Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Book Trailer Thursday #71 - Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

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!

Release Date: June 11, 2013
Published by: HarperTeen

On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished.
A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon.
Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of reckless, desperate wish...a bloody razor...and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese's fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape--unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past. (Summary from Goodreads)

Holy crap! This book trailer is wicked! Creepy, creepy! Brilliant! Has anyone read it?

What did you find out there this week?

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #80 - The Beginning of Everything & The Chaos of Stars

"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: Robyn Schneider
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books

Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them--a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lost it all: in one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra's knee, his athletic career, and his social life.

No longer a front-runner for Homecoming King, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra's ever met, achingly effortless, fiercely intelligent, and determined to bring Exra along on her endless adventures.

But as Exra dives into his new studies, new friendships, and new love, he learns that some people, like books, are easy to misread. And now he must reconsider: if one's singular tragedy has already hit and everything after it has mattered quite a bit, what happens when more misfortune strikes? (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds like an interesting coming of age story. I'm always looking for good male POV stories and this tragedy-to-maybe triumph story might be the ticket.

Author: Kiersten White
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Published by: HarperTeen

Isadora's family is seriously screwed up.

Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She's also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can't be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever--and she's a mere mortal.

Isadora's sick of living a life where she's only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora's quickly finding that a "normal" life comes with plenty of its own epic complications--and that there's no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can't shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all. (Summary from Goodreads)

I cannot even imagine what it would be like to have Gods as parents while you are a mortal for some reason. How terrible and lonely that would be. That would be so hard, but Egyptian mythology = I'm in! I cannot wait! It has been Greek, Greek, Greek lately and Egyptian is much more my cup of tea! Has anyone read this yet? I know there are ARCs out there.

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, July 29, 2013

Review: Weather Witch by Shannon Delany

Weather Witch 
Author: Shannon Delany
Series: Weather Witch, Book 1
Release date: June 25, 2013
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jordan Astraea has known nothing but the most extravagant that life has to offer in Philadelphia, but as she and Rowen look at moving to the next level in their lives the most horrific of all accusations comes to pass...and on her seventeenth birthday!

Will she be able to prove her innocence? Will it matter if she can? Will Rowen be able to save her? And the biggest question of all, who hates her so much to have set her up in the most hateful and evilest way of all?

What will be left of her family when it's all over?

My thoughts: This was an incredibly different and interesting story! WOW! It's 1844, and Philadelphia is like nothing I can even picture! The upper crust is created out of layers of whom is basically king of the mountain of the rich of Philadelphia. Jordan is a bit different from them all though which really made me like her from the very beginning! I think especially having her next to her "best friend" Catrina who is an extremely shallow, conniving, controlling snot-rag who wants what she wants when she wants it! Rowen is a fantastically fun and jolly character who is living life to the fullest just making sure that Jordan has the best time possible! I just love him! And when he realizes that he's Jordan's only hope, and you desperately want him to step up...oh boy does he ever!

I was SO surprised by this one! I started this one twice honestly. The first time I couldn't get farther then 10-15 pages for some reason. I think the world that was supposed to be my own country's history was just SO different that I couldn't get into it. The second time I tried it I dove in and through that portion deciding to give it at least 50 pages before giving up and holy moly am I glad. This was just SO BRILLIANT; what an idea and story! AND, THAT CLIFFHANGER ENDING! AHHHH!!!

Final thought: I CANNOT WAIT for the next one! I will be the first one in line for it!

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Cover Reveal, Excerpt & Giveaway: Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout

Today is the day I get to reveal the cover of Jenny Trout's newest book! PLUS, make sure to enter in the giveaway below for a paperback or eBook...

Release date: February 4, 2014
Published by: Entangled Teen

Never was there a tale of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo...But true love never dies. Though they're parted by the veil between the world of mortals and the land of the dead, Romeo believes he can restore Juliet to life, but he'll have to travel to the underworld with a thoroughly infuriating guide.
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, may not have inherited his father's crown, but the murdered king left his son a much more important responsibility--a portal to the Afterjord, where the souls of the dead reside. When the determined Romeo asks for help traversing the treacherous Afterjord, Hamlet sees an opportunity for adventure, and the chance to avenge his father's death.
In an underworld filled with leviathan monsters, ghoulish shades, fire giants and fierce Valkyrie warriors, Hamlet and Romeo must battle their way through jealousy, despair, and their darkest fears to rescue the fair damsel. Yet finding Juliet is only the beginning, and the Afterjord doesn't surrender souls without a price...

