Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #106 - Minders & Lady 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: Michele Jaffe
Release Date: January 30, 2014
Published by:Razorbill

Q: If the boy you love commits a crime, would you turn him in?
Sadie Ames is a type-A teenager from the wealthy suburbs. She's been accepted to the prestigious Mind Corps Fellowship program, where she'll spend six weeks as an observer inside the head of Ford, a troubled boy with a passion for the crumbling architecture of the inner city. There's just one problem: Sadie's fallen in love with him.

Q: What if the crime is murder?
Ford Winter is haunted by the murder of his older brother, James. As Sadie falls deeper into his world, dazzled by the shimmering pinpricks of color that form images in his mind, she begins to think she knows him. Then Ford does something unthinkable.

Q: What if you saw it happen from inside his mind?
Back in her own body, Sadie is faced with the ultimate dilemma. With Ford's life in her hands, she must decide what is right and what is wrong. And how well she can really ever know someone, even someone she loves. (Summary from Goodreads)

First this cover is sooooooo cool. I love the visual representation of how Sadie is IN Ford's mind. This sounds like an interesting sci-fi story about truth and right vs. wrong. 


(Scarlet, Book 2)
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Published by: Walker Childrens

Scarlet's true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet's love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet's past even she isn't yet aware of. Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman--a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin's cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves. (Summary from Goodreads)

I cannot wait for this one! Plus, I just got Scarlet at the library so I'm going to read that one quick finally! YAY! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera

Reboot 
Author: Amy Tintera
Series: Reboot, Book 1
Release date: May 7, 2013
Published by: HarperTeen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

178 minutes after Wren died 5 years ago, she came back. That's right. Even after being shot 3 times in the chest, she is now stronger, faster, can heal any wound (except a direct shot to the head) and has less emotions, if any as a Reboot. Her barcode tattooed on her wrist shows her name and her number...the minutes she was dead...showing everyone exactly how badass she is at all times! Why? That's because there has never been another like Wren, who is the deadliest Reboot soldier who serves the Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation (HARC). Except when Callum 22 walks in as a new recruit, all that begins to change as he beings to change everything around him with his smile and ever-present emotions...will Wren 178 be able to ignore the pull between them? What about when he refuses a direct order? Will she be made to eliminate him? She has never felt like she does when she's with him. Can she let go of that and do what she's told? Or is she done taking orders as their perfect soldier?

My thoughts: I loved this one and cannot wait to get my hands on book 2! I felt like I was holding my breath for the whole second half of the book as I realized what was going to happen to Callum and then what Wren was going to have to do next! AHHH!

This is such a cool idea for a book. Immortals, but not really. Vampires, but not really. More of an apocalyptic outbreak that had a severe side-effect which resulted in these rather dangerous and amazing evolutionarily different beings who aren't really human anymore. Of course humans do what they always do and fear what they don't understand instead of trying to understand it/them and end up trying to destroy them. This of course just makes them want to destroy humans in turn, but somehow they are beaten and then become humanity's slaves and soldiers via this HARC going out into communities and meshing out "justice" as HARC sees fit. This is definitely a Young Adult novel in my opinion with the violent killings and also the random sexual partners of the Reboots, since they aren't seen as human beings, or beings really. They are almost seen as animals and so therefore treated as such which is rather horrifying at times. For example, they are made to strip down at one point before being allowed to enter a transport vehicle before going back because the time before a nutty Reboot smuggled something on and badness happened. Yikes! Stripping in the street to be searched...Tintera really does an amazing job of making you HATE the guards of HARC and all of the vile things they do and say towards the Reboots. It made me think of the Nazi's treatment of the Jews so many, many times in the book.

The fact that Reboots humanity varies depending on how long they were dead before they Reboot, or come back to life, is a brilliant concept that Tintera really plays with in the novel so well! I love how she matched up Callum and Wren. Brilliant! The most non-emotional Reboot and the most emotional Reboot finding a connection is perfection. Plus, there is this extreme mystery of what in the world are they experimenting on the under 50's with and why!? It becomes quite horrifying!

Wren as a main character is so well written with how broken she is without even knowing it. She fully admits that she has absolutely to miss from being a human because her life as one was so extremely terrible with her parents, so for her life as a Reboot as been the best part of her life so far in her opinion and why she as embraced it completely without questions. For Callum, it's just the opposite. He mourns for his human life and family.

Last thoughts: I cannot wait to see what happens next for Wren in Rebel! May seems SO far away from now to wait. :( If you liked Partials, or even Immortal Rules...you'll love Reboot!

