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Hedgie's Must Reads: February 2014

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It's that time again - the end of the month. I had a lot of reading to get done this month, being a bit behind; I didn't have time for St. Valentine's Day. I hope everyone had a good one! Me? I snuggled down with Bilbo with some chocolate and a glass of milk and read my heart out. And a date with Hedgie is the perfect way to spend St. Valentine's Day, in my opinion. :-)

February 2014 Book Haul

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This month was the beginning of my book-buying budget plan, since January didn't exactly go according to, um, plan. I did treat myself to a little bit of a buying sprint trip, but I actually did have this planned, and had cushioned myself with extra money earned at a 4-hour music gig. So it didn't come out of my regular paycheck; it was actual spending money. And I got massive deals at the used bookstore I went to. Even so, I bought 51 books total this month . . . . .

Waiting on Wednesday #37 + WWW Wednesday #7

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. It's a weekly meme about upcoming books we're excited about!

Top Ten Tuesday #33

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted byThe Broke and the Bookish 
Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top 10 Things I Love About Being A Blogger/Reader. This was actually supposed to be last week's topic, but I accidentally switched the two around, so last week was this week's topic, and this week's topic is last week's topic! :-)

Author Visit: Victoria Schwab, Lish McBride, Kendare Blake

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On February 15, 2014, authors Victoria Schwab, Lish McBride, and Kendare Blake came to Bellevue University of Washington Bookstore for a book signing! It was super, super, super awesome to meet all of them, even if I haven't read Lish McBride and Kendare Blake's books yet (they're on my shelf!). Stupid me, though - I forgot my camera and my recorder (I'm sorry, guys!). So, I guess you guys will just have to enjoy pictures of the swag I got - and the signed books!

Stacking the Shelves #37

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Guest Post: Story Pet Peeves

We all have story pet peeves: things in a story that irritate us, be it writing style or love triangles or unnecessary violence. We Readers probably have more story pet peeves than bookish pet peeves. My three bookish friends, Katherine, Hazel, and Kel have joined The Reading Hedgehog again to share some of their story pet peeves!

Review: Vicious - V. E. Schwab

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Viciousby V. E. Schwab
Genre: Adult, paranormal
Published on September 24, 2013
Published by Tor
Pages: 364
Read From: 2.8.14 - 2.10.14











SYNOPSIS
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates - brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing hidden possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could actually gain extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis inevitably moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Review: The Unbound - Victoria Schwab

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The Unboundby Victoria Schwab Series: The Archived #2 Genre: YA, mystery, supernatural Published on January 28, 2014 Published by Hyperion Pages: 368 Read From: 2.7.14 - 2.8.14









SYNOPSIS Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Waiting on Wednesday #36 + WWW Wednesday #6

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Top Ten Tuesday #32

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Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is any topic of my choice! Well, sort of. This is my opportunity to redo any past TTT topics or maybe do ones that I missed. So my choice for this week: Top 10 Books I'm Glad Were Recommended to Me. (NOTE: Apparently this is next week's Top Ten Tuesday topic; I got them switched, but am too lazy to fix it).

Review: Enders - Lissa Price

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Endersby Lissa Price
Series: Starters & Enders #2
Genre: YA, dystopian, futuristic
Published on January 7, 2014
Published by Delacorte Press
Pages: 273
Read From: 2.4.14 - 2.7.14










SYNOPSIS
Someone is after Starters like Callie and Michael - teens with chips in their brains. They want to experiment on anyone left over from Prime Destinations - Starters who can be controlled and manipulated. With the body bank destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders. But Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn't want to do. Like hurt someone she loves.

Stacking the Shelves #36

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Hedgehog Life: February 2014

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Hello, all!
Welcome to a new feature, letting people know what has been going on and what will be going on in The Reading Hedgehog's life! February has been pretty unexciting for us. Lots of reading, watching BBC shows, work, and reading some more. Poor Hedgie has been going through his second major quilling, which is when hedgehogs lose their baby quills and get new adult ones in. It's an uncomfortable process, as he has thousands of sharp little quills poking up through his skin, so he's been rather crabby all this month. Fortunately, though, he is towards the end of it now, and going back to being a sweet little ball of jam and kittens (and sometimes rage).

