Wednesday, March 31, 2010

New Twilight Novella

Stephenie Meyer announced yesterdy that there will be a novella published about the newly turned vampire Bree from Eclipse. (But it's actually close to 200 pages, so I don't know if it's really a novella. But I guess when you write hugely long books, 200 pages seems short.)

The book will be released on June 7 and will be available in print as well as a free e-book for a month. Of course, this all works well with the movie release of Eclipse.

I don't even really remember the character of Bree and since I'm not a big Twilight fan, I don't know if I'll even read this one. But I'm sure I'll have teens at the library who are asking for it.

Really, the whole thing seems like another way Twilight is trying very hard to be Harry Potter. First the last movie is split into two, now the author releases a "novella" after the entire series is finished and both books have profits going to benefit charity (although The Tales of Beedle the Bard had net proceeds going to Children's High Level Group and The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner has $1 going towards the Red Cross).

I still have Twilight fans at the library, but it seem like the buzz and excitement has faded out. The readers that started with Twilight have moved on to other paranormal series. This book almost feels like a way to bring people back and make Twilight popular again.

So I'm curious-are you interested in reading The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner or are you over Twilight?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Faithful by Janet Fox

Release Date: 5/13/2010

About the Book (from author's website):

In 1904 Margaret Bennet has it all – money, position, and an elegant family home in Newport, Rhode Island. But just as she is to enter society, her mother ruins everything, first with public displays, and finally by disappearing. Maggie’s confusion and loss are compounded when her father drags her to Yellowstone National Park, where he informs her that they will remain. At first Maggie’s only desire is to return to Newport. But the mystical beauty of the Yellowstone landscape, and the presence of young Tom Rowland, a boy unlike the others she has known, conspire to change Maggie from a spoiled girl willing to be constrained by society to a free-thinking and brave young woman living in a romantic landscape at the threshold of a new century.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: This one just sound great all around-and I really like historical romance. The synopsis reminds me somewhat of A Nothern Light and Hattie Big Sky, (I'm not really sure why-I think it's the girl coming into her own storyline) both of which I loved so I'm very eager to pick this book up in May!

Tween Tuesday

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme that feature's great reads for tweens! Leave your Tween Tuesday links in the comments!

A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home by Henry Cole

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Genre: Historical/Animal Story

Release Date: 2/3/2010

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About the Book: Celeste is a mouse who lives in a small room inside a house who spends her time making baskets. She is often bullied by two large rats who take her food and one day Celeste is sent further into the house than she's gone before. She befriends a young boy named Joseph, who is staying at the house with Mr. Audubon where they are drawing pictures of birds. Celeste meets many new friends along the way and discovers the meaning of home.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: A Nest for Celeste is somewhat reminiscent of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, although Celeste is a likeable character from the start. But I felt the book lacked some of the magic and charm of Edward Tulane.

Each chapter has a little bit of it's own story, which I felt made the book a little disjointed and at times I didn't feel like everything was connected. Mr. Audubon's story is based on the real life artist who drew birds. He hunted and killed the birds and then pinned them in the position he wanted to paint them, and the author doesn't shy away from this in the book. If you have sensitive tweens, there may be some parts that are a little too much for them (there are vivid hunting scenes as well as drawings of the birds pinned to paper).

The drawings are beautiful and detailed and that's really where the book excels. I do think A Nest for Celeste would make a wonderful read aloud for parents and tweens. The book could also lend itself to great discussions on animals, science and what makes a home.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Author Interview: Jaclyn Dolamore

Please welcome author Jaclyn Dolamore to GreenBeanTeenQueen! I loved Magic Under Glass and I'm thrilled there will be a sequel, Magic Under Stone.

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- I loved that your book featured an automaton-it made the storyline very unique! How did you get the idea for including an automaton in the book as one of the main characters?

I've always liked stories about inanimate things that look human coming to life and havin
g a soul. For years I've been writing stories set on another world where one of the races are living dolls called "rag people" who can look very real but are usually discriminated against. I also had a race of android with souls, but I stopped writing about them because the society didn't seem to have enough technology otherwise to make such lifelike robots. But, when I was thinking about writing a Victorian novel, I thought about some of the creepy things that fascinate me in museums, and automata and mechanical music are some of my favorites! From there, it was an easy jump.

-I know that you like vintage clothing-do you have a dream vintage outfit you would love to wear?

Ooh. Something by Paul Poiret. His clothes are amazing. Or Schiaparelli, although I'm a bit pickier with her. I'm also pretty in love with some of the dresses from just after the French Revolution. They weren't as fussy as the 18th century look, but not as completely simplistic as the Regency. And I would really like to know, for research purposes, what it's like to wear a corset and all those underclothes!
-I saw that you attend a Teen Book Club at your local library. Do you have any favorite book club reads?

It's not a surprise, but FEED by M.T. Anderson makes for great discussion. I also immensely enjoyed the day we just talked about the Harry Potter books. We pick a lot of depressing dystopian books, it seems, so it was a nice change to talk about the relatively cheerful wizarding world.

-You hosted an Emily of New Moon February on your blog. Why did you pick the Emily books to read and discuss?

I had to stop because of my repetitive stress injury in a lot of writing to do, but I hope to pick that project back up again! I love the Emily books. Actually, they're my favorite books of all time. The characters and places just seem so real to me. But they aren't perfect... there are some aspects of the books I don't like very much. And there are some things I loved as a kid (I had a crush on Dean Priest?) that I now feel have changed (he's actually a creep). However, that just gives me some discussion fodder... like, did L. M. Montgomery make him a creep because of her own issues with men?

-If you could live inside any book, what book you pick?

