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March's Brood of Bookalicious Brews

Hey, there! So you might be wondering, what is Brood of Bookalicious Brews?

Really, it's a simple post dedicated to showcasing new releases within the month that I haven't read yet!

It's a little reminiscent of The Story Siren's Books to Pine For posts, however this post will be featured monthly and is only limited to my choice of books releasing within the month.

Spell Bound (#3)
by Rachel Hawkins

March 13, 2012
» Disney Hyperion «

Hailed as “impossible to put down,” the Hex Hall series has both critics and teens cheering. With a winning combination of romance, action, magic and humor, this third volume will leave readers enchanted.

Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.

Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late?

Why I Want to Read It: Ya'll had to know this one was coming, right? Cos, BRO, that ending was unreal. I can't even... I'm just so anxious to see in what way Hawkins has tied the bow, so to speak. I like Cal, okay, but I need to know if Sophie and Archer can have a future together *throws palms up in defense*. Archer is sarcastic, swoon-worthy, and kick-ass. There is nothing that boy can't do. And I'm just not over him.

Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters
by Meredith Zeitlin

March 1, 2012
» Putnam Juvenile «
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…

Why I Want to Read It: I LIKE HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA. *face-to-palm* I love it, and I just can't help it. It's why I can't get over my addiction to teen television dramas, not to mention because I, you know, AM a teen, but that's besides the point. The point is... I like a girl who can speak her mind, a moan and groan kind of character but one who also arms herself with sheer wit and sarcasm to counteract the negativity. One who refrains from pulling the Whining So Much She Deserves A Smack routine. I like the funny, so give me the funny.

Pretty Crooked
by Elisa Ludwig

March 13, 2012
» Katherine Tegen Books/HarperTeen «
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?(

Why I Want to Read It: Did you guys know that this bad boy is going to be a series? I sure as heck didn't. And, not going to lie, that kind of takes the shine off of this one. I seriously don't see, from the reviews I've read, how this can evolve into a series in a manner that's actually appealing. But, WHATEVS. Who am I to make that call, right? Another cutesy-looking read is just what I need to counterbalance the angstiness of my more usual paranormal romance reads. I also like that it's based a bit on Robin Hood though set in a contemporary setting. That's kind of... ingenious. Whether or not Willa will rise to the occasion remains to be seen, but it should be fun getting under that cover *waggles eyebrows*.

The Savage Grace
by Bree Despain

March 13, 2012
» Egmont USA «

A troubled soul. An impossible choice. A final battle.

Wrestling with the werewolf curse pulsing deep inside of her, Grace Divine was finally able to find her brother, but it nearly cost her everything.

With her boyfriend, Daniel, stuck in wolf form and Sirhan's death approaching, time is running out for Grace to stop Caleb Kalbi and his gang of demons. If she fails, her family and hometown will perish. Everything rests on Grace's shoulders.

The final installment in The Dark Divine trilogy brings Daniel and Grace's love story to a breathtaking conclusion.

Why I Want to Read It: So, technically, I don't have any right to be pining for this one since The Lost Saint has been sitting in my Kindle, untouched, for months. But, I did what any curious soul would do: I peeked at the summary. Now, I'm thinking, HOLY COW BABIES, ALL THE THINGS HAVE HAPPENED ALREADY AND... AND.. WHERE THE HECK WAS I? It's very clear that I have to read The Lost Saint at the first opportunity so I can dig right into The Savage Grace ASAP.

What January releases have you doing the antsy-pants dance?


Sam @ Realm of Fiction said...

*whispers* High school drama is a guilty pleasure of mine. (But don't tell anyone!) :D I love teen television dramas too and I'm not a teen LOL. 

I can't wait to hear what you make of Spell Bound! I like Cal's character too but Archer is my favourite! I'll say no more... ;)

Rebecca (Kindle Fever) said...

I really hope you'll enjoy Pretty Crooked! I wasn't a too big of a fan of it, but am actually more interested in the sequel! I so didn't see the development it did, but it has be seriously curious and brings hope that the series might improve with the next one!

Mimi Valentine said...

YES! Rachel Hawkins tops this list, forever and always and heck yes please! x) My copy of Spell Bound is on its way to me right now and I can't wait to start it!! I have to admit that I have the biggest soft spot for Cal (love him so much!), but I also have to admit that Sophie and Archer with their snark balance each other out PERFECTLY. I just hope that Cal gets a HEA too! :)

And I actually really liked Pretty Crooked, even though a lot of people have been having problems with it! It's definitely a very cutesy-sweet read, and I hope you love it like I did, Asher! :) <3

Caroline Taylor078 said...

