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Tammy’s Top Ten Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From – But I NEED to Read More!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! I love this week’s theme, because I seem to have found some new-to-me authors in recent months, and I can’t wait to read more of their books. I am only listing authors that already have more than one book published, not debut authors. So here they are: my top ten authors I’ve only read one book from – but I NEED to read more (and sorry, I’m not linking these up—there are just too many!):

1. Andrew Smith. I’ve read: 100 Sideways Miles. I’m dying to read: Grasshopper Jungle and Winger.

2. Marcus Sedgwick. I’ve read: She is Not Invisible. I’m dying to read: Midwinterblood and My Swordhand is Singing.

3. Kevin Hearne. I’ve read: Hounded. I’m dying to read: Hexed and Hammered.

4. John Scalzi. I’ve read: Lock In. I’m dying to read: Redshirts and Old Man’s War.

5. Kathleen Tierney. I’ve read: Blood Oranges. I’m dying to read: Red Delicious and Cherry Bomb.

6. Gillian Flynn. I’ve read: Gone Girl. I’m dying to read: Sharp Objects and Dark Places.

7. Patrick Ness. I’ve read: A Monster Calls. I’m dying to read: The Knife of Never Letting Go and More Than This.

8. Marissa Meyer. I’ve read: Cinder. I’m dying to read: Scarlet and Cress.

9. Stephanie Kuehn. I’ve read: Charm & Strange. I’m dying to read: Complicit and Delicate Monsters (no cover yet).

10. Libba Bray. I’ve read: A Great and Terrible Beauty. I’m dying to read: The Diviners and Going Bovine.

Have you read these authors? I’d love to hear from you!

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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

Ready to enter? Click the Rafflecopter button below:

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What’s On My Plate – February 2014

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Happy February, everyone! Already the year feels as if it’s zooming by. I didn’t get to all the books I wanted to last month, which bums me out a bit. I’m trying to stay on schedule with my review pile as much as I can, but it looks like I’ll have some catch-up to do in February. BUT I did read my “Just For Me” book, Scarlet, which is one of my goals this year: to read a just-for-me book each month. Let’s see if I can keep it going all year! So here’s what’s on my plate this month:

For Review from NetGalley:

Red Rising

Carousel Sun by Sharon Lee. This is the second in a series, so I need to read book one first. I’m afraid this one may end up being pushed to next month, but we’ll see.

Black Dog by Rachel Neumeier. I’m starting this today, and I’ve already got an interview scheduled with Rachel for this coming Tuesday (see blog tours below!) Rachel is the nicest person, and I’m looking forward to getting into her book.

Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen. Book two after Scarlet! I’m so excited to get back into her wonderful world and characters.

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman. Dying to read a new Alice Hoffman book! If you love subtle fantastical fiction, and you haven’t read anything by Hoffman, I’m begging you to pick something up. Ask me for a recommendation! (there are so many!)

Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard. I was just approved for this, and I hadn’t realized how soon it was being published. So this wasn’t on my February radar. But I’ve read some good reviews and will definitely try to get it read this month.

The Book of the Crowman by Joseph D’Lacey. I really enjoyed the first book of this series, and I’ll be interviewing Joseph this month too!

Red Rising by Pierce Brown. This is out already, I believe, so I’m a little behind. But I have an extra ARC I’ll be giving away when I post my review, so stay tuned!

For review from Author/Publisher:

Poison Dance  Maze

Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne. This novella that precedes Midnight Thief was sent to me by the author. It’s out now, and I’m going to read it this month for sure, especially since it’s short.

Maze by J.M. McDermott. This is from Apex Publications, one of my favorite small publishers! It’s short, so I’m sure I can squeeze it in. I’ve heard it’s…strange.

Just For Me Book:

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Vampire Empire Book One: The Greyfriar by Clay Griffith & Susan Griffith. I’ve been trying to read this book for two years! I’m finally going to do it. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this series. Let me know if you’ve read it!

