Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Cover Characteristic: Beach (6)

Cover Characteristic
This a meme where each week a book cover characteristic will be selected by the host. You then choose 5 covers to post with that particular characteristic. 
This week's theme:
Beach

 The Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond





















Juliet Immortal series (Juliet Immortal, Romeo Redeemed) by Stacey Jay

Stay by Deb Caletti






















Starcrossed trilogy (Starcrossed, Dreamless) by Josephine Angelini

My favorite cover of the week:
 The Story of Us by Deb Caletti

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Assassin and the Underworld (Throne of Glass #0.3) by Sarah J Maas

When the King of the Assassins gives Celaena Sardothien a special assignment that will help fight slavery in the kingdom, she jumps at the chance to strike a blow against an evil practice. The misson is a dark and deadly affair which takes Celaena from the rooftops of the city to the bottom of the sewer—and she doesn’t like what she finds there.
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First line:
The cavernous entrance hall of the Assassin's Keep was silent as Celeana Sardothien stalked across the marble floor, a letter clutched between her fingers.
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Format read:
Nook ebook
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Rated:
4 stars out of 5
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 Celaena has had a hard life. Orphaned at age eight. Trained to be an assassin and pitted against those her age. Betrayed by Ansel. Beat by Arobynn. It's nice to see her begin to let her walls down with Sam. I'm looking forward to more development of their relationship. Sam is awesome. Arobynn is a possessive, controlling creep. Obsessing over a girl who's half your age? That's really creepy. He does make the perfect villian, though. In this book, we we're getting a peek at Celaena's softer side rather than her hard exterior.

Throne of Glass Review Fest

7/16 - Review of The Assassin and the Pirate Lord
7/20 - Release of The Assassin and the Empire
7/23 - Review of The Assassin and the Desert
7/30 - Review of The Assassin and the Underworld
8/6 - Review of The Assassin and the Empire
8/7 - Release of Throne of Glass
8/13 - Review of Throne of Glass


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Song on Sunday (5)

Lady Antebellum - Just a Kiss
Significant Lyrics:
I know that if we give this a little time
It'll only bring us closer to the love we wanna find
It's never felt so real, no, it's never felt so right 

This song is perfect for the beach scene in Catching Fire. Throughout the book, Katniss has trying to sort out her feelings for Peeta and the beach is pretty much where she finds the extent of them. This si such a sweet song and it's an amazingly sweet scene.


Saturday, July 28, 2012

New Releases: July 31 and August 2

July 31
Fearless (Elementals #1.5) by Brigid Kemmerer
Being a force of nature doesn’t keep you safe.

Hunter Garrity is used to watching his back. The kids at school sense something different about him. And they’re right.

Hunter has powers that have nothing to do with how hard he can throw a punch.

Maybe that’s what Clare Kasten is picking up. She’s shy, quiet, and intense, but she’s sought him out. There’s no telling what she wants from him.

But Hunter knows enough to sense a secret when it’s close. And getting close to Clare is a danger he’s ready to face…

Flawed by Kate Avelynn
Sarah O’Brien is only alive because of the pact she and her brother made twelve years ago—James will protect her from their violent father if she promises to never leave him. For years, she’s watched James destroy his life to save hers. If all he asks for in return is her affection, she’ll give it freely.

Until, with a tiny kiss and a broken mind, he asks for more than she can give.

Sam Donavon has been James’s best friend—and the boy Sarah’s had a crush on—for as long as she can remember. As their forbidden relationship deepens, Sarah knows she’s in trouble. Quiet, serious Sam has decided he’s going to save her. Neither of them realize James is far more unstable than her father ever was, or that he’s not about to let Sarah forget her half of the pact...

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
"I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise." Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

So wrong for each other...and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

"An edgy romance that pulls you in and never lets go. I was hooked!"-Gena Showalter,  New York Times bestselling author of the Intertwined series.

The Goddess Legacy (The Goddess Test #2.5) by Aimee Carter
For millennia we've caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aime e Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows.

Calliope/Hera represented constancy and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness....

Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal....

Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another....

James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others-but never knew true loss before....

Henry/Hades's solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him a new hope....

Five original novellas of love, loss and longing and the will to survive throughout the ages.

