Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Book Trailer Thursday #54 - What the Spell? by Brittany Geragotelis

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: January 29, 2013
Published by: Simon and Schuster

Almost sixteen-year-old Brooklyn feels invisible, but she desperately wants to be pretty, to be popular, to be popular, to be adored by a cute guy. Luckily for her, she's a witch about to come of age--so she's a few spells away from making it all happen.
On her milestone birthday, Brooklyn's conservative parents finally unbind her powers, which include the ability to magically match couples with a love spell. Brooklyn uses her special skills to get a makeover, new friends, and the attention of her crush, Asher. But the popular clique Brooklyn wants to infiltrate puts her in the same precarious position as her Salem ancestors: If she's found out, she could be vilified--and lose Asher in the process. Can she make the most of her magic, or will she be luckless and loveless? Be careful what you witch for! (Summary from Goodreads)


What did you find out there this week?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #53 - Pivot Point and Override

"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: Kasie West
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Published by: HarperTeen

Knowing the outcome doesn't always make a choice easier...

Addison Coleman's life is one big "What if?" As a Searcher, wherever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It's the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie's parents ambush her with news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with--her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the "Norms," or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it's not.
In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school--but she never wanted to be a quarterback's girlfriend. When Addie's father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she's unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything that she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she's willing to live through...and who she can't live without. (Summary from Goodreads)

Norms and Paranormals and a teenager who has to make some pretty big choices--and face danger?1? I'm in!


Override 
(Glitch, Book 2)
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin

Zoe is free. She has escaped the enslavement of the Community, disconnected from the hardware that had controlled her every thought and emotion, and evaded capture by the Chancellor intent on killing her. She is a finally free, but she is far from safe. 
Zoe and Adrien hide themselves from detection at the Foundation, an academy that trains teen glitches to fight in the Resistance movement. Together, Zoe and her new team of superhuman fighters must risk their lives to rescue other glitchers and humans from the Chancellor's control. Challenges abound at every turn, and Adrien, who has become silent, distant, and tormented by his visions of the future, only adds to the growing certainty of defeat. But worst of all, as Zoe's team fights against impossible odds, distrust and betrayal leads to the terrible discovery that their greatest threat could be lurking behind the safe walls of the Foundation. (Summary from Goodreads)

Glitch was a roller-coaster ride that I didn't want to get off and I can't wait to get back on again with book 2! AND, these covers are OFF THE CHARTS! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, January 28, 2013

Young Adult Giveaway Hop...

Welcome to our stop on the Young Adult Giveaway Hop at Libby Blog from January 29 - February 4th co-hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and BookLove 101. There are 200+ blogs in this hop; please stop by the other blogs too for your chance to win some great prizes!

Enter for a chance to be one of 2 WINNERS to CHOOSE ONE BOOK from those shown below + swag!
Angel by James Patterson (Pb)
After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick (Pb)
The Amanda Project: Invisible I by Stella Lennon (ARC)
As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynn Rae Perkins (Pb)
Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton (HC)
Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins (ARC)
The Fire Opal by Regina McBride (Pb) 
Forest Born by Shannon Hale (ARC)
The Ghoul Next Door by Lisi Harrison (Pb)
The Girls of No Return by Erin Saldin (ARC)
Hallowed by Cynthia Hand (Signed ARC!!!)
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (Pb)
Riker's High by Paul Volponi (Pb) 
When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle (ARC) 
Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey (ARC)

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 winners will be notified via email and must respond with their address and book selection within 48 hours, or a new winner(s) will be selected.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Book Trailer Thursday #53 - Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger


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: Gail Carriger  
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

 It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school. 
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea--and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious girls learn to finish, all right--but it's a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine's certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death. diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school. (Summary from Goodreads)

Oh how I can't wait for this one! Plus, it's going to be a 4 book series! Woot! Woot! This trailer is TOO FUN and makes me want to read the book even more of course! Just what I was hoping for in the book so far. Hurry up and get here book birthday!

