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Top Ten Tuesday (#50)

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HOSTED BY: The Broke and The Bookish
DESCRIPTION:  Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Find their latest post here!

WELCOME TO THE LIBRARY, WE’VE GOT BOOKS TO SPARE!

I mean, okay, it doesn’t quite work but still–who can say no to a little MORE weirdness from your lovably strange Princess Penguin!?

We celebrated Keith’s birthday this past weekend with a group of friends.  We hung out a bit, then went and saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — Baby Groot is the absolute greatest thing to happen to my life since the dawning of evarrrrrr, I swear!  I mean seriously, JUST LOOK AT HIM:

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I just…. I really wanna squish him, okay?!

This week’s theme is:

Sequels I Need RIGHT NOW RIGHT NOW

because let’s be honest…there are WAY too many of these and I need some way to keep track of them all in my head, yah know?!  I mean, there’s only so much room in my beak for these things!

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Please note, some of these are the PREVIOUS books in the series because not all of them have future releases set or dreamed up yet.

*shakes fish at authors threateningly because I NEED THE SEQUELS*

Please?!

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Equal Parts (Supernova, #1) Nobody knows happiness better than nineteen-year-old Felicity Eastwood. For years now, she’s been ‘gifted’ with the ability to collect and transfer happiness to anyone at will. Well, everyone except herself.
That is until Achilles – renowned criminal mastermind with a face painted like Death and enough charm to cause hormonal riots – crashes into Felicity’s world and makes her feel … something.

Determined not to let such a coveted superpower slip beyond his reach, Achilles kidnaps Felicity, hoping to use her ability to brave his own skeletons. Felicity is only a half-unwilling prisoner though, forgoing escape to learn more of the man behind the mask and pursue the inexplicable spark between them.

As the lines between hero and villain begin to blur, Felicity finds herself wondering if Achilles might be the key to her own happiness at long last. Is it possible to be so happy with someone so dangerous?

But Achilles isn’t the only villain in the town, and the pursuit of happiness can be a deadly hunt…

READ MY REVIEW HERE!


Lilith and her five rockstars are back.  Roadie (Rock-Hard Beautiful Book 2)
Paxton is the leader, covered in tattoos, and cocky as hell.
Michael is the bad boy determined to change his ways.
Ransom is the scarred one, dark and beautiful.
Muse is the practical one, the enigma with a silver mohawk.
Copeland is the boy next door with a penchant for reading romance novels.

Together, these six twisted souls make up one beautiful whole.

READ MY REVIEW FOR GROUPIE HERE!


Traveler (Traveler #1) Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles—Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it…This Jessa is going to live.

READ MY REVIEW RIGHT HERE!


The dark sequel to the best-selling Chameleon Assassin. Chameleon Uncovered

Libby has a chance to build a legitimate reputation when she’s hired by one of the world’s most prestigious museums to bolster their security. The gig is in Chicago, where her heartthrob lives, so she hopes for a little romance.

She’s on a first-name basis with larceny, mayhem, and death, but Libby’s not used to being on the receiving end. Chicago is far darker and more dangerous than her native Toronto. Amidst terrorist bombings, stolen treasure, and murder, a mutant prophet calls for revolution. Away from her family and friends, Libby has nowhere to turn as enemies assault her from all sides.

Their mistake. Libby is a dangerous enemy.

READ MY REVIEW OF CHAMELEON ASSASSIN RIGHT HERE!


The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga, #2) Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust — hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything — and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.

While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills — and quick-shooting accuracy — makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons.

Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall.

READ MY REVIEW FOR THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM RIGHT HERE!


The stakes have risen. For fifty years, Prince Vladimir has tolerated the Resistance, butMen and Monsters (Nightfall, #2)  now they threaten what he holds dear. The vicious vampire will no longer hold back. A plan he has been working on for decades will finally reveal itself and entangle everyone standing on the way.

For the first time after the Nightfall, the Resistance holds a true bargaining chip. For the first time, they have a chance to tip the scales of the war and ensure humanity’s survival. But Myra has made a promise, and breaking it will destroy all that is human in her. She is loyal to the Resistance, but nothing is black and white. Long-buried secrets emerge, showing her that vampires can be more honorable than humans, and humans can be more monstrous than beasts.

A desperate nobleman, fighting to save a doomed culture. A reclusive poet, choosing art over immortality. A vampire, rejecting her raw nature. Past and present weave together in an action-packed tale of power games, a hopeless fight for survival, and the indestructible human need to create art.

READ MY REVIEWOF KINGDOM OF ASHES RIGHT HERE!


Consurge (Somniare #2) Remy Novem went from one nightmare to another…only this time she’s awake.

