Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Book Trailer Thursday #86 - Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

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!

Ignite Me 
(Shatter Me, Book 3)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Published by: HarperTeen

Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she'll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew - about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam - was wrong. (Summary from Goodreads)

I can't believe I still haven't gone and gotten my hands on this one! AHHH! This has just made me go to bn.com to order it online! :P This series is in my Top 5 favorites EVER! I LOVE this book trailer...the words are SO PERFECT! "Fear will learn to fear me."

Check out my review of:
Shatter Me, Book 1
Unravel Me, Book 2

What did you find out there this week?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #110 - Faking Normal & Broken

"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: Courtney C. Stevens
Release Date: HarperCollins Children's Books
Published by: February 25, 2014

Alexi Littrell hasn't told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.
When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in "the Kool-Aid Kid," who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth. (Summary from Goodreads)

I know this came out yesterday, but I had to put it on my TBR after reading the description. It sounds like a powerful and sad realistic fiction. I'm always interested in how an author takes often repeated teen issues and angst and creates a new and interesting story. It has a Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson vibe to the description. I look forward to the read!


(Avena, Book 2)
Author: Marianne Curley
Release Date: Bloomsbury Childrens
Published by: March 13, 2014

Ebony is not quite human. She's descended from Avena, an otherworldly realm caught between warring light and dark forces. But she doesn't feel like she's in danger...until her boyfriend Nathaneal almost dies protecting her. Now Nathaneal is in jail for revealing his powers to the enemy, and Ebony's only ally is jealous Jordan, who'd love to break her and Nathaneal up.
But when Jordan announces he has a connection to Ebony's missing birth father, she can't help but be intrigued. The two make a plan to find him, but it quickly goes awry, and Ebony finds herself in the treacherous hear of Avena. She has no choice but to navigate this perilous world--or die trying. (Summary from Goodreads)

Book 1 was great with all of its mystery and twists and turns, so I can't wait to read book 2! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Review: Stormbringer by Shannon Delaney

Stormbringer 
Author: Shannon Delany
Series: Weather Witch, Book 2
Release Date: January 14, 2014
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jordan Astraea, once Fifth of the Nine until falsely found to be a Weather Witch on her seventeenth birthday, has now officially been Made! Something that should be completely impossible to do, but it has now come to pass and she has been handed over to the airliner Artemesia as their Conductor-in-training, a.k.a. their living battery until she burns out in about a year as the others before her she's replacing. Will Rowen be able to get to her in time now that he's found himself about a Pirate ship instead of the Artemesia? What about The Maker and his young family who have been kidnapped by none other than the infamous Frost Giant? The storms are brewing and we're all awaiting the one from the prophesy who will save them all...

My thoughts: I LOVE THIS SERIES! This has quickly become one of my all-time favorites. The witchiness, the fight to end slavery, the romance, the fight to help others and save what's right and good in the world and to destroy who and what is evil and bad...ALL OF IT!

In this second installment of the Weather Witch series we really get to delve into the characters! At the end of book one, Jordan was quite literally just handed over to the extremely EVIL captain of the Artemesia to become its next Conductor. She is literally broken in the beginning and continues to be broken both physically and mentally by the Captain. Anil, the current Conductor, doesn't have long left in this world so it becomes apparently quickly how important it is for Jordan to figure out how to learn her trigger for Drawing Down or the airliner will plummet straight for the ground when he dies and there won't be anything she can do to stop it. And the Captain has noticed Jordan, but sometimes there's just no one coming to save you. And this I found VERY realistic! Horrifying, but realistic.

On another ship, Rowen has been forced into being part of a pirate crew, or should I say "traders" crew. :) Of course he finds something very different once he's on board and has become part of the crew. Evie is something very different and has something very different planned than he EVER would have first imagined. But, we also get to see Rowen grow even more with Evie and her crew as he learns more real-life skills, gets to see more of the world, stands up for his friends and himself, and more. I can't wait to see what he's going to turn out like!

The Maker, Bran, Maude and his little Meggie who have been kidnapped and forced onto the Artemesia by the fierce Marion, The Frost Giant, are a powder keg waiting to explode at any moment. Not only does Bran have Sybil's skull with him which seems to be volatile itself, but Meggie's powers seem to be connected to her and to Jordan as well. Plus, the Wandering Wallace and his mysterious wife are along on the airliner and you just never know what they are up to it seems. These two groups are just two of the many secondary plots to our two main plots of Jordan and Rowen (seriously I have NO idea how Shannon can keep all of these straight!) and these stories I always think I know where they're going, but I never really do...and that I love.

I have to say one little thing about these epically evil bad guys that Shannon has created in the Councilmen...they are SO well written in that I truly want them DEAD! :) I think that means that they are great bad guys in my opinion! Especially Loftkin! Of course I'm also rather nervous about what Catrina is up to as well...she isn't quite right is she!? hmmm...that's all I'm going to say about that one.

My final thoughts: There is just something so breathtaking and heartbreaking all at once about this world, the time and the people that have been created by Shannon Delany. They pull me in and swallow me whole. If you haven't tried Book 1, Weather Witch, I really encourage you to do so as soon as you can. You won't regret it! For me, Shannon is fast climbing my #mustbuy author list!
My review of Weather Witch

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Book Trailer Thursday #85 - GRIM

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!

