Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Book Trailer Thursday #90 (sorta) - Mockingjay #1 Trailer...

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: Suzanne Collins
Above you'll notice the 1st cover is the original cover most of us read, and the 2nd cover is the new movie-tie-in cover Scholastic is coming out with in September! What do you think? Which one is better? Are you buying the whole movie-tie-in set too now? Or are the originals classic?


The movie trailer for the first half of the movie based off of Suzanne Collin's 3rd installment of the Hunger Games trilogy was debuted at Comic Con last week!! I thought I would break from the traditional book trailer this week to feature this movie trailer in case you haven't seen it yet...
What do you think? Huh!? Huh!? 

In theaters November 21, 2014

Here's a link to the Mockingjay IMDb page in case you want to learn more.

There's also a fun site you can keep up on things called Mockingjay.net Check it out!


What did you find out there this week?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #132 - The Girl from the Well & The Winter People

"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: Rin Chupeco
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire

A dead girl walks the streets.

She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.

Because the boy has a terrifying secret - one that would just kill to get out. (Summary from Goodreads)

As you've probably realized, I'm not a big fan of horror stories, but sometimes there is one that just grabs my interest. This one gives me chills just reading the blurb!


Author: Rebekah L. Purdy
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Published by: Entangled Teen

Salome Montgomery fears winter--the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn't forgotten their warning to "stay away." For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the "special gifts" that must be left at the back of the property.

Salome discovers she's a key player in a world she's tried for years to avoid. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family's property. Cursed with dark secrets and knowledge of the creatures in the woods, his interactions with Salome take her life in a new direction. A direction where she'll have to decide between her longtime crush Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or Nevin who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop. An evil that, given the chance, will kill her. (Summary from Goodreads)

Who are the mysterious beings? Why are they hiding from her? Why did they save her? Now I need to know the answers to all these questions! Don't you!? 

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Blog Tour: CF & FB by T.M. Goeglein

Hey there all! So I'm very excited to be a part of this tour. I adore T.M. and actually read these books quite some time ago since they were at the TOP of my to die for list! 
Here are the links to the posts:
Book 1: Cold Fury
Now, I cannot wait to get my grubby little paws on Book 3!! Have any of you already read it by chance? Here's a link to go and read about it!
Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos in this breathtaking adventure.
Sara Jane Rispoli is a normal sixteen-year-old coping with school and a budding romance--until her parents and brother are kidnapped and she discovers her family is deeply embedded in the Chicago Outfit (aka the mob).
Now on the run from a masked assassin, rogue cops and her turncoat uncle, Sara Jane is chased and attacked at every turn, fighting back with cold fury as she searches for her family. It's a quest that takes her through concealed doors and forgotten speakeasies--a city hiding in plain sight. Though armed with a .45 and 96K in cash, an old tattered notebook might be her best defense--hidden in its pages the secret to "ultimate power." It's why she's being pursued, why her family was taken, and could be the key to saving all of their lives.
Action packed, with fresh, cinematic writing, Cold Fury is a riveting and imaginative adventure readers will devour.
Sara Jane Rispoli is still searching for her missing family, but instead of fighting off a turncoat uncle and crooked cops, this time she finds herself on the run from creepy beings with red, pulsing eyes and pale white skin chasing her through the streets in ice cream trucks; they can only be described as Ice Cream Creatures.
They're terrifying and hell bent on killing her, but they're also a link to her family, a clue to where they might be and who has them. While she battles these new pursuers, she's also discovering more about her own cold fury and more about the Chicago Outfit, how the past misdeeds--old murders and vendettas--might just be connected to her present and the disappearance of her family. But connecting the dots is tough and time-consuming and may finally be the undoing of her relationship with the handsome Max--who's now her boyfriend.
But for his own safety, Sara Jane may have to end this relationship before it even really starts. Her pursuers who've shown her, her mother's amputated finger and the head of the Chicago Outfit who's just whistled her in for a sit-down make a romance unthinkable.
The only thing that matters is finding her family and keeping everyone she loves alive.

