Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf: That's A Wrap!

Oct 31, 2013

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You, my dear, dear readers, survived thirteen days of Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf. At least, I think you did. Are you okay? You're looking a little pale...Anyway, since today is Halloween, that means Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf is, unfortunately, over. But just in case you missed something or want to see it again, here's a quick recap!

Review: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Title: The Naturals
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publishing Date: November 5, 2013
Pages/Format: 304, eARC

Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides— especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own.

Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.


Initial Reaction of Book in One Word: SOGOOD

Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf: Day 13

Oct 30, 2013

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Welcome to Day 13 of Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf, you demonic little readers. (You can see yesterday's post here.) Today brings the final author of this feature, but unfortunately that doesn't mean it's going to get any better behind the bookshelf. In fact, it's going to get a little dark, a little Gothic, and a little devilish. But don't worry, there's no need to sharpen your pitchforks for...

Waiting on Wednesday (56)

Waiting on Wednesday
is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine
 that showcases upcoming releases 
that people are very much anticipating.

I very recently picked up this author's already released contemporary after finishing Allegiant in an attempt to feel better (it did help a bit.) And after finishing that book--and LOVING IT--I wanted her next contemporary right away. But of course it's not out yet (and not downloadable on Edelweiss yet, either). So as soon as there are ARCs of this book I will do many things to get one. My feelings toward reading this are not...

Cover Reveal: Wasteland by Lindsay Leggett

I have another cover reveal today brought to you by Xpresso Book Tours! This one's the second book the Flight series, a sci-fi, dystopian sort of series. Are you ready to see what Lindsay Leggett's Wasteland looks like?

Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf: Day 12

Oct 29, 2013

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Welcome to Day 12 of Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf, you lost souls.  (You can see yesterday's post here.) For the second to last author visit, things are going to get a little spooky. I hope you're not afraid of some paranormal activity! So please give a kind boo to...

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...

Top TEN BOOKS T

REAFoR HALLOWEEN

Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Oct 28, 2013

Title: Allegiant
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publishing Date: October 22, 2013
Pages/Format: 526, Hardcover

One choice will define you.

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?


The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.


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Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf: Day 11

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Welcome to Day 11 of Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf, you walking blood banks.  (You can see yesterday's post here.) Today, behind the bookshelf is going to get a little bloody. But don't worry, if you recently ate some garlic bread you should be fine. Before you fang-out, be sure to give a nice varm velcome to...

Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf: Day 10

Oct 27, 2013

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Welcome to Day 10 of Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf, you mutated beings. (You can see yesterday's post here.) Today's post is going to be a little more fun than morbid, fortunately for you. In fact, the following guest may be quite helpful in helping you plan this year's Halloween. So please, give all your attention to...

Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf: Day 9

Oct 26, 2013

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Welcome to Day 9 of Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf, you cursed creatures. (You can see yesterday's post here.) You have braved being behind the bookshelf for nine days now, crouching in the dust and spiders and bones. Since you have been so brave, you are getting another reward. Princes and princesses, please bow and curtsy for...

Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf: Day 8

Oct 25, 2013

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Welcome to Day 8 of Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf, ghouls and goblins. (You can see yesterday's post here.) The infestivities are almost over, but there are still a few more days left. To hold you over, I've got another author and another post! But first, you'll have to try and catch...

Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf: Day 7

Oct 24, 2013

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Welcome to Day 7 of Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf, you bloody fools. (You can see yesterday's post here.) You've been back here several days, and while it maybe hasn't been too bad, it's about to get a lot more messy. And by that I mean it's about to get bloody. So please don't dump a bucket of blood over someone's head as I present...

Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf: Day 6

Oct 23, 2013

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Welcome to Day 6 of Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf, you unfortunate readers. (You can see yesterday's post here.) This time around it's not going to be so pleasant back here, and that's because you're on the menu. But the following post and author may help you survive that. Please get your fork and knife and put some salt on give a warm welcome to...