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Now for a peek! 
An excerpt of Such Sweet Sorrow:


Two figures, both alike in stature and purpose, ducked beneath a bridge in Verona. The swollen river made mud of its banks. The men slid and fought against it, their torches flickering.
"Let's turn back, Romeo," Friar Laurence urged, pushing down the hood of his rough brown robe. "Can we not let poor Juliet rest in peace?" 
The younger man fixed his friend with a critical eye. "Peace? My Juliet knows no peace, only eternal torment. She took her own life, and that is my fault."
They pressed on, Romeo's steps becoming more determined the weaker his limbs grew. The poison that had incapacitated him, but not killed him, had ravaged his body. Tonight, he traveled farther beyond his father's walls than he'd dared since the night he'd returned to Verona. Even though the prince had lifted his banishment, the streets still felt unfriendly. A truce had been called between Montague and Capulet there were plenty of young men who would like nothing more than to avenge their kin by killing Romeo.
Their destination lay far from the center, in a small encampment of hovels beside the river. Faces peeked from behind tattered curtains as Romeo and Laurence traversed the narrow lanes between the dilapidated buildings, coming finally to the very wall of the city itself. It was at this border that they found the strega.
Her door was painted red, surrounded by talismans on long chains that hung from the recessed arch. Romeo ducked beneath a dried and crumbling chicken's foot and brushed aside a crudely shaped metal eye. 
"I go no further." Friar Laurence backed away from the threshold, crossing himself. "Romeo, I warn you, this is a fearful path you tread. Your soul will be lost to darkness. You will perish in the flames of hell, I beg you not to do this."
"I am already in hell." Romeo pushed open the door and stepped inside.
The interior of the witch's house was hot. It smelled of earth and the wood-like scent of herbs not used for cooking. A bent shape stood before the hearth, where a sulfurous cauldron bubbled. Romeo covered his nose and coughed.
"Ah, I was expecting a visitor this night." The strega lifted her head, the veil of coins that obscured her face tinkling like fairy bells. "Your man of God could not dissuade you"
"Nothing will dissuade me." Even as he said it, his doubtful eyes took in the squawking black bird in the cage near the fire, the jars and bottles lining the shelves, murky objects floating in their slimy depths. "Benvolio told me you can communicate with the dead. He said you made him a charm to ward off attacks by ghosts."
The strega shuffled across the room, her coins and jewelry clattering. She pointed a bony finger at a chair, and bade Romeo sit. "You are unwell. Poison, was it?"
"Poison, yes." He could still taste the bite of it, still feel the stinging numbness in his veins. The physical evidence of it lay under his clothes, the dark stain of dying flesh spreading still, a little more each day. "Not enough."
"That's because you went to an apothecary," the strega sniffed. "If you want poison to kill a man dead, you must see a witch."
"I'll...remember that. In the future." Romeo clasped his hands and rested his elbows on his knees. "I came to you for knowledge of the dead. I will pay whatever it takes."
"The price depends on the knowledge." She rummaged through a trunk and produced a large, black bowl. Setting it on the floor, she reached into her clothes-it seemed she wore layers upon layers of tattered fabrics, in all shades and thickness-and withdrew a vial. The sight of it winking in the light caused something to recoil inside Romeo. Too recently, he had held a similar vessel.
Then everything had gone so wrong...
"What do you wish to know?" the strega asked, emptying the thick, black liquid into the bowl.
"My love, Juliet--" his voice trembled at her name, and he took a moment to repress his anguish.
"It was her you drank the poison for." The strega swirled the liquid in the basin. "I see her."
"How do you know it's her?" He leaned forward, peering into the dish. He saw nothing but his own reflection.
"The same as you know the sun rises in the east. I simply know." She clucked softly behind her veil of coins. "Bound to you by the thread of holy matrimony. A secret wedding."
Romeo swallowed back unexpected tears. "Yes, she was my...she was my wife."
It still sounded strange to his ears. A wife was something an older man had, a man like his father. He could not imagine being so old. Perhaps that had been the poison's cruelest jest, to let him believe his life would end in the vigor of his youth, only to return him with none of that youth left in body or mind.
"The young are foolish and brash." The witch's tone softened. "Black of hair, brown of eye. As fair as any maid from Verona."
"Fairer," he corrected her, his hand clenching to a fist. His nails bit into his palm as he struggled to hold back his tears. "Is she happy?"
