Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: To All The Boys I've Loved Before


To All The Boys I've Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Expected Publication: April 22, 2014

Goodreads

Synopsis:
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters…
My Thoughts: I think this sounds like a super cute contemporary, I'm both mortified that all of the crushes from her past are confronting her and kind of think it's totally adorable! I've always wanted to admit to my crushes how I felt but never had the coruage, I'm hoping everything works out for Lara!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Ink by Amanda Sun

2/5 Stars
Ink
Author: Amanda Sun
Publisher: HarlequinTEEN
Publication Date: 
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Review
It took me over a month to read this book. Every time I started to read my mind would wander and I would literally do anything else to avoid reading. I started with such high expectations and honestly the first introduction to the characters was interesting, a boy dramatically breaking up with his girlfriend, but from there everything went down hill.

Instantly Katie falls for Tomohiro the guy that was JUST doing the dramatic break up with his girlfriend, even though he shows no interest in her. She proceeds to stalk Tomohiro, follows him to the train station, follows him to his secret hide out, and then wonders why he lashes out at her. For the first 100 or so pages this was the entire storyline.

Then suddenly Tomohiro and Katie have this connection and are drawn together because of the ever mysterious ink that is making drawings move, and doing other strange stuff. I honestly wish I had known more about the ink, it could have been the most interesting thing and saved the story but I never felt like I really understood what it was capable of. The ink to me felt more like a giant: ‘Insert Paranormal Plot Device Here’ rather then having substance and making the story interesting.

Really though I could have lived with a subpar plot because I loved the setting in Japan so much. I was an exchange student in Kitakyushu so I understood a lot of what Katie was going through, being in a completely different setting and experiencing Japanese culture for the first time. Even her inability to communicate in the language seemed real to me. Unfortunately Katie herself didn’t seem real and neither did her relationship with Tomohiro. Actually it was this terrible relationship that made me avoid reading the book. The romance was just so fake, distant, and awkward that it detracted from the story.

Overall, I did not enjoy Ink. The plot line felt recycled, the paranormal element did not stand out, and the romance was terrible. The setting was my favorite part of the book but that’s just not enough to get me to pick up the sequel.  

Monday, July 29, 2013

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card


5/5 Stars
Ender's Game
Author: Orson Scott Card
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
Publication Date: January, 1985
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Review:
Initially I had no desire to read Ender’s Game. I’m not a very big fan of science fiction and the thought of pre-teens in space fighting aliens didn’t really appeal to me. After the urgings of my law school friend, okay actual friend, Melissa (=P) I decided to give this novel a try and boy am I glad I did! I actually can’t believe I put off reading this for so long.

Ender’s Game follows Ender Wiggins as he is plucked from his childhood home, loaded on to a space ship, and enters Battle School in case of an attack by the buggers, alien life forms that attacked Earth but were successfully repelled. At Battle School Ender is the youngest but he is constantly put in situations he doesn’t appear equipped to handle. Ender has to overcome isolation, loneliness, fatigue, and other psychological endeavors in order to become the person society needs him to be.

Does it make me a bad person if I say I enjoyed reading about Ender’s struggles? Ender is so young and yet he has to deal with so much. His character goes through so many turning points that I felt like I was growing up right along with Ender, readying for battle and defending against the buggers. The novel was completely engrossing and action packed. Saying that it was all action though belittles the plot itself. The story is about so much more then action, it is also ripe with political commentary, personal fears about turning in to someone we don’t want to be, and lessens on what it means to be a living being and a leader.

The supporting cast was just as amazing as Ender himself I loved Ender’s platoon and how those around him followed Ender and accepted him as their leader despite his age. Even if the other characters could not be his friends they still respected and admired Ender. This fact made me both happy and sad. I was happy to see Ender finding success but I was sad to see a very young boy without any friends to support and love him. This is something I feel a lot of career driven people have to deal with and I liked that parallel.

I must also say that the technology described in Ender’s Game was phenomenal. This novel was originally published in the 80’s and yet there was something akin to the internet, tablets, all manner of futuristic devices that are still futuristic despite this novel being written almost 30 years ago! This impressed me because I think it shows the depth of Card’s world building, he was truly immersed in this society.

I understand that at present there is controversy surrounding Orson Scott Card, the author, and while I do not agree with his personal opinions I really enjoyed this novel. The originality, and intricacy of the plot surprised me and I’m so glad Melissa talked me in to reading this novel! I am now super excited for the movie which is coming out November 1, 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Stacking The Shelves 68

 My bought books I purchased on Amazon ages ago but they accidentally shipped to my parents house. I had completely forgotten about them until I got home and found them on the bed!

Bought
Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Don't Breathe A Word by Holly Cupala
The House at Seas's End by Elly Griffiths

Galley
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman
Goodnye, Rebel Blue by Shelly Coriell

Friday, July 26, 2013

Around The World: Lettie @ Above Average Below Special


Welcome to Around The World! On Friday I feature a Blogger, Author or Publisher and ask questions about the country or state they are from and what it is like to be a member of the book world there! If you are interested in being featured please sign up here.

