Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #211 - Kill the Boy & Study In Charlotte

"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: Goldy Moldavsky 
Release Date: February 23, 2016 
Published by: Point 

Okay, so just know from the start that it wasn't supposed to go like this. All we wanted was to get near The Ruperts, our favorite boy band.

We didn't mean to kidnap one of the guys. It kind of, sort of happened that way. But now he's tied up in out hotel room. And the worst part of all, it's Rupert P. All four members of The Ruperts might have the same first name, but they couldn't be more different. And Rupert P. is the biggest flop out of the whole group.

We didn't mean to hold hostage a member of The Ruperts, I swear. At least, I didn't. We are fans. Okay, superfans who spend all of our free time tweeting about the boys and updating our fan tumblrs. But so what, that's what you do when you love a group so much it hurts.

How did it get this far? Who knows. I mean midterms are coming up. I really do not have time to go to hell. (Summary from Goodreads)

I am weirdly curious about this book. It sounds super strange but sometimes those can be golden. We'll have to see. :)

A Study in Charlotte
(Charlotte Holmes, Book 1)
Author: Brittany Cavallaro 
Release Date: March 1, 2016 
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books

The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson-writer and great-great-grandson of the John Watson-wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that's not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective's enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who's inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as he can remember-but from the moment they meet, there's a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.

Then a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Holmes stories, and Jamie and Charlotte become the prime suspects. Convinced they're being framed, they must race against the police to conduct their own investigation. As danger mounts, it becomes clear that nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other. (Summary from Goodreads)

I'M IN! This sounds great and I love a good Holmes and Watson twist! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Review: These Vicious Masks

These Vicious Masks 
Author: Tarun Shanker
Series: These Vicious Masks, Book 1 
Release date: February 9, 2016 
Published by; Swoon Reads 
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Evelyn is aggressively against anything that has to do with dancing, balls or husband hunting. Of course that's the opposite of what most every other young lady of her stature spends every waking moment doing. When Ev's sister Rose disappears one night everything begins to change, but is it for the better? Or worse?

My thoughts: Evelyn is a great character who was fun to read about. I liked many bits of this novel, and was only annoyed by the fact that it was rather predictable in plot. Did I guess everything? No. Plus, the setting was extremely fun!

England, 1882, upper class young ladies and men looking for the "right one" to commit themselves to was very Pride and Prejudice, but adding in a kidnapping and the discovery of people with special abilities = fun and adventure abound. Then there are the parents who are the worst helicopter parents ever! Wow! 

Evelyn and her family are really something. She is the sassiest young lady while her sister Rose is the sweetest and kindest there ever was...the only real issue that anyone seems to have with them? They are both aspiring nurses. Of course, ladies of their socioeconomic status DO NOT work. Ever. Being a fly on the wall as Evelyn and her sister are torn to pieces verbally time after time for things that young ladies today strive for their entire lives was so hard to endure.

Then there are the gentlemen: the charming Nicholas Kent and the gothically brooding Sebastian Braddock. Of course I'm not going to tell you which one is the one that either young lady is most interested in. ;) I wish there had been a bit more romance, but oh well. I suppose there's always hope for the sequel. 

Another thing that was done really well were the bad guys...there was a mother who was unbelievably evil. Wow! She was written so well that I wanted to climb into the book and destroy her with my bare hands!! 

Final thoughts: I loved the abilities + the setting = fantastic. For book 2 I'm hoping for more, more, more! 

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #210 - Shadow Queen & Blackhearts

"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: C. J. Redwine 
Release Date: February 16, 2016 
Published by: Balzer + Bray 

Lorelai Diedrich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common--magic. She'll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol's father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic--and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman...and bring her Lorelai's heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected--beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable--and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman--who she like far more than she should--Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn't going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose. (Summary from Goodreads)

I love stories with magic and this sounds like an intriguing story with a strong female lead and villain.

