Sunday, March 31, 2013

Review: DARK TRIUMPH by Robin LaFevers

We are in the middle of the Attack of the Assassins! blog tour, a week-long celebration of the His Fair Assassins series by Robin LaFevers and the release of the second book in the series, Dark Triumph. To check out all of the great events going on this week (and to enter a giveaway!) check out my introductory post.

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?
It's heeeeeeeere! It's here, it's here, it's here. The sequel to my #1 favorite book of 2012 is finally here. Hot-diggity-dog! I waited many long months to get my hands on this book, and it was a sore trial for me to restrain from calling off work so I could sit and read uninterrupted.

But I've read it and finished it, so here are my thoughts to the best of my ability to transcribe them.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

An Assassin In Love (The Unlikely Romance in Grave Mercy)

We are in the middle of the Attack of the Assassins! blog tour, a week-long celebration of the His Fair Assassins series by Robin LaFevers and the release of the second book in the series, Dark Triumph. To check out all of the great events going on this week (and to enter a giveaway!) check out my introductory post.

Today we have a guest post from the lovely Molli Moran of Once Upon a Prologue, who is here to talk about one of my favorite literary couples ever, Ismae and Duval of Grave Mercy. Take it away, Molli!


An Assassin in Love

The Unlikely Romance in Grave Mercy

by Molli Moran

Friday, March 29, 2013

Interview With Robin LaFevers, Author Of The HIS FAIR ASSASSIN Series

We are in the middle of the Attack of the Assassins! blog tour, one whole week devoted to celebrating the His Fair Assassin series and the release of the second book in the series, Dark Triumph.

Our treat for today is an interview with the creative mastermind and wordsmith behind the series, Ms. Robin LaFevers. This is actually my second interview with Ms. LaFevers, my first being after reading Grave Mercy for the first time. You can read the first interview here.


Shelver: Welcome back, Ms. Robin! I'm thrilled to have you back here, especially since today we're talking about the dark and mysterious Sybella. I never thought of describing as Ismae as naive, but she's certainly no match for our cloaked lady. How did Sybella's character affect the narrative in Dark Triumph?

Robin L. LaFevers: Well, the entire narrative was built from her character out, so I would say quite a lot. I knew going in that her story would be dark, and part of what I wanted to do was recreate for the reader the same claustrophobic sense of drowning in darkness that Sybella was struggling with, so they could experience it right there along with her.

And because her story was so much more of a personal one with fewer ties to the political backdrop, I think it ended up narrowing the scope of the book, as well.

Probably the hardest part was trying to write from the POV of someone so filled with despair and self-loathing, yet at the same time still let the reader see there were things to like and admire about Sybella, things that would give the reader hope she could find her way out of that mess.

S: Going along with the increased maturity and darkness in Dark Triumph, the ages of your main characters aren't mentioned explicitly like they are in other novels. If we sat down to do the math, we'd be able to figure out approximately how old Ismae and Sybella are, but I have no clue about Duval and Beast. Was this a conscience choice on your part? And how old is everyone?

RLL: I wasn’t trying to keep it a secret, I just didn’t state it up front. Duval is 24. Ish. That’s talked about during a conversation between Ismae and the duchess when she describes how old Duval was when she was born and he became her protector.

Beast’s age is in the same area—23/24. Part of the thing that was hard about ages is that men really did court much younger women, just as part of their custom. Often a man wouldn’t wed until his 30’s, and he would become betrothed to a 14 or 16 year old. No one even blinked an eye at it, yet it greatly offends our modern sensibilities. So I was trying to straddle a line between being historically accurate and not having the age issue knock anyone out of the story.

Also, when I was Ismae’s age, I never found guys my own age attractive. I was always drawn to older men. My husband is five years older than I am, very close to the spread between Ismae and Duval.

[Shelver note: I may or may not have "awwww'd" at that last sentence.]

