Waiting on Wednesday (109)

Nov 26, 2014

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

I love paranormal creatures--especially vampires and werewolves--but I haven't read much about the typically infamous witches. But the following book sounds like it could be a wicked one, especially with witch hunting, wizards, and pirates. Double, double, toil and trouble!

Top Ten Tuesday (109)

Nov 25, 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 Winter TBR Pile

Blog Tour: I Wish by Elizabeth Langston

Nov 24, 2014

Hello, magical beings! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Elizabeth Langston's genie-filled I Wish! I've got a super fun guest post for you, plus all the info on the book and author. And a giveaway! Now, let me just wiggle my nose and we'll get started...

Review: Hugs and Misses + Stars and Swipes by Wilhelm Staehle

Quirk Books | 30 Pages | December 3, 2014

Wilhelm Staehle’s Silhouette Masterpiece Theater is the rare Web comic that deserves to be printed. Each panel in the popular weekly strip features a painstakingly detailed etching carved from a beautiful painting; the results are gorgeous and very funny. 
These two postcard books feature some of Staehle’s finest work. Hugs and Misses: 30 Postcards of Awkward Romance is a terrific Valentine’s Day gift, full of lovelorn ladies, roguish gentlemen, renegade Cupids, and indecent proposals. Stars and Swipes: 30 Postcards of Awkward Americana offers a hilarious vision of classic Americana, with farcical frontiersmen, prattling presidents, and other all-American oddities.

Books in One Word: Entertaining!

Mara's Retribution: Discussing The Retribution

Nov 23, 2014

For the past twoish months (holy crap!), there's been a readalong of the ENTIRE Mara Dyer trilogy going on. It's called #MarasRetribution and is hosted by Stacee from Adventures of a Book Junkie, Danielle from Love at First Page, Katie from Polished Page-Turners, and myself! And now it is time to discuss the one and only finale, the reason for this readalong, and the book we've all been waiting for: The Retribution of Mara Dyer.

Review: The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Nov 20, 2014

Title: The Retribution of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: November 4, 2014
Pages/Format: 470, Hardcover
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Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.

Retribution has arrived.

Book in One Word: EXPLETIVES.

Waiting on Wednesday (108)

Nov 19, 2014

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

I'm a big, big fan of this author. I have read almost all of her YA book and just love them. Her latest novel seems totally different from everything else she's written, and I'm excited!

Top Ten Tuesday (108)

Nov 18, 2014

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

This Tuesday's theme is...

Top Ten Sequels I 
Can't Wait to Get

Review: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Nov 17, 2014

Title: The Infinite Sea
Author: Rick Yancey
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publishing Date: September 16, 2014
Pages/Format: 300, Hardcover
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How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

Book in One Word: WHAT.

Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Nov 14, 2014

Title: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: William Morrow Books
Publishing Date: June 18, 2013
Pages/Format: 181, Hardcover
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Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.

Book in One Word: MAGICAL.

Mara's Retribution: Discussing The Evolution

Nov 13, 2014

In case you missed the news, there's a readalong of the ENTIRE Mara Dyer trilogy happening RIGHT NOW. It's called #MarasRetribution and is hosted by Stacee from Adventures of a Book Junkie, Danielle from Love at First Page, and Katie from Polished Page-Turners, and myself! I'm super late posting this discussion because I fell behind on my reread (SORRY), but here I am now, discussing The Evolution of Mara Dyer!

Blog Tour: The Hit List by Nikki Urang

Nov 12, 2014

Hello, lovelies! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Hit List by Nikki Urang! This New Adult debut features dance (!!!) and a not-so-nice game played at a school for the arts, so maaaybeee you want to check it out. Lucky for you, I have an interview with Nikki right here for your viewing pleasure. And of course, all the info on the book, where to find Nikki (online), and a giveaway!

Waiting on Wednesday (107)

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

I was--and am--a big fan of this author's debut novel (my review is here). When I heard that she was going to have another book I was excited. And now that it has a cover and synopsis I am REALLY EXCITED and I WANT IT NOW.

Top Ten Tuesday (107)

Nov 11, 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 
Need Their Own Book

Review: Some Boys by Patty Blount

Nov 10, 2014

Title: Some Boys
Author: Patty Blount
Publisher: Source-books Fire
Publishing Date: August 5, 2014
Pages/Format: 339, Paperback
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Some boys go too far. Some boys will break your heart. But one boy can make you whole.

