Sunday, June 30, 2013

A Good Week in Books (57)

So, I had another decent book week! I gave in and purchased two new ones…even though I told myself I wouldn’t. And I finally got my hands on the books that were shipped to my old address for review. Thanks Mom, for shipping them to my new address! Parents are the best. Also, thank you Macmillan for sending me all the pretty books to review!

Dead End in Norvelt
by Jack Gantos
The Humming Room by Ellen Potter
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (I already own this one, so it will be in a giveaway soon!)
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (!!! It’s been so hard not having this one yet)
The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry
Dare You To by Katie McGarry
Dance of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
How was your week in books?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (51)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that allows bloggers to share which books we are most anticipating.
This week I am waiting on Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano (10/1/13):

Description on Goodreads:
On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan's older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil.

Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose.
Why I’m Waiting
I loved this author’s other series! I’m not sure why I haven’t read/heard more about her new series. The description promises a new dark, romantic dystopia and I’m all for it. The idea of a floating island dystopia sounds super interesting. And while a lot of it sounds kind of familiar (plot-wise), I know anything this author writes will have to be at least somewhat different. Also, I’m loving the cover. She gets such pretty covers.

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

from the inside of the ARC (the description on Goodreads is rather non-existent), but keep in mind that things in ARC’s don’t always stay permanent:
If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?

Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself. One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams. And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.
Ronan is one of the raven boys –a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface –changing everything in its wake.
Of the The Raven Boys, Entertainment Weekly wrote, “Maggie Stievfater’s can’t-put-it-down paranormal adventure will leave you clamoring for book two.” Now the second book is here, with the same wild imagination, dark romance, and heart-stopping twists that only Maggie Stiefvater can conjure.
So, I was left a little speechless after finishing this one. Maggie’s prose again is the stuff that leaves me with goose bumps. This was the kind of book that makes you pause and re-read moments out loud mid-way through just to hear how it sounds spoken out loud. It’s one of those YA books you don’t want to read too fast (though you totally could because the story/mystery/supernatural suspense is spot on) because each sentence is just so well put together that you want to savor it slowly, keep it from ending.
And I wouldn’t even consider myself the biggest Stiefvater fan. I’ve either loved or most definitely not loved her past work. I devoured The Raven Boys though, and I was not disappointed with this sequel. I started the ARC while waiting in line to meet another author at BEA, and I remember thinking, “I wish I was at home in my reading spot right now, so nothing would distract me from these characters.” The book actually made me want to leave the conference I’ve called, “my Disneyland.”
At first, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel because a large part of the book centers on Ronan, a guy who was never my favorite character. The book does do a lot of the back and forth point of view shifts Stiefvater is famous for, so I did still get a lot of Blue and Adam and Gansey. But, it’s always hard to get into a character’s point of view who you just cannot relate to. And who can relate to Ronan? He’s violent, intense, dark, and brooding. He never seems to laugh and he’s always on edge.
But Maggie’s character development is just so good that by the time I was a chapter or so in, I loved Ronan with all my heart. I felt so bad for him and his younger brother. I wanted to battle his night terrors with him and kick his older brother somewhere it would hurt. I also came to love a newer character who’s actually a hit-man! Maggie has this way of writing characters that has you feeling like you know them. The hit man actually ends up being a love interest for Blue’s mom, and while this sounds kind of terrifying, it was just pure brilliant.
The crazy psychics that Blue lives with, really stepped it up a notch in this sequel to help out Blue and her friends. There’s tarot readings and psychic games. There’s a disappearing forrest, magical artifacts, a house of stolen objects, dream creatures, dragon battles, ghosts, and sacrifices.
And in between all the adventures, the searching for Glendower, the robberies, the supernatural elements, and the dark dream world Ronan learns to begin to navigate, is all of the amazing tensions from earlier in the series. Blue comes to terms with who her actual true love is (and who she will never be able to kiss –because it has been prophesized that if she kisses her true love, he will die). There’s all the tension between the haves and the have-nots, the wealthy and the poor, the Aglionby students and the locals, Adam and Gansey. There’s also Adam’s dark past, Ronan’s comatose mother, the hit-man’s serial killer brother, and Kavinsky (another raven boy), who is just as dark as Ronan, but not quite as good.
It ends with the kind of classic cliffhanger you come to expect in these YA series. But it does also end with a little bit of closure (which is beyond nice!). A couple of things do actually come to an end in the sequel, and I’m more than okay with this. A lot goes down in the ending chapters and it was a little too hard to savor the prose at the end because I was so on the edge of my seat.
This book is a pure, beautiful coming of age story. The characters are beyond three dimensional –they are real. Blue and the boys are pushed and pushed to their limits, and they are all asked to show their true colors. Some of this book was also scary for me. Some of the stuff in Ronan’s head was just so creepy and dark. It’s one of those books that has me still thinking about it, way after I finish its last page. This gets a 10/10 from me. I think I even liked it better than book 1.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Blood Moon by Teri Harman (Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway)

