Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall {90}

Title: A Little Something Different
Author: Sandy Hall
Release date: August 26, 2014
The distinctive new crowdsourced publishing imprint Swoon Reads proudly presents its first published novel—an irresistibly sweet romance between two college students told from 14 different viewpoints.

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.

But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship. 

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together....

My teaser, from p. 115 in the paperback:
And within seconds we're back at the booth, numbers exchanged, and Bianca's giggling uncontrollably.


"I'm totally not that drunk," she says. "But I figured if I could put on a good show, we might just get the information we've been looking for."

Lea shakes her head. "You're kind of an evil genius."
I've finally picked this up, and it's so cute so far! I'm really loving the idea of using all the different POVs to tell the story. :)

I'll be visiting around and visiting back, so leave me links to your teasers! :) Happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Review: Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

Release date: September 9, 2014
Author info: Website | Twitter
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 416
Format: Egalley
Source: Publisher provided for review through Edelweiss
Buy the book: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | The Book Depository
Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she's not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.

So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She's even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won't risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty...no matter how much she wants him.

As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.

Now time's running short. Sam must decide who she can trust...and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.
I readily admit I picked up Rites of Passage because I started to see raving, five-star reviews coming in from friends. I'd kind of looked it over because I am always trying to get fewer egalleys (though I rarely succeed) and tell myself often only to get books I'm dying in anticipation for, but I'm easily persuaded. That persuasion, however, was very right, and I'm very glad I changed my mind. What I had expected to be a light kind of contemporary read dove very deep and hit its points hard.

Sam is, first and foremost, so strong and determined. Sure, she's taking a dare from her brother to enter into DMS and much of her original will to stay comes from that need to honor his memory, but Sam quickly realizes what she's up against, that if she fails to ride through the situation, there will be no other girls following in her footsteps, or any that attempt it will be met with the same adversity she has faced. Someone has to be first, and Sam knows it can be her. At the same time, she hates how her decisions affect those around her. She is very aware that what she does can hurt others and feels bad about it, but she's wonderful in that she continues to fight. She accepts that her friends are willing to put themselves on the line for her and what she's fighting for. The friendships--the family, really--she forges are strong.

I did feel at times that the scenes of Sam going through different types of training, most with instances of bullying from the cadre, got a little repetitive in the middle. I couldn't differentiate between them now, only give a general sense of how I felt while reading. I did think, however, the barrage of insults hurled at Sam through those scenes was very effective. I found myself getting upset and having a hard time continuing to read, thinking about how anyone could endure what she goes through.

The romance is very appealing, giving those of us who love romance a bit of a treat in some really swoony moments, but also never taking the focus off of what Sam is doing. Drill is a great guy, and I loved him and Sam together, but selfishly I wish certain moments between them hadn't been glossed over, like when they discuss their families, because I was never given a chance to get to know him better. I knew I liked him based solely on his actions, but I only wanted a bit more history to give him a bit more flesh.

Rites of Passage is probably not the book you think it is. I can't help but think of the Disney Channel Original Movie Cadet Kelly when I read the synopsis, but we couldn't be farther from that. Sam deals with discrimination and brutality in her quest that begins as a journey to make her family proud and ends as a mission to open up a place for girls in the school, to not let those who seek to bring her down win. It's hard to read at times, but a great read nonetheless.

About the author:

Joy N. Hensley is a former middle school teacher. She used to spend her twenty-minute lunch breaks hosting author Skype chats for her students. Once upon a time she went to a military school on a dare. She lives in Virginia with her husband and two children, finding as many ways as she can to never do another push-up again.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Stacking the Shelves {87}

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we get to share the books we've bought, been gifted, or received for review!

How was everybody's week? Mine's been fine! Really uneventful, actually. Like, nothing super interesting happened this week. I worked?

For review:

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Thank you, thank you to Little Brown and Netgalley for this! :D


Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman
From the lovely Cyn at Bookmunchies! Thank youuu Cyn!


Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
You know it's a good day when you get off your shift, walk into the break room, and there's a stack of books with a note telling you that they're free, courtesy of the regional Barnes & Noble office. :D (There were also free cookies.)

