Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dystopian Giveaway Hop...

Welcome to our stop on the Dystopian Giveaway Hop at Libby Blog from November 1-7 co-hosted by My Shelf Confessions 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 Emma Clayton's amazing series, OR BOTH BOOKS if you don't have either + swag! You decide!


The Roar by Emma Clayton (Pb)
The Whisper by Emma Clayton (Pb)

If you win, we will contact you for your choice and addy...
GOOD LUCK! 

Rules...
*Must be a blog follower.
*Must live in the U.S. to enter.
*Must be 13 or older to participate.
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.

Book Trailer Thursday #41 - Reached & Falling Kingdoms

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:

Reached 
(Matched Trilogy, Book 3)
Author: Ally Condie
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Published by: Dutton Children's Books

After leaving Society and and desperately searching for the Rising--and each other--Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again.
In this gripping conclusion, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without. (Summary from Goodreads)

I read the first book in this series just as it came out and have waited to read the rest until the whole series is out. I love these covers, they are just perfection! I love that they thought it all through from the beginning! This video is short, but also follows the imaged they've had all along which I appreciate immensely! I do have to say that I'm surprised the actress they chose looks so much older than the character is in the books...odd. What do you think?

Falling Kingdoms 
(Falling Kingdoms, Book 1)

Author: Morgan Rhodes & Michelle Rowen 
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Published by: Razorbill

In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power--brutally transforming their subjects' lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:
Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.
Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished--and finds himself the leader of a people's revolution centuries in the making.
Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past--and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.
Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword...
The only outcome that's certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed? (Summary from Goodreads)

I'm ready for a battle! Nice teaser of a trailer! I immediately went and read the synopsis which made me want to read this even more.  3 kingdoms, 4 main characters, and a battle to come for power and control--I'm in! 

What's your favorite book trailer of the week?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #40 - Renegade and The Madman's Daughter

"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...

  Renegade
(The Elysium Chronicles, Book 1) 
Author: J.A. Souders
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Published by: Tor Teen

Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she's thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The law.
But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she's forced to come to a startling realization: everything she know is a lie. Her memories have been altered. Her mind and body aren't under her own control. And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.
Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb...and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all. (Summary from Goodreads)

How neat! An underwater utopia/dystopia. It sounds like a little mermaid reversal with the guy finding her world underwater. I'm curious about what ticking time-bomb in her mind is...genetics? 


Author: Megan Shepherd
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Published by: Balzer + Bray

London, 1894. Juiet Moreau has built a life for herself-working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns her father is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations were true.
Juliet is accompanied by the doctor's handsome young assistant and an enigmatic castaway, who both attract Juliet for very different reasons. They travel to the island only to discover the depths of her father's madness: he has created animals that have been vivisected to resemble, speak, and behave as humans. Worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape the island, even though her horror is mixed with her own scientific curiosity. As the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius--and madness--in her own blood. (Summary from Goodreads)

Doesn't this sound interesting? That gray line that lies between genius and madness is rather fascinating and horrifying all at the same time. Plus, this seems to be a retelling of H.G. Wells  classic, The Island of Dr. Moreau from 1896. This happens to be one classic syfy novel I haven't read, but just might have to try out before I delve into this one next year. Oh how I love classic syfy novels! I hope this retelling is as rich and amazing as the classics I love so much.

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, October 29, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday #26 - Favorite Kick-ass Heroines...

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 Favorite Kick-ass Heriones...

1. Riley Blackthorne of The Demon Trapper's series by Jana Oliver - Are you kidding me!? She's a DEMON TRAPPER! ~Ange

2. Annabeth from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series AND the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordon - She is strong and smart and does not let the traditional male heroes take control when she can succeed just as well on her own. ~Rachel


3.  Velveteen Monroe of Daniel Marks' Velveteen series - Ok, not only was she killed very slowly by a serial killer who she's determined to stop at all costs, but she's also the leader of the best Salvage Team in all of Purgatory trapping evil, rogue spirits top-side. ~Ange

4. Elsha in Winter of Fire by Sherryl Jordan - She ROCKS! She stands up to the leadership and declares that the Quelled deserve rights as well. ~Rachel

5. Finley Jayne from Kady Cross's Steampunk Chronicles - Ok, ok, I know I always use these books and these characters in Top 10 lists, but I can't help it! They are OFF THE CHARTS AWESOME IN EVERY WAY! ~Ange


