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The Truth About Alice - Jennifer Mathieu

This story blew me away. Riveting. 

The Dust of 100 Dogs   [DUST OF 100 DOGS] [Paperback] - A. S.'(Author) King

My second pirate book of the week. Loved Emer. 

The Possibilities: A Novel - Kaui Hart Hemmings

I absolutely loved The Descendants, and grabbed this one off the shelf as soon as I saw it. Loved this one too. 

Cover Art Dude

Boneshaker - Cherie Priest

I read Boneshaker a few years back.Loved it. Tell people about it all the time. Imagine my surprise when I looked up Jon Foster, the artist who did the cover art for my new middle grade novel, and discovered he did the Boneshaker cover art. AND the same dude also did the opening images for The Leftovers on HBO. PLUS the cover for the second book in my series, the sketch of which I got to see today and it is FABULOUS. But you'll have to wait. Unless you come to my house. Then I will show it to you. Maybe.

Guy in Real Life - Steve Brezenoff

Loved this book so freaking much!! I've never written fan fiction. This book makes me want to write fan fiction.

The Wind Is Not a River - Brian Payton

This is an epic WWII story of two people torn about by circumstance that stop at nothing to be reunited. Okay, seriously, the guy is marooned on a remote Aleutian island after his Army plane goes down, the island is covered with the enemy, and the only way she can go look for him is to join the USO. And the ending...oh good lord. Such a great read.

Dorothy Must Die - Danielle  Paige

I'm an Oz fan from way back. Not the movie, so much, but the actual book series which most people don't know exists. (Honestly, the book the movie is based on is not my favorite.) Dorothy Must Die is the book I didn't know I was waiting for. It pays wonderful homage to the Oz books but lends such a fabulous contemporary twist on it all. Loved it, can't wait for the next installment.

The Kiss of Deception - Mary E. Pearson

How long do I have to wait for the next one? 

The Witch's Boy

The Witch's Boy - Kelly Barnhill The character of Ned drew me into this one, while Aine, the wolf, and the magic didn't let me go. Young readers will love this one. I did, and I'm far from young...


Noggin - John Corey Whaley Premise that draws you in, narrative that won't let you put it down.

Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein I'm so terribly late to the party here, but I LOVED this book so much. I feel stupid for not reading it sooner.

All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr Loved this book. Broke my heart, but I loved it. A must-read for 2014 in my opinion.

Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America

Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America - Tonya Bolden Fascinating.

In the Shadows

In the Shadows - Kiersten White, Jim Di Bartolo Still thinking about this book. The amazing illustrations tell a story as you read, but I didn't quite put it together until I read the last page of text. I went back to the start and realized the pictures told the second half of the story. So brilliant. Really enjoyed this .

Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling

Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling - Lucy Frank Stark and powerful.

She Is Not Invisible

She Is Not Invisible - Marcus Sedgwick I've become quite a fan of this author's work. I always feel like his books are almost otherworldly, as though set in a world similar to this one, yet slightly removed. ( I mean that in a very good way.) This one is firmly in our world,which I loved. I recently read that every writer should follow this motto: Make the reader care. I cared about Laureth and Benjamin from the first sentence and couldn't put it down. Literally, I read this in one sitting.