The Unfortunate Becoming of Gripped into Books AKA Goodbye :(

If you guys haven't realised already, my posts have become pretty infrequent.  So, as you guys can tell by the title of this post, I'm leaving. And this time it's not for a couple of months... it's for good. Arghhh! You don't understand how much I'm saddened by the thought of not blogging anymore.

You know, I didn't actually think that this day would come. I've always though of this as one of the things that I would continue doing, like forever! It's just that two things got in the way. Firstly, a little thing called life. I've got SO much going on right now that I'm finding it difficult to prioritise everything. Blogging and reading is something which simply takes too much of my time. That's what it's partly down to, time. I don't have time to do this anymore...

Oh and how can I forget my other main reason which I never ever thought I'll would say in the history of time. Trust me when I say this one is a right humdinger! So, this is what it had all come down to...  I've gotten bored of reading. No, really. I'm serious. I can't believe I'm saying this either.

Basically, from February, March time my reading intake started to gradually decrease as I had exams in May so I really devoted most of my time to that. Eventually, there came a time where I didn't read for weeks. I was so immersed in studying (I actually even enjoyed it) that when I picked up a book to read one day, the appeal wasn't there. My lack of interest was so immense that I preferred to pick up one of my study books than to read. Even my favourite books- Anna and the French Kiss, Harry Potter, Vampire Academy did not do the trick! Nothing.

I'm not going to delete my blog though. I've put in a lot of work, time and dedication. Even though Gripped into Books isn't something I can do right now, I'm hoping that in some time, I'll come back to it and carry on doing something that I once loved.

One more thing. I'd also like to take this opportunity to say thank you. Thank you to my followers and readers. Thank you for following this blog. Thank you for making me smile by reading my posts, by taking the time to comment, and by simply supporting this blog. I cannot thank you guys enough. I've made so many friends, met so many great people and boy has it been one heck of an adventure.

I'm really going to miss the blogosphere...
And of course, I'm really going to miss blogging :'(

New books released this July

A new month brings new books.
Now in this July 2012, many thrilling young adult books have been released in the UK, sitting on the bookshelves waiting for people like you and me to pick up and indulge!
Here are a few...
(All titles linked to Goodreads)
July 5th

A Witch in Love (Winter Trilogy, #2)Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)Graffiti Moon
A Witch in Love by Ruth Warburton
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare blake
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Wentworth Hall
Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer 
 Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter
Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame
Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles
Deadly Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
Dreamless by Josephine Angelini
Call Down ThunderStolen Night (Vampire Queen, #2)The Crimson Thread: A Retelling of Rumpelstiltskin
 Call Down Thunder by Daniel Finn
Stolen Night by Rebecca Maizel
The Crimson Thread by Suzanne Weyn
July 20th
Bad Taste in Boys
Once by Anna Carey
Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris

What do you want to read or need to read?
(NOTE: These are UK releases!)

Cover Alert: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi!

The moment we have all been waiting for! The cover for the entralling second edition to Under The Never Sky. Look no further...

Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
Unfortunately, no summary as to yet. It's to be released on January 8th 2013 though. My thoughts on the cover you say, however? Well, I haven't read the first book in the series Under The Never Sky, (I do plan to through it's on my never ending TBR pile!) so I can't really say if story-wise does it fit or anything. Regardless, I do actually really like it. *Sigh* Especially that guy on the cover... who by the way, looks kinda hot right?

Love how the text style is farly similar to the first book.
Love the colours. Love the cover.
Do you love it or hate it?

The Repossession by Sam Hawksmoor

The Repossession
by Sam Hawksmoor

Pages: 499
Release Date: March 1st 2012
Publisher: Hodder
Source: For Review from Publishers

34 kids missing. Vanished without a trace.
Believing she is possessed, Genie Magee's mother has imprisoned her all summer encouraged by the sinister Reverend Schneider. Beautiful Rian, love of her life, sets her free, and their escape washes them up at Marshall's remote farmhouse downriver. But why are there newspaper clippings of the missing kids pinned to Marshall's bathroom wall? And should they believe his stories about the experiments at the Fortress, an underground research station nearby?
Genie meets Denis. Missing two years now, but hasn't grown an inch. Rian is haunted by Renée, who insists she's not actually dead. Soon they discover the terrible truth about Reverend Schneider and worse, Genie is next ... and Rian can't do a thing to prevent it. The Repossession is just the beginning

My Thoughts
Ahhh. OMG. I'm sqealing on the cover! It's so pretty right? Yes, that's kinda the reason I picked up but let's just put that to the side and talk about the book! The Repossession was indeed a very thrilling and enjoyable book I must say.