6. Celia from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - She can work up some awesome magic and create beautiful and intricate illusions while competing for her life. ~Rachel

7. Ismae of His Fair Assassin series by R.L. LaFevers - Ismae not only survives a rather horrifying upbringing, being forced to marry a brutal scumbag and a hideous wedding night, but she's then taken in by the convent of St. Mortain. She learns that she's been blessed with gifts by the God of Death himself. She stays and is trained as an assassin and serves as a handmaiden to Death.= One seriously butt-kicking chick! ~Ange

8. Rose Zarelli from Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett - She is super sassy and says what she means--even if it gets her in trouble. I consider her a herione for girls because of how she faces down situations in smart and thoughtful ways. And--eventually--this leads to the best outcome for all. Love her! ~Rachel

9. Kira from Partials Sequence by Dan Wells- I seriously brave young woman who decides to find the answers to her world's problems on her own if needed, no matter the dangers. She learns many answers to questions and mysteries along the way, but one thing stays consistent...she's seriously butt-kicking!  ~Ange

10. Dez from Otherkin by Nina Berry - Umm...she's a weretiger; need I say more. She thinks she's a freak of nature before she learns she can shift into a rockin' animal, but it turns out that the oddest thing about her is what allows her to accept herself. And she takes out the bad guys, so she rules! ~Rachel


What's on your Top 10 this week?

Cover Reveal X6 - A Darkness Strange and Lovely, Elegy, Towering, Shadow of the Mark, The Dark Shore & Vortex

 
Series: Something Strange and Deadly, Book 2
Author: Susan Dennard
Release date: July 23, 2013
Published by: HarperTeen


 
Series: Hereafter, Book 3
Author: Tara Hudson
Release date: July 4, 2013
Published by: HarperTeen

Between Darkness and Light There Is Love

Author: Alex Flinn
Release date: May 14, 2013
Published by: ?

Her hair of gold may be her only escape.

Series: Carrier Trilogy, Book 2
Author: Leigh Fallon
Release date: July 9, 2013
Published by: HarperTeen


Series: The Atlanteans, Book 2
Author: Kevin Emerson
Release date: May 21, 2013
Published by: Katherin Tegan Books


Series: Insignia, Book 2
Author: S.J. Kincaid
Release date: July 2, 2013
Published by: Katherin Tegan Books

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Review: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Peter Pan, 100th Anniversary Edition
Author: J.M. Barrie
Release date: 2003, originally released 1911
Published by: Henry Holt and Co.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Neverland, pirates, faires, lost boys and more...follow Peter Pan as he leads the Darling children on the adventure of their lifetimes.

My thoughts: I read this to my girls (age 7 and 5) about a half a chapter a night so it took us forever, but having them hear the "older" language with some incredible vocabulary they've never heard before was very cool. Every once in a while they'd ask about a word, but otherwise they were happy to just listen.
We also talked a lot about how different parts were similar and also different from the Disney movie, which is what they've seen the most. Our high school musical last year was Peter Pan as well, so we also compared and contrasted it to the musical that the students did. The girls decided that the book is much more similar to that musical they saw my students do than the Disney movie which they decided is very different from this original.
All in all, we really like this classic version with it's old illustrations and language. I wonder which classic they'll choose next to mix in a bedtime!
View all my reviews

Cover Reveal: Goddess by Josephine Angelini

Starcrossed, Book 3
Published by: HarperTeen
Release date: May 28, 2013

I cannot wait for the conclusion to this one! And these covers are GORGEOUS! Just GORGEOUS! I think I'll just have to have them on my shelves. 

What do you think of the cover?

Friday, October 26, 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... 

I APOLOGIZE FOR THE AWFUL VIDEO! I don't know what the heck has been happening with our videos lately! GRRR! They won't match up! What in the world does this? Does anyone know how I keep this from happening? Sorry! Maybe just listen to it only! It's like a Kung Fu movie in the 80's! GRRRR! 
From the Library...
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (Speak/Putnam)

The Sweetness of Salt by Cecilia Galante (Bloomsbury USA)
You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis (Ember/RandomHouse)

Borrowed from a student...
The Last Promise by Richard Paul Evans (Dutton Books)

Stay tuned for the Dystopian Giveaway Hop starting this week!


