Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday #3

Hosted by Jill, at Breaking The Spine, Waiting On Wednesday is a feature that highlights books we're all desperately anticipating.

My waiting on Wednesday pick is Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen.

Okay, so there are a lot of reasons I want to read this book.

I'll start from ridiculous reasons and work my way down to the more weighty ones:

1. The cover. Carousals are whimsical. Whimsical covers are perfect.
2. The buzz. This is a particularly buzzy book for the Spring. I want to see if it lives up to the hype.
3. Sarah Dessen. I mean, who doesn't want to read a Sarah Dessen book?
4. I need to give Dessen another chance. I've only read one and three quarters of her books but I have a whole collection.
5. It's about a topic that is--unfortunately-- painfully personal to me. Not many YA stories focus on incarcerated family members. And while her brother is in jail, not prison, I think it's an important topic to discuss. I think it needs to be written about more. But this is a start. So I want to see how Sarah Dessen writes about it.

What's your WOW? Do you want to read Saint Anything? Why?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop!

Hey Friends! It is time for some serious Spring Cleaning up in this place! I've got a big move coming up, so I would appreciate your help in getting rid of a nice big box of mystery books! I've got 20 books that I'm looking to pass on!

So come one! Come all! and share with your friends because I'm moving and would rather spread the love then move these books.

Learn how to enter below.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Blog Tour: What's Your Winner's Curse? (And Giveaway!)



The ‘Winner’s Curse’ is an economics term that means you’ve gotten what you wanted – but at too high a price.  What would you pay too much for?

Happy Saint Paddy's Day! I'm so happy to be doing my first Blog Tour with such an EPIC series.

Isn't this such a compelling question? How would you answer?

For me, I think I would pay too much for the health and well-being of my family. Does that sound like a stock answer? But I honestly cannot imagine living without my mom and other family members. Arin's story in The Winner's Trilogy is so heartbreaking because of all he's lost. Even Kestrel, losing her mother at such a young age and having a father so distant. And I can never even conceive of going through something like that. So I wouldn't be able to put a price on it but I know for a fact that all I would want and what I would pay too high a price for is my family. For their safety, security and happiness.

Like Dean Winchester or Jim Kirk of the Star Trek Reboot, there isn't really much I wouldn't do for my family. They've always been there for me from when I was born one pound or needed open heart surgery to now as I embark on my future.

On a lighter note, I'd also say that I'd probably pay too much money to go book shopping with Chris Pinehang out on the set of Supernatural or see The Winner's Trilogy be made into blockbuster movies. I mean, can you imagine having Arin on the big screen? Swoon. 

That's why this question is such a good one! There are so many answers. When I was younger, I probably would have answered meeting the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or starring in an episode of Charmed. Obviously things change.

Would your answer change? I'm wondering if the Kestrel we'll meet at the end of the series would make the decisions as the Kestrel at the beginning? What would Arin choose?


Thank you soooo much to the fabulous Macmillan team for all their handwork. I've witnessed some amazing blog tours from them and this is no exception. I am so happy to have been a part of it.


Here's a MASTER LIST of all the blogs participating in the tour!

And be sure to check out the OFFICIAL website.

Don't forget to try your hand at BITE AND STING.



You're going to want a copy of The Winner's Crime. Enter here! US only. Good luck! 

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday #2

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that highlights upcoming books us bloggers are slightly desperate  super excited for.

This week's WOW is all about MOSQUITOLAND by David Arnold.

Poor David Arnold. I think the guy has gotten oh so sick of me mentioning how I need this book in my life right now. I think I post about it every day.

But basically, it's everything I ever wanted in a story wrapped up in a convenient bookish bow.  Road trip? Quirky characters? Self-discovery? Sign me up.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday Reviews #2

And, I'm back with some Throwback Thursday Mini Reviews. 

You ready for this?

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson: Most of you have heard of this one, I'm sure. If not, drop what you're doing and get this book immediately. Clear a few hours for yourself to devour Mary Pearson's work because if you don't, I guarantee you'll miss some appointments or be late. I almost missed my train stop. A few times. KOD is pretty much my dream novel. Magic, friendship, plot-twists, princesses…the list goes on. The writing, characters and setting are superb. Pearson, who you might recognize from the Jenna Fox series, is so versatile. When you're done, you'll be begging for the next one. Good thing it comes out soon…ish. From my Teenreads review: "The wording was so evocative and the tone so gentle that at times, I felt like the characters were sitting around me and whispering their stories. Yes, it was that good."

One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington: Full disclosure for this review: I worked at Bloomsbury as an intern while this was being published. So I'm a bit partial to it. HOWEVER, that didn't affect my review at all. I kind of expected to hate it a bit. And at first, I wondered if I would DNF. But I'm so glad I kept reading. It's such a different story and Shirvington shares such wonderful (Ethan) characters with readers so that we're enamored with the book just on principal. I loved the idea of our main character living too completely separate lives. I especially loved that this novel wasn't completely contemporary or completely science fiction. Sabine was a regular girl who had an extraordinary gift, the ability to live two parallel lives one after the other. At times heartbreaking and stunningly real, I definitely recommend this book to just about anyone willing to try something different. From my Teenreads Review: "I love that [Sabine’s] she’s not just a privileged character or a down-trodden one. She’s both of those things, and the combination of that makes her really fascinating."

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally: This novel was so beautiful and inspiring. It not only made me want to do something uplifting for myself but after reading it I considered running! That's how wonderful this book was. I really cannot say more about it except that I found it very realistic and powerful. A seriously gorgeous book. At first I was a little put off by the subject matter (it's pretty tough) but I found it to be quite inspiring. Annie is a great character to follow around on her journey and I'm so glad I did.  From my Teenreads Review: "I was inspired by Annie’s story. It honestly made me consider starting to jog or at least working toward some sort of similar goal.I was inspired by Annie’s story. It honestly made me consider starting to jog or at least working toward some sort of similar goal."


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