This week on the blog I have Lettie from Above Average Below Special!
 
Interview:
Where are you from?
 South West England!
What is the best and worst thing about living in the England?
Hmmmm I love so much about being from Great Britain that it’s hard to narrow it down! I think the best things are the fashion, the history and the Royal family.

The worst thing is how everyone assumes London is the only place in the UK

What is the biggest challenge of being a book blogger there?
It’s hard to participate in some blogger twitter events due to timezones!

Are you able to go to book signings, launches, or industry events?
I have been invited to an industry event but unfortunately, I had work!

Most events take place in London but my area does get a lot of signings!

Are Publishers willing to work with you were you live?
Yes, luckily Great Britain is very accessible!

Do you have any favourite books set in the country you are from or written by authors who are from the country you are from?
I have so many! My recent favourites are Earth Girl by Janet Edwards and anything by Sophie Kinsella!

A Few Of My Favorite Things Section:

Favorite Book (overall): Such hard question! A lot of my favourites are by the same author or a series like Diana Wynne Jones or Harry Potter”

Favorite Book Recent Release: Earth Girl by Janet Edwards and Façade by Nyrae Dawn

Author: Diana Wynne Jones. 
I also LOVE Diana Wynne Jones! Her books where some of my favorites growing up =)
Social Media: Facebook.

International Food: Patatas Bravas 

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Speak Easy Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Speak Easy Blog Tour, to check out the rest of the stops please click here.

Speak Easy
Author: Melanie Harlow
Publication Date: July 22, 2013
Age Group: New Adult

Synopsis:
Temptation is everywhere.
It's July, 1923. By day twenty-year-old Tiny O’Mara works for her father’s smalltime bootlegging operation. By night she craves the roll-your-stockings-down lifestyle of a flapper, but with her mother gone, she’s usually stuck at home with two younger sisters—until her father is kidnapped by a mobster in Detroit's exploding organized crime scene, and it’s Tiny who has to come up with the ten-thousand-dollar ransom.
In one week.
Enzo DiFiore’s screen-idol looks and dangerous charm leave her breathless, even though he’s the son of the mobster holding her father hostage. But when the forbidden spark between them refuses to burn out, she tries to use their powerful attraction to buy more time.
And then there’s Joey Lupo, the irritatingly handsome pest from her childhood who’s got the street smarts Tiny needs to smuggle enough booze to make a quick ten grand. But he’s got his own agenda where gang rivalries are concerned, and despite his promise to protect her, Tiny isn’t sure she can trust Joey—or stop her growing feelings for him.
To save her father’s life, she’ll have to choose between them. But deciding whom to trust isn’t easy in a world where everyone wants something—be it booze, money, power, or sex—and no one cares what it takes to get it.

Review
Tiny’s Father is a small time bootlegger in early 1920’s Detroit, and because he refuses to pay the local crime syndicate for protection he is kidnapped and it falls on Tiny to team up with Joey, he childhood ‘enemy’, and Enzo, the crime lords son, in order to work out a deal and save her father.

Tiny was an interesting main character. Most of the time she seemed more like a modern woman then a 1920’s bootlegger. The only time I got the vibe that she wasn’t from this era was when she was talking about things like the vote. Otherwise Tiny was very in control of her sexuality, and destiny. I liked that about her, although I wonder how many women living during this time actually felt this way.

The romance in Speak Easy was a sort of love triangle, although it was obvious who Tiny preferred. I just wish she had preferred someone else. Honestly, the romance in Speak Easy, because I had such a dislike for the male lead, Enzo, was not my favorite part of the story. Don’t get me wrong this book was definitely HOT! The scenes between Tiny and the Enzo were electric and intense. I just wish I had liked the guy more. I even felt at many points in the story that Tiny herself didn’t like the Enzo so it made it almost impossible for me to feel anything for him.

I did like the story itself though. A girl trying to rescue her father while taking care of her sisters, running a bootlegging operation, and navigating 1920’s Detroit was awesome! I also liked the fact that the novel gripped me the entire time, it was hard to put it down because something new and interesting was always happening.

Overall, I enjoyed Speak Easy. My one other gripe, aside from the romance, is the length of the novel. At 194 ebook pages (for the ARC) it was relatively short and I am now eagerly awaiting the next book in the series!


*Special note this book is New Adult and I recommend readers be 18+ due to sexual content



About The Author
Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her lipstick red, and her history with the naughty bits left in. SPEAK EASY was inspired by her cocktail culture obsession, her affection for good gin, and the view from the end of her street. She lifts her glass to NA readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: Sekret by Lindsay Smith


Sekret 
Author: Lindsay Smith
Publisher: Roaring Brooke Press/Macmillan Children's
Expected Publication: April 15, 2014

Goodreads

Synopsis
From debut author Lindsay Smith comes an espionage thriller
with a dash of both history and dystopia.
Yulia’s father always taught her that an empty mind is a safe mind. She has to hide her thoughts and control her emotions to survive in Communist Russia, especially because she seems to be able to read the minds of the people she touches. When she’s captured by the KGB and forced to work as a psychic spy with a mission to undermine the U.S. space program, she’s thrust into a world of suspicion, deceit, and horrifying power where she can trust no one.

