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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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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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Tuesday, October 29
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Crash Into You (Pushing the Limits #3)- Katie McGarry
McGarry is a genius when it comes to broken characters. An actual genius. Her characters are consistently believable walking the razor’s edge between dark and light, innocence and experience. Crash Into You’s Rachel and Isaiah find in each other both someone who understands, who loves with out conditions or constraints, and who reflects their own internal struggles. Point and counterpoint, a mix of other and same.  It’s mindboggling to me that each Pushing the Limits novel not only showcases compelling characters but does so with an authentic narrative which balances between   a harsh reality and hopeful optimistim. I loved this story just as I suspect I’ll love the next one too. Crash Into You is definitely worth the read and the emotional rollercoaster.
Overall: A
Crash Into You is out November 26th from Harlequin Teen. Pre-order your copy here!  Want to read the first two? Pushing the Limits and Dare You To are out now!
ARC provided gratis by Harlequin Teen

Crash Into You (Pushing the Limits #3)- Katie McGarry

McGarry is a genius when it comes to broken characters. An actual genius. Her characters are consistently believable walking the razor’s edge between dark and light, innocence and experience. Crash Into You’s Rachel and Isaiah find in each other both someone who understands, who loves with out conditions or constraints, and who reflects their own internal struggles. Point and counterpoint, a mix of other and same.  It’s mindboggling to me that each Pushing the Limits novel not only showcases compelling characters but does so with an authentic narrative which balances between   a harsh reality and hopeful optimistim. I loved this story just as I suspect I’ll love the next one too. Crash Into You is definitely worth the read and the emotional rollercoaster.

Overall: A

Crash Into You is out November 26th from Harlequin Teen. Pre-order your copy here!  Want to read the first two? Pushing the Limits and Dare You To are out now!

ARC provided gratis by Harlequin Teen

Tags:   #i read #books #publishing #ya #harlequin teen #katie mcgarry #pushing the limits #crash into you #romance #contemporary



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Tuesday, July 9
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Dare You To- Katie McGarry
Dare You To continues McGarry’s success in deep gritty contemporaries. I loved exploring and learning more about Beth, a character we’ve met previously in McGarry’s first book, Pushing the Limits. In this book we get baseball and dares, love and self-confidence, and an exploration of relationships in all their various forms. True to her hallmark style, romance isn’t the only plot here and the character development rivals that of Simone Elkeles. Tough issues, tough characters and tough decisions seem to be a hallmark of McGarry’s writing. Be prepared to face the gamut of human emotions reading this book, including some pretty serious violence, but don’t worry too much you’ll get a reasonable happy ending. 
Overall: A+
Dare You To is out now from Harlequin Teen. Get your copy here!
ARC provided gratis by Harlequin Teen

Dare You To- Katie McGarry

Dare You To continues McGarry’s success in deep gritty contemporaries. I loved exploring and learning more about Beth, a character we’ve met previously in McGarry’s first book, Pushing the Limits. In this book we get baseball and dares, love and self-confidence, and an exploration of relationships in all their various forms. True to her hallmark style, romance isn’t the only plot here and the character development rivals that of Simone Elkeles. Tough issues, tough characters and tough decisions seem to be a hallmark of McGarry’s writing. Be prepared to face the gamut of human emotions reading this book, including some pretty serious violence, but don’t worry too much you’ll get a reasonable happy ending. 

Overall: A+

Dare You To is out now from Harlequin Teen. Get your copy here!

ARC provided gratis by Harlequin Teen

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #publishing #dare you to #pushing the limits #katie mcgarry #harlequin teen #contemporary #romance


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Wednesday, July 3
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Pushing the Limits- Katie McGarry
I was slow to jump on this bandwagon, I’ll admit it. But Pushing The Limits was getting a lot of hype and I am always wary when theres too much hype because it’s rare that a book can live up to that. Welp, this book did. 100% completely blew me away. Pushing the Limits is a contemporary that isn’t cliche and that deals with a myriad of difficult issues—grief, loss, responsibility, trauma, mental illness, and scars of the physical, mental and emotional variety. The heaviness of the subject matter is offset nicely by the chemistry and romance between Echo and Noah. I laughed, I cried, I got that warm fuzzy feeling we all love when reading. Frankly, this was a stunning read and I’m going to go ahead and call it a MUST READ for contemporary fans. I won’t be waiting at all to read McGarry’s new book Dare You To.
Overall: A+
Pushing the Limits is out now from Harlequin Teen. Get your copy here.
Book provided gratis via Harlequin via BEA 

