Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #213 - Burning Glass & Girl Last Seen

"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: Kathryn Purdie 
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books

Sonya was born with a rare gift to feel what those around her feel-both physically and emotionally-a gift she's kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left int he world who still trust her.

But Sonya's power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can't decipher when other people's impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust--and which to betray. (Summary from Goodreads)

Geez, this sounds like a crazy power to have...perhaps overwhelming. An intriguing story, I can't wait!

Author: Heather Anastasiu & Anne Greenwood Brown 
Release Date: March 1, 2016 
Published by: Aw Teen

Kadence Mulligan's star was rising. She and her best friend, Lauren DeSanto, watched their songs go viral on YOUTube, then she launched a solo career when a nasty throat infection paralyzed Lauren's vocal chords. Everyone knows Lauren and Kadence had a major falling-out over Kady's boyfriend. But Lauren knows how deceptive Kadence could be sometimes, And nobody believes Lauren when she claims she had nothing to do with the disappearance. Or the blood evidence. As the town and local media condemns Lauren, she realizes the only way to clear her name is to discover the truth herself. Lauren slowly unravels the twisted life of Kadence Mulligan and sees that there was more to her than she ever knew. But will she realize she's unknowingly playing a part in an elaborate game to cover up a crime before it's too late? (Summary from Goodreads)

I love these two authors, and now they've teamed up to tell a story together=AWESOME! I'm in! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Review: Burning Midnight

Burning Midnight 
Author: Will McIntosh
Release date: February 9, 2016
Published by: Delacorte Press
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When Sully meets Hunter things really get interesting...Sully is a sphere seller and Hunter is a sphere hunter. No one knows where the spheres come from, and they literally appeared one day. If you burn a matched pair you get enhancements of some type for the rest of your life. When these 2 characters become a team and begin finding rare spheres, their entire world changes and we are taken on a journey full of adventure with them.

My thoughts: This was an interesting one. I can certainly say that I have never read a book like this one. Adventure is certainly something I'm into and so is the "Scooby gang" they end up creating while hunting...BUT the magical spheres that give you enhancements? Nope.

1st let's get the 3 rating out of the way: the biggest reason I was frustrated with this book was that McIntosh called what people do with the spheres "burning" them. That is absolutely NOT what you do with them. Burning involves fire usually (not always) but that's not what happens. You absorb them. People would literally hold a matching pair up to each temple at the same time and the spheres would lose their color because the person who did has now absorbed their power into themselves. The spheres even drain to a gray color afterwards! Throughout the entire book I had a terrible time with this. I'm sure that it's me who has the issue and many others will not, BUT why wasn't this fixed during an edit? Oh well.

The rest of the book? It was fun. It was full of adventurous journeys and hunts while also having plenty of drama from the character's crappy lives. Some of their lives, like Hunter, were much more sad then others. I don't want to give away the main drama, but I will say that now that I've read the whole book the cover makes MUCH more sense to me. I know I'm teasing, but you'll see! 

As for that big drama, I wasn't surprised in any way by it because it seems like it's foreshadowed throughout the being of the novel but it still makes for some serious, serious drama until the finish of the book! I felt like the last half or quarter of the book had me holding my breath the whole time and that I let out a big breath when I finished. That is what made it a fun and adventurous read of course! 

You'll have to try this one out and tell me what you think of it! I can't wait to hear what you think! 

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #212 - The Forbidden Wish & Into the Dim

"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: Jessica Khoury 
Release Date: February 23, 2016 
Published by: Razorbill 

When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in in hundreds of years--a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shapeshifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity--only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart? (Summary from Goodreads)

To get the story from the girl trapped inside the lamp makes this a top pick for me. I'm in.

Author: Janet Taylor 
Release Date: March 1, 2016 
Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers 

When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission...or the key to Hope's undoing. (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds like a great twist on the time traveling books I've read. I like that this is another historical time traveling too instead of contemporary. 

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #211 - Kill the Boy & Study In Charlotte

"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: Goldy Moldavsky 
Release Date: February 23, 2016 
Published by: Point 

Okay, so just know from the start that it wasn't supposed to go like this. All we wanted was to get near The Ruperts, our favorite boy band.

We didn't mean to kidnap one of the guys. It kind of, sort of happened that way. But now he's tied up in out hotel room. And the worst part of all, it's Rupert P. All four members of The Ruperts might have the same first name, but they couldn't be more different. And Rupert P. is the biggest flop out of the whole group.

We didn't mean to hold hostage a member of The Ruperts, I swear. At least, I didn't. We are fans. Okay, superfans who spend all of our free time tweeting about the boys and updating our fan tumblrs. But so what, that's what you do when you love a group so much it hurts.

How did it get this far? Who knows. I mean midterms are coming up. I really do not have time to go to hell. (Summary from Goodreads)

I am weirdly curious about this book. It sounds super strange but sometimes those can be golden. We'll have to see. :)

A Study in Charlotte
(Charlotte Holmes, Book 1)
Author: Brittany Cavallaro 
Release Date: March 1, 2016 
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books

The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson-writer and great-great-grandson of the John Watson-wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that's not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective's enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who's inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as he can remember-but from the moment they meet, there's a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.

