Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Bounded Wrap-Up/Stacking the Shelves (11)- Mar 29/13

A Bounded Wrap-Up is a reminder of what posts and features I had in the last two weeks, and a short preview of what is to come next week. Visit the Features page to see all of my past posts, and other memes I participate in!


Friday, March 29, 2013

REVIEW: The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Title:                       The School for Good and Evil
Author:                   Soman Chainani 
Release Date:      May 14/2013
Genre:                Middle Grade Fantasy
Publisher:           Harper Collins Children's Books
Page Count:        496
Acquired:            Edelweiss
Format:              Ebook
Read From:         March 21-28/2013
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At the School for Good and Evil, failing your fairy tale is not an option.

Welcome to the School for Good and Evil, where best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil. The two girls soon find their fortunes reversed—Sophie's dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School for Good, thrust among handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.

But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are . . . ?

The School for Good and Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

REVIEW: Doll Bones by Holly Black

Title:                       Doll Bones
Author:                   Holly Black 
Release Date:      May 7/2013
Genre:                Middle Grade Paranormal
Publisher:           Margaret K. McElderry
Page Count:        256
Acquired:            NetGalley
Format:              Ebook
Read From:         March 20/2013
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Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that the only way to cope is to stop playing . . . and stop being friends with Poppy and Alice.

But one night the girls pay Zach a visit, and tell him about a series of mysterious occurrences. Poppy swears that she is now being haunted by a china doll – who claims that it is made from the ground-up bones of a murdered girl. They must return the doll to where the girl lived, and bury it. Otherwise the three children will be cursed for eternity...

Monday, March 25, 2013

GIVEAWAY: Fairy Tale Giveaway Hop- Win a 1/10 Fairy Tale Themed Books! (INT 4/13

Fairy Tale

I'm SO excited to be taking part in this hop. Fairy tales have always had a special place in my heart, and fairy tale retellings-if done well!-have come to occupy the same space. There will be 10 books for you all to choose from, they will be a mix of Middle Grade, Young Adult and Adult books.  

Please remember to read ALL rules.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

REVIEW: The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan

Title:                       The Tragedy Paper
Author:                   Elizabeth Laban 
Release Date:      Jan 8/2013
Genre:                YA Contemporary
Publisher:           Knopf Books for Young Readers
Page Count:        312
Acquired:            NetGalley
Format:              Ebook
Read From:         March 2-18/2013
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Tim Macbeth, a seventeen-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is “Enter here to be and find a friend.” A friend is the last thing Tim expects or wants—he just hopes to get through his senior year unnoticed. Yet, despite his efforts to blend into the background, he finds himself falling for the quintessential “It” girl, Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy. To Tim's surprise, Vanessa is into him, too, but she can kiss her social status goodbye if anyone ever finds out. Tim and Vanessa begin a clandestine romance, but looming over them is the Tragedy Paper, Irving’s version of a senior year thesis, assigned by the school’s least forgiving teacher.

Jumping between viewpoints of the love-struck Tim and Duncan, a current senior about to uncover the truth of Tim and Vanessa, The Tragedy Paper is a compelling tale of forbidden love and the lengths people will go to keep theirs.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

REVIEW: The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

Title:                       The Nightmare Affair
Author:                   Mindee Arnett 
Release Date:      March 5/2013
Genre:                YA Paranormal Fantasy
Publisher:           Tor Teen
Page Count:        367
Acquired:            NetGalley
Format:              Ebook
Read From:         Feb 13-Mar 14/2013
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Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.


Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.

Then Eli’s dream comes true.

Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

REVIEW: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Title:                       The Storyteller
Author:                   Jodi Picoult 
Release Date:      Feb 26/2013
Genre:                Adult Contemporary
Publisher:           Atria Books
Page Count:        367
Acquired:            Work Borrow
Format:              Hard Cover
Read From:         March 8-12/2013
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Sage Singer is a baker, a loner, until she befriends an old man who's particularly beloved in her community. Josef Weber is everyone's favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses—and then he confesses his darkest secret – he deserves to die because he had been a Nazi SS guard. And Sage's grandmother is a Holocaust survivor. How do you react to evil living next door? Can someone who's committed truly heinous acts ever atone with subsequent good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren't the party who was wronged? And, if Sage even considers the request, is it revenge…or justice?

Monday, March 11, 2013

BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY: First Visions (Second Sight #1) by Heather Topham Wood

A Bounded Wrap Up/Stacking the Shelves (10)- Mar 10/13

A Bounded Wrap-Up is a reminder of what posts and features I had in the last two weeks, and a short preview of what is to come next week. Visit the Features page to see all of my past posts, and other memes I participate in!


Thursday, March 7, 2013

REVIEW: A Straight Line to My Heart by Bill Condon

Title:                       A Straight Line to My Heart
Author:                   Bill Condon 
Release Date:      Aug 1/2011
Genre:                YA Contemporary
Publisher:           Allen and Unwin
Page Count:        228
Acquired:            Library Borrow
Format:              Paperback
Read From:         Feb 18-19/2013
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A funny, poignant, realistic story of Tiffany's first love and first job, and the inevitability of change in the first summer out of school

School is over, not just for the year, but forever. Tiff and Kayla are free, which is what they've always wanted, but now summer is nearly at an end and that means life decisions. Tiff is hoping her job at the local paper will lead to something more, but "The Shark" soon puts her straight on what it takes to become a hard-nosed reporter like him.

At home, Reggie—the only grandad she's ever known—has quit smoking and diagnosed himself as a cactus, and then Kayla hits her with some big news. And into all this stumbles Davey, who plays rugby but quotes Truman Capote, and is the first boy who has ever really wanted to know her. Tiff is smart with words and rarely does tears, but in one short week she discovers that words don't always get you there; they don't let you say all the stuff from deep in your heart.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

A Bounded Wrap-Up/Stacking the Shelves (9): Mar 3/13

A Bounded Wrap-Up is a reminder of what posts and features I had in the last two weeks, and a short preview of what is to come next week. Visit the Features page to see all of my past posts, and other memes I participate in!