Pushing the Limits- Katie McGarry

I was slow to jump on this bandwagon, I’ll admit it. But Pushing The Limits was getting a lot of hype and I am always wary when theres too much hype because it’s rare that a book can live up to that. Welp, this book did. 100% completely blew me away. Pushing the Limits is a contemporary that isn’t cliche and that deals with a myriad of difficult issues—grief, loss, responsibility, trauma, mental illness, and scars of the physical, mental and emotional variety. The heaviness of the subject matter is offset nicely by the chemistry and romance between Echo and Noah. I laughed, I cried, I got that warm fuzzy feeling we all love when reading. Frankly, this was a stunning read and I’m going to go ahead and call it a MUST READ for contemporary fans. I won’t be waiting at all to read McGarry’s new book Dare You To.

Overall: A+

Pushing the Limits is out now from Harlequin Teen. Get your copy here.

Book provided gratis via Harlequin via BEA 

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #pushing the limits #katie mcgarry #harlequin teen #publishing #contemporary



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Monday, November 26
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Alice in Zombieland

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Firstly, let me apologize that a hurricane got in the way of this post going live. So forgive the Halloween reference.

With Halloween rapidly approaching, I was craving a good creepy read. What’s creepier than zombies? Nothing. But seriously, rotting flesh: gross. I was so happy that I chose Alice in Zombieland because frankly I’m OBSESSED. I love the way that Showalter has taken aspects of the traditional Wonderland story and twisted them to fit into this world. The white rabbit and Kat are two that spring to mind. Alice Bell is way cooler than the original Alice, though with they share the same curiousity. She’s kick ass, stubborn, witty, smart, and yet vulnerable, kind and emotional. Her counter-part, one Mr. Cole Holland, is tough, strong, did I mention HOT yet? He is definitely well matched by Alice. I really, really enjoyed their story though I’m worried Showalter is going to make us readers jump through some flaming hoops before we’ll get to have a happy ending for these two. I cannot believe I need to wait an entire year for the next book!

Overall: A

Alice in Zombieland is available now. Get your copy here.

ARC proviceded gratis by Harlequin Teen.

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #ya lit #alice in wonderland #alice in zombieland #gena showalter #harlequin teen



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Wednesday, September 26
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The Lost Prince

The Lost Prince- Julie Kagawa

Julie has done it again! The Lost Prince is a continuation of Iron Fey series focusing on Ethan, Meghan’s younger brother. OH EM EFF GEE is this book awesome. If you’re a fan of the Iron Fey you’re going to have plenty of beloved characters return, some great references to previous books and in particular the novellas, and best of all you get to return to the amazing Never Never Julie has created for us.  Let’s all take a moment to appreciate Ethan who while damaged by the fey (who wouldn’t be!) is totally swoon worthy and heroic. He is self-sacrificing, protective, brave, and at times a petulant child. I found his voice to be particularly interesting, actually far more so to me than Meghan’s was I think. His trusty sidekick and love interest is probably my favorite current heroine in any book series right now, Kenzie. Girlfriend is tough as nails and slow to reveal her vulnerabilities. I’ve decided we’re soul sisters. My heart’s already breaking for the two of them because it’s hard to see how they can possibly have a happy ending. The Lost Prince is a great start to Ethan’s story and I for one cannot wait to find out what twists and turns Julie has up her sleeve for this one!

Overall: A+

The Lost Prince is due out October 23rd from Harlequin Teen. Pre-order your copy here.

e-Galley provided gratis via Netgalley.