Reasons why?

1. Spoooooooookyy or what dude!I have to say that was one element that truely drew me in! Just read that synopsis will you. It definetly got me intruiguied and led me to read on page after page after page!

2. Genie and Rian
These two are just dead on cute. Seriously, amongst all this weridness going on and everything that they're going through, the cutest doesn't go anywhere, I tell you... It remains. Thankfully as well! I love all their moments. LOL you got me. It's cute ;D

3. Who, What, When, Why, How???
I can assure you that you'll not only be questioning what on earth is going to happen next whilst you read this book, but these questions will constantly haunt your mind. Gotta love the element of surprise. Hawksmoor definetly has this going on all the way through the book. Hmmmm, what a plot!

4. The Ending
No I am not going to tell you exactly what it was. I'm not going give away any spoilers though at least you'll be glad to know the ending is one of which adds to the list of why I liked The Repossession.

Enough of this list making.
Just go read it for heavens sake!

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ABC Reading Challenge: June GIVEAWAY!


Welcome to another month of the ABC Reading Challenege guys! (I apologize GREATLY for the delay in the post!) For those of you that are unaware, it's where you read a book that's released in 2012 and that begins with each letter of the alphabet from A-Z. Yes, I realise books starting with X Y or Z will be near to impossible to find but try your best! And if you do manage to hit 26 books, you're just awesome and you may just win a fabulous prize! More details of the challenge can be found here.

If I'm correct, everyone should have at least read bang on 13 books to be on track! Please say you have and yes don't ask me, I'm really behind :( Anyways, I'm just going to make this quick and snappy! For this months April is hosting the giveaway at her blog Book Geek Central where you can win two AWESOME books! Want to have a chance to win? Enter the giveaway HERE :)
BTW. You have to be participating in this challenge to enter. Sorry. But hey, you can always sign up here and get in chance of winning! You know you want to ;D
Happy Reading :)

Blog Tour: Hannah Harrington, Author of Saving June, Interview!


Author Interview- Hannah Harrington
I LOOOOOVEEDD Saving June to BITS! Read my review and you'll completely agree too. So, obviously I am completely honoured to have the amazing Hannah Harrington on my blog today! *squeals* Enough of this talk, lets just carry on to the good part...
Describe Saving June is one sentence.
A girl, her best friend, and a mysterious boy go on a road trip to honor her dead sister's last wish, and lots of things happen along the way, like political protests and punk shows and stumbling on weird art in the desert and falling in love, maybe.

What are the top five songs that every road tripper should listen to?
"All These Things I've Done" – The Killers
"Satisfaction" – The Rolling Stones
"New York Groove" – Ace Frehley
"Dead or Alive" – Bon Jovi
"The Way" – Fastball

What is your favourite scene in Saving June?
This is a hard question! But one scene that always sticks out to me is Harper and Jake dancing in the jazz club. It's sort of the turning point where Harper begins to see him as who he really is, and vice versa, and there's some sexual tension and playful banter going on there. I just really enjoyed writing that scene, and how it's the first time we really see Harper enjoying herself and being in the moment.

If Saving June was to be produced into a movie, what actors and actresses would you like to play the lead roles?
I always pictured Johnny Pacar as Jake. I could see someone like Kat Dennings as Harper and Amanda Seyfriend as Laney.
What can we expect from you next?
My next book, SPEECHLESS, will be published by Harlequin Teen at the end of August. It's the story of a girl named Chelsea Knot, who takes  a voluntary oath of silence after her gossip-mongering ways get her in big trouble.
Johnny Pacar as Jake? OMG. I could not have agreed more! So swoonworthy! I could totally picture him fitting the role and just being Jake! Now, you guys should so have this image in your head WHEN you go to read the book! Go quick. Go! And I'm so glad to know Hannah has another book in store for us, Speechless! Damn. I cannot wait to read it!!
Thanks a lot to Hannah for this fun interview :)

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines Series #2)
The Golden Lily
Richelle Mead

Pages: 418
Release Date: June 12th 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
Series: Boodlines #2
Source: For Review from Publishers 
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The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy spinoff series
Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students--children of the wealthy and powerful--carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.
Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead's breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.

My Thoughts 
Honestly, all I can think about when it comes to The Golden Lily, is the ending. OH DEAR LORD, was it something. Because of that, I believe this review will not be as well structured. Cuz, guys, that is all I can frickin think about. Nothing else really comes to my mind. But I will try to be as coherent as possible. Oh and and if you haven't figured it out already, I really enjoyed reading The Golden Lily.

