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Book Review Giveaway – Win One of My January Reviews!

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Last month I posted eight reviews here on the blog, and so this month I’m giving you a chance to win one of those books. I had an awesome month, I think, with three five-star and two four-and-a-half star reviews. So in my opinion you have lots of great choices! My favorites of the month: Cruel Beauty, Unhinged and The Line. Running a close second: Shadowplay and The Rabbit Back Literature Society.

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I’m doing a Rafflecopter this month, so click on the button below to enter. Giveaway is International, provided the Book Depository ships to your country. I’d love to hear if you’ve read any of these, too! You can read my reviews by clicking on the title links. So here they are, the books I reviewed last month:

five starsCruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

five starsUnhinged by A.G. Howard

five starsThe Line by J.D. Horn

four and a halfShadowplay by Laura Lam

four and a halfThe Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

four starsScarlet by A.C. Gaughen

four starsBarcelona Shadows by Marc Pastor

four starsThe Almost Girl by Amalie Howard

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UNHINGED (SPLINTERED #2) by A.G. Howard – Review

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Unhinged (Splintered #2) by A.G. Howard
Genre: Young adult fantasy
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release date: January 7 2014
Source: e-ARC from publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 384

five stars

In a word: An inventive series that just keeps getting better, a fast-paced plot that drags the reader from one magical marvel to the next, complex relationships, secrets, outrageous outfits, tulgey wood, Tumtum juice, and of course, MORPHEUS!

Biting my lip, I trace the cigarette-butt scars along Jeb’s bared torso. I’ve often wished he could replace all those bad memories with the good ones we’ve made together since. But now, more than ever, I realize how important every memory is, bad or good, because they shape who we become.

Splintered was one of my favorite books from 2013, and it was so much fun to get back into the twisted Alice in Wonderland world that Howard has created. If you haven’t read Splintered yet, I highly recommend reading it before you read Unhinged. Although the author does remind us of key plot points from the first book, most of the story is new and fresh and may be slightly confusing for new readers of the series. Howard’s writing is beautiful and evocative and brings to life the crazy, hallucinogenic Lewis Carroll story but with subtle differences that make these books so unique. But what I loved best about Unhinged was the growing relationship between Alyssa and Morpheus. The author takes things just far enough to whet our appetite for the finale of the series, leaving us dangling but not unsatisfied.

Normally I would give a brief run-down of the story at this point, but I don’t want to spoil things if you haven’t read Splintered yet. Let’s just say that lots of things happen in this book, but the main plot is that a dangerous threat from Wonderland is spilling over into our world, and it’s up to Alyssa and friends to stop the danger. In fact, the story is set almost completely in our world, which may seem disappointing to readers that were looking forward to more of the antics of Wonderland. Instead, Howard brings Wonderland to us, and it works just as well, if not better.

And because the story is set here, one of the best things is that Morpheus is now living in the human realm. The only way for him to be here, without humans seeing his netherling side, is to borrow a human body. Howard uses this to great effect, as Morpheus has chosen a “hot” boy to use, thus attracting all sorts of female attention from the girls at Alyssa’s school. He goes by the (not so subtle) name of “M” and wears some of the same fantastical, Victorian threads that I loved so much in Splintered, including a velvet top hat adorned with dead moths. When Alyssa discovers “M” at school, she is livid, as you might expect. Things between them only get more complicated as the story goes along, since Alyssa feels a sense of duty towards the events that are spinning out of control in Wonderland, and a grudgingly growing affection for Morpheus. Plus her “real” boyfriend Jeb is suddenly too busy to spend quality time with Alyssa, since his artwork has caught the attention of a mysterious collector and he’s about to make some big bucks. What’s a girl to do?

SplinteredI think I said this in my review of Splintered, but Morpheus reminds me so much of Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Q was an obnoxious, intelligent, charismatic character that stole the show whenever he appeared, and the character of Morpheus has the same feel for me. He often has good intentions, but somehow many of his actions end up backfiring and hurting people. Alyssa wants nothing more than to get him out of her life. She has chosen to stay in the human realm and be with Jeb, after all. But Morpheus is once again trying to drag her back to the chaos that is Wonderland, and she is conflicted about not only what she should do, but what she wants to do. A surprise reveal about their relationship near the end made me gasp, and I’m so excited to see how it plays out in the next book.

