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Through the Grapevine: March 1-11

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Perception (#2) by Kim Harrington (Add it to Goodreads?)
Pandemonium (#2) by Lauren Oliver (Add it to Goodreads?)
Balthazar by Claudia Gray (Add it to Goodreads?)
Where It Began by Ann Redisch Stampler (Add it to Goodreads?)
Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters (Add it to Goodreads?)
Pieces of Us by Margie Gelbwasser (Add it to Goodreads?)


APRIL @ Books for Juliet said...
"When I started reading the first few pages, I found myself REALLY laughing out loud. And people around me looked at me and asked "what happened? what's that all about?" I'll tell you.

This book is hilarious. Amazingly funny and crazy and quirky. I loved how the author wrote it. And yeah, I was laughing all the time because of the choice of words which the author used in narrating the story. It was a very good laugh, and I loved it." (Continue Reading...)

AMY @ Tripping Over Books said...

"It’s an ace formula, guys, and when it’s done well it’s like eating a really pretty, delicious, sweet cupcake: a perfect little serving of delightfulness. Nothing wrong with indulging the sweet tooth, guys." (Continue Reading...)

TARA @ Hobbitsies said...

"The story is so intense! I was freaking out through certain parts because there were so many twists in Starters. One or two I saw coming, but there were a few that really blew my mind. I felt like I should have expected it, but I totally didn’t and I was freaking out." (Continue Reading...)

JUHINA @ Maji Bookshelf said...
"Going to Guatemala on your own, for your first overseas trip? That takes some courage! I saw the country through her [Bria's] eyes. The local markets, the people, their food (especially that!) and the exhilarating feeling of exploring and experiencing things you wouldn't have had the chance to find and do if you hadn't traveled there. Kristen Hubbard is a fantastic storyteller!" (Continue Reading...)

CHRISTY @ The Reader Bee said...
"I was a little worried about the main character, Ember, in the beginning of the book. At first, she gave the impression of being very docile. However, she does grows more determined through the book. I was very glad to see what. All the poor girl wants is to save herself and her mother. Chase, who Ember has known since her childhood, does whatever he has to do to help Ember with her search. I love Chase. He’s dark and mysterious, and you just want to know what his story is. He definitely earned a spot on my favorite hero list." (Continue Reading...)

HARMONY @ Harmony's Radiant Reads said...
"James writes in Sabrina's first person which means that the writing clearly reflects just how jumbled her mind is. She'll go on and on about how people don't see what she sees and what's going on in the "static", this dangerous noise that's trying to kill her in a way that just seemed so realistic and intriguing that I have to applaud him for giving Sabrina, and the illness as a whole, such a voice that really left me flipping pages as fast as I could!" (Continue Reading...)

SARAH @ Saz101 said...
"This is her [Brie's] story, make no mistake. Her navigating denial, anger, bargaining, sadness and acceptance... and shining throughout. It's wonderful to see a bright, vibrant character as the star of his or her own show.

The Catastrophic History of You and Me sucked me in and, like it’s protagonist, stubbornly refused to let go. I strongly recommend having a box of tissues and a cuddly, furry animal on standby while you read." (Continue Reading...)
& SONIA @ The Story Queen said...
"This book is funny and touching and sad and so many other things that are made of win. Reading it is really an emotional rollercoaster that you take with Brie and by the end of the book, I felt a connection to a number of the characters, all of which are so multi-layered and complex. " (Continue Reading...)

BRODIE @ Eleusinian Mysteries said...
"I'd have liked certain scenes to last longer or to explore key characters and their relationships on a deeper level. Especially Kailey and Noah. I wanted to pull apart the layers of their history. We're treated to a very quick peek at it, but not enough to satiate my hunger. I'm guessing we may learn more of it in the sequel, but I would have found it more rewarding to have that understanding in the first book. I was also expecting a little more explosive action and excitement, but while it lacked in that department, the story did still kept me hooked until the very last page." (Continue Reading...)

