Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday - 62

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine for bloggers and readers to get excited about yet-to-be-published books.

Gilt by Katherine Longshore
In the Tudor age, ambition, power and charismatic allure are essential and Catherine Howard has plenty of all three. Not to mention her loyal best friend, Kitty Tylney, to help cover her tracks. Kitty, the abandoned youngest daughter of minor aristocracy, owes everything to Cat – where she is, what she is, even who she is. Friend, flirt, and self-proclaimed Queen of Misrule, Cat reigns supreme in a loyal court of girls under the none-too-watchful eye of the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk.

When Cat worms her way into the heart of Henry VIII and becomes Queen of England, Kitty is thrown into the intoxicating Tudor Court. It’s a world of glittering jewels and elegant costumes, of gossip and deception. As the Queen’s right-hand-woman, Kitty goes from the girl nobody noticed to being caught between two men – the object of her affection and the object of her desire.

But the atmosphere of the court turns from dazzling to deadly, and Kitty is forced to learn the difference between trust and loyalty, love and lust, secrets and treason. And to accept the consequences when some lessons are learned too late. (from GoodReads)
I absolutely LOVE King Henry VIII and the Tudor Court, so I am really excited to read this!!! Look for Gilt on shelves May 15, 2012.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday - 10

Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish for those who like books and lists!
Top Ten Books on My TBR List for Winter
These are books that I really want to read over Winter Break, starting Dec 16. Can't wait so I can get some pleasure reading done instead of just textbooks.

1. Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
2. Something Blue by Emily Giffin
I read the first book over the summer so I can't wait to continue! I loved the movie, too. Wonder if tey'll make a sequel of that?
3. Divergent by Veronica Roth
I honestly don't know why I haven't read this yet!!
4. Legend by Marie Lu
5. Bumped by Megan McCafferty
6. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Will be released Dec. 6 but I think I'm getting it for Christmas.
7. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Hodkin
8. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
I love this trilogy and I still haven't read this!
9. Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
10. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday - 61

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine for bloggers and readers to get excited about new books.

The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting

In the end, all that’s left is an echo.

Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet’s talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it’s Violet’s job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice.

When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by “the girlfriend collector” she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new “relationship” and Violet may have caught his eye.... (from GoodReads)
I love this trilogy! Look for it in stores April 17, 2012

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson

Once there were three. Three friends who loved each other—Jenna, Locke, and Kara. And after a terrible accident destroyed their bodies, their three minds were kept alive, spinning in a digital netherworld. Even in that disembodied nightmare, they were still together. At least at first. When Jenna disappeared, Locke and Kara had to go on without her. Decades passed, and then centuries.

Two-hundred-and-sixty years later, they have been released at last. Given new, perfect bodies, Locke and Kara awaken to a world they know nothing about, where everyone they once knew and loved is long dead.

Everyone except Jenna Fox. (from GoodReads)

I really enjoyed the first novel, The Adoration of Jenna Fox, when I read it for an online book club. It was futuristic and had a lot of cool new technology, but it was also very introspective and thought-provoking. The Fox Inheritance takes place even further in the future and is more action-oriented than The Adoration of Jenna Fox.

I really liked The Fox Inheritance, though as not as much as its prequel. I liked that it was narrated by Locke, who is mentioned in the first book. I thought the futuristic stuff was neat: robots are like humans and are used for jobs and even the United States has been separated into two countries. I thought it was really interesting and would like to learn more about this new world.

Like I said earlier, The Fox Inheritance is more action-packed. Most of the novel has Locke trying to get away from the scientist who gave him his body and at the same time trying to find Jenna. I did enjoy the fast past a lot, which made reading this book a lot of fun.

I think that The Fox Inheritance was a nice addition to the Jenna Fox series. Not as good as its predecessor, but still a decent read in its own right.

Rating: 8 out of 10.
FTC: received copy from publisher

2011/Henry Holt/294 pages.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday - 60

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine for bloggers and readers to get excited about upcoming books.

