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Notable by Marni Bates Book Review

Notable (Awkward, #3)
I take no prisoners…
I'm Chelsea Halloway and I will happily destroy your social life if you mess with me. Just ask anyone. There is no situation I can't handle. Divorcing parents? No problem. An ex-boyfriend who wants to date Smith High School's biggest geek instead of me? Just a matter of time before I can make him see reason. At least, until my pare

nts decide to ship me off on a study abroad trip to Cambodia…
Now instead of being admired as the queen of the Notables, I'm stuck with a bunch of college students who don't take me seriously, and a professor who accidentally landed himself on the wrong side of a drug lord. And it's up to me to get us all out of the country alive--even the annoying jerk with the green eyes who won't stop calling me "princess."
Oh yeah, what could possibly go wrong?

Source: Publisher
Pages: 272
Release Date: October 29, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor


Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)
 By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago

dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz ... something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?


 I am so excited for this book. I was really surprised with the first book, it wasn't the sort that I usually read but then it wasn't anything like what I thought it was. This series is REALLY unique and the characters are great! I'm really excited to see what happens and...just wow! The cover looks amazing and I cannot believe that we have to wait until April to get our hands on this book. It's one I'm dying for...


Girly For LifeSara Bennett happens to be a slightly crazy girl. A slightly nerdy girl. A slightly strange girl who likes being that way.  A slightly obsessed girl when it comes to things she loves. A girl who cries when reading books. A girl who desperately wants her own personal library. A girl who is a total bookworm. A girl who would rather read than watch reality tv. A girl who wants to be an author someday. A girl who loves her Savior. And a girl who just loves to read.

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia Book Review

I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me.
Unbreakable (The Legion, #1)
When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous s
pirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.
Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.
Suspense, romance, and the paranormal meet in this chilling urban fantasy, the first book in a new series from Kami Garcia, bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels.
Pages: 320
Release Date: October 1, 2013

Stacking The Shelves #44

Hello everyone, Sara here this week :) I actually haven't been doing STS for a couple weeks so I'm going to show you a sort of mix up. But basically the only thing I'm throwing in is the stuff I got for my birthday.
 Library
Allegiant by Veronica Roth-Um....I probably don't need to tell you that I'm pretty excited for this books release. I read Divergent on the urging of my librarian and loved it! I went out and bought it and even bought a copy for my friend. I cannot wait to see how the series ends...I'm a bit scared though :D This is also going to be the book that is discussed at my local library's book club ;)

Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson-And this was the book that we read for this month's meeting. I've already finished it and it was really good! Probably on my top three from James Patterson, I'd highly recommend you read it because it's very exciting and it's a great mystery!

The Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan (and son)-I was told by my friend that I should read the demigod files before starting House of Hades (which I also got from my library) and I accidentally picked up this one instead -.- oops. It was still a great read though with some great short stories! I loved them all. And his son is wow...a really good writer!

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia-I wasn't super impressed by Margaret Stohl's Icons and I'm hoping that this book turns out to be better because I really enjoyed Beautiful Creatures * crossing fingers *

Ironskin by Tina - I had heard of this book a while ago and had gotten interested in it because it was supposed to be a Jane Eyre retelling. Jane Eyre happens to be my favorite classic so I'm happy to finally getting around to reading this retelling. I hope it will be good!

Defy The Dark by various- this is an anthology that I had started a while ago but never got around to finishing. So I'm hoping to finish it this time.

Night School by C.J. Daugherty- I totally judged a book by its cool cover and picked this one up without reading the back other than glancing at it. So hopefully it'll be a good one, it looks exciting.
Review
Every Waking Moment by Chris Fabry- This looked like an interesting book and I've enjoyed the collaborations with other author that Mr.Fabry has done. (The Left Behind series is probably the most famous)

Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson- which I don't have a picture of because I got it late today and wasn't able to send myself one. I am so excited, I own every other book that she's published (two other ARCs and one bought) and they've been wonderful retellings that are just very very lovely. I'm quite excited to start this one :D And the cover art is GORGEOUS.