Blog Tours/Author Interviews:

It’s a big month for author interviews! Rachel Neumeier, Adam Christopher and Joseph D’Lacey will all be making guest appearances, so make sure you’re subscribed to this blog so you don’t miss any of them!

Giveaways/Blog Hops:

The Share the Love Giveaway Hop is going on now! Click the link to see all the fabulous authors I’m highlighting, and the books you can choose from if you win!

Also, I interviewed debut author J.D. Horn, and he has offered two signed copies of The Line, his amazing book about witches in Savannah! And, the giveaway is international, so don’t forget to enter! It ends soon (Feb. 7th) so hurry!

I’ll also be starting my monthly Book Review Giveaway soon, hopefully tomorrow (I’m so behind schedule right now). I read some amazing books in January, so you won’t want to miss the chance to win one.

Well, I guess that’s enough to pile on this month, right? Have you read any of these? I’d love to know your thoughts so I can, um, prepare myself!

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Thieves, Knives & Secrets: SCARLET by A.C. Gaughen – Review

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Scarlet (Scarlet #1) by A.C. Gaughen
Genre: Young Adult Historical/Adventure
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Release date: 2012
Source: Purchased copy
Pages: 292

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The nitty-gritty: A feisty heroine, a noble cause, and sometimes violent action, all wrapped up in beautiful writing.

He stopped in the center of the market square, stepping up on a small fountain. “Perhaps I should introduce myself,” he called. People stopped to look at him. He were wrapped in violence as if it were clothes, his cloak like death, his armor like blades. His hair were shaggy as an animal’s and it looked like the Devil were trapped in his head.

I, like many of my fellow bloggers, am playing catch-up and decided to finally read Scarlet in preparation for book two in the series, Lady Thief, which releases in a couple of weeks. I had heard amazing things about this book, and so I went into it with certain expectations. I’m happy to report that I did indeed love Scarlet, but I also had a few issues with it, and I’m not sure if those of you who loved it more than I did will agree with me.

Gaughen has taken a classic tale (which is based in truth) and made it feel fresh. In her version of Robin Hood, the character of Will Scarlet is female, but she’s disguising herself as a male, and only her closest friends know the truth. The author talks about the research she did for this book in her Author’s Note at the back, which I highly recommend reading. (I feel there aren’t enough authors out there who bother to write notes at the end of their books. Oftentimes it’s one of my favorite things!) Our girl Scarlet is a wonderful character. She’s a thief, a knife-thrower, a tree-climber, and she has a heart of gold. She’s living in a time when girls aren’t supposed to do any of these things, which is part of the appeal of this story. Scarlet knows she’s not supposed to steal, but she does it anyway to save the poor in the village, and to atone for her past.

And then there’s the wonderful character of Rob. He’s a thief as well, but he’s polite when he holds a knife to someone’s throat and asks for their money. He cares deeply for the members of his “band,” especially Scarlet, who has no idea how he feels about her. I also loved Much, a boy who had one hand chopped off when he was caught stealing.

And then there is John, the third side of the unfortunate love triangle about which I must speak. John was my least favorite character in the book and fell even lower on my scale than the bad guys, the Sheriff of Nottingham and Gisbourne, the man who has come to hunt and kill Rob. Many readers loved the relationship between Scarlet and Rob, and I did too. But the addition of John into the mix turned things slightly sour for me. John is a womanizer and does all sorts of things with the girls in the village. But he mostly wants Scarlet, and he whines and carries on about her throughout most of the story. Scarlet tries to fend him off, but he seems pretty stupid and just never gets the hint. And Scarlet doesn’t help things, because she has no idea who she wants, and she manages to send mixed messages to both boys. One moment she’s pushing John away, and the next she’s cuddled up next to him as he strokes her hair (with Rob glaring at them from the side, of course). And all the while she’s trying to keep her femininity under wraps, dressing like a boy and stuffing her hair under a cap. So no, I didn’t care much for the love triangle.

