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She Said/She Said: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu Blog Tour

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Moxie girls fight back!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

Source: ARC received from publisher, MacMillan/Roaring Press Books. Thanks so much!

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The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston

rulesShe’s been six different people in six different places: Madeline in Ohio, Isabelle in Missouri, Olivia in Kentucky . . . But now that she’s been transplanted to rural Louisiana, she has decided that this fake identity will be her last.

Witness Protection has taken nearly everything from her. But for now, they’ve given her a new name, Megan Rose Jones, and a horrible hair color. For the past eight months, Meg has begged her father to answer one question: What on earth did he do – or see – that landed them in this god-awful mess? Meg has just about had it with all the Suits’ rules — and her dad’s silence. If he won’t help, it’s time she got some answers for herself.

But Meg isn’t counting on Ethan Landry, an adorable Louisiana farm boy who’s too smart for his own good. He knows Meg is hiding something big. And it just might get both of them killed. As they embark on a perilous journey to free her family once and for all, Meg discovers that there’s only one rule that really matters — survival.

Source:  library

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Daphne’s Year End Post 2012

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Kristina completed her survey weeks ago, but last year I remember doing my survey and then reading one of my favorite books before Dec 31, so I thought I’d wait until the year was truly over.  Well, here you go.  You can stop holding your breath now.

1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)

These are the books that I gave 5 stars to on Goodreads, but my personal faves are in BOLD.

YA:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Chick Lit:

Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins

The Unlikely Gift of Treasure Blume by Lisa Rumsey Harris

Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married by Marian Keyes

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning

Who’s Afraid of Mr. Wolfe? by Hazel Osmond

Romance:

A Perfect Storm by Lori Foster

Hot Under Pressure by Louisa Edwards

All Summer Long by Susan Mallery

At Last by Jill Shalvis

Run the Risk by Lori Foster

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Decked With Holly by Marni Bates — I loved Awkward, but this follow-up did not rise to the challenge.  Still enjoyable, though.

Willow Springs by Toni Blake —  Book 5 in a series that I read back to back, I was really looking forward to this one because 1) it’s about best friends who fall in love and 2) I thought it would be about one of them having unrequited feelings for the other, but that just wasn’t the case.  Plus, it was a little darker than I was anticipating.

Underworld by Meg Cabot — I loved Abandoned, which was a play on the Persephone myth, but this one fell a little flat for me.  Pierce, our heroine, annoyed me.  She was very flaky and fickle in this book.  I hope the final book shows a more mature and more palatable Pierce.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012? 

The Unlikely Gift of Treasure Blume by Lisa Rumsey Harris.  I said before that I wasn’t expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised by the depth and overall greatness of this book.  Also, Wallbanger by Alice Clayton, which is supposed to be reimagined Twilight fanfiction, but I loved it.

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

I cannot say enough about Attachments, The Unlikely Gif of Treausure Blume, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone.  Also, The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz.

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

The Inn Boonesboro by Nora Roberts, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Shades of London by Maureen Johnson, Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta, Destiny by Toni Blake, Jasper Dent by Barry Lyga, Play by Play by Jaci Burton, Razor Bay by Susan Andersen, The Sullivans by Bella Andre, Love Undercover by Lori Foster, The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz, The Liar’s Club by Celeste Bradley, and Ugly Ducklings by Manda Collins

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?

Toni Blake, Laini Taylor, Lisa Lutz

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga.  Horror/Suspense is not really a new genre for me, but it’s definitely out of my comfort zone.  This was a great book and a promising start to a new series.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Attachments

9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:

If I were to reread any book from 2012 this year, it would be Where We Belong by Emily Giffin and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?

i hunt killers 

This is just the dust jacket, the inner hardback of the book is white with blood spatters, outlining a male figure.  Tres Cool.

11. Most memorable character in 2012?

Izzy Spellman from The Spellman Files and Jamie Fraser from Outlander

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

 13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?

“Because I wanted you.”  He turned from the window to face me.  “More than I ever wanted anything in my life,” he added softly.

I continued staring at him, dumbstruck.  Whatever I had  been expecting, it wasn’t this.  Seeing my openmouthed expression, he continued lightly.  “When I asked my da how ye knew which was the right woman, he told me when the time came, I’d have no doubt.  And I didn’t.  When I woke in the dark under that tree on the road to Leoch, with you sitting on my chest, cursing me for bleeding to death, I said to myself, ‘Jamie Fraser, for all ye canna see what she looks like, and for all she weighs as much as a good draft horse, this is the woman'”

I started toward him, and he backed away, talking rapidly.  “I said to myself, ‘She’s mended ye twice in as many hours, me lad; life amongst the MacKenzies being what it is, it might be as well to wed a woman as can stanch a wound and set broken bones.’  And I said to myself, ‘Jamie, lad, if her touch feels so bonny on your collarbone, imagine what it might feel like lower down…'”

He dodged around a chair.  “Of course, I thought it might ha’ just been the effects of spending four months in a monastery, without benefit of female companionship, but then that ride through the dark together”–he paused to sigh theatrically, neatly evading my grab at his sleeve–“with that lovely broad arse wedged between my thighs”–he ducked a blow aimed at his left ear and sidestepped, getting a low table between us–“and that rock-solid head thumping me in the chest”–a small metal ornament bounced off his own head and went clanging to the floor–“I said to myself…”

He was laughing so hard at this point that he had to gasp for breath between phrases.  “Jamie…I said…for all she’s a Sassenach bitch…with a tongue like an adder’s …with a bum like that…what does it matter if she’s a f-face like a sh-sh-eep?”