The strega considered a moment, drawing one finger across the surface of the liquid. When she brought her hand away, it shone wet and red. "No. She is in despair. That is all I can see."
His heart squeezed tightly. He couldn't find his breath. He had hoped to hear that she was in a better place, as Friar Laurence had assured him so many times. "There must be some way to assuage her grief. Some way to tell her_"
"Her eyes and ears are as closed as any dead woman's. Whatever torments her will torment her for eternity." There was no comfort to be had from the strega's voice. She reached out one gnarled hand, palm up. "If that is all--"
"It is not all!" Romeo shot to his feet, placing his hand on the dagger at his side. He did not have the strength to use it, but the witch couldn't know that. "You know dark magic. You can bring her back."
Slowly, the strega unhooked her veil, letting the net of coins fall to her lap. Her face was as aged and withered as her hands. One eye protruded grotesquely, a milky blue, while the other, shrewd and black, fixed on him. "I no longer do such magic."
"But it can be done?" Romeo asked, and when she nodded, he unsheathed his knife and prodded her knobby chin with the point. "Then you had better do it, witch."
The old woman did not tremble in fear of him. She grabbed the blade and pushed it away; it felt as though he cut himself instead of her. He dropped the dagger and stepped back, cursing as blood coursed down his arm from the slice that split his palm. Faster than he could have anticipated, the old witch grabbed his wrist and jerked his hand over the basin, letting his blood fall into it.
"I no longer work such magic," she repeated, swirling the blood in the bowl with her fingertip. "But there are others. To bring someone back, first you must find them. Are you prepared to walk with devils, boy?"
He nodded, his quick breaths flaring his nostrils.
"Are you willing to brave serpents and fire, to fight the keepers of the dead and hear ghosts speak?" She pushed his hand away. At once, the blood on his palm stopped flowing, and the wound sealed itself, burning with invisible fire. He gasped and clutched his hand, watching with horror as the old witch's good eye rolled back in her head and she called out words he did not understand.
In the bowl, the liquid lightened, the glowed and turned an unearthly blue. A maelstrom formed in the shallow basin, and lightening crackled on its surface. All the while, the old woman chanted and howled, until the room filled with a spectral wind that seemed to originate inside the blue light. The bird screamed in its cage, and jars and bottles rattled and broke on their shelves.
The surface of the liquid rose in waves capped with frothy blue. As the peaks grew higher, the aquamarine light faded, leaving only a bubbling, roiling fount of blood rising as tall as Romeo himself. The burbling red took shape, into a form so familiar that Romeo at once recoiled from it and yearned to touch it.
His Juliet stood before him, or at least, the shape of her, frozen in blood, monochromatic crimson, but unmistakably her. Thick chains bound her across her neck, her waist, manacles clasped her wrists. Her eyes were the worst of all, open, bloody, blank and unseeing, yet somehow still accusing. Still hating him, for having let her go before him.
"I'm so sorry," he whispered, his throat raw with emotion. He reached for her, knowing it a foolish thing to have done before his fingertips brushed her bloody cheek.
The vision of Juliet opened its mouth impossibly, terribly wide and a bone withering scream burst from her at the same time the vision burst, raining blood over the room.
The strega braced herself with her ancient hands on either side of the bowl, and lifted her head, the blood running in rivulets down her face. "You must go north. You will find the man who can help you there."
"North?" He conjured up a map in his mind. "Grezzana?"
"Farther." The strega pushed up from the floor, righting herself. She looked smaller somehow...more fragile than fearsome.
The eyebrow over her good eye arched in exasperation. "Farther. Farther than you have ever traveled. Over the mountains, to a castle by the sea. The seat of a murdered king."
He opened his mouth to speak, but she cut him off. "I know no more. In payment, I ask only that you never darken my door again." She lifted the dagger from the floor. He reached for it, and she threw it, so that the blade stuck in the lintel. At once, her terrible, craggy face transformed, her skin going smooth and youthful, her spider web hair turning to glossy black silk. She narrowed her eyes, no longer milky but deep black, and pointed to where the dagger quivered in the wood. "Leave it. Let its absence remind you never to cross a sister of the fortunes again."
When Romeo emerged, Friar Laurence rose to his feet, the worry that creased his brow relented only a bit. "I heard such howling, I thought you must surely be in the grips of the devil himself."
"No devils here." Romeo made no mention of the dagger. It embarrassed him now, to think he had threatened a woman so powerful. "To find those, I must go north."

