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Top Ten Tuesday-Like This? Try These!-9/29/15


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is all about read alikes for popular books and authors.

If you like John Green try these for all the feels:

eleanor please ignore vera dietz if i stay everything everything

If you like Ally Carter try these snarky, sassy heroines:

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If you like James Dashner try these awesome science fiction books:

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If you like John Flanagan try these:

mister monday grave mercy warrior heir

If you miss Harry Potter try these magical books:

skulduggery white cat last dragonslayer

If you like Anna Dressed in Blood try these ghost stories:

lockwood dead girls of hysteria hall name of the star

If you like Cassandra Clare try these gorgeous fantasies:

raven boys daughter shadow and bone

If you like Cinder try these retellings:

dorothy wrath stork

If you like Sarah Dessen try these:

this song will save your life i'll give you the sun my life

If you like The Hunger Games try these survival stories:

ashfall2 ship breaker blood red road

Happy Reading!






Top Ten Tuesday-All Time Favorite Authors-4/21/15


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is so cruel! Ten favorite authors of all time?? Grr. In no particular order…

1. A.S. King has the ability to write the most heartbreakingly flawed characters. Their lives are complex and complicated. Things are painful and messy, and yet, there is always hope, growth, and redemption. When I am feeling snarky I like to tell people A.S. King writes all of the feels (with a bunch of weird thrown in as a bonus) as John Green with none of the pretension. If I *had* to pick my favorite A.S. King novel, I would off you my top 3:

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2. Ally Carter is my go-to for good, clean, action-packed fun. I hand The Gallagher Girls to the 10-year-old who swears she is finished with the children’s department. I give The Gallagher Girls to the teen who doesn’t want all sorts of kissy romance mucking up a good story. Ditto for Heist Society. And now she has started a new series, Embassy Row, which is a bit darker and lots of fun!

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3. Libba Bray can write! Whether you are in the mood for a Victorian-era fantasy, a hilarious satire, or a terrifying 1920’s horror story, she’s got you covered! Also, she’s in a band, Tiger Beat. She’s the best kind of weird, delightful in person, and her blog is a treasure trove of powerful, personal information. She rocks (and so does Balder, the garden gnome from Going Bovine).

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4. Scott Westerfeld is another author on my auto-read list. His book, Uglies, was the first YA novel I read as an adult in library school. I was hooked! I once drove from Cleveland to Michigan to attend an author signing. I am a little ashamed to admit that I own Afterworlds, but haven’t read it yet. I also need to add Goliath to my personal library.

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5. John Flanagan is by go-to for reluctant readers, especially boys. The first few books in The Ranger’s Apprentice series are on the short side so they aren’t overwhelming. One of my favorite things about this series is that they are packed with positive messages without being lame or heavy-handed. Loyalty, friendship, and doing the right thing even when it is the hard thing are ongoing themes throughout the series. Add in Halt’s dry humor and you have a winner!

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6. Rick Riordan needs no explanation, right? And how excited are you for Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series?!?

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7. Marissa Meyer is a relative newcomer, but her Lunar Chronicles series is one of my favorites and I am excited to see how the series ends and what she has in store for her fans in the future.

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8. Katie Alender writes my style of horror. Admittedly, I am pretty wimpy when it comes to scary stuff, so I find her books to be the perfect blend of spooky and downright scary. Actually, Rosemary Clement-Moore should also be on this as well. Horror and humor, that’s how I like my scary! Oh, and Lish McBride! See, ten is just impossible.

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9. Derek Landy is another new favorite. I am quite vocal about my obsession with Skulduggery Pleasant.


10. L.A. Meyer passed away last July, but not before completing the Bloody Jack series. This is definitely one of my all-time favorites. The audiobooks are amazing and I have no doubt that I will listen to this series again.

bloody jack

 Non-YA Favorites include:

Tana French, Sarah Addison Allen, Alan Bradley, Stephen King, Lisa Lutz, and Liane Moriarty.

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big little lies

Happy Reading!





Top Ten Tuesday-Books About Friendship 5/20/14


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is an ode to friendships.

1. Also Known As by Robin Benway. Maggie has grown up as a spy, living a life of adventure on the go. There has never been time for friends, until an assignment brings the family back, to settle in New York. Enter Roux, the best bestie ever!

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2. The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan. One of the main themes throughout this series is friendship. I just love the relationships between Halt and Will, and Will and Horace.



3.  Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern is about one girl’s quest to find new friends. Because her old ones totally suck. She branches out, discovers new interests, meets new people, and she ultimately finds herself. Love this one!


4. Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg attempts to answer the age-old question: can guys and girls just be friends? Macallan and Levi have been best friends since middle school and they can’t figure out why everyone assumes they are a couple.