Touching Smoke (Touch #1) by Airicka Phoenix
“What am I?”

“Mine… always!”

This summer… their love will annihilate the world!


For sixteen-year-old FALLON BRAEDEN, being haunted was just another day in the life of a gypsy, like being on the run had always been a closely guarded secret her mother would have happily taken to the grave… if her past hadn’t caught with them.

But when Fallon is stalked by fire-throwing demons, nearly killed by rebel mutants and finds a soul mate she can never have, even her normally unusual life is thrown into a tangled web of love, lies and betrayal.

As worlds collide, secrets unfold and blood is spilt, Fallon comes to several unsettling revelations: she’s not entirely human, her creator has a bounty on her head and the only one who can save her is the one person she has to keep at arm’s length or risk destroying the world for.
Barnes&Noble  |  Amazon  |  Goodreads  |  Airicka Phoenix

While it Lasts (Sea Breeze #3) by Abbi Glines

Maybe driving home after a few (or more) shots of tequila had been a bad idea, but hell, he did it all the time. The cops had to have been freaking bored to have pulled him over. He wasn’t even swerving! That’s Cage York’s story and he’s sticking to it.

Unfortunately, his baseball coach isn’t buying it. Cage has a free ride to the local junior college for baseball -- or he did, until he’d gotten a DUI. Now, Cage has to decide: does he drop out and give up his dream of getting noticed by a college in the SEC, and possibly making it into the Major Leagues -- or does he give in to his coach’s demands and spend his summer bailing hay?

Eva Brooks planned out her life step by step when she was eight years old. Not once over the years had she lost sight of her goals. Josh Beasley, her next door neighbor, had been the center of those goals. He’d been her first boyfriend at seven, her first kiss at ten, her first date at fifteen, and her first tragedy at eighteen. The moment she’d received the phone call from Josh’s mother saying he’d been killed along with four other soldiers just north of Baghdad, Eva’s carefully planned life imploded in the worst way possible.

Cage isn’t real happy with his closet-sized bedroom in the back of a foul smelling barn, or his daily interactions with cows, but he knows that if he doesn’t make his coach happy then he can kiss his scholarship goodbye. Only a sick and twisted man would decide his punishment was to be working on a farm all summer. No hot babes in bikinis waiting to meet a Southern boy to make her vacation complete. Just him and the damned cows.

Oh -- and an uptight, snarky brunette with the biggest blue eyes he’s every seen. But she doesn’t count, because as hard as he’s tried to charm her out of her panties - he’s pretty sure she’d rather see him hung from the rafters than let him get a taste of her pretty little lips.

August 2
Survive by Alex Morel
Hatchet meets Lost in this modern-day adventure tale of one girl's reawakening

Jane is on a plane on her way home to Montclair, New Jersey, from a mental hospital. She is about to kill herself. Just before she can swallow a lethal dose of pills, the plane hits turbulence and everything goes black. Jane wakes up amidst piles of wreckage and charred bodies on a snowy mountaintop. There is only one other survivor: a boy named Paul, who inspires Jane to want to fight for her life for the first time.

Jane and Paul scale icy slopes and huddle together for warmth at night, forging an intense emotional bond. But the wilderness is a vast and lethal force, and only one of them will survive.
  

Friday, July 27, 2012

Cover Reveals x2

Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, epic urban fantasy set in a richly imagined world of shadowhunters, vampires, werewolves, fairies, and more, has captured the imaginations and loyalty of hundreds of thousands of YA readers. Originally a trilogy (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass), the series has extended to six titles, plus a prequel trilogy, the Infernal Devices, and a planned sequel series, the Dark Artifices. A feature film is planned for 2013.

Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader (Anthology), edited by Clare (who provides an introduction to the book and to each piece), is a collection of YA authors writing about the series and its world.


Goodreads  |  Cassandra Clare




  Zoe is free. She has escaped the enslavement of the Community, disconnected from the hardware that had controlled her every thought and emotion, and evaded capture by the Chancellor intent on killing her. She is finally free, but she is far from safe.

