Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (#44) - Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong



Waiting on Wednesday is Hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine

Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends, #1)

Goodreads: Kelley Armstrong, #1 New York Times bestselling author, takes an exciting new direction with this big, breathtaking blend of fantasy, romance, horror, and pulse-pounding action, perfect for fans of Graceling and Game of Thrones.
Twin sisters Moria and Ashyn were marked at birth to become the Keeper and the Seeker of Edgewood, beginning with their sixteenth birthday. Trained in fighting and in the secret rites of the spirits, they lead an annual trip into the Forest of the Dead. There, the veil between the living world and the beyond is thinnest, and the girls pay respect to the spirits who have passed.
But this year, their trip goes dreadfully wrong.
With all the heart-stopping romance and action that have made her a #1 New York Times bestselling author, and set in an unforgettably rich and dangerous world, this first epic book in the Age of Legends trilogy will appeal to Kelley Armstrong's legions of fans around the world and win her many new ones.
 Why I'm Waiting For It: There is absolutely not words to describe how I'm so excited for this book! I love Kelley ever since her Darkest Powers series and I'm a fan. Blurbed as "perfect for fans of Graceling and Game of Thrones" I'm dying to get my hands on this!


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Monday, October 28, 2013

Captivating & Enchanting: Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

FangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell 
Date Released: September 10, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Pages: 433 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: For Review
Rating: Loved
Series: Standalone

Goodreads Synopsis: From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind? 

From Goodreads



I was so blown away with Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell, you are officially one of my favorite YA contemporary writers in 2013! Fangirl was a coming of age novel with the perfect characters who where fun and bubbly. I honestly I fell in love with the characters and plotline. This is my second book by Rowell and it's not going to be my last for sure. 

Cath and Wren are twin sisters who loved writing their own take on Gemma T. Lesile's Simon Snow books but when the college life comes Cath and Wren are separated  Cath never believed this would happen and she doesn't know whether to open up to the new people and environment around her, especially to her roommate, Reagan and new guy, Levi. To add to her stress, she is busy in her world of Simon Snow and worrying about her dad 24/7. I love Fangirl ever since the first page, Rowell showcases Cath in such a relatable and fun way I loved it! She knows how to balance fun and seriousness in Fangirl and even in Eleanor and Park. I grew with Cath throughout the whole novel and she is definitely memorable, especially with Levi. What I loved even more was when Rowell took a different approach in writing these fun and laugh out loud scenes! I especially loved the skinny b*tich part a lot and had me dying!

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There was so romance in Fangirl which was a big aspect in contemporary books, but here it was done perfectly with Cath and Levi. I'm not talking about the typical love triangle, but their relationship was fun and it's something YA readers would respond to. Cath grew so much out of their relationship I was blown away at how Rowell seamlessly weaved it into the book. Fangirl was of relationships like between Cath and Simon Snow, Cath and Wren. Reagan and Levi, it was done simplistic without overwhelming the reader! 

I loved Fangirl and I'm sure any YA reader would say so too! It those curl under the cover book where you would turn the pages to see how Cath story starts and ends. It was a eye opening book about growing up and learning when your story begins. I was blown away with the characters, the relationships, and honesty I would read it again in a heart beat!  


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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (#43) - This Side of Salvation by Jeri-Ready Smith



Waiting on Wednesday is Hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine


This Side of Salvation
Goodreads Summary: Everyone mourns differently. When his older brother was killed, David got angry. As in, fist-meets-someone-else’s-face furious. But his parents? They got religious. David’s still figuring out his relationship with a higher power, but there’s one thing he does know for sure: The closer he gets to new-girl Bailey, the better, brighter, happier, more he feels.

Then his parents start cutting all their worldly ties in to prepare for the Rush, the divine moment when the faithful will be whisked off to Heaven…and they want David to do the same. David’s torn. There’s a big difference between living in the moment and giving up his best friend, varsity baseball, and Bailey—especially Bailey—in hope of salvation.

But when he comes home late from prom, and late for the Rush, to find that his parents have vanished, David is in more trouble than he ever could have imagined...

Why I'm Waiting For It: This might be my first Jeri-Ready Smith book ever..and I eager to pick it up! The cover is truly amazing and simplistic, which I love. In addition, I love the approach to the mourning and I'm dying to see how Jeri takes it with her readers! Overall, I hope it's a solid book that will make me pick up her other books! Looking forward to this one in April 1, 2014!

