Weekly Book Haul (16)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren where you can share the books you received during the week. Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you added to your shelves.

In My Mailbox


This was a slower week for me. I am trying to spend less on everything and put that money towards paying off the bills from Christmas. I am trying to take the 2013 TBR Pile Challenge seriously and actually read from the insane stacks of books taking over my office.


Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love—with a human—in this astonishingly original debut novel.

R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

I cannot wait to read Warm Bodies! I wrote about the book and the movie in Read It Before You See It: Warm Bodies. I nearly always need to read the book first, so this really could not have come at a better time.


The Cadet Of Tildor by Alex Lidell

The Cadet Of Tildor by Alex Lidell

There is a new king on the throne of Tildor. Currents of political unrest sweep the country as two warring crime families seek power, angling to exploit the young Crown’s inexperience. At the Academy of Tildor, the training ground for elite soldiers, Cadet Renee de Winter struggles to keep up with her male peers. But when her mentor, a notorious commander recalled from active duty to teach at the Academy, is kidnapped to fight in illegal gladiator games, Renee and her best friend Alec find themselves thrust into a world rife with crime, sorting through a maze of political intrigue, and struggling to resolve what they want, what is legal, and what is right.

I received The Cadet Of Tildor through the Debut Author Challenge ARC tour, which I am so glad to participate in. Other books from the Debut Author Challenge ARC tour Altered by Jennifer Rush (review for Altered can be found here) and Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook (review coming next week.) I am about halfway through The Cadet Of Tildor and am think it is amazing. A review should be posted next week and I sure do have a lot to say about this book.

What books did you get this week?

All cover images and summaries from goodreads.

Top Ten Tuesday: 2013 Debut Books

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they pick a fun topic for a top ten list. This weeks list is Top Ten 2013 Debuts I’m Looking Forward To.

I have spent a lot of time thinking about 2013 debuts. In my Debut Author Challenge Goal post, I talked about a few books I am really looking forward to. I have already review two  2013 debut authors so far this year, Altered by Jennifer Rush and The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan.

So here goes, in no particular order my Top Ten 2013 Debuts I’m Looking Forward To.

1. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Between #1) by April Genevieve

Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

2. The End Games by T. Michael Martin

The End Games by T. Michael Martin

3. PODs by Michelle Pickett

PODs by Michelle Pickett

4. Linked by Imogen Howson

Linked by Imogen Howson

5. OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

6. The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

7. The Summer I Became A Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

The Summer I Became A Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

8. Taken (Taken #1) by Erin Bowman

Taken by Erin Bowman

9. Starglass(Starglass #1) by Phoebe North

Starglass by Phoebe North

10. Reboot (Reboot #1) by Amy Tintera

Reboot by Amy Tintera

That was hard! There are so many great debuts in 2013.

What 2013 debuts are you looking forward to?

All cover images are from goodreads.


Review: The Tragedy Paper By Elizabeth LaBan

Review of The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan


The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan

Title: The Tragedy Paper

Author: Elizabeth LaBan

Publication Date: January 8th, 2013

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Source: NetGalley

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Tim Macbeth is a 17-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is, “Enter here to be and find a friend.” Tim does not expect to find a friend; all he really wants to do is escape his senior year unnoticed. Despite his efforts to blend into the background, he finds himself falling for the quintessential “it” girl, Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy. To Tim’s surprise, Vanessa is into him, too, and she can kiss her social status goodbye if anyone finds out. Tim and Vanessa enter into a clandestine relationship, but looming over them is the Tragedy Paper, Irving’s version of a senior year thesis, assigned by the school’s least forgiving teacher.

The story unfolds from two alternating viewpoints: Tim, the tragic, love-struck figure, and Duncan, a current senior, who uncovers the truth behind Tim and Vanessa’s story and will consequently produce the greatest Tragedy Paper in Irving’s history.


The story begins on the first day of Duncan’s senior year at the Irving School. As is tradition, the person who lived in your room the year before leaves a present for next-years resident. Duncan is left a stack of CD’s that tell the story of Tim Macbeth’s time at the Irving school.

Tim is a lonely guy, an albino who has never really fit in. His new step-father attended the Irving school and loved it. Tim does not have much hope that he will be better off socially at his new school but at least he has a chance. At the airport on the way to school, Tim meets Vanessa who is beautiful and full-of-life. When the plane is delayed, they end up spending the night together waiting for the a flight the following day. Tim takes a few chances and really opens up to Vanessa. Turns out they are going to attend the same school but Tim knows that they can never really be friends.