She certainly can’t trust Rostov, the cruel KGB operative running the psychic program. Or handsome Sergei who encourages her to cooperate with the KGB. Or brooding Valentin who tells her to rebel against them. And not the CIA, who have a psychic so powerful he can erase a person’s mind with his own thoughts. Yulia quickly learns she must rely on her own wits and power to survive in this world where no SEKRET can stay hidden for long.
My Thoughts: Espionage thriller, KGB, psychic's and covert ops, sign me up! This novel sounds like it is going to be an action packed thriller and I can not wait to get my hands on it. In Soviet Russia you do not read book, book reads you!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Indelible by Dawn Metcalf

4/5 Stars
Indelible
Author: Dawn Metcalf
Publisher: Harlquin Teen
Publication Date: July 30, 2013
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Review:
Indelible is something that can not be forgotten or when referring to ink it is something that can not be erased. This is the concept on which the world of the Twixt is based. The story begins with Joy and her best friend going out to a night club, from across a crowded room she spots a boy clad in all black. I know what you’re thinking, City of Bones much?, we’ve read this story before. Luckily that is where the similarities end, as the boy begins to approach he is determined to kill Joy and actually ends up cutting her eye this leaves his indelible mark on her.

I really enjoyed the world building in Indelible. At times it was a little hard to follow just because it was so different that I had nothing else to base it on. The story is part fey folklore, and part Spirited Away (one of my favorite movies by the way). I was constantly surprised by what transpired and once Joy enters the world of the Twixt the action never lets up.

Joy was a fun heroine and one I really liked. She is not perfect and has real life problems. Her mother and father recently got a divorce and her mother moved to California basically abandoning her, her brother is off at college and too busy to call, and then her Dad is starting a relationship with a new woman. Joy is balancing all of these very big, very real problems and navigating this new world she has been abruptly thrust in to. I liked that her real life problems were not forgotten as she has to deal with her fantastical ones. The world of the Twixt definitely brought about it’s own set of issues. Namely, Ink and Inq.

Ink and Inq are siblings, they are two halves of a whole. Ink is mysterious, dark, and rather emotionless in the beginning. He has one goal and that is to do his job, he doesn’t care about those around him and has never really lived. Inq is his foil she is outgoing, welcoming, and has a couple of human play things on the side. I liked to see their interactions and the different ways they treated Joy.

The romance between Ink and Joy was different to say the least. I wasn’t even entirely sure they liked each other very much in the beginning, but as the story progressed so did their relationship and I looked forward to the moments they shared together. I have to say I definitely swooned over Ink. He was just the type of dark, mysterious, YA male lead I love!

Overall, I really enjoyed Indelible the characters, world building, and swoon-worthy male lead made putting this story down nearly impossible and I am now eagerly awaiting the next book in the series!

I received an ARC copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Sizzling Summer Giveaway

Welcome to the Sizzling Summer Giveaway, I am so excited to feature author Trisha Wolfe!

Check out all the participating authors and bloggers here!

Of Silver and Beasts
Author: Trisha Wolfe 

Synopsis:

In the sand-covered queendom of Cavan, the goddess once saved a young Kaliope’s life, preventing the mercury her father attempted to hide in her blood from reaching her heart. Now, a cybernetic clamp filters it, but the silver streaks swirling faintly beneath her skin are a constant reminder that she’s different.
When nineteen-year-old Kaliope is chosen as head of the Nactue Guard, she becomes the sworn protector to her empress. In the midst of an invasion on a neighboring land, Kaliope is placed in charge of guarding Prince Caben, the last heir to his kingdom. But when they’re attacked by the feared Otherworlders, Caben and Kaliope are abducted and taken below to a realm where they must fight for their life in a caged arena.
Kaliope struggles to protect her princely charge, keeping him and herself alive while battling inhumanly opponents, and trying to save the stolen, sacred relic that will restore her empress’s life force and all of Cavan. And if she can somehow awaken the goddess within her, she may save what’s most important.
New Adult Dark Fantasy: Intended for readers 17 years of age and older.

OF SILVER AND BEASTS

EXCERPT
I don’t know if I’ve been asleep for hours or minutes, but the adrenaline rushing system to act makes it impossible to sleep. Nudging Caben’s slumbering body, I say, “Wake up.”

He’s still lying on his side, his legs curled up where they had been entangled with mine while we slept. His arms reach out, searching for something as his eyes crack open. “It’s not morning,” he deadpans.

“I don’t know if it is or not, but we’ve slept enough.” I prod him once more, rousing him fully awake. “Get—”

“Don’t make me bark another order,” he snaps. “Climb back into bed.”