Find the book on: Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

Summary from Goodreads:
Willa dreams of true events and her best friend is a ghost. Simon can heal any wound with a touch and senses others’ emotions, intentions. All their lives they’ve felt alone in their bizarre abilities, hiding behind a facade of normalcy, wondering why and how. The night Simon walks into the Twelve Acres Diner and meets Willa face to face, in a swirl of electric heat, they are bound to one another and glimpse the magic of who they are.

Across town a witch is held prisoner in the derelict basement of an old Victorian house. One night as it rains, she dares to reach her filthy, scarred hand out the window. Willa, walking home from work, recognizes the pathetic hand from a recent, terrible dream.

After a daring rescue of the witch, Willa and Simon are catapulted into the alluring but dangerous world of witchcraft and the magic of The Six Gifts. Answers to all their questions are within reach, but they’ve stepped into the middle of a deadly fight for the Powers of the Earth. Do they stay, risk their lives on the promise of power, or walk away?

Lately, I have been turning down book review requests because I just have so many books to read and not enough time in the day to read them. I really do want to read them all! But, I absolutely could not turn down a YA witch book that promised a lot of romance. So, I’m so happy that I signed up for this tour! Also, I kind of love the cover with different phases of the moon and the really detailed bordering. It’s sometimes nice to see a cover of a YA book with no photograph of a girl on it.
There were a lot of super interesting things in this one. I especially loved learning about the different witches’ powers. There was a really fun chapter or so where Willa and Simon are training in their powers and you finally really get to see all that they are capable of.
I also loved the historical bits. At first I was annoyed at any deviation from the main story –which was all about ghostly best friends, tortured/imprisoned withces, and clairvoyant dreams, but then I almost loved the side history stories more. The founding of the town, the mistakes of the women in the past, and the failures of the dark witches were even more interesting then the learning experiences in the present.
I also super loved how magic, while acting as something you’re born with, is still something you need to learn and practice to be good at. It’s not just some easy way to cheat out of plot loops. Though, more and more things were getting to be a little to easy for Simon toward the end (though so much foreshadow was happening, it’s hard not to see where this is going).
I wasn’t actually the biggest fan of the romance. I tend not to love instant “love at first sight” type romances. And well, this was way above and beyond some of the cheesiest “love at first sight” romances I’ve seen so far. The two characters just had a burning feeling to be near each other…The guy even found Willa (at her house) without being given an address because he could feel her presence. If the romance is this cheesy, then I at least expect some hotter moments than a few kisses. The romance was very PG13, which just did not go well with the copious comments about them being soul-mates.
But, what I really didn’t like about the romance was that there was nothing really between the main couple besides physical chemistry (that never went anywhere). They didn’t have anything in common, besides not so chatty parents who neglect to mention anything about the whole magic thing. The book starts with Willa loving history and volunteering all her hours at the history museum where she can hang with her ghost best gal pal. But, it never really seemed as though Simon was that interested in history. Like what do they talk about? The first moments of the relationship is pretty much skipped, and I kind of needed to see that part to fully believe in their soul-mate status.
All in all, I loved the magic, the plot, the darkness, and the suspense. I just wasn’t really feeling the romance. I give this a 7/10 and recommend it to fans of Alyson Noel and fans of the book, Wicked: Witch and Curse by Debbie Viguie and Nancy Holder.

