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As You Wish by Jackson Pearce

Standalone. HarperTeen (August 2009) Library Ever since Viola's boyfriend broke up with her, she has spent her days silently wishing—to have someone love her again and, more importantly, to belong again—until one day she inadvertently summons a young genie out of his world and into her own. He will remain until she makes three wishes.
Jinn is anxious to return home, but Viola is terrified of wishing, afraid she will not wish for the right thing, the thing that will make her truly happy. As the two spend time together, the lines between master and servant begin to blur, and soon Jinn can't deny that he's falling for Viola. But it's only after Viola makes her first wish that she realizes she's in love with Jinn as well . . . and that if she wishes twice more, he will disappear from her life—and her world—forever.                                                          
Jackson Pearce spins a magical tale about star-crossed lovers, what it means to belong . . . and how …

Sunday Post: 10/20/13

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received and share news about what's coming up for the next week ahead.
This Week:
I finally got around to do more than one review this week which I'm really happy about. School's going really good so far. I only have to worry about this one class but I am studying for it like I need to so I should be fine. It's ridiculously hot over here! It's 86 degrees all the time. It's kind of worrying. I mean it's almost November and it isn't cool at all. It's been a great week and hopefully next week will be the same only with a lot more reading. Oh, also I went to Barnes and Noble yesterday. It is so weird to see all these new books that you know about but you've never seen a physical copy of. I really miss going to bookstores... all the books there are just so beautiful!

Last Week on th…

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Little Blue Envelope #1. Harper Teen (Dec. 2010) Library Would you follow the directions?
Would you travel around the world?           
Would you open the envelopes one by one?                                                                         
Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket.                         
In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat. The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist. Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/bloke–about–town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous–-though utterly romantic–-results. Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it's all because of the 13 little blue envelopes.

Ginny is about to embark on the journey of a lifetime and it is all thanks to her crazy, artist aunt. She must follow the directions her aunt has laid out for her in 13 little blue envelopes. After she finishes one task, she goes on to next one, traveling around …

The Practice Pet by Anne Scully Illustrated by Robert Scully

Standalone. StoryPanda (September 2013) Publisher
Sammy wants a pet snake, but has to prove he's ready to take on the responsibility by caring for a "practice pet." As you read you can help Sammy show he’s ready for the responsibility of a new pet. 

Sammy asks his dad one day if he can have a pet snake but he's dad answers no. As a compromise he announces that they will go to the toy store the next day to get a practice pet - a toy Sammy will take care of to show that he can be responsible enough for an actual pet. Sammy chooses his practice pet, names him Rex, and goes all over the place having fun with his new pet until something seems off with Rex. So Sammy tries to find a way to get his friend feeling better.

I was slightly worried I wasn't going to like this book as much as I enjoyed Stumble, Trip, Fall by the illustrator but I have to say that Anne Scully did a remarkable job creating a unique story that kept my interest throughout the book. I don't know h…

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman

Standalone. Abrams/Amulet Books (Oct. 2013) NetGalley During the fall leading up to her bat mitzvah, Tara (Hindi for "star") Feinstein has a lot more than her Torah portion on her mind. Between Hebrew school and study sessions with the rabbi, there doesn’t seem to be enough time to hang out with her best friend Ben-o--who might also be her boyfriend--and her other best friend, Rebecca, who’s getting a little too cozy with that snotty Sheila Rosenberg. Not to mention working on her robotics project with the class clown Ryan Berger, or figuring out what to do with a priceless heirloom sari that she accidentally ruined. Amid all this drama, Tara considers how to balance her Indian and Jewish identities and what it means to have a bat mitzvah while questioning her faith.


Tara is a Jewish-Indian-American girl who is preparing for her bat mitzvah. On her journey to her celebration she tries to find balance with her Jewish and Indian roots. When she's trying not to let her Indian…

Mira in the Present Tense by Sita Brahmachari

Book #1. Albert Whitman & Co. (Sept. 2013) NetGalley Twelve-year-old Mira comes from a chaotic, artistic, and outspoken family in which it's not always easy to be heard. As her beloved Nana Josie's health declines, Mira begins to discover the secrets of those around her and also starts to keep some of her own. She is drawn to mysterious Jide, a boy who is clearly hiding a troubled past. As Mira is experiencing grief for the first time, she is also discovering the wondrous and often mystical world around her. An incredibly insightful, honest novel exploring the delicate balance--and often injustice--of life and death. But at its heart, it's a celebration of friendship, culture--and life.


Mira is a very shy, precocious girl. She's at this pinnacle moment in her life where everything is changing. From facing the upcoming loss of someone close to her, becoming a "woman", falling for her first love, and finding her voice, Mira represents the changes a lot of you…

Cover Love Sunday: Flowers

Cover Love Sunday is a weekly feature hosted at The Quiet Girl Talks, where you choose your 3 favorite covers for each weekly theme. (I always pick 4) This week's theme is... FLOWERS!

A Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson and Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting I love the simple blue flower in A Song For Summer which is my favorite cover out of all of these. The Body Finder series has great flowers on their covers that look see through and make the book all the more appealing.

The Everafter by Amy Huntley and Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr The striking purple in The Everafter makes it look amazing. It looks like a sci-fi or fantasy book with the odd flowers showcased on the cover. I have a thing for simple flowers and Once Was Lost is a very simple but pretty cover.
What are your favorite books with flowers on the cover?

Autumn by Sierra Dean

Dog Days #1. Month9Books (June 2013) NetGalley Cooper Reynolds’s life is going to the dogs… literally.
As if being a high school senior in a small Texas town wasn’t hard enough, Cooper has bigger things to worry about than who he’ll take to prom and whether or not the Poisonfoot Padres will win homecoming. He has less than a year before his eighteenth birthday, when a curse placed on his family will doom him to live in coyote form forever.
The last thing he needs to complicate his already messed-up life is a girl, but fate has other plans in mind for him when it brings Eloise “Lou” Whittaker to Poisonfoot. She’s grouchy, sarcastic and has no love for her new Texas home, but she might be exactly the right person to help Cooper break the curse.                                                                                                   The clock is ticking, and Cooper will have to decide if he’s willing to let Lou in on his dirty little secret before it’s too late.

Eloise "Lou"…

September 2013 Reads Wrap Up

October! I can't believe it. So many good things happened back in September. I got my groove back with the blog but it's been rough trying to balance school with books and blogging. I have so many plans for October which has one of my favorite holidays ever! I don't dress up anymore but I can appreciate the atmosphere October brings. It makes me want to read some dark and thrilling Cormier books. 
Here are the books I want to read in October:
The Shining by Stephen King Carrie by Stephen King Saving Wishes by G.J. Walker Smith My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. by Greg Pincus Pirouette by Robyn Bavati Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller Endless by Amanda Grey Made of Stars by Kelley York Shattered by Kathi Baron Shredded by Karen Avivi Invasion by Jon S. Lewis Breathing Ghosts by Laekan Zea Kemp This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers As You Wish by Jackson Pearce This Girl Is Different by J.J. Johnson Crash by Lisa McMann Pivot Point by Kasie West Ju…