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Bewitching

Bewitching
By Alex Flinn
HarperTeen, 2012
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Once, I put a curse on a beastly and arrogant high school boy. That one turned out all right. Others didn’t.

I go to a new school now—one where no one knows that I should have graduated long ago. I’m not still here because I’m stupid; I just don’t age.

You see, I’m immortal. And I pretty much know everything after hundreds of years—except for when to take my powers and butt out.

I want to help, but things just go awry in ways I could never predict. Like when I tried to free some children from a gingerbread house and ended up being hanged. After I came back from the dead (immortal, remember?), I tried to play matchmaker for a French prince and ended up banished from France forever. And that little mermaid I found in the Titanic lifeboat? I don’t even want to think about it.

Now a girl named Emma needs me. I probably shouldn’t get involved, but her gorgeous stepsister is conniving to the core. I think I have just the t…

Thoughts on Plagiarism - A Reaction

I never even thought about plagiarism happening with this blog when I started it. Not. Once. I never thought of it happening to me, or anyone, because I would never plagiarize someone else. There's been a big stink about this in the YA book-blogging world lately. People are taking sides, and it's getting ugly. It scared me. I don't want anyone stealing my ideas! I didn't "pick a side" when it happened, because I wasn't involved.

In the past, I did visit this site about once a week and posted on a meme that she ran frequently. I will no longer be posting on this meme. I don't want to give her easy access to my thoughts, whether she is guilty or not of what she has been accused of. (I am honestly scared of being a part of ANY meme. I am not super excited about having tons of followers, either. Good thing I don't have a super-huge following, yet.)

Why?

Top Ten Favorite Characters

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Top Ten Favorite Characters (in no particular order)

1. Mia Thermopolis
I felt just like Mia in high school. I read the first 4 books at least five times!


2. Michael Moscovitz
He's the best book boyfriend ever.


3. Matilda Wormwood
She loves to read, just like me, and she had POWERS. She made being smart cool.


4. Katniss Everdeen
I don't think there are many teenage girls out there who act like her. That's what I like about her. I could never be like that (in my opinion,) so I am glad she shows girls that it's good to be tough.

In My Mailbox 5

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The Hunger Games Tribute Guide

The Hunger Games Tribute Guide
By Emily Seife
Scholastic, Inc 2012
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Here is the ultimate guide to the twenty-four Tributes participating in Panem's 74th annual Hunger Games. Follow the Tributes' journey from the Reaping to the Games, with a look at all the highlights along the way--the Tribute Parade, the stations of the Training Center, the interviews, and more. Get exclusive information about the Tributes' strengths and weaknesses, their weapons of choice, and their experience in the Capitol before entering the arena.

Top Ten Tuesday: New Bloggers

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Tips for New Bloggers

It just so happens that I am a new blogger myself. So for my Top Ten Tuesday, I'm going to have ten questions new bloggers have.


1. How do I get good ARCs?


2. What's the best way to increase followers?

Cover Similarities

I see a lot of book covers day in and day out. I've started to notice some that look similar. Mostly, I notice them after I have read one of the titles. 
Relatively Honest vs. Epic Fail

Relatively Honest: Gray jeans, dark shirt, dark jeans pink shirt. Holding hands. Epic Fail: Dark jeans, gray shirt, dark jeans, pink shirt. Tearing a card in half. Hmm...

In My Mailbox 4

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The Always War

The Always War
By Margaret Peterson Haddix
Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2011
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
In a war-torn future United States, fifteen-year-old Tessa, her childhood friend Gideon, now a traumatized military hero, and Dek, a streetwise orphan, enter enemy territory and discover the shocking truth about a war that began more than seventy-five years earlier.

Top Ten Tuesday: Totally Deceiving

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This is a pretty cool cover. But it looks like it would take place in the past, or somewhere creepy. It doesn't. It's pretty normal and it's nothing like the cover. No one wears anything like that if I remember correctly. They should have used a butterfly. (I didn't really like this one. It dragged out too much and I didn't want to have to keep buying stuff! It could have been so good. Just like the cover.)
I understand the cover is symbolic. I still don't think it matches the book.



In My Mailbox 3

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Click on the picture to go to Goodreads! I have more tween stuff than usual this week.  I'm excited about both! The adult title is for my book club, and it also won an Alex award. What did everyone else get?




Wanderlove

Wanderlove
By Kirsten Hubbard
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2012
Source: NetGalley
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
It all begins with a stupid question:

Are you a Global Vagabond?

No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path.

Bria's a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan's a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they've got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found…

Waiting on Kill Me Softly

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Mirabelle's past is shrouded in secrecy, from her parents' tragic deaths to her guardians' half-truths about why she can't return to her birthplace, Beau Rivage. Desperate to see the town, Mira runs away a week before her sixteenth birthday—and discovers a world she never could have imagined.
In Beau Rivage, nothing is what it seems—the strangely pale girl with a morbid interest in apples, the obnoxious playboy who's a beast to everyone he meets, and the chivalrous guy who has a thing for damsels in distress. Here, fairy tales come to life, curses are awakened, and ancient stories are played out again and again.
But fairy tales aren't pretty things, and they don't always end in happily ever after. Mira has a role to play, a fairy tale destiny to embrace or resist. As she struggles to take control of her fate, Mira is drawn into the lives of two brothers with fairy tale curses of their own . . . brothers who shar…

Top Ten Books to Read in a Day

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I decided to go with books that I haven't read yet. These are titles that shouldn't technically take me that long to read because they are short or children's books or books in verse, etc. (I'm trying to make this easy for myself, I guess, haha!)

Here goes:







In My Mailbox 2

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I have a small IMM this week, because I am still working on the books from IMM 1! But remember the witch from Beastly? She got her own book! I'm excited to read it, even though I've been disappointed in some of Alex Flinn's books. They weren't bad, they just weren't the same as Beastly.  We'll see how this one goes. I'm optimistic. What did everyone else get?