Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #117 - To All the Boys I've Loved Before & After the End

"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: Jenny Han
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them - all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren't love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she's written. One for every boy she's ever loved - five in all.

When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control. (Summary from Goodreads)

I love the premise of this story. I wonder who mailed the letters? And I can't wait to read it and find out how all her past crushes are resolved :)

Author: Amy Plum
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Published by: HarperTeen

Would War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.

At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.

When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.

Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past. (Summary from Goodreads)

1st - I LOVE Amy Plum's Revenants series SO MUCH!!! 2nd - This sounds SO great. Just like the Roanoke colony, but as if they were a colony hidden away from the world while the rest was happening outside of the rest. How interesting....I wonder what will come of it all...?

What are you waiting on this week?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Book Trailer Thursday #87 - Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Book Trailer Thursday is a feature inspired by Once Upon a TwilightWe are hoping to promote not only new books that are out or are soon to be out on the shelves, but to also promote the creation of book trailers themselves! Make sure to post a comment below and let us know what you've found out there this week!

Author: Danielle Paige
Release Date: HarperTeen
Published by: April 1, 2014

Love this book trailer and the fact that they literally used the exact words that make up the summary of the book! I JUST got this one and CAN'T WAIT to read it! What about you?

What did you find out there this week?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #116 - Don't Look Back and Killer Instincts

"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 L. Armentrout
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Published by: Disney-Hyperion

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a boyfriend.
Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her - even if the old Sam treated him like trash.
But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory - someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if NOT remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive? (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds like a creepy and intriguing mystery. I really want to read it because #1 I enjoy this author and #2 I want to know why Sam lost her memory/what happened to Cassie! Great blurb!

Author: S.E. Green
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Published by: Simon Pulse

She's not evil, but she has certain...urges.

Lane is a typical teenager. Loving family. Good grades. After school job at the local animal hospital. Martial arts enthusiast. But her secret obsession is studying serial killers. She understands them, knows what makes them tick.


Because she might be one herself.

Lane channels her dark impulses by hunting criminals-delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder. But with each visceral rush the line of self-control blurs.
And then a young preschool teacher goes missing. Only to parts. When Lane excitedly gets involved in the hunt for "the Decapitator," the vicious serial murderer that has come to her hometown, she gets dangerously caught up in a web of lies about her birth dad and her own dark past. And once the Decapitator contacts Lane directly, Lane knows she is no longer invisible or safe. Now she needs to use her unique talents to find the true killer's identity before she-or someone she loves-becomes the next victim...(Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds a bit like The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes! I LOVED that book! It was insanely intense and good. WOWZA! I can't wait to give this one a try too. Has anyone tried this already?

What are you waiting on this week?

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Review: She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

She Is Not Invisible 
Author: Marcus Sedgwick
Release date: April 22, 2014
Published by: Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Have you ever noticed the same number more than once in the same week? In the same day? What about the same name of something over and over? Just a coincidence? Or not!? That's exactly the mystery that Laureth Peak's father has been trying to solve for years while writing his novel, but now he's not answering her emails or phone calls. Plus, he's not even on the correct continent where he said he'd be! So Laureth take's it upon herself to pack up her little brother and head off across the pond to find him, of course it doesn't sound that exciting until you realize she's only in high school, her brother is only 7, oh, and her's the kicker...she's blind!

My thoughts: This was very a very interesting and intense read, but I have to say it will probably not fit all people's wheel-house! I loved the fact that Laureth is blind, and that the book isn't about her being blind. Her being blind is just a fact, not the story itself. There's a lot about that, how she's deals, how she hides it, how she doesn't hide it, how she's grown from young to old while blind, etc....which was fascinating BUT that's still not what the book was about. The book was about her father and the search for him even when no one else believes that he is missing.

In the mean time, she is also the keeper of her little brother while he is also a bit of a keeper of her even though he is so much younger than her. She does seem to rely on him a bit too much in the beginning of the book, which changes at the end and I truly liked that growth in her.

As for the mystery of the book, WHOA! That was so intense and holy moly did I learn a ton about the study of coincidences by a lot of very famous people: Einstein, Jung, Koestler, etc. I'd love to learn if any of the seemingly "non-fiction" information in the novel is actually true, or not. Hmmmm... Anyway, it was all rather interesting.

Final thought: This is certainly one I think folks should give a try! It really makes you think about SO many things! Let me know what you think about it!

p.s. There were 2 covers in Goodreads for this book and I can't even decide which cover I like more! Which one do you guys like more?
View all my reviews

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #115 - The Inventor's Secret and Rebel

"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...

