Skip to main content

Quarterly Review Round-Up with 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):
The Fire Wish by Amber Lough
Nuts to You by Lynn Rae Perkins
Stray by Elissa Sussman
Sway by Kat Spears
The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye
Winterspell by Claire Legrand

Adult Books (links to reviews on Goodreads):
Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare
The Comeback of Conn MacNeill by Virginia Kantra
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare
The Passion of Patrick MacNeill by Virginia Kantra
Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James
Private Politics by Emma Barry
Special Interests by Emma Barry
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
The Temptation of Sean MacNeill by Virginia Kantra
A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare

****KNOW that if they were available at Book Depository (which is where I get Giveaway books) Emma Barry's Private Politics and Special Interests would be included below because they are FANTASTIC. If you have an e-reader and like good smart romance about smart people with great chemistry and dialogue, BUT THEM.****

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

Links to my reviews unless otherwise noted.

The City in the Lake by Rachel Neumeier
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Greenglass House by Kate Milford
The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge

The Magic Thief: Home by Sarah Prineas*
The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas*

Poisoned Apples by Christine Hepperman
Something Real by Heather Demetrio's


The Story of Owen by E.K. Johnston
Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud*
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

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 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 Monday, October 6 at 8:00 PM EDT.

Comments

Unknown said…
1) Over the past few months I have read some real treasures! One of my favorites would be The King of Attolia which is just so beautifully written.

2) I have adored the magic thief series and would love to win Home by Sarah Prineas.

3) jud13002@byui.edu
Heidi said…
I just started The Greenglass House myself! I'm sure I'm going to love it, I've loved everything of Milford's that I've read. Also so excited to see Neumeier and Hardinge getting some love! They're two of my favorites, and sorely underread. Though actually, The City in the Lake is one of only 2 Neumeier books I haven't yet read!

For recent reads, I really loved The Caller, the final book in the Shadowfell trilogy, Spirit's Key was a lovely middle grade, and my favorite adult book has been Bitter Greens. If I were lucky enough to win your giveaway (which is kinda awesome), it'd be a tough choice, but I have been wanting to read Sarah Prineas or Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass for some time.

I totes follow you on the Twitter :P @BunburyinStacks
Unknown said…
Sooo my answer for #1 and #2 are both the same (The Perilous Sea) because IOLANTHE AND TITUS AND KISSING AND PROPHECIES AND AMNESIA AND OH MY HEART!!!

And you can reach me by email (which I think you have) or Twitter (which I know you know - @Shaelyn Cherie). :)

Thanks, love!
Anonymous said…
I'm really curious about Emma Barry's books because you loved them. I'm not a big fan of fiction that focuses on politics though since I really don't know much about US politics. That's one of the reasons why I wasn't such a big fan of Ellen Emerson White's The President's Daughter series. I'm really curious about Greenglass House, Poisoned Apples and The Perilous Sea (but have to read The Burning Sky first).

Some of the titles I've enjoyed in the past quarter are Open Road Summer, Wildlife, Magic Breaks, Isla and the Happily Ever After and Games of Command. I just finished I'll Give You the Sun and liked it too but I'm still letting it sink in.
Brandy said…
YAY THE KING OF ATTOLIA!!!! I LOVE that series. It is my favorite. It deserves all the caps and exclamation points!!!!
Brandy said…
Agree Neumeier and Hardinge do not get the recognition they deserve. They need more readers!
Brandy said…
I KNOW. And you know I know because of all the DMs.

And yes, I have many ways of contacting you. ;)
Brandy said…
Read Barry's books and you can learn how thoroughly screwed up American politics are. You like political intrigue in fantasy so you could just look at it in the same way. You don't always completely understand the underlying issues when you read those.

AND YES READ THE BURNING SKY!
In the last few months, my favorite discoveries were Sarah McGuire's VALIANT (coming out next year, a WONDERFUL romantic YA fantasy) and Sharon Shinn's THE TRUTH-TELLER'S TALE.

Of the books here, so many look good - and I'm going to look for those Emma Barry novels! - but I'd most like either STORY OF OWEN or else GREENGLASS HOUSE. (I can't decide between them!)
Brandy said…
Just checked out Valiant on Goodreads and !!!!! Added it and am very excited.

Emma's books are available as e-books. They are published by Carina Press. (And they are so good.)

