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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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Thursday, November 7
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Season’s Greetings, a holiday short, comes out on 11/19! Here’s my review of Book 2 in the Parish Mail series. Get caught up now!
Post Mortem (Parish Mail Series #2)- Kira Snyder
I love the Parish Mail Series. Post Mortem sealed that deal, like one of those letter Celia Jane gets in the books. Okay that was a stretch, but in all seriousness, a good old fashioned ghost story and some sleuth work make for damn good winter reading. There is something classic about the Parish Mail series, something of Nancy Drew and Goosebumps, something in the pleasure of being a bit scared, a bit nervous and bit curious when reading these books that delights in the signature way. Post Mortem picks up where Dead Letter Office ends and extends our motley, meddling crew further into the worlds of historical and present day murder and mystery. Now they are a team with a mission and more is revealed regarding the evil loosed on Halloween and the paranormal misbalance that needs to be rectified. Trust me, Parish Mail isn’t a series to be missed, particularly for fans of things that go bump in the night.
Overall: A 
Post Mortem is out now from Coliloquy. Get your copy here.  

Season’s Greetings, a holiday short, comes out on 11/19! Here’s my review of Book 2 in the Parish Mail series. Get caught up now!

Post Mortem (Parish Mail Series #2)- Kira Snyder

I love the Parish Mail Series. Post Mortem sealed that deal, like one of those letter Celia Jane gets in the books. Okay that was a stretch, but in all seriousness, a good old fashioned ghost story and some sleuth work make for damn good winter reading. There is something classic about the Parish Mail series, something of Nancy Drew and Goosebumps, something in the pleasure of being a bit scared, a bit nervous and bit curious when reading these books that delights in the signature way. Post Mortem picks up where Dead Letter Office ends and extends our motley, meddling crew further into the worlds of historical and present day murder and mystery. Now they are a team with a mission and more is revealed regarding the evil loosed on Halloween and the paranormal misbalance that needs to be rectified. Trust me, Parish Mail isn’t a series to be missed, particularly for fans of things that go bump in the night.

Overall: A 

Post Mortem is out now from ColiloquyGet your copy here 

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #mystery #paranormal #kira snyder #coliloquy #parish mail #post mortem #dead letter office



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Monday, July 15
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Welcome to Louisiana! Reading Road Trip Blog Stop!

I am a New York girl but I love, love, love Louisiana! It’s my go to vacation spot and frankly I’d live there if I thought I could slow myself down for more than a few days at a time. What isn’t there to love though—-jazz music, sweet tea, Creole cooking, parades, masks, and a decaying beauty that makes my breath catch every damn time. I often say that every city has it’s own heartbeat. To me, NYC has the frenetic heartbeat of a hummingbird—constant and almost a buzz. New Orleans, ahh New Orleans has something completely different—-the thready beginings of a jazz song, individual notes surrounded by silence. It’s lovely. But I’ve digressed—I wanted to highlight Louisiana with a great book that combines my love of New Orleans with lots of my other loves (like Greek Mythology) and well there was one series of books that jumped to mind as probably being under-read but deserving of more press and importantly, more readers: Darkness Becomes Her and A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton.

Set in New Orleans post a series of devastating hurricanes that have all but destroyed the city, Darkness Becomes Her captures both post-natural disaster NOLA and the magic of the city itself. Not only did the NOLA setting impress me, but the plot is well conceived—putting a mythological classic twist on the paranormal.  I love it when authors go old school, and by old school I mean ancient Greek. Goddess villains, shady adults, and a great band of misfits that make a family. Ah, but there is more!  A fiery female lead and a hot love interest.  It’s perfect start to a great Medusa series.

A Beautiful Evil is the sequel to Darkness Becomes Her.  The series transcends genres managing to be dystopian, paranormal, and mythological in a brilliant feat. A Beautiful Evil picks up right where Darkness Becomes Her left off and boy is that an interesting place. Ari and Sebastian just make sense and what they go through together in this book makes every page worth reading. In addition to a great romance this book is ALL ACTION.  Ari’s a doer more than a thinker and damn is she busy. Part of that is because Athena is such a good villain. What I love the most is that Keaton places these tiny details in her narrative that end up being important. The future destroyed and then reclaimed New Orleans is a great setting and there’s beauty amidst the decay and rubble. 