Well, if I couldn't pick a book I had written (there are some characters I would so love to hang out with!) I would pick the Betsy-Tacy books. Everyone seemed to have a good time.
Thanks Jackie! If you haven't read Magic Under Glass yet, be sure to pick up a copy. And check out the blog, since there's a contest to win a a signed sketch of Nimira.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Read Pretty Little Liars Online!

HarperCollins is currently offering a Browse Inside preview of the entire book Pretty Little Liars. With the TV show starting this summer, this is a great time to read the first book in the series! The entire Browse Inside preview is only for a limited time, so make sure you read it soon!:) (And I don't know why it's not showing the cover, but this is the link for Pretty Little Liars!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

YA Movie News

-Last week I mentioned there was a new movie adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time in the works. The film has picked Jeff Stockwell as the screenwriter. Stockwell also adapted Bridge to Terabithia (which I still haven't seen, so you'll have to let me know how close it was to the book). Stockwell also has adaptations of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and Kiki's Delivery Service lined up as well. Thanks to Cynopsis for the news.

-LaVar Burton tweeted last week about a possible return of Reading Rainbow
"You heard it here first... Reading Rainbow 2.0 is in th works! Stay tuned for more info. But, you don't have to..." It really makes me sad that my teens have no idea what Reading Rainbow is, so I'd love to see the show return. Last year Mr. Burton tweeted about a Reading Rainbow for adults idea and I really hope he's still heading in that direction. (Did anyone else practice booktalks for that show like I did?) Thanks to
Cynopsis for news.

-Cory Doctorow's novel Little Brother has been optioned by Angryfilms. I have read great reviews about this book and with the rise of dystopian and science fiction, I think a movie will do really well. Thanks to
Shelf Awareness for the news.

-The official opening date for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be June 18th. I wish I could go opening weekend! Anyone planning on going? Do you think it will be great or not worth it?

-How to Train Your Dragon opens this weekend and so far the reviews have been very positive. Amazingly, the book's hold list at my library is still pretty small, so maybe I'll get a chance to read the book before I see the movie!

-The trailer for Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is out-I'm not sure what I think about it, but I'm still really excited. I hope the movie gets the comics noticed more, because they really are great reads!

-Here's the first look at Pretty Little Liars the TV show, which will premire this summer on ABC Family. I just got the first book in at the library, so I'm hoping to catch up. Thanks to
Khy at Frenetic Reader at for sharing this!

Vote for my Teen Author!

One of the perks of being a teen librarian is that I get to meet lots of awesome teens! One of my teens is an aspiring author and has posted one of her works in progress on Inkpop is a young adult site that allows writers to post their writing and the community can vote on their favorites. Each month the top five stories go before an editorial reivew board at HarperCollins!

Sam is one of the teens at my library and her story, Altered, is currently number five! I'm so proud of her and I'd love for you to go to Inkpop check out her story and vote for it if you like it. You can also read all about Sam and the books she's reading and what she's writing at her blog, One Sparkling Star.

Gone by Lisa McMann

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

Genre: Mystery/Paranormal/Contemporary

Release Date: 1/19/2010

Publisher: Simon Pulse

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About the Book: Janie's future as a dream catcher isn't bright. Her chances of going crippled and blind are high and she always runs the risk of falling into people's dreams. She knows Cabel will stick with her, no matter what, even though she doesn't want to bring him down with her.

When a stranger enters Janie's life, she discovers another possible future-but one that mean she would be alone. Both choices have risks-which will Janie choose?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I wasn't the biggest fan of Wake and Fade, but I found them interesting enough that I wanted to read the finale to the series. Unfortunately, Gone fell flat for me and is my least favorite of the series.

I didn't feel the choppy writing style from the first two was present as much in this one, which I liked. But what I didn't like was that the fast pace and engaging storyline wasn't there. There was no mystery to solve. Gone instead is much more of a personal story for Janie and I found myself getting mad and annoyed with her more than I wanted to see her succeed.

I felt like the plot was lacking. I liked the overall storyline of dream catchers, but I never really felt a connection with Janie or Cabel in this one. They both were whiny and I just never found myself caring. The whole book had an "after school special" feel, which I found somewhat trite. (Although I am glad the book didn't reach the goofyness that was Fade!)

It was a good ending to the series and was a quick fast read. But I thought the first book was the most inventive and creative, even if they did get somewhat silly-(the books have a realistic feel, yet I could never buy into the teens working undercover for the cops storyline).

I would only pick this one up if you were a fan of the first two and wanted to see how they end. Ms. McMann is working on a new series, and I'm interested in seeing how it turns out. I think she's very talented, this series just wasn't my favorite. Wake is on our state award list for next year, so I'm interested to see how the teens at my library respond to the series.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Naughty List by Suzanne Young

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 2/4/2010

Publisher: Razorbill

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About the Book: Think you know cheerleaders? Think again! The Smitten Kittens aren't just the school spirit squad, they're a secret society that will spy on guys to see if they're cheating. Think your guy is on The Naughty List? Text the Society of Smitten Kittens (SOS) and they'll find out for you. Everything seems to be going great until head cheerleader Tessa's own boyfriend Aiden shows up as a suspect on The Naughty List. Now things aren't so strawberry smoothie...

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I love the idea for this book-spying cheerleaders and cheating boyfriends. And while the book is unique and fun, I was left a little disappointed. It was a fun book, but I just wanted more substance and character development. The Naughty List reminds me of something that could easily be adapted as a CW TV show.

Tessa and Aiden were the only characters I really got to know-the rest of the squad all blended together and I had a hard time keeping each girl straight. You also don't learn much about anyone else and I would have liked to know more about the Smitten Kittens as well as Tessa and Aiden. That being said, I did enjoy what was there. I loved the background for the forming of SOS and I loved the idea of these girls going out and finding cheaters. And the reports they wrote up for clients cracked me up! And Tessa's pretend curse words were always fun and creative-I don't know how Ms. Young came up with so many.

