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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books in My To Read Stack

Welcome back everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event held by the fine folks over at The Broke and Bookish. The meme is intended to provide a way for bloggers (specifically book bloggers) to get to know each other better.

They always have a set theme to base our weekly post on, but sometimes the official theme and I don’t click. It seems its been a lot like that recently, and this week I am also choosing my own theme because I just don’t click with the one the chose. Although, I will say that if I had to pick YA authors to compete on a Reality Show I’d go with Maureen Johnson on Survivor, because I feel like she has just the right amount of crazy to dominate everyone. :P

So, this week’s Book Tasty Top Ten is Books in my To Read Stack! Some have taken up residence in this stack for a few months now, while others just recently found themselves there. They all look soooo good, and they will all get read at some point, but for now, here they are!

Out of Sight Out of Time, Born Wicked, GoneOut of Sight Out of Time by Ally Carter

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Gone by Michael Grant

Ahhh I can’t wait to get into these!

Such a Rush, Lola and the Boy Next Door, Scorpio RacesSuch a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater

These have been in the stack for a few months now, but not because of a lack of interest!

Bitterblue by Kristin CashoreBitterblue by Kristin Cashore

I won this one from Jen at A Book and a Latte. Thanks so much!

The Vespertine, RevolutionThe Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

I bought these at my school Book Fair this past week!

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCaffertySloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

Found this one in my school’s teacher book swap a while ago!

I mean, they’re so pretty I just can’t wait to dive into them as soon as I can! What is in your To Read Stack!?

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Book Trailer of the Week: Chomp

Book Trailer of the Week is my weekly event where I get to showcase my love to book trailers! Every Friday I highlight a young adult or middle grades book trailers.

Chomp by Carl HiaasenI think book trailers are fabulous methods of marketing and I love to use them frequently in my Media Center and school to promote books and reading.  This week’s book trailer is for the newest Carl Hiaasen middle grades novel, Chomp.

Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he’s grown up with all manner of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, snappers, and more in his backyard. The critters he can handle.  His father is the unpredictable one.   When his dad takes a job with a reality TV show called “Expedition Survival!”, Wahoo figures he’ll have to do a bit of wrangling himself—to keep his dad from killing Derek Badger, the show’s boneheaded star, before the shoot is over. But the job keeps getting more complicated. Derek Badger seems to actually believe his PR and insists on using wild animals for his stunts. And Wahoo’s acquired a shadow named Tuna—a girl who’s sporting a shiner courtesy of her old man and needs a place to hide out.   They’ve only been on location in the Everglades for a day before Derek gets bitten by a bat and goes missing in a storm. Search parties head out and promptly get lost themselves. And then Tuna’s dad shows up with a gun . . .

If you haven’t read any of Hiaasen’s middle grades fiction, you absolutely must.  They’re full of mystery, adventure, animals, and humor! And his books’ covers are always AH.MAZE.ING!  Check out the trailer for Chomp to see what I mean!

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Waiting on Wednesday: My Life Next Door

Well, everyone its Wednesday again, which means it’s time for me to showcase a new, unpublished, title that I can’t wait for.  Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine intended to highlight upcoming books.

I’m a huge sucker for book covers.  If your cover grabs me, I’m going to read your book.  I know you can’t judge a book by its cover, but I totally do.  Which has bitten me in the butt before when I loved a specific book’s cover and really disliked the story itself (Oh pretty cover why must you trick me?!)

My Life Next Door by Huntley FitzpatrickWell, the cover for My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick grabbed my attention the first time because it is incredibly cute and the summary for this one sounds really good so I have high hopes!

“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase’s family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

My Life Next Door is scheduled to release on June 14, 2012 from Dial Books for Young Readers.  Doesn’t it sound like the perfect summer read!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Introducing the 2012-2013 Florida Sunshine State Books

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and Bookish and is intended to help book bloggers socialize and showcase books! This week’s official theme is Favorite Quotes from Books, but I can’t think of any to talk about other than a favorite from Pride and Prejudice, that helps me feel better about life at times:

“For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?” -Mr. Bennet, Pride and Prejudice

So, since I can’t think of too many quotes from books, so I’ve decided to highlight the ten fifteen 2012-2013 Florida Sunshine State Books. Sunshine State books are middle grade books selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and or multicultural representation. The goal of the Sunshine State book list is to encourage students to read independently for pleasure.

As a middle school Media Specialist, my job is to read all fifteen books so I can promote these titles during the school year; I’m going to get really familiar with these books over the next year! Well, here we go; the 2012-2013 Florida Sunshine State books!