He rolls over.

Annoyed, and having had just about enough of his chauvinistic arrogance, I lift my bare foot to kick his backside. Before my heel meets his rump, his arm reaches behind and he grabs my ankle. I swallow my yelp as he pulls me onto the cot. Landing on my back, I bite my lip, holding in my cry as the bar beneath the mattress gouges into my spine. But all thoughts of aches and revenge flee my mind as Caben pulls my ankle and slides my body underneath his. Hovering above me—half his weight on the cot, half on top of me—he presses me into the bedding.

His hand lowers my foot to the bed, then slowly slides up the side of my leg until it reaches my stomach. Lifting the bottom of my tunic, he rests his palm on my waist, on the small curve above my hip. His eyes never waver, his heated gaze holding mine.

“Before we begin nefariously plotting,” he says, low and husky, his breath skimming my cheek. “I want to know—I’ll only ask this once.”

Unsure of what he’s demanding, I squint, and my breath halts as his eyes drop to my chest. I swallow. My eyes close.

“Kaliope.” He says my name with the hint of accent I now know I only hear when he’s taken off-guard. When he drops his barriers, either in anger, urgency, or fear. I wonder what emotion is causing him to lose control now. And will his lilt deepen out of alarm or revulsion when he sees my chest?

I open my eyes.

The steady thump of his heart beats against my arm. It speeds as the tension thickens the slight span of air between us.

No matter what happens later, whether we live or die, I at least have control over this moment. Even if we survive, and he goes off to rule his kingdom and I to lead the Nactue, I can keep this one moment.

One stolen moment out of a lifetime of duty.

Taking a breath and releasing it in tiny clips that make my breastbone ache, I cover his hand with mine. The metal cuffs on our wrists clank together. I force his hand slowly upward—onto my belly ... my rib cage ... around the swell of my breast—to the hard glass covering.

I fight the urge to shut my eyes and close myself off from the many, sudden emotions that cross his face. His eyes enlarge, and a crease forms between his brows as his features shift to confusion. And when I think my body will die from tremors, he finally breathes, his full lips pressing together in discernment.

Attempting to remove his hand and rise, I shift sideways, but he holds his place, firmly pressed against me. The rough pad of his fingertip traces the scar tissue around the casing. His deep, stormy eyes follow the hollow of my neck until they land on my collarbone. And with a movement so subtle, he turns his hand over and pulls my tunic down, exposing the clamp.

My insides threaten to combust. Every nerve in my body is ready to set the mercury aflame—my dread is complete. I have to force some word from his mouth, some action from him, to end this torment.

Only when he begins to lower his mouth toward mine, I freeze, wondering if he’s merely accepting me because again, we could die, and I’m the last chance he’ll have to be with a woman before then.

But his lips pass mine, brush over my chin and jawline, and instead find the sensitive, scarred skin of my chest. He plants a soft kiss, and then another. My throat thickens. My nostrils flare as a burning sensation blazes behind my sinuses. It quickly subsides when the unshed tears I’m holding back release. I blink, and they quietly trail down the sides of my temples.


I’m the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), ASTARTE'S WRATH NA Historical/Supernatural, NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, November 2013. Coming August 2013, THE DARKEST PART, NA Contemporary.

I’m the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies.

A proud business owner, I'm partnered with my partner, my husband. When I’m not busy doing all of the above, I’m a wife and the mother of a gorgeous teen boy who's the sounding board for my male characters.

Connect with Trisha
Check out my website at www.TrishaWolfe.com for more on my books and bonus material. Follow me on Twitter @TrishWolfe and my Facebook page for updates on all things book boys and writing.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Stacking The Shelves 67

Bought
Gatsby's Girl by Caroline Preston
When It Happens by Susane Colasanti
Ebook
Slide by Jill Hathaway
Galley
The Liberator by Victoria Scott
The Defiance by A.G. Henley

Friday, July 19, 2013

Around The World: Angie @ Angela's Anxious Life

Welcome to Around The World! On Friday I feature a Blogger, Author or Publisher and ask questions about the country or state they are from and what it is like to be a member of the book world there! If you are interested in being featured please sign up here.

This week on the blog I have Angie from Angela's Anxious Life!
Angela and Charlaine Harris!
Interview 

Where are you from?

 I am from Lovely Colorado Springs, Colorado! I love it here. This is my most favorite state.

What is the best and worst thing about living in the US? 

Oh wow… well I live in America. I love this country.. I think some of the best things here are just all the places to visit. There is such a variety of different landscapes in all the states. Some states are by oceans, some have mountains, some states have deserts and others forests. There really is just a huge variety of places to go. What I don’t like about this country… hummm. Well I have pretty much been a military brat my whole life. My dad was in the military and my husband. Since we have been in the military we move a lot and don’t always live by family. So the one thing I don’t like is that sometimes I have to live across the country from someone I love. Driving from one coast to another is not a day’s drive.

What is the biggest challenge of being a book blogger in Colorado?

