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2013 YA Audiobook Challenge Wrap-Up

Hi again friends!

As it turns out I’m a huge fan of audiobooks! Haha That is the understatement of the year! I LOVE audiobooks and pretty much everyone I know is fully aware of it! I may have mentioned it one or two times.

2013 was my second year of participation in the YA Audiobook Challenge, which is hosted by Jen at Book and a Latte and was, I’m pretty sure, created solely for me alone. For the most part, I listen to audiobooks while I’m running, which I do a lot of. I’ll also have one playing while doing those chores that drive me crazy, like washing dishes and folding laundry. So, over the course of the year I listened to 35 YA audiobooks (1 short of my original goal of 36) which qualified me for the “Rockn’ Out” level of the challenge!

Let’s go ahead and re-cap all the awesome audiobooks I read this past year.

Everlost by Neal Shusterman Entwined by Heather Dixon The Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterPaper Towns by John Green

1. Everlost by Neal Shusterman
2. Paper Towns by John Green
3. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
4. Entwined by Heather Dixon

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger If I Stay by Gayle Forman A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

5. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
6. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
7. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
8. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare Switched by Amanda Hocking Torn by Amanda HockingAscend by Amanda Hocking

9. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
10. Switched by Amanda Hocking
11. Torn by Amanda Hocking
12. Ascend by Amanda Hocking

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta Between Shades of Gray by Ruta SepetysScarlet by Marissa Meyer
13. Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt
14. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
15. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
16. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
The Kill Order by James DashnerEnder's Game by Orson Scott Card The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

17. The Kill Order by James Dashner
18. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
19. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
20. Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers Delirium by Lauren Oliver The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson The False Prince by Jennifer A Nielsen
21. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
22. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
23. The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
24. The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

Chime by Franny Billingsley Legend by Marie Lu The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
25. Chime by Franny Billingsley
26. Legend by Marie Lu
27. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
28. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Requiem by Lauren Oliver BitterKingdom The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby
29. Requiem by Lauren Oliver
30. The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson
31.The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
32. Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby

Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger Days of Blood and Starlight by Lani Turner Prodigy by Marie Lu

33. Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
34. Prodigy by Marie Lu
35. Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

I know I should have linked to my reviews, but I’m too lazy to do all that…haha

So, there you go! Yay for audiobooks!!

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Bittersweet Symphony: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Hi there!

Today I bring you a review of Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson!  I received this book as part of the Southern Book Blogger’s Tiger Lily ARC Blog Tour, and this was my first time participating in a blog tour ever!

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in theTiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.  Peter is unlike anyone she’s ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she’s always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it’s the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who’s everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

I can’t say it enough (I say it a lot on this blog!) but I absolutely adore fairy tales retold!  Now, I have to be honest that I’m not and never was a huge fan of the Peter Pan story, but reading Tiger Lily has caused me to revisit my feelings for this tale.  I was also a little hesitant because we all know that the romance between Peter Pan and Tiger Lily is pretty short-lived, but although my heart broke multiple times while reading it I really, really enjoyed this novel. (Also, look at that breathtaking cover! The colors are just lovely!)

First let me say that Anderson’s prose is gorgeous! Her descriptions of Neverland and it’s inhabitants is at times poetic and lends this story more romance and mystery.  There is very little dialogue as the story is narrated through the eyes of a very loyal and observant Tinkerbell.

Every little detail Anderson gives us is like a puzzle piece that fits perfectly into the story you thought you already knew. Anderson fills in the gaps in the narrative that weren’t answered in the original tale in a way that just makes sense.  The way the world of Neverland is imagined as an actual island somewhere in the Atlantic that you cannot find if you’re looking for it is incredibly creative and mythic.  Also, having Tink as the narrator is such a fabulous idea and allows the reader to see multiple sides of the story that they wouldn’t have seen had the narrator been Peter or Tiger Lily or anyone else.  Tink has the ability to go unnoticed so we see Tiger Lily’s life in the camp with her people and also the Lost Boys’ burrow when no one is watching them.

I never really understood the lure of Peter Pan (the character) before, but reading the story through a different narrator (not Wendy or her brothers) allowed me to see the appeal.  Peter is such an excitingly flawed character.  He is incredibly savage in a way that is both enticing and frightening.  He is also not willing to accept reality, which is both refreshing and frustrating at the same time.  There is this allure to him that I can only describe as the “bad-boy” pull.  Tiger Lily knows that nothing good can come from knowing Peter, but in her fearlessness she is drawn to him none-the-less.  Let me also say, I used to like Wendy.  Now I don’t think I do.  And that’s all I have to say about that – you’ll see!

Despite being a little slow to start, Tiger Lily is vivid, mysterious, beautiful and bittersweet all at once.  There were times where I wanted to put the book down to have a break from the heart-break, but at the same time I couldn’t wait to read more.   If you’re a fan of Peter Pan (Ha! That rhymed!), love fairy tale re-tellings, or are just in for a tender love story you should definitely get your hands on this one!  As far age ages go, the book is good for high school aged readers as I think middle schoolers might get bored with the lack of dialogue.

Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson

Publisher: Harper Teen (Scheduled Release July 3, 2012)

Format: ARC, paperback

Length: 304 pages

Series: Standalone

YA/MG: YA

Buy the Book: Tiger Lily (Pre-order)

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Spies and Lies: I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

To most people the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is just another prep school for the daughters of the rich and famous.  At least that’s what they want you to think…

Cammie Morgan is a sophomore at the Gallagher Academy.  Yes, it’s a girls prep school, but they’re these girls are prepping for something special.  They’re prepping to one day become spies. Cammie and her fellow students aren’t studying for the SAT, or for college placements, instead they study subjects like advanced martial arts, chemical warfare, and covert ops (just to name a few).

Cammie is known for being the chameleon, the one no one sees.  Until one night on a covert ops assignment in town she gets seen.  Although Cammie is fluent in fourteen different languages and is capable of taking down an attacker in more than seven different ways she has no idea what to do when the ordinary boy is interested in her, who he thinks is just an ordinary girl.

Of course Cammie can’t tell Josh (the ordinary boy) who she really is and what the Gallagher Academy is really all about.  So, she creates a fake version of herself, or her legend; every good spy has one.  Soon Josh is falling for Cammie, the one he thinks is home schooled, travels the world with her peace corp parents,  and has a cat names Susie.

Is it possible to have a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her? Will it ever be safe for Josh to see past the lies and love the girl spy?
I seriously loved this book (the first in the Gallagher Girls series).  It’s so light and fun; a definite must for anyone looking to “de-stress” for a while, especially for female readers grades 5 and up.  Cammie is a really easy character to connect with and her friends are likable and funny, especially Bex, the British one.  Although the main plot line of the book is the romance between Cammie and Josh, there are strong messages of friendship and loyalty at the core.  Definitely a smart and witty read.