A recap of the week here on Paper Cuts:
Monday - Review: Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann
Tuesday - Teaser Tuesday: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Wednesday - Waiting on Wednesday: Valiant by Sarah McGuire
Friday - Review: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Saturday - The GIF Book Tag and The TBR Tag

Books I read this week:
Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

I'm currently reading:
Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

So that's been my week! See? Boringggg. I am writing this post earlier than normal because I have to go into work at 9 pm tonight (Saturday) to do a big thing. (Arendelle will be in my Disney Store tomorrow, if you catch my drift.) That's kind of the only thing happening this week for me. I'll try to be more exciting next week! :) Have a lovely Sunday and a fabulous week!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The GIF Book Tag

Another tag! I know! The fabulous Kayla at The Thousand Lives tagged me to do the GIF Book Tag last week, so here I am. The premise for this one is that we're given a list of ten books, and we have to post a reaction GIF to each one. Um, shamefully, I haven't read...uh...most...of the books on the list Kayla's given me, so we'll just have to see how this goes!

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

A little bit of this...

A bit more of this...

And a whole lot of this, which will continue for the next year.

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Excuse the language, but I just...this GIF. This is the idea I get of this book and Penryn from reading reviews, and I'm all for that!

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Am I wrong? Again, this is what reviews are leading me to believe. They're also leading me to believe I absolutely need to read this. Thanks Kayla!

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Somewhere between these two lies my true emotion. The little bit I wrote on Goodreads after finishing this one uses the word "giddy", so you understand.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

For Cath.

But so much of Carlton dancing for the romance and happy-makingness.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

If Kayla is to be believed (which she is, duh), it's going to be a good amount of this--in a happy way. Which is just fine. :)

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Both how long it feels like it's been since this book came out, also how long I'm afraid it's going to take me to read it, which is why I haven't.

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

I have no idea what this is about, but it sounds cool, so I'm on board!

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

Every time I think about this book. 

Avalon by Mindee Arnett

I did, but I somehow don't anymore? Maybe someone could convince me to.

And there it is! This tag was absurdly fun (and time consuming! It's too hard not to get off looking at every GIF on the internet in searching!), so thank you so much to Kayla for tagging me. Like always, I tag anyone who wants to participate, because you know you want to. :) 

Here are the ten books I've chosen, because I want awesome reactions:
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman (either one or both!)
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (I can't help but recycle this one!)
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Excuse my obsession...)

The TBR Tag

Alrighty! Let's get down to business (to defeat the Huns)! Going on two weeks ago (not quite, but it was getting there), the wonderful Sabrina at I Heart YA Fiction tagged me to do the TBR Tag, which was created by Rachel at A Perfection Called Books and Dana at Dana Square. Now, it is my turn to tell you all a little bit about my TBR pile! (Which is massive and completely intimidating.)

How do I keep track of my TBR pile?

Well, really, there is no keeping track. Somehow I seem to remember just about every book I have a copy of, but there's no telling how many there are. When it comes to review copies, I have a Google doc with every egalley I have for review (it's terrifyingly long), and I keep track of ALL review copies, digital or print, in my monthly spreadsheet for the blog. I also make sure to keep every physical book I have for review on their own shelf on my bookshelf and only keep review copies downloaded on my Kindle app. (I try for guilt as much as possible.) As for stuff I buy or just want to read, it all ends up on my to be read shelf on Goodreads, to lounge about waiting for attention.

Is my TBR mostly print or ebooks?

That's a good question! It's almost certainly most ebooks at this point. Between buying Kindle deals (I just can't help myself!) and egalleys, there are several hundred books on my Kindle app, just staring at me, waiting to be read. I've got a lot of print ones too, and it may be close, but it's gotta be ebooks.

How do I determine which book from my TBR to read next?

First and foremost, I force myself to keep a 3-to-1 ratio of review to fun books. I have to read 3 review books for every 1 non-review book. This gets sad sometimes when I buy something awesome and can't pick it up because I just read a fun book, but making this rule for myself has really helped me get better about my review copies. In terms of picking the review books, I try to go according to release date, though sometimes a later release will get read first because I'm just so excited about it. In terms of fun books, it's just what I want to read. I'm a mood reader, so I pick what sounds good to me at the time.