Another big relationship development happens between Alyssa and her mother. In the last book, her mother has finally come home, after being locked up in a mental asylum for years. Alyssa is thrilled that she and her mother can finally connect and talk about the things they have in common, like being able to talk to bugs and flowers. But some shocking surprises are in store for Alyssa, and like many other characters in this story, not everyone is the person they appear to be on the outside.

Howard’s writing is the glue that brings all her creative and crazy ideas together. Her powers of description are brilliant, especially when it comes to Alyssa’s outfits. She lovingly describes each item of clothing Alyssa wears, and it made me want to be a teenager again so I could wear her wardrobe as well! (Check out Anita’s Unhinged Pinterest board for some inspiring pins!)

Even though I thought the plot was a bit overstuffed and complicated at times, with so many odd Wonderland characters and so many magical rules, I found it was best to just go with the flow and not think too hard about these complexities. For me, Unhinged was a magical and sensual experience, from the ethereal wings of the netherling creatures to the jeweled eye patches of Morpheus and Alyssa when they are in netherling form. This tantalizing blend of the real world and the magical one is irresistible, and once you get to the shocking conclusion of Unhinged, you’ll be dying to find out what happens next. And isn’t that what a great story is all about?

Many thanks to the publisher for supplying a review copy.

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Tammy’s Top Ten Books of 2013 – Young Adult

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Welcome to Part Two of my favorite books of the year! Yesterday I posted my Top Ten Adult Books of 2013, and today I’m focusing on the Young Adult category. I have to confess I tried my hardest to keep this list to ten books, but I had a short list of eleven and I could NOT cut one of these out. So technically, this is a Top Eleven list:) Going back over my list, I’m very surprised that most of these are books by debut authors. You will also see Chuck Wendig and Victoria Schwab on my adult list (link above), two new-to-me authors that I happily discovered this year! These titles are listed alphabetically, and you can click on the book covers to go to Goodreads. I’ve also given each a *special* designation, because hey, each book is special in its own way. (This post is linked to The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday)

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The Archived

The Archived by Victoria Schwab. Victoria had a very busy year! She published at least two novels (including Vicious and I think maybe a middle grade novel as well), and the follow-up to The Archived, The Unbound is out this month. I’m so glad I finally sat down to read this, even though it was near the end of the year. Lovely writing, an intriguing story, lots of surprises and a swoony boy! What more do you need? You can read my review here.

most emotionally satisfying

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Bruised by Sarah Skilton. This was only one of a very few contemporary books I read this year, but it was a good one. Bruised has so many layers that it’s hard to say just what the story is about. Sure, it’s about a girl with Tae Kwon Do skills who freezes in the face of violence, but it’s also a story about her many relationships with the people in her life and how she comes to terms with things she can’t control. You can read my review here.

best mystery

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Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn. The “mystery” in Charm & Strange kept me guessing the entire story. I thought it was a book about one thing, but then it turned out to be about something else! Throw in gorgeous prose, perfect pacing, and some very intriguing characters, and you have a winning story. My review of Charm & Strange.

Best Characters

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In the After by Demitria Lunetta. Dystopian may be falling out of favor as a genre, but In the After is a fresh take on dystopians that gives the reader more than just the normal tropes. Lunetta’s writing is so beautiful, and I fell in love with her characters. You can read my review here.

most evocative writing

In The Shadow of Blackbirds

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. Winters brings the time period of 1918 San Diego to life with her colorful descriptions of what life was like during the Spanish Influenza breakout. Not only is this a historically accurate story, but there is a paranormal element—ghosts—to it as well. I fell in love with plucky Mary Shelley Black, and you will too. You can read my review here.

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Pantomime by Laura Lam. When I say “best twist,” I’m referring to a twist with the characters themselves, not the plot. If you don’t know much about this fantastic debut, it’s best to go into it blind and be surprised. Lam’s world-building is also high on my list of favorite fantasy worlds! My review of Pantomime.

