Taste of Tuesday: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Book Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Because we all LOVED her version of Cinderella “Cinder” and the Lunar Chronicles, I can’t wait to see how she twists Alice in Wonderland. As I have mentioned before, I love spins of fairy-tales because it brings me back to my childhood. It is great to have such deep roots with a story, and reading new renditions bring the passion back.

On shelves today – I’ll probably see you all at the store!

Taste of Tuesday: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Book The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Two teens–Daniel, the son of Korean shopkeepers, and Natasha, whose family is here illegally from Jamaica–cross paths in New York City on an eventful day in their lives–Daniel is on his way to an interview with a Yale alum, Natasha is meeting with a lawyer to try and prevent her family’s deportation to Jamaica–and fall in love.

If you haven’t already read Autumn’s review of Everything, Everything you should. I’m pretty sure she spoke of nothing but this book for an entire week. I expect this book to be just as spectacular! This book is not a sequel, so feel free to pick it up on a whim, curl up in a ball and give it a read!

Let us know what you think of it in the comments below, on twitter or by email! We love to talk books with all of you!



Taste of Tuesday:What Light by Jay Asher

Book What Light by Jay Asher

Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

What Light is a love story that’s moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.

I always have a few Christmas books that I read to get me into the spirit. This year will be an extra exciting year for me with it being my son’s first Christmas. I think this book might be a good first Jay Asher read and it is going to be fitting for the time of year.

If you love Jay Asher, if you love books about falling in love or if you just want a cute love story, I think this will be a good book this season!



Taste of Tuesday | Beast by Brie Spangler



Tall, meaty, muscle-bound, and hairier than most throw rugs, Dylan doesn’t look like your average fifteen-year-old, so, naturally, high school has not been kind to him. To make matters worse, on the day his school bans hats (his preferred camouflage), Dylan goes up on his roof only to fall and wake up in the hospital with a broken leg—and a mandate to attend group therapy for self-harmers.

Dylan vows to say nothing and zones out at therapy—until he meets Jamie. She’s funny, smart, and so stunning, even his womanizing best friend, JP, would be jealous. She’s also the first person to ever call Dylan out on his self-pitying and superficiality. As Jamie’s humanity and wisdom begin to rub off on Dylan, they become more than just friends. But there is something Dylan doesn’t know about Jamie, something she shared with the group the day he wasn’t listening. Something that shouldn’t change a thing. She is who she’s always been—an amazing photographer and devoted friend, who also happens to be transgender. But will Dylan see it that way?

I am very excited for the release of this book. I almost get the feel of it being like Beauty and the beast but if Beauty was transgender. I know I would be devastated if I thought someone truly knew me and all my secrets and then to find out that they just weren’t listening. Cannot wait to see how this plays out!

Have you read this already, or do you want to read it? Let us know! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this upcoming novel 🙂

Taste of Tuesday: Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Book Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven


Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . .Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are—and seeing them right back.

For anyone who has read Jenniver Niven’s last book “All the Bright Places”, you know this book is going to be a heart-wrenching tear jerker. I will post a review about this book soon (since I realize now that I haven’t done it yet!) but in the meantime you all need to trust me. This is going to be one of the biggest hits this fall/winter, it will be flying off of the shelves.

I will be anxiously awaiting reviews of this book by ThePickyPagesProject!

Review | Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Format: Paperback, 390 pages
Published: Aug 1st 2009
Genre: Fantasy
ISBN: 9780545123266
I must say I was really impressed with this novel. It brought me back to my days of reading Twilight but with better writing and classier situations.
When a teen boy goes missing, all of the evidence points to the wolves. Grace knows they are all about to die but how can she save HER wolf?
You really get a sense for Grace, her humble spirit and gentle curiosity of the nature around her. One wolf in particular really piqued her interest – her wolf – the wolf with the amazing yellow eyes. She wants to know what he is thinking and why, in that terrifying situation years ago, did he save her life? Despite the towns wishes, Grace is dedicated to finding out what really happened in an effort to save the wolf like he did for her.
Sam’s life gets twisted every year as the temperatures change. When the winter’s chill sweeps in he prepares to spend the next months hunting in the forest behind Grace’s house. Catching his own food and protecting his pack from the hunters that are always out to get them. You start to feel his soul, or wolf spirit I guess. You see how he wouldn’t have chosen this, but at the same time he wouldn’t want to have it any other way. The love and dedication in this wolf pack is something most of us thrive for in our lives.
This is one of the few books I will read again. I know that I should read the rest of the series but let’s be honest, it likely won’t happen. I do, however, want to check out more of Maggie Stiefvater’s books now that I know how much I enjoy her writing style! So much love for this book!

Taste of Tuesday: Dark Horses by Cecily Von Ziegesar

Book Dark Horses by Cecily Von Ziegesar

Okay, I don’t know if I am more excited that Cecily Von Ziegesar has started writing books again or that this is a twist of Black Beauty. I feel like this book is going to be amazing and I can’t wait to go and get it. So, WHEN DOES IT COME OUT? I can hear you all screaming at me .. I’m sad to say that it is already out! I missed this gems release two weeks ago. That isn’t going to stop me from going and picking it up this week though!

A psychological thriller is a little different than her previous books but I think she is very capable, the Gossip Girl plots weren’t exactly innocent! I am also hoping for some of the Gossip Girl feel to edge into this. Maybe we will get a new version of Pretty Little Liars! EEEK I am rolling with excitement for this.

Did you beat me to this bandwagon? Let me know what you thought of this book in the comments, on twitter (aurora buzz) or by email! I can’t wait to hear what you think.