#booksfortrade June 20 Edition

Books are for trade or sale. (Sale is actually prefered as priority is getting books out of my hair rather than getting more books.)

You can see my wishlist here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/75857?shelf=wishlist or just feel free to tell me what you have.

If interested please email me at miss_print AT yahoo DOT com or hit me up on Twitter @miss_print

Unless otherwise stated all books are in new condition and unsigned.

I can only ship within the US.

Hardcovers are $6.00 each plus shipping ($4 media mail).

Paperbacks are $3.00 each plus shipping ($3 media mail).

If interested please email me at miss_print AT yahoo DOT com. First come, first served.

Hardcovers ($6.00 each):

Paperbacks ($3.00 each):

ARCS (for trade or free if you can cover shipping)

If interested please email me at miss_print AT yahoo DOT com.

Library Life: High School Booktalks (Open Road Summer, The Screaming Staircase, All Our Yesterdays)

Now that Summer Reading is approaching it’s time to start thinking about booktalks for outreach and class visits. I’m on the YA Steering Committee at my place of employ which means that I present booktalks at every Fall and Spring new books presentation.

This spring we highlighted books from the summer reading list for our library system (which I helped pick and am in love with. You can find the full list online. I helped pick the middle school and high school titles.) and went with a shorter format to talk about more books.

As always I pulled my booktalks from my reviews but this time I shortened them. It was an interesting exercise in seeing how much you can distill a plot summary (the answer is a lot!).

Feel free to use these to present to readers but PLEASE if you are posting them anywhere be sure to credit me and link back to this blog.

So here are the three books I presented:

Open Road Summer by Emery LordOpen Road Summer by Emery Lord: Reagan wants to leave her bad-news ex and her bad girl reputation behind. She just isn’t sure how to do that. Country music star Lilah Montgomery is embarking on her first major solo your–with best friend Reagan in tow. Their plans for a girls’ only summer are quickly derailed when Matt Finch joins the tour as Lilah’s opener. Between his clean-cut good lucks and enough snark to match Reagan barb for barb, Reagan knows her plans for a drama free (and boy free) summer are in big trouble. Over the course of one unforgettable summer Reagan will learn that best friends are forever, mistakes can be left behind, and sometimes love is worth the risk.

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan StroudThe Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (Lockwood & Co. Book 1): Unlike most psychic investigation agencies, Lockwood & Co. does not employ adult supervisors who can’t see ghosts anymore. Instead the agency is run jointly by its young operatives who can see ghosts: Anthony Lockwood, George Cubbins, and–often much to her own surprise–Lucy Carlyle. When their latest case ends with a burn down house and threats of legal action (despite the ghost being effectively removed), Lockwood & Co. is faced with the imminent failure of the agency. The trio has one option to keep the agency open: accept a case clearing the most haunted house in London of its malevolent spirits. Lockwood says the case should be easy, he says that a lot. But matters involving ghosts–and murder–are rarely simple matters as Lockwood & Co. is about to find out.

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin TerrillAll Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill: Em has tried everything she can thing of to prevent the completion of a time machine that will break the world. All of her attempts have failed, leaving Em with one last, terrible option: She has to kill the man who will build it. Marina has loved her science prodigy neighbor James since forever. More than she loves herself sometimes. After one disastrous night everything Marina thought she knew about James (and even herself) will be thrown into question as she scrambles to protect James at any cost. Em and Marina are on opposite sides in a race to protect time. Only one of them can come out alive.

 

 

Library Life: High School Booktalks (The Brokenhearted, Proxy, The Scorpio Races, Unspoken)

With Summer Reading, it is time for outreach and booktalks. Here’s another set of booktalks I gave in a high school outreach.

As always I pulled my booktalks from my reviews but I have also been trying to shorten them.

Feel free to use these to present to readers but PLEASE if you are posting them anywhere be sure to credit me and link back to this blog.

