Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #97 - Options & Uninvited

"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: Abbi Glines
Release Date: December 5, 2013
Published by: Indie

Two paths.
Two completely different roads.
Each one standing before me.
Each one holding a different destiny.

In life you're just supposed to choose one path.
In life you're not given the chance at choosing one specific future.

Until now.
Until me.

Why am I different? I don't know. But I'm going to see those roads and walk down each one. When it's over I'll know which one to choose because I'll know my - options. (Summary from Goodreads)

Another story based on the idea that each choice we make creates one path and another divergent path for the opposite choice. This story seems to play with the idea that if we could see what happened along each path we'd be able to choose the right one for us. I've thought that at times, but I fear it would ruin the joy of day-to-day living. 

(Uninvited, Book 1)
Author: Sophie Jordan
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Published by: HarperTeen

When Davy Hamilton's tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS) - aka the kill gene - she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn't feel any different, but genes don't lie. One day she will someone.
Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he's not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly. (Summary from Goodreads)

Seriously!? She's homicidal!? I would be in some serious trouble in this society I think! I have a serious anger issue on the best of days...ugh! I cannot wait to read this one!

What are you waiting on this week?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #96 - Crash into You & Panic

"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 McGarry
Release Date: November 26, 2013
Published by: Harlequin Teen

The girl with straight A''s, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.
Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.
But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover how far they'll go to save each other. (Summary from Goodreads)

I'm sooooooooooo excited. I love McGarry's stories...always packed with emotion.

Author: Lauren Oliver
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Published by: HarperTeen

Panic began as many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.
Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She'd never thought pf herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.
Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he's sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he's not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.
For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them--and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most. (Summary from Goodreads)

I'm SOOO excited for another Lauren Oliver book! She is always on my "buy it immediately" list of authors. I adore her writing. (I even have some of her written words inked on my skin forever. Shh!) AND THIS SOUNDS AMAZING! Has anyone read it yet?

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Review: Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer 
Author: Katie Alender
Release date: September 24, 2013
Published by: Scholastic
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Colette Iselin heads off to Paris, France, on a class trip with her teacher, her two best friends, and several other classmates, she certainly had no idea how exciting and dramatic things were going to get when she left home. She knew she would be experiencing new foods, new culture, maybe some new art, and that she would hopefully be learning more about her own genealogy which goes directly back to France...but she certainly did not expect to have to deal with a serial killer on the loose!

My thoughts: This was a fast-paced and just, plain fun read! If you're looking for something that's not too deep, has the paranormal in it, snarky girls, romance and so much more. Plus, it was a quick one once I sat still and devoted an afternoon to reading it!

I have to say that even though most of it wasn't actually based on actual people who existed during Marie Antoinette's time, I was still enthralled with the flashback times and many of the "feelings" of that time were still right on. I also really liked how Alender was able to perfectly grasp the feeling of the "mean girl" atmosphere which Peely and Colette are dealing with the "Queen Bee" of Hannah.

Last thought: You should definitely check this fast reading, paranormal, head slicing book out if you're looking for a quickie read!

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Book Trailer Thursday # 78 - Champion by Marie Lu

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!
(Legend, Book 3)
Author: Marie Lu
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Published by: Putnam Juvenile

He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic--and each other--and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government's elite circles as Principles Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic's border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country's defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has.  (Summary from Goodreads)

This series is SO great. I cannot wait to find out what happens next!? Can you?

What did you find out there this week?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #95 - Loud Awake and Lost & Fire and Blood

"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: Adele Griffin 
Release Date: November 12, 2013
Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers

LOUD. There was an accident. Ember knows at least that much. She was driving. The car was totaled. She suffered back injuries and brain trauma. But she is alive. That's the only thing left she can cling to.
AWAKE. Eight months later, Ember feels broken. The pieces of her former self no longer fit together. She can't even remember the six weeks of her life leading up to the accident. Where was she going? Who was she with? And what happened during those six weeks that her friends and family won't talk about?
LOST. One by one, Ember discovers the answers to these questions, like a twisted games of dominos. And little by little, the person she used to be slips further and further away. (Summary from Goodreads)

I know this came out yesterday, but doesn't it sound intriguing? A bit of a mystery mixed in with the scary concept of losing your memory due to head trauma--It definitely interests me!

Author: Victoria Scott
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Published by: Scholastic 

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying--and she's helpless to change anything.
Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.
The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place? (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds incredible and very Hunger Games-like! She has to save her brother just as Katniss has to save her sister by volunteering. I like it. This is a great concept and I can't wait to try it.

What are you waiting on this week?

Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me 
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me, Book 2
Release date: February 5, 2013
Published by: HarperTeen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Juliette may be free from The Reestablishment now that she's escaped being Warner's weapon, but will she be able to free herself from her mind enough to be Omega Point's? And what about Adam? Will she tell him about that last moment...?

My thoughts: This sequel fell right into place where the first left off as the group is getting settled in at Omega Point...everyone but Juliette that is. She is stuck. Stuck inside her head afraid to let loose with her power and practice with it so that she can hone it. She needs to be able to help the new friends she is now living among, not to mention make sure she can control what she can do so that she doesn't hurt any of her new friends.

