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Fool for Books Giveaway Hop

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Prisoner B-3087

Prisoner B-3087 By Alan Gratz Published on March 1st 2013
Published by: Scholastic Inc.
Source: Netgalley
Survive. At any cost.

10 concentration camps.

10 different places where you are starved, tortured, and worked mercilessly.

It's something no one could imagine surviving.

But it is what Yanek Gruener has to face.

As a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland, Yanek is at the mercy of the Nazis who have taken over. Everything he has, and everyone he loves, have been snatched brutally from him. And then Yanek himself is taken prisoner -- his arm tattooed with the words PRISONER B-3087.

He is forced from one nightmarish concentration camp to another, as World War II rages all around him. He encounters evil he could have never imagined, but also sees surprising glimpses of hope amid the horror. He just barely escapes death, only to confront it again seconds later.

Can Yanek make it through the terror without losing his hope, his will -- and, most of all, his sense of who he really is inside?

Fields of Elysium

Fields of Elysium
by A.B. Whelan
Published December 12th 2012 by InMotion Capitol 

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How can love mend a heart full of hate?
Small town girl, Molly Bennett, moves to Los Angeles where she becomes an outsider while attending Beverly Hills High School. It seems life cannot be any more dreadful. Then one day after school, something magical happens. On a secluded hike in the Hollywood Hills, Molly chases her disobedient mutt and only friend into a hidden cavern. She stumbles upon a strange glimmering gateway that transports her to Arkana, a planet that is the cradle of an advanced human race. There, teenagers navigate amazing flying vehicles, compete in perilous games for glory, and possess supernatural powers. While Molly tries to wrap her mind around this unbelievable discovery, she meets the alluring and mysterious Victor Sorren. He is a …


Stung By Bethany Wiggins Published on April 2nd 2013
Published by Walker Childrens
Source: Netgalley
There is no cure for being stung.

Fiona doesn’t remember going to sleep. But when she opens her eyes, she discovers her entire world has been altered—her house is abandoned and broken, and the entire neighborhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right hand—a black oval with five marks on either side—that she doesn’t remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. She’s right.

Those bearing the tattoo have turned into mindless, violent beasts that roam the streets and sewers, preying upon the unbranded while a select few live protected inside a fortress-like wall, their lives devoted to rebuilding society and killing all who bear the mark.

Now Fiona has awakened branded, alone—and on the wrong side of the wall. My feelings about this book can be summed up pretty easily in one GIF:


A Touch of Scarlet

A Touch of Scarlet By Eve Marie Mont Published on March 26, 2013
Published by Kensington Teen
Source: Publisher for Review
Emma Townsend is back at prestigious Lockwood Prep, but her world has altered immeasurably since her tumultuous sophomore year. The best change of all: her boyfriend, Gray. And though Gray is leaving for Coast Guard training, Emma feels newly optimistic, even if the pain of her mother’s long-ago death still casts a shadow.

Yet Emma isn’t the only one who’s changed. Her friend and roommate, Michelle, is strangely remote, and old alliances are shifting in disconcerting ways. Soon Emma’s long-distance relationship with Gray is straining under the pressure, and Emma wonders if she’s cracking too. How else to explain the vivid dreams of Hester Prynne she’s been having since she started reading The Scarlet Letter? Or the way she’s found herself waking in the woods? As her life begins to echo events in the novel, Emma will be forced to choose between virtue and lo…

My 3 year old's TBR Pile- Easter Edition! (2)

Hello Everyone!  I have a few fun books to share for your favorite preschoolers!  My little man was a big fan of these books!  I am loving a few of these books and wanted to share with you what we are reading now:

Chester's Colorful Easter Eggs By Theresa Smythe Published on February 5, 2013
Published by Henry Holt and Co.
Source: Publisher
Chester the Easter Bunny decorates six Easter eggs. He chooses the colors of the rainbow: red, green, yellow, orange, purple, and blue. He then hides them for all his friends to find. On Easter, his friends discover his beautiful eggs and they all celebrate the special day together.

With bright colors and sturdy and solid paper pages, this is a fun and perfect addition to any preschooler's Easter basket.  My son is OBSESSED with Easter Egg hunts.  I mean, we have them in our house every day obsessed.  He thought it was fun to find all the eggs hidden on each of the pages and his mama appreciated the color reinforcement as well.

Oh So Tiny Bunny


Everbound By Brodi Ashton Published on January 22, 2013
Published by Harper Teen
Source: Publisher for Review
Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity — a debt that should’ve been hers. She’s living a borrowed life, and she doesn’t know what to do with the guilt. And every night Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away.

Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen — and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to assist her in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.

Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated — and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack — even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her ow…

Unravel Me

Unravel Me By Tahereh Mafi Published on February 5, 2013
Published by Harper Teen
Source: Publisher For Review
it's almost
time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.
Oh man.  Oh man.  Oh man.

End of Review.

No really- this book.  Ok, so I read Shatter Me.  I thought it was good, but absolutely not the best book ever.  I decided to give Unravel Me a chance (mainly because of Chapter 62).  THIS BOOK!  It has made me completely unable to make coherent thoughts.  I neglected my family, my house, everything so I could devour this book.

Unravel Me is ruthless.  It is fast paced action, heart wrenching drama, and enough a…

A Tangle of Knots

A Tangle of Knots By Lisa Graff Published on February 12, 2013
Published by Philomel
Source: Publisher for Review
Told in multiple viewpoints, A Tangle of Knots is a magnificent puzzle. In a slightly magical world where everyone has a Talent, eleven-year-old Cady is an orphan with a phenomenal Talent for cake baking. But little does she know that fate has set her on a journey from the moment she was born. And her destiny leads her to a mysterious address that houses a lost luggage emporium, an old recipe, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever. However, these encounters hold the key to Cady's past and how she became an orphan. If she's lucky, fate may reunite her with her long-lost parent.