I also was slightly baffled by the characters’ ages, and each one felt much younger than they were supposed to be. Perhaps I was trying to shove them into the typical YA box of fourteen-to-seventeen years old, and they were all eighteen or older. Trying to envision eighteen-year-old Scarlet climbing trees and swinging by branches like a monkey just didn’t work for me.  Now I realize in other versions of Robin Hood all the characters are adults, so I’m not sure why this bothered me. Did anyone else feel this way?

But aside from these things, I loved Scarlet for so many reasons. I loved that Scarlet narrates and speaks in a dialect that is most likely true to the place and time of the story. (Although I did stumble at first over the constant use of the word “were” in place of “was” (see above quote), my brain eventually accepted it and it became second nature.) I loved the sense of tension that never eases up:  tension between the thieves and the townspeople, tension as we wonder whether or not Rob will be able to help everyone before tax day, and of course, the romantic tension between Scarlet and Rob. I loved that Scarlet has a mysterious past and won’t share it with Rob. And I loved the bloody fights and battles between the band and Gisbourne and the sheriff.

But most of all I loved Gaughen’s perfect writing. Every single word was necessary in this story, and every sentence was beautifully constructed. She’s one of those writers who knows how to end paragraphs on the right beat. It almost feels as if she’s writing a song.

Lady Thief’s release is mere weeks away, and I’m so excited to immerse myself again in the lush and dangerous world that A.C. Gaughen has created.

You can find Scarlet here:

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Happy New Year! What’s On My Plate January 2014

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Happy 2014 everyone! I love starting the new year, and even if I don’t end it accomplishing everything I set out to do, I love that feeling of hope on January 1st each year, the feeling of possibility, that anything can happen this year. It’s what keeps me going, and I imagine I’m not alone in feeling this way.

Next week I’ll be posting my Top Ten Blogging Goals for 2014, but for now I’m concentrating on the month of January. I have SO many books to try to get through this month, but I’m looking forward to each one. One of my goals in 2014 will be to read at least one “me” book each month, something that isn’t for review, a book I didn’t get to read last year, or a book that’s been sitting on my TBR pile for years. (Wish me luck, I’m going to need it!) Here’s what’s on my plate this month:

For review from Edelweiss/NetGalley:

Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd. I’m very *curious* to see what’s next in this sequel to The Madman’s Daughter.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. I’ve read several blogger reviews already for this book, and they seem to be overall positive. I adore the Beauty and the Beast story, so I’m really looking forward to this.

Shadowplay by Laura Lam. This seems to be the year of sequels, especially since I read so many debuts last year. This is another sequel to a book I loved.

The Troop by Nick Cutter. This horror tale has received very mixed reviews so far, so I’m curious to see what I think of it.

Alienated by Melissa Landers. This comes out in early February, so I’m trying to get a jump on my review. Sooo excited to read this!

ARCs from publishers:

Barcelona Shadows by Marc Pastor. This book from small press Pushkin Press is a murder mystery/thriller. I have read some awesome books from this publisher, so I’m looking forward to this one.

Hang Wire by Adam Christopher. I’ve heard really good things about this author, but this will be the first book I’ve read by him. My friend Tabitha loves this guy, and I trust her judgement!

Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd. I won this book from the publisher, and the author is blurbed by none other than Stephen King (!), so I’m anxious to read this murder mystery.

Just for Me Book:

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Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen. OK, technically I probably wouldn’t have chosen this book as my first “me” book of the year, but looking ahead to my review books, I have the sequel, Lady Thief, from NetGalley to read in February, so I want to make sure I read this first. And seriously, I’ve been dying to read this since it came out. Let me know if you’ve read it!

