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Review: Shadowlands by Kate Brian

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Shadowlands by Kate Brian
Expected Publication: January 8, 2013
Format: ARC from publisher
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Rating: 5/5

[Goodreads]: Rory Miller had one chance to fight back and she took it. Rory survived… and the serial killer who attacked her escaped. Now that the infamous Steven Nell is on the loose, Rory must enter the witness protection with her father and sister, Darcy, leaving their friends and family without so much as a goodbye.
Starting over in a new town with only each other is unimaginable for Rory and Darcy. They were inseparable as children, but now they can barely stand each other. As the sisters settle in to Juniper Landing, a picturesque vacation island, it seems like their new home may be just the fresh start they need. They fall in with a group of beautiful, carefree teens and spend their days surfing, partying on the beach, and hiking into endless sunsets. But just as they’re starting to feel safe again, one of their new friends goes missing. Is it a coincide…

WoW [8]

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Waiting on Wednesday (WoW) is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week’s WoW feature is:OCD Love Story by Corey Ann HayduExpected publication: July 23, 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse
[Goodreads] When Bea meets Beck, she knows instantly that he's her kind of crazy. Sweet, strong, kinda-messed-up Beck understands her like no one else can. He makes her feel almost normal. He makes her feel like she could fall in love again. But despite her feelings for Beck, Bea can't stop thinking about someone else: a guy who is gorgeous and magnetic... and has no idea Bea even exists. But Bea knows a ton about him. She spends a lot of time watching him. She has a journal full of notes. Some might even say she's obsessed. Bea tells herself she's got it all under control, but this isn't a choice, it's a compulsion. The truth is, she's breaking down... and she might end up breaking her own heart.

Top Ten Tuesday: Anticipated Books of 2013

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Hosted by thebrokeandthebookishTop Ten Anticipated Books of 2013:









Those are my picks. Please feel free to share yours! 

WoW [7]

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Waiting on Wednesday (WoW) is a weekly event hosted by Jill @
Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week’s WoW feature is:
September Girls by Bennett Madison 
Expected publication: May 21, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen

[Goodreads] When Sam's dad whisks him and his brother off to a remote beach town for the summer, he's all for it-- at first. Sam soon realizes, though, that this place is anything but ordinary. Time seems to slow down around here, and everywhere he looks, there are beautiful blond girls. Girls who seem inexplicably drawn to him.
Then Sam meets DeeDee, one of the Girls, and she's different from the others. Just as he starts to fall for her, she pulls away, leaving him more confused than ever. He knows that if he's going to get her back, he'll have to uncover the secret of this beach and the girls who live here.
I'm a sucker for a great cover and I LOVE this one. I know I shouldnt base my reads on t…

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors/Books I'm grateful for...

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme from thebrokeandthebookish


Top 5 Authors I'm grateful for:Suzanne Collins- She brought the amazing Hunger Games into my life! This is what I get for making fun of all the Harry Potter/Twilight fans. Now I totally get your madness.
Judy Blume - She taught me everything I needed to know about being a young girl. To be strong and never be ashamed of being yourself.
John Green - His wonderful books made me fall in love with YA. Thank you.
Nicholas Sparks - Some say his books are sappy but I love them. Who doesnt want a good love story and a good cry?
Toni Morrison - A high school teacher introduced me to her books and Ive never looked back. One of my all time faves.

Top 5 Books I'm Grateful for:To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Simply put.... perfection!
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - one of my fave characters of all time...Holden!
Love is a Mixtape by Rob Sheffield - my other passion...music! A story being told through mixtapes about his late wif…

Mini Review: Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

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Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
Expected Publication: January 15, 2013
Format: NetGalley
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Rating: 4/5
Description [from Goodreads]: Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, just the two of them against the world. But now her mom is gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, bringing home the next stepfather. Anna is left on her own—until she discovers that she can make boys her family. From Desmond to Joey, Todd to Sam, Anna learns that if you give boys what they want, you can get what you need. But the price is high—the other kids make fun of her; the girls call her a slut. Anna's new friend, Toy, seems to have found a way around the loneliness, but Toy has her own secrets that even Anna can't know. Then comes Sam. When Anna actually meets a boy who is more than just useful, whose family eats dinner together, laughs, and tells stories, the truth about love b…

IMM [7]

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In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi from
The Story SirenHere's the stuff I got this week...
The following books sent by Merit Press [thank you!!]

The Girl In The Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab 
Expected Publication: December 18, 2012
Merit Press
[Goodreads] Thugs open fire on parents and schoolmates alike, in a plot against Ariel's father that quickly spins out of control. As the entire party is taken hostage, the girls are forced apart. Ariel escapes into the hidden tunnels in the family mansion, where she and Sera played as children. Only Sera, who forges an unlikely alliance with Hudson Winters, knows where her friend could be. As the industrial terrorist plot unravels and the death toll climbs, Ariel and Sera must recall the sisterhood that once sustained them as they try to save themselves and each other on the longest night of their lives.