After clawing her way out of Somniare, Remy finds a world she doesn’t recognize. Her family and friends have been slaughtered, and a war is brewing between light and dark forces.

Sacrifices will be made, and unlikely alliances formed, but ultimately the fate of the world will rest on one magical being’s shoulders…

And it isn’t Remy.

READ MY REVIEW OF SOMNIARE RIGHT HERE!


Alone and exhausted after her month-long sojourn as a shooting star, Solina Mundy flees Arctic Dawn (The Norse Chronicles, #2)to southern California to lie low, recuperate, and plot a survival strategy. The one person she trusts to watch her back is her best friend, Skyla Ramirez. But Skyla has been missing for weeks.

The arrival of a dangerous stranger and the discovery of a legendary weapon of mass destruction forces Solina out of hiding and back into the fight for her life. Solina knows she won’t last long on her own. She must find out what happened to Skyla and unite her contentious allies if she hopes to track down this devastating weapon before her enemies use it to burn the world to ash.

READ MY REVIEWS FOR:

MIDNIGHT BURNING –and–
ARCTIC DAWN


Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2) Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.

This is the story of what happened first…

Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.

Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got.

They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.

They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.

FIND MY REVIEW FOR EVERY HEART A DOORWAY RIGHT HERE!


She struggles to feel human. Artificial (The Kepler Chronicles, #1)

In 2256, the only remnants of civilization on Earth’s first colonized planet, Kepler, are the plant-covered buildings and the nocturnal, genetically spliced bug-people nesting within them: the Cull. During the day, Syl leaves her home in the sewers beneath Elite City to scavenge for food, but at night the Cull come looking for a meal of their own. Syl thought gene splicing died with the Android War a century ago. She thought the bugs could be exterminated, Elite city rebuilt, and the population replenished. She’s wrong.

Whoever engineered the Cull isn’t done playing God. Syl is abducted and tortured in horrific experiments which result in her own DNA being spliced, slowly turning her into one of the bugs. Now she must find a cure and stop the person responsible before every remaining man, woman, and child on Kepler is transformed into the abomination they fear.

He struggles not to.

For Bastion, being an android in the sex industry isn’t so bad. Clubbing beneath the streets of New Elite by day and seducing the rich by night isn’t an altogether undesirable occupation. But every day a new android cadaver appears in the slum gutters, and each caved in metal skull and heap of mangled wires whittles away at him.

Glitches—androids with empathy—are being murdered, their models discontinued and strung up as a warning. Show emotion, you die. Good thing Bastion can keep a secret, or he would be the next body lining the street.

He can almost live with hiding his emotions. That is, until a girl shows up in the slums—a human girl, who claims she was an experiment. And in New Elite, being a human is even worse than being a Glitch. Now Bastion must help the girl escape before he becomes victim to his too-human emotions, one way or another.

JOURNEY TO MY REVIEW OF ARTIFICIAL RIGHT HERE!


Midnight (The Romany Outcasts, #3) The final volume in this incredible YA trilogy which will see Sebastian and Josephine’s fates finally sealed…

Sebastian Grey’s sole purpose is to be a guardian for secretive gypsy clans and to protect the girl he loves, Josephine Romany. But what happens when your guardian is the one in trouble?

When Kari Corsi is found dead in his trailer, all evidence points to him being killed by a shadow creature. This is a threat to the entire clan: frightened, rumours begin to spread among them, and Sebastian becomes the main suspect.

Josephine must risk everything to find the inner strength to save Sebastian and uncover the true killer. Then, and only then, can they be together. Can they prove that love is stronger than stone?

SEE MY REVIEWS FOR

GREY
–and–
SHADOW

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What sequels are YOU most looking forward to, penguins?!  Have I convinced you to pick any of these awesome reads up?! (C’mon, admit it–you love indie authors just as much as I do!)

Feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments, or link me to your own Top Ten Tuesday!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Weekly Wishlist (#24)

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Because I needed a post in my life that kept me up to date on all things BOOKS!  and it seemed like Wishlist Wednesday was dead, I decided to make my own.

Welcome to Weekly Wishlist!

I’m all about breaking bending the rules to my will, so I’m switching it up!  I’m going to pair books that are already in the wild (except not this one because I ran out of books to include that have already been published–what is this madness?!)…with books soon to be released. Click the covers to be taken to the Amazon page.

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Violet Grenade

DOMINO: A runaway with blood on her hands.

CAIN: A silent boy about to explode.

MADAM KARINA: A woman who demands obedience.

WILSON: The one who will destroy them all.