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Project Cain by Geoffrey Girard. This chilling story deals with cloning, so right away you know things are going to get dicey.  But Girard’s concept of cloning famous serial killers from history is what makes this stand out. I also loved the narrator and all the grisly facts about serial killers that the author includes. My review of Project Cain.

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Splintered

Splintered by A.G. Howard. OK, I’m cheating a bit here because technically I read this at the end of 2012. But hey, it came out this year, so I’m taking some liberties…I could have awarded this book any number of *special designations*, but this one seemed to fit it best. Two of my favorite boys this year, Jeb and Morpheus, live in the same book. Bloggers fight over which they love best, but I have to say I’m a Morpheus girl all the way. The second book in the series, Unhinged, is out next week! My review of Splintered.

most heartwrenching

These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner. I was able to sneak this book in at the end of this month (I didn’t have it for review, but I was dying to read it) and boy am I glad I did! It’s everything bloggers have been saying: a wonderful non-insta-love romance, exciting story, and tension and surprises galore. I can’t wait for the next book!

Best World Building

Under the Empyrean Sky

Under the Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig. This guy is super busy. He publishes YA. He publishes adult. He self-publishes writing guides. He blogs. He has a family. I’m tired just thinking about what his daily life must be like. But he wrote this amazing YA dystopian which he refers to as “cornpunk.” It’s crass, it’s got nasty bits and swear words (although many of them are “made up” swear words). But it’s got HEART as well. Read it, damn you! You can read my review here.

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Zenn Scarlett

Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon. When I say “best job in space,” I mean it. Zenn is an exoveterinarian, a vet that cares for otherworldly creatures from other planets. How cool is that? Why be a regular vet and take care of dogs and cats, when you can visit another planet and care for sunkillers and seepdemons? Schoon’s imagination never stops, and I’m really excited for the second book in his series, Under Nameless Stars, which comes out in 2014. You can read my review here.

And of course, I have more than just the eleven books above that I loved. Here are more favorite YA books that I read this year: The Outside by Laura Bickle, Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn, Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes, The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd, Insomnia by J.R. Johansson and Thin Space by Jody Casella.

You can also check out my 2013 End of Year Book Survey, which goes into much more detail about my favorites:)

Have you read any of these books? Did you do a top ten list? I’d love to read yours! Please link me up in the comments.

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Tammy’s Top Ten Winter 2013-14 Books I’m Excited About

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It’s another fun Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week I’m specifically highlighting my most anticipated releases for winter, which for me means books releasing in December, January or February. I hate repeating myself, so this is a completely different list from last week, which was my Top Ten Most Anticipated Books of 2014. Books are listed in order of their release date, and clicking on the book cover will take you to the Goodreads page:

These Broken Stars

1. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner. Release date: December 10 2013 TODAY! (Disney Hyperion). I’m regretting my decision to not request this from NetGalley. All my blogging buddies have read and adored it, and I sort of feel left out! Maybe I’ll get a copy for Christmas!

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2. Shadowplay (Pantomime #2) by Laura Lam. Release date: January 2 2014 (Strange Chemistry). I loved the unique fantasy elements of Lam’s Pantomime, and I’m looking forward to more of them in this second book.

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3. Unhinged (Splintered #2) by A.G. Howard. Release date: January 7 2014 (Amulet). I loved loved loved Splintered, and I snuck a peek at this book and I’m already falling in love with the characters, all over again! I’m going to read it soon.

The Line

4. The Line by J.D. Horn. Release date: January 7 2014 (47North). I’m so glad to have received a copy from the author for review. But boy, January is looking really busy for me!

The Unbound

5. The Unbound (The Archived #2) by Victoria Schwab. Release date: January 28 2014 (Hyperion). I recently read The Archived and loved it! I’m dying to dive back into Mackenzie’s and Wesley’s complicated stories.

Her Dark Curiosity

6. Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman’s Daughter #2) by Megan Shepherd. Release date: January 28 2014 (Balzer + Bray). Here’s another Book 2! 2014 is going to bring lots of follow-up books for 2013′s debut authors.

Cruel Beauty

7. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. Release date: January 28 2014 (Balzer + Bray). This Beauty and the Beast retelling has me intrigued. Plus check out the amazing cover!

Cress

8. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer. Release date: February 4 2014 (Feiwel & Friends). Although I still haven’t had time to read Scarlet, I am dying to read Cress.

