Challenge Accepted: Arc August 2018


In case you don't know about it, ARC August is an awesome reading challenge hosted by Octavia, Shelly, and Angie of Read. Sleep. Repeat. that allows bloggers the opportunity to focus on the unreleased titles we have in our possession but haven't read yet. 

I like to split my ARC August goals into two different groups because for me, ARC August isn't just about getting books read, it's also making sure I give them proper attention and get some reviews up. I also want to take the opportunity to review books from earlier in the year because they deserve some special attention too.

To Be Read:
The Chase - Elle Kennedy
Check, Please! - Ngozi Ukazu
Damsel - Elana K. Arnold
Dance of Thieves - Mary E. Pearson*
Heart of Thorns - Bree Barton
Ignite the Stars - Maura Milan
Josh & Hazel's Guide to Not Dating - Christina Lauren
Love a la Mode - Stephanie Kate Strohm
Mirage - Somaiya Daud
Muse of Nightmares - Laini Taylor
Odd One Out - Nic Stone
Ogre Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine
The Real Deal - Lauren Blakely
Seafire - Natalie C. Parker
Star-Touched Stories - Roshani Chokshi*
Strange Grace - Tessa Gratton
These Rebel Waves - Sara Raasch
To Be Honest - Maggie Ann Martin
Wildcard - Marie Lu

To Be Reviewed:
Ice Wolves - Amie Kaufman
The Kiss Quotient - Helen Hoang
The Prince & the Dressmaker - Jen Wang
A Reaper at the Gates - Sabaa Tahir
Royals - Rachel Hawkins
Save the Date - Morgan Matson

I don't expect to read all of the ARCs on my TBR list, but this is the stack I'll be picking my reads from. The two starred books are the two that are definite must reads for the month, and everything else will be decided on by a mood reading basis (or if there's an event coming up, which is the case for a couple of these).

Are you participating in ARC August? If so, what's on your list? Which book do you guys think I should start with? Let me know in the comments!

Blog Tour & Giveaway: My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows


Today I'm giving the My Plain Jane blog tour an epic (and ghostly) sendoff! Check out my list of the best ghosts and ghost hunters and enter to win a copy of the book. Don't forget to check out the other amazing & creative stops on the tour (Fashion! Food! Famous Janes! Ghost hunting tips! Reviews! Gift guide!), and don't forget to enter to win a My Plain Jane prize pack on Instagram. Details below!


Release Date: June 26, 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: young adult historical/paranormal romance
Format/Source: ARC, from the publisher
Status: Book 2 of the Jane companion series
(the books aren't connected in any way, but they're still the Jane series)


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Summary:
Move over, Charlotte Brontë. The authors of the New York Times bestselling My Lady Jane are back with an irreverent spin on Jane Eyre—a tale of mischief, romance, and supernatural mayhem perfect for fans of The Princess Bride or A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.

You may think you know the story. Penniless orphan Jane Eyre begins a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester—and, Reader, she marries him. Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Bronte, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.


Blog Tour: Freshmen by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison



Rating: 4 stars
Release Date: June 12, 2018
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: young adult contemporary romance
Format/Source: ARC, TLA conference; finished copy, publisher
Status: standalone


Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher at a work conference and volunteered to be part of the tour. This does not affect the content of my review.

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Summary:
Getting in is just the beginning.

Phoebe can’t wait to get to college. On her own, discovering new things, no curfew…she’ll be free. And she’ll be totally different: cooler, prettier, smarter…the perfect potential girlfriend. Convenient: the only person from her high school also going to York is her longtime crush, Luke.

Luke didn’t set out to redefine himself, but as soon as he arrives on campus, he finds himself dumping his long-term long-distance girlfriend. And the changes don’t stop there. In fact, being on a soccer team is the only thing that stays the same.

Just when things start looking up (and Phoebe and Luke start hooking up), drama looms on the horizon. Rumors swirl about the Wall of Shame, a secret text chain run by Luke’s soccer team, filled with compromising photos of girls. As the women on campus determine to expose the team and shut down the account, Luke and Phoebe find themselves grappling with confusing feelings and wondering how they’ll ever make it through freshman year.

Listmania Monday: The Prettiest Naked Covers


The fun thing about creating these lists of books with unique design aspects is that I'm learning a lot about... well, book design. And one of the best things I've learned is the technical terms printers & designers use for the various parts of a book. So most readers just call a hardcover book without its dust jacket a "naked book," which is always a fun term, but a hardbound book's cover is actually the case cover. If you're interested in learning more about the different parts and design aspects of printing books, my favorite source is The Book Designer. Today, I'm talking about books with case covers that have been embellished in some way as a nod to the book or the author.