When Madam Karina discovers Domino in an alleyway, she offers her a position inside her home for entertainers in secluded West Texas. Left with few alternatives and an agenda of her own, Domino accepts. It isn’t long before she is fighting her way up the ranks to gain the madam’s approval. But after suffering weeks of bullying and unearthing the madam’s secrets, Domino decides to leave. It’ll be harder than she thinks, though, because the madam doesn’t like to lose inventory. But then, Madam Karina doesn’t know about the person living inside Domino’s mind.

Madam Karina doesn’t know about Wilson.

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Why I want it:

While the cover alone is GOOOOORGEOUS and calls to me like a siren…I wasn’t hooked until the blurb.  Seriously, this book sounds SO SO GOOD, I cannot wait to get my tuna-fish covered flippers on it!

The Thing with Feathers

Emilie Day believes in playing it safe: she’s homeschooled, her best friend is her seizure dog, and she’s probably the only girl on the Outer Banks of North Carolina who can’t swim.

Then Emilie’s mom enrolls her in public school, and Emilie goes from studying at home in her pj’s to halls full of strangers. To make matters worse, Emilie is paired with starting point guard Chatham York for a major research project on Emily Dickinson. She should be ecstatic when Chatham shows interest, but she has a problem. She hasn’t told anyone about her epilepsy.

Emilie lives in fear her recently adjusted meds will fail and she’ll seize at school. Eventually, the worst happens, and she must decide whether to withdraw to safety or follow a dead poet’s advice and “dwell in possibility.”

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Why I want it:

First of all, LOOK LOOK LOOOOOOK at that cover!  I mean, can we just talk about it for a minute?!  Because it’s drool-worthy and I need it in my life.  Secondly…Well, I mean, Emily Dickinson plays some role in this book, and I adoooooore me her words!  So…win-win!?

Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook

From the national bestselling author of Alice comes a familiar story with a dark hook—a tale about Peter Pan and the friend who became his nemesis, a nemesis who may not be the blackhearted villain Peter says he is…

There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy.

Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite.

Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever.

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Why I want it:

I mean… you all KNOW I’m obsessed with Peter Pan, right?  So…do I really need to explain myself here?  Really?!

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Have a book YOU’D like to recommend to me?!  AWESOME!  Either shoot me a comment down below, or send me a recommendation on Goodreads RIGHT HERE!

What do you guys think–have you read any of these…or WANT to?  What did you think of them, if so?  Let me know your thoughts and as always…

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Weekly Wishlist (#18)

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Because I needed a post in my life that kept me up to date on all things BOOKS!  and it seemed like Wishlist Wednesday was dead, I decided to make my own.

Welcome to Weekly Wishlist!

I’m all about breaking bending the rules to my will, so I’m switching it up!  I’m going to pair books that are already in the wild…with books soon to be released. Click the covers to be taken to the Amazon page.

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It's Not Like It's a Secret

Sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara has too many secrets. Some are small, like how it bothers her when her friends don’t invite her to parties. Some are big, like that fact that her father may be having an affair. And then there’s the one that she can barely even admit to herself—the one about how she might have a crush on her best friend.

When Sana and her family move to California she begins to wonder if it’s finally time for some honesty, especially after she meets Jamie Ramirez. Jamie is beautiful and smart and unlike anyone Sana’s ever known. There are just a few problems: Sana’s new friends don’t trust Jamie’s crowd; Jamie’s friends clearly don’t want her around anyway; and a sweet guy named Caleb seems to have more-than-friendly feelings for her. Meanwhile, her dad’s affair is becoming too obvious to ignore anymore.

Sana always figured that the hardest thing would be to tell people that she wants to date a girl, but as she quickly learns, telling the truth is easy… what comes after it, though, is a whole lot more complicated.

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Why I want it:

There’s SO MUCH DRAMA in the blurb, I just can’t help myself–my poor penguin heart is going pitter-patter just reading it!  Seriously, this is just the sort of angsty, awesome-sounding read I like to pick up every now and again.

Who's That Girl

Junior Nattie McCullough is totally OK with her place in life: Latin whiz. Member of the school’s gay-straight alliance. Joni Mitchell superfan. Seventeen-year-old who has never been kissed. So when last summer’s crush and her former classmate—Young Lungs lead singer Sebastian Delacroix—comes back to town with his new hit single “Natalie,” she can’t bring herself to believe it could possibly be about her…could it?

As Nattie sorts through the evidence (the lyrics, Sebastian’s elusive text messages, and their brief romantic encounter last year), the song’s popularity skyrockets, and everyone starts speculating about “Natalie’s” identity. If that wasn’t mortifying enough, Nattie runs into another problem: her confusing, flirtation-packed feelings for her good friend Zach. With her once-average life upended, Nattie is determined to figure out once and for all if her short-lived past with Sebastian was something love songs are made of—or just a one-hit wonder.

