31 Jul 2015

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

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Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Source: Borrowed from the Library/Purchased from TBD
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: September 18, 2012
Rating: 4/5 stars

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

I mean, everyone knows my whole life revolves around Ronan Lynch right? No surprise? Because his name is my url for Goodreads. So clearly I have lots of love for this series, and this book in particular. I picked this one up on a whim when it was $2.99 on Kobo because I had heard some good things about it but wasn't sure if it was going to be something I wanted to read. I know Maggie writes well and all that jazz but I was still a little skeptical. But holy shitballs. This book. This series. I have no words for how much I love it, but I will try to be semi-coherent here.

Month9Books Friday Reveal (2): Author Spotlight CHARLES CURTIS

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Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!

This week, we are putting a spotlight on author
and his book
a Middle Grade title from Tantrum Books, coming August 2015!

Make sure you enter the giveaway below for a chance to win an ebook of Strange Country Day by Charles Curtis. It is open INTERNATIONALLY and ends August 7, 2015!

30 Jul 2015

Third Sentence Thursday (10): Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

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Third Sentence Thursday (10) - July 30, 2015
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

This week's Third Sentence Thursday features the book Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver. I have already read and reviewed this book (shocking, I know) and I enjoyed it but not as much as I thought I would. You should make judgements for yourself, though, so here are three sentences to get you hooked on these Vanishing Girls (ha ha).

Blog Tour: Review of STARSTRUCK & Q&A with Author Ruby Preston

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STARSTRUCK, a novel by actual Broadway producer, Ruby Preston, follows the story of Scarlett Savoy, a savvy young producer. With her Broadway opening night a few weeks away, Scarlett is finally ready for her brand new musical to take center stage. Only two major things standing in her way – the beautiful but mercurial Hollywood diva she’s cast in the lead and the tall, dark and handsome familiar face from her past who flies back into her life. From high stakes rehearsal rooms, to paparazzi fueled scandals, to the star-studded red carpet of opening night, Starstruck is a page-turning journey behind the scenes of Broadway, all set against the glittering back drop of Manhattan. Will Scarlett make it to opening night before the curtain falls on her dreams?

29 Jul 2015

Parallel by Lauren Miller

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Parallel by Lauren Miller

Goodreads Synopsis
Abby Barnes had a plan. The Plan. She'd go to Northwestern, major in journalism, and land a job at a national newspaper, all before she turned twenty-two. But one tiny choice—taking a drama class her senior year of high school—changed all that. Now, on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Abby is stuck on a Hollywood movie set, miles from where she wants to be, wishing she could rewind her life. The next morning, she's in a dorm room at Yale, with no memory of how she got there. Overnight, it's as if her past has been rewritten.

With the help of Caitlin, her science-savvy BFF, Abby discovers that this new reality is the result of a cosmic collision of parallel universes that has Abby living an alternate version of her life. And not only that: Abby's life changes every time her parallel self makes a new choice. Meanwhile, her parallel is living out Abby's senior year of high school and falling for someone Abby's never even met.

As she struggles to navigate her ever-shifting existence, forced to live out the consequences of a path she didn't choose, Abby must let go of the Plan and learn to focus on the present, without losing sight of who she is, the boy who might just be her soul mate, and the destiny that's finally within reach.

Blog Tour: Up To I Do by Samantha March

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Up To I Do by Samantha March
Release Day Blitz!

About the Book

Emerson Sinclair, twenty-seven year old hotel heiress, has said yes. With just over a year to plan her extravagant, over the top nuptials to Logan Worthington, it’s all hands on deck with the wedding plans. A Sinclair marrying into the Worthington family is the talk of their small New Hampshire town, and ideas include filming the wedding for a TV segment. But as the items get checked off the list, plans start to go ... not as planned. From not getting a designer dress to a selfish bridesmaid and unaccountable best man, Emerson is afraid her wedding will be more a joke than anything. 