A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff is spectacular! I loved this book from the first word to the last. It is different strands of one intricately woven story!

Each chapter gives you a look at one character and how they deal with ev…

Dark Triumph

Dark Triumph By Robin LaFevers Published on April 2nd 2013
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Source: Netgalley
Sybella arrives at the convent’s doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge—but at a price. Naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, the convent views Sybella as one of their most dangerous weapons.

But those assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?

This heart-pounding sequel to Grave Mercy serves betrayal, treachery, and danger in equal measure, bringing readers back to fifteenth cent…

Best Book Ever: Classics

This week for Best Book Ever, I wanted to talk about books that don't always get a lot of love in the blogging world: the classics. We spend a lot of time talking about hot new books, but there are books that have endured for generations. Check out our selections and let us know what you think in the comments.

This is a no-brainer for me. My favorite classic of all time isJane Eyre; it's the only book I'm able to reread year after year without getting bored. This book has it all: an underdog heroine, a brooding hero, romance, mystery, and betrayal. I always joke that if I ever make it "JK Rowling-rich" I'll finance a remake of the film, because none of the adaptations are close enough to the book for my liking. (So let's get to work on making me "JK Rowling-rich," okay?)

Melissa Landers - Alienated (February 1, 2014; Disney Hyperion)
Oh, the classics... I actually love them. I try to squeeze in at least one (goal is two) a year, and I don't fl…

Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone By Leigh Bardugo Published on June 5th 2012
Published by: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Source: Borrowed from Coranne
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her h…

Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop

2nd Annual Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop
Today bloggers all over are clearing off their shelves and passing on some books that deserve a chance to be read!
I've got FOUR books for our lucky winners to pick from.  That's right, I said winners!  I'll be picking two names for this one. The first winner gets first pick, and the second winner will pick from the remaining three.
Here's your choices:

(Click on the cover to go to the Goodreads page)

The giveaway is open to readers in the US (or international readers who have an address in the US where they can receive mail) who are 13 and over.  Enter in the Rafflecopter below, and be sure to check out all of the other stops on the hop!
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Elegy for Eddie

Thanks to TLC Book Tours, and in celebration of the release of the tenth book in the Maisie Dobbs mystery series, we're pleased to present a review for the series' ninth book, Elegy for Eddie, by Jacqueline Winspear.  Make sure to check out the rest of the tour stops for reviews of all ten books in the series!

Elegy for Eddie By Jacqueline Winspear Published on October 30th 2012
Published by: Harper Perennial
Source: Finished copy from publisher
In this latest entry in Jacqueline Winspear's acclaimed, bestselling mystery series--"less whodunits than why-dunits, more P.D. James than Agatha Christie" (USA Today)--Maisie Dobbs takes on her most personal case yet, a twisting investigation into the brutal killing of a street peddler that will take her from the working-class neighborhoods of her childhood into London's highest circles of power. Perfect for fans of A Lesson in Secrets, The Mapping of Love and Death, or other Maisie Dobbs mysteries--and an ideal place for …

Marco Impossible

Marco Impossible By Hannah Moskowitz Published on March 19, 2013
Published by: Roaring Brook Press
Source: ARC from publisher
Thirteen-year-old best friends Stephen and Marco attempt a go-for-broke heist to break into the high school prom and get Marco onstage to confess his love for (and hopefully steal the heart of) Benji, the adorable exchange student and bass player of the prom band. Of course, things don't always go according to plan, and every heist comes with its fair share of hijinks.

Y'all, I'll be straight up. This book has done something impossible: it's a middle grade book that I loved.  Technically, it's probably right on the cusp between middle grade and young adult, but still.  This book is everything I've ever wanted out of a book aimed at tweens/young teens and have never gotten before. The writing is simple and fast-paced enough to keep readers engaged, but there is enough depth and emotion to satisfy even older, picker readers like myself.

The bo…

'Til The World Ends

'Til The World Ends By Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre, and Karen Duvall Published on January 29th 2013
Published by: Harlequin Luna
Source: Netgalley
Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa

Before The Immortal Rules, there was the Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden-as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What's worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends Ben Archer, she's beginning to wonder if a global pandemic is the least of her problems....

Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre

After a catastrophic spill turns the country into a vast chemical wasteland, those who could afford it retreated to fortresses, self-contained communities run by powerful corporations. But for Mari Thistle, life on the outside-in the Red Zone-is a constant struggle. To protect her family, Mari teams up with the mysterious…

The Ultra Violets review and GIVEAWAY!

The Ultra Violets By Sophie Bell Published on April 9, 2013
Published by Razorbill
Source: Publisher for review
Meet four best friends. They’re not super…yet.

IRIS: Visionary, artist, leader--the glitter-glue that holds the group together.

CHERI: A girly-girl on platform roller-skates who's never met a rescue puppy she didn’t immediately-and-madly love.

SCARLET: Short enough that you won’t see her sneaking up behind you. Freckled enough that you might mistake her for innocent. But look out! She can pants a bully faster than you can say O-M-Jeepers!

OPALINE: Loveable, huggable, supershy, sweet as pie…or is she?

And introducing CANDACE. Not just any babysitter—she's a Teen Genius, thankyouverymuch!

What happens when four best friends find themselves splattered with mysterious purple goo during a routine sleepover? Iris, Cheri, Scarlet and Opaline are about to become…

The Ultra Violets by Sophie Bell is a middle grade action-packed purple adventure! First off, let me…