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Death Sworn

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Deathsworn By Leah Cypress Published on March 4, 2014
Published by Green Willow
Source: Edelweiss
When Ileni lost her magic, she lost everything: her place in society, her purpose in life, and the man she had expected to spend her life with. So when the Elders sent her to be magic tutor to a secret sect of assassins, she went willingly, even though the last two tutors had died under mysterious circumstances.

But beneath the assassins’ caves, Ileni will discover a new place and a new purpose… and a new and dangerous love. She will struggle to keep her lost magic a secret while teaching it to her deadly students, and to find out what happened to the two tutors who preceded her. But what she discovers will change not only her future, but the future of her people, the assassins… and possibly the entire world.

I know that this author's other series has been on my radar.  I think she typically writes fantasy and I am a big fan of fantasy.  I also know that her books have had mixe…

Don't Even Think About It

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Don't Even Think About It By Sarah Mlynowski Published on March 11, 2014
Published by Delacorte Press
Source:Publisher for Review
Contemporary teen fiction with romance, secrets, scandals, and ESP from the author of Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have).

We weren't always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn't expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes. Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper.

Since we've kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us. We know what our friends really think of our jeans,…

Day of Giveaways- BLOGAVERSARY!

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Woot woot!  It is our bloggaversary this month and we are celebrating by emptying our bookshelves for YOU!  Check back all day today on this site to find out what we are giving away and to enter!




Sarah is kicking off the giveaways first:

An ARC of Stay Where You Are And Then Leave, by John Boyne!  Find me on Twitter and Retweet this tweet for a chance to win!  US/Canada shipping only.

Giveaway number two is for Tumblr! Like and/or reblog this post, and/or follow us to win a signed ARC of Curtsies & Conspiracies, by Gail Carriger (US/CAN).

Crystalee here. Hope you're having fun during our Blogaversary! I'm generally a book hoarder, but I thought I'd share the love today by giving away some cool books to our followers. The third giveaway today is. . . *drum roll please*... Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs! Wanna win? Enter using Rafflecopter below! US and Canada entries only, please. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sarah again! Do you like th…

The Third

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The Third By Zhu Hsia Published on March 21st, 2014
Published by KONG Publishing House
Source: e-ARC

Ji Sun, heir to the powerful Lee clan of bloodsuckers brings disgrace to her kind by not only mixing with humans, but leaving the clan to marry one, and she is banished for ever from her family.

After five years, Ji Sun’s happiness is threatened. For although she has no intention of returning to her life as a bloodsucker, she has not yet renounced her inheritance, for to do so is to risk stigmatization and a much shortened life. However, Mun Oh, her younger brother, now fifteen years old and already a formidable bloodsucker, is ordered by his parents to visit his sister and demand that she goes through the Ritual of Renunciation in his favor.

But the spoiled and capricious Mun Oh, accustomed to getting his own way the minute he wants something, and his teeth into any human he fancies, encounters more obstacles than he bargains for, especially from Ji Sun’s troubled and troubleso…

Elusion

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Elusion By Claudia Gabel, Cheryl Klam Published on March 18, 2014
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Edelweiss
A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life.

Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father’s unexpected death, Regan can’t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality.

Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it’s addictive and dangerous— Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a…

Snow White Sorrow by Cameron Jace

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Snow White Sorrow (The Grimm Diaries #1) By Cameron Jace Published on May 30th 2013
Published by Jawigi
Source: Publisher
What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?

Sixteen year old Loki Blackstar is no Prince Charming. His mother is a ghost. His only friend is a red Cadillac that sings to him through the radio. He looks like an Angel but acts like jerk. No wonder he has been banned from Heaven, which is the least of his troubles. Loki needs a job to pay for school and support himself.

Still, Loki has a rare gift: He is a Dreamhunter. One of the few in the world who can hunt and kill immortal demons in their dreams so they never wake up again.

When Loki is sent to kill a sixteen-year-old vampire girl the locals call Snow White Sorrow, he is pulled into a magical but dangerous world. The locals believe the monster to be Snow White.

The real Snow White... living in the ruins of an ancient castle in a small town. She is described as horribly beautiful, terrifyingly enchanting, and wi…

Blog Tour: The Deepest Secret

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Thanks to TLC Book Tours, we're pleased to present a review for The Deepest Secret, a new contemporary novel by Carla Buckley . Make sure to check out the rest of the tour stops to see other reviews!