CELINE @ Forget-Me-Not said...
"I loved it from the very first page until the end. It was such an enthralling read. I couldn't stop reading and I just had to finish it quickly! The story is so amazing. The book is written from Cate's POV as she deals with her sisters, making sure their secrets are safe, protecting themselves from the Brotherhood, Cate finding out more about witches from her mother's diary and friends and how she needs to marry someone soon and ends up falling in love for Finn. THE FEATHERY SCENE! I love it SO MUCH." (Continue Reading...)

ERIN @ Tales of the Inner Book Fanatic said...
"Although a perfect fit for the paranormal romance genre, A WITCH IN WINTER avoids fangs, excessive body hair and submissive female leads, and tells the heart-wrenching story of a couple meant to be together, but being forced apart. Seth is utterly irresistible and Anna is an empowered, proactive young woman with unimaginable magic inside her." (Continue Reading...)

SMALL @ Small Review said...

"Reading Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters was like meeting up with a BFF after a year-long separation and reconnecting again at a marathon sleepover party. Kelsey's voice was so real that it felt like I was listening to a friend chat about her freshman year experiences." (Continue Reading...)

CAIT @ The Cait Files said...
"Lena was a fantastic character again and I enjoyed her growth in this. She did have a level of strength in Pandemonium but it felt partly like a stubborn strength and partly like a forced because of circumstances strength. In this book you definitely feel Lena becoming tougher, more resilient, not only physically but mentally and emotionally." (Continue Reading...)
& BRODIE @ Eleusinian Mysteries said...
"Pandemonium shines for Lauren's flawless ability to shift back and forth between old Lena and new Lena's life. It helps keep the story constantly moving, full of intensity and emotion, as we discover exactly what happened to Lena after she escaped to the Wilds and how she grew into the survivor of 'Now'. Even when you're left on a chapter with a mini-cliffhanger and suddenly transported months back in time, the frustration is of the good kind." (Continue Reading...)

Angie @ Beneath the Jacket said...
"It's clear from the beginning of the book that Aria and Perry come from completely different backgrounds, so I was excited to experience when they meet up. Under the Never Sky has dual narration which sometimes didn't work for me, but I think Rossi pulls it off successfully. I love both Aria and Perry, so I liked going into each of their heads and reading from their different perspectives (especially about each other!).

I also enjoyed the not-so-instant love connection Perry and Aria have. In fact, Aria smells bad to Perry for, like, the majority of the first half of the book." (Continue Reading...)


Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins (Add it to Goodreads?)
Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig (Add it to Goodreads?)
Wanderlove by Kristin Hubbard (Add it to Goodreads?)


To celebrate her upcoming book release, A Temptation of Angels, Michelle Zink is offering an ENORMOUS prize pack, and several smaller, still awesome, ones. But the grand prize is an iPad 2, you guys!

Click here for more info and to enter the giveaway!

Shanyn @ Chick Loves Lit has a giveaway up for Embrace by Jessica Shirvington. The difference between mine and hers? I think it might be international, since there's no specification. You might want to double check, just to be sure.

Click here to enter the giveaway! (You can also read my review here.)

Congrats to Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue, who is celebrating her first blogoversary! To spread the merriment, she is holding a fantabulously giant ARC giveaway. Before I list the books however, I do want to mention that it's US ONLY, since I don't want to get everyone's hopes up. The following books are included in the giveaway: Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock, The Selection by Kiera Cass, Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Starters by Lissa Price, Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore, and Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins!

Click here to enter the giveaway and learn more!

This next book is one I've been pining for for as long as Prince Ash and Puck have been alive, but I do want to say that it's for US + Canada residents only. A finished copy of Julie Kagawa's Immortal Rules is up for grabs right now!

Read this interview and enter the giveaway!

Have no fear my international friends! I believe we have another international giveaway on our hands, although you might want to make inquiries and double check, since it's not specifically listed. Two Chicks on Books has another giveaway going on for an ARC of Destined by Aprilynne Pike, the fourth and final installment in the series. *dies* *squeals as a happy ghost* I so can't wait to read this myself!

Click here to enter the giveaway!

And good luck everyone!