When both her mother and sister seemingly begin to lose interest in her wedding plans in favor of their own personal lives, Emerson fears her big day will turn into the forgotten wedding. With the pressure to pull off a beautiful and elegant event that everyone expects from their respectable families, Emerson starts to forget the reason why she is saying I Do in the first place.

28 Jul 2015

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle #1) by Christopher Paolini

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Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle #1) by Christopher Paolini

Goodreads Synopsis
When Eragon finds a polished stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.

Top Ten Tuesday (2): Top Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and LOVE to see other top ten lists!
Top Ten Tuesday (2) - July 28, 2015
Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

There are a lot of characters who fit into this category, so I am going to stick with characters that I personally related to while I was reading.

Blog Tour: Love Lies Beneath by Ellen Hopkins

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Love Lies Beneath by Ellen Hopkins
Publication Date: July 21, 2015
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 320

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Collateral comes a gripping novel about a woman caught in a love affair that could be her salvation...or her undoing.

Tara is gorgeous, affluent, and forty. She lives in an impeccably restored Russian Hill mansion in San Francisco. Once a widow, twice divorced, she’s a woman with a past she prefers keeping to herself.

Enter Cavin Lattimore. He’s handsome, kind, charming, and the surgeon assigned to Tara following a ski accident in Lake Tahoe. In the weeks it takes her to recover, Cavin sweeps her off her feet and their relationship blossoms into something Tara had never imagined possible. But then she begins to notice some strange things: a van parked outside her home at odd times, a break-in, threatening text messages and emails. She also starts to notice cracks in Cavin’s seemingly perfect personality, like the suppressed rage his conniving teenage son brings out in him, and the discovery that Cavin hired a detective to investigate her immediately after they met.

Now on crutches and housebound, Tara finds herself dependent on the new man in her life—perhaps too much so. She’s handling rocky relationships with her sister and best friend, who are envious of her glamour and freedom; her prickly brother-in-law, who is intimidated by her wealth and power; and her estranged mother. However perfect Tara’s life appears, things are beginning to get messy.

Writing in beautiful prose, Ellen Hopkins unveils a new style while evoking her signature poetic form that readers fell in love with in Collateral and Triangles.

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27 Jul 2015

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

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Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Goodreads Synopsis
Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

26 Jul 2015

Last Stop: #FAC16

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Guys, today was the last #FAC16 and I am pretty heartbroken about it! I loved talking with all the debut authors about their novels that are coming out soon and making new friends. I am sure that you all have read my first three posts about the chat, but I will leave them here: First Chat, SciFi/Fantasy Chat, Contemporary/Mystery/Thrillers Chat. Today was a bit more on the fun side with the authors answering the questions as their main characters, which was interesting to me. So this post is actually going to be a wrap up of just this chat and then next Sunday, when I am sad because I don't have anyone to chat with, I will do my complete overview of #FAC16 and what I am excited to read next year!
First things first, I want to start by saying I absolutely adore KristenNicola, and Rachel for hosting this and giving these authors a chance to highlight and sell their books to the masses. A huge "You guys rock!" to them. I only wish to be as awesome as the three of you at some point in my life. I am going to give you guys a quick rundown of the chat and I am going to do my best to feature every author that participated! 

There were ELEVEN questions answered by the authors as their main characters; I will try to feature every author/main character here, but if I do not, chances are it is because there are SO MANY questions and answers and it was hard to get them all. Feel free to scroll through my favourites on Twitter to read all my favourite answers and see about these glorious books! 

To Nowhere by C.E. Wilson

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To Nowhere by C.E. Wilson

Goodreads Synopsis
A world no one would believe.

From the moment Lyris is treated to coffee by a beautiful stranger, she has no idea that her life is about to change forever. In her enthusiasm to start at a new school with a new boyfriend, Lyris is almost able to look past his oddities.


The way he eyes up her striking red hair.

The way he loves that she’s seventeen. “The perfect age.”

And the way he’s gone from all but begging to show her a specific room in a specific house to making her swear never to even think about it again.