There are lots of other amazing books set in New Orleans—Dead Letter Office, Post Mortem, and Interview with a Vampire to name a few. And everyone knows that Charlene Harris’ books are set in Louisiana too (SOOOOOOKIE) If you’re interested in more recommendations or if you just want to talk about NOLA or books set in the crescent city, you know where to find me. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed your trip to Louisiana with me. It’s been a pleasure. And for those of you who don’t want you stop to end here, I’m giving away a set of Darkness Becomes Her and A Beautiful Evil to one lucky winner! Enter the rafflecopter here.

Bless Your Hearts,

V.V.

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #ya lit #publishing #reading #louisiana #reading road trip #road trip #Darkness becomes her #a beautiful evil #kelly keaton #paranormal #mythological #dystopian #new orleans



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Monday, June 24
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Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn #2)- Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han
I thought I knew what was coming in Fire with Fire. I did NOT know what was coming in this book. Wow. Just wow. The bulk of the plot of this story builds on the first book’s revenge plot. Only now there’s aftermath—-consequences to the revenge enacted at the end of Burn for Burn. Oh don’t worry, there’s still plenty more revenge to be had and lots of drama in the process. I love that we continue to explore Kat, Lillia and Mary both as individuals and within their friendships. Their emotional growth is staggering in this book and yet they continue to make foolish mistakes. Alas, such is high school and hormones. We see more of the boys too and in a new light, Alex and Reeve in particular get lots of exploration. An the ending? I cannot get over it. Impressive. Frankly, I’m a little bit terrified for book 3! IT’S AWESOME!
Overall: A
Fire with Fire is due out from Simon and Schuster September 3rd. Pre-order your copy here or find book 1  Burn for Burn here.
ARC provided gratis by Simon and Schuster via BEA

Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn #2)- Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han

I thought I knew what was coming in Fire with Fire. I did NOT know what was coming in this book. Wow. Just wow. The bulk of the plot of this story builds on the first book’s revenge plot. Only now there’s aftermath—-consequences to the revenge enacted at the end of Burn for Burn. Oh don’t worry, there’s still plenty more revenge to be had and lots of drama in the process. I love that we continue to explore Kat, Lillia and Mary both as individuals and within their friendships. Their emotional growth is staggering in this book and yet they continue to make foolish mistakes. Alas, such is high school and hormones. We see more of the boys too and in a new light, Alex and Reeve in particular get lots of exploration. An the ending? I cannot get over it. Impressive. Frankly, I’m a little bit terrified for book 3! IT’S AWESOME!

Overall: A

Fire with Fire is due out from Simon and Schuster September 3rd. Pre-order your copy here or find book 1  Burn for Burn here.

ARC provided gratis by Simon and Schuster via BEA

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #fiction #publishing #siobhan vivian #jenny han #burn for burn #paranormal #contemporary #revenge #fire with fire #simon and schuster #BEA



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Thursday, May 2
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Chosen at Nightfall- C.C. Hunter

I love the Shadowfalls Series, don’t get me wrong, but Chosen at Nightfall felt just a little too saccharine for me. I love Kylie and the entire crew, I like the direction that the plot goes, I like the subplots and I like the threat of Mario that looms, but there wasn’t a single twist I didn’t see coming. While most of this review might seem negative, I don’t want that to take away from the series overall which is still delightful. Frankly, tons of people will LOVE this last book for precisely the reasons it annoyed me. 

The ending, which many will love, ties everything up in a nice happy bow. I’m not really a nice happy bow kind of girl. I’d like a hint of reality please. While I’m happy with the way Kylie deals with the problems facing her and the decisions she makes, it all seems to end just too perfectly. I also felt (and this is a big no no for me) preached at on certain subjects, like protected sex and pregnancy. I probably could have let it slide but it was repetitive and constant in a way that it hadn’t be in previous books and it just irked me. And lastly, there were points where I thought the writing was so basic it felt like a completely different author. There’s a place where she describes what Kylie and Lucas are wearing and it’s just that. It felt weird and awkward and strange and not at all like what the writing in the first 4 books was like. Bottom line: the series is great, the last book is just okay. Still worth the read though.

Overall: B

You can find Chosen at Nightfall here. 

Chosen at Nightfall- C.C. Hunter

I love the Shadowfalls Series, don’t get me wrong, but Chosen at Nightfall felt just a little too saccharine for me. I love Kylie and the entire crew, I like the direction that the plot goes, I like the subplots and I like the threat of Mario that looms, but there wasn’t a single twist I didn’t see coming. While most of this review might seem negative, I don’t want that to take away from the series overall which is still delightful. Frankly, tons of people will LOVE this last book for precisely the reasons it annoyed me. 

