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Hedgie's Must Reads: January 2013

We're entering the second month of 2013, and so far nothing tragic has happened (as far as I know). January has always been a dark, uneventful, and overall boring time for me - nothing happens! - but it's also an excellent reading month, especially since I don't have to think about college anymore (yay!). So, here are the best books The Reading Hedgehog and I read through this chilling, wet, and depressing month!

Review: Venom - Fiona Paul

Venomby Fiona Paul Series: Secrets of the Eternal Rose #1 Genre: YA, historical fiction, mystery, romance Published on October 30, 2012 Published by Philomel Pages: 435 Read From: 1.23.13 - 1.26.13

SYNOPSIS Cassandra Caravello has everything a girl could desire: elegant gowns, sparking jewels, invitations to the best parties, and a handsome, wealthy fiance - yet she longs for something more. Ever since her parents' death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape.

Review: Crewel - Gennifer Albin

Crewelby Gennifer Albin
Series: Crewel World #1
Genre: YA, dystopian, futuristic
Published on October 16, 2012
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 368
Read From: 1.18.13 - 1.19.13

Sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has always been special. When her parents discover her gift - the ability to weave the very fabric of reality - they train her to hide it. For good reason, they don't want her to become a Spinster - one of the elite, beautiful, and deadly women who determine what people eat, where they live, how many children they have, and even when they die.

Review: Unlocking the Spell - E. D. Baker

Unlocking the Spellby E. D. Baker Series: Wide-Awake Princess #2 Genre: Middle Grade, fairytale retelling Published on October 2, 2012 Published by Bloomsbury Pages: 261 Read From: 1.17.13 - 1.18.13

SYNOPSIS When Princess Annie helped her older sister, Gwendolyn (aka Sleeping Beauty), wake up from that pesky hundred-year curse by finding her beloved prince, did life get back to normal? Not a chance!

Review: Sophia's War - Avi

Sophia's Warby Avi
Genre: Middle Grade, historical fiction
Published on September 25, 2012
Published by Beach Lane Books
Pages: 320
Read From: 1.14.13 - 1.17.13

It is 1776The Revolutionary War in America rages, and New York City is newly occupied by the powerful British army.

Review: The Kestrel - Lloyd Alexander

The Kestrelby Lloyd Alexander Series: Westmark Trilogy #2 Genre: Middle Grade, adventure Published on April 15, 1982 Published by E.P. Dutton Pages: 244 Read From: 1.12.13 - 1.14.13

SYNOPSIS When Augustine, king of Westmark, sent Theo out to tour the land of which he would be prince consort, no one could have guessed what he would find. Mickle, who would one day be Queen Augusta, might know that he would discover great poverty. His old friend, the revolutionary leader Florian, would have predicted uncovering corruption within the aristocracy. But none of them would have foreseen a loaded pistol in the practiced hand of the pudgy assassin Skeit.

Review: The Diviners - Libba Bray

The Divinersby Libba Bray
Series: Diviners #1
Genre: YA, historical fantasy, mystery, supernatural, thriller
Published on September 18, 2012
Published by Little Brown
Pages: 578
Read From: 1.5.13 - 1.14.13

Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City - and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It's 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Review: Princess of the Silver Woods - Jessica Day George

Princess of the Silver Woodsby Jessica Day George Series: Princess Trilogy #3 Genre: YA, fairytale retelling Published on December 11, 2012 Published by Bloomsbury Pages: 326 Read From: 1.10.13 - 1.11.13

SYNOPSIS Princess Petunia has been kidnapped! Except. . . .it was really more like an accident. Oliver, the leader of a band of thieves known as the Wolves of the Westfalian Woods, didn't mean to do it. And now he must make things right. He will confess to the king and deliver the princess to the grand duchess's estate.

Review: By Blood or By Bond - Hazel West

By Blood or By Bondby Hazel West Genre: YA, historical fiction Published on December 12, 2012 Published by CreateSpace Pages: 452 Read From: 12.30.12 - 1.3.13

SYNOPSIS Which ties are stronger - those of Blood or those of Bond?Caolan, the son of a Celtic chieftain, awaits his first pitched battle against the Roman invaders, knowing that this is the moment in which he will truly become a warrior of the tribe.

Review: Jepp, Who Defied the Stars - Katherine Marsh

Jepp, Who Defied the Starsby Katherine Marsh
Genre: YA, historical fiction
Published on October 9, 2012
Published by Hyperion
Pages: 384
Read From: 12.30.12 - 1.2.13

Fate. Is it written in the stars from the moment we are born? Or is it a bendable thing that we can shape with our own hands? Jeep of Astraveld needs to know.

Review: Palace of Stone - Shannon Hale

Palace of Stoneby Shannon Hale Series: Princess Academy #2 Genre: YA, adventure Published on August 21, 2012 Published by Bloomsbury Read From: 12.28.12 - 12.29.12

SYNOPSIS When Miri and a few of the girls from Mount Eskel's princess academy travel to the capital to help the princess-to-be get ready for her wedding, they have no idea what to expect. Some are worried about leaving their beloved mountain for the first time, others are thrilled about going to the big city, and Miri is mostly just happy to see her best friend.

Review: The Death Cure - James Dashner

The Death Cureby James Dashner
Series: The Maze Runner #3
Genre: YA, post-apocalyptic
Published on October 11, 2011
Published by Delacorte Books
Pages: 325
Read From: 12.26.12 - 12.27.12

Thomas knows that WICKED can't be trusted. They stole his memories and locked him inside the Maze. They forced him to the brink of death by dropping him in the wilds of the Scorch. And they took the Gladers, his only friends, from him.

Review: Wither - Lauren DeStefano

Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Series: The Chemical Garden Trilogy #1
Genre: YA, futuristic, romance
Published on March 22, 2011
Published by Simon & Schuster
Pages: 358
Read From: 12.22.12 - 12.26.12

What if you knew exactly when you would die? Thanks to modern science, every newborn has become a ticking time bomb - males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape - to find her twin brother and go home.But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, e…

Review: The Brides of Rollrock Island - Margo Lanagan

The Brides of Rollrock Islandby Margo Lanagan
Genre: YA, fantasy, romance
Published on September 11, 2012
Published by Knopf Books
Pages: 305
Read From: 12.15.12 - 12.22.12

On remote Rollrock Island, men make their living - and fetch their wives - from the sea. The witch Misskaella knows how to find the girl at the heart of the seal. She'll coax a beauty from the beast for any man, for a price. And what man wouldn't want a sea-wife, to have and to hold, and to keep by his side forever?

Looking Back on the Year

I can hardly believe that another year has passed, and we're into 2013 already! I hope you all had a wonderful New Year's Eve. I went to a friend's house and spent all night watching the BBC mini-series Little Dorrit (with Matthew Macfayden and Andy Serkis). That was fun. ;-) Now I have to start thinking about New Year's resolutions!

Last year, I said I would read 200 books; I read 211. I was going to learn 5 new fiddle tunes; I learned 4. I was going to finish buying all of the Alex Riderbooks; I bought 2, so I'm three books away. I figured buying the rest of Lloyd Alexander's Westmark trilogy made up for that. I said I was going to walk every day, rain or shine; well, we all know that exercise vows are the hardest to keep. To my credit, I actually did a pretty good job. I would do it faithfully for a good month, then take two off, and then do it for another month. But now with 2013, it's time to make some new ones: This year, I plan to read 210 books. I was …