S: We meet a slew of new characters in Dark Triumph, including the previously unmentioned charbonnerie, a group of ostracized charcoal-burners living in the forests of Brittany. How did you come up with them? (I loved them, by the way, because I completely wasn't expecting them.)

RLL: Well, through research, of course!

I wanted to recreate some of the colorful characters that inhabited medieval Europe, and at the same time fill out more of the His Fair Assassin mythology that I had created. I spent a lot of time considering who Beast and Sybella would run into during their mad dash for escape, and who among those would be willing to help. I knew there were charcoal-burners who lived in the forest, but it wasn’t until I researched them that I learned that they had ties to political movements, possibly as far back as the Middle Ages. Once I had that spark, the rest came together fairly easily.

S: With the charbonnerie come their god who isn't one of the nine approved saints. If you had to pick one of the old gods to serve, either one of the saints or the charbonnerie's personal favorite, whom would you choose and why?

RLL: The Dark Mother, hands down. I don’t care if she isn’t part of the sanctioned Nine, I am a huge believer in her message of rebirth and hope out of the ashes of despair.

S: Any chance we'll get a His Fair Assassin novella? Maybe from an alternate character's point of view or of the girls' time at the convent?

RLL: Well, funny you should ask…We’re doing a pre-pub blog tour that involves a series of deleted scenes from the girls time at the convent.

Also, I must confess that I suspect there is a novella there about Sybella’s time at the convent. As soon as I finish up Annith’s story, I might revisit that.


I'd like to thank Ms. Robin for her time and her delightful answers. I, for one, would eagerly snap up any and all novellas from the His Fair Assassin universe, and I loved learning more about the characters! 

Don't forget that the Attack of the Assassins! blog tour is still going full steam. Check out the entire schedule of events here and enter to win either Grave Mercy or Dark Triumph - your choice! The concurrent event for today is Girls in the Stacks' review of Dark Triumph. You definitely don't want to miss it.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Cover Love #25

We are in the middle of the Attack of the Assassins! blog tour, a week-long celebration of the His Fair Assassins series by Robin LaFevers and the release of the second book in the series, Dark Triumph. To check out all of the great events going on this week (and to enter a giveaway!) check out my introductory post.

Given the ongoing blog tour, this week's Cover Love is going to be completely HFA-focused. From what I can find online, though both Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph have been published in other countries, there have been no major cover changes. Grave Mercy still features Ismae in her red dress, brandishing a crossbow, and Dark Triumph still shows Sybella in her claustrophobic stone alcove, even if the titles involved change.

However, back before Grave Mercy had its iconic red dress and crossbow, an illustrator named Phroilan Gardner did a mockup of a possible Grave Mercy cover for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Guest Post: A Beast And A Monster; DARK TRIUMPH's Fairy Tale Influences

We are in the middle of the Attack of the Assassins! blog tour, one whole week devoted to celebrating the His Fair Assassin series and the release of the second book in the series, Dark Triumph.

Today we have another guest post from the creator and author extraordinaire of the His Fair Assassins series, Ms. Robin LaFevers, in which she discusses the fairy tale influences behind Dark Triumph. As someone who adores fairy tales, I was delighted to learn how some of my favorite tales came together to shape Sybella's story.


A Beast and a Monster; The Fairy Tale Influences of Dark Triumph

by Robin LaFevers

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Robin LaFevers' Top Five Heroines Of All Time

We are in the middle of the Attack of the Assassins! blog tour, one whole week devoted to celebrating the His Fair Assassin series and the release of the second book in the series, Dark Triumph. Rather than pull focus away from the celebration with an unrelated Top 10 Tuesday post, I have for you all a Top Five post from the author of the His Fair Assassin series, Ms. Robin LaFevers.

As a woman who knows how to write a kick-butt heroine, I was excited to see who Ms. Robin looked up to for inspiration in the female protagonist department. Let me tell you, she did not disappoint. I give to you Ms. Robin's top five heroines of all time (with occasional notes from me).

