Review: Blackbird by Anna Carey

Sep 29, 2014

Title: Blackbird
Author: Anna Carey
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publishing Date: September 16, 2014
Pages/Format: 256, eARC
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This twisty, breathless cat-and-mouse thrill ride, told in the second person, follows a girl with amnesia in present-day Los Angeles who is being pursued by mysterious and terrifying assailants.

A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her. 

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined. 


Book in One Word: Meh.

Blog Tour: Made for You by Melissa Marr

Sep 27, 2014

Hello, book obsessers! When I got the email from Xpresso Book Tours about a blog tour for the latest Melissa Marr book, I was totally all "heck yes!" (I read her Wicked Lovely series forever ago.) So I immediately signed up, and thank gosh I did, because I'm on the tour (obviously, and you can see the rest of the dates here), and I got to read Made for You which was SO GOOD. Here, let me tell you about it in my review. But be sure to stick around! I'll tell you where you can find Melissa on the internet, and there's a very, very cool giveaway. Enjoy!

Be Our Tattooed Guest: Eden + Stars

Sep 26, 2014


Welcome to Be Our Tattooed Guest, an original feature here on Beauty and the Bookshelf! This feature is all about tattoos of the literary, poetic, and bookish variety, and people showing them off! To learn more about Be Our Tattooed Guest, please go here.

This week's tattooed guest has a tattoo that's a little starry...

Waiting on Wednesday (101)

Sep 24, 2014

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

This sounds seriously fun.

Top Ten Tuesday (101)

Sep 23, 2014

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

This Tuesday's theme is...

Top Ten Books on 
My Fall TBR Pile

Blog Tour: Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton

Sep 22, 2014

Hello, extraterrestrial earthlings! Welcome to Earth--er, I mean my stop on the blog tour for Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton! This book seems to be kind of like the television show Star-Crossed, which I really liked. So today Jennifer is here with a very fun guest post, and I'll be telling you all about the book and where you can find its creator (online, not in person), and there's a giveaway! Take a break from gazing at the stars (I don't think someone is actually going to fall from the sky) and see what Fire in the Woods is all about (hint: that's where someone falls from the sky)!

Blog Tour: Predator by Janice Gable Bashman

Sep 21, 2014

Hello, were-readers! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Predator by Janice Gable Bashman! I was very interested in Predator when I first heard about it because it has one of my favorite things: werewolves. Today Janice will be telling us some crazy things related to the shapeshifters, plus I'll tell you all about the book and where you can hunt find Janice, and there's a giveaway. But first, let us pause for a moment to howl at the moon out of joy (you know you want to).

Song as Old as Rhyme: Favorite Live Tracks

Sep 20, 2014


It's been a VERY LONG TIME since I shared some music recommendations with you guys, and that's ridiculous, because I listen to music ALL THE TIME. And really, we all love music, don't we? GOOD. So today I'm going to share some YouTube of live performances that I REALLY LIKE with you--not necessarily for the performance itself (unless noted), but because of the sound or version of the song. Let me know what ones you like and what life performances are your favorites!

Be Our Tattooed Guest: Breenah + The Lowly Worm

Sep 19, 2014


Welcome to Be Our Tattooed Guest, an original feature here on Beauty and the Bookshelf! This feature is all about tattoos of the literary, poetic, and bookish variety, and people showing them off! To learn more about Be Our Tattooed Guest, please go here.

Ooh, today's tattoo is a certain little creature you may remember from your childhood!

Review: The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Sep 18, 2014

Title: The Assassin's Blade
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Blooms-bury USA Childrens
Publishing Date: March 4, 2014
Pages/Format: 435, Hardcover
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Discover where Celaena Sarthodien's thrilling saga began. 

Celaena Sarthodien is her kingdom's most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin's Guild, she yields for no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.

When Celaena's scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes--and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she discovers friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship. But by defying Arobynn's orders, Celaena riskes unimaginable punishment, and with Sam by her side, he is in danger, too. They will have to risk it all if they hope to escape Arobynn's clutches--and if they fail, they'll lose not just a chance at freedom, but their lives....

A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas offers readers a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling--and deadly--world.


Book in One Word: GOOOD.

Waiting on Wednesday (100)

Sep 17, 2014

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

When I first heard about this book I don't think I knew it was inspired by one of my favorite tales--Beauty and the Beast. As I'm sure you know, I freaking love Beauty and the Beast. So now I NEED this book!

Top Ten Tuesday (100)

Sep 16, 2014

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

This Tuesday's theme is...