While I liked Tessa and Aiden, I got frustrated with them. They never tried to talk about things and instead sex was their way of communicating. I wanted them to just talk to each other and work things out instead of assuming things. But then again, that's the formula that makes chick lit work-not talking and misunderstandings-so I shouldn't complain too much. I really hated Chloe and Christian-they were icky and swarmy and I really couldn't stand them! Again, I would have liked to know more about them, but they were great characters to dislike.

Even though I had the story figured out, I still had fun reading it. The ending wasn't my favorite, but it leaves the book open for the next in the series, which I'll be looking forward to reading. The Naughty List is a fun frothy read that chick lit readers will be sure to enjoy.

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Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Grace by Elizabeth Scott

Release Date: 9/16/2010

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About the Book: A fable of a terrifying near future by critically acclaimed author Elizabeth Scott.

Grace was raised to be an Angel, a herald of death by suicide bomb. But she refuses to die for the cause, and now Grace is on the run, daring to dream of freedom. In search of a border she may never reach, she travels among malevolent soldiers on a decrepit train crawling through the desert. Accompanied by the mysterious Kerr, Grace struggles to be invisible, but the fear of discovery looms large as she recalls the history and events that delivered her uncertain fate.

Told in spare, powerful prose, this tale of a dystopian near future will haunt readers long after they've reached the final page.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Elizabeth Scott is one of those authors who can write no wrong in my eyes. She's one of my author heroes and I think she's amazing. I'm always raving about her books to my teens and they are go-to books for booktalking. I can't wait to see Ms. Scott take on a dystopian novel and Grace one of my must reads for 2010!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Veronica Mars Rewatch and Discuss

Shana Silver and Sonia Gensler are hosting a Veronia Mars re-watch and discussion. So if you're a Veronica newbie or a long time Veronica fan, join in. The plan right now is to watch one episode a week and discuss it. And the episodes are online, so really, you have no excuse not to join!

I sadly discovered Veronica Mars after it was off the air, but I got addicted and watched all of season one in one weekend. It's smart, witty, funny and addictive and one of the best teen shows ever made. I hope you join in on the fun-I can't wait to re-watch this show!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Tween Tuesday

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme where I highlight great tween reads. Leave your Tween Tuesday link in the Mr. Linky below!

The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Fairy Tale

Release Date: 3/17/2010

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About the Book: It's almost the day of Princess Patricia Priscilla's sixteenth birthday ball-the day the Princess will be asked to choose a suitor. But the princess is bored. So she decides to disguise herself as a peasant and go to school for the week. Princess Patricia Priscilla loves school and she's not looking forward to her birthday ball-especially when she finds out who the suitors will be! Will Princess Patricia Priscilla find a way to end her boredom and marry a man she loves?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I grew up reading the Anastasia books and The Giver. The Birthday Ball reminded my why Lois Lowry is one of my favorite authors.

Ms. Lowry takes on the fairy tale genre and there's such a wonderful blend of humor, heart, and romance. Princess Patricia Priscilla could have been a snobby rich princess, but instead she's a girl who is trapped and you can't help but feel sorry for her and understand her need to escape and try something new. She really is a endearing character and I was cheering her on the whole time.

The book starts out with chapters introducing multiple characters, but the characters come together and it's a very fun romp told with Ms. Lowry's wit and tongue in cheek humor. The three suitors for the princess are hilarious-there's a prince who is horribly ugly, but mirrors have been banned in his kingdom, so he doesn't know his fate, there's a prince who thinks he is the most handsome prince and must look in a mirror at all times, and there's the conjoined twins who fight all the time but share a love of bathroom humor. At first I wasn't a fan of the chapters introducing the various princes, but I think the prince's stories save this from being a very princessy book that will appeal to only fairy tale readers. With the princes stories woven in, I think there's a wider appeal (although it might be hard to sell a book with a princess on the cover to boys). All the characters come together in the end for one of the most delightful balls I've read about.

I think The Birthday Ball would make a great read-aloud for parents and children as well as classrooms. The book may be marketed for tweens, but I would recommend this one for any age reader who loves a good fairy tale. Ms. Lowry shows us why she is one of the best children's authors around.

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from e-book recieved from publisher via NetGalley

Author Interview: Introducing Beth Revis

Please welcome Beth Revis to GreenBeanTeenQueen! Beth is a YA author who's debut book, Across the Universe, will be released in Spring 2011.

I started following Beth's blog a few months ago and her blog is one of my favorite author blogs to read. When I got her newsletter announcing her book deal and I had to know more. The day before she announced her book, I was telling my husband someone should write a great YA science-fiction set in space with murder. (My mind is weird and it sounded like a great plot.) Luckily, Beth read my mind! So I had to share her awesomeness with everyone!

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GreenBeanTeenQueen: Congrats on your new book deal! Your book, Across the Universe will be releasing in 2011-can you tell us a little bit about the book and how long it took you to write it?

-I started the book during Christmas break 2008, with a goal of finishing the rough draft by summer break. (Can you tell I'm also a teacher? I so schedule my writing times in terms of semesters and breaks.) My goal was to have a finished draft by the end of summer break and start submitting by the start of the school year. I started querying agents in September 2009.

As for a description of the book: Amy is part of a cryogenically frozen cargo on a space ship heading to a new planet. When she wakes up 50 years before the ship's due to land, however, she must adapt to life on board a space ship and figure out who's unplugging--and thereby killing--the other frozens.

Essentially, it's Agatha Christie's space!

Ok, I'm hooked and I can't wait to read it! Since you write science fiction and fantasy are there any science fiction or fantasy movies or TV shows or book series that you're addicted to?