Robin LaFevers' Top Five Heroines of All Time

Monday, March 25, 2013

Attack of the Assassins! Blog Tour

Welcome one and all to the Attack of the Assassins! blog tour, a tour put together by fans of the His Fair Assassin series by Robin LaFevers to celebrate the release of the second book, Dark Triumph.

The His Fair Assassin series, set in fifteenth century Brittany, follows three daughters of Death as they fight to secure the realm against the encroaching French - and their own hearts against the prospect of love.

That above is my attempt at a short, concise synopsis, but even if I had pages and pages, I couldn't do the series justice. The first book, Grave Mercy, was my favorite book of 2012. I fell in love with its unique premise (nun assassins!), rich, historical world-building, high stakes, and vibrant characters. (For more gushing, read my review here.) Indeed, I was nigh on insufferable for many months, as I pushed my new favorite book on every person I talked to, both online and in real life.

Then, the news broke. Grave Mercy was to have a sequel. It was given a title (Dark Triumph) and an (oh-so-pretty) cover. The more I learned about Dark Triumph, the more excited I became until I couldn't bear it any longer. I needed to share my love! I need to proselytize! To convert!

Thus, the Attack of the Assassins! blog tour was conceived. I contacted several fellow bloggers whom I knew were fellow HFA fans, and they in turn contacted several other bloggers whom they knew. We were not contacted by the author. We are not sponsored by the publishing house. We are merely a group of fervent fans who want the much-anticipated sequel to a beloved book to have an excellent debut week.

And here's how it affects you.

The coming week, from today through April 3rd, is dedicated to celebrating and promoting Grave Mercy, Dark Triumph, and the His Fair Assassin series as a whole. We are using this blog, Bookshelvers Anonymous, as the command center of sorts, but each day will feature at least one HFA-centric post either here or on one of the participatory blogs.

Those of you who are already HFA fans will get to enjoy the gushing of fellow fans, as well as contributed bits of information from Ms. Robin LaFevers herself. Those of you who are new to the series will receive enough information and shiny lures to hopefully send you dashing to the nearest bookstore to buy your own copies. And those of you who just like getting free stuff... Well, what's a blog tour without a few giveaways?

The full tour schedule is listed below, as is a giveaway just for you! As the posts go live, I will edit the post to add the direct links, so keep checking in for more fun. Thank you all for joining us, and get ready for a killer week.

Official Attack of the Assassins! Tour Schedule

Monday, March 25: Attack of the Assassins! blog tour introductory post @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

Tuesday, March 26: Heart of a Female Assassin + giveaway @ Delusions at High Altitudes; Robin LaFevers' Top Five Heroines of All Time @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

Wednesday, March 27: Why I love the His Fair Assassin series @ In Which Ems Reviews Books; Fairy Tale Influences of Dark Triumph @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

Thursday, March 28: True Love = A Maggoty Carcass (A Dark Triumph post) + giveaway @ Mary Gray Books; Cover Love #25 (The HFA edition) @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

Friday, March 29: Review of Dark Triumph @ Girls in the Stacks; Interview with Robin LaFevers @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

Saturday, March 30: An Assassin In Love (The Unlikely Romance in Grave Mercy) @ Bookshelvers Anonymous (a guest post from Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue)

Sunday, March 31: Review: Dark Triumph @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

Monday, April 1: Review: Dark Triumph + giveaway @ In Which Ems Reviews Books; The Mythology of the Nine @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

Tuesday, April 2: Author Interview with Robin LaFevers (+Giveaway!) @ Blue Sky Bookshelf; A Special Message from St. Mortain @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

Wednesday, April 3: Interview with a fellow fan @ Burgundy Ice; Giveaway! @ In Which Ems Reviews Books; Tour Wrap-up @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

For the giveaway, I'll choose two winners, and each winner will pick either Grave Mercy or Dark Triumph for their very own. Also, this giveaway is INTERNATIONAL as long as The Book Depository ships to your country.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Review: VENGEANCE BOUND By Justina Ireland

Cory Graff is not alone in her head. Bound to a deal of desperation made when she was a child, Cory’s mind houses the Furies—the hawk and the serpent—lingering always, waiting for her to satisfy their bloodlust. After escaping the asylum where she was trapped for years, Cory knows how to keep the Furies quiet. By day, she lives a normal life, but by night, she tracks down targets the Furies send her way. And she brings down Justice upon them.

