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Delancy Sullivan has always known there’s more to reality than what people see.
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No matter how far she jogs, Annie can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive.
Review: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn
Cate Henry needs her little brother to know the truth about their past. A truth she’s not supposed to tell.
Review: 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen
With true love and best friendship on the line, Claire suddenly has everything to lose.
Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Review: Pointe by Brandy Colbert
Donovan isn’t talking about what happened, and even though Theo knows she didn’t do anything wrong, telling the truth would put everything at risk. But keeping quiet might be worse.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fresh Batch (New Releases October 26th – November 1st)

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Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

Julie Kagawa
Series: Talon #1
Publication date: October 28th 2014
by Harlequin Teen

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Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

Other releases this week:
* In no particular order *

- A Shard of Ice (The Black Symphony Saga #1) by Alivia Anders [Purchase]
- Compulsion (The Heirs of Watson Island #1) by Martina Boone [Purchase]
- The Slow Regard of Silent Things (Tales from Temerant) by Patrick Rothfuss [Purchase]
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler [Purchase]

- Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout [Purchase]
- Last Light (Night Owl #2) by M. Pierce [Purchase]
- Archangel’s Shadows (Guild Hunter #7) by Nalini Singh [Purchase]
- Atlantia by Ally Condie [Purchase]

- Blood Magick (The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy #3) by Nora Roberts [Purchase]
- Us by David Nicholls [Purchase]
- Rellik by Teresa Mummert [Purchase]
- Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1) by Ilona Andrews [Purchase]

- Earth & Sky (Earth & Sky #1) by Megan Crewe [Purchase]
- Get Happy by Mary Amato [Purchase]
- The Opal Crown (The Opal Mask #2) by Jenny Lundquist [Purchase]
- Catalyst (Insignia #3) by S.J. Kincaid [Purchase]

- Until the End (Sea Breeze #9) by Abbi Glines [Purchase]
- Waterfall (Teardrop #2) by Lauren Kate [Purchase]
- Eternal (Shadow Falls: After Dark #2) by C.C. Hunter [Purchase]
- The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin[Purchase]

- Resisting Ruby Rose (Ruby Rose #2) by Jessie Humphries [Purchase]
- All Broke Down (Rusk University #2) by Cora Carmack [Purchase]
- In the Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #3) by Alexandra Bracken [Purchase]
- Addicted After All (Addicted #3) by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie [Purchase]

- Shadowboxer by Tricia Sullivan [Purchase]
- Press Play by Eric Devine [Purchase]
- Beau, Lee, The Bomb & Me by Mary McKinley [Purchase]
- Beautiful Girl by Lida James [Purchase]

- MARTYR by A.R. Kahler [Purchase]
- The Snake (Messenger of Fear #1.5) by Michael Grant [Purchase]
- Diamonds in the Rough (The Secret Diamond Sisters #2) by Michelle Madow [Purchase]

What are you the most excited for this week?


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Review: The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry

Review: The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry

Posted by on 10/23/2014 • 13 Comments

Super cute! The plot is more-or-less a game of clue, but more MG-like, with a large cast of funny, resourceful, and charismatic young girls.

Much like its cover, The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place is intriguing and fun with a touch of humour. We begin by being introduced to the girls with the help of some illustrations and a quick look into why they were sent to St. Etheldreda’s School for Girls. I had the ARC so the illustrations were sadly missing, but the cover accomplished the same and it was fun to have a visual to go with all these great personalities. Then shortly after, we have the death of the headmistress and her brother, leaving the girls to solve a mystery while trying to hide the events…

Interview with Martina Boone, author of Compulsion + Giveaway!

Interview with Martina Boone, author of Compulsion + Giveaway!

Posted by on 10/22/2014 • 5 Comments

I’ve got the wonderful Martina Boone on the blog today for an interview as part of her blog tour. And you can also enter to win before you go! First, let’s see what her book is all about:

Interview with Martina Boone

Hi Martina, I actually met you at BEA where I got a signed copy of your book so I’m excited to be a part of your blog tour!

YAY! Thank you so much for being willing to host me. I’m excited to have that personal connection, because this whole process all kind of scary and exciting! : ) I’m thrilled to be here with you and your readers though, and I love the questions you sent!

Let’s start with how the idea for Compulsion…

Follow Me Through Darkness Playlist + Giveaway!

Follow Me Through Darkness Playlist + Giveaway!

Posted by on 10/21/2014 • 5 Comments

The Follow Me Through Darkness tour is stopping by the blog today with the book’s playlist along with a giveaway! I haven’t read this one yet, but it sounds like a really interesting dystopian book that sounds right up my alley! Here’s some info on the book if it’s new to you:

Follow Me Through Darkness Playlist by Danielle Ellison

I spent four years between first draft and the release of Follow Me Through Darkness. Music was instrumental in setting the mood, in keeping me in the zone, and in creating the tension that I wanted to build in the novel. This is a longer playlist, because it’s four years of music! I found that I kept adding to the songs I already had, and none of…

Review: The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Review: The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Posted by on 10/20/2014 • 22 Comments

“There are three rules in the Walled City: Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife.”

I admit, this is all I read of the blurb before I dived into this book in line at BEA, so what I expected was some kind of dystopian. And in a way, it is a dystopian-like setting inside the city itself, but this book is not a dystopian/post-apocalyptic story at all. It’s a contemporary thriller. Outside the Walled City, the world is just like ours today, with modern civilization and normal people living normal lives. Inside this city, however, we’ve got another story. In a gist, this book is about the horrors of human trafficking in a city without laws, controlled by gangs and criminals, ruled by brothel owners and drug…

Stacking the Shelves [October 19th]

Stacking the Shelves [October 19th]

Posted by on 10/19/2014 • 12 Comments

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews featuring the books we got this week, and I also mention blog news/happenings of the past week. Hi y’all! I haven’t done an STS in a few weeks – haven’t really gotten anything up until this week and have not gone book shopping in so long! I def have to make a trip to Chapters soon! Are you all ready for Halloween? We’re all decorated here with a lil one excited to go trick or treating! So on the blog I have a few giveaways that I think you should enter! I took part in the Spooktacular Hop again this year, and I’ve had a few tours drop by with some awesome prizes. You can find the full list of…

Fresh Batch (New Releases October 19th – 25th)

Fresh Batch (New Releases October 19th – 25th)

Posted by on 10/18/2014 • 8 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

Blue Lily, Lily Blue Maggie Stiefvater Series: The Raven Cycle #3 Publication date: October 21st 2014by Scholastic Press

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There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray. Mothers can disappear. Visions…

Review: Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle

Review: Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle

Posted by on 10/16/2014 • 14 Comments

Being from a small town in the middle of nowhere, Canada, where we hardly get anything exciting happen more than concerts from washed up artists, stardom is really something like another world for me. I’m fascinated by their lifestyle and by how… wildly different living that kind of life must be. So while this book may not be the next Great American Novel, it’s a whole lotta entertainment in a guilty pleasure sort of way.

Paige is just your regular high school girl with big dreams, until one day these dreams become reality when she’s cast in the next big Hollywood book-to-movie. This movie is clearly made to be akin to Twilight in how huge it is. And honestly, how is it not fun to imagine yourself being cast…