I think one of the biggest challenges of being a book blogger here is that it isn’t easy to get to all the books events. The country is so big that if there is something going on in New York and I live in Colorado I can’t just go there and check it out. Though someday I would like to make it to BEA (BookExpo America). http://www.bookexpoamerica.com/

Are you able to go to book signings, launches, or industry events? 
I am able to go to book signings. I go to a lot of the ones that travel though Colorado. I actually just bought tickets to go see Stephen King in September!! Those tickets were hard to score. You will have to stop by my blog in September if you want to see pictures and a recap from the event!

Are Publishers willing to work with you were you live?

I am actually not a writer, only a reader. So to be honest I have no idea!! I also don’t request any ARCs or books from publishers. I like to read what I want when I want so I don’t really want any ARCs to feel the pressure to review by a certain time.

Do you have any favorite books set in the country you are from or written by authors who are from the country you are from?
As most of you know… the United States has a huge amount of authors. There are so many to choose from. I love Stephen King, Janet Evanovich, Charlaine Harris, George RR Martin, and many more. Like I said before… since the US is so large they don’t always have book signings where I live. As I understand it, it depends on where the publishers send them. 

Angela and George RR Martain


A Few Of My Favorite Things Section:

Favorite Book (overall): Oh wow… I would say Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

Favorite Book Recent Release: Hummm… Well I don’t have a favorite recent release. I am looking forward to reading Siege and Storm just waiting for it from the library.

Author: Stephen King.. hands down. 

Emily: I have never read a Stephen King book! I'm always too afraid I will have to give him a try now though =P

Social Media: I use Facebook, and Twitter the most. I also use goodreads all the time. I am the moderator of two groups on there. Stephen King Fans as the name suggests, is a fan group for my favorite author, Stephen King. This group is full of intelligent, fun and active Constant Readers, and discussions regarding King's books are always interesting and thought provoking. YA Book Club is also a group I moderate. Welcome to everyone who is interested in YA books! Each month we read a book and discuss it with the group!

International Food: I just love love love food. I love sushi. I recently tried Indian food and loved it too!

Connect with Angie

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Starglass Blog Tour


Starglass
Author: Phoebe North
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: July 23, 2013

Synopsis:
Terra has never known anything but life aboard the Asherah, a city-within-a-spaceship that left Earth five hundred years ago in search of refuge. At sixteen, working a job that doesn't interest her, and living with a grieving father who only notices her when he's yelling, Terra is sure that there has to be more to life than what she's got.But when she inadvertently witnesses the captain's guard murdering an innocent man, Terra is suddenly thrust into the dark world beneath her ship's idyllic surface. As she's drawn into a secret rebellion determined to restore power to the people, Terra discovers that her choices may determine life or death for the people she cares most about. With mere months to go before landing on the long-promised planet, Terra has to make the decision of a lifetime--one that will determine the fate of her people.


Starglass Book Trailer from Phoebe North on Vimeo.



Review

There has been a space sized hole in my heart since the last page of Across The Universe by Beth Revis. Usually I’m not one for sci-fi novels but something about being trapped on a ship heading to a far away planet really captures my attention. Needless to say when I finally got my hands on North’s novel I was excited to get back aboard the ship, heading toward the next great adventure.

The thing about this novel though was that it was less about the ship and more about the people aboard the ship. For a huge chunk of the story, well most of it actually, I had no idea what the ship even looked like. Bit’s a pieces of information were given but never enough to paint a vivid picture of how the ship looked. I also didn’t know anything about the inhabitants of the ship until half way through the novel when North decided to let us in on the fact that the ship was begun by the Jewish Federation (This is totally not the real name but it was something similar). At this point I was like “Oh! That’s why all the characters keep injecting random Jewish words!” Prior to that I just thought they were fun words that people decided were in vogue in the future.

We meet Terra just prior to her graduation day. At 16 the students become adults and receive job placements from the council this is just one of the many duties and ways in which the council controls the populace. The council is basically a totalitarian regime and so I wasn’t too surprised when Terra finds out about an underground group working to overthrow the council.

I liked Terra, it took me a while to get to know her but once I did she really grew on me. Terra has been through a lot, more then anyone else on the ship has. I liked that her character was real and fallible. Terra makes mistakes and is quick to get swept up with the rebellion’s rhetoric.

The romance in Starglass is something I could not have predicted. Those of you tired of love triangles will definitely get something different with this novel! I liked that it was completely out of the norm from other stories. Terra doesn’t need a husband vindicating her choices or holding her hand. The girl makes her own decisions and while there was plenty of foreshadowing I was still happy with the direction North took with the romantic aspect of the story.

Overall, Starglass is a promising start of a new series. I look forward to the next novel and what the planet of Zahreh has in store for the people of the Asherah.

Playlist
Uprising by Muse
The Entire Resistance album by Muse really fit with this book honestly. They both have a spacey vibe while also capturing that rebellious spirit.