Miracle by Elizabeth Scott

I sat there and wondered again why I'd lived…

Megan is a miracle. At least, that’s what everyone says. Having survived a plane crash that killed everyone else on board, Megan knows she should be grateful just to be alive. The truth is, she
doesn’t feel like a miracle. In fact, she doesn’t feel anything at all. Then memories from the crash start coming back. Scared and alone, Megan doesn’t know who to turn to. Her entire community
seems unable—or maybe unwilling—to see her as anything but Miracle Megan. Except for Joe, the beautiful boy next door with a tragic past and secrets of his own... All Megan wants is for her life to get back to normal, but the harder she tries to live up to everyone’s expectations, the worse she feels. This time, she may be falling too fast to be saved… (from GoodReads)
I love Elizabeth Scott and can't wait for this!! And the main character is named Megan; it's not often where the protagonist has the same name as me. Unfortunately, this won't be released until June 5, 2012. So far away!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday - 9

Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish for those who like books and lists!

Top Ten Books That Have Been on My Shelf for the Longest But I've Never Read

1. Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita
I got this book for my birthday in 2008, so I've had it for almost 3 years and never read it. Not really sure why since I've read some of Jen Calonita's other books and they're really good!

2. Evermore by Alyson Noel
I won this book in a contest so long ago, I think 2008 again!

3. The Queen of Everything by Deb Caletti
I'm pretty sure I got this along with Secrets of My Hollywood Life.

4. Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox
The publisher sent me this book unannounced a few years ago. I actually started it in May, but never finished.

5. Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott
A 2008 Christmas gift?

6. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
In 10th grade (so 2008 again), we read Anthem and submitted our essays to some Ayn Rand Foundation essay contest. None of us won, but they sent me a copy of The Fountainhead for participating. It's really long so I don't know if I will ever read it.

7. Being Nikki by Meg Cabot
2009 Christmas gift!

8. Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White
I got this for review in early 2010 but never read it.

9. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
I got this at a Cinda Williams Chima signing (March 2010). Still have to read this along with The Dragon Heir!

10. Hourglass by Claudia Gray
I got this early 2010; I think the publisher sent it to me. Part of the reason why I haven't read it is that I let my friend borrow it for over a year and she never read it. I finally stole it back a few months ago.

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime. (from GoodReads)

The Pledge was very interesting. It had a great premise that wasn't executed as well as it could have been. I was also disappointed the in the romance aspect of The Pledge.

Like I just stated The Pledge was really original. Classes are separated by language (which I think is a great concept) but Charlie has the ability to understand all languages. I think that is awesome (though I was confused as to why other people haven't learned the other languages; especially since there is a universal one that everyone understands which would make learning super easy). Besides Charlie's gift, there isn't really anything else special about her. She was kind of bland and her only other redeeming quality was her love for her little sister.

The world-building was pretty cool and I liked that it was both dystopian and fantasy, because there was magic involved. That being said, I never felt like it was the goverment was that controlling; besides not being able to look in the eyes of someone of an upper class, Charlie is able to roam pretty freely around her city. I also thought it was interesting how Ludania was ruled by female monarchs and the few sections where we got to see into the aging queen's head were pretty cool. She's a vicious queen, and those were the only parts where I actually felt afraid.

Unfortunately, the romance did not live up to my expectations. This book could actually have been written without it and it probably would have been better. Charlie meets mysterious Max who somehow knows her secret. They are attracted to each other, but I honestly have no idea why. Their relationship was built on nothing and we don't even see them together that much.

The Pledge is a little confusing in the beginning and for the first half I was wondering what was going on since there wasn't much of a plot. But then a lot of things start happening in quick succession and the ending was pretty anti-climatic. It also ends with an epilogue, though I don't know why since there are two other books in this trilogy.

So I thought there was a lot of potential in The Pledge but didn't quite meet my expectations. Some parts were good, like Charlie's ability, but others needed work. Hopefully the next two novels will be better.

Rating: 7 out of 10.
FTC: Simon & Schuster GalleyGrab
Release Date: November 15, 2011

2011/Margaret K. McElderry/320 pages.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Candor by Pam Bachorz

In the model community of Candor, Florida, every teen wants to be like Oscar Banks. The son of the town's founder, Oscar earns straight As, is student-body president, and is in demand for every club and cause.

But Oscar has a secret. He knows that parents bring their teens to Candor to make them respectful, compliant–perfect–through subliminal Messages that carefully correct and control their behavior. And Oscar' s built a business sabotaging his father's scheme with Messages of his own, getting his clients out before they're turned. After all, who would ever suspect the perfect Oscar Banks?

