Reading extras

Sometimes publishers send me books and ask me to say something nice about them. When I say yes, it’s because I fall in love with the books, and think my readers will enjoy them, too.

GLITCH by Heather Anastasiu (St. Martin’s Press 2012)

What I said:
GLITCH kept me up long past bedtime with its quick pace, wonderfully creepy technology, and a frighteningly believable world. Fans of dystopian novels will love this delightful debut.

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IMPOSTOR by Susanne Winnacker (Penguin/Razorbill 2013)

What I said:
With its compelling mystery and intriguing characters, Susanne Winnacker’s IMPOSTOR kept me reading late into the night. I really enjoyed it!

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INK by Amanda Sun (Harlequin Teen 2013)

What I said:
Amanda Sun’s INK is a captivating story of love, passion, and the choices people make to keep themselves safe. The vivid portrayal of Japan kept me completely intrigued and immersed. A beautiful story!

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IN THE AFTER by Demitria Lunetta (HarperTeen 2013)

What I said:
Part adventure, part mystery, Demitria Lunetta’s IN THE AFTER is an exciting and scary read that had me hyperaware of every noise, every breath, and checking over my shoulder for monsters. This book completely consumed me.

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STARGLASS by Phoebe North (Simon and Schuster BFYR 2013)

What I said:
Murder, rebellion, and spaceships done right: Phoebe North’s STARGLASS gave me the best kind of chills. I can’t wait to see what the sequel has in store.

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NOT A DROP TO DRINK by Mindy McGinnis (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books 2013)

What I said:
Deftly written, Mindy McGinnis’s NOT A DROP TO DRINK is a frightening picture of a potential future without fresh water, which left me ridiculously grateful for my working faucet. This post-apocalyptic survival tale is about so much more than just survival. I loved it.

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THE IN-BETWEEN by Barbara Stewart (St. Martin’s Press 2013)

What I said:
Creepy and addictive, Barbara Stewart’s THE IN-BETWEEN left me with both an acute distrust of what my eyes see, and an overwhelming fear of falling asleep. This psychological thriller definitely thrilled me.

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these broken starsTHESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Disney*Hyperion 2013)

What I said:
With rich, complex characters and a dynamic–and dangerous–new world, THESE BROKEN STARS completely transported me. I can’t wait to see where Amie and Meagan take this story next!

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Alienated coverALIENATED by Melissa Landers (Disney*Hyperion)

What I said:
Intergalactic exchange students? Yes, please! I fell in love with this story and couldn’t put it down.

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strange sweet songSTRANGE SWEET SONG by Adi Rule (St. Martin’s Press)

What I said:
Like an enchanting melody, Adi Rule’s STRANGE SWEET SONG slipped into my soul and colored my thoughts long after the final phrase. This is a tale of true stories, true selves, and true love. I will never be the same.

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fire & floodFIRE & FLOOD by Victoria Scott (Scholastic)

What I said:
With her delightful sass and wit, Victoria Scott drew me right into FIRE & FLOOD and the Brimstone Bleed. Even more than I enjoyed the exciting race for a Cure, it was Tella’s growth and emerging greatness that made me fall in love with this story. PS. Where can I get a Pandora of my own?

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house of ivy and sorrowHOUSE OF IVY AND SORROW by Natalie Whipple (HarperTeen)

What I said:
Heartwarming, dangerous, and enchanting: Natalie Whipple’s HOUSE OF IVY & SORROW offers a delicious tale filled with sacrifice, a terrifying villain, and so many people I’d love to call friends. It’s better than pudding!

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the storyspinner

THE STORYSPINNER by Becky Wallace (Simon and Schuster)

What I said:
Set in a rich, fully realized world of magic, legends, and political unrest, THE STORYSPINNER took me on an adventure I won’t soon forget. I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

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under a painted skyUNDER A PAINTED SKY by Stacey Lee (Penguin)

What I said:
UNDER A PAINTED SKY left me speechless. Hopeful. Smiling. Stacey Lee’s debut is a powerful tale of loss, adventure, and sisterhood. Completely captivating.

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Vengeance Road

VENGEANCE ROAD by Erin Bowman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

What I said:
Gold madness, a good-for-nothing posse, and frontier justice: VENGEANCE ROAD is everything you could want in a Western, best read with an accent.

