Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #169 - The Isle of the Lost

"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: Melissa de la Cruz
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Published by: Disney- Hyperion

Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that's been left to rot and forgotten by the world.

But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Forest is a dragon's eye: the key to true darkness and the villains' only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it...who will it be? (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds AMAZING! It also gives a description of the kids of the villains who have been growing up on the island and oh does this sound fun! I cannot wait to read this series! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Review: Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret by Bob Shea

Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret 
Author: Bob Shea
Release date: May 5, 2015
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ballet Cat loves to dance and twirl and spin, but Sparkle Pony has a secret today. That secret could change everything about their playing ways though and Ballet Cat doesn't know what to do. Will their friendship survive?

My thoughts: ADORABLE! Wow! I don't know when I last read a book aloud that the girls loved more and that I enjoyed doing the voices of while reading to them as well! Too darn fun! Plus it is incredibly sweet. When I was at a session with Disney at ALAMW15 where they promoted this one they mentioned that this is also going to be a series. How great is that!? I can't wait for more Ballet Cat! Woot! Woot! 

The girls thoughts: They love it and cannot wait to have the next book to read! Also, "Read it again! And again!" Even though they're now 8 & 10!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #168 - A Court of Thorns and Roses

"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: Sarah J. Maas 
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Published by: Bloomsbury Children's

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin--one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it...or doom Tamlin - and his world - forever. (Summary from Goodreads)

The tag says that this is, "perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore" and her books are my favorite!!! I'm in! Plus, that cover is AMAZING!!!

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #167 - The Start of Me and You, Hit & Dream a Little Dream

"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: Emery Lord 
Release Date: March 31, 2015 
Published by: Bloomsbury 

It's been a year since it happened--when Paige Hancock's first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school...and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her-the perfect way to convince everyone she's back to normal. Next: Join a club-simple, it's high school after all. But when Ryan's sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live? (Summary from Goodreads)

Oh, I love a sweet romance. 

(Hit, Book 1)
Author: Delilah S. Dawson 
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Published by: Simon Pulse 

No one reads the fine print.

The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that we were bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift ad silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to valor voicemail, they're unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country.

Patsy didn't have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her mother die?

Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each nae on Patsy's list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom take a bullet of her own.

Since yarn bombing is the only rebellion in Patsy's past, she's horrified and overwhelmed, especially as she realizes that most of the ten people on her list aren't strangers. things get even more complicated when a moment of mercy lands her with a sidekick: a hot rich kid named Wyatt whose brother is the last name on Patsy's list. The two share an intense chemistry even as every tick of the clock draws them closer to an impossible choice.

Delilah S. Dawson offers an absorbing, frightening glimpse at a reality just steps away from ours--a taut, suspenseful thriller that absolutely mesmerizes from start to finish. (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds perfectly horrifying and too close to how what our future could possible be. YIKES!!! 

Author: Kerstin Gier (translated by Anthea Bell) 
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Published by: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yep, Liv's dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially this one where she's in a graveyard at night, watching four boys perform dark magic rituals.

The really weird thing is that Liz recognizes the boys in her dream. They're classmates from her new school in London, the school in London, the school where she's starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But they seem to know things about her in real life that they couldn't possibly know, which is mystifying. Then again, Liv could never resist a good mystery.... (Summary from Goodreads)

Dreams are so dangerous...they can be amazingly sweet, terrifying, intense, passionate, dangerous and so much more...this could be SO good! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Review: All the Rage by Courtney Summers

All the Rage 
Author: Courtney Summers
Release date: April 14, 2015
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Romy is "the girl who cried rape", and Kellan Turner is the Sheriff's son and the golden boy of town that everyone thinks is perfect. She has been found to be a liar, and as such has lost everything--her friends, her family--everyone. But then the golden girl disappears, and Romy was secretly one of the very last to have a meaningful conversation with her the evening before...could this be history repeating itself somehow? What IS the cost of her silence?

My thoughts: This is a raw, and shameful story of one small town's dirty secrets. Of course it could be any town, anywhere which is what makes this story not only so awful but also so good. 

So many of us have grown up in towns, or even cities, that are so darn small. In those small towns so many of them have sad, and rather dark secret little histories with stories of things that either have happened and been ignored or things that happened and were then altered to be something else after the fact. Sometimes these are small things and sometimes these are big things. We've all heard the stories, or we've all seen the movies if we haven't the stories ourselves. I grew up in, and still live in, just such a small little city. There are so many stories...from a substitute teacher who partied with the high school kids...to a specific spot with a specific name that the high schoolers partied at in the middle of the country roads...an then there are darker stories too...

This story that Courtney Summers spins in ALL THE RAGE is a darker story, and oh what a sad, sad story it is filled with awful people. Both the adults and the classmates all around the main character of Romy are just awful. This treatment is all because the main character claims that she was raped by a boy who is the son of the Sheriff's and the richest woman around who owns the only big business to "be anything" from their little town. Plus, poor Romy (literally) has an extremely alcoholic father who has broken their family apart completely right around the time this happens unfortunately. Oh, and guess who the dad worked for!? You betcha! The richie rich mom! Who he called a very naughty word and then got fired. Ugh! Now she never sees her father, all the kids at school hate her and the bullying there is completely out of control. 

