Looking Back... Looking Ahead

December 31, 2014


I don't think it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that 2014 has been pretty much the most hectic year of
My. Entire. Life.

I was so determined at the beginning of the year to implement some new things around here, but things just kept happening without a break, and the blog very noticeably suffered from it. While earlier, it was more out of laziness than anything else that posts around here were sporadic, this year, inspite of truly trying, I realised that there comes a time when sometimes you stretch yourself thin, you wont be able to give your best to anything. And I wasn't ready to blog halfheartedly.

Oh, and in case you weer wondering about those *solemn voice*goals and resolutions*end solemn voice* I made at the beginning of 2014... I barely succeeded at any of them and they're not worth mentioning, honestly. I knew I should've never made resolutions :/

Since I'm so making lists, I thought it'd be fun to make a list of all that's occurred this year and look at it in all its glory.

Review: Rites of Passage by Joy N Hensley

December 29, 2014

Title: Rites of Passage
Author: Joy N Hensley
Publication date: September 9, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Comtemporary
Rating: 
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads TBD
Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she's not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.

So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She's even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won't risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty...no matter how much she wants him.

As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.

At any cost.

Now time's running short. Sam must decide who she can trust...and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.
Do you guys remember the Disney movie Cadet Kelly? That real feel good movie with Hilary Duff? That was the first thing that came to mind when I read Rites of Passage's blurb, and also a huge motivator towards requesting this book. And guess what? There actually is a Cadet Kelley in the story! How cool is that?

Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

December 23, 2014

Title: Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)
Author: Sara Raasch
Publication date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: 
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads TBD
A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.
Do you know, originally, I had no intentions of reading this book.

I love high fantasy, and owing to my intolerance for anything short of amazing (when it comes to this genre), I don't start a fantasy series until I've heard/seen several positive reviews. Soon after Snow Like Ashes was uploaded on Edelweiss, I started hearing good things about it on almost all my feeds. A couple of weeks later, I caved and downloaded a copy.

Mini Review: Random by Tom Leveen

August 23, 2014

Title: Random
Author: Tom Leveen
Publication date: August 12, 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster)
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Rating: 
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads TBD
Who's the real victim here? This tense and gripping exploration of cyberbullying and teen suicide is perfect for fans of Before I Fall and Thirteen Reasons Why.

Late at night Tori receives a random phone call. It's a wrong number. But the caller seems to want to talk, so she stays on the line.

He asks for a single thing—one reason not to kill himself.

The request plunges her into confusion. Because if this random caller actually does what he plans, he'll be the second person connected to Tori to take his own life. And the first just might land her in jail. After her Facebook page became Exhibit A in a tragic national news story about cyberbullying, Tori can't help but suspect the caller is a fraud. But what if he’s not? Her words alone may hold the power of life or death.

With the clock ticking, Tori has little time to save a stranger—and maybe redeem herself—leading to a startling conclusion that changes everything…
Is it possible to completely dislike a book but still learn a lot from it? Because that's how I feel about Random by Tom Leveen.

Earlier this week, I wrote about how I felt Random's cover revamp was a change for the worse. But that's not all about the book that disappointed me. A lot of things about this story, right from the protagonist to the conclusion and the 'twist' fell absolutely flat for me.

Book Cover Changes Before Publication

August 20, 2014

I think we can all agree by now that we are not immune to book covers. As much as we like to bandy about the old adage 'Dont judge a book by its cover', at the end of the day, the cover does have a significant effect on our opinion of a book. And if you dont know this already, you should know that I'm a bit of a cover snob.

Much has been said about cover changes after the publication of a book, be it entire cover revamps or even cover alternatives from region to region. Features have been formed, cover battles and showdowns take place... there's almost an entire sub-section in book blogging devoted to book covers! But I was wondering, has anyone considered cover changes before publication?

We all have seen that little sticker saying 'Cover Not Final' on our ARCs, but for the most part, the cover on the ARC is pretty much the same thing that will end up on the cover of the final print. Even if changes are made, they're pretty minor, and worked into the basic design.

Review: In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

August 12, 2014

Title: In A Handful of Dust
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Publication date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Post Apocalyptic
Rating: 
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads TBD
The only thing bigger than the world is fear.

Lucy’s life by the pond has always been full. She has water and friends, laughter and the love of her adoptive mother, Lynn, who has made sure that Lucy’s childhood was very different from her own. Yet it seems Lucy’s future is settled already—a house, a man, children, and a water source—and anything beyond their life by the pond is beyond reach.

When disease burns through their community, the once life-saving water of the pond might be the source of what’s killing them now. Rumors of desalinization plants in California have lingered in Lynn’s mind, and the prospect of a “normal” life for Lucy sets the two of them on an epic journey west to face new dangers: hunger, mountains, deserts, betrayal, and the perils of a world so vast that Lucy fears she could be lost forever, only to disappear in a handful of dust.