When Lyris doesn't take his strange warnings seriously, she finds that nothing could have prepared her for what lay behind that door.

Suddenly, Lyris finds herself in a world no one would believe. A world where she’s only a few inches tall and giants aren’t creatures from fairy tales. Where humans are no longer the dominant race, but pets auctioned off to the highest bidder. Lyris understands the true danger of such a place, but there seems to be one person on her side.

Her kind and surprised captor.

And while Brindt appears to be sweet and trustworthy, he also straddles the line between seeing her as an equal and a cute animal.

Lyris has to get home… before the one person can turn to becomes the one person who can’t let her go. 

ARC August TBR Pile!

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Octavia is hosting the third annual ARC August to help clear off NetGalley lists and/or get other ARCs read and reviewed by the end of August (or shortly thereafter)! This is something I REALLY NEED TO DO so I am going to participate! I have 20 books on my NetGalley list (so many) and my goal is read 10 of them by the end of August! So here is my list...

A Stellar Affair by Laurel Richards

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A Stellar Affair
A Stellar Affair by Laural Richards

Goodreads Synopsis
Sometimes the heart leads and the mind must follow.Ardra has no idea why she’s been abducted and thrown into a Roimarian interrogation room.

She is simply a Tetch botanist on her way to a distant planet, not an enemy spy. She’s scared of the piercing eyes of the mind-reading precept assigned to uncover whatever secrets her mind might be holding. But even more worrying is the strange soul-deep connection between her and her captor.

Jackson Deimos excels at slipping in and out of someone’s memories to retrieve military intelligence deliberately hidden away—even from an unwitting carrier.
But Ardra’s brain is a labyrinth of defenses he’s never encountered before. Plus, her beauty shouldn’t be this much of a distraction.

As their battle of wits and wills wears on, their emotions are the first to betray them.But if Jack can’t break through Ardra’s barriers, his superiors will turn her over to someone who will—by force. Leaving Jack having to choose between doing his duty or following his heart.

Warning: Contains a plant expert whose brain is carrying around the seeds of rebellion, and a mind reader whose heart gives him a case of psychic dyslexia. Contains reference to attempted suicide and love scenes not appropriate for little sprouts.

25 Jul 2015

Poor Man's Fight (Poor Man's Fight #1) by Elliott Kay

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Poor Man's Fight (Poor Man's Fight #1) by Elliott Kay

Goodreads Synopsis
"This test completes your compulsory education. Congratulations! You have graduated high school. Your financial obligation is 67,879 credits. Please visit our loan officer as you exit."

Tanner Malone never bought into military myths of honor and glory. He never wanted to wear a uniform or medals. Yet when family upheaval brings his otherwise stellar performance in school to a disastrous end, Tanner's plans for university lie in ruins. Facing homelessness and a mountain of debt, Tanner enlists in his home planet's tiny navy.

It’s a hell of a time to sign up. Vicious pirates stalk the space lanes, claiming to fight an oppressive economic system even as they shed innocent blood. Civil war looms beyond the borders of Tanner’s home star system of Archangel. Corporate security fleets are nowhere to be found when trouble arises.

In response, Archangel begins ambitious military expansion. Basic training becomes six months of daily bare knuckle brawls, demanding cross-training and constant stress. Brutal as it is, Tanner will need the preparation. The pirates grow more audacious with every attack. As if that’s not enough, Tanner is assigned to a small ship whose disgruntled crew has no patience for cerebral new recruits, and they’re on the front lines of all of Archangel’s woes.

Tanner soon learns there is only one way to deal with his bullying comrades, their ruthless foes and the unforgiving void of space, and that’s to get up close and personal.

Awake by Natasha Preston

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Awake by Natasha Preston

Goodreads Synopsis
Scarlett doesn’t remember anything before the age of five. Her parents say it’s from the trauma of seeing her house burn down, and she accepts the life they’ve created for her without question—until a car accident causes Scarlett to start remembering pieces of an unfamiliar past.