The author (Teri Harman):

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (50)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that allows bloggers to share which books we are most anticipating.
This week I am waiting on Infinite by Jodi Meadows (1/28/14):

Description on Goodreads:
The Year of Souls begins with an earthquake—an alarming rumble from deep within the earth—and it’s only the first of greater dangers to come. The Range caldera is preparing to erupt. Ana knows that as Soul Night approaches, everything near Heart will be at risk.

Ana’s exile is frightening, but it may also be fortuitous, especially if she can convince her friends to flee Heart and Range with her. They’ll go north, seeking answers and allies to stop Janan’s ascension. And with any luck, the newsouls will be safe from harm’s reach.

The oldsouls might have forgotten the choice they made to give themselves limitless lifetimes, but Ana knows the true cost of reincarnation. What she doesn’t know is whether she’ll have the chance to finish this one sweet life with Sam, especially if she returns to Heart to stop Janan once and for all.

With gorgeous romance and thrilling action, the final book in the Incarnate trilogy offers a brilliant conclusion to the compelling questions of this fascinating world, where one new girl is the key to the lives of millions.
How epic does this book sound? I seriously think this one sounds even more cool than the first two. I really loved the concept of these books so far; it’s not something I’m used to seeing a lot of. I also love all of the classic fantasy elements mixed in with the unique story. I love the characters, the romance, and the suspense here too! I also super love how finally there is a YA series where all the covers will go together (no changes yet!). Too bad I have to wait till January.
What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, June 17, 2013

A Good Week in Books (56)

Except for books for review, I’m really trying to tone down my new books. I purchased two books this week, but hopefully I won’t be purchasing that many more in the near future. I just have so many books! These two are books I just had to have though. And one of them was super marked down too!

The Moon and More
by Sarah Dessen
The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
How was your week in books?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender (ARC 9/24/13)

Summary (from Goodreads):
Colette Iselin is excited to go to Paris on a class trip. She’ll get to soak up the beauty and culture, and maybe even learn something about her family’s French roots.

But a series of gruesome murders are taking place across the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours museums and palaces, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks suspiciously like Marie Antoinette.

Colette knows her popular, status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they uncover a shocking secret involving a dark, hidden history. When Colette realizes she herself may hold the key to the mystery, her own life is suddenly in danger . . .

Acclaimed author Katie Alender brings heart-stopping suspense to this story of revenge, betrayal, intrigue — and one killer queen
So, normally, I try not to read ARCs so ahead of the publication date. A lot of the time, I am asked to review books the month they come out. I sometimes do make exceptions to this rule. I did start two ARCs way ahead of schedule when I was waiting in lines at BEA. This was one of them. And well, how could you just stop reading this crazy story?
My favorite thing about reading this story was how unclear the supernatural stuff was at first. I wasn’t sure for a while if the ghost Colette kept seeing was actually the ghost of Marie Antoinette or someone dressed as Marie Antoinette. And, I loved having to guess. I also just loved the whole concept of a pissed off Marie Antoinette ghost going around Paris, beheading people. Honestly, it sounded like a concept that could go either way: in the direction of a terrible horror movie, or in the direction of pure awesome fun. Thankfully, it went more in the second direction.
I really, really, enjoyed reading about Colette. She’s not the world’s best or bravest main character, but she is beyond realistic to me. She really is a teen girl, as compared to a teen genius, princess, super hero, etc. She can be selfish, and mean, and egotistical, but what teen girl really can’t? I liked that she wasn’t the standard YA selfless and brave main character. She puts a lot thought into what people think of her. She doesn’t want her classmates to know she doesn’t have money any more. She wants people to see her as top of the top (status-wise), and while normally these characteristics would make me hate a main character, they really just made her more authentic. And actually, these characteristics gave her that much more room for growth on her Paris trip. And you know I love a coming of age story that takes place on a trip to Europe!
All the historical (real and fake) connections Colette had to the revolution were things I have seen done before. And I didn’t really believe that the instructor of her class would seriously allow for so much of the shenanigans to go down as she did. However, this didn’t bother me as much as it could have. I was just so engrossed in the whole Marie Antoinette ghost thing. And the romance, of course. I loved the French romance!
This book is layered with romance, Paris tourism, mean girls, parties, history, and a murder mystery that is just so unique! The writing style reminds me a lot of Maureen Johnson and I highly recommend this one to fans of Maureen’s books. I give this a 9/10. I’m so glad I started it when I did.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (49)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that allows bloggers to share which books we are most anticipating.
This week I am waiting on Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren  Morrill (1/7/14):

