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Thursday, February 2, 2012

February TBR :0)

Every month I make myself lists of what I'm planning to read that month, but inevitably I stray, for one reason or another. And none of them are very good reads :0)

SO...I thought I'd post about it in an attempt to make myself more accountable, since I shared it with the world, or at least the blogging community! My list for this month is pretty ambitious, because I have a lot to catch up on, so we'll see how it goes :0)

February To be Read:

"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green
*January 10th, 2012*

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

"Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters" by Meredith Zeitlin
*March 1st, 2012*

Kelsey Finkelstein is fourteen and FRUSTRATED. Every time she tries to live up to her awesome potential, her plans are foiled – by her impossible parents, her annoying little sister, and life in general. But with her first day of high school coming up, Kelsey is positive that things are going to change. Enlisting the help of her three best friends — sweet and quiet Em, theatrical Cass, and wild JoJo — Kelsey gets ready to rebrand herself and make the kind of mark she knows is her destiny.

Things start out great - her arch-nemesis has moved across the country, giving Kelsey the perfect opportunity to stand out on the soccer team and finally catch the eye of her long-time crush. But soon enough, an evil junior’s thirst for revenge, a mysterious photographer, and a series of other catastrophes make it clear that just because KELSEY has a plan for greatness… it doesn’t mean the rest of the world is in on it.

Kelsey’s hilarious commentary throughout her disastrous freshman year will have you laughing out loud—while being thankful that you’re not in her shoes, of course…

"Partials" by Dan Wells
*February 28th, 2012*

The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials--engineered organic beings identical to humans--has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.
Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what's left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she's not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them--connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.
Dan Wells, acclaimed author of "I Am Not a Serial Killer," takes readers on a pulsepounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question--one where our humanity is both our greatest liability and our only hope for survival.

"Illuminate" by Aimee Agresti
*March 6th, 2012*
Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything begins to change when she turns sixteen. Along with her best friend Dante and their quiet and brilliant classmate Lance, she is awarded a prestigious internship in the big city— Chicago—and is sent to live and work at a swanky and stylish hotel under the watchful eyes of a group of gorgeous and shockingly young-looking strangers: powerful and alluring hotel owner Aurelia Brown; her second-in-command, the dashing Lucian Grove; and their stunning but aloof staff of glamazons called The Outfit.

As Haven begins falling for Lucian, she discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem. With the help of a mysterious book, she uncovers a network of secret passageways from the hotel’s jazz-age past that leads her to the heart of the evil agenda of Aurelia and company: they’re in the business of buying souls. Will they succeed in wooing Haven to join them in their recruitment efforts, or will she be able to thwart this devilish set’s plans to take the souls of her classmates on prom night at the hotel?

"Where it Began" by Ann Redisch Stampler
*March 6th, 2012*

Gabby lived under the radar until her makeover. Way under. but when she started her senior year as a blonder, better-dressed version of herself, she struck gold: Billy Nash believed she was a the flawless girl she was pretending to be. The next eight months with Billy were bliss...Until the night Gabby woke up on the ground next to the remains of his BMW without a single memory of how she got there.
And Billy's nowhere to be found.
All Gabby wants is to make everything perfect again. But getting her life back isn't difficult, it's impossible. Because nothing is the same, and Gabby's beginning to realize she's missed more than a few danger signs along the way.
It's time for Gabby to face the truth, even if it means everything changes.
Especially if it means everything changes.

The rest of the list...

"Harbinger" by Sara Wilson Etienne
"Awkward" by Marni Bates
"Slide" by Jill Hathaway
"Embrace" by Jessica Shirvington
"Katana" by Cole Gibsen
"Born Wicked" by Jessica Spotswood
"The Rivals" by Daisy Whitney
"The Earthquake Machine" by Mary Pauline Lowry

And I'm hoping to re-read "Catching Jordan" by Miranda Kenneally


  1. Sounds like it's going to be a great month for reading :)

  2. Wow, this is such a cool idea, Sarah! I love how you list the books you're going to read for the month because it lets me know how similar our lists are -- and they're REALLY similar! <3 I adoooored Illuminate and Embrace so I hope you do too, and I just can't wait to get my hands on Born Wicked, Harbinger, and The Fault in Our Stars because I've heard so many cool things about them! :)

    This was such an awesome list, Sarah! <3 Sounds like February is gonna be an awesome reading month to me! ;)

    1. I am really looking forward to Illuminate and Embrace! I will definitely let you know what I thought!

      It's so exciting when you find people with really similar book taste, so that's pretty cool that our lists are alike :0)

  3. oooh Partials and illuminate! can't wait till you read them so we can have book talk :) I loved Partials. and looking forward to Illuminate! I lean towards the sci fi/ fantasy YA more, so haven't heard of many of the contemporaries you are reading, but if you love em I may have to check em out !

    1. I'm probably going to read Partials next, so I'm glad to hear it's good. Once I'm finished, I'm sure I'll be pestering you talk about it :0)

      You should definitely check out some contemps, they are so wonderful! Of course, I might be a little biased...haha.

  4. That's a great list! I've only read The Fault in Our Stars (and WOW, what a book) but Illuminate and Partials are on my tbr list too. Hey, I like your design for this post, the pretty color coordinated boxes, nice job:)

  5. I fall in love with Illuminate's cover, it's so beautiful! I also plan to read The Fault in Our Stars, looking forward to read your review! Hope you can read all the books in your list! :)

  6. We sure do have a lot of books in common for this month! I really enjoyed Harbinger, and I hope you'll too!

    Happy reading and I hope you get time to read all of them!

  7. Nice lineup. April at hosts a TBR meme. I have participated a couple of times.
    I can't wait to read Fault in Our Stars and am looking forward to your review! Happy reading.
    -FABR Steph@FiveAlarmBookReviews

  8. Wow, those are all some very sweeeeet books! I hope you enjoy them all. I SO want to read The Fault with our Stars. :)

    I am a new follower and sharing some love for the blogger love-a-thon.

    - Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment



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