To try to deal with all of this horrifyingness on her own because she is in complete denial and just wants to forget everything since she's certainly not getting any help from the law anytime soon, she works every night after school outside of town so she doesn't have to run into anyone she might know, she keeps her head down, and she wears red lipstick and nail polish like armor! Then she meets Leon, and thinks there's hope that maybe someone might like her again as long as they don't know anything about her story or her life/town. But once the Golden Girl disappears and there's tons of media coverage around her town she begins to have a very hard time keeping the "life" she created after the rape separate from her "real life". 

Summers does such a good job making you feel Romy's brokenness. The need to hurt yourself again and again just so you can feel something again because you are so numb all the time afterward. Also, the mean girls and the mean boys were so mean! Whoa! But I've seen it and heard it in the halls...they turn on you in an instance! And they are SO good and hiding it from adults it is unbelievable. 

What I really didn't like about the story was the broken mother. I wanted the mother to be stronger, and to stand up for her daughter! Why didn't she do that? I just didn't understand that part of the story at all. I don't know parents like that. 

Final thoughts: A good new "Broken Girl" addition to any collection. 

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Review: The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

The Sin Eater's Daughter 
Author: Melinda Salisbury
Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter, Book 1
Release date: February 24, 2015
Published by: Scholastic Press 
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A young girl has been blessed by the Gods and as blessed she cannot be touched without lethal consequences in this kingdom of intrigue and mysterious ways. As long as the Queen isn't angered all shall be fine...won't it?

My thoughts: This was an interesting one. I picked this one up because of the cover. The cover is GORGEOUS! WOW! Plus, the idea that you cannot touch anyone just like the X-men's Rogue, or like the MC from Mafi's Shatter Me Trilogy is just fascinating and horrifying all at once. Isn't it? Like a car accident on the side of the road that you can't help but look at even if you know you shouldn't look because it's going to be terrible.

The huge difference here is that in Twylla's courtly world she has the Queen (a horrific villian) to deal with who controls everything no matter what. If you cross her in any way at all, or if she even thinks that you have crossed her in any way (even if you just giggled by accident, or because you're drunk) she will have the court hounds tear you apart limb from limb! O_O 

Here are some things I really found interesting and well done about this story...

  • Twylla's mother - The Sin Eater of the kingdom! Wow! She is fierce and powerful in her own right! Twylla was her apprentice until she was swept away to the palace to be the Daunen Embodied by the Queen to be betrothed to the Prince.
  • The mythology - this was so interesting and built so well to explain the kingdom's history.
  • The villian - WHOA! She was SO SCARY! Everyone walked, or ran, or even hid...whatever it took where this lady was concerned! WOW! She wrote the book on being crazy! 
  • The hopelessness and feeling of being trapped - Twylla's situation is such a terrible one where Salisbury is so very good and making us feel her despair and isolation from all that she knows and loves which you learn much, much more about as you read later on in the book. 
What I had a hard time with...
  • The complete melancholiness of the whole tale. It was just too much for me. 
  • Twylla's helplessness when she has so much power. How can she be so clueless!? I have a very hard time with this in characters. They need to grow! 
In the end I was left disappointed, and wondering why...is it because I'm older then the characters? I'm not sure. Maybe. It was terrifying which was perfect. The mother-daughter bits were also good, but the rest...meh, and they seemed to go on and on even though the book really wasn't the long. 

What did you think of it? Did you like it? What is it that I'm missing? 
What do you think of the cover? 

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #166 - The Walls Around Us & The Wondrous and the Wicked

"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: Nova Ren Suma 
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Published by: Algonquin Young Readers 

"Ori's dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She's dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me."

The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices--one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there's Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls' juvenile detention center, there's Amber, locked up for so long she can't imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls' darkest mysteries.

We hear Amber's story and Violet's, and through them Orianna's, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture--which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see. (Summary from Goodreads)

Holy crapoly! This sounds amazing. I'm in! 

Author: Page Morgan
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Published by: Delacorte Press

The Waverly sisters must save themselves before all is lost.

Since the Waverlys arrived in Paris, the streets have grown more fearsome by the day. As Ingrid learns to master her lectrux gift, she must watch Axia's power grow strong enough to extend beyond her Underneath hive. By all indications, the fallen angel's Harvest is near-and the timing couldn't be worse.

Targeted by vengeful gargoyles, Gabby as been exiled to London for her own protection. Meanwhile, the gargoyle castes are in disarray, divided between those who want Luc to lead them and those who resent him and his fondness for humans. The Alliance is crumbling from the inside as well, its members turning against one another, and possibly against the Waverlys, too.

Axia has promised that the world will burn. And now, unable to trust the Alliance, seperated from Luc, Gabby, and her twin, Grayson, Ingrid is left to face the demon uprising alone. (Summary from Goodreads)

I have absolutely ADORED this series and cannot wait to read what happens in the conclusion of this fantastically trilling trilogy.

Check out my review of:
Book 1 - The Beautiful and the Cursed
Book 2 - The Lovely and the Lost 

What are you waiting on this week?