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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster – Simon & Schuster BFYR
Type: Series – Mara Dyer Trilogy (#1)
Where to Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookDepository | IndieBound
Publication Date: September 27, 2011

Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. 

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love. 

She’s wrong. x ]

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27 Hours by Tristina Wright

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Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.

But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.

Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.

They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.

During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.

27 Hours is a sweeping, thrilling story featuring a stellar cast of queer teenagers battling to save their homes and possibly every human on Sahara as the clock ticks down to zero.

27 Hours by Tristina Wright
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen

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Tristina Wright is a blue-haired bisexual with anxiety and opinions. She’s also possibly a mermaid, but no one can get confirmation. She fell in love with science fiction and fantasy at a young age and frequently got caught writing in class instead of paying attention. She enjoys worlds with monsters and kissing and monsters kissing. She married a nerd who can build computers and make the sun shine with his smile. Most days, she can be found drinking coffee from her favorite chipped mug and making up more stories for her wombfruit, who keep life exciting and unpredictable.

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All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

Release Date: October 10, 2017

Here is a thing everyone wants:
A miracle.

Here is a thing everyone fears:
What it takes to get one.

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.

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top ten tuesday

Originally started at The Broke and Bookish, Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly feature of bookish things that hopefully get you guys to read books and authors you thought you would never read!
From October until November (7th), we’ll be doing our Top...

Originally started at The Broke and Bookish, Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly feature of bookish things that hopefully get you guys to read books and authors you thought you would never read!

From October until November (7th), we’ll be doing our Top Ten feature centering around the MARA DYER trilogy in preparation for the first in the SHAW CONFESSIONS, THE BECOMING OF NOAH SHAW.


He’s British. And has an accent. A British one.


He likes to whip his shirt off in art class to become a model without a second thought.


He has a hobo look that’s hobo chic.


He’s kind without ever being asked to be – he’s genuine.


He’s the most empathetic guy you’ll ever meet.


He can be your knight in shining armor or the one that lets you take your anger out on because he would rather have you tell him how you feel, no matter what.


He knows when you’re lying, especially if it means knowing how attractive you think he is.


He brings over flowers for your mother and gives your sibling his phone number so they can trade stock tips.


He’ll do anything to make you feel safe.


He’ll love you in the best way he knows how.

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The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Author’s Website | Goodreads
Publisher: Simon & Schuster – Simon & Schuster BFYR | @rivetedlit
Type: Series – The Diabolic (1)
Where to Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookDepository | IndieBound
Publication Date: November 1, 2016

Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.
She must become her.
Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire… 
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Yay! I have finally found the chance to sit down and write out this post. So Kristen and I

had been anticipating this trip to Massachusetts for the longest time. It was our first time to the festival and we didn’t know what to expect. But we were both excited to take a road trip and have an overnight event. We were both up by 3:30am that Saturday morning. I know, are we insane? Yes, we are. But it was a good drive and Kristen was such a trooper (she hates driving). We bopped to top 40 songs and watched the sun rise in the distance just before getting breakfast.

When we got over to the Cambridge Public Library (which is a beautiful building), we made our way to the Rindge and Latin School that was in the back where other book lovers had made their way to wait. Around 9:30 or so, we were allowed in and they gave us these cute goodie bags that had bookish merch inside! And since I’d donated money to the BTAfest kickstarter campaign, I got to pick up my two prints that were designed by insanely talented @ash-postonfor GEEKERELLA and SIX OF CROWS and I was so pleased that both were framed!

We were guided to the auditorium where the 30+ authors were chatting on stage and I

was awestruck because there were so many. When I was looking at the lineup online, it didn’t feel like it was that many, but when they were all up on that stage together, it was a different story. The moderator had them all talk about their books and asked them hilarious questions – one of which was to describe what superlative they would be under. Let me say, it was probably one of the funniest Q&As and obviously the biggest. I was surprised that they really went through all of them, but I’m so glad I to hear about some of them. They had to describe their books in a single-sentence elevator pitch and I found some books that I was really interested in reading.

After, we were invited to sit in on some panels. There were five panels between the two morning sessions that would be repeated in the afternoon in case we wanted to see more panels.