In the beginning, things were a tinchy winchy bit slow for me. I was expecting it to start up with the ending of Bloodlines as that was another OMG moment. But they didn't, oh well.  It was quite slow paced yet the events were still riveting as a whole. Though, when things picked up, they really picked up. Dude, I'm all for the action and the roller coaster moments. And we did get them, and they were good. Gotta hand it to Sydney she nearly always knows exactly what to do.

Talking about Sydney, she's... well, Sydney. The same ol' alchemist that has her mission of do-gooding. I love this girl. Even now, she doesn't fail to upset me. I love how she loves to help everyone but yet she knows her limits and definitely doesn't let anyone walk all over her. You go girl!

Oh and you guys know Adrian right? He doesn't let anyone come in the way, especially when it comes to Sydney. Like, a knight in shinning armour. So yeah, imagine that! He's so hot and I looooooooove him. This guy just makes me LOL. You'll think that everyone will realise his ulterior motives you know. For us readers, it is an obvious hit right. And don't you think it's just so so cute! I have so much love for my Adrian!

And then I have so much love for Richelle! For giving us with exactly with what we've been eagerly waiting for. Though, now I'm really skeptical with how the storyline will follow. Why did I read this book so soon! Arghhh. Having to wait a whole year for the next book, will I be able to do that? I don't think so.

Buy it: Amazon | The Book Depository | B&N
Other books in series: Bloodlines

New books released this June

A new month brings new books!
Now in this June 2012, many thrilling young adult books have been released, sitting in the bookstores waiting for people like you and me to pick up and indulge!
Here are a few...
(All titles linked to Goodreads)
June 1st

Saving June by Hannah Harrington

June 7th
 Burn Mark by Laura Powell
The Vampire of Highgate by Asa Bailey

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready

 The Selection by Kiera Cass
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

June 12th

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
Rapture by Lauren Kate

How pine worthy are these releases! What do you want to read or need to read?
(NOTE: These are UK releases!)

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

The Summer I Turned Pretty
by Jenny Han

Pages: 276
Release Date: June 3rd 2010
Publisher: Puffin
Series: Summer #1
Other books in Series: It's Not Summer Without You, We'll always have Summer
Source: For Review from Publishers
Buy it: Amazon | The Book Depository | B&N
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Some summers are just destined to be pretty.
Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer -- they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along

My Thoughts
Okay, so let's get a few things cleared and out of the way first of all. If you're a sucker for summer lovin' romance, beach and hot boys this book is right up your street. It's just totally for you. Those elements are what makes this the perfect summer read. Although The Summer I Turned Pretty wasn't as good as I thought it will be, I still enjoyed it and I liked reading it a lot.

Enter Belly. She's this girl who's cute and really kiddy I guess. She turns pretty and everything changes. People look at her differently and by people I say in specifics- Conrad and Jeremiah. Jeremiah is like the guy who's just your really bestest friend or brother even. He's so much fun and such great company. Then there's Conrad. And what can I say... Dude, he iss hot. (Not that Jer isn't) But then there's all the other little qualities that Conrad has. The annoying kind.

And another guy comes into the picture too. Cam. Bleugh. I rather no talk about him. Why did he need to come into the book at all!? You guys will definitely understand my dislike for this guy, when you read this. He takes up majority of the word count but I gotta admit he is a decent guy. But my heart is only for Con and Jer :D

Another thing, there's quite a few flash backs back from Belly's childhood and all those memories that she had at The Cousins. My all time favourite place! It really helps to understand Belly, Conrad and Jeremiah and how things were like. There's not much of a plot in The Summer I Turned Pretty. Though Han doesn't let us down by giving us scenes and moments that take our breath away. Especially near the end. And it's that ending that makes me crave for the next book, It's Not Summer Without You :)

Top Ten Books I Hope Future Generations Will Still Read


 It's Top Ten Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is:
Top 10 Books Written in the Past 10 Years
That I Hope People Are Still Reading in 30 Years
You know, this list was actually extremely difficult to compile. Whenever I found a great book, I had to make sure it was fit for the topic. And as you can guess, on many occasions it was not. So, please excuse the lack of books in my list as it most definitely does not consist of ten. Muhahahaha =L
1. Harry Potter books by J K Rowling - Duh! Though unfortunately, in this case the last three books of the series seeing as they only fit within the 10 year span. You can't say I aynt following the rules ;)
3. The Princess Diaries collection by Meg Cabot - Absolutely hilarious series that I completely adore. The books never fails to put a smile on my face!
4. Mates, Dates series by Cathy Hopkins - Fun, cute books for younger teens :)
5. Looking for Alaska by John Green -You can learn a lot from this. It's John Green, guys! 
6. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin - It has an amazing concept. That is all. 
7. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver -I'm sure there still will be some stuck up girls within the next 30 years. A great book of self thought that will give readers a lot to think about.


