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Top Ten Tuesday: YA Reads for Fans of Period Dramas

Hi there!

Who likes loosing themselves in a good old fashioned historical drama?  Downton Abbey perhaps? Reign? Pride and Prejudice? The Tudors? North & South perhaps?!

YES PLEASE!

In my world historical dramas are always a positive! No wonder then why I tend to be drawn towards historical fiction when choosing books! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about YA titles for fans of the wonderful world of period dramas!

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

  • Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross. Takes place in Paris in 1889 at the height of France’s beautiful era.
  • The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron. Historical fiction inspired by the mystery surrounding Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire, England and the 5th Duke of Portland.
  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. Historical fantasy set in a medieval Brittany. There are assassin nuns. Yup.

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy BlundellManor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

  • What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell. This coming of age drama is set in South Florida post World War II…intrigue and seductions abound!
  • Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore.  An upstairs/downstairs drama set in a 1911 England.
  • The Luxe by Anna Godbersen. It’s Manhattan 1889 and this is a historical drama full of gossip, fashion, wealth, and romance.

Changeling by Philippa GregoryThe Diviners by Libba Bray

  • Changeling by Philippa Gregory. Picture it…Italy 1453! (ha!) The Goodreads summary says that “dark myths, medieval secrets, intrigue, and romance” populate this one! It was surprisingly fun!
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray. This supernatural drama is set in New York City at the height of the Roaring Twenties!

Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba BrayCross My Heart by Sasha Gould 2

  • A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. Another supernatural period drama only this time we’re in a Victorian English boarding school!
  • Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould. A mysterious secret society of women handle things their own way in a 1580s Venice.

Clearly I have a type. Pretty period costume? Check. *nods in approval*

So, what do you think? Are there any other YA period dramas you’d recommend to those of us who love them?

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2013 End of the Year Book Survey

2013 End of Year Book Survey

Happy New Year’s Eve!

So much has happened in 2013! I’ve read tons of books (although I didn’t reach my goal of 80), moved to South Carolina, began work at a new school, went to Europe, celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversary (!!), among so many other things! Thank you to all the BookTasty friends out there who helped make 2013 a wonderful year! Since this is a book blog, we’re going to take some time to reminisce on the books I read in 2o13 with the annual End of the Year Book Survey!

Relating to Books!

1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

Apparently, 2013 was the year of fantasy for me because my 5 favorite books were ALL fantasy! In 2013 I loved:The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

  • Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
  • The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
  • Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

I really thought I’d adore The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater so much more than I did. It took me forever to finish it because I just couldn’t get into it. I should have just put it down and not finished it, but I felt so bad because I loved The Raven Boys (book 1).

 3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013? 

I had seen Icefall by Matthew Kirby sitting on the shelves in my Media Center for a LONG time. I always looked at it and then put it back down, never thinking it sounded really interesting. Well, I finally read it because it is on the 2013-2014 SC Junior Book Award List and lo and behold I REALLY LIKED IT!

 4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?

I definitely recommended The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson to the most people this year!

 5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

Hands down Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series! I love fact that it is a mash-up of fantasy, steampunk, and mystery genres! Seriously, these books are so refreshing and fun, they’re my favorite!

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth RossI really enjoyed “meeting” three new debut authors this year. Elizabeth Ross (Belle Epoque), Rachel Hartman (Seraphina), and Alex Lidell (The Cadet of Tildor) are all authors whose future work will definitely be on my radar!

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

I don’t know if it was the best “out of my comfort zone” book or if I’m listing it because it was the only one I read that was out of my comfort zone…but I’m listing If I Stay by Gayle Forman. This was a 100% pure CRYING book. I generally do not do crying books. I didn’t love it, but it was out of my comfort zone.

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

I seriously could not put down Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys! I was absolutely riveted from the start!

 9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Honestly? I don’t know…it’s rare that I re-read books (unless it is Pride & Prejudice which I have read three times).

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?

Most definitely the covers for Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series. Aren’t these covers just breathtaking?! I want to wear the gowns!

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

11. Most memorable character in 2013? 

Is it cheating if I choose three? They kind of come together in a pack so I’m including them as one: Ronan, Gansey, and Adam…The Raven Boys! Although I wasn’t a fan of The Dream Thieves, I really liked book one, The Raven Boys. These three boys together are all pretty awesome in their own ways, but they also have magic among them!

