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Waiting on Wednesday #19: The Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz February 12, 2014

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“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine. It showcases upcoming releases we’re anticipating!

My pick of the week is:

The Vampires of Manhattan (Vampires of Manhattan #1)

by Melissa de la Cruz

Coming: 9 September 2014

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Summary:

The Vampires of Manhattan is “hipster horror”–the memorable characters from her Blue Bloods series are older and cooler than before, trying to build “Millennial” lives in the bustle of Manhattan while battling forces of evil and, of course, each other.

Hero of this sexy, paranormal action tale is Oliver Hazard-Perry, former human conduit, and Manhattan’s only human-turned-vampire, now the head of the Blue Bloods Coven. When his all-too-human lover is found murdered on the eve of the coven’s annual Four Hundred Ball–a celebration meant to usher in a new era in vampire society, and to mark the re-unification of the Coven after decades of unrest and decay–Oliver is devastated.

Now, not only is he trying to create a new world order for the immortal elite, he’s the prime suspect and is stalked by the newly installed head of the vampire secret police. Because according to the new rules, vampires who take human life can now be executed. Burned.


How can an immortal sentenced to die fight back? He has to find the killer–and the answers lie deep in vampire lore.


Why I’m excited:

I absolutely LOVED Melissa’s Blue Bloods series. It started with an impulse by and a return to the bookstore the next day to get book 2. I impatiently waited for each book after that. I loved her spin off Wolf Pact and was ecstatic when she said that there would be books with future cycles of vampires. The announcement of The Vampires of Manhattan was met with a bit of fangirling. I’m so happy Ollie is getting a chance to be front and centre of the vampire action. This is more adult leaning like Witches of East End, but I’m sure it’s still perfect for younger Blue Bloods fans!

Why I need you to be excited:

I need you to be excited because it’s high society, action, and a murder investigation. And of course, VAMPIRES! I was impressed with Melissa’s vampire restyling and I can’t wait to see the next chapter! Come explore a new side of NYC with me! (:

 

Please Be Kind, Rewind: 26 January – 2 February 2014 February 2, 2014

So last week didn’t go exactly as planned on getting back on track. I did get posts up so that’s great! (: I am now ready to take on February. I meant to get a bit more done this weekend, but I had a great overnight getaway to Nashville with the hubby for our four year wedding anniversary that’s tomorrow. (: He took me to the Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows, CJ Redwine, and Myra McEntire signing. These ladies are SO much fun! If you ever have the chance to go see any of them, GO! Keep an eye out for some giveaways coming soon. I got some signed goodies for you! I’ll have an event recap up soon. (: How has your week been? Read anything good recently?

Completed:

Defiance by CJ Redwine. 4 stars.

Currently Reading:

The Everything Mother Goose Book by June Rifkin (with the kiddos)

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Read to the Kiddos:

We read bits and pieces of different things. I was bad again and didn’t keep track!

New to my shelf:

The Ring & the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz (ARC from the lovely Jen at Jenuine Cupcakes)

From the library:

The Midnight Heir by Cassandra Clare (audiobook)

 Purchased: 

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows (for giveaway)

Asunder by Jodi Meadows (for Alex!)

Infinite by Jodi Meadows

Everneath by Brodi Ashton (personal & giveaway copies)

Defy the Dark edited by Saundra Mitchell

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz (for giveaway)

Mind Games by Kiersten White

Parallel by Lauren Miller

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (signed)

 

End of Year Book Survey 2013 December 27, 2013

Since this is my first year blogging, I decided to take part in Jamie’s End of Year Book Survey (all graphics are from her original post! I thought they were awesome and wanted to use them. Thanks, Jaime, for your wonderful creativity!) to see how my first 1/2 year of blogging went as well as my year of reading. I’m excited to look back on 2013. I can’t believe this year is almost over! This time last year I was pregnant and miserable. This year I have two beautiful children running and crawling around the house! (:

 

1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

Contemporary YA –

I absolutely ADORED Fangirl. It was so close to my freshman year that it was overwhelming. I loved it. Definitely a new favourite!

Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic –

I read a lot of dystopian/ Post-apocalyptic this year, but the Legend trilogy had to be my favourite.

Historical Fiction –

This is actually an adult series, but I LOVE Philippa Gregory. I loved this entire series (excluding The Red Queen) and can’t wait to see what The Last Rose will bring to the table in 2014!

Paranormal —

I loved the ending of this trilogy. I do wish we could see more of after the epilogue! (No spoilers for those who haven’t read it!)