Ted Goeglein began his career as a writer of print and television ads for a host of advertising and media companies.
As a screenwriter, he produced original screenplays and worked as a script doctor for several L.A. production companies. He was an original contributor to the Huffington Post ‘Living’ section, as well.
Ted’s Young Adult novel, COLD FURY, the first in a trilogy, was published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin in July 2012. The second book in the Cold Fury series, FLICKER & BURN, published in August 2013, and the final installment, EMBERS & ASH, released in July 2014.
The author lives in Chicago with his wife and two children.
[Tour dates are subject to change]
July 16 ~ Bookish – Debbie ~ Review
July 17 ~ Fangirlish ~ Review/Interview
July 17 ~ Book Briefs ~ Review
July 18 ~ Diary of a Book Addict ~ Review/Playlist/GP
July 18 ~ Erin Lindsey Writes & Crochets ~ Review/GP
July 21 ~ Cover Contessa ~ Interview/GP/Top 10
July 21 ~ Live to Read ~ Review
July 22 ~ I Am A Reader ~ Interview/Playlist/GP/Top 10
July 22 ~ Curling Up w/a Good Book ~ Interview/GP/Top 10
July 23 ~ Sleep. Eat. Read. – Review
July 23 ~ Oops I Read It Again ~ Review
July 23 ~ Alice Marvels ~ Review
July 24 ~ Oops I Read It Again ~ Review [Cold Fury]
July 24 ~ Like a Bump on a Log ~ Review [Flicker & Burn]
August 25 ~ Mr. Book Wonder ~ Interview
July 25 ~ Fandom Monthly Magazine ~ Review
July 26 ~ All About Books (Divas) ~ Review
July 26 ~ DanaSquare ~ Review/Interview
July 27 ~ Bookish – Tiffany ~ Review
July 27 ~ Paranormal Book Club ~ Review
July 28 ~ Libby Blog ~ Review/Interview
July 28 ~ Destiny’s Book Reviews ~ Review
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Review: Awkwardly Ever After by Marni Bates

Awkwardly Ever After 
Author: Marni Bates
Series: Smith High, Book 4
Release date: June 24, 2014 
Published by: K-Teen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Received from NetGalley as an ARC for review.

First off, I should tell you I have not read Marni Bates’s other books in this Smith High series, but after this one (the fourth in the series), I might grab the other ones and read them.

I really liked how the story is divided into three novellas, basically: 1) Awkwardly, 2) Ever, and 3) After. How neat is that, three bangs for your buck!

The first story is about Melanie, a freshman, who has a crush on her friend’s brother, an 8th grader--aWKwaRd, nice title connection. The second story is about Isobel, an amazingly geeky girl who likes to observe people and doesn’t think a cool guy could EVER like her. And the third story is about Corey who has fallen in love and is in a relationship with a rockstar but now faces the challenge of being in the spotlight--can the paparazzi ruin his relationship even after they’ve admitted they love each other?

I had a lot of fun reading the stories involving Melanie and Isobel. I think part of it was their relationship. They cracked me up several times. Here is one of my favorite exchanges between Melanie and Isobel. Melanie wants Isobel’s advice about how to get out of a date with the super cool Spencer King. Isobel’s suggestion: “I would let my trusty dragon take care of the situation. Or ask a warlock friend to intervene. Those things are way more likely to happen than a date with Spencer King. At least for me.” *still chuckling*

While I really enjoyed the first two stories, I struggled to connect with Corey in the third because of the rockstar storyline. I liked the character, had me chuckling a couple times, too, but I just couldn’t get past my brain which was going...really? really?...teenager falls in love with a rockstar and rockstar loves him back?...really? I mean I like fantasy stories, but after being grounded firmly in realistic fiction for the first two, I couldn’t alleviate the disbelief for the final storyline.

Anyway, I will be looking into getting this four book series for my classroom bookshelf. I think they will appeal to my students who eat up my Meg Cabot and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books. 

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Review: Salt by Danielle Elison

Salt 
Author: Danielle Ellison
Series: Salt, Book 1
Release date: May 1, 2014
Published by: Entangled Teen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Penelope has been keeping a secret since she was little...a BIG one. A demon killed her parents and stole her magic when she was young and ever since then she has been borrowing from her family members when they are nearby just to hide that she isn't a Static. To ensure that she can stay within the Witch community. Why? Because Penelope has a plan. She is going to become an Enforcer, then figure out which demon stole her magic, track it down, and take back her magic. That's the plan. Then there's Carter...and things begin to change...

My thoughts: I LOVED THIS! A MUST READ! This was fun, and mysterious, and different but also similar to another series that I absolute LOVE, Rachel Hawkins' Hex Hall series. I loved the action, the romance, the training, the funny references to Harry Potter! This was just SO FUN! It was the total package!