For Book Club:

The Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. I bought this when it came out in 2012, and like many books I purchase, I never have time to read them. But my book club bud Amy chose this to read in January, and I’m thrilled to finally have an excuse:)

Blog Tours:

My stop on The Almost Girl blog tour is January 6th, and I’ll have my review up, as well as a giveaway! Check out the amazing giveaway for this tour in that photo. It’s a little unusual for an author/publisher to be giving away books by other authors, but so cool, right? Two of Amalie’s other books are in this pile too. This crazy alternate dimensions science fiction story had lots of surprises, and I really enjoyed it.

Giveaways/Blog Hops:

Despite my desire to cut way back on giveaways this year (I have several reasons for wanting to do this, and I’ll discuss them further when I post my Blogging Goals next week), I’m going to continue my monthly Review Giveaway, because I love sharing the books I’ve read during the month. I’m also doing the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop because I do have a bunch of books sitting around that I’d like to pass on to someone else. Look for both giveaways THIS WEEK!

So, crazy month, yes? I hope you all have lots of fun reads planned for January as well. Let me know what you’re up to!

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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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Link Salad (10)

Link Salad button copyWelcome to Link Salad! I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t been able to post a Link Salad in quite a while. But this week I’ve got a mixed bag of interesting links I’ve found around the internet, including two “sneak peek” reads, a cool instructional blog post, an extremely difficult quiz, and a fascinating look behind some secret “doors.”

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The 5th WaveRick Yancey’s The 5th Wave doesn’t hit stores until May 7th, but it’s quickly becoming one of the top “must read” books of spring. This YA thriller about aliens taking over the planet has received rave reviews, and now Penguin Teen is giving you the chance to read the first 70 pages free, before the book comes out! Click here for more information on how to download the chapter sampler from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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Acid - Emma PassAcid by Emma Pass is a book I’m eagerly awaiting, but for some strange reason it doesn’t come out in the U.S. until 2014. (It just released in the UK this week.) Acid is the story of a kick-ass heroine who breaks out of a futuristic high security prison, and it looks amazing! Although I’m jealous of you UK readers who don’t have to wait, Emma has posted Chapter One of Acid on her website here. Check it out!

And for an opportunity to read even more of Acid, you can enter to win a copy here from Daydreaming Bookworm!

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Arclight 3DEver wonder how bloggers find these cool 3D book images? Well, I just found out how you can easily make your own (I created this 3D cover of Arclight in about three minutes!) Oh, Chrys! Book Blog gives a very simple tutorial and shows you how to use Pixlr for free. Click here to get started!

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Safe HouseI absolutely love secrets. I hope to live in a house someday that has secret passage-ways going from room to room. If you love secret doors, check out The Fire Wire‘s list of secret places around the U.S. where getting in is a lot harder than simply turning the door knob. From Disneyland’s Club 33 to Prohibition Bar in Atlanta, you’ll discover some secret places that most people don’t know about. Click here to enter…

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Stephen KingAre you a Stephen King fan like I am? Then you might be interested in taking The Stephen King Opening Line Quiz over at ShortList.com. Test your knowledge of thirty of SK’s books by matching the opening sentence to the book. It’s harder than you think! I consider myself a SK expert, but I only got seventeen correct…Are you brave enough to take the quiz?

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The Ocean at the End of the LaneAre you one of the many readers eagerly anticipating Neil Gaiman’s new book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which comes out this June? Amy McCulloch (author of the upcoming The Oathbreaker’s Shadow) writes about her experience reading Gaiman’s latest. Not only is it a rave review of the book, but a thoughtful exploration of the emotional connections readers will make when they read it themselves. And if this post is any indication of Amy’s writing skills, I’m giddy about reading her book as well:)

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AC GaughenFinally, lots of people are helping out the citizens of Boston, who were attacked on April 15 during the Boston Marathon, and writers are jumping in to help as well. Author A. C. Gaughen, author of Scarlet, has a cool idea that involves, you guessed it, books! You can read about her Books for Boston campaign and how this will help in some very specific ways. Click here to read more, via another amazing author, Kimberly Sabatini!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Stacking the Shelves (23)

STSWelcome to Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews! I love to see what books other bloggers get during the week, and I love to share my new books as well. This week was a particularly fun week for me, because in addition to some new review titles I got a couple of surprises in the mail.