Alienated

9. Alienated by Melissa Landers. Release date: February 4 2014 (Disney Hyperion). I’ve heard great things about this book, and if it’s anywhere near as good as the cover, I’ll be happy!

The Museum of Extraordinary Things

10. The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman. Release date: February 18 2014 (Scribner). It looks like this is the only adult book on my list. Not sure how I feel about that! I’m definitely going to need an adult book by the time I get to February, LOL! Alice Hoffman is one of my favorite authors, and this looks amazing.

That’s my list. Did any of these make your top ten list? Don’t forget to check out my giveaways on the sidebar!

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Stacking the Shelves (41)

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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, and is a fun way to share our book hauls with each other. This haul is for the past two weeks, and thankfully, it’s very small:) Here’s what I received (click on the titles to go to Goodreads):

From publishers for review:

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The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard. Release date: January 7 2014 (Strange Chemistry). Everyone was going gaga over this cover when it was revealed not too long ago, and who can blame them. It’s a good one: gorgeous colors with a heavy science fiction vibe. I can’t wait to read it! Thanks to Strange Chemistry!

The Scroll of Years by Chris Willrich. Released September 24 2013 (Pyr). I was so excited when a Pyr publicist asked me if I’d like a copy. I read some really good reviews of this book, and I believe it’s the first in a series. I like the concept of the main characters being a couple already, and the woman is pregnant! Thank you Lisa and Pyr!

For review from NetGalley:

Unhinged by A.G. Howard. Release date: January 7 2014 (Amulet). I adored Splintered, like many other readers, and I’m more than excited to continue the story of Alyssa, Jeb and Morpheus!

Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen. Release date: February 11 2014 (Walker Childrens). I have Scarlet in a pile somewhere, gathering dust and mournfully waiting for me to give it some attention. Now I have an excuse to finally read it!

Big thanks to Amulet and Walker Childrens!

For Upcoming Blog Tour:

Scion of the Sun

Scion of the Sun by Nicola Marsh. Release date: November 2013 (Month9Books). Marsh is better known for writing romance, so it will be interesting to see what this is like. I’m looking forward to reading it. Thank you Month9Books!

What did you get this week?

While you’re here, why not check out my current giveaways?

Win a paperback copy of Appalachian Undead, a zombie short story collection! (It’s awesome, by the way!) US only, ends Nov. 8th.

Win an October new release in the October New Release Giveaway Hop! International, ends 10/31.

Win a spooky haunted house story in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop! International, ends 10/31.

Win your choice of The Shining by Stephen King or NOS4A2 by Joe Hill in the Something Wicked Hop! International, ends 10/31.

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Tammy’s Top Ten Unusual Character Names

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and is an awesome meme where you can join in the Top Ten fun with other bloggers! Oh you guys, there are so many great Top Ten Tuesdays from now until the end of the year! I usually only do one or two TTT a month, but for the next few months the themes are really fun, and I expect to be participating a lot more. This week is no exception! I love finding odd and unusual character names, so this was a fairly easy task for me. I could have easily come up with twice as many, but I’ll stick with these ten for now:

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Morpheus from Splintered and Unhinged by A.G. Howard. OK, Morpheus might not be that unusual of a name, but I love the character so much, that I just had to include him:) He’s the so-bad-he’s-awesome character that everyone loves!

                                                   Splintered      Unhinged

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Buruu

Buruu from Stormdancer and Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff. If you haven’t read these amazing books, Buruu is a thunder tiger, a creature of legend that actually exists in Kristoff’s books. Buruu is like the Japanese version of a griffin, part eagle, part tiger.

                                                    Stormdancer     FIVE STARS*****

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Karou

Karou from Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor. Karou is a girl who made a wish that she could have blue hair, and so she does!

                                                   daughter of smoke     Days of Blood and Starlight

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Kvothe

Kvothe from The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Here’s a name that’s nearly impossible to pronounce. According to Rothfuss, it sounds a little like the word “quote.”

                                                Name of the wind     Wise Man's Fear

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Mookie Pearl from The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig. Of course, I can’t do a Top Ten without mentioning a Chuck Wendig book! I adore Mookie’s name, and I adore the character of Mookie, too!