OMGDOCTORWHO! I am *such* a nerd for DOCTOR WHO!! Especially with David Tennant. That show is just so cleverly written, with such strong emotions behind the characters. I adore it. I really just can't get behind much TV--I forget to watch and get behind on series--but Doctor Who is a show that I *never* miss.

The other very best I can think of is Joss Whedon's SERENITY (movie) and FIREFLY (television series). That's another one that is just brilliantly written. I am sometimes still sad that the show was canceled.

With books--there are just way to many to narrow it down. But if I *had* to pick, I'd say my favorite fantasy series are CS Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia and JK Rowling's Harry Potter series. Such a cliche answer, I know. I also adore HUNGER GAMES (Team Peeta, btw), Patricia Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Robin McKinley's THE HERO AND THE CROWN, Jeanne du Prau's THE CITY OF EMBER, and Mary Pearson's THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX, and...OK, I'll stop now :)

Ok, ok another nudge to watch Doctor Who! I'll watch it, I promise!! And so glad you're Team Peeta-love him!

What is your favorite part about writing? Is there a part of writing that you do you not enjoy?

-I *love* writing. First draft, last draft, adding in new plot twists, playing with words--all of that is what I live for. On the other hand, though, I *hate* revising. Hatehatehate it. In order to offset that hate, I rely heavily on critique partners who inspire me to push through and keep at it.

Do you ever think we'll be able to travel between planets and colonize them?

Absolutely. Technology is growing at an exponential rate, outer space is vast, and little inspires humans more than exploration. This is not something we as a species will grow disinterested in--and as long as we're striving towards space inhabitation, I do believe we will eventually succeed. I think it's possible it could happen in my lifetime. I hope so, anyway.

I'd love it to happen in my lifetime too! If you could pick a fictional future to live in (books or movies/TV) what future would you pick?

-That's a tough question with all the dystopian lit out there! I guess if I *have* to pick, then I pick the world of FIREFLY...because then at least I have a chance to see Captain Tightpants in real life.

Sigh...Captain Tightpants....:)

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take five books with you to read, what would you pick?

ACK!! That would be horrible!! OK--well, Shakespeare's KING LEAR (which I have deep love for), CS Lewis's TILL WE HAVE FACES (which I wrote my Master's thesis on and adore), JK Rowling's THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (because let's face it, that one's the best of the series), Robin McKinley's THE HERO AND THE CROWN (because that has some of the most perfect writing ever), HUGE blank book full of lined paper so I could write down my own stuff.

Thanks Beth! And just to show you how awesome Beth is, she's agreed to stop by the blog and answer any questions you post for her in the commments. (I told you she rocked, didn't I?)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Romana and Beezus Trailer

Ok, am I the only one who remembers the Sarah Polley TV show of Ramona? I checked them out on VHS (so oldschool, I know) from my library and watched them as a kid. And I loved it. Sarah Polley was Ramona for me. So I'm still not sure I can bet behind this movie, but we'll see, maybe they'll surprise me. What do you think?

YA Movie News

-The Poster for Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World was released and I LOVE it! The movie is based on the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels by Bryan Lee O'Malley and if you haven't read them, you need to-they're great! The movie stars Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim and I think the poster captures the books perfectly. This gives me hope for a great movie.

-Diary of a Wimpy Kid opens in theaters this weekend-anyone planning on seeing it? I think it'll be a library check-out movie for me, but I am interested to see how well it translates to the big screen.

-A new family-centric production company has started. Bedrock Studios seems similar to Walden Media in that they want to produce family centered material for TV, film, and publishers. One of the founders actually ran Walden Media and I'm glad to see a production company taking a interest in making movie adaptations of children's books. Currently they have screen rights to A Wrinkle in Time, Rats of Nimh, and Dinosaur Bob. Thanks to Hollywood Reporter for the news.

-The movie cast for The Invention of Hugo Cabret is growing. The film will be directed by Martin Scorsese and currently has Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Chloe Moretz, and Asa Butterfield in the cast. I love the book and am not sure how well it work as a movie. I really hope they keep the artwork to help tell the story somehow-that's such an important part of the book for me! Thanks to IMDB and Hollywood Reporter for the news.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 1/12/2010

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About the Book: Charlie is starting high school at a new school in hopes to escape the drama from middle school. When she discovers her old best friend Will is back in town, and at the same high school, Charlie isn't sure what to think. Will isn't the same he was three years ago, but he's still a good guy right? Even if he's participating in hazing with the lacrosse team? Charlie will learn that sometimes drama is something you can't escape and that boys can be just as mean as girls.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: It seems like I always come across books about older teens in high or teens in middle school. Sometimes a good book about freshman year can be hard to find. But Rosalind Wiseman writes book that echoes high school perfectly. I really did feel like I was transported back to my own awkward but fun freshman year.

I love Charlie's-she's a great main character. Actually, I like all the girls. This isn't a book about mean girls, although Ms. Wiseman's non-fiction book Queen Bees and Wannabees was the basis for the movie Mean Girls. These are girls you'd want to be friends with and hang out with. Sure, they still have fights and get mad at each, but they define true friendship.

I really felt that Ms. Wiseman knew how to write for teens. The book felt fresh and funny without being filled without outdated slang. The teen voice felt authentic. It was also a quick read-the chapters were short and there was lots of snappy dialogue. I could see this one being turned into a movie easily.

The thing I didn't enjoy was that it felt like the plot meandered a bit-I wasn't really sure where the author was going with the story until I was about halfway through. Until then, the story was more like little vignettes of Charlie's freshman year. The main meat of the story didn't come until later. I wasn't bored by this, but I would have liked more development in the plot. I also thought the romance was hinted at a lot and then added in at the end without really fleshing it out. It was still cute, but again, more development would have been better.

