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Black Crow White Lie by Candi Sary

Standalone. Casperian Books (2012) Author I could feel tiny stars gather in my hands... Carson Calley grew up living in Hollywood motels with his fortune-telling mother, who is full of stories about their lives together and prophesies about his future. We were Indians - Californian Indians. This pale skin was once native brown. And these legs of yours were once big and strong so that you could run after deer and shoot them with your arrows, and then bring the meat back to me. You were destined to be the great medicine man, the great healer who would take away all the pain and disease and suffering of our people. Believing his mother's yarns, Carson becomes a healer, with the people of Hollywood waiting in long lines to see him, but a purpose built on lies and exaggerations can't last...or can it?

Carson has grown up on stories of his past life, his hero father, his ability to heal, and the potential he has to become great. As a preteen he eats up his mother's tales as well as a…

Hide and Seek by Sara Shepard

The Lying Game #4. HarperTeen (July 2012) Library My friends and I used to play lying games.
Now my twin sister is living one.
When I was alive, my family seemed picture-perfect. My adoptive parents adored me, and my little sister, Laurel, copied my every move. But now that my long-lost twin, Emma, has taken my place to solve my murder, we’re both learning just how flawed my family really is.
Laurel is shooting Emma nasty looks and sneaking around with my ex-boyfriend. And it turns out my parents are keeping a huge secret—could it be the reason I’m dead? How far would they go to keep the truth buried? No one can harm me now, but Emma is still fair game. And if she’s not careful, she’ll end up buried, too. . . .

Now this is what I was looking for in Two Truths and a Lie. There is action and plot twists that I was expecting in the last book but I didn't get as much as I did in the first two books. Hide and Seek wasn't as thrilling as it could be but it did have Emma being chased by he…

Sunday Post: 3/16/14

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.
Wow! This has been a busy week. Spring break has made me a very productive reader. I read 7 books in total in the course of a week which is crazy. I haven't done that in forever. It's back to school tomorrow. I'm reading Splintered next. It's going to be awesome to be in Wonderland for a chance. I tried to read the original story a long time ago but it didn't take. Hopefully this retelling will make me fall for the original story once again. Thanks for the recommendation everyone. I love the What's Next meme I started to participate in.
Last Week on the Blog:

Last week I discussed what motivations Maleficent may have had to put Aurora under a curse in the upcoming movie Maleficent. I reviewed The Program and Til Death whi…

Fearscape by Nenia Campbell

Horrorscape #1. Amazon Digital Services (Nov. 2012) Own He followed her because he wanted to own her. She trusted him because she wanted excitement. There's a saying that curiosity can kill … but Valerian Kimble is beginning to learn that satisfaction might just be worse.
Fourteen-year-old Valerian lives in an age where antiheroes and bad boys are portrayed as the romantic ideal, and good guys are passe and boring. So when Gavin Mecozzi, the school's brilliant but twisted loner, begins to show an interest in her after a chance meeting in a pet store, Val is intrigued. He's charming and poetic and makes her feel things that she thought were only possible in books--
Because somebody is stalking Val. Somebody who wants to hurt her. Own her. Possess her. Maybe even kill her.
As her meetings with Gavin unravel into a more complex and frightening relationship, Val can't help but wonder if the new boy in her life is her depraved and obsessive stalker.
And whether he's cap…

Two Truths and a Lie by Sara Shepard

The Lying Game #3. HarperTeen (Jan. 2012) Own
My killer is out there. And my sister might be next.

Two months before I died, my best friend's brother disappeared. I have no idea where Thayer went or why he left, but I know it's my fault. I did a lot of horrible things while I was alive, things that made people hate me, maybe even enough to kill me.

Desperate to solve my murder, my long-lost twin, Emma, is pretending to be me and unraveling the many mysteries I left behind - my cryptic journal, my tangled love life, the dangerous Lying Game pranks I played. She's uncovered my friends' darkest secrets, but she's never had the chance to dig into Thayer's past - until now. 

Thayer's back and Emma has to move fast to figure out of he's after revenge... or if he's already gotten it.
A Small Note:
I've read this book before so this review will have thoughts on what I thought before and after rereading this book again. I wasn't able to write a review befo…

What's Next #2 - Splintered Hallowed Lies

This is a meme hosted by IceyBooks where I ask your opinion on what I should read next.
The last recommendation turned out so well! I absolutely loved everything about The Program so I'm looking for another great book to read. The choices I picked are on the dark side except the last one - it's a continuation of a series. What do you all think of the three choices below?

Splintered by A.G. Howard This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is…

Til Death by Kate Evangelista

Fractured Souls #1. Entangled Teen (March 2014) Publisher Sixteen-year-old Selena Fallon is a dreamer. Not a daydreamer, but an I-see-the-future kind of dreamer. Normally, this is not a problem, as she has gotten pretty good at keeping her weird card hidden from everyone in her small town. But when Selena dreams of her own rather bloody death, things get a little too freaky—even for her.
Enter Dillan Sloan. Selena has seen the new guy in a different dream, and he is even more drool-worthy in person. Beyond the piercing blue eyes and tousled dark hair, there is something else that draws her to him. Something…electric. Too bad he acts like he hates her.
When Selena learns she’s being targeted by a force bigger and darker than anything she ever imagined, she’s had enough. Despite her death dream, Selena is not going to give up easily, especially when she discovers that Dillan isn’t what he seems…and might not actually hate her after all. Dillan might be the only person who can save her.


