Book Review: Stephanie Plum books 2 and 3 by Janet Evanovich

These books are pretty similar in regards to what I have to say about them so I decided to just make them be one post together.

Two for the Dough and Three to Get Deadly

both 4/5 stars

Genre: contemporary crime fiction (adult)

I really enjoyed reading both these books. They are easy reads, but manage to be well written and thought-provoking. Perfect for my first week back at school.

(Sophomore year is going well, though it’s exhausting, thanks for asking.)

*Amazon descriptions of book 2 and book 3 here.

Both books are very similar in structure and pacing. The plot does lag a bit in the beginning of the middle, while Stephanie dead ends over and over. It’s a part of the story that is important to her, but I felt it drag on, especially in book three. However, the ends of the books are always so climactic and compelling that I have trouble disliking the books.

I love Stephanie. She’s the perfect example of what people mean when they say a strong female character doesn’t have to be masculine or muscly. She’s a horrible bounty hunter, but she’s determined and has fairly good instincts. She handles what the world throws at her and doesn’t give up. Her fortitude and awesome sense of humor are endearing. Over the course of the three books I’ve read so far, she does grow as a character, learning and changing at a believable pace. I want to read the twenty-plus books in this series just to spend more time with her and see where she ends up.

The one problem I have with these books is that they are very obviously part of a long series. What I mean by this is that when you’re reading the books, you can tell Janet Evanovich is holding off on her dramatic plot points, especially the ones involved in her subplots, to be used later in the series. She does a good job of foreshadowing, promising her readers romantic conflicts and character developments, but only delivers tiny pieces in each book. It starts to get old by the third book. I want something to happen. Evanovich has promised me drama–I want to read it sometime in this lifetime.

Even with that said, I’m in love with these books. I plan to keep reading them until I need a change of pace (I’m guessing that will be in a few more books). With school being crazy and taking up most of my free time, I’m enjoying have a quick dose of humor on hand with these books. Whatever else the Stephanie Plum books are, they are hilarious.

Grand Total: 23 Books This Summer–Wrap Up

A few weeks ago, I set myself a goal to read 20 books this summer. When I blew past that, I decided I just wanted to read as many books as possible.

And the grand total is…

*drum roll please*

Twenty three books!!!!

YAAAAAY!!! Go me!
YAAAAAY!!! Go me!

Crap…now school is here. Save me!!!

(Don’t worry, I scheduled this post, I’m not online at school)

This means there will probably be a drop off in the number of posts I make, but I’m determined to keep this blog going at a 1-3 posts a week rate. We’ll see how that goes.

For old time’s sake, let’s go through all the books I read.

The 23 Books I read this summer (in the order I read them):

1. United We Spy by Allie Carter (Gallagher Girl book 6)

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I wasn’t doing star rating when I read this book, but looking back, I’d give it a 4/5. This entire series is hilarious but touching, and the last book tied up the series perfectly. One of my favorite series, definitely a guilty pleasure. Read review for the series here.

2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling (HP book 1)

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To be honest, all of the HP books are sort of running together in my memory, but I remember this book surprising me with the hold it had over me. 4/5 stars. Read my review here.

3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling (HP book 2)

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I loved the mystery in this book, the way it slowly unraveled. I remembered the “secret,” and that allowed me to catch all of the tiny details Rowling dropped in the lead up to the reveal. 4/5 stars. Read my review here.

4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askiban by JK Rowling (HP book 3)

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I love Sirius Black. He’s the ultimate good/evil character. And Buckbeak is adorable. 4/5 stars. Read my review here.

5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (HP book 4)

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This book was too long. The plot structure became monotonous. Even so, the book is still great, and the ending of the book marked a definite (and needed) division between the more MG early books and the darker YA later books. 3/5 stars. Read my review here.

6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling (HP book 5)

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I think this was my favorite of the HP books, with books 6 and 7 close behind. I love the Order, and the way a ton of characters came together and we really got to meet the older players in the fight. Umbridge is the ultimate evil character, and sooo relatable as the unfair teacher. 5/5 stars. Read my review here.