Overall, Boys, Girls and other Hazardous Materials is a fun quick read. I would give this one to teens who want a lighter look at realistic fiction as well as younger teens wanting to read about life in high school.

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from ARC recieved from publisher

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy Blogoversary to Me!! PLUS CONTEST!!

This week is my two year blogoversary! (Really, it should be a year and a half, since I really started writing on my blog six months after I started it, but I gotta go with the date of my first post I guess!)

I've had a great experience so far in the blogging world and can't believe everything that's happened in the last year! I won Best Reviewer from the People's Choice blog awards, my blog was shortlisted for Best YA blog during Book Blogger Appreciation Week, and I reached 500 followers. I've made great connections with librarians, YA authors, readers and teens and I still get super excited when I read a comment from someone on my blog-I can't believe people read this thing!!

I thought I'd take my blogoversary to reflect on the things I've learned in the past two years of blogging:

Lesson Number 1-Enjoy blogging! Don't feel bad if it gets to be too much and take a break. This is a hobby and it needs to stay fun. It can be hard to balance everything in life and as much as I love blogging, the world will not end if I don't post something every day.

Lesson Number 2-Don't compare yourself to other bloggers. This can be really hard to do when you start out and see great blogs out there. But your blog is your voice and it needs to stay that way. Don't worry about getting to a large amount of followers or getting a copy of the latest popular read. Blog for yourself first and don't make it into a popularity contest-blog because it makes you happy.

Lesson Number 3-It's OK to say "no" to review requests. When I first started out, I thought I needed to say "yes" to every request I received. And I would get requests for books that really weren't anything I'd be interested in. I was also ending up with a large amount of books in my TBR pile I felt like I was never getting anywhere! I've learned to say no (nicely!) and not feel as overwhelmed.

Lesson Number 4-Rotate through your TBR piles-and don't feel bad about it!! I have three TBR piles-sent for review, library books, and books I own. I will read about three or four books sent for review, and then I'll rotate in a library book and book I own. This helps me feel less like my reading is a chore. Plus, it helps me make time to read books I bought last year and still haven't read!

Lesson Number 5-Be honest in your reviews. I tell my teens to write more than "I liked it" or "I hated it" when they write reviews. And I keep myself to that same standard. Some bloggers don't want to post negative reviews, but I will. But I won't write a negative (or even a positive) review without being honest. I'll explain what I liked about a book and what didn't work for me. I love doing this because it helps me examine myself as a reader and see what exactly I like and dislike when reading.

I'm not perfect and even though I may have learned these lessons, that doesn't mean I don't need a reminder now and then! I'd love to hear what lessons you've learned throughout your blogging experience!

It's not a blogoversary party without a contest!! Here's what's up for grabs:

Winner #1 receives a $25 gift card to the online book retailer of their choice PLUS an ARC of Being Nikki by Meg Cabot that includes a signed bookplate on the inside tile page, Two Moon Princess by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban, and Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker

Winner #2 receives a signed ARC of Ash by Malinda Lo and Stupid Cupid by Rhonda Stapleton

Winner #3 receives a signed ARC of A Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan

To enter, fill out form below. This contest will end on April 30 at 9:00pm (central time). This contest is open to US and Canada only ages 13+.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tween Tuesday

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme that highlights great reads for tweens! Add your own Tween Tuesday post in the comments below.

I made a list of Diary of a Wimpy Kid read-alikes when I first started Tween Tuesday, but with the movie coming out, I thought I'd give some other great Wimpy Kid style books a shout out.
Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf by Jennifer L. Holm
-This is a book told all through "stuff"-from notes left on the fridge, to IM chats and e-mails. It's a quick read very creative. I wasn't sure if I would like the format, but it worked and you do get a feel for the characters, even though there is no narration or dialogue. Give this one to picky readers who claim not to like reading!

-Big Nate is the latest entry into the Wimpy Kid-style world-and it's the book most likely to win over the Wimpy Kid readers. Nate is slightly younger than Greg Heffley, but the same tone, style, humor and voice are all ere. With a cover blurb by Jeff Kinney himself, I wouldn't be surprised if Nate became the book readers are clamoring for while waiting for more in the Wimpy Kid series. For a limited time, HarperCollins has the full Big Nate book available to read online, so get a sneak peek!

Geek Chick: The Zoey Zone by Margie Palatini
-Zoey has 198 days until sixth grade and she has to discover how to be cool before then. Zoey is a fun likable narrator and the book has a great "you don't need to conform to be popular" message for younger tweens, without getting to sappy.
Still need more? Check out these other Diary of a Wimpy Kid read-alikes:
-Regarding the Fountain (and sequels) by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise
-Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-so-Fabulous Life (and sequels) by Rachel Russell
-Dear Dumb Diary (series) by Jim Benton
-Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid (and sequels) by Megan Mcdonald
-The Adventures of Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey

Monday, March 15, 2010

Librarian Romance

I was reading through my google reader over the weekend when I came across Alea's In My Mailbox post. She got a crazy amount of books this week including a ton of romance novels since she's been on a romance kick. (I'm so proud!) I scrolled through her book list and I came across this:

What the Librarian Did by Karina Bliss (the tag line says "she's got a secret that's long overdue")

The plot of the book says: (From Amazon)-Is Rachel Robinson the only one on campus who doesn't know who Devin Freedman is? No big deal except that the bad-boy rock star gets a kick out of Rachel's refusal to worship at his feet. And that seems to have provoked his undivided attention. Devin, the guy who gave new meaning to the phrase "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll." Devin, the guy who somehow becomes wedged between her and the past she's kept hidden for years.

