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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess

Such a Pretty Girl


They promised Meredith nine years of safety, but only gave her three.

Her father was supposed to be locked up until Meredith turned eighteen. She thought she had time to grow up, get out, and start a new life. But Meredith is only fifteen, and today her father is coming home from prison.

Today her time has run out.
Summary & Cover taken from
Length: 212 pages (Paperback)
Source: Toronto Public Library
Available Formats: Print/E-book/Audio
Publication Date: January 2nd 2007 by MTV Books and Pocket Books           

After having this book on my tbr pile for a whole year I finally got a chance to read it and I'm really glad I did. This book can be a difficult read because it deals with a difficult subject. Meredith, the heroine of the novel is faced with the horrors of having her sexually abusive father back in the picture 3 years after he was sent to prison. The legal system failed Meredith once and now she, not the people who are supposed to protect the victims must face her new reality with more courage than you can imagine.

I absolutely loved Such a Pretty Girl. It's a great book about an ugly subject but the author handled the subject matter with a lot of grace. Not many authors will touch this subject and even fewer who do it properly but Laura Wiess is one of those who was able to tell her story remarkably well.

While Such a Pretty Girl is a very short read at only 212 pages it certainly packs an emotional punch. I found myself cheering Meredith on through out the whole novel and was happy with the outcome at the end but I also found myself in somewhat of a murderous rage when it came to her parents. It's not every day that I actually find a character let alone two that I would mind putting in a tiger's pen and hoping for the worst. Harsh? Maybe. But completely deserved. Meredith's idiot of a mother failed her even more than her abusive father did. She turned a blind eye to Meredith's horrors for years and she should be in jail just as much as her husband.

However, Meredith does have a small cluster of people around her that do love, support, cherish and are willing to protect her but they all have their own lives as well so I could understand much of Meredith's frustrations in the book of feeling alone.

I thought that the story line of Such a Pretty Girl was perfectly paced and I'm glad it wasn't overly long. 212 pages was the perfect length for this story and I'm afraid that if it were longer it wouldn't have packed as much punch as it did. The characters were though provoking albeit sometimes I had violent thoughts towards some but other I loved.

I would recommend this to people who enjoy contemporary young adult fiction especially novels that deal with the darker subjects. It's one that will make you feel a bevy of different emotions and send you on a roller coaster ride you won't forget. Laura Wiess should be applauded for handling this subject the way she did and I can't wait to read more of her novels.

Loved It!
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Take Control~ March 2013 TBR Pile Challenge


  • Link-up! This is open to everyone. If you do not have a blog then link your Facebook or Goodreads account.
  • Beginning March 1st, 2013 and ending March 31, 2013 at midnight read books from your TBR pile ALL books must have been published before March 2013.
  • Post a review to Goodreads, your blog or Facebook then link it to the Rafflecopter for an entry.
  • Rafflecopter will close on April 2, 2013 at midnight and a winner will be chosen. Open internationally as long as Book Depository or Barnes and Noble ship to you. Prize: New 2013 release. I will do pre-orders as well.

You can use hastag #TakeControl on twitter and share your progress. Share the Take Control Button or this post on your blog, Facebook or twitter to earn an extra entry for each place you share. (Rafflecopter will post March 1st, so be sure and enter them)
*Note: this challenge can be done in conjunction with any other TBR challenge as long as the book is read between March 1st and 31st.

Since I failed miserably at my Review Copy Cleanup challenge I'm hoping to read as many books published before March 2013. I have THOUSANDS of books on my Kindle, Mr. Turning the Pages' Kindle app on his iPad and all the physical books I own along with a HUGE stack of library books.
This might just be the perfect challenge for me and if you have a huge TBR pile I hope you join in!

*[Book Blast & Giveaway] Guardians Inc.: The Cypher by Julian Rosado-Machain


A chance reading of a newspaper ad will send 16 year old Thomas Byrne into the world within our world.

Following the ad he will find Guardians Incorporated. A seven thousand year old organization charged with protecting the balance between Magic and technology.

Through their guidance, technology has kept Magic at bay since the Renaissance, but the balance is shifting and soon all those creatures we've driven into myth and legend will come back with a vengeance.

To protect the present, Guardians Incorporated needs to know the future and to unlock the future
they need a Cypher.

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Guardians Inc.: The Cypher is FREE on Kindle, Nook & iBooks

USA Book News 2012 Finalist -Young Adult Fiction

"Rosado-Machain brings a light, humorous touch to themes of teenage love, loss and betrayal wrapped up in a tasty package of magical coming-of-age."
~Kirkus Reviews

"It's like Julian Rosado-Machain took everything that I love about middle grade children's fiction and slammed it into one awesome, well-paced fantasy"

"The Cypher hooked me from the beginning. And kept my attention right through to the very end."
- Heidi Roth


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Author Julian Rosado-Machain

Julian has enjoyed pizza in three continents, holds a degree in graphic design, built armored vehicles and computers, handcrafted alebrijes and swears has seen at least one ghost.

He is the Co-owner of Hacienda de Vega Restaurant in San Diego, California and enjoys the sun with his wife, three children and cat.

Book Blast Giveaway
$100 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash
Ends 3/13/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #52

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and is where we can talk about books we are looking forward to being released!
Here are my picks for the week:
Inferno follows Brown's three previous Langdon books, Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code - which sold more than 81 million copies worldwide and ranks as the bestselling adult hardcover book of all time - and The Lost Symbol.