Cory’s perfected her system of survival, but when she meets a mysterious boy named Niko at her new school, she can’t figure out how she feels about him. For the first time, the Furies are quiet in her head around a guy. But does this mean that Cory’s finally found someone who she can trust, or are there greater factors at work? As Cory’s mind becomes a battlefield, with the Furies fighting for control, Cory will have to put everything on the line to hold on to what she’s worked so hard to build.
If I were to give my reviews fun, unique titles, this one would probably be titled "In Which Shelver Rips Apart A Perfectly Fine Book." Because Vengeance Bound really was perfectly fine. It was better than I expected, and I enjoyed myself. However, making me enjoy myself comes with a great cost. If I have low expectations that are barely met, then I continue to expect very little from the book in question. I don't demand much, and I analyze very little. If, on the other hand, a book takes me for a good ride, the parts that irritate me stand out in high relief.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Paper Lantern Lit UPDATE

Do you remember the post I did a few weeks back about Paper Lantern Lit and its work as a "literary incubator" (read: book packager)? In it, I puzzled over the PLL model and tried to figure out how I felt about the fact that some extremely popular books (Meant To Be, Venom, Fury, etc.) were essentially a think tank's brainchildren. PLL crafts an outline, but paid writers are the ones who step in and attempt to breathe life into the constructed frame.

We chatted about it. A consensus was reached... sort of. Judging on the comments, you all (and I) agreed on the following statements:

Thursday, March 21, 2013

My Very First Book Signing (+ Giveaway!)

At some undisclosed time in the last month, I went to my very first book signing. Actually, it was an entire festival settled in the heart of downtown next to the biggest park in the city. There were free books (to kids and teens only, so I didn't qualify), food, and music everywhere. It was amazing. The organizers of the festival had also gathered together over dozens of authors, both traditionally pubbed and self-pubbed, to sign books and sell their wares.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wishlist Wednesday #25

Hosted by Pen to Paper
Fifteen-year-old Raim lives in a world where you tie a knot for every promise that you make. Break that promise and you are scarred for life, and cast out into the desert.

Raim has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as long as he can remember. No one knows where it came from, and which promise of his it symbolises, but he barely thinks about it at all—not since becoming the most promising young fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard. But on the most important day of his life, when he binds his life to his best friend (and future king) Khareh, the string bursts into flames and sears a dark mark into his skin.

Scarred now as an oath-breaker, Raim has two options: run, or be killed.

A gripping YA action-adventure fantasy, the first part of a planned duology.
Wow-to-the-za. I first learned of this book thanks to Cover Snark, a.k.a. my favorite feature of all time.  Though I wasn't 100% sold on the cover, I clicked the Goodreads link just to see how the guy with glowing eyes fit in.

I still have no idea what the glowing eyes are about, but does it matter?! The Oathbreaker's Shadow sounds like just the kick-butt fantasy that I've been waiting for! The world-building involved with the promises and the death sentence sounds fascinating, and I can't wait to find out the backstory around the best friend.

Also, have I mentioned that I adore duologies? They offer more depth than standalones but avoid the pesky middle books of trilogies. Hooray!

What book are you wishing for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Top 10 Tuesday: Books I HAD To Buy But Still Haven't Read

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Oh dear. What a guilt-inducing topic. I'm awful at buying books (especially at thrift stores) and not reading them right away. Awful I say! Before I became a blogger, I would scoff in disbelief at the mere thought of someone having a physical to-be-read shelf. Now I understand the phenomenon all too well.

