Monday, April 30, 2012

{Review & Giveaway} THE FAIRYTALE KEEPER by Andrea Cefalo

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O P E N I N G   H O O K:

ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER, when the flakes of snow were falling like feathers from the sky, a queen sat at a window sewing, and the frame of the window was made of black ebony.  And whilst she was sewing and looking out of the window at the snow, she pricked her finger with the needle, and three drops of blood fell upon the snow.  And the red looked pretty upon the white snow, and she thought to herself, would that I had a child as white as snow, with lips as red as blood, and hair as black as the wood of the window frame.
(pg. 1, US paperback edition)

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If you want a unique version of the fairy tales you grew up loving, look no further than THE FAIRYTALE KEEPER: AVENGING THE QUEEN by Andrea Cefalo.  The first book in the planned four-book series revolves around Adelaide, whose mother nicknamed her Snow White as a child.  The book opens after a deadly plague has taken Adelaide's mother's life, revealing the corruptness of a local priest in Cologne.  Adelaide and her father are appalled by the way she has been treated, even as they are overcome with grief.  They are taken care of by Adelaide's cousin Galadriel, who also lost cherished love ones due to plague.  Galadriel is interesting because she's Cinderella...and on the path to becoming Adelaide's stepmother, which would make her the evil queen in Snow White.  That along intrigued me.  Earlier this year, one of the theories going around about the TV series ONCE UPON A TIME was the thought that the Evil Queen was also Belle from Beauty and the Beast, which would have been a novel idea.  I like seeing the duality of pure good and pure evil in one character.  I can't wait to see where Cefalo takes this idea.

It takes a long time for AVENGING THE QUEEN to get off the ground because there's so much back story leading up to the Snow White tale we all know and love.  Just when it really gets going, we're left waiting for the next book.  I liked the introduction of Adelaide's love interest, Ivo, and will be interested in seeing whether he becomes her True Love or not, since he's certainly no prince.  I also loved the historical feel to this fantasy novel, which to me, always makes a book seem as though it could be true despite its mystical nature.  I also liked the way Cefalo mixed her fairy tales together.

It's both easy and hard to see what fairy tales are being told in AVENGING THE QUEEN.  Many tales that are familiar have both truth and fiction to them, leaving it up to readers to discover what's real and what's been turned into a tale.  The press release states, "Cefalo doesn’t stick to just one of Grimm’s fairy tales in her FAIRYTALE KEEPER series. She supposes the most noted of these stories (Snow White, Cinderella, The Elves and the Shoemaker, etc.) come from one person, a spitfire cobbler’s apprentice and novice story teller living in thirteenth century Germany. 'I want the reader to believe that it’s possible for one person to have come up with all these tales,' say Cefalo."  I can't wait to see the way Cefalo pulls THE FAIRYTALE KEEPER together, since not much was said about the mysterious story teller in the first book.
C O V E R   D E S I G N:

I like this cover a lot.  I wish more indie titles looked this good!  I love the coloring and the way the girl stands out with her dark hood.  The red of the banner behind the book's title perfectly matches the model's lips.  This cover has a lot of atmosphere, and sucks me right in.  When I saw it in the query letter, I knew I wanted to read this!

O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Author: Andrea Cefalo
Release Date: Out June 01, 2012
Publisher: Scarlet Primrose Press
Received: Received for Review


Snow White was a pet name her mother had given her, but her mother’s dead now. Adelaide hates that name anyway. A rampant fever claimed Adelaide’s mother just like a thousand others in Cologne where the people die without Last Rites and the dead are dumped in a large pit outside of the city walls. Adelaide’s father is determined to obtain a funeral for his wife, but that requires bribing the parish priest, Father Soren. When Soren commits an unforgivable atrocity, he pushes Adelaide to her breaking point, but if she seeks justice against the cruel priest, she risks sacrificing everything: her father, her friends, her first love, and maybe even her life.

Want to win a copy of the novel 

Misty at The Book Rat, our host for Fairy Tale Fortnight, is giving a copy away!  Visit her blog post to find out how to enter to win! (And check out the awesome interview Misty did with Andrea while you're at it!) 

Andrea has also generous signed TEN bookmarks to give away on A Backwards Story!  Enter now!