7. Harry Potter and the Half Prince by JK Rowling (HP book 6)

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I loved the insight we gained into Voldemort’s character in this book. JK Rowling didn’t leave him as a plain evil character; she gave him a rational behind his scheming. 4/5 stars. Read my review here.

8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling (HP book 7)

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This was a great end to a fantastic series. Harry, Ron, and Hermione matured, completing their character arcs from book one. The romance in this book was perfect. The last battle was well done, dramatic but also allowing for character growth. 5/5 stars. Read my review here.

9. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (His Fair Assassin book 1)

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This book really impressed me. It deals with heavy topics–death, killing, abuse–without taking over the book. The romance is sweet and evolved at a good pace. 4/5 stars. Read my review here.

10. Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers (His Fair Assassin book 2)

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This book wasn’t as good as Grave Mercy, but it was still really good. Great characterization, good plot. Much darker than the first book. Still good romance, though book 1’s was better (though my sister disagrees profusely). 4/5 stars. I didn’t actually review it, but I will when book three comes out later this year.

11. Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

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I didn’t love this book. There wasn’t anything great about it, and the romance was really lame. The plot didn’t make sense and lacked continuity. I gave it 3/5 stars, but looking back on it, I’m lowering that to a 2/5. Read my review here.

12. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn book 1)

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Just amazing. Impeccable plot pacing and characterization. The magic is unique–I want to be a Mistborn so badly. 5/5 stars. Read my review for the series here.

13. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn book 2)

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book 2

This was my least favorite of the three books, but I still loved it. The characaters really developed, especially Elend and Sazed. This book forced each character to confront their doubts and fears–and Sanderson did it really well. And talk about trust issues after the end of this book!!!! 5/5 stars. Read my review for the series here.

14. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn book 3)

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book 3

This was probably my favorite of the series, close with book one. The series wrapped up perfectly. This book dealt with heavy issues–atheism, crises of faith, leadership, war, sacrifice, usurpers–but was still incredibly hopeful and hilarious. The end made me happy, even if it wasn’t necessarily what I had imagined. 5/5 stars. Read my review for the series here.

15. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins (Sweet Evil book 1)

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book 1

Classic paranormal romance. Not great writing, but it’s addictive; you can’t stop reading it. Not much plot or characterization, but really great romance. 3/5 stars. Read my review for the series here.

16. Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins (Sweet Evil book 2)

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book 2

Not as much fun as book 1. The main character was too mopey for the first part of the book, though the second half of the book was enjoyable. Still not much plot, but more than the first book. 3/5 stars. Read my review for the series here.

17. Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins (Sweet Evil book 3)

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Probably the best book of the series, in regards to characterization and plot development. The romance is sweet and sexy. 3/5 stars. Read my review for the series here.

18. Blonde Ops by Natalie Zaman and Charlotte Bennardo

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I loved this book. It’s ridiculous and improbable, but hilarious all the same. The romance played out nicely and the mystery driving the book was appropriately mysterious. 4/5 stars. Read my review here.

19. Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood (Born Wicked book 1)

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I was impressed by this book. It had good world-building and character vs society conflicts. The dynamic between the characters was fascinating, and I look forward to reading book two, Star Cursed. 4/5 stars. Read my review here.

20. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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I did not like this book, despite the hype surrounding it. The voice was annoying, and the twist ending ruined it for me. 2/5 stars. Read my review here.

21. Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

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This book was fine–nothing special, nothing horrible. Interesting conflicts and messages, but the story wasn’t executed well. 2/5 stars. Read my review here.

22. Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski

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I loved this book. It went beyond my expectations of a flippant ChickLit novel, with the classic teenage conflicts handled well and teenage emotions captured realistically. The book was surprisingly relatable for me. 5/5 stars. Read my review here.

23. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

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This book was a fun read. I laughed out loud, but in the serious moments, the book got me thinking about heavy topics–death, guilt, abuse. 4/5 stars. Read my review here.


23 books in 9.5 weeks ends up as about 2.4 books a week, which I think is impressive. So, yay me!