Kristen and I decided to go to the Out of Character panel that featured Leigh Bardugo

(WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER), Jason Reynolds (MILES MORALES), Kerri Maniscalco (HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA), and Ashley Poston (GEEKERELLA). The subject centered around taking these well-established characters and what they become when they’ve been inserted in these new stories. We were both excited for it and let me tell you guys that the rapport between these four authors was fantastic. There was so much ease and humor that passed between them, but real grit conversation, especially when they addressed the need to write about interesting women in literature. I think my favorite part of the discussion was the face-off between Bardugo and Reynolds when it came to talking about their characters in the DC/Marvel universes.

After that, we stayed in the same room for the next panel, Lens Crafters, which featured Cinda Williams Chima (SHADOWCASTER), @vaveyard (KING’S CAGE), @lisa-maxwell (THE LAST MAGICIAN), and @tarasimauthor (TIMEKEEPER). They talked about writing books with multiple POVs and how their books have evolved from fleshing out the characters this way.

We decided to leave early because we were rather paranoid about getting lunch and having enough time to come back to the signings that afternoon. Plus, there was very limited parking. Being completely foreign to the area, we didn’t want to chance driving anywhere and losing our parking space. And there was a limit on parking at the library of 2 hours, so we had to keep coming back to pay for the space as well. We knew that there was free parking at the high school, but we couldn’t really tell what was what! So we decided to play it safe.

We went back to the car to fix up our books so we had an efficient way of getting our books signed and we were off to lunch. We walked over to the Harvard Science Center where I’d been wanting to try a food truck nearby, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese. And can I say, it was delicious? If I worked or lived nearby, I would go back and get more. if you are ever in that area, please look up their schedule!

Oh, I did forget to mention that the festival was also holding a raffle. Our little welcome backs had a raffle ticket inside and Kristen won herself an arc of ZENITH from Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings. And another arc from Scholastic! WOO!

We went inside the high school and saw that a line had already formed to get into the cafe where all the signings were. We bumped in a few of our blogger friends while in line and chatted until we were let in! And to be honest, it was one of the smoothest

signings I’ve actually been to – especially at that capacity of authors. I think it’s no surprise that Victoria Aveyard and Leigh Bardugo had the largest lines, but Kristen and I knew that we would breeze through those, despite having 4+ books for each of them. We’ve been through enough signings to know how to get through the lines.

And can I say, these two ladies just light up a room with their loveliness!

I will say that the one negative is that it was starting to get a little….humid in there. It was a small space for the amount of people there were, but everyone who was there was so courteous and patient. We were all there for the same reasons and I could tell everyone was excited to be there and to bond with other people waiting in line. I’d made acquaintances with a girl in Ashley Poston’s line who was so understanding when I wanted to go join shorter lines to get my books signed before jumping back.

A bit of advice for people who want to go to this sort of event and are looking to get lots of books signed:

  • Always aim to get the most popular authors signed first. Sure, you spend most of your time in that line (I spent a half an hour in Leigh’s line and nearly the same in Victoria’s, but the signing was two hours!).
  • If you have a lot of books to get signed by one person, be considerate to the people behind you. Do you really need all of your books personalized? I mean, what if one day you decide to pass them onto someone else? Otherwise, you don’t REALLY need them signed (although the workers there made it clear about the limits onpersonalization).
  • If you’re in a slow moving line and you see an author of yours has a smaller line, ask one of the other liners to see if you can quickly go get something signed and come back – everyone’s pretty courteous about it.
  • You really need at least one other person with you to come up with a game plan. I know it’s such a joy to meet authors, especially the ones that have written your favorite books. But if you have met the author before or you only have one or two books to sign, then you can divide your books up between the two (or more) of you so that you can get it all done. I’m pretty sure that Kristen and I had 20+ books between the two of us to get signed, but by half hour of, we got ALL of them signed. Sure,  was a little sweaty, but was it worth it? OH YAS.

Thank you so much to @btafest for such a great event. I hope to return in the next onth for the Boston Author Festival! And come back next year.

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wowForest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Release Date: October 10, 2017

From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her.

Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high? Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and  exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute. 

Set in an East Asian-inspired fantasy world filled with both breathtaking pain and beauty, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns possesses all the hallmarks of masterful fantasy: dazzling magic, heartbreaking romance, and a world that hangs in the balance. Fans of Heartless, Stealing Snow, and Red Queen will devour this stunning debut.

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