The characters of Penelope, her sister Connie and her grandparents are done so nicely as a family unit. You really believe in them as a family which is something that I don't always feel with families in a book. But these were so great! I especially loved the grandfather. What a sweetie! Now Carter was such a great dreamy, but also kick-butt character at the same time! Plus that twist! I have to say that I completely saw it coming, but I didn't even care for some reason! I was fine with it because it was SO PERFECT! I was all, "YES!!!" LOL! I might have even jumped put of my chair allegedly. hehe!

Ok, those demons were just too gross! I loved it. Plus, I loved how snarky they were and saying how "this isn't Buffy" was great! Haha! The melting off of skin, and the way they wore people's skins was gross but not overly so which I was ok with when I'm not completely into horror.

Last thoughts: I read this one in one giant gulp of ONE DAY! :D That means FANTASTIC!!! I WANT THE NEXT BOOK! Where is it? AHHH! It's not on Goodreads! Now I'm pouting! :( Darn it! Seriously though, I love this so much that even though I have this on my Nook I'm going to go out and BUY THIS for my bookshelves if I can find it somewhere! I'm hunting it down!!!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Book Trailer Thursday #89 - Mortal Heart 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: November 4, 2014
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

 Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered int he rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn't mean she has.

But across Brittany, the tides of war are drawing ever nearer, with France pressuring the beleaguered duchess from all sides. Annith's search for answers threatens to rip open an intricate web of lies and deceit that sit at the heart of the convent she serves. Yet to expose them threatens the very fabric of her existence and risks an unforeseen chance at love, one that she can no longer deny. Annith must carefully pick a path and, gods willing, effect a miracle that will see her country--and her heart--to safety. (Summary from Goodreads)

AHHH!!! This trailer is BRILLIANT! I'm SOOO excited for this one!!! If you haven't read the 1st two in this series, they are an absolute MUST READ! Get to it ASAP!
Check out my reviews of:
Book 1: Grave Mercy
Book 2: Dark Triumph


What did you find out there this week?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #131 - Let's Get Lost & Blackbird

"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: Adi Alsaid 
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Published by: Harlequin Teen

Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost.

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named Leila. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.

There's Hudson, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And Bree, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday--and a few stolen goods along the way. Elliot believes in happy endings...until his own life goes off-script. And Sonia worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love.

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth--sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way. (Summary from Goodreads)

Stories about self-discovery and growth can be so powerful. Can't wait to see if this one enriches my life.


Author: Anna Carey
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Published by: HarperTeen

A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn't remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her.

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined. (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds like such a thriller! I'm in! what do you think?

What are you waiting on this week?

Review: Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

Breathe, Annie, Breathe 
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Release date: July 15, 2014
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Received from NetGalley as an ARC for review.

This was an emotionally powerful story. I started it and finished it in one day because I was anxious for Annie to achieve her goal and find peace for herself.

Annie is a senior in high school, and this story follows her as she works through the death of Kyle, her longterm boyfriend, and the transition from high school to college.

My heart ached for her as she went through her grieving process, facing the guilt that often goes along with death. She uses training for a marathon as a way to escape her thoughts and honor the memory of her boyfriend who was training for a marathon when he died. The only problem: Annie has hated running since elementary school.

I love Annie’s tenacity in this story, her willingness to push through and achieve something she never thought she could do. You will find yourself cheering her on, just as I did!

I also appreciate that while Jeremiah, an amazing runner and love interest, plays a role in the story--and it is a steamy, romance role--his romance plot-line doesn’t take over the main plot-line, instead it works to support and challenge Annie as she goes through her grieving process.

Overall, I enjoyed this story.I probably won’t put it on my classroom bookshelf because I teach freshmen, and I feel like there are some more mature elements to this story that would lead me to save my recommendation for my more mature or older teens.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Ignite Me 
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me, Book 3
Release date: February 4, 2014
Published by: HarperTeen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Juliette's worst fear has happened...Omega Point has been destroyed and all of the rebels have been destroyed along with it. She is the only one left. She hopes they aren't right...she hopes there are survivors. With Warner by her side, Juliette is fueled for revenge against The Reestablishment and she will take it down no matter what it takes even if it means sacrificing herself...

My thoughts: This is an explosive and epic ending to an absolutely brilliant trilogy! I don't really know if I can gush enough about this series. It truly has it all for me: super hero abilities, girl power, good v. evil, romance, great friends, family drama...there's just so much!

