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Saturday, April 30, 2011


Hey everyone!

The spring semester has FINALLY come to a close, so I've spent the last week training at my new job, finishing up classes, and moving... I love all of my books and find it near impossible to part with them, but I seriously considered thinning my collection as I hauled them across town. Well, let's be honest, as my boyfriend hauled them across town and I felt sheepish about my book buying addiction. :/

Now everything is in my new apartment, but not unpacked... which got me thinking about how many books I've been reading lately or have read where the main character has just moved to a new place to find that there's a gorgeous boy living next door or that there's something off about there new town... or both. What new things await me in my new home?

Okay, so it'll probably be pretty much the same... but a girl can dream right?

So, in honor of moving, I'll be reviewing some books in which the main character has just made a big move... and giving an arc or copy of that book away to my lovely readers! :)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Cover of the Week (32)

Past Perfect by Leila Sales
Simon Pulse/10.4.2011
Description (from Goodreads):
A summer job is exactly the distraction that Chelsea needs in order to finally get over Ezra, the boy who dumped her on her a** and broke her heart to pieces just a few weeks before. So when Chelsea's best friend, Fiona, signs them up for roles at Essex Historical Colonial Village, Chelsea doesn't protest too hard, even though it means spending the summer surrounded by drama geeks and history nerds. Chelsea will do anything to forget Ezra.

But when Chelsea and Fiona show up for their new jobs, they find out Ezra's working there too. Maybe Chelsea should have known better than to think a historical reenactment village could help her escape her past. ...or will this turn out to be exactly the summer that Chelsea needed, after all?

I absolutely adore this cover! Leila Sales debut novel, MOSTLY GOOD GIRLS, was hilarious and an unexpected favorite, but I wasn't a huge fan of the cover. This one is great though and I'm really like the description!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Jenny Han's SUMMER trilogy is coming to a close...

And fans are waiting to find out who Belly will choose: Conrad or Jeremiah?

Take the quiz to find out, then share your result in the comments!


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Holly Black and Cassandra Clare on tour!

CLICK HERE for tour dates and locations!

I was lucky enough to meet Cassandra back when she toured for CLOCKWORK ANGEL and I've seen the videos of Holly and Cassie together (they're a riot!), so I think this is one tour you're not going to want to miss!

Unfortunately, there won't be any near MI, but if there's an event anywhere near you, go and have fun for me!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Win a copy of WARPED by Maurissa Guibord!

Maurissa Guibord has kindly provided a finished copy of WARPED for one lucky winner at The Hiding Spot!
(1) hardcover copy of WARPED

How to Enter:
You MUST fill out this FORM. If you neglect to fill out the form, you will not be entered to win.

Extra Entries:
Not required. Extra entries are detailed on the entry form as well.
+1 Comment on my review of WARPED.
+1 Comment on my interview with Maurissa Guibord.
+1 Tweet this contest. (Leave a link.)
Extra entries will not be awarded for following The Hiding Spot, but it's always appreciated!

Contest will close April 20th, 2011. Open to the US only! You must be age 13 or older to enter.

Good luck!

Review: Warped by Maurissa Guibord

Title: Warped
Author: Maurissa Guibord
Publisher: Delacorte BFYR
Pub. Date: 1.11.2011
Genre: YA Fantasy
Keywords: Unicorns, Mythology, Fate, Romance, Time Travel
Pages: 352
Description (from Goodreads):
Tessa doesn't believe in magic. Or Fate. But there's something weird about the dusty unicorn tapestry she discovers in a box of old books. She finds the creature woven within it compelling and frightening. After the tapestry comes into her possession, Tessa experiences dreams of the past and scenes from a brutal hunt that she herself participated in. When she accidentally pulls a thread from the tapestry, Tessa releases a terrible centuries old secret. She also meets William de Chaucy, an irresistible 16th-century nobleman. His fate is as inextricably tied to the tapestry as Tessa's own. Together, they must correct the wrongs of the past. But then the Fates step in, making a tangled mess of Tessa's life. Now everyone she loves will be destroyed unless Tessa does their bidding and defeats a cruel and crafty ancient enemy.

I'll admit, it was the mention of a unicorn that attracted me to WARPED, so I was totally unprepared for the epic storyline that I discovered within the covers of this debut novel.

After reading just a few pages of WARPED, in which the Fates examine and manipulate the threads of life they rule over, I was completely dedicated to finding out what would happen next. The Fates have always fascinated me and Guibord's unique treatment of the related mythology was exceedingly clever. The idea that someone might steal life threads from The Fates for their own nefarious use... ingenious!

To add to the mayhem, Tessa finds herself falling for William de Chaucy, who is as alluring as he is maddening. I enjoyed the push and pull between these characters. They both have strong personalities that don't always mesh and neither controls the other... they're very much equals.

WARPED is one of the most creative YA contemporary fantasy novels I've ever read. Guibord combines magic, time travel, and mythology to create a fantastic story with a convincing villain and a much deserved happily ever after.

Check out my interview with Maurissa Guibord HERE.