Then he meets Nia, the girl he can't stand to see changed. Saving Nia means losing her forever. Keeping her in Candor, Oscar risks exposure . . . and more. (From GoodReads)

Candor was so creepy - especially because it seemed like it could be real. I really liked the story, even though I predicted the ending.

Most people think of tv when they hear the words "subliminal messages" (I did, at least). But there are auditory subliminal messages, and the words at such a low frequency that only the subconscious picks them up. This is what is used in Candor. There is always music playing, so the residents are always controlled.

What really creeped me out about the Messages was that if you stopped listening to them, you go through withdrawal, with some extremely nasty consequences. The fact that once you hear them you can never escape felt so suffocating. Even if you were listening to "good" Messages, like the ones that Oscar uses, you would still be controlled by something.

I liked reading Candor from Oscar's perspective because he had some funny commentary. Since everyone is forced to be nice, Oscar always had funny thoughts regarding this. I also thought he was very smart; he somehow figured out how to make his own messages and later get promising kids out of the town.

As for Nia, the romantic interest, she was okay. She didn't seem particularly special to me, but since everyone in Candor is the same, she stood out to Oscar. Sometimes I wanted Oscar to exercise some self-preservation in regards to Nia, because every other page I was sure he was going to get caught. Candor definitely keeps you on your toes.

This book even made it's way into my dreams: I had a dream I was being brainwashed. It's not pleasant, let me tell you. But it shows that Candor really did make me think. I really enjoyed this novel and thought it was so creepy. The ending is a bit predictable but that doesn't take away from the overall novel.

Rating: 8 out of 10.
FTC: Christmas gift.

2009/EgmontUSA/249 pages.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday - 59

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine for bloggers and readers to get excited about upcoming books.

Ladies in Waiting by Laura L. Sullivan

Eliza dreams of being a playwright for the king’s theater, where she will be admired for her witty turns of phrase rather than her father’s wealth.
Beth is beautiful as the day but poor as a church mouse, so she must marry well, despite her love for her childhood sweetheart.

Zabby comes to England to further her scientific studies—and ends up saving the life of King Charles II. Soon her friendship with him becomes a dangerous, impossible obsession. Though she knows she should stay away from the young, handsome king, Charles has a new bride, Queen Catherine, and a queen needs ladies in waiting.

And so Zabby, Beth, and Eliza, three Elizabeths from very different walks of life, find themselves at the center of the most scandal-filled court that England has ever seen. (from GoodReads)

I love historical fiction, especially that which centers around a royal court. I don't know much about Charles II, so I'm really looking forward to this! Ladies in Waiting will be released on May 8, 2012.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday - 8

Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish for those who like books and lists!

Top Ten Books I've Read That Were Outside My Comfort Zone

1. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
I read this in 9th grade global studies class and we had to get parent permission to read it. It's a memoir about a young boy growing up during Apartheid in South Africa. It's really hard to read because he lives in extreme poverty but it's ultimately a success story. I actually enjoyed it a lot.

2. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
I knew this was going to be a tough read since it's about incest but I ended up loving it! I felt uncomfortable during most of it, but that's what good literature is supposed to do. The book was so well-written that it was worth it.

3. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
My grandmother recommended this to me, so I thought I'd give it a try. It's more out of my comfort zone in terms of length and the writing style (from the late 1800s). I liked it but think some major editing could have occurred to make the book a lot shorter.

4. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
This was required summer reading for honors students entering 10th grade. Everyone hated it, myself included. It probably wasn't that bad of a book, but my age and the fact that it was forced upon me didn't help. It's a memoir about a woman living during the Iranian Revolution, interspersed with commentary on Western books she taught her students (one of which was Lolita, so that made me uncomfortable as well).

5. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
This book was so creepy and definitely not in my comfort zone! For those who are unaware, it's about a young girl who was kidnapped and is sexually abused by her captor. It was still pretty good, although I must say that I prefer Scott's lighter novels.

6. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Reading about a girl who has anorexia and getting direct insight in her mind is not a super fun topic but the novel was still good (I'm sensing a trend here).

7. The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
I'm not really a big fan of fantasy, unless it's really well-written. That's why I was wary of reading The Warrior Heir but it was still great (it helps that it wasn't high fantasy)! Still need to read the last book in the trilogy, but I'll get to it.

