Thursday, December 12, 2013

Amanda's December Book Haul

I can't believe it is December already! This year has gone by so fast. Like always, I went to the bookstore at the beginning of the month and bought books to keep me busy this winter. I'm only five books away from reaching my goal of 100 books this year so hopefully I can finish all these wonderful books and still get good grades on all my finals that are coming up. The pressure is on!!

1.) Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Summary:  St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger...
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever. 

I have heard many great things about this series and the movie is coming out in February so I think it is about time I started reading it. The book looks pretty good, even though vampire novels are not my favorite.

2.) Deadly by  Sara Shepard
Summary:  Deadly, the fourteenth volume in Sara Shepard's YA Pretty Little Liars series, delivers more juicy scandals, dark secrets, and shocking plot twists. This #1 New York Times bestselling series is also a hit ABC Family original TV show.
High school seniors Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer have all done horrible things—things that would put them behind bars if anyone ever found out. And their stalker "A" knows everything.
So far A has kept their secrets, using them to torture the girls. But now A's changed the game. Suddenly the girls are hauled in for questioning, and all their worlds begin to unravel. If A's plan succeeds, Rosewood's pretty little liars will be locked away for good..

I have been reading this series since I was in sixth grade so every time a new book comes out I get really excited. Pretty Little Liars is one of my favorite shows on television and even though the books are very different from the show I always enjoy these quick and entertaining reads. 

3.) The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.
What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides— especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own.
Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.
Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

I actually just finished this book yesterday and I LOVED IT!! This book has been described as a Criminal Minds for young adults and I completely agree. Review to come shortly...

4.) Blythewood by Carol Goodman
Summary:  Welcome to Blythewood.
At seventeen, Avaline Hall has already buried her mother, survived a horrific factory fire, and escaped from an insane asylum. Now she’s on her way to Blythewood Academy, the elite boarding school in New York’s mist-shrouded Hudson Valley that her mother attended—and was expelled from. Though she’s afraid her high society classmates won’t accept a factory girl in their midst, Ava is desperate to unravel her family’s murky past, discover the identity of the father she’s never known, and perhaps finally understand her mother’s abrupt suicide. She’s also on the hunt for the identity of the mysterious boy who rescued her from the fire. And she suspects the answers she seeks lie at Blythewood.    
But nothing could have prepared her for the dark secret of what Blythewood is, and what its students are being trained to do. Haunted by dreams of a winged boy and pursued by visions of a sinister man who breathes smoke, Ava isn’t sure if she’s losing her mind or getting closer to the truth. And the more rigorously Ava digs into the past, the more dangerous her present becomes.    
Vivid and atmospheric, full of mystery and magic, this romantic page-turner by bestselling author Carol Goodman tells the story of a world on the brink of change and the girl who is the catalyst for it all.

I love boarding school novels and magic so this book looks really interesting and I'm looking forward to reading it during winter break.

These are the books I will be reading this Christmas, what will everyone else be reading over the holiday? 


  1. I need to read the Vampire Academy series too! I didn't realize the movie was coming out in February. I need to find time to read at least the first book.

  2. Ooh, I liked Vampire Academy! Hope you enjoy it!

  3. Can't wait for your review of The Naturals! I've been really looking forward to reading it!


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