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Waiting on Wednesday: Prep School Confidential

Welcome back BookTasty Readers!

It’s time to showcase another upcoming new release for this week’s Waiting on Wednesday.

This week I’m waiting for the release of Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor.

Prep School Confidential by Kara TaylorAnne Dowling practically runs her exclusive academy on New York’s Upper East Side—that is, until she accidentally burns part of it down and gets sent to a prestigious boarding school outside of Boston. Determined to make it back to New York, Anne could care less about making friends at the preppy Wheatley School. That is, until her roommate Isabella’s body is found in the woods behind the school.

When everyone else is oddly silent, Anne becomes determined to uncover the truth no matter how many rules she has to break to do it. With the help of Isabella’s twin brother Anthony, and a cute classmate named Brent, Anne discovers that Isabella wasn’t quite the innocent nerdy girl she pretended to be. But someone will do anything to stop Anne’s snooping in this fast-paced, unputdownable read—even if it means framing her for Isabella’s murder.

This summary sounds fabulous and the cover even reminds me a little bit of the Gallagher Girls books by Ally Carter (which I LOVE!). I have always been a big fan of boarding school books and they’re even better with a good mystery thrown in. Plus the tag line is awesome: “Rick Kids Can Get Away with Murder”…I love it!

So Prep School Confidential,which seems to be the first book in a new series, is scheduled to release on July 30…only a short few weeks away!

Does Kara Taylor’s debut sound like one you’ll be waiting on or are you patiently waiting on something else this week?

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Not a Lot of Follow Through: The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar

Hi there everyone!

So, I’ve let a few weeks fly by with no book reviews…but hey it is what it is. :)

And now I’m back with a review for The Art of Wishing, a debut by author Lindsay Ribar.

Guys. This was a DNF book for me. I did not finish it.

So, those of you who’ve been following BookTasty for a little while probably know that I absolutely HATE not finishing a The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribarbook. I’ve finished some pretty poorly written stuff in the name of finishing.  But I had an epiphany recently and I just made up my mind to not finish this one.

Margo McKenna has a plan for just about everything, from landing the lead in her high school play to getting into a good college. So when she finds herself in possession of a genie’s ring and the chance to make three wishes, she doesn’t know what to do. Why should she put her life into someone else’s hands?

But Oliver is more than just a genie — he’s also a sophomore at Margo’s high school, and he’s on the run from a murderer. As he and Margo grow closer, she discovers that it will take more than three wishes to save him. A whole lot more.

I had been really excited for The Art of Wishing since I first signed up for the 2013 Debut Authors Challenge. The book’s summary sounded fun and it seemed to have a lot of potential – “A genie! Cool! I haven’t read a book about a genie before!” Plus I thought the cover was adorable.

But in the end (well actually around 70% of the way through) I just realized that I wasn’t enjoying this book.  The writing felt somewhat disjointed and I had a difficult time keeping my attention on the story. I’d start reading only to find myself putting my Kindle down after only two or three pages because something else seemed more interesting. I just wasn’t invested in any of the characters and there wasn’t anything captivating about the story that made me want to keep reading.

I did like Margo at first. I thought she was interesting because she wasn’t your average YA female character who hasn’t yet realized her strengths. Margo knows she an awesome singer and actress. She is very aware of her strengths in an almost cocky way.  This made her fascinating for a while, but then she slowly began to lose the interest factor for me.

The romantic relationship between Oliver and Margo also seemed too easy. These two fall in love almost overnight, which was pretty hard to believe. I also don’t understand why a smart, talented girl like Margo fell so quickly for a guy who continues to keep information from her.  I mean come on! It’s not until more than halfway through the story when Oliver decided to tell Margo about a significantly important piece of information that she could have used A LOT sooner. She already knows you’re a genie dude…nothing else is going to shock her. Just fill her in!

So, although I was so sad to add another book to my small DNF pile, I had to do so with The Art of Wishing. I just realized that it was taking me forever to read and that there were other books I’d like to spend my time on. There was a lot of potential with not a lot of follow through.

