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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Pages: 419   ColdestGirl

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Date Published: September 3, 2013

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave. 

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself. 

 

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The theme for this week is Super Six Favorite Covers of 2013.

It is so hard to narrow down my favorite covers to just six, but I did manage to choose just seven. I think 2013 was an overall good year for covers, but I think 2014 is really going to be quite stunning. 

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To find out more about Waiting on Wednesday, check out my first post here.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

Expected Publication: March 25, 2014  Lavender 

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga. 

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration. That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo. First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.

I know I say this every time, but look at DAT COVER! It is absolutely gorgeous. The title itself is very intriguing, but the its brilliant use of typography makes this book high on my most anticipated list. I’m not sure that I quite understand the synopsis, but it sounds interesting nonetheless. I will certainly be looking forward to this one in 2014. 

What books are you waiting to read? Does this one sound interesting to you? Let me know!


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To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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Expected Publication: April 22, 2014 

Synopsis from Goodreads:

 To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. 

 

I really just want to read this one for that cover alone. The synopsis does sound entertaining and fun. I have liked all of Jenny Han’s work before, so I expect nothing less from this one too. 

Do you plan on reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before? What books are you waiting for?


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Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where book bloggers share their weekly book haul.

I have three books to share this week and they all have some lovely covers. Just click on the images to be directed to the Goodreads page.

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 The Vow by Jessica Martinez was surprisingly fantastic. Despite it’s fluffy looking cover, the book has surprising depth and a really strong friendship.

I just bought Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano because it is on sale for e-readers. There are some fantastic e-book sales going on now over at Epic Reads, but most of them end today. 

I have set The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen aside for now because I haven’t connected with any of the characters even after one hundred pages. 

What books did you get this week? Have you read any of the ones I got this week?


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Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where book bloggers share their weekly book haul.

Again, it was a slow week, but I have still have so many books waiting for me to read. 

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All the Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry

One of my Waiting on Wednesday picks, All the Truth That's In Me is a book I couldn't wait to read. I bought and read it in one day. My review won't be up for a while, but I don't even know what I will write for it because it is so good and I don't think I could do it justice.

 

What books did you get this week? Any you can't wait to read? Have you or do you plan on reading All the Truth That's In Me? (If not, you really should consider it.)

I had so much fun finding out whether or not you are a bookmark kind of person, I couldn’t resist asking you some more “how do you read” type questions.

This time, I want to know if you take the dust jackets off of books.

Dust JacketsA dust jacket is the paper “shell” that surrounds hard cover books and has the cover design on it.

I used to be a dust jacket remover, but I love the feel of them, and they don’t bother me one bit. I leave them on my books and hardly ever take them off.

I know there are others out there who have to take the dust jacket off the book when they are reading. I can understand this, but I am too worried that I will lose/damage my dust jacket if I take them off.

Bottom line: Do you leave dust jackets on while reading or do you take them off? Do you just read paperbacks, thus making this a nonissue? Please share your opinions!

If you haven’t already stopped by and discussed your bookmark use, feel free to do so here.


Cover Crush is a meme hosted by On The Shelf. Gorgeous book covers are spotlighted and new reads are discovered.

My Cover Crush is Undertow by Amber Lynn Natusch.

UndertowI find this cover so incredibly beautiful and eye-catching. Purple is a really great color for book covers. Also, underwater photography is something I love to see. The big, bold dress adds to the cover nicely. As much as I adore this cover, I can’t stand the font choices. I feel like the reflection looks weird and that a more script-y or softer font should have been used. Still, I would most certainly pick this book up off the shelf. 

What do you think? Do you like Undertow’s cover? What cover caught your eye this week? 


Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Pages: 308 WhereTheStarsStillShine

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Summary: 

Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She’s never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love–even with someone who seems an improbable choice–is more than just a possibility. 

Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true.

Review:

A bittersweet tale of finding your family, Where the Stars Still Shine is incredibly well-written and a compelling contemporary.

The characters are a little unconventional. Callie reads like an actual person, one who has feelings and emotions. Sometimes she snaps at those who are trying to help her, but this only works to strengthen her characterization. I could see how some readers would misunderstand her emotional distance, but for me, it is really a non-issue and helped the story.

The Greek culture in the book is always present, but never overbearing. The culture made the characters pop and the setting seem a bit magical with its uniqueness. Doller even adds a glossary of Greek terms in the back to help readers out and learn some new phrases. Ultimately, I loved the big Greek family in this story.

The only weak moment in this story comes from one of the main conflicts. For me, it felt a little blown out of proportion. It made sense to the story, but left me with some questions.

The ending of the story doesn’t wrap everything up nice and neat. While I wanted a happily-ever-after for Callie, I’m glad that Doller didn’t take the easy way out. The ending was honest, and left me wanting to read more of Callie’s story, though I am also happy with how it left off.

The writing, the characters, the setting – all were beautifully executed. I am so happy that my expectations were fulfilled and then some! Where the Stars Still Shine is easily one of the best contemporaries I’ve read all year.


This week’s Waiting on Wednesday post is a little different than normal. (If you would like to learn more about the meme in general, click here.)

The book I’ve chosen is one I cannot wait to read, yet has had its publication date pushed back. Way back. I’m talking at least eight months. The author released her statement yesterday as to why this whole situation has happened.

The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) by Michelle Hodkin

Expected Publication: June 3, 2014 The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

There is no current synopsis for the novel.

When I found out that the release date had been pushed back from late October to (around) June of next year, I was disappointed. This is one of my favorite series. I knew there must be a reason for this change, and yesterday, Michelle Hodkin released a statement about the reason why.

But in the last few years, I’ve realized that there’s a third thing that you can’t ever undo. Most people won’t have the chance to discover this third thing, but I have. You can’t undo a book.

The link to her full explanation can be found here.

I really respect her decision. I think it takes a lot of courage to stand up for your creations, be it any work of art. I know it can’t be easy telling so many fans this news, but overall, I do feel that Michelle Hodkin is looking out for the interest of her readers. Hopefully, The Retribution of Mara Dyer will be the best book of the trilogy because it was given the time to be written the way it needs to be written. 

What do you all think of this turn of events?



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