Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It lets us all gush about what soon-to-be released books we are jumping-up-and-down excited for.
by Irena Brignull

hitting shelves September 6, 2016
from Weinstein Books
Poppy Hooper and Ember Hawkweed couldn’t lead more different lives. Poppy is a troubled teen: moving from school to school, causing chaos wherever she goes, never making friends or lasting connections. Ember is a young witch, struggling to find a place within her coven and prove her worth. Both are outsiders: feeling like they don’t belong and seeking escape.

Poppy and Ember soon become friends, and secretly share knowledge of their two worlds. Little do they know that destiny has brought them together: an ancient prophecy, and a life-changing betrayal. Growing closer, they begin to understand why they’ve never belonged and the reason they are now forever connected to each other.

Switched at birth by the scheming witch Raven Hawkweed, Poppy and Ember must come to terms with their true identities and fight for their own place in the world. Enter Leo, a homeless boy with a painful past who – befriending them both – tests their love and loyalty. Can Poppy and Ember’s friendship survive? And can it withstand the dark forces that are gathering?

My thoughts:  Two misfits switched at birth, magic, mystery, and a devious plotting witch. Love the sound of this. Plus this sillhouette cover design is gorgeous. 

What book are you eagerly anticipating this week?

Sunday, April 24, 2016

New Shelf Goodies & The Weekly Nutshell {162}

For New Shelf Goodies, I'll be showing you what lovely books I acquired this week, whether from publishers, or the library, or from whatever half-crazed book-buying binge I happened to go on. :D (Inspired by Tynga's Stacking the Shelves) The Weekly Nutshell will be just week here at Stories & Sweeties, in a nutshell. (inspired by Ginger @ GReads and her recaps at the end of the TGIF posts)

So getting these posts up every two weeks is about par for these last few months. :/  Here's the two week's worth of mail goodies:
From trade:
Mr. Fahrenheit by T. Michael Martin

For review:
Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood
Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas
Kingdom of Ash & Briar by Hannah West
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Foxheart by Claire Legrand
Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

So, guys, I'm not even going to try to separate these out because I'm equally and ecstatically excited about each and every one. Basically my week consisted of me fawning over these, staring at them all moony-eyed, a petting them full-on Golem style..."my precioussss".  Lets just says they all had had to be cleaned of fingerprints before their photoshoot due to me picking them up like precious babies all week. :D 

Many many lovely thanks to Molly, Sourcebooks, Holiday House, and Harper Collins for all these gorgeous things!!

The Weekly Nutshell
{Tuesday} Waiting on...Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
{Wednesday} Review: Pull by Anne Riley
{Friday} Review: The Land of 10,000 Madonnas by Kate Hattemer

So just a quick few comments here on the past week because I'm getting up early tomorrow with the family to go the Highland Games (squee---english toffee & shortbread, here I come!).  We're winding down to the end of our renovations, which is suuuch a nice break.   I'm finally starting to get back to reading more, although this week I was completely distracted with following TxLA tweets---so depressing since I had planned to go but that fell through because LIFE. ugh.
On the reading front, I read Land of 10,000 Madonnas and unfortunately it wasn't for me. And of course, getting through it when I wasn't enjoying it was made even harder by the arrival of such glorious things in the mail (see above lol).  When that was done, I dove into Shadow Magic and I am loving it so much so far. Also on my agenda this week is The Star Touched Queen, and I am so excited to start it.

What lovely things did you get this week? And what book are you enjoying (or not) right now??

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Land of 10,000 Madonnas by Kate Hattemer {review}

The Land of 10,000 Madonnas 
by Kate Hattemer
♦publisher: Knopf BYR
♦release date: April 19, 2016
♦hardcover, 352 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
♦source: arc from publisher for honest review
Five teens backpack through Europe to fulfill the mysterious dying wish of their friend.