All in all, I know for a fact that my students would enjoy this book, but it just wasn’t for me at all.

Author: Lindsay Ribar

Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers (March 21, 2013)

Format: e-book (ARC)

Length: 314 pages

Series: Standalone

YA/MG: MG/YA

Buy the Book:  The Art of Wishing

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I Just Knew: Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

Hi there everyone!

Did you know that this is the second year I’ve participated in the Debut Author’s Challenge?  Well it is! I really enjoy this particular challenge because it allows me to read at least 12 debut books by new authors each year. Through completing this challenge I’ve been introduced to some really awesome new authors.

One of those awesome new authors is Elizabeth Ross. When I saw the cover (isn’t it pretty?!) for her debut Belle Epoque I just knew. Then I read the summary and I just knew.

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth RossI just knew that Belle Epoque would be right up my period drama loving alley!

When Maude Pichon runs away from provincial Brittany to Paris, her romantic dreams vanish as quickly as her savings. Desperate for work, she answers an unusual ad. The Durandeau Agency provides its clients with a unique service—the beauty foil. Hire a plain friend and become instantly more attractive.

Monsieur Durandeau has made a fortune from wealthy socialites, and when the Countess Dubern needs a companion for her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, Maude is deemed the perfect foil.

But Isabelle has no idea her new “friend” is the hired help, and Maude’s very existence among the aristocracy hinges on her keeping the truth a secret. Yet the more she learns about Isabelle, the more her loyalty is tested. And the longer her deception continues, the more she has to lose.

I adored this book!

One of the things I love about Belle Epoque is how unique the whole idea of a “repousser” is. It took me a while to understand, so let’s tease this definition out a little. Imagine you have a pile of nice looking peaches sitting in a bin. They’re all decent so none of them stand out amongst one another. But when you take one of those decent peaches and sit it next to a bruised and broken peach suddenly the normal looking one become beautiful and more desirous! It’s the same with a hired repousser. Really interesting right?! 

And all tied in with this repousser theme is the juxtaposition between the building of the Eiffel Tower (because Belle Epoque is set in the late 1880s while the tower was being built) and Maude (our main character). When the Eiffel Tower was first introduced many Parisians thought it was hideous and declared it a blight on the beautiful city scape. Likewise, when Maude is first introduced to the Agency, she is seen as an ugly, or plain, girl. As the tower gets taller and taller Maude grows as well…it’s so good!

In particular I was so happy to read a book set in Paris after I visited there for the first time this past November. The city of Paris is such a huge part of Maude’s experience in the story. Being a hired repousser Maude gets to see two sides of Paris first hand: the luxurious, gilded aristocracy as well as the bright and seemingly vulgar bohemian nightlife (very Moulin Rouge!). As Maude plays dress up in one, she slowly comes to realize her passion for the other. Just being able to picture the streets Maude walks down made the story that much more enjoyable for me.

Speaking of Maude, I thought she was a very true-to-life character. Throughout the book, Maude tries to hold onto what she knows to be truth but is so easily distracted (as anyone would be) by the shininess and glitter of what is on display before her. I mean who wouldn’t want to wear gorgeous gowns while being wooed by dukes and viscounts at French chateaus?! Additionally, Maude is a young lady who can grow and make her way on her own, while also accepting help from loved ones.

All in all, Belle Epoque was a fabulous debut and I hope to read more of Elizabeth Ross’ work in the future. This one comes to you with the BookTasty stamp of approval, so if you’re looking for a good period drama read you should definitely check it out!

Also a huge thank you Elizabeth Ross and Delacourt for the digital ARC!

Author: Elizabeth Ross

Publisher: Delacourt Books for Young Readers (June 11, 2013)

Format: e-book (ARC)

Length: 336 pages

Series: Standalone

YA/MG: MG/YA

Buy the Book: Belle Epoque

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Pretty Generic: Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed

Hi there!

