Blog Tour Stop! “Crewel” Redux: Gennifer Albin on her life post-pub!

CrewelButtonHey, everyone! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Gennifer Albin’s “Crewel”, Redux! I was able to get an interview out of her about her life post-publication, and how it may or may not have changed. Remember, the “Crewel” ebook  is on sale right now through all e-outlets through February 12th (Tuesday), so if you haven’t bought and read it already, what are you waiting for! You can get more information on this smokin’ hot deal here!

Now, presenting: Gennifer Albin on life post-pub after the jump!

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BOANW is on board for the “Crewel” Redux Blog Tour!

CrewelButtonHey, everyone! In celebration of “Crewel” on sale in e-book format, Macmillan is doing another blog tour to promote it. And we’re on it! Yay! We’ll be sitting down with Gennifer  this coming Monday (February 11th) and talking about some stuff with her, and it’ll be very cool.

SO, you haven’t read “Crewel” yet. Okay. Uh. Cool. So, here’s your chance – at least, in e-book form! From February 7, 2013 to February 12, 2013, “Crewel” is on sale in e-book form through all major outlets. If you want more information to get in on this smokin’ hot sale, go here. You can also watch the book trailer, get more information on how to connect with Gennifer and the Crewel World series there, too. Definitely worth a visit if you haven’t already!

And on this blog tour, I’m in excellent company. Here’s the complete schedule of book blogging bros participating:

Thursday 2/7

Friday 2/8
Bewitched Bookworms

Saturday 2/9

Sunday 2/10
IB Book Blogging

Monday 2/11
Birth of a New Witch
 (yay, that’s us!)


So be sure to come back on Monday and see what Gennifer says in her interview!

Stacking the Shelves: Week 29

stackingWe are all book lovers and the need to share our enthusiasm is sometimes overwhelming. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

If you’re anything like me, you are probably hoarding books and even though you are excited about your latest book arrival, it might be a while before you get to review it and Stacking The Shelves is a good way to express your undying enthusiasm for those titles! (Hosted by!)

Week 29: Here’s what landed on my shelves this week!

♡ Library/Swapped/Gifted/Bought/Etc:

stslib291. “City of a Thousand Dolls” by Miriam Forester – via ARC swap (thanks!)

2. “How to Lead a Life of Crime” by Kristen Miller – via Librarything/Penguin (thanks!)

3. “The Lost Prince” by Julie Kagawa – gifted

4. “Teen Wolf: On Fire” by Nancy Holder – gifted

5. “The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2)” by Michelle Hodkin – gifted

♡ DVDs:

1. “Once Upon a Time: The Complete First Season” – gifted

2. “Prometheus” – netflix (not pictured)

This is part two of my birfday gifting. Thanks to my mom, Librarything/Penguin, and my ARC swap partners because all of this stuff is pretty damn awesome. I can’t wait to get reading!

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Review: “Colin Fischer” by Edward Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz

13589178Title: “Colin Fischer”

Author: Edward Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz

Genre: YA, contemporary, tough stuff, mystery

Publication Date: November 1, 2012 (Razorbill/Penguin – North America)

Source: Traded-for ARC


Colin Fischer cannot stand to be touched. He does not like the color blue. He needs index cards to recognize facial expressions.

But when a gun is found in the school cafeteria, interrupting a female classmate’s birthday celebration, Colin is the only for the investigation. It’s up to him to prove that Wayne Connelly, the school bully and Colin’s frequent tormenter, didn’t bring the gun to school. After all, Wayne didn’t have didn’t have frosting on his hands, and there was white chocolate frosting found on the grip of the smoking gun…

Colin Fischer is a modern-day Sherlock Holmes, and his story–as told by the screenwriters of X-Men: First Class and Thor–is perfect for readers who have graduated from Encyclopedia Brown and who are ready to consider the greatest mystery of all: what other people are thinking and feeling.

☆: 4/5 stars – a fun mystery and a refreshing look at autism within YA lit!

Review: To say I’m a fan of Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz’s work for television and film would be an understatement. Some of my most adored series and movies (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”, “Fringe”, “Thor”, “X-Men: First Class”) have been at least partially written by them in some capacity or another. So when I found out about this book – about an Aspie boy no less – I was definitely intrigued. The difference in screenwriting and novel writing are bigger than most would think – in screenwriting, you get visual stage directions, letting the camera do all of the work for you. In a novel, you have to write every single part of that sensory input out because you don’t have a camera doing that work for you. I have friends that are screenwriters, and  some of their biggest issues that I’ve found while reading their manuscripts have been with sensory language and input because of them being so used to relying on stage directions/the camera to do some of the most important work for them in a novel. Which I should say, isn’t a bad thing, just a common issue. So I was a little anxious to see how Miller and Stentz would do on a non-visual medium with their impressive writing skills.

I wasn’t disappointed. Not in the least. If anything, I was really surprised at how well the two did. And that’s always a happy thing. “Colin Fischer” has been pitched as a “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” for the YA set – and I have to say, while that’s accurate, I found this book to be happily more equally balanced between Fischer’s issues continuing to adjust to being mainstreamed (I’ll go into that later) and to finding out more about the mystery presented before him with the gun and the cake. Miller and Stentz did a fantastic job from this Aspie girl’s POV, so it’s definitely one contemporary YA book I’m proud to have in my library.

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Review: “The Lost Prince” by Julie Kagawa

Title: “The Lost Prince”

Author: Julie Kagawa

Genre: YA, Paranormal

Publication Date: October 23, 2012 (HarlequinTeen – North America)

Source: NetGalley Review Copy

Summary: Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’s dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myths and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

My name is Ethan Chase. And I may not live to see my eighteenth birthday.

☆: 4.5/5 stars! A wonderful return to one of my favorite YA fantasy worlds!

Review: I’ll admit, when I finished “The Iron Knight”, I was pretty bummed out. Yeah, I got an HEA that I could live with (and that also seemed credible, considering the genre), but I just didn’t want to leave this world behind. Then “Lost Prince” got announced, and I got excited. But also suspicious. I’ve had problems with some long-running series (the “Sookie Stackhouse” mysteries and “The Dresden Files” to name just two) that it’s where I get to a point where I feel like the series has lost all of its freshness, and it feels like the author is writing the same book over and over again from a certain point forward. However. I am very happy to report that this is NOT the case with “The Lost Prince”, and if anything, had me guessing and kept my interest at pretty much every single important plot point in the book. If you’re a fan of the “Iron Fey” series, what are you waiting for? Ethan won’t wait for you forever!

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Usagi’s Best of 2012 list!

You’ve waited for it, and now here it is in its entirety! Coming at you, here are my picks for the best of 2012 in all the categories (all the things!), with my top five to ten books for each category. You can find all of these books (and their reviews) under the “best of 2012” tag here on the site. Those that haven’t been reviewed will be in italics. Note that these lists are not in any kind of numerical order.

And now, without further ado, here’s the best of 2012!

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