Jesse lives with his history professor dad in a house covered with postcards of images of the Madonna from all over the world. They’re gotten used to this life: two motherless dudes living among thousands of Madonnas. But Jesse has a heart condition that will ultimately cut his life tragically short. Before he dies, he arranges a mysterious trip to Europe for his three cousins, his best friend, and his girlfriend to take after he passes away. It’s a trip that will forever change the lives of these young teens and one that will help them come to terms with Jesse’s death.

Review: The Land of 10,000 Madonnas sounded like a such a fun but heart-wrenching European road trip story, but sadly, it just didn't speak to me.  I felt like it was going for a certain level of depth and character growth through a group that was grieving and working together to fulfill their friend's wish, but it just didn't quite hit a mark of sincerity for me. 

Jesse has past away from a long-standing disease, and as his final months, he arranged to send his two cousins, two friends, and his girlfriend on a quest through Europe to find his estranged mother. They are each left a different set of clues and they must work together to find her. Problem is, they don't really know each other, and each are handling Jesse's death is their own way: with angst or guilt or heartbreak or what have you. There personalities don't mesh well, and while that's completely realistic to have a group that really gets under each other's skin, especially in an already emotional situation---watching them gripe at each other all through Europe with different levels of disdain, selfishness, or pettiness doesn't really make for an interesting read. 

Another problem I had was with the flow and writing itself.  The jump from present to flashback and back to present was breakneck and jarring every time.  Also, the story is told in five alternating third-person POVs, with a few journal entries from Jesse. While that may work sometimes, many times I found their voices just not distinct enough to pull it off and found myself having to back-read a page or two into a chapter to remind myself who was at the helm. 

There were things I did really like about this, though.  I did like a few of the slow-building comraderies between a couple of the characters, one that was especially hard-won. I liked the actual flashback moments with each character's memories of Jesse and what it brought to the story (though many times I didn't actually like Jesse himself).  And I actually really loved the way the story resolved itself.  It was not what I expected and I really enjoyed that turn in the story. 

Overall, I few engaging, humorous, and heartfelt moments, but not enough to overcome the issues that kept me from really enjoying this one. 


Kate Hattemer graduated with a degree from Yale in Classics. She works as a bookseller in Cincinnati and is the author of The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy, which has received five starred reviews.

Purchase the book:  Indiebound  •  BookDepository  •  Amazon

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Pull by Anne Riley {review}

by Anne Riley
♦publisher: Spencer Hill Press
♦release date: February 2nd, 2016
♦paperback, 424 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
♦source: won from author
Rosie Clayton witnesses a mugging on her first night in London—and then the scene rewinds itself.

 She finds herself standing in the same place again, with the mugging happening just like before, except this time a stranger steps in and stops it. There's no way the same incident can have two outcomes. Rosie thinks she’s losing her mind, until just a few days later, the stranger saves her.

 The stranger, Albert, and his band of misfit crime-fighters, have the special ability to Pull, which allows them to rewind just enough time to undo a recent event. Someone is hunting Albert and his crew– and now that Rosie’s been seen with them, she’s a target too. Rosie is left with no choice but to trust Albert to keep her safe.

 As Rosie learns more about this unbelievable ability and the people – if you can call them that – who want them dead, she discovers that the group’s desire for her blood might be more than mere coincidence. Each step into this magical side of London introduces Rosie to a family history that she never knew existed, and dangerous forces that could unravel her world in an instant.

 Her family may be the reason they’re all being hunted—and she may be the only one who can figure out how to save them. Sure, between the lot of them, they have a few shots to get it right. The thing about Pulling, though, is you have to be alive to do it.

Review: Pull was one that I very much enjoyed!  When Rosie and her troubled family arrive in London to visit her ailing grandfather, they are shocked when they suddenly have to rush to the hospital just in time to say their last goodbyes. Her grandfather whispers something in Rosie’s ear that seems like delusional gibberish at first, but she soon learns she’s been bequeathed a gift that will change her—and put her in mortal danger.  

