Sunday, September 30, 2012

Blog Tour: The Super Spud Trilogy giveaway + review

Title: The Super Spud Trilogy
Author: Michael Diack
Publication Date: May 2012
Publisher: Pen Press
Genetic engineering has accomplished many things, one of which has been to create the Super Spud! The humble potato elevated to new heights, creating the most flavoursome crisps ever known to humankind! But that's not all - A magical transformation occurs to all Super Spud crisps not eaten before their use-by date. They take on a life of their own. And so long as they remain undetected by humans, they enjoy life in their own Super Spud cities, take part in major Super Spud sporting events and even start the odd Super Spud war or two. Join Colin, Cougar, Hannibal Vector, Generals Rock, Jock and Strap and all the others in their rollicking adventures. You'll never look at a packet of crisps in the same way again! 
Rule 1:
Once a Super Spud is placed and sealed into its packet, the package cannot be punctured in any way. if that happens, the Super Spud dies.

Rule 2:
Once the package is sealed, if the Super Spud is seen with its facial features by a human, or heard talking by a human, the Super Spud automatically dies.

Rule 3:
If a Super Spud has not been opened by its use-by date, it can grow arms and legs--but if seen by a human, subsequently dies.

With these three rules, I was thrust into this strange and clever world crafted by Michael Diack.
I honestly cannot remember the last time I read a book that was so quirky and silly and just plain funny. Amidst stressful days of tests, AP classes, and SAT prep, daily doses of this book gave me comic relief and prevented me from completely losing my mind!

The idea of this book is very light-hearted and a bit silly, but Diack's writing is wonderful and the imagination and creativity that went into creating the world of the Super Spud was amazing--just the little details, like their mode of transportation, Super Spud hierarchy, and their entertainment choices, were all addressed!

The concept of genetically modified potatoes was really interesting--I really liked how the different flavors of Super Spud determined their personalities--and Diack executed the story with humor that was hilarious, but surprisingly cynical! I myself was especially intrigued by the Super Spuds' reactions to death.

Rating: 3.75 stars*

All in all:
This was a really clever and utterly unique story, and I think it would appeal to both teens and adults alike. And I can't wait to read more from Michael Diack!

*I received a copy of this book for review from the author. All opinions are my own.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Feature and Follow #16

Follow Friday is a really fun way to make new blogger friends and promote your blog in the process! This weekly meme is hosted byAlison Can Read and Parajunkee  

This week's question:

What's the biggest word you've seen used in a book lately- that made you stop and look it up?

I'm recently read Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad for AP English and one of the words I looked up was "YAWL" which is a ship's small boat, rowed by a crew of four or six.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Giveaway + Cover Reveal: His Black Wings

His Black Wings is...
Beauty and the Beast set in the future during a Victorian era revival. 
The Grand Council has brought the world peace, but will it last?
Malice, revenge and lust are not easily defeated...

Claren Maidstone has been forced to flee her childhood home, following the death of her parents and a vicious attack from a man who intends to marry her. 
She assumes a new identity and finds employment as an assistant to the handsome, Fredrick Lowood. However, Fredrick's generosity isn't without a price and Claren soon finds herself forced into a strange friendship with his disfigured son. 
Unaware of how Claren's past entwines with his own, 
Etrigan Lowood begins to yearn for her love. 
Unfortunately, the past is not far behind.
Is his love for Claren enough? 
Or will Etrigan remain alone with his black wings... 

My Thoughts:
I am loving the manga vibe of this cover! And the colors too! As for the story, pshhhh you had me at "Beauty and the Beast," AKA one of my all-time fairy tales. I can't wait to read this book!! X)

About the author:

Astrid Yrigollen is a self published author of young adult and children's books. Astrid started her writing career when she begun work for the international video game giant, Sega of America. Working her way up the ranks, she began writing companion guides for games. With a love for writing fiction since childhood, she took her short stories out of storage and had her first story ever written published. It was only after that she found out that first stories are never published! She has resumed writing full time and has succeeded in putting out the titles, The Doughnut Tree, Mysterious Pootkins, and The Mosswoods--to name a few. Her short stories have appeared in the literary journal of Threshold Press and Shock and Awe Magazine. 

