May 31, 2012

ARC Review: Elisa Ludwig - Pretty Crooked

Elisa Ludwig - Pretty Crooked

Pub Date: March 13, 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Format: Hardcover 368 pages
Age Range: Young Adult

Willa’s secret plan seems all too simple: take from the rich kids at Valley Prep and give to the poor ones.

Yet Willa’s turn as Robin Hood at her ultra-exclusive high school is anything but. Bilking her “friends”-known to everyone as the Glitterati-without them suspecting a thing, is far from easy. Learning how to pick pockets and break into lockers is as difficult as she’d thought it’d be. Delivering care packages to the scholarship girls, who are ostracized just for being from the “wrong” side of town, is way more fun than she’d expected.

The complication Willa didn’t expect, though, is Aidan Murphy, Valley Prep’s most notorious (and gorgeous) ace-degenerate. His mere existence is distracting Willa from what matters most to her-evening the social playing field between the have and have-nots. There’s no time for crushes and flirting with boys, especially conceited and obnoxious trust-funders like Aidan.

But when the cops start investigating the string of burglaries at Valley Prep and the Glitterati begin to seek revenge, could he wind up being the person that Willa trusts most?

I received this book on Net Galley. Here is my honest review:

This book is such a fantastic combination of Mean Girls and Robin Hood! I'm not the first to say that, but it's exactly how to describe this book. Willa Fox starts at a fancy shmancy college prep high school in Paradise Valley, AZ. She gets friendly with the "in" crowd, hilariously and cleverly called the Glitterati. Soon Willa finds out how mean these girls are and wants to put a stop to it. She comes up with a plan to steal from the rich girls to give to the poor ones they trash on a blog called Buzz. Seems genius, right? Hmm.. ;o)

Pretty Crooked is hilarious, smart, and originally fresh. I read the whole thing in a day because I couldn't put it down! I was so entertained and enthralled by Willa's journey that I just had to keep reading. It didn't hurt that I live near Paradise Valley, either. Some things she mentioned were real, like First Friday (which I STILL haven't gone to but would love to!), but some things I'd never heard of and cannot verify as of yet. Hmm. Anyway, this book is pretty great.

You can really get behind a girl like Willa. Her plan seems genuine, but it's obviously a little whacked. I kept forgetting that she's only 15, but that's fine. And the guys in the book.. Tre seems like a better choice, even with his record. Aiden is just kind of annoying to me sometimes. And the end. Oh the end. I was a little frustrated with that ending! This is an ARC so I wonder if she changed it. I'll have to look into that!

Bottom line: If you want to laugh while reading an original YA novel, do check this one out!


4/5 book sharks!

May 30, 2012

Beautifully BellaFaith Mega Giveaway!

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"Waiting on" Wednesday - Touched

Hosted by Breaking The Spine, this section will feature future upcoming releases that I personally am excited about. These will generally be coming up later in the year. Let me know what you're looking forward to, or even what you're writing, and maybe I'll feature it here as well.

Cyn Balog - Touched

• Pub Date: August 14, 2012
• Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
• Format: Paperback 320 pp
• Age Range: Young Adult

Nick Cross always listens to the voice in his head. Because if he doesn't? Things can go really, really wrong. Like the day he decided to go off script and saved a girl from being run over....and let another one drown. Trying to change the future doesn't work.

But this summer at the Jersey Shore, something's about to happen that Nick never could have predicted. He meets a girl named Taryn and finds out about the Book of Touch. Now the path that he thought he was on begins to shift....and there's no way to stop things from happening. Or is there?

In a life where there are no surprises, nothing has prepared Nick for what he's about to discover--or the choice he will be forced to make....

Sounds interesting, right?! I'm looking forward to seeing how this one turns out. Hopefully it's great! What are you waiting for this week? Let me know! Happy Wednesday :o)

May 29, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday - Ten Years and Beyond

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this feature includes random weekly bookish top tens. This week's list is - top ten books written in the last 10 years that I hope people are still reading in 30 years. I've read some great books in the past 10 years, so here's to reading them for a long, long time!





These are all some of my favorites from the past few years. I truly hope they have the staying power to be read in generations to come :o) What's on your list?! Leave me a link! Happy Tuesday!

May 28, 2012

Free Amazon Books Today!

Not sure how long these are all going to last. Normally I post them on Facebook as I find them, but there are too many to post individually today. I'll add as I find more (thanks, this morning, to A Book Vacation!) and update when I can. YAY! All links take you to the purchase page on!

  1. Karly Kirkpatrick - Bloody Little Secrets
  2. Megg Jensen - Sleepers
  3. Megg Jensen - The Initiate
  4. Megg Jensen - Anathema
  5. AM Hudson - Tears of the Broken
  6. Melissa Wright - Frey
  7. Lori Brighton - The Mind Readers
  8. Mary Whitten - Dare to Bleed
  9. Genevieve Pearson - Revelations
  10. Amanda Hocking - Hollowland
  11. JL Bryan - Jenny Pox
  12. Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckels - Night Marchers
  13. Tallulah Grace - Fate
  14. Lynette Ferreira - The Dark, Dark House
  15. Jonathan Carter - Crack in the Glass
  16. RaShelle Workman - Exiled
  17. Alycia Linwood - Human
  18. Susan Hatler - Shaken
  19. Toni Leland - Tattoo
  20. Kimberly Spencer - Shimmerspell
  21. Trina M Lee - Huntress
  22. Trina M Lee - Stunner
  23. Trina M Lee - Once Bitten
  24. Adrianna White - A Moonlit Night
  25. Christine Butler and Jennifer Oliver - Birthrights
  26. Karice Bolton - Awakening
  27. Emma Knight - Sworn
  28. Richard Crawford - Soul Mate
  29. Nicole MacDonald - The Arrival
  30. Penelope Fletcher - Glamour
  31. Sarra Cannon - Beautiful Demons
  32. Morgan Rice - Turned
  33. Jamie Magee - Insight
  34. VJ Chambers - Breathless
  35. Stacey Wallace Benefiel - Glimpse
  36. Claire Farrell - Thirst
  37. Anya Bast - Fury
  38. Anya Bast - Tranquility
  39. Anya Bast - Micah's Magick
  40. Keary Taylor - Branded
  41. Allegra Skye - Saved
  42. Tara Brown - Cursed
  43. Kira Saito - Bound
  44. JA Beard - The Emerald City
  45. Deema Remiel - Picture Perfect