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult literature #the lost prince #the iron fey #julie kagawa #harlequin teen #fairies



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Tuesday, July 10
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The Goddess Legacy

The Goddess Legacy- Aimee Carter

The Goddess Legacy (Goddess Test, #2.5)

I’m not that into short story collections but The Goddess Legacy goes a long, long way in giving us key background information on all the gods and goddesses before Kate came along. In fact, it’s necessary reading in order to get the full picture and motivations. You understand Calliope way better and almost feel bad for her, you find out how Ava came to love Nicholas, and you find out more about Henry which is never a bad thing. I enjoyed the different stories and different points of view immensely. I feel like I know these characters better for having read it and it makes me super excited for the next book. Frankly there’s only one party in this story who comes out looking like an a**hole and it makes me hope that he/she will get what is coming to them.

Overall: A-

The Goddess Legacy collection is due out from Harlequin Teen on July 31st! Pre-order your copy here.

e-Galley provided gratis by Harlequin Teen via Netgalley.

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #ya lit #aimee carter #the goddess legacy #harlequin teen


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Monday, July 9
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Goddess Interrupted

Goddess Interrupted- Aimee Carter

Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test, #2)

Goddess Interrupted is Book 2 in the series and picks up about 6 months after The Goddess Test. Kate is flawed, short-sighted, and rash, but she’s growing on me anyway. At times I thought she was whiny and demanding as a child, but whenever I thought that she’d have this great moment of strength or bravery to combat that impression. Henry is sooo interesting and there’s less of him here than I’d like. I’d love a deeper peek into his psyche but his stoicism doesn’t allow us that often. The glimpses we do get are so wonderfully heartbreaking. The plot of this book is classic Greek revenge but the threat feels way more ominous than the first book. The ending here is brutal and leaves you desperate to know what will happen next. Goddess Interrupted solidified this as a series I’ll keep reading.

Overall: A-

Goddess Interrupted is out now! Get your copy here.

Book provided gratis via BEA.

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #ya lit #aimee carter #goddess interrupted #harlequin teen #bea



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Friday, April 6
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Spellcaster Ipod Giveaway!

The Spellcaster Tour is over and you can now enter to win this awesome ipod.  To win the Grand Prize of the iPod nano - Enter via the Rafflecopter Widget Here and guess who would most likely be found at an A.F.I. concert!!! The correct answer can be found at one of the Tour Stops below! Winners for the iPod Giveaway are drawn from all entries who named the right character, the winner for the Spellcaster copy will be drawn from all entries!


Monday March, 19th - My Cute Bookshelf

Wednesday, March, 21st - Mundie Mom’s

Friday, March, 23rd - VerbVixen

Monday, March 26th - Book and A Latte

Tuesday, March 27th -Book Birthday! Harlequin, Paranormal Blog

Wednesday, March 28th - Miss Page Turner’s City of Books

Thursday, March 29th - Read Me, Bookmark Me, Love Me

Friday, March 30th - writers write, right?

Monday April 2nd - Alice Marvel’s

Wednesday, April 4th- Paranormal Wastelands

Friday, April 6th - Fiktshun

Tags:   #spellcaster #kismet book tours #cara lynn shultz #spellbound #harlequin teen



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Friday, March 23
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Spellcaster Music Blog Tour!

Thanks for stopping by the Verb Vixen stop of the Spellcaster music blog tour!  My review of Spellcaster went up yesterday, so check the post just below this one to get my thoughts on this sequel by Cara Lynn Shultz!

In addition to our awesome interview with mean girl Kristin from the books, you can enter to win an exclusive Spellcaster iPod Nano!

Now for some insight in to Kristin from Spellbound and Spellcaster:

1. Kristin, you seem particularly concerned with Brendan despite his clear lack of interest.  Why?

I’m positive that this is just a phase for Brendan. I’m the best thing around, so once he realizes that, he’ll come my way. Why wouldn’t he? He’s hot, I’m hot. He’s rich, I’m rich. What else is there, really? I mean, he totally needs a haircut, but I can look past the superficial to see that he’d look perfect with a proper haircut. Obviously, we’re a perfect match. Once he’s done making whatever statement he’s trying to make with his whole “I’m a loner” thing, he’ll come around.

