Waiting on Wednesday: The Almost Truth

Hi there!

It’s the middle of the week which currently mean two things for me:

1. Author Sharon Draper is visiting my school tomorrow! Holy junk! I’m so nervous, but excited too! I’ll try to post about her visit later this week.

2. It’s time for a Waiting on Wednesday post!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine, which gives book bloggers the opportunity to  highlight some upcoming new releases we just can’t wait for!

This week I’m excited about The Almost Truth by Eileen Cook.

The Almost Truth by Eileen CookSadie can’t wait to get away from her backwards small town, her delusional mom, her jailbird dad, and the tiny trailer where she was raised…even though leaving those things behind also means leaving Brendan. Sadie wants a better life, and she has been working steadily toward it, one con at a time.

But when Sadie’s mother wipes out Sadie’s savings, her escape plan is suddenly gone. She needs to come up with a lot of cash—and fast—or she’ll be stuck in this town forever.

With Brendan’s help, she devises a plan—the ultimate con—to get the money. But the more lies Sadie spins, the more she starts falling for her own hoax…and perhaps for the wrong boy. Sadie wanted to change her life, but she wasn’t prepared to have it flipped upside down by her own deception. With her future at stake and her heart on the line, suddenly it seems like she has a lot more than just money to lose.

Doesn’t it sound like it could be a cute, romantic contemporary read?  I haven’t read anything by Eileen Cook before, but I do like the sound of The Almost Truth. This one will be released by Simon Pulse on December 4, so we don’t have too much longer to wait.

What upcoming release are you waiting on this week?


Top Ten Tuesday: November New Releases

Happy Tuesday to everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Every week they post a theme and book bloggers all over the interwebs (!) create lists to go with that particular theme.

It’s the end of October which means that November is here. (Yay for my birthday month and first trip to Europe month!!!)  With a new month comes lots of new books. So, I’m going my own way this week and skipping the official Top Ten Tuesday theme by highlighting some upcoming releases for November!

Days of Blood and Starlight by Lani TurnerDays of Blood and Starlight by Lani Taylor (Nov. 6)

Divide and Conquer by Carrie RyanDivide and Conquer (Infinity Ring #2) by Carrie Ryan (Nov. 6)

If We Survive by Andrew KlavanIf We Survive by Andrew Klavan (Nov. 6)

Reached by Ally CondieReached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie (Nov. 13)

The Third Wheel by Jeff KinneyThe Third Wheel (Wimpy Kid #5) by Jeff Kinney (Nov. 13)

Miss Fortune Cookie by Lauren BjorkmanMiss Fortune Cookie by Lauren Bjorkman (Nov. 13)

Under the Bridge by Michael HarmonUnder the Bridge by Michael Harmon (Nov. 13)

Witch World by Christopher PikeWitch World by Christopher Pike (Nov. 13)

Sacred by Elana K ArnoldSacred by Elana K. Arnold (Nov. 13)

The Lucky Ones by Anna GodbersenThe Lucky Ones (Bright Young Things #3) by Anna Godbersen (Nov. 27)

So there you have it!  A whole bunch of November New Releases!  Are there any that you just can’t wait for?


Book Trailer of the Week: The Kill Order

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I adore book trailers done well.  So, every week I like to shine the spotlight on a book trailer that I think deserves a little love and attention.

The Kill Order by James DashnerThis week I’m pretty impressed with the book trailer for James Dashner’s newest addition to the Maze Runner series, The Kill Order.

Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease.

Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there’s something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it’s mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees.

Mark and Trina are convinced there’s a way to save those left living from descending into madness. And they’re determined to find it—if they can stay alive. Because in this new, devastated world, every life has a price. And to some, you’re worth more dead than alive. The prequel to the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series.

My husband and I absolutely adore The Maze Runner series so this prequel is highly anticipated in our house. I know, I know it’s already been published but we still haven’t read it yet. The book trailer totally makes me want to read it even more than I already did!

I feel like all the book trailers for Dashners’ books are fabulous and this one for The Kill Order doesn’t disappoint.  What’d you think?


Waiting on Wednesday: The Elite (Selection #2)


Today is Wednesday so it’s time to talk about a book I’m waiting to be released.  Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine.

I enjoyed Kiera Cass’ The Selection and was left thinking, “WHAT?! I have to wait to find out what happens next?!” when I finished it.  So, I’m definitely excited for The Elite. I want more!

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

I must say, Cass has me hooked with this fun series and I will be waiting expectantly for April 2013 when The Elite is released  (Harper Teen), to find out what choices are made with America, Maxon and Aspen!