{Interview & Giveaway} THE FORGETTING CURVE by Angie Smibert


A Backwards Story is happy to launch The {Teen} Book Scene's THE FORGETTING CURVE Tour!  Check out the tour schedule to see the list of events.  Stop back next Friday, May 11th, for my review!

(I know it's not fairy tales, sorry!!!)

THE FORGETTING CURVE is Angie Smibert's second novel.  It's the sequel to MEMENTO NORA, the second in a dystopian series.

Visit Angie's web site and find her on Twitter.  She also blogs for the LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY WRITERS on Thursdays.

An interview with 
Angie Smibert

Can you give us a hint at what's happened between the end of MEMENTO NORA and the beginning of THE FORGETTING CURVE?

Only a few weeks have gone by from the end of the first book to the beginning of the second. As you might remember, MEMENTO NORA ends with the main characters (Nora, Micah, and Winter) being sent to Detention (aka, Big D) and having their memories wiped. So, by the beginning of THE FORGETTING CURVE, they’ve forgotten what they did in the first book—and so have many, many other people in Hamilton. In fact, the kids “remember” other things happening to them during that time. Except for Winter, most of the time. Her cousin, Aiden, comes home to investigate.

When I read MEMENTO NORA, one character I wanted to learn a lot more about was Winter, so I'm happy to see that she's still sharing her perspective with readers. She shares her POV with her cousin Aiden and friend Velvet. Can you introduce us to Aiden and Velvet?

Aiden Nomura, Winter’s cousin, has been away at school. (And you find out why later.) He thinks of himself as the consummate hacker and social engineer. (That’s someone who hacks social situations to get what he wants.) Everything’s a door he has to open. But the one person in the world he cares about the most is Winter. So he figures out a way to get back to Hamilton for the summer to help her—and he finds a whole lot more going on than he bargained for.

Velvet Kowalcyk is Winter’s best friend (besides Micah). You met Velvet very briefly in MEMENTO NORA; she’s one of Micah’s crew at the lunch table. Velvet is a thrift shop diva, who can make a stunning ensemble out of garbage bags and twist-ties, if need be. She’s also a budding song writer.

Will we get any insight into the two remaining narrators from the first book, Nora and Micah?

Nora and Micah will make an appearance or two in  THE FORGETTING CURVE . However, this is really Winter, Aiden, and Velvet’s story. The plan, though, is to have Nora and Micah back in book 3, THE MEME PLAGUE, as narrators.

Will the Memento comic strip or a similar form of getting information out return in THE FORGETTING CURVE?

Memento is still floating around, but a new form of information comes out—the MemeCast. It’s an underground radio show inspired by Memento.

TFC is a scary concept because it's on every street corner, and citizens are encouraged to rid themselves of bad memories for points toward fabulous rewards. How did you come up with and implement the concept of such a terrifying concept?

I got the idea for TFC (or at least the forgetting pill) from actual research going on in the area of post-traumatic stress disorder. A number of researchers are looking into drugs that can help alleviate the impact of traumatic memories on PTSD sufferers. So I just took the idea a little farther—and put it in Starbucks-like shop on every corner.

How many books do you envision in the series? Can you reveal any secrets about what's to come?

The series should end (unless I have an incredible brainwave) with the next book, THE MEME PLAGUE. It’s scheduled to come out in Spring 2013. As I said above, Micah and Nora (and Velvet) will come back as narrators. Aiden and Winter will definitely be involved, but I haven’t decided if they’ll get a chance to narrate again.

I had fun reading MEMENTO NORA and am looking forward to THE FORGETTING CURVE.  Angie's interview has me even more excited to dive back into her world!

Stop back NEXT week to read my review!

And now, because Marshall Cavendish and The {Teen} Book Scene are awesome, you have a chance to win this exciting novel!  Runner-ups will receive autographed bookmark swag!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

{Review & Giveaway} ENCHANTED by Alethea Kontis

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O P E N I N G   H O O K:
Publisher's Weekly listed ENCHANTED as one of the top Great Beginnings of 2012.  Here's Why: 

My NAME IS Sunday Woodcutter, and I am doomed to a happy life.
(pg. 1, US Hardcover Edition)

Don't forget to check out today's designer interview with Christine Kettner, which is made of awesome.  And check out the giveaway at the bottom of this post!

