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Top Ten Tuesday: Books of My Spring 2013 TBR List

Hi there!

Today I’m making a planning list for my Spring Reading List. Some people do Spring Cleaning, but not me. I do Spring Reading! Yes I do!

Remember that Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and Bookish. I love creating my lists based on the themes they post and this week’s list is all about books on our Spring TBR List.

So, what tasty little treats am I hoping to devour this spring? Well, let’s take a look! Some are new releases and some are much older but that’s ok! I want to read them all!

The Art of Wishing by Lindsay RibarThe Art of Wishing by Lindsay Rebar

The Fire Horse Girl by Victoria SchwabThe Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman

Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane NickersonStrands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. SmithThis is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Belle Epoque by Elizabeth RossBelle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

Temptation by Karen Ann HopkinsTemptation by Karen Ann Hopkins

Starglass by Pheobe NorthStarglass by Pheobe North

Firelight by Sophie JordanFirelight by Sophie Jordan

Lock and Key by Sarah DessenLock and Key by Sarah Dessen

The Madness Underneath by Maureen JohnsonThe Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

I’m really hoping I can get to read at least half of these books! I say half, because inevitably I know I won’t get to them all. Have you read any of them already? Which should I focus on first?

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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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Tasty Treats (6)

Hello!

This is my first Tasty Treats post of 2013!  Yay!

This past week I went a little crazy on NetGalley. Seriously. I think I was approved for 15 titles over the course of this week. I’m sure for some people, that’s not crazy, but it is for me! My goal was to find a ton of books to read for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge, and I did!

So, let’s take a peek at what tasty treats I received this week! I can’t wait to get started reading these!

P.S. Sorry about the MAJOR formatting problems with this post, I’m going to have The Husband fix it when he gets home later this afternoon.

The Culling Steven Dos Santos

The Culling Steven Dos Santos

Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe

Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar

The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar

Strands of Bronze & Gold by Jane Nickerson

Strands of Bronze & Gold by Jane Nickerson

Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed

Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed

Delusion by Laura L. Sullivan

Delusion by Laura L. Sullivan

A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso

A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso

Poison by Bridget Zinn

Poison by Bridget Zinn

Dualed by Elsie Chapman

Dualed by Elsie Chapman

The Ruining by Anna Collomore

The Ruining by Anna Collomore

Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Blaze by Laurie B Crompton

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Waiting on Wednesday: Strands of Bronze and Gold

Hi there!

Every week I like to participate in Breaking the Spine’s Waiting on Wednesday event.  This meme was created with the purpose of bringing some attention to an upcoming new release.

Today I am waiting Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson, which seems to be a retelling of the Bluebeard fairy tale. Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

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 over-generous 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. And as she gathers stories and catches whispers of his former wives—all with hair as red as her own—in the forgotten corners of the abbey, Sophie knows she’s trapped in the passion and danger of de Cressac’s intoxicating world.

Glowing strands of romance, mystery, and suspense are woven into this breathtaking debut—a thrilling retelling of the “Bluebeard” fairy tale.

If you follow my blog at all, you probably know by now that I’m a lover of retold fairy tales.  Seriously I LOVE them!  I have to admit that although I’ve heard of the Bluebeard story, I haven’t read it and really don’t know what it’s about.  I do know that I love this cover and the summary intrigues me.  According to GoodReads, Strands of Bronze and Gold won’t be released until March 12, 2013 by Random House Children’s Books, so I have a little ways to go before I can read it.