That Time I Finally Figured Out April's Read Along Book of the Month

Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

How'd you like that huge title? I couldn't think of a better one. Oh well.

As you can probably tell from the long title, I've finally picked a new book for a new read along. I know, there hasn't been a new one since February (I think). Sorry. I couldn't think of any particular book until last week when Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes came out and I realized that you all should read it. Soon.

It was just that good. Hence why it's this month's book of the month! *Insert audience clapping here*

You're all going to LOVE it!

Add it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18009950-liars-inc?ac=1

Summary: For fans of Gone Girl, I Hunt Killers, and TV's How to Get Away with Murder.

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called "Captivating to the very end," Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.


Use the hashtag #ReadingInc to update me on your progress and how you're liking the book.

I think that's all. 

Happy Reading!

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Weekly Round-Up #21 - March 21-27, 2015

Friday, 27 March 2015
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

Here are the weeks new releases. Enjoy!

1) Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18009950-liars-inc?ac=1

Summary: For fans of Gone Girl, I Hunt Killers, and TV's How to Get Away with Murder.

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called "Captivating to the very end," Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.


2) The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18044277-the-walls-around-us?ac=1

Summary: “Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me.”

The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.

We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture—which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.

Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other.
 


3) We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18392459-we-all-looked-up

Summary: Four high school seniors put their hopes, hearts, and humanity on the line as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth in this contemporary novel.

They always say that high school is the best time of your life.

Peter, the star basketball player at his school, is worried “they” might actually be right. Meanwhile Eliza can’t wait to escape Seattle—and her reputation—and perfect-on-paper Anita wonders if admission to Princeton is worth the price of abandoning her real dreams. Andy, for his part, doesn’t understand all the fuss about college and career—the future can wait.

Or can it? Because it turns out the future is hurtling through space with the potential to wipe out life on Earth. As these four seniors—along with the rest of the planet—wait to see what damage an asteroid will cause, they must abandon all thoughts of the future and decide how they’re going to spend what remains of the present.
 


4) The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18484774-the-cemetery-boys?ac=1

Summary: When Stephen is forced to move back to the nowhere town where his father grew up, he’s already sure he’s not going to like it. Spencer, Michigan, is like a town straight out of a Hitchcock movie, with old-fashioned people who see things only in black-and-white. But things start looking up when Stephen meets the mysterious twins Cara and Devon. They’re total punks–hardly the kind of people Stephen’s dad wants him hanging out with–but they’re a breath of fresh air in this backward town. The only problem is, Cara and Devon don’t always get along, and as Stephen forms a friendship with the charismatic Devon and something more with the troubled Cara, he starts to feel like he’s getting caught in the middle of a conflict he doesn’t fully understand. And as Devon’s group of friends, who hang out in a cemetery they call The Playground, get up to increasingly reckless activities to pass the summer days, Stephen worries he may be in over his head.

Stephen’s fears prove well-founded when he learns of Spencer’s dark past. It seems the poor factory town has a history of “bad times,” and many of the town’s oldest residents attribute the bad times to creatures right out of an urban legend. The legend goes that the only way the town will prosper again is if someone makes a sacrifice to these nightmarish creatures. And while Stephen isn’t one to believe in old stories, it seems Devon and his gang might put a lot of faith in them. Maybe even enough to kill for them.

Now, Stephen has to decide what he believes, where his allegiances lie, and who will really be his friend in the end.



5) Catalyst by Lydia Kang 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17372146-catalyst?ac=1

Summary: For fans of Uglies and The Maze Runner comes a complex, thrill-filled love story that will make you question exactly what it means to be human

In the past year Zel lost her father, the boy she loves, her safety, and any future she might have imagined for herself. Now she, her sister, and the band of genetic outcasts they've come to call their family are forced on the run when their safe house is attacked by men with neural guns. But on the way to a rumored haven in Chicago, Zel hears something--a whisper from Cy, the boy who traded himself for her sister's safety. And when she veers off plan in order to search for him, what she finds is not what she expected. There's more to their genetic mutations than they ever imagined...aspects that make them wonder if they might be accepted by the outside world after all.
 


6) Written In the Stars by Aisha Saeed

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22521951-written-in-the-stars

Summary: This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. Has Naila’s fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny?
 
Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late.



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Weekly Round-Up #20 - March 14-20, 2015

Friday, 20 March 2015
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

This is my twentieth (wow) Weekly Round-Up in which I tell you about the week's new releases. Enjoy!

1) Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21795576-everything-that-makes-you

Summary: One girl. Two stories. Meet Fiona Doyle. The thick ridges of scar tissue on her face are from an accident twelve years ago. Fiona has notebooks full of songs she’s written about her frustrations, her dreams, and about her massive crush on beautiful uber-jock Trent McKinnon. If she can’t even find the courage to look Trent straight in his beautiful blue eyes, she sure isn’t brave enough to play or sing any of her songs in public. But something’s changing in Fiona. She can’t be defined by her scars anymore. 

And what if there hadn’t been an accident? Meet Fi Doyle. Fi is the top-rated female high school lacrosse player in the state, heading straight to Northwestern on a full ride. She’s got more important things to deal with than her best friend Trent McKinnon, who’s been different ever since the kiss. When her luck goes south, even lacrosse can’t define her anymore. When you’ve always been the best at something, one dumb move can screw everything up. Can Fi fight back?

Hasn’t everyone wondered what if? In this daring debut novel, Moriah McStay gives us the rare opportunity to see what might have happened if things were different. Maybe luck determines our paths. But maybe it’s who we are that determines our luck.
 



2) Pretty Wanted by Elisa Ludwig 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22558842-pretty-wanted

Summary: Willa’s string of good-hearted but ill-conceived thefts at her former high school catapulted her into a life she hardly knows. She became a cult hero, but soon afterward, her mom disappeared, leaving only a cryptic message. When Willa hit the California highway to find her, she discovered a dark family secret: Joanne Fox is not who she says she is-and neither is Willa. Now, Willa and fellow trouble-maker Aidan must race to St. Louis, Missouri, Willa’s birthplace. There, they hope to find answers about Willa’s past. But uncovering the truth requires solving a decades-old murder case.

Unfortunately, the perps are still out there . . . and willing to do whatever it takes to keep the case cold. With Willa’s face on the nightly news and the police hot on her trail, it might not matter that Aidan and her friend Tre are there to help. Willa’s only hope is to find the truth before it finds her first.
 


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Review of Graceling

Tuesday, 17 March 2015
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

I love Graceling a lot. Like a lot a lot.

Book: Graceling

Author: Kristin Cashore

Publisher: Penguin

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight - she's a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king's thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po's friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace - or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...
 



Review: This is one of the main reasons I love high fantasy. Something about the way Katsa was so kick butt while still being somewhat nice to Po what so well done that I couldn't put the book down.

Kristin Cashore is so incredibly talented that there are no words in the English language that can properly describe how she makes you fall in love with the world and its characters. It is remarkable. 

If you are not a fan of fantasy, you will be after reading this book.

Not only is it fast-paced, but the characters are all different and unique. You'll be left wanting a Grace of your own.

Overall, this book is perfect for anyone. Well, unless you hate fantasy with a passion.

Review of Red Queen

Sunday, 15 March 2015
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is amazing. This is why.

Book: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Sci-fi, Fantasy
Cover:











Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
 



Review: The plot twists in this book will blow your mind. You have no idea. 

And Cal is...well...perfect. 

Anyway, the world building in this book is very well done. As are the character developments. I didn't know if this would be the case with this book as it had been very hyped before its release that I wasn't sure whether or not it was all a lie (like with The Hunger Games) but it (fortunately) wasn't. 

Victoria Aveyard is a phenomenal writer who captivates you from page one until the end.

And can we please talk about THOSE PLOT TWISTS! I have never read plot twists like the ones in Red Queen. Usually you can sort of see them coming but I NEVER SAW CHAPTER 26 COMING! AT ALL!

And I highly doubt you will either.

It was THAT unexpected.

The hype is well deserved for this book. 

As for the fantasy aspects, the powers were very X-Men-like in a sense that everything made sense and they were pretty awesome. (Oh, why can't I have superpowers?) Mare's powers were and logical while still being exciting. Basically, the explanation for them and why she had them made sense.

Overall, pick up Red Queen. I can almost guarantee you that if you like fantastical dystopians like THE PLEDGE by Kimberly Derting (a great book. FYI), then you will ADORE Red Queen.

I'm that sure.

Weekly Round-Up #19 , March 7-13, 2015

Friday, 13 March 2015
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

Another week, another lot of new releases. Here they are.

1) The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18081228-the-orphan-queen

Summary: Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.


2) Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22465597-vanishing-girls?from_search=true

Summary: New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

"Alarming and uplifting, a rare psychological thriller that has a kind heart at its center. Read it with all the lights on." -- E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars.
 