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Review: Enders by Lissa Price

Enders 
Auther: Lissa Price
Series: Starters, Book 2
Release date: January 7, 2014
Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Callie has completely destroyed Prime, but she is still in danger...she still has the chip in her head. Plus, there are still all the other Starters who have chips in their heads to worry about. There has to be a way to get this thing out of her head and Callie is determined to figure out how. Or, find someone who can. Unfortunately, she soon finds out how hard that is to do. With new partners at her side, Callie is on a mission to save all of the Metals like her, find her father she knows is still out there somewhere, and stop The Old Man once and for all!

My thoughts: Ok, this was a great wrap-up for me to Price's Starters. I LOVED Starters SO much, so I think I may have gone into this with a bit too much hope after having to wait for SO LONG to get to read what happens next to Callie. I did really like this, don't get me wrong! It's just there wasn't the same level of amazing as before. I'm not sure why...maybe I can talk it out here...

Walking back into Callie's world was like putting my favorite sweater back on again that I lost and couldn't find, but I just found it in the back of the closet. :) I just love her as a main character. I love that she wants to save everyone, crush the bad guy, and find the answer to their future. Plus, she's just a normal girl! So many of the other Metals have special skills that make them exceptional like martial arts, strength, etc. but Callie is just an excellent marksman and normal girl.

Michael and Hyden were newer characters in this book, and they couldn't be more different in my opinion. Hyden becomes an incredible part of Callie's story in many different ways, and in many different twists and turns. Michael on the other hand happens to be someone who lived in the same neighborhood as Callie growing up, so he's sort of like a family friend but I never quite understand why she's so close with him at all, or why she even cares what he thinks. He's not even nice most of the time. He does stick with her at all times and fights right along side her, but I guess I just don't get him as a character or why he's a part of Callie's space. :/ While Hyden is something else completely...his relationship with her, even though frustrating at times because it keeps twisting and turning, makes so much more sense.

Last thoughts: If this is truly the end of Callie's story, then it was a good ending that I was very happy with. BUT, I would also be rather happy if that ending was set so that Price could do a spin-off series with it because in my opinion you couldn't go wrong with that either! For now I just cannot wait to get this one as a real, live hardcover on my shelves next to Starters! :D

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Book Trailer Thursday #84 - All That Glows by Ryan Graudin

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: Ryan Graudin
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Published by: HarperTeen

Emrys - a fiery, red-headed Fae - always embraced her life in the Highlands, far from the city's draining technology, until she's sent to London to rejoin the Faery Guard. But this isn't any normal assignment - she's sent to guard Prince Richard: Britain's notorious, partying bad boy and soon-to-be King. The prince's careless ways and royal blood make him the irresistible for the dark spirits that feed on mortals. Sweet, disheveled, and alive with adventure - Richard is one charge who will put Emrys's magic and heart to the test.
When an ancient force begins preying on the monarchy, Emrys must hunt through the London's magical underworld, facing down Banshees, Black Dogs and Green Women to find the one who threatens Richard's life. In this chaos of dark magic, palace murders and paparazzi, Emrys finds herself facing an impossible choice. For despite all her powers, Emrys has discovered a force that burns brighter than magic: love. (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds SO good! Plus, the use of light in the trailer is lovely and just makes me want to read it even more. What do you think? 

What did you find out there this week?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #105 - Heartbeat & Burn Out

"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: Elizabeth Scott
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Published by:Harlequin Teen

Life. Death. And...Love?

Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

But Emma can't tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn't have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startle by the connection she and Caleb forge.

Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love? (Summary from Goodreads)

OMG! Doesn't this sound amazing!?!? It reminds me of a Katie McGarry style plotline, and I love a tortured-soul-finding-love story. What can I say...I like to cry and smile and feel my heart sing all in one book. :)