I tripped him neatly and landed on his stomach with both knees as he hit the floor with a crash that shook the house.

“You mean to tell me that you married me out of love?”  I demanded.  He raised his eyebrows, struggling to draw in breath.

“Have I not…just been…saying so?”

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?

Longest:  Tie  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Outlander both are listed at 870 pages

Shortest:  Fly on the Wall by E. Lockhart at 182 pages

17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

Several scenes from Outlander come to mind:  when Clare faces off against the wolf; when Jamie punishes Clare; Jamie’s torture at the hands of Captain Randall; the revelation of just who Geilie could be/was…the whole freaking book, honestly.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Marian & Conrad’s teenage relationship from Where We Were; Jamie & Clare from Outlander

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously?

The Fault in Our Stars (I’d previously read Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Let It Snow by John Green previously); Where We Belong (I’ve read all of Emily Giffin’s books, this is my favorite)

20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon; Attachments by Rainbow Rowell; Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married by Marian Keyes

Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012 (optional)

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012?

Probably those of our sisters in the Selective Collective, Book Addict’s Guide and Teen Lit Rocks (The Grown UP YA and YA Crush are both old favorites), but also Don’t Take My Books Away

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012?

Is This YA?  Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Movie Review

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

I really enjoyed the Outlander Read Along

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

I really don’t know…

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Outlander Read Along, I liked having access to all these people who were reading the same thing I was and getting their take on it.

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?

Being retweeted by Emily Giffin for my review of her latest book, Where We Belong

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

I’m going to quote Kristina on this one:  “On June 8, 2012 we did a combined TGIF and Fangirl Friday.  Does anyone remember what movie came out in June?  Magic Mike!!  So I mentioned this in my Fangirl and 6 months later it has almost 30,000 views.  CRAZY.”

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Our Giveaways.  I really wish more people would participate.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

nothing new under the sun here

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I had a challenge on Goodreads to read 150 books in 2012 and I barely passed it.  I have been on a reading decline in the past few months, but I did meet my challenge, and had two books to spare, so there!

Looking Ahead…

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?

I loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone but have not been able to get into the sequel, Days of Blood and Starlight but I am working on it.  I will not read anything new until I finish it.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013? 

I hope to get out of this reading funk and become more active in this blog.  I feel like Kristina has been carrying the load lately and I want to contribute my share.

Top 10 Tuesday #48

 
This week’s Top 10 (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is about Kick-Ass Heroines, which is something that Maggie & I tend to gravitate towards.  It took no time coming up with this list, but as I put it together, I realized a theme.  Do you notice that all of our heroines are written by women?  Coincidence?  I think not.  Maggie has the market cornered on brand-new heroines while I went the traditional route.  All of these women/girls have something in them that makes them not rest on their laurels, they fight for what they believe in and they aren’t satisfied with the status quo.  And they don’t let society or anyone else hold them back.  It might be like swimming upstream, but in the end, the struggle is worth it, especially if it enables other women/girls to follow in their footsteps.
 
Top 10 Kick-Ass Heroines:
 
1. Ember Morrow (Rift  Nightshade Prequel) by Andrea Cremer
 
2. Celaena Sardothien  (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas
 
3. Elliot North (For Darkness Shows the Stars #1) by Diana Peterfreund
 
4. Avry of Zazan (Healer Series #1) by Maria V Snyder
 
5. Katsa (Graceline Realm #1) by Kristin Cashore
 
~*~maggie~*~
 
6.  Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice) by Jane Austen
 
7.  Anne Shirley  (Anne of Green Gables) by L. M. Montgomery
 
8.  Hermione Granger & Ginny Weasley  (Harry Potter) by J. K. Rowling
 
9.  Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins
 
10.  Clary Fray &  Isabelle Lightwood (The Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare
 
~*~dixie~*~

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.

High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever.    

But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business — until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers — and the consequences could be deadly.

I really loved this book.  The heroine, Leah, was such an interesting character.  Her issues, and there were many, were understandable and real.  She’s the trailer trash girl that everyone at school assumes is a slut, but she really isn’t.  She has to put up this facade in order to survive as a very attractive poor girl in a school full of rich, snobby bitches.  Her mother, who had Leah when she was 16, is more a figurehead than an actual parent.  Leah has to feed herself, clothe herself, take care of herself.  She even has to PAY RENT while her mother goes without a job, spends what she has at the casino, and depends on boyfriend after boyfriend.