Me too, I love teen dramas and I am far from a teen! I don't even feel guilty for it.

4 good books here, I am obviously looking forward to Spell Bound and The Savage Grace but I can't remember a thing from either series, I read way too many book series that by the time the next installment comes along I am pretty much clueless about what went on in the previous book, I usually go over to goodreads and read spoiler reviews of the previous book to refresh my memory!

Sarah (saz101) said...

Ah, I LOVE the US covers for the Hex Hall series! Are they not crazy pretty?
Mwaha! Also! It worries me that you like high school drama. I have visions of you running around your school creating drma for the entertainment value >:D

Also: "Another cutesy-looking read is just what I need to counterbalance the angstiness of my more usual paranormal romance reads." YES! YES YES YES! EXACTLY! I think it's part of the reason I loved Anna and the French Kiss so much--it came at EXACTLY the right time ;D

Brodie said...

Spell Bound! I'm much the same as you. I like Cal, but it's ALL about Sophie/Archer, DUH. THEY HAVE TO HAVE A FUTURE TOGETHER.

And AHHHHHHH THE SAVAGE GRACE! You must, must, must read The Lost Saint soon. it is AWESOME, Asher. And with how things ended, OMG crazy excited to read TSG!

Christy @TheReaderBee said...

Great list! I've read Freshman Year and Spell Bound, both were really great! I am DYING to get my hands on The Savage Grace.... I am hoping my library get's it in soon. :)

Asher_Knight said...

 Ah, so lucky, Christy. I really want to read Freshman Year, but I would fork over the chance to and hold off if it meant I could read Spell Bound. I MUST KNOW HOW IT ENDS. I think I may be forced to resort to my library as well for Spell Bound. :)

Asher_Knight said...

 Cal's a sweetie and will be perfect for someone who is not Sophie. Honestly, I didn't even see him as the opposition, as another possibility until people started making Team Cal tees.

THAT CRAZY. I don't know *chews pinky nail* I don't think I could handle it.

Asher_Knight said...

*fist-bumps* TOTALLY. I've seen some of the international ones and I just can't dig 'em. Although, ours aren't the most amazing covers either. AND I WOULD NEVER DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT, SARAH. *shifty eyes* I'm a very kind, innocent girl who stays out of trouble, completely.

Anna and the French Kiss... funny you should speak of this because I just re-read the last ten chapters a couple of hours ago. :)

Asher_Knight said...

*high fives* Oh, yeah, Rachel Hawkins defines the word hilarious. My library *tears up* doesn't have Spell Bound available yet. Sophie and Archer should run a snark fest together. XD

I'm just going to look at Pretty Crooked as a cute, fun read and not get my hopes up for anything else. :D

Asher_Knight said...

 I'm hoping to enjoy the lightness of it. I've heard many people have some problems with it, but sometimes they don't matter depending on the read. And if you're intrigued by the prospect of a sequel? Even BETTER. Now, I'm not that worried :)

Asher_Knight said...

*slaps a five* They're just so much fun to watch unfold. 

And *flashes Team Archer wristband* You really have to get one, Sam... XD

Asher_Knight said...

 XD I thought I was the only one. I should've known better. Spoiler reviews?! Blasphemy. How COULD YOU? That leaves room for NO SURPRISES. How can you enjoy it the same way.

Amy said...

Spell Bound was really good! I can't to see what you think of it. And Freshman Year sounds so cute and funny, I can't wait to read that one either! In fact, I'm looking forward to reading all of the other books on your list, too!

Asher_Knight said...

 My library is very unprepared for the onslaught of desire for this book, and does not have it available. *tries not to cry*

And from the books I've seen you review, and the way you react to contemporary stuff, I think you and Freshman Year, according to those reviews I hunted down, will get along fabulously :D

Caroline Taylor078 said...

I don't read spoiler reviews for books I havn't read yet, I read them for the previous book in a series that I have already read but forgotten bits of, it refreshes my memory! I am terrible for reading tv show spoilers though.

Asher_Knight said...

 Oh, no, that does make sense. Why didn't I think of that? Honestly, I can never find spoiler reviews. *LOL*

Liz. R said...

Ooooh all of those are on my list too! (Except The Savage Grace, not a fan of that series). I think I might read Spell Bound next, I miss Archer! :P

Asher_Knight said...

Well, I haven't read The Lost Saint so I can't be sure if I'll continue to Savage Grace, but I'm hoping the awesomeness of the first one hasn't faded away. You OWN SPELL BOUND. Lucky :P