March 24, 2014

Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

Title: Moonglass
Author: Jessi Kirby
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: April 24, 2012 (first published May 3, 2011)
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

I read once that water is a symbol for emotions. And for a while now, I've thought maybe my mother drowned in both. 
Anna's life is upended when her father accepts a job transfer the summer before her junior year. It's bad enough that she has to leave her friends and her life behind, but her dad is moving them to the beach where her parents first met and fell in love--a place awash in memories that Anna would just as soon leave under the surface. 
While life on the beach is pretty great, with ocean views and one adorable lifeguard in particular, there are also family secrets that were buried along the shore years ago. And the ebb and flow of the ocean's tide means that nothing--not the sea glass that she collects on the sand and not the truths behind Anna's mother's death--stays buried forever.

I first heard about this book a few years ago, and my initial reaction was, Moonglass? Huh? And then, Well, whatever it means, it's really pretty. Anyway, the author made it up. Moonglass. Or, rather, the characters in the book made it up. And it was an interesting idea.

Anna wasn't happy with the situation she was being thrown into. The book began with the typical in-a-car-on-the-way-to-a-new-town plot line. A bit cliché, but not terrible. Besides, Anna knew that if she could just get onto the beach and away from her many problems, it would be easier to forget. She would be okay.

And she was. Anna made a friend who seemed unlikely and found success after joining the track team. She met a cute lifeguard who seemed willing to listen to her and helped her uncover the secret behind her mother’s death.

Amidst all of this good, though, there was serious conflict. Anna’s relationship with her father was extremely rocky, and they seemed okay for a while but then had a big fight and were cold to each other. And Anna wasn’t exactly the kindest person in the world. She was not afraid to say what she felt, and this led to her hurting some of the people she loved. Still, another side to this trait was her witty comebacks and sassiness (is that a word?). Anna was hilarious.

I loved the mythology and old tales involving mermaids Jessi Kirby threaded into the story. In some contemporaries this would seem unnatural and would be pretty hard to pull off without sounding awkward. But it actually added to the story in a really cool way, and helped foreshadow what really happened to Anna's mother.

My only real complaint, other than the fact that it was a bit cliché, was that the ending wasn't quite as satisfying as I'd hoped. The story didn't quite feel over.

Overall, this was a surprisingly real and gritty read with a funny, complex protagonist. If you're in the mood for a contemporary beach read without too much fluff, Moonglass is the book for you.

March 23, 2014

Sunday Spiel: Stand-Alones vs. Series

Hi everyone! Today is the last day of Spring Break for me, which means school tomorrow. Ugh.

Before I get into this, I'd just like to say these are my opinions. I am in no way saying that you should have these opinions or that mine are correct. This is simply a post open to discussion, and you're free to share your opinions as well. :) I love hearing them!

So. Stand-alones vs. series. I like both for different reasons. If I had to choose one I prefer over the other, I'd probably choose stand-alones. I don't know what it is, but there's something about having a single book that you really love and reread over and over again that I just love. Series aren't the same, in that there are multiple books in the series, some are worse than others, you have more than one to reread, etc. And the most obvious - no waiting for sequels.

Stand-alones are more satisfying than series. They have a certain finality to them that series just don't have - unless, of course, you marathon the entire thing and it has a really solid ending. But even then, it's not the same. Stand-alones also tend to be less complicated. Sometimes with series I find that I have to remember all these little details and an endless array of characters. But a single book is so much more simple.

Then again, you can get more into series because they're so detailed. Especially if they have great characters and a good plot line. There are more books to fangirl over. :) The anticipation of a new book in the series (if it's not already completed) can also be really awesome. Torturous, but it gives you something to look forward to.

There are also companion novels, which are probably an entire discussion in and of themselves. But they act as a series in the sense that the books are written in the same fashion and some of the characters from previous books appear in the sequels. Still, you can read them out of order the way you would read a stand-alone. I adore companion novels.

What about you? Do you prefer series of stand-alones? Why?

