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

Dreams of Gods and Monsters

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?

Deception's Princess

Some lies lead to true adventure…

Maeve, princess of Connacht, was born with her fists clenched. And it’s her spirit and courage that make Maeve her father’s favorite daughter. But once he becomes the High King, powerful men begin to circle—it’s easy to love the girl who brings her husband a kingdom.

Yet Maeve is more than a prize to be won, and she’s determined to win the right to decide her own fate. In the court’s deadly game of intrigue, she uses her wits to keep her father’s friends and enemies close—but not too close. When she strikes up an unlikely friendship with the son of a visiting druid, Maeve faces a brutal decision between her loyalty to her family and to her own heart.

Award-winning author Esther Friesner has a remarkable gift for combining exciting myth and richly researched history. This fiery heroine’s fight for independence in first-century Ireland is truly worthy of a bard’s tale. Hand Deception’s Princess to fans of Tamora Pierce, Shannon Hale, and Malinda Lo.

Prisoner of Night and Fog

In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her “uncle” Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf’s, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler.

And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can’t stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can’t help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she’s been taught to believe about Jews.

As Gretchen investigates the very people she’s always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she’s ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead.

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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!

CHASING POWER

Sixteen-year-old Kayla was born with the ability to move things with her mind—things like credit cards and buttons on cash registers—and she has become a master shoplifter. She steals to build up enough money for her and her mom to be able to flee if her dad finds them again . . . which would mean grave danger for them both. When she’s caught stealing by a boy named Daniel—a boy with the ability to teleport—he needs her help and is willing to blackmail her to get it. Together, they embark on a quest to find and steal an ancient incantation, written on three indestructible stones and hidden millennia ago, all to rescue Daniel’s kidnapped mother. But Kayla has no idea that this rescue mission will lead back to her own family—and to betrayals that she may not be able to forgive . . . or survive.

CHASING POWER releases on October 14th, 2014 from Bloomsbury.

Fantasy, with an amazing sci-fi-vibe cover. Exciting! 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 

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer Lynn Armentrout
April 15th, 2014
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Raging Star 

Raging Star by Moira Young
April 15th, 2014
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Frozen 

Frozen by Erin Bowman
April 15th, 2014
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House of Ivy & Sorrow 

House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple
April 15th, 2014
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Fury of the Seventh Son 

Fury of the Seventh Son by Joseph Delaney
April 15th, 2014
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The Geography of You and Me 

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
April 15th, 2014
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What I Thought Was True 

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
April 15th, 2014
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Open Road Summer 

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
April 15th, 2014
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To All the Boys I've Loved Before 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
April 15th, 2014
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The Forever Song  

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
April 15th, 2014
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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish,
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1. Jacketed Spines Curtains from Anthropologie – SO AWESOME. I need these in my ‘office’.

2. Lord of the Rings Map from Outtake Prints – I love Lord of the Rings, and I love maps, so this is a no-brainer.

3. Lord of the Rings iPhone/Samsung Charging Dock from Uncommon & Nice – Like I said, I love LoTR, and this book is so beautiful, and textured, and just YES all around. Uncommon & Nice is my mom’s Etsy shop, so I’ll have to have her make me one ;)

4. Banned Book Mug from Shop PBS – I read banned books. I drink tea. I need mug. Simple.

5. Bookstore Scented Soy Candle from Frostbeard – Very curious about this.

6. Book Junkie Pillow from Life Crafts Whatever – I’m not in love with it, but it’s cool.

7. The One Ring from LoTR Jewellery – YES. I need this in my life ASAP, thank you.

8. Hogwarts Houses Metal Bookmarks Set from Barnes & Noble – I’ve never even seen these before yesterday, but they are gorgeous. Not sure how much they cost, but I’m going to have to hunt them down!

9. Books to Check Out Journal from Barnes & Noble – So unique, so fabulous. I love stationery!

10. Quotes Chocolate Melange & Ecru Throw from Barnes & Noble – Nice. Again, I’m not in love with it, but it’s cool. A great idea!

