Sunday, July 29, 2012

Stacking the Shelves (1), August TBR, Giveaway Winner and Update!


 I finally decided to join Stacking the Shelves (hosted by the amazing Tynga @ Tynga's Reviews)!  

Also in this week's video I have my August TBR list.  But first some housekeeping!  I know I haven't been around much this month and I'm really sorry about that.  I've been super busy this month because I've started a new job.  I'm finally starting to figure out a schedule so that will make it easier for me to post.  Have no fear, I'm not going anywhere and August should be awesome, plus I love my new job, so all is well!

Next, I would like to announce the winner of my Jersey Angel ARC giveaway.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email or I will have to choose a new winner.  And that lucky person is...........

Paul D!

And now, on to the book haul:  


The Book of Blood and Shadow

Huge thanks to Amber!

Promotion from Atria:

Imperfect Bliss: A NovelBetween You and Me: A Novel

Big thanks to Atria Books!


The Alchemy of Forever (Incarnation, #1)Seven Sorcerers

Monday, July 23, 2012

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: fantasy, adventure 
Pages: 416
Published: August 7th, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Source:  I received a copy for review from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
"After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined. -"
As you may have noticed, I don't read a ton of fantasy.  I prefer vampires and witches to trolls and fairies any day.  However, I try to keep up with big upcoming releases and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas was getting so much buzz that I figured I should probably read it - best decision I've made in awhile.  This book really blew me away.  I was totally enveloped in Celaena's world and loved every minute of it.  This book has everything that I love:  fantastic world-building, epic battles, mystery, breathtaking romance and a kick-ass heroine!  It was such a fun read while still being heartfelt.  My emotions were all over the place from page one.  Maas is a master storyteller!  This is the first time in a long time that I've actually been craving a sequel to a fantasy novel.


Celaena: YA heroines often come in one of two varieties: quirky, but tough, tom boy, or beautiful, misunderstood damsel.  Celaena is neither of theses.  She is girly, beautiful and feminine...and she can kick your ass.  I love love LOVE that Celaena doesn't have to give up her femininity to be formidable.  She loves shiny weapons just as much as frilly dresses.  I'm not saying that every girl has to love perfume and makeup and dolls but every girl that likes those things isn't a helpless airhead either.  So 10,000 bonus points to Sarah for making Celaena a character that is believable wearing a  beautiful dress with a makeshift knife hidden in the corset.  Do not scuff this girls heals!  I also love Celaena because she is a survivor.  She does whatever is necessary to secure her freedom and won't stay down.  She has had a miserable life, first being found as young child and raised by the Assasin King, she was subjected to horrifying training.  Then she is caught and taken to a death camp where she works in the salt mines and is abused by her overseers until finally she is given her chance at freedom, but only after facing the toughest and deadliest men in the kingdom.  She never gives up, never slows down and never, ever shows fear in the face of unbelievable adversity.  

The love triangle: First of all let me say that, as a rule, I don't like love triangles.  I think they are played out and over complicate the story.  I always know exactly who the main character will end up with or at the very least who I want them to end up with.  That is not the case with Throne of Glass .  Celaena has two (very attractive) men in her life.  And I love them both, completely equally.  First, we have the spoiled Prince Dorian with saphire eyes and a charming wit.  The relationship between the prince and Celaena changes so much through the book and is so much fun.  I can't help loving him.  Then there is the rugged and brave Captain of the Guard, Chaol.  He is so quiet and internal.  I just kept wanting to know more about him and their relationship is so intense that I couldn't get enough.  There's the problem.  I don't have a favorite.  I love them both so much and no matter who she ends up with I'm going to be happy (and disappointed).  Oh the agony!

World-building: The world that Maas creates for Throne of Glass is very well-formed.  While it is similar to our world, there are marked differences (different religions, holidays and history) however it is close enough that I could still relate to it while getting wrapped up.  Maas also alludes to different types of creatures (Fae, faeries etc) that have been either killed or have gone into hiding after Magic is banished from the kingdom.  While these creatures do not play a huge part in this first book, the set up is great and left me yearning to find out more about the history of this world.  The governmental structure was also very easy to grasp and lends sort of a dystopian vibe to the whole plot. Love it.