Author: Nicole Castroman 
Release Date: February 9, 2016 
Published by: Simon Pulse 

Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him--until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward "Teach" Drummond, son of one of Bristol's richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn't love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he'd begun to call home. There's only one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents' deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she's barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curacao--where her mother was born--when she's stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they're trapped by society and their own circumstances. Face with an impossible choice, they must decided to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay. (Summary from Goodreads)

AMAZING! That's what this sounds like! I cannot wait to get my hands on this one! Has anyone read it yet? 

What are you waiting on this week?

Review: Rebel of the Sands

Rebel of the Sands 
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of the Sands, Book 1
Release date: March 8, 2016
Published by: Penguin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amani has two choices at this point, marry her uncle or be killed in countless possible ways. In her town tiny town on the outer edge, Dustwalk, she has zero options when it comes to her future. Her town does have one thing going for it though, it has a mine which makes guns for the army. Amani is the best shot around and hoping to use that skill to get herself out of her life (disguised as a guy of course), but when she and Jin end up on the run from the Sultan's army everything begins to change...

My thoughts: This was a fantastic adventure filled with sand, magic and great characters. I was interested in this book since I first read about it, but when I won a copy from Goodreads I was beyond thrilled! I literally read it in 24 hours! (It was my reward for finishing a crappy book club book!) 

I was thrilled to be reading a story with a strong female main character even though Amani lives in a culture where women have no power at all. I don't know that I have read a western in a long time and this would certainly fit as both a western and a desert story which also has the bonus of MAGIC! Yes, you heard me...there are both "people" with magical abilities AND magical creatures in this book! 

The world and culture that Amani lives in is a cruel one that I'm sure many in our world can sympathize with, and even though I have certainly not had to deal with any of these issues myself I still was able to fall right into this new world and embrace it as if I was shadowing Amani the whole way. I thought that she was written so well in her attitude and life she had to lead, but that she didn't agree with or bow to. The fact that she was one of the best shots even though that was a very male skill just showed you how much she didn't fit in where she was in life and that she was going to do great things...now I never would have guessed she was going to do THAT great of thing specifically! You know what I mean if you've read the book = Wow! 

Jin was also a character that I instantly liked and was interested in learning more about. His story ends up being one that I thought I knew but really didn't which was fun for me since I hate it when I can completely guess a storyline. I especially like how he treated Amani as more of an equal who could hold her own from the very beginning instead of a piece of property to hide from the world or dominate completely. 

I don't want to give too much away about the storyline, so I'll just say that there were some great twists throughout the book that had me reading as fast as I could. I can see where some things might be going in the future but would never think I'd know for sure after reading this adventure. 

In the end, I am not only waiting on the edge of my seat for the next book, but also thrilled that this book was everything I had hoped for!! Well done Hamilton! I can't to read more from you. 

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #209 - Rebel of the Sands

"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: Alwyn Hamilton 
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Published by: Penguin

She's more gunpowder than girl--and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani's counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he's the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him...or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is. (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds fantastic! Another Wild West-type story but this one has a completely different twist to it! Very cool! Plus, I won an ARC from Penguin on Goodreads! Woot! Woot! I just started it and it is non-stop ADVENTURE so far! I can't wait to see what happens next. 

What are you waiting on this week?

Review: Passenger

Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: Passenger, Book 1
Release date: January 5, 2016
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Etta Spencer has been practicing and planning for her next performance which will lead to her debut as a violinist in the near future for so darn long. She has set aside everything else in life including friends and a boyfriend to get to these next steps. When she is suddenly and literally pushed into the past and into a ongoing war between time traveling families she is completely unprepared for the adventures she is about to go on. Then she meets Nicholas Carter and his life at sea and is thrown into another set of decisions that she never imagined before meeting him. Will they be able to get through this adventure alive and together? Or will everything they never knew they wanted be destroyed before they can have it?