Bought/Gifted
My birthday was a few weeks ago and I got a couple books, yay :) Unfortunately my picture isn't loading so I'll just give you the titles and links.

Raising Dragons by Bryna Davis-This has been one of my all time favorite books since I was about 12. It's a great book, Bryan Davis is an amazing author and I was so thrilled to meet him once and get some of my books signed. This was the series that seriously got me into dragons. And it's awesome. So happy to finally have a copy!

Forest Born by Shannon Hale- Another favorite series. I have the first two books and was glad to pick up another from the four book series. Another great fairy tale retelling series. Although only the first one is really a retelling.

Pendragon:The Never War by D.J.MacHale- I read this series a while back and this one was my favorite. So while at a local used books store I picked it up :) Very unique series and really good, except I didn't like the last three as much :/

So what did y'all get this week?
Girly For LifeSara Bennett happens to be a slightly crazy girl. A slightly nerdy girl. A slightly strange girl who likes being that way.  A slightly obsessed girl when it comes to things she loves. A girl who cries when reading books. A girl who desperately wants her own personal library. A girl who is a total bookworm. A girl who would rather read than watch reality tv. A girl who wants to be an author someday. A girl who loves her Savior. And a girl who just loves to read.


Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block Book Review


Seventeen-year-old Penelope (Pen) has lost everything—her home, her parents, and her ten-year-old brother. Like a female Odysseus in search of home, she navigates a dark world full of strange creatures, gathers companions and loses them, finds love and loses it, and faces her mortal enemy.

In her signature style, Francesca Lia Block has created a world that is beautiful in its destruction and as frightening as it is lovely. At the helm is Pen, a strong heroine who holds hope and love in her hands and refuses to be defeated.
Page Number: 240
Source: ALA

Waiting on Wednesday: My Name is Rapunzel by KC Hilton



My tale has been told again and again, and I’ve heard each one. Except for my hair, I barely recognize the pitiful renditions. Muddled versions, crafted to entertain laughing children…but the children wouldn’t have laughed if they’d known the real story. It wasn't their fault. They didn't know the truth. Nobody did.
My name is Rapunzel. I will tell you my story. I will tell you the truth.



I'm really fond of retellings and I've never read one about Rapunzel before. I'm really excited for this one and I can't wait! It does sound a bit ominous though... DUN DUN DUUUUUNNNNN


My name's Ariella and I'm a 14 year old Canadian girl that loves to read. Everything began with a book called the Lightning Thief and from there I was hooked. I enjoy and read all kinds of genres but my favourites are paranormal and mythology. I love reading YA books but I love Middle Grade books as well. I also blog over at Secrets of Lost Words. You can usually find me crawling on twitter so feel free to contact me!


Smart Girls Get What They Want Discussion/Readalong: Chapters 14-20


Hey all! Ariella here :) Welcome back to the Smart Girls Get What They Want Readalong! It's the third week now and things are getting better and more intense (as intense as they can get with a contemporary; 'cause we aren't killing anyone here) with every chapter. How are y'all holding up, anyways? I already went ahead and read all of it. HOW CAN YOU HOLD YOURSELF BACK? Maybe y'all are cheating and just following along. But anyways, let's get to the questions and get all your brains into action. Emily and Sara came before me and had a great set of questions. I don't know how I'll do because I'm not really the note-taking kind of reader, if you know what I mean? My questions probably suck, but hey, my brain is kinda short-wired haha.

1. What do you think of our protagonist, Gigi, now? Your opinion of her must have changed throughout the book.

A: I personally think Gigi is okay. I don't hate but I don't love her either. I admire her for sticking with her friends but there are some choices that she could've thought more about. I like how she joins the ski team with Bea even though she couldn't ski. She's a great best friend and I admire her for that.

2. Do you think this book is an accurate portrayal of how smart girls are treated at school? Any personal experiences or insights?

A: I'm considered a "smart girl" in my class but I think this book went a bit overboard. It might because my school is small and because of that, mostly everyone knows me. I wouldn't say I'm the outcast but most people just describe me as "smart" and "that bookworm". From this, I think any smart girl would consider stepping it up and making herself known as something else other than just the smart kid.

