Monday, March 31, 2014

Hedgie's Must Reads: March 2014

Happy spring! Though you wouldn't be able to tell it's spring with the weather around here. Rain, freezing nights - bloody awful. However, things are starting to push through the soil - lots and lots of flowers! Yay! March was a really good reading month for Hedgie and I. Only two bad reads, and they were only 2-strawberry reads, not Special Awfulness Award or 1-strawberry. I hope next month is just as good.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

March 2014 Book Haul

So the end of March is (practically) here! And it's time to tally up all the books I bought this month! It wasn't nearly as bad as February or January (though I really must be fair to myself; February's books were mostly on sale). Though I did go over . . . . again. Oh well. It happens; I can't help it. I bought a grand total of 20 books this month, and 1 was a gift! So 21 books! Awesomeness! Yes, I will be positive about it. No negative feels here! April will be . . . . not much better, I'm sure.

Friday, March 28, 2014

ARC Review: The Here and Now - Ann Brashares

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
Genre: YA, time travel, romance
Published on April 8, 2014
Published by Delacorte Press
Pages: 288
Read From: 3.20.14 - 3.21.14

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Review: Perfect Ruin - Lauren DeStefano

Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano
Series: The Internment Chronicles #1
Genre: YA, dystopian
Published on October 1, 2013
Published by Simon & Schuster
Pages: 356
Read From: 3.15.14 - 3.16.14

On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan's older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #38

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish 

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top 10 Things On My Bookish Bucket List. To be honest, I never thought about a bookish bucket list until - well, I started writing this post. But I suppose that there really are a list of bookish things that I would like to get done before I'm dead. And if I don't get some of these done before I die . . . . well, I'm just a poor excuse for a bookworm and a book blogger. So let's get started, shall we?

Monday, March 24, 2014

ARC Review: Sea of Shadows - Kelley Armstrong

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Age of Legends #1
Genre: YA, fantasy
Published on April 8, 2014
Published by HarperTeen
Pages: 416
Read From: 3.12.14 - 3.15.14

In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire's worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Guest Post: Your Library!

This month's guest post is all about libraries! Or book collections; dragon hordes - whatever you like to call your mass of books kept in your home. More to the point, this month's post is about how we organize them. Everyone has their different ways of keeping their books. Hazel, Kel, and Katherine have once again joined The Reading Hedgehog in sharing their private libraries with us!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Review: Pawn - Aimee Carter

Pawn by Aimee Carter
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
Genre: YA, dystopian
Published on November 26, 2013
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pages: 343
Read From: 3.11.14 - 3.12.14

You can be a VII if you give up everything. 
For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

ARC Review: Liv, Forever - Amy Talkington

Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington
Genre: YA, supernatural, mystery, romance
Published on March 11, 2014
Published by Soho Teen
Pages: 280
Read From: 3.9.14 - 3.10.14

When Liv Bloom lands an art scholarship at Wickham Hall, it's her ticket out of the foster system. Liv isn't sure what to make of the school's weird traditions and rituals, but she couldn't be happier. For the first time ever, she has her own studio, her own supply of paints. Everything she could want. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #37

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish 

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top 10 Books On My Spring 2014 TBR List! I know I said that I was going to start doing actual TBR lists for each month, and I sort of do - but not really. I have my library and ARC books planned out, but books I actually own, I leave up to my TBR Jar. So, I guess this will sort of be my "I hope I can read in the spring" list. :-) And most of these are spring releases.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Review: Ashen Winter - Mike Mullin

Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin
Series: Ashfall Trilogy #2
Genre: YA, post-apocalyptic
Published on October 16, 2012
Published by Tanglewood Press
Pages: 576
Read From: 3.6.14 - 3.9.14

It's been over six months since the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. Alex and Darla have been staying with Alex's relatives, trying to cope with the new reality of the dark, cold, and primitive world. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Weekend Recommendations #33

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!

Friday, March 14, 2014

ARC Review: Sky Raiders - Brandon Mull

Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull
Series: Five Kingdoms #1
Genre: Middle Grade, fantasy
Published on March 11, 2014
Published by Aladdin
Pages: 432
Read From: 3.1.14 - 3.6.14

Cole Randolph was just trying to have a fun time with his friends on Halloween (and maybe get to know Jenna Hunt a little better). But when a spooky haunted house turns out to be a portal to something much creepier, Cole finds himself on an adventure on a whole different level. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

ARC Review: Thief's War - Hilari Bell

A copy was provided by the Author
in exchange for
an honest review.
Thief's War by Hilari Bell
Series: Knight & Rogue #4
Genre: YA, fantasy, adventure
Published on March 8, 2014
Published by Courtney Literary
Pages: 254
Read From: 3.1.14 - 3.1.14

Knights errant aren't supposed to let the bad guy escape. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #36

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish 

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top 10 All Time Favorite Books in X Genre. What does the X stand for? I get to choose the genre! And I choose . . . . . fairy tale retellings! I almost went with Victorian mysteries, but I'll go with this instead.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Review: Cress - Marissa Meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Genre: YA, fairy tale retelling, science fiction
Published on February 4, 2014
Published by Feiwell & Friends
Pages: 550
Read From: 2.24.14 - 2.28.14

In this third book in The Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Hedgehog Life: March 2014

I know, it's rather early in the month to be doing a Hedgehog Life update, but I was too tired to put together a Weekend Recommendations for today, so I decided - why not? Surely I can think of some interesting things that have happened in Hedgie's and my life recently to talk about.

Friday, March 7, 2014

ARC Review: Steadfast - Claudia Gray

Steadfast by Claudia Gray
Series: Spellcater #2
Genre: YA, paranormal, romance
Published on March 4, 2014
Published by Harper Teen
Pages: 352
Read From: 2.19.14 - 2.22.14

Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine saved Captive's Sound from the dark Sorceress Elizabeth. . . .or so they thought. Despite their best efforts, a crack opened and a new, greater evil seeped through. With Mateo as her

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Review: Spellcaster - Claudia Gray

Spellcaster by Claudia Gray
Series: Spellcaster #1
Genre: YA, paranormal, romance
Published on March 5, 2013
Published by Harper Teen
Pages: 389
Read From: 2.16.14 - 2.18.14

When Nadia's family moves to Captive's Sound, she instantly realizes there's more to the place than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia can sense that a spell has been cast over the tiny Rhode Island town - a sickness infecting everyone and everything in it. The magic at work is darker and more powerful than anything she's come across and has sunk its claws most deeply into Mateo. . . .her rescuer, her friend, and the guy she yearns to get closer to even as he pushes her away. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #34

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish 

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top 10 Popular Authors I Have Never Read. Some of these authors are on my TBR list; others are purposely on my "never read before" list and will stay there. ;-)

Monday, March 3, 2014

ARC Review: The Winner's Curse - Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Series: Winner's Curse #1
Genre: YA, fantasy, romance
Published on March 4, 2014
Published by Farrarr, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 355
Read From: 2.10.14 - 2.15.14

Seventeen-year-old Kestrel is an aristocratic citizen of Valoria, a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers. Here, a girl like Kestrel has two choices: to join the military or to get married. Despite her

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Liebster Blog Award Nomination

Thank you, Danielle at Thee Daily Prophet, Amanda at Book Badger, and Karsyn at KaKiJoKoJa for nominating me!

What is the Liebster Blog Award? It is a German award which is now translated as The Beloved & Dearest Blog Award. This award is currently open for nomination to eligible blogs with quality content and a follower count less than 200 to bring more recognition to some of the smaller and newer blogs. It is up to the nominee to choose whether one wants to accept the nomination and the award or to decline it.