Monday, September 29, 2014

Famous Last Words by Katie Alender

Famous Last Words
Author: Katie Alender
Publisher: Point

Publication Date: September 30, 2014
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Review:
Willa’s life is changing rapidly. Her father passed away and her mother has moved on with a Hollywood producer. Willa is uprooted from her comfortable life on the East Coast and moved to the California movie capital which also happens to be the set of a string of murders.

I really liked the concept of this story. A murderer is targeting young actresses and posing their bodies to recreate famous movie deaths. The problem was Willa was new to town so there were really only three people that could possibly be the killer and I instantly knew who it was. My favorite part about thriller’s and murder mysteries is riddling out who the killer could be so my enjoyment of Famous Last Words was lessened by this.

Despite knowing who the killer was I kept reading because I liked the characters and the creepy things occurring around Willa. Willa had visions of the murders were she was in the shoes of the victim and she kept witnessing strange things, like bloody words on the walls at her new house in the Hollywood Hills. Is it a ghost? Is Willa going crazy? You’ll have to read to find out!

I also liked Willa’s first friend in Hollywood, Marnie. I liked her because we all know a Marnie, a girl who stretches the truth so far it becomes a lie, or lies because it is more interesting then telling the truth. I didn’t like her because she is a good person but because she is one of the most true to life characters I’ve ever read.

Overall, Famous Last Words was a fun read. Despite figuring out the mystery early I still enjoyed reading about Willa’s new life in Hollywood and the eerie things occurring around her. I would recommend this if you enjoyed The Secret Life of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer or want a light mystery.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Stacking The Shelves 118


Week In Review
Review: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
Top 10 Books On My Fall To Be Read List
Review: Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton
Falling For Autumn Read-A-Thon & Giveaway
Review: Winterkill by Kate A. Boorman
Half Wild by Sally Green First Chapter Reveal

New on the Shelf
'Til The World Ends by Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre & Karen Duvall
Dark Skye by Kresley Cole (Library)
And the Violins Stopped Playing by Alexander Ramati (Library)


Netgalley
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Half Wild by Sally Green First Chapter Reveal

Half Wild (Half Life #2)
Author: Sally Green
Publisher: Penguin
Expected Publication: March 24, 2015
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Synopsis:
After finally meeting his elusive father, Marcus, and receiving the three gifts that confirm him as a full adult witch, Nathan is still on the run. He needs to find his friend Gabriel and rescue Annalise, now a prisoner of the powerful Black witch Mercury. Most of all he needs to learn how to control his Gift – a strange, wild new power that threatens to overwhelm him.
Meanwhile, Soul O’Brien has seized control of the Council of White Witches and is expanding his war against Black witches into Europe. In response, an unprecedented alliance has formed between Black and White witches determined to resist him. Drawn into the rebellion by the enigmatic Black witch Van Dal, Nathan finds himself fighting alongside both old friends and old enemies. But can all the rebels be trusted, or is Nathan walking into a trap?

To keep fans satisfied while they wait for the publication of Half Wild next March, Penguin also announce an exciting new short story by Green. Half Lies is due for release across all digital book platforms on 13 November. Set in the months before Half Bad, Half Lies takes the form of a diary written by Michele, the sister of Gabriel, Nathan’s Black witch friend. Having fled Europe for Florida, Michele falls in love with a local White witch boy. There, she finds that the divide between the Black and White witch communities is just as dangerous as it was in the life she's left behind.

Half Wild Chapter 1

You’ll feel my heavy spirit chill your chest, And climb your throat on sobs, Wild with all Regrets, Wilfred Owen

a new day

a crossbill calls

another bird replies, not a crossbill

the first bird takes over again

and again

the crossbill-

shit, it’s morning

i’ve been asleep

it’s morning, very early

shit, shit, shit

don’t panic

need to wake up need to wake up

can’t believe i’ve been asl-

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SHIT!

the noise is here. HERE!

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that level of noise means, oh shit, someone with a mobile is close. very close. shit, i can’t believe i’ve been asleep with Hunters on my tail. and her. the fast one. she was close last night.

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THINK! THINK!

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it’s a mobile phone, for sure it’s a mobile phone. the noise is in my head, not in my ears, it’s to the upper right side, inside, constant, like an electrical interference, pure hiss, mobile hiss, loud, three or four meters away loud. SHIT! THINK! THINK!

chchchchchchchhch chchcchhhhhchchchhc hcchchchh hchchchhchchchcchc hhcchchchc hhchchchhcchchc hchchchhchch chchchhchc hchchhchhhc hchchchc cchchchch

ok right, lots of people have mobiles. if it’s a Hunter, that Hunter, and she could see me, i’d be dead by now.

i’m not dead

she can’t see me

chchchchchc hchhchchchcchhhh hchchchhchcc hchchhhchchch hchchch cchchhcch chchchhchchchh cchchchchc hchhchchch chchhchchchchh chhhchchchchccchchc hch

the noise isn’t getting louder. she’s not moving closer. but she’s not moving away either.

am i hidden?

