Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #67 - Icons & The Ward

"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...

(Icons, Book 1)
Author: Margaret Stohl
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Your heart beats only with their permission.
Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol's family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn't know it was fighting.
Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside--safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can't avoid.
She's different. She survived. Why?
When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador's privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn't a coincidence. It's a conspiracy.
Within the Icon's reach, Dol, Ro, Tima and Luca discover that their uncontrollable emotions--which they;ve always thought to be their greatest weaknesses--may actually be their greatest strengths. (Summary from Goodreads)

Wow! This sounds fascinating! I can't wait to explore this new, changed world--alien? supernatural? What do you think?

The Ward
Author: Jordana Frankel
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins

Sixteen-year-old Ren is a daredevil mobile racer who will risk everything to survive the Ward, what remains of a water-logged Manhattan. To save her sister, who is suffering from a deadly illness thought to be caused by years of pollution, Ren accepts a secret mission from the government: to search for a freshwater source in the Ward, with the hope of it leading to a cure.
However, she never expects that her search will lead to dangerous encounters with a passionate young scientist; a web of deceit and lies; and an earth-shattering mystery that's lurking deep beneath the water's rippling surface. (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds SO GOOD! Mystery, futuristic/dystopian world that's broken, lies, a couple clashing....SO MANY POSSIBILITIES!!! I'm in! Has anyone read it? What did you think? 

What are you waiting on this week?

Friday, April 26, 2013

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...

Purchased NOOK Books...
Spark by Brigid Kemmerer (K Teen) - Check out Ange's Review of Book 1! 

Purchased @B&N...
Also Known As by Robin Benway (Bloomsbury) - Check out Ange's review! 
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger (Litter, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt (Bloomsbury)
Orleans by Sherri L. Smith (Putnam Juvenile) - Check out Ange's review!  
Override by Heather Anastasiu (St. Martin's Griffin) - Check out Ange's review of Book 1! 
Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter (Disney/Hyperion)
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith (Poppy)

For Review from the Author...
Altered: Revelations of the Evolved by Shawnda Currie (Indie)
Imaginable by J. Meyers (Indie) - Check out Ange's review of Book 1! 

WON from Jenni @AlluringReads...
Orleans by Sherri L. Smith (Putnam Juvenile) - Ange's review!  

For Review from NetGalley...

What did you get for your libby this week?

Cover Reveal: Unhinged by A.G. Howard

(Splintered, Book 2)
Author: A.G. Howard
Release date: January 2014
Published by: Amulet 

"Wonderland was just the beginning"


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #66 - The Program & The Beautiful and the Cursed

"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 Program, Book 1)
Author: Suzanne Young 
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Published by: Simon Pulse

In Sloane's world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.
Sloane know better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane's parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they'll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who's been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone--but so are their memories.
Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He's promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it's getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them. (Summary from Goodreads)

We do live in a world where happiness seems to be key, so perhaps in the future this belief in happiness goes too far...?!?

Author: Page Morgan 
Release Date: May 14, 2013
Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

After a bizarre accident, Ingrid Waverly is forced to leave Lodon with her mother and younger sister, Gabby, trading a world full of fancy dresses and society events for the unfamiliar city of Paris. 
In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly  the house Ingrid's twin brother, Grayson, found for them isn't a house at all. It's an abandoned abbey, its roof lined with stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathing creatures.
And Grayson has gone missing.
No one seems to know of his whereabouts but Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant at their new home.
Ingrid is sure her twin isn't dead--she can feel it dead in her soul--but she knows he's in grave danger. It will be up to her and Gabby to navigate the twisted path to Grayson, a path that will lead Ingrid on a discovery of dark secrets and otherworldly truths. And she'll learn that once they are uncovered, they can never again be buried. (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds dark, mysterious and oh SO interesting! I'm SO IN!!

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, April 22, 2013

Review: Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

Author: S.J. Kincaid
Series: Insignia, Book 1
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperTeen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Earth is in the midst of WWIII, but it may not be as you had imagined it would be...it's in Outer Space! That's right! BUT, it is being fought by teens who are fighting the war virtually! Here's the thing...it's a bit more than that and when Tom stumbles upon Medusa, the biggest baddest fighter of all, and realizes they have something deeply in common...what should he do next? Does he keep going?

My thoughts: War Games! Seriously!? I can't believe I loved this, but I DID! It was fabulous! I wish I hadn't been so dang distracted by work and life because I would have probably read it cover to cover instead.

When the government can't find a perfect fighter in their perfect little teen virtual fighters they turn into perfect little robot warriors to fight their enemies...they turn to Tom. Who's Tom? A nobody! That's who! He's the son of a washed up gambling, drunkard who basically has to gamble himself by playing virtual video games against people to win enough money for a room for each night so they don't have to sleep on the street or in a shelter. He rarely gets to actually go to school, and so when the government notices his "killer" instincts in the virtual gaming worlds they decide to go out on a limb and recruit someone VERY different from their "normal" criteria!

