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Top Ten Tuesday (39): Books I Wanted to Read But Didn't


Technically the topic for this week is Top Ten Books I read in 2013, but since I already did this topic during the week-long top ten thingie, I decided to do a different one. So, thanks to the great idea from my sister, my topic is: Top Ten Books I Wanted to Read But Didn't. I have many, many, many books that I was hoping to read this year, but for one reason or another, I never got around to them. I don't know why. Maybe I was in a reading funk at the time. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood to read that particular kind of book. Mayhaps it was just because I'm a slower reader, with an ever-changing schedule, and didn't have time to get to it. Regardless of the reason, there are far too many books I thought for sure I would read this year (many of which I have on my shelves). Here's to hoping I'll be able to get to them in 2014!

So without further ado, here are ten books I own and most wanted to read, but didn't for some reason:
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Top 10 Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2014

http://www.fiktshun.com/fiktshun/2013/11/21/top-10-of-2013/

Today is the last day of the Top 10 of 2013: A week of looking back... and looking forward! This year, the Top 10 is hosted by Rachel from Fiktshun, Jaime from Two Chicks on Books, and Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads. We've been celebrating the awesomeness of reading with a different topic each day this week. It's not too late to join, so if you'd like to sign up or learn more, click on the banner above!

Todays topic is...

Top 10 Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2014
Click on the title of the book to add it on Goodreads.

I have a funny feeling 2014 is going to be a great book year! There are heaps and heaps of books to choose for my top ten, so this is a very difficult list to make. Hmm... after many tough cuts, here are ten 2014 releases I really want to get my hands on:
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Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2013

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I'm really excited to be taking part in the Top 10 of 2013: A week of looking back... and looking forward! This year, the Top 10 is hosted by Rachel from Fiktshun, Jaime from Two Chicks on Books, and Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads. All week, we'll be celebrating the awesomeness of reading with a different topic each day. If you'd like to join in or learn more, click on the banner above!

Todays topic is...

Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2013
Click on the cover of the book to go to the Goodreads page. Click on the book title to go to my review, when applicable.

I love me some book boyfriends, you guys! I was really lucky to read some amazing ones this year. Some were old favorites, some were new and some have even shot right up to the top of favorite guys ever. I just really love a well-written guy... especially if he's a nice guy. I'm such a sucker for the boy next door type, it's not even funny. Le sigh...

So, without further ado, here are ten book boyfriends I fell for from books I've read this year:
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Top 10 Kids Books I've Read in 2013

http://www.fiktshun.com/fiktshun/2013/11/21/top-10-of-2013/

I'm really excited to be taking part in the Top 10 of 2013: A week of looking back... and looking forward! This year, the Top 10 is hosted by Rachel from Fiktshun, Jaime from Two Chicks on Books, and Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads. All week, we'll be celebrating the awesomeness of reading with a different topic each day. If you'd like to join in or learn more, click on the banner above!

Todays topic is...

Top 10 Kids Books I've Read in 2013
Click on the title of the book to go to the Goodreads page.

I thought that since I typically talk all about the YA books I read, I'd use this opportunity to share some of my favorite kids books! I'm lucky enough to be surrounded by kids books every day at work and I find myself picking up a lot of them. I mean, I need to know my product, right?! Anywhoozle, here are ten picture books, chapter books and middle-grade books that I enjoyed reading this year:
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Top Ten Tuesday (38): Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing Me


The topic this week is Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing Me. My book wishlist is a mile long at least, so there is definitely no shortage of books I would love to have. Hmm... that makes this really difficult, actually. Dang it! Well, here goes nothing. By the way, Happy Holidays everyone!

Here are some books I most certainly wouldn't mind if Santa gave them to me for Christmas:
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Top 10 Book Covers of 2013

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Now to continue with the Top 10 of 2012: A week of looking back... and looking forward, hosted by Rachel from Fiktshun, Jaime from Two Chicks on Books, and Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads.

Today's topic...

Top 10 Book Covers of 2012
Click on the cover to go to the Goodreads page. Click on the title to see my review (where applicable).

I think this year was particularly wonderful for cover eye candy, let me just say. I'm definitely the kind of person to fall head over heels for a beautiful and/or interesting cover, so this topic today is perfect! I've decided to keep the list to those books that were released this year, regardless of whether or not I had the chance to read them.