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5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz is a touching story of friendship between two boys. Ari was an angry loner before he met Dante, but as their friendship grows Ari learns a lot about himself and his family.

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6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is about magic and fate and myths and true love, but at its core is the friendship amongst the four boys from Aglionby Academy. Gansey is the glue that holds these boys together. It is truly magica.

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7. The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extance is the story of an unlikely friendship between an epileptic teen and a reclusive American expat and Vietnam veteran. This book will certainly have a spot on my favorites of 2014 list.

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8. The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter has some of the best female friendships around. Sure, the girls are all training at a top-secret spy school, but Cammie, Bex, Liz, and Macey really have each others’ backs.


9. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta is a beautifully heartbreaking look at friendship.

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10. The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan starring Percy, Anabeth, and Grover has one of my favorite group of friends since those loveable Harry Potter kids!

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Runners Up: Winger by Andrew Smith, Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt, and I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak.

Happy Reading!






Mondays With Megan 11/25/13

Happy Monday! My got myself out of my rut and I have my reading mojo back, just in time for a week-long staycation. I have to thank the bitter cold weather this weekend for driving me onto the couch and under the blankets. Really the only thing motivating me to brave the elements with the dogs was my fantastic new Playaway. I am already in vacation mode, so I am just going to get on with my list.

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Be sure check out Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more great reading suggestions.


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See? Awesome week for me! If you haven’t read The Power of Habit yet, do it. Seriously awesome nonfiction. The Ranger’s Apprentice series finally (and sadly) comes to an end with The Royal Ranger. This book so nicely wraps things up. I loved it. Jeff Lemire’s Sweet Tooth series is really picking up. The third volume, Animal Armies, offers a few explanations and plenty of action. Finally, I read The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I devoured this FBI mystery/thriller in one sitting yesterday. This was the perfect easy read to really get me out of my reading slump.

Current Audio:

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I have one disc left in Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I don’t want it to end. I also started The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. This is the engrossing audiobook that has gotten me out in the cold. The secret has been revealed and I am bracing myself for the fallout!

Currently Reading:


Another Stephanie Plum. She is always good for a quick and entertaining read.

Still Reading:

iron traitor born of illusion

Seriously. This has become a problem. Time to wrap these up!

Staycation Reads: So many choices!

screaming map of time marie

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud is my next book on cd. I think I am finally going to get around to starting The Map of Time by Félix Palma. I have been eying this one for almost two years! I suspect that Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender is going to be a quick, fun read. Of course, I could decide to scrap this plan and read something else off giant pile of books.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Mondays With Megan: The Funk, 11/18/13

I think this may be the saddest Monday check in ever. I don’t feel like I am in a reading funk, but the evidence indicates otherwise. I can’t even think of anything clever to say about this, so I am just going to get on with things. If you check out Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts I am sure you will find bigger lists!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


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That’s all, folks. I managed to reread No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman, a 200 page book for my middle school book club. It’s a quick, fun read and I enjoyed it more the second time around.

Current Audio:

fangirl power of habit

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is like a cozy blanket. I just want to wrap myself up in this story and forget about everything else that is going on around me. I am going to be sad when this is over. I am also nearing the end of The Power of Habit by Charles Dehigg. This book is awesome! You should read it.

Currently Reading:

royal ranger

Yup. One book. That is it. I am currently reading The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan. I LOVE this series and this final installment is quickly becoming a favorite.

Books I Should Be Reading But Haven’t Looked at All Week:

born of illusion iron traitor santa

No, I have not finished Born of Illusion or Iron Traitor, and it is starting to stress me out! I should also be working on my Christmas book. I do not really like Christmas books, so this is a challenge. I need to finish The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum by Thursday!

I have no idea what I will read next! I think I should just worry about finishing the books that I have.

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday-Sequels I Can’t Wait to Get My Hands On 11/5/13


This week The Broke and the Bookish want to know which sequels are on the top of our “Must Have Now” list. You have one of those lists, right? It was a challenge to keep this one to ten(ish), but luckily I saw that a December list is going to be books of 2014, so I will save some for that list. First a little cheating. There are two books out today that I should have in my hands before I leave (when I get to read them is another story).

Out today:

Champion by Marie Lu. I can’t wait to see how she wraps this one up after all the craziness of Prodigy!


The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan. The twelfth and final book in The Ranger’s Apprentice series. I was satisfied when I thought that The Emperor of Nihon-Ja was the last full length novel, but I am thrilled to have one more adventure with these beloved characters.

