Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #119 - Of Neptune and Embers & Ash

"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: Anna Banks
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Published by: Feiwel & Friends/MacMillan

Emma, half human and half Syrena, and her Syrena love, Galen, need time together alone. Away from the kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton. Emma's grandfather, the Poseidon king, suggests the two visit a small town called Neptune.

Neptune is home to both Syrena and Helf-breeds alike. But Emma and Galen didn't sign up to be peacemakers between the ocean and the land-dwelling, freshwater Syrena. They didn't bargain for meeting a charming Half-breed named Reed, who can barely disguise his feelings for Emma. And they especially didn't expect to find themselves in the middle of a power struggle that threatens not only their love but their ocean kingdoms. (Summary from Goodreads)

I can't wait to read the 3rd and final book Emma and Galen's trilogy! I've really enjoyed the discovery and adventure in the previous two books, so I look forward to read what Banks has come up with for this final book. I really hope it all works out for the couple.

Author: T.M. Goeglein
Release Date: July 10, 2014
Published by: Putnam Juvenile

Sara Jane Rispoli is on the wrong side of the Russian mob, but closer to finding her family than ever.  And she's willing to do whatever it take to finally end this terrible journey even if the price is her own life.

The very cold fury that has seen her through the worst of her troubles is now killing her; she knows the cure, but she can't sacrifice the deadly electricity until she's rescued her family. But when she finally does rescue them, it's not the happy reunion she pictured. And the torment doesn't stop there, not even when she finally discovers Ultimate Power. Only destroying the Outfit completely can end this terrible nightmare.

Old enemies return to seek vengeance, double-crosses abound, and even more mysteries are uncovered as we rocket toward an end no one saw coming. (Summary from Goodreads)

Love this author and these books are just Chicago fun! I love that I know where all of the places are and that Sara Jane is one tough young lady indeed! I cannot wait to find out what she does next! How about you!?

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, April 28, 2014

Top 10 Books if You Like the TV Show Grimm...

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 if You Like the TV Show Grimm...

1. Grim ed. by Christine Johnson 
I think the name alone tells you why I picked this one! But, I've actually read and reviewed and it IS perfect! If you haven't read these stories they are just fantastic!
Check out my review here! 

2. Beastly by Alex Flinn
Honestly any of Alex's retellings will do! These are great! Have you read any? This just happens to be the one I've read. I have others sitting on my shelves waiting for me.

3. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
This isn't a "main stream" fairy tale that you'd think of like Cindrella or Snow White, but oh how I liked this tragic and lovingly told story. Shannon Hale is just such an amazing story teller!

4. Rapunzel's Revenge & Calamity Jack by Shannon Hale
These are gorgeous steampunk adaptations of the fairy tale characters into butt-kicking and villainous people! They are a MUST when reading retellings of fairy tales! 

5. Ash by Malinda Lo
This is one of my favorite versions of Cinderella of all time! Maybe it IS my favorite. I'll have to think about that! :) If you haven't read it, you MUST! 

6. The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
This is one of my absolute favorite versions of fairy tales BUT brace yourselves! It's the one of the most horrific ones too that I've read! Lets be honest though, the Bluebeard story is NEVER an ok story! It's always horrific! :( I wouldn't recommend it for reading in the dark.

7. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
This is one that I have had on my shelf for a long while now and it has always sounded good, but I've just never taken the time to read it. Have you? What did you think? (p.s. this cover is AMAZING!)

8. Scarlet by A.G. Gaughen
Does the "Robin Hood" story count as a fairy tale? I think it does! :) 

9. Entwined by Heather Dixon
One of my favorite fairy tales stories is the twelve dancing princesses and this is such a different twist on this story. WOW! 

10. ???? I can't think of any more! :P

What's on your Top 10 this week?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #118 - Sleep No More & Midnight Thief

"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: Aprilynne Pike
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Published by: HarperTeen

Charlotte Westing has a gift. She is an Oracle and has the ability to tell the future. But it doesn't do her much good. Instead of using their miraculous power, modern-day Oracles are told to fight their visions-to refrain from interfering. And Charlotte knows the price of breaking the rules. She sees it every day in her wheelchair-bound mother and the absence of her father. But when a premonition of a classmate's death is too strong for her to ignore, Charlotte is forced to make an impossible decision: continue following the rules or risk everything - even her sanity - to stop the serial killer who is stalking her town. (Summary from Goodreads)

Wow! Does this sound like a heart-pounding thrill ride? I'm not the biggest reader of thrillers, but premonitions, guilt, murder, and a mysterious "helper" make this story a must for my TBR list. 