How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba Sized Trophy by Crystal Allen How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy by Crystal Allen

Thirteen-year-old Lamar Washington is the maddest, baddest, most spectacular bowler at Striker’s Bowling Paradise. But while Lamar’s a whiz at rolling strikes, he always strikes out with girls. And his brother, Xavier the Basketball Savior, is no help. Xavier earns trophy after trophy on the basketball court and soaks up Dad’s attention, leaving no room for Lamar’s problems. Until bad boy Billy Jenks convinces Lamar that hustling at the alley will help him win his dream girl, plus earn him enough money to buy an expensive pro ball and impress celebrity bowler Bubba Sanders. But when Billy’s scheme goes awry, Lamar ends up ruining his brother’s shot at college and every relationship in his life. Can Lamar figure out how to mend his broken ties, no matter what the cost?

Wild Things by Clay Carmichael

Wild Things
by Clay Carmichael

A headstrong girl. A stray cat. A wild boy. A man who plays with fire. Eleven-year-old Zoe trusts no one. Her father left before she was born. At the death of her irresponsible mother, Zoe goes to live with her uncle, former surgeon and famed metal sculptor Dr. Henry Royster. She’s sure Henry will fail her as everyone else has. Reclusive since his wife’s death, Henry takes Zoe to Sugar Hill, North Carolina, where he welds sculptures as stormy as his moods. Zoe and Henry have much in common: brains, fiery and creative natures, and badly broken hearts. Zoe confronts small-town prejudice with a quick temper. She warms to Henry’s odd but devoted friends, meets a mysterious teenage boy living wild in the neighboring woods, and works to win the trust of a feral cat while struggling to trust in anyone herself. Zoe’s questing spirit leads her to uncover the wild boy’s identity, lay bare a local lie, and begin to understand the true power of Henry’s art. Then one decisive night, she and the boy risk everything in a reckless act of heroism.

Happenstance Found by P.W. Catanese

Happenstance Found (The Books of Umber)
by P.W. Catanese

Twelve-year-old Happenstance awakens in a cave with no memory of who he is or how he came to be there. Soon a mysterious trio arrives to take him away: the explorer Umber, the shy archer Sophie, and Oates, whose strength and honesty are both brutal. Hap and his new acquaintances narrowly escape the cavernous underworld and make their way to Lord Umber’s bustling jewel of a harbor city, Kurahaven. Once there, Hap learns that Lord Umber is an extraordinary man — he’s a merchant, adventurer, inventor, royal adviser, and chronicler of all things monstrous and magical. But Umber’s accomplishments can’t answer the question closest to the boy’s heart: Who is Happenstance? Desperate to uncover clues in his new, baffling surroundings, Hap accompanies Umber on dangerous and unusual missions. But Hap soon learns that there are powerful enemies inside the kingdom, and a ruthless assassin is hot on his trail. Faced with many unknowns, Hap knows one thing is certain: There’s a reason Umber has chosen him…if only he could determine it.

90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis

90 Miles to Havana
by Enrique Flores-Galbis

When Julian’s parents make the heartbreaking decision to send him and his two brothers away from Cuba to Miami via the Pedro Pan operation, the boys are thrust into a new world where bullies run rampant and it’s not always clear how best to protect themselves.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman

It takes a graveyard to raise a child. Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family.

Hide and Seek by Katy Grant

Hide and Seek
by Katy Grant

Thirteen-year-old Chase, a geocaching enthusiast, must constantly rely on his wits to solve unexpected problems. This outdoor adventure and boy’s coming of age story is set in the remote, rugged mountains of northern Arizona.

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald

Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading
by Tommy Greenwald

Charlie Joe Jackson may be the most reluctant reader ever born. And so far, he’s managed to get through life without ever reading an entire book from cover to cover. But now that he’s in middle school, avoiding reading isn’t as easy as it used to be. And when his friend Timmy McGibney decides that he’s tired of covering for him, Charlie Joe finds himself resorting to desperate measures to keep his perfect record intact.This is the hilarious story of an avid non-reader and the extreme lengths to which he’ll go to get out of reading a book

The Juvie Three by Gordon Korman

The Juvie Three
by Gordon Korman

Three boys serving time in juvenile detention are given a second chance in the form of Douglas Healy, a former juvenile delinquent who is running an experimental halfway house. After Healy is knocked unconscious trying to break up a scuffle among the boys, they hatch a crazy scheme so they won’t be sent back to juvie.