Zoe and Adrien hide themselves from detection at the Foundation, an academy that trains teen glitchers to fight in the Resistance movement. Together, Zoe and her new team of superhuman fighters must risk their lives to rescue other glitchers and humans from the Chancellor's control. Challenges abound at every turn, and Adrien, who has become silent, distant, and tormented by his visions of the future, only adds to the growing certainty of defeat. But worst of all, as Zoe's team fights against impossible odds, distrust and betrayal leads to the terrible discovery that their greatest threat could already be lurking behind the safe walls of the Foundation.


 Glitch #2


Goodreads  |  Heather Anastasiu

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Taking Faith: A Stealing Grace novella by Shelly Crane

A Novella to follow Stealing Grace ~ Amy was taken, right along with Elena, from her life. Roger is harsh to her. He barely speaks to her except to tell her to do things around the house. He barely looks at her, as if he doesn't know what to do with her. She was afraid. Afraid that he would make her his wife in every way against her will...but he hasn't, and she wonders why. She wonders what is it that Roger wants with her...after he stole her to be his wife.
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First line:
Roger was pacing an angry prowl in his living room.
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Format read:
Nook ebook
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Rated:
4 stars out of 5
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 It was great to read Roger and Amy's story. I always wondered about their tale after reading Stealing Grace. They were such amazing characters, I wanted to know more. The look into Roger's terrible was well written. I loved how Amy wanted to save him, to show him kindness for no reason at all except that no one ever had.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (4)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Spark
by Brigid Kemmerer
Elemental #2
Published: August 28, 2012

From Goodreads:
Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally.

Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Like the fire that killed his parents.

Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he’s not doing it.

More than Gabriel’s pride is at stake -- this could cost him his family, maybe his life. And no one seems to hear him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own.

Gabriel can’t let her guess about his brothers, about his abilities, about the danger that’s right at his heels. But there are some risks he can’t help taking.

The fuse is lit…

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Cover Characteristic: Prominent Eye (5)

Cover Characteristic
This a meme where each week a book cover characteristic will be selected by the host. You then choose 5 covers to post with that particular characteristic. 
This week's theme:
Prominent Eye

 Cleopatra Confesses by Carolyn Meyer

The Water Wars by Cameron Stratcher



Shatter Me series (Shatter Me, Destroy Me, Unravel Me) by Taherah Mafi

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

My favorite cover of the week:
Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Assassin and the Desert (Throne of Glass #0..2) by Sarah J Maas

The Silent Assassins of the Red Desert aren’t much for conversation, and Celaena Sardothien wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s not there to chatter, she’s there to hone her craft as the world’s most feared killer for hire. When the quiet is shattered by forces who want to destroy the Silent Assassins, Celaena must find a way to stop them, or she’ll be lucky to leave the desert alive.
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First line:
There was nothing left in the world except sand and wind.
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Format read:
Nook ebook
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Rated:
4 stars out of 5
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 Celaena actually makes a friend. Which seemed impossible in the first novella because of her superiority and selfishness. She's also struggling to understand her feelings for Sam. But what happened to Sam? All Celaena knows is that Arobynn forced Sam to watch as she was beaten into unconsciousness and she hasn't seen or heard from him since. Now she's a month's journey away, in the fortress of the Silent Assassins to train with the Mute Master. Betrayal is coming, but from who?

Throne of Glass Review Fest

7/16 - Review of The Assassin and the Pirate Lord
7/20 - Release of The Assassin and the Empire
7/23 - Review of The Assassin and the Desert
7/30 - Review of The Assassin and the Underworld
8/6 - Review of The Assassin and the Empire
8/7 - Release of Throne of Glass
8/13 - Review of Throne of Glass

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Song on Sunday (4)

Colbie Caillat - Brighter Than the Sun

Significant lyrics:
I've never seen it, I found this love, I'm gonna feed it
You better believe, I'm gonna treat it better than anything I've ever had
Cause you're so damn beautiful
Read it, it's signed and delivered let's seal it
Boy we go together like peanuts and paydays and Marley and reggae

This whole song is just perfect for Significance by Shelly Crane. The first verse about the corner? Yeah, that's in the book. The refrain? That perfectly describes the imprinting. And the second verse? It's so Caleb. It's like Colbie Caillat read Significance and then wrote this song. It's amazing.