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys was just so moving I have to give it this title. The subject matter and Sepetys writing wove together to create a haunting story full of beauty, pain and hope.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013? 

This is a tough question. As much as I hate to say it (ducks from internet wrath about to come at me) Paper Towns by John Green just may have been the book that impacted me the most. Although this story was entertaining, it was not in any way a favorite of mine. I didn’t hate it, but it did leave me thinking a lot about relationships, selfishness, and pain. I think that Margo Roth Spiegelman may be one of my least favorite characters ever written, but she did make me think about things, so she has that going for her.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read? 

With the movie releasing this past November, my Husband and I listened to the audiobook of Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card and neither of us could believe that it had taken us that long to actually read it!

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?

Lions of Little Rock

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.

Longest: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare with 570 pages

Shortest: The Humming Room by Ellen Potter with 192 pages

 17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

Definitely The Crown of Embers and The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson! I was dying to talk to my friend Mandi about a certain someone and specific scenes, but she hasn’t made it past book one yet! Get reading Mandi!! We have lots to discuss!

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Okay so we all know romantic is the type of relationship I’m going with here. The smouldering relationship between Grave Mercy by Robin LaFeversIolanthe Seabourne and Prince Titus VII, in The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas, was by far one of my favorites of 2013! I can’t wait for the other books in this trilogy! Another favorite was the romance between Ismae Rienne and Gavriel Duval in Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers! And let’s not forget Elise and Hector from The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson!

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

I used to read a lot of Philippa Gregory novels in college, but hadn’t been excited about any of her recent titles until I saw Changeling, her foray into YA, at my school Book Fair! I bought it and read it in like a week. I had forgotten how quick and enthralling her books are!

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

I’m pretty sure Delirium by Lauren Oliver had been recommended to me by about fifteen students in less than a week’s time. I figured it was time to read it! I liked books one and two but was disappointed in book three.

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

No questions asked, I was completely in love with fantasy in 2013!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?

Okay, definitely Prince Titus VII from The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas! He reminds me a a little of Will Herondale with his cocky swagger!

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

I didn’t read as many debuts as I wanted to this year, but I think my favorites was definitely The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas, The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell, and Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross. I can’t pick just one!

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?

Oh most definitely the most vivid world was found in Gail Carriger’s Finishing School books, Etiquette & Espionage and Curtsies & Conspiracies. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I want to live in this fantasy steampunk world she has created! I want to play with all the cool gadgets and wear all the pretty Victorian gowns. Also I want a mechanimal named Bumbersnoot!

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?

Probably Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card because my Husband and I listened to it together and now we have all these hilarious (to us) inside jokes from the book that come up frequently!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?

So this is a short list because I strive to keep my distance from books that want to make me cry. If I Stay by Gayle Forman and Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys were the two I allowed into my reading list this year. This is all we shall ever say of the crying…let’s never speak of this again.

Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?

I think Icefall by Matthew Kirby got overlooked whenever it was released. How could have not known about such a gem of a book until now?!

Relating to the Book Blogging Life

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013? 

Okay, so for sure Jessica B. from Books a True Story! She and I met on Twitter and we decided to create a new monthly meme called Reading Queue! It has been really fun and helpful to organize my reading plans and Jessica has been super friendly and sweet!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013? 

Oh I think the books I loved the best get the best reviews…so let’s go with my review for Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger! I was definitely fangirling, but I believe I had a right to be!

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

I had a lot of fun with my Escapism or Emotion? post over the summer. I loved hearing form people with differing opinions on why they read. It was enlightening to consider a reader’s reasons for reading and remembering that we all have out own preferences when reading.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?YALL Fest2013

GUYS! In November I went to YALL Fest in Charleston, SC for the first time ever! AND. IT. WAS. AWESOME.

Seriously, I have been a bad book blogger the past two months, but I will post a highlight post from YALL Fest. I had such a good time mingling with “my people” and showing love to some impressive books and authors!

5. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?

Definitely starting Reading Queue with Jessica B.! You should check it out and participate with us!

6. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My most popular post of 2013 with a whopping 82 views (haha) was my April New Releases post which posted on March 26, 2013.