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story
by Linda Sue Park

A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about a girl in Sudan in 2008 and a boy in Sudan in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick


The Mostly True Adventures Of Homer P. Figg
by Rodman Philbrick

Master storyteller Rodman Philbrick takes readers on a colorful journey as young Homer Figg sets off to follow his brother into the thick of the Civil War. Through a series of fascinating events, Homer’s older brother has been illegally sold to the Union Army. It is up to Homer to find him and save him. Along the way, he encounters strange but real people of that era: two tricksters who steal his money, a snake-oil salesman, a hot-air balloonist, and finally, the Maine regiment who saved Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg and won the war for the Union.

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X
by James Patterson

Yes, it’s true: Daniel X is special. X-traordinarily special. He may be just a kid, but Daniel is strong enough to fight anything in the world. And it’s a good thing, because not many guys you meet have a host of deadly criminals hunting them to the ends of the Earth. And none of them are extraterrestrials. Daniel is the only one who might be able to eliminate every last intergalactic evil on the List of Alien Outlaws on Terra Firma. Because the greatest superpower isn’t to be part spider and part man, or to cast magic spells – the ultimate gift is the power to create.

My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison

My Fair Godmother
by Janette Rallison

Finding your one true love can be a Grimm experience! After her boyfriend dumps her for her older sister, sophomore Savannah Delano wishes she could find a true prince to take her to the prom. Enter Chrissy (Chrysanthemum) Everstar: Savannah’s gum-chewing, cell phone carrying, high heel-wearing Fair Godmother. Showing why she’s only Fair because she’s not a very good fairy student; Chrissy mistakenly sends Savannah back in time to the Middle Ages, first as Cinderella, then as Snow White. Finally she sends Tristan, a boy in Savannah’s class, back instead to turn him into her prom-worthy prince. When Savannah returns to the Middle Ages to save Tristan, they must team up to defeat a troll, a dragon, and the mysterious and undeniably sexy Black Knight. Laughs abound in this clever fairy tale twist from a master of romantic comedy.

Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby

Lost in the River of Grass
by Ginny Rorby

A science-class field trip to the Everglades is supposed to be fun, but Sarah’s new at Glades Academy, and her fellow freshmen aren’t exactly making her feel welcome. When an opportunity for an unauthorized side trip on an air boat presents itself, it seems like a perfect escape—an afternoon without feeling like a sore thumb. But one simple oversight turns a joyride into a race for survival across the river of grass. Sarah will have to count on her instincts—and a guy she barely knows—if they have any hope of making it back alive. Lost in the River of Grass takes on the classic survival genre using one of the country’s most unique wild places as a backdrop. In this tense, character-driven thriller, Sarah must overcome prejudice and the unforgiving wilderness in a struggle to survive.

The Trouble with Half a Moon by  Danette Vigilante

The Trouble with Half a Moon
by Danette Vigilante

Ever since her brother’s death, Dellie’s life has been quiet and sad. Her mother cries all the time and Dellie lives with the horrible guilt that the accident that killed her brother may have been all her fault. But Dellie’s world begins to change when new neighbors move into her housing project building. Suddenly men are fighting on the stoop and gunfire is sounding off in the night. In the middle of all that trouble is Corey, an abused five-year-old boy, who’s often left home alone and hungry. Dellie strikes up a dangerous friendship with this little boy who reminds her so much of her brother. She wonders if she can do for Corey what she couldn’t do for her brother-save him.

Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda Woods

Saint Louis Armstrong Beach
by Brenda Woods

Saint is a boy with confidence as big as his name is long. A budding musician, he earns money playing clarinet for the New Orleans tourists. His best friend is a stray dog named Shadow, and it’s because of Shadow that Saint’s still in town when Hurricane Katrina hits. Saint’s not worried about the hurricane at first – he plans to live to be a hundred just to defy his palm-reader friend Jupi, who told him he had a short life line. But now the city has been ordered to evacuate and Saint won’t leave without Shadow. His search brings him to his elderly neighbor’s home and the three of them flee to her attic when the waters rise. But when Miz Moran’s medication runs out, it’s up to Saint to save her life – and his beloved Shadow’s.

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I Honestly Didn’t See it Coming: The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

Hello!

I’m finally reviewing The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg; I finished it like two weeks ago and have been so crazy busy!  The last month of the school year is when everything ramps up and there are tons of activities going on.

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess RothenbergOkay, so on to the book, which I read as part of the 2012 Debut Authors Challenge.