3) Little Peach by Peggy Kern

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22573856-little-peach?from_search=true

Summary: What do you do if you're in trouble?

When Michelle runs away from her drug-addicted mother, she has just enough money to make it to New York City, where she hopes to move in with a friend. But once she arrives at the bustling Port Authority, she is confronted with the terrifying truth: she is alone and out of options. 

Then she meets Devon, a good-looking, well-dressed guy who emerges from the crowd armed with a kind smile, a place for her to stay, and eyes that seem to understand exactly how she feels. 

But Devon is not what he seems to be, and soon Michelle finds herself engulfed in the world of child prostitution where he becomes her “Daddy” and she his “Little Peach.” It is a world of impossible choices, where the line between love and abuse, captor and savior, is blurred beyond recognition. 

This hauntingly vivid story illustrates the human spirit’s indomitable search for home, and one girl’s struggle to survive.


4) Burning Kingdoms by Lauren DeStefano

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17558080-burning-kingdoms?from_search=true

Summary: Danger descends in the second book of The Internment Chronicles, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Chemical Garden trilogy.

After escaping Internment, Morgan and her fellow fugitives land on the ground to finally learn about the world beneath their floating island home.

The ground is a strange place where water falls from the sky as snow, and people watch moving pictures and visit speakeasies. A place where families can have as many children as they want, their dead are buried in vast gardens of bodies, and Internment is the feature of an amusement park.

It is also a land at war.

Everyone who fled Internment had their own reasons to escape their corrupt haven, but now they’re caught under the watchful eye of another king who wants to dominate his world. They may have made it to the ground, but have they dragged Internment with them?
 


5) Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16085457-shadow-scale

Summary: Seraphina took the literary world by storm with 8 starred reviews and numerous “Best of” lists. At last, her eagerly awaited sequel has arrived—and with it comes an epic battle between humans and dragons.

The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.

As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?
 


6) The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18109771-the-fire-sermon?ac=1

Summary: When Zach and I were born our parents must have counted and recounted: limbs, fingers, toes. We were perfect. They would have been disbelieving: nobody dodged the split between Alpha and Omega.
Nobody.

They were born together and they will die together.

One strong Alpha twin and one mutated Omega; the only thing they share is the moment of their death.

The Omegas live in segregation, cast out by their families as soon as their mutation becomes clear. Forced to live apart, they are ruthlessly oppressed by their Alpha counterparts.

The Alphas are the elite. Once their weaker twin has been cast aside, they're free to live in privilege and safety, their Omega twin far from their thoughts.

Cass and Zach are both perfect on the outside: no missing limbs, no visible Omega mutation. But Cass has a secret: one that Zach will stop at nothing to expose.

The potential to change the world lies in both their hands. One will have to defeat the other to see their vision of the future come to pass, but if they're not careful both will die in the struggle for power.
 


Any new release you're particularly excited for? I'm very excited for The Orphan Queen because I can finally finish it now.

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The Orphan Queen Is Here

Tuesday, 10 March 2015
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

So a few months ago, I wrote this review (http://heartscrowns.blogspot.com/2014/12/review-of-orphan-queen-by-jodi-meadows.html) on a book sample that I got for The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows, and since then, I've been eagerly anticipating its release (which is today if you didn't know).

In essence, The Orphan Queen is this epic high fantasy (and, in case you didn't know, that is my favourite genre) about a group of orphans. Particularly one girl (could you tell by the title?) whose kingdom was stolen from her.

And so, she must now (along with the other orphans in her group called the Ospreys) find a way to get her kingdom back. But this kingdom has banned magic because it produces this pollution-like thing.

I would also like to point out that:

1) There are multiple boys in this story to fangirl about.

2) There is a cliffhanger at the end of this book (or so I've heard).

3) It's only a duology (two books in the series) but there are going to be four novellas as well.

4) This book has a great cover. It's very pretty and will look gorgeous on your shelf.

Here it is:


I really want that cloak, Like, now.

Here's the official synopsis:

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others
Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

Add it to your Goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18081228-the-orphan-queen?from_search=true

Buy it here:
Indigo/Chapters | Barnes & Noble | Amazon.ca | Amazon.com | Books-A-Million

This is a book you're not going to want to miss, so be sure to go get yourself a copy as soon as possible!

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Weekly Round-Up #18 - February 28 - March 6, 2015

Friday, 6 March 2015
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

We've had some pretty epic new releases this week and I'm excited to recap them for you all.

1) The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20443207-the-winner-s-crime

Summary: Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.