I hope you love Valiant as much as I did!

I just bought the first Emma Barry book. :)
Anonymous said…
1) A favorite book of yours from the past few months.
I would proudly say "The Graveyard book" so amazingly written and too deep.

2) Which of these books you are interested in if you win. (You can change your mind if you do.)
The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud, I have part one and I adore this series.

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.

Email: Le.Vanity.Victorienne@gmail.com


Thanks so much for this giveaway...
Pensrose said…
1. Of all the books I've read in the past few months, I'm pretty sure the one I'm reading now, Greenglass House, takes the cake. Every page I read is full of so much intriguing mystery and fun character development. Even when I only have the chance to read a few pages I leave the book feeling like I had so much fun and cannot wait to read more.
2. I am really interested in reading The Lost Conspiracy, but I have been depending on my library's ebook and audiobook collection recently and they don't have it! A copy for myself would be wonderful! Thanks for another exciting giveaway!
3. You can reach me at @PeppermintRose_

Popular posts from this blog

TTT: Most Recent Additions to My TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed blog hop created by  The Broke and the Bookish  and now hosted at  That Artsy Reader Girl . This Week's Topic: Most Recent Additions to My TBR List From Most Recent to Least: What books have recently caught your eye?

Favorite Kissing Scenes

When thinking of a favorite things post I could do for February I decided it would have to be kissing. I've already done couples and I was feeling in the mood to do something fluffy and Valentine's related. So kisses it is. I read more MG than YA, and the YA I read tends to not focus on romance so this was actually harder than I expected it to be though a few jumped into my head right away. (And one of my choices does actually come from a MG book. One is adult. Gasp!) The actual scene from the book is quoted followed by my thoughts. The king lifted a hand to her cheek and kissed her. It was not a kiss between strangers, not even a kiss between a bride and a groom. It was a kiss between a man and his wife, and when it was over, the king closed his eyes and rested his forehead against the hollow of the queen's shoulder, like a man seeking respite, like a man reaching home at the end of the day . - The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner Turner doesn't write the

Shadowshaper

Shadowshaper  by Daniel José Older is everywhere. Best of lists. Award buzz. Blogs everywhere. It's one of those books everyone is reading and talking about. I had it on my TBR but decided I definitely needed to read it before the year was out just so I could weigh in on one of the most talked about books of 2015 if asked. It is deserving of every good thing said about it. Every. One. Sierra was looking forward to a relaxing summer break. Her plans involved hanging out with her friends and painting. They did not involve being chased by zombie like creatures and threatened by a magical power connected to her family's heritage she has never heard of. When murals begin fading all over her Brooklyn neighborhood, Sierra is perplexed. When her grandfather, who had a stroke, begins to apologize and starts repeating strange phases and insisting Sierra get the help of a boy she barely knows to help her finish her mural, Sierra is concerned but mostly about her grandfather. Then at a

Serafina and the Black Cloak

Serafina and the Black Cloak  by Robert Beatty is a thrilling tale of mystery and adventure set at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC in 1899. Having lived in Asheville and visited the house several times, there was no way I was going to pass up a chance to read this. (Also it's MG fantasy, always a bonus for me.) Serafina lives in secret in the basement of the Vanderbilt's spacious vacation home. She has lived there most of her life. Her father worked on the house as it was being built and is the mechanic who runs the massive generator and keeps the electricity going. Serafina is the chief rat catcher, slipping through the halls of her massive home secretly and quietly. She is light on her feet, sees well in the dark, and is quick enough to catch the vermin and keep them out. Serafina knows she if different and strange. Her father insists she stay hidden. But all that changes when one night Serafina witnesses a horrible crime. A little girl, a guest in the house, is fleein

YA Book GIVEAWAY!!!

On Tuesday I posted my Top Ten Books Read so Far in 2013 and promised to highlight more of this year's favorites and offer them in giveaways. This is the YA giveaway. This is open to anyone who lives where Book Depository ships for free . Book Choices: TO ENTER: Leave a comment below saying which book looks most interesting to you and leave a way I can reach you if you are the winner. (email address or twitter handle-If you are using Twitter it would be helpful if you followed me, @brandymuses , in case I need to DM you.) Entries after Monday, July 1 8:00 PM EST are invalid. The winner will be drawn as close to 8 as possible.  Yes, I still do my giveaways the old fashioned way.