Top Ten Authors Whose

Books I Need to 

Read More Of

Review: Hook's Revenge by Heidi Schulz

Sep 15, 2014

Title: Hook's Revenge
Author: Heidi Schulz
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publishing Date: September 16, 2014
Pages/Format: 304, eARC
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Captain Hook's feisty daughter hits the high seas to avenge her father's death at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile in Heidi Schulz's spirited middle-grade debut.

Twelve-year-old Jocelyn dreams of becoming every bit as daring as her infamous father, Captain James Hook. Her grandfather, on the other hand, intends to see her starched and pressed into a fine society lady. When she's sent to Miss Eliza Crumb-Biddlecomb's Finishing School for Young Ladies, Jocelyn's hopes of following in her father's fearsome footsteps are lost in a heap of dance lessons, white gloves, and way too much pink.

So when Jocelyn receives a letter from her father challenging her to avenge his untimely demise at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile, she doesn't hesitate-here at last is the adventure she has been waiting for. But Jocelyn finds that being a pirate is a bit more difficult than she'd bargained for. As if attempting to defeat the Neverland's most fearsome beast isn't enough to deal with, she's tasked with captaining a crew of woefully untrained pirates, outwitting cannibals wild for English cuisine, and rescuing her best friend from a certain pack of lost children, not to mention that pesky Peter Pan who keeps barging in uninvited.

The crocodile's clock is always ticking in Heidi Schulz's debut novel, a story told by an irascible narrator who is both dazzlingly witty and sharp as a sword. Will Jocelyn find the courage to beat the incessant monster before time runs out?


Book in One Word: Swashbuckling!

Be Our Tattooed Guest: Stacee + Edgar Sugar Poe

Sep 12, 2014


Welcome to Be Our Tattooed Guest, an original feature here on Beauty and the Bookshelf! This feature is all about tattoos of the literary, poetic, and bookish variety, and people showing them off! To learn more about Be Our Tattooed Guest, please go here.

Remember that guy who asked us how a raven is like a desk but never gave us the answer? I don't have it either. But I do have a tattooed guest who just happens to have gotten a tattoo of said guy!

Waiting on Wednesday (99)

Sep 10, 2014

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

PRETTY COVER PRETTY COVER PREEETTY COVEEERRR.

Top Ten Tuesday (99)

Sep 9, 2014

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

This Tuesday's theme is...


Top Ten Underrated Books 

Residing on My Shelves

Shiver Me Timbers, an Intarrrview with Captain Heidi Schulz

Sep 8, 2014

Arghh, mateys! Once upon a treasure hunt, I heard of this amazing sounding book called Hook's Revenge. Long story short: I asked Heidi Schulz if I could interview her about her debut novel, and she said yes! And today I am very excited to share that interview with you, because it's pretty darn cool, if I do say so myself. So please read on--or walk the plank.

Debut Authors Bash: Kate A. Boorman

Sep 6, 2014

Hello, snowmen and snowwomen! Today I get to host Kate A. Boorman for the Debut Authors Bash, and I'm excited! Her debut novel Winterkill is almost here and I'm talking all about with her. And there's a giveaway! So check it out, or else winter may be killer...

Be Our Tattooed Guest: Danielle + A Shooting Bradbury

Sep 5, 2014


Welcome to Be Our Tattooed Guest, an original feature here on Beauty and the Bookshelf! This feature is all about tattoos of the literary, poetic, and bookish variety, and people showing them off! To learn more about Be Our Tattooed Guest, please go here.

Here's a tattoo with a quote from a very popular classic author, plus something that's shooting...

Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Sep 4, 2014

Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Publishing Date: August 16, 2007
Pages/Format: 332, Paperback
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St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger...

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.


Book in One Word: Fun!

Debut Authors Bash: Rin Chupeco

Sep 3, 2014

Hello, ghosts and ghouls! If you're here for the Debut Authors Bash, then you're in the right place (here, have a cookie). Today I'll be featuring Rin Chupeco, author of The Girl from the Well, a book about a ghost with a few twists! I have an interview with Rin and there's an international giveaway, so you'll probably want to stick around. If not, well, the girl from the well just might get you....

Waiting on Wednesday (98)

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

I liked books that sound like they could be epic and have cool settings, and this sounds like that.

Top Ten Tuesday (98)

Sep 2, 2014

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

This Tuesday's theme is...


Top Ten Characters 

Who'd Be Sitting at 

My Lunch Table

July, August, and September, Oh My!

Sep 1, 2014


Oopsie oopsie oops! I didn't end up posting a recap of July and looking forward for August, so this a big mash-up of a recap of those two, plus what I'm looking forward to in September. (Wait, how is it already September and almost Halloween and Christmas and 2015?!)
 
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