Science Fiction —

I’ve never been a fan of Cinderella, but oh man. Marissa Meyer KILLS it with this retelling! Gimme Cress!

Fantasy —


I cannot express how much I loved this trilogy. I am SO sad it’s over. And Cris. Oh, Cris. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let Jodi tell your story! I promise I won’t be mad!

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Sorry, just not that into you. Matched was awesome. Crossed and Reached were found wanting.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?


Oh my gosh, guys. This book BLEW MY MIND. I’m not into mermaids. This is not your typical mermaid story. I am SO glad I won this in Amalie’s additional YASH giveaway. PLEASE check this out if you haven’t already!

4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?

See above. I CANNOT push it enough! It was INCREDIBLE!

ALSO:

READ IT! Erin is AMAZING! #TeamWil

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

C’mon guys. Just read this series already. Wow. ❤

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

I loved Amy’s series and I can’t wait for After the End!

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the experimentation going on, but man, this book was amazing! Hoping to start Her Dark Curiosity in the next week or so!

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

Romance has never really been my thing, but oh man. I LOVED this book. Rachel is amazing! (: So glad I was able to read this as an ARC!

9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’ve gotta prep for City of Heavenly Fire! So excited! (:

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?


*swoon* I love this dress. I want this dress. I NEEEEEEEEEED this dress. And Cole. I need him too. Smack him around a bit for being so SNEAKY! >.<

11. Most memorable character in 2013?

So I’m cheating a bit. Using a movie pic. But come ON. Finnick is the shiz. WHY Suzanne, WHY?! (And I re-read The Hunger Games trilogy for the movie release. It was not a first time read!)

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Wow. Lauren created such an amazing world. Definitely not a world I would want to live in, but wow. These characters. Read it. Now.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?

Oh man. Do you know Anderson Cooper’s story? No? Well, check out this book and see what all ONE human being has been through. It will rip your heart out.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?

Hubby and I listened to this audiobook and I loved it. I can’t believe it took me this long to read it!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?

Music overwhelmed me, soaked into my skin like water. I didn’t have words for the squiggles and dashes across the pages, or the way his fingers stretched across the keys to make my heart race. If I could hear only one thing for the rest of my life, this was what I wanted.” – Jodi Meadows, Incarnate

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Shortest 10pg, “Magnus’s Vow” from City of Bones

Longest completed (read entirely) in 2013 570pgs

Longest completed in 2013 597pgs (I WAS pregnant at the beginning of 2013 lol)

17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

For reasons. Mary will understand.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).


I ADORE the relationship between Artemis and Holly. Holly and Foaly are pretty epic too. I seriously need to finish this series!

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously


Again, I LOVE Philippa Gregory. It’s a toss up between The Kingmaker’s Daughter, The White Princess, and The Lady of the Rivers for the favourite of her books this year!

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

Incarnate and Infinite have already gotten some cover love, now it’s time for Asunder to shine! I will forever be thankful and grateful for Mary’s recommendation of this FANTASTIC series! Jodi is such a wonderful person and I will promote the heck out of all of her future books because she is a spectacular author! (:

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

I’m going to say fantasy. And I mean this loosely. As in combining supernatural/paranormal with it. I did read a large amount of dystopian this year too. I’ll just go with fiction. Yeah, fiction.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?

Oh goodness. I’ll just make a list instead of covers! Jace from The Mortal Instruments, Jem from The Infernal Devices, Prince Wil from The Prophecy, Lo from Waterfell, Day from Legend, Jules from Revenants, Dossam (Sam) and Cris from Incarnate/New Soul, Jack and Cole from Everneath, Edward IV and Richard III from Cousins’ War (okay, more so from The White Queen on Starz, but still), Levi from Fangirl, and Linden and Gabriel from Chemical Garden. I read a lot of new series this year, don’t hate!

23. Best 2013 debut you read?


Oh wow. This book was AMAZING! (: *grabby hands* for book two! (:

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?

I am so stoked to see more of the satellite aspect! Marissa’s world is awesome!

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?

I have loved this series since high school. It was so bittersweet to see it come to an end! I love all of the Jack and Sky action though. Mmmm Jack…. (: I’m totally excited about her new series coming out next year that’s an extension of Blue Bloods

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?

OH MAN. The feels. There was one scene that had me blubbering. It was so intense and heart wrenching, I had to go check on my own sweet babies while they were sleeping. Oh… I get chills just thinking about it!

27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?

This deserved so much more hype for being Megan’s debut novel! Here’s hoping I can help pump up the hype for Her Dark Curiosity.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?

I helped get my lovely Mary’s blog going by spreading the word, but I would have to say The Broke and the Bookish

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?