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Waiting on Wednesday #32

WoW is an awesome weekly meme hosted over at Breaking the Spine

Author: Emily Murdoch
Expected Date of Publication: March 26, 2013


A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen-year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey's younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and the girls are found by their father, a stranger, and taken to re-enter the "normal" life of school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must come to terms with the truth of why their mother spirited them away ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won't let her go ... a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn't spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.

Why am I excited?
Umm, because it sounds awesome! It sounds like a psychological mystery that has me captivated just from reading the blurb!

Author: Veronica Rossi
Expected release date: October 30, 2012

Before Perry and Aria, there was Roar and Liv.

After a childhood spent wandering the borderlands, Roar finally feels like he has a home with the Tides. His best friend Perry is like a brother to him, and Perry's sister, Liv, is the love of his life. But Perry and Liv's unpredictable older brother, Vale, is the Blood Lord of the Tides, and he has never looked kindly on Roar and Liv's union. Normally, Roar couldn't care less about Vale's opinion. But with food running low and conditions worsening every day, Vale's leadership is more vital—and more brutal—than ever. Desperate to protect his tribe, Vale makes a decision that will shatter the life Roar knew and change the fate of the Tides forever.

Why am I excited?
Roar was arguable my favorite character in Under the Never Sky (I have this tendency to love side characters more than main characters...) and I was really intrigued by his and Liv's story. 
There are only 2 words to describe my and this book: WANT. NOW.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Top Ten Series I Haven't Finished...

Hosted over at the The Broke and Bookish

Significance series by Shelly Crane
I know a lot of people on goodreads LOVE this book... but it just fell kinda flat for me, especially with regards to the characters.

The Fallen series by Lauren Kate
Ehhh.... What can I say? This book and I just didn't mesh. I practically had to force myself to finish book 1!

The Maze Runner series by James Dashner.
I made it through books 1 and 2... but I've been hesitant to read the 3rd because I was all for the Tomas-Teresa pairing... but after The Scorch Trials, it did not look good for them....I swear I'll finish this eventually though! 

The Tiger Saga by Colleen Houck
I like this series, I do! But after book 2, I got preoccupied with other books and I never really went back to the series. And today I just found out that apparently book 4 is already out! Gosh, I'm going to need a catch-up week for this series soon!

The Clique series by Lisi Harrison
I started this back in middle school and as more books came out, I discovered better, more mature books to read and I just kinda forgot about this one.

The Private series by Kate Brian
This is the best guilty-pleasure read I've ever read, and I still like it, but at some point, the story-line got a bit too far-fetched (especially with the premise of Book of Spells!) I'll try to finish this soon though because they're actually quite addictive!

The Secrets of My Hollywood Life series by Jen Calonita
This was an OK read for me--it didn't exactly grip me so I eventually stopped keeping up with the series.

The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey
This series is actually hilarious and I enjoy reading it, but I got so wrapped up in other books that I didn't keep up with the series after book 3. Must remedy that soon...

The Dark Divine series by Bree Despain
Meh. I didn't fall in love with the series after reading 1.5 books... and then me being me, got distracted by other new releases. Should I pick this one back up??

The Kissed by an Angel series by Elizabeth Chandler
I actually like the premise of this and really should finish it soon because apparently it gets quite good!

So that's it for my top ten. Any series you recommend I finish?? 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Review: Looking for Alaska

Title: Looking for Alaska
Author: John Green
Publication Date: December 28th, 2006
Publisher: Speak
Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.
"I go to seek a Great Perhaps."

Like a lot of people, my first John Green book was actually The Fault in Our Stars. Needless to say, I fell in love with TFIOS, and a few months later, I discovered John’s youtube channel.
Oh. My. Gosh. John Green is quite possibly the most awesome person ever.
Aside from joining Nerdfighteria, I also became obsessed with reading more John Green awesomeness.
So I went to my local library and got Looking for Alaska, read it, and….