7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Definitely my regular reviews. I know it’s been a while since I posted one, but they just don’t get as much love as weekly memes do, which makes me a little sad.

8.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Okay, so in regards to my regular Goodreads Reading Goal for 2013, I have failed miserably! haha Seriously, though my goal was to read 80 books this past year and I only made it to 53 books for 2013. Oh well…53 is still a lot of books!

I did do a fab job with my 2013 YA Audiobook Challenge coming in at 35 audiobooks finished in 2013! This was 5 more audiobooks than 2012! WHOOT!

However, I didn’t succeed at my 2013 Debut Author Challenge. I only manged to read 6 of the 12 I had planned on finishing. Oh well! Of the 6 I did read, I discovered some awesome authors who I will definitely be seeking out in the future!

Regarding Looking Ahead to 2014

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?United we Spy by Ally Carter

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell for sure! Also United We Spy by Ally Carter!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?

Oh Lord! I haven’t even begun to think about my most anticipated releases for 2014.

  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
  • The One by Kiera Cass
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer
  • Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger

Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood by Bajaj3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I think Alienated by Melissa Landers sounds like it could be a really fun read as does Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood by Varsha Bajaj!

 4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?The One by Kiera Cass

The One by Kiera Cass! I really just love this fun series and can’t wait to see how Cass wraps it all up.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?

I did a really good job with keeping my blogging schedule organized during the first 3/4s of 2013.  I want to start 2014 organized and continue it through the end of the year. I already bought my 2014 blog planner, so I’m off to a good start!

May 2014 be filled with love, joy and really good reads!

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Keep ‘em Coming!

Oh Hi!

Welcome back to BookTasty where I participate in Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and Bookish!

Have you ever loved a story and it’s characters so much that you just wanted more?! Well, I have definitely finished a book and thought, “okay…now give me a sequel!” only to find out that there is no sequel….NOOOOOO!

I know that not every book can be part of a series or even a trilogy and that some people get annoyed with the seemingly overabundance of series today, especially in the MG and YA world. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it is refreshing to read a story and be done with it, but I really love series because they allow me to spend more quality time with those characters I love. So, today I want to share some titles that I wish would just keep ‘em coming!

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth RossBelle Époque by Elizabeth Ross

Now, this one is a debut and Ross could have another one in the works, but as of now I know nothing.

Poison by Bridget ZinnPoison by Bridget Zinn

Unfortunately author Zinn passed away before the book was published so we’ll never have another book with these characters.

A Northern Light by Jennifer DonnellyA Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

I just want to know what happens next!

The Cadet of Tildor by Alex LidellThe Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell

This is another debut that could have a sequel coming…? Please?!

The Scorpio Races by Maggie StiefvaterThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

I just love this world so much I want more…MORE!!!

The Juvie Three by Gordon KormanThe Juvie Three by Gordon Korman

It would be really interesting to see what happens to these boys as their time with Doug Healy progresses.

Austenland by Shannon HaleAustenland and Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

Okay, so Midnight in Austenland IS a sequel but, like Ariel, I WANT MOOOOOOOORE!

Incarceron by Catherine FisherIncarceron and Sapphique by Catherine Fisher

This world is so amazing that again, see above.

Along for the Ride by Sarah DessenAll of Sarah Dessen’s books

Can we just have a huge mashup book where all the characters meet and hang out and like I don’t know, go to college together in Colby or something?!

JaneAustenRuinedMyLifeJane Austen Ruined my Life by Beth Pattillo

Okay, so I think there is a sequelish companion novel to this one, but it’s a different character. I want the same character doing more of what she did in this book! (Not YA)

What about you? Are there any standalones that you particularly wish there was a sequel to?

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Reading Queue (August)

the-reading-queueHola Amigos!

Okay so it’s officially August…which means that my life of lounging on the couch watching Vampire Diaries and reading books all day is quickly coming to a close. *sighs loudly*

Welcome to Reading Queue! This is a monthly meme where you share what books you plan to read for the month. You can hop to other blogs and see what others are reading and maybe find someone reading the same thing as you! Or you can ask for people to vote on what you should read next if you can’t decide. Reading Queue is hosted by Book Tasty (hi!) and Books: A true story.