Description from Goodreads:
Meet Sloane Emily Jacobs: a seriously stressed-out figure-skater from Washington, D.C., who choked during junior nationals and isn’t sure she’s ready for a comeback. What she does know is that she’d give anything to escape the mass of misery that is her life.

Now meet Sloane Devon Jacobs, a spunky ice hockey player from Philly who’s been suspended from her team for too many aggressive hip checks. Her punishment? Hockey camp, now, when she’s playing the worst she’s ever played. If she messes up? Her life will be over.

When the two Sloanes meet by chance in Montreal and decide to trade places for the summer, each girl thinks she’s the lucky one: no strangers to judge or laugh at Sloane Emily, no scouts expecting Sloane Devon to be a hero. But it didn’t occur to Sloane E. that while avoiding sequins and axels she might meet a hockey hottie—and Sloane D. never expected to run into a familiar (and very good-looking) face from home. It’s not long before the Sloanes discover that convincing people you’re someone else might be more difficult than being yourself.
So, I loved Morrill’s other book: Meant to Be. I am definitely loving this author’s/publisher’s cover layout. Everything about the cover screams adorable! Yes, the description sounds a tad bit like a Disney channel original movie; however, I don’t care. Sometimes, I just want a predictable, yet cute, easy-to-read contemporary. And I have a feeling that is exactly what I’d get with this. The trouble will be waiting till January…
What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Timepiece by Myra McEntire

Summary (from Goodreads):
A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking...

Kaleb Ballard was never supposed to be able to see ripples - cracks in time. Are his powers expanding, or is something very wrong? Before he can find out, Jonathan landers, the man who tried to murder is father, reappears. Why is he back, and what, or whom, does he want?

In the wake of Landers' return, the Hourglass organization is given an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he's stolen on the people who might carry the time gene, or time will be altered - with devastating results for the people Kaleb loves most.

Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Landers. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough...
I was so pleasantly surprised by this book! It’s not what I was expecting at all. It ended up being so much more! It did take me a whole week to read it. Though, part of this problem was that I kept starting other books that I was getting at BEA, and I’m now in the middle of four books, which I hate doing to myself.
The book begins not long after book 1 finishes. Emerson is happily dating Michael. The best friend character, Lily, is more and more in the know of the Hourglass and what it does. And everyone is pretty much in recovery mode from the events at the end of the previous book. What shocked me about the beginning was that it was all in Kaleb’s point of view. Kaleb was the other boy in book 1 who was in love with Emerson. And I kind of liked him more than Michael. Granted, I tend to fall harder for the boy who doesn’t get the girl. And well, Kaleb is also a bad boy…
Any way, I liked the point of view shift. There are a lot of YA authors out there who really shouldn’t be switching point of view. And a lot of them do the whole thing where one chapter is the girl and the next is the boy. This book is all boy, all the time! And McEntire mostly pulls it off. I wasn’t expecting this because the last book was slightly on the girly side. This author goes from girly to bad boy in 0 seconds flat. Seriously.
I do think that Kaleb could have been a little bit more like a teenage boy though. Yeah, he gets kissed by strangers and drinks away his father issues…but I just think teen boys would be thinking about sex way more…particularly when they are sort of beginning to date someone. Any way, I’m still glad I got to know Kaleb more, got to see his powers more, and got to feel what he felt.
The playing with time and changing lives and erasing memories stuff is just pure awesomeness! I’m dying to know what will happen next. And I can’t stand not knowing what certain characters might not know (because their minds were messed with). I found Lily’s story and her Cuban heritage fascinating and it was also so much fun getting to know her better. Plus, the romance in this one was way steamier than the last!
I like that the book deals both with people who genetically are able to do certain things, yet it also deals with objects and science that can help people do certain things too. It’s sort of like this sci-fi, Dr. Who, Nancy Drew type mixture, and I loved every second of it.
The book surprised me and kept me interested. I loved that it was in Kaleb’s point of view. I kind of wish Kaleb was a little bit more of a real teen boy. Though, I do really love the guy now. I loved the romance, the action, and the time rifts. I give it a 9/10.

