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Musical Moments: Song of the Month: March 2013 – Chosen by Marissa Meyer


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Title: Scarlet
Series: Lunar Chronicles #2
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Puffin
Publication Date: 7 Feb 2013

Synopsis from Amazon

The second book in The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. 

This is not the fairy-tale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.

SCARLET BENOIT’S grandmother is missing. The police have closed her case. The only person Scarlet can turn to is Wolf, a street fighter she does not trust, but they are drawn to each other.

Meanwhile, in New Beijing, Cinder will become the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive – when she breaks out of prison to stay one step ahead of vicious Queen Levana.

As Scarlet and Wolf expose one mystery, they encounter Cinder and a new one unravels. Together they must challenge the evil queen, who will stop at nothing to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner . . .

***Red Riding Hood-meets-Percy Jackson in a thrilling new spin on Grimm by Marissa Meyer, the author of Cinder.***



I love making playlists for my books, and SCARLET (my futuristic retelling of Little Red Riding Hood) had plenty of songs that lent themselves easily to the story. Obvious songs, like “Li’l Red Riding Hood” by Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs, “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon, and “Howlin’ for You” by The Black Keys.

After all, wolves are kind of an important fixture, in both the fairy tale and the book.

But if I had to choose one song that to me feels like the book’s theme song, it would be “Animal” by the Neon Trees.

Here we are again, I feel the chemicals kicking in.
It’s getting heavy and I want to run and hide,
I want to run and hide. 

I love how this song is romantic—but in a very primal, passionate way, which is how I envision Scarlet and Wolf’s feelings toward each other. Although Wolf has the obvious animalistic tendencies, Scarlet acts on instincts just as much as he does, and while they both spend some time trying to fight off the initial attraction they feel to each other, eventually it gets to a point where the feelings are too strong to ignore.

You’re just a cannibal, and I’m afraid I won’t get out alive.
No, I won’t sleep tonight…

Of course, acting on those feelings comes with consequences too, which is another reason I love this song. It makes the idea of falling in love sound dangerous—perhaps even deadly—which it very much is for these two characters.

Plus, this song is just really peppy and I can’t seem to stop listening to it. The best kind of theme song!

Marissa Meyer is in the UK at the end of March keep checking her calender for updates on events HERE

Spotlight: Second Chance Boyfriend by Monica Murphy

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Second Chance Boyfriend (Drew + Fable #2)
Release Date: April 2013
Cover Designed by: Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations
Cover Reveal Organized by: YA Bound Blog Tours
Summary from Goodreads:
That one single word best describes my life at this very moment. I lost the
last games of the season and both my team and my coach blame me. I lost the last two months because I drowned in my own despair like a complete loser. And I lost the only girl who ever mattered because I was afraid being with me would destroy her.
But now I realize how truly lost I am without her. She has become my story…and even though she acts like she’s moved on, I know she still thinks about me just as much as I think about her. She’s beautiful, sweet—and so damn vulnerable, all I want to do is help her. Be there for her.
Love her… 
If  only I could convince Fable to give me a second chance. Then I wouldn’t feel so lost anymore, and neither would she. We could be found together.
Take a look at the revamped cover of
One Week Girlfriend:
One Week Girlfriend (Drew + Fable #1) by Monica Murphy 
Release Date: 01/11/13

Summary from Goodreads:

New Adult Contemporary Romance**Mature situations and sexual content – recommended for ages 17+**

Temporary. That one single word best describes my life these last few years.

I’m working at a temporary job until I can finally break free. I’m my little brother’s temporary mother since our mom doesn’t give a crap about either of us. And I’m that temporary girl all the guys want to get with because I give it up so easily. According to the rumors, at least.

But now I’m the temporary girlfriend of Drew Callahan, college football legend and all around golden guy. He’s beautiful, sweet—and he’s hiding way more secrets than I am. He’s brought me into this fake life where everyone seems to hate me. And everyone seems to want something from him. The only thing he seems to want though is…


I don’t know what to believe anymore. All I know is, I think Drew needs me. And I want to be there for him.


About the Author

Monica Murphy is a writer, a wife and a mom. She drinks too much coffee and spends too much time in front of her computer. She likes to read, she watches bad reality TV and she sometimes acts younger than she really is. Though most of the time she’s sure her kids think she’s a complete buzz kill.

One Week Girlfriend, a new adult/contemporary romance, is Monica’s first book.