'm very interested in the fact that the main character is a witch instead of a wizard considering that he is a man. Finally, you just have to say the words Markus Zusak and Patrick Ness and I'm there. 

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne BlackmanI've been into historical fiction a lot lately and this book has really been calling my name. A Holocaust story told from the Socialist Party's point of view? INTERESTING! I have this one on my Nook so I'll be diving in sometime soon!

The Falconer by Elizabeth MayI can't even remember how long I've been waiting for this book! It's been on my radar for awhile now, but I failed to realize that it was actually a UK book so I thought I would get to read it in September and surprise, it actually doesn't come out in the US till May! This book sounds killer to me (haha! Get it? Killer? The main character kills faeries? No? ok.) and even though I have to wait much longer than I thought I would, this book is worth the anticipation. 

And last, but certainly not least, we have….

Sekret by Lindsay SmithI can't even describe to you how pumped I am for this book. Another historical fiction but with a twist! Super powers + KGB  + Russia = win. (Yes. I know. I'm awesome at math) This one has already received some gushing reviews from some of my trusted blogger friends and I really just cannot wait to get my hands on a copy for myself! WHY IS APRIL SO FAR AWAY?????

And there you have it: 5 books that have me wishing time would move just a little quicker!

Which debuts of 2014 are you excited for?