How are case covers embellished? Again, most of us typically use the term embossed. I have discovered that this term is factually incorrect as emboss means to raise, and because case covers are cardboard that have been covered in fabric or paper, the surface isn't able to be raised. Deboss is the correct term when talking about stamped case covers, and the two kinds of debossing that occur are a blind stamp—an uncolored depression on the case cover—or foil stamping—using colored foil to make the stamp stand out. Dust jackets, on the other hand, ARE able to be embossed because a stamp can be applied to the bottom, and the title, author name, or art can be pushed up. Source

The other way covers are embellished is by using a specially designed wrap instead of the more typical paper/cloth wraps. These covers are smoother and glossier, and usually more colorful because they can be printed, unlike the cloth covers. Examples include Suzanne Young's The Program series, Kayla Cagan's Piper Perish, and Matthew Quick's Every Exquisite Thing.

Note 1: Unless specified, the default is the US "regular" edition.
Note 1A: German editions are really fucking cool & super underrated, you guys. Everyone always talks about US & UK/Australia, but GERMAN EDITIONS ARE GORGEOUS.
Note 2: Most of these are YA fiction, but I AM including some middle grade and adult fiction and YA nonfiction.
Note 3: Many books published by HarperCollins's Greenwillow Books imprint are stamped with a Greenwillow-specifc stamp, but I don't know if it's all of them, nor do I have a complete list of those titles. Eliza and Her Monsters is one of these.
Note 4: If I have one book in a series listed instead of the entire series, it's because I can't confirm the entire series has a stamped cover.
Note 5: This list got way longer than I expected. I didn't want to cut the MG & adult fiction because I WORKED HARD TO FIND ALL OF THESE, DANGIT, SO I'M GOING TO SHOW THEM ALL. But I have bolded the "regular" YA editions to make those easier to spot.

10 Things I Can See From Here - Carrie Mac
99 Days - Katie Cotugno

Abarat - Clive Barker
Absent - Katie Williams
After Alice - Gregory Maguire
Alexander Hamilton: Revolutionary - Martha Brockenbrough
All the Bright Places (US & Turkish editions) - Jennifer Niven
The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman (not sure which edition)
American Panda - Gloria Chao
And a Happy New Year - Holly Bourne
Arc of a Scythe series - Neal Shusterman
Armada - Ernest Cline
Artemis (UK) - Andy Weir
Ash - James Herbert
The Astonishing Color of After - Emily X.R. Pan

Batman: Nightwalker - Marie Lu
Beneath the Haunting Sea - Joanna Ruth Meyer
Birthright trilogy - Gabrielle Zevin
Bitterblue - Kristin Cashore
Black Widow duology - Margaret Stohl
The Blackcoat Rebellion trilogy - Aimée Carter
The Bone Season series - Samantha Shannon
Born Wicked (German edition)  - Jessica Spotswood
Borne - Jeff Vandermeer
The Brightest Stars of Summer - Leila Howland
Bumped duology - Megan McCafferty

Caraval trilogy (UK and US editions have different designss) - Stephanie Garber
Carry On - Rainbow Rowell
Carve the Mark duology - Veronica Roth
Chaos Walking series - Patrick Ness
Charlotte Holmes series - Brittany Cavallaro
Children of Blood and Bone - Tomi Adeyemi
The Chronicles of the Black Tulip series - Barry Wolverton
Circe (UK) - Madeline Miller
City Love series - Susane Colasanti
Clash of Kingdoms series - Erin Summerill
The Conquerer's Saga - Kiersten White
The Cost of All Things - Maggie Lehrman
Court of Shadows - Madeleine Roux
A Court of Wings and Ruin (Target edition) - Sarah J. Maas
The Crown's Game - Evelyn Skye
Cruel Beauty & Crimson Bound - Rosamund Hodge
The Cruel Prince - Holly Black
The Curiosities - Maggie Stiefvater, Brenna Yovanoff & Tessa Gratton
A Curse Dark as Gold - Elizabeth C. Bunce

Da Vinci's Tiger - L.M. Elliott
The Dark Artifices (special Waterstones edition) - Cassandra Clare
Dark Breaks the Dawn - Sara B. Larson
A Darker Shade of Magic (special edition) - V.E. Schwab
Deadmen Walking - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Dear Killer - Katherine Ewell
Department Nineteen - Will Hill
Divergent series - Veronica Roth
The Diviners (original hc) - Libba Bray
Dorothy Must Die series - Danielle Paige
Draw the Line - Laurent Linn
Dreamology - Lucy Keating
Driving by Starlight - Anat Deracine
Dumplin - Julie Murphy

Echo - Pam Munoz Ryan
Eliza and Her Monsters - Francesca Zappia
Embassy Row - Ally Carter
Ember Quartet - Sabaa Tahir (definitely Ember & Torch. Will have to see if the newly designed covers keep the stamp)
Enter Title Here - Rahul Kanakia
The Ever Never Handbook - Soman Chainani
Every Exquisite Thing - Matthew Quick
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon
Exit, Pursued by a Bear - E.K. Johnston
Exo series - Fonda Lee