The ending, which many will love, ties everything up in a nice happy bow. I’m not really a nice happy bow kind of girl. I’d like a hint of reality please. While I’m happy with the way Kylie deals with the problems facing her and the decisions she makes, it all seems to end just too perfectly. I also felt (and this is a big no no for me) preached at on certain subjects, like protected sex and pregnancy. I probably could have let it slide but it was repetitive and constant in a way that it hadn’t be in previous books and it just irked me. And lastly, there were points where I thought the writing was so basic it felt like a completely different author. There’s a place where she describes what Kylie and Lucas are wearing and it’s just that. It felt weird and awkward and strange and not at all like what the writing in the first 4 books was like. Bottom line: the series is great, the last book is just okay. Still worth the read though.

Overall: B

You can find Chosen at Nightfall here. 

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #ya lit #c.c. hunter #born at midnight #shadowfalls series #paranormal



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Wednesday, April 17
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House Rules (Chicagoland Vampires #7)- Chloe Neill
Well, well, well Cadogan House is in a bit of a pickle. This is surprising to no one who reads the Chicagoland series. House Rules focuses around the consequences of Cadogan’s decision to leave the GP, but also includes the larger themes of racism, the question of oversight, questions of corruption and power, and so much more. Once again, Merit saves the day with her combination of reckless bravery, Nancy Drew style sleuthing skills, and general bad-assery. She is honestly my favorite heroine of the moment and her sharp tongue and keen intelligence are definitely part of the reason why. And while Ethan and Merit have their rocky moments, DEAR GOD, it is so good to have them back. I will never, ever, ever take them for granted again after what Neill pulled in Hard Bitten. I also like how Mallory and her relationship with Merit is realistic after the previous events have all but destroyed their friendship. I am growing more concerned about the political situation which I’m sure will be a big part of the next book. I just want a shirt or something that says "I stand Sentinel for Cadogan House" just to wear around on weekend. Bonus if it comes with the sword.
Overall: A 
House Rules is out now. Get your copy here.

House Rules (Chicagoland Vampires #7)- Chloe Neill

Well, well, well Cadogan House is in a bit of a pickle. This is surprising to no one who reads the Chicagoland series. House Rules focuses around the consequences of Cadogan’s decision to leave the GP, but also includes the larger themes of racism, the question of oversight, questions of corruption and power, and so much more. Once again, Merit saves the day with her combination of reckless bravery, Nancy Drew style sleuthing skills, and general bad-assery. She is honestly my favorite heroine of the moment and her sharp tongue and keen intelligence are definitely part of the reason why. And while Ethan and Merit have their rocky moments, DEAR GOD, it is so good to have them back. I will never, ever, ever take them for granted again after what Neill pulled in Hard Bitten. I also like how Mallory and her relationship with Merit is realistic after the previous events have all but destroyed their friendship. I am growing more concerned about the political situation which I’m sure will be a big part of the next book. I just want a shirt or something that says "I stand Sentinel for Cadogan House" just to wear around on weekend. Bonus if it comes with the sword.

Overall: A 

House Rules is out now. Get your copy here.

Tags:   #i read #books #adult #paranormal #fiction #vampires #chicago #chicagoland vampires #chloe neill


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Monday, April 15
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Stolen Nights (A Vampire Queen Novel)- Rebecca Maizel
I have waited a long, long time for this book. I loved Infinite Days and this sequel has been years in the making. I was excited to pick up Stolen Nights especially considering the unbelievable ending of Infinite Days which was a cliffhanger to say the least. I love Lenah and Rhode and this book made me love them even more. It also made me love Vicken, like move to Scotland kind of love. The plot was good, nothing revolutionary as far as I’m concerned—I saw the twist coming. I had a minor problem with the portrayal of the Aeris but nothing that I couldn’t overlook. What I had a major problem with was the Epilogue. This book’s ending prior to the epilogue was perfect. It was heartbreaking and sweet, full of love and duty and sacrifice. But then the epilogue, which sets up for a next book I’m presuming, diluted that whole experience for me. I would have liked to linger a bit longer emotionally in the strength of her love and the sacrifice that she had made. I will say Infinite Days is a hard book to follow up, but Stolen Nights does a decent job and the end before the epilogue is quite powerful and moving. It’s worth reading just for that.
Overall: A-
Stolen Nights is out now. Get your copy here. 