Except, there are a few wrinkles of course. Am I going to tell you about those? NO!!! I'll tell you this...Adam is involved. And then Warner is involved, along with his psychopathic father too. I'm sorry, but I am NOT telling you anymore then that. I really liked meeting and getting to really know the new characters we are introduced to in this book: Kenji, Winston, Ben, The Girls and more. Tahereh is so good at making you feel like you are right there with Juliette. It's all in the details.

Sometimes I get really annoyed when I can guess that a plot is going to go a certain way, and was able to guess some items here and there but not completely. For some reason with Tahereh's books even though I am still guessing ahead I don't feel annoyed. I still LOVE the drama and the adventure of these books! PLUS, they are so X-men which right up my alley!

Final thought: I cannot wait for book 3! I'm SO GLAD Ignite Me is right around the corner! :) Hurry up February!!!! 

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Friday, November 8, 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 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...

Darth Paper Strikes Back 
The Secret of the Fortune Wookie 
The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett 
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda 
ALL by Tom Angleberger (Abrams)

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle (Amulet)
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick (Little, Brown Books)

For Review from NetGalley...
Aphrodite by George O'Connor (First Second)
Going Rogue by Robin Benway (Walker Childrens)
Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen (Walker Childrens)
Smart Girl's Guide to Going Vegetarian by Rachel Meltzer Warren (Sourcebooks Fire)
Unhinged by A.G. Howard (Amulet)

Bought Cheap NOOK Books...
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Braken (Disney-Hyperion) - $.99!
Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano (Simon & Schuster) - $1.99!
Reboot by Amy Tintera (HarperTeen) - $1.99!
Tyger Tyger by Kirsten Hamilton (Clarion Books) - FREE!


What did you get for your libby this week?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #94 - Naturals, Ketchup Clouds & Unhinged

"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...
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Published by: Disney/Hyperion

Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it's not a skill that she's ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they've begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.
What Cassie doesn't realize is that there's more at risk than a few unsolved homicides--especially when she's sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own.
Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie's head--and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie's gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm's length.
Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of 'Cat and Mouse' with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive. (Summary from Goodreads)

A girl with natural profiling powers and a mysterious agency...I'm sure there will be a question of good guys versus bad guys in this story. Sounds like a solid action, romance, mystery to me :)

Author: Annabel Pitcher 
Release Date: Novmeber 12, 2013
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Dear Mr. Harris,
Ignore the blob of red in the top left corner. It's jam, not blood, though I don't think I need to tell you the difference. It wasn't your wife's jam the police found on your shoe...

Zoe has an unconventional pen pal - Mr.Stuart Harris, a Texas Death Row inmate and convicted murderer. But then again, Zoe has an unconventional story to tell. A story about how she fell for two boys, betrayed one of them, and killed the other.
Hidden away in her backyard shed in the middle of the night with jam sandwich in one hand and a pen in the other, Zoe gives a voice to her heart and her fears after months of silence. Mr.Harris may never respond to Zoe's letters, but at least somebody will know her story-somebody who knows what it's like to kill a person you love. Only through her unusual confession can Zoe hope top atone for her mistakes that have torn lives apart, and work to put her own life back together again. (Summary from Goodreads)

Zoe seems like she's going to be a unique lead character. I can't wait to read her story--and find out how her death-row pen-pal helps her move on in life.

(Splintered, Book 2)
Author: A.G. Howard
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Published by: Amulet Books

Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she's always dreamed of.
That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn't shoe up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland--when she (partly) belongs.
As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus's unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he's forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won't be far behind.
If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she'll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head. (Summary from Goodreads)

Book 1, Splintered, was my all time FAVORITE BOOK OF 2013! I loved it SO MUCH! I guess I never really thought about it before, but out of all the stories of the fantasy and the fairytale world...Alice's story is one of my favorites! Love it! Including the new show on ABC! Have you been watching it? Holy crap do I love it! It's even better then the other Once Upon a Time show! WOW! LOVING IT SO MUCH! (P.S. I got a new tattoo with both "Once upon a time..." and "We're all mad here." in it this summer. I'll have to show you all a picture sometime. :)

What are you waiting on this week?

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Cover Reveal of Fracture Me & Review of Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

(Shatter Me, Book 2.5)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Release date: December 17, 2013
Published by: Harper Teen

This is only a 60 page novella, but it's told in Adam's point of view during and after Unravel Me. Will you be reading it? I'm curious!? I'm right in the middle of Unravel Me RIGHT NOW!!! So, I didn't dare to even read the summary of this little novella because I was worried there would be too many spoilers that I would be upset about.
But I do have to admit that I was very happy with Destroy Me. Check it out...

Destroy Me 
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me, Book 1.5
Release date: October 2, 2012
Published by: Harper Teen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

He screwed up! Big time! She got away and two of them helped her...he got shot...and now...HE'S here! That's right. The Supreme Commander, aka Warner's dad. That's right. The devil without a conscious who raised him be this evil thing. Except, the question is...IS he really evil?

My thoughts: I LOVED this look at Warner's mind! This was awesome! To see what he's thinking and feeling. I mean, are you kidding me!? TOO COOL! And sadly heartbreaking as you learn more and more about Warner and his upbringing with his father who is truly evil.

Final thoughts: I SO glad I bought this little ebook and read it before I started in on Unravel Me! Most of the time I blow of the novellas because I've read them many times before and thought..."well I'm no father ahead then I was before! This was stupid!" That is NOT how I felt at all this time. This was VERY WORTH IT!

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