10.24.2011

Silence review -- Becca Fitzpatrick

The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.



















3.5 of 5 stars
I have good news, and I have bad news. As is tradition with me and most everyone I know, let's start with the bad news. In the beginning of the book, Nora forgets everything that happened in the past five months (a.k.a. everything that happened in Crescendo and in Hush, Hush).


The good news: While the plot of Silence might be a massive mindf*ck, the execution is much better. Fitzpatz's prose and her pacing and her everything related to writing has improved since Crescendo, which made the bad news easier to digest. For one, Nora isn't nearly as retarded as she is in Crescendo and Hush, Hush. I would actually say she had moved on from her once retarded ways, but then she hit someone with a shovel, and I bit my tongue.
So, needless to say, Fitzpatz's prose has improved and she improved her craft.
Silence is the longest Hush, Hush SERIES installment to date. It clocks in at 438 pages, and I feel like a few mindless scenes could've been cut to shorten the book. I actually got kind of bored somewhere in the middle of the book.
I feel like Becca Fitzpatrick extended the series to four books because she couldn't live without her series being called a saga. I bet she doesn't even know what a saga is, but because it's stamped on the cover of every Stephenie Meyer book published, and she needs to achieve that level of fame, she can't live without it being on the cover of every one of her books, too.
I don't know. Just my opinion. Don't hate, yo.

Three and a Half Owls



Amazon Exclusive: Jenny Han Interviews Becca Fitzpatrick

Jenny Han is the author of We'll Always Have Summer, It's Not Summer Without You, and The Summer I Turned Pretty.


Jenny Han: Writerly questions first. Do you write every day?

Becca Fitzpatrick: I write Monday through Friday. I take the weekends off.

JH: Do you outline?

BF: I didn't used to. But writing Crescendo made me a firm believer in outlining. With a book coming out every year, I don't have time to mess up. I think five years would be my optimal time period for writing a book, but with the nature of a series, I think that would make fans very antsy! When I'm on a deadline, every day counts. I feel an urgency to get the story right the first time.

JH: Did you find the series schedule grueling, doing one book a year?

BF: So many authors say the second book is hard, and they're right. Writing Crescendo was super stressful. The whole time, I kept thinking, I'm never writing a book again. All that pressure, to finish on time, and I also had readers' expectations to think about.

JH: Becca, trust me when I say you more than exceeded them with Silence. When I got to the end of the book, I was so excited Nora's story wasn't over yet. When did you know it would be four books instead of three?

BF: When I was nearing the end of Silence, I kept trying to wrap everything up. I'd planned on ending Patch and Nora's story there, and I wanted to stick to the plan. But a nagging voice at the back of my mind told me I needed to write one more book that takes place during Cheshvan. Those who've read my books know that Cheshvan is the time of year when fallen angels sweep in and possess Nephilim bodies by the droves. I heavily allude to Cheshvan during the first three books, but have never set any of the novels during those dark and haunted weeks. For readers who've been anxiously awaiting a final showdown between fallen angels and Nephilim—-with Patch and Nora torn between sides-—I can't wait for you to read the fourth and final book.


JH: That's genius! Now that you say that, it feels like a fourth book was an inevitability, because how could you even think of keeping all that from us?! Or rather, how could you think of keeping more Patch from us?! Patch is easily one of the sexiest guys in YA literature ever. He's flirty, he's dangerous, he's dark. Is he the guy you would have gone for in high school?

BF: My boyfriend in high school was smart, athletic, and sensitive. He played the saxophone and the piano-—really well. In other words, not a lot of commonalities with Patch. I was crazy in love with him, and so many of my high school memories revolve around him. But I always wondered what it would have been like to fall hard for the baddest of the bad boys-—the guys who made you nervous with a single look, whose thoughts you never could guess. Several novels later, Patch still feels that way to me—-dangerous and impenetrable. I don't think he'd be the least bit disappointed to learn this!

JH: I feel like there's a part of Nora that still doesn't trust Patch completely. Do you think she's justified?

BF: I think it would be very difficult to open myself up completely to someone with a history as dark and sinister as Patch's, so I don’t blame Nora for any unsteadiness in love. Nora trusts Patch, believes in him, and their relationship has grown stronger through each trial they've faced, but she also knows she can't change him. He wants to be the story's hero, but he's in a constant battle with the man he wants to become... and the man he is. The temptation to return to his old lifestyle is relentless.

