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March 16, 2015

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman Blog Tour/Giveaway

Today I have the pleasure of being part of the Shadow Scale blog tour!

Here is some information on Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman in case you aren't already familiar with this epic sequel to Seraphina. If you are looking for more information on the first book Seraphina check out my review!

Shadow Scale

The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways. 
As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?

So to celebrate the release of Shadow Scale I have been given the chance to give away a copy of Shadow Scale thanks to Random House.

US/Canada only
Ends 3/23 at 11:59 Central Time

And don't forget to come back later today to see what I thought!

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March 5, 2015

Prep School Confidential Series by Kara Taylor

Kara TaylorTitle:Prep School Confidential
Author: Kara Taylor
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Received From: Bought
Synopsis:  In this breathtaking debut that reads like Gossip Girl crossed with Twin Peaks, a Queen Bee at a blue-blooded New England prep school stumbles into a murder mystery.
Anne Dowling practically runs her exclusive academy on New York’s Upper East Side—that is, until she accidentally burns part of it down and gets sent to a prestigious boarding school outside of Boston. Determined to make it back to New York, Anne couldn't care less about making friends at the preppy Wheatley School. That is, until her roommate Isabella’s body is found in the woods behind the school.
When everyone else is oddly silent, Anne becomes determined to uncover the truth no matter how many rules she has to break to do it. With the help of Isabella’s twin brother Anthony, and a cute classmate named Brent, Anne discovers that Isabella wasn’t quite the innocent nerdy girl she pretended to be. But someone will do anything to stop Anne’s snooping in this fast-paced, unputdownable read—even if it means framing her for Isabella’s murder.

Prep School Confidential

I have always loved mystery books. When I was younger I devoured the Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden books. So one day when I was in the bookstore and saw Prep School Confidential and read the back I knew that I had to check it out. I read it in almost one sitting and could not wait for the next book.

The synopsis describes it as gossip girl meets twin peaks. And while I have never seen Twin Peaks I can see where they are coming from. I see it as Gossip Girl meets Veronica Mars. Veronica Mars if Veronica was an '09er.
Anne is a spoiled, entitled high school student until something goes wrong and she is forced to go to a small elite boarding school in Massachusetts. Next thing she knows her roommate is found dead behind the school. That would be enough to send most people running for the hills but Anne is determined to find out who did it.

Prep School ConfidentialEach book has a new mystery that is tied into the past book. Each mystery gets mostly resolved by the end of the book, but more questions come up and there is a new focus in each book. I appreciated this because it meant that the book had closure but I was still waiting for the next one.

I was really happy with the ending of Deadly Little Sins. It left open the possibility for more books or a spin-off, but had enough closure that wouldn't be mad if there weren't any more.
If you like mysteries, drama, boarding school books, class struggles, and sneaking around then this series is for you!

The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roeker
Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter (One of my first reviews, don't judge me)
Also Known As by Robin Benway
Heist Society by Ally Carter