Waiting on Wednesday (55)

Waiting on Wednesday
is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine
 that showcases upcoming releases 
that people are very much anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on a book that looks like it may go a little deeper than just a cute and fluffy romance, like Rainbow Rowell's books. And not only does it sound awesome, but it features an MC with a physical disability, which I don't see very often. Say what you will, but I would like to read this book right now.

Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf: Day 5

Oct 22, 2013

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Welcome to Day 5 of Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf, you lucky survivors. (You can see yesterday's post here.)  So far you've managed to survive four days behind the bookshelf, and now you're stumbling into the fifth. But this time...well, it's a little morbid. You'll see why soon, but first I'd suggest you protect your brains from...

Top Ten Tuesday (55)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...

Top Ten Unusual Character Names

Check it Out: The Dollhouse Asylum by Mary Gray

Over a year ago, I heard about a book. The concept completely intrigued me--a book composed of people pretending to be some of the most famous and tragic literary couples? YES, PLEASE. That book was The Dollhouse Asylum. Since then, I've been waiting (and waiting and waiting) on the book. Waiting for a cover and a synopsis and for the book to just finally be here. I also became friends with Mary Gray, the author. (She is so totally awesome and her links are farther down and you absolutely must follow her.) Have I ever mentioned that author (and bookish!) friends are the best? It's been so great getting to know Mary and making a new friend, even though the wait for this book was forever. But now, it's October 22, 2013. And that means that The Dollhouse Asylum is here.

Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf: Day 4

Oct 21, 2013

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Welcome to Day 4 of Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf, you madmen and madwomen. (You can see yesterday's post here.) Since you've opted to brave yet another day behind the bookshelf (the bed may have the Boogeyman, but even worse things reside back here), I've decided to give you a little treat. Another author and another spooktastic post! Please raise your beakers for...

Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf: Day 3

Oct 20, 2013

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Welcome to Day 3 of Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf, my bookish beasts. (You can see yesterday's post here.) Please don't mind all the dust, webs, bones, blood, and unmentionables, for those are just some of the things that reside behind bookshelves. Now find a place to sit (not near the grate; I can't guarantee your partial safety if you do), and get ready to howl for today's post and author! Wolfmen and wolfettes, bow down to the moon for...

Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf: Day 2

Oct 19, 2013

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Welcome to Day 2 of Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf, you cursed being. (You can see yesterday's post here.) Unfortunately, you decided to look behind the bookshelf (it's much scarier than looking under the bed), so now you're stuck here. Fortunately, I'm going to give you a little treat--an interview from a witchy author! Her Halloween-esque books have illusions, deceptions, and magic--oh my! It's no magic trick--please give a bloody warm welcome to...

Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf: Day 1

Oct 18, 2013

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Welcome to Day 1 of Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf, you poor unfortunate soul. Today is the first of thirteen days of authors, books, and all things Halloween. (Tricks and treats included!) Even though you really shouldn't be here (bad things happen behind bookshelves), I'm still going to give you a little treat (or is it a trick?). Grab a blanket to hide under as Halloween is discussed with...

The Return of Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf

Oct 17, 2013

It's baaaaack

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Waiting on Wednesday (54)

Oct 16, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday
is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine
 that showcases upcoming releases 
that people are very much anticipating.

Of course I'm waiting on this book! I quite fancied the first and second books in this trilogy, and now it's coming to an end. I'm hoping to get answers. I'm hoping for a wedding. And I'm hoping that the right guy *cough* the prince *cough* will be chosen. Too bad I have to wait for all eternity seven months to find out! The wait will hopefully be worth it, for it is called...

Cover Reveal: Vision by Lisa Amowitz

Oct 15, 2013

Welcome, people of the inter-space! Today I have a totally awesome cover reveal to share with you: the latest from Breaking Glass author Lisa Amowitz, Vision! Check it out!

Top Ten Tuesday (54)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...

Top Ten Books I Was Forced To Read

Interview: Amber Forbes

Oct 14, 2013

Hello, readers! Today I've got an interview with Amber Forbes, author of the upcoming release When Stars Die. See what she has to say about her book, male witches, having a character who wants to be a nun, and more below. Then be sure to check out the book!

