Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas Release Day Blitz & Giveaway


I am so excited that QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful series by Sarah J. Maas, be sure to check out all the details below. 

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a set of the first 3 books in the series (in paperback format). US only. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


QUEEN OF SHADOWS
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Pub. Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 656

Synopsis:
Sarah J. Maas's New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . .
She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.
Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Read Chapters 1-5 of QUEEN OF SHADOWS HERE!


About the Author

Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series–Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade–as well as the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses. She wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in twenty-three languages. Queen of Shadows, the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series, will release worldwide on September 1st, 2015.

A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.


Giveaway
1 winner will receive the first 3 books (in paperback) in the THRONE OF GLASS Series. US Only. Ends on September 11th at Midnight EST!

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Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge- September Review Link-Up


Welcome to the September Review Link Up for the 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge. Before linking your reviews make sure you are signed up for the challenge here.
  • When submitting a review please do it in this format: Title of Reviewed Book (Name of Blog). Author names are not necessary. 
  • This link up will be open until September 30th
  • If you have and questions feel free to ask in the comments, email Emisbookblog@aol.com, or tweet me @FallingForYA
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Monday, August 31, 2015

The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy

The Creeping
Author: Alexandra Sirowy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: August 18, 2015
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Review:
The Creeping was one of my most highly anticipated reads of the summer. I love contemporary stories that straddle the line between contemporary and supernatural. I like not knowing if the villain in the story is something that can be seen or if it is just the dark parts of the human soul. The Creeping tried to do this but ended up falling short.

One of the reasons this book came up short was because I had hard time with the characters. Stella and her friends read as very immature in the beginning. I was happy to see that Stella grew and changed as the book progressed but none of the other characters did. I also couldn’t stand the overuse of slang. The dialogue felt out of place and more like a gimmick then what actual people would say.

I did enjoy the mystery of The Creeping though. When Stella was a child she and her friend Jeanie were taken from their front yard but only Stella returned. I loved that this novel investigated the town’s history, sources of their fear, and eventually led to a satisfying conclusion. It was too bad that the last 10% of this book really should have been the most exciting part but it just wasn’t. It all felt too tightly wrapped up.

The relationship between Stella and Sam was another aspect of this story that I enjoyed. They were childhood best friends and I liked how great Sam treated Stella. Even when she didn’t deserve it he was a great person. I also liked how Stella’s relationship with her best friend Zoey changed throughout this novel. There aren’t a lot of books that show the dynamics of a friendship as good as this one does.

Overall, there were parts of The Creeping that I really enjoyed and there were other parts that dragged. This novel could have been a lot shorter and a lot creepier. I have a feeling though that this will come with time and Alexandra Sirowy’s next novel will be even better!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty

Lock & Mori
Author: Heather W. Petty
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: September 15, 2015
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Review:
The instant I was approved for Lock & Mori on Edelweiss I dropped everything I was reading and started it. Would you like to know why? It’s because I’m a sucker. I have read all of the original Sherlock Holmes stories and so a modern day YA retelling had my name written all over it. Unfortunately, I need to stop doing that because my expectations are always so high and I end up finishing Sherlock retellings feeling underwhelmed.

Lock and Mori follows James “Mori” Moriarty and Sherlock “Lock” Holmes, both are brilliant high school students that inhabit different worlds, until a murder brings them together. The two teens band together to solve the crime and to mend the broken parts of their own lives.

I expected this novel to follow the original series more. I noticed almost immediately that Lock and Mori are NOT Sherlock and Moriarty. They don't feel, or act, like the real Sherlock or Moriarty. They are two completely different characters who happen to solve crimes and share names with famous characters. There also was almost no rivalry between Lock and Mori. Instead of an epic rivalry the two characters begin having feelings for each other.

The romance in Lock and Mori was a little weird. I wanted the two characters to get together but when it finally happened it felt like things were moving too quickly. It also didn’t help that Mori was a rather detached character. Although she was the narrator I never really felt like I got to know her.

Overall, I think if Lock and Mori had had different names I would have enjoyed this novel more. The mystery was interesting but it was basic and I wanted to be wowed. Still, I plan on picking up the sequel because 1. I’m a sucker and 2. I’m curious about what happens next.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

10 Books that would be on my Syllabus if I taught (fun to read) Classics 101


Over the past couple years I have been making a point to read more classics. I love YA but sometimes I need a break and I want to read something that has stood the test of time and lived long enough to be deemed a classic. I loved the idea of this weeks top 10 Tuesday post so without further ado I give you my syllabus for (fun to read) Classics 101!

