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A Reader of Fictions: On My New Arrivals Shelf (70)

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

On My New Arrivals Shelf (70)

So far as books go, this week I got a shipment of pretties from YA Books Central (which is looking for more reviewers by the way!), which is super exciting, except for the fact that I totally already DNFed one of them. I try to be so careful with my research, but sometimes there's not much out there when I'm digging around.
Oh, also, this week I remembered to give you some Perseus love.

Of Beast and Beauty - Stacey Jay: I really liked Jay's Romeo & Juliet inspired series in spite of myself, so this one which sounds even better ought to be great. Even better, Gillian (Writer of Wrongs) and Lili (Lili's Reflections) said it rocks.
Falcon in the Glass - Susan Fletcher: I don't really know anything about this one, but it's about glassblowing, and set in Venice, which really appealed to me.
Burning - Elana K. Arnold: Jenni (Alluring Reads) told me I HAD to read this, and since we generally agree on contemporaries I am excite!
Dangerous Girls - Abigail Haas: Someone, I think it was Blythe Harris (Finding Bliss in Books) put this on my Sadie Hawkins list, so it's happening! Also, everyone liked this, so even though I'm not huge on mysteries in general, I expect good things!
Waterfell - Amalie Howard: Mermaid books have betrayed me before, but it has to be possible for good ones to exist, right? *crosses fingers and wiggles fins*
Into That Forest - Louis Nowra: I hoped this would be sort of Life of Pi-ish. I was wrong. Super not my writing style. Sad day.
Not a Drop to Drink - Mindy McGinnis: This has been getting mostly great reports, and Ashleigh (Birth of a New Witch) just took the role of black sheep, so this should hopefully be a winner for me!
Once We Were - Kat Zhang: Long-awaited sequel! I really loved the concept and philosophical elements to What's Left of Me.



Blogger Tez Miller said...

Is Percy usually upside-down? ;-)

September 7, 2013 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger Debby said...

Percyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ♥♥

And YAY I'll join you on Waterfell. So scared but so much potential asdfjkl;

September 7, 2013 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger Charlotte @ Gypsy Reviews said...

*squishes Percy* :3 WHY SO ADORBS TODAY?

Ooo damn, now you're making me feel bad for leaving Of Beast and Beauty on the shelves at the library. But woo hoo for Burning! I just borrowed it. Heard nothing but good things about Dangerous Girls so hope you enjoy it! I'm hoping Waterfell is good too but I'm worried it's going to be romance-driven.

September 7, 2013 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger lgg0123 said...

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September 7, 2013 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Usually, no, but fairly frequently.

September 7, 2013 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I love the cat, too. He is my precious baby. I hope Not a Drop is for me. *eyes book warily*

September 7, 2013 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Christina said...


September 7, 2013 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Christina said...


Well, I'm sure the book will still be at the library when you go back, even if you have to put a hold on it. I hope I love them all too, but I am scared of Waterfell tbh.

September 7, 2013 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger Alexia Boesen said...

Ohhh man I want to read Of Beast and Beauty SO badly. You lucky woman! Dangerous Girls is another book that I've been itching to read. A little nervous to read Not A Drop to Drink tbh. So excited for you and I cannot wait to see your thoughts on these.

And awww Percy! I may need to throw in a pic of my cats with my book haul for this week's STS.

September 7, 2013 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger GillyB said...


Yes, I really like Of Beast and Beauty, and Dangerous Girls BLEW MY MIIIIIND. Super curious about where you fall on Not a Drop to Drink. Ooh, and I should read One We Were soon. SEPTEMBER WHY YOU HAVE SO MANY BOOKS

Ugh, I wish you could bring Perseus to California. I WANT TO CUDDLE HIM.

September 7, 2013 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Alessandra said...

Percy is super adorbs. Also, Burning! I want to read that too.

September 7, 2013 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Perseus makes me want to scratch his chin, so cute! I want to read Dangerous Girls. It seems like my kind of book. Mermaid & faerie books always seem to steer me wrong. I really want to like them, but...

September 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Grace Fonseca said...