ARC Review: The Winter Horses - Philip Kerr

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The Winter Horsesby Philip Kerr Genre: YA, historical fiction Published on March 25, 2014 Published by Knopf Books Pages: 288 Read From: 2.2.14 - 2.4.14










SYNOPSIS It will soon be another cold winter in the Ukraine. But it's 1941, and things are different this year. Max, the devoted caretaker of an animal preserve, must learn to live with the Nazis who have overtaken this precious land. He must also learn to keep secret - for there is a girl, Kalinka, who is hiding in the park.

Review: The Vanishing Game - Kate Kae Myers

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The Vanishing Gameby Kate Kae Myers Genre: YA, mystery, thriller Published on February 14, 2012 Published by Bloomsbury Pages: 353 Read From: 2.1.14 - 2.2.14










SYNOPSIS The bond between twins is unmistakable. For Jocelyn and Jack, that bond was all they had. But now Jack is dead. Then Jocelyn receives a letter from Jason December - the code name Jack used when they were children. Only one other person knows about Jason December: Noah, Jocelyn's childhood crush. But Noah isn't the one contacting Jocelyn. Together they decide to return to Seale House, the frightening foster home where all there of them lived together.

Waiting on Wednesday #35 + WWW Wednesday #5

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Top Ten Tuesday #31

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This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top 10 Books That Will Make You Swoon. Oh dear; this isn't a good topic for me. I am not the swooning type. Not even a little bit. Swooning is nonsensical, undignified, and rarely helpful in a situation (unless one is pressed for a good distraction plan). So, I'm going to be extremely interpretative with this topic and choose the top 10 books that have my favorite male characters! (Note: neither Sherlock Holmes nor Watson will be included in this list, as they're a given. As are any of Jane Austen's male characters.)

Review: Sword of Damocles - Brian Bern

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Sword of Damoclesby Brian Bern Series: Cade Knight #1 Genre: YA, action Published on September 10, 2013 Published by CreateSpace Pages: 243 Read From: 1.29.14 - 2.1.14












SYNOPSIS Cade helped his father design the J-Phone, the most significant invention in the history of spy craft - complete with Eavesdropper, Impersonator, and Hacker apps. Together, he and his father customized a J-Phone for the president of the United States, enabling him to launch nuclear weapons from the Nuclear Football app.

Stacking the Shelves #35

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Weekend Recommendations #32

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This is a weekly feature, where I get to go all fannish about two randomly-picked favvies (which may not actually be favorites, but got a rating of 3 or more strawberries) that I would recommend to friends!

ARC Review: Stay Where You Are & Then Leave - John Boyne

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Stay Where You Are & Then Leaveby John Boyne Genre: YA, historical fiction Published on March 25, 2014 Published by Henry Holt and Co. Pages: 247 Read From: 1.25.14 - 1.26.14










SYNOPSIS The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield's father promised he wouldn't go away to fight - but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn't know where his father might be, other than that he's away on a special, secret mission.

Review: Defy - Sara B. Larson

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Defyby Sara B. Larson Series: Defy #1 Genre: YA, fantasy, romance Published on January 7, 2014 Published by Scholastic Press Pages: 336 Read From: 1.19.14 - 1.24.14









SYNOPSIS Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king's army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince's guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can't prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

Waiting on Wednesday #34 + WWW Wednesday #4

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Top Ten Tuesday #30

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This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top 10 Books That Will Make You Cry. I can't guarantee that there's 10 books in my list, as it takes quite a bit to make me cry. But here are my picks:

Review: My Invisible Boyfriend - Susie Day

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My Invisible Boyfriendby Susie Day Genre: YA, comedy, contemporary, romance Published on April 1, 2010 Published by Scholastic Press Pages: 288 Read From: 1.18.14 - 1.19.14 Final Rating:3/5 strawberries









SYNOPSIS Heidi has the perfect solution to her popularity problems - a fake boyfriend. She's even made him a real-life Internet profile that makes him look like a motorcycle-riding bad boy who reads poetry for fun. *swoon* Heidi's friends are impressed. So impressed they start e-mailing Heidi's fake boyfriend for advice about their own problems. Including their problems with, um. . . .Heidi.

Stacking the Shelves #34

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Weekend Recommendations #31

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This is a weekly feature, where I get to go all fannish about two randomly-picked favvies (which may not actually be favorites, but got a rating of 3 or more strawberries) that I would recommend to friends!