BRIE’S LIFE ENDS AT SIXTEEN: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn’t love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally.
But now that she’s D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost—and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there’s Patrick, Brie’s mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul . . . who just might hold the key to her forever after. With Patrick’s help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she’s ready to move on. But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?

I believe I received this book (an Advanced Reader Copy) from another blogger, but I can’t remember who (bad Tina!) because it was a few months ago and I didn’t write it down.  If the book gifter is reading this, THANK YOU and I’M SORRY for forgetting!

I must admit that it took a little while for me to really get into The Catastrophic History of You and Me (TCHoYaM).  I kept reading a few pages, then putting it down and picking it back up again.  It was a vicious cycle, that I finally mastered and I’m so very glad I did!  If you read it and feel the same way I did in the beginning, please persevere and keep reading, you’ll be happy in the end that you did.

One of my favorite things about TCHoYaM is the way in which Rothenberg uses song titles as chapter titles.  This was super creative and fun and really help set the scene and tone for each chapter.  Plus I had a blast trying to figure out if I recognized the songs by their titles!

At times TCHoYaM is really witty and humorous, but it is also the story of a girl coming to peace with her grief.  I believe Rothenberg combined both of these elements in a thoughtful manner that doesn’t seem contrived.  Brie, herself is a pretty funny girl.  She inserts funny little comments in her narration that had me chuckling to my self as I turned the pages and her throwback “your mom” jokes are so bad they’re hilarious.

Without giving anything away, there is a massive plot twist that makes so much sense after the fact that I’m actually disappointed in myself for not seeing it coming.  Seriously – I had no idea!  I don’t want to do any spoilers so I will stop there, but you’ll understand my thoughts on this when you read it!

All in all, it wasn’t my favorite read of the year, but I did truly enjoy it and I recommend The Catastrophic History of You and Me as a cute read for anyone in the older middle school grades and up.

Author: Jess Rothenberg

Publisher: Dial Books (February 21, 2012)

Format: Paperback (ARC)

Length: 375 pages

Series: Standalone

YA/MG: YA

Buy the Book: The Catastrophic History of You And Me

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Book Trailer of the Week: The Accused

Hi there!

As you probably already know (because I say it a lot!) I am always on the lookout for quality middle grade novels with boy main characters.  Well, It sounds like John Grisham has decided to help me out a bit in my hunt!Theodore Boone: The Accused by John Grisham

John Grisham, known for his wildly popular adult legal thrillers has created a series focused on thirteen year old Theodore Boone, the world’s youngest (fictional) lawyer. Check out the summary for the newest installment in this series, titled Theodore Boone: The Accused.

Theodore Boone is back! And he’s ready for his next big case
Theo Boone might only be thirteen, but he’s already uncovered key evidence in a groundbreaking murder trial and discovered the truth behind his best friend’s abduction. Now with the latest unfolding of events in Strattenburg, Theo will face his biggest challenge yet.

Now, I haven’t actually read any of these books yet, but they look like pretty fun reads that I’m going to have to add to my summer reading list!  Want more?  Watch the book trailer!

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It’s a Beautiful World: Fire by Kristin Cashore

Hello everyone!

Today’s review is for Fire by Kristin Cashore and I read Fire as a part of the 2012 Young Adult Audiobook Challenge.

Fire by Kristin CashoreIt is not a peaceful time in the Dells. In King City, the young King Nash is clinging to the throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her.

Exquisitely romantic, this companion to the highly praised Graceling has an entirely new cast of characters, save for one person who plays a pivotal role in both books.

Fire is the second book in the Graceling Realms series and is the companion novel to Cashore’s first book, Graceling. Cashore amazes me.  When I first got Graceling (over a year ago) from the public library I thought “I don’t think I’m going to like this”, but once I started it I was entranced!  Fire was the exact same way.  Cashore weaves an incredible story and creates such a beautiful world filled with heart wrenching characters.

Fire, the main character, is a monster and thus possesses unmatched beauty and the ability to control the minds of those who are near.  Fire is an incredibly human character. She is so strong and courageous and willing to do what is necessary to save her beloved Dells.  However, in contrast, Fire is also deeply guilt ridden and full of self loathing.  She is ashamed of her unnatural beauty and powers and believes that she is something that must be controlled and contained.  She is haunted by the legacy of her father and strives to separate herself from his memory.   All of this leads to a very confused and conflicted young woman who is vulnerable at heart.   I thought I loved Katsa, from Graceling, but I think that Fire has out-shown her in my mind!