Stolen Nights (A Vampire Queen Novel)- Rebecca Maizel

I have waited a long, long time for this book. I loved Infinite Days and this sequel has been years in the making. I was excited to pick up Stolen Nights especially considering the unbelievable ending of Infinite Days which was a cliffhanger to say the least. I love Lenah and Rhode and this book made me love them even more. It also made me love Vicken, like move to Scotland kind of love. The plot was good, nothing revolutionary as far as I’m concerned—I saw the twist coming. I had a minor problem with the portrayal of the Aeris but nothing that I couldn’t overlook. What I had a major problem with was the Epilogue. This book’s ending prior to the epilogue was perfect. It was heartbreaking and sweet, full of love and duty and sacrifice. But then the epilogue, which sets up for a next book I’m presuming, diluted that whole experience for me. I would have liked to linger a bit longer emotionally in the strength of her love and the sacrifice that she had made. I will say Infinite Days is a hard book to follow up, but Stolen Nights does a decent job and the end before the epilogue is quite powerful and moving. It’s worth reading just for that.

Overall: A-

Stolen Nights is out now. Get your copy here

Tags:   #books #i read #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #vampires #paranormal #infinite days #stolen nights #rebecca maizel #st martin's press



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Friday, March 15
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Post Mortem (Parish Mail Series #2)- Kira Snyder
I love the Parish Mail Series. Post Mortem sealed that deal, like one of those letter Celia Jane gets in the books. Okay that was a stretch, but in all seriousness, a good old fashioned ghost story and some sleuth work make for damn good winter reading. There is something classic about the Parish Mail series, something of Nancy Drew and Goosebumps, something in the pleasure of being a bit scared, a bit nervous and bit curious when reading these books that delights in the signature way. Post Mortem picks up where Dead Letter Office ends and extends our motley, meddling crew further into the worlds of historical and present day murder and mystery. Now they are a team with a mission and more is revealed regarding the evil loosed on Halloween and the paranormal misbalance that needs to be rectified. Trust me, Parish Mail isn’t a series to be missed, particularly for fans of things that go bump in the night.
Overall: A 
Post Mortem is out now from Coliloquy. Get your copy here. 
e-Arc provided gratis by Coliloquy.

Post Mortem (Parish Mail Series #2)- Kira Snyder

I love the Parish Mail Series. Post Mortem sealed that deal, like one of those letter Celia Jane gets in the books. Okay that was a stretch, but in all seriousness, a good old fashioned ghost story and some sleuth work make for damn good winter reading. There is something classic about the Parish Mail series, something of Nancy Drew and Goosebumps, something in the pleasure of being a bit scared, a bit nervous and bit curious when reading these books that delights in the signature way. Post Mortem picks up where Dead Letter Office ends and extends our motley, meddling crew further into the worlds of historical and present day murder and mystery. Now they are a team with a mission and more is revealed regarding the evil loosed on Halloween and the paranormal misbalance that needs to be rectified. Trust me, Parish Mail isn’t a series to be missed, particularly for fans of things that go bump in the night.

Overall: A 

Post Mortem is out now from Coliloquy. Get your copy here

e-Arc provided gratis by Coliloquy.

Tags:   #kira snyder #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #dead letter office #post mortem #parish mail series #coliloquy #nancy drew #goosebumps #choose your own adventure #mystery #paranormal #ghost story #history #new orleans


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Friday, July 27
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Drink Deep

Drink Deep (Book #5 Chicagoland Vampire) by Chloe Neill

Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires, #5)

I had to wait months to write this review because I was kind of pissed at the previous book so much I thought it would spill over into this review. And it will, just a little, but a lot less than it would have. So I love the Chicagoland Vampire series. I do. I love Merit. I want to be Merit: smart and kick-ass and a literature lover and a foodie, I’m practically there. BUT in the previous book someone died. Someone who was really really important to the series for me and I was SO ANGRY. We’re talking somewhere between the filled with bees and rage and white hot burning under your skin angry. So I thought, ok, she’ll fix this in Drink Deep. And to be honest, she sort of does, but it’s kind of confusing and the way it is left is not at all settled. Now, apart from that one character who is like a gaping hole in the story for me, I loved the plot of this book. It’s smart, it’s gripping, it’s diabolical even. I believe the conflicts here and in the consequences from the previous books finally being played out. I am very, very interested to see where the plot goes from here regarding Cagdogen House’s liberty or allegiance. Anyway, fans of the series won’t be disappointed and here’s hoping for a really strong clarification on the ending in the next book. 