Depth of the story:  Finally, I like that this is more than a love story.  In fact, the love story is very much secondary to the main plot line.  Throne of Glass  mostly centers around human suffering and oppression, the lengths that some people will go to impose these on their subordinates and what others are willing to sacrifice to stop the oppressors.  Maas' work takes a tried and true theme and makes it entirely believable and hard-hitting.  One of the most powerful parts of the book is when Chaol is reflecting upon the fact that Celaena has spent the last year in a death camp, starving and being whipped to within an inch of her life and yet she can still smile and laugh.  He marvels at her strength of character and the power of the human spirit and so does the reader.


The names are crazy:  This may sound petty but the names and places in this book are sometimes next to impossible to pronounce.  Sometimes I like to read out foreign accents.  Don't judge me. Anyway that didn't happen with this book because I couldn't pronounce half of the names and locations.

Perspective changes: The only other thing that is a "dislike" for me with this one is that the perspective jumps from character to character very suddenly and then stays with that character only briefly before switching back to Celaena.  This wasn't a huge problem though because I was happy that we got to see some different perspectives throughout the book.

Overall, I really liked this one and I can't wait to read more from Sarah.  I would recommend Throne of Glass  not only to fantasy lovers but also to those who don't necessarily gravitate toward that genre.  It is a nice surprise and certainly worth all of the praise it has been getting.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sara Walsh Interview and Giveaway!

Hello all you wonderful people!  Today, I have the super awesome Sara Walsh here for an interview and a giveaway of her upcoming book The Dark Light, set to be released on August 28th.  Here's the blurb from Goodreads as well as the new slightly tweaked cover:

"Mysterious lights have flickered above Crownsville for as long as Mia can remember. And as far as she's concerned, that's about the only interesting thing to happen in her small town.
That is, until Sol arrives. Mia's not one to fall for just any guy, but she can't get Sol--or the brilliant tattoo on his back--out of her mind.
Then Mia's brother goes missing, and Mia's convinced that Sol knows more than he's sharing. But getting closer to Sol means reevaluating everything Mia once believed to be true. Because Sol's not who Mia thought he was--and neither is she." 

It sounds so great and lets not even get me started on that cover!  I mean, sheesh.  I'm gettin' the vapors over here (you really have to imagine that in my best Scarlett O'Hara voice.)  So, anyway, while I calm down, let me introduce you to the fabulous Sara Walsh!

From her bio:  Sara Walsh is British, but happily lives in Annapolis, Maryland. She graduated college with a degree in psychology, but soon decided that telling stories was much more fun. When not writing, Sara is usually reading, drowning in tea, or frolicking around town with the world's cutest St. Bernard. The Dark Light is her first novel.

And now, onto the interview!

Hello Sara, thanks so much for hanging out with us today!

Hi, Catie! Thanks so much for having me here!

First some bookish warm-up questions:

Hardback or Paperback? Hardback

Stand-alone or Series? Series.

Favorite book/series of all time? Harry Potter.

Favorite character of all time? Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind  

Best book to movie adaptation? Gone with the Wind. Love it!  
(There seems to be a Gone with the Wind theme with this post and that is fine by me)

Mr. Darcy or Mr. Rochester? Mr. Darcy!

And now, on to the real questions:

First, some cover talk. The cover of this book is being raved about and it is GORGEOUS! How
important was the cover design to you and how important are covers in general?

Great question. Covers are crucial. We all know the saying, “Never judge a book by its cover”. Yet covers remain a major reason why a reader will pick up a book. Publishers are very aware of this, and put huge amounts of time and effort into creating book covers that perfectly capture an author’s story. My editor did ask me about ideas for covers, but I have to admit, I’m no designer and really wasn’t very helpful. I knew that my publisher created amazing covers, but I had no idea it was going to be such a showstopper. I literally screamed when I first saw it.

