Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #27 - The Treachery of Beautiful Things and The Spindler's

"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: Ruth Frances Long
Release Date: August 16, 2012 
Published by: Dial Books

A darkly compelling mix of romance, fairy tale, and suspense from a new voice in teen fiction. 
The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she's lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack's help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she's faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice--and not just her own.

I always like to try out the new fairy tale inspired books. Sometimes I love them and sometimes I don't, but this one certainly sounds interesting with a devilish forest and an adventuring girl out to find the truth!

 Author: Lauren Oliver
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Published by: HarperCollines

Looking across the breakfast table one morning, twelve year-old Liza feels dread wash over her. Although her younger brother, Patrick, appears the same, Liza knows that he is actually quite different. She is certain that the spindlers-evil, spider-like beings-came during the night and stole his soul. And Liza is also certain that she is the only one who can rescue him.
Armed with little more than her wits and a huge talking rat for a guide, Liza descends into the dark and ominous underground to save Patrick's soul. Her quest is far from easy, and the road to the spindler's nests is riddled with danger. She must brave tree snakes, the Court of Stones, and shape-shifting serpents before facing her greatest challenge in the spindlers' lair, where more than just Patrick's soul is at stake. (Summary from Goodreads)

I'm always in when it's Lauren Oliver, but this MG fantasy novel sounds delightfully dark and adventurous. AND, that cover is wonderful! I can't wait to get it in at our middle school LMC and on my own shelves. :) 

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, July 30, 2012

Review: Stopping Time and Old Habits by Melissa Marr

Stopping Time
Author: Melissa Marr
Release date: April 13, 2010
Published by: HarperCollins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Leslie walks away from the Dark Court, we are left hanging with so many questions about her. Stopping Time is a glimpse into a small piece of her life after Niall and Irial.

My thoughts: I adored this short story of my favorite characters from the Wicked Lovely series! Leslie, Niall, Irial, oh how I adore them all so much. Plus, I finally got a tiny moment of what I had hoped for with a few of the characters.

If you loved Ink Exchange as much as I did, then you have got to read Stopping Time! You'll want to savor every page.

Author: Melissa Marr
Release date: April 13, 2010
Published by: HarperCollins

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Irial hands the Dark Court over to Niall, who becomes the Dark Court's King of Nightmares, whether he wants to be or not. Will he be able to command the Dark Court and strengthen it? After handing over the reigns, what becomes of Irial? Can he truly hand over the reigns?

My thoughts: There are so many questions about Niall and Irial that go unanswered when the Dark Court transitions, but this short story clears up all of your questions while also giving you a serious look inside the world of the Dark Court. And, if you like the kissy, kissy there's plenty of that as well!

Final thoughts: If you like the Wicked Lovely series at all, you'll love these two short stories! They not only give you a ton of closure to certain aspects and relationships, they also allow you one last look into this world of Faerie that's just so dang brilliant! They're available as eBooks only separate or together for under $5. I do have to say that Stopping Time was my favorite though, with my favorite Leslie! Oh how I adore her, her brokenness and of course her tattoo.

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Review: Fancy Nancy Aspiring Artist by Jane O'Connor

Fancy Nancy: Aspiring Artist 
Author: Jane O'Connor
Illustrator: Robin Priess Glasser
Release date: March 1, 2011
Published by: HarperCollins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Nancy's best friend, Bree, gets to go on vacation to a REAL art museum, she feels terrible. An art museum sounds SO FANCY and it's in New York City of all places! The most glamorous place of all! When Nancy's mom surprises her with brand new glitter markers and her little sister with crayons inspiration strikes! Nancy begins on an artistic journey while waiting for Bree to get back, which ends in a Local Artist Exhibit right in their very own back yard!