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

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Book Trailer Thursday #40 - Promised and Crusher

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:

Promised 
(The Birthmarked Trilogy, Book 3)
Author: Caragh M. O'Brien
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Published by: Roaring Book Press/MacMillan

After defying the ruthless Enclave, surviving the wasteland, and upending the rigid matriarchy of Sylum, Gaia Stone now faces her biggest challenge ever. She must lead the people of Sylum back to the Enclave and persuade the Protectorat to grant them refuge from the wasteland. In Gaia's absence, the Enclave has grown more cruel, more desperate to experiment on mothers from outside the wall, and now the stakes of cooperating or rebelling have never been higher. Is Gaia ready, as a leader, to sacrifice what--or whom--she loves most? (Summary from Goodreads)

I have the first 2 books in this series and have yet to crack them open and this trilogy book trailer looks SO good! Doesn't it!?



Author: Niall Leonard
Release Date: September 13, 2012
Published by: Random House

To catch a killer, Finn Maguire may have to become one...
Everything changed the day Finn found his father in a pool of blood, bludgeoned to death. His dull, dreary life is turned upside down as he becomes the prime suspect. How can he clear his name and find out who hated his dad enough to kill him?
Facing danger at every turn, uncovering dark family secrets and braving the seedy London underworld, Finn is about to discover that only the people you trust can really hurt you...(Summary from Goodreads)

Looks like I'm on a British kick this week! :) Doesn't this one look like a heart-pounder of a story?

What's your favorite book trailer of the week?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #39 - Meant to Be and Black City

"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: Lauren Morrill
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Meant to be or not meant to be...that is the question.
It's one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the-gasp-wrong guy. Straight "A" Junior, Julia, may be accident prone, but she's queen of following the rules and being prepared. That's why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that's also why she's chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB ("meant to be").
But this spring break, Julia's rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she's partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts...from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wold goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.
Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be. (Summary from Goodreads)

What a beautiful, colorful cover! It sounds like a romantic comedy with a main character a dork like me could connect to. 


(Black City, Book 1)
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Published by: G. P. Putnam's Sons BYR

A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.
In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable--they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash's long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they're caught, they'll be executed--but their feelings are too strong.
When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths. (Summary from Goodreads)

Doesn't this sound delicious!? I picture winter break, on my couch in front of the fireplace with snow falling outside while I read this one. And that cover is BEAUTIFUL! Just beautiful!

What are you waiting on this week?

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop...

Welcome to our stop on the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop at Libby Blog from October 24-31 co-hosted by The Diary of a Bookworm and I Am a Reader, Not a Writer! There are 400+ 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 the listing below + swag!
Liar by Justine Larbalestier (Pb)
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick (Pb)
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (Pb)
The Ghoul Next Door by Lisi Harrison (Pb)
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (Pb)
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (ARC)
The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong (Pb)
Three Black Swans by Caroline B. Cooney (Pb)

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

Rules...
*Must be a blog follower.
*Must live in the U.S. to enter.
*Must be 13 or older to participate.
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.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday #25 - Books to Get Into the Halloween Spirit...

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 to Get Into the Halloween Spirit...

1. Velveteen by Daniel Marks  - Nothing like an existence in purgatory covered in the ash of the dead with the a intense need for revenge against the serial killer who murdered you to get you ready for Halloween! Plus, look at that cover! Are you kidding me!? How could you walk past this one? ~Ange

2. Anything by R.L.Stine - I consumed those books when I was in junior high. ~Rachel

3. The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver - A kick-butt main character who literally hunts Demons for a living...the perfect book for this holiday season! ~Ange
4. Everneath by Brodi Ashton - A tale involving the Underworld and death! ~Rachel

5. Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber - A mute young girl, a gorgeous young man trapped in a painting by a demon and a society bent on reeking havoc via paranormal means in late 1800's New York City...I had to turn on ALL the lights while reading this one! ~Ange
6. Abandon by Meg Cabot - Another tale involving the Underworld, but in this one death stalks the main character enticing her to return to the darkness with him. ~Rachel

7. The Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins - A witch who stinks at magic and literally destroyed prom-night gets exiled to an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, aka witches, fairies and shape-shifters where one blood-curdling mystery after another begin to converge = perfect! -Ange

8. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan - Blood in the woods and a mysterious family reappears in town, yup, a creepy and awesome tale. ~Rachel

9. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling - I think that it should be a requirement that each week that Halloween comes around we ALL re-read this series! SO darn wonderful! ~Ange

10. Fateful by Claudia Gray - Strong, fearsome werewolves stalking a young girl who is traveling on the Titanic will surely make you shiver. ~Rachel



What's on your Top 10 this week?