Monday, February 27, 2012

Cover Reveal: Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas

Entangled Publishing is really on a roll with fantastic-sounding YA novels. Here's the latest book and cover from them...it's called Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas.

 Scheduled for release on September 11, 2012

Description (Taken from Goodreads): 
My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings. And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since.

The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me.

But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I think I’ve already helped them win.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

In My Mailbox Vlog - (2/26/12)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It is a list of any of the books you may have received in the past week from bookstores, libraries, authors/publishers, trades, etc.

I haven't used me Nook in quite some time, but I've finally pulled it out from under a pile of clothes and went a little crazy buying books for it.


For Review:
Ship of Souls by Zetta Elliot
Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin

Won:
The Nightmare Garden by Catlin Kittredge

For Review on my Nook:
Being Friends With Boys by Tera Elan McVoy
Never Enough by Denise Jaden
Don't Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala
Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz
Griffin's Fire by Darby Karchut
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
The Wednesdays by Julie Bourbeau

Bought on my Nook:
But I Love Him by Amanda Grace * I said this was for review, but it's one I bought
Touch by Jus Accardo
Try Not To Breathe by Jennifer Hubbard
The Hourglass Door (The Hourglass Door, #1) by Lisa Mangum
The Golden Spiral (The Hourglass Door, #2) by Lisa Mangum
The Forgotten Locket (The Hourglass Door, #3) by Lisa Mangum
The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1) by Cinda Williams Chima
The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms, #2) by Cinda Williams Chima
Tempest by Julie Cross
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Hallowed (Unearthly, #2) by Cynthia Hand
Die For Me by Amy Plum

Thursday, February 23, 2012

In Case You Missed the Cover: What's Left of Me & Time Between Us

There are soooo many unbelievably awesome looking books coming out this year. Here are two!
Scheduled for release on September 18, 2012

Description (Taken from Goodreads):
NEVER LET ME GO meets HIS DARK MATERIALS in a beautiful, haunting YA debut, the first book in The Hybrid Trilogy.

Eva and Addie live in a world where everyone is born with two souls, but where only the dominant one is allowed to survive childhood. Fifteen years old, and closer even than twins, the girls are keeping Eva, the ‘second soul’, a secret. They know that it’s forbidden to be hybrid, but how could they ever be apart?

When a dramatic event reveals what really happens to hybrids if they are discovered, Eva and Addie face a dangerous fight for survival, neither wanting to be the one left behind…

Find Kat Zhang online:
Website | Blog | Twitter

Pre-order it online:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository

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Scheduled for release on October 9, 2012

Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett’s unique ability to travel through time and space brings him into Anna’s life, and with him, a new world of adventure and possibility.

As their relationship deepens, they face the reality that time might knock Bennett back where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate—and what consequences they can bear in order to stay together.

Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, TIME BETWEEN US is a stunning and spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new talent in YA fiction.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Book Review: The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison

Title: The Butterfly Clues
Author: Kate Ellison
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Egmont USA
e-ARC, 325 pages
Date Published: February 14, 2012
Source: NetGalley
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Penelope (Lo) Marin has always loved to collect beautiful things. Her dad's consulting job means she's grown up moving from one rundown city to the next, and she's learned to cope by collecting (sometimes even stealing) quirky trinkets and souvenirs in each new place--possessions that allow her to feel at least some semblance of home.

But in the year since her brother Oren's death, Lo's hoarding has blossomed into a full-blown, potentially dangerous obsession. She discovers a beautiful, antique butterfly pendant during a routine scour at a weekend flea market, and recognizes it as having been stolen from the home of a recently murdered girl known only as "Sapphire"--a girl just a few years older than Lo. As usual when Lo begins to obsess over something, she can't get the murder out of her mind.

As she attempts to piece together the mysterious "butterfly clues," with the unlikely help of a street artist named Flynt, Lo quickly finds herself caught up in a seedy, violent underworld much closer to home than she ever imagined--a world, she'll ultimately discover, that could hold the key to her brother's tragic death.
The Butterfly Clues begins with a killer opening. . .literally. Gunshots and death kick off Penelope ‘Lo’ Marin’s tale of mystery and thrilling whodunit. Lo’s brush with death and her subsequent involvement in the murder of the stripper Sapphire drive the entire story. Lo’s need, no urge, to figure out what happened to the girl she didn’t know is unbreakable. As are Lo’s little eccentricities and her OCD habits.

