You guys know how much I love my countdowns so this week's TTT was so much fun for me. Not an easy task to get my HUGE list of countdowns down to just ten, but I decided the first ones that came to mind would make the list and the others would get their due later on when I'd gotten the chance to read and review the titles.
Spring 2013 Pick #1: Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg
A hilarious new novel from Elizabeth Eulberg about taking the wall out of the wallflower so she can bloom.
Don't mess with a girl with a Great Personality.
Everybody loves Lexi. She's popular, smart, funny...but she's never been one of those girls, the pretty ones who get all the attention from guys. And on top of that, her seven-year-old sister, Mackenzie, is a terror in a tiara, and part of a pageant scene where she gets praised for her beauty (with the help of fake hair and tons of makeup).
Lexi's sick of it. She's sick of being the girl who hears about kisses instead of getting them. She's sick of being ignored by her longtime crush, Logan. She's sick of being taken for granted by her pageant-obsessed mom. And she's sick of having all her family's money wasted on a phony pursuit of perfection.
The time has come for Lexi to step out from the sidelines. Girls without great personalities aren't going to know what hit them. Because Lexi's going to play the beauty game - and she's in it to win it.
Elizabeth Eulberg will forever be one of my all time favorite authors so when I come across any future title of hers there is no doubt in my mind that it will get priority over the majority of the other books I've got to read. I can't help it. I fly through her books and fall in love with each of her characters and her witty writing. It's addictive and I'm super excited to check this one out in March.
Spring 2013 Pick #2: MILA 2.0 (MILA 2.0, #1) by Debra Driza
Mila 2.0 is the first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage girl who discovers that she is an experiment in artificial intelligence.
Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past —that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.
Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.
Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity–style trilogy that combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel.
Debut author challenge anyone? An exciting read and one that can count towards the challenge goal as well!
Spring 2013 Pick #3: The Bliss by Jennifer Murgia
Like his fallen brother Lucifer, Hadrian has been ordered by his fellow angels into a reflective state know as the Bliss.
Having also grown enamored by the same darkness that inhabits human souls, he feels that Lucifer's banishment was too severe.
Forever influenced by that horrific event, Hadrian vows revenge and ventures to Earth to follow him, unwittingly starting an eternal competition for the control of human and angelic souls alike.
In this Angel Star novella, THE BLISS will show how the battle between dark and light truly began.
Finally another installment in the Angel Star series. A prequel to fill readers in on how it all came to be. Who could ask for more than that?
Spring 2013 Pick #4: The Heart of the Ancients (Kailmeyra, #3) by Elizabeth Isaacs
I don't have a description of a cover image for this pick which is a bummer I know but I'm still looking forward to it. I think Isaacs is a very underplayed author and her series so far has been phenomenal. So glad I came across it and I'm eager to continue.
Spring 2013 Pick #5: Hunted (The Guardian Legacy, #3) by Ednah Walters
Bran and Lil may have escaped an attempt to lure Lil to the dark side, and recovered the contracts damned people signed with Bran when he was a soul collector, but someone forgot to tell them that no one switches sides or cancels contracts without consequences.
Hunted by an unknown but powerful enemy, Lil, Bran and the Guardians must seek help from unlikely sources to avert total annihilation of the Guardians. When they finally face their enemy, one of them may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.
A great series, fresh and fast paced writing and characters that feel like friends. I'm eager to check this one out and also glad to know that it won't be the final installment in the series and that there's still more in store for readers and fans alike when it comes to these guardians and the battles they face.
Spring 2013 Pick #6: The Rules (Project Paper Doll, #1) by Stacey Kade
1. Never trust anyone.
2. Remember they are always searching.
3. Don’t get involved.
4. Keep your head down.
5. Don’t fall in love.
Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane’s survival—and that of her adoptive father—depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans in a small Wisconsin town, to hide in plain sight at her high school from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) “project.”
But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief’s son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening—and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules…
Spring 2013 Pick #7: The Loop by Shandy Lawson
Ben and Maggie have met, fallen in love, and died together countless times. Over the course of two pivotal days—both the best and worst of their lives—they struggle again and again to resist the pull of fate and the force of time itself. With each failure, they return to the beginning of their end, a wild road trip that brings them to the scene of their own murders and into the hands of the man destined to kill them.
As time circles back on itself, events become more deeply ingrained, more inescapable for the two kids trapped inside the loop. The closer they come to breaking out, the tighter fate’s clutches seem to grip them. They devise a desperate plan to break free and survive the days ahead, but what if Ben and Maggie’s only shot at not dying is surviving apart?
I'm a girl that enjoys a good time travel tale but this one sounds different from anything I've come across before.
Spring 2013 Pick #8: Furious by Jill Wolfson
Three high school girls become the avenging Furies of Greek legend.
We were only three angry girls, to begin with. Alix, the hot-tempered surfer chick; Stephanie, the tree-hugging activist; and me, Meg, the quiet foster kid, the one who never quite fit in. We hardly knew each other, but each of us nurtured a burning anger: at the jerks in our class, at our disappointing parents, at the whole flawed, unjust world.
We were only three angry girls, simmering uselessly in our ocean-side California town, until one day a mysterious, beautiful classmate named Ambrosia taught us what else we could be: Powerful. Deadly. Furious.
A little mythology thrown into a modern day high school scenario...yes please! I've always enjoyed spins on Greek and Roman mythology but the Furies are a set I've read very little about and look forward to changing that with this upcoming release.
Spring 2013 Pick #9: Rise (Eve, #3) by Anna Carey
How far will you go when you have nothing left to lose?
When she lost her soul mate, Caleb, Eve felt like her world had ended. Trapped in the palace, forced to play the part of the happy, patriotic princess of The New America—and the blushing bride of her father's top adviser—Eve's whole life is a lie. The only thing that keeps her going is Caleb's memory, and the revolution he started.
Now, Eve is taking over where Caleb left off. With the help of Moss, an undercover subversive in the King's court, she plots to take down The New America, beginning with the capital, the City of Sand. Will Eve be able to bring about a new, free world when she's called upon to perform the ultimate act of rebellion—killing her father?
In Rise, Eve must choose who to leave behind, who to save, and who to fight as Anna Carey's epic tale of romance and sacrifice in the chilling dystopia of The New America comes to a stunning conclusion.
The end is near. It's been described as a stunning conclusion and I'm afraid of what I might find. I need to get through the second installment quickly so I'm ready to go when this title comes out in April.
Spring 2013 Pick #10: If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND ...
A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen-year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey's younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and the girls are found by their father, a stranger, and taken to re-enter the "normal" life of school, clothes and boys.
Now, Carey must come to terms with the truth of why their mother spirited them away ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won't let her go ... a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn't spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.
A darker read from the sound of it than I'm typically drawn to, but a compelling one regardless and I'm looking forward to the change of pace.