It's up to this librarian to find out firsthand just how "bad" he really is. Because her secret—and her growing feelings for a man who claims he's bent on redemption—depend on his turning out to be as good as he seems. Which is really, really good.

I have to admit I'm amused and annoyed at the same time. I'm amused at the idea of a librarian romance novel, but I'm annoyed because of the stereotype on the cover. This book is being published March 16, 2010, yet the librarian on the cover has a terrible outfit that looks like a business woman meets Little House on the Prairie. And she has a bun in her hair-seriously?? I have to say I'm surprised they didn't top it off with glasses on the tip of her nose.

The book got me thinking about librarian's in fiction. There are good representations of librarians and there are bad. I'm a nerd and I get excited when I'm reading a book and the characters go to the library or talk to a librarian. But what bugs me is when contemporary novels fail to acknowledge changes in library's and librarians-especially in YA novels.

I may be biased, but I think YA librarians are pretty cool librarians. Yes, I know there are still librarians who fit the sterotype-there probably always will be, but there are a lot of us who don't-especially in the YA world. We encourage teens to have fun in the library, attend programs, and talk in the library. I never "shush" my teens! So I get annoyed when I read a YA novel where the librarian is giving evil eyes to teens and telling them to "shush!" Is that really how the YA authors I'm trying to promote to my teens and fight so hard for see my profession?

I found a review for What the Librarian Did on a blog called Dear Author and reviewer Jane writes

"...It opened with the heroine and librarian, Rachel Robinson, tending the university library. If she’s a stereotypical librarian, I wouldn’t know. I’m not even sure what the librarian stereotypes are. But if funny, smart mouthed, kind, with a love for vintage clothes are typical librarians, I need to hang out with them more."

Her comments about the book give me hope and I feel like Ms. Bliss has done a good job of not falling into the librarian sterotype trap-although her cover sadly does. I hope that other authors take note and start to write about fun cool librarians too.

So, do you have a favorite fictional librarian-good or bad?

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Fun Reading Videos

I know this video has circulated, but it makes my librarian heart so happy, I have to share:

Simone Elkeles release the Rules of Attraction trailer and it's fabulous! (Although, I'm a little sad there's no song to get stuck in my head this time!)

And I really think Jessica Brody gets awesome book trailers. This one is for her YA debut novel The Karma Club.

Friday, March 12, 2010

YA Movie News

-The Wimpy Kid movie hasn't even hit theaters yet, but there's already a sequel in the works. According to Cynopsis Kids, a second movie based on Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, is currently being written. I'm still not sure how well these books will translate to the big screen, but I'm willing to give the film a chance.

Hilary Duff will be the next celebrity turned YA author. The first book in her fiction series will be called Elixir and according to the publisher the book “combines the overpowering allure of a dangerous love triangle with thrilling international adventure.” Hmm..I'm not sure, but what do you want to bet a movie will be in the works soon?

-The Eclipse trailer was released online yesterday. I'm still annoyed at how boring New Moon was, so I'm not sure if I'll see this one opening weekend or not. And were the Volturi in the book-I can't remember-someone help me out!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Forget Her Nots by Amy Brecount White

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 3/2/2010

About the Book: Laurel is starting over at a new school after mom’s death. She’s attending her mom’s alma mater Avondale Prep School and she’s finding the school holds more and more keys to her past.

It all starts with a speech on the language of flowers in her English class. When Laurel gives the bouquet she made to her English teacher and soon after Ms. Spenser finds love, Laurel starts to discover she has a gift with flowers. When rumors start to fly about Laurel’s gift with flowers, all the girls want them, especially before prom.

Being a matchmaker isn’t easy and Laurel has a lot to discover about the language of flowers.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Forget Her Nots is a light refreshing read. It incorporates magic without being over the top and I finished the book believing in the language of flowers. I know I won’t be looking at flowers the same way!

The story takes a bit to pick up, but once it does, it’s a fun read. Laurel and her friends are fun to read about-Avondale Prep School sounds like such a fun place, I wish I could visit. Some of the characters weren’t completely fleshed out-I had a hard time keeping track of the numerous girls that were mentioned. But Laurel and her teachers were great to read about-I loved that Laurel got along with her teachers and had great relationships with them.

Forget Her Nots does a great job of giving a nod to classics such as Anne of Green Gables and The Secret Garden. Forget Her Nots has the same warm fuzzy feel of these books and Laurel is definitely a kindred spirit.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

I had to post a WOW this week because I wanted to spread the word about this book!

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Release Date: 9/28/2010

About the Book: (From Goodreads) BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

Jennifer Donnelly, author of the award-winning novel A Northern Light, artfully weaves two girls’ stories into one unforgettable account of life, loss, and enduring love. Revolution spans centuries and vividly depicts the eternal struggles of the human heart.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I read A Northern Light last semester for my lit class and I loved it. (Read my review!) I squeeled with excitement over the news that another YA novel would be coming from this talented author and I can't wait to read it. September seems so far away now!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tween Tuesday

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme to highlight great reads for tweens! Include your Tween Tuesday post in the comments below and join in the tween fun!

Meanwhile by Jason Shiga

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Comic

Release Date: 2/3/2010

About the Book: It all starts with a simple question-what flavor of ice cream, chocolate or vanilla? From there Jimmy is sent on the adventure of the reader's choice. Follow the paths and see where they lead.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I have been excited to read this one since I saw a starred review in Booklist. The premise intrigued me-a choose your own adventure comic? I had to check it out.

Meanwhile is the most inventive and creative book I have come across in a long time. I don't know how Jason Shiga put this book together-I'm amazed at his talent and creativity. The book doesn't read like your typical book. There are paths to follow and tabs to turn, so the reader is always moving around flipping pages and choosing new paths. Even though it's marketed as a children's book, this book is for all ages. This is one parents and children will have a blast reading together and letting each other choose which way to go.