Mundie Moms shares a post for a City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare teaser here!

Jennifer L. Armentrout shares another sexy little teaser for upcoming release, Onyx, the sequel to Obsidian!

You can read the first chapter of Storm by Brigid Kemmerer here!

Did you guys know that Lisa T. Bergren wrote an e-novella following the aftermath of Torrent?!?

No? Well, it's available now!

Click here to buy it from Amazon for your Kindle! 

And, let me just say, that things only get better and better in this novella. Oh, Lord Greco, while I don't want you to have either of the Betarrini girls, I love you dearly. *grins* And the inconclusiveness of Luca and Lia's relationship? Vanished. But that is all I will say and no more! Look out for my review in a couple of weeks :)

And finally, don't forget to answer the poll in my sidebar! The voting decides next month's Blogger's Choice Award winner! :) Expect fun author posts from the winners at the end of each month (teeheehee)!

What are you most looking forward to?


Sam @ Realm of Fiction said...

This just reminds me that I have so many great books to buy! :) I really want to get my hands on Pieces of Us after reading some great reviews for it. It never really interested me before but now I can't wait to read it! :D 

Liz. R said...

So many books I want to read! Got a few on my TBR that I can't wait to get to - especially excited for Born Wicked and Pandemonium! 

Asher_Knight said...

I was thinking the same thing even as I was compiling this stuff for the post. I've read a few good reviews for Pieces of Us, and I think I'll be picking it up from the library. :)

Asher_Knight said...

 Hehe, me too! Boy, do I wish I was rich. You'll like Born Wicked a lot and I don't know how you felt about Delirium, but oh, Liz, it's wrenching almost beyond words. Just FYI.

Sonia said...

ASHERRRR, I LOVE THIS FEATURE!! There's just so much awesome, I can barely handle it :D

Thank you so much for mentioning my review of TCHoYaM! I feel like I need to go and check out allllll of these reviews now, which I guess was the idea ;)

I also have to go enter all these fabulous giveaways when I'm not supposed to be um... helping set up for dinner. I guess I should probably go now LOL.

Thanks for sharing all of the news!

Celine said...

I LOVE THIS FEATURE TOO! <3 I love how you put snippets of a review for a certain book from different bloggers. It's SO AWESOME! <3 And thank you so much for mentioning my review of Born Wickd. I feel so honoured!!!

Which reminds me, I haven't read lots of books from the list. Let's see, I haven't read The Fine Art of Truth and Dare (I WANT THIS!), Starters, Wanderlove, Article 5 (But I'm reading this next after I finish what I read now), Life is but a dream (gorgeous cover), The Catastrophic History of You and Me (I HAVE IT. FINALLY. JUST NEED THE TIME TO READ THIS!), A Witch in Winter, and Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters (Which I am really interested to read about!)

And awwww...that's sad that the giveaways are only for the US/CA. Me no enter :P But anyway, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU so much for sharing this awesome post with us, Asher! <3

PS: Have you read and reviewed the River time series? I want to get the books but I'm not sure..yet. :D

Mimi Valentine said...

I second and third and fourth what every comment below me is saying: I LOVE THIS FEATURE! <3 It's so brilliant, Asher! It probably isn't easy to set up or put together, but it's full of so much amazingness! Those reviews all make me want to go read those books, and there are a bunch of contests & giveaways that I haven't heard of and am definitely going to enter -- like the iPad one because that's simply AMAZING!!! <3

Thank you so much for sharing all of this fantastic news, Asher!  And oh gosh, I CANNOT wait until I can get my hands on Spell Bound! SO EXCITED!! :D

Jess said...

I was looking for a review of Born Wicked ! It's great to see what other people are saying without having to search.

alice ♔ said...

WOW. Can I just say I LOVE this feature? Like, freaking ADORE it? <3 It's like some weekly newsletter! Guh. <3

Ahhh so many AMAZING books are coming out. 2012 is such a freaking awesome year for books. I need more cash to just go out and BUY everything. :P And then find some shelves to put all these books somewhere...hehehe.


Sarah (saz101) said...