As strong as the story starts off, it does lag quite a bit in the middle. Lo’s habits and urges are interesting enough at first, but I could only take so much tap tap tap, banana-ing. And she does it a lot. And that’s exactly how OCD works – Lo’s debilitating urges are spot on, but when they’re written in a book, they can be too much. I felt like I could never get down to who Lo was and connect with her because all we see are her urges and desire to be someone else. Lo’s OCD took the focus away from the murder and away from the dingy, scary Neverland of Cleveland and the beauty of the sweet boy Flynt.

Parts of the story are also a bit predictable; which didn’t really bother me. For all the parts that were predictable, there were ten other ones that caught me off guard. And even though The Butterfly Clues lags some in the middle, the last third of the book takes off like a rocket. Once Lo starts putting the puzzle pieces together, this complex mystery starts to unravel.

The Butterfly Clues is a mystery novel at its heart. It has a dash of love drama, a handful of family issues, and a whole lot of investigating. It had so much potential to be incredible, but was only just okay for me. I can see many others (and know a good handful of people) loving it though and it is certainly worth checking out.

Opening line: I spot her out of the corner of my eye and freeze. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines/passages:
Now you know what curiosity did.
Be careful, or you’ll end up like the cat. ~ pg. 79

*This is the e-ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy  
2.5
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Book Review: First Day on Earth by Cecil Castellucci

Title: First Day on Earth
Author: Cecil Castellucci
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Scholastic
ARC, 150 pages
Date Published: November 1, 2011
Source: NEIBA
Description (Taken from Goodreads): 
A startling, wonderful novel about the true meaning of being an alien in an equally alien world.

"We are specks. Pieces of dust in this universe. Big nothings.

"I know what I am."

Mal lives on the fringes of high school. Angry. Misunderstood. Yet loving the world -- or, at least, an idea of the world.

Then he meets Hooper. Who says he's from another planet. And may be going home very soon.
First Day on Earth is very quick read, but it packs a lot of punch in its 150 pages. It’s also quite different than what I expected. It seems like it’d be an alien book, but it focusses so much more on humankind and our existence with one another. The main character Mal has pain etched all over him.

The simplicity of Castellucci’s writing and character dialogue evokes even more emotion because it’s real. Mal is an angry, bitter, broken kid with a great heart and Castellucci shows the reader just that. He becomes no more and no less than who he is and I love that about him. Despite his father abandoning him, despite his alcoholic mother, despite being mocked and bullied, Mal is a wonderful, caring human being.

And Mal isn’t alone. He meets Hooper, a seemingly homeless, but very happy guy, and they become friends. Along the way Posey – a girl Mal’s had a crush on forever – and Darwyn – the constant cool kid tagalong – join their group to make four. The banding together of this group of outcasts (Posey isn’t exactly an outcast, but feels it all the same) is endearing and heartwarming.

We see Mal, Posey, and Darwyn struggle with basic human need to fit in. Then we see Hooper not even attempt to fit in, but still fit so well with them. The ending leaves the story open up to interpretation. It leaves the reader with the task of deciding whether or not extraterrestrial life exists or whether this goofy, fun character was really just a weirdo with a great spirit.

Opening line: You think you know what I am, the kid slumped in his chair in the back row, with greasy hair, wearing all black. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines/passages: 
So I find myself standing on the edge of an emotional cliff where I know I’m about to be disappointed. Again.
      I’m about to be left behind. Again.
      I know about pain. And I don’t think I can bear it. ~ pg. 123 *This is the ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy  
4.5
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Cover Reveal: Gravity by Melissa West

Entangled Publishing has released some seriously awesome YA books in the last several months and it doesn't look like they plan on stopping anytime soon.

Coming this October, Entangled is releasing this phenomenal-sounding book and I'm happy to be one of the blogs revealing the cover for GRAVITY by Melissa West

Check it out below:
Scheduled for release October 2012
 
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
In the future, only one rule will matter:
 
Don't. Ever. Peek.
 
Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed - arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die. 
 
Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she's been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she's falling for him. But Ari isn't just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. Sheąs a military legacy whoąs been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know - especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

In Case You Missed The Cover: Glitch & Auracle

Here are two 2012 releases that I've been excited for for months. And now, they have covers!!
Scheduled for release on August 7, 2012

Description (Taken from Goodreads):
In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.

When Zoe starts to malfunction (or "glitch"), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.

As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.

In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.

