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What's Next? #1 - Program Death Stars

This is a meme hosted by IceyBooks where I ask your opinion on what I should read next.
I thought this was a good solution to figure out which book to read next this week. If it goes well I'll be continuing this meme on to following weeks. I've tried to keep my selection wide. One book each from my ebook, NetGalley, and to-review book pile. Let me know what I should read next below!

The Program by Suzanne Young In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program. Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories. Under constant surveillance at home and at sc…

Sunday Post: (Monday Edition) 2/17/14

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.
Hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day! I didn't do much on the 14th but the day after I went to my cousin's birthday party. I swung a bat around with a softball my dad was throwing. I'm simultaneously thanking and regretting the amount of time I spent doing that. It was fun but I'm still pretty sore two days later. 
I got Something Real from Queen Ella Bee Reads which I'm really excited to read. It's even signed! I also got a box set of the Half Upon a Time Trilogy. This trilogy looks really good so I hope I enjoy it.
Last Week on the Blog:

Last week I had a lot of things going on. I had a blog tour for Reaper's Rhythm and a guest post for The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky. I criticized the Vampire Academy …

Guest Post: Rules, Auggie, And all that's Possible

Today I have a special treat. Author Holly Schindler is guest posting for her blog tour on her debut MG book The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky!

I’m not sure that Auggie ever really thinks she’s breaking the rules, in regard to the House Beautification Committee. Technically, she is, once the warning notices start arriving—the committee tells Auggie and Gus that if they don’t adhere to certain standards regarding home improvements, they’ll face significant fines. But instead of shifting gears, Auggie convinces Gus to keep on improving their home in the same vein (turning the items Gus picks up on his hauls into recycled sculptures). Auggie’s convinced the committee will see how beautiful her home improvements are, if only she and Gus can do enough to change the look of their house. (Her theory is that when she and Gus are making their sculptures, they look like a giant pile of metal until they’re completely finished. So her house just must not be finished, either.)
Although Auggie’s pla…

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli

Standalone. Simon & Schuster (Dec. 1993) Library In a little town on a wintery day, a postman delivers a mysterious package tied up with a big pink bow to a lonely man named Mr. Hatch. Somebody loves you the note says.
"Somebody loves me," Mr. Hatch whispers as he dusts his living room. "Somebody loves me," Mr. Hatch whistles as he does errands in town. "Who," Mr. Hatch wonders, "could somebody be?"

This has to be the best Valentine's Day picture book I've ever read. Mr. Hatch does the same thing day in and day out. He doesn't have any friends so he is surprised when he gets a package in the mail. A note attached to the large heart shaped candy box reads - "Somebody Love You." Now Mr. Hatch is seeing the world in a whole new light. He's making friends and laughing all the time. But, what will happen when he discovers the note wasn't for him?
I felt so sorry for Mr. Hatch. He was just a lonely guy who needed somethin…

Mini Review: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

Standalone. Viking Juvenile (February 2013) Own Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.
Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.
Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?
Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with wher…

Altered by Jennifer Rush

Altered #1. Little, Brown Books (Jan. 2013) Own When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?
Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.
Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.
Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of …

My Library is Adorable

So I got asked a weird question today: Would you like to go on a date with a book? Only a librarian could ask me that. My librarian explained that they have some wrapped books that have some words that describe the book on the cover. So you pick whichever one you think you'll like based on the description and you open it up at home. 
My description: Love, Family Problems, and Sisters

I can't tell how oddly thrilling it was to open up this mystery book (I'm a reader. I can't help it). So I opened it up and got First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky (which has a pretty good rating on Goodreads). I've never heard of it but the summary intrigues me. I guess I know what I'm reading for Valentine's day said the girl with no life. Haha! I rather read than anything else anyways. 

After I read the book there is a heart that says Rate Your Date which I do just that. It says "We want all the juicy details! You may save someone from a bad experience..." Then it ask…

Vampire Academy: the movie

You know what they really suck at? Portraying the characters I knew and loved from the book series.
(Spoilers ahead if you haven't read the book!)
Wow, do I regret seeing this movie. I just can't catch a break with movies that were originally books. I've had trouble with them and I can't see myself watching another one like Vampire Academy. I'm even contemplating not seeing The Fault in Our Stars in the movie theaters and that's just sad because that trailer looks amazing and that book is fantastic. I really liked the Vampire Academy trailer when it came out and I enjoyed the book too which worries me for other books turned into movies. I just don't know what went wrong... Okay maybe I do.
I know movies need to compress a whole lot of plot into two hours but the pace of this movie was just wrong. I mean it wasn't as bad as Safe Haven's pace was but nothing can be as bad as Safe Haven in that area. 
The sequencing in this story was off. I don't remem…

Blog Tour: Reaper's Rhythm by Clare Davidson

Hidden #1. Createspace (July 2013) Xpresso Book Tours When everyone thinks your sister committed suicide, it’s hard to prove she was murdered.
Kim is unable to accept Charley’s sudden death. Crippled by an unnatural amnesia, her questions are met with wall after wall. As she doubts her sanity, she realizes her investigation is putting those around her in danger.
The only person who seems to know anything is Matthew, an elusive stranger who would rather vanish than talk. Despite his friendly smile, Kim isn’t sure she can trust him. But if she wants to protect her family from further danger, Kim must work with Matthew to discover how Charley died – before it’s too late.

Reaper's Rhythm is a fast-paced, supernatural tale that was perfect for me after reading so many heavy-hearted reads. Kim finds her sister with her wrists slashed but doesn't remember what has happened when she wakes up two days later in the hospital with her puffy eyed parents staring back at her. She can't reca…

Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Standalone. Bloomsbury USA Children (Sept. 2013) NetGalley Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love--even with someone who seems an improbable choice--is more than just a possibility.
Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true.

Where the Stars Still Shine has…

Wicked Valentine's Read-a-Thon 2014

From the read-a-thon host: The  Wicked Valentine’s Read-A-Thon is a time when we all get together to dedicate the days ofFebruary 7-17 to as much reading as possible. You read as much as you can in order to get yourself a little further through that huge to-read pile! We know real life gets in the way and even if you can’t participate more than one day, you’re welcome to join in on the fun!
In the meanwhile, we will be hosting book-related challenges where you can win some awesome prizes and have a Twitter party at the hashtag #WWReadathon! You can posts updates on your blog, Twitter, Goodreads or Facebook — as long as the profile is public and we all can enjoy your reading progress! It's time for another read-a-thon! I did so well with last months blog tour (even if I didn't make my goal I still read 4 books) that when I saw this on a fellow blogger's post I thought it would be a great idea to boost up my reading. I've had a slow start this month so it should help me get…