Monday, June 10, 2013

BEA Giveaway!

So there is just no way I will ever get to all these books that I brought home! I got some copies more than once…I also got some copies signed, even though I already had a copy of the ARC. One of the books in the giveaway was a sequel I received for review without realizing it was a sequel. They are all YA and they all look super good (or I wouldn’t have picked them up to begin with!)
What’s up for grabs:

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken (ARC)
The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason (ARC)
Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnson (ARC)
Torn by David Massey (ARC)
Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper (ARC)
The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima (ARC)
The Land of Opium by Nancy Farmer (ARC)
Altered by Gennifer Albin (ARC)
Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick (ARC)
Exile by Rebecca Lim (hard cover)
How the contest works:
There will be three winners! First place winner will have their choice of up to four of any of the 10 above titles. Second place winner will have their pick of three books of what is left. And Third place winner will receive the last three titles.
SADLY THIS CONTEST IS ONLY OPEN TO MY US FOLLOWERS ONLY. I can’t afford to ship books internationally on my own; however, I do plan on having an international follower giveaway soon too.
Standard rules apply: I will email the first place winner when the contest ends, and he/she will have up to 48 hours to respond otherwise I will pick a different first place winner. From what the first winner tells me, I will be able to send an email to the second place winner (who also has up to 48 hours), and then once I hear back from the second winner, I will email the third winner (who also has 48 hours).
Thanks for stopping by and good luck!
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Sunday, June 9, 2013

A Good Week in Books (55)

I have fallen so behind in life. I need to do a serious reading/blogging/reviewing catch-up asap. I got a nice haul of books for review this week from Little, Brown and Company. And they are oh-so pretty! I apologize for the whole mirror image/flipped around thing...I'm having technical photo issues at the moment and had to take the picture with my webcam.

The Loop
by Shandy Lawson (actually the same title as my undergraduate thesis/book of short stories…), though this is totally different and awesome sounding.
Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland (perfect for a summer in the Cape!)
The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston (what a gorgeous cover)
School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins (yay!)
The Rules: Project Paper Doll by Stacey Kade (this one sounds different!)
The Exile by Rebecca Lim
How was your week in books?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (48)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that allows bloggers to share which books we are most anticipating.
This week I am waiting on This Wicked Game by Michelle Zink (11/14/13):

Description on Goodreads:
Claire Kincaid’s family has been in business for over fifty years.

The voodoo business.

Part of the International Guild of High Priests and Priestesses, a secret society that have practiced voodoo for generations, the Kincaid’s run an underground supply house for authentic voodoo supplies. Claire plays along, filling orders for powders, oils and other bizarre ingredients in the family store, but she has a secret.

She doesn’t believe.

Struggling to reconcile her modern sensibilities with a completely unscientific craft based on suspicion, Claire can’t wait to escape New Orleans – and voodoo – when she goes to college, a desire that creates almost constant conflict in her secret affair with Xander Toussaint, son of the Guild’s powerful founding family.

But when a mysterious customer places an order for a deadly ingredient, Claire begins to realize that there’s more to voodoo – and the families that make up the Guild – than meets the eye.

Including her own.