3. Will or Mike? And what do you think about how they've acted toward Gigi so far? List your reasons about who you like 'cause I wanna know! ;)

A: I'm going for Mike. Sorry for y'all that love Will but Mike is my sweetheart! Will has always felt off to me and kind of fake while Mike is trying his hardest to help Gigi and be charming towards her. Plus, who doesn't love a cute jock who's also a nerd? *sigh* I WANT ONE MYSELF :3

4. Any thoughts on Neerja and Justin?

A: I personally don't like the pairing. I think Henry would be good for Neerja because he's sweet. Honestly, I think Justin is too shallow.

5. What do you think about how the ski race turned out? Satisfied or no?

A: I think Gigi did the best she could and just went with her gut. The ending for chapter 20 was really cute and made my heart flutter just a bit :3

That's the end of my questions! I'm sorry; it probably sucked a lot compared to Emily and Sara's but it was the best I could do. I'm not really note-taking or analytic reader :( If there are things that you want to tell me about the book that I didn't ask about, feel free to spam the comments haha :)

My name's Ariella and I'm a 14 year old Canadian girl that loves to read. Everything began with a book called the Lightning Thief and from there I was hooked. I enjoy and read all kinds of genres but my favourites are paranormal and mythology. I love reading YA books but I love Middle Grade books as well. I also blog over at Secrets of Lost Words. You can usually find me crawling on twitter so feel free to contact me!


Stacking the Shelves #43

Hello Everyone! Emily is back! And I have been a pretty good girl the last couple of weeks and only bought three books! (This is really an accomplishment) Every book I got, though, is one I've been waiting on forever so there was no way I could put off those purchases. Here's what I got this week!


Thornhill by Kathleen Peacock- I loved Hemlock, and I'm so ready to read about werewolves right now so this one might have to be moved up in my tbr pile!

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan- Holy Guacamole!! Unspoken left us in such a horrible situation I really really hope this book fixes everything...

Endless Knight by Kresley Cole- This series is really unique and once again, the last one left me with some very chaotic feelings so I really really need to know what happens!


What did you receive this week? I'd love to check out your Stacking The Shelves!

Oh hello there! My name is Emily, though some of you may know me as the Bookie Monster. As the name would suggest, I devour books like the Cookie Monster devours cookies. In my spare time, I like to bake cookies (and devour those as well) and dream about taking over the world. As if my book obsession wasn't life consuming enough,

I work in the children's room at my local library and I am currently a sophomore in college majoring in English. It's safe to say I'm a bit of a book fanatic. I discreetly shed a few tears on my eleventh birthday when I did not receive my Hogwarts acceptance letter and I waited seven hours outside in the rain just to get a good seat at the Hunger Games midnight premiere. I'm terrified of blood and Disney movies make me cry (in a good way). My passions include hippos, hugs, and Hans Zimmer…and uh,long walks on the beach. I'm just a normal girl w
ith a slightly abnormal and frightfully expensive obsession. Nice to meet you!


Sylo by D.J. MacHale Book Review

SYLO (The SYLO Chronicles, #1)Does Tucker Pierce have what it takes to be a hero when the U.S. military quarantines his island?

Fourteen-year-old Tucker Pierce prefers to fly under the radar. He’s used to navigating around summer tourists in his hometown on idyllic Pemberwick Island, Maine. He’s content to sit on the sidelines as a backup player on the high school football team. And though his best friend Quinn tells him to “go for it,” he’s too chicken to ask Tori Sleeper on a date. There’s always tomorrow, he figures. Then Pemberwick Island is invaded by a mysterious branch of the U.S. military called SYLO. And sitting on the sidelines is no longer an option for Tucker, because tomorrow may never come.

It’s up to Tucker, Quinn, and Tori to uncover the truth about the singing aircraft that appears only at night—and the stranger named Feit who’s pushing a red crystal he calls the Ruby that brings unique powers to all who take it. Tucker and his friends must rescue not just Pemberwick Island, but the fate of the world—and all before tomorrow is too late. 

