Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Weekly Wrap Up + My Mailbox

Review: The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
the book that reignited my desire to write

Friday Memes: TGIF talks reading blues, Follow Friday discusses character deterioration

A recap of the YA or Bust San Diego tour stop
which turned into one of the best nights of my life
Me, Kirsten Hubbard, Nina LaCour, Gayle Forman, Stephanie Perkins
Review: Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard

Waiting on Wednesday: Kody Keplinger's A Midsummer's Nightmare and The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando

My Ten Favourite Book Characters
Jace Wayland included!

PLUS: Win a signed finished copy of In Honor by Jessi Kirby!
US only (sorry!), ends 5/1 (hopefully the winner will receive it before or on its release date)

AND: A small preview of an exciting post on Monday...

Finally, this week's mailbox!

Clockwork Prince - Cassandra Clare
I am fully aware how often this pops up in my mailbox haha. I WILL get it done!

Silver Phoenix - Cindy Pon
I stumbled upon this when I went to pick up the others
and I'm too curious to not read it after I had the pleasure of meeting her.

Ripper - Stefan Petrucha

Struck - Jennifer Bosworth 
(thanks DAC ARC Tour!)

Unspoken - Sarah Rees Brennan
One Moment - Kristina McBride
Flirting in Italian - Lauren Henderson
Kissing Shakespeare - Pamela Mingle
The Book of Blood and Shadow - Robin Wasserman**
Something Like Normal - Trish Doller (!!!!)
Velveteen - Daniel Marks
The Opposite of Hallelujah - Anna Jarzad
Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
The Paladin Prophecy - Mark Frost

**I was approved of The Book of Blood and Shadow on Thursday - but the book has already been published and archived. How do I respond on NG? Decline + state I was approved after it was taken down in the "review" section? Help please!

Thank you Random House, Bloomsbury, Egmont, and Disney-Hyperion!


For the YA or Bust Tour
Hold Still - Nina LaCour
Where She Went - Gayle Forman

Found out there's a used bookstore in San Diego. Awesome, but sooo bad for my wallet.
But hey, these 4 books only cost me $8!
Nightshade - Andrea Cremer
The Fortunes of Indigo Skye - Deb Caletti
Teen Angst? Naaaah... - Ned Vizzini
A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray (loveeee this book)

Top: Friends of the Library Bookshop
Bottom: I really need to stay out of Barnes & Noble...haha
The Book Thief - Markus Zukas

Bright Lights, Big Ass - Jen Lancaster
love her! I'll be at her signing next month in San Diego.

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour - Morgan Matson (review here!)
Yay! Hopefully going to her signing next month in Huntington, and I can't wait for Second Chance Summer.

Poison Study - Maria V. Snyder
One of my best friends keeps insisting I need to read this. Plus, the day after I purchased, Anna put up a review saying it was great!

What's in your mailbox?
Leave your link in the comments and I'll hop by!


  1. FarahApril 29, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    OMG! SO many books. Stephanie looks striking in that red hair ;) Gah! You have to read Clockwork Prince. That's like the best Cassie Clare book ever. Awesome haul! :D

    Drop by My Mailbox?

    1. Ashley @ Ashley Loves BooksApril 30, 2012 at 10:22 PM

      haha I couldn't stop looking at Stephanie's hair! I have no idea how she pulls it off, I know I couldn't. And I knowwww I really need to hurry up with CP! I don't know why I'm putting it off.

      Thanks for commenting!

  • Carrie at In the Hammock BlogApril 29, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    i've been wanting to read silver phoenix for awhile! enjoy!

    my post is here: Sunday Shout Out

    1. Ashley @ Ashley Loves BooksApril 30, 2012 at 10:23 PM

      I am so ashamed that I'd never heard of it (for some reason I don't quite attract to asian characters), but it does look interesting!

      Thanks for commenting :)

  • AneeqahApril 29, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    That is one heck of a mailbox!! Soo many awesome books! I requested Flirting In Italian a while back on Netgalley, and haven't heard back from them yet! I really want to read it! Struck is really good, it's so action packed. I thought Nightshade was ok, even though some people loved it. And I've heard some really awesome things about Poison Study, so I'm looking forward to what you think of it.

    Awesome haul this week!!

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life [My Book Haul]

    1. Ashley @ Ashley Loves BooksApril 30, 2012 at 10:24 PM

      I requested Flirting in Italian literally the day it went up and JUST got it - so hopeful you'll be approved soon! I'm really looking forward to Poison Study sometime, I just have no idea when I'll be able to fit it in.

      Thanks for commenting!

  • ellepauletteApril 29, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Looks like you had a yummy week!!

    Thanks for sharing,

    1. Ashley @ Ashley Loves BooksApril 30, 2012 at 10:24 PM

      I did indeed! Thanks for commenting :)

  • Melissa HaggertyApril 29, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    You got some really great books! Poison Study is on my 2012 Challenge to read. I love the cover of Hold Still!

    Here's my IMM

    1. Ashley @ Ashley Loves BooksApril 30, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      I love the cover of Hold Still too, and I'm super excited to read it. And hooray, I look forward to what you think of Poison Study when you read it!

      Thanks for commenting :)

  • UnknownApril 29, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Wow those are some great books! I'm really looking forward to reading Struck and The Book of Blood and Shadow.

    Amelia @ Regal Reads

    1. Ashley @ Ashley Loves BooksApril 30, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      Struck was really, really good! So much action and adventure, I was definitely holding my breathe through most of it. And I hope to read Book of Blood and Shadow soon, too!

      Thanks for commenting :)

  • Amy JApril 30, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    WOW! What a book haul! I want to read Velveteen so bad!

    1. Ashley @ Ashley Loves BooksApril 30, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      I know, it was an incredible book week! And Velveteen looks REALLY good - I won't be reading it until a few months from now since its release date is later but I'm getting impatient and might skip it up haha.

      Thanks for commenting!


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