Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #156 - We Can Work It Out & Dove Arising

"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: Elizabeth Eulberg 
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Published by: Point

When Penny Lane started The Lonely Hearts Club, the goal was simple: to show that girls didn't need to define themselves by how guys looked at them, and didn't have to value boyfriends over everything else. Penny thought she'd be an outcast for life...but then the club became far more popular than she ever imagined it would be.

But what happens when the girl who never thought she'd date a good guy suddenly finds herself dating a great one? She doesn't need a boyfriend...but she wants it to work out with this particular boyfriend. And he wants it to work out with her.

Only, things keep getting in the way. Feelings keep getting hurt. Words keep getting misunderstood.

Penny Lane worked hard to declare her independence. Now she needs to figure out what to do with it -- and how to balance what she wants with what everyone else wants. (Summary from Goodreads)

I read The Lonely Hearts Club and it was cute and quirky and fun, so I'm adding this one to my list for those times when that's the type of quick read I want. I suggest it to anyone for that reason. 

Author: Karen Bao
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Published by: Viking Juvenile

Phaet Theta has lived her whole life in a colony on the Moon. She's barely spoken since her father died in an accident nine years ago. She cultivates the plants in Greenhouse 22, lets her best friend talk for her, and stays off the government's radar.

Then her mother is arrested.

The only way to save her younger siblings from the degrading Shelter is by enlisting in the Militia, the faceless army that polices the Lunar bases and protects them from attacks by desperate Earth-dwellers. Training is brutal, but it's where Phaet forms an easy but meaningful alliance with the preternaturally accomplished Wes, a fellow outsider.

Rank high, save her siblings, free her mom: that's the plan. Until Phaet's logically ordered world begins to crumble... (Summary from Goodreads)

After reading Burn Out, I've been looking for the next space adventure to read. Maybe this is it!? So...I'm in!

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Review: The Dream Thieves & Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves
Series: The Raven Cycle, Book 2
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Release date: September 17, 2013
Published by: Scholastic Press
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

With the ley lines now awake, Ronan's dreams have become more powerful then ever before. They have even started to interfere in his daytime life. On top of things there are some very creepy people out there that are also after the Graywaren. What will The Raven Boys find along their journey to find Glendower. 

My thoughts: First of all, this is truly Ronan's story in this book. Ronan is a very dark, sad and rather tightly wound character who we know very little about at the beginning of this book. As we read get farther into this book we begin to learn more and more about Ronan and the members about his family. His story is not a happy one I'm sad to tell you. 

One thing I thought was really interesting was that Adam began to become quite a jerk in this one. I was not impressed. Even he and Blue begin to have issues, so I guess I'm not the only one who notices he's a jerk. Plus, Noah and Blue become closer friends and they even begin to share secrets which is rather sweet. I did keep hoping for Gansey and Blue moments but they didn't seem to happen as often as I wanted them to. :( I guess I have to wait for more books...sooo on to book 3! 

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Series: The Raven Cycle, Book 3
Release date: October 21, 2014
Published by: Scholastic Press
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Will Blue be able to hang onto everything she has surrounded herself with? Her family? Her friends? Or will she lose it all?

My thoughts: This one was hard for me to get through for some reason. This 3rd book is really about the literal search for the King in different caves, using visions, etc. There's also more Gansey and Blue in this one...but just not enough! I want more, more, more!!! 

Maggie's writing is excellent as usual too, and I really like where things went with some characters like Greenmantle and Piper in the end. I just had such a hard time getting through it when I should have been flying through the pages instead. Perhaps I'll do that with book 4! 

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Have you read these? What did you think so far? 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #155 - Playlist for the Dead & The Sin Eater's Daughter

"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: Michelle Falkoff
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Published by: HarperTeen 

Here's what Same knows: There was a party. There was a fight. The next morning, his best friend, Hayden, was dead. And all he left Sam was a playlist of songs, and a suicide note: For Sam--listen and you'll understand.

As he listens to song after song, Same tries to face up to what happened the night Hayden killed himself. But it's only by taking out his earbuds and opening his eyes to the people around him that he will finally be able to piece together his best friend's story. And maybe have a chance to change his own. (Summary from Goodreads)

I was fascinated by Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and this summary sounds like Playlist for the Dead might have the same unique feel. I'll be curious to see how that element of guilt and realization moves through Sam's story.

Author: Melinda Salisbury 
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Published by: Scholastic Press

16-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she's engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn't a member of the court. She's the executioner.

As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she's taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he's able to look past Twylla's executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess. Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla's problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon he duty in favor of a doomed love? (Summary from Goodreads)

Sounds like Shatter Me meets Graceling!! I CAN'T WAIT!!! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #154 - Perfect Couple & The Glass Arrow

"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: Jennifer Echols
Release Date: January 13, 2015
Published by: Simon Pulse

 As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parent's bitter divorce left her wondering what a loving relationship looks like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody; Perfect Couple That Never Was; her friends have been pushing her to ask Brody out.