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Why I want it:

So…first off, HELLO new boy band romance to be added to my shelves ASAP!  I mean really, what other reason could I possibly ever need to pick this up?!  Aside from the gooooorgeousness that is that cover, because oh my goodness, it’s so so so pretty I just want to pet it.

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Weariland

For fifteen-year-old Lason Davies,
it all started with a text.

HIDING PLACE

The last words of her murdered grandmother haunt Lason as
she travels to England with her sheltering mother for the
funeral. The crime is a sensation, but the clamoring reporters
and news photographers aren’t the only ones interested in
their arrival.

As her mother’s behavior borders on erratic (on a good day),
Lason encounters a stranger from Weariland, a dreary world
once known as Wonderland. He petitions Lason’s help in
finding a secret family heirloom, a key to saving his land—
and to Lason’s past. Lason is swept in an adventure through
Weariland’s unpredictable realm, encountering colorful,
fantastical characters and discovering her family’s elusive
history. But if she isn’t careful, she may never return…

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Why I want it:

If you know anything about me…you know Wonderland is one of my passions, and this?!  This sounds sort of like a darker Wonderland retelling, which I can DEFINITELY get down for!  Someone give it to meeeeeeee!

Future Girls (Future Girls #1)

On October 10, 2145, eighteen-year-old Charity Northquest’s whole future is ahead of her–and the future sucks.

On October 11, 2145, she unexpectedly has a chance to fix it. When her best friend is reported killed, but then re-appears the next day as an old woman, everything Charity has been taught is called into question. Even if she does not believe in time travel, she has little choice. So the ill-prepared Charity travels back to the mysterious and captivating 21st century where her single purpose of changing the future fades with the increasingly more urgent question of whether she can survive the past.

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Why I want it:

I just… Time travel?!  The chance to fix things?!  This book plays with all sorts of “what if” scenarios, from the sounds of it, and I LOOOOOOOVE books that do that!

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Have a book YOU’D like to recommend to me?!  AWESOME!  Either shoot me a comment down below, or send me a recommendation on Goodreads RIGHT HERE!

What do you guys think–have you read any of these…or WANT to?  What did you think of them, if so?  Let me know your thoughts and as always…

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Weekly Wishlist (#16)

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Because I needed a post in my life that kept me up to date on all things BOOKS!  and it seemed like Wishlist Wednesday was dead, I decided to make my own.

Welcome to Weekly Wishlist!

I’m all about breaking bending the rules to my will, so I’m switching it up!  I’m going to pair books that are already in the wild…with books soon to be released. Click the covers to be taken to the Amazon page.

THIS WEEK, I’m changing things up and instead focusing on graphic novels I want to read!  Because YAY, graphic novels!

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The Stonekeeper (Amulet, #1)

Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a giant robot—and two ordinary children on a life-or-death mission.

After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids’ mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals.

Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves.

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Why I want it:

For one, it looks like a ton of fun.  I mean really, who could say no to demons, robots, and talking animals?!  I know I can’t!  For two, I’ve heard awesome things about this read, and that makes me suuuuper excited about it.  For three…LOOK?!  at the artwork?!?!?!  on the cover?!?!?!?!?!  I’m sure the insides are JUST as gorgeous!

Bone, Vol. 1: Out from Boneville (Bone, #1)

After being run out of Boneville, the three Bone cousins, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone, are separated and lost in a vast uncharted desert.

One by one, they find their way into a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures…

Humor, mystery, and adventure are spun together in this action-packed, side-splitting saga. Everyone who has ever left home for the first time only to find that the world outside is strange and overwhelming will love Bone.

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Why I want it:

I picked up a physical copy of this book at a Barnes & Noble in Colorado while on vacation there over Christmas, and was SUPER intrigued by the blurb and the artwork.  I didn’t buy it at the time, but I am BOUND and DETERMINED to own a copy for my shelves in the future!

Seconds

Katie’s got it pretty good. She’s a talented young chef, she runs a successful restaurant, and she has big plans to open an even better one. Then, all at once, progress on the new location bogs down, her charming ex-boyfriend pops up, her fling with another chef goes sour, and her best waitress gets badly hurt. And just like that, Katie’s life goes from pretty good to not so much. What she needs is a second chance. Everybody deserves one, after all—but they don’t come easy. Luckily for Katie, a mysterious girl appears in the middle of the night with simple instructions for a do-it-yourself do-over:

1. Write your mistake
2. Ingest one mushroom
3. Go to sleep
4. Wake anew

And just like that, all the bad stuff never happened, and Katie is given another chance to get things right. She’s also got a dresser drawer full of magical mushrooms—and an irresistible urge to make her life not just good, but perfect. Too bad it’s against the rules. But Katie doesn’t care about the rules—and she’s about to discover the unintended consequences of the best intentions.

