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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Mundie Moms Best of 2012: 13 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2013

There's nothing like celebrating the end of a fabulous year talking about our favorite reads and looking forward to the new year and discussing ALL the awesome books that will be coming out then. I swear the releases get better and better with each year. 2012 was a stellar year for YA book releases, but have you seen what's coming out in 2013?! It's going to be a crazy awesome year for releases. Sophie and I got together to individually list some of the books we're looking forward to reading next year. I'm pretty sure if we didn't limit our number to 13, we could have easily listed at least 50 books. I know, it's not even the end of 2012 and we already have a huge list of 2013 titles we can't wait to read.

Let's start off by saying, CLOCKWORK PRINCESS is a given, so we're not even going to list that. We all know how excited we are to get this book in our hot little hands. Here are 13 titles being released in 2013 we can't wait to read:

Katie's List:
  1. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Mind Games by Kiersten White
  3. Unravel me by Tahereh Mafi
  4. 17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma
  5. Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter
  6. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  7. Rise by Andrea Cremer
  8. Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
  9. The Elementals by Saundra Mitchell
  10. Infinityglass by Myra McEntire
  11. Icons by Margaret Stohl
  12. Dark Triumph by R.L. LaFevers
  13. Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3 by Laini Taylor

Sophie's List:
  1. Gallagher Girl 6 (title tbd, release date mid-2013) by Ally Carter
  2. Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter
  3. Infinityglass by Myra McEntire
  4. Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
  5. The Elementals by Saundra Mitchell
  6. Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance
  7. Doll Bones by Holly Black
  8. This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
  9. Antigoddess by Kendare Blake
  10. Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
  11. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
  12. Mind Games by Kiersten White
  13. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Now that we accomplished an almost impossible feat of narrowing down our huge list of 2013 to reads, we'd love to know which books you're looking forward to reading in 2013.

Book Review: The Marked (A Talents Novel) by Inara Scott

Published by: Hyperion Teen
Released on: April 3rd, 2012
Source: arc from author for review
4 Stars: I Enjoyed It
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

All of her life, Dancia Lewis has wanted to use her powers for good. And now that she's learned the truth about Delcroix Academy—and herself—she may just get the chance. But being part of Delcroix's top secret Program isn't anything like Dancia expected. She has to ask herself: what happens to the Talented kids who refuse to pledge their loyalty to the Program? And why did her friend Jack run away rather than join? Dancia's adorable boyfriend Cam insists they need the help of every Talented student to defend Delcroix from dangerous enemies outside their gates. But Dancia has to wonder: what if Delcroix's most frightening enemies come from within? - quoted from Goodreads

In this second installment in the exciting Delcroix Academy series, Inara Scott dives right back into the world I fell for in The Candidates. Just like the first book, The Marked is a book that's full of tension, twists and the right amount of romance. I liked that while the first book introduced me to the characters,  built up the series's world, and allowed me to see what was going on at the academy, The Marked  gave me characters who grew a lot more, unveiled some shocking surprises, and dove deeper into this complicated world. There's new characters who are introduced to the storyline, a lot more danger, and the right amount of action that kept me turning the pages.

I really liked the direction the characters grew in this book. Danica learns a lot more about herself, and the power she can control. She also finally starts to stand up for herself more in this book, well I should say she stands up to Anna more. I just wish she would have done so sooner. Cam and Jack are both still very much apart of this story line. I have to say, up until something happens I still liked Jack. I was secretly hoping something would change and he'd, well I don't know, be back in Danica's life like he was in book 1. Part of this story's excitement and twists come from the role Jack plays in this story. Then there's Cam. Cam, Cam, Cam. There's still something about Cam I don't like, but at the same time there's something about him I can't help but like. I know that doesn't really make sense does it. I guess for such a smart guy he just doesn't get it sometimes, and I wanted him to catch on to what was going on at the Academy sooner that he did. There's so many sighworthy moments between him and Danica I couldn't help but over look the minor irritations I had with him, and like him more. 

There's something about this world that fascinates me. I don't know if it's the beautiful northwest setting that seems a perfect fit for all that goes down, or the fact this world is set within our own that intrigues me. There's still plenty of danger lurking around the Academy, and a huge twist in the storyline definitely puts everyone who's there at risk. I love that this is a no brainer, really fun read. It's nice to just sit down and read a book that just flows, doesn't over do it with the descriptions, heavy writing or all that's going on. It has the right of amount of everything in it to keep the story line exciting. I like that's not a complex read, but one that just goes. Be rest assured that once you start reading this book, there's no stopping till you're done. If you're looking for a fun, clean cut read that's a little different, is about teens with extraordinary powers, has some strong characters, a bit of action and some romance I'd recommend picking this series up. 

Weekly Round Up in the Stacks (IMM #150 / Stacking the Shelves #14)

Welcome to this week's edition of my weekly round in the stacks (inspired by both The Story Siren's In My Mailbox and Tynga Review's Stacking the Shelves). I don't know about you guys, but I am so ready for this week to be over. The flu has plagued my house, and I want it gone. haha So very little has gotten done over the past week or so because of it. How in the world is it already Christmas?! This year has flown by way too fast. With it being the end of the year, we've started our Mundie Moms Best of 2012, but because I have had the flu this past week, I didn't get all the posts up I had planned, so more of our favorites will be posted this upcoming week, along with a giveaway! I hope you are all having a lovely Christmas/holiday season! Here are some of the goodies that have arrived the past two weeks.

For Review from:

Simon & Schuster
Random House
Harper Teen
From the Author:
SOHO Teen:
Thank You to:

Simon & Schuster, EgmontUSA, Random House, Harper Teen, Saundra Mitchell, and SOHO teen for this week's awesome goodies!


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