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Octavius

Octavius from Sea Change by S. M. Wheeler. Octavius, how I love you! Octavius is a Kraken (like a giant octopus) and I love that his name describes the number of legs he has.

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Raz Pelham

Raz Pelham from Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone. Raz is a vampire, and he was one of my favorite characters from the book. Unfortunately, he’s not in book two, which I’m reading right now (Two Serpents Rise), but that’s ok. I know he’ll be back…

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Zenn Scarlett from Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon. I adore this name, and I kind of wish it was mine:) Zenn lives in space somewhere and studies unusual alien space animals. A cool job for a girl with a cool name…

                                              Zenn Scarlett       Under-Nameless-Stars-small

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Bellis Coldwine from The Scar by China Mieville. This is one of my all-time favorite books, and Bellis is one of the more unusual names I’ve run across.

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Myfawny Thomas

Myfanwy Thomas from The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. Definitely the strangest name I’ve ever come across (with apologies to any Welsh people out there!) “Myfanwy” supposedly rhymes with “Tiffany,” if that helps you out.

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So there you have it! What about you? What are your favorite or the most unusual character names you’ve run across?

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Stacking the Shelves (32)

STSStacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, and is a great way to share your book haul with other bloggers! I’m being pretty good about staying away from NetGalley and Edelweiss, and I’ve only slipped up a couple of times (!!). I really am trying to be good and catch up. It’s been a very stressful month for me, blogging-wise. And when your blog is stressing you out, you know it’s time to change the way you do things. I’m cutting way back on blog tours, for starters. By the end of this month, I will have participated in SEVEN blog tours (in June!), which means not only do I have to add those books to my reading list, but all those titles that I’ve been approved to read that come out in June are now behind schedule.

ANYWAY! I’m sure you probably don’t want to hear my woes…on to my book haul instead! (Click on the covers to go to Goodreads)

For Review from NetGalley:

The Bone SeasonUnder the Empyrean SkyUnhinged

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. Release date: August 20 2013 (Bloomsbury USA) I’m really excited to see if this one lives up to the hype. It’s written by a 21-year-old and is the first in a seven book series.

Under the Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig. Release date: July 30 2013 (Amazon Children’s Publishing). Well, Chuck. He’s my man. My new favorite man (don’t tell my husband!)

Unhinged Chapter Sampler by A. G. Howard. Release date: January 7 2014 (Amulet). I usually don’t go for these sampler deals, because they only make the wait for the entire story harder. But I thought I’d read this one. I’m beyond excited to read this book!

ARC from Publisher:

ThreeThe Nekropolis ArchivesSeven WondersCarpathia

Three by Jay Posey. Release date: July 30 2013 (Angry Robot). I’m super excited to get my hands on a rare print ARC of this title! I love Angry Robot and most of their titles are pretty darn good.

I also had a chance to pick up some older print ARCs from Angry Robot, because apparently they are moving their U.S. offices and needed to clean house! So I agreed to take a few books off their hands:) I got The Nekropolis Archives, Seven Wonders and Carpathia. Thanks to my buddy Caroline at Angry Robot!

Won:

Dancer Daughter Traitor Spy

Dancer Daughter Traitor Spy by Elizabeth Kiem. Release date: August 13 2013 (Soho Teen). I entered a contest from Soho Teen and won a copy of this book. And I do appreciate the nice person at Soho who actually let me know that  I did indeed win this from Soho! I hate getting books in the mail that don’t give any indication of who sent them.  Well, I really don’t ever hate getting books in the mail, but you know what I mean…

That’s it for me. I’d love to know what you’ve received this week, just leave me a link so I can check out your STS post!

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Waiting on Wednesday (55) UNHINGED by A. G. Howard

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine! Boy, am I excited about this WoW pick…well, I guess I’m excited about all my WoW picks, but the cover for Unhinged was just revealed, and I’m super excited about it! As you may know, Unhinged is the follow-up to Anita’s Splintered, which came out this past January. I’m thrilled that my very favorite character Morpheus is on the cover! Take a look at this:

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Unhinged by A. G. Howard (Splintered #2). Release date: January 2014 (Amulet). I loved Splintered, in fact it still tops the list of the best books I’ve read so far this year. Here’s what it’s about:

Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she’s always dreamed of.

