Waiting on Wednesday (22): Poison by Bridget Zinn

16 Jan

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. I love it because it is basically a squee-fest where book lovers can choose one book that they are DYING to get their hands on. Check it out!


by Bridget Zinn

book cover for poison by bridget zinn

Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.

But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart . . . misses.

Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.

I am ALWAYS on the lookout for solid-sounding new fantasies, friends, and POISON by Bridget Zinn sounds like exactly that. The story of Kyra sounds not only full of fantasy goodness, but also emotional stress and complicated relationships, what with former best friends who are current heirs to the throne and ex-boyfriends who hang around. ALSO ALSO ALSO!! THERE’S A CUTE PIG!! AHHH! First of all, the little piggy is on the cover. Love it. Second of all, he also merits a mention in the synopsis, which means there’s a great chance of some important piggy moments in the book. (I love pigs. I think they’re adorable, especially baby ones.)

In fact, the only bummer about POISON is the fact that it’s the first and last book that we’ll likely ever get from Bridget Zinn–she passed away last year. Epic sad face. But her debut effort sounds wonderful, and I can’t wait to read it.

POISON is coming out March 12, 2013 from Disney Hyperion.


Top Ten Tuesday (59)

15 Jan

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2013 Debuts I’m Looking Forward To

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish post a top ten list topic so that book lovers like you and me can pour over our shelves and make our own lists. You can check out all the other Top Ten Tuesday‘s on their site!


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Bout of Books 6.0: Final Tally

14 Jan


I’m so excited to be participating in Bout of Books 6.0! I’ve never participated in one before, so even though I know it’s going to be a little hard to find lots of time to read, I’m still looking forward to giving it a go and reading in whatever spare time I can find this week. I’ll be updating this post every day with the progress!

UPDATE: Here’s my final tally!!!

Reading Time

Speaking of spare time, I mostly have this in the evenings and on the weekends, so I’ll be doing most of my reading at night and on Saturday-Sunday. But I usually get a little time in the morning before I leave for work, so I’ll be reading a little bit then, too.


  • I want to read 4 books during this bout. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but trust me: the last time I read more than 1 book a week–before this week that just passed–was months ago. This is a big challenge for me. 
  • Participate in at least one Twitter chat.
  • Comment on at least 10 blogs participating in the challenge

Books I’ll Be Reading

The False Prince: The Ascendance Trilogy #1 by Jennifer A. Nielsen Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally Just One Day by Gayle Forman Prodigy: Legend #2 by Marie Lu (this one’s a reread before I write my review) Graceling by Kristin Cashore (I’m in the process of a readalong, so I might pick this one up for a chapter or two. I’m listing it here, but I’m near the end and only have to read 5 chapters this week, so I won’t be finishing it during the bout) An Echo in the Bone: Outlander #7 by Diana Gabaldon (I’ve been listening to this one for a few weeks now, and I’ll still be listening to it this week)



Number of books I’ve read today: One thing you should know: I’m not going to be finishing books in a day this time around. It’s hard for me to do that during the week. But I’ve read 26 chapters of THE FALSE PRINCE and I listened to 5 chapters of AN ECHO IN THE BONE (they are loooong!)

Total number of books I’ve read: Well, none totally yet. 🙂

Books: THE FALSE PRINCE by Jennifer Nielsen and AN ECHO IN THE BONE by Diana Gabaldon


Number of books I’ve read today: Still plugging away at the same two books. I read 12 chapters of THE FALSE PRINCE and listened to another 4 chapters of AN ECHO IN THE BONE. PLUS!! I got JUST ONE DAY in the mail yesterday. I WILL BE READING IT NEXT HOLLA!

Total number of books I’ve read: I can’t wait until the answer to this question ISN’T “none”

Books: Same ones as yesterday


Number of books I’ve read today: HUZZAH! I have finished one!! THE FALSE PRINCE = complete. Woot! I read the last 10 chapters of this one today, and I listened to another 4 chapters of AN ECHO IN THE BONE. Now I’m starting JUST ONE DAY. *diesdiesdies*

Total number of books I’ve read: 1!!!