In this companion to Not a Drop to Drink, Mindy McGinnis thrillingly combines the heart-swelling hope of a journey, the challenges of establishing your own place in the world, and the gripping physical danger of nature in a futuristic frontier.
INITIAL REACTION UPON COMPLETION:
This book is such brilliant work! I didn't think I could admire Lynn anymore than I already did, but Mindy McGinnis, thank you for proving me wrong! Lucy, on the other hand... Hmm...

Why I've Been Kind of MIA and Other Related News

July 27, 2014

If I took a review of the blogging resolutions I made for 2014, I'd find that it was an epic fail, because I think I've only succeeded at about one of them. Fortunately, I'm not going to do that, because, really, who needs that, right?

But one thing that give me a little hope that maybe I'm not all that much of a lost case is that fact that I think in this time, even though I haven't been quantitatively productive, I think I have been qualitatively so. If that makes any sense. 

Let me explain.

The main reason I've been MIA for the past few months with sporadic posting and not much socializing is because I've been preparing for the GRE. For those of you who dont know what that is, it's an exam that's written by prospective graduate school students, and it's a devil of a thing. A veritable monster that gobbles up all your nights, making peaceful sleep a long past dream and leaves you with close to nil peace of mind.

The good news? I'm DONE WITH IT. YES *fist pump*

So although there are a few more things left that I have to attend to, now that I've got the GRE out of my way, I'm free for the most part. It feels like I suddenly have all this free time on my hands and I dont know what to do with it. It's weird, honestly, because I dont think I've ever studied this hard and this long for any exam ever. Including my boards, and that's saying something, because out here, it's like your school boards are what will 'decide your life'. I just hope it all pays off.

And you know what the crazy thing is? It's been while I was preparing for this exam that I've been getting some really awesome ideas for the blog, and it was torture to not put them to use. I did get Lit Up Fandom on the road, though, because I just couldn't wait any longer. But now that I'm all freed up, I planning to bring those ideas to life, so keep an eye out for some interesting posts, and also, in the not immediate future, a big change. 

Lit Up Fandom #1: The Eleanor & Park Special Edition

July 4, 2014

The idea for Lit Up Fandom took root way back in November/December 2013. I remember that there was a lot of talk about starting unique features, how difficult it is to think up of any, and how once you do come up with something no one else has, several copies immediately crop up. It got me thinking. I really, really wanted to come up with something unique like Cee's You're Just My Type or Georgie's Cover Palette or Amber's Famous Last Words, but I simply couldn't think of anything that isn't already out there.

It was around that time that I began putting together the Under The Never Sky Farewell Party, and as I was searching for post ideas, I found so much amazing art by the fans that kind of blew me away. And I was like, wait, how come no one is showcasing this stuff? And thus a seed of an idea was born :D

As much as I wanted to share the art, I was also really interested in talking to the artists themselves because to me, creating fanart for books is so much tougher and more complex than doing the same for say, a TV show (not that that isn't tough too. God knows how I struggle to draw a simple face!). Because here, the only prior information you're working with is words, and there's bound to be a difference. I wanted to know how they did it.

But me being me, the idea stayed in my head, where I kept turning it on it's head and trying to figure out how to get this show on the road. Whether to simply showcase the art or do interviews or do both alternatively? And that was how six whole moths went by with me doing nothing. Also (I cant believe I'm saying this out loud. Well, kind of.), I didn't know what the response would be like, and I wasn't all that sure I wanted to find out if it was going to crash & burn. And then came Asti with her awesome ideas and posted this thing on coming up with unique features, and how Bookish Games nearly never happened. After reading that piece, I realised that it really wasn't that much of a big deal to start something new, and who knows, people could actually find it fun! (Also, it kind of lit a fire under me because she mentioned fan art, and I didn't want anyone else to grab the idea) Go, Asti! :D

Asti's post couldn't have come at a better time because it was just few weeks later that the Eleanor & Park Special Edition was getting released, with FOUR AWESOME PIECES OF FAN ART! I figured this would be a perfect way to kind of celebrate the release of the book (let's ignore the fact that this is a month late, okay?) and also kick start my new feature at the same time. Pooja @ On Books!, Aaliya (the fandom Yoda) and I came up with the name for the feature after a long brainstorming session which involved some very weird names and fierce competition (dont ask about what). I managed to get hold of three of the four artists whose art is published in the special edition and I asked them a few questions, and HERE WE ARE, PEOPLE!

The Time I Learnt Math From Infinity + One by Amy Harmon

June 26, 2014

The latest book that rocked my world is Infinity + One by Amy Harmon. Infinity + One first came under my radar when Colleen Hoover started raving about it on Facebook (she probably did on Twitter too, but a lot of stuff gets lost in my feed under the continuous barrage of tweets). I've never read any of Amy's works before, but now, you can be sure I will be checking them out!