JH: That makes him even hotter to me. I guess we know who I would choose—-always the impenetrable bad boy, every time! Which is not to say that I don't find the other man in Nora’s life intriguing... Speaking of, would you rather be a fallen angel or Nephilim?

BF: I have a lot of sympathy for Nephilim. I don't think Chauncey Langeais is entirely wrong for hating Patch and trying to get revenge. I can't imagine anything worse than having your body ripped away every October and possessed by a menacing creature. And while it seems fallen angels have all the fun, I'm going to choose Nephilim. But maybe that's because I know something readers don't. Something unexpected and terrifying that happens to fallen angels in Book Four....

JH: After you close out the series, what's next for you?

BF: It's been very hard knowing that soon I'll have to say good-bye to Patch, Nora, Vee, Scott, and even Marcie. But at the same time, I feel there are other characters living in the back of my mind, waiting for their stories to be told. I've always been drawn to writing dark, sexy, and twisty novels, and hopefully I'll be starting a new one very soon!

My Spidey-Senses are signaling a Fitzpocalypse in the works.       

10.14.2011

Hush, Hush review -- Becca Fitzpatrick

Title: Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Pages: 391
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Hardcover



For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.






Review:


My first experience with Hush, Hush was over a year ago, and between then and now, I've read about 300 other books.

I can safely say Hush, Hush is not the YA prodigy I once thought it was. I've noticed a lot of things about the book I didn't notice the first time, and I wasn't in love with it as much (if you recall, I gave it five stars). The point of this review is that I have read the book again and that I have some different viewpoints than I did the first time.

I'm going to start with my first addition, and it's going to be a positive one: Vee Sky kicks ass. In fact, I'd rather the entire book be written from her perspective, because while sometimes she may be dumber than a bucket of fried chicken, she's a hell of a lot more interesting than Nora.

Example One: "Can we please talk about sex now?" -Vee, page 38

Example Two: "You've got food stuck in the crack between your two front teeth. Looks like chocolate Ex-Lax. . . ." -Vee, page 45

Example Three: "Mr. Green Sweater looks normal, but his wingman looks hardcore bad boy. Emits a certain don't-mess-with-me signal. Tell me he doesn't look like Dracula's spawn." -Vee, page 57

This brings me to addition #2: Nora Grey is boring. Not plot-drags-but-interesting-character boring. Character-sucks-and-thinks-nothing-exciting, black-hole-of-a-character boring. I think her last name being Grey is pretty ironic and was planned, if I do say so myself, because Nora Grey has nothing interesting or spunky or exciting to offer the world of young adult fiction.

This brings me to addition #3: Nora Grey is definitely a full-fledged masochist. Patch is obviously trouble with a capital T and from the very first time he walked onto the page, I knew it, but for some reason, Nora chooses to accept him as her newfangled toy when really he's trying (and failing) to kill her. Or maybe he's not; it's never really revealed what his ulterior motives are. But one thing's for sure: Patch is nothing but pain and trouble, yet Nora falls hard for him. I really think she likes the pain.

This brings me to addition #4: Patch.
Patch, oh, Patch, what the hell is your problem? I think Patch is the worst YA toy ever to have been created. You're not just a joker and probably a pedophile; you're mean, narcissistic, and couldn't care less about other people (except for Nora, for some reason I obviously can't determine).


This brings me to addition #5: Elliot. Elliot is someone I never really trusted when he first sauntered onto the page, and it becomes apparent why later, or at least you think so. The characters aren't exactly deep, and Elliot is no exception. The characters don't exactly have problems, except for Nora, but her problems are dumb and pointless. The characters' actions seem very contrived and stilted; they don't seem like people I'd actually talk to in real life. Good characterization is something that's very hard to do right, and I'm sorry to say that Fitzpatz totally failed the test.

This brings me to addition #6: Jules. Jules never really got a big role in the book until the end, and I kind of feel bad for him. I think he would've been a fucking awesome character to have developed more throughout the book.

This brings me to addition #7: the plot. Thank God that in the year-plus of me not reading this book, I forgot everything about the book except for Nora's name, so by the time I got to the climax, I was still trying to figure out who it was that was behind everything. I wasn't as interested in the plot as I remember, and a lot of things I'm realizing are different than when I first read them.

That brings me to #8: this review is now over.

