Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

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I LOVE Sarah Dessen books, and her newest book Saint Anything is one of her best. Is there anything better to read on a sunny day than one of Sarah’s books?! They are the perfect beach read. Recently, Publisher’s Weekly asked booksellers questions about the upcoming summer and how it was shaping up for bookstores across the country and I, of course, gushed about Saint Anything. Check out the entire article here! BUT the exciting part (no offence to Publishers Weekly…haha) was when I tweeted the link to the article and Sarah promptly replied that I made her day…and then replied a second time thanking me and Pub Weekly for the mention! Total nerdy fan girl moment…it happens. (Thanks Sarah!) Also, I dare you to read Saint Anything and not be totally craving pizza, french fries and dum dums by the time you get to the end.

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An Ember in the Ashes

Well hello! It’s been a while…and that’s because I’ve been out of the country! (My next blog post will chronicle that amazing adventure). But once I got home, I had an amazing author dinner almost right away. Friday night was a dinner thanks to Penguin Teen/Razorbill for Sabaa Tahir’s debut novel An Ember in the Ashes.

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This was a really great YA, high fantasy read that takes place in a world where Scholars and Martials are always at odds and the current ruling group, the Martials, treat Scholars no better than animals. Laia is a Scholar girl who has found herself in a desperate situation and has become a spy. But to become a spy, she has to pose as the personal slave of the Commandant…the head of the Empire’s greatest military academy. While she’s there she meets the Commandant’s son, Elias, who thankfully doesn’t share any of the same views as his mother and may be just the thing their world needs to end all of the violence.

Ember is full of great fight scenes and takes place in a magical world of Sabaa’s creation. Teenage girls and boys will both love this exciting book that just might be the next big thing 🙂 Also, Sabaa was lovely and so much fun! So hoping for a book two!!!

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Dinner with Sabaa! Alison from Eagle Harbor Book Co covering her face, myself, Sabaa and Suzanne. Wearing masks of course! Thankfully ours were much less painful than the masks in the book!

Inhuman by Kat Falls

It’s been more than a year since I’ve read Inhuman, but it is still one of my favorites. It came out in paperback yesterday and NW Book Lovers featured my review of it on the front page of their website this morning! Click here to see it for yourself 🙂

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Totally nerded out over this one and immediately brought it back in for Suzanne to read, who also loved it. If you haven’t read Kat Falls’ other books, Dark Life and Rip Tide they’re great middle grade adventure stories that boys and girls both will love.

At the Water’s Edge

Happy Book Birthday to Sara Gruen and her new book At the Water’s Edge! Back in November we received this beautiful basket from Sara and her team at Random House and I was SO excited.

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I loved Water for Elephants and Ape House so much that this moved right to the top of my ToBeRead pile. At the Water’s Edge brings the same sense of magical realism I loved in Water of Elephants and the characters are so well thought out and brought to life. Maddie and Ellis Hyde are on their way to Scotland in the midst of World War II to try and find the Loch Ness monster and regain favor with Ellis’ father back in Philadelphia. I so fell in love with Maddie, Angus, Meg, Anna and Scotland in general and am leaving for my own Scottish adventure in two weeks! Maybe I’ll find Nessy myself…. 🙂

Circus Mirandus

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Dinner last night was one for the ages! Seattle had major traffic accidents on pretty much every main thoroughfare during rush hour and right before the beginning of Sounders game…leaving the entire city at an almost stand still. Almost half of the people attending dinner, including the author, were stuck in traffic but once everyone arrived we had a wonderful time.

The Icon Grill has a very colorful room where we had dinner, very Circus Mirandus…especially when peanuts, cotton candy and animal crackers were added 🙂

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I loved Circus Mirandus (we all did) and author Cassie Beasley could not be a nicer person. In the book, Micah Tuttle finds himself under the care of his awful Aunt Gertrudis when his grandfather falls ill. He must find the famed Circus Mirandus that his grandfather Ephraim has been telling him about his whole life and cash in on a miracle that was promised to him years before. But Circus Mirandus doesn’t just appear for anyone, you must have an open mind to the possibility that magic just might be real.

This is a great read for middle grade boys and girls that will draw them into the very vivid and magical world of Circus Mirandus