Fangirl (special editions in US & UK) - Rainbow Rowell
The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy - Sam Maggs
Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them - J.K. Rowling
Farmer Giles of Ham (50th anniversary edition) - J.R.R. Tolkien
Female of the Species - Mindy McGinnis
Final Draft - Riley Redgate
Finding Audrey - Sophie Kinsella
Firewalker - Josephine Angelini
First & Then - Emma Mills
Foolish Hearts - Emma Mills
The Forgetting duology - Sharon Cameron
Frannie & Tru - Karen Hattrup
Freshmen - Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison
The Friday Night Knitting Club - Kate Jacobs

Geekerella - Ashley Poston
The Geek's Guide to Dating - Eric Smith
Girl Against the Universe - Paula Stokes
Girl in the Blue Coat - Monica Hesse
The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
Give Me Some Truth - Eric Gansworth
The Golden Yarn - Cornelia Funke
Goldenhand - Garth Nix
The Gracekeepers - Kirsty Logan
The Graces - Laure Eve
The Great Hunt - Wendy Higgins
Gris Grimly's Frankenstein - Gris Grimly
Gris Grimly's Tales from the Brothers Grim - Gris Grimly
Gwendy's Button Box - Stephen King & Richard T. Chizmar

H20 - Virginia Bergin
Harry Potter & the Cursed Child - J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
Heartless - Marissa Meyer
Heraclix & Pomp - Forrest Aguirre
Hereafter - Tara Hudson
Hidden Figures (Young readers' edition) - Margot Lee Shetterly
A History of Magic
Holding Up the Universe - Jennifer Niven
Holly Jolly Summer - Tiffany Stewart
Honor Code - Kiersi Burkhart
Horizon - Scott Westerfeld
House of Night - P.C. & Kristin Cast
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

I Am America (And So Can You!) - Stephen Colbert
The Ice Dragon - George R.R. Martin
If I Stay - Gayle Forman
The Illuminae Files - Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Illusionarium - Heather Dixon
Illusions of Fate - Kiersten White
Incarnate trilogy - Jodi Meadows
The Infinite Moment of Us - Lauren Myracle
Ink - Alic Broadway
Iron Cast - Destiny Soria

Jane Unlimited - Kristin Cashore
Jasper Dent series - Barry Lyga

Kaspar: Prince of Cats - Michael Morpugo
Kill the Boy Band - Goldy Moldavsky
The King of Bones & Ashes - J.D. Horn
The Kingkiller Chronicles - Patrick Rothfuss

La Belle Sauvage (US & UK have different designs) - Philip Pullman
The Land of Laughs - Jonathan Caroll
Landline - Rainbow Rowell
The Language of Thorns - Leigh Bardugo
The Last Ever After - Soman Chainani
Last Star Burning - Caitlin Sangster
The Last Time We Said Goodbye - Cynthia Hand
A List of Cages - Robin Roe
Listen to Your Heart - Kasie West
The Looking Glass Wars - Frank Beddor
The Loom Saga - Elise Kova
The Loose Ends List - Carrie Firestone
Lorien Legacies series - Pittacus Lore
The Lost Girl - Sangu Mandanna
A Lotus Grows in the Mud - Goldie Hawn & Wendy Holden
The Lunar Chronicles (German editions) - Marissa Meyer
The Lure - Lynne Ewing

A Madness so Discreet - Mindy McGinnis
The Magic Misfits - Neal Patrick Harris
Magnus Chase & the Gods of Asgard - Rick Riordan
Magonia - Maria Dahvana Headley
Maleficent - not sure of the author, but probably the Elizabeth Rudnick version
Maresi - Maria Turschaninoff
Matilda - Roald Dahl (this is a special edition, but I don't know which. Case cover is blue)
Mechanica - Betsy Cornwall
The Mermaid & Mrs. Hancock - Imogen Hermes Gowar
Messenger of Fear series - Michael Grant
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt
Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children trilogy - Ransom Riggs
A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness
Ms. Bixby's Last Day - John David Anderson
Munmun - Jesse Andrews
My Heart and Other Black Holes - Jasmine Warga
My Lady Jane - Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows
My True Love Gave to Me - Stephanie Perkins

The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
The Nevernight Chronicle series (UK) - Jay Kristoff
Night of Cake & Puppets - Laini Taylor
The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
Nightmares: The Lost Lullaby - Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller
Noir - robert Coover
Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

Obsidian (German edition) - Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
Off the Page - Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer
Once Upon an Alphabet - Oliver Jeffers
Ones and Zeroes - Dan Wells
Otherbound - Corrine Duyvis
Otherworld - Jason Segel & Kristen Miller
Our Chemical Hearts - Krystal Sutherland
Out of the Blue - Sophie Cameron