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Book Review: One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

I don’t know what I expected this book to be. It was funnier than I expected. It wasn’t nearly as inappropriate as I feared it would be. It was a fun, quick one-day read. I sacrificed myself to car sickness to keep reading it, which is a good sign, and I literally laughed out loud, often.

4/5 stars

Genre: adult contemporary fiction…ish (I don’t really know what you call this)

Book one of the Stephanie Plum series, One for the Money

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Amazon description:

Watch out, world. Here comes Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter with attitude. In Stephanie’s opinion, toxic waste, rabid drivers, armed schizophrenics, and August heat, humidity, and hydrocarbons are all part of the great adventure of living in Jersey.
She’s a product of the “burg,” a blue-collar pocket of Trenton where houses are attached and narrow, cars are American, windows are clean, and (God forbid you should be late) dinner is served at six.
Now Stephanie’s all grown up and out on her own, living five miles from Mom and Dad’s, doing her best to sever the world’s longest umbilical cord. Her mother is a meddler, and her grandmother is a few cans short of a case.
Out of work and out of money, with her Miata repossessed and her refrigerator empty, Stephanie blackmails her bail bondsman cousin, Vinnie, into giving her a try as an apprehension agent. Stephanie knows zilch about the job requirements, but she figures her new pal, fearless bounty hunter Ranger, can teach her what it takes to catch a crook.
Her first assignment: nail Joe Morelli, a former vice cop on the run from a charge of murder one. Morelli is also the irresistible macho pig who took Stephanie’s virginity at age sixteen and then wrote the details on the bathroom wall of Mario’s Sub Shop. There’s still powerful chemistry between these two, so the chase should be interesting.
It could also be extremely dangerous, especially when Stephanie encounters a heavyweight title contender who likes to play rough. Benito Ramirez is known for his brutality to women. At the very least, his obsession with Stephanie complicates her manhunt and brings terror and uncertainty into her life. At worst, it could lead to murder.

I’ve been seeing Janet Evanovich’s name for years–in my mom’s bookshelf, in book stores, even on a few bus stop posters. I knew they were adult, and I knew my mom found them hilarious. I asked her if she thought I’d like them, and she ordered me book one off of Paperback Swap in answer.

She was right. This isn’t my new favorite series. Frankly, I’m just not really comfortable reading NA/adult books yet. I know I like YA more, and I’m a sucker for fantasy and paranormal, so this series isn’t going to take over my life. I plan to read the books in between other series, when I need a breath of fresh air. As breaths of fresh air go, this book was pretty awesome. I gave it 4/5 stars for these reasons, even though there isn’t anything definitely wrong with the book–it’s just not my new best friend, more like that girl you share a few class periods with and complain about homework with.

The characterization is great. Stephanie is lovable in her awkward, impossibly naive way. She’s not cut out to be a bounty hunter–at all–and it’s hilarious. At the same time, though, I respected Evanovich for writing a female character who takes on the big bad world without an ounce of badassery, who is still strong as hell in her own way. She feels real, as do the rest of the characters.

Stephanie’s parents were perfectly infuriating, yet comforting. Each male figure in the book interacted with Stephanie a little differently, adding a sense of individual friendships and resentments which enhanced the realness of the book. Evanovich didn’t shy away from writing every sort of character–and when you meet Lula, you’ll love her.

Even with the largely humorous tone, the book touches on some dark topics–namely race and abusive men. I felt that Evanovich did an impressive job at capturing the awkward, degrading, unsettling feeling of knowing you’re a small white girl who’s stumbled into the wrong neighborhood. And she tackled the plot line with Ramirez (an insane boxer with a love of brutalizing women) well, making you feel actual fear for Stephanie, drawing you into her need to be strong even when her knees were giving out.

The book does a good job of setting up a series. It’s worth reading if you want a laugh, but also respect a book that doesn’t put the real world on it’s best behavior. Stephanie’s struggles with poverty and threats of abuse were powerful and vividly portrayed. Young adult readers can totally handle it, as long as you can handle themes of violence against women. For some people, the vividness of that part of the plot could be too much, and I would say make sure you know what you’re getting into with this series. It’ll make you laugh, but it won’t keep you from thinking.