Whoever said "Don't judge a book by its cover" was obviously lying.  This cover made me want ENCHANTED immediately.  As soon as I saw it was a fairy tale, I wanted it even more.    I was lucky enough to be granted early access to the novel.  The first time I read it, I wasn't in the right frame of mind for a fairy tale, so I enjoyed, but didn't love ENCHANTED.  I just read the book for a second time last week, however, and was in just the right frame of mind.  I loved ENCHANTED in brand new ways the second time around and am so glad I re-read the entire thing and not just pieces.  It feels very much like a fairy tale as you read, and is easy to get swept up in (Unless you're being a cranky-pants and not in a fairy tale frame of mind, lol!).

One of my favorite things about ENCHANTED is the way Alethea Kontis mashes fairy tales together.  It's thrilling to see beloved tales twisted around in new ways, even as small asides.  I loved discovering these the most.  I also enjoyed the new take on The Princess and the Frog.  In ENCHANTED, the Sunday Woodcutter isn't a princess, but the frog is a prince.  Just kissing him won't remove the curse, however.  In the vein of true fairy tale magic, only True Love's Kiss can remove the curse.  But love isn't enough.  The frog is Crown Prince Rumbold, sworn enemy of the Woodcutter family.  Rumbold is torn apart when he becomes human and realizes that his true love can never be with him because her family won't approve.  He's desperate to prove his love and show everyone the way he's changed, but a deep, sinister magic may prevent everyone from finding a Happily Ever After if it descends upon the kingdom.

There are so many new directions Kontis takes us with ENCHANTED.  You think you know what's coming, but never quite do, especially when it comes to what becomes a passing tale.  While I wish there was deeper development between the characters over the course of a longer length of time, it felt like a traditional tale and read perfectly in that regard.  Kontis is working on Saturday's tale (Sunday's sisters are creatively named after the days of the week), and I hope Harcourt picks it up for publication.  In the meantime, Kontis has many short stories available to read, from online freebies THE UNICORN HUNTER (Snow White) and HERO WORSHIP (Little Red Riding Hood), which are both set in the universe of ENCHANTED.  Kontis has also published the short story BLOOD & WATER in the HAPPILY EVER AFTER anthology available in bookstores everywhere.  While BLOOD & WATER isn't from the world of ENCHANTED, it features the fairy tale The Little Mermaid in a dark way you've never seen before.  Perhaps I'll do something with it for Splash into Summer this year! ^.~
C O V E R   D E S I G N:

I love this cover.  LOVE!  So much that I interviewed cover designer Christine Kettner today.  Have you seen it?  You should, she's AWESOME.

I have wanted ENCHANTED since the moment I saw the cover.  It's gorgeous.  I love the swirls around the title, the banner it rests upon, the gorgeous "E," the way this font is used for the nested letters that begin each chapter.

I love the gorgeous dress the model is wearing (And I recently saw another cover [forget the title now] with the same dress and think it's from the same shoot, lol!)  I love the way she's sleeping, but doesn't look vulnerable like the model would on most YA novels.  She looks happy and at peace.  I never saw it until I was holding a finished copy (The images on the internet aren't as detailed), but I love the inclusion of the frog on the cover...and what a cute frog!  I also get to see, for the first time, the way the garden image continues on the back cover and the creamy, sophisticated nature of the spine and flaps.  When you take the jacket off, the cardboard binding mirrors this color palette beautifully.

I would pick this up at the store immediately and want to know more!!

O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Author: Alethea Kontis
Release Date: Out May 08, 2012
Publisher: Harcourt Children's
Received: Received for Review;
just purchased finished copy!


It isn't easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.

When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.

The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past - and hers?

All right! GIVEAWAY TIME!! 

 Because Alethea is MADE OF WIN she has donated an awesome gift basket full of Enchanted goodness and Fairy Tale win. She has donated a finished, signed copy of Enchanted to one lucky winner along with other fun swag and surprise gifts. TO ENTER: Use the Rafflecopter form below.

