Sunday, August 31, 2014

Novella Reviews: The Prince, The Girl Who Kissed a Lie, Red at Night

The Prince
Author: Keira Cass
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
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The Prince takes place before The Selection and is written from Prince Maxon’s point of view. It was interesting to learn Maxon’s thoughts on the selection and how he feels about the girls, especially America.

I felt like this novella did give more insight in to Maxon’s personality and his life pre-selection. I thought his interactions with his parents showed a lot about how the ruling class and Maxon lived prior to his introduction to America.

Overall, this was a cute novella, it didn’t give any new information but it was a short, fun story that I would recommend reading after you’ve read The Selection.

The Girl Who Kissed A Lie
Author: Skylar Dorset
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
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I think this is one of those novellas that you really need to read after you’ve read the first book. I know, I know, it says #0.5 on Goodreads! But I spent much of this novella just a little confused and not really sure what was going on or what point it served.

Actually, reading this novella made me less excited to read the first book in the Otherworld series The Boy Who Kissed A Lie…I have a confession to make. I still haven’t read the first book. I will be rectifying that soon though so keep your eyes on the blog because maybe all of my feelings will change!

Red at Night
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Special Release
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
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I just love Katie McGarry! She makes characters who have no business being in the same room let alone being in a relationship work.

Red at Night is a kindle freebie, do yourself a favor and download it right meow! Stella and Jonah will instantly win you over and if you’re not already they will convert you in to a Katie McGarry fan.

Stella is a poor girl from the wrong side of the city, her father abandoned her and she lives with his ex-girlfriend. Jonah after a car accident and a chance encounter in a cemetery begins hanging out with Stella, the girl his friends used to make fun of. This friendship blossoms in to something more and I was rooting for them the entire time!

McGarry wrote such a compelling story in only 84 pages, I’m seriously still thinking about this novella four months after reading it, read it now!

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Artisans by Julie Reece Cover Reveal


The Artisans
Publication date: May 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Julie Reece

The Artisans
They say death can be beautiful. But after the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old RAVEN WEATHERSBY gives up her dream of becoming a fashion designer, barely surviving life in the South Carolina lowlands.
To make ends meet, Raven works after school as a seamstress creating stunning works of fashion that often rival the great names of the day.
Instead of making things easier on the high school senior, her stepdad's drinking leads to a run in with the highly reclusive heir to the Maddox family fortune, Gideon Maddox.
But Raven's stepdad's drying out and in no condition to attend the meeting with Maddox. So Raven volunteers to take his place and offers to repay the debt in order to keep the only father she's ever known out of jail, or worse.
Gideon Maddox agrees, outlining an outrageous demand: Raven must live in his home for a year while she designs for Maddox Industries' clothing line, signing over her creative rights.
Her handsome young captor is arrogant and infuriating to the nth degree, and Raven can't imagine working for him, let alone sharing the same space for more than five minutes.
But nothing is ever as it seems. Is Gideon Maddox the monster the world believes him to be? And can he stand to let the young seamstress see him as he really is?
The Artisans is a delectably rich, layered and dark YA Southern Gothic inspired by Jeanne Marie Leprince de Beaumont's classic Beauty and the Beast.
"The Artisans has all the elements I love - spooky intrigue, strong friendships, and a romantic tension to be savored." ~ Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy.
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About The Author

Born in Ohio, I lived next to my grandfather’s horse farm until the fourth grade. Summers were about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all.

I struggled with multiple learning disabilities, did not excel in school. I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in a tower, and I won.

Afterwards, I read like a fiend. I invented stories where I could be the princess… or a gifted heroine from another world who kicked bad guy butt to win the heart of a charismatic hero. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Later, I moved to Florida where I continued to fantasize about superpowers and monsters, fabricating stories (my mother called it lying) and sharing them with my friends.