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A huge thanks to Lucy at The Reading Date for this amazing stack of ARCs! I entered her contest and frankly forgot all about it. When she told me I’d won the “Anti-Valentine” box, I was thrilled.  She also threw in a cool Comic Con bag! Thanks Lucy:)

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Alma Katsu was kind enough to include me in The Companion Club, a group of Adair followers who will help her promote her amazing trilogy. She sent all of us a package with pins, stickers, postcards and other goodies, including a note with this intriguing statement: “Please wear your pin proudly and if you draw blood with it—someone else’s of course, not yours—so much the better.” If you’ve read The Taker and The Reckoning, you’ll understand:) The third book in the trilogy, The Descent,  will be out in 2014.

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I pre-ordered my copy of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer from Amazon, and for doing so I got a surprise Scarlet lip gloss in the mail! Thanks to MacMillan for making my daughter very happy:)

e-Books for review from NetGalley & Edelweiss: (click on book covers to go to Goodreads)

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Beautiful Goodbye by Nancy Runstedler. Release date: July 23 2013 (Dundurn). I had never heard of this publisher before, but I believe they are better known for their non-fiction titles. I don’t have a lot of info on this book, but from the Goodreads description it’s a YA paranormal about three teens and a Ouija board.

Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon. Release date: May 7 2013 (Strange Chemistry). I remember getting the news about this acquisition from Angry Robot, and I’m really excited to have a review copy in my hands. You’ve got to click on the cover and read the book description. It’s out-of-this world! I’m really looking forward to this one.

Club Monstrosity by Jesse Petersen. Release date: April 29 2013 (Pocket Star).  This book sounds hilarious! It’s about a group of monsters who form a support group. Wow.

The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abé. Release date: April 9 2013 (Bantam). Set in 1915 England, this story takes place in a boarding school. It’s a historical paranormal and is recommended for fans of Libba Bray (!) and Lauren Kate (!) and gets a blurb from Melissa Marr (!)

Stoker’s Manuscript by Royce Prouty. Release date: June 13 2013 (Putnam Adult). This historical novel blends real events with a mystery that spans many years. I love that is revolves around the novel Dracula.

What did you stack your shelves with this week?

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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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Young Adult Giveaway Hop! Win THE ARCHIVED or SCARLET

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Wow, I really thought I was done with Giveaway Hops this month, but apparently not…this is my LAST giveaway hop of the month, but I think it’s a good one. The Young Adult Giveaway Hop is hosted by I am A Reader, Not A Writer & Book Love 101. This is a BIG hop. There are 200+ blogs participating! That means you can hop from blog to blog and enter to win a YA book at each stop. For my giveaway, I’ve decided to give away two books! These are two of the books I’m most excited to read in January and February, so I will pick two winners, one for each book! This giveaway is international, provided you live in a country where The Book Depository ships for free.  (Please check the list of countries here before you enter. U.S. and Canada, you’re covered:)) Here are the books:

The ArchivedThe Archived by Victoria Schwab. I just got my pre-order copy from Amazon, and I’ll be devouring this as soon as I get through a few more NetGalley titles. This book is gorgeous, too. I recommend everyone purchasing the hardcover, because the interior is pretty special…Here’s the story:

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous-it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.

Or you can choose this:

Scarlet2Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Book Two of Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles comes out in week, just about when this hop is over. I am beyond excited to dive back into the story of Cinder and her friends. Here’s what Scarlet is about:

Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Ready to enter? Simply CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE RAFFLECOPTER!

And don’t forget to check out all 200+ blogs in this hop! CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LIST OF PARTICIPATING BLOGS.

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