My 7-year-old Mallory's thoughts: I loved this because I want to be an Artist when I grow up! And, I liked ALL her fancy words. I liked all the places she drew in. She was outside a lot. I was surprised that Mrs. DeVine was fancy just like her! Fancy Nancy is the fanciest girl I've ever seen! I loved all the fish drawings. Oh, and I really like when they splashed paint everywhere! I like Lionel's faces he makes. Lionel's such a goofball! I liked Claude Monet's painting the most. I wish I was fancy like Nancy!

My thoughts: I love Fancy Nancy! My girls just hang on every word in her books and on every drawing to see what she's going to say and wear! This one was extra special with all of the information and exposure to great, classic artists and their works which inspire Nancy and her friends. Today after reading this book with them last night I come upstairs to them producing their own performance in the most wild and hilarious outfits! There wasn't a scarf unused! The best part? When I asked what they were I was told "I was a storm! That's why I'm wearing all this black!" and "I'm a rainbow!" These books bring out the most amazing imaginations in children! What more could you ask for in a book!?
and my 7-year-old daughter, Mallory! 
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Review: Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet by Jane O'Connor

Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet 
Author: Jane O'Connor
Illustrator: Robin Preiss Glasser
Release date: February 7, 2012
Published by: HarperCollins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Madame Lucille announces that they will be performing a ballet called Deep-sea Dances, Fancy Nancy and Bree can't wait to be the lead mermaids! Unfortunately, they are assigned to be a tree and an oyster. After a lovely tea party where they talk about how wonderful each will be in their parts, Fancy Nancy is disappointed once again when the star mermaid gets injured and Bree is selected to take her place instead of her. As Nancy struggles with jealously and trying to overcome it, we are treated to gorgeous and glamorous outfit after outfit as usual!

My 5-year-old Reaghan's thoughts: I loved Fancy Nancy and her friend when they played mermaid and her little sister poured water on the top of the lagoon. I liked their little playhouse and loved the Fancy Nancy dresses. And I liked her friend too. It was awesome when she bowed down to the dance teacher and I loved the little peace sign on the other girl's dress. I like the girl with the braids in and the purple suit with a bow in her hair. I loved when they played tea party with the French words. I love it when she swoops and swirls everywhere. I didn't like when the girl sprained her ankle. I also didn't like it when Fancy Nancy's friend got to be the mermaid and not Fancy Nancy. That was kind of mean. I didn't like it when she shoved her costume in behind the closet! I loved the show! And I liked when they hugged at the end. That's all.

My thoughts: This was such a delightful story with Fancy Nancy which not only includes all that you would expect from Nancy but also a great life lesson too! Jealously is such a tough issue for young children and even adults to deal with. After some sound advice from her mother, Fancy Nancy pulls it off gracefully and admiringly. Plus, she does it in true Fancy Nancy style! Wait until you see her on stage in her Weeping Willow costume! WOW!
and my 5-year-old daughter, Reaghan!
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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Author: Marissa Meyer
Release date: January 3, 2012
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Linh Cinder is New Beijing's best mechanic around who can fix anything that comes across her worktable. When she takes on fixing a broken android for Prince Kai himself, she is unknowingly becoming part of royal intrigue which will not only rock her entire world but will also effect the entire Eastern Commonwealth and possibly the Earthen Union.

My thoughts: I know, only 3 stars, but here's why...I liked it, but didn't LOVE it at all really. It's a very interesting world that she's created of our planet in the future, including the Lunar world and Syfy advancements of Cyborgs. My problem with it was that I guessed the whole story before I was finished with the first couple of chapters. I hate that! It really turns me off with a book, BUT...the ending is one I was NOT READY FOR! That I did not see coming! But that was the ending! There were 200+ pages before that I basically had to trudge through unfortunately. The characters were all what I had hoped they would be, her step-mother/guardian and one of her step-sisters were hateful and evil in all the right ways. The Lunar Queen was a severely evil villain in every way! What a phenomenal character to hate! Then there were the good guys...Iko was adorable and a wonderful friend (and you broke me there a bit Meyer even though I knew it was coming), her other step-sister, Peony, was such a light in Cinder's life, and the doctor I just pain loved! He was perfect and I can't wait to see what he's up to next! ;)

The ending: WHAT A CLIFFHANGER!!!! I can't wait to get my hands on book 2, Scarlet, but will have to wait until February apparently. *pouts* P.S. These covers are AMAZING!!