Author: Kristi Helvig
Release Date: April 8, 2014
Published by: EgmontUSA

Most people want to save the world; seventeen-year-old Tora Reynolds just wants to get the hell off of it. One of the last survivors in Earth's final years, Tora yearns to escape the wasteland her planet has become after the sun burns "red giant," but discovers her fellow survivors are even more deadly than the hostile environment.
Holed up in an underground shelter, Tora is alone--her brilliant scientist father murdered, her mother and sister burned to death. She dreams of living on a planet with oceans, plants, and animals. Unfortunately, the oceans dried out ages ago, the only plants are giant cacti with deadly spines, and her pet, Trigger, is a gun--one of the bio-energetic weapons her father created for the government before his conscience kicked in.
When family friend, Markus, arrives with mercenaries to take the weapons by force, Tora's fury turns to fear when government ships descend in an attempt to kill them all. She forges an unlikely alliance with Markus and his rag-tag group of raiders, including a smart but quiet soldier named James.
She is shocked when James accidentally fires one of her father's bio-weapons--weapons designed to work only for her. She'd felt a strange pull to James from the start, but the odds of someone sharing her energy vibration are statistically miniscule. Tora must quickly figure out who she can trust, as she must choose between saving herself by giving up the guns or honoring her father's request to save humanity from the most lethal weapons in existence. (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds completely different from anything I've read lately and I really can't wait to try it! I love the whole idea of it all! Very Riddick, but a girl! Love it!

What are you waiting on this week?

Friday, January 17, 2014

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...
What a week. I've been sick and haven't even been able to read much lately, but have gotten to a couple. I need to get to the reviews now, but with today being my 11th Anniversary I know today is not going to be that day! :) Time to hang out with the coolest guy I know.


Bought from B&N on the fabulous Educator Discount days...
Going Rogue by Robin Benway (BloomsburyUSA)
The Program by Suzanne Young (Simon Pulse)

From the Author...
Tesla by Mark Lingane

Cheap eBook Haul...
Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Spencer Hill) - $3.99
ICONS by Margaret Stohl (Little, Brown Books) - $3.99
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse) - $1.99!
The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd (Balzer+Bray) - $1.99!
Nomad by JL Bryan (Indie) - $3.99
Stardust by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow) - $1.99!

For Review from NetGalley...
Cured by Bethany Wiggins (Walker Childrens)
Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott (Scholastic)
Grim Edited by Christine Johnson (Harlequin Teen)
The Hunt by Stacey Kade (Disney-Hyperion)
Impostor by Susanne Winnacker (Hachette)
Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout (Entangled Teen)
Stormbringer by Shannon Delany (St. Martin's Griffin)
Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton (Hachette)

 

What did you get for your libby this week?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Book Trailer Thursday #83 - Passionaries by Tonya Hurley

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: Tonya Hurley
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Published by: SimonTeen

 Anges, Cecelia, and Lucy watched as Sebastian sacrificed himself for what he believed in. Will the girls trust that their destiny as saints and martyrs, and perform the miracles as Sebastian instructed? Or lose faith in themselves and each other in his absence? Time is running out for them to make a decision, and the fate of the world lies in the balance. (Summary from Goodreads)

I LOVE this trailer! It's dark, lush, and GORGEOUS!!! We were lucky enough to meet Tonya and actually sit with her during a conference in Chicago/Naperville a couple years ago when Blessed had just pub'd. She was absolutely lovely, and I feel ridiculously guilty that I still haven't read The Blessed! :( Once I have Passionaries on my shelf, I read them both in one sitting. :)


What did you find out there this week?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #104 - Evertrue & Cress

"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...

Evertrue 
(Everneath, Book 3)
Author: Brodi Ashton
Release Date: January 21, 2014
Published by: Balzer + Bray

Now that Nikki has rescued Jack, all she wants is to be with him and graduate high school. But Cole tricked Nikki into feeding off him, and she's begun the process of turning into an Everliving herself...which means she must feed on a Forfeit soon - or die.
Terrified for her survival, Nikki and Jack begin a desperate attempt to reverse the process using any means possible. Even Cole, who they expected to fight them at every turn, has become an unlikely ally - but how long can it last? Nikki needs to feed on Cole to survive, Cole needs Nikki to gain the throne in the Everneath, Jack needs Nikki because she is everything to him - and together, they must travel back to the Underworld to undo Nikki's fate and make her mortal once more. But Cole isn't the only one with plans for Nikki: the Queen has not forgotten Nikki's treachery, and she wants her destroyed for good. Will Nikki be forced to spend eternity in the Underworld, or does she have what it takes to bring down the Everneath once and for all? (Summary from Goodreads)

I've read the other two in this series and I've been waiting to find out what will happen to this crazy love triangle!


Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Published by: Feiwel & Friends

Rapunzel's tower is a satellite. She can't let down her hair--or her guard.

