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Monday, June 23
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Even In Paradise- Chelsey Philpot
When I read Even in Paradise, it was my fourth book of the day. I picked it up thinking it would be a novelty, an easy contemporary which I crave in the summer. Don’t let the cover fool you, this book is not easy. It is the kind of book that leaves you permanently altered, the words sinking under your skin like a tattoo. The “secret” was evident to me from the beginning, but it didn’t matter because I was as fascinated with the Great Buchanan’s as Charlie was—pulled into their wondrous web.
The book is clearly influenced by The Great Gatsby (which is referenced in the book itself); I’d say it’s a parallel story, but more than that it joins in a conversation with Gatsby that I find enchanting. At time the prose rivals Fitzgerald’s, maybe exceeds it in its simple beauty. Each and every character draws you in and charms you into loving them. The twists and turns of the story, every emotion, every separation, every occurrence is as much your own as they are Charlie’s. I could not have put the book down I was so ensorcelled.
No, this book is not easy. It leaves you with questions that burn deep in your gut and with answers that seem to wriggle just out of your grasp. It leaves you uneasy, broken, hopeful, but mostly it leaves you with a desire to live deeply.
It is my second MUST READ of the year and certainly a book that will haunt the edges of my consciousness. I’m glad of that though; we’ll just let it linger there at the edges as it unfolds secrets and subtleties.
Overall: A+
Even in Paradise is due out from HarperTeen October 14th. Pre-Order your copy here. 
ARC provided gratis by HarperTeen at BEA.

Even In Paradise- Chelsey Philpot

When I read Even in Paradise, it was my fourth book of the day. I picked it up thinking it would be a novelty, an easy contemporary which I crave in the summer. Don’t let the cover fool you, this book is not easy. It is the kind of book that leaves you permanently altered, the words sinking under your skin like a tattoo. The “secret” was evident to me from the beginning, but it didn’t matter because I was as fascinated with the Great Buchanan’s as Charlie was—pulled into their wondrous web.

The book is clearly influenced by The Great Gatsby (which is referenced in the book itself); I’d say it’s a parallel story, but more than that it joins in a conversation with Gatsby that I find enchanting. At time the prose rivals Fitzgerald’s, maybe exceeds it in its simple beauty. Each and every character draws you in and charms you into loving them. The twists and turns of the story, every emotion, every separation, every occurrence is as much your own as they are Charlie’s. I could not have put the book down I was so ensorcelled.

No, this book is not easy. It leaves you with questions that burn deep in your gut and with answers that seem to wriggle just out of your grasp. It leaves you uneasy, broken, hopeful, but mostly it leaves you with a desire to live deeply.

It is my second MUST READ of the year and certainly a book that will haunt the edges of my consciousness. I’m glad of that though; we’ll just let it linger there at the edges as it unfolds secrets and subtleties.

Overall: A+

Even in Paradise is due out from HarperTeen October 14th. Pre-Order your copy here

ARC provided gratis by HarperTeen at BEA.

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #Young Adult Fiction #ya lit #even in paradise #chelsey philpot #harperteen #contemporary #the great gatsby #gatsby #epic reads


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Tuesday, June 17
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Monday, June 16
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Trial By Fire (WorldWalker 1)- Josephine Angelini
You may remember when I fell completely head over heels for Josephine Angelini’s first series, Starcrossed, Dreamless and Goddess. I love those books more than I can possibly convey with words. There would need to be jumping and hand motions and squeeing in an octave only dogs can hear to explain how much I loved those books. SO unsurprisingly, Trial by Fire was my most anticipated book of BEA and it did not disappoint.
The story follows a sick and hyper-allergic girl, Lily, as she gets thrown into a foreign world that is a mirror of her own, one where magic rules instead of science, where she’s not sickly but an extremely powerful witch, and where class differences are about to bring about a civil war. I found Angelini’s mythology and world building as wonderful as ever—-the intersection of magic and science is beautifully done and delightfully conceived for this science nerd. I loved Lily, who despite her fragile body has a warrior’s heart. And shall we discuss Rowan? Cause that boy is a perfect fit for Lily, matching her heart with his strength. But then again, Angelini excels at creating perfectly matched characters doesn’t she? What impresses me more, however, is how well developed her secondary cast of characters are, each of them as riveting as the main ones: Tristan, Caleb, Gideon, Juliet and Carrick all have really interesting story lines worthy of their own books. I for one can’t wait for more world walking, especially with the ending we get in Trial By Fire! I can already tell I’m going to reread this book when I’m in the mood for something a little witchy—-so the fall pub date is perfect; I’ll certainly want a little magic to get ready for Halloween.
love burns. worlds collide. magic reigns.
Overall: A+
Trial By Fire is due out from Feiwel and Friends in September. Pre-order your copy here. 
ARC provided gratis by Macmillan Publishers at BEA. 