Brody doesn't lack female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He's confused about the match too. Yet they find themselves drawn together first by curiosity about why the class paired them, then by an undeniable bond.

The trouble is, though they're attracted to each other, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating well. If they're the perfect couple, this shouldn't be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But they feel so changed from making the effort, they can't forget each other. What if this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all? (Summary from Goodreads)

I love anything by Echols. She always has an insightful twist that helps her characters learn and grow. 

Author: Kristen Simmons
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Published by: Tor Teen

The Handmaid's Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year-old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya's luck runs out and she's caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning. (Summary from Goodreads)

This reminds me of Orleans by Sherri L. Smith which I ADORED!! It was so hard core and raw! Plus, The Handmaid's Tale left me thinking for months later. If this book can touch either of these at all like this, then WOW...I'm in! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #153 - I Was Here & Red Queen

"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: Gayle Forman
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Published by: Viking Juvenile

Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until...they weren't anymore.

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything--so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg's college town to pack up the belonging left behind she discovers that there's a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg's heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can't open--until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend's death gets thrown into question.(Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds like a heartbreaking story, but in a good way as most Gayle Forman books do.

Author: Victoria Aveyard
Release Date: February 10, 2014
Published by: Orion 

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rules of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from the Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win? (Summary from Goodreads)

I'm so very intrigued by this book! The cover, the description, the blood...all of it!! I want it immediately!! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #152 - All the Bright Places & Alistairs Grim's Odditorium

"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: Jennifer Niven
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Published by: Knopf

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markay lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister's recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it's unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the "natural wonders" of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It's only with Violet that Finch can be himself--a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who'd not such a freak after all. And it's only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet's world grows, Finch's begins to shrink.  (Summary from Goodreads)

Oh my. I want it in my hands now. I'm hoping it will be haunting and beautiful and uplifting. 

Author: Gregory Funaro
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Published by: Disney-Hyperion

Grubb, age twelve (or thereabouts), has never known anything beyond his miserable existence as a chimney sweep, paid only in insults and abuse by his cruel master.

All of that changes the day he stows away in the coach belonging to a mysterious guest at the inn that he is tasked with cleaning. Grubb emerges from Alistair Grim's trunk and into the wondrous world of the Odditorium. Fueled by a glowing blue energy that Grubb can only begin to understand, the Odditorium is home to countless enchanted objects and an eccentric crew that embraces Grubb as one of their own.

There's no time for Grubb to settle into his new role as apprentice to the strange, secretive Mr. Grim. When the Odditorium comes under attack, Grubb is whisked off on a perilous adventure. Only he can prevent he Odditorium's magic from falling into evil hands-and his new family from suffering a terrible fate.

Grubb knows he's no hero. He's just a chimney sweep. But armed with only his courage and wits, Grubb will confront the life-or-death battle he alone is destined to fight. (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds so interesting and different. Plus it's a Middle Grade novel and I am always looking for a good one of these for our middle school library. My kiddos eat these up whole!

What are you waiting on this week?

Top 10 Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing Me!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the team over at Broke and the Bookish! Leave a link to your Top 10 below!

Top 10 Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing Me...

1. Rebel (Reboot, Book 2) 
by Amy Tintera 
I loved book 1 of this series, and REALLY want to get my hands on book 2.

2. Snow Like Ashes 
by Sara Raasch
Doesn't this sound good!?

3. Sisters' Fate (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, Book 3) 
by Jessica Spotswood
I LOVE this series and would love to have it complete on my bookshelf so I could reread it whenever I choose to! WOW! 

4. The Unbound (The Archived, Book 2)
by Victoria Schwab
This is a book I have been wanting. I have book 1, but would like to be able to just read, read, read when I get started.

5. Belzhar 
by Meg Wolitzar
This one sounds SO good and we recently got to meet her and hear her talk about writing. Meg is fantastic! WOW!! 

6. Strange and Ever After (Something Strange & Deadly, Book 3) 
by Susan Dennard
I loved this first book and need to finish the series. Pls, Susan is awesome!

7. Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, Book 3) 
by Maggie Stiefvater
This series is so different and interesting. I love Maggie's books!!! Plus, Blue is fantastic! 

8. Thunderstruck (Weather Witch, Book 3) 
by Shannon Delany
I LOVE THIS SERIES!!! I must own the whole thing! I have got to get my paws on this one!

9. The Murder Complex 
by Lindsey Cummings
What a creepy idea for a book! I can't wait to try this one! I must get my hands on it.

10. Catalyst (Insignia, Book 3) 
by S.J. Kincaid
This series is so Ender's Game fun! I love the technie/warness of it all! 

What's on your Top 10 this week?