There is a huge cast of such varied characters, some of them not very likable, but they are very much meant to be that way, I think. I had mixed feelings about the beginning. On one hand, I liked that so much time was focused on the Rosie’s family dynamic, because their different troubles had much to do with how the story unfolded. However, there was eventually a feeling of wanting to get to the action and find out more about Rosie’s new gift and “pulling”. Once we got into that and she met Albert the story sped along with at an exciting pace.  There’s a little bit of suspension of disbelief required in the fact that all of these bizarre incidents happen right where Rosie’s new friends happen to be, and also a bit of backstory to where the gift comes from that I felt was a little muddled.  

The connection between Rosie and Albert grew pretty naturally, and I loved how she was slowly and cautiously brought into the confidence of his friends and sister.  The ending was quite a twist, very unique and unexpected in how it played out,  but who the main villain turned out to be was, admittedly, a bit predictable.  

Still, I really enjoyed the story as a whole.  I recommend it for a fun read and look forward to the possibility of a sequel!


Anne Riley is an author of young adult fiction cleverly disguised as a high school Spanish teacher. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her family.
Anne began writing at the ripe old age of nine, when she penned a literary classic about… well, she doesn’t really remember what it was about, but she’s pretty sure the main characters were ferrets.
These days, she writes stories about teenagers instead of ferrets.

Purchase Pull:  Indiebound  •  BookDepository  •  Amazon

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Waiting on...

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It lets us all gush about what soon-to-be released books we are jumping-up-and-down excited for.
by Sarah Beth Durst

hitting shelves September 20, 2016
from Harper Voyager
An idealistic young student and a banished warrior become allies in a battle to save their realm in this first book of a mesmerizing epic fantasy series, filled with political intrigue, violent magic, malevolent spirits, and thrilling adventure

Everything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow . . .

But the spirits that reside within this land want to rid it of all humans. One woman stands between these malevolent spirits and the end of humankind: the queen. She alone has the magical power to prevent the spirits from destroying every man, woman, and child. But queens are still just human, and no matter how strong or good, the threat of danger always looms. 

With the position so precarious, young women are chosen to train as heirs. Daleina, a seemingly quiet academy student, is under no illusions as to her claim to the throne, but simply wants to right the wrongs that have befallen the land. Ven, a disgraced champion, has spent his exile secretly fighting against the growing number of spirit attacks. Joining forces, these daring partners embark on a treacherous quest to find the source of the spirits’ restlessness—a journey that will test their courage and trust, and force them to stand against both enemies and friends to save their land . . . before it’s bathed in blood.

My thoughts:  Sarah Beth Durst has pretty much become an auto-wishlist author for me, after the amazingness that was Chasing Power and Vessel and Conjured. Love her writing, so this one is definitely on my must-read list for 2016. 

What book are you eagerly anticipating this week?

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It lets us all gush about what soon-to-be released books we are jumping-up-and-down excited for.
by Karen Foxlee

hitting shelves August 2nd, 2016
from Knopf BYR
From the author of Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy comes the story of a friendship between two girls set in Victorian England, with magical machines, wizards, witches, a mysterious underworld, and a race against time.

Annabel Grey is primed for a proper life as a young lady in Victorian England. But when her mother suddenly disappears, she’s put in the care of two eccentric aunts who thrust her into a decidedly un-ladylike life, full of potions and flying broomsticks and wizards who eat nothing but crackers. Magic, indeed! Who ever heard of such a thing?

Before Annabel can assess the most ladylike way to respond to her current predicament, she is swept up in an urgent quest. Annabel is pitted against another young witch, Kitty, to rescue the sacred Moreover Wand from the dangerous underworld that exists beneath London. The two girls outsmart trolls, find passage through a wall of faerie bones, and narrowly escape a dragon, but it doesn’t take long for Annabel to see that the most dangerous part of her journey is her decision to trust this wild, magical girl.

Sparkling with Karen Foxlee’s enchanting writing, this is a bewitching tale of one important wand and two most magical girls.

My thoughts:  I am absolutely enchanted with both the cover and the synopsis of this book!  ALL the magical stuff in a underworld existing below Victorian London?? Sign me up! :D

What book are you eagerly anticipating this week?