Before My Time by J. Ralph, Scarlett Johanson
The loss of Terra's Mother in the beginning of the story made me think of this song. Also it fits some of the more melancholy parts of the story.

Dead In The Water by Ellie Goulding
I like this song because it's beautiful but also captures heartache, and that feeling you get when you just can't get anything to go your way and things feel hopeless. 

Unnatural Selection by Muse
I had to include another song from the Uprising album because it is just too perfect! This has both space-y sound and fits the story so perfectly! Also it's just an awesome song!

In For The Kill by La Roux (Skrillex Remix)
I think this story really fits the end of the novel and Skrillex's remix helps to give it a more futuristic sound.

About The Author
Phoebe North spent the first twenty-two years of her life in New Jersey, where she lugged countless library books home to read in the bathtub, at the dinner table, in front of the television, and under the blankets with a flashlight when she should have been asleep.
After college, Phoebe went south, enrolling in the University of Florida’s MFA program to study poetry. But after studying children’s literature with kidlit scholars (and geniuses) Kenneth Kidd and John Cech, she started writing books about magic, robots and aliens for teenagers. And realized she loved it almost as much as she loved Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
Now, Phoebe lives in New York State with her husband, and many licensed novels. She likes to cook, watch Degrassi, sew, take her cat for walks, and, of course, write. Despite many soaked pages, she still loves to read in the bath.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Truly, Madly, Deadly Blog Tour


Truly, Madly, Deadly
Author: Hannah Jayne
Publisher:
Publication Date:

Synopsis:
They Said It Was An Accident...
Sawyer Dodd is a star athlete, a straight-A student, and the envy of every other girl who wants to date Kevin Anderson. When Kevin dies in a tragic car crash, Sawyer is stunned. Then she opens her locker to find a note:
You're welcome.
Someone saw what he did to her. Someone knows that Sawyer and Kevin weren't the perfect couple they seemed to be. And that someone—a killer—is now shadowing Sawyer's every move...

Review
I knew from the instant I read the synopsis that this book was going to be creepy. What I didn’t expect was the psychological thrill ride the novel would take me on! From start to finish I was intrigued, concerned, and worried for Sawyer as her “admirer” continually tried to “help” her. 

Sawyer was an easy heroine to connect with. She has been going through a lot of changes in her personal and school life. She is trying to find herself in the wake of her abusive boyfriends death, and isn’t sure how to reconcile the abuse with the good parts of their relationship. The fact that Sawyer was constantly portrayed as the underdog, and the bullied made her likable despite her other character flaws. 

One of my favorite things about this novel is the inclusion of the police. Too often heroines choose to not involve law enforcement or discount the police before they’ve even contacted them. This always pisses me off to no end. I liked that as Sawyer’s admirer started to really scare her, she turned to the police rather then a rag-tag group of friends or something equally silly. It made the story more realistic because going to the police is something I would have done. 

The one thing in the story that rubbed me the wrong in Truly, Madly, Deadly, was that Sawyer ends up being asked out by two different guys and actually carrying on a sort of relationship with one of them. While this is typical high school behavior it felt off to me. It was just too soon after her ex’s death for her to even consider moving on. No matter the state of your relationship, losing someone who has had that kind of effect on your life leaves a mark and I never got the sense that Sawyer really dealt with her unresolved feelings for her ex before moving on. 

Aside from the romance aspect I really enjoyed everything else about the story. The mystery kept me up reading late and gave me goosebumps. I thought I had everything figured out fairly early on and was pleasantly surprised when the author took the story in a different direction.

Overall, Truly, Madly, Deadly was an awesome thriller. This novel reminded me that YA does not have nearly enough mystery and thriller books and that I had sorely missed this genre. I look forward to reading other works by this author!

About The Author
Hannah is the author of the UNDERWORLD DETECTION AGENCY CHRONICLES from Kensington books and the upcoming young adult thrillers TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY and SEE JANE RUN available from Sourcebooks, Inc. When she's not battling the demons of the Underworld or tackling a murderer at Hawthorne High, Jayne kicks her feet up in her San Francisco bay area home and attempts to share couch space with two enormous cats.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

An Endless Summer by CJ Duggan Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the An Endless Summer Blog Tour click here to check out the rest of the tour

