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Review: Kiss of Frost (Mythos Academy #2) (Jennifer Estep)

Product Details:
Reading Level: YA
Pages: 354
Publisher: Kensington (November 29, 2011)
ISBN: 9780758266941
Source: Personal copy
Read it in 1 day


I’m Gwen Frost, a second-year warrior-in-training at Mythos Acad­emy, and I have no idea how I’m going to sur­vive the rest of the semes­ter. One day, I’m get­ting schooled in sword­play by the guy who broke my heart—the drop-dead gor­geous Logan who slays me every time. Then, an invis­i­ble archer in the Library of Antiq­ui­ties decides to use me for tar­get prac­tice. And now, I find out that some­one at the acad­emy is really a Reaper bad guy who wants me dead. I’m afraid if I don’t learn how to live by the sword—with Logan’s help—I just might die by the sword...
I am flying through these books! They are super easy to read and rather addicting. Kiss of Frost picks right up where the first book ends, and you are instantly hurtled into a steamy love triangle. Logan can’t make up his mind about what (or who) he wants and Gwen’s feelings fo…

Review: Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy #1) (Jennifer Estep)

Product Details:
Reading level: YA
Pages: 350
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp (August 2011)
ISBN: 9780758266927
Source: my own copy
I read it in 1 1/2 days.


My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy — a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest.
But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I'm determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why. Especially since I should have been the one who died. . .
This was a fun read--nothing too serious or complicated. If you’re a fan of mythology,…

Review: Unwind (Neil Shusterman)

Product Details:
Reading Level: YA
Pages: 335
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781416912040
Source: gifted copy from a friend
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The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

Move over Hunger Games and Divergent, I think I have a new favorite dystopian novel! Neal Shusterman’s Unwind was amazing. Dark, deeply disturbing, but amazing. Brilliant, even.I really want to know where he got the id…

Waiting on Wednesday

I am obsessed with mermaids. Period. So when I came across this one, I got excited. It features a merman. Hubba hubba.

Luckily for me, this one hit the shelves on May 1st. =)


Ever since the death of her parents, Miranda has lived on Whym Island, taking comfort in the local folklore, which claims a mysterious sea witch controls the fate of all on the island and in its surrounding waters. Sometimes it’s just easier to believe things are out of your control.

But then a terrible boating accident takes the lives of several of her friends, and Miranda is rescued by a mysterious boy who haunts her dreams. Consumed by guilt from the accident, she finds refuge in late-night swims—and meets Christian, a boy who seems eerily familiar, but who is full of mystery: He won’t tell her where he is from, or why they can only meet at the beach. But Miranda falls for him anyway…and discovers that Christian’s secrets, though meant to protect her, may bring her nothing but harm.

Review: Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone (Kat Rosenfield) + Giveaway

Product Details:
Reading Level: YA
Pages: 277
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (July 5, 2012)
ISBN: 9780525423898
Source: ARC from author in exchange for an honest review
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Becca has always longed to break free from her small, backwater hometown. But the discovery of an unidentified dead girl on the side of a dirt road sends the town--and Becca--into a tailspin. Unable to make sense of the violence of the outside world creeping into her backyard, Becca finds herself retreating inward, paralyzed from moving forward for the first time in her life.

Short chapters detailing the last days of Amelia Anne Richardson's life are intercut with Becca's own summer as the parallel stories of two young women struggling with self-identity and relationships on the edge twist the reader closer and closer to the truth about Amelia's death.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone, but I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised with what I …

In My Mailbox

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. I scored lots of great books this week from a friend/co-worker. We're both obsessed with YA literature, so it only made sense to make a list of "must read summer books" for one another. I just lucked out because my list came with several books!   Borrowed: Received: (a signed copy too!) Bought: I am beyond excited about reading Four Perfect Pebbles... Not only does it come highly recommended by a friend, but I will have the chance to meet the author next month when she speaks to our students. It's very exciting to experience living history!