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The Dead and Buried

The Dead and Buried
By Kim Harrington
Scholastic Point, 2013
Audience: All Teens

Source: NetGalley

From Goodreads:
A haunted house, a buried mystery, and a very angry ghost make this one unforgettable thriller.

Jade loves the house she's just moved into with her family. She doesn't even mind being the new girl at the high school: It's a fresh start, and there's that one guy with the dreamy blue eyes. . . . But then things begin happening. Strange, otherworldly things. Jade's little brother claims to see a glimmering girl in his room. Jade's jewelry gets moved around, as if by an invisible hand. Kids at school whisper behind her back like they know something she doesn't.

Soon, Jade must face an impossible fact: that her perfect house is haunted. Haunted by a ghost who's seeking not just vengeance, but the truth. The ghost of a girl who ruled Jade's school — until her untimely death last year. It's up to Jade to put the pieces together before her ow…

Top Ten Authors on Auto-Buy

Top Ten Tuesday Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Simone Elkeles
Maggie Stiefvater

 Meg Cabot

 Stephanie Perkins

AS King
Katie McGarry -- I am DYING TO READ Dare You To. I hope there's an e-galley I can get my hands on somewhere. Even if I do, I'm still buying this in hardcover. Can't wait!

 Sarah Addison Allen

Miranda Kenneally -- Look at what I found when I searched for her author picture! Excited!

Adult Authors: Janet Evanovich, Charlaine Harris

Project Fairy Tale: The Goose Girl by Gillian Cross

Hosted by The Cheap Reader This cool idea has bloggers reading the original version of a fairy tale and three retellings. My fairy tale is "The Goose Girl" by the Brothers Grimm.

The Goose Girl
Magic Beans Anthology
By Gillian Cross
Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group, 2011
Audience: Everyone

Source: Nook (

So this was not what I was hoping for - a retelling inspired by the original fairy tale. It was another translation of the fairy tale, basically. Everything was the same except for two things.

First, the king doesn't talk the princess in to telling him the truth. Instead, he has her tell the stove and eavesdrops. I thought since it seemed written for children that maybe the death of the maid would be different, but it wasn't.

Second, the princess receives a handkerchief with three drops of blood on it for protection, not a lock of hair. If I remember correctly, this is what the princess receives in the Shannon Hale version also. I have a feeling that a …

Barbie Girl Blog Tour and Review

Barbie Girl
By Heidi Acosta
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
The only thing that 17 year old Barbie Starr wants to do is graduate high school so she and her little brother, Everett, can get out of Alabama. She doesn’t care about the rumors that are spread around about her like wild fire. Rumors are nothing new to her. Sure, maybe she could change her reputation, but why bother. She is leaving Alabama as soon as she can. That is, if she can pass algebra and graduate.

The only thing Dylan Knight would like to do is go through high school unnoticed; he has had enough of the drama that is high school. He took the whole of last summer to bulk-up: finally he is not being called names or being shoved into lockers. He wants to remain on the outside of the circle of constant rumors that surround the so-called popular kids who get all the attention. He would not, however, mind if his long time crush Katie took notice of him.

But it is Barbie who notices Dylan and she offers him a deal he…


By Megan Miranda
Walker Childrens, 2013
Audience: Older Teens

Source: NetGalley

From Goodreads:
Mallory killed her boyfriend, Brian. She can't remember the details of that night but everyone knows it was self-defense, so she isn't charged. But Mallory still feels Brian's presence in her life. Is it all in her head? Or is it something more? In desperate need of a fresh start, Mallory is sent to Monroe, a fancy prep school where no one knows her . . . or anything about her past.But the feeling follows her, as do her secrets. Then, one of her new classmates turns up dead. As suspicion falls on Mallory, she must find a way to remember the details of both deadly nights so she can prove her innocence-to herself and others.

In another riveting tale of life and death, Megan Miranda's masterful storytelling brings readers along for a ride to the edge of sanity and back again.

Oh boy. I just finished this book and my heart is pounding like crazy! Not anything new - my he…

TBR Wrap Up #2

Hosted by Evie @Bookish
February Wrap Up Hosted by  Rachel @Fiktshun

Here's what I have read:


Waiting On The Nightmare Affair

Waiting on Wednesday Hosted by Breaking the Spine
Waiting on The Nightmare Affair
From Goodreads: 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.
Why I am Waiting Key Words: boarding school, hot, murder, clues, dreams, killer

Top Ten Funniest Characters

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Top Ten Funniest Characters
Jessica Darling cracks me up. She has a lot of drama in her life, and I love reading her hilarious thoughts on it. Amy gets herself in crazy situations. Her actions seem logical to her at the time, but they usually don't work out the way she plans - resulting in a hilarious read. Derek Badger is stupid. So funny. The end. I realize that these are adult books, but I read Stephanie Plum as a teen. However, the funniest character in these books is Lula. Hands down, no contest.
You'll find the funniest teenage detective in Bad Kitty. Ruby Oliver. Nuff Said. All of the Beauty Queens were hilarious. I can't pick just one. Anne is good at making mistakes and talks way too much. A hilarious combination. Mia Thermopolis! The first funny character I encountered in YA. Awesome. Alice is really good at embarrassing herself, but she tries so hard to get everything right. Unlike some other characters, I'll think sh…

Project Fairy Tale: Falada

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A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales Edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling "Falada" by Nancy Farmer Aladdin Paperbacks, 2000 Audience: Children

I chose the short story "Falada" by Nancy Farmer as one of my retellings to read based on "The Goose Girl" by the Brothers Grimm.