If you follow BookTasty at all you’ve probably realized that I’m participating in the 2013 Debut Author Challenge again this year. The goal is to read at least 12 debut young adult books throughout the year and you can learn more about it here.

The second debut novel I read was Cinders & Sapphires by Leila Rasheed.

One house, two worlds…

Rose Cliffe has never met a young lady like her new mistress. Clever, rich, and beautiful, Ada Averley

Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed

treats Rose as an equal. And Rose could use a friend. Especially now that she, at barely sixteen, has risen to the position of ladies’ maid. Rose knows she should be grateful to have a place at a house like Somerton. Still, she can’t help but wonder what her life might have been had she been born a lady, like Ada. For the first time in a decade, the Averleys have returned to Somerton, their majestic ancestral estate. But terrible scandal has followed Ada’s beloved father all the way from India. Now Ada finds herself torn between her own happiness and her family’s honor. Only she has the power to restore the Averley name—but it would mean giving up her one true love . . . someone she could never persuade her father to accept.

Sumptuous and enticing, the first novel in the At Somerton series introduces two worlds, utterly different yet entangled, where ruthless ambition, forbidden attraction, and unspoken dreams are hidden behind dutiful smiles and glittering jewels. All those secrets are waiting . . . at Somerton.

Sometimes you just need to read something kind of mindless and fun, but I was hoping I’d enjoy Cinders & Sapphires a little more than I actually did.

First let’s clarify that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE British period dramas. I adore reading about the fashion and the upper crust of polite society during pretty much whatever time period you throw at me! There always has to be some good scandal and intrigue mixed in too. Well, in this way Cinders & Sapphires was satisfying! It had all of the above! But sadly, that’s about all it had.

The characters were flat and incredibly one-dimensional. Let’s just lay it all out there: you had your maid with hidden talents who dreams of a better life (of course she does), you have your wealthy debutante who is a closet academic and is, of course, in love with a man of a lower class (or ethnicity) *gasp!*and don’t forget about your eligible bachelor who is scandalously (and secretly) gay *gasp!*. Let’s not ignore the stylish but hateful stepmother and her equally jealous daughter! Throw in an upwards grasping lady’s maid and some mean-spirited (why?!) servants to get our plot moving and…viola! You have it! An unsurprising and  kind of boring version of Gossip Girl in period costume.

So much was predictable that it made me lose interest and I had to force myself to finish reading this one…I didn’t want to DNF the second debut I read! The only storyline I was remotely interested in was Ada’s but that’s just because I like romance, even if they are pretty generic.

There you have it.  I was disappointed in Cinders & Sapphires, because I felt like it missed the mark that all guilty pleasures should… it wasn’t even bad enough to make me love it! But please remember, don’t take my word for it.  A lot of people, including some of my students, really seemed to enjoy this book, so give it a try for yourself…it may turn out to be what you’re in the mood for.

Author: Leila Rasheed

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (January 22, 2013)

Format: e-galley (ARC)

Length: 400 pages

Series: First in the At Somerton series

YA/MG: YA

Buy the Book:  Cinders & Sapphires (At Somerton)

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Where Have You Been All My Life? Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Hello everyone!

Sometimes you come across a book that you just know you’re going to love. The title, the cover, and the summary all seem to fit your book love meter. And then you read the book (or in my case, listen) and you discover that you don’t just  love the book….

YOU FREAKIN’ ADORE THE BOOK!

Gail Carriger, where have you been all my life?! The steampunk debut, Etiquette & Espionage, by Gail Carriger is officially on my new favorites list!

It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger Finishing School.

Sophronia Temminnick at 14 is a great trial more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners — and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Her poor mother, desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady, enrolls the lively tomboy in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But young ladies learn to finish…everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage — in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year’s education.

So, yes this fun, and light-hearted romp through a steampunk/supernatural world is  Carriger’s first YA novel.  Apparently she writes a steampunk series for adults (thank you internets!), in which some of the characters in Etiquette & Espionage make appearances all grown up.  I absolutely must add these to my To Read stack.

