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If I bought every book that caught my eye, I would be poorer than a teacher in Florida. Wait... I am a teacher in Florida. ha! Well, in that case, bring on the books! Two more books that are out today that have caught my eye...




Jesse cuts her own hair with a Swiss Army knife. She wears big green fisherman's boots. She's the founding (and only) member of NOLAW, the National Organization to Liberate All Weirdos. Emily wears sweaters with faux pearl buttons. She's vice president of the student council. She has a boyfriend. These two girls have nothing in common, except the passionate "private time" they share every Tuesday afternoon. Jesse wishes their relationship could be out in the open, but Emily feels she has too much to lose. When they find themselves on opposite sides of a heated school conflict, they each have to decide what's more important: what you believe in, or the one you love? More information.






 Wally was adopted from a Russian orphanage as a child and grew up in a wealthy New York City family. At fifteen, her obsessive need to rebel led her to life on the streets.

Now the sixteen-year-old is beautiful and hardened, and she's just stumbled across the possibility of discovering who she really is. She'll stop at nothing to find her birth mother before Klesko - her darkeyed father - finds her. Because Klesko will stop at nothing to reclaim the fortune Wally's mother stole from him long ago. Even if that means murdering his own blood. But Wally's had her own killer training, and she's hungry for justice. More information.

Ok, so Dark Eyes is described as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for teens! Effin' awesome, my friends. I will be adding that one to the TBR pile. I must ask...

What will you be spending your book allowance on? =)


Waiting on Wednesday (20)

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I just recently finished reading Divergent and really enjoyed it. I loved Four and Tris instantly. I had mixed feelings about the book, because reading it immediately after finishing The Hunger Games made it seem a bit sluggish. Regardless, though, I knew book two would be awesomesauce in the making. Unfortunately, I had no idea I had to wait until May 2012 to read it. Ugh. So, I'm crossing my fingers and sending up wishes for an ARC or for Netgalley to put out an e-ARC soon. Until then, I'm waiting... but not very patiently.


Insurgent (Divergent, #2)One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.


Review: Frags (Thomas Carpenter)


Frags Frags picks up with Gabby living with the Frags and trying to find out what happens to the contestants that don't beat LifeGame. In particular, she’s trying to find her friend Zaela, who has disappeared without a trace when she did not receive a high score in LifeGame. Now Gabby has become the (reluctant) leader of the Frags, and is leading the effort to find the missing contestants. The journey is long and difficult, and often brings unexpected surprises along the way. With every horrific discovery, Gabby seems to get a step further from uncovering the truth behind the disappearances.

 The only truth she does find leaves her with a broken heart.


Frist, I thought the first book-- Gamers-- was awesome. I'm not a huge sci-fi fan, but this one combines the best of science fiction with a dystopian setting. Instant awesomeness.

There are some super shady characters, especially the head Coder. He is constantly following Gabby and the Frags, trying to capture them for some evil, ill purposed reason. Gabby is the main character and leader of the Frags (even when she doesn’t want to be). She’s strong and caring, even when she is compulsive and irrational. She is flawed, and I love that. She doesn’t always make the best decisions, and she comes to terms with the consequences of her actions in a very believable way.  

Frags has been action packed since the first chapter, with no lulls. Every page has offered a new segment in the plot. It’s a page turner! Normally, I am a pro at figuring out plots, but this one had me stumped. I can honestly say I don't know where the book was heading. I was guessing all the way until the end, which really caught me by surprise. Needless to say, there was a cliffhanger ending that will leave you guessing.

Want to know more about the 4 star book Gamers (first in the series)? Read my full review HERE.

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Review: Allegiance (Cayla Kluver)



Product Details:
Reading Level: YA
Pages: 490
Publisher: HarperTeen (February 28, 2012)
Source: e-ARC from NetGalley
Read it in: 3 days



Allegiance (Legacy, #2)

An eighteen-year-old queen in love with the enemy as their countries pass the point of no return...

Bound to a man she cannot love, Queen Alera of Hytanica must forget Narian, the young man who holds her heart. For Narian is destined to conquer Hytanica at the behest of his master, the powerful magic-user known as the Overlord. Alera doesn't truly believe Narian will fight against Hytanica-until Cokyrian troops attack with Narian commanding the charge.

Faced with the greatest betrayal a heart can know, Alera must set aside personal feelings and lead her kingdom through its darkest time. And when all hope, will and courage seem lost, she must find strength and remember that even the blackest night must have a dawn....




First off, do not start a series without reading the first book. Just don’t do it. As I read this book, it became painfully obvious that I was missing a lot of emotions because I didn’t read Legacy. I had no idea about the passion and depth behind Alera and Narian’s relationship. So of course, I instantly started liking Steldor. (Gasp.) I couldn’t help it. Even with his chauvinistic views and mannerisms, I still liked him. Actually, I felt sorry for the way Alera always treated him. As the book went on, I figured out how deeply Alera cared for Narian, so that part of the plot made sense by the end. (Even if I did find it disappointing.)

The plot was intricate. The author does an amazing job with building the world that her characters live in. The descriptive details used painted vivid images within my mind on every page. I felt like I was living in this magical land along with the characters. Absolutely stunning. The purposeful skill that the author has was evident on every single page.

The plot seemed slow at times. I’m not sure if “slow” is the proper term to describe it either. Every event seemed to steadily add to the plot until the climatic turning point. With a 490 page book, that climax didn’t arise until near page 400. That’s a long time to wait! Was it worth the long wait? Pretty much. It helped me understand the events more and feel like I was part of the characters. Did I like the characters more because of the wait? Eh. I still stand by Steldor, sorry. Caanan, London, Haitus, and many of the other male characters in the book also tugged at my heart. They were stoic and brave. I loved them. But, for a book that juxtaposes the strength of male versus female rulers, the women in this book fell a little flat. Alera was border line irritating at times. She had these moments that were brilliant, and you could sense her inner strength. But then she would turn around and do something to unbelievable immature that I had a hard time believing she was eighteen. Storming off in the woods after your horse was taken, just to prove a point? Pretty stupid. Of course, Steldor acted pretty immature at times too with his handling of Alera’s defiant behavior.

I would have enjoyed this book so much more if I had the backstory from Legacy. I appreciate that the author didn’t employ the “info dump” to fill in those gaps for people like me. That would have ruined this book. If you haven’t read Legacy, you need to do your homework before starting this one. Read the book. Read reviews. Whatever. Do something to understand the relationship between Alera, Narian, and Steldor before reading Allegiance.

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The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind Wanderlove Pretty Crooked Cross My Heart

The Savage Grace (The Dark Divine, #3) Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles, #2) Starters (Starters, #1)  Spell Bound (Hex Hall, #3)


Infamous (Chronicles of Nick, #3) Moonsong (The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters, #2)

In My Mailbox (30)



In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by the Story Siren to highlight all the wonderful bookish things bought, borrowed, downloaded, or received during the week.
 
 
Well, it was my turn to pick the restaurant for dinner (California Pizza Kitchen!) which happened to be next door to Barnes and Noble. As a general rule, I cannot pass a bookstore without "browsing." It's a rule. I can also not pass a shoe sale without "browsing," but they don't sell shoes at B&N. So here is what I ended up buying this week:
 
Bought:
 
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon The Westing Game 
 
 
For Review:
 
Allegiance (Legacy, #2)
 
 

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