Sunday, April 10, 2016

New Shelf Goodies & The Weekly Nutshell {161}

For New Shelf Goodies, I'll be showing you what lovely books I acquired this week, whether from publishers, or the library, or from whatever half-crazed book-buying binge I happened to go on. :D (Inspired by Tynga's Stacking the Shelves) The Weekly Nutshell will be just week here at Stories & Sweeties, in a nutshell. (inspired by Ginger @ GReads and her recaps at the end of the TGIF posts)

Here's what graced my mailbox these last two weeks!
From Trade:
A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachman
Gorgeous cover, fantasy horror set in a historic palace--what's not to be excited about? 

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
Urban fantasy featuring Latin American magic?? Yes please! :D 

For Review:
Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
I loved Dorothy Must Die and can't wait to see what Paige does with the Snow Queen!
Lotus & Thorn by Sara Wilson Etienne
Eee, this so gorgeous and looks like a wonderful fantasy adventure!
Ruined by Amy Tintera
High fantasy and espionage! This looks fun!
What Light by Jay Asher
Christmas trees, love, and redemption. :) This sounds like a charmer. 

Huge thanks to Sourcebooks, Penguin, Harper Teen, and Bloomsbury for all these lovely things to review!

The Weekly Nutshell
{Tuesday} Waiting on...The Graces by Laure Eve
{Wednesday} Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
{Friday} Sadly...setting aside (DNF reviews)

Not much of anything going on this week on the reading front---we're doing some major work on the house right now so that's really all I've had time and energy for! :(  I try to pick up a book at the end of the night and usually end up face down in it LOL.  Nearly done, though, thankfully, so I'm hoping to get back to business as usual early this week! 

Hope everyone is having a lovely spring--though I've heard some seem to still be in midwinter, while others (like me) seem to be going from rain one day to 85 degrees the next!! 

Happy reading, all! :D 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Sadly...setting aside {DNF reviews}

Aw. Sad cupcake.  Even sadder, I've had a few recent books that I just couldn't bring myself to finish. Ever sadder, still--these three were a few of my most anticipated books this year. Here I give you my latest DNF report:

Firstlife by Gena Showalter:
read to page 190
This one had such an interesting premise: the afterlife has been split into two factions and people must chose an allegiance to one side or the other during their "firstlife". I couldn't wait to hear more about these after life worlds. And I gave this one a fighting chance--stopped at page 190! But in those 190 pages, there was very little about the two worlds. What there was an abundance of was violence, really brutal torture, mental cruelty, and a lot of confusion---and for what? What was the real reason for people needing to choose a side so early in life or being tortured into making a choice?  I didn't much like any of the characters, and I couldn't get behind any of the main character's reasoning. So I finally gave up.

read to page 85
So, so sad that I couldn't get into this one. It started out okay; we meet Jamie and Charlotte and she's very aloof and Sherlock-like and he's intrigued by her because of their family's entwined history. And then suddenly they jump into a mystery where they're both suspected. And then,...well I don't know, I just sort of inexplicably lost interested in both of them and their plight. The mystery just didn't grab me and I didn't much care for either of them. So disappointed because I was so highly anticipating this one since the day I first heard about it. 

Stone Field by Christy Lenzi
read to page 108
Stone Field is one that I really tried with. Why? Because I actually really enjoyed the writing for the most part. Beautiful writing, lyrical prose---it had the feel of the old romanticized classics. But oh, the instalove.  Generally I don't mind if love moves a little fast--heck, it's YA and these are teens with raging hormones, right? BUT she finds a strange man naked in her field and suddenly their obsessed with each other? She's instantly claiming she can't stand to be apart from him?  And a few days later she actually says to her friend she's in love with him. That's a bit too much for me. Plus, aside from some family drama and a little racial tension, in 108 pages, not much happened besides all the slightly obsessive talk about the mysterious stranger. I tried...but it just wasn't for me.

