Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Quarterly Review Round-Up and GIVEAWAY!

It is time for the Quarterly Review Round-Up where I talk about the best of the best, the one's I couldn't finish, and the adult novels I'm reading that I don't review here. Plus there's a GIVEAWAY.

The DNFs (links to my reasons why-if I shared them-on Goodreads):
Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Every Breath by Ellie Marney
The President's Daughter by Ellen Emerson White
A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean
Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Adult Books (links to reviews on Goodreads):
High Country Spring by Genevieve Turner
Uprooted by Naomi Novik (see below)
Suddenly One Summer by Julie James

Pure Magic by Rachel Neumeier is a YA book that belongs in Best of Best but can't be included in the giveaway because it's not available on Book Depository. But you should really read it.)

The Best of the Best (where the Giveaway comes in):

Cuckoo Song by Frances Harding
Deep Secret by Diana Wynne Jones

Omega City by Diana Peterfreund
Uprooted by Naomi Novak

Links to my reviews unless otherwise noted.


If you want to win one of the 4.5/5 star books I read this quarter, leave a comment below and tell me:
1) A favorite book of yours from the past few months.
2) Which of these books you are interested in if you win. (You can change your mind if you do.)
3) A way to reach you (email or Twitter handle) if you win. If you are using a Twitter handle, you may want to follow me in case I need to DM you.

Open to any reader who lives where Book Depository ships for free.

I will close this GIVEAWAY and choose a winner on Wednesday, July 8 at 8:00 PM EDT.


  1. Ooh, pick me, pick me! I've enjoyed books by all of these authors and haven't yet read any of your picks here, so I'd be happy with any of them. Unless Cuckoo's Song is really creepy, which is not so much my thing.

    I've been meaning to ask, too, if you know if Pure Magic is coming out in print at all, so my library could buy it, or just as an ebook.

    As far as what I've enjoyed recently that I think you would enjoy and don't know that you've read already... a little bit tricky as I think we've had a fair amount of overlap... how about Holly Black's The Darkest Part of the Forest? Or Elizabeth Goudge's classic The Little White Horse?

    1. You know, I haven't read The Darkest Part of the Forest yet. I need to do that.

      And Cuckoo Song is definitely the creepiest Hardinge book I've read. And the creepiest book I've read in a long time in general.

      Yes, I think you can buy a print copy of Pure Magic on Amazon.

  2. Ooh! Free books are always welcome, especially such wonderfully reviewed books. I am really looking forward to reading Uprooted, but, since I already have it on hold at my library as an ebook (I put it on hold as soon as I read your review), I would like the Diana Wynne Jones book. I haven't read a single book of hers I don't like.

    One of my favorite books recently was the House of the Scorpion. I decided to finally read it after you mentioned it on your blog and I really enjoyed it. I love how Nancy Farmer touches on the value of human life in her books (although, this is the only the 2nd I've read and the other was about 10 years ago, so maybe I'm mistaken).

    You can reach me at

    1. I need to try more Nancy Farmer. I sort of bounced off the first series of hers I tried but have heard better things about other books she's written.

  3. Hey thanks so much for the giveaway! I think all the books you've read are going into my to-read list for sure!

    My favourite book I've read these past few months has to be from the Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner, specifically the 3rd book in the series. It's filled with political intrigue, mythology and folklore all inspired by ancient Greece. I think it'll probably be one of my favourites for the year, although the first 2 books were a bit more juvenile than the rest.

    I would love to win a copy of Uprooted, I think the hardcover is so gorgeous! The premise sounds exceptional and has everything I love in a good standalone.

    Thanks again for the chance, you can contact me at or @bubblyair on twitter!

    1. I LOVE the Queen's Thief books. That series is my all time favorite. I am not so patiently waiting the next book.

      (And if you love Queen's Thief, I think you'll definitely like Uprooted.)