Weekly Roundup (63) + Stacking the Shelves

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Easter Sunday is upon us and this week has been full of preparing and trying to come up with creative ideas for hiding the eggs for a six year old. I swear, guys. Every year it’s like I try to outdo myself from the year before. Not sure if this year is going to work out – but I’m doing my darnedest!

There were SO many amazing books released this week. In particular were: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, The Forever Song, Don’t Look Back, Sunrise, What I Thought Was True, Open Road Summer, The Geometry of You and Me… I was only able to obtain the first three (bummer) – but the remaining books are on my MUST BUY SOON list! Ugh… Budgeting…

Also! On Thursday, April 17, I participated in Rock the Drop (#RockTheDrop), an annual event where we can spread a love for YA all over the nation by dropping books around town for potential readers to pick them up for free! Did you follow along with me on Twitter?  In addition, next Wednesday, April 23, is World Book Night 2014 (#WBN2014)! This is my third year participating and I’ll be giving out Enchanted by Alethea Kontis… I may even be giving away a signed copy of Enchanted to a random email follower on my blog on World Book Night… Keep an eye out for that! (And if you’re not following by email, now would be a good time to start!)

Please let me know if you’re also a Book Giver in the comments below!

Here are some posts you may have missed on the blog:

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Pre-Order Campaign + Giveaway: How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in Love

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I am beyond ecstatic to share an awesome pre-order campaign for Ken Baker’s HOW I GOT SKINNY, FAMOUS AND FELL MADLY IN LOVE running from now until April 22! I’ve read this book already, guys, and I highly recommend it.

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Pre-Order Campaign + Giveaway: How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in LoveHow I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in Love
by Ken Baker

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Published by: Running Press Books on April 22, 2014
Pages: 272
Thick. Heavy. Big boned. Plump. Full figured. Chunky. Womanly. Large. Curvy. Plus-size. Hefty." To sixteen-year-old Emery Jackson, these are all just euphemisms for the big "F" word—"fat." Living on a Southern California beach with her workout fiend dad, underwear model sister, and former model mother, it is impossible for Emery not to be aware of her weight.

Emery is okay with how things are. That is, until her "momager" signs her up for Fifty Pounds to Freedom, a reality show in which Emery will have to lose fifty pounds in fifty days in order to win the million dollars that will solve her family's financial woes. Emery is skeptical of the process, but when the pounds start to come off and the ratings skyrocket, she finds it hard to resist the adoration of her new figure and the world of fame. Emery knows that things have changed. But is it for the better?

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What can you win?

  • A Personal Skype Session or Phone Call with Ken
  • Autographed Copies of Fangirl and How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in Love plus bookmarks
  • An iPod Shuffle
  • A chance for you and a guest to spend a day with Ken at work in Hollywood!

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How Can You Win? –Read on!

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Wisdom from a YA Lovin’ Grandma: My Favorite YA Reads

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My Favorite Reads

As a contributor on my blog, my mom provides a unique perspective not often seen in this community. She’s an older reader who likes YA books. Unlike most of us, she’s old enough to be a member of AARP and is proof that “young adult” books are for all ages.

Today she visits the blog to provide us with her list of favorite young adult reads. Are any of your favorite books on her list? Feel free to leave a comment and discuss your thoughts with this YA lovin’ grandma!

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset

header-wow “Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection on Jenna Does Books is:

Waiting on Wednesday: The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar DorsetThe Girl Who Never Was
by Skylar Dorset

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Published by: Sourcebooks, Inc. on June 3, 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 304
THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS is the story of Selkie Stewart, who thinks she’s a totally normal teenager growing up in Boston. Sure, her father is in an insane asylum, her mother left her on his doorstep—literally—when she was a baby, and she’s being raised by two ancient aunts who spend their time hunting gnomes in their Beacon Hill townhouse. But other than that her life is totally normal! She’s got an adventurous best friend who’s always got her back and an unrequited crush on an older boy named Ben. Just like any other teenager, right?

When Selkie goes in search of the mother she’s never known, she gets more than she bargained for. It turns out that her mother is faerie royalty, which would make Selkie a faerie princess—except for the part where her father is an ogre, which makes her only half of anything. Even more confusing, there’s a prophecy that Selkie is going to destroy the tyrannical Seelie Court, which is why her mother actually wants to kill her. Selkie has been kept hidden all her life by her adoring aunts, with the help of a Salem wizard named Will. And Ben. Because the boy she thinks she’s in love with turns out to be a faerie whose enchantment has kept her alive, but also kept her in the dark about her own life.

Now, with enchantments dissolved and prophecies swinging into action, Selkie finds herself on a series of mad quests to save the people she’s always loved and a life she’s learning to love. But in a supernatural world of increasingly complex alliances and distressingly complicated deceptions, it’s so hard to know who to trust. Does her mother really wish to kill her? Would Will sacrifice her for the sake of the prophecy? And does Ben really love her or is it all an elaborate ruse? In order to survive, Selkie realizes that the key is learning—and accepting—who she really is.

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Book Review + Giveaway: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Book Review + Giveaway: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. PearsonThe Kiss of Deception
by Mary E. Pearson

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Published by: Macmillan on July 15, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 492
My Rating: four-half-stars

NOTICE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assasin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

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While I hesitate to make comparisons, THE KISS OF DECEPTION, the first installment in a new, complex high fantasy series by Mary E. Pearson, will certainly appeal to fans of Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass) and Leigh Bardugo (Shadow and Bone). This is high fantasy at its best, folks.
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