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review: The Caged Graves (Dianne Salerni)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
pages: 336
publisher: May 14th 2013 by Clarion Books
ISBN: 780547868530
genre: historical fiction, mystery
source: ARC from publisher in exchange for an honest review




17-year-old Verity Boone expects a warm homecoming when she returns to Catawissa, Pennsylvania, in 1867, pledged to marry a man she has never met. Instead, she finds a father she barely knows and a future husband with whom she apparently has nothing in common. One truly horrifying surprise awaits her: the graves of her mother and aunt are enclosed in iron cages outside the local cemetery. Nobody in town will explain why, but Verity hears rumors of buried treasure and witchcraft. Perhaps the cages were built to keep grave robbers out . . . or to keep the women in. Determined to understand, Verity finds herself in a life-and-death struggle with people she trusted.



The idea behind caged graves really had me intrigued. Add in a hint of something reminiscent of the Salem Witch Trials and I was…

Cover Reveal: UnSouled (Unwind #3) Neal Shusterman

THIS is THE #1 most anticipated book of 2013 on my list. This entire series is amazing. Beyond words, it's so fantastic. I swear, it will BLOW YOU AWAY. Unwind and UnWholly are like NOTHING you have read before.

In a genre with so many repeats and copycats it's something special to be one-of-a-kind. Neal Shusterman does not disappoint.

As I was trolling through my TBR list on Goodreads (prepping for my library visit later today), I came across the cover for UnSouled and nearly fell out of my chair. I love it. Hard core.


There is no synopsis yet. (sigh) and you'll also have to wait until October to get your hands on this one. (double sigh) But I can promise you, it is worth waiting for (and reading).



Pretty creepy, right? You better believe it! I do not think it is just a coincidence that one face has its eyes wide open. (hint: major theme in this series)

Review: The Last Academy (Anne Applegate)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 320
Publisher: April 30th 2013 by Point
ISBN: 9780545502047
Genre: mystery, mythology
Source: eARC from the publisher via Netgalley




What is this prep school preparing them for?

Camden Fisher arrives at boarding school haunted by a falling-out with her best friend back home. But the manicured grounds of Lethe Academy are like nothing Cam has ever known. There are gorgeous, preppy boys wielding tennis rackets, and circles of girls with secrets to spare. Only . . . something is not quite right. One of Cam's new friends mysteriously disappears, but the teachers don't seem too concerned. Cam wakes up to strangers in her room, who then melt into the night. She is suddenly plagued by odd memories, and senses there might be something dark and terrible brewing. But what? The answer will leave Cam—and readers—stunned and breathless, in this thrilling debut novel.






Hmm... This one left my brain feeling as cloudy as that fog on the cover. I really wa…

Review: Spies and Prejudice (Talia Vance)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 304
Publisher: June 11th 2013 by Egmont
ISBN:  9781606842607
Genre: contemporary, mystery, retellings
Source: eARC from the publisher via Netgalley


Pride & Prejudice meets Veronica Mars in this slick romantic spy-thriller where nothing’s as it seems.

Berry Fields is not looking for a boyfriend. She's busy trailing cheaters and liars in her job as a private investigator, collecting evidence of the affairs she's sure all men commit. And thanks to a pepper spray incident during an eighth grade game of spin the bottle, the guys at her school are not exactly lining up to date her, either.

So when arrogant—and gorgeous—Tanner Halston rolls into town and calls her "nothing amazing," it's no loss for Berry. She'll forget him in no time. She's more concerned with the questions surfacing about her mother's death.

But why does Tanner seem to pop up everywhere in her investigation, always getting in her way? Is he trying…

Daughter of Smoke and Bone read-along: Week 2

We're rockin' and rollin'! Week 2 baby! This week we are reading up to page 160, or up to chapter 24 in Daughter of Smoke and Bone.


Here is your mission, should you choose to accept it. (But don't worry, no self-destruct feature here!)

Consider this conversation between Brimstone and Karou:

B: Wishes are not for foolery, child.
K: Well, what do you use them for?
B: Nothing. I do not wish.
K: What? Never? But you could have anything you wanted--
B: Not anything. There are things bigger than any wish.
K: Like what?
B: Most things that matter.

In your opinion, why does Brimstone offer such a pognant perspective on wishes? Do you agree with his assessment?



For week 3, we will be continuing our reading in Daughter of Smoke and Bone (pg 161-244). I will post the discussion questions next Sunday, so check back then to post! Remember, you get 2 entries in the giveaway for every comment you leave on the blog, plus an additional 1 entry for posting on the Facebook page (LINK HERE). …