Along the same lines, some readers have said that this cover may be too risqué for a YA book,

I have heard that, and I understand the point of view. In fact, the cover has very recently been tweaked to address those views. To me, the image was always more romantic than risqué, but then I know the characters well and know the connection between them. Mia is strong and determined. Sol is focused, but reserved. I think the models perfectly capture that.

Can I have the number of the male model on the cover? (Pretty please?)

Sure, it’s 555… I know. He’s yummy. Here’s a fun fact: The tattoo was actually designed by a real life tattoo artist, and then digitally added to the model’s back--a very fun job! Apologies if you’ve heard that before, but I tell it to everyone, because I think it’s so cool!

Why did you choose to write Young Adult lit as opposed to adult fiction?

I actually write both! In fact, The Dark Light was the very first YA I ever wrote. I worked in a British high school for seven years, and had always wanted to write for teenagers. When I got the idea for The Dark Light, I decided to go for it, started writing, and had an absolute blast. I wrote for fun and had no idea it would ever be published. I feel incredibly blessed by how things turned out.

What drew you to Paranormal Romance?

That’s another good question. To me, The Dark Light was always going to be a full on, action-packed fantasy with tons of drama and adventure. I knew there was going to be romance in it--I love romance! --but I had no clue that Mia and Sol’s relationship was going to become as central as it did. It was only when people started reading that I realized I had something a little different on my hands. I think we’re calling it an epic romantic fantasy! I like that!

Who is your biggest inspiration, either personal or literary?

So many. I’ve always admired Stephen King, not just because I enjoy his stories, but because his work ethic is so amazing. To be able to produce so many fantastic stories over such a long period of time is a huge inspiration to me as a writer.

The action in this book is kicked off when Mia’s brother goes missing and she tries to find out what happened. How big of a role does family play in Mia’s story?

A huge role, but I don’t want to give too much away. I love a story that contains some family soap opera and The Dark Light certainly has plenty of that. There will be revelations!

What do you want readers to take away from The Dark Light?

I want for readers to escape for a few hours and have fun. I read a lot as a teenager (I still do) and the stories I remember most fondly are the ones that took me away from the world. There are some more subtle messages within The Dark Light, specifically about our environment and how we connect to the world. I like that it’s in there, and hope some readers will enjoy that aspect of it.

I just want to thank Sara again for the amazing interview and for agreeing to a giveaway!  That's right, one of you lucky people with be getting your hands on a copy of The Dark Light.  This will be for a pre-order of either a Hardback copy of the book (US/INT) or an e-copy (US only).  Just fill out the rafflecopter below and good luck.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Book Haul (7)

Just another book haul.  Leave me your links below and I'll make sure to check yours out.

Physical Copies:

For Review:

Wish I Could Have Said Goodbye
Big thanks to Shari A. Brady!


Insignia (Insignia, #1)The Probability of Miracles
Big thanks to Goodreads, Razorbill and Harper!


BetwixtThe A-List (A-List, #1)So Yesterday



Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things (Courtney Crumrin, #1)
Thanks to Oni Press!


Fairy Blues (Songs of Magic, #2)Fairystruck (Songs of Magic, #3)Fairyland (Songs of Magic, #4)Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft (Book 1)
Huge thanks to JL Bryan and Jody Gehrman, can't wait to read these!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Review and Giveaway! Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Bauman

Jersey AngelAuthor: Beth Ann Bauman
Genre: contemporary, drama
Pages: 208
Published: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Source: Publisher - I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

"It’s the summer before senior year and the alluring Angel is ready to have fun. She’s not like her best friend, Inggy, who has a steady boyfriend, good grades, and college plans. Angel isn’t sure what she wants to do yet, but she has confidence and experience beyond her years. Still, her summer doesn’t start out as planned. Her good friend Joey doesn’t want to fool around anymore, he wants to be her boyfriend, while Angel doesn’t want to be tied down. As Joey pulls away, and Inggy tours colleges, Angel finds herself spending more time with Inggy’s boyfriend, Cork. With its cast of vivid and memorable characters, this tale from the Jersey shore is sure to make some waves." - Goodreads