#1 New York Times bestselling author D.J. MacHale brings his brilliant plotting and breathless pacing to SYLO, the first in this ultimate end-of-the-world adventure trilogy.

Waiting on Wednesday: Landry Park by Bethany Hagen


Madeline Landry is born into a world of influence and luxury, a world of estates and gardens fueled by nuclear power and maintained by a caste of people called the Rootless. When a Gentry girl is attacked, it is the Rootless who are blamed, even though Madeline knows better.

As she searches for the truth, she can't escape the rumors of revolution and retribution circulating through the ballrooms, and neither can she escape the city's new golden boy, Captain David Dana, who has secrets of his own. Soon, she finds herself forced to choose between her duty and her desires, her ancestral destiny and her conscience, and her choice will shake the very foundations of the world she was born to rule.
Release Date: February 4, 2014


I know I keep saying I'm tired of dystopias, but there seems to be so many original ideas! I love that LANDRY PARK seems to have a historical background to it, although there's still a sci-fi element of it. Plus, I've seen it described as for fans of Diana Peterfreund, Lauren Oliver and Gennifer Albin! Hopefully this doesn't disappoint! ^__^

Ever since Rachael ended up with Nancy Drew book in my hands, Rachael has been obsessed with the written word! Outside of reading and blogging, Rachael also spends time playing three instruments, giggling excessively, eating good food and watching good movies. Currently Rachael lives in Northern California with her family and two rabbits. Visit her own blog @ Moosubi Reviews!

Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins Book Review and Giveaway

Stir Me Up Cami Broussard has her future all figured out. She'll finish her senior year of high school, then go to work full-time as an apprentice chef in her father's French restaurant, alongside her boyfriend, Luke. But then twenty-year-old ex-Marine Julian Wyatt comes to live with Cami's family while recovering from serious injuries. And suddenly Cami finds herself questioning everything she thought she wanted.
Julian's all attitude, challenges and intense green-brown eyes. But beneath that abrasive exterior is a man who just might be as lost as Cami's starting to feel. 
And Cami can't stop thinking about him. Talking to him. Wanting to kiss him. He's got her seriously stirred up. Her senior year has just gotten a lot more complicated….


Source: Bought
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Pages: 268 pages

Smart Girls Get What They Want Dicussion/Readalong:Chapters 7-13


Hello everyone! Welcome to the second week of our readalong! Or well it's more of the second week of   discussion questions cause you've been reading for like 3 weeks or something. Honestly I don't know how you're holding yourselves back...or are you? I went ahead and read it all when I heard we were doing the readalong, but don't worry! By the time we got to the start of all this I had forgotten almost everything :P So I'm almost reading it for the first time all over again. Now, Emily did an amazing job and had some super good questions last week. From covers, to whether or not Ava might turn into the antagonist, to if Bea and Neerja were stereotypical fictional bestie and which guy you preferred. Whew. I don't know how I can upstage that and I don't honestly think that I can. So...I'll just to my own thing I guess ;) Sorry that the questions aren't super deep though. 


Page 125, chapter 8. "This is why I don't get guys like Jim," Bea said. "Why let people take photos of you breaking the law? Might as well turn yourself in for criminal stupidity." ... "Remember the cheerleader thing freshman year? They actually posted photos of themselves partying on Facebook. How stupid was that?"

(1) Because Jim Mullet's photo was seen by the principal and almost everyone else, he was busted for drinking (not smart by the way) and the school board had an opening that Gigi is now running for. (we'll come back to that in the next question) Do you think it's good that an okay guy got busted, whether or not it was a one time thing or not, and he lost his position? In the case of reading the book, everyone is likely to side with Gigi because this is a shot at clearing her name and record. But what about from the other side? Maybe it was just a bad night?


Chap 8, page 127. "Okay," I blurted  "I'll do it. I'll run for student rep." .... "Wee!" Neerja squealed, giving a little clap. "See, it's all coming together. I'm going out for the play. Bea's going out for the ski team."

(2) Do you think it's wise to strike outside your comfort zone like these girls are doing? Or would you rather just stick to what you know? Do you think it's easier to do risky things when you have friends to hold you accountable or easier when you are on your own and no one will see you if you screw up?