French. The. Llama.

This books is um kinda AMAZING.
I was absolutely floored by the fact that this was a debut novel because it is just so beautifully written and the characters are all magnificently complex and relatable and it just seemed so incredible that someone’s first-ever novel could be SO fantastic. 

John Green has this uncanny ability to make his stories and characters very REAL. Not as in this-happened-in-real-life kind of thing (though this book was inspired by his own time in boarding school) but real as in I could actually see these characters as being people I wish I could meet in real life. These characters are pretty quite quirky, very hilarious, and richly complex with emotional depth. 

Rating: 4.5 stars

All in all: This book is an enjoyable mishmash of humor and craziness, but also darker emotions such as guilt and grief. I had no problem relating to and becoming invested in the characters and I think that this book is a must-read for any YA enthusiast!  

Sunday, September 23, 2012

In my mailbox/Stacking the shelves

Hosted by Tynga's Reviews and The Story Siren respectively

What I got from the library:

A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

Storm  by Brigid Kemmerer

What I got for review from Netgalley:
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Splintered by A.G. Howard
Eeeeeep! I'm so excited for this one!

Rockoholic by C.J. Skuse

Skinny by Donna Cooner

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Review: The Lure of Shapinsay

 Title: The Lure of Shapinsay
Author: Krista Holle
Date of Publication: December 16th, 2011
Publisher: Sweet River Romance
Ever since Kait Swanney could remember, the old crones of the village have been warning her to stay away from the selkies. They claim that like sirens of old, the seal men creep from the inky waters, shed their skins, and entice women to their deaths beneath the North Sea. But avoiding an encounter becomes impossible when Kait is spotted at the water’s edge, moments after the murder of a half-selkie infant. 

Unexpectedly, Kait is awoken by a beautiful, selkie man seeking revenge. After she declares her innocence, the intruder darts into the night, but not before inadvertently bewitching her with an overpowering lure. 

Kait obsesses over a reunion deep beneath the bay and risks her own life to be reunited with her selkie. But when she lands the dangerous lover, the chaos that follows leaves Kait little time to wonder—is it love setting her on fire or has she simply been lured?
First off, let me ask you this: how often have you seen a book about Selkies as you browsed through your local book store?
Not often, am I right?

There are so many paranormal and supernatural creatures in YA these days that I honestly thought nothing could surprise me, but then I saw that this book was about Selkie folklore.
Selkies are creatures that live as seals in the water but can take the form of man on land by "taking off their skin"--I swear it's not as gruesome as it sounds!! Both male and female selkies are extraordinarily beautiful and have a long history of tempting humans. The humans of Shapinsay, a small island near Scotland, are fearful of selkies because many women have been lured to a watery death by male selkies.

 Holle's simplistic, yet beautiful descriptions of the land and sea made it super easy to picture Shapinsay in my head. The Scottish accent/dialogue also helped bring setting alive. I loved the olden-days vibe of the story--and, believe me, that is not something I say very often!

Kait, the main character, was a great heroine--strong and stubborn and independent. She and Eamon, the Selkie, have a rather interesting relationship because the lines between being Lured and actual Love are so blurred I couldn't really tell which one was in play at times. This gave their love story an insta-love vibe which I wasn't too crazy about, but nevertheless, I rooted for them because there were some seriously sweet scenes between them.

Rating: 3.5 stars*

All in all: I really liked the fact that Holle explored selkie folkore in her novel, the concept is very original and fresh. I wasn't a huge fan of the instalove-bordering-on-obsession relationship between Kait and Eamon, but I found the book enjoyable nonetheless.

*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Cover Reveal: Opal (Lux #3)

Any Daemon Black fans out there??

That's right, I'm lookin' at you. Don't be shy, you can admit it. No judging here. Heck, I'm half in love with the boy err alien myself. If you've read Obsidian and Onyx, you know that Opal is the next one in the series and I am SO excited to be sharing with you the first look at the cover!! X)
Let me just say this: I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS COVER. The colors, the models, everthing. Just. Gorgeous.