My review of Waterfell

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

*crickets chirp*

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

All of the ones I read about book piracy. It’s a very polarising topic.

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

It was a personal event, but definitely getting to meet up and have lunch with the lovely Jodi Meadows. Best day before my birthday EVAAAAAARRRRRR! Second place goes to the signing with Megan Shepherd! Six hours in the car coming back from the beach to make it in time! (:

6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?

See above! (:

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My Feature and Follow Friday post back in August.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Honestly, all of them! This beginning stuff is hard work!

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

My public library! Well, specifically the Children’s library of our library. The kiddos LOVE it! We try to go at least once a week.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I technically completed my Goodreads challenge, but my own personal challenge I haven’t met. I’m not giving myself too much grief though. I did have a baby and newborns are just a bit of a time suck lol.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?

Yup. It’s the goal. I’m still avoiding all movie things! (: Hubby and I are going to read it together!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?

Oh, yes. I’m so excited!

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I’m very excited about this debut!

4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

I’m super excited about actually reading this one when it comes out. I know it will be bittersweet as all series endings are, but I’m ready. I think….

I’ve already read an ARC of this masterpiece, but I can’t wait for the book tour and to get my hardback copy and to hang out with Jodi again! (:

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?

I hope to continue to learn how to balance blogging with being a mama. I love to read and blog, but in all honesty, my kids come first.

Did you read any of the amazing books I read this year? What books do you recommend? 2013 was definitely a great year full of first for me. Tell me about your 2013, I’d love to know! (:

 

Throwback Thursday #1: Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz October 10, 2013

Throwback Thursday is a meme I’m starting. TBT is when I’ll review a book I read before I started blogging. This week’s selection is:

Rating:  4 stars
Pub date: 27 March 2007
Publisher: Hyperion
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Format: paperback, personal copy
Status: Book one of the Blue Bloods series

Summary:

When the Mayflower set sail in 1620, it carried on board the men and women who would shape America: Miles Standish; John Alden; Constance Hopkins. But some among the Pilgrims were not pure of heart; they were not escaping religious persecution. Indeed, they were not even human. They were vampires.The vampires assimilated quickly into the New World. Rising to levels of enormous power, wealth, and influence, they were the celebrated blue bloods of American society.

The Blue Bloods vowed that their immortal status would remain a closely guarded secret. And they kept that secret for centuries. But now, in New York City, the secret is seeping out. Schuyler Van Alen is a sophomore at a prestigious private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes instead of the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates, and she lives with her reclusive grandmother in a dilapidated mansion. Schuyler is a loner…and happy that way. Suddenly, when she turns fifteen, there is a visible mosaic of blue veins on her arm. She starts to crave raw food and she is having flashbacks to ancient times. Then a popular girl from her school is found dead… drained of all her blood. Schuyler doesn’t know what to think, but she wants to find out the secrets the Blue Bloods are keeping. But is she herself in danger?

I came across Blue Bloods just after Masquerade was published in 2007. I would stroll up and down the aisles of the YA section at Barnes and Noble looking for new reads. I saw the cover of Blue Bloods and was immediately drawn in by the obvious vampire aspect. I mean, c’mon. There are bite marks on her neck. MUST be vampire involved! Honestly, I think this is when I came across Twilight, too, but put it back cause it didn’t catch me. I thought what the heck, school’s almost over so I’ll pick it up. I started it the next school day. Wow. Back to B&N to get book 2! I actually “got in trouble” in my AP US History class for reading this one. My teacher told me if I was going to read in class at least make it look like I was paying attention. I said okay and set the book down on my desk and kept reading. (: Now, I wasn’t being bad, I’m great with history. Can’t remember what we were covering, but it was something I already knew well so… I read. (:

Let me introduce you to the big players:

Schuyler Van Alen – I love her. I identified so much with her! I wasn’t part of the “cool kids” in HS. I never wanted to be, and I was okay with that. I loved my friends. I think the way she handles herself when she is thrust into the middle of the Committee is inspiring. She stays true to herself and never wavers.

Oliver Hazard Perry – Oh, Ollie. He’s the best best friend a girl could hope for! His crush on Schuyler is adorable as well.

Bliss Llewellyn – I can kinda relate to Bliss being the new kid in school. I switched school systems in middle school.

Jack Force – Jack is the off limits hot jock in school. He’s a year older than Schuyler and always seems unattainable. Schuyler nurses a secret crush she even tries to hide from Ollie. There’s so much more to Jack than meets the eye and it just pulls you right in.