From the mind and pen behind the acclaimed Scott Pilgrim series comes a madcap new tale of existential angst, everyday obstacles, young love, and ancient spirits that’s sharp-witted and tenderhearted, whimsical and wise.

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Why I want it:

This one comes down entirely to word of mouth.  I’ve heard AWESOME things about this read, and I’m dyyyyyying to pick it up!  I mean, the blurb sounds super interesting too, but…word of mouth, penguins.

This One Summer

Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It’s their getaway, their refuge. Rosie’s friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose’s mom and dad won’t stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. It’s a summer of secrets and sorrow and growing up, and it’s a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

In This One Summer two stellar creators redefine the teen graphic novel. Cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, the team behind Skim, have collaborated on this gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about a girl on the cusp of her teen age — a story of renewal and revelation.

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Why I want it:

I have to admit, I’m mostly intrigued by this one for ONE reason:  “two stellar creators redefine the teen graphic novel.”  I want to know HOW.  I want to see what they’ve done to redefine what has become a popular form of story telling.  Also, this sounds like a super adorable read, and I need more of that in my world right now.

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Have a book YOU’D like to recommend to me?!  AWESOME!  Either shoot me a comment down below, or send me a recommendation on Goodreads RIGHT HERE!

What do you guys think–have you read any of these…or WANT to?  What did you think of them, if so?  Let me know your thoughts and as always…

Until next time, happy book-ing!

 

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Stacking the Shelves (#51)

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Stacking the Shelves
Hosted by:  Tynga’s Reviews
Description: Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Find their latest post here!

I am so freaking tiiiiiired, penguins.  Because I’m training to be manager, I’m working 6 days a week.  Now, some of those days are MUCH shorter than others…but that doesn’t mean I’m not exhausted.  I mean, I know I’m going to have to get used to it, and quickly–it sounds like I’m going to be working 6 days a week for the rest of ALL TIME (or at least, the rest of my days with this company, which could be a while)…and it’ll be more consistent hours, proooooobably something like 9am-5pm… so… I need to suck it up, right?

But right now, I’m tired.  And that’s okay.

I honestly don’t have all that much to talk about right now.  Like I said, I’ve been working like a maniac since… a week after I got here to Indy.  Keith and I currently don’t have days off together (often, at least) so we haven’t even really had time to do much aside from go to work and come home.  We spend the evenings together, at least–obviously on our computers, but we generally watch a movie or tv show or something as well.

We haven’t even gotten the apartment all sorted out yet!  We’re working, right now, on finding a shelf (or shelves?) for our DVDs.  We have one we want to get picked out–we just need to save up money and order it from amazon.  Then we need to find some more bookshelves–I think we’ll probably just go to Walmart and get more from them, as we already have two of the cheap ones and that way they’ll all match.  So, yeah, this means a lot of our apartment is currently still in boxes.  Which is fine, it’s not a BIG deal…but it doesn’t necessarily feel like “home” quite yet either.  Hopefully soonish we’ll be able to fix that.

And….yeah, I think that’s about it on the updates front.  Basically, I am a very tired penguin–and that’s going to probably be my life for a while to come.  YAY me!  At least I’m still managing to fit in reading, and blogging–though honestly, I haven’t blog-hopped in aaaaages and I miss it so much.  I really ought to carve out some time in my evenings to do that again…

For now, let’s talk about the BOOKS, shall we?!

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from publishers/authors/edelweiss/netgalley
(for blog tours)

Secrets of a Reluctant Princess

Awakening: Bloodline Book One

Traveler (Traveler #1)

Alex (Perfect Opposite, #1)

from publishers/authors/edelweiss/netgalley
(for review)

Devil in the Countryside

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free on kindle

Ignite (Midnight Fire, #1)

The Retreat (The After Trilogy, #1)

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ebooks

The Female of the Species

And We Stay

Death to the Witch-Queen!: A Post-Apocalyptic Western Steampunk Space Opera (The Avenjurs of Williym Blaik & the Cyborg Qilliara Across the Ruins of Space-Time Book 1)

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What are some of the books YOU picked up/added to your shelves (either real or virtual?)  Let me know below, or link me to your own Stacking the Shelves!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Top Ten Tuesday (#48)

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DESCRIPTION:  Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my lovely, loyal book penguins!  I hope this year brings you all the epical awesome you could ever possibly want–remember, YOU make your life what it is.  So go out there and make it awesome, because I said so! (and because if you do, there’s bound to be a mound of pebbles and tuna awaiting you)

So, since it’s the new year and new years are meant to be all about “remaking” yourself….this penguin decided to do a sort of bookish resolutions post to start 2017 off right.  Except I don’t like resolutions, necessarily…so…let’s just call this my

Top 6 Bookish Desires

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I will ACTIVELY participate!

because I have this naughty habit of signing up for ALL THE CHALLENGES….but never actually actively participating in them.  This year, I hope to change that.  I want to do the blog hopping, the friend-making, the book raving and the plot ranting.  I want to DO the thing, and do it correctly.  So I’m going to do my best to do just that.