2) Death Marked by Leah Cypess

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18803194-death-marked?ac=1

Summary: A young sorceress’s entire life has been shaped to destroy the empire controlling her world. But if everything she knows is a lie, will she even want to fulfill her destiny? The sequel to Death Sworn is just as full of magic and surprising revelations, and will thrill fans of Leigh Bardugo and Robin LaFevers.

At seventeen, Ileni lost her magical power and was exiled to the hidden caves of the assassins. She never thought she would survive long. But she discovered she was always meant to end up, powerless, in the caves as part of an elder sorcerer’s plan to destroy the evil Empire they'd battled so long. Except that Ileni is not an assassin, and she doesn't want to be a weapon. And, after everything, she’s not even sure she knows the truth. Now, at the very heart of the Empire—its academy for sorcerers—the truth is what she seeks. What she finds challenges every belief she holds dear—and it threatens her fledgling romance with the young master of assassins.

Leah Cypess spins an intricate and beautiful conclusion to Ileni's story. In the end, it may not be the epic decisions that bring down an empire, but the small ones that pierce the heart.
 


3) How To Win At High School by Owen Matthews

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22465590-how-to-win-at-high-school?from_search=true

Summary: Using Scarface as his guide to life, Adam Higgs is going from zero to high school hero.

Adam Higgs is a loser, and he’s not okay with it.

But starting as a junior in a new high school seems like exactly the right time to change things. He brainstorms with his best friend, Brian: What will it take for him to take over Nixon Collegiate?

Adam searches for the A-listers’ weak spot and strikes gold when he gets queen bee Sara Bryant to pay him for doing her physics homework. One part nerd, two parts badass, Adam ditches his legit job and turns to full-time cheating. His clients? All the Nixon Collegiate gods and goddesses.

But soon his homework business becomes a booze business, which becomes a fake ID business. Adam’s popularity soars as he unlocks high school achievements left and right, from his first kiss to his first rebound hookup. But something else is haunting him—a dark memory from his past, driving him to keep climbing. What is it? And will he go too far?

How to Win at High School’s honest portrayal of high school hierarchy is paired with an adrenaline-charged narrative and an over-the-top story line, creating a book that will appeal to guys, girls, and reluctant readers of every stripe. Adam’s rocket ride to the top of the social order and subsequent flameout is both emotionally resonant and laugh-out-loud funny.
 


4) The Memory Key by Liana Liu

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17697565-the-memory-key

Summary: In a five-minutes-into-the-future world, a bereaved daughter must choose between losing memories of her mother to the haze of time and the reality-distorting, visceral pain of complete, perfect recall.

Lora Mint is determined not to forget.

Though her mother’s been dead for five years, Lora struggles to remember every detail about her—most importantly, the specific events that occurred the night she sped off in her car, never to return.

But in a world ravaged by Vergets disease, a viral form of Alzheimer’s, that isn’t easy. Usually Lora is aided by her memory key, a standard-issue chip embedded in her brain that preserves memories just the way a human brain would. Then a minor accident damages Lora’s key, and her memories go haywire. Suddenly Lora remembers a moment from the night of her mother’s disappearance that indicates her death was no accident. Can she trust these formerly forgotten memories? Or is her ability to remember every painful part of her past driving her slowly mad—burying the truth forever?

Lora’s longing for her lost mother and journey to patch up her broken memories is filled with authentic and poignant emotion. Her race to uncover the truth is a twisty ride. In the end, Liana Liu’s story will spark topical conversations about memory and privacy in a world that is reliant on increasingly invasive forms of technology.


5) Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18806240-bone-gap?from_search=true

Summary: Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?

Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.
 


6) Sorceress by Claudia Gray

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17234664-sorceress?from_search=true

Summary: To save the lives of countless people in Captive’s Sound, Nadia has sworn herself to the One Beneath, to black magic. Her plan, and the town’s only hope, is for Nadia to learn enough sorcery to strike back against the forces of darkness. But now that she’s separated from her friends, her family, and her Steadfast, Mateo, Nadia is more vulnerable than ever to darkness. And as the sorceress Elizabeth summons torrential rains and brings the One Beneath closer to the mortal world, Nadia is running out of time to stop her. The final battle lines are drawn, surprising alliances are made, and true love is tested in the action-packed conclusion to the breathtaking Spellcaster series. 

Sorceress is richly woven with New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s signature dark magic, captivating mystery, and star-crossed romance.
 