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I don't DNF books lightly, and as you can see, I try to give each one a pretty fair chance to grab me.  But sometimes it just doesn't work. Not every book can be for every reader, it's the sad truth.
Are there any books you've reluctantly set aside lately?

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken {review}

by Alexandra Bracken
♦publisher: Disney Hyperion
♦release date: January 5th, 2016
♦hardcover, 486 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
♦series, Passenger, book 1
♦source: from publisher for magazine review
(an edited version of this review originally posted at
passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever

Review: Etta Spencer is pulled into her mother’s secret family legacy. She discovers they are one of four families that can travel through the passages of time. When she is kidnapped and forced to retrieve an heirloom that her mother has hidden somewhere in time, her dangerous mission will lead her across oceans and far off lands and into worldly eye-opening experiences she never could have imagined.
Passenger is a sweeping historical journey---it feels so vast and the plot is so beautifully orchestrated. In the beginning, I did feel a little overwhelmed with the amount of backstory happening, but I was also undeniably impressed with how much research and knowledge went in to every historical detail that was woven into the story. Once the adventure and danger really kick in, (for me, this was after Etta discovers her real quest and leaves the 1800s) I found myself unable to put this one down. The romance really kept a great balance with the storyline, never overtaking Etta's real purpose to save her mother and stop the tyranny going on among the traveling families. Etta and Nicholas face challenge after challenge with a strength that they seem to spark in each other, and watching them grow closer through it all is so compelling.  I also love how she slowly discovers that things were not always what they seemed with her relationship with her mother. Music also plays a big part---not as big as I'd expected, but I loved how connected she was to her love of music.  
The tale encompasses several centuries and five cultures of intriguing characters and engaging moments in time. I loved all the time-hopping that landed the characters in familiar historical moments and the DaVinci Code-style riddle-solving as Etta cleverly works through her mothers hints to get to the next point.  These things mixed with a complicated romance and the strong theme of family and freedom are what made Passenger an absolute must-read and has me eagerly anticipated the second book!


Alexandra Bracken was born and raised in Arizona, but moved east to study at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She now writes full time and can be found hard at work on her next novel in a charming apartment overflowing with books. You can visit her online at or on Twitter (@alexbracken).

Pre-order: Indiebound  •  BookDepository  •  Amazon

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Waiting on...

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It lets us all gush about what soon-to-be released books we are jumping-up-and-down excited for.
by Laure Eve

hitting shelves September 6th, 2016
from Amulet Books
In The Graces, the first rule of witchcraft states that if you want something badly enough, you can get it . . . no matter who has to pay.

Everyone loves the Graces. Fenrin, Thalia, and Summer Grace are captivating, wealthy, and glamorous. They’ve managed to cast a spell over not just their high school but also their entire town—and they’re rumored to have powerful connections all over the world. If you’re not in love with one of them, you want to be them. Especially River: the loner, new girl at school. She’s different from her peers, who both revere and fear the Grace family. She wants to be a Grace more than anything. And what the Graces don’t know is that River’s presence in town is no accident.

This fabulously addictive fantasy combines sophisticated and haunting prose with a gut-punching twist that readers will be dying to discuss. Perfect for fans of We Were Liars as well as nostalgic classics like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the 1996 movie The CraftThe Graces marks the beginning of a new wave of teen witches.

My thoughts:  I love a good witchy story, so I can't wait to dive into this one---but I'm the first to admit that I'm dying to hold this glorious unique cover in my hands! 

What book are you eagerly anticipating this week?

Friday, April 1, 2016

What's New: April YA New Releases & Giveaway!

So I'm not sure if anyone has notice but March was a bit slacky here---I've been pulled away from this blog recently because LIFE. But I'm posting when I can and hanging in there ;) That's all we can ever do, right? In other news, it's Spring! :D  Time to get some flowers & veggies into my garden (because I fail at growing things from seed LOL) and get my hammock set up and a glass of ice tea so I can read away outside in the fresh air and (shaded) sunshine! :D  Doesn't that sound lovely?

