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Dinosaur in a Haystack: Reflections in Natural History
Stephen Jay Gould
Dean Koontz: A Writer's Biography
Katherine Ramsland
Marx & Lennon: The Parallel Sayings
Joey Green, Yoko Ono, John Lennon, Groucho Marx, Arthur Marx
Skeleton Creek
Patrick Carman
The Iron Daughter
Julie Kagawa
Scorch
Gina Damico
The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories
Maggie Stiefvater, Brenna Yovanoff, Tessa Gratton
Eden at the Edge of Midnight
John Kerry
The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys
Dean King
Everbound - Brodi Ashton This book was a quick one to get back into. There was a little bit of a recap of what happened, Jack went to the tunnels for Nikki at the end of the first one, so as you would expect, Nikki is now looking for a way to get back down there and save him. And until she can, she is doing what she can to help keep him alive, the way he did for her, she dreams every night of him. We learn more about the Everneath, and the Everlivings, as well as what it takes to get humans down there, and how the Shades actually do what they do. The end, wow, it was a twist! Can I say I didn't quite see what happened? I knew that something was up with how the findings from the search ended up. Just didn't see that happening. So, now, don't know how I'll wait till 2014 to read it!If you want to read the rest of my review, go to Lisa Loves Literature
The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater Wow, just almost don't know how to start this review. Once again I really loved a book by this author. It was the one book that I really wish I'd had the money to go to BEA last summer just to get. But I didn't. And so I spent all summer entering every contest I could to try to win one. But no such luck. Then, finally, I found it available on Netgalley, thanks to the wonderful Scholastic!! But shortly after that, I found it on YA Book Exchange, the ARC, so I had to come up with a trade for it, so I could have the matching books. My saddest thought at this moment? How long do I now have to wait for book 3, and I've finished this book the day after it came out?Check out my full review at Lisa Loves Literature
The Iron King - Julie Kagawa Still am not sure why it took me so long to give this a try. Really love this author's writing!!
The Elite - Kiera Cass Loved it! Could barely put it down for the last half. Will post review on my blog tomorrow.
BZRK - Michael  Grant The science geek in me really ended up enjoying this book.I can see that for some this book may be way too technical, but that is kind of what I really liked about it! And reading all the descriptions of what things looked like at that small of scale was kind of cool. I could totally see a movie out of this, but only if someone who could afford awesome special effects did it, so that they could make this stuff look as real as possible.To read my full review go to Lisa Loves Literature
Quarantine - James  Phelan First of course I must thank both Netgalley and Kensington Books for allowing me to read an e-galley of this book. I enjoyed both of the other books in this series, I think maybe a trilogy? It did kind of leave at off at what could be an ending. Another good story, a different take on zombies and survival. A good quick read that I would highly recommend to boys who were reluctant readers.You can read the rest of my review at Lisa Loves Literature
Unfed - Kirsty McKay First I have to say thanks to Scholastic and Netgalley for allowing me to read an e-galley of this book. I got the first book in the series last summer when I went to BEA, so was very excited to see this become available on Netgalley. I wasn't disappointed, I liked where the story went. A really good story, I enjoyed all the ups and downs, and the little obstacles they had to face, like the fact that Bobby had no pants for the first part of the book, because the ones she'd been wearing on the bus before it crashed had been destroyed from the crash, and she had no other clothes. A great story. Loved that it wasn't all about a "romance" between Bobby and Smitty, that it was kinda realistic for a zombie apocalypse story. I don't see that there is a third book in the series, and it definitely left off that it could be the end, but there was also a lot of openings for another book, which I'd love to read!

From Bad to Cursed (Bad Girls Don't Die Series #2)