Mimi Force – Your stereotypical hateful Mean Girl. She’s THE queen bee of the school and lords it over EVERYONE. She especially hates Schuyler because she might as well be a charity case. Mimi is so evil that you hope she has a redeeming aspect.

Everyone’s world is thrown upside down when one of their fellow students is found dead. Schuyler is then among the new inductees of this year’s crop of Committee recruits. It is revealed to her that she is a vampire, a fallen angel from heaven. Or so she thinks. She soon learns that she is a new creation. She’s part human and part angel. This makes things extremely complicated as there has never been another like her. The Committee reveals that the girl who was found dead was killed and they don’t know who did it.

The race is on to uncover a mystery that has been hidden from the Coven for generations. At each turn, things become clearer and more muddled. Schuyler teams up with Jack in trying to uncover the murderer. Certain things come to light that throw their suspicions down the drain. Schuyler’s grandmother is attacked and she offers a piece to the puzzle that might help solve things. She says to find Schuyler’s grandfather.

Blue Bloods is a quick and light read. It’s full of NYC socialite drama with a dark twist. I never thought I would go for a book like this, but Melissa does such a fantastic job with the story line that some of the Mean Girls type drama actually makes it better overall.

The drama and intrigue continues in book two, Masquerade.

Recommended for: Those who have an interest in fallen angels, vampires, NYC, and lots of drama (but GOOD drama!)

Not recommended for: Those who don’t care for drama or a new spin on vampires.

 

Top Ten Tuesday #10: Movies/TV Worthy September 10, 2013

Each week, the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish think up a fun theme for the week and participating bloggers around the net join in. The theme for this week is:

Top Ten Books that I would love to see as a Movie/TV Show(in a perfect world where books aren’t slaughtered)

1. Incarnate series by Jodi Meadows. I. Need. Sam. Lots and LOTS of Sam.

2. Everneath series by Brodi Ashton. More Greek mythology is ALWAYS a win.

3. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. A movie has been rumoured for years. I need this to become a reality. I LOVE Holly and Artemis!

4. The Tudor Court series by Philippa Gregory. I act like The Other Boleyn Girl isn’t based on a book. Otherwise I get really, really, REALLY upset. I would love to see this done like The Cousins’ War has been.

5. New Jedi Order series by various. Star Wars VII, VIII, and IX should totally pull from these or they should get their own glory. Yes, yes.

6. Pete the Cat by James Dean. Yes, I think this would be an ADORABLE kids’ series. My kiddos LOVE Pete. Already planning my son’s next birthday party to be Pete since he loves it so much. Lots of Pete Christmas presents too. We love Pete!

7. For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. I think this would be great!

8. Legend by Marie Lu. I think this could be great done by the right people and not slaughtered like some books are. Oh, Day. (:

9. Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz. I’ll admit. When I found out a series called Blue Bloods was coming to TV I flipped out. I was SO excited that THIS was coming to TV. Then I found out it was about cops. I was disappointed. I like the show, but it’s not was I was hoping for. I would LOVE to see this come to the screen (big or small!)

10. Revenants series by Amy Plum. Like I need Sam, I NEED Jules. NEED him.

I’m sure I could come up with a million more, but these are the ones that came to mind first. Did any of my selections make your list? What’s on your list? Feel free to leave a link! I’d love to read them!

 

(Late)Top Ten Tuesday #6: Books with X Setting August 14, 2013

AHHH! I didn’t have time to post yesterday and it drove me batty! My hubby is still away at military training so I’m still pulling single mama duty. Mad props and respect to all the time single parents out there!

Each week, the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish think up a fun theme for the week and participating bloggers around the net join in. The theme for this week is:

 

Top Ten Books with X Setting:

So this week I have two sets of eight cause I just couldn’t decide…

World Hidden Inside Our Own
1. Harry Potter by JK Rowling
2. The Mortal Instruments/The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
3. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
4. Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis. I know this is more parallel than in our world, but in my little world, it fits!
5. Revenants by Amy Plum
6. Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith
7. Blue Bloods/Wolf Pact by Melissa de la Cruz
8. Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris

Futuristic (vague, I know)
1. Legend by Marie Lu
2. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows (even if she is an evil, evil author! hehe)
3. Matched by Ally Condie
4. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
5. Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
6. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
7. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
8. Left Behind by Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye

Do you like any of these books listed? Do you participate in TTT? If so, leave a link! I’d love to read your lists!