Are you ready?

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger... and they know it.

Follow this link to an ~~~ EPIC CONTEST ~~~ Announcement. You will want to bookmark this page!

 USA TODAY Bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.
Find Jennifer on: Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website | Blog

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Feature and Follow #15

Follow Friday is a really fun way to make new blogger friends and promote your blog in the process! This weekly meme is hosted byAlison Can Read and Parajunkee 

This week's question:
What hyped up book was worth all the fuss?

Ooh now this is an easy question!
Let's have a list shall we?
  • The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
  • The Infernal Devices series (Will Herondale <33)
  • The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
  • The Blood of Eden Series by Julie Kagawa
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
and so many more!!

What are your picks this week? Link me up and I'll be hopping later--please let me know if you're a new follower so I can follow you back! :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Review: Kill Me Softly

Title: Kill Me Softly
Author: Sarah Cross
Publication Date: April 10, 2012
Publisher EgmontUSA
Mirabelle's past is shrouded in secrecy, from her parents' tragic deaths to her guardians' half-truths about why she can't return to her birthplace, Beau Rivage. Desperate to see the town, Mira runs away a week before her sixteenth birthday—and discovers a world she never could have imagined.

In Beau Rivage, nothing is what it seems—the strangely pale girl with a morbid interest in apples, the obnoxious playboy who's a beast to everyone he meets, and the chivalrous guy who has a thing for damsels in distress. Here, fairy tales come to life, curses are awakened, and ancient stories are played out again and again.

But fairy tales aren't pretty things, and they don't always end in happily ever after. Mira has a role to play, a fairy tale destiny to embrace or resist. As she struggles to take control of her fate, Mira is drawn into the lives of two brothers with fairy tale curses of their own . . . brothers who share a dark secret. And she'll find that love, just like fairy tales, can have sharp edges and hidden thorns.
Holy WOW.
This book is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the BEST fairy tale retellings I've ever read.

Sarah Cross's concept of these modern fairy tale curses is so original and so unbelievably creative that I fell head over heels for the world of Beau Rivage.

I loved how Cross weaves together all these classic fairy tale stories and elements so that each of the characters could all coexist together. But if you think that these are your Disney happily-ever-after stories, then think again! These are dark Grimm brothers fairy tales--they're gruesome and slightly creepy and I freakin' loved every minute of it!

NOw let's talk abou the fabulous assortment of characters in this story. OH. My. Gosh. These characters. Well to start off, there's just about a character from every classic fairy tale present in this one book! The modern representations of Snow White, the Huntsman, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, and the Beast were all spot-on in their portrayal while still giving them originality.These characters are all pretty cynical because of their respective curses/destinies, but I think that gives them all a lot of complexity. One the one hand, they want to fight their destiny, but they also know it's ultimately inevitable.

Mira, the protagonist, was a great character, though admittedly, it took me some time to warm up to her. The character that really stole the show for me was Blue Valentine. I totally thought he was your average cocky bad-boy, but never have I been so happy to be wrong! Blue is one of the most selfless, kind, swoon-worthy characters I've ever encountered!. After learning everything he'd been through, realizing the reasons for his actions, I just wanted to give him a big fat hug.

The only thing keeping this book from a 5 star rating is the 3rd person narration. It kept me from really connecting with the main character, but I will admit that this gives the story a more fairy-tale-esque vibe. With regards to POV, I think it's just a personal preference kind of thing. The diction was just absolutely beautiful and there were so many passages I marked to quote!

Rating: 4.5 stars!!

All in all: LOVED this book. The concept of the interconnected fairy tales in the modern world is just fabulously written, and I can't wait for a companion novel!!

Waiting on Wednesday #31

WoW is an awesome weekly meme hosted over at Breaking the Spine

Title: Crewel
Author: Gennifer Albin
Expected date of publication: October 16th, 2012

Incapable. Awkward. Artless.