When Grace meets Ian she's afraid. Afraid he'll reject her like the rest of the school, like her own family. After she accuses the town golden boy of rape, everyone turns against Grace. They call her a slut and a liar. But...Ian doesn't. He's funny and kind with secrets of his own.

But how do you trust the best friend of the boy who raped you? How do you believe in love?

Book in One Word: ADDICTING.

The Belles' Enchanted Book Exchange 2014

Nov 9, 2014

Do you smell that? The aroma of pumpkin and fall is floating away, and in its place is the scent of pine needles and peppermint and cinnamon pinecones. The leaves are raked away so the ground can be painted in snow, and the chimney cleaned for a very important person's arrival. The halls are decked with boughs of holly, lights decorate every corner from floor to ceiling, and we all get drunk off eggnog. Orange and black is now red and green, and everywhere you go, the season will follow. Why, it's the most wonderful time of the year!

Be Our Tattooed Guest: Emily + Looking for Disney

Nov 7, 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.

Oh, you are in for a treat with today's tattoo! It's bookish and Disney. DISNEY!

Blog Tour: Daisy to the Rescue by Jeff Campbell

Nov 6, 2014

Hello, lovely people! I'm very excited to share a certain book with you today, because it is NONFICTION and about ANIMALS who are HEROES. Is that not the greatest thing in possibly ever? It's called Daisy to the Rescue: True Stories of Daring Dogs, Paramedic Parrots, and Other Animal Heroes and it's by Jeff Campbell, and I'm going to tell you all about it and show you its lovely cover. And I have an interview with Mr. Jeff Campbell, so it's a win-win situation and you should totally check it out.

Review: Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday

Title: Of Monsters and Madness
Author: Jessica Verday
Publisher: Egmont USA
Publishing Date: September 9, 2014
Pages/Format: 288, Hardcover
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A romantic, historical retelling of classic Gothic horror featuring Edgar Allan Poe and his character Annabel Lee, from a New York Times best-selling author.

Annabel Lee is summoned from Siam to live with her father in 1820's Philadelphia shortly after her mother's death, but an unconventional upbringing makes her repugnant to her angry, secretive father.

Annabel becomes infatuated with her father's assistant Allan, who dabbles in writing when he's not helping with medical advancements. But in darker hours, when she's not to be roaming the house, she encounters the devilish assistant Edgar, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Allan, and who others insist doesn't exist. 

A rash of murders across Philadelphia, coupled with her father's strange behavior, leads Annabel to satisfy her curiosity and uncover a terrible truth: Edgar and Allan are two halves of the same person - and they are about to make the crimes detailed in Allan's stories come to life. Unless Annabel stops them.

Book in One Word: LIKEY!

Waiting on Wednesday (106)

Nov 5, 2014

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


Top Ten Tuesday (106)

Nov 4, 2014

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

This Tuesday's theme is...

Top Ten Books I 
Desperately Need to Reread

Trailer Reveal: Hellhole by Gina Damico

Nov 3, 2014

Hello, hellish fiends! You've all heard of Gina Damico, haven't you? She's the author of the not-so-grim reaper-filled Croak, Scorch, and Rogue. I, unfortunately, have yet to read them, but I have heard excellent, fun things. Anyway, the reason I'm talking about Gina is because she has a new book publishing soon (well, early next year)! Hellhole! And it has a trailer, which I am going to show you...very shortly!

Review: Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Title: Killer Instinct
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publishing Date: November 4, 2014
Pages/Format: 386, ARC
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Seventeen-year-old Cassie Hobbes has a gift for profiling people. Her talent has landed her a spot in an elite FBI program for teens with innate crime-solving abilities, and into some harrowing situations. After barely escaping a confrontation with an unbalanced killer obsessed with her mother’s murder, Cassie hopes she and the rest of the team can stick to solving cold cases from a distance.

But when victims of a brutal new serial killer start turning up, the Naturals are pulled into an active case that strikes too close to home: the killer is a perfect copycat of Dean’s incarcerated father—a man he’d do anything to forget. Forced deeper into a murderer’s psyche than ever before, will the Naturals be able to outsmart the enigmatic killer’s brutal mind games before this copycat twists them into his web for good?

With her trademark wit, brilliant plotting, and twists that no one will see coming, Jennifer Lynn Barnes will keep readers on the edge of their seats (and looking over their shoulders) as they race through the pages of this thrilling novel.


Boo-Bye October, Welcome November

Nov 2, 2014

It's time for the pumpkins without faces to go away and for children (and adults) to gorge on candy. October is over! But it's November, which means something red and green is just around the corner...
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