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Coming Soon: (aka, The Official TTT List)

1. A Stranger Thing by Martin Leicht Nov. 12. I have a teen reader who beat me to the top of the holds list for the sequel to Mothership! Good for her! This book is bound to be a blast. Not a fan of the goofy cover, but I promise you are in for a treat if you haven’t started this series yet.

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2. Cress by Marissa Meyer February 4, 2014. Is it February yet?


3. Locke & Key vol. 6 Omega & Alpha by Joe Hill February 4, 2014. I love this creepy graphic novel series and am anxious for the final installment.


4. Perfect Lies by Kiersten White February 18, 2014. I might need a little refresher before I get the sequel to Mind Games.

perfect lies

5. Raging Star by Moira Young April 15, 2014. Rebel Heart brought readers a totally different Saba and I am anxious to see if the fiery girl from Blood Red Road will return.

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6. Sunrise by Mike Mullin April 15, 2014. I was surprised by how much I have been enjoying the Ashfall series. I am eager to see how things wrap up. I have high hopes for a happy ending!


7.  Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor April 17, 2014. Oh, how Days of Blood and Starlight broke my heart. This one had better put it back together again.

dreams of gods and monsters

8. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray April 22, 2014. I have six months to reread The Diviners. I think I am almost as excited by that idea as I am by the thought of a new book! I am not sure if this is a final cover. I kind of hope not.

lair of dreams

9. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare May, 2014. She won me back. I have to see things through to the end now. Is this the last book? I hope so. I am kind of over really long series. Or am I just over Cassie Clare? Not sure.

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10. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley January 14, 2014. I did not realize that Alan Bradley had just a cruel cliffhanger in him. Oh, my do I need this next Flavia de Luce book now!

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And of course…

The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin…expected publication 2015?!? He’s writing this, right? I will be a book, right? *SIGH*

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday-Books I Made Myself and Others Read 10/15/13


I decided to tweak this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic. The Broke and the Bookish asked about books we were forced to read. I haven’t been forced to read anything since I was in school (and for the most part I  enjoyed what I  read). I have been told by friends and coworkers that I really needed to read certain books, and for the most part I have obliged, but I never feel obligated to finish a book that is not for me. So, I decided to make a list of the books that I forced myself to read because I felt that I should. I will also throw in some books that I have pressured others to try to a few that I was encouraged to read by others.

Most recently I was totally peer pressured into this:


Everyone at work was reading it. All the cool kids were doing it. This was the best peer pressure ever!

Books I Forced Myself to Read

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

book thief

Everyone was raving about this one, so I of course had to see what all the fuss was about. I tried to read it. I really did. I could not get into it so I gave up. Then I felt guilty so I really did force myself to try again. The second time I took the audiobook home and that made all the difference in the world! I am so glad I made myself try again.

2. The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan

ruinsA couple of years ago I realized that I only had a few go-to “boy” books to recommend to my teen readers. I needed to remedy that and branch out in terms of my reading. So I wandered around in my collection and randomly picked up the first book in the series. The cover screamed BOY and I was skeptical. Little did I know what I was getting myself into! I have so much love for this series.

3. Blood Red Road by Moira Young

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Out of the blue I received an ARC of this book. I read the back and scoffed. I skimmed the first few pages and was immediately put off by the dialect. Fast forward a few weeks…I guiltily dusted it off and tried again. After about 20 pages I was used to the dialect and knew I had discovered a new favorite.

4. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

enders gameIt’s the Holy Grail of Sci-Fi! It’s going to be a movie! It’s a must-read for everyone! Nope. Not. At. All. I tried and quit and I am a-ok with that. No looking back. That is not the book for me.

5. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

jellicoe road

*See The Book Thief above.

6. Germinal by Émile Zola


I am so proud of myself for finishing this! Talk about a challenge.

7. The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R Tolkien


This is another series that I found incredibly challenging, but I stuck with it and really enjoyed the story.

Books I Strongly Encourage Others to Read:

8. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley


This one requires a little force. It’s so weird, but I loved it!

9. Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John


Yeah, I have forced many people to read this favorite of mine. Go do it!

10. Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer

bloody jack

I like to push the audio version of this series. Not familiar with Jacky Faber? You should be! Hands down my favorite audio series ever. No pressure.

Happy Reading!





Top Ten Tuesday-Best and Worst Series Endings

toptentuesdayThis week The Broke and the Bookish are asking about our favorite and least favorite series endings. No problem!


1. Stork by Wendy Delsol. I have a lot of respect for the difficult choice the author made. Loved it.

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2. Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness. Talk about an emotional roller coaster….One of the most thought-provoking series I have ever read.

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3. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. It took a minute to warm up to this series, but I loved each book more than the previous.

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4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. This was such a fun series! It certainly went out this a bang in The Last Olympian. I love the spin-off series even more and have no doubt that will top a similar list next year.

