May 29, 2015

Blog Tour: The Artisans by Julie Reece + A Giveaway

Hello, friends of the enchanted castle! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Julie Reece's The Artisans! If you're looking for a Beauty and the Beast retelling that's interesting and filled with many twists and spins on the original tale, then this is for you. The Artisans has a fancy house, ghosts, fashion, a dread-locked best friend, an adventurous protagonist, and, of course, romance. Be our guest and read a fun guest post from Julie, and stick around for a giveaway!

May 28, 2015

Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

TitleMy Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: June 14, 2012
Pages/Format: 394, Hardcover
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"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.

Book in One Word: A+++

May 27, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (133)

is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that 
showcases upcoming releases people are very much anticipating.

I'm really just waiting on the chance to hold this cover in my hands because OH MY GOSH IT'S FANFREAKINGTASTIC (and yes the inside of the book looks good too).

May 26, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday (133)

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May 25, 2015

Review: Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen

TitleLion Heart
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publishing Date: May 19, 2015
Pages/Format: 348, eARC
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The eagerly-awaited conclusion to the Scarlet trilogy delivers another action-packed and romance-filled adventure.

Scarlet has captured the hearts of readers as well as the heart of Robin Hood, and after ceaseless obstacles and countless threats, readers will finally find out the fate of the Lady Thief.

Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape from the Prince's clutches, she learns that King Richard’s life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine demands a service Scarlet can’t refuse: spy for her and help bring Richard home safe. But fate—and her heart—won’t allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long, and together, Scarlet and Rob must stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England. They can not rest until he’s stopped, but will their love be enough to save them once and for all?

Book in One Word: Meow?

May 22, 2015

Blog Tour: Bone Deep by Kim O'Brien + A Giveaway

Hello, book diggers! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Kim O'Brien's Bone Deep! This YA novel is about a girl who spends her summer on an archaeological dig (!!!), mixed in with a bit of romance between her and the project manager's son, and the twist with the disappearance of her best friend. Really, you had me at archaeology. Kim is here to tell us what inspired her to write Bone Deep, and I'm here to tell you all about the book, where to find Kim, and share a cool giveaway, so enjoy--or, er, dig away?

May 20, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (132)

is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that 
showcases upcoming releases people are very much anticipating.

This book first caught my attention when I saw the cover, and then I looked it up and really liked the sound of it. For a couple months now I've had my eye on this book, and I really, really want it. I think it might be a little gritty, and the setting--and where the romance seems to be at its core--is pretty intriguing, so the distance from me to when this book releases is much too far away.

May 19, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday (132)

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May 18, 2015

Summer of Series Challenge

My TBR always has enough books to fill a black hole, and sometimes reading a lot of those books is hard because I need to prioritize review books first, and personal and pleasure books second. But then a reading challenge comes along that allows me to bump some books up on the priority list, and I have to say that the challenge is accepted. Hence the Summer of Series challenge, hosted by the uber cool Danielle at Love at First Page and Lili at Lili's Reflections!

May 14, 2015

Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

TitleThe Wrath and the Dawn
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publishing Date: May 12, 2015
Pages/Format: 396, ARC
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A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights.

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

Book in One Word: Huh.

May 13, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (131)

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showcases upcoming releases people are very much anticipating.

This sounds kind of like Code Name Verity except it's a different World War and there are less prisoners of war and hopefully a lot less tears. Okay, so maybe it doesn't sound like Code Name Verity at all. BUT it is set in World War I with a BRITISH SPY who does go to Germany so, yeah, I want this book.

May 12, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday (131)

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May 11, 2015

Review: A Magic Dark and Bright by Jenny Adams Perinovic

TitleA Magic Dark and Bright
Author: Jenny Adams Perinovic
Publisher: Bookish Girl Press
Publishing Date: April 28, 2015
Pages/Format: 321, eARC
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She meant to help a ghost...not unleash a curse.

Amelia Dupree hasn’t seen the Woman in White since the night her brother died. 

The ghost seems to have disappeared from the woods surrounding Asylum, Pennsylvania—that is, until Charlie Blue moves into the creepy old MacAllister House next door. Amelia can’t help liking him, even though she spent her childhood thinking his grandmother was a witch. And she definitely can’t ignore the connection between his arrival and the Woman in White’s return. 

Then Amelia learns that the Woman in White is a prisoner, trapped between the worlds of the living and the dead. Devastated by the idea that her brother could be suffering a similar fate, Amelia decides to do whatever it takes to help the Woman in White find peace--and Charlie agrees to help her.

But when Amelia’s classmates start to drown in the Susquehanna River, one right after another, rumors swirl as people begin to connect the timing of Charlie’s arrival with the unexplained deaths. As Charlie and Amelia uncover the dark history of Asylum, they realize they may have unleashed an unspeakable evil. One they have to stop before everything they love is destroyed.

Book in One Word: asdflskjGOOD

May 10, 2015

Spying with T.A. Maclagan + A Giveaway

Growing up, I always thought it'd be super cool to be a top secret/secret agent spy, with covert, kickass moves and black bodysuit. I think there's something about spies that's very interesting, because we essentially know nothing about them except that they are spies. And if a book comes along and it features spies...well, it's kind of hard to resist. In her debut novel, T.A. Maclagan tells the tale of a sleeper agent teenager who's called to work. Her name is Alexandra Gastone...or is it?

May 8, 2015

Have You Seen This?

The oh-so-kind Andi of Andi's ABCs and Brittany of The Book Addict's Guide have created a fantastic feature called "Have You Seen This..." This genius invention is a way for us avid book collectors to find books that are missing from, and that we just need, for our collection. And if someone has a book you want, or you have a book someone is looking for, you make a trade and voila! Your collection has a new addition! And I, as a book hoarder collector, am on the hunt for a few books to treasure in my collection.

May 7, 2015

Review: End of Days by Susan Ee

TitleEnd of Days
Author: Susan Ee
Publisher: Skyscape
Publishing Date: May 12, 2015
Pages/Format: 344, ARC
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End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy.

After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.

When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

Book in One Word: APOCALYPTIC.

May 6, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (130)

is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that 
showcases upcoming releases people are very much anticipating.

PUH-LEASE. First off, this is like a Western (and I've also heard it's reminiscent of The Oregon Trail, I think), and that's pretty much nonexistent in YA so GIVE IT TO ME. (I'm cheating; I already have it, but still, I don't have the time to read it yet and that sucks.) Secondly, THE AUTHOR. She wrote a series I recently read and absolutely love, so this book doesn't need to be a stranger on my shelves.

May 5, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday (130)

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May 4, 2015

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

TitleA Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publishing Date: May 5, 2015
Pages/Format: 416, ARC
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A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

Book in One Word: BEASTLY.

May 3, 2015

Recap: April Showers Bring May Flowers

April was filled with books, birthdays, and more books! Sounds like a good month, if you ask me. So I'm going to tell you all about it and then give a preview of all the bookish things May shall bring!