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Waiting on Wednesday  "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy) by Wendy Higgins
 Publication: April 30, 2013
By: HarperTeen

*excuse me while I drool all over this cover* 

From Goodreads: 

Anna Whitt, daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a claim. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain s…

Rebel Heart (Dust Lands #2) by Moira Young

Author: Moira Young Publication: October 30, 2012 By: Margaret K. McElderry 5 STARS!
I LOVE this cover!

"We don't choose the time we're born in, he says.  The only choice we got is what we do while we're here.  To make it mean somethin'." Nothing is certain and no one is safe in the second book in the highly praised Dust Lands trilogy, which MTV's Hollywood Crush blog called "better than "The Hunger Games."It seemed so simple: Defeat the Tonton, rescue her kidnapped brother, Lugh, and then order would be restored to Saba's world. Simplicity, however, has proved to be elusive. Now, Saba and her family travel west, headed for a better life and a longed-for reunion with Jack. But the fight for Lugh's freedom has unleashed a new power in the dust lands, and a formidable new enemy is on the rise.

What is the truth about Jack? And how far will Saba go to get what she wants? In this much-anticipated follow-up to the riveting Blood Re…

Like Moonlight At Low Tide: Sometimes the Current Is the Only Thing That Saves You by Nicole Quigley

Author: Nicole Quigley
Publication: September 25, 2012
By: Zondervan

Beautiful cover!

"I had walked into the middle of his own personal rebellion. Most of our friends partied and broke their parents' rules. He talked about God and broke his friends' rules." 

For Missy Keiser, returning to Anna Maria Island, Florida, means two things: her mother made another poor decision with men, and Missy will have to reenter a world where she’s known as “Messy,” a social pariah who dared to have a crush on Sam King, the most popular boy in school.

But much has changed in the three years she’s been away. Missy’s next-door neighbor is no longer an elderly woman but Josh, an intriguing boy who seems genuinely interested in her. At school, she’s surprised to find few people remember who she once was. And any remaining taunts of Messy are silenced when Sam King gives her his nod of approval.

Just as things seem to be perfect, Josh’s sudden distance, her mother’s latest …

Elixir (Covenant Series #3.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication: November 27, 2012
By: Spencer Hill Press

"There is love, which means there is always hope." (Yes. This.)

Aiden St. Delphi will do anything to save Alex.
Even if it means doing the one thing he will never forgive himself for.
Even if it means making war against the gods.

This cover is so cool!

Thank you Spencer Hill Press for the chance to read the e-book version early. *flails* 

Holy Half-bloods, I didn't think it was possible to love Aiden St. Delphi any more than I did but OH.MY.AIDEN!  I have been anxiously awaiting this novella for several reasons, the most obvious being, this is Aiden's POV. (Duh!)  AIDEN! *shakes you to make sure you're paying attention* the uber hot Sentinel whose always so guarded (no pun intended) with his feelings and having the chance to get inside his head and heart is better than winning the lottery! 

Let me back up a second and say, if you haven't read DEITY yet, DO NOT READ…

Finale (Hush Hush #4) by Becca Fitzpatrick

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publication: October 23, 2012
By: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

OMP! I love this cover!

Fates unfurl in the gripping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Hush, Hush saga.

Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean they are fated to be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. Now Nora and Patch must gather their strength to face one last, perilous trial. Old enemies return, new enemies are made, and a friend's ultimate betrayal threatens the peace Patch and Nora so desperately want. The battle lines are drawn—but which sides are they on? And in the end, are there some obstacles even love can't conquer?

OMP! (OhMyPatch) It's always sad to have to say goodbye to a series with characters we've thoroughly enjoyed but a good ending makes it all worth it.