The other character that really stands out to me is Immiker, who the reader meets in the book’s prologue  is so incredibly creepy and evil!   This character’s intensity and scariness was only amplified by the narrator, Xanthe Elbrick, who’s voice for Immiker was so fighting that I actually wished for limited exposure to this character (it’s a major compliment; because her voice for him totally freaked me out!!)

I will say that Fire, like Graceling, is definitely a purely Young Adult novel.  I say this because of some sexual content, which although not overly descriptive or frequent, is still, in my opinion, more appropriate for high schoolers rather than middle schoolers. However, readers high school and over will be mesmerized by Cashore’s writing and will leave the book loving Fire, as much as the people of the Dells do.

Author: Kristin Cashore

Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks (October 5, 2009)

Format: Audiobook

Length: 12 hours, 40 mins.

Narrator(s): Xanthe Elbrick

Series: Second in the Graceling Realms series (a companion novel to Graceling)

YA/MG: YA

Buy the Book: Fire (Graceling)

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Waiting On Wednesday: City of Lost Souls

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Ciao! Today is an exciting day for two reasons!

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra ClareOne, my Battle of the Books Team is competing in the county’s annual Battle of the Books Competition. This is a trivia competition based on the fifteen middle grades Florida Sunshine State Books and my team of five students are going up against 30 other middle schools in our district! So, please think of us this afternoon and evening as we dominate those other schools with our bookish awesomeness! I’ll keep you updated on the results. :)

Two, Cassandra Clare’s fifth installment of The Mortal Instrument series, City of Lost Souls comes out in about a week on May 8! I, like tons of others, am a huge fan of Clare’s urban fantasy novels and this newest book is one I’ve been waiting on for a little over a year now.

The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing–but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed, and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.

No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay away—not from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s dying magic has wrought—Jace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentine’s evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Will the Shadowhunters hesitate to kill one of their own?

Only a small band of Clary and Jace’s friends and family believe that Jace can still be saved — and that the fate of the Shadowhunters’ future may hinge on that salvation. They must defy the Clave and strike out on their own. Alec, Magnus, Simon and Isabelle must work together to save Jace: bargaining with the sinister Faerie Queen, contemplating deals with demons, and turning at last to the Iron Sisters, the reclusive and merciless weapons makers for the Shadowhunters, who tell them that no weapon on this earth can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. Their only chance of cutting Jace free is to challenge Heaven and Hell — a risk that could claim any, or all, of their lives.

And they must do it without Clary. For Clary has gone into the heart of darkness, to play a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing the game is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she even still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?

Oh I just can’t wait! If you haven’t read any of Clare’s books yet- get to reading! The Mortal Instruments series is a fabulous place to start.

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Top Ten Tuesday: May New Releases

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event held over at The Broke and Bookish as a way for book bloggers to socialize a little and have some fun!  Every week they post a Top Ten Tuesday theme or topic.  This week’s official theme is Top Ten Books You’d Like To See Made Into A Movie.  Well, I just posted a Top Ten Tuesday with this theme a few months ago (which you can read here), so this week I’m doing my own thing. :)

Okay, so this was most relevant yesterday when it was still April 30, but it’s way too funny not to post!  So, pretend you’re reading this post on Monday, April 30.

Its April 30, so that means that tomorrow….It's Gonna Be May

HAHAHAHAHA OH. MY. GOSH.  Its a day later and it still makes me laugh out loud. For real.

Aren’t you so glad I shared that?!  I know. Me too!

Okay.  Back to books!

Since it is officially May, its time to talk about some of the awesome reads that will be released this month. So, that’s exactly what this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is about: May New Releases!

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra ClareCity of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare, May 8 (YA)

Insurgent by Veronica RothInsurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth, May 1 (YA)

Bitterblue by Kristin CashoreBitterblue (Graceline Realm #3) by Kristin Cashore, May 1 (YA)

Game Changers by Mike LupicaGame Changers by Mike Lupica, May 8  (MG)

Struck by Jennifer BosworthStruck by Jennifer Bosworth, May 8 (YA)

Crush by Gary PaulsenCrush by Gary Paulsen, May 8 (MG)

Until I Die by Amy PlumUntil I Die by Amy Plum, May 8 (YA)

Enchanted by Alethea KontisEnchanted by Alethea Kontis, May 8 (YA)

The Hunt by Andrew FukudaThe Hunt by Andrew Fukuda, May 8 (YA)

The Accused by John GrishamThe Accused (Theodore Boone #3) by John Grisham, May 15 (MG)

There are just so many books being released in May, so I’m sure I left a few off.  Are there any May releases you’re excited about?