Here are ten books from my shelf who have been haunting me like the Ghosts of Bookstore Trips Past.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Review: 17 & GONE By Nova Ren Suma

Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common—they are 17 and gone without a trace. As Lauren struggles to shake these waking nightmares, impossible questions demand urgent answers: Why are the girls speaking to Lauren? How can she help them? And… is she next?

As Lauren searches for clues, everything begins to unravel, and when a brush with death lands her in the hospital, a shocking truth emerges, changing everything.
Wow. I'm not entirely sure what to say about this book. I don't mean that in the way I've meant it about other books recently. Lately, "I don't know what to say" has become code for "This book made me squinch my nose in distaste" but not this time.

This time, "I don't know what to say" is code for three different things at once.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Blogger Spotlight - Books, Biscuits, and Tea

Welcome back to another edition of Blogger Spotlight, where I introduce you to a blog that I adore in hopes that you'll adore it as well. Our guest today is the delightful Vicky of Books, Biscuits, and Tea!

Fast Facts!

Creator: Vicky

Start Date: September 2011

Number of GFC Followers: N/A (but she has 474 Networked Blog followers)

Post(s) I Enjoyed: In addition to great reviews, Vicky also posts a feature where her manicure matches her books! I thought the Divergent skyline manicure was especially pretty.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cover Love #24

2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. Eighteen-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all the jokes they make. She’s an “ape,” a “throwback,” but this is one ape girl who won’t give in.

Jarra makes up a fake military background for herself and joins a class of norms who are on Earth for a year of practical history studies excavating the dangerous ruins of the old cities. She wants to see their faces when they find out they’ve been fooled into thinking an ape girl was a norm. She isn’t expecting to make friends with the enemy, to risk her life to save norms, or to fall in love.
Oh my lands, you guys. I found this book thanks to a review by Christina at A Reader of Fictions. Apparently, Earth Girl has been out in the UK since last year, but it should arrive in the US sometime this year. The US cover isn't nearly as pretty, natch. I'm completely in love with the synopsis, so I may have to find a UK copy so I can have the cover that I love.

It's so gorgeously symbolic. The model is, of course, Jarra. She's delicate enough to communicate Jarra's weakened immune system, but somehow tenacious enough to show Jarra's spunk. I particularly love her simple dress and her pixie haircut. Her melancholy expression matched with the globe is breathtaking, and those chains! The chains make the cover, in my opinion. And don't even get me started on the font. Love it.

I can't wait to read Earth Girl. Its synopsis is amazing and its cover is worth all the love in the world.

What cover do you love this week?

Also, Happy Pi Day!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Review: POISON by Bridget Zinn

Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.

But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart . . . misses.

Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.
I wasn't sure what to think of Poison at first. The cover looked more like a cheesy movie poster than an actual book cover, and I'm leery of books with gimmicky animals. (Hello, "too-cute pig.") But it's hard for me to ignore any book that involves poisons, and it seemed like everyone in the blogosphere positively adored this book, so I requested a review copy.

Then, once I had the ARC tucked safely on my shelf, I learned more about the story behind the story. Throughout social media, there's been a big push to promote Ms. Zinn's work, as Poison, sadly, is both her first and last published novel. Ms. Zinn passed away in 2011 from cancer.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I Have A Tumblr!

It's true! I've joined Tumblr. I have no idea what I'm doing, but I've joined nonetheless.


If you all would like to friend/follow/whatever they call it on there, you can find me here. Really, I'm excited to learn a new form of social media, and I'm already pretty addicted to GIFs. Also, it has a handy-dandy Ask page that I'm hoping people might use.

Like I said, I'm still figuring things out, but here's some things I know for sure I'll be reblogging:

  • Bookish things
  • Doctor Who
  • Sherlock
  • North & South
  • The Queen's Thief fan art
  • Quotes

At some point, I'll figure out how to non-obnoxiously tie my blog into my Tumblr feed and vice-versa. I'll also hopefully be a little better about posting immediate reactions to books that I've read to keep you all and myself tided over until I can write a full review. And who knows, maybe I'll even find non-spoilery ways to share more about my daily life.

