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Tammy’s Top Ten Young Adult Books of 2014

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Last week I listed my Top Ten Adult Books of 2014, and this week it’s time to celebrate my favorite Young Adult Books of the year! For some reason, I didn’t read as many YA books in 2014, so this list was easier to narrow down to ten favorites. However, each book on this list satisfied my need for well-crafted plots, interesting characters, and emotionally complex stories. Without further ado, I give you my Top Ten Young Adult Books of 2014:

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The Falconer 21. The Falconer by Elizabeth May. This book surprised the pants off me! In my review, I called it “Jane Austen Meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” which is exactly what it was. This book had something for everyone: romance, action, and terrific characters, all set in an irresistible world of Scottish faery lore. I can’t wait for the sequel! Read my review here.

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Stolen Songbird

2. Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen. This amazingly creative story, originally published by the now-defunct Strange Chemistry, is being given new life, as small publisher Angry Robot resumes their publication schedule next March. I was worried about ever getting to read the rest of this series, but luckily AR will be publishing the sequel, Hidden Huntress, next summer! Read my review here.

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Cruel Beauty

3. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. This odd but gorgeously told story blew many other fairy tale re-tellings out of the water. It was simply one of the most unique stories I’ve ever read. I’m so excited to dive into Hodge’s next book, Crimson Bound. Read my review here.

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The Merciless

4. The Merciless by Danielle Vega. Vega is one twisted woman! And I mean that in a good way. I wasn’t expecting the graphic violence and frightening psychological terror in this story, but I loved every word. And yes, there is a fantastic twist at the end! Read my review here.

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100 Sideways Miles

5. 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith. I finally read my first Andrew Smith book this year, and believe me, it won’t be my last. Quirky, unusual and unexpectedly emotional, this story captured my heart and made me a Smith fan for life. Read my review here.

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6. Blightborn by Chuck Wendig. Book Two in Wendig’s YA series didn’t disappoint. The action was the crazy good, never-ending sort that makes you flip pages as fast as you can. Wendig’s writing is immaculate, as always. Read my review here.

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7. Shadowplay by Laura Lam. Here’s another casualty of the Strange Chemistry closing. I haven’t heard whether or not Lam has sold her series to another publisher or not, but I sure hope she does. Her wonderfully diverse transgender character Micah Grey is a breath of fresh air in a sea of YA pedestrian characters. Read my review here.

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8. Unhinged by A.G. Howard. Book two in Howard’s Alice in Wonderland-themed story was magical, odd and full of ooey-gooey romance goodness. I’ll be sorry to see this series end with the publication of Ensnared next month. Read my review here.

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High and Dry

9. High & Dry by Sarah Skilton. I don’t usually read non-genre YA fiction, but I will always pick up a Sarah Skilton book! This scary tale of misbehaving high school students was a real page-turner. Read my review here.

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The Savages

10. The Savages by Matt Whyman. This unexpectedly hilarious and well-written story was such a surprise. I still need to catch up on the second book in this series about a family of cannibals (yes, I said cannibals!), which I intend to do this next year. Read my review here.

Have you read any of these? I’d love to read your top ten list of YA titles, let me know what you loved!


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Tammy’s Top Ten Books in My Winter 2014-15 TBR

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Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Head on over to see other bloggers’ top ten lists! This week, we’re listing our Top Ten Winter TBR books. I think my list is a pretty damn good one, and hopefully you’ll agree! For this list, I am defining “winter” as the months of December, January and February, so my list consists of upcoming books that will be released during those months. These are listed in order of their release dates. Click on the titles to go to Goodreads!

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner. Releases 12/23/14. My buddy Pabkins was kind enough to send me an ARC of this book, so I’ll be reading it next month for sure. I LOVED These Broken Stars, and I’m curious to see where the authors are going, after that crazy ending.

Golden Son by Pierce Brown. Releases 1/6/15. I’m trying to get my hands on an ARC, but no luck yet. Hey, anyone know what’s up with NetGalley teasing us by putting up titles that aren’t available to request?? (Like this one)

Ensnared by A.G. Howard. Releases 1/13/15. This is the final book in the series, and it’s one I can’t wait to read!