A book that's been on my TBR list the longest:

Dragonhaven by Robin Mckinley
Oh, just a book by one of my top 3 favorite authors ever and I've still not read it (though, the same can be said for her 2 latest releases as well...) It's not like I don't own it.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Another author I love, another book that's been lounging on the TBR since before it came out. Shame on me.

A book that I recently added to my TBR pile:

Lark Rising by Sandra Waugh
I only JUST heard about this one, which came out this week, and it's blurbed by Juliet Marillier--another of my top 3 favorite authors ever! Must. Have.

A book on my TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover:

Empire of Shadows (Bhinian Empire #2) by Miriam Forster
This isn't because of dislike or anything, but because I haven't actually read the first book, yet I fell in love with the cover of this one--which made me want to read the first book. The colors, the colors, the colors, y'all!

A book on my TBR that I NEVER plan on actually reading:

Of Neptune (The Syrena Legacy #3) by Anna Banks
This series and I never fully got along. The first book was okay, the second completely unmemorable, and I just never was very interested in this one. I did pick it up at the bookstore and read the ending, though, just to see. :)

An unpublished book on my TBR that I'm excited for:

The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski
This isn't an excuse to put that gorgeous cover on my blog, not at all... Is it March yet?

A book on my TBR that basically everyone has read except for me:

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Everybody's read that, right? I know I should, and I have no excuse.

A book on my TBR that everyone recommends to me:

Angelfall by Susan Ee
Raves for this across the board--I'll get there!

A book on my TBR that I'm dying to read: 

Ruin & Rising (The Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo
I know. I KNOW.

The number of books on my Goodreads TBR shelf:

1,130. That's honestly not as bad as I thought it was! GO ME!

And that's it! Thank you so much to Sabrina for tagging me! It was a lot of fun scrolling through my TBR to find books--some of which I hadn't thought about in ages. Now I need to read some of these... As for tagging, like I always do, I'm tagging anyone who wants to participate! If you do so or if you've done this tag previously, please let me know. I'd love to check them out! :)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Review: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Release date: September 2, 2014
Author info: Website | Twitter | Facebook
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Pages: 565
Format: Egalley
Source: Publisher provided through Netgalley
Buy the book: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | The Book Depository
Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy. 

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?
Heir of Fire is one of those books that I sit down to write a review and ask myself, "Why do I even try?" There is not going to be an eloquent way for me to talk about it, and I'm certainly never going to be able to say everything I have to say. I'll try to say something worthwhile, but just know I loved this book.

This is the kind of series that has us expecting action, hand-to-hand combat, and blood, but Heir of Fire is kind of slow in that respect. It's never boring or a slow read, but there's just so much more development going on for Celaena mentally than there is physically, and we hear a lot about people getting ready for this big clash that you can just feel is coming. All of the powers are preparing, and the big fight is likely a while off, but you see the strings being pulled in tighter, the whispers coming up. There's simply not a lot of the standard definition of action in Heir of Fire until the end--but you never miss it.

Celaena is broken. Really, truly broken. She may be able to go through the motions of what she's been sent to Wendlyn to do, but that's all she's doing. And when Rowan shows up and is assigned to prepare her in order to speak to Maeve, Celaena wants very little to do with. She's driven on only by the promise she gave Nehemia, even if she's still recovering from her friend's death. It's this mix of Celaena's brokenness, mindless drive to honor her promise, and Rowan's never-ending prodding turning into a deep friendship that form Celaena's progress through the book, and while it's heartbreaking at times, it's so empowering and downright wonderful to read about. She has to accept her past mistakes and regrets in order to become the woman she was born to be and save the people she loves, and this is when she does it, emerging as a queen.

Her friendship with Rowan is just fantastic. I had heard a lot about him in reviews before I started reading, and wasn't altogether impressed for a while, but he grew on me quickly. The power that this friendship has for Celaena (both of them, really) is really lovely, showing her she can't live alone, attempting to take on the world by herself. A lot of books try to show just how powerful friendship can be, but Heir of Fire probably does it better than any other book I've read.