2. Beyond your interest in Brendan, what motivates you to attack Emma?

First of all, you have no proof that I’ve done anything to Emma—anything that she didn’t deserve. But if you’re trying to get me to talk about what I don’t like about her, all you had to do was ask. It’s one of my favorite subjects. Here’s how I see Emma: She’s this random girl who just showed up out of nowhere, and thinks she’s just like, sooooo funny and sarcastic and clever when really, she’s just some loser with tacky shoes and big boobs and a rich aunt who paid her way into the school. Anthony had some kind of bug up his ass about her, even though he never admitted to me what it was. I don’t know what kind of mind games she played with him, but clearly she did. And then Brendan, out of nowhere, dates her? Who the hell is Emma to show up out of nowhere and get their attention? I was here first!!

3. What’s made you such an uber B*tch? Didn’t you watch Mean Girls like the rest of us?

I know what I want, I go after it, and I get it. And if someone gets in my way, well, tough for them. If that makes me a bitch, then I wear the title proudly. I really didn’t understand why everyone hated Regina George in that movie. If you ask me, they were all jealous.

4. Where do you want to go to college and what do you want to be when you grow up?

I don’t know if you realize this, but I was in commercials as a baby. I had the lead in the school play this year. I’ve got a lot of talent and I’m going to be a star. So I’m going to apply to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Or, I want to get on a reality show. There should be a Real Housewives show, but for fabulous high school students. I’d totally be the star of that. Or I want to be a Pussycat Doll when I grow up.

5. For someone so concerned with power, you let yourself be used and manipulated pretty easily in both Spellbound and Spellcaster.  Any response?

I don’t see myself as being manipulated. An opportunity came up for me to get revenge on someone I hate. If it had worked out, I would have come out the winner. And if you ask me, I’m still the winner.

Here’s my theme song. I feel like I could have written this song. I mean, it so accurately describes everything I want in life, and everything I’m going to get. Pussycat Dolls, “When I Grow Up”

Thank you Kristin for those insights into your character….AND NOW FOR PRIZES!

To enter to win a copy of Spellcaster a go enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway at Verb Vixen’s Facebook Page (under Contests and Giveaways)! Be sure you also click like since one facebook fan of Verb Vixen will also win a signed copy of book 1, Spellbound. Enter and Like here.

To win the iPod nano: At the end of the Tour a Rafflecopter will be up at the Tour Stops where you have to enter a question concerning one character of Spellcaster. Follow the Tour and you’ll be able to answer the question easily!  Open US/Canada.  See full contest rules here.

Monday March, 19th - My Cute Bookshelf

Wednesday, March, 21st - Mundie Mom’s

Friday, March, 23rd - VerbVixen

Monday, March 26th - Book and A Latte

Tuesday, March 27th -Book Birthday! Harlequin, Paranormal Blog

Wednesday, March 28th - Miss Page Turner’s City of Books

Thursday, March 29th - Read Me, Bookmark Me, Love Me

Friday, March 30th - writers write, right?

Monday April 2nd - Alice Marvel’s

Wednesday, April 4th- Paranormal Wastelands

Friday, April 6th - Fiktshun

Tags:   #i read #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #ya lit #books #spellcaster #harlequin teen #cara lynn shutlz #ya lit #spellbound #blog tour


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Thursday, March 22
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Spellbound 2: Spell Harder

Spellcaster (Spellbound #2)- Cara Lynn Shultz

Spellcaster (Spellbound, #2)

Hey there, long time, no reviews! Welp, I’m back and I have a dozen (no seriously 12) reviews to write for you guys starting today with Spellcaster. Spellcaster is the sequel to Spellbound, which you make recognize from my Top Ten of 2011 list. Spellcaster picks up shortly after Spellbound left off and fans of the first book will not be disappointed: there’s plenty of hot boy Brendan, quirky goth girl Angelique and our girl next door Emma in the sequel. What Shultz does better than anyone is get the teen language right. Not only is it accurate, but dear lord the woman’s got a gift for comedy.  I laughed out loud at some of these lines, and frankly the best sentence in the history of ever may involve the phrase a “coterie of baby hookers.” Seriously.

Spellcaster is frought with danger, romance, an amazing NYC setting, and lots of laughs. It’s definitely worth the read and the pre-order. Come back tomorrow for the Verb Vixen stop on the Spellcaster Blog Tour and see an interview with Kristin, who puts the movie Mean Girls to shame with her antics in this book. Did I mention you could win a Spellcaster iPod?  So I guess I’ll see ya tomorrow, loves.

