Saturday, September 29, 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... 


NOOK Book Purchase - FREE until Oct. 1
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs (Katherine Tegan Books)

From the Library...
Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel (Simon & Schuster)

For Review from NetGalley...
Splintered by A.G. Howard (Amulet Books)
The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart by Leanna Renee Hieber (Sourcebooks)

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (Algonquin Books)
Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (Hatchett Book Group)

TODAY'S ADVENTURE...
We can't wait to tell you all about it afterwards!! :)


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

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Book Trailer Thursday #36 - What's Left of Me and The Golden Door

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:

What's Left of Me  
(The Hybrid Chronicles, Book 1)

Author: Kat Zhang
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Published by: HarperCollins

I should not exist. But I do.

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else--two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren't they settling? Why isn't one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn't...
For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she's still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet...for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything. (Summary from Goodreads)

Are you kidding me!? Doesn't this sound SO crazy good!? I have got to try it out! Plus, she's a member of a blog that I follow religiously, Publishing Crawl. Check them out! I love them!


The Golden Door  
(The Three Doors Trilogy, Book 1)

Author: Emily Rodda
Release Date: October 1, 2012
Published by: Scholastic Press

The start of a stirring fantasy trilogy from Emily Rodda, the internationally bestselling author of Dragons of Deltora.
The walled city of Weld is under attack from ferocious flying creatures that raid in the light, bringing death and destruction. The Warden calls for Volunteers to find and destroy the Enemy sending invaders, and the heroes of Weld answer the call one by one, never to return. Rye is officially to young to go, but his brothers are among the lost and he must find them. What terrors await him beyond the Wall? (Summary from Goodreads)

Anything magic and monsters and I'm in! This looks like a fun fantasy adventure.

What's your favorite book trailer of the week?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #35 - Crewel and Beautiful Redemption

"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...

Crewel   
(Crewel World, Book 1)
Author: Gennifer Albin 
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Incapable. Awkward. Artless.
That's what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.
Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she's exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chose as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn't interested.
 Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they're coming for her--tonight.
Now she has one hour to eat her mother's overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister's academy gossip and laugh at her dad's stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything's okay. And one hour to escape.
Because once you become a Spinster, there's no turning back. (Summary from Goodreads)

I loved this cover when the cover reveal occurred and now I've added it to my TBR list because of the story line. The ability to change time and control the minute details of people's lives sounds like a crazy ability and a curse all at the same time.


Beautiful Redemption   
(Castor Chronicles, Book 4)
Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl 
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Is death the end...or only the beginning?
Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about. So when Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves.
Back in Gatlin, Lena is making her own bargains for Ethan's return, vowing to do whatever it takes--even if that means trusting old enemies or risking the lives of the family and friends Ethan left to protect.
Worlds apart, Ethan and Lena must once again work together to rewrite their fate, in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series. (Summary from Goodreads)

I feel like I've been waiting for this FOREVER!! This series is just so cool and different then anything else out there and still is even though it's been out there for quite some time now! And here's a fun add-on for you this week...the movie trailer for Beautiful Creatures came out this past week and it LOOKS SO GOOD!


What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, September 24, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday #24 - Series We Haven't Finished...

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 Series We Haven't Finished...

1. The House of Night series - I started this one in the beginning and bought them one at a time reading them as I went along, but finally got angry and frustrated with how abrupt they were each time. They were much too like a soap opera barely finishing out anything within each book before ending and making me wait for the next one. So, I stopped. I have still been buying them in paperback for the day that the series will finally end and I'll finally sit down and read the whole series. ~Ange

2. Harry Potter - Okay, I did eventually finish this one. It just took me a year and a half to finally read Book 7 because I didn't know if I'd like who died and who didn't--I was scared to know the ending! ~Rachel

3. The Curse Workers series by Holly Black - This one makes me feel really low, since I adore Holly Black but for some reason I just wasn't into White Cat and have never picked up the next 2. I do adore the new paperback covers though on the series so I might buy them all and try them all together sometime! ~Ange

4. Breaking Dawn from the Twilight series - I've just never read it. Unlike some people, I did enjoy the first three (the first book is my favorite), but for some reason I've never finished the story. Though, now with the movie, the fourth book is spoiled for me! :) ~Rachel

5. XVI by Julia Karr - I think with this one I was just so disappointed with the fact that I had put this one on a pedestal and hoped beyond hope that it would be just as mind warping as Atwood's Handmaid's Tale. It wasn't! It was only ok. I was so very frustrated with the fact that there were no explanations at all of how the world had become the way it was now in the book. Grrr! Maybe I'll give the next book a chance someday to see if she fixes that issue in book 2. ~Ange