March 22, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #25

Stacking the Shelves is a feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's about sharing the books you got this week--virtual or physical--from the bookstore, the library, borrowed from friends, etc.

Long story short, I bought and borrowed a lot of books this week. A lot. Like, the total comes out to thirteen. Eight I bought, five I checked out from the library. Oops. I may or  may not have gotten carried away. Sooo, because this would be an extremely long haul if I included every single one, I'm going to show you the books I bought and leave the library books for next week. :)


Let the Storm Break (Let the Sky Fall #2) by Shannon Messenger
Unbreakable (The Legion #1) by Kami Garcia
Moonglass by Jessi Kirby
Racing Savannah (Hundred Oaks #4) by Miranda Kenneally 
Love, Stargirl (Stargirl #2) by Jerry Spinelli
Etiquette and Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger
The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
The Host by Stephenie Meyer

So. Lots of books. I've already read Moonglass, and I'll have a review of it up soon. I'm currently reading Racing Savannah and am in love with it. I recently finished Stealing Parker, which I also adored. (I know, I know, I'm reading them totally out of order. But I can't seem to find the first book,  Catching Jordan, anywhere, and since they're companion novels I can get away with it). I bought The Raven Boys because I like the Shiver trilogy and should probably read more of Maggie Stiefvater's books. And The Host? I didn't give Twilight a chance, but this sounded a little  better. 

I'll be back next week with all the books I checked out from the library!

P.S. Sorry for the absence of anything but reviews this past week. I was still traveling and more in a reading mood than I blogging one. :P

March 20, 2014

45 Pounds by K.A. Barson

Title: 45 Pounds
Author: K.A. Barson
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Publish Date: July 11, 2013
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Here are the numbers of Ann Galardi’s life: 
She is 16.And a size 17.Her perfect mother is a size 6.Her Aunt Jackie is getting married in 10 weeks, and wants Ann to be her bridesmaid.So Ann makes up her mind: Time to lose 45 pounds (more or less) in 2 1/2 months. 
Welcome to the world of infomercial diet plans, wedding dance lessons, embarrassing run-ins with the cutest guy Ann’s ever seen—-and some surprises about her NOT-so-perfect mother.  
And there’s one more thing. It’s all about feeling comfortable in your own skin-—no matter how you add it up!

There are many reasons why I love this book, but there is one that is the most important, and that is the fact that the main character isn't your typical seventeen-year-old girl with a perfect life. Diversity (or any uniqueness at all) isn't common in YA, which I see as a problem. It's not realistic if there aren't different kinds of people - whether we're talking gender, race, ethnicity, age, religion, etc. We mainly do have books about seventeen-year-old girls with perfect lives, and it just doesn't make any sense. 

This book isn't that. Which is why I love it.

Ann doesn't simply have conflict thrown her way. Her entire life (at least in her opinion) is a conflict in and of itself. She is sixteen and a size seventeen. And she is not comfortable in her own skin.

I've never read or even heard of a book like this, but it occurred to me that there isn't a good reason for that. Why don't we talk about weight? I've probably only read about one book involving weight, and it was a side plot sort of deal (Eleanor & Park). But I think it should be both talked and written about more often, because it can be an issue.

The way the issue was presented in this book was great. Ann's weight wasn't shown as positive or negative, but rather centered around whether or not she was comfortable with herself. In other words, we were more focused on her self-esteem than the number on the scale. This book does not say that to be happy with yourself you must be skinny and look like a model - yet another reason to love the way the topic is presented. Ann's struggle with self-esteem and navigating life was written so well, and we really get to see her grow as a person throughout the story. She learns to push herself to meet certain goals and in turn not care what others think of her.

The characters were a little too on-the-surface for my liking, but I've seen much more shallow protagonists than Ann. Pacing was a bit of an issue, too - there wasn't much variety in the story, and it was more of a flat line if you were to draw it out. Still, this was minor compared to the other issues the book tackled.