This book is really not like anything I've read lately in YA lit.  It is both refreshing and disturbing.  Refreshing, because the main characters voice is so clear.  Disturbing, because it is so sexually explicit and, at times, shocking.   Angel is not really your typical YA protagonist.  At 17 she lives away from her family in her own house and pretty much does what she wants.  She drinks, smokes weed and sleeps around casually with really no thoughts of the consequences (she says throughout the book that she gave up smoking four years earlier, apparently pot doesn't count).  These are not normally traits that a parent would want their teenager reading about.  However, coming from an adult's perspective they make for an interesting and thought-provoking read.  Angel's voice seems very genuine throughout the book, you really feel that you can see how her thought process works and while she isn't a very likable character most of the time, she can be a sympathetic character.  I sort of liked that the author didn't make excuses for Angel's behavior because, well, there really isn't one.  Angel acts how she wants to regardless of how it effects other people.  While this isn't a desirable trait in a human being, it is true that some people behave this way and it is interesting to see inside the mind of such a person.  I also liked that the "Jersey Shore culture" is explored without being mocked.  There is no Snookie, no fist pumping, and while there are various "situations"  The Situation is thankfully absent.  This book is serious without being message-y and I liked that.

Now lets talk about the controversy, and there is plenty of controversy, surrounding this book.  Basically there are a lot of people who are concerned with the explicit sexual nature of this novel.  There are several scenes in the book that were gasp-worthy, not because of what was actually happening, but because of the language that was used to describe it and the casual attitude with which it was approached.  I get it, teenagers have sex, and I think that the topic is certainly fair game.  However, I also think that the topic should be approached in a responsible manner and that the vocabulary used, while it doesn't need to be clinical, also doesn't need to sound like the dialogue from an "adult" film.  I mean seriously.

Overall I gave the book three stars because it was thought-provoking and real.  I also did a video review which will be posted below if you want to check it out.

I received this book from as part of their Summer Ambuzzadors program and they very nicely sent me two ARCs so I will be giving one of them away to one of you fabulous people.  This giveaway is only going to be open to my US followers because I'll be shipping it myself and international shipping costs are crazy!  But have no fear, there will be two more contests coming up in the next few weeks and both of those will be open internationally!  

Just fill out the rafflecopter below and good luck!!!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Genre: paranormal romance, southern gothic
Pages: 563
Published: December 1, 2009
Publisher: Little Brown
Rating: 5/5 Stars

"There were no surprises in Gatlin County. At least, that's what I thought.Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.There was a girl.And in the end, there was a grave.
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything." - Goodreads

 Dark, haunting and mesmerizing.  These are the words that come to mind when I reflect on this book.  Somewhere between Twilight and Harry Potter, Beautiful Creatures is a wonderful example of all that is good in Young Adult literature.  Garcia and Stohl weave a captivating tale that pulls you in from the first page.  The characters are honest and dynamic, the plot is whimsical and terrifying and the theme is timeless: are we in control of our own destinies or are they decided for us?  Set against the prejudices of a backwards little town in the south and it's not so small-town inhabitants, Beautiful Creatures builds a world that is easy to lose yourself in.  I'm not sure why it took me so long to pick this one up, it probably had something to do with the fact that the book is a whopper at 563 pages (I could seriously use this thing as a weapon if necessary), but since the movie has begun filming in New Orleans I decided I better get a move on.  It took me awhile to plow through it, but it was totally worth the time.  Beautiful Creatures has become one of my favorite books!


