Friday, November 30, 2012

Hedgie's Must Reads: November 2012

The month of turkey, pumpkin pies, family get-togethers, and thanksgiving is coming to a close (and soon it'll be the Christmas month! Yay!), and here are some books that I was truly thankful to read over November. I would love to hear about the good books you've read this month!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Review: Beautiful Lies - Jessica Warman

Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman
Genre: YA, mystery, paranormal, thriller
Published on August 7, 2012
Published by Walker Childrens
Pages: 432
Read From: 11.15.12 - 11.18.12

No one can tell Alice and Rachel apart. But the twin sisters' connection goes beyond their genetic similarities: when one is physically injured, the wound also shows up on the other twin's body, no matter how far apart they may be. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Review: The Maze Runner - James Dashner

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Series: The Maze Runner #1
Genre: YA, post-apocalyptic
Published on October 6, 2009
Published by Delacorte Press
Pages: 374
Read From: 11.10.12 - 11.14.12

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. He has no recollection of his parents, his home, or how he got where he is. His memory is blank. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Review: Sapphire Blue - Kerstin Gier

Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier
Series: Ruby Red Trilogy #2
Genre: YA, time travel, romance
Published on October 30, 2012
Published by Henry Holt
Pages: 362
Read From: 11.7.12 - 11.11.12

Gwen's life has been a roller coaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve. When not searching through history for the other time travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she's been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Craving Something Yummy!

Readers, remember reading about those scrumpious November Cakes in The Scorpio Races and really craving one? Craving one now as we slide further into November? Well, Maggie Stiefvater kindly posted the recipe on a Twitter update! So get your November Cake recipe here! I tried the recipe out myself today. I substituted the orange extract with lemon extract (because I prefer lemons over oranges) for the roll filling, and instead of using water and butter for the icing recipe, I just used milk and powdered sugar. It's the same type of icing I use for my very popular (and highly unhealthy) cinnamon rolls. The glaze the recipe calls for surprised me. It has a very mild caramel flavor, which was nice, because I don't like caramel, but a slight caramel-ish flavor was fine with me.

When I bit into my first November Cake, my thought was wow. They are amazing, and they really hit the spot when it comes to craving a delicious, warm, baked good. And considering that it's something akin to a cinnamon roll, it really doesn't have all that much sugar or butter. Before you set out to bake your own November Cakes, make sure you have time, because this isn't a baking project that should be rushed. Actually, it's a really good baking project to do when you have a good book to finish, because while you're waiting for your dough to rise, you can just snatch your book up and read!

Thank you so much, Maggie, for sharing this recipe with us! And I want to extend my personal thanks to my friend Hazel for sending me the link! Enjoy your November Cakes!

Review: Splendors and Glooms - Laura Amy Schlitz

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
Genre: Middle Grade, historical fantasy, mystery
Published on August 28, 2012
Published by Candlewick Press
Pages: 384
Read From: 11.5.12 - 11.10.12

The master puppeteer Gaspare Grisini is so expert at manipulating his stringed puppets that they appear alive. Clara Wintermute, the only child of a wealthy doctor, is spellbound by Grisini's act and invites him to entertain at her home. Seeing his chance to make a fortune, Grisini accepts and makes a splendidly gaudy entrance with his caravan, puppets, and two orphaned assistants. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Review: The Hunters - John Flanagan

The Hunters by John Flanagan
Series: The Brotherband Chronicles #3
Genre: YA, adventure
Published on October 30, 2012
Published by Philomel
Pages: 403
Read From: 11.1.12 - 11.6.12

Hal and his brotherband crew are hot on the trail of the pirate Zavac and they have one thing only on their minds: Stopping the bloodthirsty thief before he can do more damage. Of course, they also know Zavac has the Andomal, the priceless Skandian artifact stolen when the brotherband let

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Review: The Thirteen Treasures - Michelle Harrison

The Thirteen Treasures by Michelle Harrison
Series: Thirteen Treasures #1
Genre: Middle Grade, fantasy, mystery
Published on April 12, 2010
Published by Little Brown
Pages: 368
Read From: 11.2.12 - 11.5.12

Though her mother cannot see the evil fairies that rouse Tanya from her sleep, torturing her at the slightest mention of their existence, they are as real to the thirteen-year-old as anything she's ever known. If she could wish them away, he would, but instead it is she who is sent away - to live at her grandmother's secluded countryside manor. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Review: Cuttlefish - Dave Freer

Cuttlefish by Dave Freer
Series: Cuttlefish #1
Genre: YA, alternate history, steampunk
Published on July 26, 2012
Published by Pyr
Pages: 299
Read From: 10.27.12 - 11.1.12

The year is 1953, and the British Empire still spans the globe. Coal drives the world, and the smog of it hands over the canals of London. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Review: Westmark - Lloyd Alexander

Westmark by Lloyd Alexander
Series: Westmark Trilogy #1
Genre: Middle Grade, adventure
Published on May 12, 1981
Published by E.P. Dutton
Pages: 184
Read From: 10.20.12 - 10.27.12

When Theo the printer's devil agreed to publish a pamphlet for the bombastic Dr. Absalom, he didn't know it would lead to trouble. But Westmark had become a dangerous place since the villainous Chief Minister Cabbarus had come to power. The press was destroyed, and Theo barely managed to escape with his life. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Review: Unspoken - Sarah Rees Brennan

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: The Lynburn Legacy #1
Genre: YA, fantasy, mystery, romance
Published on September 11, 2012
Published by Random House
Pages: 370
Read From: 10.24.12 - 10.27.12

Kami Glass loves someone she's never met. . . .a boy she's talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn't silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn't suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.