i’m lying on my side, face pressed into the ground. totally still. can’t see anything but earth.

got to move a little.

but not yet. think first. stay calm and work it out.

there’s no breeze, no sun, just a lightness. it’s early. the sun has to be behind the mountain still. there’s the smell of earth, the pine of the forest. the ground is cool, dry, no dew. there’s the smell of the forest and . . . there’s another smell.

what is that smell?

and there’s a taste.

a bad taste. it tastes like . . . oh no-

don’t think about it

don’t think about it

don’t think about it

don’t think about it

think about something else

think about where you are

You’re lying on the ground, in the early morning and the air is cool. You’re cold. You’re cold because . . . oh shit, oh shit . . . you’re naked. You’re naked and the top half of you is wet. Your chest, your arms . . . your face are wet.
And you move the fingers of your left hand, the tiniest of movements, and they’re sticky. Sticking together. As if with drying, sugary juice. But it’s not juice.

don’t think about it

don’t think about it don’t think about it don’t think about it don’t think about it

DoN’t THiNk aBOUT IT

THINK ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE

THINK ABOUT STAYING ALIVE

You’ve got to move. The Hunters are close on your tail. That fast one was close. She was very close last night.

what happened last night?

what happened?

remember!

NO.

FORGET THAT. THINK ABOUT STAYING ALIVE

WORK OUT WHAT TO DO

You can look, move your head a fraction to see more. The ground by your face is thick with pine-needles. Brown pine-needles. But the brown isn’t from the pine, it’s the colour of dried blood. You’re left arm is extended. It’s streaked in it, dried, brown. But your hand isn’t streaked in it, it’s thick with it. Sopping. Red

close your eyes

close your eyes

close your eyes

chchchchchchchhc hchchcchhhhhch chchhchcc hchchhhchc hchhchchchcchchhcch cchchchhc hchchhcchchchch chchhchchchchchh chchchchhchh hchc hchch ccchch chchchh chchchchhchchc hhchchchchhc hchchhchhch chchchchch chchchh chhhch chccchchch chhchchc hhhchhchchch

You need to go. Without thinking or looking or remembering. You need to go. For you’re own safety you have to get out of here. You need to get moving. Get away from here. You can find a stream and wash. Wash it all off.

The mobile phone is close, not changing. It won’t be coming closer.

You should look, check. Turn your head to the other side. You can do it. Look, check. . .

it looks like a log

Please be a log. Please be a log. Please be a log.

Please.

it’s not a log.

it’s a shape in black and red, with black boots and with two legs; one straight, one bent. legs dressed in black. black material covering the torso. light-brown hair. her hair. cut short. sopping with blood. her face is turned away.

she’s lying as still as a log

still wet

still oozing

not fast any more

the mobile phone is hers

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and as you raise your head you see the wound that is her throat
and it is jagged and bloody and deep and

red
About The Author 
Sally Green lives in north-west England. She has had various jobs and even a profession, but in 2010 she discovered a love of writing and now just can’t stop. She used to keep chickens, makes decent jam, doesn't mind ironing, loves to walk in Wales even when it's raining, and will probably never jog again. She really ought to drink less coffee. Half Bad is her first novel. Follow her @Sa11eGreen

Friday, September 26, 2014

Winterkill by Kate A. Boorman

Winterkill
Author: Kate A. Boorman
Publisher: Abrams
Publication Date: September 9, 2014
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Review:
Emmeline lives in a completely isolated settlement. She is a bold and independent heroine in a village that likes conformity and a strict following of the rules. I liked that she was willing to dig deeper in to the mysteries of the village when everyone was telling her not to. It was really Emmaline that made me enjoy the story and kept me reading.

The love interests in Winterkill also kept me reading. I didn’t trust either of them. Kane was caring, flirty, and just a little mysterious. The reader is never really given a reason to distrust him but something about him never felt right to me. The love interest was village leader Gabriel who took a sudden interest in Emmaline when she turned sixteen. Because I didn’t trust either character I wasn’t invested in the romance and by the end it was obvious who Emmaline preferred, and for good reason!

Winterkill was equal parts M. Night Shaymalan’s The Village and Arclight by Josin McQuein. Winterkill though did make a valiant effort to set itself apart and I enjoyed discovering more about the settlement and its secrets. I would have enjoyed Winterkill more though had it not felt so similar to other stories.

Overall, Winterkill was an engaging novel that kept me guessing, but it also left me with a lot of questions. Questions that were never really answered. At the time I’m writing this review there may be a sequel but it hasn’t been announced. I seriously hope there is a sequel though because even with Winterkills faults I thoroughly enjoyed this novel!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Falling For Autumn Read-A-Thon + Giveaway


Hello and welcome to the Falling For Autumn Read-A-Thon {Cover Love Challenge}!

This challenge is super simple just show me the cover of one or more books released during the fall that you love! You can leave the link in the comments and don't forget to tweet or facebook the the challenge using the hashtag #FallingForAutumnReadAThon.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Adrenaline Crush
Author: Laurie Boyle Crompton
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: September 23, 2014
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Review:
Dyna is an adrenaline junkie, whether it is biking on a remote trail, rock climbing, or jumping in to quarries Dyna is down for it. That is until she shatters her ankle and has to decide if her daredevil lifestyle is really for her or if she needs to start playing it safe.