The only power Leah has comes from her job working at a small-town airport as a receptionist.  She starts to save money in order to get flying lessons.  She’s not going to be her mother.  Her goal is to become an airline pilot, eventually, after she graduates and gets the hell out of Heaven’s Beach.  Generally, when someone is brought up in the environment that she has been, with an absentee parent and/or a mother who is dependent on men, they will either fall into the same pattern or claw their way out.  Leah is a claw her way out kinda girl.  And that’s just one of the things I loved about her.

She’s not without her faults.  Leah uses her beauty to get things for herself, but the things she gets aren’t anything to take to the bank, and I believe that it’s generally pretty innocuous.  A lot of the time, I wanted to hug her and tell her everything was going to be alright.  Even though she narrated the story, I felt like she was still holding a lot back.  We didn’t really know her.  Maybe because she didn’t want to acknowledge certain things she’s had to endure or certain things about herself that she is ashamed of.  This was especially true of her relationship with her best friend, Molly, who is a popular rich girl. 

Molly & Leah’s relationship is strained and strange.  There are a lot of unwritten rules between the two.  Leah feels like Molly’s charity case and she feels like she has to behave a certain way to keep being friends with her.   There are all these limits and walls around their friendship, put in place by both of them.  They have a genuine affection for each other and they need each other, but their positions in society have a way of creating barriers that neither can really ignore.

The other characters in the book, Alec and Grayson, the sons of Leah’s mentor and boss, are a mystery to Leah, at least initially.  When their older brother and their father die within a month of each other, Grayson blackmails Leah into not only flying for his company but also dating Alec, which seems strange, but his reasoning, which we learn much later, really makes you feel for Grayson and made me fall in love with him a little bit more.

Leah’s attraction to Grayson, who seems to her to have everything, including money, good looks, and a mysteriousness that draws her in, has been on simmer since she met them when she was 14.  All these years she’s been in love with him, but she never thought she would ever have a chance with him.  And now he wants her to date his brother for some mysterious reason?  Is it because she’s a supposed “slut”?  So Leah dresses the part and let me tell you, it’s satisfying to see the reaction she gets not only from Alec but also from Grayson.  And then Alec’s not exactly interested in her, but seems to be playing the part. 

At the end of the day, I really liked Leah and Grayson.  It was interesting to see behind the facades that both of them put on for the world.  I liked that Leah was ambitious and stood up for herself, even when she felt vulnerable.  She was strong and despite the fact that she wanted Grayson, she didn’t throw herself at him.  I respected her and I feel like I understood her, even if I didn’t exactly KNOW her.  We had a lot in common in some ways.  I also really liked Grayson because he did what he thought he needed to do to keep his family together. 

Pecans:  4.25/5

A Quick Book Survey

Pilfered from The Broke & The Bookish, we’re doing this instead of a review this week because we’re both backed up on reviews and in the wake of Hurrice Isaac, we weren’t very concerned about book reviews this week.  So, here ya go!

Maggie:

1.  The book(s) I’m currently reading: Beauty Queen by Libba Bray (audio), Mystic City by Theo Lawrence (net galley), Partials by Dan Wells.   I’ve been reading these three for several days and have barely made a dent in any of them.  Where I work I’m an essential employee so hurricane season is not reader friendly. 

 2.  The Last book I finished:  The Forsaken by Lisa M Stasse.  I started a review but with the storm . . .I’m hoping things will die down by this weekend and I will try to get this written up ASAP.

3.  The next book I want to read:  Want or need?  I need to read The Kill Order by James Dashner and a few others on net galley before they expire.  I want to read these too, I’m just more in the mood for something light and fluffy but expiration dates take lead on book reading order.

4.  The last book I bought:  Hmmm. . . .I believe the last books I bought were Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and Stolen Nights by Rebecca Maizel.  Can’t wait to read them but I have to get through the library books I seem to never read anymore.  LOL

5.  The last book I was given:  Well Dixie let me borrow You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning.  We shall see, we shall see.

Dixie:

1. The book(s) I’m currently reading:  I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella, The Maze Runner by James Dasher (audio), and A Fool’s Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery (netgalley). 

 2.  The Last book I finished: Trail of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz.  I loved this series, but this last book was depressing.  I am crossing my fingers that there will be another one, but I cannot find any mention of a new Spellman book anywhere.

3.  The next book I want to read: I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk or Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg or Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl.  I have all three from the library & I need to get them read before I move next week! 

4.  The last book I bought:  The One that Got Away by Jessica Fox, the first book in the Hen Night Prophesies about five girl friends who, at a friend’s hen party (the British equivilent of a bachelorette party), are given tarot readings.  The first one is about Fern, who is told she already met The One, but let him go.  You know how I love a series, plus I’ve been on a big British author kick lately.  Can’t wait for it to come in.  In fact, let me go & order the rest of the series…

5.  The last book I was given:  Not including Netgalley or Edelweiss, the last book I was given was Where We Belong by Emily Giffin.  I won it through Goodreads & I can’t wait to read it.  I just have so much to read, I don’t know when I’ll be able to get to it. 

How about you?  Answer these questions in the comments!