So here are the three books I presented:

The Brokenhearted by Amelia KahaneyThe Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney: Anthem Fleet lives in a city a lot like Batman’s Gotham. Everything thinks Anthem is lucky and has everything going for her. Everyone is wrong. When Anthem meets a boy from the bad part of town, it feels like her real life is finally starting. Then everything goes wrong. Then she dies. When Anthem wakes up she has a bionic heart that beats faster and makes her stronger and faster than should be humanly possible. Anthem’s old life is over. She is broken. But maybe her new heart will give Anthem what she needs to find a new life and help Bedlam the way no one else can.

Proxy by Alex LondonProxy by Alex London: The only thing that keeps Syd going is that his time as a proxy is almost over. No more punishments for crimes committed by his patron. No more being seen as less than everything by the system. Two more years and Syd will finally be free. Knox lives in the moment focusing on opportunities to create mayhem and catch a cheap thrill. Sometimes Knox gets caught. But then his proxy gets punished so really, who cares? Drawn together in the wake of a terrible wrong in a world where debts can be lethal, these unlikely allies will have to work together to try and tear down the system if they want to survive.

nthem Fleet lives in a city a lot like Batman’s Gotham. Everything thinks Anthem is lucky and has everything going for her. Everyone is wrong. When Anthem meets a boy from the bad part of town, it feels like her real life is finally starting. Then everything goes wrong. Then she dies. When Anthem wakes up she has a bionic heart that beats faster and makes her stronger and faster than should be humanly possible. Anthem’s old life is over. She is broken. But maybe her new heart will give Anthem what she needs to find a new life and help Bedlam the way no one else can.

Unspoken coverUnspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan: Kami Glass knows that every town has a story. Sorry-in-the-Vale is no exception. Kami knows that her town’s past is tied to the Lynburns, the town’s founders, even if their manor house has been empty for years. But no one in town seems willing to tell that story to an intrepid girl reporter. But a lot of people don’t like talking to Kami. That’s what happens when your best friend seems to be an imaginary boy you talk to in your head. When the Lynburns return to town they bring many questions in their wake as well as something more sinister that will force Kami to question everything she thought she knew about her town, her friends, and even herself.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie StiefvaterThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: Thisby is never safe. Not when dangerous water horses are drawn to the island beaches. But it is never so dangers as on November first–race day. The racers keep their own counsel as to why they enter the race. All Sean Kendrick wants is Corr–the one water horse he can never have. Until this year–this race–at least. Puck Connolly has already lost much to the water horses of Thisby. But the race might be her only way to hold onto her brother before the mainland spirits him away forever, even if it means challenging Thisby’s most basic traditions as the first girl to ride on race day. Only one rider can win on race day–if they stay alive long enough to finish–and the stakes for Sean and Puck couldn’t be higher.

Loop: A Chick Lit Wednesday Review

“You can’t change the past. One of those weird temporal loops that couldn’t be explained.”

Loop by Karen AkinsBree Bennis lives in the twenty-third century where, because of a special gene mutation, she can travel anywhere in time. It’s been years since travelers had to hide their unique skills but Bree knows better than most that time travel is still greeted with suspicion and even disdain by those unable to travel.

Bree used to be at the top of all of her classes. Now her biggest talent seems to involve making a mess of things.

After her solo midterm to the twenty-first century goes spectacularly wrong, Bree knows she’s in big trouble. Failing to complete her mission is one thing. Accidentally revealing herself to a boy and sort of taking him hostage? That could get Bree expelled. Or worse.

The only option is to try to sneak back and try to complete her midterm before anyone notices. The only problem is Bree ends up missing her target destination. She finds the boy–Finn who is now three years older and at least three times more attractive–but before she can fix anything Bree is pulled back to her own time. With Finn. Who claims that he and Bree’s future self are . . . dating?

Bree has plenty to do between hiding Finn and not flunking out of school when she learns that a rash of accidents have been taking out time travelers around the school. Turns out the attacks are anything but accidental and with Finn’s help Bree soon realizes she might be the only one able to find the person responsible and stop them before their timeline is irreparably damaged in Loop (2014) by Karen Akins.

Loop is Akins’ first novel and the first half of a duology that completes with Twist.