I will lower my “want to read” number…at least a little.

And by lower, I mean…until the next time I go on a book adding binge, when it will inevitably go back up.  Because who am I kidding?  I’ll ALWAYS be adding books.  What I really mean is, I will try to read MORE of the books I already own.  Hopefully that works.

I will catch up on my read-to-review pile.

Because honestly, we ALL know I’m going to be adding more to it very very soon.  So…hopefully, by the end of this month, I’ll at least be caught up with the read-to-review books I already have sitting around.  Hopefully.  Keep your fingers crossed for me?

I will blog hop MOAR.

I started doing more of this in the last few months of last year, and really had fun doing it.  So I WILL, theoretically, keep this up and blog hop even more in the coming future.  Because FUN!

I will post as much as I can.

And by this, I mean consistently as well.  I have a ton of fun putting posts together, and have been trying to work on prescheduling as much as possible the last few months–admittedly, this has helped IMMENSELY.  So I will continue trying to schedule posts ahead of time, which leaves me free to add in any other posts that come up along the way.  It’s a good system.  I recommend it.

I will keep working with authors/publishers.

Because I might sometimes feel a little bit over my head with blog posts and review reads, but I LOVE working with all of you guys, and will continue doing my best to do exactly that.  Seriously, working with authors and publishers–and all of you lovely penguins, too!–has brought some of the greatest joy to my life so far, so…it’s only right that I keep that going, right?!  I think so!

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What are some of YOUR bookish desires or resolutions for the new year?  How about non-bookish ones?

Feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments, or link me to your own Top Ten Tuesday!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Loved and Loathed (December 2016)

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December 2016

I don’t know about all of you penguins, but I had a pretty spectaculous December!  As I mentioned before, I hung out with Keith’s son, Jasper, over the Christmas holidays.  We also had Jasper’s half-brother Mitchie–and let me just tell you, they WORE me out so hardcore!  It was a ton of fun, though, and I adored them both as much as they seemed to love me (I mean, I’m not trying to be arrogant here, but seriously…I was the chosen favorite for that weekend)

So we spent a large part of Christmas Eve “playing”…and by playing, I mean we became dragons, and our cave was underneath the dining room table, and we were hiding from the rest of everybody.  (Everybody being Keith, his sister, and his parents)  My back and tailbone hurt something fierce from sitting on hard wood floors at an awkward, slightly stooped angle…but the kiddos really enjoyed that I crawled around on the floor with them and hid beneath the table.  We ended the night with story time, and Jasper trying very hard to convince me to let him sleep with me downstairs.  It didn’t work out for him, but it was super adorable at the time–he’s got that quiet pouting, pulls at your heartstrings thing down pat.

I also spent a good amount of time talking with Keith’s mom, mostly in the early morning hours before Keith and the rest of the family woke up.  Overall, I feel like they got a good sense of who I am, and I’m hoping they approve of me as much as they seem to.

So…Christmas holidays and the move?  Definite LOVE.  Why don’t we take a look at some of the other things I’ve been up to?

I managed to read 9 books in December, which isn’t all that bad considering everything that’s been going on.  I’ll probably finish at least one more today (it’s currently the 30th, as I’m writing this) and maybe another tomorrow, so let’s just round up and say I read 11, okay?  That sounds good.

The 9 so far were (click the titles to go to GOODREADS!):

Four Real, by Alyssa Turner

The Red Pearl, by C.K. Brooke

Smoke Sky (Dark Sky #0.5), by Amy Braun

The Last Valentine, by Felix Alexander

The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga #1), by Elise Kova

Full Tilt (Full Tilt #1), by Emma Scott

November Snow (Bad Bloods #2), by Shannon A. Thompson

The Neverland Wars (The Neverland Wars #1), by Audrey Greathouse

Pumpkintown Perils (Wild Wild Witch Mystery Bundle Book 1), by Aubrey Law

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Because there are some GORGEOUS covers out there, I’m adding a new section to my loved/loathed posts!  My favorite covers in December were:

The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga, #1)

The Last Valentine

Smoke Sky (Dark Sky #0.5)

The Red Pearl

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(all titles will take you to my reviews!)