Infinity + One is the story of Bonnie Rae and Finn Clyde (Bonnie & Clyde, get it?), and how they come to terms with their own lives after one extraordinary event which brings them together. Bonnie is a country star (the singing type) who simply gives up on day on tour and attempts committing suicide. But before she can, Finn, who in all probability should not be there or even have been able to see her, stops her from jumping. Finn himself is not all that fine with life in general. A couple of years out of jail, he is jobless, for all means and purposes homeless, and down in the dumps when he gets a call to join a casino in Vegas, which is where he's headed when he spots Bonnie. Determined to take some time away from the hustle and bustle of her tightly controlled life, Bonnie invites herself along on Finn's trip. And so begins their journey across the country, where they meet extraordinary people, deal with their respective problems and find that maybe, just maybe, Bonnie and Clyde are meant to be. 

Books For A Cause: A Win-Win For All

June 18, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, as I was chatting away on Twitter, I saw this tweet from Heather @ Turning Pages about something that sounded interesting - Books for A Cause. So I went and checked out the official page for the program, and honestly, it sounds like something both fun and beneficial. You know how sometimes you have multiple copies of a book and dont know what to do with it? Or way too much swag to fit your bedroom and your mum's telling you to make some space in your room already? Yeah, Heather's got a solution for all that. But that's not all. There's more, guys!

So today we have Heather, the brains behind Books For A Cause stopping by to tell about this awesome thing she's thought up that's going to be a huge help to loads of people very soon! Read on :)

HEATHER ON BOOKS FOR A CAUSE


Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am one half of the duo that makes up the blog, Turning Pages. Before I get started, I really want to thank Fahima for allowing me to spread the word about Books for a Cause here on her blog!

A few weeks ago, I was talking to a few fellow bloggers on twitter about starting up some type of fundraiser, involving reading/books, to raise funds for cancer research. I recently lost my Aunt after a long battle with Cancer - read my full story on her blog - and I am is very passionate about raising money and spreading the word for this great cause.

After contacting Stand Up 2 Cancer, they have offered their help and support. Additionally, a fundraising page as well. 100% of the proceeds raised during this fundraiser will be donated to their foundation, directly.

In addition to monetary donations, I am organizing an auction all bookish things related (mid-late July time frame) But I NEED your help too! Spread the world, donate books/swag or anything else to auction off. Your ideas too, would be great!

Of course, I am not doing this alone. Tonya at Lily Bloom Books is graciously helping me with all the “behind the scenes action” as well helping me get organized for the upcoming auction to help support Books for a Cause.

I am so excited to launch the auction and am so thankful for all of the authors and bloggers who have already contributed items! Please stay tuned and continue to help spread the word about Books for a Cause!

You can contact me directly at hsheffield2011(at)gmail(dot)com or Tonya at lilybloombooks(at)hotmail(dot)com if you are able to donate items to the auction. You can also donate directly on the fundraising page by going to the website. In addition, you can contact one of us with ideas for other ways make this fundraiser a success.

A hashtag has been crated - #BooksForACause to help spread the word.

Please tweet, share on Facebook and/or on your blog sidebar (using image above).

The goal is raise $2,000. Help us get there and Stand Up 2 Cancer!

Sincerely,

Heather

What do YOU think about Books for A Cause? Isn't it a wonderful idea? Do you have any ideas to add that'll help out in this endeavour? We'd love to hear from you!
Do read Heather's story (it's beautiful), and don't forget to spread the word!

Against Against YA: No One Should Be Embarrassed About What They Read

June 6, 2014

The wanderings of a mind that is wont to ponder. Check out past Between Bookends posts here!
I dont know how many of you know about this, since it's still pretty recent (and this is surprising, because God knows I'm usually the last person to know about things), but the Slate published an article titled Against YA: Adults should be embarrassed to read children's books.

I am usually a peaceable person, but never has an article annoyed me as much the aforementioned one. 

I believe that everybody is entitled to their own opinion on a subject. That is what you think, that is the way you see the world, so really, I dont have a problem with that. If the author has a problem with adults reading YA books, that's fine. Go right ahead. It's a free world, people. 

For those of you who do not know what I'm talking about (or are too busy/lazy to read the entire article :D), the bottomline of the article is this: 'At the risk of sounding snobbish and joyless and old', and while acknowledging that everyone should just read whatever they like, what the author feels is that adults who read YA should be embarrassed about themselves and they are 'missing something'.

Like I said, that's your opinion. I dont care. But I do take offense when you tell me what to think and do and to feel ashamed about my choices. Which is why I'm going to give (what I hope will be) a constructive rebuttal to the article (Ha! Right. Who am I kidding? This is a rant, people. Be warned).

Review: Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

June 3, 2014

Title: Say What You Will
Author: Cammie McGovern
Publication date: June 3, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Rating: 
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads TBD
John Green's The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park in this beautifully written, incredibly honest, and emotionally poignant novel. Cammie McGovern's insightful young adult debut is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about how we can all feel lost until we find someone who loves us because of our faults, not in spite of them.

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.

When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other's lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.
"This is the book I've been waiting for all year. Thank you, Cammie McGovern", is what I thought just as I slowly turned the last page on Say What You Will, a few lingering tears still on my cheeks.

You've Got Snail Mail: Tabitha of Life by Committee

May 27, 2014

Inspired primarily by Pooja at On Books! and similar to Sincerely, Cee at The Novel Hermit.
Remember the times when you're reading a book and you realise how similar you are to a character? Or how aspects of their lives resemble yours? Well, You've Got Snail Mail is where I write letters to bookish characters sharing all those things and more!