AAAAAAAAAAAH! You quoted me! *pokes* thank yoooou! And I hope you love it as much as meeee! *hugs*

Asher, I love these posts. I swear, I'm going to stop using my Reader, and just reading your TTG's ;D

Asher_Knight said...

 <333 I'm so happy you do, because I write it for you guys to take advantage of any info I've scrounged up.

I put up most of the reviews that I've found in the past couple of weeks that really stuck with me. I think I missed a few, but I couldn't catch everything. I'm only human! Still, I hope you take a look at what others' think of these books so you can have a feel for what you'll want to buy/borrow and so forth. Plus, they're all fabulous and deserve spotlighting. Including yours ;D

Ah, dinner schminner. Freebies are way more important than starving. :D

Asher_Knight said...

 The more people who appreciate it, the better I feel because it's being put to use. These are snippets of reviews that really stayed with me and influenced ME in some way, so I figured they'll more than likely do the same for other people. Your Born Wicked review was so sweet and enthusiastic. You could tell you're a fan from a mile away and your appreciation for the book really shines through.

There are so many I have access to, but can't read right away, or books that I so badly want to pick up but don't have the funds yet. I'm hoping to get to a lot of these as well.

There are a couple that may be international so you might want to check those out, Celine. I didn't really find very many that extended to international book lovers, this week :( And you're welcome! <33

PS: YES. I HAVE. LOooooooooooved this series a million red bloated hearts. It has my highest recommendation. Loved. Every. Single. Minute. Of. It. :D

Asher_Knight said...

Hehe, I'm loving the love, you guys, so just keep it rolling. Makes me feel all gooey inside. It is a bit time-consuming, but I find myself grinning because I'm so eager for people to see all the opportunities they have or any books they're missing out on because they're not sure or not exposed to them.

Good luck in the contests! Spell Bound! Spell Bound! *squeals like a five-year-old* I was just with one, so I'm much more knowledgeable on what kinds of sounds they make XD

Asher_Knight said...

 That's what I was hoping you would say *smiles* Celine really loved this book, even more, possibly, than me, and her enthusiasm really shines. :D

Asher_Knight said...

 YAY. Yay. And that's what I'm going for. But trying to make it more colorful and whatnot, more appealing to look at and browse through.

2012 is amazing so far. It has consistently blown me away with each passing month and with each new release within those months. I wish I were rich. Then I could buy a million shelves for the million books I want. :D

Asher_Knight said...

*hugs* I really loved that review. Stayed with me while I was writing up this post, even made note of it in my notes for this feature. And I have a gut feeling that I will ;)

*grins* I'm glad you enjoy these AND that they're helpful. Now that I'm back on the roll bloggingwise, I'm trying to make these into a bi-weekly thing. :D

Sarah (saz101) said...

 Thank yooooou! Seriously, Asher, you're one of my absolute FAVORITE reviewers (your reviews are... everything I want to say and can't find the words for). So it means a lot from you xx

Asher_Knight said...

 Everybody is getting to me lately. I'm feeling gooey inside all the time and wanting to cry because blogger friends are just the best. <333 I'm totally framing that comment.

Celine said...

 Hahaha, no worries about the international giveaways. Rafflecopter seems to hate me these days! :P

OH YES! YES! If Asher loves it, I am SO GOING TO BUY THE WHOLE SERIES! But before that, let me check your reviews!

Thank you so much!!! <3 If you Loved. Every. Single. Minute. Of. It, the series definitely going to my To-Read list!!!!!

ROCK ON, Asher! <3

Celine said...

 Awww you guys! <333333 you guys FOREVER. You both write one of the BEST REVIEWS EVER! INSPIRATIONAL. AWESOME. BEAUTIFUL <3

Asher_Knight said...

Celine you're another secret sweetie that made my weekend. And you still can't stop. You're just determined to *sniffles* make me cry again, aren't you? <333

Asher_Knight said...

 OH, I wonder what the problem is *wrinkles brow* What's giving you an issue? Have you tried emailing them? I don't like that you can't participate along with everyone else.