Etiquette and Espionage is kind of like a Gallagher Girls book (by Ally Carter- which I also LOVE!) set in a steampunk setting. It’s a boarding school for girl spies, with a twist! I am craving so much more of this alternate steampunk world with vampires, werewolves & evil geniuses!

I had fun with all the exaggerated Victorian fashion. And the fact that your pearl necklace may or may not be useful as weapon! Also, I’m a huge fan of boarding school books, but a boarding school for spies and assassins – a FLYING boarding school at that?! I want to go to a flying boarding school for spies and assassins!!

The plot and mystery in Etiquette & Espionage were on the mild side, with most of the story detailing Sophronia becoming accustomed to her new school and home, but this was a good thing as it enabled Carriger to focus on introducing and letting us get-to-know characters. I really enjoyed Sophronia, the main character (although she can be a little too perfect sometimes) for all her progressive thinking and climbing skills.  Overall she is spunky, smart kindhearted and a fun character. If I was a student at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s I believe I’d want to be one of Sophronia’s good friends. Additionally, all the other debut students were well written and interesting, especially the reluctant Sitay, and the ever colorful Dimity!  My favorite character though, was the mechanical dog (mechanimal) named Bumbersnoot.  YES.

The narrator, Moira Quirk, was really entertaining to listen to. Her accents and voices were perfect and made me so happy that I listened to the audiobook instead of reading it myself. And let’s not forget this absolutely stunning cover! I want this dress. Seriously. The  hot pink against the black is eye-catching and the cogs and gear pattern is so smart and perfectly matched to the story.

Do you like steampunk? Do you enjoy reading YA? Are you in the mood for an audiobook? Well, Etiquette & Espionage comes recommend with the BookTasty stamp of approval! I believe that middle grade readers and up will have as much fun with this book as I did!

Author: Gail Carriger

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (February 5, 2013)

Format: Audiobook

Length: 9 hours and 1 minute

Narrator(s): Moira Quirk

Series: First in the Finishing School series

YA/MG: MG/YA

Buy the Book: Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School)

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Magic and Mobsters Unite: The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell

Well hello there!

As you may already know (from the buttons on the left side of the page or my earlier post) 2013 is the second year I’m participating in the Debut Authors Challenge! I had so much fun with this challenge last year, as it introduced me to so many new authors to love! Well, this year the first debut novel I read was The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell. Thank you to Dial books for the e-galley!

There is a new king on the throne of Tildor. Currents of political unrest sweep the country as two warring crime families seek power, The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidellangling to exploit the young Crown’s inexperience. At the Academy of Tildor, the training ground for elite soldiers, Cadet Renee de Winter struggles to keep up with her male peers. But when her mentor, a notorious commander recalled from active duty to teach at the Academy, is kidnapped to fight in illegal gladiator games, Renee and her best friend Alec find themselves thrust into a world rife with crime, sorting through a maze of political intrigue, and struggling to resolve what they want, what is legal, and what is right.

I love fantasy! I really, really do! And I really, really, believe that The Cadet of Tildor is a great addition to the genre. The world building is well done and I felt like I could clearly imagine this world where magic and mobsters unite.  There is just so much political and criminal intrigue that I want to know more about this world Renee, Savoy and Alec live in! Give me more Tildor books!

Lidell’s take on the heroine, Renee, is an interesting one. Renee, although talented, isn’t the strongest student at the Academy.  She is weaker than everyone else and is even in danger of loosing her place in the school. I appreciate that Renee, isn’t automatically this crazy beefed-up warrior girl, but that she instead works hard to get to where she wants and needs to be.

I had head a few other bloggers saying that there was no romance in The Cadet of Tildor, and how relieved they were. No romance?! I completely disagree! Although there was no major romantic story line, I found tendrils of romance throughout the story and can’t wait to see what forms in the next installment…I assume there is a sequel! I asked author Alex Lidell about this on Twitter and all she did was smile…so we’ll have to wait to see if my romance sniffing skills are as good as I think they are!