That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.

Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.

Why am I excited?
The concept sounds so original and cool! In a world of YA where it's Team Vampire vs. Team Werewolf, I choose Team Timeweaver!! Also I'm on the Crewel Street team so this is also shameless promotion for the book  ;) I *think* people can still join the street teams so check out the info here
But just so you know, I am super excited to read it! I'm loving the ability to weave time and Adelice sounds likes like a very intriguing character.

What are you waiting for this week? 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Top Ten Bookish People I Want to Meet

Hosted over at the Broke and Bookish

In no particular, the bookish people I would give my firstborn like to meet are...

John Green
Have you guys seen his youtube videos?! Have you been introduced to the awesomeness that is the vlogbrothers?? If not, you are seriously missing out. John and his brother Hank are SO witty and hilarious and made of awesomesauce and nerdiness. Oh. Also, he writes fantastic books. Y'know, in case you're into that kind of stuff....

Cassandra Clare
AKA the woman who single-handedly destroyed my sanity with her fictional boys. That's right Will, I'm looking at you! 
I just love her books so freakin' much that I would love to be able to actually meet with the woman who thought it all up. 

Melina Marchetta
This probably doesn't come as a surprise, but I LOVE everything Melina Marchetta. If bookish people had their own deities, Melina Marchetta would be the goddess divine. This woman plays my heartstrings like she's Yo Yo Ma. 

Jackson Pearce
Not only does this lady write great fairy tale retellings (Sisters Red, Sweetly, Fathomless), she is also hilarious. If you haven't checked out her youtube videos, you should definitely go watch some here

Jane Austen
Do dead people count? Oh well, this'll be my cheat for the week. This lady is just made of awesomesauce. If you disagree, you probably haven't read Pride and Prejudice. 

J.K. Rowling
I want to meet this lady because of reasons. OBVIOUS reasons.

Stephanie Perkins
Not only is she a nerdfighter, but she writes fantastic books and swoon-worthy guys and GUYS JUST LOOK AT THE COLOR OF HER HAIR. SHE HAS TO BE SUPER COOL.

Julie Kagawa
Two reasons.
1) The Iron Fey--*ahem* PUCK AND ASH
2) The Immortal Rules--kickbutt female vamp.

Tahereh Mafi
I would love to ask her the secret to writing such beautiful prose and crafting such wonderful metaphors. And fangirl over her writing.

Amazing fellow bookworms! 
Okay, this is pretty broad, but there's really so many awesome bloggers and booktubers out there that I'd love to hang out with--like The Readables, Get Bookish, The Booktubenator, and Elizzie books (all from youtube), and people like the Cuddlebuggery gang or Vivian from Vivaciously, Vivian, Mimi Valentine, and just a whole smorgasbord of fabulous and bookish people <3

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Feature and Follow #14

Follow Friday is a really fun way to make new blogger friends and promote your blog in the process! This weekly meme is hosted byAlison Can Read and Parajunkee 

This week's question:
What hyped up book do you think was not worth all the talk?

Tough question! I actually had to look through my goodreads lists to refresh my memory!
I'm going to have to go with the House of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast and Significance by Shelly Crane.
The House of Night books are just waaaay too clich├ęd and the characters really annoy me....
Significance is one of those book where I feel like everyone on goodreads just LOVES, but I read it and I'm just like "meh."

What about you? Link me up and I'll be hopping later! :)

Cover Reveal: With All My Soul

Author: Rachel Vincent
Expected Date of Publication: April 1st, 2013 by Harlequin Teen

My thoughts:

Oh. My. Word.
This is quite possibly my favorite cover in the entire series! Loving that color! Loving that dress!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

My Book Boyfriend: Blue Valentine

MBB is an awesome weekly meme started by Missie The Unread Reader (find out more at by reading the intro post) and is currently co-hosted by Lesley over at My Keeper Shelf!

I recently finished Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross and I have FALLEN IN LOVE.
Not just with the creativity of the fairy tale retelling, but with BLUE VALENTINE. 

