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Ray Bradbury
Mort
Terry Pratchett
Scary Mary - S.A. Hunter I really liked this! The author has a great handle on writing believable teens and the story, while somewhat predictable, was exciting and engrossing. I'm excited to read the next in the series.
Evangeline (A Dark Faerie Tale, #0.5) - Alexia Purdy This novella provides a good introduction to the Dark Faeries series. I'm glad I read it first.
Surrender  - Rhiannon Paille It was a chore to finish. This was a hot mess.
Reckless - Oliver Latsch, Cornelia Funke I loved Cornelia Funke's Inkheart books, but her others don't seem to live up to that rich, detailed, living world she created. This is a good book, just not necessarily a great one.
The Never - Kristina Circelli An interesting take on the Peter Pan story.
Radiance - Alyson Noel Good book, not great. Definitely for middle grades. Not much depth. The heroine finished her next-to-impossible task in about five minutes. But a nice, fast read.
Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits (Austen Takes The South #1) - Mary Jane Hathaway Meh. Very predictable little romance with loose connections to the great Jane Austen novel. LOTS of very preachy moments that I was not expecting. It was like a cross between a romance novel and a church sermon. I won't be reading the next in the series.
Cobweb Bride (Cobweb Bride Trilogy, #1) - Vera Nazarian LOVED this! At first glance I thought it would be a cute retelling of the Persephone myth but it was infinitely more. It's filled with complex and intriguing characters whose story lines intertwine (after a while so don't expect a breakneck pace. Trust me, it's worth the simmer when you finally get to the boiling point). There's class struggle, political intrigue, espionage, and of course Death. Or lack therof. It's a glorious read and the first in an expected trilogy. It was so good that I actually yelled out "Nooooo!" when I read "To be continued" at the end.

EAGERLY awaiting book 2. In the mean time I think I'll check out some of Vera Nazarian's other books!
314 - A.R. Wise I was totally creeped out by the book for a long time, but the ending got a little lame. I'm looking forward to the sequel though, maybe it will fix things.
School Spirits - Rachel Hawkins Really liked this one! Looking forward to the next in the series.
Peregrine Harker & The Black Death - Luke Hollands Just plain fun!
That Time I Joined the Circus - J.J. Howard Lexi (or Xandra, or X, or whatever else she's calling herself at the moment. This girl changes names like most girls change underwear) loses her dad (coincidentally on the night she hooks up with her best friend who is the boyfriend of her OTHER best friend) and gets kicked out of school so she heads out to find her long lost mom who may or may not have joined a circus.

Yeah, I just read that sentence over and it pretty much sums up the silliness of the whole plot. She gets involved with no less that three love interests (one of whom, Nick, is 19 but acts and talks like a 43 year old. Creepy.), she doesn't really grow from her experiences (when the ex-friend with whose boyfriend she hooked up with comes to the circus Lexi decided she's not sorry. Nice.), and ends up with the original hookup guy. Seems like she could have saved the aggravation and just run off to his house instead of the circus.

I received this book from Net galley in exchange for a review.
Scarlette - Davonna Juroe I like fairy tale retellings as a rule. Scarlette is a twist on the Red Riding Hood story. It's a fun, fast read that I mostly enjoyed. There are some editorial issues with grammar ("you're" when they clearly meant "your" and things like that).
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee I really can't even begin to put into words how glorious this book is. I also can't believe I have never read it before now. Suffice it to say that it now resides in my heart forever, with a small handful of others that have grabbed hold of me this deeply. I know I'll be re-reading this often. It's a treasure.
Voodoo or Die (The Mojo, #2) - Stephanie Bond Fun next installment in the series.
Beloved Evangeline - W.C. Anderson This book was ALL over the place. And not in a good way. Convoluted story that at times felt like it was being written by three different people, plot lines that suddenly disappeared, rambling story... and to top it all off, a non-ending as apparently it's going to be a series. I don't think I can hang in there for another one.