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Scheduled for release August 7, 2012

Description (Taken from Goodreads):
On the surface, there’s nothing remarkable about Anna Rogan: She gets average grades, she’s not especially fashionable, she spends most of her time just hanging out with her best friend Rei. But Anna does have a remarkable secret: she has the ability to do astral projection. She uses her out-of-body experiences to explore the universe, until one day when there’s an accident at school and her classmate Taylor gets into her body. Now Taylor’s using her new identity to accuse an innocent boy of murder and she shows no signs of leaving Anna’s body. The only person who knows Anna’s secret is Rei, and as her feelings for Rei grow she must face a future where they can never touch...unless they can find a way to get Taylor out of Anna’s body, stop the murder trial, and discover the true nature of Anna’s power.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Book Review: Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne

Title: Harbinger
Author: Sara Wilson Etienne
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Putnam
ARC, 308 pages
Date Published: February 2, 2012
Source: Author/Publisher
Description (Taken from Goodreads): 
When sixteen-year-old Faye arrives at Holbrook Academy, she doesn't expect to find herself exactly where she needs to be. After years of strange waking visions and nightmares, her only comfort the bones of dead animals, Faye is afraid she's going crazy. Fast.

But her first night at Holbrook, she feels strangely connected to the school and the island it sits on, like she's come home. She's even made her first real friends, but odd things keep happening to them. Every morning they wake on the floors of their dorm rooms with their hands stained red.

Faye knows she's the reason, but what does it all mean? The handsome Kel tries to help her unravel the mystery, but Faye is certain she can't trust him; in fact, he may be trying to kill her - and the rest of the world too.

Rich, compelling writing will keep the pages turning in this riveting and tautly told psychological thriller.
Words cannot adequately describe Harbinger because the book is an explosion of misleading statements and confusing events. The entire time I was reading it, I was attempting to sort out one clue from the next, constantly wavering between fiction and reality.

Sara Wilson Etienne has crafted an incredible, phenomenal, and radically unique debut that will mess with your mind and open your eyes. It’s part disturbing – it takes place in some future world where cities are full of savagery and scarcity runs rampant – part sexy – Kel is mysterious and dangerous, but definitely has a side of yummy to him – and all-absorbing. Etienne’s storytelling has fast-paced moments, character depth, and a history that is as unpredictable as it is complex.

From the very first page, readers will be taken by Faye, curious about Holbrook, and fearful of what the future holds. The creepy undertones, the nightmares, and looming unknown add this tension to the book that made me furiously turn the pages, desperate for more. The mystery behind Faye and her new Family’s blood-stained hands is ever evolving. One answer only leads to more questions and I was eager to know more.

Harbinger is a bold debut from a hugely talented author. Each and every character has a purpose in the story and wow, is it quite the story! The twists are unexpected and the mystery ever-evolving. Readers will eat it up.

Opening line: My nose prickled with the stench of dead flowers and mildew. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines/passages: She locked me in the dark and I said thank you. ~ pg. 52
 And a less creeptastic one:
I wanted the hot breath of night against my skin. I wanted to be touched, but not eclipsed. ~ pg. 146  

*This is the ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy
First favorite of the year!
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 
 
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Monday, February 6, 2012

Win The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe by Infecting Your Friends


INFECT YOUR FRIENDS!!

Weird, right?

But awesome.

Megan Crewe, author of the just released The Way We Fall, is currently hosting a HUGE giveaway with 6 prize packs (including SIGNED books) up for grabs. And all you have to do is post about the giveaway and spread the word.

So if you're feeling overly kind (or just have a minute to spare) I'd love if you left a comment here - comments on a spread the word post = entry - and make sure you get to posting yourself!!

And in case you're wondering what the big deal is about The Way We Fall, here are just a few tidbits:

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 Things start like this - perfectly normal neighbors go a little cuckoo

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Then people with masks and guns show up

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And life becomes a real-life Harper's Island...complete with a diagram of who's dead - or to make it easier, who's not dead yet.



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Sunday, February 5, 2012

In My Mailbox - (2/5/12)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It is a list of any of the books you may have received in the past week from bookstores, libraries, authors/publishers, trades, etc.

Not too much this past week or two and I was too lazy/exhausted from work to make a vlog....I probably would have just rambled on about how tired I was and how I'm supposed to get out of work at 11PM, but didn't leave until 12:45.

Anywho, here's what I got! I'm wicked excited about all of them and was even more excited to see a good friend's name in the acknowledgements of Masters of the Veil!
For Review:
Masters of the Veil by Daniel A. Cohen
Pure (Pure, #1) by Julianna Baggott
Operative (Ganzfield series, #5) by Kate Kaynak (and she signed it!)