Question for the crowd: what "category" would you put this one in? Syfy? Dystopian? Fantasy? I'm curious! Have you read it and what did you think?

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Our Week in Books...

This is our week in books at Libby Blog! 
This feature is not our own original idea and is inspired by so many others that are out there (esp. IMM by Story Siren and Stacking the Shelves by Tynga's Review) with the goal of sharing our new books and getting to know one another a bit better in the book blogging world. If you have a similar post for the week, please share it in the comments so we can comment back... 
For Review from the Author...
Athena's Son by Jeryl Schoenbeck
Before We Go by Amy Bright

For Review from RandomHouse...
The Unfailing Light (Katerina Trilogy, Book 2) by Robin Bridges 

Purchased NOOK Books...
The Lens and the Looker by Lory S. Kaufman
Matched by Ally Condie
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce


Won Swag from Leanna Renee Hieber...
Geekomancy by Michael R. Underwood

Here is the preview of Auror's Tale

What did you think!?

Be sure to enter to WIN a book of your choice during the Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop by clicking on the button on the right! 

I can't believe what an endeavor this was to redo our vid this week with my new macbook and use iMovie this time! Jeesh! Hope it looks ok, AND I hope it goes a whole lot faster the next time! And easier!

Have a great week in books and let us know what you got for your libby this week!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop...

Welcome to our stop on the Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop at Libby Blog from July 27- August 1 co-hosted by Colorimetry and I Am a Reader, Not a Writer! There are 200+ blogs in this hop; please stop by the other blogs too for your chance to win some great prizes!

Enter below for a chance to win your CHOICE OF ONE BOOK from the listing below + swag!
Angel by James Patterson
Box Out by John Coy
The Cardturner: a novel about a King, a Queen and a Joker by Louis Sachar
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Girl, Stolen by April Henry
Honey Bees: letters from the hive by Stephen Buchmann
I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend by Cora Harrison
The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr
Three Black Swans by Caroline B. Cooney

If you win, we will contact you for your book choice and addy...
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Libby Blog is not responsible for any lost or damaged items in the mail. The winner will be notified via email and must respond with their address and book selection within 48 hours, or a new winner will be selected. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Book Trailer Thursday #27 - Glitch and As Good As It Gets

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!

This week’s trailers:

(Glitch, Book 1)
Release date: August 7, 2012 (SO SOON!)
Published by: St. Martin's Press

In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network. When Zoe starts to malfunction (or "glitch"), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers. As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they're caught and deactivated, or worse. In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an new young adult trilogy. (Summary from Goodreads)

I read and reviewed this from NetGalley and really liked this one! I can't wait for it to come out because I must buy the HC; it's gorgeous! Check out my review HERE! 

As Good As It Gets 
(Bad Girls Don't Die, Book 3)

Author: Katie Alender
Release date: May 15, 2012
Published by: Hyperion Books for Children

It's been three months since Alexis helplessly witnessed Lydia Small's violent death, and all she wants is for her life to return to normal. 
But normal people don't see decaying bodies haunting photographs. Normal people don't have to deal with regular intrusions from Lydia's angry ghost, sometimes escalating to terrifying attacks.
At first, it seems that Lydia wants revenge on Alexis alone. But a girl from school disappears one night, and Alexis spots one of Lydia's signature yellow roses lying on the girl's dresser the next day. Soon, it becomes clear that several of Alexis's friends are in danger, and that she's the only person who can save them. But as she tries to intervene, Alexis realizes that her enemy is a much more powerful ghost than she's ever faced before...and that its fate is tied to hers in ways she couldn't possibly imagine.
Not even in her worst nightmares.

Okay, the covers always creep me out, but now this video makes me want to read the whole Bad Girl Don't Die series!  