I really thought I'd miss the romance, but Heir of Fire is wholly riveting without it. There's so much going on, but each moment and storyline is so well developed and the machinations going on are so intertwined that you simply can't put the book down. It feels shorter than its over 600 pages, and I felt real regret when I turned the final page, knowing it'll be a year till I can read more about the characters I've come to love.

About the author:

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Heir of Fire, Book 3, will be out in September 2014). Starting in Spring 2015, her New Adult Fantasy series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, will be published by Bloomsbury as well.

Sarah lives in Southern California, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much coffee, and watches absolutely rubbish TV shows. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the California coastline with her husband.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Valiant by Sarah McGuire {63}

Title: Valiant
Author: Sarah McGuire
Release date: June 9, 2015
A debut fairy tale reimagining featuring a strong female character and a daring quest just right for fans of Shannon Hale, Jessica Day George, and Gail Carson Levine.

Saville hates sewing. How can she not when her father, the Tailor, loves his bolts of velvet and silk far more than he’s ever loved her? Yet, when he is struck ill shortly after they arrive in the city of Reggen, Saville must don boy’s clothes in the hopes of gaining a commission from the king to keep them fed.

The kingdom is soon on edge when stories spread of an army of giants led by a man who cannot be killed. But giants are just stories, and no man is immortal.

And then the giants do come to the city gates, two larger-than-life scouts whom Saville cunningly tricks into leaving. The Tailor of Reggen is the hero of the kingdom, the king promises his sister’s hand in marriage, and by the time Saville reaches the palace doors, it is widely known that the Tailor single-handedly killed the giants.

When her secret—that she’s a girl—is quickly discovered by Lord Galen Verras, the king’s cousin, Saville’s swept into the twists and turns of court politics. The deathless man is very real, and he will use his giant army to ensure he is given the throne freely or by force.

Now, only a tailor girl with courage and cunning can see beyond the tales to discover the truth and save the kingdom again.

Valiant is a rich reimaging of “The Brave Little Tailor,” artfully crafting a story of understanding, identity, and fighting to protect those you love most.
How cute does this sound? And that pretty cover? All fairy tale retellings will be mine!

So what are you guys waiting on this week? :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld {89}

Title: Afterworlds
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Release date: September 23, 2014
Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she's made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings… 

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy's novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the 'Afterworld' to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved - and terrifying - stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.

My teaser, from 23% in the egalley:
I shook my head. My heart was thumping in my chest, and without Mindy pressed against me, the world began to shift again. "I won't let him touch you." The gray was fading from the room. "Promise?"

"I promise."

She smiled, which squeezed a single tear from her eye. I reached out, still enough of me on the flipside that I could feel it for a moment, wet against my fingertip.

I brushed her tear away, and then we were in different worlds again.
Happy release day to Afterworlds! I have really liked everything I've read from Scott Westerfeld (which is a lot, actually), and the concept of this one is so cool, so I'm excited to pick this up soon. :D

I'll be visiting around and visiting back, so leave me links to your teasers! :) Happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Review: Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann

We're being a little different today! I was so struck by the beauty of Poisoned Apples that I thought it was important to show that off in my review. You'll notice there a couple of shots of the interior and one of the book itself, just to give a full effect of how gorgeously and effectively designed this book is. It's not one you'd want as an ebook.

Release date: September 23, 2014
Author info: Website | Twitter
Publisher: Greenwillow
Pages: 128
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher provided for review
Buy the book: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | The Book Depository
Every little girl goes through her princess phase, whether she wants to be Snow White or Cinderella, Belle or Ariel. But then we grow up. And life is not a fairy tale.

Christine Heppermann's collection of fifty poems puts the ideals of fairy tales right beside the life of the modern teenage girl. With piercing truths reminiscent of Laurie Halse Anderson and Ellen Hopkins, this is a powerful and provocative book for every young woman. E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars, calls it "a bloody poetic attack on the beauty myth that's caustic, funny, and heartbreaking."