An Endlesss Summer
Author: CJ Duggan
Publication: July 11, 2013

Synopsis:
Sean looked out over the lake, squinting against the sunlight. He turned to me, his expression sobering as his eyes flicked over my face in a silent study.
“Come on Amy, I saved you once, I’ll save you again.”
I met his stare unflinchingly. “I don’t need saving.”
A wicked grin formed slowly. “Don’t you?”
After a rebellious summer night that almost claimed her life, Amy Henderson – the Onslow publican’s only daughter – is sent away to suffer a fate far worse than any other punishment:
Boarding School.
Three years on, a now nineteen-year-old Amy returns to Onslow for the summer. What once was a cauldron of activity with live bands, hot meals and cold beers, the Onslow Hotel now lies dark, deserted and depressing. All fond childhood memories of loitering on the hotel stairs and eavesdropping on customers’ colourful conversations are in the distant past.
How had her dad let it come to this?
With the new threat of putting the Onslow up for sale, Amy reluctantly turns to a local tradesman for help: Sean Murphy, the very same Onslow boy who saved her life all those years ago. With his help and that of some old friends, the task is clear: spend the summer building the hotel back up to its former glory or lose it for good.
In an endless summer, Amy soon realises that sometimes in order to save your future, you have to face your past, even if it’s in the form of a smug, gorgeous Onslow boy.
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Review
An Endless Summer is Sean and Amy’s story. It is more of a companion novel to The Boys of Summer then a sequel and it was great to see some of my favorite characters from Boys of Summer, namely Toby and Tess, in a different context and to see that their relationship was still going strong.

Amy’s father is the owner of the Onslow, the famous hotel that gave the Onslow Boy’s their name. After Amy is sent to Boarding School in the city the Onslow falls by the wayside and so upon returning to the hotel she is greeted with a dilapidated building with no customers. It becomes Amy’s summer goal to breathe new life in to the Onslow and save it so that her parents don’t sell. It is Sean that becomes her partner and ally.

Amy was an interesting heroine to read about. She was fiercely independent at certain times and at others totally unsure of herself. Her personality swings made it hard for me to predict what she was going to do next but it also made the read interesting. The only thing I really didn’t care for about this story was the relationship Amy had with her Mom. Her Mom was constantly berating Amy and treating her like a child, nothing Amy ever did was right and it pissed me off that her Mom was constantly jumping to conclusions. I also never got the vibe that the issues between the two of them were resolved.

I liked the relationship between Sean and Amy. At times it was riddled with miscommunications and Amy missing so many obvious signs but it was sweet, and kept me rooting for the characters. I liked that despite the fact that Sean was considered a “player” he never really read like one, in fact he seemed very genuine, hardworking, and caring.  

Overall, this was a fun companion novel and a great summer read! I am now eagerly awaiting the final installment in the Summer series That One Summer.

About The Author
C.J Duggan is an Australian author who lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. The Boys of Summer is Book One in her Mature Young Adult Romance Series.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Stacking The Shelves 66

I went to two different half  price book stores while I was in Kansas last week and I am so happy with my finds! 
Bought:
Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
Audition by Stasia Ward
Boy Toy by Barry Lyga
The Disenchantments
Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
Lifer Eternal by Yvonne Woon
Insatiable by Meg Cabot

Ebooks/Netgalley/Edelweiss:
When The World Was Flat (And We Were In Love) by Ingrid Jonach

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Choke by SR Johannes Book Blast

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Suffocate Suffocate is the first novelette in THE BREATHLESS series. It is a 15,000 word young adult thriller that combines the dystopic and science fiction genres. For centuries, the world outside the Biome has been unlivable. Today, marks the first time anyone will attempt to leave the suffocating ecosphere. Eria is not worried because her scientist father has successfully tested the new Bio-Suit many times. It's a celebratory day until something goes horribly wrong. In the midst of tragedy, Eria uncovers a deep conspiracy in her perfect bubble. If those responsible find out what she knows, they won't stop hunting her until she takes her last breath.  



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Choke When Eria escapes her home in the Biome, she uncovers more about her features and specifications as a HumaNot. Following her father's instructions, Eria embarks on a journey into a dangerous and unpredictable world. Along the way, she encounters a young rebel, Dirk, who explains he's from the Anarchy, an underground human resistance rising up against the BOTs--advanced man-made robots gone wild. Together, Dirk and Eria battle underground serpents, desert dingos, sand storms, and advanced Bots that are always hot on their trail. As they become closer, Dirk reveals his hatred of machines, forcing Eria to hide the secret of what and who she really is. When the truth of her identity comes out, Eria is forced to become the very thing she hates the most. This novelette is about 20,000 words and is the 2nd in the YA Breathless novelette series. Exhale (#3) is scheduled for Nov 2013.  


About The Author

srAuthor S.R. Johannes S.R. Johannes is the award-winning author of the Amazon bestselling thriller series, The Nature of Grace (Untraceable and Uncontrollable). Unstoppable (book 3) is scheduled for September 2013.
S.R. Johannes is the YA advisor of ALLi and a winner of the 2012 IndieReader Discovery Awards (Young Adult category) as well as a Silver medalist (2nd place) in the IPPY awards for YA Fiction. She was also nominated for 2012 Georgia Author of the Year (Young Adult category), a Finalist in The Kindle Book Review's Best Young Adult of 2012, and a YA Finalist in the US Book News Best Book of 2012.
After earning an MBA and working in corporate America doing marketing for over 15 years, S.R. Johannes traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her dog, English-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world.
 