Overall, this book is great if you're looking for something that touches on real issues and is much less mainstream than the usual books you find on the shelves. It's also a fairly short, quick read. I'm excited to see what K.A. Barson comes out with next!

March 17, 2014

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Title: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares
Author: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan 
Publisher: Knopf Book for Young Readers
Publish Date: October 26, 2010
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult
Rating: 3/5 Stars

“I’ve left some clues for you.If you want them, turn the page.If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.” 
So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions? 
Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

So, a Christmas book in March. I was in the mood. The book didn't prove to be bad, but it wasn't great, either. The one thing that it really had going for it was the fact that both of the characters were totally hilarious. There were all of these little jokes throughout that lightened up the mood the moment things got too deep. It made for an extremely fluffy book without much real conflict.

Speaking of conflict, the thing that did potentially pose a problem was the whole moving-to-Fiji thing. But the book ended before there was really enough time to get into it. So there goes that idea. The second time Fash and Lily met also posed a problem because of the situation where they landed themselves in jail. That didn't last long either, though. They were out and back home before anything too terrible could happen.

The characters felt extremely far away. It was another one of those books where even though it was written in first person (dual) POV, you felt as if you were reading from a bird's eye point of view. Everything was so distant, and I couldn't really get behind the character's emotions or the feelings they were trying to portray.

The book was philosophical in a John Green kind of way, at least through the letters Dash and Lily wrote to each other in the notebooks. They were nice to read, and I liked the idea of them learning about each other first through their words and nothing else.

Nothing about the romance was enough to swoon over. This could just have something to do with the fact that I never seem to develop crushes on nerdy guys, but still. There wasn't much, and what there was of it wasn't all that great. Lily's small, short-lived romance with that other guy who also happened to know Dash was also stupid and I thought it a bit unnecessary for the story.

I also loved the real elements of Manhattan spread throughout the novel. It made the story come alive for me in a way that the characters didn't. Overall, this is a good holiday book if you're looking for a quick, light read. Also, if you don't mind a more writing and setting focused plot line, then you'll love Dash and Lily's Book of Dares.

March 15, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #24

Stacking the Shelves is a feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's about sharing the books you got this week--virtual or physical--from the bookstore, the library, borrowed from friends, etc.

Hi everyone! I haven't done a STS for a long time - since the end of last month. But I went to the library this week and accumulated an entire stack of books, so this should be a little longer than usual.


How to Love by Katie Cotugno {Review}
Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan
The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
45 Pounds by K. A. Barson

I've read about half of these books, so reviews of a few are coming soon. I'm not going to be reviewing The Infinite Moment of Us because I really disliked it, and there's nothing for me to even talk about because the entire thing was romance. But I just finished 45 Pounds and will be reviewing that, as well as Dash and Lily's Book of Dares (yes, I know it's a Christmas book, but why not?).

That's all I have for today. I should be back tomorrow with a discussion post, but if I'm not it's because I'm travelling and not having my normal relaxing Sunday. :)

Did you get any books this week? Share in the comments below!

March 13, 2014

How to Love by Katie Cotugno

Title: How to Love
Author: Katie Cotugno
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publish Date: October 1, 2013
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he's never seemed to notice that Reena even exists until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated-and pregnant-Reena behind.  
After: Almost three years have passed, and there's a new love in Reena's life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena's gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she's finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn't want anything to do with him, though she'd be lying if she said Sawyer's being back wasn't stirring something in her. After everything that's happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

There are many reasons why I love this book, and they don't all have to do with Sawyer (Sawyer was awful half the time, anyway - he made so many seemingly unforgivable mistakes). But, admittedly, a lot of them do have to do with Sawyer. Because, like Reena, no matter what he did, I couldn't help but love him.

That was Reena's biggest mistake. No matter how many times Sawyer hurt her, she couldn't help but run back to him. She couldn't help but forgive him, even when he didn't deserve it. Even when he lied to her face and she knew it, she still let him get away with it. She was blinded by her love for him, and therefore he was the one thing - the one person - she couldn't shake. Even when he came back after having disappeared for years, leaving her scared and alone and with a child she didn't plan for.