Then I thought I’d write one down…

Hooked, I’ve been writing ever since. I write historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances. I love strong heroines, sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give up. I say, if you write, write on!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury 
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
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I loved Throne of Glass, it was one of my favorite reads of 2012 but after Crown of Midnight I was questioning whether this series was for me. I felt like a lot of the intrigue and badass-ness of Celaena was lost in Crown of Midnight there was a lot of sitting around and Chaol (I am not a fan of Chaol). I decided to read Heir of Fire though because I do so love Celaena and I wanted to see if things would change and boy did they change!

Celaena if possible became even more awesome in this novel! Heir of Fire begins with her arriving in Wendlyn. Celaena is still nervous and concerned about her power and is desperate to talk to her fey aunt. There is a hitch in this plan though, in order to have a meeting with her aunt she must train her magic and she is given a tutor, Rowan.

Rowan is my new favorite character! He is calculating, smart, and a true warrior. He is the type of tutor Celaena needed even if she didn’t really want him around. I liked how little secrets from both of their pasts were revealed slowly, it endeared you to both of them.

While Celaena is training with Rowan Chaol and Dorian are back at the palace dealing with the King of Adarlan. Chaol is trying to discover why the magic disappeared and who his allegiance is to. His last few days with Celaena in Crown of Midnight haunt him. The friendship between Dorian and Chaol is strained in Heir of Fire to say the least. Alone, Dorian begins a new relationship and is also conducting research in to his own mysterious powers.

Overall, Heir of Fire restored my faith in this series. So many new things happened and I felt like Celaena got her “fire” back! The ending definitely left the novel heading in a direction I’m excited to read and I have super super high hopes that Arobynn, Celaena’s assassin trainer, will finally make an appearance in the series.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday: Boys Don't Knit

Boys Don't Knit
Author: T.S. Easton
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: March 24, 2015

Knitting is a man’s game.
After an incident regarding a crossing guard and a bottle of Martini & Rossi (and his bonehead friends), 17-year-old worrier Ben Fletcher must develop his sense of social alignment, take up a hobby, and do some community service to avoid any further probation.
He takes a knitting class (it was that or his father’s mechanic class) under the impression that it's taught by the hot teacher all the boys like. Turns out, it’s not. Perfect.
Regardless, he sticks with it and comes to find that he’s a natural knitter, maybe even great. It even helps ease his anxiety and worrying. The only challenge now is to keep it hidden from his friends, his crush, and his soccer-obsessed father. What a tangled web Ben has weaved . . . or knitted.
My Thoughts: I like that this book takes traditional gender roles and plays with them. I'm excited to read about Ben and his knitting skills, maybe it'll even inspire me to take up knitting!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

10 Books I Really Want To Read But Don't Own Yet

There are a whole lot more then 10 books I want to read but don't own but these books are all at the top of my list. I've you've read any of them let me know you thoughts in the comments. Also if you have these books and want to trade check out my trade list on YA Book Exchange and shoot me an e-mail!

1 The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson
2 The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan
3 The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna

4 Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick
5 Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

6 Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
7 What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
8 When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney

9 Vicious by V.E. Schwab 
10 Forget Me by K.A. Harrington

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Whispered Darkness by Vanessa Barger Bog Tour

A Whispered Darkness
Author: Vanessa Barger
Publisher: Month9Books
Publication Date: August 26, 2014

When Claire Mallory's father leaves, her mom moves them to a new town and into a dilapidated Victorian house.

The old house creaks and whistles, and smells well -- like it's been abandoned for years. But as the nights grow longer and the shadows take on substance, Claire wonders if the strange sounds and occurrences might be more than the house showing its age.

Just as things start to pick up in Claire's love life, her mother becomes possessed. In an attempt to save her mother and their new home, Claire enlists the help of two boys, each of whom is interested in Claire for different reasons. As she chooses one boy over the other, something dangerous is unleashed, and the spirits make their move.