I love Warner and Juliette! I've been team Warner since he showed up and WOW I'm I excited that he's stuck around until the end! YAY! I don't want to tell too much about what happens in this one because I don't want to spoil things for anyone. I started writing things and then realized that I was completely spoiling things for people! Oops! Delete! LOL!

Sooo...I think I'll just say that this really was a great finish to a fantastic series. If you like the X-Men or Avengers saving the day + the thriller of V for Vendetta...then THIS IS FOR YOU! :) This is a series I will be rereading over and over again!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Review: The Strange Maid by Tessa Gratton

The Strange Maid 
Author: Tessa Gratton
Series: The United States of Asgard, Book 2
Release date: June 10, 2014
Published by: Random House Books for Young Readers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Signy Valborn dared to climb into the highest branches of The New World Tree when she was a young girl just to rage against it about the death of her parents...and who should be there but Odin Alfather himself. He told her that if she could solve his riddle she would become one of his fierce Valkyrie forevermore. Signy trains with all her might from one Valkyrie to another around The United States of Asgard, until she strikes out on her own once again raging against all that she knows because she cannot find the answer to her riddle. Along the way on her journey she meets Ned the Spiritless and even Soren Bearstar who each in their way help her...or she hopes they can because they are on an impossible task to hunt down the mother of all trolls an claim her destiny.

My thoughts: I liked this dark character of Signy so much. I like Soren in the first book, but I got very impatient with him and his Astrid very quickly and felt like I was just dragging myself through it all at times. With this one it wasn't like that at all! I was hooked on Signy's story from the beginning to the very end! And I had to know the ending once I started the book!

The whole system of the Valkyrie and how The United States of Asgard are broken up along with Canadia was so fascinating. It's funny when you're reading this story because Tessa has you so wrapped up in this mythical land that she's created but it's actually taking place in modern times! It's just a great concept!

The thing I truly enjoyed about this book was that I had a really hard time predicting what was going to happen next! I really appreciated that! I was right there with Signy in her journey of discovery. And the ending...WOW! I loved the ending. All of it.

Last thoughts: I really enjoyed this one and hope that whomever the next book is about I like just as much next time! If you like Beowulf in any way you will LOVE this! 

Does anyone know how many there will be of these? Just curious.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #130 - Dissonance & Mortal Heart

"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...

Dissonance 
(Dissonance, Book 1)
Author: Erica O'Rourke
Release Date: July 22, 2014
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Delancy Sullivan has always known there's more to reality than what people see. Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world branches off from the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of right, sneaking out instead of staying in bed ~ all of these choices create an alternate universe in which an echo self takes the road not travelled and makes the opposite decision. As a Walker, someone who can navigate between these worlds, Del's job is to keep all of the dimensions in harmony.

Normally, Del can hear the dissonant frequency that each world emits as clear as a bell. But when a training session in an off-key world goes horribly wrong, she is forbidden from Walking be the Council. But Del's not big on following the rules and she secretly starts to investigate these other worlds. Something strange is connecting them and it's not just her random encounters with echo versions of the guy she likes, Simon Lane.

But Del's decisions have unimaginable consequences and, as she begins to fall for the Echo Simons in each world, she draws closer to a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide ~ a secret that threatens the fate of the entire multiverse. (Summary from Goodreads)

Oh my! Doesn't this sound so cool? I own the movie Sliding Doors because I love the concept of alternate worlds where our alternate choices play out, so I'm down for this story.


Author: Robin LaFevers
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered int he rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn't mean she has.

But across Brittany, the tides of war are drawing ever nearer, with France pressuring the beleaguered duchess from all sides. Annith's search for answers threatens to rip open an intricate web of lies and deceit that sit at the heart of the convent she serves. Yet to expose them threatens the very fabric of her existence and risks an unforeseen chance at love, one that she can no longer deny. Annith must carefully pick a path and, gods willing, effect a miracle that will see her country--and her heart--to safety. (Summary from Goodreads)

I don't know if I can even explain how AMAZING this series is! W-O-W! The girl power is amazing along with the intrigue and adventure...there's just so much. How does she keep track of all of these characters!? So far I've loved each book's main character, and I cannot wait to get to know another one. Robin's writing is just off the charts!
Check out my reviews of:
Book 1: Grave Mercy
Book 2: Dark Triumph 

What are you waiting on this week?