Jenny is a writer, blogger, and funny person.

Writing as Jennifer Armintrout, she made the USA Today Bestseller list with Blood Ties Book One: The Turning. Her novel American Vampire was named one of the top ten horror novels of 2011 by Booklist Magazine Online.

Jenny also writes award-winning erotic romance as Abagail Barnette.

When she's not writing, she's sleeping or otherwise incapacitated.

She is a proud Michigander, mother of two, and wife to the only person alive capable of spending extended periods of time with her without wanting to murder her.

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What a GORGEOUS cover! I seriously cannot wait for this one! WHOA! 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Libby Bits Review: Wicked Jealous

Wicked Jealous 
Author: Robin Palmer
Release date: July 19, 2012
Published by: Speak
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Simone is known at school as “That Weird Fat Girl”, and she doesn’t mind being invisible. She has her sweet brother, Max, and her best friend, NIcola, to rely on and that’s enough. She sure can’t rely on her dad. He’s always at work, writing scripts for his T.V. show and letting his new girlfriend move in and tell everyone what to do.

Trying to escape her dad’s girlfriend, Simone joins a Zumba class and meets and befriends several middle-aged women who love to listen to her and give her advice. She drops some weight and begins wearing her favorite vintage clothes and suddenly her soon-to-be stepmother seems to be trying to feed her apples, which Simone is highly allergic, too!
At one point, her dad and his girlfriend leave for vacation, and Simone moves in with her brother and his 6 roommates--one who sneezes a lot, one who sleeps a lot, one who is a pre-med student...get the picture :)

This is a really fun twist on Snow White. I found myself giggling several times. I love a new twist on a classic tale, and this is one you won’t be disappointed in. If you want a lively summer read, Palmer’s story is for you.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Book Trailer Thursday #70 - Siege and Storm

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: Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Published by: Henry Holt and Co.

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can't outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling's game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her - or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm. (Summary from Goodreads)

This trailer is AMAZING!!!! I love it! WOW! I'm in!

What did you find out there this week?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #79 - All Our Pretty Songs & Nomad

"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: Sarah McCarry
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin

This is a story about love, but not the kind of love you think. You'll see...

In the lush and magical Pacific Northwest live two best friends who grew up like sisters: charismatic, mercurial, and beautiful Aurora, and the devoted, watchful narrator. Each of them is incomplete without the other. But their unbreakable bond is challenged when a mysterious and gifted musician named Jack comes between them.

His music is like nothing I have ever heard. It is like the ocean surging, the wind that blows across the open water, the far call of gulls.

Suddenly, each girl must decide what matters most: friendship, or love. What both girls don't know is that the stakes are even higher than either of them could have imagined. They're not the only ones who have noticed Jack's gift; his music has awakened an ancient evil--and a world both above and below which may not be mythical at all. We have paved over the ancient world but that does not mean we have erased it. (Summary from Goodreads)

Music as an instigator of myth and magic, evil, love and friendship: this has all the elements that make for a great tale!

Author: J.L. Bryan
Release Date: July 26, 2013
Published by: Self pub?

They took everything: her family, her home, her childhood.

By the age of nineteen, Raven has spent most of her life in the sprawling slums of America, fighting as a rebel against the dictatorship. When the rebellion steals an experimental time-travel device, she travels back five decades to the year 2013. Her plan: assassinate the future dictator when he is still young and vulnerable, long before he comes to power. She must move fast to reshape history, because agents from her own time are on her trail, ready to execute her on sight. (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds absolutely amazing! I LOVE a good dystopian and this one has time travel mixed in = fantastic! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Libby Bits Review: Adorkable

Author: Sarra Manning
Release date: May 24, 2012
Published by: Atom
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jeane Smith is a quirky blogger with her own style. She hates people who “conform” to what is seen as “normal” by society. She has a unique style and a unique hair color, and her blog invites all dorks to unite and be okay being who they are supposed to be.

Michael Lee represents everything Jeane fights against: he is popular and wears “boring” clothes and does everything that is expected of him. But a cosmic event brings them together when Jeane’s boyfriend falls for Michael’s girlfriend and Jeane and Michael unite to figure out just how that happened.

I enjoyed Jeane and Michael’s story. Jeane is a little snarky--it took me a few chapters to be okay with her because she is a bit mean. However, if you read this book you’ll understand why she is so snarky and begin to understand what is behind her aggression and anger. Michael is a fun counter to her and helps balance out the story. And when these complete opposites start kissing...well you’ll have to read to see what happens! I will add a little warning that there is some mature content in the story, but I have to say that Manning represented teens and sex in a responsible and respectful way.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Libby Bits Review: Schooled

by Gordon Korman
Release date: September 1, 2007
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Capricorn Anderson...what can I say about Cap? He is a 13-year-old hippie. He lives in a commune with his grandmother, but one fateful day his grandma falls and breaks her hip. She must stay at the clinic for rehab so Capricorn must go to the local middle school. He has never watched T.V., he has no concept of violence--you know, peace!, he wears tie-dyed clothes and corn husk shoes, and he doesn’t know anything about middle school life. To make his transition even worse, the cool kid at C Average Middle School targets Cap for the 8th grade joke: electing the dweebiest kid as the 8th-grade class president. Craziness ensues :)

I loved Cap and his idealism. Korman really makes this a believable scenario and watching Cap struggle with the cultural differences and yet stay true to himself makes for a heartwarming story. If you love short and sweet stories, this one is for you.