This is a collection of stories for children, so it was much simpler than the actual tale and other retellings. It starts out with Falada's origins - the horse lives in elfland but is sent away. His first assignment in the land of humans is to take the Goose Girl to be married, but we know that doesn't go as planned. It turns out her lady-in-waiting is a Goblin from elfland. Falada knows this because of the lady-in-waiting's horse. At the end, instead of being punished, the lady-in-waiting is banished and returns home with her husband, the prince, who is shallow and likes being bossed around. When she gets to her ho…

The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan
By Katherine Applegate
HarperCollins, 2012
Audience: Everyone

Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

I chose to read this one despite my TBR pile because it won the Newbery this year! So exciting. I was honestly hoping that Wonder would at least get an ho…


By Veronica Roth
HarperTeen, 2012
Audience: All Teens

Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
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…

Waiting on Eleanor & Park

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Waiting on Eleanor and Park
From Goodreads: "Bono met his wife in high school," Park says.
"So did Jerry Lee Lewis," Eleanor answers.
"I’m not kidding," he says.
"You should be," she says, "we’re sixteen."
"What about Romeo and Juliet?"
"Shallow, confused, then dead."
''I love you," Park says.
"Wherefore art thou," Eleanor answers.
"I’m not kidding," he says.
"You should be."

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.
Why I am Waiting The whole section of dialogue above. Key Words: misfits, first love

Top Ten Romances

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So, I totally groaned when I saw this theme.  Top ten romances??? ONLY TEN, are you kidding me?
That's impossible.
So I tried not to think about this one too much and just went with my instincts. I know I'm going to forget some... Sigh. I'll leave two spaces open for them.

Project Fairy Tale: The Goose Girl

Hosted by The Cheap Reader This cool idea has bloggers reading the original version of a fairy tale and three retellings. My fairy tale is "The Goose Girl" by the Brothers Grimm.
***SPOILER ALERT*** I go in to details!

The Goose Girl By Shannon Hale Bloomsbury USA Children's, 2003 Audience: All Teens
From Goodreads: Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life under her aunt's guidance learning to communicate with animals. As she grows up Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but is never comfortable speaking with people, so when her silver-tongued lady-in-waiting leads a mutiny during Ani's journey to be married in a foreign land, Ani is helpless and cannot persuade anyone to assist her.

Becoming a goose girl for the king, Ani eventually uses her own special, nearly magical powers to find her way to her true destiny. Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original and magical tale of a girl who must find her own …

The Sunday Post 1

The Sunday Post Hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Reviewer
The past week:

I reviewed Blaze by Laurie Boyle Crompton. I really liked this book, and it's my favorite review that I've written (so far.)

I participated in my first book blitz for The Boys of Summer.

I'm "Waiting on" Things I Can't Forget. Is it March yet?!?!?!?

Here are my favorite Bookish Memories.

And Project Fairy Tale continues! This was a lot of fun. I think it's something that I should do regularly. My fairy tale was The Goose Girl.

Coming Up:

I've started re-reading the first Nancy Drew book, and I'm going to read a lot of Fables this month. I have a galley of Hysteria that I cannot wait to start! The cover is awesome and it sounds so good! I hope I have time to read one more book this week since Nancy Drew and Fables are short.

I've been thinking of doing another blog hop. Anyone know of any that are signing up people now? I'd rather sign up before the actual hop starts.


By Laurie Boyle Crompton
Sourcebooks Fire, 2013
Audience: Older Teens

Source: NetGalley

From Goodreads:
Blaze is tired of spending her life on the sidelines, drawing comics and feeling invisible. She's desperate for soccer star Mark to notice her. And when her BFF texts Mark a photo of Blaze in sexy lingerie, it definitely gets his attention. After a hot date in the back of her minivan, Blaze is flying high, but suddenly Mark's feelings seem to have been blasted by a freeze-ray gun, and he dumps her. Blaze gets her revenge by posting a comic strip featuring uber-villain Mark the Shark. Mark then retaliates by posting her "sext" photo, and, overnight, Blaze goes from Super Virgin Girl to Super Slut. That life on the sidelines is looking pretty good right about now...

Here's my reaction, told in comics.

So here's my review:
I had so much fun reading this story. I knew I would like it, but I didn't expect to love it! Blaze was such a strong young lady.…

The Boys of Summer Book Blitz


Guys, this book sounds steamy! I'm so lucky to be a part of the book blitz. Check it out!
The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan (Summer Series, #1) - New Adult Contemporary Romance - Publication date: December 17th 2012
It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘Onslow Boys’. Every time they swaggered in the front door of the Onslow Hotel after a hard week’s work, their laughter was loud and genuine as they settled onto their bar stools. I peeked through the restaurant partition, a flimsy divider between my world and theirs. I couldn’t help but smile whenever I saw them, saw him ... Toby Morrison.

Quiet seventeen-year-old Tess doesn’t relish the thought of a summertime job. She wants nothing more than to forget the past haunts of high school and have fun with her best friends before the dreaded Year Twelve begins.
To Tess, summer is when everything happens: riding bikes down to the lake, watching the fireworks at the Onslow Show and water bomb fights at the sweltering Sunday marke…