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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 non-fiction and 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 Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
The Key to Extraordinaryby Natalie Lloyd
Secrets of Valhalla by Jasmine Richards
Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan

Non-Fiction (links to reviews on Goodreads):
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningradby M.T. Anderson

Adult Books (links to reviews on Goodreads):
Carolina Dreaming by Virginia Kantra (contemporary romance)
Diary of an Accidental Wallflower by Jennifer McQuiston (historical romance)
Her Bull Rider's Baby by Genevieve Turner (contemporary romance)
Knowing the Score by Kat Latham (contemporary romance)
Mad Dog and A…

TTT: Most Recent 5 Star Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This Week's TTT Topic: Most Recent 5 Star Reads

Links to my reviews:

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
Sleeping with her Enemy by Jenny Holiday

Secrets of the Dragon Tomb by Patrick Samphire
When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

Star Dust by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner
Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

A Pocket Full of Murder by R.J. Anderson
A Nearer Moon by Melanie Crowder

A Wish Upon Jasmineby Laura Florand Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

TTT Books I Love But Haven't Talked About in a While

Top Ten Tuesday is a Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This Week's TTT Topic: Books I Love But Haven't Talked About in a While

In blogging we can sometime get so focused on the new and shiny we forget to talk about backlist and old favorites. Are there any old favorites you want people to know about?

Shorter Musings

Shorter Musings are quick reviews of books I've read but don't have a lot to say about.

Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes
This is a great book to hand to 3rd-5th graders who love stories of magic, friendship, and family. I enjoyed the relationship between Maddy and her grandmother most of all. This is a story rich in history and tradition. The bayou setting is beautiful, detailed, and feels exactly as I imagine the bayou to be. The books only real weakness is its pacing. There are parts that are a little too slow and others that feel rushed. This may have been intentional for the plot, but it made for a disconcerting reading experience at times.

Fridays with the Wizards by Jesica Day George
This series has been one of my favorites, but this volume fell flat for me. That could be because I expected it to be about something entirely different than from the set up at the beginning than it ended up being about. I thought the last 2/3s of the book would be away from the castle as th…

TTT: Books on My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This Week's TTT Topic: Books on Spring TBR

Exit, Pursued by a Bearby E.K. Johnston (contemporary YA) OUT TODAY!!!
A Tangle of Gold byJaclyn Moriarty (fantasy YA) March 29th Release

Chase Me by Laura Florand (Romance Adult) April 5th Release
Bookedby Kwame Alexander (Contemporary MG) April 5th Release

Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis (Fantasy Adult) April 12th Release

The Legend of Sam Miracleby N.D. Wilson (Fantasy MG) April 19th Release

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge (Fantasy YA) April 19th Release

Poison is not Polite by Robin Stevens (Historical MG) April 26th Release

As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds (Contemporary MG) May 3rd Release

Earth Bound by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner (Historical Romance, Adult) May Release

Cover Reveal for Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet

Anne Nesbet is a must read author for me. I've enjoyed all of her books. (If you haven't read last year's The Wrinkled Crown, you are missing out on one of the best MG books of 2015.) This being the case, I'm so excited to bring you the cover reveal for her 2016 release, Cloud and Wallfish. 

The  cover is amazing.

The synopsis has me wanting this book NOW.

Anne's interview following the cover and synopsis is a must read that offers insight into the books and characters. (Did I mention I want to read this book now?)

And without further ado:

Friends you make while the world is falling apart are friends you keep forever.

Noah Brown's ordinary, everyday life is smashed to smithereens the day his parents tell him his name isn't really Noah, his birthday isn't really in March, and his new home is going to be East Berlin, on the other side of the Iron Curtain. It's 1989, and everywhere all around countries are remaking themselves, but in East Germany the air…

WoW: A Little Taste of Poison

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Let's take a moment to stare in awe at the beautiful cover.

The city of Tarreton is powered by magic, from simple tablets that light lamps to advanced Sagery that can murder a man from afar. Isaveth has a talent for spell-making, but as a girl from a poor neighborhood she never dreamed she could study at the most exclusive magical school in the city. So when she’s offered a chance to attend, she eagerly accepts.

The school is wonderful, but old and new enemies confront Isaveth at every turn, and she begins to suspect her scholarship might be more a trap than a gift. Even her secret meetings with Esmond, her best friend and partner in crime-solving, prove risky—especially once he hatches a plan to sneak her into the biggest society event of the season. It’s their last chance to catch the corrupt politician who once framed her…

The Land of Forgotten Girls

Erin Entrada Kelly's Blackbird Fly was a book I really enjoyed last year. I finished it and knew that I would read whatever Kelly wrote next as soon as I could. I got an ARC of her new book The Land of Forgotten Girlsand enjoyed it even more.

Soledad came to America with her father, sister, and newly acquired stepmom shortly after her mother's death. Soledad knows her stepmom only married her father for his papers bringing them from the Philippines to America. When her father returns to the Philippines for a funeral and never comes back, Sol and her sister are left in the care of their evil stepmother Vea. Sol works hard to protect her younger sister Ming from Vea's anger and bitter resentment. Sol tells her stories the same way their mother used to tell her-stories about a mythical world traveling aunt. Ming now believes that Auntie Jove will be there to rescue them shortly. She is packing and has the date set in her head. Sol struggles with whether she has hurt her sister…

TTT: Unreliable Narrators

Top Ten Tuesday is a Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This Week's TTT Topic: Books When You're in the Mood for X

My X=Unreliable Narrators

I do love a good unreliable narrator. These are my favorite books whose narrators are unreliable either because they are being denied information, they are too consumed by themselves, they are confused, their minds work differently, or they're liars. Some of them are a combination of these. A couple of the books have multiple unreliable narrators.

 Do you enjoy unreliable narrators or do you find them frustrating? If you enjoy them, who are some of your favorite unreliable narrators?