From Bad to Cursed - Katie Alender Done! Check my blog Lisa Loves Literature, for a post later today with my review!
Gated - Amy Christine Parker First I will say thanks to Random House books for Young Readers and Edelweiss for allowing me to read an e-galley of this title. This was a good book about a young person in what would most likely be called a cult situation. In a way reminded me of the book The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams, and you can read my review of that HERE. This was a much more involved book, and you almost, at least at first, didn't think it was such a crazy place. In fact, the main character, Lyla, seems to really be happy there.Now Lyla's family came to live at Mandrodage Meadows, following Pioneer, after several things happened. Lyla's sister disappeared off the sidewalk outside their brownstone in New York City. Then shortly after, the Twin Towers fell on 9/11. Of course once that happened, the search to find Lyla's sister ended. There was too much going on for the police to worry about that. Pioneer showed up at their house around that time. Saying that he'd seen their story on the news, and The Brethren had sent him a vision saying to help this family. Soon, Lyla's family, along with others had decided this world was only getting worse, and they all went to help build the community that Pioneer had said would be their way to be safe when the world ended.You can read the rest of my review of this book at: Lisa Loves Literature
The Shade of the Moon - Susan Beth Pfeffer Having a hard time reading this. Not sure at all. Hoping something changes drastically about Jon in the last half.
Elegy - Amanda Hocking 4.5 actually. First, let me thank both Edelweiss and especially St. Martin's Griffin for allowing me to read an e-galley of this book. Now, can I start telling you how much I loved this book?! I have to say what an awesome way to end a series! There was action, there was still romance, there were twists and turns, there was more details about the background of the sirens, and I even found the re-telling of the story of Persephone to be very unique. As I've said in the reviews for both Lullaby and Tidal, this series, just got better,and better, and the end didn't disappoint! Check out my full review at Lisa Loves Literature
Tidal - Amanda Hocking First I must say I love the cover, and since I had the book while I was reading the second book, Lullaby, I had a bit of a clue about the third, but it wasn't exactly what I'd thought it was. And I have to say that this series is just getting better and better as it goes, so I'm really pumped up for the last book, Elegy, which I'll be reading next! Check out my full review on Lisa Loves Literature

Lullaby (Watersong Series #2)

Lullaby - Amanda Hocking So I had to check this book out from the library so that I could continue in the series and be ready to read the e-galley of the 4th one that I have. Now, I only gave the first book in the series a 3 out of 5 stars, but I liked this one even better than the first, and gave it a 4 out of 5. If you haven't read the first one, you might want to stop here, as there will be spoilers.So we're back with Gemma, who had to leave with the other sirens at the end of the last book, because they'd threatened to kill her sister, and her boyfriend Alex, if she didn't. So her sister, Harper, must go home and tell their dad that she ran away. But after all she'd seen, the terrifying bird creatures that the sirens could turn into, and the dead body of their island friend, Bernie. So now Alex and Harper are trying to do what they can to find Gemma, as well as figure out what was going on. They know there is something to do with mermaids, but what about the horrible bird creature? So they begin to do research, specifically at the library where Harper works. And that is when they find information about sirens. And they get a somewhat unlikely helper, Marcy, the unique girl that works with Harper at the library. Daniel is still trying to get through to Harper, it is so obvious to both of them that there is a spark, but Harper doesn't want to have to worry about Daniel. So, she tells him they need to stay apart. Meanwhile Gemma is trying to fight the curse, refusing to swim in the ocean or feed. But she gets sick, to the point where her hair is even falling out. While Thea seems to be more helpful now, Lizzie and of course Penn are still as evil as they seemed before. Finally Penn orders Gemma to swim. And soon Gemma begins to feel better. So her thought is to swim in the ocean and continue to try to eat regular food. Until a mishap occurs, where Gemma loses control. Around the same time, Harper and Alex, with some help from Daniel, figure out where Gemma probably is, and they go to try to bring her home.I won't go on, I'll leave the rest for you to read and find out. As my issues with the first book had to do with not knowing some things, we do now begin to learn some of the background of the sirens, and how they live. But we also get some new questions, questions that even Penn and Thea don't know the answers to, but feel the need to find out. I must say I'm glad I'm going to be able to go on to the next book as soon as I'm done with this review, because I need to know what is going on. Also, the cover of the third book? It is really good! And from that cover, I had some ideas of things that happened in this book, or an inkling of some things, so maybe seeing the 3rd cover was a bit of a spoiler or hint.

Dirty Little Secrets

Dirty Little Secrets - C.J. Omololu I debated between 4 or 5 stars on this. But really it was a book I couldn't put down, so went with a 5. Will post full review on my blog tomorrow.
Origins: The Fire - Debra Driza As another person on here said, really short! Probably as short as the one that went with the Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano. So, I liked it, but it was really disappointing that all it was, well, was pretty short and didn't really tell anything extra.
MILA 2.0 - Debra Driza Actually 4.5, review up on my blog tomorrow.