#RockMyTBR Challenge

I am going to TRY to read at least 5 books I already own each month.  In December, I read:

The Neverland Wars (The Neverland Wars #1), by Audrey Greathouse

2016 Debut Author Challenge

I’m going to try to read at least 1 debut book/author every month (maybe more!) In December, I read:

NONE this month!  What even did I do here?!?!

2016 Diverse Reads Challenge

I’m trying to read more diverse books.  I don’t have a specific goal in mind for each month–I’m hoping for at least two, but we’ll see what happens! This also isn’t excluding any other books set for the month that also fit the challenge!  In December, I read:

The Last Valentine, by Felix Alexander

Four Real, by Alyssa Turner

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Unfortunately, I had NO 5 penguin reads this month!  What the heckles is even UP with that, I mean seeeeeeriously, two months in a row?!  Hopefully I’ll have at least one in January.  Hopefully.

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NONE this month–yay!

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What awesome books did YOU read last month?  How are you all doing on any yearly challenges you set for yourself?  Feel free to comment, or link me to your monthly wrap-ups below!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Stacking the Shelves (#49)

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Stacking the Shelves
Hosted by:  Tynga’s Reviews
Description: Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

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HELLOOOOOOOO, from your favorite penguin!  I am OFFICIALLY in Indianapolis, Indiana–and I am SO super stoked about it!  I’ve been working on getting job applications sent around, and acclimating to the new place (although this is silly really, as we’ll be moving into a bigger place in mid-January).

My blood sugars have been a bit rocky the last few days; I’m hoping it’s just left-over stress from the move and all the traveling.  I might also be trying to catch a cold, so there’s that as well–that NEVER helps with blood sugars, and I don’t catch colds often, so… eh!

Keith bought me a HUGE stuffed penguin for Christmas.  Seriously, it comes up to my hip.  I had TWO huge boxes from him “under” the tree Christmas morning, actually, and was so super confused about what they were.  So, one was Bonekah–aptly named by Keith’s adorable son, whom I spent most of Christmas Eve and Christmas morning hanging out with.  The other was a gorgeous photograph of a sunset over some of the Colorado mountains, which he purchased at the art gallery in his home town.  Of course, I got other things as well–Santa came to visit for the kids, and left us all stuffed stockings.  Overall, it was a ton of fun, and I was sort of sad to see it end–though only a little, as I was ready for the next half of my adventure to begin.

One of my half-sisters, who I haven’t seen in something like ten or eleven years, has begun planning a trip out this way to meet up with me.  She lives something like four hours from here, and is wanting to get this way before she goes back to school.  I’m pretty excited about that–the last time I saw her, I was still in high school!  Hopefully it’ll be fun.

I’m trying to get back into a reading routine, as I sort of lost my old one when the traveling and family-time ensued.  Hopefully I’ll find a job fairly quickly and can incorporate my entire new routine together at once.  Hopefully.  But we’ll see what happens.

Other than that, it’s life as usual at the igloo!  How have you guys been?!  Have you missed me?!?!?!

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from publishers/authors/edelweiss/netgalley
(for blog tours)

Frost (Midnight Ice Book One)

Grimm Woods

from publishers/authors/edelweiss/netgalley
(for review)

Circle Z

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from instafreebie

Watched

free on kindle

Destiny Blues (Hand of Fate, #1)

Darcy's Christmas Wish

When In Rome...Lose Control

My Viking Vampire (Sanctuary, Texas #1)

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hardcovers

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)

ebooks

The Cure Hotel

The Benighted (The Benighted Saga, #1)

My Dragon Masters (Sanctuary, Texas, #2)

Serafina and the Twisted Staff (Serafina #2)

Kill the Boy Band

Three Dark Crowns

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What are some of the books YOU picked up/added to your shelves (either real or virtual?)  Let me know below, or link me to your own Stacking the Shelves!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Weekly Wishlist (#11)

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Because I needed a post in my life that kept me up to date on all things BOOKS!  and it seemed like Wishlist Wednesday was dead, I decided to make my own.

Welcome to Weekly Wishlist!

I’m all about breaking bending the rules to my will, so I’m switching it up!  I’m going to pair books that are already in the wild…with books soon to be released. Click the covers to be taken to the Amazon page.

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Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

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Do….do you know me?  Because it wouldn’t even be a question WHY I want this book.  I fell IN LOVE with The Wrath and The Dawn and while I haven’t yet been able to read the second book in that duology…I need this one.  SO.  BADLY.

Six Wakes

A space adventure set on a lone ship where the murdered crew are resurrected through cloning to discover who their killer was — and the secret to their mission.

It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood.

At least, Marie Shea iv had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died, from illness once and from injury once…

Maria’s vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Pituitary, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. Apparently Maria wasn’t the only one to die recently.