7) The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18488433-the-storyspinner?ac=1

Summary: Drama and danger abound in this fantasy realm where dukes play a game for the throne, magical warriors race to find the missing heir, and romance blossoms where it is least expected.

In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer’s life can get tricky. And in Johanna Von Arlo’s case, it can be fatal. Expelled from her troupe after her father’s death, Johanna is forced to work for the handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva. Too bad they don’t get along. But while Johanna’s father’s death was deemed an accident, the Keepers aren’t so sure.

The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are on a quest to find the princess—the same princess who is supposed to be dead and whose throne the dukes are fighting over. But they aren’t the only ones looking for her. And in the wake of their search, murdered girls keep turning up—girls who look exactly like the princess, and exactly like Johanna.

With dukes, Keepers, and a killer all after the princess, Johanna finds herself caught up in political machinations for the throne, threats on her life, and an unexpected romance that could change everything.


8) The Finisher by David Baldacci

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18282060-the-finisher?ac=1

Summary: Welcome to Wormwood: a place where curiosity is discouraged and no one has ever left.

Until one girl, Vega Jane, discovers a map that suggests a mysterious world beyond the walls. A world with possibilities and creatures beyond her imagining.

But she will be forced to fight for her freedom. And unravelling the truth may cost Vega her life.


9) Dorothy Must Die Stories by Danielle Paige

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25005213-dorothy-must-die-stories?ac=1

Summary: A collection of prequel novellas to the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series

Long before Amy Gumm got swept away from a Kansas trailer park . . . Dorothy Gale received a package on the night of her 16th birthday: a pair of red high-heeled shoes. Dear Dorothy, the note read. I thought about silver to match the ones you lost, but in the end I decided that red was more your color. I think you know what to do with them.

And with a knock of her heels, Dorothy returned to the magical land that made her a star—and Oz would never be the same again.

This bind-up of three prequel novellas to the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series follows Dorothy Gale as she transforms from good girl to Wicked Witch. Kiss the land where troubles melt like lemon drops goodbye. Here there's danger around every corner, and magical shoes won't be able to save you.
 


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The Winner's Crime Is Here

Tuesday, 3 March 2015
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

IT'S HERE!!!!! THE WINNER'S CRIME IS FINALLY OUT!!!!!!

Can you tell that I'm excited? (In case you can't, I'm VERY excited.)

So I figure today would be a really good day to explain to you all why you should go read the Winner's Trilogy if you haven't done so already (because the second book came out today so you can just marathon the first two).

Basically, The Winner's Curse (Book 1) starts with a girl named Kestrel buying a person because in her world, where the Valorians have conquered the Herrani, prisoners of war are bought as slaves. What she doesn't know is that the slave (whose name is Arin) has a very dangerous secret. Like a HUGE secret. Like one of those OMG WHAT JUST HAPPENED kind of secrets.

For fans of high fantasy (especially if you enjoy worlds without magic that are still amazing and will leave you in awe when you finish the book), The Winner's Curse will leave you begging for The Winner's Crime. (So it's a good thing it comes out today.)

Still not convinced? Here's the book trailer. It's pretty cool. Okay, really cool.


Maybe you should look at the pretty covers. I heard that these are some of the prettiest covers you'll ever lay eyes on.



Aren't they gorgeous? They'll also look incredible on your shelves. Trust me.

Try reading the prequel short story called Bridge of Snow. It is utterly beautiful (and free online).

http://www.tor.com/stories/2014/01/bridge-of-snow-marie-rutkoski

Maybe if I give you a proper synopsis you'll understand why these books are incredible.

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.

As a general's daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin's eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It's not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.


Yeah, the first book is one of my all-time favourites and I can't wait to get my hands on book two.

Add The Winner's Curse to your Goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16069030-the-winner-s-curse

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And add The Winner's Crime to your Goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20443207-the-winner-s-crime

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Do be sure to check these books out as they are excellent reads!

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It's March!

Sunday, 1 March 2015
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

It's the first of March and so I'm doing another one of my monthly update things.

If anyone is wondering about the read along for March, that post should be up within the next few days. Book suggestions are always welcome. You can @ me on Twitter (I'm @HeartsAndCrowns), comment on one of my Instagram photos (I'm @heartscrowns), or email me (there's a contact thing in the sidebar that's really handy/comment here.

Some excellent books come out this month including The Winner's Crime (ARIN!!!! *swoons*) and Liars, Inc. both of which will be astounding, so do look out for those.

That's it really. I guess I'll see you all in my next post. :)

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- Hearts And Crowns