What's your favorite book trailer of the week?

Cover Reveal: Override by Heather Anastasiu

(Glitch, Book 2)
Release date: February 19, 2013
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin

Zoe is free. She has escaped the enslavement of the Community, disconnected from the hardware that had controlled her every thought and emotion, and evaded capture by the Chancellor intent on killing her. She is finally free, but she is far from safe.
Zoe and Adrien hide themselves from detection at the Foundation, an academy that trains teen glitchers to fight in the Resistance movement. Together, Zoe and her new team of superhuman fighters must risk their lives to rescue other glitchers and humans from the Chancellor's control. Challenges abound at every turn, and Adrien, who has become silent, distant, and tormented by his visions of the future, only adds to the growing certainty of defeat. But worst of all, as Zoe's team fights against impossible odds, distrust and betrayal leads to the terrible discovery that their greatest threat could already be lurking behind the safe walls of the Foundation. (Summary from Goodreads)

The first book in this series, Glitch, was such a great read! Full of adventure and psychological thrills that I cannot wait for this next one! I am loving this cover too! 

Tell me what you think!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #26 - Skylark and The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart

"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: Meagan Spooner
Release Date: August 1, 2012
Published by: Carolrhoda LAb

Sixteen year-old Lark Ainsley has never seen the sky.
Her world ends at the edge of the vast domed barrier of energy enclosing all that's left of humanity. For two hundred years the city has sustained this barrier by harvesting its children's innate magical energy when they reach adolescence. When it's Lark's turn to be harvested, she finds herself trapped in a nightmarish web of experiments and learns she is something out of legend itself: a Renewable, able to regenerate her own power after it's been stripped.
Forced to flee the only home she knows to avoid life as a human battery, Lark must fight her way through the terrible wilderness beyond the edge of the world. With the city's clockwork creations close on her heels and a strange wild boy stalking her in the countryside, she must move quickly if she is to have any hope of survival. She's heard the stories that somewhere to the west are others like her, hidden in secret--but can she stay alive long enough to find them? (Summary from Goodreads)

OMG! This sounds sooooooo amazing! Harvesting children's energy to sustain a city--that's the creepiest type of non-renewable resource that I've ever heard of.

The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart 
(Magic Most Foul, Book 2)
Release Date: November 1, 2012
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire

For Natalie Stewart, a normal life has never seemed so far away. Her only solace, Lord Jonathan Denbury, is wanted for murder. To clear his name, Denbury must return to England and assume the role of his demon doppelganger. But Natalie begins to doubt his true motives, especially as a new gentleman begins whispering in her ear. Natalie and Denbury may be able to visit each other in their dreams, but they can't escape the darkening shadows. Amid spontaneous explosions, friends turned enemies and dangerous secrets revealed, there's still a demon who has Natalie's scent, and someone is trying to resurrect the ultimate evil. (Summary from Goodreads.)

I just finished Darker Still, book 1 in the Magic Most Foul series, and CANNOT wait to read Natalie's accounts of what happens next for her out west no less! Although I will surely miss characters I've come to love like Mrs. Northe, I can't wait to meet new ones as well. Hieber's writing is just so darn good and done in such an original way. I am finding that I am thoroughly in love with historical paranormal books! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Review: Before We Go by Amy Bright

Before We Go
Author: Amy Bright
Release date: May 15, 2012
Published by: Fitzhenry & Whiteside
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Emily’s grandmother is dying. Emily feels alone and saddened by all the coping information the hospital keeps giving her. On New Year’s Eve Emily leaves the hospital, only to run into Alex who invites her to join him and his sister, Lucy, for the evening. Emily doesn’t know it, but Alex is dying, too, and this is going to be his one last adventure. She also doesn’t know it, but Alex and Lucy are keeping a family secret from her, one they want to reveal at just the right moment.

Join these three on a New Year’s Eve journey where they each discover something new about themselves.

