Saturday, June 30, 2012

Stacking The Shelves 16


So this week I went crazy at the Half-Price books again, but I figure because I have a job right now I'm actually stocking up for the Winter in South Dakota when I won't be able to get as many books!

Bought:
Fracture by Megan Miranda
Glimmerglass by Jenna Black
Tithe by Holly Black
A Touch Mortal by Lead Clifford
Illuminate by Aimee Agresti


From The Publisher:

Oceana by CC Lindh
Netgalley:
Mystic City by Theo Lawrence

Absolutely Shameless plug:


In case you missed my announcement I am the advocate for Alex from Delirium in YA-Sisterhoods Crush Tournament and to get you to vote for Alex on July 6th I am giving away signed Bookplates from Lauren Oliver right HERE

Friday, June 29, 2012

Team Alex



Team Alex!

I am so excited that I can finally announce to the world that I will be advocating for Alex from Delirium in the YA-Sisterhood's second annual YA Crush Tournament!

Because I have been ridiculously excited about advocating for this crush I have already made some buttons for all of your viewing pleasure! I would really appreciate it if you could post them on your blogs, facebook, twitter, heck anywhere and I will be happy =) I just want to get the word out about #TeamAlex

Lauren Oliver was kind enough to donate some signed Bookplates to help out Team Alex, you can enter in the rafflecopter below. This is an international giveaway!





If you would further like to help out Team Alex tweet the hashtag #TeamAlex and make sure to link the the voting on the Ya-Sisterhood's page! The Tournament Begins July 6th!





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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Waiting on Wednseday: Renegade


Renegade
Author: J.A. Souders
Publisher: Tor Teen
Expected Publication: November 13th, 2012


Synopsis:
Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.

But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie. Her memories have been altered. Her mind and body aren’t under her own control. And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.

Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb... and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.

My Thoughts:
A Utopian society that is really a Dystopian society?! A ticking time bomb that is your own mind! All of this is adding up to a novel that is right up my alley. I also just love love love the cover of this novel and am now eagerly anticipating the release date!

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

5/5 Stars
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: June 12th, 2012

Review:
I had to take a little bit to write this review so I that I didn’t just crazy gush about how much I loved this book. But I realized I’m going to do that anyway so why delay the inevitable!

The Golden Lily begins just where Bloodlines left off. Sydney is still posing as a High School student while helping to hide Moroi Princess, Jill, in Palm Springs. Eddie and Angeline are acting as guardians for Jill at school. And Adrian, Dimitri, and Sonya Karp are studying the effects of Sprit to determine why those who have been cured from being Strigoi are immune to the becoming a Strigoi later.

The Golden Lily follows all of these plot points as well as Sydney’s realization that humans can be crueler then any Moroi or Dhampir. It was great to see some of Sydney’s lifelong beliefs become challenged. It made me feel like she was not just a stagnate character with no personality. I was fearful of when I began this series that I would have trouble relating to Sydney. I should have known that Richelle Mead would write an amazingly rounded character that is smart, quirky, and despite lifelong reservations about certain things is willing to change.

Adrian, oh Adrian. I can not believe how much he has grown up! From the immature drunk bad-boy hottie we first met in Vampire Academy to this grown up college artist. Despite having this aloof attitude at times it’s obvious how much he cares about those in his life. (Well obvious to everyone but Sydney). Don’t worry though Adrian is still a bad-boy in The Golden Lily. I think he is just finally getting his priorities straightened out and getting over Rose. If possible I loved Adrian even more in this book. He was just so honest and vulnerable, a definite swoon-worthy male lead. It is no wonder he got the second highest number of votes in the YA-Sisterhood 2012 Summer Crush Tournament!

I also liked both Eddie and Angeline in this novel. Eddie is still crushing on Jill but he works so hard at being a guardian that he constantly puts her needs above his encouraging her relationship with a human even if it causes him pain. Angeline too in the beginning of the novel was still getting adjusted to life in Palm Springs and despite some initial struggles she begins to really take her job as guardian seriously and throws herself into training. I must admit, Angeline used to get on my nerves just because she acted so young but by the end of the novel I had really come to like her!

Overall, I absolutely adored this book if the gifs above didn’t demonstrate that already! I love Richelle’s style of writing it just instantly draws me in and makes me feel like I am right there experiencing everything along with the characters. I am now eagerly awaiting the third book in the Bloodlines series The Indigo Spell!!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Stacking The Shelves 15


Due to recent events or I guess not so recent at this point I have decided to switch from In My Mailbox to Stacking the Shelves posts. Because they are pretty much the same though I will be starting my Stacking The Shelves post at 15 where I left off on my IMM posts. Also I'm pretty proud of myself I made that button all by myself! 

I got my first paycheck for my summer job last week so this week I went kind of crazy with my Nook and at Half Price Books! 

Bought:


I got all of these loves from Half-Price Books:
Swoon by Nina Malkin
Possess by Gretchen McNeil
White Cat by Holly Black
Haunted by Jessica Verday (I accidently bought book 2 in this series because it was on sale for $3 so it looks like I will have to to acquire book 1 before beginning this!)