Paper Valentine - Brenna Yovanoff
Paperweight - Meg Haston
Passenger duology - Alexandra Bracken
Pax - Sara Pennypacker
Pearl - Dierdre Hall
The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster
Picture Us in the Light - Kelly Loy Gilbert
Piper Perish - Kayla Cagan
Police - Jo Nesbo
The Power - Naomi Alderman
Pretty Little Liars series - Sara Shepard
The Program - Suzanne Young
PS I Like You - Kasie West
Pushing the Limits series - Katie McGarry

Queer City - Peter Akroyd

Rain - Karen Duve (possibly German edition)
The Raven Cylce - Maggie Stiefvater
Rebel Rising - Beth Revis
Red Queen (collector's edition for sure) - Victoria Aveyard
Revenge & the Wild - Michelle Modesto
Reign of Shadows duology - Sophie Jordan
Release (I think this is the UK edition) - Patrick Ness
Renegades (Target edition) - Marissa Meyer
Replica series - Lauren Oliver
The Rest of Us Just Live Here (US & UK have different stamps) - Patrick Ness
Rook - Sharon Cameron

Salt to the Sea - Ruta Sepetys
Say What You Will - Cammie McGovern
The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett (unknown which edition)
The Selection series - Kiera Cass
Serafina and the Black Cloak - Robert Beatty
Seven Ways We Lie - Riley Redgate
Sewer, Gas and Electric: The Public Works Trilogy - Matt Ruff (not sure of the edition. Possibly German. It's a red cover with a SHARK on it!)
Shadow & Bone trilogy (German edition) - Leigh Bardugo
The Shadowhunters Codex - Cassandra Clare
Shatter Me - Tahereh Mafi (I have no idea which edition, but I HAVE SEEN ONE)
The Shepherd's Crown - Terry Pratchett
Shine - Lauren Myracle
Ship It - Britta Lundin
Sightwitch - Susan Dennard
The Silver Trilogy (German edition) - Kerstin Gier
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli
Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo
Sky in the Deep - Adrienne Young
Skylark - Meagan Spooner
Slade House - David Mitchell
The Sleeper & the Spindle - Neil Gaiman
Sleeping Giants - Sylvain Newvel
Sleeping Beauties (Waterstones edition has 5 different designs) - Stephen & Owen King
The Smoke Thieves (UK edition, I think?) - Sally Green
Snakehead - can't confirm which author, but possibly Anthony Horowitz
Snow & Rose - Emily Winfield Martin
Snow Like Ashes trilogy - Sara Raasch
So, und jetzt kommst du (obviously German) - Arno Frank
A Song of Ice and Fire series - George R.R. Martin
Spellcaster trilogy - Claudia Gray
Spill Zone - Scott Westerfeld
Spindle Fire - Lexya Hillyer
Splintered trilogy - A.G. Howard
The Stand - Stephen King
Star Wars illustrated novels
└The Princess, The Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy - Alexandra Bracken
└So You Want to Be a Jedi - Adam Gidwitz
└Beware the Power of the Dark Side - Tom Angleberger
Starbound trilogy (German editions) - Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (German covers are almost always super fucking cool, guys)
Strange the Dreamer duology - Laini Taylor
Struck - Jennifer Bosworth
Summer Days & Summer Nights - Stephanie Perkins
SuperMoon - H.A. Swain
The Summoner series - Taran Matharu
The Sun is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon
The Surface Breaks - Louise O'Neill

Talon series - Julie Kagawa
Teardrop - Lauren Kate
Tell Me Three Things - Julie Buxbaum
This Adventure Ends - Emma Mills
This Dark Endeavor - Kenneth Oppell
This is My Brain on Boys - Sarah Strohmeyer
This Song Will Save Your Life - Leila Sales
A Thousand Nights series (UK & US have different designs) - E.K. Johnston
The Thousandth Floor - Katharine McGee
Three Dark Crowns - Kendare Blake
The Traitor's Game - Jennifer Nielsen
The Trials of Apollo - Rick Riordan
Trickster's Choice - Tamora Pierce
Trigger Warning - Neil Gaimon
Turtles All the Way Down - John Green

Under Rose-Tainted Skies - Louise Gornall
Unearthly trilogy - Cynthia Hand
The Unlikelies - Carrie Firestone

Valkyrie Rising - Ingrid Paulson
Villains series - Serena Valentino

Warcross (UK) - Marie Lu
Watership Down - Richard Adams
We'll Fly Away - Bryan Bliss
What If - Robert Munroe
What to Say Next - Julie Buxbaum
Whenever I'm With You - Lydia Sharp
The Wicked Deep - Shea Ernshaw
Wild Awake - Hilary T. Smith
Wing & Claw: Forest of Wonders - Sue Park
Winner's Trilogy - Marie Rutkoski
The Witch Hunter (German edition) - Virginia Boecker
Wolkenschloss (German edition) - Kerstin Gier
The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware
Wonder - R.J. Palacio
Wonder Woman: Warbringer - Leigh Bardugo