So, in no particular order, here are my favorite book covers of 2013:
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Top 10 Books I've Read in 2013

http://www.fiktshun.com/fiktshun/2013/11/21/top-10-of-2013/

I'm really excited to be taking part in the Top 10 of 2013: A week of looking back... and looking forward! This year, the Top 10 is hosted by Rachel from Fiktshun, Jaime from Two Chicks on Books, and Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads. All week, we'll be celebrating the awesomeness of reading with a different topic each day. If you'd like to join in or learn more, click on the banner above! Also, be sure to check out the fabulous posts shared by everyone else by clicking on the topic title (in the large print below... you can't miss it)!

Todays topic is...

Top 10 Books I've Read in 2013
Click on the cover of the book to go to the Goodreads page. Click on the title to see my review.

It has been one... interesting year. I have read some pretty awesome books this year, though! I've broadened my horizons, dipped my toe into new-to-me genres, read heaps of fun picture books, met and surpassed my reading goal... it's been amazing! So, without further ado, here are ten of my favorite reads this year (in no particular order):
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Top Ten Tuesday (37): New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2013


The topic this week is Top Ten New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2013. There were quite a few authors I read this year that I had never read before. I was extremely lucky in the books I got to read, you guys! I've decided that, along with the new-to-me author, I'd share the book that got me started reading their books and links to both. Hmm. After compiling this list, I can see that my goal to read more contemporary was a success! Woo hoo! This year has been so much fun, as far as reading is concerned!

Here are ten authors I read for the first time this year and absolutely loved:
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Best of 2013 Giveaway Hop! (Int)


Greetings, readers! I'm excited to be part of the Best of 2013 Giveaway Hop hosted by Bookhounds and I Am a Reader Not a Writer. I've been lucky to read some amazing books this year, you guys. Oh my word, so many good books! I thought I'd showcase some of my favorites by offering them up in this giveaway. Fun, right?!

This giveaway will be running from the 11th to the 18th. I'm excited to say that this is an international giveaway, as long as the Book Depository ships to your country (and the book is available, of course). For further giveaway rules and guidelines, check out the Terms and Conditions in the Rafflecopter form.

So you're probably wondering which books I've chosen to give away, huh? I was having a hard time narrowing it down, so I picked ten. Well, without further ado, here they are! (Click on the cover for more information about the book via Goodreads.)
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Top Ten Tuesday (36): Books at the Top of My Winter TBR List


The topic this week is Top Ten Books on My Winter TBR List. Man, I feel as though I'm so far behind on my review books! For this seasonal TBR list, I thought I'd share those I need to get read within the next few months for tours and whatnot. There are so many amazing books coming out next year, but I hope I haven't bitten off more than I can chew! Eep! Along with the "must reads," I'm also going to share books I just really want to read soon. Hopefully I can get through them all this time!


Here are the books I need to get read for reviews:
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It's the End of the Month As We Know It: November

Hey you guys! Litza here again, bringing you all the November news. There have been many things going on lately, so I'm really excited to share some of them with you! Lots of reading, posting and even fun giveaways. Check them all out below! Also, be sure to check back throughout the month of December for even more fun (psst... including an International giveaway)!


Reviews Done
http://www.shedreamsinfiction.com/2013/11/blog-tour-dream-girl-by-s-j-lomas.htmlhttp://www.shedreamsinfiction.com/2013/11/review-goodbye-rebel-blue-by-shelley.html
http://www.shedreamsinfiction.com/2013/11/review-pawn-by-aimee-carter.htmlhttp://www.shedreamsinfiction.com/2013/11/blog-tour-ink-is-thicker-than-water-by.html
I got four reviews written! Four! This is a record for me, you guys!! I'm so excited, it's kind of ridiculous. I'm hoping I can keep this momentum up, but this is a holiday month so who knows. But still... four reviews! Eee! (As always, click on the cover image to check out the reviews.)
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Top Ten Tuesday (35): 2014 Release I'm Dying To Read


The topic this week is Top Ten 2014 Releases I'm Dying to Read. This year has been a great reading year for me. There are so many amazing books that I've had the opportunity to fall in love with! I have no doubt in my mind that 2014 is going to be another year of books that will astound and amaze (especially in April!)... maybe even more so than this year!

Without further ado, here are 10 of those 2014 books I can't wait to get my hands on:
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Blog Tour: Ink is Thicker Than Water by Amy Spalding (Review + Giveaway)

http://www.rockstarbooktours.com/2013/11/tour-schedule-ink-is-thicker-than-water.html

Welcome to the blog tour for Ink is Thicker Than Water by Amy Spalding! This tour is hosted by Rockstar Book Tours and will be running from November 25th to December 6th. Be sure to check out the other tour stops by clicking the banner above or following the links at the end of this post. Also, enter the tour-wide giveaway below!


