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The Truth About Twinkie Pie

The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh is a delightful read about relationships, secrets, and starting over. It is as light and fluffy as the cover implies.

GiGi (Galileo Galilei) is starting a new private school after she and her sister DiDi (Delta Dawn) move to start over. DiDi, who dropped out of school to cut hair at a young age, is insists that the future will be better for her smart sister. GiGi spends most of her time studying and working for her future. GiGi is determined to start over entirely at her new school, insisting that her new nickname will be Leia. At this school she is going to have friends and spend her free time doing a few things other than studying. On her first day GiGi is knocked over (literally) by cute popular boy, Trip, and it looks like all her dreams are going to come true. But first she has to deal with Mace, the girl shooting daggers at her every day during lunch, and DiDi's relentless need to organize her life and push it in the direction she thinks…

TTT: Wishes From the Book Genie

Top Ten Tuesday is a Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This week's TTT topic: Wishes From the Book Genie

I know this is supposed to be a Top Ten, but I'm going to play by the traditional genie rules and only choose three wishes. These are the bookish wishes nearest and dearest to my heart.

1. THE NEW QUEEN'S THIEF BOOOK

Seriously. Those of us who love these books, the world, and the characters are slowly going out of our minds as we analyze the meaning behind the pictures of her coffee Megan Whalen Turner posts on Tumblr.

2. A house that contains a library like this but that is EMPTY (wait for it):

3. Unlimited funds with which to buy the books I want to fill above library. (With unlimited funds, even if they're out of print, I wills till be able to purchase exorbitantly priced collector's copies.)

The Blackthorn Key

I feel there is a lack of good quality MG historical fiction that is fun and adventurous, where the point isn't to teach a history lesson, but to just have a story that sweeps you up in its magic and action. The Blackthorn Keyby Kevin Sands fills this need.

Christopher Rowe is an apothecary's apprentice in post Restoration London. He works hard, but he has a kind master who teaches him well and allows him enough free time for adventures that often end in mischief and trouble. He can't complain about his life. All of that starts to fall apart when a series of murders occur in their small corner of London. Murders that seem to be targeting apothecaries. When Christopher's master becomes the next victim, Christopher's entire future is left unsure. Worse he finds himself a suspect. As time is running out, Christopher races to find the true murder and finds himself caught in a web of politic intrigue and ancient intrigues.

Christopher is a hero whose story it is easy to…

Cybils Nominations One Week Left!

There is still a week left to nominate your favorites for The Cybils and there are some great books that haven't been nominated yet.

Young Adult Speculative Fiction

Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Death Marked by Leah Cypess

Dream strider by Lindsay Smith

Pure Magic by Rachel Neumeier

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett

YA Fiction
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

The Kidney Hypothetical by Lisa Yee

Kissing Ted Callahan by Amy Spalding

Love, Lucy by April Lindner

Most Likely to Succeed by Jennifer Echols

Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols

Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood

MG Speculative Fiction

The Arctic Code by Matthew Kirby

Mark of the Thief Lord by Jennifer Nielsen

Omega City by Diana Peterfreund

Shadows of Sherwood  by Kekla Magoon

Villain Keeper  by Laurie McKay

MG Fiction

Best Friend Next Door by Carolyn Mackler

Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

Quarterly 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.

Adult Books (links to reviews on Goodreads):
Ask Me Why by Various
A Wish Upon Jasmine by Laura Florand
Red Blooded by Caitlin Sinead

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

Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead


A Nearer Moon by Melanie Crowder
A Pocket Full of Murder by R.J. Anderson
Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood
A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

Walk On Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Links to my reviews unless otherwise noted.

GIVEAWAY Rules

*Indicates later books in a trilogy or series. If you are wanting to begin with the first book and you win, I will allow you to choose that as your prize.

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 t…