(3) Mike or Will? Again we come back to this question...and not entirely because I'm copying Emily. I want to know if your original opinion has changed...if so why or why not? It sure seems like Mike might be different than what he first seemed right? And we learn a good bit more about both of them really.


Chapter 7, page 101. (Sienna) "You're the one who doesn't talk to us.You're always reading or doing homework, pretending like we don't exist." Really? "No, I don't." Maddie said, "Uh-huh."

(4) Do you think Maddie & Sienna have a point? Can you seem snobby by ignoring two people gushing over your head? Or do you take Gigi's side? Why?


Chapter 8, page 120. (Bea) "Right, however..." She stood and folded her arms. "It's the Parad yearbook thing all over again. It's like we don't exist, Gigi. We bust our butts and participate in class and get these great grades yet, we're...invisible."

(5) No one would really admit to agreeing to a "hot-o-meter" (it's derogatory) but would you want to be on it, blatantly or secretly, like Bea and Gigi and the other girls do? Why do you think girls feel this way and do you think it would be better if the guys never made one at all?


Chapter 10, page 160. "Thank you," I whispered into the mic, before stepping away from the podium and quick-stepping across the gym floor, my head bowed, my fists clenched. I never wanted to have to do that again. Never.

(6) Have you eve had to do something hated or were afraid of? Like Gigi did when she spoke at the pep rally? Do you think she did a good job just getting up there and even saying something even thought she's terrified of public speaking? Or should she "man up" and move past her fear?

Chapter 11, page 164. "I do not like him." Neerja's mother cupped her hands around her tea. "Why does Neerja?"

(7) Do you think that Neerja's mother is right to be concerned about Justin? What about her choice to keep her opinion from Neerja?

Chapter 12, page 178. (Mike) "Because you went all crazy and for no good reason blocked Will from Facebook, he had no way to reach you to explain that something came up yesterday afternoon. Yeah. That's logical."

(8)Do you think that Gigi is right giving Will a second chance? Was it just an honest mistake?

(9) And also, was Gigi too quick to block and unfriend Will or should she have tried to give him the benefit of the doubt first?

(10) Do you think that's it's good for the election and emotionally for Gigi to get out of the honors lounge, start socializing, and well, existing by Sienna and Maddie's terms?

(11) How do you think Gigi's side of the election is doing so far? Okay, so-so, or sinking ship? What do you think she can do to fight for it?

Well, I hope those weren't that pitiful! ;) I hope you guys are enjoying the book so far, I have been. You guys just do whatever you want, I know those were a lot so just answer whichever you want and however many as well. I can't wait to see what you think!

Girly For LifeSara Bennett happens to be a slightly crazy girl. A slightly nerdy girl. A slightly strange girl who likes being that way.  A slightly obsessed girl when it comes to things she loves. A girl who cries when reading books. A girl who desperately wants her own personal library. A girl who is a total bookworm. A girl who would rather read than watch reality tv. A girl who wants to be an author someday. A girl who loves her Savior. And a girl who just loves to read.

Stacking The Shelves #42

Hi everyone! Here's all the new books I received this week:

Bought:
Hero (Woodcutter Sisters #2)Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles, #2)Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles, #1)


For Review:
Cold Spell (Fairytale Retellings, #4)Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School, #2)Time After Time (Time Between Us, #2)

Hero by Alethea Kontis- I loved Enchanted, so I'm very excited for this one!

Endless Knight by Kresley Cole- I just started reading this and it's really action-packed so far. 

Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano- I've heard almost nothing but amazing things about this one, and the premise is so cool :)

Cold Spell by Jackson Pearce- The retelling aspect sounds great and the cover is gorgeous. Thank you Little Brown! 

Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger- Etiquette and Espionage was a fun read, so I'm looking forward to reading this one. 

Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone- This was the best surprise. I've been anticipating this one for so long. Thank you so much Disney Hyperion! :)


What did you receive this week? I'd love to check out your Stacking The Shelves!