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Can we JUST with that blurb for a second, penguins?!  I MEAN READ IT!!!! Read.  It.  Cloning?!  Murder?!  Mystery?! SET IN SPACE?!?!?!?!  I feel a desperation looming, and it’s all to do with this book.  GIIIIIIVE IIIIIIIT!

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The Golden Spider (The Elemental Web Chronicles, Book One)

London papers scream of dirigible attacks, kraken swarms, and lung-clogging, sulfurous fogs. But a rash of gypsy murders barely rates mention.

Lady Amanda is tired of having both her intelligence and her work dismissed.

After blackmailing her way into medical school, she catches the eye of her anatomy professor from the moment she walks into his lecture hall. Is he interested in her? Or only her invention–a clockwork spider that can spin artificial nerves?

Lord Thornton, a prominent neurobiologist, has been betrayed.

Secret government technology has been stolen from his laboratory, and a foreign spy is attempting to perfect it via a grisly procedure… using gypsies as test subjects. The last thing he needs is the distraction of a beautiful–and brilliant–new student, even if her spider could heal a deteriorating personal injury.

Until her device is stolen and used in the latest murder.

Lord Thornton has no option but to bring her into his laboratory as well as the investigation where they must fight their growing, yet forbidden, attraction. Bodies accumulate and fragile bonds are tested as they race across London, trying to catch the spy before it’s too late.

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I guess I’m feeling like a bit of murder/mystery in my reading life this week?  This one, though… This one is STEAMPUNK and it sounds amazeballs and I want it.  Also, that cover is super gorgeous!

Aftermath

Charlotte survived four long years as a prisoner in the attic of her kidnapper, sustained only by dreams of her loving family. The chance to escape suddenly arrives, and Charlotte fights her way to freedom. But an answered prayer turns into heartbreak. Losing her has torn her family apart. Her parents have divorced: Dad’s a glutton for fame, Mom drinks too much, and Charlotte’s twin is a zoned-out druggie. Her father wants Charlotte write a book and go on a lecture tour, and her mom wants to keep her safe, a virtual prisoner in her own home. But Charlotte is obsessed with the other girl who was kidnapped, who never got a second chance at life–the girl who nobody but Charlotte believes really existed. Until she can get justice for that girl, even if she has to do it on her own, whatever the danger, Charlotte will never be free.

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I don’t remember where I first stumbled across this book, but…I KNEW, just from reading that tiny blurb, that this is the sort of book that will make me very uncomfortable…and will, ultimately, change me for the better.  I need more of that in my life, penguins.  Personal growth from reading is just the BEEEEST.

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Have a book YOU’D like to recommend to me?!  AWESOME!  Either shoot me a comment down below, or send me a recommendation on Goodreads RIGHT HERE!

What do you guys think–have you read any of these…or WANT to?  What did you think of them, if so?  Let me know your thoughts and as always…

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Sunday Post (#40)

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The Sunday Post
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Description:  The Sunday Post is a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies.

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GOOOOOOOD MORNING, book penguins!

I….realized I already updated you on pretty much all the things in my life for the week?!  OOOOOOOPS?!  so I’m just going to jump straight into the post.

#sorrynotsorry

#thispenguingetsdistracted

#I’llmakeituptoyoulater

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recentreviews

The Alchemists of Loom, by Elise Kova

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aroundtheblogblock

Julia @ The Tree of Books talks Banning Books and Why I’m Angry

Lila @ The Bookkeeper’s Secrets recently posted Lila Wonders… Can You Like a Book that You Also Find Problematic?

Keionda @ Keionda Hearts Books says, Strong Females in YA.  Yo, do they even exist anymore?

and finally, the LOVELY people at Bookriot recently said…
I Wasn’t Dreaming of a White Christmas:  Representation in YA Holiday Books

currentlyreading

The Neverland Wars

November Snow (Bad Bloods, #2)

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The Sunday Post (#39)

Bookmark Monday (#50)

Top Ten Tuesday (#45)

Release Day Blitz:  Chameleon Assassin

Cover Reveal:  Obsidian Sky

Let the Moving/Reading Mad Dash Begin

Weekly Wishlist (#9)

The Beauty and The Beast (#booktag)

Villainous Love Songs (#32)

Book Blitz, Teasers, Excerpt, and Giveaway:  Pocket Full of Tinder

Friday Fever (#8)

The Friday 56 (#8)

Stacking the Shelves (#48)

Update #1–Winter Bookish Bingo

Cover Reveal:  Something Blue

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AND THAT’S A WRAP!

Have any fun stories you’d like to share?  How about book recs?  Music?  Funny Disney spoof videos?  Adorable animals doing adorable things?!  Feel free to share down below–or link me to your own weekly wrap up!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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