The mystery of a fantastic book.

Last Tuesday at the library:  I’ll just skim over the titles in the YA section, just to see. Oh look, Under The Never Sky. But it’s vacation next week. The kids will be home. I have a ton of stuff to do. I’ll just stick it in my bag. Eh, just another dystopian.

Wednesday:  Didn’t even look at the library bag.

Thursday: Fine, I’ll read the first chapter. Yep. Just what I thought. Another dystopian. Seriously? Do we need another? I should’ve left it on the shelves. What was I thinking?

Friday: All the boys gone on a cub scout overnight. No time to read. Make dinner for four middle school girls on a sleepover, then go to bed early so they can be silly and talk without “the mom” eavesdropping. In bed, plot the second book after A Spy Like Me. I guess I’ll bring that book up with me, just in case. Didn’t read it.

Saturday: Clearly, I’m not going to get any work done. I’ll read one more chapter. Wha? What just happened? Hmm. This just got a lot better. I’ll read the next one just to see. Chapter three introduces Peregrine’s pov (the boy). Seriously. I’m a goner.

Saturday night: I leave watching a great movie with thirty minutes to go because I need to read more before bed. I’ll be grumpy because I wasn’t even going to watch the movie! Stayed up too late reading.

Sunday: Church. Dinner at the parents. All I want to do is stay home and read. Couldn’t.

Sunday night: The kids are in bed. Just a few more pages. Then I’ll going to write my blog post for today.


Finished an incredible book that I couldn’t put down. Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi was not another dystopian. It was incredibly written with amazing tension…and it was one of the best love stories I’ve read in a while.

News: The big reveal of the cover for A Spy Like Me will be Next Monday at YA Confidential, and a giveaway here!

Have you read a great book lately?

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33 Responses to The mystery of a fantastic book.

  1. Christina Lee February 27, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    WOW, didn’t know where this was headed. so true for us very avid readers that we need to give some books more pages and then yes MAGIC happens! Okay, on my list!

    • Laura February 27, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

      I’m so glad I kept reading. I seriously almost didn’t and would’ve missed out on an incredible story.

  2. Karen Hooper February 27, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    Yay for fantastic books! 🙂
    We’re so excited to host the Spy Like Me reveal. Happy Monday!

  3. Natalie Aguirre February 27, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    So agree that Under the Never Sky was awesome. I really loved that book. Just finished The Pledge, another really good book.

  4. Stina Lindenblatt February 27, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    I just read the blurb on Elana J’s blog and thought, “Great, another YA dystopian novel. I’ll pass.” You just sold me on it. Adding it to my list.

    I love your cover, Laura. I can’t wait for your big reveal. 😀 (Ha! I’ve just confused everyone who reads this comment and doesn’t realize I’ve already seen the cover).

    • Laura February 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

      Sometimes I feel like many dystopian novels are so similar that’s why I just wasn’t enthusiastic about this one. But it was at the library so figured I’d give it a try. Great writing can make all the difference.

  5. anne gallagher February 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    Don’t you love that when you find something you think you’re going to hate turns out to be something you adore. I just finished an old book (pubbed in 1990) — Jane Fairfax by Jeanne Aiken, about the misunderstood Miss from Jane Austen’s Emma. Great book. I was quite surprised myself.

  6. christine danek February 27, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone was one I couldn’t put done. I love it when I find those kind of books.

    • Laura February 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

      I really enjoyed that one too!

  7. christine danek February 27, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    Okay, I meant down not done. My brain needs to wake up.

  8. Alex J. Cavanaugh February 27, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    Suckered you right in, didn’t it?

    • Laura February 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

      Totally did! And I was pretty sure I didn’t have time to read an entire novel over the weekend. But it happened anyway! I don’t regret one minute of it.

  9. Andrea February 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    I can always read more dystopian – I seem to be addicted. But a good book that I’ve read lately? One that stands out for me is The Scorpio Races.

  10. April Plummer February 27, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    That’s how I was with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo this weekend. I know I annoyed my poor husband…though if I did, he didn’t show it. But I had that book in my hand all weekend. Literally. Now I’m reading the second one.

    I think Under the Never Sky is on my wish list. Either that or I already bought it, and it’s on my iPad…

  11. Laura Marcella February 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    I just started reading 11/22/63 by Stephen King. So so good!

    Can’t wait to see your book’s cover!!!

  12. Ava Jae February 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    Hmm, Under the Never Sky wasn’t on my wish list because…as you said, it looked like just another dystopia, but after this I might have to take a look at it.

    I recently read A Million Suns by Beth Revis which was just fantastic and easily one of the best sequels I’ve read in a long time.

    • Laura February 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

      I”m pretty sure my library will A Million Suns in since they have the first one. Sequels are hard to do right! Glad to hear this is a good one.

  13. Susan Kaye Quinn February 27, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    Got to read that book! And can’t wait for the cover of A Spy Like Me!

  14. Ghenet Myrthil February 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    Sounds like I need to read it! I like dystopians but like most people, I’m kind of getting tired of them. But this one sounds really good.

  15. Leigh Moore February 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    LOL! Ahh, you’re so funny. I do that same thing all the time with books–even with writing! Procrastinate, and then once you start, it’s like how can I stop now? *fingers drumming*

    I’ve heard so many good things about UTNS. Must pick it up~ :o) <3

    • Laura February 27, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

      I can usually tell in the first chapter. The writing was good but the second and third chapter definitely won me over. Glad I read more!

  16. Jennifer Hoffine February 27, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    Love the title on that one…glad to hear the story lives up to it.

    Looking forward to your cover reveal! Yay!

  17. Patti Nielson February 27, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    I love it and hate it when that happens. Okay, mostly my family hates it when that happens, because it’s usually grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner.

    Looking forward to seeing your cover.

  18. Prudence MacLeod February 27, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    I just love it when I book draws you in and refuses to let you go. Awesome, putting it on the TBR list. Looking forward to the book cover reveal.

  19. Elle Strauss February 27, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    I trust your reviews, Laura, so now I have to read that!

    Can’t wait to see your cover!! Let me know if you want to do a reveal on my blog.

  20. Traci Kenworth February 28, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Will have to put this on my tbr pile.

  21. Kris February 28, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    Did you say love story? I might just have to put that one on my list…

  22. Sarah Pearson February 28, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    Don’t you love it when this happens?

  23. Angela Ackerman February 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    Oh wow–I love it when a book surprises and doesn’t let go. I’ll look for this one–thanks Laura!


  24. Lisa Green February 28, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    Ooh ooh ooh I love it when that happens! It’s on my TBR list. I can’t wait to see your cover!! I’m so excited for you!

  25. Peggy Eddleman February 29, 2012 at 12:35 am #

    Awww! I love a book that grabs me like this! I’m adding it to Goodreads RIGHT NOW.

  26. Karen Strong March 1, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    Ha, I do love it when this happens. Just when you think you know what a book is about, you start reading it with low expectations and BAM! it gets you and next thing you know it’s like 1 AM. ha, ha.

    The last book that got me like that was ASHES by Ilsa Bick.


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