What I'm Reading

[5 stars = I LOVE THIS BOOK like a kid loves candy and fresh snow]

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Anna and the French Kiss
Fast Fiction: A Guide to Outlining and Writing a First-Draft Novel in Thirty Days

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What I've read lately...

0 of 5 stars
Authentic. That's the highest compliment I can give when talking about capturing a teen voice. I think this is showing its age in a few spots, but it is an *important* book for very, very good reason.
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This book will not be for everyone. Its strength is in the characters, except they're all hard to love--and that's why they need love so badly. Her writing is beautiful as ever, except this time it's turned on people and a town that are ...
The Radleys
0 of 5 stars
I would not call this a YA book. But I liked it, and I think some YAs would too.
The Lost Sun
0 of 5 stars
I kind of loved this.
The FitzOsbornes in Exile
0 of 5 stars
So good. Once you get into the climax, you cannot put this down. Of course, by that time you're so in love with the FitzOsbornes, you wouldn't want to anyway.
All Our Yesterdays
0 of 5 stars
If i could go back in time, I'd give this book to teen me. She really would have liked it.
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Ugh. So good. Too good. Succeeds in so many ways where other books about writers fail. Actually, that sentence works if I take out 'about writers' too.
0 of 5 stars
Are you a writer? Read this for a lesson in pacing (particularly for the first half)! Are you everyone else? Read this because it was awesome!
Born Wicked
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Well, wasn't this good? A+ for voice and Finn Belastra.
The Beautiful and the Cursed
0 of 5 stars
What a unique and fascinating mythology + complex and intriguing cast of characters. Really liked this one, especially considering I listened to it haphazardly over the course of a month+. The audio was def well done. The narrator does a...
The Waking Dark
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Second compulsively readable book in a row for me! Man, can she write! I think this requires a patient reader--it's a slow burn that builds around a large cast of characters--but I just wanted to keep reading and reading. Though this is ...
Dangerous Girls
0 of 5 stars
HFS. No, seriously, HFS! If unputdownable was a real word, this book would define it. Why aren't more people reading this? The cover is doing it no favors.
The Field
0 of 5 stars
Soccer, science, friendship, and romance make this a book any gender and readers from teens to adults could enjoy. Eric Horton is the kind of boy you want your daughter to date.
The Diviners
0 of 5 stars
I concluded this one just wasn't for me.
The Dream Thieves
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Well. That was a fucking book.
0 of 5 stars
Extremely solid writing. Nothing-like-it concept. I think, however, this is a book where many readers will get lost. It's not always easy to keep up.
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
0 of 5 stars
Library listen. Pretty writing, especially Nick. I liked how unapologetically crass and sexy this was. Which is exactly why many readers are bound to hate it. Have not seen the movie, but the girl is EXACTLY how I pictured Norah. Michael...
0 of 5 stars
...Fluid writing and frustrating characters, but I did_not_want to put it down.
Valkyrie Rising
0 of 5 stars
Smooth prose with some fabulous turns of phrase.
Shadow and Bone
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World building = amazeballs.
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
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Beautiful. Sad, but then again not. So much to think about. If you're looking for a character to love, Thea's not going to be your girl.
The Vicious Deep
0 of 5 stars
Why aren't more people reading this? L-o-v-e-loved Tristan and the voice is just perf.
Among Others
5 of 5 stars
Among Others ended up being totally brill.

I'm certain there was magic in the fact that I got it through inter-library loan.

5 stars for the way it perfectly captured the essence of being a teen girl and for having the heart of YA.
0 of 5 stars
I enjoyed this one. It was the second teen music prodigy story I read in short order (the first being The Lucy Variations, which was not at all similar except for the music, and which I adored). It's probably safe to say I'm a sucker for...
Out of Nowhere
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Riley is such a beautifully realized character. You should read this.
The Thirteenth Tale
0 of 5 stars
Lovely and rich. Filled with prose like pictures and a command of nuanced voice. Read to savor.
5 of 5 stars
Loved this! It pushed all my favorite buttons and I find her writing both effortless and literate. What I suspected early on was just alluding to the Faerie books before this actually turned out to be more like a spin-off. I've read only...
The Lucy Variations
5 of 5 stars
The perfection of imperfection. Brava!
5 of 5 stars
Brotherly fun! I just ate this up.
5 of 5 stars
THE ENDING = the 5 stars


Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
House of Ivy & Sorrow (ARC)
Uninvited (ARC!)
Valkyrie Rising
Across the Universe
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy)
The Elite (Selection)
*The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls: A Novel
Vicious Deep (The Vicious Deep)
Descendant: A Starling Novel
*Biting Bad: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel
*Among Others- 5 stars (Brill!)
Spirit (Elemental) + Breathless short story
Out of Nowhere
Starling- 5 stars
*The Thirteenth Tale
The Lost Prince
When You Reach Me
*Garden Spells
The False Prince- 5 stars
The Lucy Variations- 5 stars
Hex Hall
Uses for Boys
The Summer I Turned Pretty
*Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X)
Let the Sky Fall
Sweet Evil
Pushing the Limits
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
*The Night Circus
The Selection and The Prince
With All My Soul
Clockwork Princess- 5 big stars! Now THAT is how you finish a series.
Requiem (Delirium)
*The Hypnotist's Love Story
The Indigo Spell: A Bloodlines Novel
*House Rules: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel
Black Heart (Curse Workers)
Red Glove (Curse Workers)
White Cat (Curse Workers)- almost 5 stars
Such Wicked Intent (Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein)
Annabel and Raven
This Dark Endeavor (Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein)
Under the Never Sky
Spark (Elemental)
Storm (Elemental)- 5 stars for brotherly FUN!
The Evolution of Mara Dyer- +almost+ 5 stars
Beautiful Redemption (Beautiful Creatures)
The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Three) (Oh, Percy)
Anna Dressed in Blood
The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle)
Pretty Amy
Just You
Going Too Far
Cracked Up to Be
Spookygirl: Paranormal Investigator
*Biting Cold: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel
Forget You- +almost+ 5 stars
Shatter Me
The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Imaginary Girls
Before I Wake (Harlequin Teen)
The Golden Lily: A Bloodlines Novel
Glow (Sky Chasers)
A Beautiful Dark
Starcrossed (Awakening)
Hush, Hush
City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments)
The Maze Runner (Maze Runner Trilogy, Book 1)
Die for Me
An advance peek at the full MS of Clockwork from the way-too-young-to-be-so-insanely-talented Rich Larson (not that there was any doubt, but it was amazing)
Beautiful Chaos (Beautiful Creatures)
Dream Dark: A Beautiful Creatures Story
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Angel Burn
The Iron Witch
A Breath of Eyre
The Goddess Test (Harlequin Teen)
Slammed (Slammed Series)
*A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy) (Thank you, Penguin!)
Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls)
Pandemonium (Delirium)
The Iron Fey series (starts with The Iron King)
Delirium: The Special Edition- 5 stars
Magic Under Glass
Prophecy of the Sisters
The Scorpio Races- 5 stars
*Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate)
The Demon Trapper's Daughter
*The Dark Enquiry
Thirteen Reasons Why
Sign Language (The Excellent 2010 ABNA YA Winner)
Dreaming Anastasia
13 to Life
Passion (Fallen)
*Magic Slays (Kate Daniels)

*Books marked with * are not YA. Every once in a while I read a grown up book or two.
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  1. Have you read Daughter of Smoke and Bone yet? I loved it.

    1. Not yet! But I do keep hearing how amazing it is. I have a virtual TBR about a mile high. :)

    2. I'm like the only person on earth who hasn't read Divergent yet either.