As she bands together with the other firstborns of the Guild, she comes face to face with a deadly enemy – and the disbelief that may very well kill her.
So, I just absolutely love everything this author writes. None of her stuff screams unique, necessarily. But, That doesn’t mean her supernatural romances are not still spectacular and addicting. There’s always a strong female protagonist. There’s always a little bit of the supernatural/magic. And there’s always just the right amount of romance! This to me is a definite recipe for success. I buy and love all of this author’s YA, and I plan to keep doing so. Plus, how cool does the whole voodoo thing sound? Also, I’m definitely intrigued by the cover.
What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, June 3, 2013

A Good Week in Books (54) -BEA Edition

So, my book week was beyond epic. I don’t think I have ever gotten so many books in one time before, in my whole life. And I purchase/borrow/receive/order/request my fair share of books…
It was my first experience at BEA (Book Expo America) in NYC. My library actually sent me there! I learned a lot about all the new YA and Children’s books that pretty much every publisher out there is pushing for this upcoming year. I learned a lot about what editors are thinking will be the “next big thing.” I mingled with publishers, authors, bloggers, agents, reviewers, publishers, press, and I probably gave my card to way more people than I ever thought I would. I actually think the most fun I had was talking to people in line for author signings. I met up with a friend I haven’t seen in over a year (from library school) in line –Christina from A Reader of Fictions! And I also kept bumping into the same familiar faces (two of which belonged to two of the coolest bloggers: Giselle from Xpreso Reads, and Micheline from Lunar-Rainbows.
Seriously though, book people are the best people. Aside from the mingling, the work stuff, the awesome bloggers, and all the networking, I went to some great events, met some amazing authors, and received so, so, so, many books!
This is a picture of the interview of two Newberry Medalists: Cynthia Voight and Kate DiCamillo:

This is a picture of me with Giselle and Micheline (two awesome Canadian bloggers):

Gerald and Piggie (outside the Mo Willems signing). Gerald was blowing me kisses in line! By the way, Mo Willems was awesome and he totally drew pictures in his autographs. Also, I received two signed books, a foam pigeon, and a pigeon cupcake at this signing!

Right near the front Entrance:

Picture books:
A Big Guy Took My Ball! By Mo Willems
(signed finished copy)
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus: 10 year anniversary  by Mo Willems (signed finished copy)
Bugs in My Hair by David Shannon
by Elisha Cooper
Guys Can be Cat Ladies Too by Michael Showalter (more of a humor than picture book)
Chalk by Bill Thomson (finished copy)
The Year of the Jungle by Suzzane Collins
Biggest book haul ever (in no particular order…I kind of meant to leave them in their piles, but in carrying them to write my blog post, dropped a lot…I do have a sprained ankle now –from falling down on some uneven sidewalk, carrying too many books). Also, the pictures were taken before I gave some books away. This list is made up of the books I still have…I already gave away 11 books (some adult, some fantasy, and some YA) to my roomie who helped me carry them and her boyfriend!
Never Fade
by Alexandra Bracken (signed)
Unstoppable (Book 1 Nowhere to Run: 39 Clues) by Jude Watson
The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech
Infinity Ring Book 5 Cave of Wonders by Matthew J. Kirby
If You Could be Mine by Sara Farizan
The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable
Skin by Donna Jo Napoli
Entangled by Amy Rose Capetta
Torn by David Massey
Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnston
Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (signed)
The Enchanted Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
Storm Watcher by Maria V. Snyder (signed)
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown  by Holly Black
Altered by Gennifer Albin
Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick
Heaven is Paved with Oreos by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles
Hero by Alethea Kontis
School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani (signed)
A Most Dangerous Deception by Sarah Zettel
Hereafter by Kate Brian (signed)
False Sight by Dan Krokos (signed)
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
How to Love by Katie Contugno
Teardrop by Lauren Kate
The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer
The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan (finished copy)
Ghost Time by Courtney Eldridge
The Twisted Key by Tone Almhjell
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
The Cutting Room Floor by Dawn Klehr
The Fantastic Family Whipple by Matthew Ward
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
The Truth that’s in Me by Julie Berry
The Clockwork Scarab  by Colleen Gleason
The Witch of Little Italy by Suzanne Palmieri
The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman (signed)
Under the Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (signed)
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Creature Department by Robert Paul Weston
That Part was True by Deborah McKinlay
Bluffton by Matt Phelan
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Kate Alender
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
I will most definitely be offering up a major BEA giveaway soon. You might have spotted a few repeats in my stacks. I’m already giving a lot of books away to friends/librarians. But, I have a nice pile of books that scream giveaway, so come back soon (hopefully next weekend)!
How was your week in books?