Waiting on Wednesday-11/26/14

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

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The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
January 13, 2015

From Goodreads:

“Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?”

I haven’t read Holly Black’s other fae series, but I do love her Curse Workers books. I am eager to give this one a try!

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-Winter 2014 TBR List-11/25/14

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Like it or not, winter is coming…and with all the snow and cold comes many opportunities to snuggle up and read. I did a terrible job on my Fall 2014 TBR list, so I am hoping to step up my game and get some reading done this winter.

1. Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black. (January)

darkest part of the forest

2. All Fall Down by Ally Carter. (January)
I read a galley last week. It is fantastic!

All Fall Down

3. Fairest by Marissa Meyer. (January)

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4. 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith.

100 sideways miles

5. Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King

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6. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

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7. The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde.

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8. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare.

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9. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. (January)

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10. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. (February)

A Darker Shade final for Irene

Non-YA TBRs:

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Revival, First Frost, Grave Peril, One Plus One.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Mondays with Megan-I am thankful for all the reading time I had this weekend! 11/24/14

Happy Monday! I don’t know about you, but I have a short work week this week, thanks to Thanksgiving and I plan to do a bunch of reading. It’s crunch time now and I have 36 days to finish 29 books if I want to meet by 2014 reading goal. If I keep up the pace I was at last week, this should be a piece of cake. Of course, last I was unusually lazy/productive with my reading. Just look-

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts. Be sure to see what they are up to this week.

Finished:

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  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I reread this for my high school book club. I have mixed feelings about this book, but my teen readers loved it.
  • My Dirty Dumb Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt. I have recently taken over ordering adult graphic novels for my library’s collection. I picked this one up out of curiosity. What a treat! It is so weird and wonderful and I immediately handed it to my coworker.
  • Morning Glory by Sarah Jio. This was another random selection. I did enjoy this dual point of view story. Readers are introduced to Penny, a young housewife in 1959 and Ada, a newly widowed young woman looking for a fresh start. Both women live in the floating community of Boat Street in Seattle.
  • Bandette, Vol. 1: Presto! by Paul Tobin. This is a campy, cheeky, and clever graphic novel starring Bandette, a teenaged thief who causes trouble for both the police and the criminal underworld.
  • Pawn by Aimee Carter. Yet another dystopian novel that requires readers to suspend their disbelief. I received an ARC of Captivate from the publisher, so I will read it, but it’s not something I would have chosen for myself.
  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I absolutely loved this one. The lives of three very different women intersect when their children attend the same kindergarten class. This clever character study is light reading with a dark center.
  • All Fall Down by Ally Carter. This new series, Embassy Row, is everything I love about all of her other books, but darker and edgier. I am thrilled about this new series and promise fans will not be disappointed.

Current Audio:

yes please song of the quarkbeast

Currently Reading:

faceless ones 1339 my true love flunked

On Deck:

I have no idea!

 

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters-Review 11/20/14

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In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
April 2, 2013
Amulet Books
Hardcover, 387 pgs

What it’s about:

During the height of the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic, sixteen-year old Mary Shelley Black is sent to San Diego to live with her aunt after her father is arrested for helping young men dodge the draft. Despite the ever-present fear of the flu and war, Mary Shelley is eager to reunite with her childhood friend, Stephen. When she learns that Stephen’s brother has made a name for himself among the Spiritualists by claiming to photograph the spirits of the dead, she is determined to prove him a fraud. Her plans are derailed when she herself is visited by an unsettled spirit.

Why you might like it:

The terror of death, disease, and war are palpable in this chilling debut. Haunting photographs from the era make the horror come alive. This is a must-read for fans of historical fiction, the paranormal, and spooky ghost stories!

Want more like this?

Try The Diviners by Libba Bray, Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey, The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, and The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

Waiting on Wednesday-11/19/14

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

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From Goodreads:

“A delicious tale of revenge and identity from Carrie Ryan, the bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth

In the wake of the deadly devastation of luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace, rescued from the ocean after torturous days adrift with her dying friend Libby, knows that the Persephone wasn’t sunk by a rogue wave as survivors Senator Wells and his son are claiming—it was attacked.

To ensure her safety from the obviously dangerous and very powerful Wells family, Libby’s father helps newly orphaned Frances assume Libby’s identity. Frances has spent years in hiding, transforming herself into Libby, and she can no longer allow the people who murdered her entire family and Libby to get away with it. After years of careful plotting, she’s ready to set her revenge plans into motion—even if it means taking down the boy she’d once been in love with: the senator’s son.

The game has just begun, and Frances is not only playing dirty, she’s playing to win.”

I am so excited for a new YA book from Carrie Ryan! And a romantic thriller? How unexpected after her zombie trilogy. I can’t wait for summer 2015!

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-Sequels I Can’t Wait to Read-11/18/14

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is all about sequels! Here are some of the sequels I am impatiently waiting on:

1. Firefight by Brandon Sanderson. I am desperate for more of The Reckoners!

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2. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley. More Flavia!

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3. The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly.

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4. Winter by Marissa Meyer. Why do I have to wait so long?

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5. The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion. Don Tillman is so charming, I am looking forward to more.

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6. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers. I have this last book in the His Fair Assassin series, but I still need to read it.

mortal heart

7. Rivals in the City by Y.S. Lee. I recently caught up on The Agency series and was reminded how much I enjoyed it. I was thrilled to learn there was a fourth book. Hopefully it will be available in the U.S. soon.

rivals in the city

8. The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson. The cliffhanger of book two?! Gah!

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9. The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. See above. Killer cliffhanger.

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10. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. I might need a Diviners refresher before I read this one.

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Runners Up:

blue lily, lily blue invaders raging star song of the quarkbeast in a handful of dust whispering skull grave peril

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

 

Mondays with Megan-Oh, Snowy Days. Winter is Here! 11/17/14

Happy Monday! Here in Northeast Ohio the snow is falling. It’s very lovely and exciting and it marks the beginning of prime reading season! It’s a good thing because my bookcases are overflowing with unread books.

On Friday I had the opportunity to attend a Teen Symposium. The keynote speaker was the lovely Siobhan Vivian. She spoke primarily about her book The List. This book was inspired by an article she read about a real-life freshman hazing incident that included a “slut list.” The incident made the headlines a few years ago. The list itself was bad enough, but the teen’s responses were even more shocking. Vivian could not believe that some teens were happy to be on the list and others were disappointed about being excluded. From this, The List was born. It’s been a while since I read this one, but I remember it being a quick read full of issues. I am considering this one for a book club selection.

Saturday was spent in Columbus, visiting the zoo and my aunt and uncle. Sunday was spent trying to finish my book while my nephews did their best to destroy their house and injure each other. Thank goodness there was snow on the ground! They got the boot and built a snowman. I am usually much more attentive when I hang out with them, but I had 150 pages left in The Blood of Olympus. I couldn’t put it down!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts

 

Finished:

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  • In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winter was a book club reread. I loved it as much as the first time.
  • The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. The final, epic showdown between the demigods and Gaea is finally happening. I loved this series ending, though I am sad to see them all go. I particularly loved Leo, Nico, and Reyna.

Current Audio:

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  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. This is living up to all the hype. I am thoroughly enjoying the audio.
  • Morning Glory by Sarah Jio. This is a duel POV in the same vein as That Summer by Lauren Willig and The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes.

Currently Reading:

dream a little dream my true love thirteen reasons why pawn

On Deck:

yes please etiquette cure for dreaming

Happy Reading!

∼Megan