My Thoughts: Amy Bright’s novel is moving, passionate, sad, and inspiring. She packs a lot into one night (I loved this short time frame!). Emily is stuck in the routine of school, hospital, home, and she avoids home as much as possible because it is so quiet and lonely. I really felt for Emily because her aloneness screams out from the first page. That powerful feeling is what makes it believable that Emily would join two strangers as she’s leaving the hospital for the night.

I won’t give the secret away, but very early on Alex and Lucy hint that they are keeping something from Emily, and that just pulled me even further into the story. Not only does the secret make you want to read on, so does Alex. He doesn’t tell Emily that he’s dying, so since I knew he was, every time he stumbled or breathed heavy, or threw up, I kept worrying he would die right then and there.

My concern for Alex is shared by Lucy, who loves her brother and wants to do what is right for him. She keeps thinking they should go back to the hospital, but she also wants to honor his wish to be out and about and enjoy this one last adventure. Their relationship is sweet and loving and perfect for the story.

I guess the relationships are really what made me love this story. I mean, they don’t do anything strange or exotic, so the plot isn’t filled with riveting events—just real-life ones. But Emily, Alex, and Lucy are interesting as individuals and as a group. Their thoughts and feelings are so well developed and realistic that I felt like they could have walked right off the page.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday #18 - Most Vivid Worlds/Settings in Books

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 With the Most Vivid Worlds/Settings...

1. Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling 
Go to Hogwarts and attend a Quidditch match--OMG did you see the Golden Snitch? ~ Rachel & Ange

2. Fire by Kristin Cashore
Oh how I long to see Fire's world of Monsters so terribly beautiful that you ache to look upon them, but oh how I wish to be her friend. ~Ange

3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Give me a ticket to the circus, so I can appreciate the magic! ~Rachel

4. The Castor Chronicles by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
This world of castors, sirens, memories, mystery, lightness, darkness and most importantly a love that transcends everything is vividly gorgeous and I can't wait to see what it looks like in the movie being filmed based on this series! ~Ange

5. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
I've always wanted to ride along with Milo and experience all of the fantastical worlds he drives through, including the Island of Conclusions--I wanted to jump over with him. Hehe... ~Rachel

6. Dark Life by Kat Falls
A deep sea frontier-land, are you kidding me!? How amazing is that! Who wouldn't want to see that? ~Ange

7. The Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede
A wild west with magical creatures--I want to see! ~Rachel

8. The Roar & The Whisper by Emma Clayton
This world! This world! I stubble at explaining and describing these books. They are just so darn good! I get lost in Miki and Ellie's future world fighting along-side them with all of the other impoverished children of what used to be London. ~Ange

9. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Dark, gothic, blood in the woods, and all too real! Yikes! ~Rachel

10. Velveteen by Daniel Marks
Hunting bad guys in the upper world, possessing bodies, revenge against a murderer, life in the in-between world...how I wanted to join Velvet's kick-butt team in this dark world of death! Watch for this one when it comes out in October! ~Ange

What's on your Top 10 this week?

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Review: The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver

The Demon Trapper's Daughter 
Author: Jana Oliver
Release date: February 1, 2011
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All Riley wants to do is prove to everyone that she is good enough. Good enough to do what you may ask? Well, trap Demons of course! This alternative reality is one where Demons and Angels have always walked our streets. Where the economy has just gotten worse and worse until there are parts that are beginning to look medieval. While other girls her age are trying to keep up with their homework and talking about boys, Riley is hunting the night streets taking care of the things that go bump in the night. But when the Demons begin greeting her by her name something is seriously wrong.

My thoughts: This was adventure and heartache from beginning to end! Wow! I think I basically read this one in about a day and a half even with my whole family around for the weekend. I think I finished it at about 2 this morning! :) Riley and her father are such great characters and when you add in the other ingredients like Beck, Simon and the other trappers it makes for a masterpiece any chef would be proud of!

This is a fierce start to a series and I can't wait to get the next one!

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