Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #151 - The Conspiracy of Us & All Fall Down

"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: Maggie Hall
Release Date: January 13, 2015
Published by: Putnam Juvenile

Avery West's newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, the believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.

To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle--beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But as the clues expose a stunning conspiracy that might plunge the world into World War 3, she discovers that both boys are hiding secrets of their own. Now she will have to choose not only between freedom and family--but between the boy who might help her save the world, and the one she's falling in love with. (Summary from Goodreads)

Um...the line about forbidden love and code breaking, check please! That's a book for me.

Author: Ally Carter
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Published by: Scholastic Press

This new series by Ally Carter focuses on Grace, who can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world, and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row.

Now, at age sixteen, she's come back to stay -- in order to solve the mystery of her mother's death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved. (Summary from Goodreads)

Doesn't this sound amazing!? Intrigue! If this is anything as good as her fantastic Heist Society series it's going to amazing!

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Top 10 Books I Read in 2014...

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 Read In 2014...

1. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

2. The Lovely and the Lost by Page Morgan

4. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger 

5. Ruins by Dan Wells

6. Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

7. Salt by Danielle Ellison

8. The Winter People by Rebekah L. Purdy

9. Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

10. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

What's on your Top 10 this week?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia 
Author: Katherine Paterson
Release date: originally, 1977
Published by: HarperCollins
Award: Newbery Medal

Review: I like the story because, it has a story about how this boy named Jess wants to be the fastest kid in the whole school, but this new kid named Leslie end up being the fastest kid. Soon they become best friends and not far into the woods they built a castle stronghold and they called it Terabithia.

Jess has a little sister called Maybell. She cherishes him and loves anything he does. She follows them to Terabithia and Jess gets very angry at her so he makes her swear on the Bible to never follow again. 

I read this for book club, it's very good and we haven't met yet. I can't wait to meet next Wednesday. I really hope you like it too.

You would like this if you like stories about friendship. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #150 - We Should Hang Out Sometime & Frostfire

"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...

We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a true story 
Author: Josh Sundquist
Release Date: December 23, 2014
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

A bright, poignant, and deeply funny autobiographical account of coming-of-age as an amputee cancer survivor, from Josh Sundquist: Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker.

Josh Sundquist only ever had one girlfriend.
For twenty-three hours.
In eighth grade.

Why was Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girls he had tried to date and asked them straight up: What went wrong?

The results of Josh's semiscientific, wholly hilarious investigation are captured here. From disastrous Putt-Putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD )Close Fast Dancing), to a misguided "grand gesture" at a Miss America pageant, this story is about looking for love--or at least a girlfriend--in all the wrong places. (Summary from Goodreads)

I love reading a memoir with humor thrown in. This sounds like it will be an entertaining coming-of-age story and a great book to add to my YA memoir school bookshelf.

Author: Amanda Hocking
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin

Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.

Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who's determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King's Guard to protect the royal family. She's not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.

But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin - a fallen hero she once loved - begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process? (Summary from Goodreads)

Trolls? A tracker? This sounds SO good! I'm in! Plus...don't hate me...but I haven't ever read anything by Amanda Hocking. I know. I suck. But this one sounds amazing! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Review: Nature's Power by Patricia K. Hummer

Nature's Power
Author: Patricia K. Hummer

Review: This book is very interesting. I have learned a lot about how air, ice, and water can work together to make horrible destruction, and how much it could hurt you. But I'm still wondering about things I've already read and what's going to happen next. For example, are they going to talk about lava? I've written on sticky notes either a new word, something I'm still wondering more about, something that I didn't know, or something interesting. 

The book is about what nature can do, and how much it can destroy houses, trees, villages, or peoples lives.
Hurricanes, tornadoes or, for example, if all the glaciers melted at once the ocean will rise up to 180 feet. 

You should read this book if you want to know about storms like ice storms, water storms, or wind air storms that look like funnel tubes which are actually tornadoes.  

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #149 - Ticker & Darkest Part of the Forest

"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: Lisa Mantchev
Release Date: December 1, 2014
Published by: Skyscape

A girl with a clockwork heart must make every second count.

When Penny Farthing nearly dies, brilliant surgeon Calvin Warwick manages to implant a brass "Ticker" in her chest, transforming her into the first of the Augmented. But soon it's discovered that Warwick killed dozens of people as he strove to perfect another improved Ticker for Penny, and he's put on trial for mass murder.

On the last day of Warwick's trial, the Farthings' factory is bombed, Penny's parents disappear, and Penny and her brother, Nic, receive a ransom note demanding all of their Augmentation research if they want to see their parents again. Is someone trying to destroy the Farthings...or is the motive more sinister?

Desperate to reunite their family and rescue their research, Penny and her brother recruit fiery baker Violet Nesselrode, gentleman-about-town Sebastian Stirling, and Marcus Kingsley, a young army general who has his own reasons for wanting to lift the veil between this world and the next. Wagers are placed, friends are lost, romance stages an ambush, and time is running out for the girl with the clockwork heart. (Summary from Goodreads)

Okay, okay, I know this came out two days ago, but it sounds so good that I want to feature it. I haven't bought it yet, sooo technically it's still a WoW for me, right? ;) Penny sounds like a really interesting character, a person I want to get to know. 

Author: Holly Black
Release Date: January 13, 2015
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they're destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she's found the thing she's been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries' seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does...

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough? (Summary from Goodreads)

1st - It's HOLLY BLACK!!! I'M IN!!!
2nd- This sounds BRILLIANT with the boy in the coffin sleeping who wakes up that both the boy and girl are in love with and the regular world around them. I cannot wait!
Plus - That cover is FANTASTIC!!! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #148 - Top Ten Clues You're Clueless & Lumiere

"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: Liz Czukas
Release Date: December 9, 2014
Published by: HarperTeen

Top Five Things That Are Ruining Chloe's day...

5) Working the 6:30 a.m. shift at GoodFoods Market
4) Crashing a cart into a customer's car right in front on her snarky coworker Sammi
3) Trying to rock the "drowned rat" look after being caught in a snowstorm
2) Making zero progress with her crush, Tyson (see #3)
1) Being accused -- along with her fellow teenage employees--of stealing upwards of $10,000

Chloe would rather be anywhere than locked in work jail (aka the break room) with five of her coworkers...even if one of them is Tyson. But if they can band together to clear their names, what looks like a total disaster might just make Chloe's list of Top Ten Best Moments.
 (Summary from Goodreads)

Number One: I like the cover.
Number Two: I love lists!
Number Three: This sounds like a fun, quirky story.
I'm in.

(The Illumination Paradox, Book 1)
Author: Jacqueline Pynaert
Release Date: December 15, 2014
Published by: 

One determined girl. One resourceful boy. One miracle machine that could destroy everything.

After an unexplained flash shatters her world, seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth sets out to find the Illuminator, her father's prized invention. With it, she hopes to cure herself of her debilitating seizures before Professor Smrt--her father's arch nemesis--discovers her secret and locks her away in an asylum.

Pursued by Smrt, Eyelet locates the Illuminator only to see it whisked away. She follows the thief into the world of the unknown, compelled not only by her quest but by the allure of the stranger--Urlick Babbit--who harbors secrets of his own.

Together, they endure deadly Vapours and criminal-infested woods in pursuit of the same prize, only to discover the miracle machine they hoped would solve their problems may in fact be their biggest problem of all. (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds amazing! I'm in!

What are you waiting on this week?