Author: Livia Blackburne
Release Date: July 8, 2014
Published by: Disney-Hyperion

Growing up on Forge's streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that's not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.
But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she's not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he's persistent - and darkly attractive - and Kyra can't quite resist his pull.
Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.
When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival - and vengeance - might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra's past that threatens to reshape both their lives. (Summary from Goodreads)

Now I want to know what the secret is! Don't you!? This sounds great! And that cover is gorgeous!

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Dorothy Must Die 
Author: Danielle Paige
Series: Dorothy Must Die, Book 1
Release date: April 1, 2014
Published by: HarperTeen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Amy Gumm was just a girl from Kansas with a chip on her shoulder until a tornado swept her up and dumped her (literally) in Oz. THE OZ! That's right. Witches, Munchkins, the yellow brick road and...Dorothy. But here's the thing, when Dorothy came back to Oz she became more evil than you could EVER imagine! To save Oz, Amy is going to have to show more gumption than she ever has before!

My thoughts: This was a raw and powerful butt-kicking journey to Oz! Amy Gumm was an awesome heroine! I loved her snotty mouth and fantastic instincts for not trusting anyone for the most part. I hate it when characters constantly trust over and over when they so obviously shouldn't. It makes me crazy. But she also still has heart as well. No matter how much she wants you to think that she hates everyone and everything, she really doesn't.

The villains are SO brilliantly done in this book! SO brilliantly! WOW! They are just gruesomely awful! I cannot believe how terrible and horrific the things are that they do to the inhabitants of Oz; it's just gruesome plain and simple.

The good guys? Well...they're wicked! That's right! It's the Wicked Witches! They've all banded together. Are you kidding me!? LOVE IT! And they're called The Revolutionary Order of the Wicked? = PERFECTION!!!

I do have one complaint, I was extremely frustrated to get ALL the way to the end of the stinking book (which was VERY good) and feel like nothing had been accomplished really. Ok, maybe just one teeny tiny thing. Seriously!? Grrrr!!! Couldn't we have at least had 2 or 3 done by then?

Last thoughts: I'm ALL IN! That's right, sign me up for the WHOLE SERIES!!

Make sure you check out the Book Trailer Thursday post too in case you missed it from last week featuring Dorothy Must Die!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #117 - To All the Boys I've Loved Before & After the End

"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: Jenny Han
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them - all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren't love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she's written. One for every boy she's ever loved - five in all.

When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control. (Summary from Goodreads)

I love the premise of this story. I wonder who mailed the letters? And I can't wait to read it and find out how all her past crushes are resolved :)

Author: Amy Plum
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Published by: HarperTeen

Would War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.

At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.

When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.

Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past. (Summary from Goodreads)

1st - I LOVE Amy Plum's Revenants series SO MUCH!!! 2nd - This sounds SO great. Just like the Roanoke colony, but as if they were a colony hidden away from the world while the rest was happening outside of the rest. How interesting....I wonder what will come of it all...?

What are you waiting on this week?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Book Trailer Thursday #87 - Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

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: Danielle Paige
Release Date: HarperTeen
Published by: April 1, 2014

Love this book trailer and the fact that they literally used the exact words that make up the summary of the book! I JUST got this one and CAN'T WAIT to read it! What about you?

What did you find out there this week?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #116 - Don't Look Back and Killer Instincts

"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: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Published by: Disney-Hyperion

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a boyfriend.
Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her - even if the old Sam treated him like trash.
But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory - someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if NOT remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive? (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds like a creepy and intriguing mystery. I really want to read it because #1 I enjoy this author and #2 I want to know why Sam lost her memory/what happened to Cassie! Great blurb!

Author: S.E. Green
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Published by: Simon Pulse

She's not evil, but she has certain...urges.