Two and a Half Owls

10.09.2011

Imaginary Girls review -- Nova Ren Suma

Chloe's older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can't be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby's friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.

But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

With palpable drama and delicious craft, Nova Ren Suma bursts onto the YA scene with the story that everyone will be talking about.


Title: Imaginary Girls
Author: Nova Ren Suma
Pages: 347
Publisher: Dutton/Penguin
Release Date: June 14th 2011
Format: Hardcover ($17.99)

Buy it Here: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Review


Imaginary Girls is one of those books reviewers cringe about after reading the first page, because they can tell it's going to be one of those books. One reason I will have an extremely hard time reviewing this book is because I'm still pretty unclear about most of the book.

Nova Ren Suma's writing is the most exquisite form of gorgeous -- it's kind of like drinking the most expensive, most pure bottled water instead of filling a cup with tap water. It's inspiring, amazing, and scintillating. I can't wait for future releases of hers. I will surely buy each and every one.

The central theme of Imaginary Girls is the complex sisterhood the main character, Chloe, and Ruby share -- all the ups, the downs and the secrets they have naturally as sisters. They have a rare bond that only sisters can have, and that's displayed well in the book by the author.

The plot moves relatively slow, but Ms. Suma's prose saves the day. If her prose weren't as marvelous as it is, and when I say marvelous, I mean marvelous, the book's plot would collapse and rot like a burning house. In fact, there isn't really a plot. Nothing happens. All the book is composed of is a pair of sisters, some weedde spoiler)wedwwewwee, and a reservoir that conceals the flooded town of Olive. But it's okay, because the writing is all that matters.



According to Ruby's myths, the town of Olive was bought out to be turned into a reservoir, and the residents of the town apparently didn't see a need to leave, which plays into the mystery of the story, including the body she found. [People come back to life, and they sleep there. (hide spoiler)] Throughout the book, Suma leads you to believe one thing, and it's actually quite the opposite. Only strong writers can coerce you in this way.



To everyone who didn't already get the memo in the five-plus paragraphs of this review already written, Nova Ren Suma's prose is freaking brilliant and made me shit bricks.

The plot of this book in certain places makes me go

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This rest of this book (especially its prose) makes me go

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Imaginary Girls is haunting, truly, and it's a book you won't soon forget. The thing I like the most about Imaginary Girls (besides its prose) is how Ms. Suma doesn't answer every question presented. Books like that are very appealing to me, because sometimes I'm not looking for a clear-cut, everything-is-roses happy ending and I want a little more . . . or, more specifically, a little less.

It's official: I will buy anything this lady's name is stamped on.  



     Five Owls

10.08.2011

Cover Reveal -- Black Dawn by Rachel Caine!

The Morganville Vampires series has been going on for as long as I can remember. This is the twelfth and final installment in the series. Without further ado, I present the cover of Black Dawn:


This is my second-favorite cover in the series! The series has an amazing designer team.

To view the rest of the series, you can go here:

What do you think of the cover? Post your thoughts in the comments!

-Hayden

Mostly Good Girls review -- Leila Sales

Title: Mostly Good Girls
Author: Leila Sales
Pages: 347
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: October 5th 2010
Format: Hardcover (money well wasted)

The higher you aim, the farther you fall….
It’s Violet’s junior year at the Westfield School. She thought she’d be focusing on getting straight As, editing the lit mag, and figuring out how to talk to boys without choking on her own saliva. Instead, she’s just trying to hold it together in the face of cutthroat academics, her crush’s new girlfriend, and the sense that things are going irreversibly wrong with her best friend, Katie.
When Katie starts making choices that Violet can’t even begin to fathom, Violet has no idea how to set things right between them. Westfield girls are trained for success—but how can Violet keep her junior year from being one huge, epic failure?















Review



Lauren Oliver called this book "brilliant" and "poignant." At this point, I'm seriously doubting her sanity. It's actually really funny how bad this book is.





The problem with this book isn't that it's stupid -- the problem is that it's stupid. The girls sit there during class and make lists of who is a virgin and who's not and how far they've gone. The first chapter (if you can even call what the book is written in "chapters") is a pointles five-page rant about a dumb teacher who went through college and other related life shit. The protag's best friend who is even dumber than she is says to get into his fraternity, he had to drink "a whole keg of beer." And I thought Kayla from the House of Night series was retarded -- she's nothing compared to the people in this book.