I bought all of these books for my Nook:
Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout
Easy by Tammara Webber
Shadowcry by Jenna Burtenshaw

ARC Tour:
Thanks Ezmirelda @ Parafantasy for allowing me to be a part of this ARC Tour!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Cover Reveal: The Weeping

The Weeping
Author: O'Dell Hutchison
Publisher: H, C, & B Publishing
Expected Paperback Publication: August 28th (ebook currently available in all formats for $2.99)



Synopsis:
Twenty years ago, Catherine Whitley was the victim of a horrible crime. Betrayed by her friends, including the boy she loved, she was left to die when the Rock Harbor Opera House caught fire, taking a disturbing secret with her to her grave.

Seventeen-year-old Heath Ingram was driving the night his Jeep careened off the road, killing three of his closest friends. Once a popular, outgoing athlete, Heath now suffers from severe depression and crippling anxiety. His parents decide to send him to stay with his uncle in Rock Harbor, Oregon for the summer, praying that by getting away he will be able to put this awful tragedy behind him.

When Heath starts working at the newly renovated Rock Harbor Opera House, he meets Molly, a young dancer who awakens in him a desire to start over and move on. But, when he begins having visions of a half-burned girl in a white dress, he starts to think he may be slipping even further over the edge.

As the apparent hauntings become more intense, Heath begins to fear for his safety. With the help of his friend Josie, Heath discovers an unsettling secret that ties the mysterious girl to both their families. When two of their friends die unexpectedly, Josie and Heath realize that something, or someone, is after the children of those who wronged Catherine, and they are next.


Check out my review of The Weeping Here

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: 52 Reasons to Hate My Father


52 Reasons To Hate My Father
Author: Jessica Brody
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Expected Publication: July 3, 2012

Synopsis:
Being America’s favorite heiress is a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.
\Lexington Larrabee has never had to work a day in her life. After all, she’s the heiress to the multi-billion-dollar Larrabee Media empire. And heiresses are not supposed to work. But then again, they’re not supposed to crash brand new Mercedes convertibles into convenience stores on Sunset Blvd either.

Which is why, on Lexi’s eighteen birthday, her ever-absent, tycoon father decides to take a more proactive approach to her wayward life. Every week for the next year, she will have to take on a different low-wage job if she ever wants to receive her beloved trust fund. But if there’s anything worse than working as a maid, a dishwasher, and a fast-food restaurant employee, it’s dealing with Luke, the arrogant, albeit moderately attractive, college intern her father has assigned to keep tabs on her.
In a hilarious “comedy of heiress” about family, forgiveness, good intentions, and best of all, second chances, Lexi learns that love can be unconditional, money can be immaterial, and, regardless of age, everyone needs a little saving. And although she might have 52 reasons to hate her father, she only needs one reason to love him.

My thoughts:
I feel like this novel is totally going to be my guilty pleasure! It reminds me of Paris Hilton's "The Simple Life" which was at one time my guilty pleasure TV show. Needless to say I'm super excited for this to be released ^^ I have plans to read this on my chaise lounge in the summer sun.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

In My Mailbox 14



Ok, so it has been a freakishly long time since I have done one of these so this is basically the books that I have received over the last few weeks.


BOUGHT:
This week my local Target store had signed copies of Rapture by Lauren Kate available on the release date so I was able to snag a copy, I'm very excited to finish this series!





 Then to further top off my week my sister, Bethany, went to the Richelle Mead, The Golden Lily, signing up in Seattle! I was really bummed I was unable to make the singing because I had to work but she was awesome enough to get Richelle to sign the book to me and she even got me a signed poster!! I know I really do have the best sister in the world and if you want you can follow her on tumblr or twitter ^-^
Bethany and Richelle!




NETGALLEY: 






Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

4/5 Stars
Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Flux


Review:

“You're like a song that I heard when I was a little kid but forgot I knew until I heard it again.” ― Maggie Stiefvater, Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception

Ok, as regular readers will know I have a pretty big author crush on Maggie Steifvater. I loved the Shiver series, ADORED The Scorpio Races, and have been eagerly awaiting The Raven Boys. In order to get my Maggie fix prior to The Raven Boys I decided to order Lament from Amazon and I was not disappointed!

Lament begins with Deirdre Monaghan getting ready for a school musical competition when suddenly a mysterious boy, Luke, arrives and the two perform a duet totally on the fly. From there Luke becomes kind of a staple in Deirdre’s life. The reason for Luke’s sudden appearance is because Deirdre is a cloverhand, a human with the power to control the fey.

I really love Steifvater’s way of bringing characters to life. I felt like as the novel progressed I knew exactly who Deirdre was and I understood the choices she made because they are ones that I too would have made had I been in the situation. I also liked that as Deirdre learned more about herself and what she is she grew as a character.

The romance between Luke and Deirdre didn’t feel forced and while it was kind of instant it was still very believable. I think Deirdre pushed the relationship along more then Luke too. It was good to see a strong young woman being in charge of her love life! And boy the ending between the two of them! It definitely made me eager to begin the next book.  