The Inventor's Secret
(The Inventor's Secret, Book 1)
Author: Andrea Cremer
Release Date: April 22, 2014
Published by: Philomel

In this world, sixteen-year old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain's industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth, they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire's Machineworks.

The first in a series set in an alternate 19th Century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery. Perfect for fans of Libba Bray's Diviners, Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel, Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan and Phillip Reeve's Mortal Instruments. (Summary from Goodreads)

Ooooooo! Doesn't this sound good? Another cool steampunk series. I love the setting: a North America still under British control. This sounds like quite an adventure.

(Reboot, Book 2)
Author: Amy Tintera
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Published by: HarperTeen

After coming back from death as Reboots and being trained by HARC as soldiers, Wren and Callum have finally escaped north, where they hope to find a life of freedom. But when they arrive at the Reboot Reservation, it isn't what they expected. Under the rule of a bloodthirsty leader, Micah, the Reboots are about to wage an all-out war on the humans. Although Wren's instincts are telling her to set off into the wilderness on their own and leave the battle far behind, Callum is unwilling to let his human family be murdered. When Micah commits the ultimate betrayal, the choice is made for them. But Micah has also made a fatal mistake...he's underestimated Wren and Callum. (Summary from Goodreads)

I just read this 1st book not too long ago and loved it! It was full of adventure, high tech brilliance, and a world that's all broken but could be better...I am such a sucker for books like this when they are written well and this one was great. I cannot wait for book 2!
My Review of Book 1!

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #114 - Salvage and Invisible

"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: Alexandra Duncan
Release Date: Aprill 1, 2014
Published by:Greenwillow

Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean, in this thrilling, surprising, and thought-provoking debut novel that will appeal to fans of Across the Universe, by Beth Revis, and The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood. (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds like a complex, gender-focused futuristic tale. I want to read it, and I assume the heroine will find strength she never knew she had before! I also am interested in the environmental element: her escape to the floating garbage dump continent in the Pacific...a disturbing but unfortunately believable futuristic setting detail. 

(The Twixt, Book 2)


Author: Dawn Metcalf
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Published by: Harlequin Teen

Some things lie beyond the surface.
Jpy Malone wants it all: power, freedom and the boyfriend who loves her. Yet when an unstoppable assassin is hire to kill her, Joy learns that being the girl with the Sight comes with a price that might that might be too high to pay. Love will be tested, lives will be threatened, and everyone Joy knows and cares about will be affected by her decision to stand by Ink or to leave the Twixt forever.
Her choice is balanced on scalpel's edge and the consequences will be more shattering than anyone can know. (Summary from Goodreads)

Book 1 of this series was OFF THE CHARTS good in a Melissa Marr Wicked Lovely way! LOVED IT, so I cannot wait to get my hands on book two of this series!
My Review of Book 1!

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #113 - Pretty Sly and The Treatment

"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: Elisa Ludwig
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Published by: Katherine Tegan Books

Willa Fox was told to stay out of trouble. In fact, it was an order from a very serious juvenile court judge.
However, that was before Willa found her house ransacked and a mysterious email from her mother telling Willa she had to leave Paradise Valley for a while and not come looking  for her. Willa knows her mom's in danger and that no one at school will miss her after her recent sticky-fingered stunts with the Glitterati. So with the help of her pal Tre and with her degenerate crush Aidan as her wingman, Willa violates her her probation and hits the California highway in search of her mom.
But when Willa and Aidan's journey turns dangerously criminal and they wind up being the focus of a national manhunt, they realize it's sometimes easier to escape the law than the truth--and that everything Willa thought she knew about her mom, and her life, was wrong. (Summary from Goodreads)

Okay, so Pretty Sly came out yesterday and is Book 2 in a series, but I clearly overlooked Pretty Crooked last year! Now I've added them to my TBR list because it's being compared to Ally Carter's books and her heist-focused main character, and Ludwig's main character seems equally entrenched in crime but does it for good, so I think it will be a good read! 

Author: Suzanne Young
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Published by: Simon Pulse

How do you stop an epidemic?
Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they're not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn't ready to let them go.
Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. But for as far as they've come, there's still a lot Sloane and James can't remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment--a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. And there's only one does.
Ultimately when the stakes are at their highest, can Sloane and James survive the many lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds SO GOOD! I'm VERY IN! What about you?

What are you waiting on this week?