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Hedgie's Must Reads: September 2013

Fall is upon us! And what a month it's been! Freak thunderstorms, new movies and books. And most importantly: the start of this new blog! What was once known as 667B Baker Street, it has now morphed into this new and splendid blog that I am just thrilled with! But on with this month's best reads!
Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross (4/5) In Paris, everything is for sale. This is the world Maude enters, when she becomes a "plain girl for hire" for an agency that rents out plain or ugly girls to society women to act as a foil against their beauty. I loved the concept, I loved Maude, I loved the sumptuous writing style, and this book actually made me fall in love with Paris (and I really don't care for Paris in any era). Might be slow for some people, but I enjoyed the detail and description so much that I didn't mind the more sedate plot pacing. Girl-read, fifteen-and-up, great for historical fiction fans!

Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub (4/5) Not a fan of Romeo and …

Stacking the Shelves #16

From the Library:
Starglass by Phoebe North
Terra has never known anything but life aboard the Asherah, a city-within-a-spaceship that left Earth five hundred years ago in search of refuge. At sixteen, working a job that doesn't interest her, and living with a grieving father who only notices her when he's yelling, Terra is sure that there has to be more to life than what she's got.

But when she inadvertently witnesses the captain's guard murdering an innocent man, Terra is suddenly thrust into the dark world beneath her ship's idyllic surface. As she's drawn into a secret rebellion determined to restore power to the people, Terra discovers that her choices may determine life or death for the people she cares most about. With mere months to go before landing on the long-promised planet, Terra has to make the decision of a lifetime - one that will determine the fate of her people.

Trapped in Paris by Evelyne Holingue
Sixteen-year-old Cameron and Framboise have no…

Review: The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thievesby Maggie Stiefvater Series: The Raven Cycle #2 Genre: YA, adventure, fantasy, supernatural Published on September 17, 2013 Published by Scholastic Press Pages: 439 Read From: 9.21.13 - 9.23.13

SYNOPSIS Ronan Lynch has secrets.Some he keeps from others.Some he keeps from himself.One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams. And sometimes he's not the only one who wants those things.Ronan is one of the rave boys - a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan's secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface - changing everything in its wake.
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? Yeah, you can kind of see the character impersonator's face, and I would rather that you couldn't, but I still really love the cover. Broody, mysterious, very atmo…

Review: The Rithmatist - Brandon Sanderson

The Rithmatistby Brandon Sanderon
Series: The Rithmatist #1
Genre: YA, alternate reality, steampunk, mystery
Published on May 14, 2013
Published by Tor Teen
Pages: 374
Read From: 9.20.13 - 9.21.13

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as chalkings. Rithmatists are humanity's only defense against the wild chalkings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the wild chalkings now threaten all the American Isles.As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at the Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing - kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselve…

Waiting on Wednesday #16

The Unbound
(The Archived #2)
by Victoria Schwab
Publication Date: January 28, 2014

From Goodreads:

Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she's struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn't easy - not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she's really safe.
Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She's sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she'll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the myst…

Top Ten Tuesday #13

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic: top 10 best sequels ever. It was actually hard to limit to just ten, but I did my best!

Inspell by Cornelia Funke. Sequel to Inkheart, and the 2nd book in the Inkworld Trilogy. I adore both sequels, but Inkspell is my favorite. It was such a good addition; such a good way to continue this wonderful series.

Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George. Sequel to Princess of the Midnight Ball and the 3rd book in the Princess Trilogy. I liked Princess of Glass as well, but Galen wasn't in it, so it didn't live up to Princess of the Midnight Ball. However, this one did, because it brought the entire trilogy to a complete circle, and Galen was present.

Scorpia Rising by Anthony Horowitz. The 9th book in his Alex Rider series. Maybe because it's the last book in a series, it doesn't really count as a sequel, but I'm going to, because it's a sequel to at least one of the books in the series, right? I loved how this ended. It was r…

Review: Of Beast and Beauty

Of Beast and Beautyby Stacey Jay Genre: YA, fairytale retelling, science fiction Published on July 23, 2013 Published by Delacorte Press Pages: 391 Read From: 9.19.13 - 9.20.13

SYNOPSIS "In the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret. . . ."In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city's vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, known as the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to their worlds.Isra wants to help the city's Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan's enchanted roses, she begins to care for him, and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.As secrets are revealed and Isra's…

Stacking the Shelves #15


The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after . . .

September 16, 2013 - Monday Review: Stormbringers - Philippa Gregory September 17, 2013 - Tuesday Top Ten Tuesday #12: Top 10 Books On My Fall TBR List September 18, 2013 - Wednesday Waiting on Wednesday #15 September 19, 2013 - Thursday Review: Still Star-Crossed - Melinda Taub September 20, 2013 - Friday Review: Speaker for the Dead - Orson Scott Card

Review: Speaker for the Dead - Orson Scott Card

Speaker for the Deadby Orson Scott Card Series: Ender's Saga #2
Genre: YA, science fiction
Published on August 15, 1991
Published by Tor Books
Pages: 280 Read From: 9.15.13 - 9.18.13

Three thousand planet-bound years have fled since Ender Wiggin won humanity's war with the Buggers by totally destroying them. Ender remains young - travelling the stars at relativistic speeds, a hundred years or more might pass while he experiences a month-long voyage. In three thousand years, his books The Hive Queen and The Hegemon have become holy writ, and the name of Ender anathema; he is the Xenocide, the one who killed an entire race of thinking, felling being, the only other sapient race humankind had found in all the galaxy. The only ones, that is, until the planet called Lusitania was discovered and colonized.On Lusitania humans found another race of ramen. . . .a young race, beings just beginning to lift their eyes to the stars and wondering what might be out there. The discovery was …

Review: Still Star-Crossed - Melinda Taub

Still Star-Crossedby Melinda Taub Genre: YA, classic retelling, romance Published on July 9, 2013 Published by Delacorte Press Pages: 352 Read From: 9.11.13 - 9.15.13

SYNOPSIS Despite the "glooming peace" that has settled on Verona following Romeo's and Juliet's tragic deaths, the ancient grudge between the Montagues and Capulets refuses to die: the two houses are brawling in the streets again within a fortnight. Faced anew with "hate's proceedings," Prince Escalus concludes that the only way to marry the fortunes of these two families is to literally marry a Montague to a Capulet. But the couple he selects is uninterested in matrimony, for the most eligible Montague bachelor is Benvolio, still anguished by the loss of his friends, and the chosen Capulet maid of Rosaline, whose rejection of Romeo paved the way to bloodshed. In contrast to their late cousins, there's no love lost between these two, and so they find a common purpose: resolving the city's…