 There are extra entries available for commenting on Enchanted related posts on Ashley's blog, Misty's blog, and Bonnie's blog. The Rafflecopter widget is the same on all three blogs. You can enter through any of our blogs, but you must visit and comment on each individual post for the extra entries. Giveaway is US only. Ends May 7th. 

Ashley's Blog          Misty's Blog          Bonnie's Blog 

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{Designer Interview & Giveaway} Christine Kettner [Alethea Kontis' ENCHANTED]

I don't know WHY this didn't go live at its scheduled time...nothing looks wrong... Sorry, guys!  Finishing up the review now! (Just got home...long day!!)

Welcome to Fairy Tale Fortnight, home of fairy tale lovers everywhere!
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One of my favorite things to do is stare at pretty book covers.  The moment I saw the beauty that is the cover for ENCHANTED by Alethea Kontis, I wanted it!

What better thing to do for FTF than interview the brain behind the cover, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Art Director Christine Kettner?

Plus, don't forget to take part in the amazing giveaway at the bottom of the post!  And check out today's review, too!

Christine Kettner is the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Art Director.  She's designed several amazing book covers, including ENCHANTED by Alethea Kontis, which releases May 8th, but may be available at a bookstore near you now [it is at mine]!

An interview with Christine Kettner

I love ENCHANTED's cover. From the beautifully designed title to that gorgeous dress, everything looks just right. I wanted it in a heartbeat. How did you come up with the final cover's design? What were some of your early ideas for the cover treatment?

I was drawn by the fairy tale romance and wanted to convey that on the cover. I researched stock photos and also explored the website of the photographer Suza Scolara, who has the right surreal sensibility for romantic fantasy. But in the end, it was the editor, Reka Simonsen, who found just the right image that we ultimately went with. The image came from Trevillion, a stock image house based in London. They have the most beautiful, haunting images for book covers.

What other covers have you designed? What are your favorites?

Years ago when I worked at HarperCollins, I designed THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA series with the Chris Van Allsburg covers. I am so very honored and privileged when I am asked to work on a beloved classic. On a more modern design note, I created the DIVE jacket for Adele Griffin published by Hyperion. That got a lot of attention from the design world at the time. I also enjoyed THE YEAR I WAS FAMOUS by Carole Estby Dagg, recently published by Clarion. That was a cover created totally with fonts and clip art and has a real retro old fashioned feel. But really, every book is a challenge and a pleasure to work on. I don’t mind having to redesign if a concept is shot down. I enjoy the puzzle of rethinking the design.

What media do you typically use when creating your illustrations?

We hire outside freelancers to illustrate. Illustrators use different mediums, of course. Recently, I hired Jennifer Black Reinhardt, who has a nice elegant black line to illustrate THE ADVENTURES OF A POLAR PIG by Chris Kurtz. But I have also hired illustrators who work in oil or acrylic. Many send in the art as a digital file. It is really which artist’s style speaks to us that would be a appropriate fit for a manuscript. There are so many great ones out there. We also use the application program Photoshop as a digital device to change stock photos, which could be seen as digital illustration. Freelance artists use that as well.

As the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Art Director, how much of a hand do you have in all of the covers that are put out? How do you work with other cover designers when they're doing the primary artwork?

First off, let me say that all the designers in my department, Kerry Martin, Elizabeth Tardiff, and Sharismar Rodriguez, Opal Roengchai and Jim Secula are extremely talented and a pleasure to work with. We discuss beforehand whether the book should be illustrated or designed and then they come up with comps. We then discuss the comps with a back and forth dialog. Sometimes something we think should be illustrated, we then realize could have a more graphic design approach after the designer has worked up some comps and vice versa. If a book jacket needs to be illustrated, we choose a freelance illustrator and sometimes the illustrator’s samples are taken to a jacket meeting where the sales and marketing people can have a say whether the artist is the right fit for the book.

I also discuss comps with my supervisor Sheila Smallwood who has had a steady hand in guiding me.

I love the way the chapter treatment uses the same scripty elements that grace the book's cover, as well as the way each chapter begins with a nested capital letter in the same font used for the "E" in ENCHANTED on the book's cover. How do you decide what kind of treatment to give to a book's interior design--or when not to, as is the case in too many books?