The conflict in this book was real, and between all characters. There was no perfection, no relaxation, just as these things sometimes do not exist in real life. Conflict between Reena and Sawyer was the largest that existed in the story, but there was also conflict between Reena and her family, Reena and Sawyer's family, Reena and Allie, etc. It helped create tension in the book that made me so emotional about the whole scenario.

I wasn't disappointed with the writing in the slightest. Sure, it wasn't as gorgeous as John Green or J.K. Rowling's writing, but it flowed easily. It also contained that unusual, gorgeous sentence that you just had to read over a few times to let it really sink in. For example, "It occurs to me, not for the first time, that things change whether you're around to notice them or not." Or, "I think of how it felt to lose him, slow and painful and confusing, and how it felt to wonder if I'd ever really had him at all.” 

There was one theme that was threaded throughout the entire story, which I particularly loved, and that was the fact that every person has their own fatal flaw. It could be a person, it could be a character trait, it could be anything. Reena's was that no matter how many times Sawyer wronged her, she couldn't stay away. Sawyer's was that no matter how many times Reena pulled him back to reality, he always ran when things got tough. Neither of them were good people, but that's what made it work. Because by the end, they knew they were going to make more mistakes, but they both decided to try their best to rid themselves of those flaws and carry on.

When I picked up How to Love, I was expecting a fluffy, light read. That wasn't what I got, but I didn't mind in the slightest. If you're a fan of contemporary but not a fan of fluff, you'll love this book.

March 12, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday 3.12.14

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. It features upcoming books that we're eagerly waiting for!

Hiii. It's Wednesday, which means I share a book that has yet to be released. :)

Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson
August 5, 2014
A year ago Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction — and taking the life of Dovey's best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her.  
But recently she's started to believe she's seeing things that can't be real ... including Carly at their favorite cafe. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined.  
As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah — where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk — she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started. 
Dovey's running out of time and torn between two paths. Will she trust her childhood friend Baker, who can't see the threatening darkness but promises to never give up on Dovey and Carly? Or will she plot with the sexy stranger, Isaac, who offers all the answers — for a price? Soon Dovey realizes that the danger closing in has little to do with Carly ... and everything to do with Dovey herself.

This book looks so good! It's doesn't seem like it would be much of a paranormal book. There's obviously an aspect of the novel we don't get from the synopsis. What do you think?

I'll be back tomorrow with a review of How to Love by Katie Cotugno. I can't wait to talk about this book with you guys - I loved it so much.

March 11, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite YA Contemporary Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Hey guys! I'm sorry my mind is still in contemporary mode. I can't read anything else, and I don't even know why. But anything remotely fantasy or paranormal or dystopian makes me explode. I therefore couldn't make a list for anything but contemporary.

Panic by Lauren Oliver - I read this as an ARC and loved it. It's different from Lauren Oliver's other books, and in a good way. It was just released last week as well!  {Review}      

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - I've stressed my love for Rainbow Rowell and her books plenty on here, but I feel the need to keep doing it. Her books are just SO GOOD. {Review

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - See above. :) {Review}

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson - I read this a while back, and if I remember correctly, cried buckets of tears. If you like contemporary, you'll like this. You'll like it even if you don't like contemporary.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - Do I really need to explain this one? I feel like everyone has pretty much read it by now. If you haven't, I don't know what you've been doing all this time.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
- I read this last summer (it's a summer type of book) and it was so sweet. It wasn't even that light. The novel had a nice balance between realistic and fluff.

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson - I've stressed before about how awesome this author is as well. Her debut novel, Amy and Roger's Epic Detour, was also really well-written. {Review}     

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider - I finished reading this...last week? A week and a half ago? Recently. I wrote a slightly long review, as well. It reminded me so much of John Green's books, and I loved it. {Review}

How to Love by Katie Cotugno - I literally just finished this book yesterday, and I loved it so much words can't even explain. There were a few minor details that bothered me, but other than that it was nearly flawless.