6. The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan - I own the first two books, but I've only read the Percy Jackson series and the newer Olympian series. Maybe I don't want to read anything other than the Greek mythologies?1? But I do, I do want to read them...sometime. ~Rachel

7. The Maximum Ride series- This one again was only ok. I read the first 2, but then have never had the urge to read any more. I think it might be the very young age of the characters. I just couldn't connect with any of them for some reason. My students at the middle school love this series though! ~Ange

8. The Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld - I've read the first book and loved it, but never read the next two. The library has hard cover books--and they are heavy books and I read before bed and my arms fall asleep holding them up... (excuses, excuses) ~Rachel

9. NOT YA/TEEN AT ALL, ADULT SERIES - Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series - I LOVED the first 9 and haven't gotten to any more. I just haven't. No reason. What I really want is to buy them all so I can read them all over and over and over! Great series!

10. A Series of Unfortunate Events - I own the entire series but have only read the first three because they are too unfortunate! Who wants to be sad at the end of EVERY story? Guess I should have believed the titles, huh? :) ~Rachel


What's on your Top 10 this week?

Friday, September 21, 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... 

We Bought...
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle (Simon Pulse)

Every Day by David Levithan (Knopf Book for Young Readers)
Intentions by Deborah Heiligman (Knopf Book for Young Readers)

Ange's cooler than cool hubby bought this for her online and it was signed with artwork at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA...
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic)

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

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Book Trailer Thursday #35 - Wake & Seconds Away

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:

Wake 
(Watersong, Book 1)
Author: Amanda Hocking
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Published by: St. Martin's Press

Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They're the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone's attention - but it's Gemma who's attracted theirs. She's the one they've chosen to be a part of their group.
Gemma seems to have it all - she's carefree, pretty and falling in love with Alex, the boy ext door. He's always been just a friend, but this summer they've taken their relationship to the next level, and now there's no going back. Then one night, Gemma's ordinary life changes forever. She's taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.
Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster and more beautiful then ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she's forced to choose between staying with those she loves - or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets. (Summary from Goodreads)

The cover on this book is absolutely GORGEOUS when you see it on the shelf at the store! It shimmers and draws you in...just like this book trailer does! I want to know what's going on now. Don't you? I think I'm going to have to check this one out! What do you think? Has anyone read it already? 


Seconds Away 
(Mickey Bolitar, Book 2)

Author: Harlan Coben
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Published by: Putnam Juvenile

When tragedy strikes close to home, Mickey Bolitar and his loyal new friends - sharp-witted Ema and the adorkably charming Spoon - find themselves at the center of a terrifying mystery involving the shooting of their friend Rachel. Now, not only does Mickey have to continue his quest to uncover the truth about the Abeona Shelter, the Butcher of Lodz and the mysterious death of his father, he needs to figure out who shot Rachel - no matter what it takes.
Mickey has always been ready to sacrifice everything to help the people he loves. But with danger just seconds away, how can he protect them when he's not even sure who - or what - he's protecting them from? (Summary from Goodreads)

This trailer makes me want to jump into Mickey Bolitar's adventure! I'm surprised I have never heard of Shelter (Book 1), but since Rick Riordan compliments the suspense in the novel, I'm sure to love what sounds like an action-packed journey for the main character.

What's your favorite book trailer of the week?

Stuck In a Good Book Giveaway Hop...

Welcome to our stop on the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop at Libby Blog from September 20-25 co-hosted by Stuck In Books and I Am a Reader, Not a Writer! There are 100+ 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 CHOOSE ONE BOOK from below that thoroughly pulled me in and wouldn't let go until the very end! I can't wait for Book 2 in these series!



Masque of Red Death by Bethany Griffin (ARC)
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (ARC)

If you win, we will contact you for your book choice and addy...
Good luck! 

Rules...
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*Must be 13 or older to participate.
*Must be a blog follower.
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.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday # 34 - The Mark of Athena & Foretold

"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 Mark of Athena  
(Heroes of Olympus, Book 3)
Author: Rick Riordan 
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Published by: Hyperion Book CH

Annabeth is terrified. Just when she's about to be reunited with Percy - after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera - it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can't blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo's fantastical creation doesn't appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-blood are coming in peace.
And that's only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find - and close - the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?
Annabeth's biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he's now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side. (Summary from Goodreads)

OMG! I love Rick Riordan and his writing. When I finished The Son of Neptune, I was so mad because I knew I'd have to wait FOREVER to read the next book. It looks like forever is here finally on October 2. Can't wait because war is coming - yikes!!