The premise of Reading Queue is to provide a review of what we’ve read the previous month and create a list of what we’re planning to read in the coming month. The goal for the Reading Queue is simply to talk with other bloggers about books! It’d be really cool to know who has plans to read the same book as you during the same month. Maybe it’ll even be helpful in providing reading recommendations! Please feel free to contact me in the comments if you’d like to join and/or if you have questions!

Okay so it’s officially August…which means that my life of lounging on the couch watching Vampire Diaries and reading books all day is quickly coming to a close. *sighs loudly*

My Reading Queue

Okay, so school starts up officially on August 21 so this list (7 books total) may be a little ambitious as I start a new school year a brand new school! Oh well! Let’s see what’s on my queue for the month!

My Life Next Door by Huntley FitzpatrickMy Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFeversGrave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Delirium by Lauren OliverDelirium by Lauren Oliver

City of a Thousand Dolly by Miriam Forster City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster

Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings by Helene BoudreauReal Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings by Helene Boudreau

The Moon and More by Sarah DessenThe Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

The False Prince by Jennifer A NielsenThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

How I Did Last Month

The Kill Order by James DashnerThe Kill Order by James Dashner

This one wasn’t originally on my July Reading Queue, but my husband and I finally finished the audiobook!

Enders Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Another one my husband and I listened to on audiobook.

Lions of Little Rock ny Kiristen Levine

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

Star Cursed by Jessica SpotswoodStar Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

I really like this alternate history/supernatural series a lot!

Silence by Becca FitzpatrickSilence by Becca Fitzpatrick

This is kind of my guilty pleasure!

There you go! What are you reading this month? Have you read any of the titles on my Reading Queue? Which of these should I read first?

If you’re interested in joining up, please do and add your Reading Queue post to the linky below! :)

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Reading Queue (July)

the-reading-queueWelcome back to BookTasty!

It’s the first day of July which means it’s time for the Reading Queue! (Ok so I didn’t post yesterday because I was having linky troubles…but it’s here now!)

Reading Queue is a monthly meme where you share what books you plan to read for the month. You can hop to other blogs and see what others are reading and maybe find someone reading the same thing as you! Or you can ask for people to vote on what you should read next if you can’t decide. Reading Queue is hosted by Book Tasty (hi!) and Books: A true story.

The premise of Reading Queue is to provide a review of what we’ve read the previous month and create a list of what we’re planning to read in the coming month. It seems like there are bloggers doing both separately so we thought it’d be fun and helpful to combine the two together. The goal for the Reading Queue is simply to talk with other bloggers about books! It’d be really cool to know who has plans to read the same book as you during the same month. Maybe it’ll even be helpful in providing reading recommendations!

Remember, the focus of this meme is what you are planning to read, but if you already do a monthly recap post that has things in addition to what you are reading, feel free to join us! Please feel free to contact me in the comments if you’d like to join and/or if you have questions!

My Reading Queue

Okay, well the moving will be finished soon. You can bet my book boxes will be some of the first boxes to be unpacked! So, I’m hoping to get to the following books in July:

Legend by Marie LuLegend by Marie Lu

Chomp by Carl HiaasenChomp by Carl Hiaasen

The False Prince by Jennifer A NielsenThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Neilsen

Enders Game by Orson Scott CardEnder’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Lions of Little Rock ny Kiristen LevineThe Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

The Moon and More by Sarah DessenThe Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

How I Did Last Month

Yeah! So, I read six books in June! Not too shabby amidst all the packing and general moving chaos going on in my house right now! So, let’s take a look at what I did read in June.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta SepetysBetween Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

This book was so haunting and gorgeously written! (My Review)

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina MarchettaFinnikin of the Rock by Melanie Marchetta

Loved this fantasy novel! So engrossing!

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth RossBelle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

This debut novel was a total summer escape read for me and I adored it! (My Review)

One for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly HuntOne for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunt

My second Florida Sunshine State Book of the summer.

Scarlet by Marissa MeyerScarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

This sci-fi fairy tale retelling of a series is just so freaking fun!

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae CarsonThe Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Just finished this one yesterday and I’m a huge fan! I must get the other books in the series.

There you go! What are you reading this month? Have you read any of the titles on my Reading Queue? Which of these should I read first?