Also, I love the gown on this cover!

Are you waiting on any special books this week?


Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ll Never Read because I’m a Wimp

Hello there everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by those fine bloggers over at The Broke and Bookish!

So, this week’s official theme is Top Ten books to put you in the Halloween mood. That is a great theme, but I don’t usually do creepy books, so I’m calling this like it is.  I’ll probably never read any of these titles because I’m a HUGE wimp when it comes to scary.  This still amazes me because as a teenager in the mid-90s I used to devour R.L. Stein’s Fear Street books like they were covered in chocolate. Seriously.  So, I guess I’ve gotten wimpier in my old age.

These are all books that I have heard awesome things about, so I assume they’re good reads, but I’m too much of a scaredy-cat!

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare BlakeAnna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

I don’t care what this book is about.  I’ve heard it’s awesome.  But that title already has me way creeped out! I don’t want to be dressed in blood and I don’t know if Anna does either.

The Murmurings by Carly Anne WestThe Murmurings by Carly Anne West

This cover is freaky.  I don’t like super close up faces on covers…they creep me out.  This cover, plus the titles, plus the summary….Sounds really, really scary!

Bad Girls Don't Die by Kate AlenderBad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

This cover makes me think of the Sixth Sense.  My students  LOVE this series, but I just can’t bring myself to see what’s under that curtain.

Starters by Lissa PriceStarters by Lissa Price

This book isn’t even categorized as horror, I think it’s dystopian.  I don’t even care, I can’t look at this super scary cover! It’s so disturbing! Again, I’ve heard it’s good though!

The Devouring by Simon HoltThe Devouring by Simon Holt

This one is about evil demonic beings that inhabit humans.  It sounds super intriguing, but it also sounds super scary!

The Name of the Star by Maureen JohnsonThe Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Okay, so I probably will read this one.  I like Maureen Johnson’s books and I bought it at my school book fair, so I’ll try to read it even though I’m pretty sure it’s going to scare me.

Ten by Gretchen McNeilTen by Gretchen McNeil

Yeah, I’ll probably read this one too.  It sounds very Agatha Christie, which I love, so even though it’ll probably freak the poop out of me, I’m most likely going to go for it!

The Replacement by Brenna YovanoffThe Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

I just know this book will give me nightmares. For reals.

Dust and Decay by Jonathan MayberryDust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry

The cover. Do I have to say more?

Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie RyanForest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

I want to read this book so bad.  I even promised I would last year…I didn’t.  And it’s because I’m too afraid.

So there you have it.  These are all books that I’ve heard good things about, but am scared to read because I’m a humongous wimp when it comes to all things creepy.  Have you read any of these?  Are there some I need to just buck-up and read?


Waiting on Wednesday: The Art of Wishing

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine!  Every week book bloggers put the spotlight on an upcoming book they’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I’m looking way into the future at a book scheduled to be released in March 2013 by Dial Books for Young Readers.  The Art of Wishing by Lindsay RibarThe Art of Wishing, a debut by Lindsay Ribar sounds like a pretty fun fantasy/contemporary read!

He can grant her wishes, but only she can save his life.

Margo McKenna has a plan of attack for everything, from landing the lead in her high school musical to dealing with her increasingly absent parents. But when she finds herself in possession of a genie’s ring and the opportunity to make three wishes, she doesn’t know what to do. Especially since Oliver–not blue-skinned, not bottle-dwelling, but a genie nonetheless–can see more than what she’s willing to show him. With one peek into her mind, he can see the wishes that even Margo herself doesn’t know she wants.

But Oliver comes with more than just mind-reading abilities, a flair for magic, and the prettiest eyes Margo’s ever seen. Someone from his past is hunting him–someone bent on killing him, along with all the other genies in the world, for the sake of honor. And as Margo soon discovers, it will take more than three wishes to save him. A whole lot more.

I love the whole genie-three wishes premise sounds refreshingly fun! Also, that cover is so cute! All in all, The Art of Wishing just sounds like a light-hearted  romance that I’m in the mood for.  If only it was March 2013!


Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Authors by Genre

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Today is Tuesday so, as always, that means it is time for another Top Ten Tuesday post.  Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and Bookish and is a fun weekly event where book bloggers post lists that all fit a particular theme.

Today’s theme is “Top Ten Favorite Authors In X Genre”.  I had a difficult time with this because I try to jump around genres a lot so I’m reading a wide range of YA and MG fiction.  Because of this, I can’t always say that I have ten favorite authors in one specific genre.  So, instead I decided to list ten different genres and my favorite author in that category.  So, here we go My Top Ten Favorite Authors by Genre!