They aren’t content to moan and scream inside Claire’s house, or even control her mom. They want a taste of freedom, and she’s their key to getting it. But is Claire strong enough to fight off the evil spirits, or will they claim her and her mom before it's all over?
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About The Author
Vanessa Barger was born in West Virginia, and through several moves ended up spending the majority of her life in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is a graduate of George Mason University and Old Dominion University, and has degrees in Graphic Design, a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, and a Masters in Technology Education. She has had articles published in Altered Arts Magazine, has had some artwork displayed in galleries in Ohio and online, and currently teaches engineering, practical physics, drafting and other technological things to high school students in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and the Virginia Writer's Club. When not writing or teaching, she’s a bookaholic, movie fanatic, and loves to travel. She has one cat, who believes Vanessa lives only to open cat food cans, and can often be found baking when she should be editing.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Second Star by Alyssa Sheinmel

Second Star
Author: Alyssa Sheinmel
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
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Although Second Star is a loose re-telling of Peter Pan it truly is its own story. Wendy Darling’s brothers, John and Michael, are missing surfers who are presumed dead. Six months after their disappearance Wendy is unwilling to believe that they are gone, instead she thinks they are out surfing. Taking off on her own Wendy begins her search for them.

During the search Wendy runs in to Pete who is living in an abandoned house on the cliffs. Pete is a skilled surfer and Wendy begins surfing in order to get closer to her brothers and figure out just how the ocean called to them.

I really loved the setting and ambiance Sheinmel created. This novel felt like sunshine, summer, and salt air. I could easily envision Pete and Jas’s abandoned houses on the cliff above the beach. I wish I could have curled up and stayed a while longer, it was that sort of place.

Speaking of Jas, he is Pete’s foil and I wouldn’t exactly call him Captain Hook. Honestly, he really doesn’t have a character equivalent in the original story. Jas is his own character. He is a drug dealer who Wendy’s brothers may have hung out with. Wendy, while looking for them, is pulled in to Jas’s world where she finds a piece of herself and I’m not really sure she wants to leave. Jas was probably my favorite character in this novel, although, I usually have a soft spot for teenage drug dealers with problems.

Overall, I liked the twisty-turney plot and how Sheinmel made the timeless tale of Peter Pan truly her own. If you’re looking for a deeper sort of beach read look no further!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Girl from the Well Blog Tour

The Girl From The Well
Author: Rin Chupeco
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: August 5, 2014

You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night.

A dead girl walks the streets.
She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.
And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.
Because the boy has a terrifying secret - one that would just kill to get out.
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Remember when Japanese horror movies were all the rage? Well, The Girl from the Well channels Japanese horror, a la` The Ring and The Grudge, and reinvents the story of the girl from down the well giving her a back story.

The Girl from the Well begins with the ghost killing a killer. It starts off very violently and honestly I was ready to DNF it right there. I wasn’t sure it was my thing, but I read on and I am glad I did!

Rin Chupeco has a very distinctive style of writing and I think this style lent itself well to the horror story atmosphere. I also liked that the feeling she created wasn’t lost when the characters left America and visited Japan.

I really enjoyed how Chupeco made a character who is made out to be a villain in the movies the heroine of this story. It was interesting to see more of her back story and discover how she came to be at the bottom of a well.

I also liked the inclusion in the story of Japanese doll’s and Shinto exorcisms. It is something I’m not very familiar with and I loved watching the old and new Japan meet.

Overall, The Girl from the Well was a dark and atmospheric novel. I enjoyed the setting, and found the story to be fresh and original.

About The Author
Despite an unsettling resemblance to Japanese revenants, Rin always maintains her sense of hummus. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. Dances like the neighbors are watching.

Her work, The Girl from the Well, is a YA psychological horror novel due out in Fall 2014, pitched as "Dexter" meets "The Grudge". She is represented by Nicole LaBombard and Rebecca Podos of the Helen Rees Agency.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Clear Your Shelf giveaway hop! You have the chance to win one of the below books off my shelf. Just fill out the rafflecopter and you're entered to win. 

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson
Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund
On A Dark Wing by Jordan Dane
The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore

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