Overall: A-

Drink Deep is out now. Order your copy here.

Tags:   #i read #books #adult #paranormal #chicagoland vampires #merit #cadogen house #drink deep #chloe neill



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Friday, July 6
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The Storm Is Coming

The Diviners- Libba Bray

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

Ok so, I loved it. I seem to be stumbling upon lots of books set in 1920s New York and each one teaches me more than the last. The Diviners was awesome—a dark, creeptastic mystery with insights into religious zeal, the occult, flapper culture, racial divides, and literary and theatre culture.  Seriously the book had everything (even a Louise Brooks reference that I got because of my recent reading of The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty). The language is utterly authentic and pos-i-tute-ly fun! There’s some interesting paranormal and steampunkish elements to the plot which was kind of cool. Frankly what hooked me was the banter between Sam and Evie which read exactly like His Girl Friday (one of my favorite movies of all time).  

NOTE: Fast-paced, witty, snarky banter is the way to my heart. You should all write that down.

This book sets up the series nicely but not all of the story lines have converged just yet. I will also say, I’m rooting for a different boy to get Evie’s heart then who she’s with in the end so here’s hoping for a change of course in Book 2 on that front. Overall, this was a tightly wound storyline where as you read the plot moves in ever diminishing concentric circles until you’re shocked at how well all these things are connected. I have to say I loved learning as much about 1920s NY as I did all the characters.  This is definitely a series to keep your eye on!

Overall: A

The Diviners is due out from Little Brown Books for Young Readers on September 18th.  Pre-order your copy here.

ARC provided gratis by Little Brown via BEA

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #ya lit #1920s new york #the diviners #libba bray #historical fiction #paranormal #steampunk


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Wednesday, April 4
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Maybe This Time

Maybe This Time- Jennifer Crusie

Maybe This Time

I received Maybe This Time as a gift from Inara Scott, who you know I love. The cover and title make you think, hmmm this could be a cute romance. WRONG. ALL LIES. Well not all lies, but definitely misleading. You know I’m easy to scare and frankly when you have my imagination you don’t need any help.  I will say apart from reading this book far too late at night and during a rain storm, the story is a good one—a creepy mix of gothic houses, peculiar children, and spooky occurrences. There’s a bit of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights about the book and I appreciated that in the end. That being said there is some of that cute romance floating about too. North and Andie have a riveting relationship and there are points of absolute comic genius with them and those around them, i.e. the seance. I guess in the end Inara was right, it’s a good book even if it did give me the heebie jeebies.  If you like gothic, paranormal, or ghost stories, this is a book for you.

Overall: A-

Maybe This Time is out now from St. Martin’s Press. You can get your copy here.

Tags:   #i read #books #paranormal #ghost stories #adult #maybe this time #jennifer crusie #st martins griffin



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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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Wednesday, March 7
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Blog Tour: The Marked by Inara Scott

The Marked (Delcroix Academy, #2)

Welcome to The Marked Blog Tour stop at Verb Vixen! We’re delighted to have an exclusive interview with Inara Scott as well as a chance at a copy of The Marked, the second book the The Talents series (formerly known as Delacroix Academy). Not sure you if you want the book? You do, just read my review of The Marked here.

Now let’s get to it and hear from Inara herself:

1. A sequel is never an easy task. What was the biggest challenge you faced in writing The Marked?
Oh man, there were lots of challenges! I’d say that the hardest part was trying to balance listening to the readers who had just finished The Candidates and had lots of suggestions for book 2 (!), and not listening too much. Some writers say they never read reviews. I am definitely NOT like that. I care deeply about what my readers think, and learn a ton from reading reviews and listening to readers. But I also know the book I need to write, and I know my characters better than anyone else, so to some extent I have to ignore what readers are saying. It’s very hard to strike the right balance. 
 