Awesome haul. I want to cuddle with your Cat Perseus. I love your cat. He's adorable. Dangerous Girls looks interesting. Come visit me as well.

Books of Love

September 7, 2013 at 4:33 PM  
Blogger Ashleigh Paige said...

YOU WERE RIGHT! PERCY *IS* SUPER ADORABLE THIS TIME! *screams like a Directioner* *dies* *respawns*

I love when I get a mention, even if it took me being a black sheep to do it. <3

Burning was five-star great for Lala's chapters, but I hate hate HATED Ben's half. One-star hate. So yeah, that came out to three stars. I'm glad you've got a copy of Once We Were now too! I feel like a lovely little cat because I'm the only one of our circle to get to it so far and love it. Pleasedon'tbeaDevilpleeeease.

I fully expect Waterfell to suck because I've heard a lot of bad stuff about that author's previous work in general and it's a Harlequin Teen book. When they have a good book, I call it an exception. I don't envy you being stuck with that or the massive copy of Crash Into You in the background. McGarry was fun for book one, but book two felt like a bit of a repeat and it doesn't sound like it's going to change.

Also, OHMYGOD, NO ANGEL IN THE CORNER. Lots of fun angel fuckery like eyes floating around his head and bringing people he smited back to life all willy-nilly.

September 7, 2013 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger Lyn Kaye said...


I'm really getting an itching to read "Drop to Drink".

Great haul!

September 7, 2013 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oh Perseus! He is just so adorable. :D

I can't wait for Not A Drop to Drink. I was just reading Shae's review, and it seems like I might actually like it. :D

Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

September 7, 2013 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger Disquietus said...

Oooooooh. Gillian talked me into Of Beast and Beauty, so I'm hoping to pick that one up soon. And I've been dying to read Dangerous Girls for a while. Hope you enjoy.

September 8, 2013 at 12:23 AM  
Blogger fakesteph said...

I'm looking forward to what you think of the new Stacey Jay!

September 8, 2013 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I am a lucky woman, one who hopes she loves all of these.

Cats are always a good idea.

September 8, 2013 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Everyone was liking Not a Drop to Drink until it arrived and now all the negative reviews are coming and I'm like whyyyyyy.

Also, September is trying to kill me.

September 8, 2013 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Yes, he is. Love my baby!

September 8, 2013 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Eek, I really hope the mermaid book isn't a trap.

September 8, 2013 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Perseus sadly isn't all that cuddly.

September 8, 2013 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

What's a Directioner?

Well, I got mentioned as the Black sheep in several reviews of Devil, so you know how it goes.

We'll see. Maybe I will love all of them and defy your expectations. Gahhhhhhhh.

September 8, 2013 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger Christina said...


I hope it's good!

September 8, 2013 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

OOoh, Shae liked it? That's good. Ashleigh didn't approve, and I know there was someone else too.

September 8, 2013 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Hopefully I love them boooooth.

September 8, 2013 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Lili said...


I recently obtained WATERFELL and NOT A DROP TO DRINK too. Mermaid books and I don't have the best relationship either, so I'm curious as to what I think about it. But ah! Not a drop to drink! I am so excited to read this one because I think it has a lot of promise!

I'm also really curious about what you think of BURNING because I've been eying it lately.

September 8, 2013 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

hahaha That is the best picture of Percy. I'm really looking forward to getting around to Not a Drop to Drink in my reading schedule. Blythe told me I really need to read Dangerous Girls too. Sounds good though, just a matter of trying to squeeze it in somehow. September is way too crazy with the releases!

September 8, 2013 at 7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm here for Percy!

September 8, 2013 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

SO MUCH PRESSURE! It will probably be a week or two before I get to OF BEAST AND BEAUTY, but soon!

I hope both of them are good. *crosses fingers*

Accounts of Burning seem largely favorable, but we'll see, shan't we?

September 8, 2013 at 11:59 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Isn't it? There was one that was less absurd, but this one was my favorite.

September is killing me. I read five books this weekend, but that was not enough. ACK.

September 9, 2013 at 12:03 AM  

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