Dear Tabby,

While I was reading your story, there were a lot of occasions when I didn't couldn't agree with what you were doing. But while that was happening, there was also this other side of me, that kept going, "I totally get you, girl." or "Haha! I remember when that happened to me!". I know from my review it doesn't appear like the story left me with a positive impression, but you now, are a completely different matter.

Review: Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu

May 22, 2014

Title: Life by Committee
Author: Corey Ann Haydu
Publication date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Rating: 
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads TBD
Some secrets are too good to keep.

Tabitha might be the only girl in the history of the world who actually gets less popular when she gets hot. But her so-called friends say she’s changed, and they’ve dropped her flat.

Now Tab has no one to tell about the best and worst thing that has ever happened to her: Joe, who spills his most intimate secrets to her in their nightly online chats. Joe, whose touch is so electric, it makes Tab wonder if she could survive an actual kiss. Joe, who has Tabitha brimming with the restless energy of falling in love. Joe, who is someone else’s boyfriend.

Just when Tab is afraid she’ll burst from keeping the secret of Joe inside, she finds Life by Committee. The rules of LBC are simple: tell a secret, receive an assignment. Complete the assignment to keep your secret safe.

Tab likes it that the assignments push her to her limits, empowering her to live boldly and go further than she’d ever go on her own.

But in the name of truth and bravery, how far is too far to go?
I went into Life by Committee really, really enthusiastically. I mean, c'mon, a secret society of secrets, bullying, cheating, a social pariah, and not to mention the really high ratings I kept seeing everywhere (I dont usually read reviews for a book I know I'm going to review in the interest of being 'uninfluenced'), of course I was excited about this one!
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And yeah, I know you can all hear the 'but' that's about to come

Review: After The End by Amy Plum

May 12, 2014

Title: After The End (After The End #1)
Author: Amy Plum
Publication date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Sci-fi
Rating: 
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads | TBD
She’s searching for answers to her past. They’re hunting her to save their future.

World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.

At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.

When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.

Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.
How is it that even when a book has everything going for it, it still goes wrong?

Review: Not A Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

April 19, 2014

Title: Not A Drop to Drink
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Publication date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Post Apocalytic
Rating: 
Amazon Goodreads | TBD
Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water.

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.
Water scarcity is a very real possibility in the years to come. In fact, in parts of the world, it's happening right now. I should know, considering that out here we're going through a water crisis as I write this. I dont know if this book would have impacted me any less had I read it any other time, but I think I would be right in saying I couldn't have read it at a better time.

Review: Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

April 17, 2014

Title: Stormdancer
Author: Jay Kristoff
Publication date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (St. Martins Press)
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Steampunk
Rating: 
A DYING LAND
The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.

AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST
The hunters of Shima’s imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

A HIDDEN GIFT
Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.
Maybe after my plea to the higher powers in Book Wondereland in my previous post, one of them has finally taken pity on me. Because I couldn't have asked for a better book than Stormdancer to bring me out of my misery.

Review: Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

April 4, 2014

Title: Dear Killer
Author: Katherine Ewell
Publication date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Thriller
Rating: 
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads | TBD
Rule One—Nothing is right, nothing is wrong.
Rule Two—Be careful.
Rule Three—Fight using your legs whenever possible, because they’re the strongest part of your body. Your arms are the weakest.
Rule Four—Hit to kill. The first blow should be the last, if at all possible.
Rule Five—The letters are the law.

Kit takes her role as London’s notorious “Perfect Killer” seriously. The letters and cash that come to her via a secret mailbox are not a game; choosing who to kill is not an impulse decision. Every letter she receives begins with “Dear Killer,” and every time Kit murders, she leaves a letter with the dead body. Her moral nihilism and thus her murders are a way of life—the only way of life she has ever known.

But when a letter appears in the mailbox that will have the power to topple Kit’s convictions as perfectly as she commits her murders, she must make a decision: follow the only rules she has ever known, or challenge Rule One, and go from there.

Katherine Ewell’s Dear Killer is a sinister psychological thriller that explores the thin line between good and evil, and the messiness of that inevitable moment when life contradicts everything you believe.
Obviously I've displeased someone high up in Book Wonderland, because all I've been getting this year are crappy books, and this is the only plausible explanation. But if I get started on my rage against the higher powers, I will never stop. So that's a topic for another day, when I'm not labouring under the load of my upcoming exams and stealing a few minutes of reprieve to write this review.

The short version:
Dear Killer is essentially a freaking genius idea, whose execution was not well done, hence ruining the entire thing. I regret reading it, and I dont say that for many books. I usually always have something that I come away with, but sadly, that did not happen this time around.

On Being on Hiatus and Some Recent Reads

March 17, 2014

Okay, if you're a frequent visitor (are you? If yes, then know this: I LOVE YOU), you've probably noticed that I've been pretty absent around here for some time now. I've been pretty busy for the past month with several different things. I was really, really hoping that I would be able to keep up with my blogging and balance it out with everything else going on, but obviously, that didn't happen. Which is why I'm writing this post here.