That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.

If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she’ll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.

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The trailer for Unhinged was just revealed as well, so I’m posting it here, too! Now you really want to read this book, am I right??

What are you waiting on this week?

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Link Salad (6)

Link Salad button copyHappy Friday, everyone! I’ve rounded up some fantastic giveaways, some bookishly interesting lists, and a couple of movie related items to share. My goal is to entertain you and add something enjoyable to your day. Here we go!

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idesposter2One of my favorite authors, Alma Katsu, has teamed up with fifteen other best-selling authors to bring you The Ides of March Book Giveaway! For every 500 entries, one complete set of the books will be given away, and the contest is open to US/UK and Canada. I am heading over there myself to enter right now. Click here to enter The Ides of March!

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SplinteredOne of my favorite books of the year so far is Splintered by A. G. Howard, and Anita has just announced the title of Book #2 in the series, Unhinged! I am unbelievably excited by this news! Anita is celebrating by giving away a whole bunch of Splintered/Alice In Wonderland-related items on her blog. There’s even jewelry in this giveaway! Click here to enter now!

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veniceLove books? Of course you do, otherwise why would you be reading this? This week BuzzFeed gives us the 30 Best Places To Be If You Love Books. Like this quaint bookstore in Venice, complete with a view of a canal! If you love salivating over bookish spaces, click here to read more.

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Bookish muralsFor more bookish drooling, check out FlavorWire’s 20 Bookish Murals from Around the World. I’d love to put one of these murals on my house! Don’t these just make you happy?

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Of course, we can’t not mention the Oscars, which were handed out last Sunday. So Seth MacFarlane wasn’t the best host ever, but there were some great moments. Babs sang! Jennifer tripped! If you missed the show, or if you simply want to relive some of the best (and worst) moments, click here to read more.

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Victory TourWho isn’t excited about Catching Fire, the second movie in The Hunger Games trilogy? I know I am! This past week two posters were revealed for the upcoming November 22 release. Tor gives us the scoop and shows you the beautiful and intriguing film posters.

Did you miss last week’s Link Salad? Click here to read now!

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Stacking the Shelves (20)

Stacking the ShelvesStacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, and is a way to share the books you’ve acquired over the past week or so with other bloggers. Since I received an Amazon gift card for Christmas, I used some of it this week to buy some books I’ve been lusting after…and I got some other things as well.

For Review:

StungHow Beauty Saved the Beast

Stung by Bethany Wiggins. Release date: April 2 2013 (Walker Children’s). This sounds like part science fiction, part horror. I love the simplicity of the cover!

How Beauty Saved the Beast by Jax Garren. Release date: February 11 2013 (Carina Press). I loved Garren’s first book in the series, How Beauty Met the Beast, and I’m anxious for more of these fantastic characters.

For Review & Giveaway:

Insomnia

Insomnia by J. R. Johansson. Release date: June 8 2013 (Flux). I’m super excited that the author was kind enough to send me an ARC after I babbled on and on about how much I wanted to read her book! (I think she took pity on me…) In any case, she agreed to send me a copy provided I give it away after I read it. That’s right, folks! I’ll be giving away a signed ARC very soon…stay tuned!

For Blog Tours:

The Devil's TriangleSilencing Breath

The Devil’s Triangle by Toni De Palma. Release date: February 2013 (Crescent Moon Press). I’ve read several titles from this small publisher, and I’m looking forward to reading this one as well.

Silencing Breath by Joanne Brothwell. Release date: February 2013. I read and reviewed Joanne’s first book in the series, Stealing Breath, and was happy when she asked me to read Book #2.

Purchased:

Scarlet2The Darkest MindsShadow and BoneEtiquette and EspionageSplintered

I’ve been dying to read all these books (except for Splintered, which I’ve already read), and I’ve read rave reviews on all of them. As far as Splintered, I read an e-ARC from the publisher, but I loved it so much I wanted my very own copy. And believe me, as lovely as the cover is, this photo doesn’t do the real book justice. The physical copy is stunning!

What’s on your shelves this week?

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