The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney Book Review

A teenage girl is transformed into a reluctant superhero and must balance her old life with the dark secret of who she has become. Prima ballerina Anthem Fleet is closely guarded by her parents in their penthouse apartment. But when she meets the handsome Gavin at a party on the wrong side of town, she is immediately drawn into his dangerous world. Then, in a tragic accident, Anthem falls to her death. She awakes in an underground lab, with a bionic heart ticking in her chest. As she navigates her new life, she uncovers the sinister truth behind those she trusted the most, and the chilling secret of her family lineage…and her duty to uphold it. The Dark Knight meets Cinder in this gripping and cinematic story of heartbreak and revenge. From Alloy Entertainment, this inventive new superhero story is sure to captivate any reader
Source: Publisher
Pages: 336
Release Date: October 8, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder


Taste of Darkness (Healer, #3)She's fought death and won. But how can she fight her fears?

Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he's gone forever.

But there's a more immediate threat. The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry's healing powers are needed now more than ever.Torn between love and loyalty, Avry must choose her path carefully. For the future of her world depends on her decision.


I am so excited for this book! I've really enjoyed the previous two books in this series and I cannot wait to see what happens. She left us with a terrible cliffhanger at the ending and it about drove me out of my mind. So the world-building and characters are excellent and it's really exciting...apart from that I love the series and just take a look at that cover!! Wow. :) This book releases December 31st, way too long of a wait.




Girly For LifeSara Bennett happens to be a slightly crazy girl. A slightly nerdy girl. A slightly strange girl who likes being that way.  A slightly obsessed girl when it comes to things she loves. A girl who cries when reading books. A girl who desperately wants her own personal library. A girl who is a total bookworm. A girl who would rather read than watch reality tv. A girl who wants to be an author someday. A girl who loves her Savior. And a girl who just loves to read.


Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier Book Review

Emerald Green (The Ruby Red Trilogy, #3)Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is.

She’s only recently learned that she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve, and since then nothing has been going right. She suspects the founder of the Circle, Count Saint-German, is u
p to something nefarious, but nobody will believe her. And she’s just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along.

This stunning conclusion picks up where Sapphire Blue left off, reaching new heights of intrigue and romance as Gwen finally uncovers the secrets of the time-traveling society and learns her fate.

Source: ALA
Pages: 464
Release Date: October 8, 2013

Smart Girls Get What They Want Discussion: Prologue-Chapter 6

 Well hello all! Emily here!

I'm so excited to be a part of this read-a-long and discussion with everybody! And Montana could not have picked a better book to read. It's only been six chapters and already I'm in love with Smart Girls Get What They Want. Seriously. So without further ado, let's get the party started. (And by party, I mean intense, deep, inquisitive thoughts...so prepare yourself.)

First of all, I should point out that this is not my first Sarah Stohmeyer novel. I read How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True not that long ago and just fell in love. I mean, working at Disney World as a princess was my fantasy growing up so it was just a lot of fun and incredibly adorable. And so far I'm enjoying this book as well. A little too much actually. In fact, it nearly killed me to have to stop after chapter six; I so badly wanted to just tear through the entire thing. But I'm trying to stay on the same page as you guys (both literally and metaphorically) and so I had to hide my Nook. THE SACRIFICES I MAKE FOR YOU GUYS!! But I digress. 

Usually discussions include more than one person, so instead of me gushing and fan-girling all over this blog, I'll shut up and let you guys talk. What do you think so far? We want to know. Here's some things to think about and to get the discussion going. 