Review: Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Title: Side Effects May Vary
Author: Julie Murphy
Publication date: March 18, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Rating: 
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads | TBD
What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?

When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, whom she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission.

"Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most?

Julie Murphy’s SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY is a fearless and moving tour de force about love, life, and facing your own mortality.>
Maybe if I hadn't started Side Effects May Vary with such high hopes, it wouldn't have been such a disappointment, but, I did, and it was. So that's that. I shall, however, validate my stance, and you can go forth and make a decision to whether or not to read it.

Review: Me Since You by Laura Wiess

February 20, 2014

Title: Me Since You
Author: Laura Wiess
Publication date: February 18, 2014
Publisher: MTV Books
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Rating: 
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads | TBD
Laura Wiess captures the visceral emotion of a girl’s journey from innocence to devastating loss and, ultimately, to a strange and unexpected kind of understanding—in this beautiful and painfully honest new novel.

Are there any answers when someone you love makes a tragic choice?

Before and After. That’s how Rowan Areno sees her life now. Before: she was a normal sixteen-year-old—a little too sheltered by her police officer father and her mother. After: everything she once believed has been destroyed in the wake of a shattering tragedy, and every day is there to be survived.

If she had known, on that Friday in March when she cut school, that a random stranger’s shocking crime would have traumatic consequences, she never would have left campus. If the crime video never went viral, maybe she could have saved her mother, grandmother — and herself — from the endless replay of heartache and grief.

Finding a soul mate in Eli, a witness to the crime who is haunted by losses of his own, Rowan begins to see there is no simple, straightforward path to healing wounded hearts. Can she learn to trust, hope, and believe in happiness again?
Sometimes I honestly think I'm just setting myself up for disappointment when I get excited about a super hyped book. Me Since You was an okay read. But, mind you, I can say with reasonable confidence that I'm one of the very small minority who hold this view, because almost everyone (seriously) loves this book and is singing it's praises. So the odds are, you're going to like this book too.

Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas Tour: Guest Post

February 19, 2014

Hello everyone, and welcome to the third stop on the Ask Again Later by Kiz Czukas Blog Tour! I've had my eye on Ask Again Later for a long time now, and am so glad to be a part of the tour! Liza Czucas is really nice, guys, and after interacting with her, I'm all the more excited to read this book :) Scroll down for a very interesting guest post and a giveaway!

Title: Ask Again Later
Author: Liz Czucas
Publication date: March 11, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Amazon Goodreads | TBD | B&N
Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there's only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.

Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother's best friend really be?

Tails: The theater geek...with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart's interests--even if he wants to share all his feelings?

Heart's simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all...

Guest Post
Ten Truths About Ask Again Later

How I Lost My Innocence & How to Write A Spoiler (yes, they're connected)

February 15, 2014

The wanderings of a mind that is wont to ponder. Check out past Between Bookends posts here!
I was just on my way to do something constructive, when I got completely sidetracked by an IDIOT WHO HASN'T A LICK OF SENSE. And so I'm here for an epic rant, because I absolutely need to let this out ,otherwise I'm going to burst.

I wrote earlier about how I never went near the Shatter Me series despite it being at my the top of my to-read list. I never read reviews, I never joined discussions, I averted my eyes from rants and raves alike on Twitter and generally stayed away from anything that even remotely smelled like it could have potential spoilers. BECAUSE I WANTED TO PRESERVE MY SENSE OF SUSPENSE AND SAVOUR THE BUILD UP TO THE CONCLUSION.

Part 1: On Recent Incidents of Reader Outrage

February 9, 2014

The wanderings of a mind that is wont to ponder. Check out past Between Bookends posts here!

FAIR WARNING: This post contains definite spoilers for those who haven't read Allegiant. Also, this is going to be a long post, so consider yourself warned.

Somehow (I suspect it has something to do with the frugality of the time I spend wandering the Net), I'm always the last person to hear about things. Take for instance the two huge Goodreads things that happened (one was the policy change, and the other I dont remember, but I remember that I didn't hear about it until well after everything settled down), the hubbub over The Fault in Our Stars movie poster, or the more recent commotion that Kathleen Hale's (No One Else Can Have You) opinion on negative reviews led to. With all of them, I was kind of the last person to know about it. I know, I know, it doesn't speak well of my ability to 'keep abreast with the times', etc. but, oh well. Would you believe it if I said my head's stuck so far into a book that I hardly ever keep up with real-time? :D

But, for the first time in a long time, I learnt of something pretty soon after it went on the Net. Not surprising, considering the absolute hailstorm it triggered. So the fact that I'm in on this early on, and that I actually have an opinion I want to share, has culminated in this post.