Book Review: Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski

When I talked about this book in a few days ago, My TBR List, I said:

Do I think it will be a masterful display of literary skill and plot development? Probably not, but I’m willing to be surprised.

Cue surprise.

I loved it. So. Much.

I thought I was picking up a quick, unsubstantial ChickLit. What I got was an intense portrayal of real teenage life.

5/5 stars

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If given the opportunity, what sixteen-year-old wouldn’t jump at the chance to move in with a friend and live parent-free? Although maybe “opportunity” isn’t the right word, since April had to tell her dad a tiny little untruth to make it happen (see #1: “Lied to Our Parents”). But she and her housemate Vi are totally responsible and able to take care of themselves. How they ended up “Skipping School” (#3), “Buying a Hot Tub” (#4), and, um, “Harboring a Fugitive” (#7) is a mystery to them. To get through the year, April will have to juggle a love triangle, learn to do her own laundry, and accept that her carefully constructed world just might be falling apart . . . one thing-she-shouldn’t-have-done at a time.

This book is both really fun and really sad. Not in a John-Green-cancer-book way. It’s sad in a painfully real, when-everything-in-life-just-slowly-goes-wrong way. The plot has all the crazy moments and awkward situations of classic contemporary YA romance books, but they feel way more real than anything I’ve ever read before.

This book was relatable as hell. Maybe you have to be me in my life right now to get this depth of meaning out of this book–but I doubt it. A lot of the main character’s struggles don’t apply to me (see: basically everything with her boyfriend), but they still affected me deeply. Sarah Mlynowski handled the conflicts of emotions of having divorced parents deftly. She captured the spirit of a teenager given a carte blanche for a semester and no parental supervision without making her main character entirely corrupt or lose herself. And when April actually ends up finding herself (not a spoiler, it’s kinda obvious that it has to happen at some point, right?) it isn’t in the cheesy, I-woke-up-and-I-can-see-clearly-now way most books like this are. It works, and it feels natural. The way April was forced to deal with friendships in this book really affected me–I recognized my own feelings in her struggles.

That was the amazing thing about this book: I recognized the emotions it was making me feel as emotions my own life has made me feel. Most books make you feel, but you fall into the story. Even when I fell into this story, I was still anchored to my own life by how familiar her situations were.

I didn’t find the plot predictable at all, something ChickLit/contemporary romance books usually seem to suffer from. As I’ve said before, the book has the wild, crazy scenes you would expect, but they are done with a subtlety and originality that surprised me. (I saw one reveal coming, but only partly, because I assumed some characters knew things they didn’t.) The romance broke some of the tropes I’ve seen in other books like this, which I appreciated; watching the romance develop was actually one of the saddest parts of the story.

The prologue of the book actually takes place chronologically at the end of the story, right as all the pieces of her life that spend the book tipping crash to the ground and shatter. Then chapter one pops back a few months to the beginning of the living arrangement. This means that you spend the whole book with a feeling of impending doom, because you know what is waiting at the end–but not the very end. You don’t know how (if) everything fixes itself–and I’m not telling. This added a level of intensity that I was not expecting. I read this book in one day, basically one sitting, because I had to find out what was going to happen.

I loved the way Sarah Mlynowski wrote this book. It’s told with intermittent flashbacks and explanations of conflicts, but they are done really well. They fit into the story, never breaking the flow of the plot, which flashbacks often do. I can’t really explain the structure of this book–just read it. It is unique and effective at delivering this story, while helping to avoid the cliche drama of ChickLit.

I can’t really think of anything I didn’t like about this book. I’m sure there were little parts that bugged me, but the overall impact of the book was positive enough to make me forget them.

I would especially recommend this book to teenagers, but also to anyone who wants to read a real, tough story about life not being entirely perfect, even when it should be. 

Book Review: Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

This book was alternate historical fiction with a major emphasis on societal beauty standards. It had great ideas. But Elizabeth Ross didn’t pull it off.