Ink is Thicker Than Water by Amy Spalding
eARC: 320 pages
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publishing Date: 3 December 2013
Age Level: Young Adult
Source: Provided for tour in exchange for an honest review
For Kellie Brooks, family has always been a tough word to define. Combine her hippie mom and tattooist stepdad, her adopted overachieving sister, her younger half brother, and her tough-love dad, and average Kellie’s the one stuck in the middle, overlooked and impermanent. When Kellie’s sister finally meets her birth mother and her best friend starts hanging with a cooler crowd, the feeling only grows stronger.

But then she reconnects with Oliver, the sweet and sensitive college guy she had a near hookup with last year. Oliver is intense and attractive, and she’s sure he’s totally out of her league. But as she discovers that maybe intensity isn’t always a good thing, it’s yet another relationship she feels is spiraling out of her control.

It’ll take a new role on the school newspaper and a new job at her mom’s tattoo shop for Kellie to realize that defining herself both outside and within her family is what can finally allow her to feel permanent, just like a tattoo.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17343437-ink-is-thicker-than-water?ac=1


A little while ago, I wrote a review in which I stated one of the reasons I liked the book so much was because it was quiet and didn't make a bid deal about itself. The same really goes for Ink is Thicker Than Water. This book is such a great example of what life as a normal teenager really can be like. Kellie goes through so many things in this book, but it was all handled quite realistically. There's drama and family issues and all that, of course, but it doesn't slap you over the head with it and the drama isn't blown out proportion. I really found myself relating to the themes and characters in this novel. I think it's a true testament to the talent of the author when a story can speak to a reader on more than one level. Ink is Thicker Than Water definitely rings true with the good, the bad and the ugly parts of growing up.
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Blog Tour: Fireblood by Trisha Wolfe (Interview + Giveaway)

http://www.rockstarbooktours.com/2013/11/tour-schedule-fireblood-by-trisha-wolfe.html

Welcome to the blog tour for Fireblood by Trisha Wolfe! This tour is hosted by the ever-wonderful, Rockstar Book Tours. For my stop, I had the great opportunity to interview author Trisha Wolfe! So find out about this book, look at my interview and check out all the other fun stuff! Be sure to visit the other tour stops by clicking the banner above or following the links below. Also, don't forget to enter the awesome tour-wide giveaway! So without further ado, here's Fireblood!


Fireblood by Trisha Wolfe
eARC: 366 pages
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publishing Date: 26 November 2013
Age Level: Young Adult
To save a kingdom, Zara must choose between a prince who could be the answer and a rising rebellion that threatens to take control.

When Zara Dane is chosen to marry Prince Sebastian Hart, son of the man who ordered her father’s capture, Zara knows she must fight to save everything she loves from ruin.

Being betrothed to the prince means a life trapped behind the towering stone walls of the Camelot-forged realm. Under the watchful eye of the prince's first knight, Sir Devlan Capra, changing her future becomes difficult.

When an unlikely rebel reveals the truth about the deadly secrets that fuel King Hart’s twisted world, Zara’s path to rescue her father becomes clouded by deception. The Rebels clear her path by forcing Zara’s hand with an ultimatum: sway Prince Sebastian to join the Rebels, convincing him of his father’s evil nature, or they will take him out.

But Zara is uncertain about a future under the Rebels’ command and where the prince’s heart truly lies. She must decide who to trust, what to believe, and what she’s truly fighting for before the king destroys all of Karm, including her heart.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15841140-fireblood?ac=1

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Top Ten Tuesday (35): Things I am Thankful For


This has been a really tough year, especially the last couple of weeks, so the topic this week is much needed and nothing short of wonderful. The topic today is Top Ten Things I am Thankful For. I really love this time of year and all the happiness it brings. So, although it has been rough lately, there are still heaps of reasons to be happy and thankful.

Here are ten things I am incredibly thankful for:

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Review: Pawn by Aimée Carter


Pawn by Aimée Carter
eARC: 346 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: 26 November 2013
Age Level: Young Adult
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository | IndieBound | Barnes and Noble
You can be a VII if you give everything.