Meanwhile is a twisty choose your own adventure comic fun. Even if you've never picked up comics before, give this book a try. It's too much fun and once you get the hang of how the book works, you won't want to stop reading. The cover says there are 3,856 story possibilities, so I'm sure Meanwhile will be keeping readers busy for a long time!

Full Disclosure: Copy provided by my library

Monday, March 8, 2010

My Soul to Take & My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Paranormal

Release Date: My Soul to Take: 8/1/2009, My Soul to Save: 12/29/2009

About the Books: Kaylee has an uncontrollable urge to scream when she can sense that someone hear her is about the die. When girls at school start to randomly die, Kaylee is the only one who knows who will be next.

In My Soul To Save, when pop star Eden suddenly dies, Kaylee doesn't scream. And she can't scream for someone who has no soul. When Kaylee and her boyfriend Nash discover fame hungry teens are selling their souls to the Netherworld, they know they have to stop the evil Netherworld from collecting more innocent souls.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Just when I think I'm feeling burnt out on paranormal, I come across books that make me want to start reading the genre again!
I really enjoyed the mythology that Rachel Vincent created. I thought the storyline was unique and a refresher from the typical creatures that keep appearing in paranormal lit. I also really loved that the action picked up pretty quickly, and even though it took Kaylee a bit to discover her true identity in the first book, I didn't think the set up dragged even though I already knew her secret.
I thought Rachel Vincent's writing style was very engaging-she kept me interested and she injected lots of humor that helped lighten the mood of the books. (The second book has a very snarky plotline about an evil corporation run by a cartoon mascot that I thought was very clever!) Kaylee read like a teen without being a teen stereotype. I felt like Ms. Vincent really knew who she was writing for and wasn't an author who jumped into YA without any idea of how to write for teens. I couldn't believe this was her first YA series! The books do have your typical teen angst and drama but they weren't overpoweringly angsty. I think the series has cross-over appeal for sure and I would hand these over to readers looking for a different take on the paranormal genre.

The romance will be just what paranormal romance fans want. The romance between Kaylee and Nash is very steamy without being graphic. I'm still not sure if I love Nash-I had to wonder about his motives for liking Kaylee-but he will have girls swooning, I'm sure!
Even though I had copies of these books, I actually listened to them on audio and I loved the narrator. She had great voices for every character and I highly recommend these on audio. I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment in the Soul Screamers series and I was impressed enough with these books to look into Rachel Vincent's Shifters series, a paranormal series for adults.
Full Disclosure: I downloaded the audiobooks from

Friday, March 5, 2010

YA Movie News

After a couple of weeks of light movie news, this week made up for it big time!!

-Melissa de la Cruz's The Au Pairs is heading to the big screen. The movie is being produced by Drew Barrymore's Flower Films and two producers from Alloy Entertainment. The movie has a director, RJ Cutler, who is better known as a documentary filmmaker. Not sure yet if this will cover all the books in the series or just the first, but I'll keep you posted with what I find out! Thanks to Cynopsis Kids for the news.

-Yet another movie deal before the book hits shelves. This time it's for a book called Grandma's Intergalatic Bed & Breakfast. The movie deal was made about a year ago and the book is still unpublished, so no word on when it'll actually hit shelves. According to Cynopsis Kids, no publishing deal is set yet. But with writers signed on to adapt the story, and the film being under the Disney banner, I wouldn't be surprised if the book arrived about the same time the movie did-Hollywood can be so sneaky that way!

-The Glee cast will be heading off on a concert tour in May. (I'm a little annoyed that the tour stop for Chicago will be on my birthday and the weekend before I'm in Illinois!) Check out the Glee tour dates and sing along for me if you go!

-Fox 2000 picked up the rights to Catherine Fisher's novel Incarceron. The company says the project is a priority and they are looking for writers and directors. Maybe YA dystopian movies will be the next big thing. Thanks to Shelf Awareness for the news.

-This one's not a YA series, but it's worth mentioning because I know my husband and I will be watching. HBO put in a nine episode (plus a pilot) order for a TV series based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice series. I've been on a fantasy TV kick lately, since my husband and I just finished up season one of Legend of the Seeker, which is based on Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series so I'm eager to see what HBO does with the fantasy genre. Thanks to Cynopsis for the news.

-A Disney Channel Original Movie adaptation of Meg Cabot's Avalon High is currently scheduled for Fall 2010. The Disney Channel movie's are hit or miss and since I'm annoyed with how they've changed Harriet the Spy, I'm not getting too excited about this one yet, but I'll keep my fingers crossed it will be good. Meg promises we'll love the major change they've made and I'll trust her. Thanks to Cynopsis Kids and Meg Cabot for the news.

-The movie version of Guardians of Ga'hoole is getting a name change to Legend of the Guardians. You can also find the trailer, which will be paired with Alice in Wonderland this weekend-or you can scroll down to the end of the movie news to catch the trailer now!:) Thanks to IMDB for the news.

-And of course, March is bringing us lots of book to movie adaptations, the first which opens this weekend with Alice in Wonderland. I don't think I'll get a chance to see the movie this weekend, so if you see it, let me know what you think!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

I'm a blog guest!

Diane at The Book Resort is celebrating her blogiversary! Diane is one of the sweetest bloggers-she has great reviews, author interviews, and she always has the best quotes to share. She asked me to write a guest post for her celebration, so head over to The Book Resort and celebrate with Diane and let me know how my guest appearance turned out!:)

The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 3/16/2010

About the Book: Sarah knows she shouldn't like Ryan. Ryan is Brianna's boyfriend and Brianna is Sarah's best friend. There's an unwritten rule in friendship-no crushes on your best friend's boy. But the attraction is there-and besides, Sarah liked him first. When Ryan and Sarah are thrown together one night something happens. Sarah is torn apart by guilt and wanting to act on her feelings.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Elizabeth Scott is an amazing author-she can write anything and I'm always amazed at her talent. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this one-I hate love triangles and stealing someone's boyfriend-no way! But Ms. Scott pulls it off in a wonderful way that made me feel for the characters.

