Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #188 - The Marvels & Manners and Mutiny

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Be sure to post a link to your Waiting on Wednesday below!

This week's pre-publication "We can't wait to read it!" selections are...

Author: Brian Selznick 
Release Date: September 15, 2015 
Published by: Scholastic Press 

Two seemingly unrelated stories--one in words, the other in pictures--come together. The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to estranged uncle's puzzling house in London, where he, along with the reader, must piece together many mysteries. (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds like a really cool combination of images and texts. And who doesn't love a good mystery!?!

Author: Gail Carriger
Release Date: November 3, 2015 
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 

When a dastardly Pickleman plot comes to fruition, only Sophronia can save her friends, her school, and all of London...but at what cost? Our proper young heroine puts her training and skills to the test in this highly anticipated conclusion of the rousing, intriguing, and always polished Finishing School series!  (Summary from Goodreads)

I LOVE THIS SERIES!! I cannot wait to get to another one of these books. Seriously if you like adventure, girl power, and steampunk...these are for YOU! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #187 - Everything, Everything & Dumplin'

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Be sure to post a link to your Waiting on Wednesday below!

This week's pre-publication "We can't wait to read it!" selections are...

Author: Nicola Yoon 
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers 

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I'm allergic to the world. I don't leave my house, have not left my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black--black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can't predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster. (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds like a fascinating story. Can't wait to get my hands on it. 

Author: Julie Murphy 
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Published by: Balzer + Bray 

Self-proclaimed far girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed "Dumplin'" by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked...until Will takes a job at Harpy's, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn't surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant--along with several other unlikely candidates--to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she'll shock the hell out of Clover City--and maybe herself most of all.
(Summary from Goodreads)

Doesn't this sound like an empowering story? I think it will be and I can't wait to try it. 

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Review: Charmed

Author: Michelle Krys
Series: The Witch Hunter, Book 2
Release date: May 25, 2015
Published by: Delacorte Press/PenguinRandomHouse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paige is missing, and Indie cannot find her no matter how hard she tries and no matter what magic she uses. When she does finally find out where Paige is it's not even on Earth! She's in Los Demonios! No one has EVER gone into Los Demonios and come back out again. It is an unbreakable prison! Now what is Indie going to do? And how is she going to keep it from her aunt?

MY thoughts: This series is a must buy for me! It is too darn fun and adventurous! Following her on her search to figure out how to get into Los Demonios, and then how to stay in there was quite intriguing. I thought I knew exactly how this story was going to go at the beginning of the book, but boy was I wrong! I couldn't believe what she had to do to get anywhere near the prison! Whoa!

I really liked the way that this story continues after the first book. The development, or at least peek into, Indie's aunt's personality and life including her past relationship with the Priory was great. It really made you feel more connected to Indie and her life. Indie is such a great character who's loyalty has no boundaries. I really like that about her. 

Final thoughts: I cannot wait to get my hands on book 3 in this series! If you haven't tried this series yet and you like books about witches and magic, you should get on it! 

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Review: Shadow Study

Shadow Study 
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Series: Study, Book 4 & Soulfinders, Book 1
Release date: February 24, 2015
Published by: Mira/HarlequinTeen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Yelena is finally going to live the life she's hoped for. Even more wonderful...she's going to share that life with Valek which is something she never thought would be a want for her. That's all destroyed when there's an attempt on her life that leaves her with no magic! How is this even possible? And she needs to keep the knowledge that she has no magic top secret because her life depends on it. Plus, if they trying to kill her then they may be trying to kill Valek too!?

My thoughts: This was an interesting story and I really like the main character of Yelena. I had a really hard time getting in the swing of things since this was apparently not the first book about her which I didn't know when I started this one. I went into this story thinking this was book 1 in a series, only to find out that it was very obviously not. All this considered, I now want to read the rest of the books I should have before this one. 

Yelena was a great character who was tough and full of history that I can't wait to read about sometime. She does share some of herself with us, but I really want more. The relationship between Valek and Yelena was also one where were being very teased about I felt since we get to see them together in the beginning and then not again. Yelena also has some serious connections I noticed as she tried to figure out what could possibly have taken her magic away. The whole mystery of her magic leaving is one that really got me curious and made me hold onto the story for the full ride. 

Final thoughts: I not only want to go back and read books 1-3 now, but with that cliffhanger at the end of this book I have got to read the next book in this series! Oh what a cliffhanger! 
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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Review: The Fall of the West

The Fall of the House of West 
Author: Paul Pope
Release date: October 13, 2015
Published by: First Second
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Aurora is motherless and on a mission to learn more about her death so she can avenge her no matter what. Her father not only doesn't talk about her mother or her death, but he also cannot seem to keep Aurora under complete control where her mother's death is concerned either. Will Aurora find out who really killed her mother? What will she do if she does find the killer?

My thoughts: This was full of mysterious intrigue, sadness and adventure. I wasn't sure if I had missed something in another book before this one but it never really felt quite filled in the way I would have liked.

The MC, Aurora, was a sad, tragic character who from the beginning was on a rampage to kill the person/thing who had killed her mother. The sad part was that when she found out it wasn't what she had thought at all. Her world was crushed by the revelation. 

This was an ok graphic novel and I'm sure it will be better once I see one in color, but it just wasn't my thing. Oh well. 

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Review: Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf 
Series: Wolves of the Beyond, Book 1 
Author: Kathryn Lasky
Release date: October 13, 2015 
Published by: Doubleday
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this book based on a recommendation from my niece. She even lent me her personal copy! And she was right: this is the start to an awesome series. I have to say, I want to pop out to the library and grab the second book in the series because Lasky left off on such a key event that I want to know what happens next.

This is the story of Faolan, a wolf pup born with a paw that isn’t quite right. Pack rules of the Wolves of the Beyond say he must be left to die; in order to keep the pack strong, no weaknesses can be allowed. This is the start of Faolan’s new life, for beyond all belief, he survives with the help of Thunderheart, a most wondrous bear who decides to raise the pup as her own after having lost her child.

I read this book in a day because I was so enthralled by the world Lasky creates and the characters she develops. There are ups and downs, a little heartbreak and hope, all emotions that kept me reading as I became a part of Faolan and Thunderheart’s family.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Review: The Ruby Airship

The Ruby Airship 
Author: Sharon Gosling
Series: The Diamond Thief, Book 2
Release date: April 10, 2015
Published by: Switch Press
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Remy Brunel has gone on the path of both the straight and narrow, but also has left her precious circus family well behind now. The big question is will anyone, even her friends, ever trust her completely? Even Thaddeus Rec, her favorite detective? When she can't handle these doubts any longer, she takes off for her homeland of France to find her circus family once again. She even has a good, old friend as her traveling pal...or is he? What exactly IS Yannick up to? Will Remy figure it all out in time?

My thoughts: Remy is one of the easiest characters to get to know and to really cheer for! She is vulnerable but also very tough...as in street tough! She has some serious kick-butt skills which her days in the circus have influenced.

We meet a lot of new characters in this second book. Most of the characters are her circus family, but there are also others that she meets along the way. What really keeps me going in these is that the drama doesn't lull. The drama keeps going and going with as much adventure as possible as well. 

If you love mystery, history and adventure then you have to try this Diamond Thief series! 

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