There are only nine books on this list, but I wanted to pick the very best! I'm sure even if contemporary isn't your favorite genre, you'd still like these books. Anyway, I'll see you soon. :)

March 10, 2014

Teardrop (Teardrop #1) by Lauren Kate

Title: Teardrop (Teardrop #1)
Author: Lauren Kate
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: October 22, 2013
Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy, Young Adult
Rating: 2/5 Stars

Never, ever cry... Seventeen-year-old Eureka won't let anyone close enough to feel her pain. After her mother was killed in a freak accident, the things she used to love hold no meaning. She wants to escape, but one thing holds her back: Ander, the boy who is everywhere she goes, whose turquoise eyes are like the ocean. And then Eureka uncovers an ancient tale of romance and heartbreak, about a girl who cried an entire continent into the sea. Suddenly her mother's death and Ander's appearance seem connected, and her life takes on dark undercurrents that don't make sense. Can everything you love be washed away?

*Warning: this review will contain spoilers.*

I'm going to come right out and say it: I was massively disappointed by this book. I've read Lauren Kate's other books - all four novels in the Fallen series, in fact. They weren't the greatest books I've ever read, that was for sure, but they were decent. I could get through the books without too much of a struggle and the paranormal aspects weren't bad, either. Because of this, I was really hoping Teardrop would be at least as decent as the others, if not better. But it wasn't.

The beginning held promise. The characters weren't half bad, the plot seemed to be moving along smoothly, I was intrigued by the fantasy aspects...but it went downhill from there.

Nothing happened in the middle of the book. Eureka went places with Cat. She kept seeing Ander. She went more places with Cat. She thought. She remembered Brooks was supposed to be her friend. She saw some more of Ander. Throughout these sightings of Ander (emphasis on sightings - half the time she didn't even talk to him) she realized she had growing feels for him. For this boy who was practically stalking her. What?

And then she had the huge fight with Brooks, and weird things were going on with him. He was betraying her, not acting himself. The only thing was, I didn't think he was all that different. Sure, he was being completely rude and a terrible friend, but people can be like that - sometimes for no reason whatsoever. That doesn't mean they're possessed. There wasn't a drastic enough change for it to work.

The romance was awful. So, so insta-lovey. I didn't even like Ander. I loved Brooks so much more, and he was possessed. That's probably saying something. Then again, Ander was a creepy stalker, so I don't think either of them should really seem that attractive... But it made me so mad when Eureka just decided to completely give up on Brooks. By the end of the book, she said she had the urge to tell Ander she loved him. They knew virtually nothing about each other at that point. GAH.

The ending was completely uncalled for, and none of it made sense. I don't feel like going into details. Basically, it wasn't what it should have been.

Still, Teardrop gets two stars. Why? Brooks. He was the only remotely interesting character, and I actually really loved the epilogue. I think the epilogue should be taken out of the book and used as a piece to kick-start an entirely new novel. I also liked the fact that Eureka wasn't your typical sixteen-year-old, straight A student, and perfect girl. She was a little more messed up, and her past went a little deeper. That was one refreshing aspect of this book that I don't see very often.

Okay, I'm sort of done talking about this. It's making me really frustrated. So unless you're a fan of insta-love and you don't mind a pretty slow plot, you're not going to enjoy Teardrop.

March 9, 2014

Sunday Spiel: Libraries

Hey! Sorry I haven't been around since Wednesday. I didn't finish a book in time to write a review, and I hadn't been to the bookstore or library so there was nothing to do for a STS. I've been reading more, though, so that should change pretty quickly.

Before I get into this, I'd just like to say these are my opinions. I am in no way saying that you should have these opinions or that mine are correct. This is simply a post open to discussion, and you're free to share your opinions as well. :) I love hearing them!

Today's topic is something I've covered in a way. I talked about buying books vs. borrowing them about a month ago. But I didn't exactly talk about libraries, and my love-hate relationship with them, and the fact that every time I go I end up staying for hours, which is why I don't go in the first place.

