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Hedgie's Must Reads: April 2014

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We are almost done with spring and into summer, people! Give us a shout of triumph! I love spring, but I love summer more. I think. Maybe not. With summer, Hedgie and I have to move down into my library because it gets too hot up in my room for us. But there's worse things than camping out in a room full of books for the summer! April was a pretty even reading month. I had a bunch of good reads, some all right reads, and some bad reads. It seems like the bad reads all hit me at once, one after another, but I had a string of good ones to fortify me, and then another string of good ones for recovery. Hedgie and I had a hard time picking a best book of the month, and also a bit of trouble picking a worst book of the month, too. But we did it!

April 2014 Book Haul

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Yes, people, that's right - Book Hauls are now going to be videos! How exciting is this?! I apologize for glare and bad lighting - I still haven't figured that out. This book haul has been split into two videos because my camera ran out of time. But, anyway, I hope you enjoy! (For the record I got 60 books this month.)

Review: Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes - Jonathan Auxier

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Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyesby Jonathan Auxier
Series: Peter Nimble #1
Genre: Middle Grade, fantasy
Published on August 1, 2011
Published by Amulet Books
Pages: 381
Read From: 4.16.14 - 4.18.14










SYNOPSIS
"Now, for those of you who know anything about blind children, you are aware that they make the very best thieves. As you can well imagine, blind children have incredible senses of smell, and they can tell what lies behind a locked door - be it fine cloth, gold, or peanut brittle - at fifty paces.

Stacking the Shelves #45

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Guest Post: Book Opposites!

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This month's guest post is just kind of a fun little subject - to take a break from the more "serious" book subjects we've been covering. Katherine and Hazel have joined me once more to answer some fun questions about book opposites! How this works is pretty self-explanatory: there is a series of questions we all answer. The books chosen for the categories are ones that we physically own. We have not borrowed them or own them on an eReader. This was inspired by a tag video Little Book Owl did on Youtube. So let's get started!

ARC Review: West of the Moon - Margi Preus

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West of the Moonby Margi Preus Genre: YA, fairy tale retelling, historical fiction Published on April 1, 2014 Published by Amulet Books Pages: 224 Read From: 4.13.14 - 4.16.14











SYNOPSIS
After being separated from her sister and sold to a cruel goat farmer, Astri makes a daring escape. She quickly retrieves her little sister, and, armed with a troll treasure, a book of spells and curses, and a possibly magic

Review: Sunrise - Mike Mullin

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Sunrise by Mike Mullin
Series: Ashfall Trilogy #3
Genre: YA, post-apocalyptic
Published on April 15, 2014
Published by Tanglewood Press
Pages: 466
Read From: 4.11.14 - 4.13.14










SYNOPSIS The Yellowstone supervolcano nearly wiped out the human race. Now, almost a year after the eruption, the survivors seem determined to finish the job. Communities wage war on each other and gangs of cannibals roam the countryside. Sickness, cold, and starvation are the survivors' constant companions.

Waiting on Wednesday #45 + WWW Wednesday #15

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Top Ten Tuesday #42 + Teaser Tuesday #3

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This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top 10 Characters Who Are Excellent Villains! Hm, hm, hm - this may be more difficult than I initially thought . . . . We'll see! These aren't in any particular order, by the way.

Review: The Book of Lost Things - Cynthia Voigt

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The Book of Lost Thingsby Cynthia Voigt Series: Mister Max #1 Genre: Middle Grade, mystery Published on September 10, 2013 Published by Knopf Books Pages: 400 Read From: 4.7.14 - 4.11.14










SYNOPSIS Max Starling's theatrical father likes to say that at twelve a boy is independent. He also likes to boast (about his acting skills, his wife's acting skills, a fortune only his family knows is metaphorical), but more than anything he likes to have adventures. Max Starling's equally theatrical

Stacking the Shelves #44

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Weekend Recommendations #34

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Review: The Lost Stone + The Scarlet Dragon - Jordan Quinn

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The Lost Stone by Jordan Quinn
Series: The Kingdom of Wrenly #1
Genre:  fantasy
Published on April 1, 2014
Published by Little Simon
Pages: 128
Read From: 4.8.14 - 4.8.14













SYNOPSIS
In The Lost Stone, Lucas and Clara search for Queen Tasha's missing emerald. On their exciting adventure, they travel to all the main attractions of Wrenly: Primlox (the island of fairies), Burth (the island of trolls),

ARC Review: Northwood - Brian Falkner

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Northwood by Brian Falkner Genre: Middle Grade, fantasy Published on April 1, 2014 Published by Capstone Young Readers Pages: 272 Read From: 4.5.14 - 4.6.14












SYNOPSIS
The dark forest of Northwood has never seen the likes of Cecilia Undergarment before. . . .