Number of books I’ve read today: OMG I started JUST ONE DAY and I am IN LOVE. Still listening to AN ECHO IN THE BONE. Guys? About the Outlander books: Young Ian Murray is one of my favorite characters in this series.

Total number of books I’ve read: One and a half. And I’m closer to the end of AN ECHO IN THE BONE than I realized. I listen to about an hour every day, and I have about two hours left.



Number of books I’ve read today: I am SOCLOSE to the end of JUST ONE DAY, but am exhausted. I have about 15 chapters to go. And, as usual, listening to AEitB.

Total number of books I’ve read: Still only finished 1, but I’m very close to finishing another.



Number of books I’ve read today: I FINISHED JUST ONE DAY. It was amazing/wonderful/emotional/lovely. Started STEALING PARKER, and am about 60 pages in and still reading. No audio today.

Total number of books I’ve read: 2! Huzzah!



Number of books I’ve read today: I finished STEALING PARKER and started rereading PRODIGY (75 pages in). Guys, I finished strong, I think.

Total number of books I’ve read: 3. Woot!

Books: I read all or part of the following books during this bout: THE FALSE PRINCE, JUST ONE DAY, STEALING PARKER, PRODIGY, and AN ECHO IN THE BONE. Not too shabby for me, friends. 🙂


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 6.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books 6.0 team

In My Mailbox (57) / Stacking the Shelves (12)

12 Jan

in my mailbox stacking the shelvesWeek of January 12, 2013

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren. It’s awesome. Every week, we all get a chance to tell everyone what new books we’ve gotten so that we can tell you guys and we can all drool and squee together! Huzzah for squees! Stacking the Shelves is another weekly meme hosted by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. They’re both awesome memes and I love meeting all of you through them!

I’m trying to stick to my NetGalley resolution, friends. This week was small but AWESOME. Woot!


The Moon and More

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The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (June 4, 2013 from Viking Juvenile).  I haven’t read ALL of Sarah Dessen’s books, but I’ve read a few, and I’ve enjoyed them. This one sounds typically emotional: it’s about a girl who is going off to college and is spending her last summer at home, where she has to figure out lots of stuff, including a BOY.

Book cover for Senshi by Cole Gibsen

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Senshi: Katana #2 by Cole Gibsen (March 8, 2013 from Flux).  I read and enjoyed the first book in this series, KATANA, about a girl who finds out that she is the reincarnation of a samurai warrior. It was pretty good, guys, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens to Raleigh/Senshi next when things kind of go south.


Book cover for The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell

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The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell.  I already read this one, friends (review coming soon), and honestly, it was REALLY good. A very well-paced fantasy with good world-building and a pretty slow-burning (and I do mean slow) relationship. Good stuff.

Book cover for Just One Day by Gayle Forman

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Just One Day: Just One Day/Just One Year #1 by Gayle Forman. I just finished this book this morning and it is still basically all I can think about. It was basically perfect, if you like to read about imperfect people and things. Which I do. Because that’s real life, y’all. This books was outstanding.

That’s my mailbox for the last few weeks, friends! I hope you all got some great things, too!

Book Review: Shadowlands by Kate Brian

11 Jan

Book cover for Shadowlands by Kate Brian

Title: Shadowlands

Author: Kate Brian

Series: Shadowlands #1

Genre: Mystery/Thriller YA

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Publisher: Hyperion

Release date: January 8, 2013

Source: NetGalley

Summary: Rory Miller had one chance to fight back and she took it. Rory survived… and the serial killer who attacked her escaped. Now that the infamous Steven Nell is on the loose, Rory must enter the witness protection with her father and sister, Darcy, leaving their friends and family without so much as a goodbye. 

Starting over in a new town with only each other is unimaginable for Rory and Darcy. They were inseparable as children, but now they can barely stand each other. As the sisters settle in to Juniper Landing, a picturesque vacation island, it seems like their new home may be just the fresh start they need. They fall in with a group of beautiful, carefree teens and spend their days surfing, partying on the beach, and hiking into endless sunsets. But just as they’re starting to feel safe again, one of their new friends goes missing. Is it a coincidence? Or is the nightmare beginning all over again?

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