 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

New Releases: July 24

Circle of Silence (WiHi #2) by Carol Tanzman
THE BIGGEST STORY OF MY LIFE COULD BE HOW IT ENDS It's my turn to run a "Campus News" crew, and I've put together a team that can break stories wide open. And Washington Irving High has a truly great one to cover, if only we can find a lead.

A secret society has formed in our school. It announced its presence with pranks: underwear on the flagpole, a toilet in the hallway, cryptic notes. A circle of silence keeps the society a mystery. No one knows its members, agenda or initiation secrets-until a student lands in the hospital under "strange" circumstances.

I "will" blow this story wide open and stop others from being hurt...or worse. And while my ex, Jagger, might want to help, I don't trust him yet. (And, no, not because of our past together. That is "not" important to this story.)

But whether you find me, Valerie Gaines, reporting in front of the camera, or a victim in the top story of the newscast...be sure to watch "Campus News" at 9:00 a.m. this Friday.

"This addicting, thrilling mystery hits upon many of our worst fears."-"Booklist "on "dancergirl"

Cold Fury by T M Goeglein
 Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos in this breathtaking adventure

Sara Jane Rispoli is a normal sixteen-year-old coping with school and a budding romance--until her parents and brother are kidnapped and she discovers her family is deeply embedded in the Chicago Outfit (aka the mob).

Now on the run from a masked assassin, rogue cops and her turncoat uncle, Sara Jane is chased and attacked at every turn, fighting back with cold fury as she searches for her family. It's a quest that takes her through concealed doors and forgotten speakeasies--a city hiding in plain sight. Though armed with a .45 and 96K in cash, an old tattered notebook might be her best defense--hidden in its pages the secret to "ultimate power." It's why she's being pursued, why her family was taken, and could be the key to saving all of their lives.

Action packed, with fresh, cinematic writing, Cold Fury is a riveting and imaginative adventure readers will devour.

Endlessly (Paranormalcy #3) by Kiersten White
Evie's paranormal past keeps coming back to haunt her. A new director at the International Paranormal Containment Agency wants to drag her back to headquarters. The Dark Faerie Queen is torturing humans in her poisonous realm. And supernatural creatures keep insisting that Evie is the only one who can save them from a mysterious, perilous fate.

The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its fate rests solely in Evie's hands.

So much for normal.


Friday, July 20, 2012

Cover Reveal x1

The only thing worse than forgetting her past...is remembering it.

When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.

Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.

Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.

Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?

From popular young adult author, Jessica Brody comes a mesmerizing and suspenseful new series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.


Unrembered book 1

Goodreads  |  Jessica Brody

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring.... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
If I don't kill him first, that is.
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First line:
I stared at the pile of books in my new bedroom, wishing the Internet had been hooked up.

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Format read:
Nook ebook

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Rate:
4 stars out of 5

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   There is so much to say about this book. I loved Katy's fierceness and innocence. I also loved Daemon, with his hard exterior that nobody can crack. Katy pretty much sums it up: "Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys." But as much as I loved infuriating Daemon, I loved sweet, caring, broken Daemon better. Those moments when he would drop his walls and let Katy in were the best in the book.
   The character development was amazing. I do hope we get to see more of Katy's mom in the second book, Onyx (August 14, 2012).

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (3)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Onyx
by Jennifer L Armentrout
Lux #2
Published: August 14, 2012

From Goodreads:
Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarre connection. I’ve sworn him off even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But against all common sense, I’m falling for him. Hard.

Our relationship issues aren’t out biggest problem…

The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And when a new boy shows up a school with a secret of his own, things get complicated fast. I need to choose between my own instincts and Daemon’s.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Read the First Two Chapters of Onyx


 Onyx Chapters 1 2 1

Cover Characteristic: Fully Underwater (4)

Cover Characteristic
This a meme where each week a book cover characteristic will be selected by the host. You then choose 5 covers to post with that particular characteristic. 
This week's theme:
Fully Underwater

Streamline by Jennifer Lane

River Cast by Samantha Young

 The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee















Lies Beneath series (Lies Beneath, Deep Betrayal) by Anne Greenwood Brown)

My favorite covers of the week:

 Mara Dyer series (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer) by Michelle Hodkin