The future world that Kincaid has created with alliances between multiple countries and corporations is absolutely BRILLIANT! I was completely fascinated by the layers, and layers of depth that were created in this world and it's creation! I was completely satisfied, which is something I am left lacking so often lately. I can't wait to see where she's going with everything!

One thing I was a bit frustrated with from time to time, was the way that they kids were with each other. It was just so "typical" I guess. I wanted more support from one another in their fight, in their struggles to learn and "survive" the changes that happen. His friends that he makes ARE fabulous and delightful and most importantly loyal...they really do make his life so much better by "having his back." He's never had that before.

Last thought: You have GOT to try this one! I can't wait for the next one! How is Tom going to make up for the ultimate betrayal? IS there a way to make up for the ultimate betrayal?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #65 - Arclight & Linked

"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: Josin L. McQuein 
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Published by: Greenwillow Books

 No one crosses the wall of light...except for one girl who doesn't remember who she is, where she came from, or how she survived.
The Arclight is the last defense. The Fade can't get in. Outside the Arclight's border of high-powered beams is the Dark. And between the Light and the Dark is the Grey, a narrow, barren no-man's-land. That's where the rescue team finds Marina, a lone teenage girl with no memory of the horrors she faced of the family she lost. Marina is the only person who has ever survived an encounter with the Fade. She's the first hope humanity has had in generations, but she could also be the catalyst for their final destruction. Because the Fade will stop at nothing to get her back. Marina knows it. Tobin, who's determined to take his revenge on the Fade, knows it. Anne-Marie, who just wishes it were all over, knows it.
When one of the Fade infiltrates the Arclight and Marina recognizes it, she will begin to unlock secrets she didn't even know she had. Who will Marina become? Who can she never be again? (Summary from Goodreads)

I always enjoy a new twist on good vs. evil, light vs. dark. 

Author: Imogen Howson 
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. But for the last three years, she's been struggling with terrifying visions, phantom pains, and mysterious bruises that appear out of nowhere.
Finally, she's promised a cure: minor surgery to burn out the overactive area of her brain. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the shocking truth behind her hallucinations: she's been seeing the world through another girl's eyes.
Elissa follows her visions, and finds a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl-Lin-who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. The twin sister she never knew existed.
Now, Elissa and Lin are on the run from a government who will stop at nothing to reclaim Lin and protect the dangerous secrets she could expose-secrets that would shake the very foundation of their world. (Summary from Goodreads)

Doesn't this sound AMAZING!!! WHOA!!! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, April 15, 2013

Review: Little White Duck, a childhood in China by Na Liu & Andres Vera Martinez

Little White Duck: A Childhood in China 
Author: Na Liu
Illustrator: Andres Vera Martinez
Release date: October 1, 2012
Published by: Graphic Universe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After Chairman Mao passes away in the 1970's things begin to change, but two little girls also begin to see the things around them that they have to be thankful for that have helped make their family what it is today because of Mao in this reflective and insightful graphic novel set through the eyes of a young child's eyes in China...

My thoughts: As someone who can honestly say they don't know a whole lot about Chinese history, I really did learn something from this little graphic novel! Plus, it's a beautiful book! Wow! No wonder this illustrator has won awards before!

Also, at the Annual WEMTA (Wisconsin Education Media and Technology Association) Conference this past week, the CCBC (Children's Cooperative Book Center) announced their "2013 Choices" and Little White Duck is on the list in the "Historical People, Places & Events" section! Plus, it's already a Junior Library Guild Selection which is why it landed on my desk at school/work and thus came home with me this weekend! :)

I originally brought this home because for some reason, someone at JLG decided to catalog it as a Fiction book which I thought felt wrong just reading the flap on the book. It is by the way! I wanted to be sure about changing the cataloging before just doing it (Dr. Zarinnia would be SO PROUD), so I brought it home for a quick read this weekend and am glad I did. Not only was it a great little read about both her parents' lives growing up under Mao's rule, but also about her self-discovery of their lives, their struggles, their gains and who they really were because of it all through the eyes of her young self.

Now I just need to figure out if this is going to be cataloged in 921 as a biography OR in 951 for China!? Ugh! Decisions, decisions! They make my head hurt! Anyway...check this one out for sure! It was a fab little quick read about a very interesting time in China I didn't know much about at all.
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Saturday, April 13, 2013

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...

Purchased NOOK Books...
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson (Henry Holt & Co.)
Breadcrumbs by Anna Ursu (Walden Pond Press)
Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors (Walker Childrens)
The Named by Marianne Curley (Bloomsbury USA Childrens)
Opal by Jennifer Armentrout (Entangled Teen)
Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings by Helene Boudreau (Sourcebooks)
Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath by Helene Boudreau (Sourcebooks)
Real Mermaids Don't Need High Heels by  Helene Boudreau (Sourcebooks)

Purchased @Anderson's Bookshop @signing...
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Purchased @WEMTA to have signed...
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park (Sandpiper)

Gifted from Heidi @YABibliophile...
Fated by Alyson Noel (St. Martin's Griffin)
Struck by Jennifer Bosworth (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux)

ARCs Gifted from Heidi @YABibliophile...
The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd (Balzar + Bray)
Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen (Walker Childrens)
School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins (Disney/Hyperion)

What did you get for your libby this week?

