Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Book Trailer Thursday #58 - Unremembered and Breaking Point

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: Jessica Brody
Release Date: March, 5 2013
Published by: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux

The only thing worse than forgetting her past...is remembering it.

When Freedom Airlines Flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage-alive-is making headlines across the globe.
Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows why she wasn't on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can't be found in a single database in the world.
Cripple by a world she doesn't know, plagued by abilities she doesn't understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can't remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she's running out of time to answer them.
Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?  (Summary from Goodreads)

This looks soooo good! Memory loss is such a great thriller too!

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Now I know this one is already published, but WOW this is an EXCELLENT book trailer! A fabulous example of one that our students can excel towards...

Release Date: February 12, 2013
Published by: Tor Teen

The second installment in Kristen Simmons's fast-paced, gripping YA dystopian series. 
After faking their deaths to escape from prison, Ember Miller and Chase Jennings have only one goal: to lay low until the Federal Bureau of Reformation forgets they ever existed. 
Near-celebrities now for the increasingly sensationalized tales of their struggles with the government, Ember and Chase are recognized and taken in by the Resistance--an underground organization working to systematically take down the government. At headquarters, all eyes are in the sniper, an anonymous assassin taking out FBR soldiers one by one. Rumors are flying about the sniper's true identity, and Ember and Chase welcome the diversion...
Until the government posts its most wanted list, and their number one suspect is Ember herself. 
Orders are shoot to kill, and soldiers are cleared to fire on suspicion alone. Suddenly Ember can't even step onto the street without fear of being recognized, and "laying low" is a joke. Even members of the Resistance are starting to look at her sideways. 
With Chase urging her to run, Ember must decide: Go into hiding...or fight back? (Summary from Goodreads)

WOW! I have got to grab this 1st book at the LMC I'm thinking! WOW!! Has anyone read this? How was it? I think my S.S. teachers need to read this!

What did you find out there this week?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #58 - Going Vintage and The Girl with the Iron Touch

"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: Lindsey Leavitt
Release Date: March 26, 2013
Published by: Bloomsbury

When Mallory's boyfriend, Jeremy, cheats on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory decides the best way to de-Jeremy her life is to de-modernize things too. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in 1962, Mallory swears off technology and returns to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn't cheat with computer avatars).
The List:
1. Run for pep club secretary
2. Host fancy dinner party/soiree
3. Sew a dress for Homecoming
4. Find a steady
5. Do something dangerous
But simple proves to be crazy-complicated, and the details of the past begin to change Mallory's present. Add in a too-busy grandmother, a sassy sister, and the cute pep-club president-who just happens to be her ex's cousin-and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far. (Summary from Goodreads)

Oh my goodness! That list has to be priceless. I can't wait to discover how Mallory accomplishes all the classic tasks.


Author: Kady Cross
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Published by: Harlequin Teen

In 1897 London, something not quite human is about to awaken...

When mechanical genius Emily is kidnapped by rogue automatons, Finley Jayne and her fellow misfits fear the worst. What's left of their archenemy, The Machinist, hungers to be resurrected, and Emily must transplant his consciousness into one of his automatons--or forfeit her friends' lives.
With Griffin being mysteriously tormented by the Aether, the young duke's sanity is close to the breaking point. Seeking help, Finley turns to Jack Dandy, but trusting the master criminal is as dangerous as controlling her dark side. When Jack kisses her, Finley must finally confront her true feelings for him...and for Griffin.
Meanwhile, Same is searching everywhere for Emily, from Whitechapel's desolate alleyways to Mayfair's elegant mansions. He would walk into hell for her, but the choice she must make will test them more than they could imagine. 
To save those she cares about, Emily must confront The Machinist's ultimate creation-an automaton more human than machine. And if she's to have any chance at triumphing, she must summon a strength even she doesn't know she has... (Summary from Goodreads)

I LOVE THIS SERIES! This is literally my absolute favorite series ever! End of story! That's all you need to know! Out of all the things I've ever read...this series built around all of those brilliant turn-of-the century science-fiction stories by Shelley, Hugo,Verne, etc. 

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Review: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

For Darkness Shows the Stars
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Published by: Balzer + Bray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While Peterfreund’s story has touches of Austen’s Persuasion, which was the statement that first attracted me to this novel, I have to say For Darkness Shows the Stars is a uniquely imaginative story all on its own.

Setting: It takes place in a dystopian world that has, in many ways, gone back in time when it comes to technology due to the Reduction which led to the rise of a caste system. The Luddites are the nobility of this world; they basically own Reduced humans and their newer-generation offspring, the Posts (post-reductionists). The story takes place on the North estate which is struggling financially due to irresponsible ownership.

Characters: Elliot is the only North who seems to care about keeping up the estate, but the cruelty of her father, his desire to have his own way and his refusal to acknowledge that times are changing create friction and conflict within Elliot’s world.

Kai is the Post-Reductionist boy Elliot loves. They were extremely close throughout her childhood and her early teenage years, but when he decides to escape the estate and his life of servitude and strike out on his own, Elliot chooses not to go with him, creating a rift between them.

Plot: The story begins four years after Kai leaves the estate. Elliot rents land to the Cloud Fleet to bring in money, but when they arrive Malakai Wentforth (clever last name!) is with them. It is really Kai, whose anger and feelings of betrayal have left him bitter towards Elliot and the North estate.

The twist: The Posts of the Cloud Fleet have some big secrets. Times are changing and the Luddite way isn’t the only way to live anymore. Elliot must make some hard decisions in order to secure a future for herself and her love and her family estate.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Review: Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent


The Unnaturalists 

Author: Tiffany Trent
Release date: August 14, 2012
Published by: Simon & Schuster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m just going to do a short review because I’m really struggling to describe this book. I loved it, but it was so confoundingly intricate that I struggle to describe it. Or, rather, I don’t think my words would do the world-building that Trent does in this novel justice.

