Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #166 - The Walls Around Us & The Wondrous and the Wicked

"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: Nova Ren Suma 
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Published by: Algonquin Young Readers 

"Ori's dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She's dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me."

The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices--one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there's Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls' juvenile detention center, there's Amber, locked up for so long she can't imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls' darkest mysteries.

We hear Amber's story and Violet's, and through them Orianna's, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture--which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see. (Summary from Goodreads)

Holy crapoly! This sounds amazing. I'm in! 

Author: Page Morgan
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Published by: Delacorte Press

The Waverly sisters must save themselves before all is lost.

Since the Waverlys arrived in Paris, the streets have grown more fearsome by the day. As Ingrid learns to master her lectrux gift, she must watch Axia's power grow strong enough to extend beyond her Underneath hive. By all indications, the fallen angel's Harvest is near-and the timing couldn't be worse.

Targeted by vengeful gargoyles, Gabby as been exiled to London for her own protection. Meanwhile, the gargoyle castes are in disarray, divided between those who want Luc to lead them and those who resent him and his fondness for humans. The Alliance is crumbling from the inside as well, its members turning against one another, and possibly against the Waverlys, too.

Axia has promised that the world will burn. And now, unable to trust the Alliance, seperated from Luc, Gabby, and her twin, Grayson, Ingrid is left to face the demon uprising alone. (Summary from Goodreads)

I have absolutely ADORED this series and cannot wait to read what happens in the conclusion of this fantastically trilling trilogy.

Check out my review of:
Book 1 - The Beautiful and the Cursed
Book 2 - The Lovely and the Lost 

What are you waiting on this week?

Top 10 Tuesday: the last books added to my TBR list...

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

Last 10 Books added to my gigantic TBR list...

1. Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones

2. Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, & Deborah Biancotti

3. The Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason

4. Six Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo 

5. And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard 

6. Gone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards 

7. Some Boys by Patty Blount 

8. Tangled Webs by Lee Bross 

9. The Six by Mark Alpert

10. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

What's on your Top 10 this week?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #163 - This Is Shyness & Lies I Told

"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: Leanne Hall
Release Date: March 17, 2015
Published by: Text

A captivating novel told from the points of view of two unforgettable characters. In the suburb of Shyness, the sun doesn't rise. Wolfboy meets a stranger called Wildgirl, who dares him to be her guide through the endless night. There are things that can only be said in the dark. THIS IS SHYNESS was shortlisted for a number of major Australian literary awards and named a Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Book. (Summary from Goodreads)

I'm intrigued by this brief description. It sounds like it might be a unique and charming story.

Author: Michelle Zink
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Published by: HarperTeen

What if, after spending a lifetime deceiving everyone around you, you discovered the biggest lies were the ones you've told yourself?

Grace Fontaine has everything: beauty, money, confidence, and the perfect family.

But it's all a lie.

Grace has been adopted into a family of thieves who con affluent people out of money, jewelry, art, and anything else of value. Grace has never had any difficulty pulling off a job, but when things start to go wrong on the Fontaines' biggest heist yet, Grace finds herself breaking more and more of the rules designed to keep her from getting caught...including the most important of all: never fall fro your mark. (Summary from Goodreads)

At the bottom it says, "Perfect for fans of Ally Carter...and Gail Carriger..." along with the above summary and I am thinking "I'M IN!!!" WOW! Plus, that cover is fantastic! AND, it's by Zink who wrote THIS WICKED GAME which I thought was great! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #162 - Liars, Inc. & The Girl at Midnight

"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: Paula Stokes
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Published by: HarperTeen

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help pf his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn't think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up--terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston's body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn't commit? (Summary from Goodreads)

I don't read a ton of mysteries but this one sounds like a good one for my first mystery of 2015. :)

Author: Melissa Grey
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Published by: Delacorte Press

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act.

Legend has it that their is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, bit if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants...and how to take it.

But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire. (Summary from Goodreads)

WHOA!!! THIS. SOUNDS. AMAZING! This was the one ARC I did not get at ALAMW15. I was SO bummed. I didn't even SEE it there! :( But then I just got it on NetGalley this week. Yay! I cannot wait to give it a try.

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, March 2, 2015

Review: The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

The Clockwork Scarab 
Author: Colleen Gleason
Series: Stoker & Holmes, Book 1
Release date: September 17, 2013
Published by: Chronicle Books
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Evaline Stoker + Mina Holmes + a mission from "Her Royal Highness, the Princess of Wales" which is facilitated by Irene Adler = ADVENTURE! Young women are going missing, socialites, and these two are bound and determined to save them no matter the cost to themselves or to their reputations.

My thoughts: This was fun, fun, fun! A great escape from what I've been reading lately. Plus, it had STEAMPUNK elements in it as well. Woot! Woot! I'm in love with that whenever I find it. There was also time travel which was an interesting twist of events I didn't think I was going to be ok with in the plot, but I kept going and it worked out just fine.

What was most fun in my opinion was that the chapters were in alternating voices of Mina and Evaline who are very different young ladies. If you are looking for a main character to connect with, you get two chances in this story. Evaline is part of high society, but not a fan of it always hoping to avoid it somehow. Mina is a thinker and a rather reclusive inventor who is a bit confused by social interactions. I loved her awkwardness!

Final thoughts: There were just SO MANY layers in this story to unravel that I never got bored with it! The perfect middle grade book for those into mysteries! Bring on book 2! I'm SO glad I grabbed it at ALAMW15!

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Review: Orphan Train by Christine Baker Kline

Orphan Train 
Author: Christina Baker Kline
Release date: April 2, 2013
Published by: William Morrow/HarperCollins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Molly Ayer has just months before she "ages out" of the system when she gets kicked out of her foster home. What is she going to do? Now she's become EXACTLY what her boyfriend's mom thinks she is. A loser. Vivian Daly has been living a quiet life in Maine until Molly walks into her life to work off her community service hours. As Molly and Vivian sift through the attic filled with Vivian's life they realize that maybe they are the only two people who can truly understand the loss and betrayals each has had to endure. Maybe, just maybe they can begin to heal each other...

My thoughts: We read this one a while ago for our book club, and it was good. I liked it. I knew about the orphan trains that had come to the Midwest because I've come across books here and there in the libraries when I've been working on the collections. What I didn't know was that it was a mostly unorganized, and "don't ask don't tell" type of operation once families took on a child. At least that's how the author portrays it here. The stories that she told were based on true stories, and I'm sure there was truth in the fiction she wrote. Of course, it was bad luck for the great depression to hit around that time as well but still a mostly unacceptable practice in the end leaving children mostly with people who you think do not check up on regularly. When you read about it, it's considered the beginning of the national foster care system which is an interesting way of looking at it I suppose. It makes sense I suppose, but boy did it need work! 

To have the dual stories of Molly and Vivian in there different times and in their dual brokenness was a good idea. Having Vivian flash back with their attic "cleaning out" sessions was a fascinating thing. The thing that kept it all from being great instead of good for me was that it was so incredibly predictable from the very first few chapters. I knew exactly what was going to happen, and it did. I detest that. Oh well.

Non-fiction element: At the end there's a section all about the actual Orphan Trains, which is excellent for those who want to learn more or for those who don't know much at all about them. Here's a link to learn a bit more if you are interested: 

Final thoughts: If you like historical fiction, or broken people then THIS is for you! Give it a try ASAP!

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