I love reading books where the main character is totally different than me but I can still relate to their story. Dyna was one of those characters. She is an adrenaline junkie who loves doing stuff outdoors. I like to read books and avoid outside if at all possible. It was fun and interesting to read about how much she missed climbing rocks, it actually made me want to get out and climb some boulders (until I realized it’s hot outside and I’m not a big fan of heights =P)!

The romance in Adrenaline Crush was a focal point of the story and it was a triangle. This triangle didn’t bother me though because you knew who Dyna was going to pick the entire time. Each boy represented a choice. Jay was everything that is safe and protective. He was there for Dyna’s accident and he wanted her to heal and stay safe. Then there was Pierce an Afghanistan War veteran who wanted Dyna to go back to her old life and be true to herself. I’ll give you one guess on who Dyna ends up choosing.

Overall, Adrenaline Crush was a quick and heartwarming story about doing what you love, being true to yourself, and pushing through tough stuff.


Read Adrenaline Crush While Listening To:

Soul Killing by The Tings Tings

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Top 10 Books On My Fall To Be Read List


My Fall to be read is a a mixture of both new releases and older books that I've been wanting to get to for a long time. Hopefully I will have time to read all of these wonderful books this autumn!

1 Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
2 Schizo by Nic Sheff
3 The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

4 Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
5 The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

6 Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre
7 For Darkness Shows The Stares by Diana Peterfreund
8 Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

9 Invisible by Dawn Metcalf
10 A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

I've already read Exquisite Captive so it isn't on my Fall TBR list but it is releasing on 10/7 and it SHOULD be on yours! 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Black Ice
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
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Review:
I began Black Ice wearily. Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series was a guilty pleasure of mine but Finale left something to be desired and I really debated even reading Black Ice. But I am glad that I did! Black Ice is completely different than Hush, Hush and took me on a twisty-turny story of survival.

Britt has been training for a backpacking trip through the Teton Mountain Range. After her boyfriend broke up with her Britt wants to prove to him, and to herself, that she can make this trip. But her plans get derailed and she ends up stranded in a snowstorm with her best friend. The girls have no choice but to seek refuge in a remote cabin, a cabin inhabited by two fugitives. Britt strikes a bargain with the men, she will lead them off the mountain and they won’t kill her.

This novel was a total thriller! I was instantly engaged by Becca’s writing, it was so easy to get sucked in to the story. I didn’t trust any of the characters and it was fun to riddle out their motives along with Britt.

Britt was an interesting main character. At times she was a bit immature, especially when it came to her ex, but this immaturity was a good foil to the perfect student, perfect daughter image Britt felt she had to portray.

My favorite thing about Black Ice though was the way the story continued evolving. At first it was a coming of age hiking story, then it was a story of escape, and finally it became a survival story where Britt was forced to battle the elements and her captors.

Overall, Black Ice was a thrilling psychological story of survival. I was constantly questioning characters motivations and if Britt was going to make it out alive. This is definitely a book to read curled up with a blanket on a snowy day.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Firebug by Lish McBride

Firebug 
Author: Lish McBride
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Publication Date: September 23, 2014
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Review:
Ava is a Firebug which comes with its perks. She can set fires with her mind, keep things burning, and be all around badass. It also comes with its downsides though. Ava has to have her house enchanted to be fireproof, wear pants with special pockets, and she has to work for the Coterie, the magical mafia.

The world building in Firebug was well thought out. You could tell that McBride had spent time constructing the setting and characters. The problem was everything was new to the reader and was packed in to the first 100 pages of the novel. It made the beginning feel very slow and I wished there hadn’t been so many flashbacks. I cared about Ava’s life pre-Coterie but not as much as I cared about what was going on in her present life.

Despite the slow beginning I found myself liking Ava. Ava was a fiery character (pun completely intended) I liked her snappy, independent attitude and the fact that she was always willing to stand up for herself. Despite being basically enslaved to the magical mafia she did small acts of defiance and was willing to go toe to toe with Venus, the mob boss. At times though Ava did make dumb decisions or she didn’t pick up on basic social clues and that kind of bothered me.

The best part about Firebug was the secondary characters. I adored Lock and Ezra, Ava’s mafia killing team/best friends. Lock is half-dyrad so he can do…well…tree-stuff and Ezra is a were-fox. I know this isn’t my usual cup of tea but these two characters sucked me in! Ezra especially was a scene stealer he was a bit of a player, a snappy dresser, and he was always good for a funny zinger. It was Ezra and Lock that kept me turning pages and it will be because of Ezra and Lock that I will read the sequel.

Overall, Firebug was a fun, funny, and interesting novel. It was definitely unlike anything else I’ve read in recent memory. I was drawn in to the world that McBride created. I have the first novel in her Necromancer series, Hold Me Closer Necromancer, and I can’t wait to start reading!