2/5 stars 

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Amazon description:

When Maude Pichon runs away from provincial Brittany to Paris, her romantic dreams vanish as quickly as her savings. Desperate for work, she answers an unusual ad. The Durandeau Agency provides its clients with a unique service—the beauty foil. Hire a plain friend and become instantly more attractive.
Monsieur Durandeau has made a fortune from wealthy socialites, and when the Countess Dubern needs a companion for her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, Maude is deemed the perfect adornment of plainness.
Isabelle has no idea her new “friend” is the hired help, and Maude’s very existence among the aristocracy hinges on her keeping the truth a secret. Yet the more she learns about Isabelle, the more her loyalty is tested. And the longer her deception continues, the more she has to lose.

I loved the concepts behind this book: beauty standards exploited, a girl living a double life, historical fiction in France. But it didn’t deliver.

The characterization was lame. Maude, the protagonist, was just boring. She was static–thing kept happening around her, and for 99% of the book, she just goes “I’ll deal with it later.” She is living a double, then triple life–it should be fascinating! There should be lies and complicated excuses and complex plans…and there wasn’t. Talk abut disappointing.

Maude’s character didn’t make sense to me–none of her characteristics were fleshed out enough for her to feel real. And then there was the way she got to Paris. She runs away from an arranged marriage to a creepy older guy–which isn’t an original idea at all–but the weird thing is that you find out that she wasn’t even engaged to the guy. She just heard some women gossiping about the possibility, freaked, and ran off to Paris. Really? Ross tried to emphasize her fear of being tied town in a sleepy country town and her romantic notions of Paris, but it came off fake.

Then there is Isabelle. She starts out as a b-with-an-itch, but you know she has to befriend Maude–that’s the book. But the transformation from jerk to confidant happened waaaaaaaaay to quickly for me, like flipping a switch with a few off-hand comments. It didn’t make sense. And as you learned more about her character, she just grew more and more predictable–the classic “more than she seems” debutante.

The side characters were just as predictable–practically archetypes representing the components of storytelling. You have your supportive friend figure with a brash tongue to foil the protagonist’s meekness, your bratty girls to emphasize her doubts, your struggling musician with a pure heart to tell her she’s smart, and a duke with a big smile and a fake personality for her to fall for. The romance was weak, but not in a subtly-enhancing-the-story way. It felt badly done, badly stitched into the rest of the plot.

Ross was heavy-handed with her themes in this book. Discoveries about characters’ “inner depths,” Maude’s revelations about her self image, the book’s messages about beauty and society–they were overdone, dumped into the story instead of infused into the plot. Maude knew too much about a character by looking at their face, or their hands, or something–it was clear the author was trying to talk about the world with the character traits, but it didn’t work. My sister always points out this problem in my writing, so seeing it someone else’s novel was both heartening and annoying.

One other thing bugged me about this book. I read the author’s note at the back, and Ross got the idea of the agency from a short story  by Emile Zola. Since basically the only thing I liked about the book was the concept, this was a let down at the end of my reading experience. I don’t have a problem with authors getting inspiration from other authors (last week I published my own retelling of one of Edgar Allan Poe’s poems), but this time it annoyed me, for some reason. Also, the cover? It sucks.

Still, the book is interesting. I especially liked the friendship Maude forms with an older girl at the agency; you don’t often see middle-aged women in YA stories that don’t play a mother role, but a friend role. If you like books with semi-historical settings, or books that deal with beauty standards and stereotypes, this book would be good for you. If you want an impeccable display of story-crafting, this is not it.

New Books on the TBR Shelf

I went to a used book store yesterday, during a 70% off closing sale. It was awesomely cheap. I found three books to add to my To Be Read shelf.

(I actually have a TBR shelf. My sister made it in 7th grade woodshop class. It’s pretty awesome, if a little rickety. Sometimes the books fall out when you put new ones in. But we love it despite its flaws.)

The new books are Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn’t have), Wicked Lovely, and Splendors and Glooms.