I look forward to seeing you all there, and please feel free to send any helpful hints my way. I don't want to be like the clueless Facebook gramma. Oh, and if you leave your own links, I might go snooping around. :)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Review: THE ARCHIVED by Victoria Schwab

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn't just dangerous-it's a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da's death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

FINALLY! I don't know if you guys remember, but I highlighted The Archived in a Wishlist Wednesday post waaaaay back in July of 2012. I was so excited that I went out and bought an Archived bookbag with swag. Since then, I have been waiting not-so-patiently to get my hands on a copy.

And while I wouldn't call The Archived the "best book evar!!!" or any such thing, I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Friday, March 8, 2013

ARC Giveaway - The Runaway King and Revenge of the Girl

Dum da da dum! Over the last few months, I've been incredibly blessed when it comes to receiving ARCs. They've mostly been digital, but I've received a few physical copies as well. My two most recent copies are The Runaway King by Jennifer Nielsen and Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg.

I have been awful about waiting months to give away my review copies, so I'm going to try to start a new thing where I pass them out as soon after reviewing them as possible. TRK and RotG will be my guinea pig books. Below are the descriptions for each, as well as links to my review. There are also separate Rafflecopters for each book, so be sure to double-check what you're entering.

Good luck!

Thursday, March 7, 2013


Don't mess with a girl with a Great Personality.

Everybody loves Lexi. She's popular, smart, funny...but she's never been one of those girls, the pretty ones who get all the attention from guys. And on top of that, her seven-year-old sister, Mackenzie, is a terror in a tiara, and part of a pageant scene where she gets praised for her beauty (with the help of fake hair and tons of makeup).

Lexi's sick of it. She's sick of being the girl who hears about kisses instead of getting them. She's sick of being ignored by her longtime crush, Logan. She's sick of being taken for granted by her pageant-obsessed mom. And she's sick of having all her family's money wasted on a phony pursuit of perfection.

The time has come for Lexi to step out from the sidelines. Girls without great personalities aren't going to know what hit them. Because Lexi's going to play the beauty game - and she's in it to win it.
I usually reserve mid-week reviews for novellas and the like, but I decided to slip in Revenge because, well, I just don't have a lot to say.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wishlist Wednesday #24

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After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

 I have had my eye on this book for what feels like ages. It sounds incredible. I'm sure the "Them" are zombie-type things, but this book doesn't sound like your typical zombie book. What really gets me is that first paragraph, especially the line "And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive." Can you say intense?

After Wendy Darling from The Midnight Garden told me on Twitter how much she enjoyed the book, I nearly keeled over out of sheer, uncontrollable wantage.

What book is on your wishlist this Wednesday?

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Top 10 Tuesday: Series I'd Like To Start But Haven't (Yet)

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Once again, we're given a topic for TTT that makes me groan. Don't get me wrong, it's a great topic. But my to-be-read list on Goodreads is overburdened, and I'm already hounded by guilt over series ignored. There are so many amazing books and series in the world that I want to read! Unfortunately, I'm restrained by little things like work, my body's desire to sleep, etc. At least the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish were kind enough to narrow it down to series for us instead of individual books.

Here is my list, as organized by author:

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Review: THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR by Mindee Arnett

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.
I have to admit, I wasn't a fan of the cover for this book, which meant I wasn't sure how I would feel about the story. Yes, I judge books by their covers. So do you, though you might not admit it. Now that I've read the book, I'm still not totally sold on the cover (the white phoenix bugs me), but I will say that the story inside far surpasses its outer shell.

Friday, March 1, 2013

February Rewind & Review


I, for one, am relieved to be out of February. Between the wonky spelling (whose idea was it to add that extra R?) and the odd number of days, February is one weird duck. March, on the other hand, has a normal spelling and a normal number of days. It's also one step closer to BEA! But despite its oddities, February was a good month. Here are some of the highlights.