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Friday, July 19, 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 created by The 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...

Wow, I always say we're going to keep it short and sweet...and then we get together and end up gushing and gushing about books...
For Review from NetGalley...
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill (Disney Hyperion)
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic)
The Lost Kingdom by Matthew J. Kirby (Scholastic)
Pet Hotel: A Big Surprise by Kate Finch (Scholastic)
Pet Hotel: Calling All Pets! by Kate Finch (Scholastic)

What did you get for your libby this week?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Book Trailer Thursday #69 - The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

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: Holly Black
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Coldtown was dangerous, Tana knew. A glamorous cage, a prison for the damned and anyone who wanted to party with them.

Tana lived in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave.
One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself. (Summary from Goodreads)

WOW! It's interesting that this is set up as a getaway! What you guys think!? Has anyone read it yet? I'd love to hear what you think of it!

What did you find out there this week?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #78 - Indelible & A Darkness Strange and Lovely

"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 Twixt, Book 1) 
Author: Dawn Metcalf
Release Date: July , 2013
Published by: Harlequin Teen

Some things are permanent.
And they cannot be changed back.
Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room--right before the the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world--a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep and a life that will never be the same.
Now, Joy must pretend to be Ink's chosen one--his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future...and failure to be convincing means painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusions, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes, there are no mistakes.
Sometimes between reality and myth lies...THE TWIXT. (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds like a new twist on the dangerous faery literature. Ink sounds like a creepy male lead who lives in a world of monsters. I'm excited to see how the mortal main character navigates this world.

Check out Ange's Review here! She LOVED it!

Author: Susan Dennard
Release Date: July 23, 2013
Published by: HarperTeen

Following an all-out battle with the walking Dead, the Spirit Hunters have fled Philadelphia, leaving Eleanor alone to cope with the devastating aftermath. But there's more trouble ahead--the evil necromancer MArcus has returned, and his diabolical advances have Eleanor escaping to Paris to seek the help of Joseph, Jie, and the infuriatingly handsome Daniel once again. When she arrives, however, she finds a whole new darkness lurking in this City of Light. As harrowing events unfold, Eleanor is forced to make a deadly decision that will mean life or death for everyone. (Summary from Goodreads)

I adored book 1, its history, the gang of friends/Spirit Hunters and the world that Susan has created, so I cannot wait to find out what happens next for them all!

In case you missed it, here's my review of Book 1! :) p.s. these covers are GORGEOUS!

What are you waiting on this week?

Review: The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis

The Secret Ingredient 
Author: Stewart Lewis
Release date: June 11, 2013
Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Olivia is a teen chef who was adopted. She loves her two dads, and actually gets to cook in her dad’s restaurant, Food. The summer before her senior year in high school she becomes curious about who her mother is and The Secret Ingredient follows Olivia as she gets a job at a casting agency, worries about her family’s financial issues, meets a psychic, and most of all finds the “something missing” in her mostly happy life.

Olivia is a great main character. She is a quiet, serious teenager who loves her family and her friend Lola. I really enjoyed following her on this adventure which starts with a psychic’s predictions about the events that will unfold this summer before her senior year of high school. I love that she was skeptical at first but then little pieces of the predictions begin to appear, like Hank (the dog she walks) helping her find a cookbook with it’s own story.

Speaking of that cookbook, I love how the characters revealed in the margins of the cookbook have their own story and eventually become a part of Olivia’s story. It is a book of wisdom, really, Rose’s wisdom fleshed out by Olivia :)

Each character in this story is unique in a realistic way. Stewart weaves these characters together masterfully. As I said, I really like Olivia, but I also liked Jeremy, Olivia’s older brother who dreams of a record deal; Bell and Enrique, her Dads; Lola, her energetic, British best friend; Hank, the dog; Theo, the love interest; and, of course, the psychic. There are several other side characters who just fill in the pieces of the story, and all I can say is that there isn’t one in the whole bunch who doesn’t fit perfectly!

For me this is a story of searching and finding...finding things you may have been looking for AND finding things you only realize you needed once they’ve landed at your feet. This story left me feeling fulfilled and happy...which is all I could ask for.

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