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Book Review: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

17 Jan

Book cover for The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Title: The False Prince

Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen

Series: The Ascendance Trilogy #1

Genre: Fantasy YA

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Publisher: Scholastic

Release date: April 1, 2012

Challenge: TBR Challenge

Summary: In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point — he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.

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Book Review: Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara

7 Jan

Book cover for Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara

Title: Lovely, Dark and Deep

Author: Amy McNamara

Genre: Contemporary YA

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Release date: October 16, 2012

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Challenge: 2013 TBR Challenge

Summary: Since the night of the crash, Wren Wells has been running away. Though she lived through the accident that killed her boyfriend Patrick, the girl she used to be didn’t survive. Instead of heading off to college as planned, Wren retreats to her father’s studio in the far-north woods of Maine. Somewhere she can be alone.

Then she meets Cal Owen. Dealing with his own troubles, Cal’s hiding out too. When the chemistry between them threatens to pull Wren from her hard-won isolation, Wren has to choose: risk opening her broken heart to the world again, or join the ghosts who haunt her.

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The Gauntlet: 2013 Challenges

4 Jan

BOOM. It’s On.

It’s time to set the stage, friends. I know that reading is supposed to be leisurely, but who doesn’t need a little carrot to dangle in front of their eyes every now and then, amirite? I wasn’t able to get as much reading done in 2012 as I would have liked, so I’m taking it down a notch for 2013. Just giving myself a little breathing room, friends. Last year my reading eyes were bigger than my reading stomach. So, without further ado…THE CHALLENGES.

2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Amy has read 1 book toward her goal of 100 books.


Debut Author Challenge. Hosted by Hobbitsies

I’m all about this one, friends. Love the debuts. I’m going to say that I’ll read 2 debuts per month, so that gives me 24. Maybe it’ll be more than that when all is said and done. For now, here are the 12 debuts I’m most excited to read this year

The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell

Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

The Flame in the Mist by Kit Grindstaff

The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar

Legacy of the Clockwork Key by Kristin Bailey

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

Pivot Point by Kasie West

Prophecy by Ellen Oh

The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston

The Reece Malcom List by Amy Spalding

Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

2013 TBR Challenge. Hosted by Bookish Evie

YES TO THIS CHALLENGE. I need to read more of the books I own. It’s ridiculous. I’ll be starting this challenge at the “A Friendly Hug” level, which is 11-20 books already on my shelves. I can do this SO EASILY friends I can’t even. Here’s my first 11.

The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Shine by Jeri Smith Ready

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Mastiff by Tamora Pierce

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Twenty Boy Summer & Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Through to You by Emily Hainsworth

Kat Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

YA Audiobook Challenge. Hosted by A Book and A Latte

Guys, I am a new audiophile. I’m SO EXCITED to be participating in this challenge so that I can really get into it. I’ll be participating in this challenge at the “Easy Listening” level, which is 12 YA audiobooks. WOO HOO! Here’s some that I can’t wait to try:

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Curse Workers series by Holly Black

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

YA Contemporary Challenge. Hosted by Katie’s Book Blog

I’m rocking this bad boy at level 3–15 YA contemps or more. I can’t even handle the list I have for this challenge right now. I’ll be updating it on my Challenges page as the year goes on. Here’s a few that I’m exited for right now:

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Golden by Jessi Kirby

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

This Is What Happy Looks Like by April E. Smith

Shadowlands by Kate Brian