Loop dives right into the action when Bree’s life goes from bad to worse after everything goes wrong on her midterm. Bree manages to take everything in stride with only a few choice (and possibly made up) swear words to help. As Bree delves deeper into secrets about her own past (and future) she also realizes she might be at the tip of a very big problem–one her future self knew Bree would have to try to solve.

Akins skillfully combines science fiction adventure with a fascinating mystery to create a story that is as original as it is fun. Although some plot points–particularly clues left for Bree–are often obvious, Bree and Finn’s journey as they try to understand what brought them together more than makes up for it.

Bree’s world is filled with casual wonders ranging from automated travel pods to Pegamoos, all of which are brought to life in vivid prose. In a story that literally spans centuries, the world-building to top notch and gives Loop a strong sense of place no matter where or when Bree finds herself.

Bree’s voice is distinct and snappy, making this book conversational and completely fascinating. While the romance in Loop is a big draw, Bree also has a great character arc as she tries to reconcile who she is in her present with who she seems to be in the future. With massive conspiracies, clues left across time, and a displaced romance that is often baffling to Bree, Loop is an action-packed story with humor and excitement.

Possible Pairings: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black, Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst, The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough, Hourglass by Myra McEntire, Soulprint by Megan Miranda, Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty, The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill, Pivot Point by Kasie West, Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Buttons inspired by To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before & P. S. I Still Love You

I made some buttons for Jenny Han’s Lara Jean books To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P. S. I Still Love You. They will definitely be making a reappearance in my review of P. S. I Still Love You but for now, feel free to use them to state your allegiance.

Here they are:

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John Ambrose McClaren Fan Club

Peter Kavinsky Fan Club

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The Girl at Midnight: A Review

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa GreyThe Avicen have lived beneath New York City for years. Bird-like creatures with feathers for hair, the Avicen can use scarves and sunglasses to blend in when they have to. The rest of the time magical wards make sure they remain hidden from prying human eyes. Except for Echo–the human pickpocket who considers the Avicen, at least some of them, her family.

Echo is used to fending for herself and she has the fierce, brusque persona to prove it. When she isn’t busy being reckless and stealing things around the world for the thrill of it, she is also extremely loyal.

When word surfaces of a way to end the centuries-long war between the Avicen and their dragon-like enemies the Drakharin, Echo jumps at the chance to help.

Legend suggests that the Firebird is the only thing with the power to end the war. The only problem is no one knows what the Firebird is or where to find it. But if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to enjoy a challenge in The Girl at Midnight (2015) by Melissa Grey.

The Girl at Midnight is Grey’s debut novel and the start to a trilogy.

The Girl at Midnight starts strong with a fantastically intricate world complete with magic, mythical creatures and a conflict that has lasted centuries. Both the Avicen and Drakharin make sense within the story and have complex cultures to match. In fact, the only thing that doesn’t make sense is trying to picture them while reading as imagining feathers as hair continues to be a sticking point.

Unfortunately the characters who populate The Girl at Midnight pale in comparison to the world within the novel. Most of the characters are defined by one carefully chosen trait and little else. Echo is slightly more developed although she too often comes across as a collection of eccentricities and behaviors (between her preoccupation with food, collecting words, hoarding books and throwing out pop culture references with zero context) that never quite rang true. The logistics of Echo’s living unnoticed in a library also begins to fall apart under any kind of scrutiny.

The Girl at Midnight is a decent urban fantasy in places but it also one that will immediately feel familiar to anyone well-read in the genre. Grey’s admirable world building only serves to underscore the predictable, lackluster plot and weak characters. Recommended for readers looking to discover new places (both real and imagined) rather than find their next engrossing read.

Possible Pairings: Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray, Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr, The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan, The Archived by Victoria Schwab, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Week in Review: June 14 (with a #BoldlyBookish tour stop recap–sort of!)

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This week on the blog you can check out:

The biggest thing this week was the Boldly Bookish signing at Books of Wonder. I’ve had the signing on my calendar for months (as in I even requested an early shift at work to make it on time) and I was so excited for it to finally be June 8! Before the event I got to talk to Ksenia (lovely publicist type and twitter friend) and Alex (lovely bookseller type and blog/twitter buddy) which was so great. Usually I am at events with Nicole so I was nervous about going alone and having to talk to people but it was nice to see so many people I know. Later during the signing part I also got to say hi to Alexa, Rachel and Estelle though not for as long as I would have liked.