1 The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
2 Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
3 Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

4 To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
5 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

6 The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
7 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
8 The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

9 Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
10 Animal Farm by George Orwell

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Into The Dark by Caroline T. Patti Release Day Bitz + Giveaway

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Happy Release Day to
Into the Dark by Caroline T. Patti!!
Join us in celebrating this release from Month9Books!

Happy Book Birthday, Caroline!

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A girl’s sweet sixteen party is supposed to be among the most memorable events of her life. But on the night of hers, Mercy Clare wakes in the waiting room of a hospital with no memory of how she got there. To make matters worse, she’s wearing something she’d never be caught dead in: her best friend Lyla’s clothes.
Mercy’s nightmare is just beginning. The doctor arrives to tell her that it’s she who lies in the hospital bed waiting to die. A trip to the bathroom confirms Mercy’s fears, as Lyla’s face stares back at her and Lyla’s curvy figure pokes through her tight clothes.
But finding out what’s really going on won’t be easy. Because if Mercy wants her body back, it might just cost her Lyla’s life.
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Not only am I in another body, I’m in someone else’s dead body. I can see it in the broken blood vessels around the eyeballs, the chalky blue of the lips.
It makes sense now, my attacker’s reaction. He thought she came back from the dead. She did—in a way.
This is bad. This is very, very bad.
“You’re prettier than she is,” Nathaniel says from behind me.
My eyes catch his reflection in the mirror. I flinch and spin around to face him.
I scream at him. “I’m in a dead body!”
“And whose fault is that?” He gives me a stern look.

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Caroline-Patti-225x300Caroline T Patti is the author of The World Spins Madly On and Too Late To Apologize. When she’s not writing, she’s a school librarian, mother of two, wife, avid reader and Green Bay Packer fan. You can chat with her on Twitter:@carepatti or find her onFacebook.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

The Stars Never Rise
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: June 9, 2015
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Review:
A few years ago I think I would have enjoyed The Stars Never Rise. I would have been happy with the world building, I would have been able to ignore the poorly formed love interest. I would have been able to just go along for the ride. The problem is it’s 2015 and, as a reader, I am demanding more from the books I read. I don’t want to sacrifice character development for world building. I don’t want half assed love interests. I want more and The Stars Never Rise fails to deliver.

Let me take a moment and break down the plot of this book. There was and end of the world style event and demons started possessing people and those people, after being demons for a long time, turned in to zombies…yeah. Anyway, because of these zombies city safe zones formed and they are all led by a Catholic Church-esque religious organization. Are you following? Honestly, neither was I. I mean, I understood what was going on but so much of this book was spent trying to explain the slap together world building that there wasn’t room for anything else.

Like character development. Every character in this book felt one dimensional. The reader only gets to know them on a superficial level and I actually kept getting a few of the characters confused. There just simply wasn’t the space in this book to have characters and explain how everything was meant to fit together.

I might have been able to ignore the poor character development, especially of the supporting characters, if the budding relationship between Nina and Finn had been fleshed out. No such luck though. This romance was cringe-worthy. It was confusing, jumpy, and left me feeling kind of grossed out.

Overall, The Stars Never Rise failed to live up to my expectations. I didn’t like the plot and there wasn’t enough time spent developing the characters to make me to care about any of them. After this poor showing I have no plans to continue this series

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Top Ten Authors I've Read The Most Books From


I've arranged these authors in no particular order. I was going to list the books I've read by each but honestly it'd be easier to list the books I haven't read by these wonderful authors. Instead I've listed my favorite book by each. Hopefully some of my most read authors made it on your list this week!

1 Richelle Mead (Last Sacrifice)
2 Kresley Cole (Lothaire)
3 Maggie Stiefvater (The Dream Thieves)

4 Diana Wynne Jones (Howl's Moving Castle)
5 Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince)

6 JK Rowling (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)
7 Diane Duane (Deep Wizardry)
8 Jane Austen (Pride & Prejudice)

9 Sarah J Maas (Throne of Glass)
10 Sarah Rees Brennan (Unspoken)