 These books really need to stay popular. What do you think of my picks? 

Letterbox Love (01)

I'm not going to be participating in In My Mailbox anymore due to recent events which I don't want to be involved with. So instead, I'm going to do a Letterbox Love post! Letterbox Love is a weekly meme hosted by Lynsey at Narratively Speaking. It is the UK alternative to IMM, where we get to showcase all the great books we've received during the week!

For Review:
This is one heck of a book seriously, the second book in Divergent trilogy. I loved reading it! You can read my review here.
I haven't actually read the first book in the series to this one so I don't think I'll be reading this anytime soon. Though, it does sound really good. I think it's a dystopian too!
Yet again, I haven't read all the other books in the series. There's like what, three or four other books? Which by the way are sitting untouched on my bookshelf. Another series I really want to read. I love vampires :)
I've actually already read this when it was released in the US. I LOVE it. Especially because there's Art and Poems. Two of my other hobbies. Guys, you gotta pick this up. And I will be reviewing this at the end of June, so keep your eyes peeled!
I've read this too as well, a few months ago, I think. I've even reviewed this here. You have to check this out and you will just see how much and why I fell in love with this book. Another thing, I'm taking part in the UK blog tour so watcha out for my post with Hannah Harrington!

Alas, my collection is complete! This is one of my favourite series. EVER. Read them, and read them NOW. Thanks so much to the awesome Kris @ A Book From Snowy Rivers :)

What did you get in your letterbox?
Leave your links in the comments :)

Heaven by Christoph Marzi

by Christoph Marzi

Pages: 384
Release Date: February 2nd 2012
Publisher: Orchard
Source: ARC from Publishers
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The night that Heaven lost her heart was cold and moonless. But the blade that sliced it out was warm with her dark blood... David Pettyfer is taking a shortcut over the dark rooftops of London's brooding houses, when he literally stumbles across Heaven: a strange, beautiful, distraught girl who says that bad men have stolen her heart. Yet she's still alive... And so begins David and Heaven's wild, exciting and mysterious adventure - to find Heaven's heart, and to discover the incredible truth about her origins. Part thriller, part love story and part fairy tale, this brilliantly original novel from a bestselling German author will take your breath away...

My Thoughts
Can I just say that Heaven was one of the weirdest yet interesting books I've read. Don't get me wrong. I say weird in the nicest way possible seeing as I have I really enjoyed reading Heaven. It was a fascinating read.

Let's elaborate on the 'weird' shall I? It'll probably be a tinsy winsy bit spoilery but it's only after reading this will I believe you'll really want to just get into it. So this is how it goes, exactly. It's the beginning of the story and there's this guy that's a Hunter. What this hunter does is snatches peoples hearts (WDF right?) and so the victims end up dying, as to be expected. Then there's this girl, Heaven, from which he snatches her heart. Now this is the weird part, the girl that has no heart, get this... she g e t s u p and runs away!

Doesn't that just get you thinking! When I read those lines, I was just sitting there with a WHAT face. I even read that page again in case I missed something? And after that, everything just gets even more interesting. There's another character main character David too. He's like one of those geeky guys you get. Geeky but cute ;)

Heaven continues on to be a great read. It's simply that one hell of a plot that gets you going. That really gets you reading. Hmmmm, what else can I say other that read it. You'll be intrigued. You count on it!

Dearly Departed by Lia Habel

Dearly Departed
by Lia Habel

Pages: 451
Release Date: September 29th 2011
Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books
Source: ARC from Publishers
Buy it: Amazon | The Book Depository | B&N
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Love can never die.
Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?
In Dearly, Departed, romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love

My Thoughts
Dearly Departed was a surprisingly enjoyable read. I say surprised only because I attempted to read it a first time round, and when I did, I didn't get into the story much. So then I left it planning on reading it some other time. Then! I read a few reviews of bloggers that loved it so I jumped to my second attempt*. Anddddd I la la loved it.

I connected to Nora instantly. Her personality was great to connect with.. That girl has got attitude. I could so be very good mates with her. (Ha!) She handles situations not so goodly at first which can be excused as I believe that if we take into account the situation in hand it is pretty acceptable. But then she does get to grips with it in the end. Oh and we're talking Zombiesss, people!

Yes you heard me rightly so. But you know what? It's all good! Zombies are actually pretty cool especially all the characters in Dearly Departed. They're all funny and nice. I don't dislike any of them at all. Though, I have to admit, I have a favourite!