As much as I liked Sarah and Ryan, Brianna was the stand out character for me. I would like her and hate her at the same time. I would feel sorry for her but I'd also want to yell at her for being so mean. Ms. Scott walks a very fine line with Brianna and it works-she kept me guessing about her the entire time. Was she good or bad? Someone to like or not? And could we make excuses for her? I could have an entire book discussion on just Brianna alone!

But I can't leave Sarah out (and not just because she shares my name)! Your heart aches with her as she is wracked with guilt over wanting her best friend's boyfriend and wanting to remain loyal to Brianna. The story is slowly unraveled and bits and pieces about the past are unveiled and the reader, like Sarah, wants so badly for Sarah and Ryan to be together.

I also love the families that Ms. Scott writes-she has the best supporting characters. I loved that Sarah was close to her parents and she's ok staying at home with them. I've always had a close relationship with my family-even as a teen-and that is a rare thing to find in YA books. Sarah's relationship with her parents was believable and they were a family I would love to visit.

This is an emotional novel and one that will stick with you. It might sound like it'll be a fluffy chick lit romance, and while there is romance, it's certainly not fluff! If you've read anything by Elizabeth Scott, you know she writes great romances and this one is no exception. It's never an easy or light romance-it's heartwrenching and heartbreaking and real. The Unwritten Rule doesn't take the easy all will be perfect route to this story which I think makes the book even more realistic. This book will have you thinking about your friendships and relationships long after you read the last page.

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from ARC sent by author for blog tour

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Cover Look Alikes

So the new paperback cover of Prophecy of the Sisters has been released and I really love the cover.

Looking at the cover, I really think the girl on the left looks like Quinn from Glee! Anyone else see it or am I going crazy?

The look alike doesn't translate as much on the cover for Guardian of the Gate though.

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. I haven't posted a WOW post in a long time, but I saw this a couple weeks ago and I had to share!!

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

Release Date: 10/26/2010

About the Book: (From GoodReads) Bright Young Things is the first in an epic four-book series about three teenage girls finding their way in the glittering metropolis of New York City and the glamorous mansions of Long Island. It’s 1929 and Letty Larkspur and Cordelia Grey have escaped their small Midwestern town to chase big dreams and even bigger secrets. In New York, they meet Astrid Donal, a flapper who has everything she could ever want, except for the one thing Letty and Cordelia have to offer—true friendship. Set in the dizzying summer before the market crash, against the vast lawns of the East End and on the blindingly lit stages of Broadway, the three girls will find romance, intrigue, and adventure.

Just as The Luxe books brought the Gilded Age to readers of Gossip Girl, Bright Young Things will bring the Jazz Age to bestselling author Anna Godbersen’s devoted fans and to new readers alike.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I loved The Luxe series-pure addictive gossipy fun! I am thrilled to see a new series, especially one set in the 20's-a time period I would love to visit. I can't wait to read this one!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tween Tuesday

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme where I highlight great reads for tweens! Post a link to your Tween Tuesday post in the comments.

I need to catch up on my tween reads! I don't have any new reviews this week. But I do have a very cool tween website I want to share.

HarperCollins Children's Books has started a website featuring great adventure reads for tweens: Awesome Adventure. There are games on the site that go along with the books, weekly giveaways, and videos and podcasts. Some of the books featured on the site are A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner, Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce and The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood.

If you have tween readers who love interactive sites and want to know more about the books they're reading, send them to the Awesome Adventures site.

Do your readers like having websites and games and author interviews for the books their reading? I keep seeing more publicity like this popping up and I wonder how much young readers are taking notice. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Monday, March 1, 2010

A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee

This is a Traveling to Teens Tour!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Historical Mystery

Release Date: 3/9/2010

About the Book: Rescued from a hanging at the age of twelve, Mary Quinn is given a second chance at Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls. At seventeen, Mary learns that the school is a cover for The Agency, a top secret group of female spies-and Mary has been asked to join them.

Her first assignment is to go undercover as a lady's companion to a rich ship merchant's daughter. The ship merchant is suspected in involvement in missing cargo ships and Mary's job is to find information. But in a house full of secrets, Mary is in for many surprises as she learns not everything is what it seems.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I have been book lusting after this book since I first heard about it last year. When the tour opened up for this book, I said I would do anything to get my hands on this book. I had to read this one. With that much anticipation, I had very high hopes for A Spy in the House and I'm happy to report that Ms. Lee does not disappoint!

This book has everything I wanted-rich historical detail, a kick-butt heroine, fantastic mystery, a crush-worthy love interest, lots of witty banter, and characters that draw you in and make you want to know more. The pacing of the book is perfect-there's a wonderful balance between setting and detail and dialogue. I never felt bogged down in the details, yet the setting and historical facts were richly drawn and I felt as though I was in London with Mary.

The mystery kept me guessing, which is always good! There were plenty of twists which kept me reading. Make sure you carve out time to read this one because you'll want to read it in one sitting.

And James...sigh. He's a new book crush! I loved the banter between Mary and James. If Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy were spies, I think they would be very much like Mary and James.

This book was exactly what I wanted-and more! It pulled me in and I can't wait to return to The Agency to see what's in store next for Mary. My only complaint is that I now have to wait for the sequel!

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from ARC from publisher for blog tour
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