Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #114 - Salvage and Invisible

"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: Alexandra Duncan
Release Date: Aprill 1, 2014
Published by:Greenwillow

Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean, in this thrilling, surprising, and thought-provoking debut novel that will appeal to fans of Across the Universe, by Beth Revis, and The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood. (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds like a complex, gender-focused futuristic tale. I want to read it, and I assume the heroine will find strength she never knew she had before! I also am interested in the environmental element: her escape to the floating garbage dump continent in the Pacific...a disturbing but unfortunately believable futuristic setting detail. 

(The Twixt, Book 2)


Author: Dawn Metcalf
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Published by: Harlequin Teen

Some things lie beyond the surface.
Jpy Malone wants it all: power, freedom and the boyfriend who loves her. Yet when an unstoppable assassin is hire to kill her, Joy learns that being the girl with the Sight comes with a price that might that might be too high to pay. Love will be tested, lives will be threatened, and everyone Joy knows and cares about will be affected by her decision to stand by Ink or to leave the Twixt forever.
Her choice is balanced on scalpel's edge and the consequences will be more shattering than anyone can know. (Summary from Goodreads)

Book 1 of this series was OFF THE CHARTS good in a Melissa Marr Wicked Lovely way! LOVED IT, so I cannot wait to get my hands on book two of this series!
My Review of Book 1!

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #113 - Pretty Sly and The Treatment

"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: Elisa Ludwig
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Published by: Katherine Tegan Books

Willa Fox was told to stay out of trouble. In fact, it was an order from a very serious juvenile court judge.
However, that was before Willa found her house ransacked and a mysterious email from her mother telling Willa she had to leave Paradise Valley for a while and not come looking  for her. Willa knows her mom's in danger and that no one at school will miss her after her recent sticky-fingered stunts with the Glitterati. So with the help of her pal Tre and with her degenerate crush Aidan as her wingman, Willa violates her her probation and hits the California highway in search of her mom.
But when Willa and Aidan's journey turns dangerously criminal and they wind up being the focus of a national manhunt, they realize it's sometimes easier to escape the law than the truth--and that everything Willa thought she knew about her mom, and her life, was wrong. (Summary from Goodreads)

Okay, so Pretty Sly came out yesterday and is Book 2 in a series, but I clearly overlooked Pretty Crooked last year! Now I've added them to my TBR list because it's being compared to Ally Carter's books and her heist-focused main character, and Ludwig's main character seems equally entrenched in crime but does it for good, so I think it will be a good read! 

Author: Suzanne Young
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Published by: Simon Pulse

How do you stop an epidemic?
Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they're not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn't ready to let them go.
Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. But for as far as they've come, there's still a lot Sloane and James can't remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment--a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. And there's only one does.
Ultimately when the stakes are at their highest, can Sloane and James survive the many lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds SO GOOD! I'm VERY IN! What about you?

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Top 10 Tuesday #36 - Books On My Spring TBR List...

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the team over at Broke and the Bookish! Leave a link to your Top 10 below!

Top 10 Books On My Spring TBR List...

1. The House Girl by Tara Conklin

2. Salt Danielle Ellison 

3. Stung by Bethany Wiggins

4. Cured by Bethany Wiggins

5. She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick 

6. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater 

7. Fire & Flood by Victoria Flood 

8. The Program by Suzanne Young

9. The Lovely and the Lost by Page Morgan 

10. Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout

What's on your Top 10 this week?

Review: Grim edited by Christine Johnson

Edited by: Christine Johnson
Authors: Ellen Hopkins, Amanda Hocking, Julia Kagawa, Claudia Gray, Rachel Hawkins, Kimberly Derting, Myra McEntire, Malinda Lo, Jackson Pearce, and more...
Release date: February 25, 2014
Published by: Harlequin Teen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All of our favorite classic fairytales have been twisted into dark and sinister stories by our most favorite young adult authors in literature.
My thoughts: This was such a velvety sweet collection of stories twisted and turned just so. Wow, I'm not sure where to begin with these! Now as usual, not all of the stories were winners for me. Some were fantastic, some were flops, and some were just ok. My favorites had to be "Key" by Rachel Hawkins (I have no idea what tale this was a retelling of), "Figment" by Jeri Smith-Ready (which I think was a retelling of Puss in Boots), "Better" by Shaun David Hutchinson (which was a retelling of Pinocchio? I wasn't sure.), & "Light It Up" by Kimberly Derting (retelling of Hansel and Gretel)...but overall this collection was fascinating. I loved how it went from historical to futuristic, from science fiction to contemporary...the plot-lines were everywhere. That is what was so cool about these stories; you just didn't know what you were going to be reading next.
Final thoughts: Even though there are some stories which are misses for me in that they are bizarre and I just did not get them at all, there are many more that are very well done...and even some which are absolutely fantastic! I can't wait to get this one in the library!