I was a little disappointed with Alec’s character. Throughout the story we’re reminded that he is Renee’s best friend, but in my opinion, he sure doesn’t act like it!  Alec doesn’t defend Renee when he should and pretty much leaves her on her own for most of the story. I guess, I need to consider the inner confusion and turmoil Alec is dealing with, but I just wasn’t a fan of Alec and how he treated Renee.

There is some violence…okay a lot of violence! But I think Lidell does a pretty good job of being realistic without being too graphic, which is always a good talent to have!

If you’re a fan of the fantasy genre, I think you’ll be pleased with Lidell’s debut, The Cadet of Tildor. It is a fun example of what can happen when fantasy and political thrillers unite! If there is to be more of Renee’s story, I will definitely be on the lookout for it!

Author: Alex Lidell

Publisher: Dial (January 10, 2013)

Format: e-galley (ARC)

Length: 400 pages

Series: standalone

YA/MG: YA

Buy the Book:  The Cadet of Tildor

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Top Ten Tuesday: 2013 Debuts I’m Excited About

Good morning!

As you may know, every week I participate in Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and Bookish) which is an event involving creating bookish lists.  This week the theme is Top Ten 2013 Debuts I’m Excited About!

Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed1. Cinders & Sapphire by Leila Rasheed (Jan. 22)

For the first time in a decade, the Averleys have returned to Somerton, their majestic ancestral estate. But terrible scandal has followed Ada’s beloved father all the way from India. Now Ada finds herself torn between her own happiness and her family’s honor. Only she has the power to restore the Averley name—but it would mean giving up her one true love . . . someone she could never persuade her father to accept.

City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster2. City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster (Feb. 5)

Nisha was abandoned at the gates of the City of a Thousand Dolls when she was just a child. Now sixteen, she lives on the grounds of the isolated estate, where orphan girls apprentice as musicians, healers, courtesans, and, if the rumors are true, assassins. Nisha makes her way as Matron’s assistant, her closest companions the mysterious cats that trail her shadow. Only when she begins a forbidden flirtation with the city’s handsome young courier does she let herself imagine a life outside the walls. Until one by one, girls around her start to die.

Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson3. Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson (March 12)

When seventeen-year-old Sophia Petheram’s beloved father dies, she receives an unexpected letter. An invitation—on fine ivory paper, in bold black handwriting—from the mysterious Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, her godfather. With no money and fewer options, Sophie accepts, leaving her humble childhood home for the astonishingly lavish Wyndriven Abbey, in the heart of Mississippi. Sophie has always longed for a comfortable life, and she finds herself both attracted to and shocked by the charm and easy manners of her overgenerous guardian. But as she begins to piece together the mystery of his past, it’s as if, thread by thread, a silken net is tightening around her. Sophie knows she’s trapped in the passion and danger of de Cressac’s intoxicating world.

Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield 4. Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield (May 7)

Sing, and the darkness will find you.” This warning has haunted fifteen-year-old Lucy ever since she was eight and shipwrecked on a lonely island. Lucy’s guardian, Norrie, has lots of rules, but the most important is that Lucy must never sing. Not ever. Now it is 1667, Lucy is fifteen, and on All Hallows’ Eve, Lucy hears a tantalizing melody on the wind. She can’t help but sing—and she is swept into darkness.

How My Summer Went Up In Flames by Jennifer Salvator Doktorski5. How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski (May 7)

Rosie’s always been impulsive. She didn’t intend to set her cheating ex-boyfriend’s car on fire. And she never thought her attempts to make amends could be considered stalking. So when she’s served with a temporary restraining order on the first day of summer vacation, she’s heartbroken—and furious. To put distance between Rosie and her ex, Rosie’s parents send her on a cross-country road trip with responsible, reliable neighbor Matty and his two friends. Forget freedom of the road, Rosie just wants to hitchhike home and win back her ex. But with every mile marker that passes, Rosie discovers a new sense of self…and that sometimes the best revenge is moving on.