Trial By Fire (WorldWalker 1)- Josephine Angelini

You may remember when I fell completely head over heels for Josephine Angelini’s first series, Starcrossed, Dreamless and Goddess. I love those books more than I can possibly convey with words. There would need to be jumping and hand motions and squeeing in an octave only dogs can hear to explain how much I loved those books. SO unsurprisingly, Trial by Fire was my most anticipated book of BEA and it did not disappoint.

The story follows a sick and hyper-allergic girl, Lily, as she gets thrown into a foreign world that is a mirror of her own, one where magic rules instead of science, where she’s not sickly but an extremely powerful witch, and where class differences are about to bring about a civil war. I found Angelini’s mythology and world building as wonderful as ever—-the intersection of magic and science is beautifully done and delightfully conceived for this science nerd. I loved Lily, who despite her fragile body has a warrior’s heart. And shall we discuss Rowan? Cause that boy is a perfect fit for Lily, matching her heart with his strength. But then again, Angelini excels at creating perfectly matched characters doesn’t she? What impresses me more, however, is how well developed her secondary cast of characters are, each of them as riveting as the main ones: Tristan, Caleb, Gideon, Juliet and Carrick all have really interesting story lines worthy of their own books. I for one can’t wait for more world walking, especially with the ending we get in Trial By Fire! I can already tell I’m going to reread this book when I’m in the mood for something a little witchy—-so the fall pub date is perfect; I’ll certainly want a little magic to get ready for Halloween.

love burns. worlds collide. magic reigns.

Overall: A+

Trial By Fire is due out from Feiwel and Friends in September. Pre-order your copy here

ARC provided gratis by Macmillan Publishers at BEA. 

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #publishing #macmillan #feiwel and friends #trial by fire #josephine angelini #starcrossed #dreamless #goddess #witches #paranormal #world walking #world walker #fantasy #reading



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Sunday, June 15
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Every city has a sex and an age which have nothing to do with demography. Rome is feminine. So is Odessa. London is a teenager, an urchin, and, in this, hasn’t change since the time of Dickens. Paris, I believe, is a man in his twenties in love with an older woman.
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Friday, June 13
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Tuesday, June 10
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yallfest2012:

The 2014 YALLFest Author Lineup is here, exclusively at Just Jared!
Check it out  HERE to see which of your favorite authors are coming!

The YALLFEST line up is EPIC and AMAZING! Who’s going in November? (Hint: I think I am)

yallfest2012:

The 2014 YALLFest Author Lineup is here, exclusively at Just Jared!

Check it out  HERE to see which of your favorite authors are coming!

The YALLFEST line up is EPIC and AMAZING! Who’s going in November? (Hint: I think I am)

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Monday, June 9
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The Princess in Black- Shannon Hal and Dean Hale
The Princess in Black is an adorable illustrated chapter book perfect for young readers. The illustration is fantastic and the story is even better. The perfect young princess holds a surprising secret—-she’s also the land’s fierce protector from monsters—The Princess in Black! The plot is filled with interesting questions about defying expectations, being brave, inspiring others, and of course, keeping secrets and being true to yourself. I loved the story of this book and it’s empowering message.  I liked it so that I immediately shipped it off to my favorite toddler “Hellbaby” to read. I highly recommend it for those young readers in your life, especially those looking to make the jump to “chapter” books since this one has brief enough chapters for new readers. 
Overall: A
The Princess in Black is out in October from Candlewick Press! Pre-order your copy here.
Copy provided gratis by Candlewick Publishers