Oh, and you HAVE TO check out the book website! WHOA! It's amazing! 

www.finishingschoolbooks.com 


What did you find out there this week?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #52 - Nobody But Us and Perfect Scoundrels

"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: January 29, 2013
Published by: HarperTeen

Bonnie and Clyde meets If I Stay in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.
They're young. They're in love. They're on the run.
Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When Will turns eighteen, the decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger...
When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can't run fast enough.
Nobody But Us, told in alternating perspectives from Will and Zoe, is an unflinching novel, in turns heartbreaking and hopeful, about survival, choices, and love...and how having love doesn't always mean that you get a happy ending. (Summary from Goodreads)

I'm curious about why the whole world is after them, and I do love an emotional romance!


Author: Ally Carter
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Published by: Hyperion Books for Children

Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it's that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting --or stealing--whatever they want. No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale's family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother's billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there's no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won't let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother's will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company's fortune. So instead of being the heir--this time, Hale might be the mark. Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she's willing to save her boyfriend's company if it means losing the boy. (Summary from Goodreads)

This series is an absolute TRIPLE CROWN in every way possible! (Sorry, horse racing family!) The main character Katarina Bishop. The secondary characters that surround her. The crimes. The heists. The mysteries. The twists and turns that there is no way you can ever possibly figure out even when you're sure you've gotten them figured out! I LOVE THIS SERIES! I CAN'T WAIT!

p.s. I was SO excited when I had heard that Drew Barrymore's company had purchased the rights to this book for a movie, then was so disappointed they were going to make Kat a young adult instead of the awesome age she is which completely makes her character who she is! BUT, I was still willing to overlook it so that I could just see these darn books made into movies because it would just be so fun! But haven't heard a thing and it seems like it's been forever! Does anyone have any dirt on this? I'm really curious!

What are you waiting on this week?

Friday, January 18, 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 from Half-Priced Books...
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (Razorbill)
Corsets & Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances by Maria V. Snyder, Tiffany Trent, Kiersten White, Jaclyn Dolamore, Tessa Gratton, Caitlin Kittredge, Adrienne Kress, Lesley Livingston, Dru Pagliassotti, Michael Scott, and more...(Running Press Kids)

Purchased as NOOK Books...
Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi (HarperTeen)
The Goddess Hunt by Aimee Carter (HarlequinTeen)
Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Book Trailer Thursday #52 - Boundless by Cynthia Hand


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!

Boundless 
(Unearthly, Book 3)
Author: Cynthia Hand
Release Date: January 22, 2013
Published by: HarperTeen

I love that this doesn't really give much away, but I do wish that it did have a bit more to it like the Hallowed book trailer does that has her floating up. That one just has something about it that leaves you wanting more...so much more...

What did you find out there this week?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #51 - Flawed and Boundless



"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: Kate Avelynn
Release Pb Date: January 22, 2013
Published by: Entangled Publishing, LLC

Sarah O'Brien is alive because of the pact she and her brother made twelve years ago--James will protect her from their violent father if she promises to never leave him. For years, she's watched James destroy his life to save hers. If all he asks for in return is her affection, she'll give it freely.
Until, with a tiny kiss and a broken mind, he asks for more than she can give.
Sam Donavon has been James' best friend--and the boy Sarah's had a crush on--for as long as she can remember. As their forbidden relationship deepens, Sarah knows she's in trouble. Quiet, serious Sam has decided he's going to save her. Neither of them realizes James is far more unstable than their father ever was, or that he's not about to let Sarah forget her half of the pact...(Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds disturbing and interesting. I wonder what he asks her for and just how far James will go to get Sarah to do what she promised--whatever that was...