I’m not particularly good yet about recapping events properly but here’s a blurry picture of the author table:

Can you guess where I am?

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The panel featured Emery Lord, Tiffany Schmidt, Trish Doller (in her first NYC signing!) and A. C. Gaughen. It was great hearing them all talk about their books and answer some smart questions from the audience and from Gaby who moderated.

This was also one of those fun events where I had something for every author to sign so I got to talk with everyone. (It was also an event where I had books for the delightful Kayla who for some reason thought flying 3000 miles was too far for a book event.)

Because one of the authors had a full trilogy published, that led to me having a lot of books to get signed:

It was a heavy stack but I got all of my books AND books for @the1000lives signed at tonight's #BoldlyBookish event.

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I’m reading the Scarlet series right now. (I had a really hard time with Lady Thief for spoilery reasons but I’m excited for Lionheart.) It was fun to talk with A. C. Gaughen about how much I love Robin Hood and how I’m excited to be starting the series (I’m glad I hadn’t gotten to the gut wrenching parts of Lady Thief before meeting her!) and I even told her about the giant cross-stitch Robin Hood sampler that I made.

After that I talked with Trish Doller about The Devil You Know while she signed it. I’m giving that one away for my blog’s 8th birthday this summer. She liked my blog name and was impressed at how long I have been blogging. I also told her how much I loved that The Devil You Know is so subversive in terms of thriller tropes and how it’s such a great feminist read. It’s hard to explain but it was nice sort of “clicking” with an author and realizing you were picking up on everything they intended while reading if that makes sense.

Then I got to see Tiffany Schmidt who was signing Hold Me Like a Breath. I read this book as an ARC and enjoyed it so much that I reached out to Tiffany for an interview. She is absolutely delightful in person. It was nice to meet her after interviewing her and having that connection (which totally rated a hug). And can we talk about how excited I am about Break Me Like a Promise? I honestly get more excited every time I hear Tiffany talking about the series.

Finally I got to say hi to Emery Lord while she signed The Start of Me and You. I also interviewed Emery so it was really nice meeting her too of course! I don’t know why it’s surprising since I do know other authors who feel similarly, but it was also quite nice to hear she had a good time answering my interview questions. I loved, loved, loved this book so I’m also super excited to have a signed copy now.

After that I said hi to a few people (see above) and chatted with a former coworker (I used to work at Books of Wonder in what I refer to as “the dark time”) before heading out.

The books were all quite heavy but it was SUCH a fun event that it was totally worth it. I’m so happy I was able to make it.

On the way home I saw this beautiful street art:

Saw this on my way home from Books of Wonder last night. In a parking lot of all places. Yay for art everywhere.

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And after that I came home to a great book package from a giveaway I won on Andi’s blog:

Came home to this beauty from @andiabcs giveaway. Super excited and looking for the perfect place for the shell.

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I’m beyond excited to read The Summer of Chasing Mermaids and thrilled that the giveaway prize arrived so quickly. Also how cool is that seashell?

And all of that was just Monday! By comparison the rest of the week was not as exciting but I am loving this summer weather and finally being able to wear sandals and some of my newer dresses.

This week I read A Long, Long Sleep which was quite strange but I think has some niche appeal. I also read Lady Thief as I mentioned above which was one of the hardest books for me to read personally in a really long time. That said, I was able to look at it objectively and appreciate how far I’ve come because even a year ago I probably would have just not finished it and walked away no matter how invested I was in the series. (Thank you also SO MUCH to Kayla for helping me sort through my angst and stress and anxiety about the book in the middle of the night when I got to the awful part.) On Wednesday I also picked up The Scorpion Rules at last.

Oh! And in case you missed it from my photo inserts, I’m on Instagram now as missprint_ let’s be friends!

If you want to see how my month in reading is shaking out be sure to check out my June Reading Tracker.

How was your week?