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Shadow QueenTHE SHADOW QUEEN by C.J. Redwine (Balzar and Bray)

What I said:
Magic, dragons, and royalty in hiding: THE SHADOW QUEEN hits all the right notes of an incredible epic fantasy. With charming characters, smart prose, and seamless worldbuilding, C.J. Redwine’s fantastic retelling of Snow White is sure to cast a spell of wonder.

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star touched queenTHE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi (St. Martin’s)

What I said:
In one word: glorious. With vibrant, elegant language, Roshani Chokshi draws readers through a magical journey from one world to another, filled with dire horoscopes, reincarnation, and true love. THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN is incredible.

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diplomatic-immunityDIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY by Brodi Ashton (HarperCollins)

What I said:
I laughed. I swooned. I giggle-snorted in public. Brodi Ashton’s signature wit is perfect for this charming and romantic tale of investigative journalism, diplomatic drama, and duct-taped jeans. Don’t miss DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY.

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Fear the Drowning DeepFEAR THE DROWNING DEEP by Sarah Glenn Marsh (Skypony Press)

What I said:
FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP is gorgeous. Lyrical. Atmospheric. Magical. Sarah Glenn Marsh’s debut is perfect for anyone who’s ever looked out at the sea with awe, and wondered what kind of creatures lurk in the deepest places. Utterly haunting.

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Caraval_final cover (1)CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber (Flatiron Books)

What I said:
Intoxicating. Darkly magical. CARAVAL walks the knife-edge between fantasy and reality. Within mere pages, I gladly lost myself in this perfect labyrinth of a plot. Stephanie Garber doesn’t just dazzle — she makes me believe.

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A few more recommendations:

Contemporary:
IF I STAY by Gayle Forman*
FINGERPRINTS OF YOU by Kristen-Paige Madonia
ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins*
PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry*
POOR LITTLE DEAD GIRLS by Lizzie Friend
RITES OF PASSAGE by Joy N. Hensley
TINY PRETTY THINGS by Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra*
THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Mindy McGinnis
THE CROSSOVER by Kwame Alexander

Dystopian:
THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins*
DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth*
TAKEN by Erin Bowman*
THE IMMORTAL RULES by Julie Kagawa*
SUNSHINE by Robin McKinley
LEGEND by Marie Lu*
THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken
MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin*

Fantasy:
THE READER by Staci Chee*
THE THIEF by Megan Whalen Turner*
THE NEAR WITCH by Victoria Schwab
WINTERSONG by S. Jae Jones
THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson*
DEFIANCE by C.J. Redwine*
THE BLUE SWORD by Robin McKinley
SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo*
SKYLARK by Meagan Spooner*
STARCROSSED by Elizabeth C. Bunce*
HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE by Diana Wynne Jones
SERAPHINA by Rachel Hartman*
GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers*
BRIGHTLY WOVEN by Alexandra Bracken
THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas*
KISS OF DECEPTION by Mary E. Pearson*
AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir*
THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renee Ahdieh*

Historical (sometimes with fantasy):
THE RAGING QUIET by Sherryl Jordan
PLAIN KATE by Erin Bowman
WONDER SHOW by Hannah Barnaby
THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER by Megan Shepherd*
A CURSE DARK AS GOLD by Elizabeth C. Bunce
THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak
OUTRUN THE MOON by Stacey Lee

Horror:
ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD by Kendare Blake*
I HUNT KILLERS by Barry Lyga*

Paranormal:
RAMPANT by Diana Peterfreund*
PARANORMALCY by Kiersten White*
HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins*
EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton*
UNEARTHLY by Cynthia Hand*
SHADE by Jeri Smith-Ready*
HEMLOCK by Kathleen Peacock*
WHAT’S LEFT OF ME by Kat Zhang*
PIVOT POINT by Kasie West*
THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stefvater*
THE LOST GIRL by Sangu Mandanna
UNSPOKEN by Sarah Rees Brennan*

Science Fiction
LINKED by Imogen Howson*
HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire*
CINDER by Marissa Meyer*
PARTIALS by Dan Wells*
FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS by Diana Peterfreund*
ERASING TIME by C.J. Hill*
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis*
INSIGNIA by S.J. Kincaid*
THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX by Mary E. Pearson*

*series (I think)

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