Friday, April 12, 2013

Meeting Robin LaFevers!

Last Sunday, Heidi, of YA Bibliophile, and I headed out on the road to the very fine town of Naperville, IL, from our little rural WI digs near each other. We met up with the ever adorable Tara, of FictionFolio, and Anna, of AnnaReads for lunch! Then on to the ever fantastic Anderson's Bookshop in Downtown Naperville! If you've never been and you live anywhere nearby, you've got to stop by! You can always find signed books and a fabulous list of upcoming author visits!
Robin was one of the best speakers I've seen at Anderson's! She told us all about how she first came up with the idea to create the world that Ismae, and now Sybella, inhabits in the His Fair Assassins Series from wanting to write about the Middle Ages, to wanting to empower women especially, to wanting to write about the tiny young Queen who's left in charge of France at twelve when her father passes away after having promised her hand in marriage to man after man in return for troops and other favors leaving so very many angry suiters to descend on her kingdom to claim her hand...so of course she'll need some assassin nuns to keep her safe! 
Plus, she explained how so much of the world in the His Fair Assassins Series is based in Celtic Mythology and Brittany legends which I had noticed, but apparently I am more rusty on my heritage/education than I had realized and seriously need to reread those mythology texts again on my shelves because I missed a bunch of it. I knew I loved it, but just enjoyed it for the love of it. Next time I read it, I'll be looking for the mythos in it!

Some Q&A from the signing that people asked Robin...

Q: Have you traveled to the places in Grave Mercy and ? 
A: Only on Google! But you would be amazed at what you can do and see on Google. 

Q: What does she recommend for writers?
A: The book, Save the Cat. I also write by hand, except for the action scenes, those have to be typed because they are just too fast to write out by hand. She also uses both colored pens and colored index cards to keep track of characters. 

Q: Are you going to write YA or MG next?
A: I don't know yet. I left off both of my MG series as cliffhangers which wasn't very nice, but I'm also going to finish this series too. This last book isn't going to come out until Fall of 2014 though, I just have to have so much more time to really wrap up everything perfectly with Anna's story.

Q: What do you like to read?
A: Historical fiction! Seraphina was great! 

Grave Mercy 
Author: R.L. LaFevers
Series: His Fair Assassin Release Date: April 3, 2012
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?"

I know this book is thick, but is was my FAVORITE READ OF 2012 out of everything I read!! That's a big deal for me! Try it! It's AMAZING AND KICK-BUTT! 

Check out my review HERE! 

Author: R.L. LaFevers
Series: His Fair Assassin 

Release Date: April 2, 2013
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

"Vengence is devine"

Review soon to come! :)

My pretties...

And now they're signed! :)

As usual, Anderson's Bookshop did a great job and I can't wait to drive all they way back down there again in May! I'm hoping to go see Lauren Oliver and Holly Black in the same week! We'll see! That'll be a very big and rather expensive driving week if I do that! 
To learn more about this fabulous author, Robin LaFevers, also known as R.L. LaFevers, go to...

Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Website  

Plus, check out this fabulous site for her His Fair Assassin Series...

Robin and I

Have you been to any signings lately? For who? Tell me about it! Link it up!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #64 - The Boyfriend App & The Eternity Cure

"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: Katie Sise 
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Published by: Balzer & Bray

Super-smart, somewhat geeky Audrey McCarthy can't wait to get out of high school. Her father's death and the transformation of her one-time BFF, Blake Dawkins, into her worst nightmare have her longing for the new start college will bring.
But college take money. So Audrey decides she has to win the competition for the best app designed by a high-schooler-and the $200,00 that comes with it. She develops something she calls the Boyfriend App, and suddenly she's the talk of the school and getting kissed by the hottest boys around. But can the Boyfriend App bring Audrey true love? (Summary from Goodreads)

This made me giggle! I can't wait to see if the app works for her (or anyone)!

Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Published by: Harlequin Teen

Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning--New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.
Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she's never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike. (Summary from Goodreads)

Book 1, The Immortal Rules, was SOOO good! I can't wait to rea book 2 to find out what happens next for Allie! I do have to say that I was VERY frustrated when they changed the covers even though it really bothered me that Allie is of Asian decent and she's not on the cover of book 1. BUT, now my HC of Book 1 won't match my HC of Book 2 when I get it! :( Poo! :( Oh well! C'est la vie! But oh how I can't wait! Allie seriously kicks butt! 

What are you waiting on this week?