Then a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Holmes stories, and Jamie and Charlotte become the prime suspects. Convinced they're being framed, they must race against the police to conduct their own investigation. As danger mounts, it becomes clear that nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other. (Summary from Goodreads)

I'M IN! This sounds great and I love a good Holmes and Watson twist! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Review: These Vicious Masks

These Vicious Masks 
Author: Tarun Shanker
Series: These Vicious Masks, Book 1 
Release date: February 9, 2016 
Published by; Swoon Reads 
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Evelyn is aggressively against anything that has to do with dancing, balls or husband hunting. Of course that's the opposite of what most every other young lady of her stature spends every waking moment doing. When Ev's sister Rose disappears one night everything begins to change, but is it for the better? Or worse?

My thoughts: Evelyn is a great character who was fun to read about. I liked many bits of this novel, and was only annoyed by the fact that it was rather predictable in plot. Did I guess everything? No. Plus, the setting was extremely fun!

England, 1882, upper class young ladies and men looking for the "right one" to commit themselves to was very Pride and Prejudice, but adding in a kidnapping and the discovery of people with special abilities = fun and adventure abound. Then there are the parents who are the worst helicopter parents ever! Wow! 

Evelyn and her family are really something. She is the sassiest young lady while her sister Rose is the sweetest and kindest there ever was...the only real issue that anyone seems to have with them? They are both aspiring nurses. Of course, ladies of their socioeconomic status DO NOT work. Ever. Being a fly on the wall as Evelyn and her sister are torn to pieces verbally time after time for things that young ladies today strive for their entire lives was so hard to endure.

Then there are the gentlemen: the charming Nicholas Kent and the gothically brooding Sebastian Braddock. Of course I'm not going to tell you which one is the one that either young lady is most interested in. ;) I wish there had been a bit more romance, but oh well. I suppose there's always hope for the sequel. 

Another thing that was done really well were the bad guys...there was a mother who was unbelievably evil. Wow! She was written so well that I wanted to climb into the book and destroy her with my bare hands!! 

Final thoughts: I loved the abilities + the setting = fantastic. For book 2 I'm hoping for more, more, more! 

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #210 - Shadow Queen & Blackhearts

"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: C. J. Redwine 
Release Date: February 16, 2016 
Published by: Balzer + Bray 

Lorelai Diedrich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common--magic. She'll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol's father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic--and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman...and bring her Lorelai's heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected--beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable--and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman--who she like far more than she should--Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn't going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose. (Summary from Goodreads)

I love stories with magic and this sounds like an intriguing story with a strong female lead and villain.

Author: Nicole Castroman 
Release Date: February 9, 2016 
Published by: Simon Pulse 

Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him--until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward "Teach" Drummond, son of one of Bristol's richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn't love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he'd begun to call home. There's only one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents' deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she's barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curacao--where her mother was born--when she's stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they're trapped by society and their own circumstances. Face with an impossible choice, they must decided to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay. (Summary from Goodreads)

AMAZING! That's what this sounds like! I cannot wait to get my hands on this one! Has anyone read it yet? 

What are you waiting on this week?

Review: Rebel of the Sands

Rebel of the Sands 
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of the Sands, Book 1
Release date: March 8, 2016
Published by: Penguin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amani has two choices at this point, marry her uncle or be killed in countless possible ways. In her town tiny town on the outer edge, Dustwalk, she has zero options when it comes to her future. Her town does have one thing going for it though, it has a mine which makes guns for the army. Amani is the best shot around and hoping to use that skill to get herself out of her life (disguised as a guy of course), but when she and Jin end up on the run from the Sultan's army everything begins to change...

My thoughts: This was a fantastic adventure filled with sand, magic and great characters. I was interested in this book since I first read about it, but when I won a copy from Goodreads I was beyond thrilled! I literally read it in 24 hours! (It was my reward for finishing a crappy book club book!) 

I was thrilled to be reading a story with a strong female main character even though Amani lives in a culture where women have no power at all. I don't know that I have read a western in a long time and this would certainly fit as both a western and a desert story which also has the bonus of MAGIC! Yes, you heard me...there are both "people" with magical abilities AND magical creatures in this book! 

The world and culture that Amani lives in is a cruel one that I'm sure many in our world can sympathize with, and even though I have certainly not had to deal with any of these issues myself I still was able to fall right into this new world and embrace it as if I was shadowing Amani the whole way. I thought that she was written so well in her attitude and life she had to lead, but that she didn't agree with or bow to. The fact that she was one of the best shots even though that was a very male skill just showed you how much she didn't fit in where she was in life and that she was going to do great I never would have guessed she was going to do THAT great of thing specifically! You know what I mean if you've read the book = Wow! 

Jin was also a character that I instantly liked and was interested in learning more about. His story ends up being one that I thought I knew but really didn't which was fun for me since I hate it when I can completely guess a storyline. I especially like how he treated Amani as more of an equal who could hold her own from the very beginning instead of a piece of property to hide from the world or dominate completely. 

I don't want to give too much away about the storyline, so I'll just say that there were some great twists throughout the book that had me reading as fast as I could. I can see where some things might be going in the future but would never think I'd know for sure after reading this adventure. 

In the end, I am not only waiting on the edge of my seat for the next book, but also thrilled that this book was everything I had hoped for!! Well done Hamilton! I can't to read more from you. 

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