Once the jacket comp has been approved, I like to relate the jacket design somehow to the interior to give it a cohesive package. I am fond of large initial caps announcing a chapter opener. It seems like good, old-fashioned book design that should not go out of style. I confess, I try not to skimp on the interior design. In fact, to me the interior design is the real test of a great designer because you are stripped of all the bells and whistles of a full color jacket with an image and have only basic typography to work with.

Did you always want to design covers? How hard has it been to enter this line of work?

I graduated from the School of Visual Arts wanting to design book covers. How fortunate I have been in life! Yes, it is a hard line of work to get into because there are many talented designers out there. Very tight competition. But it is so much fun and rewarding! If you want to be a book designer and if you have the talent, where there is a will there is a way. Just persevere and study the book jacket designs out there and make connections in publishing.

Christine, thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.  Seeing your responses was especially enlightening and truly helped me build a better visual picture of everything you do as both a designer and art director!

Bookworms, don't forget to check out today's review of ENCHANTED and enter the giveaway!

All right! GIVEAWAY TIME!! 

 Because Alethea is MADE OF WIN she has donated an awesome gift basket full of Enchanted goodness and Fairy Tale win. She has donated a finished, signed copy of Enchanted to one lucky winner along with other fun swag and surprise gifts. TO ENTER: Use the Rafflecopter form below.

 There are extra entries available for commenting on Enchanted related posts on Ashley's blog, Misty's blog, and Bonnie's blog. The Rafflecopter widget is the same on all three blogs. You can enter through any of our blogs, but you must visit and comment on each individual post for the extra entries. Giveaway is US only. Ends May 7th. 

Ashley's Blog          Misty's Blog          Bonnie's Blog 

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{Character Interview} Nieve [From Zoraida Córdova's THE VICIOUS DEEP]


A Backwards Story is happy to be a part of The {Teen} Book Scene's THE VICIOUS DEEP Tour!  Check out the tour schedule to see the list of events.  Stop back later this week for my review of this awesome new entry into the mermaid genre!

Zoraida is also hosting a Bloggers of the Deep tour, which is intermingling with The {Teen} Book Scene, so check that out as well!

(While this post isn't really fairy tale related, mermaids can appear in fairy tales, so you forgive me, right?  ^_^)

THE VICIOUS DEEP is Zoraida Córdova's debut novel and the first book in her series about mermaids from a merman's POV.

Zoraida has a YouTube channel and is so much fun to watch!  She also did a guest vlog for The Book Rat for FTF!

Visit Zoraida on her web site, Facebook, and Twitter!

An interview with 
the mysterious mermaid Nieve

Were you always a sorceress, or did you become skilled at sorcery over the years? What journey led you to gaining the power you have now?

I was born this way. May father hated it and he shunned me. He tried to strip it, but it did not work.

How did you gain the ability to connect with others through dreams? Is this your favorite mode of communication?

It is most difficult and the after effect leaves me drained. But when the mind is fresh, unguarded, it's like dream-walking.

What are your favorite sea delicacies?

The hearts of baby dolphins are very tender.

Can you tell us more about the merrows that you've taken in?

They were unwanted, like me.

What did you do during your two hundred years of banishment? Was it hard to stay away from your kingdom?

I was banished to the coral caves. My brother tried to strip my powers, again. I was weak. That's when I came across the bodies of merrows. Few, among hundreds were alive. I saved them. I fed them.

What is your relationship with your brother like? What was it like growing up together?

He's no brother of mine... He decided that a long time ago.

Isn't Nieve mysterious?  It was slippery just getting her here for an interview, let alone figuring out what questions to ask!

THE VICIOUS DEEP releases this Tuesday, May 1st.  Doesn't this interview make you want to pre-order today? ^.~

Stop back this week to read my review.  I don't want to post it today because it will get swallowed up by my two Fairy Tale Fortnight posts this afternoon or my earlier IMM!

IMM & Week in Review: The Guest Post/Interview Edition

IN MY MAILBOX: 02.05.12

In My Mailbox was created by Kristi at The Story Siren because:

"I get books to read and then ultimately share my thoughts about with my readers. As much as I want to, I can’t possibly read every book I receive. Yet, I still wanted a way to feature those books on the blog, even though it might not be in the form of a review. Problem solved! Every week I'd share the books I received that week... ones I'd bought, or gotten at the library, and ones that I'd receive to review on the blog. That way I could mention titles that might not otherwise get some face-time on The Story Siren..."