BRAM**. How could I not. He's really sweet. Care to guess the only downfall? He's a zombie. I can't seem to imagine hot zombies but if you're counting the guy on the this cover... Mother, MAY I? :D

There's a lot of action too. The different POVs we're introduced with all play a role in it. I wasn't really keen on some of the action parts. To be honest, I'm not an action type of person. However, the events at the end really had me going. I'm so glad I decided to give Dearly Departed another try! There's even a second book! I had no friggin idea. Ahhh I'm craving more. Cannot wait!

*Another dominant reason I gave it another try was because of that dashing cover! Come on, it's really pretty and so I wanted to keep a copy on my bookshelf so I can just show off it's prettiness LOL!

**Did I mention a hot romance? No I don't think I did. So! GUYS. There's a HOT ROMANCE. What you waiting for?     

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

by Veronica Roth

Pages: 525
Release Date: May 1st 2012
Publisher: HarperColins
Series: Divergent #2
Other books in series: Divergent
Source: For Review from Publishers
Buy it: Amazon | The Book Depository | B&N
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War looms in sixteen-year-old Tris’s dark dystopian world as disputes between the factions grow. Tris must now fight against all odds to discover the truth that can save her and the people she loves. Sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge – and the choices she makes will have devastating and unexpected consequences.

My Thoughts
Let me just start with expressing my love for Divergent. It was love you guys! Like, love at first sight read. I did not believe even for a second that Insurgent will be able to surpass my Divergent. Could things possible get even better? No friggin way... Errr, yes way! Boy was I so wrong. With everything too, not that I'm complaining. Insurgent is one damn good read.

I dived into Insurgent as soon as I got my copy. We are brought right where Divergent left off, thankfully something I can work with. Tris, Four, Caleb, Peter and Marcus now reside at the Amity faction having survived from the dreadful attacks by the Erudite. There's more where that action came from too, a lot more is brought into this addition.

Especially Tris! Talk about character development. We see so much more from her, what she can do and what she's capable of. I love everything about her. With the death of Will, she's been emotianally unstable and it's also something that stays with her and I think makes her a whole lot more stronger too. Then there's Tris and Four.

I am just going to dive into the deep end and tell you what we see less them. How I just love this couple. They have just have to be one of the cutest and my most favourite. But Awrhh. Yes I know people, I hear your pain and feel your despair. BUT, there's nothing to fear. I say this because, we do however get moments with Tris and Four. REAL moments. And, I can happily tick off intensity, passion and hot kissing right off the list. They are all there! Their relationship is real too meaning that it's not all lovey dovey and gushy gushy. They have bumps in the road and even though its all quite unnerving, it's what completes their relationship.

FOUR. Yes am indeed going to take up some time gushing and fan girgling on everything Four. What can I say about this guy. I am undeniably and irrevocably in love with him. We get a good glimpse of our Four. So much more is revealed, his flaws his secrets. God, I just love him. His intrigue, his kindness, his sudden angst yet undeniable care towards Tris, makes him Four. And dude, he is so damn SMART. I swear, you'll see why his actions really amaze me. Four's Erudite side of him has be a very dominating factor. Oh I just have so much love for this guy.

I am actually a bit glad that we're not with Tris and Four all of the time. Yes you heard me correctly. Meaning that, this isn't a YA book that predominantly revolves around the romance aspect of things. Hey, the romance is what gives it that spark, but then we're left with the plot, the factions, the other characters, I'm talking about the BIG picture that brings it to life you know. That makes Divergent, DIVERGENT that makes Insurgent INSURGENT.

So we're brought with the bigger picture. The ACTION. It is just so so much better, so much full of energy and suspense. It's safe to say that Roth has done us justice. We are brought with whole sheebang, the good the bad and a heart stopping ending as we expected. However, what we're left with is truly breathtaking.

New books released this May

A new month brings new books!
Now in this May 2012, many thrilling young adult books have been released, sitting in the bookstores waiting for people like you and me to pick up and indulge!
Here are a few...
(All titles linked to Goodreads)
May 1st
 Life Eternal by Yvonne Woon
Black Dawn by Rachel Caine

Graveminder by Melissa Marr
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
May 3rd
Broken Dream by Eden Maguire
The Anti-Prom by Abby McDonald

 Slated by Teri Terry
May 4th
New Girl by Paige Harbinson
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

May 7th | May 8th | May 10th
 How to Keep a Boy as a Pet by Diane Messidoro
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
Endure by Carrie Jones

May 12th | May 24th
 Ghost Flower by Michelle Jaffe
Changeling by Philippa Gregory

What do you want to read or need to read?