If you’re interested in joining up, please do and add your Reading Queue post to the linky below! :)

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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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The Reading Queue: June

the-reading-queueHi there and welcome back to Book Tasty!

It’s time for the Reading Queue!

Reading Queue is a monthly meme where you share what books you plan to read for the month. You can hop to other blogs and see what others are reading and maybe find someone reading the same thing as you! Or you can ask for people to vote on what you should read next if you can’t decide. Reading Queue is hosted by Book Tasty (hi!) and Books: A true story.

The premise of Reading Queue is to provide a monthly recap of what we’ve read the previous month and create a list of what we’re planning to read in the coming month. It seems like there are bloggers doing both separately so we thought it’d be fun and helpful to combine the two together. Our main goal with Reading Queue is simply to talk with other bloggers about books! It’d be really cool to know who has plans to read the same book as you during the same month. Maybe it’ll even be helpful in providing reading recommendations! The focus of this meme is what you are planning to read, but if you already do a monthly recap post that has things in addition to what you are reading, feel free to join us! Please feel free to contact me in the comments if you’d like to join and/or if you have questions!

My Reading Queue

Just so you know, I have high hopes for this month because it’s June! Although, these high hopes may totally backfire on me because we’re moving in early July and I’ll be packing this month….high hopes!!!

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth RossBelle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

I didn’t get to read this one in May so I’m trying again!

Silence by Becca FitzpatrickSilence by Becca Fitzpatrick

Again, didn’t get to this one in May…high hopes!

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina MarchettaFinnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

I started this audiobook in May, but the bulk of it will be finished in June.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae CarsonThe Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

I own this one and have been crushing on the pretty cover forever. Plus I hear great things about it!

Legend by Marie LuWonder by RJ Palacio

Legend by Marie Lu

Wonder by RJ Palacio

One for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunt The False Prince by Jennifer A Nielsen

One for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunt

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Neilsen

These four are all on Florida’s Grade 6-8 Sunshine State Book List for 2013-2014, so even though I’ll be moving to South Carolina I still want to read them.

How I Did Last Month

Okay, so I read four books in May…better than April, but not great.

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

This one was fabulous and a review will be coming soon.

Torn by Amanda Hocking Ascend by Amanda Hocking

Torn by Amanda Hocking

Ascend by Amanda Hocking

These were fun but I liked the first book, Switched, best.

The Art of Wishing by Lindsay RibarThe Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar

I actually Did Not Finish (DNF) this one, even though I got like 70% through it.

There you have it! What are you reading this month? Have you read any of these books? Which of the titles in my Reading Queue should I read first?

If you’re interested in joining up, please add your Reading Queue post to the linky below!



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June New Releases

Well hello there everyone!

Happy June 1st!

You may notice a little change. Usually I write a monthly New Releases post as part of the Top Ten Tuesday meme, and I’d just skip one week of the TTT themes. Well, I’ve decided to split New Releases and TTT into two separate entities. Cool right?!

As usual, there are a ton of new books being released this month! I can’t even begin to list them all, so I picked some that sound the most interesting to me. So, let’s get to it!

The Moon and More by Sarah DessenThe Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (June 4)

Cure of the Ancients by Matt de la PenaCurse of the Ancients (Infinity Ring #6) by Matt de la Pena (June 4)

The Pirate's Wish by Cassanra Rose ClarkeThe Pirate’s Wish (Assassins Curse #2) by Cassandra Rose Clarke (June 4)

The Apprentices by Melie MeloyThe Apprentices by Malie Meloy (June 4)

Rules of Summer by Joanna PhilbinRules of Summer by Joanna Philbin (June 4)

When You Were Here by Daisy WhitneyWhen You Were Here by Daisy Whitney (June 4)

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth RossBelle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross (June 11)

Star Cursed by Jessica SpotswoodStar Cursed (The Cahill Chronicles #2) by Jessica Spotswood (June 18)

Neptune's Tears by Susan WaggonerNeptune’s Tears by Susan Waggoner (June 25)

Middle School:How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli and Snake Hill by James PattersonMiddle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli and Snake Hill by James Patterson (June 24)

Out of the Easy by Ruta SepetysOut of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys (June 28)

Don’t these all have potential to be good reads? I’m particularly interested in Out of the Easy, Belle Epoque (I have the ARC thanks to author Elizabeth Ross!!) , The Moon and More and Rules of Summer. Which June new releases are you excited about?