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked - surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed, and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.
Oh my word, this book is SO GOOD! Non-stop crazy awesomeness. Pawn has political intrigue, a family that is so messed you can't help but wonder how they function at all, love, betrayal, faith, hope, despair... this book seriously has it all. Some things are so horrific, I couldn't see how the main character, Kitty, could possibly remain sane!

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Book Blast + Giveaway: Unstoppable by S. R. Johannes


Welcome to the Book Blast for Unstoppable by S. R. Johannes! This whole series looks really interesting, so I knew I'd have to take part in this blast. Below you'll find the synopsis for this awesome looking book, a bit of information about the author and even a giveaway. Fun, right? So add this book to your TBR pile and then enter the giveaway!


Hmmm... does anybody else think of this Santigold song every single time they see the title of this book? Well, do you? Am I alone in this? ... Oh dang. Le sigh. Anywhoozle... on to the book blast!
 


Unstoppable by S. R. Johannes
Book 3 in The Nature of Grace series
Expected Publication: March 2014
After everything that has happened, Grace goes to the Everglades to live with her grandmother, Birdee. Even though she is now home-schooled by her bird-obsessed grandmother, the move gives Grace time to relax. She learns to scuba dive and starts boating with old man Rex, Birdee’s casual friend/boyfriend.

One day while out in the marshes of the Everglades, Grace rescues an abused Florida panther, currently on the endangered list. The more she dives into the animal’s horrific condition, the more she ventures into the underground world of the roadside zoos that run rampant in Florida with a total disregard for the law. Eventually, she stumbles upon one large roadside zoo filled with a variety of endangered and illegal animals.

Before she can gather evidence and report her findings to the authorities, she is kidnapped by the ruthless owner and dragged deep into the Everglades for a hunting challenge. Only this time, Grace is the prey.

During a sick game of cat and mouse, Grace is offered one chance at survival. With a one-hour head start and very little supplies, time and skill are now all that stands between the hunter and the hunted.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16178275-unstoppable
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Top Ten Tuesday (34): Covers I Wish I Could Redesign


The topic this week is Top Ten Covers I Wish I Could Redesign. So, I have a love/hate relationship with covers. Some are so hideous, and so wrong, I can't believe they were ever printed. Others are redesigns that I just... I just don't understand why they would do it. There are those that are just hard to look at and those that don't fit the story at all. I'll admit that I am one of those people who judge a book by its cover. Well, maybe not judge a book by the cover, but I have been known to pass on books with covers that just don't speak to me. Likewise, if a book has a really interesting cover, I'll at least pick it up to read what it's about. Love them or hate them, covers can play a huge part in pulling readers in or pushing them away.

So which covers would I love to see redesigned? Check them out below (in no particular order):
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Cover Reveal: Ungifted by Kelly Oram


Welcome to the cover reveal for Kelly Oram's Ungifted! Ungifted is the second book in the Supernaturals series. If you'd like to read up on book one, Chameleon, download it now. I've loved every single book I've read by Kelly, so I'm sure this one will be amazing as well. Now without further ado, time for the cover reveal!
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Review: Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell


Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell
eARC: 320 pages
Publisher: Amulet Books/Abrams
Release Date: 1 October 2013
Age Level: Young Adult
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository | IndieBound
Rebecca Blue is a rebel with an attitude whose life is changed by a chance encounter with a soon-to-be dead girl. Rebel (as she’s known) decides to complete the dead girl’s bucket list to prove that choice, not chance, controls her fate. In doing so, she unexpectedly opens her mind and heart to a world she once dismissed—a world of friendships, family, and faith. With a shaken sense of self, she must reevaluate her loner philosophy—particularly when she falls for Nate, the golden boy do-gooder who never looks out for himself.

Sometimes a book comes along and totally surprises you. Goodbye Rebel Blue really snuck up on me. It's kind of a quiet book, in a way, and it doesn't really make a big fuss about itself. It simply is. I love when I'm reading a book and I don't even realize how it is affecting me, until I catch myself thinking about it or talking to someone else about the characters or story. That's what I mean by it snuck up on me. That's what I mean when I say it's a quiet book. I seeps into your heart and becomes part of you, without you even realizing it's happening. This is a sign of a great book.
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It's the End of the Month As We Know It: October

Hey you guys! Litza here, with all the details from October. I've had a really busy month on all fronts, so I'll try to make this short and sweet! Check out all the awesomeness from the month! (Also, be sure to take a look at something in the Giveaways section... just sayin'!)


Reviews Done
I got two done! Woo hoo! Sure, they were done at the end of the month, but still. I'm getting better at this... I hope. Yay!
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Surprise Mystery Giveaway!


