Book Freak-Out




Author: Cynthia Weil
Publisher: Tanglewood
Publication: March 13, 2018
Hardcover: 232 pages
Digital ARC received through NetGalley.

I hemmed and hawed about how to describe this book, because it left me with extremely conflicting opinions between the “read for enjoyment” and ethically-oriented portions of my brain. Before I go into specifics, my distilled opinion is this:
a. “806” is a fun, lighthearted read, but
b. it shouldn’t be.


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Not If I Save You First

Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication: March 27, 2018
Hardcover: 304 pages

This doesn’t come out until the end of March, but apparently Scholastic Book Fairs get hooked up with the good stuff early. So even though I am, shall we say, a few years out of elementary school, my Mother Unit is a well-informed woman who was thankfully willing to make a second trip to my old stomping grounds when I texted her to pleeeeeeease go back and pick some things up for me.* Even though she said I was like those people who ask librarians for “that blue book” when I told her this book had a snow cover with red letters. LOOK HOW RIGHT I WAS, MOM.


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Should You Start? Project Nemesis Series

Released Titles: Nemesis, Genesis (coming super soon!)
Author: Brendan Reichs
PublisherG.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication: March 21, 2017; March 6, 2018
Hardcover: 464 pages (Nemesis), 512 pages (Genesis)
Spoiler-free for both books. ARC of Genesis received through a giveaway by author Mindy McGinnis, additional thanks to Putnam for making them available to people in the first place!

Min hates her birthday. Hates it and fears it, because every two years since she turned eight, a man in a black suit tracks her down and murders her in cold blood. She wakes up outside of town hours later with no injuries and no remaining evidence of what happened beyond her own memories. Her mother and psychiatrist seem to think therapy and pills will help her get over these “episodes,” but Min isn’t convinced Black Suit is a figment of her imagination.


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Tarnished City

Author: Vic James
Series: Dark Gifts (Book 2)
Publisher: Del Rey
: Feb. 6, 2018
: 416 pages
ARC received from Del Rey through Goodreads

Second books are something of a proving ground for me. I’m always happy to test out the first book in a new series, but if I do come back for the second, it typically ends in one of two ways – I’m in for the long haul, or I pull a Did Not Finish and drop off the bandwagon entirely. The first book in the Dark Gifts trilogy, Gilded Cage, was a three star read for me. There was a lot of ambitious world building and alternate history to be introduced, but I felt author Vic James had really hit her stride by the explosive ending and I was left feeling hopeful that the series would continue in that vein. Fellow readers, she DID NOT DISAPPOINT.


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Reign the Earth

Author: A.C. Gaughen
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication: Jan. 30, 2018
Hardcover: 448 pages
ARC received from Bloomsbury USA Childrens

To illustrate how much I love this book, I have a little story involving curiosity, impatience and the United States Postal Service. Reign the Earth wasn’t on my radar prior to the July 2017 American Library Association Conference, but while there, I spotted an ARC of it in someone’s bag while waiting in one of several billion lines. The cover caught my eye, so when I later happened upon a stack of them ripe for the taking I stroooolled on over and, after a cursory examination of the description, added it to my rapidly-filling tote bag. That should’ve been the end of the story.

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Umbertouched Cover Reveal + Giveaway

Author: Livia Blackburne
Publication: Nov. 6, 2018

If there’s one thing readers love, it’s a good reveal. Titles. Publication dates. Book tours. We eat up these announcements like candy. Today I’m happy to be a part of my favorite part of announcement, which is a COVER REVEAL!

Author Livia Blackburne very graciously opened up the cover reveal for Umbertouched (sequel to Rosemarked) to anyone who wanted to be involved, which I think is a super fun twist, as these can often be exclusive to a single blog or website. After you finish oooing and ahhing, make sure you scroll to the bottom for a great giveaway! So without further ado…

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24 in 48: January 2018

Ladies and gentlemen, IT! IS! TIME! Time to read. Ignore responsibility. Read. Neglect personal hygiene. Read. Go off the grid toward the real world, but extremely on the grid online. TIME. TO. REAAAAAAD!!!!

This is my fourth round participating in the 24 in 48 Readathon, in which I attempt to cram 24 hours of reading into a 48 hour span. Not quite as crazy as a straight 24 hour ‘thon  like Dewey’s, but still reasonably outside the realm of sanity. Follow along and check back in through Sunday to see the inverse relationship between “number of hours read” and “percentage of sanity remaining.” Continue reading “24 in 48: January 2018”

The Book-chelor

Let’s be real, The Bachelor is a total dumpster fire of a show, but DANG it’s super entertaining to watch with a group of gal pals who will yell at the TV with you. Turn up your nose if you want, but Bachelor Nation gives us many of the things we love/love-to-hate in books: love triangles (or whatever you call 1 person picking from 25+), backstabbing, miscommunication, occasional sweetness and dramaaaaaaa!!!


So in honor of the new season of The Bachelor that kicked off this month, enjoy this imagining of how a few YA personalities might fare in the white hot lights of reality TV. And since I read mostly sci-fi/fantasy rather than contemporary, this is going to be even more bananas than you might imagine.

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Reign of the Fallen

Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication: Jan. 23, 2018
Hardcover: 384 pages
Digital galley received through Penguin First to Read

In Karthia, death is not the end. Souls that would eventually fade away in the Deadlands can be guided back to their bodies for another chance at life thanks to necromancers like Odessa and her partner Evander, who have recently been named Masters of their trade. Their magic has allowed King Wylding to reign for centuries, but the constancy comes at a price, both for the “living” Dead and the rest of Karthia. The Dead must live a shrouded life; if so much as a sliver of their skin is revealed to a living person, they transform in a Shade, an unspeakable monster that devours life.

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