Starglass by Pheobe North6. Starglass by Pheobe North (July 7)

The generation ship Asherah coasts through space, bound for a planet its passengers have never even seen. On the eve of their arrival, sixteen-year-old botanist Terra discovers that her orderly society has fractured. Walking home one night through the long-abandoned engine rooms, she witnesses the murder of an innocent man. Now, called on by the Children of Abel, a group of rebels intent on destroying the High Council, Terra must prove her mettle–assassinate the ship’s rising captain. In order to carry out her task, Terra must betray her father, deceive her teacher, and challenge everything the Council has ever taught her was true.

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross7. Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross (June 11)

When Maude Pichon runs away from provincial Brittany to Paris, her romantic dreams vanish as quickly as her savings. Desperate for work, she answers an unusual ad. The Durandeau Agency provides its clients with a unique service—the beauty foil. Hire a plain friend and become instantly more attractive. Monsieur Durandeau has made a fortune from wealthy socialites, and when the Countess Dubern needs a companion for her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, Maude is deemed the perfect foil. But Isabelle has no idea her new “friend” is the hired help, and Maude’s very existence among the aristocracy hinges on her keeping the truth a secret. Yet the more she learns about Isabelle, the more her loyalty is tested. And the longer her deception continues, the more she has to lose.

The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar8. The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar (March 23)

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.

Legacy of the ClockWork Key by Kristen Bailey9. Legacy of the Clockwork Key by Kristin Bailey (March 5)

When a fire consumes Meg’s home, killing her parents and destroying both her fortune and her future, all she has left is the tarnished pocket watch she rescued from the ashes. But this is no ordinary timepiece. The clock turns out to be a mechanical key—a key that only Meg can use—that unlocks a series of deadly secrets and intricate clues that Meg is compelled to follow. Meg has uncovered evidence of an elite secret society and a dangerous invention that some will stop at nothing to protect—and that Meg alone can destroy. Together with the handsome stable hand she barely knows but hopes she can trust, Meg is swept into a hidden world of deception, betrayal, and revenge.

Poison by Bridget Zinn10. Poison by Bridget Zinn (March 12)

Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend. But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart . . . misses.
Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

Don’t these sound amazing?! I want them all right now! Of course there are tons of other debuts being released this year and I plan on reading them as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.

Happy reading!

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2013 Reading Challenges

Happy 2013 everyone!

This morning I got to sleep until 9 a.m., go for a run, and now we’re about go to the Citrus Bowl to see Georgia get whooped by Nebraska. No, we’re not Nebraska fans, but we are Florida Gator fans and we are not fond of Georgia! If you’re not from the south and college football means nothing to you, I apologize…

But now, let’s talk reading challenges for 2013.

I always think it’s good to have a goal set to encourage and motivate in anything we do. I sign up for races frequently so I don’t get slack with my running for example.  I think it’s a good idea to have reading goals as well.  Why?! Because it’s just fun! So, let’s take a look at the three reading challenges I am participating in this year.

GoodReadsChallenge20131. I am want to redeem myself in the 2013 GoodReads Reading Challenge this year. I have a goal of reading 80 books. I missed the same goal this year by 6 books so I’m going for it again! I hope to exceed my goal and read even more in 2013!

2013audiobookchallenge32. I also plan of being a part of the 2013 YA Audiobook Challenge again this year,  If you’ve read my blog at all you probably know how much I love audiobooks so this one is super-duper easy for me! I’m going to attempt the Head Bang’n level where I have to listen to 36+ audiobooks, and review at least 24 of them. I got this. Thanks to A Book and A Latte for hosting!

2013DAC3. Last year I completed the 2012 Debut Authors Challenge, and although I loved it, I wasn’t sure if I was going to participate again this year.  Well, this morning on my run I decided that YEAH! I AM going to do it again! I look forward to being introduced to some brand new YA and MG authors! Yay for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge! Thanks to Hobbitsies for hosting!