Cruelties come not just from wicked stepmothers, but also from ourselves. There are expectations, pressures, judgment, and criticism. Self-doubt and self-confidence. But there are also friends, and sisters, and a whole hell of a lot of power there for the taking. In fifty poems, Christine Heppermann confronts society head on. Using fairy tale characters and tropes, Poisoned Apples explores how girls are taught to think about themselves, their bodies, and their friends. The poems range from contemporary retellings to first-person accounts set within the original tales, and from deadly funny to deadly serious. Complemented throughout with black-and-white photographs from up-and-coming artists, this is a stunning and sophisticated book to be treasured, shared, and paged through again and again.
Very truthfully, poetry really isn't my thing, so I'd written off this book. Yeah, sure, I love fairy tales, but poetry? Eh. But, when a pretty little finished copy of this showed up on my doorstep, it screamed at me to give it another look. It's slim and small, and weighs almost nothing. I found myself flipping through the first pages and reading the first lines of the first poem. From then on, I was hooked. The poems of Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty are dark and pointed, with that hint of fairy tale tone and story that got us all so entranced to begin with.

Christine Heppermann does a wonderful job of combining the darkness of fairy tales (darkness that's often been filtered out by our Disney-fied versions) with the very real struggles of girls today. She touches on just about every issue out there, calling into new light a lot of behaviors that get overlooked. The familiar strains of the fairy tales are there to create a lot of the settings, but she brings to attention nuances that aren't necessarily spoken of in the story yet are nonetheless implied.

A lot of the book's effect comes not only from the words themselves, but from the gorgeous way the entire book is designed. Admittedly, the gorgeous cover did a lot to draw me in, and the haunting photographs all through reinforced the ideas espoused in the poems. As a whole, it's a beautiful package that deserves to be seen in print. (And take special note of the Author's Note! It's especially lovely.)

Poisoned Apples is the kind of book that might come off a heavy-handed to some, because each and every poem is striving toward a similar theme, but the girls who need to read these poems won't think so, and neither did I.

About the author:

Christine Heppermann is a writer, poet, and critic. Her book of poetry for young adults, Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty, will be published by Greenwillow Books in September, 2014. She is a graduate of Hamline University's Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program. She lives in New York's Hudson Valley, where there are many apple orchards, which may or may not be enchanted.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Stacking the Shelves {86}

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we get to share the books we've bought, been gifted, or received for review!

How was everybody's week? Mine's been good! Having money is a bad thing sometimes. I buy things, like books. And tea. And food. Luckily, I'm working enough that I think I'll be okay, but I do have to control myself... :) It's fun to have a job! (Or two.)

For review:

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater
All Broke Down (Rusk University #2) by Cora Carmack
The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris

Thank you, thank you to Scholastic, Spencer Hill, William Morrow, Netgalley, and Edelweiss for these! :D


The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon

I've already read The Madman's Daughter and The Diviners previously, but they were such good deals at Books-A-Million that I couldn't resist grabbing them! Plus, that's the pretty original design of The Diviners, which is infinitely preferable to the new generic one.

Up All Night: A New Adult Collection

I'm definitely not one normally to pick these up, but I'd been waiting to buy K.K. Hendin's Come Back to Texas until I was actually ready to read it. Then, I saw she posted about this on her Facebook, and it was less for eight books than the one, so I grabbed it! I don't know if I'll read any of the others, but it's a good deal nonetheless. A dollar!

A recap of the week here on Paper Cuts:
Monday - Review: Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini
Tuesday - Teaser Tuesday: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil
Wednesday - Waiting on Wednesday: Love, Lucy by April Lindner
Thursday - Blog Tour: The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco {Review + Giveaway}
Friday - 10 Books That Have Stayed With Me
Saturday - Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop!

Books I read this week:
Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini
Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann
Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik
The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco

I'm currently reading:
Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

So that's been my week! You know, life is feeling pretty odd, but kind of good, if that makes sense? It feels kind of like summer to me, since I'm not in school. Yet, I have jobs and things to do, so I'm not bored at all or dreading going back to school. It's kind of lovely to have this weird little between time before I get a permanent job and move away from home. Oh! My degree came in the mail this week, too! I'm official! :) Have a lovely Sunday and a fabulous week!