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Hedgie's Reading Recap: July 2015

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That time of the month again! Time to look at all the books I read! I'm proud of myself! I read quite a few - and a pretty good variety as well! And yes, you'll have noticed that this feature's name as changed yet again!


July 2015 Book Haul

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I was amazingly good this month. Like, I can't believe how I good I was. . . .With books, that is. I totally broke my bank with clothes, though. Again. Just. . . .We're not going to talk about that.

Waiting on Wednesday: A Night Divided

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A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen Publication Date: August 25, 2015
From Goodreads:
With the rise of the Berlin Wall, twelve-year-old Gerta finds her family divided overnight. She, her mother, and her brother Fritz live on the eastern side, controlled by the Soviets. Her father and middle brother, who had gone west in search of work, cannot return home. Gerta knows it is dangerous to watch the wall, to think forbidden thoughts of freedom, yet she can't help herself. She sees the East German soldiers with their guns trained on their own citizens; she, her family, her neighbors and friends are prisoners in their own city.
But one day, while on her way to school, Gerta spots her father on a viewing platform on the western side, pantomiming a peculiar dance. Then, when she receives a mysterious drawing, Gerta puts two and two together and concludes that her father wants Gerta and Fritz to tunnel beneath the wall, out of East Berlin. However, if they are caught, the consequences wi…

Top Ten Tuesday #87 + Teaser Tuesday #48

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Top Ten Characters That Are Fellow Book Nerds. Easy topic! The majority of my favorite characters are fellow book nerds! Let the list begin!


Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. I look forward to seeing how many lists have her at the top. She's a pretty no-brainer, immediate choice.Sarah Crewe from A Little Princess. I think she's the first protagonist I met who shared my book passion, and it's part of why I loved her so much.Meggie Fulchart from Inkheart. Let's not forget her dad, Mo, too! And Elinor! And Resa! And Darius! And, yes, even Orpheus. Let's face it - the Inkworld Trilogy is full of book nerds. :)Matilda from Matilda. Also looking forward to seeing how many lists have her among them. I didn't meet Matilda until I was older. Shockingly, I was not raised on Roald Dahl - not sure why that is. But I wasn't and didn't actually read any of his books until I was in my early teens.Flavia Geminafrom The Roman Mysteries. She can be found anywhere readin…

2015 TBR Update #3

So it's been a while since I've done one of these updates, but I'm going to try and do them on Mondays on a regular basis. Not only so you can stay up to date on my reading challenges, but also my TBR progress for the months.
So my July TBR has 20 official books. Out of those, I have completed 2 this week:
A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman (4/5)Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (5/5) I have 15 left to read: Never Fade - Alexandra BrackenWaistcoats & Weaponry - Gail CarrigerThe Eye of Minds - James DashnerUnder the Egg - Laura Marx FitzgeraldAn Abundance of Katherines - John GreenLibriomancer - Jim C. HinesThe Lost Kingdom - Matthew J. KirbyDevoted - Jennifer MathieuHidden - Donna Jo NapoliThe Spindlers - Lauren OliverAsylum - Madeleine RouxThe Sin Eater's Daughter - Melinda SalisburyCirca Now - Amber McRee TurnerThe Whispering Trees - J. A. WhiteBad Luck Girl - Sarah Zettel I have also read:
The Uninvited by Cat Winters (3/5) I am currently reading 2 books:
Never Fad…

Hedgehog Life: 7/20/15 - 7/26/15

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I thought that after my last week, I'd have another whirlwind one. But to be honest, it wasn't that crazy! It was actually downright relaxing. I need to do something about this; I have too much free time. ;-)
This Week I Read: - The Uninvited by Cat Winters (3/5 strawberries)
- A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman (4/5 strawberries)
- Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (5/5 strawberries)

This Week I Reviewed: - Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
- The Uninvited by Cat Winters
What's In Store For Next Week: Monday: 2015 TBR Update #3 Tuesday: Top Ten Characters Who Are Book Nerds Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday with A Night Divided Thursday: July 2015 Book Haul Friday: Hedgie's Reading Recap: July 2015
Saturday: Hedgie's TBR: August 2015

Aside from a lunch date with a couple of friends - to catch up on life - I have devoted the week to reading and cleaning out my closet, bedroom, and library. Life has been a bit hectic - and not in a good way - so I also took the time to upd…

ARC Review: The Uninvited - Cat Winters

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The Uninvited by Cat Winters
Genre: Adult, historical fiction, supernatural
Published on August 11, 2015
Published by William Morrow
Pages: 368
Read From: 7.12.15 - 7.22.15