Featuring: Counting to D by Kate Scott (Guest Post)

February 4, 2014

I've always enjoyed reading books with characters that are outside the norm. It always leads to some interesting reading, and most often also expands our thinking horizons. We have on the blog today one such book, called Counting to D, which is described as a 'brainy YA' book with a dyslexic protagonist in an conflicting situation. Check out the blurb and cook features that have been incorporated into the book, and scroll down for a guest post by the author on her own experiences dealing with dyslexia.

Title: Counting to D
Author: Kate Scott
Publication date: February 1, 2014
Publisher: Elliott Books
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Amazon Goodreads | TBD
When her mom gets a job in a faraway city, Sam decides not to tell anyone about her little illiteracy problem. Her new reality seems perfect. But she’s not sure she can keep it that way...

The kids at Sam’s school never knew if they should make fun of her for being too smart or too dumb. That’s what it means to be dyslexic, smart, and illiterate. Sam is sick of it. So when her mom gets a job in a faraway city, Sam decides not to tell anyone about her little illiteracy problem.


Without her paradox of a reputation, she falls in with a new group of highly competitive friends who call themselves the Brain Trust. When she meets Nate, her charming valedictorian lab partner, she declares her new reality perfect. But in order to keep it that way, she has to keep her learning disability a secret. The books are stacked against her and so are the lies. Sam’s got to get the grades, get the guy, and get it straight—without being able to read.

Counting to D is a brainy YA romance with with a thorny puzzle sure to resonate with anyone who has struggled with learning disabilities, young love or just being a teen!

Note About The Font: The font used in Counting to D is specially designed to be easier to read for dyslexics.

Guest Post
Becoming An Illiterate Author

Series I Cant Wait To Binge Read

February 3, 2014


binge read
/bɪn(d)ʒ riːd/
to read a book in the course of a day. Common practice of the bookish people.

Hi, my name is Fahima and I'm a binge reader
I've always been a habitual binge reader, gobbling up books in the span of a few hours, as fast as I can get my hands on them. And I've always been an impatient reader. Comes with the territory when you're afflicted with as much constitutional curiosity as I am.

Is It The End of Harry Potter As I Knew It?

February 1, 2014

The wanderings of a mind that is wont to ponder. Check out past Between Bookends posts here!
Harry Potter... I think I've Outgrown You
I recently went to a Harry Potter quiz with my friends Pooja @ On Books! and Abhirami, and it was SO ABSOLUTELY AN OUT OF THIS WORLD EXPERIENCE THAT I WILL NEVER FORGET! It was just pure, unadulterated, Harry Potter for around 3 hours, with an auditorium full of hardcore Harry Potter fans. It was beautiful, you guys.

As an aside, the turnout for the event was a bit of a shock to me. I knew that there were Harry Potter fans in Chennai, but I had no idea there we so many, and that they were all Potterheads! The quiz was open to basically all students - whether you study in school, doing undergraduate or graduate studies - and it seemed like a considerable amount of the Chennai student population was crammed into that freezing auditorium that day. It felt so wonderful to be sitting there, strangers all of us, but brought together by our mutual love for Harry Potter and J K Rowling. Like a sisterhood. Or maybe siblinghood? There were guys there too :)

The Agent's Daughter by Ron Corriveau Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

January 28, 2014

Welcome to my stop on The Agent's Daughter blog tour! This books by Ron Corriveau sounds really interesting, like something out of a Spy Kids movie, and I think a lot of people would enjoy it. Scroll on down to check out a fun guest post by the author and an awesome giveaway!

Title: The Agent's Daughter
Author: Ron Corriveau
Publication date: May 18, 2013
Publisher: Greek Parade Books
Genre: YA, Thriller, Romance
Amazon Goodreads | B&N
Melina has been preparing for a future career as a spy.

She just doesn’t know it.

Legendary spy Evan Roberts always knew that his fifteen-year-old daughter Melina also possessed the absolute lack of fear required of an agent. Without telling her his real profession or his intention, he began to guide her toward an eventual career as a spy. However, Melina’s world is shattered after her mom is involved in an accident that leaves her mysteriously unhurt but unresponsive. Her father’s plans on hold, Melina settles into life at a suburban high school, immersing herself in a world of schoolwork, her friends and a budding romance with Alex, the cute new guy in her class.

When Melina and her father uncover shocking new information about her mother’s accident, Melina is pulled deep into her father’s shadowy world. With Alex desperately trying to find her and only hours to go before it will be too late to save her mother, Melina and her father work together using their combined skills to find a way to reach her.

Guest Post
Top Ten Pointers to Being a Spy


Top Ten Worlds I Would Love to Live In


Since there aren't many worlds I dont want to be a part of (you know, get myself in there, rub shoulders with the characters. Just another fangirl :D), I figured it would be a better idea to tweak this week's topic a bit, and change it into this: 

Worlds I Would Love to Live In

Landry Park by Bethany Hagen Tour: Interview + Giveaway

January 27, 2014


Hello, people! Welcome to my stop on the Landry Park tour hosted by Merp Blog Tours! I've seen a ton of great reviews for Landry Park, so I'm really excited to be interviewing the author, Bethany Hagen, here on the blog. Scroll down to check out the review, and keep an eye out for an exciting giveaway too!