Princess Pigsty by Cornelia Funke

Standalone. Scholastic/Chicken House (April 2007) Library The fourth picture book by literary sensation Funke and celebrated illustrator Meyer; a modern-day, girl-powered, fairy-tale-in-reverse!
One morning Princess Isabella throws her crown out the window--it's BORING being a princess, she declares. When she steadfastly refuses to fetch her crown from the fishpond, her father, the king, puts his royal foot down. "Off to the pigsty with you!" he commands--and Isabella couldn't be happier about her punishment! Because while plain old princesses spend all their time primping and smiling and stifling yawns--yuckety-yuk!-- REAL girls get to peel onions, pick blackberries, and sometimes even sleep outside with the pigs.

Princess Isabella is tired of being the typical princess. She wants to play outside, have fun, and go wild! She's cooped up all day learning how to smile right, laugh right, and one day she throws away her crown and says enough. Her father isn't very …

Book Tour: Clever Girl by Tessa Hadley

Standalone. HarperCollins (March 2014) TLC Book Tours

Clever Girl is an indelible story of one woman’s life, unfolded in a series of beautifully sculpted episodes that illuminate an era, moving from the 1960s to today, from one of Britain’s leading literary lights—Tessa Hadley—the author of the New York Times Notable Books Married Love and The London Train.
Like Alice Munro and Colm Tóibin, Tessa Hadley brilliantly captures the beauty, innocence, and irony of ordinary lives—an ability to transform the mundane into the sublime that elevates domestic fiction to literary art. Written with the celebrated precision, intensity, and complexity that have marked her previous works, Clever Girl is a powerful exploration of family relationships and class in modern life, witnessed through the experiences of an English woman named Stella. Unfolding in a series of snapshots, Tessa Hadley’s moving novel follows Stella from the shallows of childhood, growing up with a single mother in a Bristol bedsit i…

The Program by Suzanne Young

The Program #1. Simon Pulse (April 2013) Own 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 school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing w…

Once Upon a Dream

I've been thinking about fairy tales a great deal lately specifically retellings of classic fairy tales. I've grown up surrounded by Disney movies. These movies although iconic aren't the original stories created by the Grimm Brothers, Aesop, or others. They created these stories as lessons or to write down stories they've heard all their life. They've enchanted me all my life. Yet, it is the Disney movies that I know and love not the original stories. The original stories are even darker than the movies. If you noticed there is always at least one thing that resembles the original grim tale like Rapunzel being kidnapped, Snow White being poisoned, Little Red Riding Hood's grandmother being eaten, and Aurora being cursed.
Sleeping Beauty's villain is getting her own story. You know the original tale how Aurora is cursed by a sorceress and a knight fights off the dragonous villain to save the day. I know that there is a bunch of negativity revolving around wh…

Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner

The Keepers Trilogy #1. Delacorte Books (Sep. 2010) Library Welcome to the tyrannical city of Jewel, where impatience is a sin and boldness is a crime.
Goldie Roth has lived in Jewel all her life. Like every child in the city, she wears a silver guardchain and is forced to obey the dreaded Blessed Guardians. She has never done anything by herself and won’t be allowed out on the streets unchained until Separation Day.   
When Separation Day is canceled, Goldie, who has always been both impatient and bold, runs away, risking not only her own life but also the lives of those she has left behind. In the chaos that follows, she is lured to the mysterious Museum of Dunt, where she meets the boy Toadspit and discovers terrible secrets. Only the cunning mind of a thief can understand the museum’s strange, shifting rooms. Fortunately, Goldie has a talent for thieving.                                                                                                  
Which is just as well, because th…

March Madness Read-A-Thon 2014: The Books

Month long read-a-thon hosted by Fiction_TheNewReality

I didn't get to sign up for this read-a-thon on time but I still wanted to participate in it so that's what I'm doing! I've never done a read-a-thon this long yet I feel like it's more flexible than the other ones I'm used to. I'm planning on adding some different discussions based on this read-a-thon. This time around I'll be updating each week the book's I read instead of one long post. I'm thinking of adding some tasks based on 30 day blogosphere events that go around. If anyone has any suggestions on topics to post about feel free to comment below.
The Books:
Since this is a month long challenge it might look like I'm going insane with the amount of books I plan to read but I really want to step up my reading game from the past two months so without further ado here are the books I plan to read for March Madness:

I also want to read some comics mainly from the Fables series. I know it…

#16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler

Standalone. Sourcebooks Fire (March 2014) NetGalley Heart attacks happen to other people 
When Morgan's mom gets sick, it's hard not to panic. Without her mother, she would have no one—until she finds out the dad who walked out on her as a baby isn't as far away as she thought...
Adam is a stuck-up, uptight jerk #thingsIthoughtweretrue
Now that they have a summer job together, Morgan's getting to know the real Adam, and he's actually pretty a nerdy-hot kind of way. He even offers to go with her to find her dad. Road trip, anyone?
5000 Twitter followers are all the friends I need #thingsIthoughtweretrue
With Adam in the back seat, a hyper chatterbox named Amy behind the wheel, and plenty of Cheetos to fuel their trip, Morgan feels ready for anything. She's not expecting a flat tire, a missed ferry, a fake girlfriend...and that these two people she barely knew before the summer started will become the people she can't imagine livi…