Hooray! It's time for a surprise giveaway! For those who actually look at the Facebook page, remember when I said I might have a surprise coming? Well, this is that surprise! I've decided to declutterfy (that is totally a word now because I just said it... so there) my bookshelves. As part of this declutterfication (ooh look, another new word!), I'm giving books away! What am I giving away? Well, I'm going to give away some of the ARCs sitting on my shelves. These poor ARCs need some new homes, so I thought you guys might like them. As for which ones I'm giving away, I'm going to make this a surprise. I have kids, teen and adult fiction titles, so the books in this giveaway box could be any combination of those. How many am I putting in the box? I'm not telling you that, either. Bwahaha!

For your chance to win, all you have to do is enter in the Rafflecopter below. As this is bound to be fairly heavy, this giveaway is for US addresses only. Sorry to all my amazing international followers, but you'll get your chance next month to win stuff. The giveaway will be ending on December 13th, so get entering and spread the word! Who knows, maybe if we get enough interest, I'll add another winner...
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Blog Tour: Dream Girl by S. J. Lomas (Review + Giveaway)

http://gcrpromotions.blogspot.com/2013/10/dream-girl-by-sj-lomas-blog-tour.html

Welcome to the blog tour for Dream Girl by S. J. Lomas! Be sure to check out the other tour stops and enter the tour-wide giveaway below!



Dream Girl by S. J. Lomas
Expected Publication: November 2013, 258 pages
Age Level: Young Adult
For Christine, dreams have never meant much. Until she meets Gabriel. Everyone thinks Christine should stay away from her new coworker at the library—thanks to his bad reputation—but when her dreams grow more vivid and she becomes entangled in a dangerous dream world with Gabriel every night, she can’t stay away. Soon it’s clear there is far more to dreams than Christine ever imagined, and now she’s on the path to making the biggest, and strangest, decision of her life.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18133040-dream-girl

Purchase: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

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Top Ten Tuesday (33): Sequels I Can't Wait To Get My Hands On


The topic this week is Top Ten Sequels I Can't Wait To Get My Hands On. There are actually quite a few I'm eager to have. Some are true sequels whilst others are maybe a little further into the series. Some of them I've put off reading until the last book comes out and some are even on their way to my eager hands right now! There are so many wonderful books to look forward to, you guys. My only limitation is how fast I can read... and how much time I have to sit down and read. Let's get this list going, shall we?!

Here are ten sequels I can't wait to read:
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Top Ten Tuesday (32): Creepy Books to Read for Halloween


The topic this week is Top Ten Best Books to Read for Halloween/Creepiest Book Covers. Okay, so I'm sure I've mentioned how much of a chicken I am a time or two (or ten thousand), right? Yeah. I don't do scary. I can't do scary, more like it. I have a seriously overactive imagination and it really runs wild when I'm spooked. I get nightmares, jump at every little thing, get chills, you name it. Needless to say, I tend to stay away from things that are straight up scary. Sometimes, however, people are able to talk me into reading something scary - which is sometimes even worse than watching something scary... stupid imagination. I don't know how - and I don't know why I put myself through that - but it does happen. I get creeped out really easy, though, so some things I think are scary aren't really thought of like that for the majority of people. Oh well. I've come to accept that I am a huge wimp and I'll be the first to boldly and proudly admit it. So there!

Anywhoozle, here are some books that really creeped me out, but are great to read for Halloween:
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Review: Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik



Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik
Paperback: 295 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: 2 August 2011
Age Level: Young Adult
Source: Borrowed
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository | IndieBound
Will Elise’s love life be an epic win or an epic fail?

At Coral Tree Prep in Los Angeles, who your parents are can make or break you. Case in point:

As the son of Hollywood royalty, Derek Edwards is pretty much prince of the school—not that he deigns to acknowledge many of his loyal subjects.

As the daughter of the new principal, Elise Benton isn’t exactly on everyone’s must-sit-next-to-at-lunch list.

When Elise’s beautiful sister catches the eye of the prince’s best friend, Elise gets to spend a lot of time with Derek, making her the envy of every girl on campus. Except she refuses to fall for any of his rare smiles and instead warms up to his enemy, the surprisingly charming social outcast Webster Grant. But in this hilarious tale of fitting in and flirting, not all snubs are undeserved, not all celebrity brats are bratty, and pride and prejudice can get in the way of true love for only so long.
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