Hello, hello! I'm Kayla, a twenty-year-old girl with a penchant for Young Adult novels. Bookishly Spellbound is my little corner of the web where you'll find my thoughts on the books I am reading and the occasional fangirling over other stuff I enjoy.

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren that allows book bloggers to showcase the books they’ve received in the past week, whether it be your own purchases, from publishers, library checkouts, borrowed, won, etc.

My mom was super awesome to me this Valentine’s Day and surprised me with a bunch of fabulous books from my wishlist! I can’t wait to dive into all of them.

Everbound by Brodi Ashton (gift)
Pivot Point by Kasie West (purchased)
Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen (gift)
Sever by Lauren DeStefano (purchased)
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (gift)
Starters by Lissa Price (gift)
Venom by Fiona Paul (gift)

What did you get this week?

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Unremembered (Unremembered #1)
by Jessica Brody
Release Date: March 5, 2013 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux (BYR)
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The only thing worse than forgetting her past… is remembering it.

When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.

Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.

Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.

Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?

From popular young adult author, Jessica Brody comes a mesmerizing and suspenseful new series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.

Unfortunately I have never read any of Jessica Brody’s novels but I have heard some good things about them. Unremembered’s summary immediately piqued my interest. It sounds full of mystery and intrigue and I am definitely dying to get my hands on this one.

What are you waiting on this week?

Posted by on February 13, 2013 In: Waiting on Wednesday Comments: Add?

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a meme that features a new top ten list each week.

Top Ten Favorite Romances

This is the perfect list for the week of Valentine’s Day! It was hard for me to choose ten couples — there were many that didn’t make the cut — but I finally did! So let’s see, shall we?! Keep in mind that they are in no particular order.

Clara & Christian / Clara & Tucker

(Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand) – VERY rarely do I find myself liking both of the boys within a love triangle — I’m usually quick to decide what team I’m on soon after both relationships have been introduced. But the Unearthly books have certainly left me feeling a bit indecisive! Clara’s relationships with both Christian and Tucker just have such great qualities that make it impossible for me to choose between the two. One page I find myself favoring her with one of them and the next page it’s the other!

Sky & Holder

(Hopeless by Colleen Hoover) – Sky and Holder are not a perfect couple by any means, I mean realistically, who is? But there is something so special and memorable about their relationship. I don’t know if it’s because Holder is so eternally selfless and always there for Sky or if it’s just their fabulous chemistry that makes me love them so much, all I know is that I cherish these two.

Katy & Daemon

(Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout) – Katy and Daemon pretty much rule. Though he doesn’t easily show it, I love how I can just feel Daemon’s love for her coming through the pages.

Wanderer & Ian

(The Host by Stephenie Meyer) – This relationship is one I will hold dear to my heart forever. I was completely obsessed with Wanda and Ian; his fierce protectiveness for her, her ability to love him as deeply as a human being is capable of even though she is not one. I read this book twice in one week — God knows how many times I’ve read it all together — just because I couldn’t get enough of them. I’m REALLY hoping they captured the tone of their relationship correctly for the film.

Evie & Jackson

(The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole) – Wooo hooo hooo! This pair’s relationship is so filled with angst and sexual tension, which is perfect because I am queen of the angst and sexy times, and sometimes I just need a break from the many insta-happily-ever-after-romances. Evie and Jackson were a refreshing couple.

Kate & Henry

(The Goddess Test series by Aimee Carter) – I’ve never been able to get Henry and Kate out of my head and since I’ve finished the series it seems that they are always going to stick with me.

Wendy & Finn / Wendy & Loki

(Trylle series by Amanda Hocking) – Another love triangle where I love BOTH relationships! In the beginning of the series I was firmly Team Finn and thought I always would be, but then Loki had to come in and throw my feelings all over the place! In the end, I did enjoy Wendy and Loki as a couple over Finn and Wendy, but I felt Finn deserved an honorable mention since I loved him something fierce in the beginning.

Anna & St. Clair

(Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins) – Ahhh, this relationship is the epitome of cuteness! Anna and St. Clair are such an epic couple and will continue to be one of my top favorite romances for a long time to come.

Violet & Phoenix

(The Violet Eden Chapters by Jessica Shirvington) – Phoenix comes across as so evil but I just KNOW there is good in him and it peeks through in his scenes with Violet. If they could just really get a chance at a relationship without anyone interfering it would be so perfect. Forever swooning over this couple.

Aria & Perry

(Under the Never Sky series by Veronica Rossi) – LOVE the building of trust and friendship between these two. There isn’t a lot for me to say about Aria and Perry since the romantic part of their relationship is so new and I haven’t read Through the Ever Night yet, but they definitely sparked my interest and I can’t wait for Veronica Rossi to get more in-depth with the romance.

What romances made it onto your list? I hope you all have a love-filled Valentine’s Day and get lots of yummy chocolates!

Posted by on February 12, 2013 In: Top Ten Tuesday Comments: 2

Welcome to Bookishly Spellbound, a new YA book blog dedicated to sharing my love of books with other literary-minded people! As of right now, I’m aiming to post at least 2-3 reviews a week, along with memes and other fun stuff relating to the YA genre.

Feel free to introduce yourself in the comments or even recommend me a book you think I’d enjoy. I look forward to getting to know you!

Posted by on February 10, 2013 In: Site Comments: Add?

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