The Setting:  The town of Gatlin is really something else.  It's full of history, charming and quaint but also unforgiving and exclusive.  This all leads to an incredibly dynamic setting for Beautiful Creatures.   Gatlin has all the makings for the perfect setting for a Southern Gothic novel: moss-covered cemeteries, winding country roads, rows and rows of ancient trees and a crumbling plantation on the hill.  But it isn't just Gatlin that entrances the reader, there's also the ever-changing Ravenwood:  the oldest house in town and home to the town recluse, Greenbriar: the burnt-out rubble of what used to be Ravenwood's neighbor before General Sherman got to it and of course a secret, enchanted library that is literally underground.  Color me spooked, I love it!  
The characters:  Part of what makes Gatlin such and awesome locale is the local population.  There are so many wonderful characters, both good and bad,  and they make this book something special.  First there are our two main characters and lovebirds Ethan and Lena,  they are so real.  They are brave, but not fearless, intelligent, but not unreachable and completely in love with each other (which, lets face it, is pretty much irresistable).  Then there is Amma, she is like Ethan's adopted grandma.  She can bake like nobody's business, keep a teenage boy reined in and still find time to make voodoo dolls.  I want her to adopt me.  And there should be a totally different book just about Amma and Lena's Uncle Macon Ravenwood, the town shut-in who happens to look like a movie star.  Their relationship is so antagonistic and funny that I really found myself wishing there was more of it in the book.  I need to know their history together.  Ravenwood is a true Southern gentleman who holds none of the prejudices of his fellow Gatlin-ites.  He is fiercely protective of Lena and is an all-around entertaining old excentric.  Finally there is Ridley, she is Lena's cousin and ex best friend who went "dark" on her 16th birthday.  Her character holds a complexity that isn't truly showcased until the end of the book.  She is evil, of course, and she appears to like being that way but you get the feeling that maybe there is something else going on there that keeps you wanting more.  Plus she's just tons of fun.
The message:  The best part of the story, though, has to be the message.  I'm a big believer in creating your own destiny with what you are given.  Lena has to face the possibility that her free will might be taken away and that she will not be able to control her own fate.  This sends her on a quest to take back the reins become the author of her own destiny.  
The cover:  I mean, seriously, could it get any spookier or more ominous?  I probably wouldn't have taken so long to read the book if I hadn't kept staring at the cover all the time.


Nothing, seriously.  I really couldn't think of anything in this book that I didn't enjoy.  If I had to choose, maybe Marian Ashcroft would be a little annoying in person (who speaks in quotes that much?) but she had her role in the story and at times could be really amazing.

I loved this book!  I'm so happy I finally picked it up and I can't wait for the film (release date is set for February 13th, 2013).  I would recommend this to anyone who loves romance, a spooky setting and, of course, a little magic.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Excerpt: Time Keepers by Nicki J. Markus

Good morning world!  Today I have something very special for all of you.  Author, Nicki J. Markus has very nicely decided to share and excerpt from her new book, Time Keepers, with us.  Before I get to that though here's the super beautiful cover and the book blurb!  Bask in its loveliness:

Time Keepers (eBook)
In the not-so-distant future, Supernaturals have announced their presence to the world. But now a secret government agency is rounding them up, hoping to use them for its own purposes.With Supernaturals going missing every day, Nick has been careful to guard his own secret, never giving anyone reason to notice him. That is until Ellie comes careering into his train carriage.Instantly drawn to her, he tries to help. But soon both their secrets are revealed, and they find themselves on the run in a desperate bid to escape from the mysterious Time Keepers, whose net is closing in around them.
Sounds pretty great, huh?  Well it gets better because now you get to read some of it!  So, without further adieu, the excerpt.  Enjoy!