Foretold 
(The Demon Trappers, Book 4)
Author: Jana Oliver 
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin

Now that Riley's managed to (just barely) fend off Armageddon, everything's changed. Well...most things. After their passionate kiss before the big battle in the cemetery, Beck is back to treating her like a little girl, as if nothing ever happened. While she'd love to just tell him off and move on, Riley vowed to take care of Beck the way he's taken care of her since her father's death - but she's about to get a whole lot more than she bargained for. When she's commissioned to go with Beck to his hometown and help him care for his dying mother, they stumble too close to a dark and murderous secret, one that Beck fears will drive Riley away from him forever. As chaos breaks loose, Riley may be Beck's only hope for redemption...and survival.
Meanwhile, up in Atlanta, it's quickly becoming clear that Heaven may have won a battle, but the war is far from over. Riley and Beck face a stormy future, as Lucifer's ex-right-hand-man, Sartael, proves himself to be more resilient than anyone thought. He has Atlanta in his grip and is about to begin a brutal war with the prince of Hell. As the seconds tick down toward a final confrontation, it's up to Riley and the man she loves to finally defeat their old enemy, or lose everything they've fought for. (Summary from Goodreads)

This is the final installment of The Demon Trappers series, and after reading the very first one this summer and LOVING it, I can't wait for this one to come out so that I can go right to B&N to buy all 4 books in the series! I want to read the whole series from beginning to end all together! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday #23 - Bookish People We Want to Meet...

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 Bookish People We Want to Meet...

My five people are chosen because I want to ask these authors questions...
1. Erin Morgenstern - I'd want to be in on her world creation brainstorming sessions. That circus is crazy awesome! 

2. Louise Rozett - Where did Rose come from? I feel like she is such a real-world character; she could pop right out of the book and be one of my students.

3. Katie McGarry - Echo and Noah--holy cow! Another author I want to ask about character inspiration. These ones are powerful, damaged but real - the perfect balance.

4. Rick Riordan - How do you keep your story lines straight? I'm imagining a very clear outline, but I'd be curious to know if he's a writer that doesn't outline because then I'm even more amazed that his Greek influenced adventures turn out just as they are supposed to :)

5. J.K. Rowling - Another long and detailed series I couldn't imagine keeping straight. How did you develop your story lines? Because when I re-read them, there are clues planted in the second book that play a role in the sixth...How did you do that?!?



My five are bloggers, authors and characters I desperately want to meet for a variety of different reasons...
6. Kady Cross - I would love to have coffee with her and hear her story about where she got the idea for her Steampunk Series that I ADORE!! It is spun off of all those beautifully dark and brilliant syfy (science-fiction) novels from the 1800's but it done SO perfectly! I want to leap inside them to be part of Finley's team SO badly!!!

7. Andye & Amy of ReadingTeen.net - I am a huge fan of these two bloggers in so many ways! I love that they are teamed with their teen children which is something I hope to do someday. I love their blog; the design, the colors, their vlogs they used to do each week, which are one of the biggest reasons I decided to go "all in" on my blog finally this past year. I can't wait to meet them someday!

8. Kat Falls - this author has the most amazingly original fantasy series that takes place in the deepest parts of the ocean because the main characters are basically pioneers striking out into a new frontier where the only land opportunities are left... in the deep ocean. I'd love to know what it was that sparked her imagination to come up with this premise! It's such a brilliant series!

9. Giselle from Xpresso Reads - Giselle is a blogger that I also admire greatly not only for her blog, but for her kindness and patience as well. She has been very friendly and helpful from the very beginning when she certainly didn't have to be at all. Her blog rocks and has great content on a regular basis making her a superstar in my book who I can't wait to meet someday!

10. Finley Jayne - I know I already mentioned this series by Kady Cross, but it is seriously my FAVORITE SERIES EVER!!! Oh how I wish I could step into her world and join her crew of beautifully misfit crime-fighters! Plus, she's an absolutely kick-butt character! Exactly the type of person I love! Maybe Jerry Bruckheimer will one day take my advice and make movies of this series so I'll just to see her on screen...I'm sure he''ll get right on my tweeted suggestion! LOL!



What's on your Top 10 this week?