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Here are a few I have to (or want to!) read soon. Which first?

Second Star

A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove’s charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward Pete’s nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas. Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she’s falling hard for Pete. A radical reinvention of a classic, Second Star is an irresistible summer romance about two young men who have yet to grow up–and the troubled beauty trapped between them.

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Debut author Joshua McCune’s gritty and heart-pounding novel is a masterful reimagining of popular dragon fantasy lore, set in a militant future reminiscent of Paolo Bacigalupi’s Ship Breaker and Ann Aguirre’s Outpost.

It’s a high school prank gone horribly wrong-sneaking onto the rez to pose next to a sleeping dragon-and now senior Melissa Callahan has become an unsuspecting pawn in a war between Man and Monster, between family and friends and the dragons she has despised her whole life. Chilling, epic, and wholly original, this debut novel imagines a North America where dragons are kept on reservations, where strict blackout rules are obeyed no matter the cost, where the highly weaponized military operates in chilling secret, and where a gruesome television show called Kissing Dragons unites the population. Joshua McCune’s debut novel offers action, adventure, fantasy, and a reimagining of popular dragon lore.

Buzz Kill

In this fresh and funny teen mystery, seventeen-year-old Millie joins forces with her classmate, gorgeous but mysterious Chase Albright, to try to find out who murdered Coach Killdare.

Putting the dead in deadline
To Bee or not to Bee? When the widely disliked Honeywell Stingers football coach is found murdered, 17-year-old Millie is determined to investigate. She is chasing a lead for the school newspaper – and looking to clear her father, the assistant coach, and prime suspect.

Millie’s partner is gorgeous, smart-and keeping secrets
Millie joins forces with her mysterious classmate Chase who seems to want to help her even while covering up secrets of his own.

She’s starting to get a reputation…without any of the benefits.
Drama-and bodies-pile up around Millie and she chases clues, snuggles Baxter the so-ugly-he’s-adorable bassett hound, and storms out of the world’s most awkward school dance/memorial mash-up. At least she gets to eat a lot of pie.

Best-selling author Beth Fantaskey’s funny, fast-paced blend of Clueless and Nancy Drew is a suspenseful page-turner that is the best time a reader can have with buried weapons, chicken clocks, and a boy who only watches gloomy movies…but somehow makes Millie smile. Bee-lieve it.

Pair with Fantaskey’s best-selling Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side.

So, what should I read next?

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I know how much you all loved my last ‘box of books’ giveaway, so I’ve put together another one! This time, it’s all YA, all ARCs. Some of them have yet to hit shelves around the US, too ;)

One lucky duck will win a box with these:

INFINITE SKY by CJ Flood
THE HALF LIFE OF MOLLY PIERCE by Katrina Leno
DEEP BLUE b y Jennifer Donnelly
SAY WHAT YOU WILL by Cammie McGovern
DARK METROPOLIS by Jaclyn Dolamore
FAN ART by Sara Tregay
GUY IN REAL LIFE by Steve Brezenoff
THE THINGS YOU KISS GOODBYE by Leslie Connor
ROCK AND A HARD PLACE by Angie Stanton
SNAPSHOT by Angie Stanton
PARALLEL by Lauren Miller
FREE TO FALL by Lauren Miller

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Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that everyone’s excited about!

Suspicion

Mysterious. Magnificent. Creepy. Welcome to Rockford Manor.

“There’s something hidden in the Maze.” Seventeen-year-old Imogen has never forgotten the last words her father said to her seven years ago, before the blazing fire that consumed him, her mother, and the gardens of her family’s English country manor.

Haunted by her parents’ deaths, Imogen moves to New York City with her new guardians. But when a letter arrives with the news of her cousin’s untimely death, revealing that Imogen is now the only heir left to run the estate, she returns to England and warily accepts her role as duchess.

All is not as it seems at Rockford, and Imogen quickly learns that dark secrets lurk behind the mansion’s aristocratic exterior, hinting that the spate of deaths in her family were no accident. And at the center of the mystery is Imogen herself–and Sebastian, the childhood friend she has secretly loved for years. Just what has Imogen walked into?

Combining a spine-tingling mystery, powerful romance, and unforgettable characters, SUSPICION is an action-packed thrill ride.

Suspicion releases on December 9th, 2014 from Random House.

I love, love, LOVE this cover. And I’m very curious about this maze and the whole synopsis has me tingling! What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Hitting Shelves Today is just what it’s name calls for – a post featuring books that just hit shelves.

Don't Look Back 

Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell
April 22nd, 2014
Goodreads – Amazon – BN

Don’t Call Me Baby 

Don’t Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley
April 22nd, 2014
GoodreadsAmazonBN

Talker 25 

Talker 25 by Joshua McCune
April 22nd, 2014
Goodreads – Amazon – BN

Deception’s Princess 

Deception’s Princess by Esther Friesner
April 22nd, 2014
GoodreadsAmazonBN

She Is Not Invisible 

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
April 22nd, 2014
Goodreads – Amazon – BN

The Hunt 

The Hunt by Stacey Kade
April 22nd, 2014
GoodreadsAmazonBN

The Inventor’s Secret 

The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Cremer
April 22nd, 2014
Goodreads – Amazon – BN

Prisoner of Night and Fog 

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
April 22nd, 2014
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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish,
featuring unique topics every week. It’s loads of fun!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone 

AKIVA from DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE
Who wouldn’t want Akiva to be real? Even with the wings. Yes. And those burning amber eyes. And that soft heart and amazing smile. Yes, yes. *sigh*

Shadow and Bone 

THE DARKLING from SHADOW AND BONE
*ahem* Really? He’s the Darkling. Hailer of all things dark and deadly. And beautiful. So yes, one Darkling in real life please. ASAP.