When Mira runs away to Beau Rivage, the place of her birth and her parents' deaths, she discovers that something very strange is going on.
In Beau Rivage, fairy tale characters come to life--and are forced to embrace their fairy tale destiny--and no, it's not the happily-ever-after fairy tale, but the dark, Grimm version.
There she meets Blue, an obnoxious boy with a dark secret and curse of his own, who wants Mira gone the moment he sees her.

A little bit about Blue...

  • He's got an older brother named Felix who harbors a dangerous secret of his own
  • his mother left when he was 4 and his father is rarely there
  • "His hair and even his eyebrows were blue. Blue like sour candy, like poster paint, His hair stuck out from his head in spikes, stiff and sharp, and he had a smirk to match. A etal barbell pierced his left eyebrow."
  • He has a heart mark on his back that symbolizes his fairy tale destiny/curse
  • Blue acts like a jerk at first, but the more you get to know him, the more you realize that he's really not  bad or mean at all, it's just his way of trying to protect people, and he's probably one of the most selfless people you'll ever meet.
"Every part of him seemed calculated to drive people away. Like a plant studded with thorns, or an animal whose bright colors signaled poison."

"Why were you crying before? Were you scared?"
Mira shook her head, not sure how much to say. "No. I was...thinking about something that makes me sad."
"Okay. I wanted to make sure we didn't scare you."
"You weren't thinking about that when you broke into my room."
Blue shrugged, looking guilty. "I did want to scare you then. But only to warn you. I never wanted to make you cry--that takes things to a different place."
"What place?"
"A place where I'm hurting people, and not helping them."

"This is hopeless," Blue muttered. 
"Can't you just be happy for me?"
She felt stupid as soon as she'd said it.
Blue barked out a laugh. "No. No, you idiot. I couldn't be more unhappy. You know, I don't usually know the girls he likes. Not like this. I look the other way most of the time. But I met you first. I knew you first.
"I wanted you first," he said. 

"I want to tell you how pretty you are. I want to dance with you,: he said. "I want to know why you read plays and which ones are your favorites. I want to hold you on the beach at night; and I want to make you laugh. I want you to like me--that's my nature. That's what I have to resist. I's so much safer when you hate me, Mira. Because if you wanted me, if you loved me, I could take everything from you. Without even meaning to."

"He put his arms around her, and laid his head on her shoulder--like someone who needed a hug, not someone who was giving one. She rubbed his bare back lightly, her fingers drawn to the smooth heart mark at the base of his spine. It was more than the sign of his curse. He wore his broken heart on his skin."

Goodness I wish I could just type out the whole book for you because it's that good... but I have a feeling that would be frowned upon.
While reading, I pictured Nick Roux as Blue.

Waiting on Wednesday #30

WoW is an awesome weekly meme hosted over at Breaking the Spine

I recently read a fabulous review of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Mia @ The Muses' Circle and once I read the synopsis, I was itching to read the actual book!

Author: Matthew Dicks
Publication date: August 1st, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Imaginary friend Budo narrates this heartwarming story of love, loyalty, and the power of the imagination—the perfect read for anyone who has ever had a friend . . . real or otherwise

Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He's been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age, and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear.

Max is different from other children. Some people say that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, but most just say he’s “on the spectrum.” None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can’t protect Max from Mrs. Patterson, the woman who works with Max in the Learning Center and who believes that she alone is qualified to care for this young boy.

When Mrs. Patterson does the unthinkable and kidnaps Max, it is up to Budo and a team of imaginary friends to save him—and Budo must ultimately decide which is more important: Max’s happiness or Budo's very existence.

Narrated by Budo, a character with a unique ability to have a foot in many worlds—imaginary, real, child, and adult— Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend touches on the truths of life, love, and friendship as it races to a heartwarming . . . and heartbreaking conclusion.

Why am I excited?
I love the concept of the narrator being an imaginary friend! This novel just sounds so intriguing and unique--and has gotten so many great reviews that I can't wait to read it for myself!


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