The Deepest Secret By Carla Buckley Published on February 4th 2014
Published by: Bantam
Source: Publisher/blog tour
A riveting, poignant family drama perfect for readers of Defending Jacob and The Memory Keeper's Daughter, which explores the power of the secrets people keep-the darker, hidden facets of our lives, and what happens when they come to light.

Diagnosed with XP, a rare medical condition which makes him lethally sensitive to light, Tyler is a thirteen-year-old who desperately wants just one thing: to be normal. His mother Eve also wants just one thing: to protect her son. As Tyler begins roaming their cul-de-sac at night, cloaked in the safety of the darkness, he peers into the lives of the other families on the street-looking in on the things they most want hidden. Then…

Ask Again Later

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Ask Again Later By Liz Czukas Published on March 11, 2014
Published by Harper Teen
Source: Publisher for Review
Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there's only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.

Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother's best friend really be?

Tails: The theater geek...with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart's interests--even if he wants to share all his feelings?

Heart's simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all...

Oh my goodness, how fun was this book?  I am not even sure I can make coherent thoughts about what I enjoyed.  Ask Again Later left me with the warm fuzzies.  It was…

Blog Tour: Shadows in the Sun

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Thanks to TLC Book Tours, we're pleased to present a review for Shadows in the Sun, a new memoir by Gayathri Ramprasad. Make sure to check out the rest of the tour stops to see other reviews!

Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within By Gayathri Ramprasad Published on March 4th 2014
Published by: Hazelden
Source: Publisher/blog tour
"Everyone who struggles with a mental illness, or who knows anyone with depression, anxiety, or any other mental illness, must read this engrossing true story of courage in the face of heartbreaking adversity.”
—Dilip V. Jeste, MD, president, American Psychiatric Association

As a young girl in Bangalore, Gayathri was surrounded by the fragrance of jasmine and flickering oil lamps, her family protected by Hindu gods and goddesses. But as she grew older, demons came forth from the dark corners of her idyllic kingdom—with the scariest creatures lurking within her.

The daughter of a respected Brahmin family, Gayathri began …

The Shadow Prince

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The Shadow Prince By Bree Despain Published on March 11, 2014
Published by Egmont
Source: Edelweiss
Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race.

Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong.

Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entail…

Sing Sweet Nightingale

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SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE By Erica Cameron Published on March 4, 2013
Published by Spencer Hill
Source: Publisher
Goodreads/Amazon/Barnes & Noble Mariella Teagen hasn't spoken a word in four years. 

She pledged her voice to Orane, the man she loves—someone she only sees in her dreams. Each night, she escapes to Paradise, the world Orane created for her, and she sings for him. Mariella never believed she could stay in Paradise longer than a night, but two weeks before her eighteenth birthday, Orane hints that she may be able to stay forever. 

Hudson Vincent made a pledge to never fight again.

Calease, the creature who created his dream world, swore that giving up violence would protect Hudson. But when his vow caused the death of his little brother, Hudson turned his grief on Calease and destroyed the dream world. The battle left him with new abilities and disturbing visions of a silent girl in grave danger—Mariella.

Now, Hudson is fighting to save Mariella's life while she…

Plus One: Two Reviews!

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Plus One By Elizabeth Fama Published on April 8th 2014
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Source: ARC from publisher Divided by day and night and on the run from authorities, star-crossed young lovers unearth a sinister conspiracy in this compelling romantic thriller.

Seventeen-year-old Soleil Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller prohibited by law from going out during the day. When she fakes an injury in order to get access to and kidnap her newborn niece—a day dweller, or Ray—she sets in motion a fast-paced adventure that will bring her into conflict with the powerful lawmakers who order her world, and draw her together with the boy she was destined to fall in love with, but who is also a Ray.

Set in a vivid alternate reality and peopled with complex, deeply human characters on both sides of the day-night divide, Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights, and a fast-paced romantic adventure story Sarah says....

