Monthly Archives: January 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (22)

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Waiting on Wednesday in a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that lets us gush over books we just can’t WAIT to get our hands on!

I can’t wait for…

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society, #3)

Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it’s that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting–or stealing–whatever they want. No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale’s family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother’s billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there’s no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won’t let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother’s will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company’s fortune. So instead of being the heir–this time, Hale might be the mark. Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she’s willing to save her boyfriend’s company if it means losing the boy. (Goodreads Summary)

*sigh* Hale. I mean, really, what else needs to be said? 🙂 But really, Ally Carter is one of my favorite authors, and I absolutely adore Kat as a heroine. If you ever have a chance to see Ally Carter at an author appearance, take the opportunity to go (especially if Jennifer Lynn Barnes will be there…those two are hilarious together)!

Release date: February 5, 2013

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)

Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner. (Goodreads Summary)

I finally read Cinder a couple of weeks ago, and it made me so sad that I didn’t get a copy of Scarlet when I had the opportunity at NCTE! I can’t wait to see how Marissa Meyer continues this series!

Releases: February 5, 2013

BOTH of these authors will be at Blue Willow Bookshop in February, and I’m hoping that I will be able to make it to both events! The only thing better than buying a new release is a SIGNED new release and pic with the author 🙂

Review: Born Wicked

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Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)Title: Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1)

Author: Jessica Spotswood — GoodreadsTwitter |  Website

Pages: 330

Released: February 7, 2012

Genre: Paranormal/Historical-Fiction

Source: School library

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word… especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other. (Goodreads Summary)

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It always maddens me when I read historical fiction and the women are taught to stand below men as uneducated house-keepers. I don’t know what I would have done if I’d lived back then! The only thing that would have made up for it would have been some of the fashion. I would love to try on replicas of some of the dresses from that era so that I could see what it felt like to be so dressed up!

What I Liked:

After her mother’s death, Cate became the womanly head of household, and she feels that it’s her duty to protect her sisters from themselves and the Brothers. As an older sister, I appreciate the fact that Cate feels so protective of her sisters. I can only imagine how scared she must be that at any moment anyone could lay a claim that they are witches and the Brothers would be after them. In their case it would be true, but people wouldn’t necessarily need any proof!

Also, Finn. He seems like such a strong person. He’s willing to protect his mother and sisters from the Brothers. He doesn’t believe that women are below him. He’s funny and witty. I thought it a little funny how Cate marvels at his freckles. I don’t exactly thing freckles are the cutest thing, but she wanted to know about ALL his freckles!

Tess. I love how she’s the youngest, yet seems to be the one with a solid head on her shoulders. She’s a minor character, but she carries a strong impact when she’s there!

I loved that I couldn’t stop reading the last few chapters. It got to a point where everything was rising to a head, and there were important revelations or actions every page.

What I Didn’t Like:

It’s funny to me that I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was engaged in it the whole time when the thing that I didn’t like happened over and over and over. And over! It was driving me NUTS that Cate wouldn’t just TALK to her sisters!! Let them know what the diary says. Let them know that there is a prophecy and what she knows about it. Cate kept fretting over the best way of keeping her sisters safe, but it seems she could have eliminated some of her arguments with Maura if she just would have let her in rather than keeping secrets from her. Quit thinking, “I should tell them…” and just stinkin’ tell them!!

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I’m very curious about where their father has gone off to. He’s not working for the school I presume, since his position is replaced…so what is he doing? Does he know that his daughters are indeed witches? Is he off researching the Prophecy? Is he really just a terrible father who doesn’t have a clue? I want answers!!

The blurb of Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2) has me curious. I’m curious to see how Maura and Clara interact. I’m curious about Tess. I want more Finn+Cate! I wonder where Paul lands (I thought he was a secret under cover spy Brother…anyone else?!).

I definitely enjoyed Born Wicked, and I am eagerly anticipating Star Cursed (Juuuuuune!!)!

Book Rating 4

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (26)

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys where you can recap what you’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

Clicking the covers will take you to the Goodreads page, where you can add it to your “To Read” list!

Last week I read:

MG/YA Books

How My Summer Went Up in Flames  When You Were Here  Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)

This week I plan to read/continue:

Hole in My Life  Requiem (Delirium, #3)  Mexican WhiteBoy

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I can’t wait for this week of reading! What about you?

Nerdy Book Club Post

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Hi friends! Today, my first Nerdy Book Club post is up on the website! So excited 🙂 So head on over there and check it out.

If you’re stopping by from my Nerdy Book Club post, welcome! This was a slow blogging week for me because I’ve been feeling under the weather lately. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you come back soon!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (25)

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys where you can recap what you’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

Clicking the covers will take you to the Goodreads page, where you can add it to your “To Read” list!

Last week I read:

MG/YA Books

Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)  Inside Out & Back Again  Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)  Mind Games (Mind Games, #1)

This week I’m pausing:

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2)

The only reason I’m pausing is so I can switch to the audio book of Days of Blood & Starlight. I was spoiled with the awesome narrator in Daughter of Smoke & Bone, and I want her back! It just isn’t the same when I’m trying to impersonate her different accents in my head 😉

This week I plan to read/continue:

When You Were Here  When You Reach Me  Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

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I can’t wait for this week of reading! What about you?

Waiting on Wednesday (21) – The Madness Underneath

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Waiting on Wednesday in a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that lets us gush over books we just can’t WAIT to get our hands on!

I can’t wait for…

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

The Madness Underneath (Shades of London, #2)

After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Devereaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance. But Rory’s brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: she’s become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades— the city’s secret ghost-fighting police—are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London. Rory has evidence that the deaths are no coincidence. Something much more sinister is going on, and now she must convince the squad to listen to her before it’s too late.

In this follow-up to the Edgar Award-nominated The Name of the Star, Maureen Johnson adds another layer of spectacularly gruesome details to the streets of London that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. (Goodreads Summary)

I can’t put into words my love for Maureen Johnson. She is just…a nut! And I love it! If you don’t follow her on Twitter, do yourself a favor and follow her now! I will absolutely do a re-read of The Name of the Star before reading The Madness Underneath!

Release date: February 26, 2013

Lawless by Jeffrey Salane

Lawless

The Lawless School provides the right education for kids on the wrong side of the law.

M Freeman has been homeschooled her entire life. So M has no idea just how unusual her education has been – not until she leaves home to attend the prestigious (and mysterious) Lawless School.

Suddenly, it’s very clear to M that her tutors have been preparing her all along for a life of crime. She excels at escape tactics. She’s a whiz at spotting forgeries. Her years of piano lessons pay off when picking pockets and cracking safes.

M’s newfound talent for criminal mischief soon brings her to the attention of the Masters, the secretive school’s most secretive clique. M’s interest in the Masters is personal – joining this international dishonor society is her best chance to learn the truth about her father’s life . . . and his death. But when her first real-world heist goes wrong, M is left wondering: Is there truly honor among thieves? (Goodreads Summary)

To me, Lawless sounds like a middle grade style Gallagher Girl book. My son loves Spy Kids movies, and I think that he will love this book.

Releases: February 1, 2013