Boundless 
(Unearthly, Book 3)
Author: Cynthia Hand 
Release Date: January 22, 2013
Published by: HarperTeen

The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could have ever anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.
Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her...even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she's headed back to California - and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.
As Clara makes her way in the world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he's not the only one...With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won't come without sacrifices and betrayal. (Summary from Goodreads)

I've been waiting and waiting to read my signed Hallowed until it was closer to the publication date of book 3 so I didn't have to wait SO terribly long so now I can finally let myself read book 2! I can't wait to find out what happened after the fire! And these covers...GORGEOUS! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Cover Reveal: The Morning Star by Robin Bridges

Author: Robin Bridges 
Release date: August 27, 2013
Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

I CAN'T WAIT! I CAN'T WAIT! I CAN'T WAIT! 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Review: Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

Storm 
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Series: Elemental, Book 1
Release date: April 24, 2012
Published by: Kensington
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Imagine you were a teenaged girl, and saw two guys badly beating up another guy in the dark behind school one night. Would you intervene?

Becca Chandler makes the decision to do just this when she saves Chris Merrick from possible death. The thing is, he doesn't seem that thrilled that she saved him. The brothers don't seem that thrilled, or welcoming either. Plus, these brothers are supposed to be dangerous...so why does she keep ending up on his doorstep and paired up in world history with him? Then, the winds seem to change when the New Kid, Hunter, walks into town with the convenient habit of showing up in all the wrong places at all the right times. When it comes to Hunter and Chris, Becca will have to figure out "who's hiding the most dangerous truth of all" because the storm is coming...

My thoughts: Oh how I LOVED this one! Brilliant Brigid! Brilliant! Ok, so I am a complete sucker for elemental stories. I'll admit that freely up front! I'm sure it has everything to do with my fascination with Gaelic traditions, Wiccan beliefs, mythology, and the fact that I'm an Enlgish major and nature nut! But these characters that Brigid created were just GREAT! I loved them and believed them instantly! They were real in every way to me; the good guys, the bad guys, all of them. I saw pieces of kids I know now and pieces of friends I had in high school in both personalities and in lives that were being lived in these characters. They were just great.

Becca's story of bullying was so raw and awful, but also one that was told so well. That darn teacher was so perfectly clueless to the real "bad guy" in the room! It was so frustrating, but it's usually so true! You don't know what's going on right under your nose in your own classroom every single day! :( It makes you feel so helpless. You jump on anything you think it might be because you know there's something evil lurking; it's like you can sense it in the air or something. Becca was also an incredibly reciliant, brave and determined character who showed you everything you'd hope to show a young woman about how to handle herself in the same situations even though she may not have made the best decisions every single time in life. Who has!? Get real!

Those Merrick brothers were just the coolest bunch of testosterone around! I would probably be "just one of the guys" with them if they lived around here! Seriously! They are my kind of people. Outdoorsy. Real. Workers. Helpers when it comes right down to it. And they certainly aren't afraid to stick up for one of their own which is exactly how it should be. Good people.

BTW: You know how usually I hate it when I think I have figured out a key plot element early on, but this time it was more of an element that she was giving away through her descriptions on purpose if you were paying very close attention, but then she made you wait and wait and wait until the bitter, bitter end to see if your hunch was actually right or not so it didn't feel like it does when you usually ruin it for yourself. It was actually a very clever bit of writing in my opinion! *two thumbs up*

Final thoughts: I can't wait to get to book 2 now and to buy this for our high school library! What a great addition it'll make!

Read-alike's I highly recommend that I have read which deal with issues similar to Becca's "situation" - The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson,  Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr, and Empty by K.M. Walton, but I feel I have to warn you that this last one is dark, and does not have an empowering ending to the main character like the other ones do. This last one is tragic. This last one is a cautionary tale intended to make you open your eyes and reach out to other human beings who need you when you see them. To keep you from laughing along with everyone else and sticking your head in the sand. To stand up and say no, to reach down and pick up the papers, to sit down with them at lunch...whatever it takes to make sure they aren't invisible anymore. To make sure they are seen. 