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher1. Fantasy: Catherine Fisher

Lola and the Boy Next Door  by Stephanie Perkins2. Contemporary Romance: Stephanie Perkins

The Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale3. Fairy Tale Redo: Shannon Hale

Across the Universe by Beth Revis4. Sci Fi: Beth Revis

The Maze Runner by James Dashner5. Dystopian: James Dashner

Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter6. Spy Fiction (I’m pretty sure I made this genre up): Ally Carter

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher7. Realistic Contemporary: Jay Asher

Smile by Raina Telegmier8. Graphic Novel: Raina Telgmeier

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell9. Historical Fiction: Judy Blundell

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare10. Paranormal Romance: Cassandra Clare

So, there you have it!  There are, of course, other fabulous authors in each of these genres, but these are just some that stand out to me. Who are your favorites?



Winner Announcement: 100 Follower Giveaway

Hi there!

It is officially time to announce the winners of my 100 Follower Giveaway!

I know I said I’d do this a few days ago, but work and life got in the way.  Better a tad bit late than never right?!

Well, before we announce the winners (there are three!) let’s take a little review peek at the prizes!

100 Follower Giveaway

There they are!  Three lucky winners will each get one of the three books shown above, all of which are some of my favorite books ever!

Yes!  It’s very exciting!

So, let me just say that my free wordpress.com account does not allow cool giveaway widgets like rafflecopter, but I do have access to random.org, a free online random number generator.

I assigned numbers to every participant who completed the giveaway entry form on the giveaway post (plus additional entries for those who completed the extra entry options). Then I entered the number range into the generator at random.org and came out with the winners!

The chosen number was numbers/winners were:

14= Susan Schliecher (The Maze Runner)

56= Stephanie Hart (I’d Tell You I Love You but Then I’d Have to Kill You)

5= Happy Grape (Princess Academy)

Congratulations to all three winners!

All I need from you is to email me  your mailing address to  tinalina(at)gmail(dot)com within the next 48 hours and I will ship your winnings to you right away!

Thanks to everyone who entered!  This giveaway was and my little blog is a success because of you! :)


Book Trailer of the Week: Mystic City

Book Trailer of the WeekHello!


It’s been a LONG time since I’ve posted a Book Trailer of the Week!

Seriously. Things have been super busy.  Life and work got in the way, but then technology issues happened too.  Blech. Well, that’s over with and the book trailers are back! WhooHoo!

Mystic City by Theo LawrenceThis week’s book trailer is for Theo Lawrence’s Mystic City.

Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City’s two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents’ sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud—and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths. But Aria doesn’t remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can’t conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place. Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection—and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city—including herself.

Doesn’t it sound like an interesting sci-fi/fantasy read?  I’m already interested reading the summary, but the trailer makes me even more intrigued!

Also, I completely think the cover for Mystic City is pretty cool. It always catches my eye when I see it online! I love the sparkly lights in the background.   If Mystic City sounds like something you’d like it was just released on October 9, so you can make your way to the store as soon as possible!


Waiting on Wednesday: Princess of the Silver Woods


Happy Wednesday to you!  As you probably know Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.  It was created as a place to spotlight upcoming titles that we’re excited about.

This week I am pretty excited about Jessica Day George’s third installment in the Twelve Dancing Princesses series, Princess of the Silver Woods.

When Petunia, the youngest of King Gregor’s twelve dancing daughters, is invited to visit an elderly friend in the Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day Georgeneighboring country of Westfalin, she welcomes the change of scenery. But in order to reach Westfalin, Petunia must pass through a forest where strange two-legged wolves are rumored to exist. Wolves intent on redistributing the wealth of the noble citizens who have entered their territory. But the bandit-wolves prove more rakishly handsome than truly dangerous, and it’s not until Petunia reaches her destination that she realizes the kindly grandmother she has been summoned to visit is really an enemy bent on restoring an age-old curse. The stories of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood get a twist as Petunia and her many sisters take on bandits, grannies, and the new King Under Stone to end their family curse once and for all.

I’ve actually only read the first book in the series (Princess of the Midnight Ball) and have yet to read Princess of Glass (book two), but I’m hoping that the release of Princess of the Silver Woods coming soon I’ll actually make time for book two! Jessica Day George is one of the best middle grades fairy talei-sh authors out there and I’m excited to read ANYTHING new by her!

What are you waiting on this week?