In the near forty-five pages I read, there was no conflict at all. She was blabbing on and on about her ever-so-interesting past and other related and retarded incidents she had with her BFF.

This is the first page:

My Junior Year To-Do List,
by Violet Tunis

1) Get a perfect score on my PSATs.
2) Get A-minuses or better in all my classes.
3) Do many awesome projects with Katie. (Note: Projects must be awesomer than anything we did last year.)
4) Improve this school's literary magazine. At least to the point where I don't have to pretend like I am not really the editor, like the editor is someone else who happens to share my name (huge coincidence).
5) Pass my driving test.
6) Maybe become famous for something, so that people everywhere will know and respect me?
7) Make Scott Walsk fall in love with me.


This list pretty much comprises the entire book, or at least the small fraction of it I could tolerate reading. As you can see in this list, there is no conflict AT ALL. Whoever approved the publication of this book has serious delusions about what makes a good book.
I'm also pretty sure no high school sex ed teacher in the world makes you say the word "vagina" over and over to get more comfortable with it. Pretty sure.

And now, a bonus questionnaire:

Choose the answer, A or B, that best suits you. Make sure you completely fill in the bubble next to your answer of choice.

1. Would you rather:
O A. have a best friend who thinks it is physically possible to drink an entire keg of beer
or
O B. have a best friend that has a brain?

2. Would you rather:
O A. write lists during class about which girls in your grade have had sex
or
O B. listen to your teacher?

3. Would you rather:
O A. whine perpetually about how debutante season is retarded and how you weren't invited but subconsciously wish you did
or
O B. save five pages?

If you answered A to any of the above questions, this book is for you (and you're certifiably insane)!


With all sanity in check, I can with absolute certainty give this book
One Half Owl.

Twisted review -- Sara Shepard

Title: Twisted
Author: Sara Shepard
Pages: 305
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: July 5th 2011
Format: Hardcover

Buy the Book: Barnes & Noble, Amazon
It’s been a year since the torturous notes from A stopped and the mystery of Alison DiLaurentis’s disappearance was finally put to rest. Now seniors in high school, Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily are older, but they’re not any wiser. The Pretty Little Liars have more secrets than ever - twisted secrets that could destroy the perfect lives they’ve worked so hard to rebuild.

Aria’s jealous of her boyfriend’s new exchange student. Spencer’s getting a little too cozy with her soon-to-be-stepbrother. Hanna’s one scandalous photo away from ruining her dad’s Senate campaign. And Emily will do anything to get a swim scholarship.

Worst of all: Last spring break in Jamaica, they did something unforgivable. The girls are desperate to forget that fateful night, but they should know better than anyone that all secrets wash ashore … eventually.



Review



Okay, I can't exactly say I'm not enthralled the Pretty Little Liars series was expanded, but at the same time, I can't say I'm all that thrilled about it, either. This go-round of the Pretty Little Liars series is a lot different than the first eight books -- I can't exactly figure out why, but it seems really different. Like all the other Pretty Little Liars books, the ending is extremely thrilling and not exactly satisfying, and like all the other Pretty Little Liars books, the characters haven't exactly grown.

Spencer is still her straight-A, not-exactly-mature self who gets into trouble with guys and with school. Aria still gets torn up with jealousy in her romances, and seemingly hasn't learned anything. Hanna is still kind of a bitch -- except this time with naughty pictures. Emily is the one character, in my opinion, who's done some growth -- she faces real problems, and she shows a lot of compassion toward others. She's by far my favorite of the Liars.

I actually got kind or bored about halfway through, which is why it took so long for me to read the book -- three days (which is a LONG time for me). It wasn't as gripping as the other installments in the series have been in the past, but for some reason I squeal any time I think about A and my heart pounds hard when I think about how the next book, Ruthless, is out in a short two months.



I think the quality of the drama in the later books is increased, and Twisted is no exception at all. My favorite plotline in this book is Hanna's -- it's not exactly relatable (my dad isn't involved heavily in politics like Hanna's is), but it's very engrossing and I hated every time the chapter ended and I had to go through three more perspectives before I could get back to it. Even though Hanna is acting like she is on top of the world, her plotline was the most interesting.

Honestly, I can't freaking wait until the rest of the Pretty Little Liars books are out and I'll be able to read them. I'm going to hold my breath until then.