Yes Please - Amy Poehler

Zombies vs Unicorns - Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier

Gallery
 Blood of Eden trilogy - Julie Kagawa

 Dumplin - Julie Murphy

 Embassy Row trilogy - Ally Carter

 Emma Mills's books
top: First & Then, This Adventure Ends
bottom: Owlcrate Foolish Hearts, regular Foolish Hearts

B&N exclusive Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

 Geekerella - Ashley Poston

 Girl Against the Universe - Paula Stokes

 Illusions of Fate - Kiersten White

 Night of Cake & Puppets - Laini Taylor

 Not if I Save You First - Ally Carter

 Talon & Rogue - Julie Kagawa

The Wicked Deep - Shea Ernshaw

Which of these hidden designs is your favorite? Is a book missing? Let me know in the comments!

Listmania Monday: Epic Endpapers


In my time as an active participant of bookstagram, I've discovered it's helpful to know what some particularly pretty books and their respective design features are. Whether I want to feature a certain fictional world for #MapMonday or a rainbow or ombre stack or a set of sprayed pages, I first need to know what books will fit my idea. So in addition to curating lists of books that fit a certain genre or trope, I'm also working on lists of books with particularly eye-catching designs. After all, sometimes it's fun to judge a book by the cover! Or in this case, internal design. I already posted my list of book maps, and today, I'm taking a page out of Epic Reads' book to share a list of stunning endpapers! Scroll down to see a handful of gorgeous endpapers I photographed in my own books!

Note 1: Unless specified, the default is the "regular" US edition.
Note 2: This is a list of pretty endpapers that does not include books with maps as the endpapers. All maps are found in the map list.
Note 3: If all books in a series have special endpapers, I've listed the series as a whole. If there are individual standouts, I've listed them individually. For example, only a couple of the Throne of Glass and ACOTAR books have special editions with fanart on the endpapers so I've only listed those books, not the whole series.

9 Days & 9 Nights - Katie Cotugno
99 Days - Katie Cotugno

Almost Midnight (UK) - Rainbow Rowell
The Archived series - Victoria Schwab

Be True to Me - Adele Griffin
Behemoth - Scott Westerfeld
Beware That Girl - Teresa Toten
Bitterblue - Kristin Cashore
Blessed - Tonya Hurley
Blood of Eden trilogy - Julie Kagawa

Come Sundown - Nora Roberts
A Court of Frost & Starlight (special edition) - Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Wings & Ruin (special edition) - Sarah J. Maas

A Darker Shade of Magic (special edition) - V.E. Schwab
The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding - Alexandra Bracken

Eleanor & Park (special edition) - Rainbow Rowell
Empire of Storms (special edition) - Sarah J. Maas
Everless (UK edition) - Sara Holland

Fairest - Marissa Meyer
Falling Kingdoms - Morgan Rhodes
Fangirl (special editions) - Rainbow Rowell
Fireworks - Katie Cotugno

Geekerella - Ashley Poston
Gemina - Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Goliath - Scott Westerfeld

Harry Potter series (illustrated) - J.K. Rowling
The Hate You Give (special edition) - Angie Thomas
The Hazel Wood (US & UK editions) - Melissa Albert
The Heir (special edition) - Kiera Cass

I Am America (And So Can You!) - Stephen Colbert
Illuminae - Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Kids of Appetite - David Arnold
Kill the Boy Band - Goldy Moldavsky

Lady Helen series - Allison Goodman
The Loose Ends List - Carrie Firestone

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness
The Monstrumologist series - Rick Yancey
Monstrous Beauty - Elizabeth Fama
Mosquitoland - David Arnold

Nantucket Blue - Leila Howland
Nevernight Chronicles (special edition in US, hc in UK) - Jay Kristoff
Night of Cake & Puppets - Laini Taylor
Nightfall (special edition) - Shannon Messenger
No Good Deed - Goldy Moldovsky

Perfect Ruin - Lauren DeStefano

Queen of the Tearling - Erika Johansen

Railhead - Philip Reeve
Red Queen series - Victoria Aveyard
The Ring and the Crown - Melissa de la Cruz

The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater
Scrappy Little Nobody - Anna Kendrick
The Shadowhunters Codex - Cassandra Clare
The Shrunken Head - Lauren Oliver
The Spider Ring - Andrew Harwell

Tales of the Peculiar - Ransom Riggs
Talon series - Julie Kagawa
They Both Die at the End - Adam Silvera
The Thousandth Floor series - Katharine McGee
To Kill a Kingdom - Alexandra Christo
Top Ten - Katie Cotugno
Tower of Dawn (special edition) - Sarah J. Maas
Two Summers - Aimee Friedman