Grim
Editor: Christine Johnson
Authors: Ellen Hopkins, Kimberly Derting, Tessa Gratton, Claudia Gray, Rachel Hawkins, Amanda Hocking, Julia Kagawa, Myra McEntire, Malinda Lo, Sarah Rees-Brennan, Jackson Pearce, Saundra Mitchell, and more...
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Published by: Harlequin Teen

Inspired by classic fairy tales, but with a dark sinister twist, Grim contains short stories from some of the best voices in young adult literature today. (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds SO GOOD! I am a sucker for a good story collection and I LOVE retellings of classic fairy tales! This is going to be PERFECT! Plus, I already have this from NetGalley! I can't wait to tear into it! This trailer is gorgeous...I love how it's really just the cover moving throughout the whole thing. I'd love to learn how to do a trailer just like this one.

What did you find out there this week?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #109 - Fire and Flood & Ruins

"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: Victoria Scott
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Published by: Scholastic

 Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying--and she's helpless to change anything.
Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for people the love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.
The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place? (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds like the start of a great adventure a la Hunger Games. I like the final question: what is making so many people sick? Clearly there will be some larger evil to fight. Wonder what it will be?


(Partials, Book 3)
Author: Dan Wells
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Published by: Balzer + Bray

Kira, Samm and Marcus fight to prevent a final war between Partials and humans in the gripping final installment in the Partials Sequence.
There is no avoiding it--the war to decide the fate of both humans and Partials is at hand. Both sides hold in their possession a weapon that could destroy the other, and Kira Walker has precious little time to prevent that from happening. She has one chance to save both species and the world with them, but it will only come at great personal cost. (Summary from Goodreads)

Oh how I LOVE this series! I'm sad it's coming to an end, but cannot wait for this!!! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, February 17, 2014

Review: Secret by Brigid Kemmerer

Secret 
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Series: Elememtal, Book 4
Release date: January 28, 2014
Published by: Kensington Teen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nick Merrick can make the air bend to his will, but his own life seems to be spiraling out of control at mach speed! He's always been the one with fantastic grades and on the road to college, the one who run the books for the family business, and now he's the one who carries around a huge personal secret that he just cannot share with the ones he calls the closest. Will he be able to hold it all together? OR will it all blow up in his face? Plus...there are always guides just around the corner hunting them all...

My thoughts: WOW! This was VERY different and VERY daring I thought. To take these beautiful and extremely masculine teenage, and adult guys who just exude all that is male and have Nick's character end up holding a rather ultimate secret! What a perfect plot twist! Plus, I LOVED that it didn't work out perfectly for him when he finally shares, or things get spilled eventually. I always think it's crap when everything works out so easily or perfectly in TV shows or movies...when in reality things are usually so much more harder, or trickier. This was perfect. I loved Adam!

One part I wanted to mention is the whole storyline about Quinn. This is sadly something that happens all too often that I see as an educator, but kids are extremely good at hiding the fact that they need help from people. They keep you at a distance instead, or make you think they're terrible but in truth they are fantastic human beings who just happen to be in the middle of a terrible situation. Anyway, THIS was done so well. So very well.

I feel like I've been holding on to this one for so long and not writing it because all I have to say is I LOVED IT!!! READ IT!!!! :)

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

FANTASTIC eBook Deals!

Check out these FANTASTIC eBooks deals while you can! Sometimes they're around for a month, sometimes a day...you just never know! These prices are based on NOOK Book prices, but many like the VA series, for example, are available via iTunes and Kindle as well. You'll just have to check it out...

by Victoria Schwab
$0.99!

by Marissa Meyer
$2.99

by Victoria Scott
$4.49

by Jennifer Armentrout
$3.99

by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
$1.99

by Orson Scott Card
$3.99

by Sophie Jordan
$1.99

by Marie Lu
$2.99

by James Dashner
$4.99

by Nina Berry
$2.99 EACH

by Regine Stokke
$2.99

by Ann Brashares
$2.99

by Brigid Kemmerer
$4.49

by Jenny Trout
$0.99

by Richelle Mead
$2.99 EACH

Aren't these deals GREAT!? I grabbed a few too! Enjoy! 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #108 - The Secret Diamond Sisters & Grim

"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 Secret Diamond Sisters
(The Secret Diamond Sisters, Book 1)
Author: Michelle Madow
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Published by: Harlequin Teen

Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad--a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past. (Summary from Goodreads)

Hmm...could be good, could be over-the-top, but either way I'm willing to give it a shot. Sounds like there will be craziness and intrigue with the girls' change in status, plus a coming-of-age element. 


Edited by: Christine Johnson
Authors: Ellen Hopkins, Julie Kagawa, Amanda Hocking, Claudia Gray, Rachel Hawkins, & more...
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Published by: Harlequin Teen

Claire de Lune and Nocturne author, Christine Johnson, edit's Grim, an anthology of dark fairy tale retellings, featuring stories by New York Times bestselling authors Ellen Hopkins, Amanda Hocking, Claudia Gray, and others. (Summary from Goodreads)

I have been waiting for this for awhile honestly. I heard about this a while ago and cannot wait for it! I love fairytale retellings and from these authors they should be AMAZING!

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #107 - All That Glows & Rebel Belle

"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: 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)

Anyway, it sounds like a great adventure with dark vs. light elements. Though I have  to say...why does the girl usually have to be the sensible one? Where are more fairy tale stories where the girl is the party-goer and the boy is the sensible magical being? Just saying! I'm still gonna read it! :)


(Untitled Series, Book 1)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Release Date: April 8, 2013
Published by: Putnam Juvenile

Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.
Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him--and discovers that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth. (Summary from Goodreads)

I LOVE RACHEL HAWKINS!!! AHHH!!! And this sounds AMAZING!!! 

What are you waiting on this week?