Just a brief world detail: when you read this book you’ll be hanging out in New London which is a place where science has become a religion and magic creatures exist only to be studied at the Museum of Unnatural History.

Detail that intrigued me within the first ten pages: when Vespa Nyx (the main female lead) is about to get into some serious trouble she says, “I should probably recite Saint Darwin’s Litany of Evolution now, but the words of my patron saint escape me.” Hehe!

Characters: Loved ‘em! Vespa is a teenage girl trying to find her place in a male-dominated world, while also reconciling herself to the fact that she may be a witch (in a world that does not accept magic, that’s very dangerous indeed!) There is a dual storyline with Syrus Reed, who is a part of the Tinker clan--an outcast group that has a way with machinery and with protecting the Elementals (those creatures of magic). These two characters collide with dramatic effect throughout the story.

I highly recommend this story. Don’t be frightened away by the first few chapters because once you have a grasp on this New London world, you will not want to leave it.

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Friday, February 22, 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...


We BOTH purchased these 1 day ONLY cheap NOOK Books...
Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (Little, Brown & Co.)

Purchased...
So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti (Speak/Viking)


ARC for Review...
Orleans by Sherri L. Smith (Putnam/Penguin)




What did you get for your libby this week?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

YA Paranormal Giveaway Hop...

Welcome to our stop on the Young Adult Paranormal Giveaway Hop at Libby Blog from February 21 - February 27 co-hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and YA-Between the Lines. There are 150+ 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)
Breadcrumbs by Anna Ursu (ARC)
Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins (ARC)
Forest Born by Shannon Hale (ARC)
The Ghoul Next Door by Lisi Harrison (Pb)
Hallowed by Cynthia Hand (Signed ARC)
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (Pb, Movie tie-in cover)

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

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Book Trailer Thursday #57 - Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

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: Robin LaFevers
Release date: April 2, 2013
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Book for Children

Sybella arrives at the convent's doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge--but at a price. Naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, the convent views Sybella as one of their most dangerous weapons.
But those assassin's skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. Her father's rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother's love is equally monstrous. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?  (Summary from Goodreads)

I cannot wait to read this one! Book 1 was my number one favorite read from 2012 and book 2 sounds JUST as good! Bring it on LaFevers! Bring on the damaged, but kick-ass characters because I'M IN!

What did you find out there this week?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #56 - Spellcaster and Furious

"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: Claudia Gray 
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Published by: HarperTeen

When Nadia's family moves to Captive's Sound, she instantly realizes there's more to it than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia senses a dark and powerful magic at work in her town. Mateo has lived in Captive's Sound his entire life, trying to dodge the local legend that his family is cursed - and that curse will cause him to believe he's seeing the future...until it drives him mad. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl--Nadia--from a car accident come true, he knows he's doomed.
Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his family's terrible curse, and to prevent a disaster that threatens the lives of everyone around them. (Summary from Goodreads)

Magic and mystery? Those two words immediately pull me in! I really enjoyed Gray's book Fateful, so I plan on giving this one a chance, too :)


Author: Jill Wolfson
Release Date: April 16, 2013
Published by: Henry Holt and Co. BYR

Three high school girls become the avenging Furies of Greek legend.
We were only three angry girls, to begin with. Alix, the hot-tempered surfer chick; Stephenie, the tree-hugging activist; and me, Meg, the quiet foster kid, the one who never quite fit in. We hardly knew each other, but each of us nurtured a burning anger: at the jerks in our class, at our disappointing parents, at the whole flawed, unjust world.
We were only three angry girls, simmering uselessly in our ocean-side California town, until one day a mysterious, beautiful classmate named Ambrosia taught us what else we could be: Powerful. Deadly. Furious. (Summary from Goodreads)

Oh how we've all felt this way one day here and there...this one sounds so interesting!

What are you waiting on this week?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Review: Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier

Sapphire Blue 
Author: Kerstin Gier
Series: Ruby Red Trilogy, Book 2
Release date: October 30, 2012
Published by: Henry Holt and Co.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading the second book in this series, all I can say is that Gwen and Gideon’s relationship has become even more tumultuous. This book is a little slower-paced than the first, but I think Gier needed to establish some of the intrigue details before the third book (which, from the set-up in book 2, should be action packed, like the first :)

I enjoyed the fact that the story starts right where Ruby Red left off, but I must admit it took me awhile to remember what had been going on because it’s been a year since I read Ruby Red. Gideon still seems suspicious of Gwen and her role in the Circle of Twelve; even though, she is essential to the secret time-traveling society’s prophesies. And Gwen is still the quirky high-school girl who is VERY SLOWLY adjusting to this time-traveling gene that she inherited and now must deal with.

This story includes more humor with the addition of Xemerius, the gargoyle demon, whom only Gwen can see (the ability to see beyond –like ghosts!—is the Ruby’s special talent). I giggled out loud several times, the first being the gargoyle’s reaction to catching Gwen and Gideon kissing in a church. There is also more of Lesley, Gwen’s best friend and research genius, who helps Gwen unravel more of the mysteries behind Gwen’s role in this secret society. And there is more background building and intrigue: we meet Gwen’s grandfather and hear more about the secrets that the Guardian’s keep, we see more of the creepy Baron, and we learn more about the chronograph and the time-traveling prophesies.

While this second book was a little harder for me to stick with, I’m glad I continued reading because the ending makes it worth it…now, I just have to wait for the third one *sighs*
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Saturday, February 16, 2013

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