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Ravenhurst Book Blitz

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Ravenhurst
Author: Lorraine Beaumont
Release Date: June 17, 2013
Special Key Edition-with interactive content!
Synopsis:
New Adult time travel romance not recommended for readers under the age of 17.
Katherine Nicole Jamison never imagined when she took a job at a prestigious auction house for the summer, that one moment of
impulsiveness could change her life forever. When she "borrows" an ancient amulet she inadvertently sets in motion a series of events which results in her waking up in 18th century England, betrothed to an arrogant, self-centered Earl.
Sebastian de Winter ~ The Earl of Ravenhurst, is a renowned womanizer who always prided himself as being a ladies man, until he is left standing at the altar. His betrothed vanishes into thin air and as if by magic reappears months later. But is she his betrothed?
Ravenhurst ~ a once forgotten legend, locked somewhere within the gloomy confines of this ancient edifice is the key that will unlock the door of time itself. This book contains the first and second book in the series
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Ravenhurst - is a spellbinding time-travel romance with unexpected twists and turns. Funny characters, dysfunctional hotties, and heroine's who aren't normal, trying to cope in a time that is not their own.

A once forgotten legend, locked somewhere within the gloomy confines of this ancient edifice is the key that will unlock the door of time itself.


About The Author
I am the author of the Ravenhurst Series -a time-travel paranormal romance, written with an ensemble cast of characters -Forgotten Time, Shadows of Yesterday, Time to Remember are all available now and the fourth installment Dreams of Tomorrow will be coming this year 2013.

I also write YA/contemporary urban fantasy with a kick-The Gathering Series about Gargoyles. Elyograg, Gargoyle and The Gathering Series Vol. 1 are now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Some Quiet Place Blog Tour: Guilt


Some Quiet Place
Author: Kelsey Sutton
Publisher: Flux
Publication Date: July 8, 2013

Synopsis:
I can’t weep. I can’t fear. I’ve grown talented at pretending.
Elizabeth Caldwell doesn’t feel emotions . . . she sees them. Longing, Shame, and Courage materialize around her classmates. Fury and Resentment appear in her dysfunctional home. They’ve all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn’t succumb to their touch. All, that is, save one—Fear. He’s intrigued by her, as desperate to understand the accident that changed Elizabeth’s life as she is herself.
Elizabeth and Fear both sense that the key to her past is hidden in the dream paintings she hides in the family barn. But a shadowy menace has begun to stalk her, and try as she might, Elizabeth can barely avoid the brutality of her life long enough to uncover the truth about herself. When it matters most, will she be able to rely on Fear to save her?

Emotion: Guilt



Name: Guilt

A Typical Summons: Charles sighs, his fingers gentle as they skim the yellow bruise beneath my eye. “I-I’m sorry I haven’t … I’m sorry I never … ” A new Emotion appears—Guilt. She places her hand on my brother’s cheek, in the same place his fingers rest on my own face. It’s strange.

Physical Traits: Even though Guilt is a big, lumbering Emotion, there’s something slimy and sly about her. She fills the room with her aura.

A Little-Known Fact: Guilt shimmers into view, so close that I can smell her: a combination of sweat and … grease?


About The Author
Kelsey Sutton has done everything from training dogs, making cheeseburgers, selling yellow page ads, and cleaning hotel rooms. Now she divides her time between her college classes and her writing, though she can also sometimes be found pounding out horrible renditions of Beethoven on the piano and trying bizarre drinks at her local coffee shop. Kelsey lives in northern Minnesota with her dog and cat, Lewis and Clark.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Rush Book Blitz


Rush (The Game #1)
By Eve Silver
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know?
When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game—her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.

*Excerpt*
There’s a flash of light, blindingly bright. Colored haloes obscure my vision. They dance and flicker and then disappear, leaving only a rectangle of light boxed in by the dark doorframe.

I see then that the door’s gone and in front of me are people. No…they aren’t people. They have limbs, hair, faces, but they aren’t human. After the first glance, they don’t look even remotely human. They’re pure, painful white, so bright they throw off a glare. They look like they’ve been dipped in glass, smooth and polished, but fluid. And their eyes…they’re a silvery color, like the mercury in the antique thermometer that my mom used to have at the side of the front porch.

When I was ten, I knocked that thermometer off with my wooden kendo sword, shattering the glass. The little blobs of mercury went all over the porch. I was a kid. I didn’t know better. I touched them, prodding the little balls until they joined the bigger blob. My mom swooped down on me and snatched me away, telling me it was poison. It could kill me.

I stare at the things in front of me: the Drau. I can’t look away.
Somewhere in the back of my mind, I remember Jackson talking about Medusa.
Don’t look at their eyes.

Their mercury eyes.

They’re poison.
They will kill me.

Copyright © 2013. Eve Silver. All Rights Reserved.

About the Author
Eve Silver lives with her gamer husband and sons, sometimes in Canada, but often in worlds she dreams up. She loves kayaking and sunshine, dogs and desserts, and books, lots and lots of books. Watch for the first book in Eve’s new teen series, THE GAME: RUSH, coming from Katherine Tegen Books, June 2013. She also writes books for adults.

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