SYNOPSIS
Twenty-five-year-old Ivy Rowan rises from her sickbed after being struck by the flu, only to discover that the world has been torn apart in just a few short days.
But Ivy's lifelong gift - or curse - remains. For she sees the uninvited ones - ghosts of loved ones who appear to her, unasked for and unwelcomed, for they always herald impending death. On that October evening in 1918, Ivy sees the spirit of her grandmother, rocking in her mother's chair. An hour later, she learns her younger brother and father have killed a young German out of retaliation for the death in the Great War of Ivy's older brother Billy.
Horrified, she leaves home and soon realizes that the flu has caused utter panic and the rules governing society have broken down. Ivy is drawn into this new world of jazz, passion, and freedom, …

Review: Saint Anything - Sarah Dessen

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Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Genre: YA, contemporary, romance
Published on May 5, 2015
Published by Viking Juvenile
Pages: 417
Read From: 7.18.15 - 7.18.15













SYNOPSIS
Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and - lately - concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?
Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekend, and pitch in the care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.
Review
Dear Saint Anyth…

Waiting on Wednesday: Queen of Shadows

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass: #4) Publication Date: September 1, 2015
From Goodreads:
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire - for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past. . . .
She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.
Why I'm Excited
- After the build-up in the third book, I am extremely curious to see what happens next. - I hate Celaena as a protagonist, but Sarah J. Maas has built a rich, epic fantasy world that I love exploring. - Maybe I'll like Celaena in this one!

Top Ten Tuesday #86 + Teaser Tuesday #47

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Top Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity




- Grab the book you're currently reading! - Flip to a random page! - Share 2 teaser sentences from that page!

He guided me behind the counter and lowered me down to a pale wooden chair with a rose carved into the back. I thought of Sigrid lying somewhere inside that cold and cavernous hospital. And her children. Little gold spots buzzed before my eyes. I sank my face into my lap and interlocked my fingers behind my skill to squeeze the wooziness out of my brain. The Uninvited by Cat Winters (pg. 183)

2015 TBR Update #2

So it's been a while since I've done one of these updates, but I'm going to try and do them on Mondays on a regular basis. Not only so you can stay up to date on my reading challenges, but also my TBR progress for the months.
So my July TBR has 20 official books. Out of those, I have completed 0 this week:
I have 17 left to read: Northanger Abbey - Jane AustenNever Fade - Alexandra BrackenWaistcoats & Weaponry - Gail CarrigerThe Eye of Minds - James DashnerUnder the Egg - Laura Marx FitzgeraldAn Abundance of Katherines - John GreenLibriomancer - Jim C. HinesThe Lost Kingdom - Matthew J. KirbyDevoted - Jennifer MathieuHidden - Donna Jo NapoliThe Spindlers - Lauren OliverAsylum - Madeleine RouxThe Sin Eater's Daughter - Melinda SalisburyCirca Now - Amber McRee TurnerA Time to Dance - Padma VenkatramanThe Whispering Trees - J. A. WhiteBad Luck Girl - Sarah Zettel I have also read:
Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez (3/5)Locke &…

Hedgehog Life: 7.13.15 - 7.19.15

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This week has actually not been that busy. Compared to others. . . .
This Week I Read:Sweet by Emmy Laybourne (4/5 strawberries)
- Locke & Key I: Welcome to Lovecraft (3/5 strawberries)
- Locke & Key II: Head Games (3/5 strawberries)
- Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen (5/5 strawberries)

This Week I Reviewed: - Diary of a Mad Brownie by Bruce Coville
- Sweet by Emmy Laybourne
What's In Store For Next Week: Monday: 2015 TBR Update #2 Tuesday: Top 10 Books That Celebrate Diversity Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday with Queen of Shadows Thursday: Review of Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen Friday: ARC Review of The Uninvited by Cat Winters
I've been reading lots, though not as much as I should. I'm in a bit of a reading funk. I'm still plowing my way through an ARC of Cat Winters' new book The Uninvited - her first Adult novel. I'm almost done with it, but I have to confess that it's been a big disappointment to me so far. And it's made me not really want…

ARC Review: Diary of a Mad Brownie - Bruce Coville

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Diary of a Mad Brownie by Bruce Coville
Genre: Middle Grade, fantasy
Published on June 30, 2015
Published by Random House
Pages: 208
Read From: 07.07.15 - 07.08.15













SYNOPSIS
Meet Angus! Angus is a brownie - a MAGICAL creature from the Enchanted Realm that secretly loves to do chores for humans.Meet Alex! Alex is an ORDINARY kid.Angus as a temper problem. Alex has the world's messiest room.For better or worse (and things are going to get a whole lot worse!), the two are about to be thrown together by a centuries-old curse.Featuring diary entires, newspaper clippings, police transcripts, grumpy cats, annoying older brothers, terrible poetry, daring rescues, ancient magic, the occasional fit of temper, and more, Bruce Coville brings fantasy, adventure, and humor together in a one-of-a-kind tale of family and friendship that will have readers laughing out loud!