 

Top Ten Tuesday #2: Authors Who Deserve More Recognition July 16, 2013

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Each week the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish think up a fun theme for the week and participating bloggers around the net join in. The theme for this week is

Authors who deserve more recognition

When I first started to think of this list, I immediately thought of some of the authors I’ve recently been introduced to through their books via Mary like Ally Condie, Beth Revis, Amy Plum, etc. So they’re on my list, but not ON my list. It’s taken me a while to sit and think about some different authors. I even sat in front of my bookshelves scanning titles. Then I went through my Goodreads lists. Finally, I have them. Some of them may be more well-known, but not as commanding as JK Rowling and Stephenie Meyer.

Honourary: Lois Lowry. Yes, I know she’s very well-known, but to me, her writing deserves much more recognition than she has. Yes, she’s more children than YA, but still. I love her. I’ve done numerous book reports and presentations on her works. A Summer to Die is my favourite. I balled my eyes out!

The rest in no particular order:

Melissa de la Cruz is one of the more known authors on my list. She’s the best-selling author of The Blue Bloods series, The Au Pairs series (haven’t read them), as well as a few others and she has a new book Frozen: Heart of Dread coming soon. I’ve devoured The Blue Bloods since right after the first book came out. I’ve waited impatiently each year for the next book and was sad/happy to see this cycle end. Witches of East End is getting ready to come to the small screen and it’s a library book sitting in my stack waiting to be read.

Eoin Colfer again, is probably one of the more well knowns, but also a bit in the obscurity. I fell in love with Artemis back in junior high and flew through his adventures until somehow I missed a publication and have the last two books to read. Artemis Fowl has definitely been a joy to read, and I’ve passed it along to one of my nephews, and can’t wait to share it with my kids. Holly Short is hysterical. I’ve also read The Wish List and The Supernaturalist. Supposedly Artemis Fowl is coming to the big screen and Colfer himself is working on the screenplay, but I haven’t heard any news on progress in a while.

Carolyn Meyer. Let’s face it. I love her books. The Royal Diaries. The ones I haven’t read are on the list to read, just not at the top of the list at the moment. My absolute favourites of hers are Doomed Queen Anne: A Young Royals Book and The Royal Diaries: Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914. I hope my daughter loves her works as much as I did/do.

Ann Rinaldi is another that’s well-known in some circles, but not a huge name. She’s one of THE names in YA historical fiction. My favourite by her is hands down, by far, Time Enough for Drums. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read this book. It’s simply fantastic. I love the American Revolution era and this takes place in the heart of the action. Jemima is a personality to which I can relate. Every book I’ve read, I could barely put it down in order to do other things.

O.R. Melling is virtually unknown to Goodreads apparently. She only has one book listed. I was introduced to this author by my best childhood friend. I loved The Summer King (The Chronicles of Faerie). Then again, I love Irish and Celtic folklore. It’s been a while since I read it, and looks like on Amazon there is a new book in the series so it’ll get added to the to check out library list! (:

Margaret Peterson Haddix is another known and not known author. Or at least it feels that way to me. I’ve loved everything I’ve read. If I had to pick a favourite, I probably would go with Turnabout or Just Ella. I loved the The Shadow Children too, but have a few books to finish.

I really enjoyed Witch Child by Celia Rees and think her other books are under appreciated. I have a few on my to read list that have some how slipped through the cracks over the years. Pirates! has been on my bookshelf for ages and I have no idea how it’s never been read. My mom read it, but some how I skipped over it. The Fool’s Girl is on my Kindle waiting to be read soon.

Kathryn Lasky is more children’s than YA, but I also think her works are under appreciated. I loved all of her contributions to the Dear America and The Royal Diaries series. Her other series look good, and I hope to enjoy them with my children. It’s always nice to have a “reason” to read books that are considered below my interest level. Sometimes you just need a simplistic adventure for a change.

I’ll admit, I haven’t read as much of Judith Tarr’s works as I’d like, but I loved Rite of Conquest (William the Conqueror). Yes, I read it while I was in France in 2006. Yes, I greatly enjoy being a supreme nerd. I am a book and history nerd and I am NOT ashamed! I also enjoyed Kingdom of the Grail, though it’s been a while since I read it. I highly recommend her to historical fiction lovers.

And last on my list is Moira Young. Now, I haven’t actually read any of her books yet, but her debut book, Blood Red Road, was featured at the end of a book I’ve read recently (can’t remember which one) and thought it sounded interesting so I immediately put it on my TBR list.

Okay, so I lied. Another extra: Laura Howard. I haven’t read The Forgotten Ones: Book 1 (The Danaan Trilogy) yet, but I can’t wait to read it and I can’t wait to see where her career goes! (:

 

 
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