  • What do you think of our protagonist, Gigi? Has she been a good narrator so far? What do you like about her character? Dislike? 
  • Often in the young adult genre, best friends tend to fall into very specific categories. (for example: the butt-face whyareyouevenfriends friend, the sarcastic, loyal friend, the absentee friend, etc.) Do you think Bea or Neerja fall into any cliches? And do these characters accurately portray real best friends? 
  • While we're on best friends, Ava seems to be a wild card. Do you think Gigi and Ava will be able to patch up their friendship, or will she end up being an antagonist? Have you ever had a similar experience? Are best friends likely to grow apart as they grow up? 
  • Ok. Please don't kill each other, but I have to ask. Will or Mike? And why? 
  • Cheating seems to be a big part of this story so far, so what do you guys think constitutes cheating? Does it have to be on a test, or could sharing answers on homework be considered cheating? Is the person who lets someone cheat off of them just as guilty as the perpetrator?
  • Was the note on Mike and Gigi's permanent school records fair? (The note that says they were accused of cheating) Should schools make this a policy?
  • Mike seems to think that Gigi and her group of friends are too high above the rest of the student body, and Gigi is disappointed when it seems like nobody knows who she is. Does being smart have consequences in high school? Is it possible to be both smart and popular? 
  • On that note, Gigi mentions to her mother that guys don't like smart girls...thoughts? (especially from the men because I'm curious to see what they think on this question in particular...)
  • Lastly, I was just curious to see what you guys thought about the cover change. Which cover do you like best or think most accurately portrays the story? 



Ok. I realize that was an insane amount of questions. But I'm really curious to hear what you guys think so far. Pick one question, or several, or if you're really ambitious, all of them and let us know what's going on in your head! I can't wait to join in on the discussion and to continue the story. 

Thanks in advance for all you're comments and conversations! I'll see you guys sometime soon!


Oh hello there! My name is Emily, though some of you may know me as the Bookie Monster. As the name would suggest, I devour books like the Cookie Monster devours cookies. In my spare time, I like to bake cookies (and devour those as well) and dream about taking over the world. As if my book obsession wasn't life consuming enough,

I work in the children's room at my local library and I am currently a sophomore in college majoring in English. It's safe to say I'm a bit of a book fanatic. I discreetly shed a few tears on my eleventh birthday when I did not receive my Hogwarts acceptance letter and I waited seven hours outside in the rain just to get a good seat at the Hunger Games midnight premiere. I'm terrified of blood and Disney movies make me cry (in a good way). My passions include hippos, hugs, and Hans Zimmer…and uh,long walks on the beach. I'm just a normal girl w
ith a slightly abnormal and frightfully expensive obsession. Nice to meet you!



Stacking the Shelves (#41)

Hello everyone! ^__^ This is Rachael again, for another Stacking the Shelves! These are books I've received in the last few weeks. Here's what I received! 

For Review:



Antigoddess by Kendare Blake - I'm a HUGE fan of Greek mythology, so this was on my must read for quite a long time! Can't wait to read this!

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender - I've heard some mixed reviews about this one, but it's still a murder mystery set in Paris. Let me repeat - Set. In. Paris.

Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff - I have a copy of STORMDANCER and haven't started it yet, mainly because I've heard that Kristoff got some of the Japanese culture in the book wrong. I might binge read the series now, but I'm still admittedly a bit unsure :/




Skulk by Rosie Best - I've always been a fan of Strange Chemistry's books because they're so unique, and SKULK is no different! This one is about shapeshifting foxes, which I don't think I've ever heard of. Hopefully it's as unique as it sounds!

Amber House by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed and Larkin Reed - I'm normally wary on ghost stories and books written my multiple people, but there's plenty of glowing Goodreads reviews!




Out of Play by Jolene Perry and Nyrae Dawn - I'm actually not sure about this book. New Adult is getting to be an overused genre. Plus, I've read another one of Perry and Dawn's collaborations and didn't really enjoy it :/ Hopefully it turns out to be an okay read!

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine - THIS SOUNDS SO CUTE! I've been looking for a light read, too :D




The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist - I actually already finished this, and it ended up being about a 3.5/5 for me. It has a fairy tale like feel to it. It's definitely a fun read though!

Unsouled by Neal Shusterman - UNWIND is one of my favorite books of all time, so I'm absolutely stoked about reading this one! The cover's totally (delightfully!) creepy too!

Ever since Rachael ended up with Nancy Drew book in her hands, Rachael has been obsessed with the written word! Outside of reading and blogging, Rachael also spends time playing three instruments, giggling excessively, eating good food and watching good movies. Currently Rachael lives in Northern California with her family and two rabbits. Visit her own blog @ Moosubi Reviews!