The Tragedy Paper is a beautiful and tragic story about missed opportunities. There is love and heartbreak. Its is about being our real selves and letting others see us. If I had to compare it to anything, it would be Looking For Alaska by John Green. Maybe because of the boarding school environment but it also has a similar haunting quality. It is sad but hopeful. Tim ultimately has to live with his own tragedy but he is able to let Duncan in on his pain. Helping him to not make the same mistakes.

I really enjoyed how the ending while hopeful, is not a neat package. It is realistic and the characters do have to live with their actions. I truly enjoyed The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan and think it is a very strong debut.

Summary and cover image from goodreads.

Review: Altered By Jennifer Rush

Review of Altered by Jennifer Rush


Altered by Jennifer Rush

Title: Altered (Altered #1)

Author: Jennifer Rush

Publication Date: January 2, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown & Co.

Source: ARC from the 2013 Debut Author Challenge ARC Tour

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When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.


Altered starts off with Anna helping her father study the four boys who are in cages in their basement lab. (Insert many Fifty Shades jokes about hot boys and cages.) Anna is home-schooled and lives a pretty solitary life. She has built relationships with each of the boys and interacts with each in different ways. I enjoyed how different each was, it made it easier to relate to boys who spent five years in a basement lab. Her mother died when she was very young and Anna stays connected to her through an old journal.

Suddenly The Branch, her father’s employer who is in charge of the experiment, decides to take the boys. Sam, the love interest, figures out a way to escape and Anna gets swept up in it. She hits the road with the boys who are bent on figuring out who they were and what The Branch wants with them 

I really loved Altered. It is action packed, with lots of fight and escape scenes. No one is who they seem and you will not know who you can trust. There is a love story between Sam and Anna that proves to be complicated but very sweet. Anna demonstrates that she is no slouch in the self-defense department and holds her own on the run with her super-sexy boys. I love a female protagonist that is strong and smart. Anna is both of these in spades.

The ending is solid. It gives the reader closure while still leaving enough mystery for further installments in the series. There is so much to unpack when you have medical experiments and a top secret company that has every reason to hide what they are doing.

I highly recommend Altered by Jennifer Rush and plan on picking up the future installments in this series.


What You Will Find

  • Hot Guys
  • Kick-Ass Heroine
  • Twists and Turns
  • Mystery
  • Sweet Love Story
  • Running from the Man


Debut Author Challenge 2013 Goal Post


I am so excited about my first official challenge as a brand new book blogger! The Debut Author Challenge is hosted by Tara from Hobbitsies. The goal is to read at least twelve (or more) 2013 author debuts over the course of the year. There are prizes, an ARC tour, and lots of fun in the goodreads group if you are interested in joining.

I am apt to jump into challenges head first but I want to be able to actually accomplish this one. So as a preliminary goal, I plan on at going for the minimum number of 12 books for this challenge. I reserve the right to up that number if I see fit (and I probably will because it is only November and I have a long list of these debuts I really want to read.)

2013 Debuts I Really Want To Read

Prophecy by Ellen OhNobody But Us by Kristin HalbrookOCD A Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

Prophecy (The Dragon King Chronicles #1) by Ellen Oh

Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

OCD A Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu


Uses For Boys by Erica Lorraine ScheidtThe S Word by Chelsea PitcherHow My Summer Went Up In Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

Uses For Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

How My Summer Went Up In Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski


Jinx by Sage BlackwoodStarglass by Phoebe NorthBlaze by Laurie Boyle Crompton

The Summer I Became A Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

Jinx by Sage Blackwood

Starglass by Phoebe North

Blaze (Or Love In A Time Of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton


Me, Him, Them, And It by Caela CarterAltered by Jennifer RushBeing Henry David by Cal Armistead

Me, Him, Them, And It by Caela Carter

Altered (Altered #1) by Jennifer Rush

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead


The Reece Malcolm List by Amy SpaldingCity Of A Thousand Dolls by Miriam ForsterTaken by Erin Bowman

The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

City Of A Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster

Taken (Taken #1) by Erin Bowman


The Madman's Daughter by Megan ShepherdThe Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LabanThe Archived by Victoria Schwab

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LeBan

The Archived by Victoria Schwab


Infinite Sky by C.J. FloodPantomime by Laura LamThe Culling by Steven Dos Santos

Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood

Pantomime by Laura Lam

The Culling (The Torch Keeper #1) by Steven Dos Santos 


My Life After Now by Jessica VerdiNantucket Blue by Leila HowardThe End Games by T. Michael Martin

My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi

Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

The End Games by T. Michael Martin

After You by Jessica Corra


Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Between #1) by April Genevieve Tucholke


Any of these make your list?

All cover images taken from goodreads.