Lane is a typical teenager. Loving family. Good grades. After school job at the local animal hospital. Martial arts enthusiast. But her secret obsession is studying serial killers. She understands them, knows what makes them tick.


Because she might be one herself.

Lane channels her dark impulses by hunting criminals-delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder. But with each visceral rush the line of self-control blurs.
And then a young preschool teacher goes missing. Only to return...in parts. When Lane excitedly gets involved in the hunt for "the Decapitator," the vicious serial murderer that has come to her hometown, she gets dangerously caught up in a web of lies about her birth dad and her own dark past. And once the Decapitator contacts Lane directly, Lane knows she is no longer invisible or safe. Now she needs to use her unique talents to find the true killer's identity before she-or someone she loves-becomes the next victim...(Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds a bit like The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes! I LOVED that book! It was insanely intense and good. WOWZA! I can't wait to give this one a try too. Has anyone tried this already?

What are you waiting on this week?

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Review: She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

She Is Not Invisible 
Author: Marcus Sedgwick
Release date: April 22, 2014
Published by: Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Have you ever noticed the same number more than once in the same week? In the same day? What about the same name of something over and over? Just a coincidence? Or not!? That's exactly the mystery that Laureth Peak's father has been trying to solve for years while writing his novel, but now he's not answering her emails or phone calls. Plus, he's not even on the correct continent where he said he'd be! So Laureth take's it upon herself to pack up her little brother and head off across the pond to find him, of course it doesn't sound that exciting until you realize she's only in high school, her brother is only 7, oh, and her's the kicker...she's blind!

My thoughts: This was very a very interesting and intense read, but I have to say it will probably not fit all people's wheel-house! I loved the fact that Laureth is blind, and that the book isn't about her being blind. Her being blind is just a fact, not the story itself. There's a lot about that, how she's deals, how she hides it, how she doesn't hide it, how she's grown from young to old while blind, etc....which was fascinating BUT that's still not what the book was about. The book was about her father and the search for him even when no one else believes that he is missing.

In the mean time, she is also the keeper of her little brother while he is also a bit of a keeper of her even though he is so much younger than her. She does seem to rely on him a bit too much in the beginning of the book, which changes at the end and I truly liked that growth in her.

As for the mystery of the book, WHOA! That was so intense and holy moly did I learn a ton about the study of coincidences by a lot of very famous people: Einstein, Jung, Koestler, etc. I'd love to learn if any of the seemingly "non-fiction" information in the novel is actually true, or not. Hmmmm... Anyway, it was all rather interesting.

Final thought: This is certainly one I think folks should give a try! It really makes you think about SO many things! Let me know what you think about it!

p.s. There were 2 covers in Goodreads for this book and I can't even decide which cover I like more! Which one do you guys like more?
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #115 - The Inventor's Secret and Rebel

"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 Inventor's Secret
(The Inventor's Secret, Book 1)
Author: Andrea Cremer
Release Date: April 22, 2014
Published by: Philomel

In this world, sixteen-year old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain's industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth, they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire's Machineworks.

The first in a series set in an alternate 19th Century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery. Perfect for fans of Libba Bray's Diviners, Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel, Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan and Phillip Reeve's Mortal Instruments. (Summary from Goodreads)

Ooooooo! Doesn't this sound good? Another cool steampunk series. I love the setting: a North America still under British control. This sounds like quite an adventure.

(Reboot, Book 2)
Author: Amy Tintera
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Published by: HarperTeen

After coming back from death as Reboots and being trained by HARC as soldiers, Wren and Callum have finally escaped north, where they hope to find a life of freedom. But when they arrive at the Reboot Reservation, it isn't what they expected. Under the rule of a bloodthirsty leader, Micah, the Reboots are about to wage an all-out war on the humans. Although Wren's instincts are telling her to set off into the wilderness on their own and leave the battle far behind, Callum is unwilling to let his human family be murdered. When Micah commits the ultimate betrayal, the choice is made for them. But Micah has also made a fatal mistake...he's underestimated Wren and Callum. (Summary from Goodreads)

I just read this 1st book not too long ago and loved it! It was full of adventure, high tech brilliance, and a world that's all broken but could be better...I am such a sucker for books like this when they are written well and this one was great. I cannot wait for book 2!
My Review of Book 1!

What are you waiting on this week?