2. What was on your playlist while you were writing and what was your go to snack or reward?
I have a hard time listening to music while I write. If I listen to anything, it has to be in another language (that I don’t speak!) so I don’t get distracted by lyrics. For example, here’s one of my favorite French tunes: 
Thomas Dutronc - J’aime plus Paris
 
I listen to this album over and over when I’m writing! 
3. The Marked finds Dancia growing more confident. She becomes more of a leader, can you talk a little bit about her evolution from book 1 to book 2?
It’s important to remember that Dancia was 14—just finished eighth grade—when book 1 begins. Though I want people to recognize her strength, I also want to make sure they understand that she’s a real person, who has a real evolution over the course of all three books in the series. At the end of book 1, Dancia is finally able to accept who she is and embrace her talent. In book 2, she continues her journey and emerges as the leader she has always been meant to be. 
 
4. I love the morality aspects of the series and there’s quite a few interesting questions about right and wrong, good and evil that come up. What is Dancia’s governing principle that guides her decision making?
What a great question! I will be sure to call you when I’m making my study guide, okay? :-) 
This series is really about the difficulty of making choices in a flawed, dangerous world. In book 1, Dancia asks Grandma for advice about a choice she has to make, and Grandma tells her to trust her instincts. Dancia replies, 
"Grandma, how do you know what your instincts are? I mean, what if you have two different instincts? What do you do then?" 
To which Grandma replies, 

"I suppose there’s no good answer to that, Danny. I wish there was. But if you take the wrong path, something deep inside you will feel twisted. There are times when that will be the only way to know the right from the wrong." 
 
More than anything else, it’s that voice inside her heart that guides Dancia. I think that’s what guides us all. 
 
5. We’ve found out more about enemies outside of Delacroix and there are definitely shady characters within the walls. Which is the bigger threat to Dancia and friends?
Did you really think I was going to answer that? Ha! Let’s just say that the threats are everywhere. Dancia is going to have to struggle to find anyone she can trust. 
 
6. Who would you pick: Jack or Cam?
As the author, there’s no picking between them. I love them both. But to give you some answer to your question, the best way I can describe how I feel about them (without giving anything away) is this: You know the Chinese symbol for yin and yang? That’s Cam and Jack. Two boys, one circle, parts of both in each. 
I’m not saying who’s black and who’s white. ;-) 
That concludes our interview, so now go read The Talents and pre-order The Marked!  OH and definitely ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!
 

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Thank you to Inara Scott and Disney Hyperion for allowing V.V. to be a tour stop.  Be sure to check out the other tour stops for The Marked for other prizes and exclusive content.

March 6           Murphy’s Library, interview

March 9           Chick Loves Lit, interview w/celebration pictures

March 16         The Book Life, guest blog

March 18         Up! Brazil, interview

March 22         Chapter by Chapter, guest blog

March 29         Two Chicks on Books, guest blog from Jack’s POV

March 30         Buried in Books, interview

April 2             Michelle & Leslie’s Book Picks, guest blog

April 4             The Hardcover Harlequin, interview

April 9             A Reader’s Adventure, guest blog

April 12           The Book Cellar, interview questions

April 13           Steamed, guest blog

April 16           Fangs, Felines, Fins, & Fun Fiction, interview

April 20           Icey Books, interview questions

April 27           Good Choice Reading, guest blog

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Friday, December 2
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It’s Not You, It’s Me

Bloodlines-Richelle Mead

Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)

Ok, I haven’t read the Vampire Academy books so it probably wasn’t a good idea to read Mead’s new Bloodlines books which take place in the same world. The world is an interesting one, but I think I’m just vamped out. I couldn’t relate to any of the characters and its not because they weren’t good. They were! I just need a break. What I’m trying to say is paranormal YA, it’s not you; it’s me. I will say this the plot twists in this book are quite good and is definitely a book paranormal fans will like.

Overall: A-

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #ya lit #paranormal #bloodlines #richelle mead #vampire academy



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Wednesday, November 30
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Bloodspell

Bloodspell-Amalie Howard

Bloodspell (Bloodspell #1)

Bloodspell had an interesting premise to start with—what if your blood was your enemy? What it didn’t do new is the vampire love interest and the danger of them being together. Been there, read that. I loved the idea behind Tori’s power and the history of where it came from. Howard has some great ideas and some strong writing. Apart from that I really just wished that Christian wasn’t a vampire. It sort of ruined the romance portion of the plot for me. It was okay. That’s really all I got on this one.

Overall: B+

Tags:   #i read #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #ya lit #books #paranormal #amalie howard #bloodspell



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