Books I DNF

By Holly Black
Published on September 3
Published by Little Brown
Source: NetGalley
Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

Ok, so I will admit.  This book was awesome.  It was throroughly engrossing.  But it also scared the whoozeywhatsits out of me!  I love Holly Black and she is SO TALENTED.  I am trying to campaign for Sarah to read this one- I think she would LOVE it.  It is no Twilight.  It is gory, hard core, and scary.  If I wasn't such a pansy, I would love it!

By Natalie Standiford
Published on June 2013
Published by Scholastic
Source: Another blogger :)
A new breathtaking novel from Natalie Standiford about love and trust during the Cold War.

Laura Reid goes to Leningrad for a semester abroad as Cold War paranoia is peaking in 1982. She meets a young Russian artist named Alexei and soon, with Alexei as her guide, Laura immerses herself in the real Russia--a crazy world of wild parties, black-market books and music, and smuggled letters to dissidents. She must keep the relationship secret; associating with Americans is dangerous for Alexei, and if caught, Laura could be sent home and Alexei put under surveillance or worse. At the same time, she's been warned that Soviets often latch onto Americans in hopes of marrying them and thus escaping to the United States. But she knows Alexei loves her. Right?

As June approaches--when Laura must return to the United States--Alexei asks Laura to marry him. She's only nineteen and doesn't think she's ready to settle down. But what if Alexei is the love of her life? How can she leave him behind? If she has a chance to change his life, to rescue him from misery, shouldn't she take it?

I thought this one was going to be a sure fire winner.  Romance.  Russia.  What could go wrong?  I am not sure- but I think I will blame this one on me.  I just was reading it and thinking, "I don't care... I don't care... I don't care...."  I will chalk this one up to reading this one at the wrong time.

By Saundra Mitchell and others
Published on June 18, 2013
Published by Harper Teen
Source: Publisher
Defy the Dark, an all-new anthology edited by Saundra Mitchell. Coming Summer 2013 from HarperTeen!

It features 16 stories by critically-acclaimed and bestselling YA authors as they explore things that can only happen in the dark. Authors include Sarah Rees Brennan, Rachel Hawkins, Carrie Ryan, Aprilynne Pike, Malinda Lo, Courtney Summers, Beth Revis, Sarah Ockler, and more.

Contemporary, genre, these stories will explore every corner of our world- and so many others. What will be the final story that defies the dark? Who will the author be

I was pretty excited for this one.  The back said it would explore lots of different genres.  I should have assumed they would all be as scary as .. ahem.  Yeah.  I only made it halfway through this one before I shipped it off to Kaleena (who has reviewed it for the site).  I am a pansy.

By Alexandra Coutt
Published on September 17, 2013
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Source: Publisher
A novel about the end of days full of surprising beginnings

The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that's left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.

Alexandra Coutts's TUMBLE & FALL is a powerful story of courage, love, and hope at the end of the world.

I really wanted to like this one.  I thought the premise was awesome.  But then I got about 60 pages in and I still had no idea what was going on and new characters just kept coming.  I wanted to like this one more.  I really did.

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