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Top Ten Tuesday (25): Most Memorable Secondary Characters


The topic this week is Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters. Oh my goodness, there are so many amazing characters out there! Sure, the main characters are usually the most popular, but there are also secondary characters that you just fall in love with. Gah! This was so difficult! Some characters are so important to the story, they're main characters, at least in my mind (like Samwise Gamgee from The Lord of the Rings)... this is hard.

Well, here are the first ten supporting characters I thought of:
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Contest Reminder! (And a surprise!)

Hello all! I just wanted to remind you guys that you only have seven more days to add your entry to the contest we have going on this month! There are already some pretty good entries, which is totally cool, but as an extra incentive to put your thinking caps on, I'm adding another book to the pile!

It's Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher! 



Exciting no? I'm excited! I did a review on this book recently, and it is still amazing! Were I an eccentric millionaire, I'd send a copy of this book to all of you, but since I'm not, you'll just have to enter the contest if you want a shot at winning this great book!

I'm looking forward to your entries!

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Review: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales



This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
E-ARC: 288 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: 17 September 2013
Age Level: Young Adult
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository | IndieBound
Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.

Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, Leila Sales' This Song Will Save Your Life is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.



The minute I saw this book, I knew I wanted to read it. Music. That one word captured my attention immediately. When my request on Netgalley was approved, I was ecstatic! Little did I know that this book was going to be about so much more than good music. This Song Will Save Your Life is a truly great story about finding yourself and the power of music and friendship.

When we first meet Elise, we find out she has no friends. None. She is determined to make this upcoming school year the best ever. All summer, she studies fashion and pop culture and anything that could be helpful in making friends and stop being picked on. She has been bullied for as long as she can remember and when her plan fails, she has had too much. She walks miles and miles to get home and attempts to take her life. This all happens in the beginning of the book! Here's this vibrant, brilliant girl with so much to offer and bam! It was like that saying, "the straw that broke the camels back." It was simply too much to take anymore, the loneliness and rejection and all the horrid things she'd had to deal with her whole life. It was so hard seeing her go through this all alone.
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Top Ten Tuesday (24): Things That Make My Life As a Reader/Book Blogger Easier


The topic this week is Top Ten Things That Make Your Life As A Reader/Book Blogger Easier. I was going to try to focus on just reading or just blogging about books, but then I wasn't so sure I could think of ten things. I might not make it to ten with both of them! Hee hee.

Here are ten things that make reading and blogging a little bit more simple:
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Top Ten Tuesday (23): Top Ten Favorite Books Set in an Alternate Reality


The topic this week is Top Ten Favorite Books With X Setting. Now there are SO MANY possibilities with this choose-your-own topic, but I've decided to focus on those set in an alternate reality. Why? Because I think it's amazing! When I think alternate reality, this is what I think: our world, past or present, where some things are just different (ie magic is real, disasters have happened to change the planet, plagues, different historical outcomes, etc). I definitely don't think of the future when I think this. To me, reality is what has already happened and what is happening right now. The future is just too... unknown. My definition of an alternate reality may certainly differ from other people, but that's okay. I think that makes it even more fun! (By the way, I've decided to leave out any stories where people get sucked into another world... though that might be fun for another list in the future!)

So! Without further ado, here are ten of my favorite books where the world is different than we know it:
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A Friendly Little Game (There Are Prizes!)

Pop Quiz! Do any of you remember when I did the monthly wrap-up for June and I hinted at something cool and awesome I was organizing for the month of July? Internet-style cookies if you do remember. If  you're cool enough to remember back that far, then you might have also noticed that it is not, in fact, July anymore. I had a lot going on in July, what with birthdays and weddings and traveling across the state and whatnot. And since Melissa had her birthday giveaway going on the entire month of July, I decided it could wait. You guys don't mind right?

Anyways, here's the jib. We've decided to do a Monthly Blog Wrap-Up Thingy each month, only, as you can see, we don't have a very good name for it. And we're a little stuck with coming up with one that isn't kind of lame or already taken. So then I had an idea! You guys are probably more clever than us by a long shot, so why not let you guys have a chance at naming it! I'm even going to be so nice as to offer a prize for the person who comes up with the bestest name!

What do you think? Sounds like fun right? RIGHT? *crickets chirping* Oh come on.

Look, this is how it's going to go down. There's this little form down at the bottom of this page. You guys fill it out for us, and Litza and I will reign down judgement upon you. You can enter as many times as you like, just be sure you keep putting in your name and email, so we can contact you if it turns out your entry is the best!

What's in it for you? Well, besides getting to see your handiwork each month, I have this list of things to send you!
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Top Ten Tuesday (22): Books I Wish Had Sequels


The topic this week is Top Ten Books I Wish Had Sequels. Okay, to be honest, I don't read a lot of standalone novels. I don't know why, but I think it says more about the book industry than it does about me... I'm just saying. Most of these picks, I am perfectly happy with how they ended, I just wouldn't mind having more. Some characters/stories I just don't want to let go of!

Here are the books that, should they ever get a sequel, I totally wouldn't mind:
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Review: The Program by Suzanne Young



The Program by Suzanne Young
Hardcover: 408 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: 30 April 2013
Age Level: Young Adult
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository | IndieBound
In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

How do I even begin to review The Program? There are a million things running through my head right now. I guess the best way is to just start and hope I'm able to make some sort of sense. Okay... here goes nothing. Oh man. I love this story! I started this book knowing I needed something a little different from the stuff I had been reading. Man, was this the perfect pick! I absolutely love this book. I love it so much that I want to scream from the rooftops about how good it is! I want the next book right now. I don't want to wait for April.
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July Blog Wrap-Up

Hey you guys! Yeah, I couldn't resist using that again. Maybe it'll be our new thing... or something. Anywhoozle. Hiya! Melissa here, ready to share (a little belated) all the stuff we've been doing this last month.

July was a really busy, but fun, month! I celebrated my birthday and Nomi's hubby and little one had birthdays, too! We've had some awesome events and books to keep us company, though not too many reviews were posted. I'm going to try to get those reviews done, I swear! Anyway, I guess I'll just get down to business.

Reviews Done

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Book Blasts/Tours

Wings - Cover Reveal

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