This Side of Salvation by Jeri-Ready Smith will be released on April 1, 2014 by Simon Pulse.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fresh Off The Press (#4) - Oct 22


Here are all the amazing book releasing from Oct 22! I'm so excited for these title and I can't wait to grab my copy soon! 
*These include new releases but also paperbacks*

Hardcover: 

Allegiant (Divergent Series #3) (B&N Exclusive Edition) by Veronica Roth: Book CoverDivergent Series Complete Box Set by Veronica Roth: Book CoverTeardrop (Teardrop Trilogy Series #1) (B&N Exclusive Edition) by Lauren Kate: Book CoverReality Boy by A. S. King: Book Cover

Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano: Book CoverFreakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark: Book Cover

Paperback: 

Beautiful Redemption (Beautiful Creatures Series #4) by Kami Garcia: Book CoverThe Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds Series #1) by Alexandra Bracken: Book CoverAshen Winter by Mike Mullin: Book Cover

This week is a bucketload of releases! I'm so pre-ordering Allegiant and Perfect Ruin no matter what! I also really want to pick up The Darkest Minds just because I want to see what they hype it about it last year and it definitely looks promising!

Happy Reading and comment below if you are looking forward to any of the releases above or if I missed any good books this Tuesday :)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (#42) - How To Love by Katie Cotungo



Waiting on Wednesday is Hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine

How to Love

Goodreads Summary: Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.

After: Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer’s being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice

Why I'm Waiting For It: I love contemporaries and I absolutely want to pick up How To Love because it sounds like it is going to be amazing! Pretty vague right? But there's something about reading the synopsis that I love about it! 

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Monday, October 14, 2013

A Provocative Beginning: Starters - Lissa Price

Starters (Starters and Enders, #1)Starters by Lissa Price
Date Released: March 13, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers

Pages: 352 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Won @ Doodle's Book Blog
Rating: Loved
Series: (Starters and Enders #1) 

Goodreads Synopsis: HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.
He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . . 

From Goodreads


Starters by Lissa Price was one of the best dystopians I read in 2013 and I read a good amount. What makes Starters stand out in all the dystopians I read this year was how face paced it was, how fresh its ideas were, and all the characters were memorable. But behind the actions scenes, heart pounding secrets there was a message about using bodies to rent in the future. In addition, you get a kick ass characters, Callie, perfectly paced action scenes, and an ending that makes you wonder about the future. 

I loved Callie right from the beginning! She had this fighter instinct in her because she and her brother lost their parents, don't have any money, and she is doing all she can do survive. Her only hope is using her body to get money from Renters in the Prime Destinations. As Callie makes the choice she is also struggling with herself inside and the body of the renter. Lissa Price definitely did her concept of teen bodies justice! All the choices Callie had to make and who to trust was such a page turner! I was so anxious to see what she would do and she was such a strong character it made the book impossible to put down! Strong and fierce characters with a moving plot line created one of the best dystopians I read! 



Another thing I loved was the real message behind it and Lissa Price shows how true evil in people is real. She got her message across and I'm so excited to see how the second book picks up from the first. I hope we do see some answers because Lissa Price will leave you hanging with some questions you want to find out. One thing that definitely could have been done in Starters was having those scenes where Callie could have questioned what she was doing at time. 

Starters is a promising starter to a great dystopian series. Filled with memorable characters, action, and a deep message, Starters will appeal to every young adult reader and even older audiences! I fully recommend Starters and I'm dying to see what Enders has in store for me!

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

New To Shelves (#35) - Man Made Time After Time


New To Shelves is a way to share all the great books I got this whole week and to add to my TBR Pile! It also includes a roundup of what's going to happen next week on the blog. It's a new name but similar meme.

I'll be linking up to:

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This week was great! Even though I had only one post, I received some amazing books, which I'm dying to share with you.

Received





Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone (So excited for this! Loved the first one and I'm dying to read it from Bennett's POV)
Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron (Also excited for this, even though it is not my typical read! Definitely expanding my horizons :)

Library:


The Elite by Kiera Cass 


Coming Up This Week:
Reviews of Starters, Fangirl, Time After Time
Waiting on Wednesday and Follow Friday
and more!


Now..What's New On Your Shelves? 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Fresh Off The Press (#3) Sept 30 - Oct 7


Here at the book releasing from the week of September 30 - October 7, 2013!

Hardcover:
The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima: Book CoverEndless (Jessica Shirvington's Embrace Series #4) by Jessica Shirvington: Book CoverPerfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles Series #1) by Lauren DeStefano: Book CoverFall of Night (Morganville Vampires Series #14) by Rachel Caine: Book Cover

Shadowlark (Skylark Trilogy Series #2) by Meagan Spooner: Book Cover

Paperback:
Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick: Book CoverRebel Heart by Moira Young: Book CoverTouching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini: Book CoverMonstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama: Book Cover

Those are all the great books coming out this week! Hope you decide to pick them up! I'm definitely excited for Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano!

 
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