Save the Date: Because the Night by Kristen Strassel

YOU GUYS. You know what I love? Vampires. You know what else I love? Boys in bands. And have you seen or read Queen of the Damned (by Anne Rice)? Because that vampire rocker Lestat be fine. So imagine my total intrigue when I heard of Kristen Strassel's book, which has just that! Ladies and gentlemen, please bare your necks and prepare to rock as I introduce you to Because the Night!

Sunday Spinetry (4)

Oct 13, 2013

Sunday Spinetry is a weekly meme hosted by, well, me! 
For all the details on Sunday Spinetry, just go here!

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Oct 12, 2013

Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publishing Date: September 18, 2012
Pages/Format: 409, Hardcover

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.


Initial Reaction of Book in One Word: ...What?

Cover Reveal: Born of Deception by Teri Brown

Oct 11, 2013

Hello, reader-folks! I have got a STUNNING cover to share with you today, courtesy of Book Nerd Tours! Not only is this a pretty cover, but it matches book one's cover! It's Born of Deception, the sequel to Teri Brown's magical Born of Illusion! And there's a giveaway of an ARC, so be sure to stick around. But first, let me tell you about book one.

Cover Reveal: What Remains by Nicole R. Taylor

Oct 10, 2013

Today's cover reveal is an interesting sounding post-apocalyptic adult novel, courtesy of Xpresso Book Tours! I introduce to you What Remains by Nicole R. Taylor!

Waiting on Wednesday (53)

Oct 9, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday
is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine
 that showcases upcoming releases 
that people are very much anticipating.

I. Am. So. Excited. For. This. Book. I adored this author's last ape book, which featured bonobos. Now we get chimpanzees! In case you didn't know, I am a huge animal lover, and I love when books, especially YA, feature an animal that isn't a dog or a cat. I am so excited for what is sure to another fantastic and unique book with primates! I need to get my hands on...

Cover Reveal: Push by Eve Silver

Oct 8, 2013

Hello, bookish fiends! Today I have an awesome cover reveal for you, put together by YA Bound Book Tours! Fans of Eve Silver's Rush, you'll want to see this!

Top Ten Tuesday (53)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...

Top Ten Best and Worst Series Enders

Sunday Spinetry (3)

Oct 6, 2013

Sunday Spinetry is a weekly meme hosted by, well, me! 
For all the details on Sunday Spinetry, just go here!

Giveaway: Saying Goodbye to a Series

As you may or may not know, I am a huge fan of Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires series. I believe I started the series toward the end of my freshman year of high school, and at the time just a few of the books were out. But once I started reading them, I couldn't stop. I read each and every book (and have done multiple rereads and scannings of favorite parts), and while I may have fallen behind a couple times, I read most of them around the time they came out. This series has become one of my absolute favorites, and with November 5 (remember, remember the fifth of November) fast approaching, the series is coming to an end.

Review: September Girls by Bennett Madison

Oct 3, 2013

Title: September Girls
Author: Bennett Madison
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publishing Date: May 21, 2013
Pages/Format: 352, ARC

When Sam's dad whisks him and his brother off to a remote beach town for the summer, he's all for it-- at first. Sam soon realizes, though, that this place is anything but ordinary. Time seems to slow down around here, and everywhere he looks, there are beautiful blond girls. Girls who seem inexplicably drawn to him. 

Then Sam meets DeeDee, one of the Girls, and she's different from the others. Just as he starts to fall for her, she pulls away, leaving him more confused than ever. He knows that if he's going to get her back, he'll have to uncover the secret of this beach and the girls who live here.


Initial Reaction of Book in One Word: LIKE

Waiting on Wednesday (52)

Oct 2, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday
is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine
 that showcases upcoming releases 
that people are very much anticipating.

You know what I love? Books that sound cute. Like, fluffy, Anna and the French Kiss kind of cute. And that's exactly what this book sounds like. Cute cover? Check. Set in Europe? Check. Romance? Check. Give it to me now, please! It's bound to be an adventure if you're...

Top Ten Tuesday (52)

Oct 1, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...

Top Ten Book Turn-Offs
 
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