The Princess in Black- Shannon Hal and Dean Hale

The Princess in Black is an adorable illustrated chapter book perfect for young readers. The illustration is fantastic and the story is even better. The perfect young princess holds a surprising secret—-she’s also the land’s fierce protector from monsters—The Princess in Black! The plot is filled with interesting questions about defying expectations, being brave, inspiring others, and of course, keeping secrets and being true to yourself. I loved the story of this book and it’s empowering message.  I liked it so that I immediately shipped it off to my favorite toddler “Hellbaby” to read. I highly recommend it for those young readers in your life, especially those looking to make the jump to “chapter” books since this one has brief enough chapters for new readers. 

Overall: A

The Princess in Black is out in October from Candlewick Press! Pre-order your copy here.

Copy provided gratis by Candlewick Publishers

Tags:   #i read #books #middle grade #early readers #chapter books #the princess in black #shannon hale #dean hale #candlewick press #leuyen pham #illustrated



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Saturday, June 7
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Monday, May 26
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paperlanternlit:

I love seeing “Like, Try, Why” graphics with books I’ve never heard of before! Definitely keep this one handy for summer. 

These are amazing! 

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Saturday, May 24
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Wednesday, May 14
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Let’s Get Lost- Adi Alsaid
Every once in a while there’s a book that presents such a crystal clear truth so beautifully that it cuts you like a knife with its sharpness and insight. Let’s Get Lost did that to me. More than once. At one point while reading I tweeted that it would hurt less if Adi had just stabbed me. That’s completely true. “All the lives we’re not living” is all I’m going to say. The moments of truth are sprinkled throughout the book, and you know them immediately when you read them.. deep down, as if they were the clear ringing of a bell in your soul.
The book follows Leila as she takes on an epic summer road trip to see the Northern Lights. We meet her through the eyes of the five people she encounters on her trip. What immediately gripped me was how empathetic Leila was, how insightful, how she could see what a person needed before they even knew it. It’s a bit more complex than that but from the start I saw her as an old soul, full of wisdom, and frankly, my kind of heroine. So in case you’re wondering, Leila’s my fictional new best friend. 
My experience reading: When Bree describes her thoughts on carpe diem and “the day” I found myself nodding and whispering “yes! exactly!” to the pages. There were plenty of times when I laughed out loud reading this book—“We’ve reached that point in the night, It’s epiphany o’clock” (I’m so using this in my real life) or “I like you because you’re not a murderer” which is definitely a classic line. I struggled not to cry during the Northern Lights story and managed it by some sheer force of will, though I was definitely misty-eyed and shaking from the effort. Did I mentioned I was at the airport? People definitely think I’m nuts. I’m probably on some watchlist now.
Anyway, the bottom line: this book was just breathtaking. This is an absolute, non-negotiable MUST READ if you want to be my friend or you know, just a good human. So go on loves, Let’s Get Lost. 
Overall: A+
Let’s Get Lost is due out from Harlequin Teen on July 29th. Pre-order your copy here.
ARC provided gratis by Harlequin Teen.

Let’s Get Lost- Adi Alsaid

Every once in a while there’s a book that presents such a crystal clear truth so beautifully that it cuts you like a knife with its sharpness and insight. Let’s Get Lost did that to me. More than once. At one point while reading I tweeted that it would hurt less if Adi had just stabbed me. That’s completely true. “All the lives we’re not living” is all I’m going to say. The moments of truth are sprinkled throughout the book, and you know them immediately when you read them.. deep down, as if they were the clear ringing of a bell in your soul.

The book follows Leila as she takes on an epic summer road trip to see the Northern Lights. We meet her through the eyes of the five people she encounters on her trip. What immediately gripped me was how empathetic Leila was, how insightful, how she could see what a person needed before they even knew it. It’s a bit more complex than that but from the start I saw her as an old soul, full of wisdom, and frankly, my kind of heroine. So in case you’re wondering, Leila’s my fictional new best friend.