Yes. I looooove this series, as I said. It's just perfect. It's historical fantasy with time traveling elements. There's battling and romance like you wouldn't believe, AND THE CHARACTERS. Some of my all time fave characters EVER. I'm so glad Lisa's writing novellas.


Celine said...

I mean I'm having a bad luck with Rafflecopter these days. Haven't won any giveaways lately :P

Just checked out your review of Waterfall. LUCAS sounds so LOVEABLE! <3 And wow, alltime fave? MUST READ THE BOOK! Your review convinced me even more!!!!

I am 100% getting it!!! After reading Watefall, I'll check out your review of the next books in the series! <3


Celine said...

NO! Don't cry, dear Asher! Btw, I just love reading your comments. I LOVE IT when bloggers reply to my comments, but I haven't been replying to comments lately after so many things to do!

Hehehe, I have to admit I keep on checking your blog every minute every second to see if you reply my comments because I LOVE YOU and YOUR BLOG! <3

alice ♔ said...

Thank you sooo much for doing it bb! :D It is seriously appealing and I LOVE it.

Oh Lord. I think I'll just buy a house for my books. >:D

Asher_Knight said...

I love conversing with you guys, so I try to comment everyone back at some point. And I love disqus because it notifies you when I have, so we can end up having a discussion like we are now *LOL*

<3  I fell asleep this time, otherwise I would've commented sooner ;D

Asher_Knight said...

 Ooh, imagine if we had like an entire tower full of just books, and you could walk up a spiral staircase and pick out the ones you want. That'd be so neat :D

Carina Olsen said...

Oh! Great post :D Lots of interesting things to read ;)
Thank you for commenting on my mailbox. <3
Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

alice ♔ said...

 Ahh I swear I've seen a picture like that somewhere...hmmm. But seriously though, we'd have to keep that tower in a secret place, along with our half-naked guys. ;D It will be our secret. hehehe.

Asher_Knight said...

If you insist in keeping it a secret, we should make sure that these men can't get away and blab. Tie them up and all that *waggles eyebrows* 

Brodie said...

Awww Ashywashy, thanks for the shoutouts! *feels all warm and fuzzy* :) Also, those reviews you quoted are AMAZING, as are the bloggers and the books in spotlight.  Super excited to read The Fine Art of Truth or Dare and Starters, especially!

AND OMG ME WANTS THE IMMORTAL RULEESSSSSSS. Okay, so I miss Puck and Ash and Grim and Meghan and everyone and want more more more, but I'm sure we'll see them again in Ethan's story. The Immortal Rules just sounds so... crazy awesome. I KNOW Julie will do 'vampire dystopian' complete justice <3

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! ASHER! ONYX TEASER! I hadn't seen that, but OMG he mentioned ALA. ALFREAKINGA. A sexy YA boy acknowledges an event that makes us all swoon just as hard as the boys do. And oh maaaaan. I need the Onyx smexyness nownownow!

Also, awesome post :D

alice ♔ said...

 Oh yes. They DEFINITELY need to be tied up. ;) ;) Muah ha ha. I'll go find some cords....hehehe.

Asher_Knight said...

 I can't help it, Brodie. Those reviews were AY-MAZING. They really left a mark on me. *looks down on arm and tries to scrub* It won't come out! And I know what you mean about TFA oTroD. It looks utterly adorable and fun! Starters has too creepy a premise for a wuss like me. Don't think I"ll be reading that.

IMMORTAL. F**CKING. RULES. You are right, of course. I don't think Julie will fail us and NOT inject them into the new story somewhere. I'm hoping Ethan grew up sexy... although, it will be a little strange thinking of him like that at first.  Vampire dystomance, though, will surely be Julie's new thing. I'm sure she can pull it off too.

I WASN'T SURE MANY HAD. I love it that you got to read it! Isn't it so good? Did you see this one: http://jenniferarmentrout.blogspot.com/2012/03/onyx-goodness.html and this one: http://jenniferarmentrout.blogspot.com/2011/12/vote-500-teaser-from-onyx.html. *dies* *squeals as a ghost* !!

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