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Book Trailer Thursday #51 - Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum

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: Gregg Rosenblum 
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Published by: HarperTeen

Twenty years ago, the robots designed to fight our wars abandoned the battlefields. The they turned their weapons on us.
Only a few escaped the robot revolution of 2071. Kevin, Nick, and Cass are lucky -- they live with their parents in a secret human community in the woods. Then their village is detected and wiped out. Hopeful that other survivors have been captured by bots, the teens risk everything to save the only people they have left in the world--by infiltrating a city controlled by their greatest enemies. (Summary from Goodreads)

Holy moly this trailer is EPIC! WOW! Absolutely wows you! I wish that the reviews I saw on Goodreads were better. :( Has anyone out there read it? I'd love to hear what you thought of it! 

What did you find out there this week?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #50 - Level 2 and Unravel Me


"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...

Level 2 
(The Memory Chronicles, Book 1)
Release Date: January 15, 2013
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Three levels. Two loves. One choice. 

'I pause to look around the hive - all the podlike chambers are lit up as the drones shoot up on memories...I've wanted to get out of her before, but now the tight quarters start to choke me. There has to be more to death than this.'
Felicia Ward is dead. Trapped in a stark white afterlife limbo, she spends endless days replaying memories, of her family, friends, boyfriend...and of the guy who broke her heart. The guy who has broken into Level 2 to find her.
Felicia learns that a rebellion is brewing, and it seems she is the key. Suspend between heaven and earth, she must make a choice. Between two worlds, two lives and two loves. (Summary from Goodreads)

Okay, I'm intrigued. A Sci-fi thriller world between heaven and earth...is that purgatory? Dante, anyone? I'm in!


Unravel Me 
(Shatter Me, Book 2)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Published by: HarperCollins

tick, tick, tick, tick, tick
it's almost
time for war.
Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her--people with gifts--and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.
She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.
Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible. (Summary from Goodreads)

Oh how I can't wait for this one! The first one was SO GOOD! It's like a whole new and amazing X-Men story, but with a dystopian twist to it! Oh how I love it! I'm thinking I should read that Destroy Me eBook in the mean time! Should I? Is it worth it? What do you guys think? Should I? 

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, January 7, 2013

2nd Annual YA Faeries & Fantasy Giveaway Hop...

Welcome to our stop on the 2nd Annual YA Faeries and Fantasy Giveaway Hop at Libby Blog from January 8-14 co-hosted by The Mod Podge Bookshelf and I Am a Reader, Not a Writer! There are 130+ 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 those shown below + swag!
Angel by James Patterson (Pb)
Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton (HC)
Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins (ARC)
Forest Born by Shannon Hale (ARC)
The Ghoul Next Door by Lisi Harrison (Pb)
The Girls of No Return by Erin Saldin (ARC)
Hallowed by Cynthia Hand (Signed ARC)
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (Signed HC)
Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey (ARC)

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.

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Friday, January 4, 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...

SIGNED SPLINTERED BOOKMARKS!!!
Thank you SOOO much A.G. Howard! You ROCK! The kiddos are going to LOVE these!
Check out my review of Splintered! 

Bought with my Christmas Given Gift Card...
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (Harlequin Teen)
The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart by Leanna Renne Hieber (Sourcebooks)

Great NOOK Book eDeals I took advantage of...
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington (Sourcebooks Fire) - $.99!
Entice by Jessica Shirvington (Sourcebooks Fire) - $.99!
Glitches by Marissa Meyer (Tor Books) - FREE!
The Host by Stephenie Meyer (Little Brown & Co/Back Bay Books) - $1.99!

For Review from the Author...
Indomitable by J. Meyers (Indie) - Check out my review! 

For Review from NetGalley...
The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity by Jean Van't Hul (Roost Books) -- Includes over 60 Art Projects for Children Ages 1-8! :) 


From the Library...
Skinny by Donna Cooner (Point)





What did you get for your libby this week?