In his international blockbusters, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces... Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust…before the world is irrevocably altered.
Summary & Cover taken from
Length: 528 pages (Hardcover)
Expected Publication Date: May 14th 2013 by Bantam Press     
Why I'm Waiting:
I know that The Da Vinci Code along with Dan Brown's other Robert Langdon novels are either love 'em or hate 'em novels but I just so happen to love them. I was 16 when I first read The Da Vinci Code back in May of 2006 in preperation for the movie release and I've re-read it several times since. I can't wait to get my hands on this one and Mr. Turning the Pages promised to get me a copy as an early birthday present seeing as how it's release is timed perfectly two weeks before my 23rd birthday. I can't wait to see how this book plays out!
The Thousand Names: Book One of The Shadow Campaigns
Enter an epic fantasy world that echoes with the thunder of muskets and the clang of steel — but where the real battle is against a subtle and sinister magic…

Captain Marcus d’Ivoire, commander of one of the Vordanai empire’s colonial garrisons, was resigned to serving out his days in a sleepy, remote outpost. But that was before a rebellion upended his life. And once the powder-smoke settled, he was left in charge of a demoralized force clinging tenuously to a small fortress at the edge of the desert.

To flee from her past, Winter Ihernglass masqueraded as a man and enlisted as a ranker in the Vordanai Colonials, hoping only to avoid notice. But when chance sees her promoted to command, she must win the hearts of her men, and lead them into battle against impossible odds.

But the fates of both of these soldiers, and all the men they lead, depend on the newly arrived Colonel Janus bet Vhalnich, who has been sent by the ailing king to restore order. His military genius seems to know no bounds, and under his command, Marcus and Winter can feel the tide turning.

But their allegiance will be tested as they begin to suspect that the enigmatic Janus’s ambitions extend beyond the battlefield and into the realm of the supernatural — a realm with the power to ignite a meteoric rise, reshape the known world, and change the lives of everyone in its path.
Summary & Cover taken from
Length: 512 pages (Hardcover)
Expected Publication Date: July 2nd 2013 by Roc Hardcover    
Why I'm Waiting:
I'm not one for novels like these but since I started reading A Game of Thrones I'm wanting to branch out more into the epic fantasy genre and as soon as I saw the cover for The Thousand Names and read the equally appealling summary. This is one that I'm hoping my library orders because I'll be the first name on the holds list!
What are YOU waiting for this Wednesday?


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

*[Book Blast & Giveaway] Phantom Summer by Amy Sparling

Phantom Summer by Amy Sparling

Seventeen-year-old Taylor Gray moves to Sterling Island to get over her dead boyfriend. Mom’s cool with letting her crash on the couch, but Taylor needs to get a job before the lights are cut off again.

When the tall, dark and crazy Raine Tsunami offers her a position at his thriving ghost tour business, she figures it’s an easy way to make some cash. Taylor isn’t afraid of ghosts--that crap is as fake as her mom’s boob job. She loves their adventures on the historic island, especially the secret places he shows her when the crowds go home. So what if all the ghost stories are just legends?

When Taylor comes face to face with a ghost and Raine crosses the line between friend and boyfriend--Taylor’s new life collides with her haunted past. If murdered people end up as ghosts, then that someone she was trying to forget is probably trying to find her.

"I was wonderfully surprised by Phantom Summer!!! I couldn't put it down. Loved everything about it."
~Amazon Reviewer Angelmusic

"The emotions are so well written... I would definitely recommend reading this."
~Goodreads Reviewer Lauren

Author Amy Sparling

Amy Sparling is a Texas native with a passion for young adult literature. In her free time she participates in an unhealthy amount of Xbox playing, attends nerd conventions and reads books with her daughter. She's studying to become a high school teacher and lives near the beach with her daughter and two cats. Amy Sparling is a pen name.

$50 Book Blast Giveaway

Ends 3/10/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Monday, February 25, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #43

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Journey and is a great way for others to find out what you are planning to read this week and, best of all, see what others are reading.
What I read last week:
Deep FathomIce HuntSplinteredThe Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)The Tomb Of Hercules (Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase, #2)
Currently Reading:
The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African WildShadow of Time
Up Next:
Nothing Comes Close The Mist on Bronte Moor The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1)
What are YOUR reading plans this week?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

IMM #30

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme from The Story Siren where you can share your new acquisitions. They can come from anywhere: through the mail, via the library, purchased from a store, or downloaded as ebooks.
From the Library:
Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)The Best Exotic Marigold HotelDamagedA Time to KillThe Winter WitchBlue SkiesThe Lost Code (The Atlanteans, #1)Promise Canyon (Virgin River, #13)A Beautiful Place To Die (Detective Emmanuel Cooper, #1)
From Publishers/Authors:
AngelguardWords of the Times
Kindle Freebies:
High Desert HavenThe Ruth Valley MissingDon't Let Me GoHeiressStroganov (Darby Stansfield #2)The UnseenLove and Adventure Collection - Part 1Planning for Love (Aisle Bound Trilogy, #1)
Lady Gone BadThe Hunter (The Legend Chronicles, #1)The Awakening (The Friessen Legacy, #4)The Cry For FreedomYellowstone RedemptionShot of Tequila: A Jack Daniels ThrillerFreezing PointOcean Kills (Ocean Breeze, #1)A Portrait of MargueriteDreamer of DestinyRobin: Lady of Legend (The Classic Adventures of the Girl Who Became Robin Hood)AgelessThe Torn Wing (The Faerie Ring, #2)A Gypsy Song (The Eye of the Crystal Ball - The Wolfboy Chronicles)Dark Bayou (Dark Trilogy, #1)Frost Arch (The Fire Mage Trilogy, #1)
I got a whole bunch more but I am way to lazy to even think about listing them all but I thought these were the best looking ones I've gotten.

What was in YOUR mailbox this week?