My thoughts: THIS. WAS. GORGEOUS. It has taken me a while to write this because I am overwhelmed by all of the gushing thoughts in my head about this book. It makes you feel SO much! The pressure, the adventure, the nerves, the love....SO MUCH! 

I was completely sucked into Etta's world, and then Carter's as if I were right there next to them as things happened to them over and over again. The idea of time traveling is so overwhelming for me to even think about writing that I CANNOT even begin to figure out how in the world Bracken kept track of everything! WOW! Just...wow! THEN, she threw in the fact that Carter is an African American living in a time when we (America) are fighting the British (1776) - which means he's lucky he isn't a slave - which means there are SO many things that he cannot do, places he cannot go, people he cannot touch/look at/consider = BRILLIANT!! This creates SO much drama and story! I was hooked I tell you! 

Not only is Bracken's main character instantly someone you can feel for with her stress of being a brilliant violinist and all that she has had to do, and not do, to get there, BUT then she is literally pushed through a door into another time and WOW do things get fun fast! (I told you I wasn't going to be able to write this well! I warned you!) Oh, and Carter! He is such a great character that is full of so much determination and has had to claw for every tiny thing that he has gotten. I was instantly in love with him! He was adorable and a true hero in my opinion. 

There were also other secondary characters who were fantastically evil in their villainy! The head of the Ironwood family was the worst of the worst, BUT there was also the scheming cousin obsessed with climbing ladders as well as a whole group of people determined to stop them at every turn. And when I say that there was drama in the time traveling...I mean that there was DRAMA! The very idea of having your very existence or your whole ancestry line completely erased by one carefully undone bit in history is horrifying to me! How evil can you get!? 

In the end this story is so full of adventure, romance, and drama that I cannot stop gushing about it to all who come near. PLUS, there's going to be more since it is a series! AHHH!!! I might not be able to contain myself. Seriously!!! How can I wait for this!? First, I MUST make sure to get it at my libraries, and THEN I MUST get this pretty for my shelves at home because IT IS GORGEOUS in every way from outside to inside!!! 

Check out this great interview of the author with Goodreads from December...

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #208 - The Sisters of Salt and Iron & Revenge and the Wild

"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: Kady Cross 
Release Date: March 30, 2016 
Published by: Harlequin TEEN 

As Halloween approaches, twin sisters Lark, who is alive, and Wren, a tethered spirit, find themselves drifting apart. While Lark is happy with new boyfriend Ben, Wren is still hurting over her own still-alive-and-kicking love-interest, Kevin, who may or may not have kissed another girl. Spending more time on the Other Side, and less time with her sister in the land of the living, Lark becomes close with the spirit of a young man, Noah, who was killed years ago. But Noah is not as nice as he seems, and his thirst for vengeance has a dark and sudden influence on Wren. With the veil between the worlds thinning for Halloween, the spirits are getting stronger and it will be up to Lark and her friends to stop Noah and save Wren from becoming a monster. But the only way to do that could be to kill the boy that Wren is falling in love with. (Summary from Goodreads)

I LOVED the fist book in this series and seriously CANNOT wait for the next one! I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to sleep with the light on again but it's worth it! 

Author: Michelle Modesto 
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Published by: Balzer + Bray 

The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it's perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler.

Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Nine years later, Westie may seem fearsome with her foul-mouthed tough exterior and the powerful mechanical arm built for her by Nigel, but the memory of her past still haunts her. She's determined to make the killers pay for their crimes--and there's nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.

But Westie's search ceases when a wealthy family come to town looking to invest in Nigel's latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold--which Rogue City desperately needs as the magic wards that surround the city start to fail. There's only one problem: the investors look exactly like the family who murdered Westie's kin. With the help of Nigel's handsome but scarred young assistant, Alistair, Westie sets out to prove their guilt. But if she's not careful, her desire for revenge could cost her the family she has now. (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds like a crazy mix of genres that I cannot wait to try! Plus there's a kick-butt female MC which I am always looking for. I'm in.

What are you waiting on this week?