'"Say No To Fur!!
The poster caught his eye as he stood on the muggy, station platform waiting for the southbound Jubilee Line tube.
Nick frowned, tilting his head slightly and staring at it. The hologram of a wolf's head hovered in the centre, the trademark tinges of reds and greens, which even modern technology could not erase completely from the image, were just visible behind its charcoal grey fur. It rippled there in seeming innocence, a benign look in its yellow eyes as it watched the passers-by.
In some ways it seemed inconspicuous, lost as it was amidst the neon graffiti tags that covered every free inch of wall space, and yet it drew the eye somehow, creating a sense of disquiet that made everyone give it a wide berth as they walked past.
Then a woman stepped a little too close.
The wolf's head leapt out from the poster, eyes bloodshot and jaws open wide, revealing glistening pointed teeth that dripped with saliva and snapped viciously at her. The woman shrieked and jumped back in fright, dropping her handbag as the wolf retreated, reverting once more to its former pose.
Nick bent down and retrieved the worn leather bag, holding it out to her. He could hear the heavy pounding of her heart within her chest, and he waited patiently while she took a moment to compose herself. Finally her watery grey eyes focused on him, and she reached out a gnarled and wrinkled hand to reclaim her possessions.
"Thank you, young man." She carefully eased the handles of the bag back over her emaciated arm, the additional weight making her hunch her shoulders as she supported one arm with the other. "It shouldn't be allowed."
"No, the tube station really isn't the place for posters like that," he agreed with her readily, casting a wary glance at the wall where the wolf still hovered, looking peaceable once more.
"No, not the poster, young man; I mean these Werewolves—and the Vampires too. As if there isn't already enough wrong in the world without such evil creatures roaming around free. The sooner the Government stamps them out the better." The woman turned away and waddled off farther down the platform.'

Author Bio
Nicki J Markus was born in England in 1982, but she now lives in Adelaide, South Australia with her husband. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages. She has completed a BA (hons) English with French from the University of Greenwich, London and a PGDip in Translation from the University of the West of England, Bristol. She is currently studying for diplomas in Editing and Publishing.
Nicki J Markus launched her writing career in 2010 and her fiction work has been accepted for e-book publication by both Wicked Nights Publishing and Silver Publishing.
In her spare time, Nicki J Markus also enjoys many other creative pursuits including music, theatre, photography, sketching and web-design. She also has a keen interest in history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling and travel.
Nicki's Links:

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday (8)

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

Q:  Jumping Genres: Ever pick up a book from a genre you usually don't like and LOVE it? Tell us about it and why you picked it up in the first place?
A: Love this question, this definitely happens with me from time to time.  I usually am not huge on contemporaries, I'll read them but they aren't my first pick.  But I recently read "What I Didn't Say" by Keary Taylor and it was so good that I'm reconsidering and thinking about giving contemporaries a higher consideration on my shelves.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday (4) Waiting on Wednesday (4) Weigh in Wednesday (6)

Still on vacation until Friday so I probably won't be putting up any reviews this week (for some reason it's been freaking impossible to find a quiet place to read around here.  I almost strangled my brother on the car ride up.  But that's beside the point.  He's fine.  I promise.  For now.)  Anyway I still wanted to put up my Wednesday memes so you all knew i wasn't dead.  I'll be back on Friday and hopefully will have a review then and a book haul next weekend!


Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Pen to Paper that lets bloggers gush about books that have been sitting on their WLs for awhile.

My pick this week is:
As You WishSisters Red (Fairytale Retellings, #1)Sweetly (Fairytale Retellings, #2)Purity

Basically anything by Jackson Pearce.  I'll be the first to admit I've never read anything by Pearce, but I'm already a giant fan.  This is mostly because of her YouTube channel, which I highly recommend.  She's so well-spoken, funny and delightfully awkward that I can't help but like her.  I definitely Plan on picking these up sometime soon.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where bloggers highlight upcoming releases we are drooling over.

My pick this week is:

Fathomless (Fairytale Retellings, #3)
Fathomless by Jackson Pearce

Well I figured I was going with a theme.  Plus this one is a retelling of The Little Mermaid and seriously I will read/buy/watch anything having to do with TLM.  I only wish this one had talking crabs. But we can't have everything I suppose.


Weigh in Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren over at Epilogue where bloggers weigh in on literary topics.

This weeks topic:

Fairytale retelling vs. The original fairytale

Without the original fairytale, we wouldn't really have anything to go off of so I would have to go with the original.  Of course, I still love a good retelling as well.