8. A Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter
I read this in 7th grade English class and did not like it all! It was one of the first books I had read that was written in that annoying old-time language. And by old time I mean 1950s. But I was 12 and it honestly was as dry and boring as something from the 19th century. I am curious as to what I'd think of it now. (Side Note: Can I just say that my middle school had both English and Reading classes? That makes no sense to me now)

9. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
This is out of my comfort zone because I had never read anything about vampires before. And before the vampire craze, people would look at you funny if you said "It's about a girl who falls in love with a vampire." Now, people look at you funny if a book doesn't have vampires in it.

10. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
The only reason this on my list is that I got creeped out everytime I had to read it. In the book, the main character turns into a giant cockroach and it gives me the chills. Even writing this is making me feel weird. It's so gross!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Just Your Average Princess by Kristina Springer

Jamie Edwards has loved everything about growing up on a pumpkin patch, but ever since her cousin Milan Woods arrived, things have really stunk. Jamie can’t imagine it was easy for Milan to leave her life back in Los Angeles and move to Average, Illinois, population one thousand. But it’s kind of hard to feel sorry for her since (a) Milan’s drop-dead gorgeous; (b) she’s the daughter of two of Hollywood’s hottest film stars; (c) she’s captured the attention of everyone in town, including Danny, Jamie’s crush since forever; and (d) she’s about to steal the title of Pumpkin Princess right out from underneath Jamie! (from GoodReads)

Just Your Average Princess was a really cute and enjoyable book. It wasn't deep, or thoughtful or emotional, but it was fun to read. And it's okay to occasionally read a light and fluffy book, which is why I liked Just Your Average Princess.

The concept is a popular one. Pretty, city girl comes to a small town and annoys the main character until some big secret is revealed and helps the main character understand the other (and sometimes it's reversed with the new girl as the protagonist). Milan and Jamie are cousins but haven't seen each other since they were little kids. Jamie tries really hard to be nice and friendly to Milan but she doesn't care. I did feel bad for Jamie because she wasn't really being treated very fairly by her own parents or Milan. But once Jamie finds out why Milan can be so bratty, it sheds light on the entire situation.

Even though the ending was cheesy and predicable, I did like it because it was a happy one. I like when things work out. I also loved the setting! Jamie's family owns a pumpkin patch/farm and since I love Halloween/October/Fall, I would love to work there! We have one of those near my house and even though it's usually for little kids it's still a lot of fun to go.

If you're looking for a light and cute book, look no further than Just Your Average Princess. It's a quick read, too, I read it in about 2 hours.

Rating: 7 out of 10.
FTC: sent by publisher.

2011/Farrar, Straus, Giroux/208 pages.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Insatiable by Meg Cabot

Sick of vampires? So is Meena Harper.

But her boss is making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn’t believe in them.

Not that Meena isn’t familiar with the supernatural. See, Meena Harper knows how you’re going to die (not that you’re going to believe her; no one ever does).

But not even Meena’s precognition can prepare her for what happens when she meets—then makes the mistake of falling in love with—Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side . . . a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire-hunters, would prefer to see him dead for.

The problem is, he already is dead. Maybe that’s why he’s the first guy Meena’s ever met that she could see herself having a future with. See, while Meena’s always been able to see everyone else’s future, she’s never been able look into her own.

And while Lucien seems like everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare.

Now might be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future . . .

If she even has one. (from GoodReads)


Even though it took me awhile to read Insatiable (it's over 400 pages, so it's pretty long), I still enjoyed it. I love Meg Cabot and this is the first time I've read a fantasy book by her. It was also an "adult" book, but it read just like YA, which I liked.

There are so many vampire books out there, but I still enjoyed Insatiable. I like how Meena hates them and she thinks they're fake until she finds out the truth. I also liked how Meena could tell how people were going to die; I thought that was a very interesting ability. I enjoyed some of the minor characters, as well, such as Meena's brother Jon, vampire hunter Alaric Wulf, and Meena's neighbors Emil and Mary Lou.

(Side note: two characters in Insatiable also share the names of characters in The Vampire Diaries (Alaric and Stefan). Coincidence?)

What I didn't like about Insatiable was the relationship/romance between Lucien and Meena. I understood why Meena was feeling the way she was, especially since early on we learn that when a vampire bites a human, that human falls in love with the vamp. But I honestly didn't know why Lucien was in love with Meena. She's a great character and mysterious to Lucien, but he starts spouting off Romeo and Juliet nonsense like how he can't live without her and she's the reason for his whole existence. That's not really my thing.