The war between the Nephilim and the fallen angels…

Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters To Their Teen Selves Edited By E. Kristin Anderson & Miranda Kenneally

Edited By: E. Kristin Anderson & Miranda Kenneally
Publication: October 30, 2012
By: Zest Books
5 Stars! A Must Read

Dear Teen Me includes advice from over 70 YA authors (including Lauren Oliver, Ellen Hopkins, and Nancy Holder, to name a few) to their teenage selves. The letters cover a wide range of topics, including physical abuse, body issues, bullying, friendship, love, and enough insecurities to fill an auditorium. So pick a page, and find out which of your favorite authors had a really bad first kiss? Who found true love at 18? Who wishes he’d had more fun in high school instead of studying so hard? Some authors write diary entries, some write letters, and a few graphic novelists turn their stories into visual art. And whether you hang out with the theater kids, the band geeks, the bad boys, the loners, the class presidents, the delinquents, the jocks, or the nerds, you’ll find friends--and a lot of familiar faces--in the course of Dear Teen Me.

Thank you Netgalley a…
Waiting on Wednesday  "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

False Sight (False Memory #2) by Dan Krokos
Expected Publication: August 2013
By: Hyperion

The fact that there isn't an official summary for this book posted yet (at least none that I could find) makes no difference to me.  
I love this cover. I love these characters. I love this story and I can't wait to read it! :D

What's your W.O.W.?

Rockoholic by C.J. Skuse

Author: C.J. Skuse
Publication: November 1, 2012
By: Scholastic
4 Stars!

"Don't Dream it. Be It."

She's got it bad, and he ain't good -- he's in her garage?

"I'm your biggest fan, I'll follow you until you love me..."

Gonna have to face it: Jody's addicted to Jackson Gatlin, frontman of The Regulators, and after her best bud Mac scores tickets, she's front and center at his sold-out concert. But when she gets mashed in the moshpit and bodysurfs backstage, she's got more than a mild concussion to deal with. By the next morning, the strung-out rock star is coming down in her garage. Jody -- oops -- kind of kidnapped him. By accident. With a Curly Wurly candy bar. And now he doesn't want to leave.

It's a rock-star abduction worthy of an MTV reality series...but who got punk'd?!

Thank you Netgalley and Scholastic for this ARC.  When I opened this book and saw that it starts off with lyrics from Pearl Jam's Black, one…
Halloweenish Things

Halloween is right around the corner and it got me thinking about things I find "scary".  "Scary" doesn't have to be a bad thing (unless we're discussing the food section of this post), it just has to elicit some kind of reaction. Here are just a few things that "scare" me. Enjoy!
Top 5 Scary Good Reads  (In no particular order)
One common factor that all of these picks share is an element of "creep".  (I mean this in the best possible way!)  It could be a ghost, vampire, the Apocalypse,  or the sheer fact that "It could really happen".  All of these stories are unique and scary good!
If you're interested to see what I thought, click the titles to read my review.  (PS - If you're looking for a horror story, I'm afraid you'll have to search elsewhere. I don't "do" horror.)
1.  The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin  This book as well as it's sequel, "The Evo…

How To Be A Detective by Dan Waddell and Jim Smith

Authors: Dan Waddell and Jim Smith
Publication: October 9, 2012
By: Candlewick Press
5 Stars!

Think you have what it takes to be a crime scene investigator or a junior Sherlock Holmes? Here’s what you need to know to get started.

Fingerprinting suspects. Dusting for prints they left behind. Combing over the scene of a crime to spot near-invisible clues. Guaranteed to keep sleuths busy and on the case, these lively instructions and hands-on activities cover everything from securing a crime scene and gathering evidence to following footprints, tracking suspects, and interviewing witnesses (and knowing when they are lying!). Among this guide’s special features are:
- A handy magnifier
- An ink pad for taking fingerprints
- A make-your-own periscope kit
- A foldout poster featuring a case to be solved!