Overall: A

You can get your copy of Spellbound (book 1) here and pre-order your copy of Spellcaster here.  Spellcaster is due out from Harlequin Teen on March 27th. 

Tags:   #i read #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #ya lit #paranormal #cara lynn shultz #harlequin teen #spellcaster #spellbound #books



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Friday, September 2
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Juliet Spell or You had me at Shakespeare

The Juliet Spell- Douglas Rees

The Juliet Spell

Juliet Spell was in short: delightful! Just as with any Shakespeare related story all I can say was, You had me at Shakespeare.  The plot was cleverly done, and I loved that it wasn’t a glorification of the bard but a portrayal through another’s eyes of a very human Shakespeare.  But lest you be confused, this book isn’t really about Shakespeare, it’s about everything from theatre to language to science to friendship and of course the play Romeo and Juliet. The contemporary YA plot is classic but Rees stays true to the tragic end of the Romeo and Juliet that is central to the story.  I am not a fan of the Epilogue which I think ruins the emotional blow Rees successfully pulls off at the end of the novel proper. In the end what matters is this: it was a sweet read, a smart read, full of quotes from Shakespeare, plays with language, and two main characters to fall in love with it (Miranda and Edmund).

Overall: A-

P.S. I want this dress on the cover.

The Juliet Spell is due out September 27th from Harlequin Teen. You can pre-order your copy here.


eGalley provided gratis by Harlequin Teen via Netgalley

Tags:   #books #contemporary #douglas rees #harlequin teen #historical #i read #netgalley #romance #shakespeare #the juliet spell #theatre #ya #ya lit #young adult #young adult fiction #harlequin teen


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Wednesday, July 27
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Winter is Coming

The Iron Knight-Julie Kagawa

Winter is coming.  This is the only time I’ll ever be excited about that phrase.

The first thing that struck me as I began reading The Iron Knight was how much I missed Meghan Chase’s voice. It didn’t take long however before I loved Ash’s narration just as much.  The best part is that the story endeared both Ash and Puck to me. We learn more about their past, their current tension, and the future of their friendship. There were interesting plot twists, fun friendly banter, and an eclectic group of characters.  I love where Kagawa went with the concept of memory tied to existence and all the “what ifs” of humanity for Ash. I don’t think there could have been a better ending to the Iron Fey than The Iron Knight. I highly recommend it to fans of the fey and male protagonists alike.

Overall: A

The Iron Knight is due out October 25th.  You can pre-order your copy here.

Follow Julie Kagawa on Twitter @JKagawa or at her website here.

This eGalley was provided gratis by Harlequin Teen via NetGalley.

Tags:   #ya, #young adult fiction, #ya lit, #the iron knight, #the iron queen, #the iron king, #i read #young adult #the iron fey #julie kagawa #the iron daughter #harlequin teen #netgalley



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Tuesday, July 26
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The Future Queen

Legacy- Cayla Kluver

Legacy (Legacy, #1)

Legacy melds historical fiction with fantasy.  It took some time for me to appreciate Alera. Eventually I came to enjoy her voice.  What kept me reading through that wavering phase was Narian’s story. Narian is charming and mysterious, and frankly, still an unknown factor by the end of the book. Is he a threat or a savior? There are lots of questions still to be answered.  Kluver has a great attention to detail, though at times I felt a bit hit over the head with the whole “women don’t have any rights” thing. I sincerely disliked this ending. It actually made me question whether Alera was the girl that I had come to appreciate or if she was a snivelling git to be bossed around. Also, small pet peeve, this is clearly set in a different world yet they celebrate Christmas? It confuses me a bit. Apart from those small issues for me, Legacy was a great debut in the historical/fantasy genres.

Overall: B+

You can purchase your copy here.  Follow Cayla on twitter @CaylaKL or at her website here.

This eGalley provided free by Harlequin Teen via Netgalley.

Tags:   #young adult, #cayla kluver, #i read #young adult fiction #ya #ya lit #fantasy #romance #historical #legacy #harlequin teen


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