Waiting on Wednesday #44 + WWW Wednesday #14

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Top Ten Tuesday #41 + Teaser Tuesday #2

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This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic? Top 10 Bookish Things I'd Like to Own. Well, this is going to be bloody hard to do without pictures! Okay, I lied - there's pictures!! Courtesy of Pinterest! So let's get started!

Review: Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

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Fangirlby Rainbow Rowell
Genre: YA, contemporary, romance
Published on September 10, 2013
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 438
Read From: 4. 3.14 - 4.5.14












SYNOPSIS
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan. . . .

Stacking the Shelves #43

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Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Review

Hedgehog Life: April 2014

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Hello, hello, all!
I hope this update finds everyone enjoying spring! Now that the weather has finally decided to more or less clear up, Hedgie and I are enjoying April very much. The winter clothes can go back in the closer and out comes the spring and summer stuff! Dresses and sandals and short sleeves - oh yes, I am very happy. Sweaters are nice and all, but I was getting tired of them.

ARC Review: Going Over - Beth Kephart

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Going Overby Beth Kephart Genre: YA, historical fiction, romance Published on April 1, 2014 Published by Chronicles Books Pages: 264 Read From: 3.30.14 - 4.3.14










SYNOPSIS In the early 1980s Ada and Stefan are young, would-be lovers living on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall - Ada lives with her mother and

Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry - Gabrielle Zevin

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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikryby Gabrielle Zevin
Genre: Adult, contemporary
Published on April 1, 2014
Published by Algonquin Books
Pages: 260
Read From: 3.31.14 - 4.3.14











SYNOPSIS
A.J. Fikry's life is not at all what he expected it to me. His wife has died; his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history; and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island - from Chief Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who's always felt kindly toward him; from Ismay, his sister-in-law, who is hell-bent on saving A.J. from his dreary self; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic (if eccentric) Knightley Press sales rep who persists in taking the ferry to Alice Island, refusing to be deterred by A.J.'s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, he can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly.

Waiting on Wednesday #43 + WWW Wednesday #13

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Top Ten Tuesday #40 + Teaser Tuesday #1

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This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top 10 Most Unique Books I've Read. This was a hard topic in the fact that I have too many to pick from!! But I'll do my best.

Review: The Book of Ti'ana - Rand Miller

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The Book of Ti'ana by Rand Miller Series: Myst Trilogy #1 Genre: Adult, Neo-Victorian, science fiction Published on November 7, 1996 Published by Hyperion Pages: 336 Read From: 3.23.14 - 3.29.14









SYNOPSIS
These pages are your link to the story of Ti'ana - known among humans as Anna - the first woman from the outside world to enter the domain of the D'Ni. She wandered into a place she never should have seen, and her

Stacking the Shelves #42

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Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Review

Divergent

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Rated: PG-13




















ARC Review: The One Safe Place - Tania Unsworth

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The One Safe Placeby Tania Unsworth Genre: YA, dystopian Published on April 29, 2014 Published by Algonquin Books Pages: 304 Read From: 3.22.14 - 3.23.14










SYNOPSIS Devin doesn't remember life before the world got hot; he has grown up farming the scorched earth with his grandfather in their remote valley. When his grandfather dies, Devin heads for the city. Once there, among the stark glass buildings, he finds scores of children, just like him, living alone on the streets. They tell him rumors of a place for abandoned children, with unlimited food and toys and the hope of finding a new family. But only the luckiest get there.

Review: Hero - Alethea Kontis

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Hero by Alethea Kontis Series: The Woodcutter Sisters #2) Genre: YA, fairytale retelling Published on October 1, 2013 Published by Harcourt Books Pages: 304 Read From: 3.21.14 - 3.22.14









SYNOPSIS For rough-and-tumble Saturday, it's no fun being the only one in the family without any magical talent. Too tall, too strong, too normal, that's her lot in life - until the day she accidentally creates an ocean in the backyard.

Waiting on Wednesday #42 + WWW Wednesday #12

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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 #39

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted byThe Broke and the Bookish 
This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top 10 "Gateway" Books/Authors in My Reading Journey. I do believe for this one, I'll stick with books. Either way, it's going to be a bit of a hard topic.