So if you're new to Stories & Sweeties, here's a little run-down of this feature: at the start of each month, I do a little thing called the "What's New List & Giveaway" where you'll find a full list of the new releases in YA for the month, and entry to the international giveaway. At the end of each month, one lucky winner will get to choose any new release as their prize!

First things first! The winner of March's giveaway is Krutula! Congrats!

April 2016 Releases:
Just like previous months, I've put a little lve by those books that I am really anticipating!

The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
Dig Too Deep by Amy Allgeyer
Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan
Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs
Railhead by Philip Reeve
Sisters of Salt and Iron by Kady Cross
South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf
Tripping Back Blue by Kara Storti

Alight by Scott Sigler
Away We Go by Emil Ostrovski
Bad Apple by Matt Whyman
Boys of Summer by Jessica Brody
Burning by Danielle Rollins
Charlotte Cuts It Out by Kelly Barson
Daughters of Ruin by K.D. Castner 
Dream House by Marzia Bisognin
Dreamers Often Lie by Jacqueline West
Eleven Things I Promised by Catherine Clark
The End of Fun by Sean McGinty
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
The Fallen Prince by Amalie Howard
Fear My Mortality by Everly Frost
Fifteen Lanes by S. J. Laidlaw
Fiona by Meredith Moore 
Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
Forest of Ruin by Kelley Armstrong
Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
Golden by Melissa de la Cruz & Michael Johnston
The Haters by Jesse Andrews
Life in the Lucky Zone by Patricia B. Tighe
Love Me Never by Sara Wolf
The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows 
My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul 
The Natural History of Us by Rachel Harris
The New Guy (and Other Senior Distractions) by Amy Spalding
Nightstruck by Jenna Black
Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell 
Remember to Forget by Ashley Royer
The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapmann 
Romancing the Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum 
When We Collide by Emery Lord

The Memory Jar by Elissa Janine Hoole
Tragedy Girl by Christine Hurley Derisa

Afterlight by Rebecca Lim
BloodTraitor by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Crossing the Line by Meghan Rogers
Dan Vs. Nature by Don Calame
Defender by Graham McNamee
Dreamology by Lucy Keating 
A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry 
Golden Boy by Sonya Harnett
Klickitat by Peter Rock
Magnetic  Shift by Lucy D. Briand
Mutant  City by Steve Feasey
Nobody’s Lady by Amy Mcnulty
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry 
Strike by Delilah S. Dawson
Taming of the Drew by Stephanie Kate Strohm
This is the Story of You by Beth Kephart
Twenty Questions for Gloria by Martyn Bedford

Consider by Kristy Acevedo
The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
Emerge by Tobie Easton
The Epidemic by Susanne Young
The Land of 10,000 Madonnas by Kate Hattemer 
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge 
Love, Lies, and Spies by Cindy Andstey 
Mr.  Fahrenheit by T. Michael Martin 
No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista
Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki
Scarlet Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw
Welcome to the Show by Frank Nappi

The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander
Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep
Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn 
Drag Teen by Jeffery Self
Great Falls by Steve Watkins
Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun 
The Incident on the Bridge by Laura McNeal
Keep Me in Mind by Jaime Reed
The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian 
The Last Full Measure by Trent Reedy
Let the Wind Rise by Shannon Messenger
Love Bomb by Jenny McLachlan
One Silver Summer by Rachel Hickman
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
Rescued by Eliot Schrefer
The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh 
Soldier by Julie Kagawa
There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane 
Two Summers by Aimee Friedman
Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova

(All links go to Goodreads)
Please feel free to email me if you notice any YA titles missing! :)

Giveaway Details: 
One winner will win a YA April release of their choice! *see note below
• Contest ends 
April 31st, 2016 at 11:59 PM
• Must be 13 or older.
• Open internationally. *International winners will be required to choose a book that is available through or up to $20 value.
•Extra entries can be earned by commenting on 
March or April reviews, and can be done once per review. Come back throughout April whenever you comment on my reviews and get your extra points!    

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