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5. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. I had a few nit-picky issues, but overall Emerald Green was a satisfying ending to a fun series.

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6. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White. I was so sad to say goodbye to Evie and friends!

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Runners up for best endings:

light clockwork princess iron knight last word black heart stupid cover

Not a Fan:

7. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I feel so ripped off. I wish there was a do-over!


8. Extras by Scott Westerfeld. The fourth book in the Uglies trilogy (right there is the problem!) was a huge disappointment. All is forgiven. I have moved on. Now, can we have a new series please??


9. Spellbound by Rachel Hawkins. It maybe slightly unfair to put this in the works category. It was not the worst. I liked a lot of things about it. But then. Oh, no. Nope. That one thing happened and I can’t get over it. Left a bad taste in my mouth.

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10. Infinityglass by Myra McEntire. I never connected with the POV characters and everything felt rushed. I wish this series had a stronger ending. I still love Hourglass!


Bonus list:

I have HIGH HOPES for these series enders:

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Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday: Best Sequels 9/24/13



This week The Broke and the Bookish are talking sequels. You know that dreaded Second Book Syndrome? No? Well it is a strange literary phenomenon where the second book from an author fails to live up to the amazing standards of the first and/or subsequent books. It is sad when it happens, but I can’t even imagine the pressure on authors. Anyway, there is none of that here! These sequels are just as, if not more, brilliant than the first book.

1. Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor. This sequel to The Daughter of Smoke & Bone is freaking brilliant. It is absolutely devastating and I really, really need Dreams of Gods & Monsters. Now.

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2. Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld. I must confess that first time I read Leviathan I was slightly underwhelmed. I know, I know. What was I thinking? In mydefense…My first time with Leviathan was audio and while Alan Cumming is a brilliant narrator, I did not get to experience the illustrations. I loved it so much more the second time, when I actually read the book. But my own level of enjoyment does not actually change the fact that I thought Behemoth was even better.


3. Where She Went by Gayle Forman. If I Stay was great, but Adam’s story brought me to tears. And I am not much of a book crier.

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4. Game by Barry Lyga. I loved meeting Jasper Dent in I Hunt Killers, but Game really upped the ante. This was an intense and creepy sequel. I am ready for more!


5. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Is it possible to top Cinder? Apparently it is. Great new characters, layers and layers of story. I can’t wait to see how she weaves two more story lines into the mix.


6. The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy. Readers met the bumbling band of Princes in The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.  Hilarity ensued. The sequel was just as funny, but what I loved most was the character growth. And the hilarity, of course.

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7. Prodigy by Marie Lu. Legend was an exciting and fast-paced debut and I really enjoyed it. Prodigy was even more awesome and I am looking forward to the series conclusion with Champion.


8. Red Glove by Holly Black. I LOVE Cassel Sharpe and his crazy con artist story. There are plenty of surprises in this sequel to White Cat.

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9. The Burning Bridge by John Flanagan. I enjoyed the first book in The Ranger’s Apprentice series enough to pick up the next book. Each book was better than the one before! Before I knew it, I had devoured all eleven books and now I am anxiously awaiting the final book!

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10. Frost by Wendy Delsol. Honestly, the Stork series does not get enough love. Norse mythology? Sassy heroine? Win-win.


Honorable Mentions:

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Happy Reading!



Top Ten Tuesday: My Fall 2013 TBR List 9/17/13


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is all about Fall reads. I am really looking forward to some cool weather, hot beverages, and a bunch of awesome books. Some of these are Fall releases, some are just books that I plan to read soon!

1. Chaos of the Stars by Kiersten White, September 10, 2013. Egyptian mythology!

chaos of the stars

2. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater,  September 17, 2013. Book 2 of the Raven Cycle series.

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3. United We Spy by Ally Carter, September 17, 2013. The final book in the Gallagher Girls series.

united we spy

4. The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan, October 1, 2013. The final book in The Ranger’s Apprentice series.

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5. Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles, October 1, 2013. The first book in the Fullriders series.

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6. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan, October 8, 2013. Book four in The Heroes of Olympus series.

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7. BZRK Reloaded by Michael Grant, October 8, 2013. The sequel to BZRK. I LOVE the new covers for this series!

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8. Allegiant by Veronica Roth, October 22, 2013. The much-anticipated conclusion to the Divergent trilogy.


9. Reality Boy by A.S. King,  October 22, 2013. I have become a HUGE fan of A.S. King and I can’t wait for her newest book.

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10. Crash Into You by Katie McGarry, November 26, 2013. Another Pushing the Limits companion.



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Ok, I will stop at 12. 13. 14.

Happy Reading!