Review
Dear Diary of a Mad Brownie,

I'm always open to Bruce Coville and Middle Grade novels. So when a friend handed you to me, I…

Waiting on Wednesday: Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes

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Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan Publication Date: August 18, 2015
From Goodreads:
Who cut off Medusa's head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on all of the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style Readers have come to expect from Percy, (I've had some bad experiences in my time, but the heroes I'm going to tell you about were the original old school hard luck cases. They boldly screwed up where no one had screwed up before. . . .) and enhanced with vibrant artwork by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, this story collection will become the new must-have classic for Rick Riordan's legions of devoted fans - and for anyone who needs a hero. So get your flaming spear. Put on your lion skin cape. Polish your shield and make sure you've got arrows in your quiver. We're going back about four thousand…

2015 TBR Update #1

So it's been a while since I've done one of these updates, but I'm going to try and do them on Mondays on a regular basis. Not only so you can stay up to date on my reading challenges, but also my TBR progress for the months.
So my July TBR has 20 official books. Out of those, I have completed 3: Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid (2/5)The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige (4/5)Sweet by Emmy Laybourne (4/5) I have 17 left to read: Northanger Abbey - Jane AustenNever Fade - Alexandra BrackenWaistcoats & Weaponry - Gail CarrigerThe Eye of Minds - James DashnerUnder the Egg - Laura Marx FitzgeraldAn Abundance of Katherines - John GreenLibriomancer - Jim C. HinesThe Lost Kingdom - Matthew J. KirbyDevoted - Jennifer MathieuHidden - Donna Jo NapoliThe Spindlers - Lauren OliverAsylum - Madeleine RouxThe Sin Eater's Daughter - Melinda SalisburyCirca Now - Amber McRee TurnerA Time to Dance - Padma VenkatramanThe Whispering Trees - J. A. WhiteBad Luck Girl - Sarah Zettel I hav…

Hedgehog Life: 7/6/15 - 7/12/15

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You know, as soon as I say: "This upcoming week is pretty slow," things get busy again! How does this happen, I ask? Do I have a band of imps following me that, as soon as I say something like that, they do everything within their power to make things crazy for me?
This Week I Read: - The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige (4/5 strawberries)
- Diary of a Mad Brownie by Bruce Coville (4/5 strawberries)
This Week I Reviewed: - A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab - Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
- The Wicked Will Riseby Danielle Paige
What's In Store For Next Week: Monday: 2015 TBR Update #1 Tuesday: Last 10 Books That Came Into My Possession Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday with Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes Thursday: ARC Review of  Diary of a Mad Brownie by Bruce Coville Friday: 
Dance lessons continue! I never thought I was a "good dancer." I'm a fair dancer; I can keep a beat, I learn quickly, I'm getting better at being in tune with my lead and …

Review: The Wicked Will Rise - Danielle Paige

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The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige
Series: Dorothy Must Die #2
Genre: YA, fairy tale retelling
Published on March 31, 2015
Published by HarperCollins
Pages: 293
Read From: 7.1.15 - 7.6.15












SYNOPSIS
My name is Amy Gumm - and I'm the other girl from Kansas. After a tornado swept through my trailer park, I ended up in Oz.
But it wasn't like the Oz I knew from books and movies. Dorothy had returned, and she was stealing magic from the land. The Wizard was back. Glinda could no longer be called the Good Witch. And the Wicked Witches who were left? They'd joined forces as the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, and they wanted to recruit me.
My mission? Kill Dorothy.
And when a group of former - possibly still - Wicked Witches tells you to do something, it's kind of hard to say no. Except my job as assassin didn't work out as planned. Dorothy is still alive. The Order has vanished. And the home I couldn't wait to leave behind might be in danger.
Somehow, across a twisted and d…

Review: Let's Get Lost - Adi Alsaid

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Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Genre: YA, contemporary
Published on July 29, 2014
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pages: 338
Read From: 6.27.15 - 6.30.15













SYNOPSIS
Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost.Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named Leila. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.Hudson, Bree, Elliot, and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth - sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.
Review
Dear Let's Get Lost,

You haven't gotten the most glowing reviews, but I wanted to try you anyway. I like road trip fiction and was in the mood for a fun, light read. My expectations weren't very high going into you and I'm …

Waiting on Wednesday: The Uninvited

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The Uninvited by Cat Winters Publication Date: August 11, 2015
From Goodreads:
Twenty-five year old Ivy Rowan rises from her bed after being struck by the flu, only to discover the world has been torn apart in just a few short days.
But Ivy's life-long gift - or curse - remains. For she sees the uninvited ones - ghosts of loved ones who appear to her, unasked, unwelcomed, for they always herald impending death. On that October evening in 1918 she sees the spirit of her grandmother, rocking in her mother's chair. An hour later, she learns her younger brother and father have killed a young German out of retaliation for the death of Ivy's older brother Billy in the Great War.
Horrified, she leaves home, to discover the flu has caused utter panic and the rules of governing society have broken down. Ivy is drawn into this new world of jazz, passion, and freedom, where people live for the day, because they could be stricken by nightfall. But as her "uninvited guests" be…