In the hands of another autho…

Veronica Mars Movie Prize Pack Giveaway US/ CA

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Wooo hooo Marshmallows!  If you haven't seen the new Veronica Mars movie- why not?  It was amazing!  I absolutely loved it (although I can't tell you anything else- it would spoil it all!)  If you are as big of a Veronica Mars fan as I am- I know you are going to love this giveaway!


On the eve of graduating law school, Veronica Mars has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her. While interviewing at high-end New York law firms, Veronica Mars gets a call from her ex-boyfriend Logan who has been accused of murder. Veronica heads back to Neptune just to help Logan find an attorney, but when things don't seem right with how Logan's case is perceived and handled, Veronica finds herself being pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind. See it In Theaters MARCH 14
Pre-order on DIGITAL HD http://theveronicamarsmovie.com
@veronicamars ABOUT HOW THE FILM GOT MADE: Following a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign that ended on April 12, 2013, …

A Fish Named Glub

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A Fish Named Glub By Dan Bar-el Published on April 1st 2014
Published by Kids Can Press
Source: Netgalley
In this lyrical story about friendship and the power of dreams, a small and ordinary fish named Glub asks himself the big questions in life as he observes life in the diner beyond his fishbowl. Who am I? Where do I belong? The lively characters around him provide unexpected answers, but soon it's Glub who reveals answers to their questions -- and their hearts' true desires. The small and ordinary fish discovers that life can be extraordinary. You just have to ask ...
First of all, the illustrations! Wow! These mixed media collages of cartoonish people and one very expressive fish named Glub surely took hours to create. I was impressed by the storyline and the sophisticated messages behind the beautiful prose as well.

Everyone in the story is missing something from their lives, even the fish named Glub, who had been abandoned by his owner and ends up living in a diner with a yo…

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2014 picks!

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Jaime is joining us as a new blogger on Best Books Ever!  She is kicking off her posting with a Top Ten Tuesday and Sharing some of her most Anticipated Books!

 (Pictures are in no specific order- Coranne was just having fun playing with Fotor)



A World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil #2) by Soman Chainani


House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple

Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy #1) by Danielle L. Jensen


Empower (The Violet Eden Chapters #5) by Jessica Shirvington

The Taking (The Taking #1) by Kimberly Derting


Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle #1)


Dust to Dust (Experiment in Terror #9) by Karina Halle


Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor


Half Bad (Half Life Trilogy #1)


Nil by Lynne Matson


Honorable Mentions:
The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark #1) by Bree Despain

Forgiving Lies by Molly McAdams

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Forgiving Lies (Forgiving Lies #1) By Molly McAdams Published on October 29th 2013
Published by William Morrow & Company
Source: Publisher
A matter of secrets...
Undercover cop Logan "Kash" Ryan can't afford a distraction like his new neighbor Rachel Masters, even if she's the most beautiful woman he's ever seen. To catch a serial killer, he needs to stay focused, yet all he can think about is the feisty, long-legged coed whose guarded nature intrigues him

A matter of lies...
Deceived and hurt before, Rachel would rather be a single, crazy cat lady than trust another guy, especially a gorgeous, tattooed bad boy with a Harley, like Kash. But when his liquid-steel eyes meet hers, it takes all of Rachel's will-power to stop herself from exploring his hot body with her own.

A matter of love...
As much as they try to keep it platonic, the friction between them sparks an irresistible heat that soon consumes them. Can Kash keep Rachel's heart and her life safe even…

Sing Sweet Nightingale Tour: Interview with Author

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SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE By Erica Cameron Published on March 4, 2013
Published by Spencer Hill
Source: Publisher
Goodreads/Amazon/Barnes & Noble Mariella Teagen hasn't spoken a word in four years. 

She pledged her voice to Orane, the man she loves—someone she only sees in her dreams. Each night, she escapes to Paradise, the world Orane created for her, and she sings for him. Mariella never believed she could stay in Paradise longer than a night, but two weeks before her eighteenth birthday, Orane hints that she may be able to stay forever. 

Hudson Vincent made a pledge to never fight again.

Calease, the creature who created his dream world, swore that giving up violence would protect Hudson. But when his vow caused the death of his little brother, Hudson turned his grief on Calease and destroyed the dream world. The battle left him with new abilities and disturbing visions of a silent girl in grave danger—Mariella.

Now, Hudson is fighting to save Mariella's life while she fights to …