Four and a Half Owls

10.02.2011

Killer review -- Sara Shepard

Title: KillerAuthor: Sara Shepard
Pages: 321
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: July 1st, 2009
Format: paperback

In picture-perfect Rosewood, Pennsylvania, ash-blond highlights gleam in the winter sun and frozen lakes sparkle like Swarovski crystals. But pictures often lie—and so do Rosewood's four prettiest girls.
Hanna, Aria, Spencer, and Emily have been lying ever since they became friends with beautiful Alison DiLaurentis. Ali made them do terrible things—things they had to keep secret for years. And even though Ali was killed at the end of seventh grade, their bad-girl ways didn't die with her.
Hanna's on a mission to corrupt Rosewood's youth, starting with a very attractive sophomore. Aria's snooping into her boyfriend's past. Spencer's stealing—from her family. And pure little Emily's abstaining from abstinence.
The girls should be careful, though. They thought they were safe when Ali's killer was arrested and A's true identity was finally revealed. But now there's a new A in town turning up the heat. And this time Rosewood is going to burn.

Review

Sara Shepard definitely knows how to end a book and make you crave its sequel. KILLER definitely has a killer ending -- no pun intended. I literally can't wait until HEARTLESS.

Sara Shepard writes very twisted and riveting plots that you can't ignore. At this point in the series, after writing 5 other books, she's a pro -- her writing is fair (nothing special, but there's nothing wrong with it), her characters are -- kind of -- deep, with real-person problems and real-person concerns, and her plots are intense and gripping. I'm kind of curious whether or not Rosewood is a real town. (Upon Googling, it, I've learned that it is not a real town.)

In KILLER, Spencer becomes convinced she is adopted and searches for her real mother. Hanna is trying to stay on top of the high-school food chain -- and Kate is in her way. Aria is dating a special someone and is becoming concerned about his past. Emily's going pretty far with her boyfriend -- maybe even a little too far. The four girls' lives are pretty killer, but when things get twisted, they're going to have to work together to figure some things out . . .

I have to say, Killer is my second favorite Pretty Little Liars novel so far, only behind Unbelievable, which just reeked of awesome so much, it will be hard to be beaten. I don't know if you can tell, but my thoughts are very incoherent because I REALLY want to start HEARTLESS, so if you'll excuse me, I think I'm going to go do that.

-H

Five Owls

Cover Reveal -- Immortal Hearts (Vampire Kisses, #9) by Ellen Schreiber

Today, I have something special: the cover of Immortal Hearts (previously titled Stormy Nights), the ninth book in the bestselling Vampire Kisses series. The Vampire Kisses series is one of the first vampire series I ever read, and the latest book, Cryptic Cravings, didn't do much for me.
So, without further ado, here is the cover of Immortal Hearts:


All of the covers in this series are gorgeous. There's just something about them that I love! They're gothic and modern and beautiful.

The Complete Series:

Books 1, 2 and 3: Vampire Kisses -- The Beginning (Vampire Kisses, Kissing Coffins and Vampireville)
Book 4: Dance with a Vampire
Book 5: The Coffin Club
Book 6: Royal Blood
Book 7: Love Bites
Book 8: Cryptic Cravings
Book 9: Immortal Hearts

I honestly am not sure when this series will end.

10.01.2011

Wicked review -- Sara Shepard

Title: Wicked
Author: Sara Shepard
Pages: 310
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: December 1st 2008
Format: paperback


In idyllic Rosewood, Pennsylvania, where Burberry earmuffs keep diamond-studded ears warm, four very pretty girls have done some very wicked things. . . .
High school juniors Hanna, Spencer, Emily, and Aria have paid dearly for their sins. A stalker named "A" terrorized them for months and revealed their darkest secrets. But now that A's true identity has been revealed, the girls can finally go back to their pretty little lives.
Only, once a pretty little liar, always a pretty little liar—and these girls just can't help but be bad. Hanna will do anything to be Rosewood's queen bee. Spencer starts stealing . . . from her parents. Emily can't stop thinking about her new boyfriend. And Aria approves a little too strongly of her mom's taste in men.
As the secrets get darker and the scandals juicier, the consequences turn deadly. After all, girls who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. And in Rosewood, someone is always watching. . . .