We Are Okay - Nina Lacour
We Were Liars (deluxe edition) - E. Lockhart
The White Rabbit Chronicles series - Gena Showalter
Why We Broke Up
Winter (special edition) - Marissa Meyer
The Wrath & the Dawn duology - Renee Ahdieh

Zombies vs Unicorns - Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier


Gallery
The Unbound (The Archived #2) - Victoria Schwab

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas (front)

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas (back)

 Blood of Eden trilogy - Julie Kagawa

 Illuminae & Gemina - Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
(still bitter Obsidio didn't get pretty papers -_-)

 Wrath & the Dawn duology - Rene Ahdieh

Talon & Rogue - Julie Kagawa

Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell (front)

Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell (back)

Almost Midnight - Rainbow Rowell

Perfect Ruin - Lauren DeStefano

What are your favorite endpapers? Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments!

Blog Tour: LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff


I'm so excited to be kicking off the tour for Jay Kristoff's newest YA series LIFEL1K3! I LOVED this new sci-fi story, and I'm really glad to tell you why. Keep scrolling to check out my review and a giveaway for cooies of the book!

Rating: 5 stars
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: young adult science fiction
Format/Source: ARC, TLA conference

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher at a work conference and volunteered to be part of the tour, which was organized & hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. This does not affect the content of my review. The full tour schedule can be found HERE. Please go give my fellow tour hosts some love!



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Summary:
On a floating junkyard beneath a radiation sky, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap.

Eve isn’t looking for secrets—she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she’s just spent six months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, and the only thing keeping her Grandpa from the grave was the fistful of credits she just lost to the bookies. To top it off, she’s discovered she can destroy electronics with the power of her mind, and the puritanical Brotherhood are building a coffin her size. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it.

But when Eve discovers the ruins of an android boy named Ezekiel in the scrap pile she calls home, her entire world comes crashing down. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic conscience, Cricket, in tow, she and Ezekiel will trek across deserts of irradiated glass, infiltrate towering megacities and scour the graveyard of humanity’s greatest folly to save the ones Eve loves, and learn the dark secrets of her past.

Even if those secrets were better off staying buried.

Listmania: Hockey books


In honor of the Stanley Cup playoffs, I'd like to talk about one of my favorite types of book: the hockey book. While I do love the Nashville Predators (#StandWithUs #Smashville) and like the Dallas Stars and find Sidney Crosby to be ridiculously attractive, I'm not a diehard hockey fan. I obsess over football in real life, but hockey? Not so much. I cheer for my teams and enjoy games in person, but I don't actively seek out hockey information. In fiction, it's a whole other story. I LIVE for hockey stories, ESPECIALLY hockey romance. I'm not sure why this is. Possibly it's because I'm such a casual fan that I don't actively search for inconsistencies and factual errors the way I do when I read a football book (hoo boy, football books are awesome, but they drive me crazy). Possibly it's just because fictional hockey players are hot af. We'll never know. But here's a list of some of my favorites!


New Adult

The Off Campus series by Elle Kennedy is hands-down my favorite hockey series. Elle Kennedy sucked me in with The Deal (check out my review!), and I've been hooked on her books ever since. This series follows a group of four hotshot hockey star roommates and their lady loves. The Deal has one of the best scenes I've ever read in my entire life (it's at 90% if you're reading the ebook), and all four books are simply stunning. Elle is currently writing a spinoff series featuring the next generation of guys to inherit the house. Briar Hockey starts with The Chase, which features a teammate of the original guys and one of the guys' little sister. Bring on the trope-y goodness! It's going to release later this summer. Word of advice: don't listen to the audiobooks of The Deal or The Mistake, but the other two are great!


The Ivy Years series by Sarina Bowen is another favorite. I LOVE bingeing this series all in a row. I've done it like three times now. Again, we have a college hockey team, and each book features either one of the guys on the team or someone connected to it. Books 1 and 2 also feature female hockey players, although the heroine in book 1, The Year We Fell Down (it's free on amazon!!!), is recovering from a life-changing injury that has permanently disabled her. Book 3 is an m/m story about two guys on the Harkness team who loved each other in high school but were torn apart by a tragedy. Book 4 is about the hockey team's manager, and book 5 is one of the teammates' younger brother, who is the DJ for home games. Sarina is currently releasing a serial called Studly Period, which about another Harkness hockey teammate you'll meet in the series, and I adore it. There's only a one more chapter (releasing tomorrow) until it's fully released so now's a great time to sign up (and it'll disappear in a few weeks so you definitely want to jump in now)! Studly Period has finished its initial run, but if you missed it, you can sign up to get installments daily!