And in BEA news....I have a room!!!! I'm so excited to have some of the planning done waaaayyyy ahead. Which is completely different from last year when a friend and I decided to go about 3 weeks before the actual date.
Now, my friends and I have a room, we've all registered, and we're excited to go! I cannot wait for all the fun times that are sure to be had this summer.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Book Review: Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony & Rodrigo Corral

Title: Chopsticks
Author: Jessica Anthony & Rodrigo Corral
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Razorbill
ARC, 272 pages
Date Published: February 2, 2012
Source: NEIBA
Description (Taken from Goodreads):  Glory is a young piano prodigy. Frank is the boy who moves in next door. Over the years, their friendship blossoms into an undeniable romance. As Glory descends from stunning piano prodigy into a kind of madness, Frank's love becomes more and more unshakable. They both become hopelessly fixated on the song "Chopsticks".
Part love story, part mystery, part visual collage, this novel is told through images as much as it's told through words. Ultimately the reader must decipher what is real, what is imagined, and what has been madness all along.

Richly imagined by author Jessica Anthony and hauntingly designed by Rodrigo Corral, Chopsticks will rivet teens and adults alike on numerous platforms, including a gorgeous book and paid app for the iPhone and iPad, with many additional features.


Chopsticks is an innovative story that intrigues the reader with both its words and its photos. The tale of two teens in love unfolds with little preamble and even fewer words. It’s told through notes, through photographs, text messages, letters, and little trinkets from Glory and Frank’s life.

Yet none of it is quite what it seems. These images and messages give the reader a very intimate peek into these two people, but also an incomplete one. We see only bits and pieces of them and of their relationship and as it all unfolds, some things don’t add up.

Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral have tackled a rarely utilized medium and done so splendidly. Together, their words and images tell a story that is heartfelt and complex. It’s a fast ‘read,’ but one that needs a second glance because the ending is so far from where it started, that I needed to get through all the middle again to see it in a different light.

Readers should enthusiastically embrace this new medium for books, as it offers a different side to a story. I can’t say much, plotwise, without giving away huge details, so I’ll say this: pick up Chopsticks. You won’t regret it. And if you feel like you do, this will still make a killer coffee table book. Once anyone picks it up, it’s impossible to put down – each image is a puzzle piece and once you get the outline, you have to figure the rest out.
*This is the ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 
 
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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Book Review: The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards

Title: The Book of Wonders
Author: Jasmine Richards
Reading Level: Middle Grade
Publisher: HarperCollins
ARC, 400 pages
Date Published: January 17, 2012
Source: Author/Publisher
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Magic, Djinn, Ogres, and Sorcerers. Thirteen-year-old Zardi loves to hear stories about fantastical beings, long banned from the kingdom of Arribitha. But anyone caught whispering of their powers will feel the rage of the sultan—a terrifying usurper who, even with his eyes closed, can see all.

When her own beloved sister is captured by the evil ruler, Zardi knows that she must go to any lengths to rescue her. Along with her best friend, Ridhan—a silver-haired, violet-eyed boy of mysterious origins—and an unlikely crew of sailors led by the infamous Captain Sinbad, Zardi ventures forth into strange and wondrous territory with a seemingly impossible mission: to bring magic back to Arribitha and defeat the sultan once and for all.
The Book of Wonders has something to offer for every single reader. The magic will thrill, the characters will steal your heart, and the constant excitement will keep you turning the pages. Zardi, the main character, along with her best friend Rhidan, set out on the high seas in search of more than just an adventure. They have a goal – save Zardi’s father and sister and discover Rhidan’s history. They’re two youngsters with huge responsibilities that middle grade readers will love.

The book starts off a bit slowly, but everything that happens in the beginning is needed to understand and truly invest in Zardi and Rhidan’s quest.  Some parts do drag a bit, but the action packed in is more than enough to keep young readers hooked. The evil Sultan, charming Sinbad, huge birds, slithering snakes, Cyclops, and traitorous friends who may really be foes move the story along in ways that are unimagined. It feels like there are a thousand different aspects to The Book of Wonders and all of them pay off.

Jasmine Richards’ debut is wondrously plotted, with monsters and magic, and friends and foes. Each setting is different; from Arribitha, Desolation Island, the caves, the snakes home, even the pirate ship the Falcon – they all come to life. Readers will never know exactly what is going to happen, but will more than delight in figuring it out. Zardi and Rhidan are two young heroes to cheer for and grow with. They may have closed one chapter in their own book of wonders, but I’m looking forward to each and every one that follows.

Opening line:
“I heard the noise first.” ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines/passages: “Good-byes are tricky thinkgs,” Khalila murmured. “Hard but necessary. You realize that, once you’ve been alive as long as me.” ~ pg. 397

*This is the ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy  
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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