Review

The Pretty Little Liars series is definitely a guilty pleasure -- the characters aren't deep, the writing isn't anything special, yet there's something there underneath it all that just draws you back and makes you want to keep reading -- no, it makes you need to keep reading. I think it's the high-octane, thrilling plot that makes me addicted to the books, but I can't know for sure. All I do know for sure is there is something there. There's an A in my brain making me want to read on and find out what happens next.

In WICKED, the fifth out of twelve Pretty Little Liars books, the girls have finally figured out what happened to Ali, actually more like who happened to Ali, and they've figured out who A was. When WICKED starts, you soon find out that things aren't always as they seem, and before you know it, the mysterious and vindictive A returns to the stage. Spencer is having problems with life after what happened in UNBELIEVABLE, when (highlight the text to read it) she admitted to having stolen her winning Golden Orchid essay from her sister, Melissa. Hanna is trying her hardest to truly become popular, and she'll get rid of anything or anyone in her way; she might even make a new addition to her posse (*cough cough* *ahem* Kate *cough*). Emily is falling for someone, and this time, it's a boy. Aria's mom found someone on Match.com, and Aria definitely approves . . . maybe even a little bit too much. To be honest, these four girls' lives are becoming even more twisted and crazy than ever before.

I have to say that at this point, my favorite of the liars is Emily. She seems to be the most sincere and outspoken of the girls, and I connect with her the most. Hanna's driven to be popular and she's taken a twisted and dangerous route to fame. Hanna really bothered me in WICKED. In previous books, I really connected with her, but it seems she's taken a dangerous route, and I'm not as happy with her as I have been in the past. Aria  is having yet more problems with adults, and she's probably having the most problems out of all the girls. Spencer is definitely the most unlucky of them all, and the reason why is something you'll find when you start reading.

In WICKED, the action dies down a little bit, but as is the norm with Shepard's books, once you hit the end, you're in for the thrill of your life. Get used to the high-action that starts from the first book, because once you start, there's no stopping. There are a lot of flashbacks in the text to moments when Ali was alive. None of them are random, of course; they're all on par with whatever's going on. Overall, Sara Shepard blew me away yet again with WICKED; I'm counting down the minutes until I can begin KILLER, book six.

Four-and-a-Half Owls


In My Mailbox (3)

"In My Mailbox" is a meme, created by Kristi at The Story Siren, that features books I've received/purchased/borrowed during the current week.

IN MY MAILBOX: THE BIRTHDAY EDITION

My birthday was on the 21st, and this is my intake. :)


PURCHASED


Starcrossed -- Josephine Angelini
Anna Dressed in Blood -- Kendare Blake
The Gray Wolf Throne -- Cinda Williams Chima
Lost in Time -- Melissa de la Cruz
Perfect Chemistry -- Simone Elkeles
Rules of Attraction -- Simone Elkeles
Chain Reaction -- Simone Elkeles
Where She Went -- Gayle Forman
Plague: A Gone Novel -- Michael Grant
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer -- Michelle Hodkin
The Power of Six -- Pittacus Lore
Soul Thief -- Jana Oliver
Imaginary Girls -- Nova Ren Suma
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children -- Ransom Riggs
The Forest of Hands and Teeth -- Carrie Ryan
The Dead-Tossed Waves -- Carrie Ryan
The Dark and Hollow Places -- Carrie Ryan
Shade -- Jeri Smith-Ready
Shift -- Jeri Smith-Ready
The Fallen 2: Aerie and Reckoning -- Thomas E. Sniegoski
The Fallen 3: End of Days -- Thomas E. Sniegoski
Forever -- Maggie Stiefvater
Daughter of Smoke and Bone -- Laini Taylor
The Hidden -- Jessica Verday
If I Die (signed) -- Rachel Vincent


ARCs


Third Grave Dead Ahead -- Darynda Jones

Pretty Little Liars Marathon!


PLL MARATHON



In acknowledgment of my purchase of PLL #9, Twisted, I'm going to re-read the entire PLL series in honor of this spectacular event. The Pretty Little Liars Marathon began with the first book, Pretty Little Liars, which I read this week and gave four stars. It continued with the second book in the series, Flawless, which I gave four-and-a-half stars. The third book, Perfect, was read as well within the past week, and to it I gave four-and-a-half stars. Book four, Unbelievable, was finished by me yesterday, and I gave it five stars.
I'm currently reading book five, Wicked. I hope to finish it by this evening. By then, my PLL Marathon will be 5/9 complete! I can't wait to finish!

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