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1. Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski

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Amazon description:

If given the opportunity, what sixteen-year-old wouldn’t jump at the chance to move in with a friend and live parent-free? Although maybe “opportunity” isn’t the right word, since April had to tell her dad a tiny little untruth to make it happen (see #1: “Lied to Our Parents”). But she and her housemate Vi are totally responsible and able to take care of themselves. How they ended up “Skipping School” (#3), “Buying a Hot Tub” (#4), and, um, “Harboring a Fugitive” (#7) is a mystery to them. To get through the year, April will have to juggle a love triangle, learn to do her own laundry, and accept that her carefully constructed world just might be falling apart . . . one thing-she-shouldn’t-have-done at a time.

Why I Bought It: I loved the description of this book. I’m a sucker for Chick Lit, but I haven’t found anything recently that looked interesting. This one caught my attention. Also, I glanced at the first page, and fell in love; it was hilarious. Do I think it will be a masterful display of literary skill and plot development? Probably not, but I’m willing to be surprised.

2.  Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

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Amazon description:

Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries.

Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty—especially if they learn of her Sight—and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don’t speak to invisible faeries.

Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don’t ever attract their attention.

But it’s too late. Keenan is the Summer King who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost—regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

Why I Bought It: The fairy aspect of this book is what drew me in. The first novel I ever wrote (which was pretty bad and we don’t talk about) was about fairies. Even with the fantasy and paranormal genres blossoming in the YA world today, fairies haven’t gotten a ton of attention, so I get excited when I find a book about them. Add in a side of romance and I’m sold (or it’s sold…whatever).

3. Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

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Amazon description:

The master puppeteer, Gaspare Grisini, is so expert at manipulating his stringed puppets that they appear alive. Clara Wintermute, the only child of a wealthy doctor, is spellbound by Grisini’s act and invites him to entertain at her birthday party. Seeing his chance to make a fortune, Grisini accepts and makes a splendidly gaudy entrance with caravan, puppets, and his two orphaned assistants.
Lizzie Rose and Parsefall are dazzled by the Wintermute home. Clara seems to have everything they lack — adoring parents, warmth, and plenty to eat. In fact, Clara’s life is shadowed by grief, guilt, and secrets. When Clara vanishes that night, suspicion of kidnapping falls upon the puppeteer and, by association, Lizzie Rose and Parsefall.
As they seek to puzzle out Clara’s whereabouts, Lizzie and Parse uncover Grisini’s criminal past and wake up to his evil intentions. Fleeing London, they find themselves caught in a trap set by Grisini’s ancient rival, a witch with a deadly inheritance to shed before it’s too late.

Why I Bought It: I am curious about this book. The plot sounds interesting and I’m always willing to read a grim spin on childhood stories/toys. From the description, I can’t really tell what age range it is for–YA or MG. I don’t really care, but if it is middle grade, I’d love to have a book to pass on to my little sister (she’s a fourth grader).


I don’t know if these will the next books I read, but they are on my shelf. I got the second book in the Cahill Witch series (first book was Born Wicked, my review is here), so I’ll read that soon. But I’m dying to read something funny, so Ten Things We Did will probably get a review soon. 🙂

New Page: My Top Shelf

My sister and I do this thing:

We obsessively organize our bookshelves, putting books in the order of how good they are. I can’t tell you how many times we have taken every book out of our shelves, resorted them on our floor, and then reshelved them in a new order. And then there are the small changes, where one of us just goes, “I think this series actually goes here,” and the books shift a few places in the ranking.

It’s awesome, though our mother makes fun of us.

Anyway, to the point of this post. I added a page to my blog. You can now see my Top Shelf. It’s a big list, in order, of my current favorite books. Most of them don’t have reviews, but they might if I decide to reread them (which I totally will). I hope you guys find this entertaining, or at least interesting.

Does anyone else do this with their book shelves? I’ll probably post about it more, frankly because it cracks me up that my sister and I are so obsessed with it.

Are any of my books on your top shelf? What books are on your top shelf?

By the way, here is my current, main book shelf, gorgeously organized.

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Best, top left. Still very good but not as good as the best, bottom of the right.