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.
Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker - unfortunately, she's just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can. (Summary from Goodreads)

I love fairytale retellings and the first one in this series, Cinder, was very interesting. I have book 2, Scarlet, waiting for me on my shelves. These sound great! WOW! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Review: This Wicked Game by Michelle Zink

This Wicked Game 
Author: Michelle Zink
Release date: November 14, 2013
Published by: Dial/Penguin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Voodoo...that's right, voodoo. For generations, the Guild has practiced voodoo in secret by running their underground supply houses and warehouses. Claire Kincaid and her family are part of the Guild, running their own little shop where they sell powders, oils, dried flowers, candles, and any number of items you might need for the craft, but she has never ever actually believed in any of this voodoo stuff...until it comes knocking on her door that is! Or, should I say it walks through her door with a key even though she has no idea who they are, and then asks for a banned item! Seriously!? Things get completely out of hand after that, and Claire decides to take matters into her own hands along with some of the other firstborns before their parents get them all killed! Claire Kincaid will not be brushing anything under the carpet...she'll be sweeping it right out the door...

My thoughts: I ate this one up in one day! This was a completely original story for me about voodoo in New Orleans with the "next generation" running the show. I loved it! The parents were still there and involved here and there, but it was definitely NOT the adults who were in charge which for some reason I was completely ok with. One of the first things that really grabbed me was how she and Xander were already IN a strong relationship. I really like this and thought it was very refreshing. I didn't realize that I was sick of stories where the girl falls for someone, but apparently I was.

There were just so many characters in this book that I loved. Zink wrote fantastic characters that I both loved and hated perfectly. I did find myself wanting more here and there throughout the book...as if folks were a bit more shallow then I wanted them to be at times, but then the rest of the time they were fine. I don't know what it was. Maybe it was just me. Or maybe I just was annoyed with Claire's indecisiveness. Who knows!?

Oh how I hope there will be more of these books! More of these characters!

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #103 - The Impossible Knife of Memory & Secret

"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: Laurie Halse Anderson
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Published by: Viking Juvenile

For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.
Will being back home help Andy's PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? (Summary from Goodreads)

I know this came out yesterday, but doesn't this sound like a heart-breaker? I love everything Anderson writes and this one sounds just as compelling as all of her other novels.


(Elemental, Book 4)
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Published by: Kensington Teen

Nowhere is safe. Not even home...

Nick Merrick is stretched to the breaking point.

Keep his grades sky-high or he'll never escape his hometown.
Keep his brother's business going or the Merricks will be out on the street.
Keep the secret of where he's going in the evenings from his own twin--or he'll lose his family.

Keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who's supposed to be his "girlfriend's" partner.

Of course there's also the homicidal freak Quinn has taken to hanging around, and the Elemental Guide counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers.

There's a storm coming. From all sides. And then some.

Nick Merrick, can you keep it together? (Summary from Goodreads)

I LOVE THIS SERIES!!! It's just plain brilliant! I cannot wait for the next installment! If you haven't tried this series yet, what the hell are you waiting for!? 

What are you waiting on this week?

Saturday, January 4, 2014

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...

WHOA, it's been a while since we've done one of these. Oops! And now that I rewatch this I look and sound SO TIRED! After holiday break and all that lounging around, going back for two days apparently wore me out completely! :P

Bought from B&N...
This Wicked Game by Michelle Zink (Dial/Penguin)
AND, I forgot to mention I impulse purchased THIS at half price after the holidays there...
AND I LOVE IT!!! :P

Bought from HPB...
Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore (Dial/Penguin)
Ironside by Holly Black (Simon & Schuster)
Tithe by Holly Black (Simon & Schuster)
Valiant by Holly Black (Simon & Schuster)
Books 1-10 of the Sookie Stakehouse Series by Charlaine Harris (Ace) 

For Review from NetGalley...
Dangerous by Shannon Hale (Bloomsbury)
Defy by Sara B. Larson (Scholastic)
Enders by Lissa Price (Delacorte Press)
Fates by Lanie Bross (Delacorte Press)
Salt by Danielle Ellison (Entangled Teen)
Secret by Brigid Kemmerer (Kensington Teen)
She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgewick (Orion)
Tinkerlab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors by Rachelle Doorley (Roost Books)

 


What did you get for your libby this week?

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Book Trailer Thursday #82 - The Winner's Curse

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!

The Winner's Curse 
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.

As a general's daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin's eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him--with unexpected consequences. It's not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner's Curse, is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart. (Summary from Goodreads)

First of all that cover is GORGEOUS!! Second, I love the cards in the trailer...but what I love the most is that there is seriously some mystery here and I REALLY want to know what happens now. Last, I go and read this summary and WHOA!
What do you think? Are you in too? 


What did you find out there this week?