Him is a duology cowritten by Elle and Sarina about two former friends and hockey camp roommates who fell apart in high school but have reunited after their college graduation for one last summer, this time coaching at the camp where they met. Two years ago at BEA, I was hanging out with Katie (formerly of the Polished Page Turners), and apparently I mentioned Him like four times in an hour. Whoops! This series has one of THE best executions of the friends-to-more trope I've ever read. Wes & Jamie are the most precious little pairs in the universe. They must be protected!


Adult


Speaking of Sarina and Elle, they have another cowritten series called the WAGs (it stands for Wives and Girlfriends). It's a spinoff from Him and Us about Wes's teammates in Toronto and features some adorable pups in addition to hot hockey guys. Currently there's just two books, but both Sarina and Elle have said that there's hope for more books in the future so my fingers are crossed!


Speaking of spinoffs written by Sarina, the Brooklyn Bruisers series spins off The Ivy Years with one of Harkness guys/big brother of book 5's hero finally getting a shot at love and the NHL (pun intended). This series follows three of the Bruisers as the newly reformed franchise make a run for the cup AND fall for some of the fantastic women working for the team. Book 4 focuses on the team's adorkable billionaire owner, who has always been a fan favorite. 


I'm also a huge fan of Sawyer Bennett's Cold Fury Hockey series. If you love huge romance series that stick with people in one place or one family, this one's for you. CFH features the players of the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team, and book 11 is about to release in a couple weeks! I've actually only read the first four (several times each), but one day soon I'm looking forward to bingeing the rest.


If you prefer your romance ridiculous (and your humor on the crude side with a healthy dose of slapstick), Helena Hunting's Pucked series is the one for you. I buddy read Pucked with Andi of Andi's ABCs a couple years ago, and it... was really something. High lit this series is not, but it's funny, and it's fun. Pucked Up, book 2, is my favorite.

Young Adult

Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill is one I'll alllllways put on my lists of favorite sports books. It's got kind of a Prince & the Pauper switcheroo deal going on, but it's two girls with the same name rather than the same face. This book made me obsess over poutine, which I have since tried, and I can attest: poutine is delicious. Way to go, Canada! You can check out my full 5 star review here


Sarah Ockler's Bittersweet combines a fun sportsy story with CUPCAKES so honestly, could it be any better? (yes, cupcakes. The cookies on the cover are inaccurate, but each chapter is paired with a yummy cupcake description) Also, this book has the best trope ever: the one where the mc and the li have to hole up somewhere overnight to survive a storm. TBH, it's just as delicious as the cupcakes.


I'm so glad I had the opportunity years ago to be on the tour for Beth Pond's Podium Finish. It's similar to Being Sloane Jacobs in that it contains storylines about both a hockey player and figure skater, but it's very, very different, with much more of a focus on the sports rather than the romance (but there's also romance). You can read my full review here.







Coming in as a NON romance hockey book, Jerkbait by Mie Siegert is a story about two brothers and their relationship with hockey, one another, and their parents. I haven't read this one yet, but it's high on my TBR!













List of hockey books/series:
(keep in mind like 99% are straight up romance)

Aces Hockey series - Kelly Jamieson
Assassins series - Toni Aleo

Bayard Hockey series - Kelly Jamieson
Beauty and the Beefcake - Pippa Grant
Being Sloane Jacobs - Lauren Morrill
Bellevue Bullies series - Toni Aleo
Bittersweet - Sarah Ockler (YA)
Blades Hockey series - Maria Luis
Breakaway (Pro-U #1) - Ali Parker
Briar Hockey series - Elle Kennedy
Brooklyn Bruisers - Sarina Bowen

Cayuga Cougars series - V.L. Locey
Check, Please! - Ngozi Ukazu (YA graphic novel)
Chicago on Ice series - Aven Ellis
Chicago Rebels series - Avery Flynn
Chinooks Hockey Team series - Rachel Gibson
Cold Fury Hockey series - Sawyer Bennett
Cold Hard Truth - Anne Greenwood Brown (YA)
Cranberry Inn series - Beth Ehemann

Dallas Demons series - Aven Ellis
Dartmouth Cobras series - Bianca Sommerland
Dating by Numbers series (particularly One Baby Daddy) - Meghan Quinn

Fire on Ice series - Brenda Rothert
For Crosby (For You #3) - J. Nathan

Harrisburg Railers series - R.J. Scott & V.L. Locey
Hat Trick series - Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn
Hellions Angels series - Lia Riley
Him duology - Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Hooked - Brenda Rothert
Hot off the Ice - A.E. Wasp

In the Zone series - Kate Willoughby

The Ivy Years - Sarina Bowen
Jerkbait - Mia Siegert (YA)

Men with Wood series - C.M. Seabrook

Misadventures of a Rookie (Misadventures #11) - Toni Aleo
New York Blades series - Deirdre Martin