I find the same thing happening at A Backwards Story. I'm so backed up on reviews atm... That's why I like these videos!


*Win a Pack of Prom-Themed Books from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt! (until April 30th!)
*Win an autographed copy of ICE by Sarah Beth Durst!
*Win an ENCHANTED goodie basket from Alethea Kontis, complete with a signed, finished copy of ENCHANTED! (Going live at 1pm EST/11 am MT here, on The Book Rat, and on Basically Amazing Books.  You have THREE chances to win!!!)


*BITTERBLUE by Kristin Cashore!!!
{Although I'm still flirting with re-reading GRACELING and FIRE first...But can I wait that long?  So pretty!!!  Either way, I'm about to start one of these in a few!}

[link to my GoodReads account so you can see my blurb feed as I read]

*INSURGENT by Veronica Roth (ZOMG, even better than DIVERGENT, you guys!! So far, I like this MORE than THE HUNGER GAMES.  Yes, I said it!!)
*THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas


*THE ART OF THE DISNEY PRINCESS by Disney Editions {art book}
*THE NEXT FULL MOON by Carolyn Turgeon
*SHADOWS ON THE MOON by Zoë Marriott {Re-review for US release}
*BETWEEN THE LINES by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer {early review}
*RUMPEL by Eileen Cruz Coleman


*Cover Crazy: CIRCLE OF CRANES by Annette LeBox
*Cover/Summary Reveal: THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin
*Guest PostZoë Marriott on Changes in SHADOWS ON THE MOON
*Commentary: INTO THE WOODS [Coming Soon to Movie Theaters, no less!]
*Designer Interview: Todd Harris, Illustrator of THE HERO'S GUIDE TO SAVING YOUR KINGDOM
*GIVEAWAY: Win an Autographed Copy of ICE by Sarah Beth Durst
*Commentary: Fairy Tales & the Radio
*Guest Post & FREE Book: Leah Cypess on Fairy Tale Retellings
*Interview: Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer, BETWEEN THE LINES
*Guest Post: Eileen Cruz Coleman [RUMPEL] on The Niapsons
*Guest Post: Michelle Davidson Argyle: A Darker Collection of Fairy Tales – BONDED


The Guest Post/Interview Edition

This was supposed to be Part II of The Fairy Tale Edition, but did you SEE all of the guest posts and interviews I hosted this week?  I know there were a lot on top of one another, so it's hard to keep up, but check them out.  So many amazing authors have stopped by, including my all-time favorite author, Jodi Picoult!!

I'm sad that FTF is ending tomorrow...but at the same time, a little excited to have more free time again (Well, next week, anyway...)!  I hope you've enjoyed this event as much as I have!

 ARCs for Review:

*SURRENDER by Elana Johnson  [Out June 05, 2012]
{Thank you to Simon Pulse!  I adored POSSESSION last year and am really looking forward to reading SURRENDER!}
*THE FORGETTING CURVE by Angie Smibert [Out May 01, 2012] 
{Thank you to Marshall Cavendish and The {Teen} Book Scene!  I received TWO copies, so look forward to a giveaway!  I'll have a guest post tomorrow and a review on the 11th.  This is the sequel to MEMENTO NORA!


{I finally found a copy of this magazine to purchase in the US!  This is Issue 3!}

*ENCHANTED by Alethea Kontis
{Did you see today's REVIEW and INTERVIEW and GIVEAWAY?  I read my ARC twice and am happy to have a finished copy to call my own!  Plus, I LOVE the cover and am so excited to share an interview with the cover designer with you!  [Okay...the review will be up tonight and everything else goes live this afternoon if you're seeing this now, but...!}

*THUMPED by Megan McCafferty
{I bought BUMPED last year, but have yet to read it.  The time has finally come!}

*THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass
{I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this one, so I'll review it sometime soon.  The cover is so, so pretty.  I've had this one on my radar since the book sold in 2010!}

What did you get in your mailbox this week?