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DON’T LOOK BACK
Jennifer L. Armentrout
384 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: April 15th, 2014
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: REALLY LIKED

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

Samantha doesn’t remember anything. Not even her name. Because on the night she disappeared with her “best friend”, Cassie, something terrible happened. And Sam can’t even remember it.

With no memory of her former life and the night of hers and Cassie’s disappearance, Samantha tries desperately to regain her lost memories. Because in them is the key to unlocking the mystery of that night and why Cassie is still missing. And then there’s the problem of someone else being their on that night, and for all Sam know’s it could be anyone. Even the one’s closest to her.

And once again JLA has managed to blow my mind into smithereens. Which is bad, because I need it for school.

*ahem* Anywho, DON’T LOOK BACK was as awesome as I expected it to be – probably even better. Awesome characters, suspense on pretty much every page, and a wicked story – DON’T LOOK BACK, is a definite must read.

As you all know, I was already in love with JLA’s writing, after reading the Covenant Series. So yeah, I was pretty hyped about reading her new thriller novel, which thankfully, didn’t let down.

From the start we’re thrust into Samantha’s amnesiac life where she doesn’t even remember her own family. The suspense was practically palpable and I wasn’t able to flip the pages fast enough.

I can’t say that I could relate to the main character, Samantha, I mean she has memory loss. But due to JLA’s amazingly descriptive writing, I could practically feel Sam’s irritation at not remembering anything. I also really loved Carson, the main boy, and Sam’s pretty cool twin brother, Scott. Their protective-ness over Sam was pretty sweet.

And the last 50 pages just blew me away. I was totally not expecting what happened in the end to happen.

All in all, DON’T LOOK BACK was a novel that kept me at the edge of my seat and guessing with every page. A definite must-read for fans of thrillers and of course the awesomeness of JLA’s writing style.

About the Author

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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

LEARNING NOT TO DROWN by Anna Shinoda
DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS by Laini Tailor x 2!
CALL ME BY NAME by Sarah Beth Durst
EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU by Nina LaCour
PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG by Anne Blankman
INCINERATOR by Niall Leonard
DECEPTION’S PRINCESS by Esther M. Friesner

Thank you Simon & Schuster, Penguin, Little Brown, Random House, and HarperTeen! I purchased a copy of DoGaM, and received another as a gift from the incredibly sweet, Lisa at Dizneeee’s World of Books!

Here’s what you missed last week:

Monday:
BY SUN AND CANDLELIGHT by Jessica Brooks – Cover Reveal and Giveaway

Tuesday:
Asma posted the releases of 4/8
Impromptu giveaway – Win a box of mostly NA and some YA.

Wednesday:
Waiting on Wednesday – CARTWHEELING IN THUNDERSTORMS

Thursday:
What’s Next?- DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT won!

Friday:
THE RING AND THE CROWN blog tour and giveaway!

Saturday:
Once upon a GIF: A review on Laini Tailor’s amazing book—AKA the story of how Asma died.

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This is the story of how I died. Worry not, for it isn’t a sad story. It’s actually one full of rage and praise for an amazing book. One you might have heard of – DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE. And how you can blame Laini Taylor for my unfortunate demise. The very sorceress who I imagine is busy doing this at the moment:

I was super-duper ultra-and-omega excited to read Laini Taylor’s DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, and as soon as I got my hands on it, I was ecstatic. And a little bit worried. But never fear, Laini Taylor doesn’t let down.

I loved Laini Taylor’s writing style. It was amazing and meaningful and so, so beautiful.

The plot was pure awesomeness and the characters… I fell in love with every single one of them. And my favorite – aside from Akiva and Karou, would be Brimstone. I loved that guy, er, chimaera.

I loved pretty much everything about this book – the characters, the world, the plot, the romance. But honestly, the best thing ever is how Taylor writes. It practically flows and it’s so, so rich and beautiful. And it made me feel all the feeeeeels.

And that horrible ending almost made me throw the book.

No, no. I would never do that.

Now if you’ll excuse me I have emotions to tend to, because that ending killed me.

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