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The Reading Queue: May

Welcome back BookTasty friends!

Today, I’m introducing a new meme that will be recurring on a monthly basis. Recently I was chatting with Jessica at Books A True Story and we came up with the idea for the Reading Queue! We’re pretty excited to be working on this together!

Reading Queue is a monthly meme where you share what books you plan to read for the month.  You can hop to other blogs and see what others are reading and maybe find someone reading the same thing as you! Or you can ask for people to vote on what you should read next if you can’t decide.  Reading Queue is hosted by Book Tasty and Books:  A true story.

The premise of Reading Queue is to provide a monthly recap of what we’ve read the previous month and create a list of what we’re planning to read in the coming month. It seems like there are bloggers doing both  separately so we thought it’d be fun and helpful to combine the two together. Our main goal with Reading Queue is simply to talk with other bloggers about books! It’d be really cool to know who has plans to read the same book as you during the same month. Maybe it’ll even be helpful in providing reading recommendations!

A badge is currently in the creation stages and we will have a linky for you next month.  We just wanted to announce the meme this month, to give you an idea of what it is, and see how many others would be interested in joining us.  The focus of this meme is what you are planning to read, but if you already do a monthly recap post that has things in addition to what you are reading, feel free to join us!  Please feel free to contact me in the comments if you’d like to join and/or if you have questions!  Official start date is June 1st.

My Reading Queue

So, let’s get started! In May I’m planning on reading the following books:

Torn by Amanda HockingTorn by Amanda Hocking

This is the second book in the Trylle series and I started it on Wednesday. This will count towards my 2013 YA Audiobook Challenge!

 

 

The Art of Wishing by Lindsay RibarThe Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar

I technically started this one in April, but haven’t finished it yet, so I’m hoping to this month. It’ll count towards the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.

 

 

SilenceSilence by Becca Fitzpatrick

So, I’ve been holding out for my public library to get this one on audio since that’s how I read the first two, but it’s been forever so I got sick of waiting and just decided to checkout a print copy. This series is one of my guilty pleasures! haha

 

 

WonderWonder by R.J. Palacio

This one is on the 2013-2014 Florida Sunshine State 6-8 grade book list and I can’t wait to start it!

 

 

 

Okay for Now by Gary D. SchmidtOkay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

Also on next year’s Florida Sunshine State 6-8 grade list. This one will also count towards my goal in the 2013 YA Audiobook Challenge.

 

 

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth RossBelle Epoque by Eizabeth Ross

Loved the summary for this one so I really want to read it! It will help me get to my goal in the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.

 

 

How I Did Last Month

April was a CRAZY busy week with FCAT and work commitments so I only read three books this past month.

The Madness Underneath by Maureen JohnsonThe Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

I really love this series so much!

 

 

 

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Finally! I got to this one and enjoyed it so much!

 

 

 

Switched by Amanda HockingSwitched by Amanda Hocking

I have one student who is constantly telling me to read these books, so I finally did and I was pleasantly surprised.

 

 

So what are you reading this month?  Have you read any of these books? Which of the titles in my Reading Queue should I read first? Are you interested in joining our meme? Let me know!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Belle Epoque

Hi BookTasty friends!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. This week I am pleased that announce that I am waiting on the release of Elizabeth Ross’ Belle Epoque!

When Maude Pichon runs away from provincial Brittany to Paris, her romantic dreams vanish as quickly as her savings. Belle Epoque by Elizabeth RossDesperate 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 am so in love with this cover and the art nouveau design surrounding the title. I was already intrigued by the tag line, ” A Novel of Love and Betrayal”, but then I read the summary and am hooked! Who doesn’t want to read about a little love and betrayal?! Maybe I need a beauty foil in daily life? haha

Belle Epoque will be Elizabeth Ross’ debut YA novel, and won’t be released until June 11 so we have some time to wait. But, Elizabeth Ross herself contact me about receiving a review copy of the book! (THANK YOU!!)I’m very excited and hope that it is a good as it sounds!