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #112 - Side Effects May Vary & Frozen

"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: Julie Murphy
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Published by: Balzer + Bray

What if you'd been living your life as if you were dying--only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?
When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs--however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, whom she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that's as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). But just when Alice's scores are settled, she goes into remission.
Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she's said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most? (Summary from Goodreads)

Oh dear! As great of a beginning as this story might have--a bucket list filled with good and bad--it appears the lesson comes later in the story as the main character must live with the choices she makes, the bridges she burns, and the people she affects. I'm in! 

(Heart of Dread, Book 1)
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Release Date: September 17, 2014
Published by: Putnam Juvenile

Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature--freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.
At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she's heard of a mythical land simply called "the Blue." They say it's a paradise , where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it's a place where Nat won't be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.
But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within power us all. (Summary from Goodreads)

Ok, THIS sounds amazing! I have been both a combination of horrified AND fascinated with the idea of a distant, or possibly not too terribly distant future that's falling apart or broken in some way because of what we've done to our planet and the fact that it freaks out because of what we've done to it...example = watch one of my favorite movies, The Day After Tomorrow! WHOA!!! This book sounds like a perfect example of this! I'm VERY IN!

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #111 - Elusion & Dangerous

"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 Gabel & Cheryl Klam
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Published by: Katherine Tegan Books

Soon, Elusion will change the world and life as we know it.

A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications-or consequences-of real life.
Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father's unexpected death, Regan can't bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality.
Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion--accusations that it's addictive and dangerous--Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty...a decision that will affect the lives of millions. (Summary from Goodreads)

This isn't your grandma's video game! :) Man, I could see how this technology could be addicting because who doesn't want to escape into another world sometimes? I can't wait to read it and see how the author's envision this technology. 

Author: Shannon Hale
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Published by: Bloomsbury

Maisie Danger Brown just wanted to get away from home for a bit, see something new. She never intended to fall in love. And she never imagined stumbling into a frightening plot that kills her friends and just might kill her, too. A plot that is already changing life on Earth as we know it. There's no going back. She is the only thing standing between danger and annihilation. (Summary from Goodreads)

I adore Shannon Hale's writing, so I am ALL IN for this one! :) Plus I am completely intrigued now, aren't you!?

What are you waiting on this week?

Top 10 Tuesday #35 - Popular Authors I Haven't Read...

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the team over at Broke and the Bookish! Leave a link to your Top 10 below!

Top 10 Authors I Haven't Read...
This is rather shameful I'm finding. At least that's how it feels when I'm listing them for some reason. I feel really naughty for having never read them since I'm a school librarian and a few of these are true staples of the literary world which always shock people when they find out. It's just that I was "never that girl" I guess. Now...some of these ARE on my TBR list and have been forever it's just that my list is GINORMOUS! BUT, like I said before...some of these just aren't in my wheelhouse and never will be. What about you? 

1. Judy Blume
I know! Don't burn me at the stake! I just wasn't into books like this. I was into mystery books at the age that girls are into her books so I was making my way through the entire Nancy Drew series, then the whole Sherlock Holmes series, and then on to adult mysteries because my elementary & middle school libraries were out of mysteries that were at my reading level, so I read my mother's! Nice, huh!? 

2. Beverly Cleary
Same as #1! SORRY! I know! It's ridiculous! C'est la vie!

3. Gayle Forman
I have several books by this fabulous lady, and have even met her! She ROCKS! I just haven't sat still long enough to read them yet! SHAME ON ME! :(

4. Jennifer L. Armentrout
Again, I have a few books by her and cannot wait to read them since everyone who reads her books LOVES them! But, SHAME ON ME! :(

5. Neal Shusterman
I know everyone really likes his books, but they just sound too creepy for me for some reason. I just cannot do it. No thank you. Sorry.

6. Jodi Picoult
I feel like all of my adult friends and half of the high school girls have read her books, but I'm just not interested at all. Again, I'm just not that girl...still. 

7. Sarah Rees Brennan
Both Rachel AND Heidi are completely "head over heels" for her books, so I have GOT TO try them sometime. They sound great and have been on my TBR list for the longest time. SHAME ON ME! :(

8. Michael Grant
Again, I have no idea what I'm waiting for here...He is SO FUNNY and I've even met him in person. Plus, I have a few of his books on my shelves at home...SHAME ON ME! :( 

9. Heather Brewer
I adore this author as a person and an advocate for others! She is just, plain amazing and I've even met her but for some reason I still haven't read one of her books. SHAME ON ME! :(

10. James Dashner
I have had his 1st series on my TBR list forever it seems and the kiddos at school have been harping on me for just as long to get my butt in gear reading them since they know I'd love the books, but alas I have still not read them! SHAME ON ME! :( 

See what I mean...a combo of "SHAME ON ME!" and "I'm just not that girl and I'm still not!"

What's on your Top 10 this week?