Title: Landry Park
Author: Bethany Hagen
Publication date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Dial
Genre: YA, Sci-fi, Dystopia
Amazon Goodreads
Downton Abbey meets The Selection in this dystopian tale of love and betrayal

In a fragmented future United States ruled by the lavish gentry, seventeen-year-old Madeline Landry dreams of going to the university. Unfortunately, gentry decorum and her domineering father won't allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers the devastating consequences her lifestyle is having on those less fortunate. As Madeline begins to question everything she has ever learned, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty - her family and the estate she loves dearly - and desire.

Author Interview


Review: Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

January 24, 2014

Title: Heartbeat
Author: Elizabeth Scott
Publication date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Rating: 
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads
Life. Death. And...Love?

Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

But Emma can't tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn't have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?
Hearbeat's cover was what first drew me to it. Or, well, the cover-thats-not-really-it's-cover - the teal one that said 'cover to come soon' or something like that. I love that colour - teal, so when I saw it all over the 'cover' I had to investigate. But once I had a look at the blurb, the storyline pulled me in, and I knew I had to read this. I've also heard a lot about Elizabeth Scott's books, and that she's of the likes of Sarah Dessen and Sarah Ockler, one of the classic YA writers, and since I hadn't read any of her previous works, I was really excited when I got approved for Heartbeat.

A word of caution: dont read Heartbeat if you dont like sad books. I do, as a matter of fact, so I was okay with it, but I know some people cant handle a lot of sadness in their books, and Heartbeat has more than the normal dose of it.

UTNS Characters Are Here to Party!

January 21, 2014

Welcome to my stop on the UTNS series farewell party! Today we have the UTNS characters joining us for the party! Veronica Rossi has struck again with her awesomeness and written a post on what they would all bring and do. Scroll down below for a glimpse of your favourite characters as they let their hair down :)

Title: Into The Still Blue (#3, Under The Never Sky)
Author: Veronica Rossi
Publication date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: YA, Sci-fi
Amazon Goodreads | TBD
The earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi’s “masterpiece” Under the Never Sky trilogy and sequel to the New York Times bestsellingThrough the Ever Night (Examiner.com).

Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it’s time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.

Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won’t even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because Cinder isn’t just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he’s also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

What's Happening at The Party

Thanks so much for throwing this party for the UNDER THE NEVER SKY characters—and the end of the series with the publication of INTO THE STILL BLUE.

Everyone is here with me and very excited for the festivities! Perry brought his new bow—a really beautiful one with a carved handle that he and Talon have been working on. He has agreed to play Shoot the Arrow on the Donkey later—from a distance of 200 yards to make it fair for everyone else.

Aria has brought along some song ideas. She can’t wait to sing—to give a real concert. She has even recruited the Twisted Green Bottles, and, of course, Roar, who will sing a solo later, probably while doing his bedroom-eyes thing. It should be a night of great music. Maybe we should rename this party Aria-chella? Ariapalooza?

For his part, Roar didn’t bring anything, and seems to believe his presence is more than enough. Other people are here as well. Soren is arguing with the caterers about something. Brooke is challenging Perry on the Shoot the Arrow on the Donkey game, claiming she’ll shoot from the same place as him and win—and the Six are laying bets on this. What else? Willow, Cinder, Talon and Clara are getting into the cupcakes. Marron is admiring the books on the shelf, the paintings on the wall, the floorplan, the garden, the food. Reef seems to glare at everything Roar says. Hess and Sable are alone in the corner, scheming, by the looks of it.

Everyone is here, and very grateful to all of you for hosting this party. And we all hope you enjoy the final book.

Thank you so much!

-- Veronica Rossi

How fun is this?! To get to know what Aria and Roar and Perry (and all the others) would be like if they didn't have to fight for their lives! So tell me... who's your favourite character and what do you love the most about them? Sound off in the comments!

I'm Waiting On...

January 15, 2014

I dont usually do Waiting on Wednesday posts, but since I missed yesterday's Top Ten Tuesday, and I have some books that I'm really desperately waiting to read and share with you, this seemed like a good idea. Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the spine, where we spotlight books we're eagerly anticipating.

Under The Never Sky Series Farewell Party

January 12, 2014

Check out today's stop at Blkosiner's Book Blog - Into The Still Blue review
With the release of Into The Still Blue looming over the horizon, the end of the Under The Never Sky series is in sight. For two years now, we've gone crazy about, obsessed over, got the feels and fallen head over heels in love with the series, and now it's time for Aria, Perry, Roar, The Tides, The Horns and The Dwellers to step into the Still Blue.

But we were thinking (I and a few other awesome bloggers)... It just doesn't feel right to let it just end, like, that's all folks, the bus doesn't go any further. Wouldn't that be somewhat anticlimactic (the book is anything but anticlimactic, though!)? So, before they go and leave us bereft for evermore (yeah, I can be melodramatic), we thought we'd do something. Something that makes the series go out with a bang! 

And what better way to make some noise than have a PAAR-TAAAYY!!! 