Siege and Storm 

STURMHOUND from SIEGE AND STORM
I fell in love with this guy from the start, he’s humorous and smart and awesome. How can you not like him? He has some of the best lines, too.

Rebel Springs 

MAGNUS from REBEL SPRINGS
Note that I’m listing the second book not the first one. I liked Magnus way better in this one, and would definitely want him as a friend in real life. Or maybe more than that ;)

HOOK from ONCE UPON A TIME 

HOOK from ONCE UPON A TIME
While Colin O’Donoghue might be real, I’d love to see Hook and his sass and ‘devilishly handsome’ (as Hook himself has said) pirate-ness in real life.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone 

BRIMSTONE from DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE
In case you haven’t noticed – most of my favorite characters are in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. And Brimstone is an amazing, fatherly character, which you don’t see much of in YA. I loved him.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters 

LIRAZ from DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS
Liraz is awesome. And she’d make an awesome friend. Of course, you wouldn’t want her as your enemy.

Scarlet 

SCARLET from SCARLET
How can you not like Scarlet’s fiery-ness? Remember Little Red in Shrek? She’s like her, only SO MUCH COOLER.

Jack Sparrow 

JACK SPARROW from PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN
There should be a captain in there somewhere. How can you not want a pirate like Captain Jack Sparrow in your life?

Cruel Beauty 

IGNIFEX from CRUEL BEAUTY
What can I say? From the start, his humor and easy going-ness were easy to fall for. Plus, he’s one of those broken characters that you can’t help but love.

Although I have way more characters that I would like to see alive, these would be my Top Ten. Who would you like to see alive? (We could really use Karou’s resurrection skills here).
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DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS 
DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS
Laini Taylor
613 pages
Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: April 8th, 2014
Source: Purchased
Rating: LOVED

By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz … something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?

If DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS were a chocolate, it would be, as Zuzana might say, the most decadent and delicious chocolate in all the world.

You wouldn’t eat it up at once, no. You would savor it. Every little bite, every little whiff of rich cocoa, the melt-in-your-mouth sensation. And long after the chocolate has been consumed, you would find yourself unraveling that wrapper for the lingering of that chocolate that no one else can ever replicate.

Oh, yes. DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS was the most decadent story I have ever consumed. Or, perhaps I should say, the most decadent story to ever consume me.

Because it did. The words ached through my bones and trembled in my heart and evoked every nerve-ending in my being to come alive. I was fully immersed in the conclusion to Laini Taylor’s amazing, amazing trilogy. And it was a wonderful thing.

Beautiful was what I first thought. But no. Beautiful cannot even begin to describe the achingly gorgeous writing that flows between the letters, words, sentences, paragraphs.

Love lost, love found. Hope renewed, hope shattered. Worlds at stake, races at war, and hunger and pain and humiliation and there’s just no way out of this mess.

I felt an intimate understanding with every character in the DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS. Not just Karou. But Akiva, Liraz, Scarab, Kiri, Zuzana, Mik. I felt every instance of gaping grief, pain, happiness, and fear. I was living it.

I was originally daunted by the length. But when I read one chapter, I remembered what I had forgotten: that I need every word in this book. And I relished every single one. A review can never do justice in explaining the depth of perfection in this book, this series, this stunning conclusion.

Once upon a time, a story began a blue-haired girl with a bird-like stare and now it has ended. And yes, it was most decadent. Most delicious.

About the Author

Hi there! I’m a writer of fantasy books for young people, but my books can be enjoyed by adults as well. My ‘Dreamdark’ books, Blackbringer (2007) and Silksinger (2009) are about faeries — not dainty little flowery things, but warrior-faeries who battle devils. My first young adult book, Lips Touch, is a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award! It’s creepy, sensual supernatural romance. . . about kissing. I am also an artist with a licensed gift product line called “Laini’s Ladies.”

Find Laini on Twitter | Website | Goodreads

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Welcome back! Here’s what happened this week – in books and posts:

STRANGE AND EVER AFTER by Susan Dennard — thank you HarperTeen! I am SO very excited to read the conclusion to Susan’s epic debut trilogy.

Here’s what you missed last week:

Monday:
Asma reviewed DON’T LOOK BACK by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Tuesday:
Asma posted the releases of 4/15
I did a post on our top ten bookish things that aren’t books.

Wednesday:
Waiting on Wednesday – CHASING POWER

Thursday:
What’s Next?- PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG won!
Impromptu Giveaway for DON’T LOOK BACK and WELCOME TO THE DARK HOUSE

Friday:
I reviewed DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige, which has suffered because of book packaging

Saturday:
Once upon a GIF: A review of Laini Tailor’s DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT

weekly roundup

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