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black. Releases 1/13/15. I’ve heard really good things about this book.

Pacific Fire by Greg Van Eekhout. Releases 1/27/15. Oh I need this book NOW!! I seriously loved California Bones, and this is the sequel.

Atlanta Burns by Chuck Wendig. Releases 1/27/15. This book kind of snuck up on me. It just came out of nowhere. But here it is, a new Wendig YA, with a kick-ass cover!

Echo 8 by Sharon Lynn Fisher. Releases 2/3/15. I’ve talked about this quite a bit lately, and I have a copy that I plan on reading very soon.

Shutter by Courtney Alameda. Releases 2/3/15. I was so happy to pick up an ARC of Shutter at Comic Con, I hear it’s super scary:-)

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Releases 2/10/15. I was lucky enough to grab a copy of this book at Comic Con, so I’ll be reviewing it for sure.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. Releases 2/24/15. I loved Vicious so much, and although this isn’t related to that book at all, it seems like it has the same vibe. And that would be the V.E. Schwab vibe of amazingness!!!

That’s my list…I’d love to know if you’re looking forward to any of these. Link me up to your top ten:-)


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Tammy’s Top Ten Books So Far – 2014

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve done a TTT, but this is one week I couldn’t pass up. We’re nearly half-way through the year (can you believe it?) and already I’m having trouble narrowing down my favorite reads of the year up to this point. But these ten books really stand out, and so I give you my Top Ten favorite books so far this year (listed in no particular order):

The Falconer by Elizabeth May. Just yes. Please give me the next book NOW.

Unhinged by A.G. Howard. Um, yeah. These books are so awesome. I want Ensnared NOW too!

The Line by J.D. Horn. Book two is out now and I’ll be starting it soon (I’m a little behind schedule). Just awesome, folks.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. Weird, gorgeous, shocking. Read it!

Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I have no words for just how in love with this book I am. (Well, I wrote a review, so I guess I do have some words…)

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman. Full of rich history and gorgeous writing, another winner from Alice Hoffman.

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen. Truly wonderful and I do need book two NOW. Somebody. Find it for me. (Oh, it’s not out yet? Damn.)

The Savages by Matt Whyman. I just read this and WOW. Love Matt’s writing and this was so much fun to read!

The Merciless by Danielle Vega. Terrifying, horrific, gruesome, unputdownable. Just go get a copy, people!

The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen. This odd, strange and beautifully written book came from one of my favorite small publishers, Pushkin Press.

So there you have it. I am not looking forward to picking my top ten at the end of the year, because this was hard enough! I’d love to hear your top ten faves so far!


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Waiting on Wednesday (103) ENSNARED by A.G. Howard

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine, and is a fun way to share upcoming book titles that you’re excited about with other bloggers and readers. We’re on a roll here with cover reveals, folks! I think this is the third awesome cover reveal in a row, and I know a bunch of you are eagerly awaiting this book as well:


Ensnared (Splintered #3) by A.G. Howard. Releases in 2015 from Amulet Books.  Another series finale! I’m usually pretty bad about following a series all the way through to the bitter end, but in this case, how can you not want to see what’s next for Alyssa, Jeb and Morpheus? And I’m so happy to see Jeb on the cover this time. Here’s what Goodreads has to say:

After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She’s determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles… and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world—a parallel dimension filled with mutated and sadistic netherling outcasts.

In the final installment of the Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that’s gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But even if everyone succeeds and comes out alive, can they all truly have their happily ever after?


So, who do you think she’ll end up with, Jeb or Morpheus? Or neither one? I love both guys, although truthfully I’m Team Morpheus. Are you waiting for this book as well? Check out all three covers together:


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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.

One of the options for entering is to add the giveaway button to your sidebar. If you’d like to do so, here it is:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Ends 9/6. International.

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 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.

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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!

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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!


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.


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.

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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.

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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!


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.


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!

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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)


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:


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?

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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



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*****



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



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


Mookie pearl

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!

The Blue Blazes



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.

Sea Change


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…

Three Parts Dead


Zenn Scarlett 1

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


bellis coldwine

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.

The Scar


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.

The Rook2

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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