Off Campus series - Elle Kennedy
On the Line series - Brenda Rothert

The Pilot & the Puck-Up - Pippa Grant
Pilots Hockey series - Sophia Henry
Play by Play series - Jaci Burton
•Taking a Shot (#3)
•Melting the Ice (#7)
•Holiday on Ice (#8.5)
•Shot on Gold (#14)
Podium Finish - Beth Pond (YA)
Point Shot series - V.L. Locey
Portland Storm series - Catherine Gayle
Pucked series - Helena Hunting

Razors Ice series - Rachelle Vaughn
Rinkside in the Rockies series - Aven Ellis
Rough Riders Hockey series - Skye Jordan
Royally Pucked - Pippa Grant

Score (Men of Hidden Creek #5) - A.E. Wasp
Scoring Chances series - Avon Gale
Seattle Sharks - Samantha Whiskey
Something So series - Natasha Madison
Stick Side series - Amy Aislin

To Love a Wildcat series - V.L. Locey

Until It Fades - K.A. Tucker

WAGs series - Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Pekka Rinne is the GOAT
(although his performance Saturday was... not great.
Here's hoping for a better one tonight!)

Mary's Minute: Why I don't write negative reviews


Thanks for joining me for another Mary's Minute! Today's topic is one that I wrestle with constantly. We're talking 1 star reviews. 

Bloggers get access to a fair amount of free books and work with publishers and authors to promote those books. So what happens when you don't like the book? Do you review or do you not review? THAT is the question. Personally, I refuse to post a 1 or 2 star review on my blog. Plenty of bloggers do, and that's cool; no judgment from me. I'm just going to give you my personal reasoning for not enjoying writing them.

A preemptive note:
This post is regarding negative reviews of books that I don't like/just don't work for me. I am NOT talking about reviews that point out harmful representation of marginalized characters and communities such as that famous review of a book that rhymes with Flack Snitch.  

Why I don't post negative reviews:
I refuse to post negative reviews (I consider 1 and 2 stars to be negative with 1 meaning I hated/really disliked the book, and 2 meaning it was meh) here on Mary Had a Little Book Blog not because I'm afraid of angering an author or a publisher. Instead, it's more that I don't think of myself as being in the business of telling people what not to read. I've always been the girl who people ask what to read. Not just my family and friends, although they do ask my opinion frequently, but also random people in bookstores. I guess it's an air I give off that says, "I know books." I absolutely never grab a book and say, "Ugh. This one is TERRIBLE and I hated it." That's so stupid and utterly pointless. I'd much rather grab a book that I loved and say, "This is wonderful! You should read it."

I once read that there are something like 100,000 members of the Screen Actors Guild, which is basically Hollywood's union. Of that 100K, only 2,000 members make their living acting on screen. The remaining 98% must supplement their acting income with jobs like waiting tables or modeling or whatever. I presume being an author is kind of like that. There are a handful of  NYT best-selling authors who get 7 figure book deals and sometimes 7 figure movie deals to go with. You know who those authors are; I don't have to tell you. But so many others don't have that. They not only have to fight for sales but they often have to fight just for marketing and publicity from their own publisher. It's very dog-eat-dog so many authors also have to have another source of income. This might be a spouse who works, but there are many writers who balance their writing with a full-time job.

Ain't nobody got time for that:
I can post only so many reviews on my blog a year. Last year, it was about 30. I don't want to waste precious review posts on talking about how much I dislike a book. Same goes for Amazon. I would hate if someone was on Amazon, about to buy a book, when they see my 1 star review blasting that author and that book for how awful it was. I don't want to ever be in a position where I am taking sales away from someone. While I may not like a book, that's not to say that someone else won't like it. My favorite comments are those that come from my blog readers saying that my review helped them decide TO read a book. If I ever received a comment saying, "Thanks for sharing. I will never pick that book up," I think I might actually die. 

I know there's this whole thing where it's fun to laugh at absurd 1 star reviews. I'll admit, I've read some good ones, such as this gif-tastic review of Fifty Shades of Grey (fun fact: it's Goodreads's most popular review). Romance reviews in particular are rib-tickling. But these in-jest reviews really depend on the writing ability of the person writing them. There is a line between making fun and being cruel, and I think a lot of people don't know exactly where that line is. Sometimes, I make mistakes when I don't recognize that line either. So, to make sure I never make that mistake when it comes to blogging, I choose to stay as far away from it as possible. YMMV.

Now, this is just on my blog and on retailer websites. Goodreads is its own beast entirely and is subject for another post on another day, but for the record, I actually am okay posting my negative reviews there. Yes, even with the negative review controversy that pops up on GR every now and then. But again, that's for another time.

I want to know what you think. Is my review policy insane? What are your feelings about negative reviews?