I am curious to read the sequel, Overbite, only because I want to see more of Meena, her brother, and Alaric (whom I really liked!). But I'm not dying to get my hands on the next book. So we'll see what happens.

Rating: 7 out of 10.
FTC: received book from publisher

2010/William Morrow/451 pages.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday - 58

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine for bloggers and readers to get excited about upcoming books.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumors tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind. (From GoodReads)
I don't think anyone will be surprised when I say that I LOVE JOHN GREEN! I just found out about his newest book (it's about time!) and everyone I know had already knew about. I must be terribly out of the loop. Anyway, I'm still super excited and this sounds so good! Look for in on the shelves January 10, 2012.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Changemakers for Children in Partnership with UNICEF

A few days ago I got an email about a live broadcast with Tatiana Grossman, the founder of Spread the Words, which campaigns for literacy in Africa. If you're interested in this great event, check out the link at the bottom of the this guest post:

"Children are the future of tomorrow. They are the next generation of leaders bringing joy and innovative design to the world. However, not all children are fortunate enough to achieve their dreams or live their lives. In Africa, there are nearly 75% of children who could not read or have access to books. These are impoverished children who lack the means of a proper education. But, we’re here to change that.

The World of Children Award is the only global funding nonprofit that recognizes individuals who are committed to improving the lives of children worldwide. Who are these individuals? They are humanitarians – people with compassion, motivation, and perseverance to take charge of making a difference in society. We are dedicated to finding heroes who are doing extraordinary work for children, and we share their amazing stories and programs with the media and others who are part of the global community working for the rights of children everywhere.

On November 1st at 5:30pm - 6:30pm, EST on - LIVE from UNICEF, the World of Children Award will broadcast “Changemakers for Children in partnership with the US Fund for UNICEF,” a live stream featuring social changemakers who are working to benefit children, including Tatiana Grossman, who founded Spread the Words, an organization dedicated to increasing early literacy in Africa.

Tatiana Grossman will be attending live and will be answering questions about her work. She recently also conducted an interview with CNN. Tatiana transforms the lives of children by collecting thousands of books through a solo book drive that now serve 62 schools and villages in Botswana and Lesotho. To this date, she has created libraries in 115 African Villages and primary schools for the first time. This year, Tatiana is prototyping digital projects and gathering free digital textbooks and content to equip classrooms in Africa.

Please take your time and watch the broadcast here: Learn more about how these individuals are committed to creating social change and how you can make a difference. If you have any questions, our changemakers will be available to answer them via live chat."

Thank you!

Top Ten Tuesday - 7

Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish for bloggers who like books and lists!

Top Ten Books I Had Very Strong Emotions About

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This is a pretty obvious choice but I had to include it because my mind was completely blown after reading it. And of course after the other two as well, but the first book started it all. Only like five months until the movie!!

2. Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales
This book cracked me up; it was so funny! I was reading it and public and actually had to hold my laughter in so I didn't look like a complete crazy person. Occasionally I will just open it up and reread my favorite parts to get a laugh.

3. Tithe by Holly Black
I feel bad if there's any fans of this book, but I hated it! I don't really remember why but I do know that I felt like I couldn't relate to the main character and I didn't enjoy the fantasy part of it. Though I totally respect you if you like this book! (Somewhat.) Kidding!

4. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
After reading these books I had the emotion of extreme awesomeness. Not sure if that is real or not but you get my point.

5. The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
I know I mentioned this last week but I was freaked out while reading this! It was pretty scary for a ten year old.

6. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
I will admit that I enjoyed (somewhat) the first three books when I first read them (not anymore). But this book was awful and I seriously wanted to throw it across the room. Bella pregnant??!? And Renesmee????

7. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
For this I had the extreme emotion of being in love with St. Clair (and the novel as a whole, of course).

8. Past Perfect by Leila Sales
So funny!

9. The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale
This book had a part at the end where I just bawled my eyes out. And I hardly ever cry while reading books so this was significant. And it wasn't just a few tears; I was sobbing. Hmm...maybe I was having a bad day as well? I don't want to sound too crazy.

10. Heist Society by Ally Carter
I'm sorry that a lot of the same books keep appearing on these lists but what can ya do? Anyway my emotion was love and enjoyment because this was an awesome book!