Prior to reading Julie Kagawa’s The Iron fey series I stayed away from anything fey related. In fact, I will go so far as to say that I ‘may’ have looked down on other YA readers who read books about fey. I now see the error of my ways and with Lament I have became a total fairy convert! The fey in this book were very traditional and in line with Celtic lore. I loved that they were spiteful, secretive, and not at all human. In short they were just perfect! One of my favorite Fey characters was Una, although she wasn’t a main character she stole every scene she was in and I hope that in the next book she plays a bigger role.

Overall, I really enjoyed Lament. It was a fresh take on the fey and I was engrossed from the first to last page. I can’t wait to begin the second book and see what Maggie has in store for us next! 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Enshadowed


Enshadowed
Author: Kelly Creagh
Publisher: Antheneum
Expected Publication: August 28th, 2012


The second book in a modern gothic romance trilogy channeling the dark brilliance of Edgar Allan Poe.While Varen remains a prisoner in a perilous dream world where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life, Isobel travels to Baltimore to confront the dark figure known throughout the world as the Poe Toaster. This man, the same man who once appeared to Isobel in her dreams and abandoned her in Varen’s nightmare world, holds the key to saving Varen.But when Isobel discovers a way to return to this dream world, she finds herself swept up in a realm that not only holds remnants of Edgar Allan Poe’s presence, but has also now taken on the characteristics of Varen’s innermost self. It is a dark world of fear, terror, and anger.Varen is changed. And now Isobel must face a new adversary—one who also happens to be her greatest love.

My Thoughts:
The first book in this series, Nevermore, was one of my favorite books last year. I think for me personally, I am anticipating Enshadowed just as much as I anticipated Insurgent (and that's saying something!). I loved the combination of Edgar Allen Poe, Gothic mystery, and supernatural that came together in Nevermore and I anticipate even more of that in Endshadowed. I am also heartily looking forward to seeing Varen again! 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Destined by Jessie Harrell

3/5 Stars
Author: Jessie Harrell
Publisher: Mae Day Publishing

I bought this e-book around Christmas when there was a special .99 cent promotion. Needless to say I was really excited to read this book but my ridiculous TBR pile and Law School kept getting in my way. I am so glad I finally got a chance to read Destined though because it was very original, well written, and had me rooting for the main characters.

Destined is a novel based on the Greek Gods that are getting so popular in YA right now. The thing that sets Destined apart though is the fact that it is actually set in Greece, in the past! No Modern day Gods parading around New York. There are only Gods in ancient Greece where, in my opinion, they belong.

So, while we are on the topic of Gods I think I need to make a quick confession before delving into this review…..every time I read a book about Greek Gods all I can think of is the Disney movie Hercules ^-^’ This makes for a really distracting read and I probably end up not enjoying Greek YA books as much as I should.


Okay now that my Hercules rant is out of the way lets talk about Destined! Psyche our heroine is a beauty, much like Helen of Troy, who Aphrodite chooses as her own daughter. Unfortunately, Aphrodite and Psyche have a falling out after Psyche rejects Aphrodite’s son Eros! Following this disaster, Psyche is forced to move away from her family and everything she knows into the home of a masked stranger. While under the care of this masked stranger Psyche begins to fall for this person, but not knowing who they are forces her to try and discover their identity. Her discovery breaks the tightrope both of them have been walking and Psyche realizes she may have just lost the love of her life. This forces Psyche into a journey (much like the one Hercules is forced to take!) to find her lost love and to win Aphrodite’s approval.


Destined was really an action packed book. From start to finish I was captivated by the story of Psyche and Eros. The setting in ancient Greece felt really vivid (even if I was imagining Hercules “Disney” Greece the entire time). I also loved the fact that the characters grew as the novel progressed. Eros started out the novel as a party-boy type with a broken heart and “problems” but as the novel progressed he really grew up and started caring about someone else more then himself. Psyche too grew as a character she begins the novel as beautiful princess interested in wooing a husband but as the story goes on Psyche fights, braving the underworld for the one she loves. This type of dedication isn’t something I read often in YA. Usually the characters have a fight, break it off, then bam! Love triangle. Instead Harrell writes a story of true love that endures despite terrible odds.

Overall, I enjoyed Destined it was a great debut novel for Jessie Harrell and I will definitely keep my eyes on this author!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Cover Reveal: The Collector

 The Collector: A Dante Walker Novel
Author: Victoria Scott
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Expected Publication: March 2013




He makes good girls...bad. 


Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within 10 days.

Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect—he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions deeply buried




Victoria Scott
Victoria Scott is a YA writer with a die-hard affection for dark and humorous books. Her work is represented by the fabulous Laurie McLean of Larsen-Pomada literary agency. She has a master’s degree in marketing, and is a member of the Writers’ League of Texas and Teen Shiver.

Her first YA book, THE COLLECTOR, will be published by Entangled Teen in 2013. And her short story, FOUR HOUSES, is available now through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

She currently lives in Dallas with her husband, Ryan. 

Connect with Victoria At: Website ♥ Twitter ♥ Facebook 


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