Louder Than Words by Laurie Plissner  
Expected Publication: December 18, 2012
Merit Press
[Goodreads] Since the snowy night w…

WoW Pick of the Week [6]

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Waiting on Wednesday (WoW) is a weekly event hosted by Jill @
Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s WoW feature is:Five Summers by Una LaMarche
Expected publication: May 16, 2013
Publisher: Razorbill

[Goodreads] Four best friends, five summers of camp memories.
The summer we were nine: Emma was branded "Skylar’s friend Emma" by the infamous Adam Loring . . .
The summer we were ten: Maddie realized she was too far into her lies to think about telling the truth . . .
The summer we were eleven: Johanna totally freaked out during her first game of Spin the Bottle . . .
The summer we were twelve: Skylar’s love letters from her boyfriend back home were exciting to all of us—except Skylar . . .
Our last summer together: Emma and Adam almost kissed. Jo found out Maddie’s secret. Skylar did something unthinkable . . . and whether we knew it then or not, five summers of friendship began to fall apart. Three years after the f…

Top Ten Tuesday... Books I'd Want on a Deserted Island

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme from thebrokeandthebookish

Top Ten Books I'd Want On A Deserted IslandIm choosing books thats I have but havent read yet...figuring I have nothing but time so why knock out a few reads.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?


Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann -
Nick and her cousin, Helena, have grown up sharing sultry summer heat, sunbleached boat docks, and midnight gin parties on Martha's Vineyard in a glorious old family estate k…

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In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi from
The Story Siren

Here's the stuff I got this week...


The following from NetgalleyIf You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Expected publication: March 26, 2013
St. Martin's Griffin

[Goodreads] A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen-year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey's younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and the girls are found by their father, a stranger, and taken to re-enter the "normal" life of school, clothes and boys. Now, Carey must come to terms with the truth of why their mother spirited them away ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won't let her go ... a dark past that hides many a secret, includin…

Follow Friday [1]

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Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by parajunkee and Alison Can Read.
This week's question is: Do you mind books with similar ideas to other books? Similar concepts, backgrounds, retellings or pulled-to-publish fanfic?

No. As long as they bring something fresh. Maybe a new twist to it then it's ok. It's all about creativity and bringing something new to the table.


What about you? Link me to your FF posts in the comment section. Please let me know if you're a new follower so I can return the favor.



WoW Pick of the Week [5]

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Waiting on Wednesday (WoW) is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week’s WoW feature...

Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn
Expected publication: June 11, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen

[Goodreads] A reckless wish taken from the darkest desires of the heart…
A bloody razor engraved with the names of the girls who turned to dust…
An endless cycle that feeds of loneliness and craves destruction…
Together, these pieces form a twisted puzzle that Annaliese Rose Gordon has to solve. Trapped in a body that isn’t hers—with no memory of how she got there—she must unlock the secrets of her past in order to escape the horrors of her future.
Everyone knows I love a good cover and this is no expectation. The description has me very curious to see what this is all about. Can't wait to get my hands on this book.

Please share your WoW pick of the week.


Book to Movie [1] / Review:Christmas with Holly by Lisa Kleypas

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Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa KleypasPublished: October 26, 2012Publication: St. Martin PressFormat: Copy provided by publisher
Rating: 4/5
[Goodreads] ONE LITTLE GIRL NEEDS A FAMILY
One rain-slicked night, six-year-old Holly lost the only parent she knew, her beloved mother Victoria. And since that night, she has never again spoken a word.

ONE SINGLE MAN NEEDS A WIFE
The last thing Mark Nolan needs is a six-year-old girl in his life. But he soon realizes that he will do everything he can to make her life whole again. His sister’s will gives him the instructions: There’s no other choice but you. Just start by loving her. The rest will follow.

SOMETIMES, IT TAKES A LITTLE MAGIC…
Maggie Collins doesn’t dare believe in love again, after losing her husband of one year. But she does believe in the magic of imagination. As the owner of a toy shop, she lives what she loves. And when she meets Holly Nolan, she sees a little girl in desperate need of a little magic.

…TO MAKE DREAMS COME …

IMM [5]

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In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi from
The Story Siren
Here's the stuff I got this week... The following ARCs from the publishers...
The Mothers by Jennifer Gilmore                                       
April 9, 2013
Scribner

Jesse and Ramon are a happy, loving couple but after years trying to get pregnant they turn to adoption, relieved to think that once they navigate the bureaucratic path to parenthood they will finally be able to bring a child into their family. But nothing prepared them for the labyrinthine process—for the many training sessions and approvals, for the ocean of advice, for the birthmothers who would contact them but not choose them, for the women who would call claiming that they had chosen Jesse and Ramon but weren’t really pregnant. All the while, husband and wife grapple with notions of race, class, culture, and changing family dynamics as they navigate the difficult, absurd, and often heart-breaking terrain of domestic open adoption.





The Ca…