I went to the library today (hence the topic). I headed straight for the YA section, and it only took fifteen minutes for me to have a stack of fifteen books in my hand. That's a book a minute, and I could have stayed there for hours. Needless to say, that would have been a lot of books. So I forced myself to take a bunch off the stack (it's so hard, though - I can never decide which ones I want to keep and which ones I want to put back on the shelf), and ended up with about eight.

There you go. Eight books. They're now sitting in a stack in my room. But here's the deal:

If I read one of those books and end up really liking it, I'm going to want to keep it. But I have to return it to the library. If I read one of the books and end up hating it, I'll be mad at myself for checking it out in the first place and it will probably just sit in my room, waiting for me to get up and go return it. Which I won't do for a while. Both of this situations make me so frustrated.

And what does that lead to? Library fines. There's a library at my school, which means it's not that difficult for me to return books - I can just drop them off on my way to class. But on the weekends and in the summer I have to go to my public library, which is a lot farther than down the hall. So I rack up a huge amount of library fines, especially in the summer. I'm not even going to tell you how much money I wasted by not returning books to the library last summer, because it's really embarrassing.

But while I have a tendency to add up library fines until I'm not even allowed to check out books anymore, I also love being in the library itself. I love how quiet it is, I love the rows upon rows of books stacked in neat rows, I love how I'm (usually) surrounded by other people who love books just as much as I do.

There you have it. My love-hate relationship with libraries. I can't wait to get started on my stack of books, though. :)

Do you use libraries? If so, how often? Why do you like or dislike them?

March 5, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday 3.5.14

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. It features upcoming books that we're eagerly waiting for!

Hey. :) I just found out about this book today and it looks really intriguing, so I thought I'd use it for my WoW.

Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah
October 8, 2014
After her little sister mysteriously vanishes, seventeen-year-old Claire Graham has a choice to make: stay snug in her little corner of Manhattan with her dropout boyfriend, or go back to Ohio to face the hometown tragedy she's been dying to leave behind.  
But the memories of that night still haunt her in the city, and as hard as she tries to forget what her psychiatrist calls her "delusions," Claire can't seem to escape the wolf's eyes or the blood-speckled snow. Delusion or reality, Claire knows she has to hold true to the most important promise she's ever made: to keep Ella safe. She must return to her sleepy hometown in order to find Ella and keep her hallucinations at bay before they strike again. But time is quickly running out, and as Ella's trail grows fainter, the wolves are becoming startlingly real. 
Now Claire must deal with her attraction to Grant, the soft-spoken boy from her past that may hold the secret to solving her sister's disappearance, while following the clues that Ella left for only her to find. Through a series of cryptic diary entries, Claire must unlock the keys to Ella's past—and her own—in order to stop another tragedy in the making, while realizing that not all things that are lost are meant to be found.

Everything about this book is so pretty. The title, the cover, the synopsis, heck, even the author's name is gorgeous. *drools* I've never even heard of it but I want this book. Now. Please.

What are you guys waiting for?

March 4, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I've Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Hey guys! Is anyone else tired of school? I'm not really ready for summer, mainly because I hate the heat, but a month off sounds really nice right now. Or two. Or five.

Anywayyy, there are way too many authors whose books I have yet to read. I'll list a few here, as well as the books they've written. :)

Holly Black (The Coldest Girl in Coldtown)
Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds)
Marissa Meyer (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, etc.)
Cristin Terrill (All Our Yesterdays)
Libba Bray (The Diviners, A Great and Terrible Beauty)

Veronica Rossi (Under the Never Sky)
Marie Rutkoski (The Winner's Curse)
Scott Westerfeld (Uglies)
Anna Godberson (The Luxe)
Julie Kagawa (The Iron Fey Series)

There isn't much to say about these except for the fact that I don't know why I haven't read their books yet. I even own some of them. Hopefully I'll read them in the near future, and if not there are always the years to come!

Sorry the post is so short today. There's not much to say for this topic for some reason. I'll see you tomorrow!