My experience reading: When Bree describes her thoughts on carpe diem and “the day” I found myself nodding and whispering “yes! exactly!” to the pages. There were plenty of times when I laughed out loud reading this book—“We’ve reached that point in the night, It’s epiphany o’clock” (I’m so using this in my real life) or “I like you because you’re not a murderer” which is definitely a classic line. I struggled not to cry during the Northern Lights story and managed it by some sheer force of will, though I was definitely misty-eyed and shaking from the effort. Did I mentioned I was at the airport? People definitely think I’m nuts. I’m probably on some watchlist now.

Anyway, the bottom line: this book was just breathtaking. This is an absolute, non-negotiable MUST READ if you want to be my friend or you know, just a good human. So go on loves, Let’s Get Lost. 

Overall: A+

Let’s Get Lost is due out from Harlequin Teen on July 29th. Pre-order your copy here.

ARC provided gratis by Harlequin Teen.

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult fiction #ya lit #road trip #summer #contemporary #let's get lost #harlequin teen #publishing #reading


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Monday, May 12
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teenauthorcarnival:

A handy flyer for TAC ‘14 with all our authors, all in one place, courtesy of our favorite Elena over at Novel Sounds.

Are you excited? Will we see you there? Which author(s) are you looking forward to meeting the most?

Who is coming to #tac14 at #bea? We’ve got a great line up this year! And special guests!

teenauthorcarnival:

A handy flyer for TAC ‘14 with all our authors, all in one place, courtesy of our favorite Elena over at Novel Sounds.

Are you excited? Will we see you there? Which author(s) are you looking forward to meeting the most?

Who is coming to #tac14 at #bea? We’ve got a great line up this year! And special guests!


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Talon (Talon #1)- Julie Kagawa
Julie’s done faries. She’s done vampires. And now, she’s doing Dragons and DAMN! Is she doing dragons! Talon was a riveting book, as much about being human as it is being “other.” Where the Iron Fey yielded interesting questions about humans and technology, Talon brings up questions that are more interior—investigating what it means to be truly human. From the start, we’re thrown in to a centuries old war that’s about as morally ambigious and complicated as you can imagine. What resonates most is Ember’s unfailing moral compass, her desire to be true to herself and live up to her own expectations rather than others. And Garrett? Well it’s hard not to pity the boy who knows less about being human than a dragon does, isn’t it? I really loved them. What bugged me a little was this love triangle thing with Riley. It reminded me a bit of the relationships in Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade series. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but I can already tell there are going to be serious team factions for the Talon fandom. Frankly, Team Garrett Xavier Sebastian all the way. ;)
Overall: A
Talon is due out from Harlequin Teen on October 28th. Pre-order your copy here. 
ARC provided gratis by Harlequin Teen

Talon (Talon #1)- Julie Kagawa

Julie’s done faries. She’s done vampires. And now, she’s doing Dragons and DAMN! Is she doing dragons! Talon was a riveting book, as much about being human as it is being “other.” Where the Iron Fey yielded interesting questions about humans and technology, Talon brings up questions that are more interior—investigating what it means to be truly human. From the start, we’re thrown in to a centuries old war that’s about as morally ambigious and complicated as you can imagine. What resonates most is Ember’s unfailing moral compass, her desire to be true to herself and live up to her own expectations rather than others. And Garrett? Well it’s hard not to pity the boy who knows less about being human than a dragon does, isn’t it? I really loved them. What bugged me a little was this love triangle thing with Riley. It reminded me a bit of the relationships in Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade series. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but I can already tell there are going to be serious team factions for the Talon fandom. Frankly, Team Garrett Xavier Sebastian all the way. ;)

Overall: A

Talon is due out from Harlequin Teen on October 28th. Pre-order your copy here

ARC provided gratis by Harlequin Teen

Tags:   #i read #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #books #reading #publishing #harlequin teen #julie kagawa #talon #iron fey #dragons #fantasy


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Sunday, May 11
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randombookishness:

Reading literally makes you a better person.

#readers for the win

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