I have never had so much fun with a kids book before!  How To Be A Detective starts off with a letter from the Investigator Extraordinaire himself, Sherlock Holmes and is jammed packed …

This Is Not A Drill by Beck McDowell

Author: Beck McDowell
Publication: October 25, 2012
By: Nancy Paulsen Books
5 Stars!/A Must Read

Two teens try to save a class of first-graders from a gun-wielding soldier suffering from PTSD

When high school seniors Emery and Jake are taken hostage in the classroom where they tutor, they must work together to calm both the terrified children and the gunman threatening them--a task made even more difficult by their recent break-up. Brian Stutts, a soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Iraq, uses deadly force when he's denied access to his son because of a custody battle. The children's fate is in the hands of the two teens, each recovering from great loss, who now must reestablish trust in a relationship damaged by betrayal. Told through Emery and Jake's alternating viewpoints, this gripping novel features characters teens will identify with and explores the often-hidden damages of war.

*I won an ARC of this book in a Goodreads givea…
Hey, thanks for stopping by Jenuine Cupcakes!  I'm really excited to be a part of theLosing It Blog Tour! 
*hands you a cupcake* 

*and a fan for your face*

Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible-- a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren't embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She'd left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.
Finished droolingover the cover yet? 

OK, good because there's lots of fun stuff to enjoy, like an interview with the fabulous Cora Carmack, a giveaway an-- *snaps fingers* Hey! I know the g…
Waiting on Wednesday  "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

 Things I Can't Forgetby Miranda Kenneally
Publication: March 1, 2013
By: Sourcebooks

From Goodreads:

Companion to Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker.

Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…

This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt…with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…

Having just read Catching Jordan and Saving Parker, I'm wishing I had this i…

Beta (Beta #1) by Rachel Cohn

Author: Rachel Cohn
Publication: October 16, 2012
By: Disney-Hyperion

Cool cover.

In a world constructed to absolute perfection, imperfection is difficult to understand—and impossible to hide.

Elysia is a clone, created in a laboratory, born as a sixteen year old girl, an empty vessel with no life experience to draw from. She is a Beta, an experimental model of teenaged clone. She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to die in order for Elysia to be created.

Elysia's purpose is to serve the inhabitants of Demesne, an island paradise for the wealthiest people on earth. Everything about Demesne is bioengineered for perfection. Even the air there induces a strange, euphoric high that only the island's workers—soulless clones like Elysia—are immune to.

At first, Elysia's new life on this island paradise is idyllic and pampered. But she soon sees that Demesne's human residents, the most privileged people in the world who should want for nothing, yearn. An…
Of Blood And Bone (The Minaldi Legacy #1) by Courtney Cole

Author: Courtney Cole Publication: September 16, 2012 By: Lakehouse Press

As a little boy, Luca Minaldi was told he was a monster.
As an adult, he knows it is true.

He lives in Malta, a fairytale-like place filled with sunshine and sea, beauty and secrets. And Luca’s darkest of secrets is the best kept of them all.

Eva Talbot arrives in Malta for the summer to finish up her doctoral dissertation. When she meets Luca, a mysterious and handsome shipping tycoon, there is an instant attraction, a disturbing and beautiful energy that she has never felt before. But she senses the darkness that lives within him.

Eva is hired to care for his mother, who suffers from dementia, but it is Luca who Eva will eventually risk everything to save. Her life becomes a swirling chaos of darkness and romance, of secrets and mystery. And the question that emerges will become the most important answer of all.

Can she save Luca from th…

Send Me A Sign by Tiffany Schmidt

Author: Tiffany Schmidt
Publication: October 2, 2012
By: Walker Childrens
4.5 STARS!

Here's a sign for you...make sure you have tissues close while reading this.

Mia is always looking for signs. A sign that she should get serious with her soccer-captain boyfriend. A sign that she’ll get the grades to make it into an Ivy-league school. One sign she didn’t expect to look for was: “Will I survive cancer?” It’s a question her friends would never understand, prompting Mia to keep her illness a secret. The only one who knows is her lifelong best friend, Gyver, who is poised to be so much more. Mia is determined to survive, but when you have so much going your way, there is so much more to lose. From debut author Tiffany Schmidt comes a heart-wrenching and ultimately uplifting story of one girl’s search for signs of life in the face of death.

Thank you Netgalley and Walker Children's Books for this e-galley. I read this in one sitting, staying up until 1:30a.m. in order to finis…