Nerd girl here, so this makes complete sense to me :D
So that's what we're going to do. We're going to celebrate the completely fantabulous Under The Never Sky series in the week leading up to Into The Still Blue's release!

But, we're not doing this alone. I mean, really, what fun would a party be with a few select people? No fun, that's for sure. So, we're asking you to join us! Consider this your formal invitation:


What does it entail? Well, basically, we're all going to be freaking out about the series all week long. Everything from live chats with the author to lists to letters are going to be there, and it's going to be so much fun!

The Under The Never Sky Series Farewell Party will start on the 20th of January, and end on the 27th, a day before the release of Into The Still Blue. Here are the participating blogs and schedule:

January 27 - Blkosiner's Book Blog - Into the Still Blue Book Review
Jan 28 – Into the Still Blue book available from all ebook and book sellers!

The direct links to the posts will be available here as and when the posts go live. You can access them from the UTNS Farewell Party Link on the navbar too.

So go get your party hats and books (this would make sense only to us bookish people :D) and come join us in the race to the finish!

Grab The Button

Under The Never Sky Farewell Party

Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

January 10, 2014

Title: Cruel Beauty
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Publication date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Balzer & Bray (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: 
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads | TBD
Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.
Since reading Diana Peterfreud's For Darkness Shows The Stars, I've been slightly apprehensive about retellings. I found For Darkness Shows The Stars having WAY too many things similar to Persuasion, which, in my opinion, detracted from the originality of the story (I did find Across The Star Swept Sea to be much better, though), and I was scared that the same would be true with Cruel Beauty.

Fortunately, I was never more wrong about anything.

It's About Time I Had A Blogging Manifesto

January 7, 2014


Well, since I already posted my resolutions for the new year, I obviously cant do that for today as well. But, you're here, so I've obviously thought of something. I decided to put a bit of a twist to this week's topic, and I've come up with this.

I thought it was about time I did, actually :)


I first started blogging because I one, wanted to copy my sister, and two, got an idea for a first post that I just had to share or I'd have burst. After the initial burst of excitement over the novelty of the whole thing, I wrote only sporadically. 

The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard - Guest Post + Giveaway!

January 6, 2014

Hello, and welcome to my stop on The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard Blog Tour! I've had my eye on this book ever since the cover reveal (yeah, I'm drawn to books by their covers), and I'm so glad I did, because The Almost Girl is turning out to be a very exciting read, with plenty of edge-of-the-seat excitement. Amalie Howard is an author who knows how to keep her reader's attention centered on her words, and that's just great for everyone involved :D The book's releasing tomorrow (ever wondered why so many books release on Tuesdays?), and I think a lot of people are going to have fun reading it"

Scroll down to check out the author's inspirations for the book, and for a book-shimmy worthy giveaway! 

Title: The Almost Girl
Author: Amalie Howard
Publication date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Genre: YA, Sci-fi
Amazon Goodreads | TBD
Seventeen-year-old Riven is as tough as they come. Coming from a world ravaged by a devastating android war, she has to be. There’s no room for softness, no room for emotion, no room for mistakes. A Legion General, she is the right hand of the young Prince of Neospes, a parallel universe to Earth. In Neospes, she has everything: rank, responsibility and respect. But when Prince Cale sends her away to find his long-lost brother, Caden, who has been spirited back to modern day Earth, Riven finds herself in uncharted territory.

Thrown out of her comfort zone but with the mindset of a soldier, Riven has to learn how to be a girl in a realm that is the opposite of what she knows. Riven isn’t prepared for the beauty of a world that is unlike her own in so many ways. Nor is she prepared to feel something more than indifference for the very target she seeks. Caden is nothing like Cale, but he makes something in her come alive, igniting a spark deep down that goes against every cell in her body. For the first time in her life, Riven isn’t sure about her purpose, about her calling. Torn between duty and desire, she must decide whether Caden is simply a target or whether he is something more.

Faced with hideous reanimated Vector soldiers from her own world with agendas of their own, as well as an unexpected reunion with a sister who despises her, it is a race against time to bring Caden back to Neospes. But things aren’t always as they seem, and Riven will have to search for truth. Family betrayals and royal coups are only the tip of the iceberg. Will Riven be able to find the strength to defy her very nature? Or will she become the monstrous soldier she was designed to be?

Praise for The Almost Girl

“A riveting union of science fiction thriller, romance, family drama, and conspiracy theory, The Almost Girl had me wishing I could crawl inside the pages and join Riven on her epic journey between parallel worlds. Amalie Howard¹s writing is sharp and smart. I¹m definitely craving the next installment!”
– Page Morgan, author of The Beautiful and The Cursed

“Amalie Howard writes a fast paced and thrilling story with a kick butt, authentic heroine and a brilliantly crafted world.”
– Eve Silver, author of Rush

“The Almost Girl is a feminist tour de force. It is filled with powerful, interesting female characters. Riven is one of my favorite fictional characters ever; she is fierce, passionate, funny and smart. This sexy, fast-paced story is impossible to put down. A must read! Fans of Divergent will love it!”
– Kim Purcell, author of Trafficked