When a new guy moves into town, Scarlett feels an instant spark. But Noah knows the truth of Scarlett’s past, and he’s determined to shield her from it...because Scarlett grew up in a cult called Eternal Light, controlled by her biological parents.

And they want her back.

24 Jul 2015

The Shadow of Elysium (The Shadow Campaigns #2.5) by Django Wexler

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The Shadow of Elysium (The Shadow Campaigns #2.5) by Django Wexler

Goodreads Synopsis
The wagons travel north across the mountains, carrying cargo of great value: Hamveltai glass and porcelain; Deslandai jewelry in heavy iron strongboxes; fine cloth from the cities of the Old Coast. And Abraham.

Bound and tied, guarded day and night, Abraham has been stolen from his village, from the arms of the man he loved. He is being sent to the fortress-city of Elysium to serve a dark and ancient order, the Priests of the Black. They have discovered the secret he kept all his life: that inside him dwells a demon which allows him to heal…and to kill.

But Abraham is not alone. A young woman named Alex, similarly possessed, rides with him. And as a bond grows between them, they begin to wonder if they can turn the demons that have damned them into their salvation.

23 Jul 2015

Blog Tour: Review Tour | Center of Gravity by Laura McNeill

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Laura McNeill will be on tour July 13-27 with her novel Center of Gravity
CLP Blog Tours
The truth could cost her everything. 

Her whole life, Ava Carson has been sure of one thing: she doesn’t measure up to her mother’s expectations. So when Mitchell Carson sweeps into her life with his adorable son, the ready-made family seems like a dream come true. In the blink of an eye, she’s married, has a new baby, and life is wonderful.

Or is it? 

When her picture-perfect marriage begins unraveling at the seams, Ava convinces herself she can fix it. It’s temporary. It’s the stress. It’s Mitchell’s tragic history of loss. 

 If only Ava could believe her own excuses. 

Mitchell is no longer the charming, thoughtful man she married. He grows more controlling by the day, revealing a violent jealous streak. His behavior is recklessly erratic, and the unanswered questions about his past now hint at something far more sinister than Ava can stomach. Before she can fit the pieces together, Mitchell files for divorce and demands full custody of their boys. Fueled by fierce love for her children and aided by Graham Thomas, a new attorney in town, Ava takes matters into her own hands, digging deep into the past. But will finding the truth be enough to beat Mitchell at his own game?  

Center of Gravity weaves a chilling tale, revealing the unfailing and dangerous truth that things—and people—are not always what they seem. 

Please visit CLP Blog Tours for all the tour stops! 

22 Jul 2015

Wishlist Wednesday (10): DragonSpell (DragonKeeper Chronicles #1) by Donita K. Paul

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Wishlist Wednesday (10) - July 22, 2015
DragonSpell (DragonKeeper Chronicles #1) by Donita K. Paul

I love dragons. Everything about them is so so so interesting to me. I love when people expand on dragon mythology or just generally have dragons in their book, so of course I want to read the DragonKeeper Chronicles. I have an entire bookshelf dedicated to books with dragons in them and this one would be a good one to add to it!

Ascend (Trylle #3) by Amanda Hocking

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Ascend (Trylle #3) by Amanda Hocking

Goodreads Synopsis
Wendy Everly is facing an impossible choice. The only way to save the Trylle from their deadliest enemy is by sacrificing herself.  If she doesn't surrender to the Vittra, her people will be thrust into a brutal war against an unbeatable foe.  But how can Wendy leave all her friends behind... even if it’s the only way to save them?

The stakes have never been higher, because her kingdom isn't the only thing she stands to lose. After falling for both Finn and Loki, she’s about to make the ultimate choice... who to love forever. One guy has finally proven to be the love of her life—and now all their lives might be coming to an end.

Everything has been leading to this moment.  The future of her entire world rests in her hands—if she’s ready to fight for it.

21 Jul 2015

Top Ten Tuesday (1): Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and LOVE to see other top ten lists!
Top Ten Tuesday (1) - July 21, 2015
Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

I'm starting up on this meme and I think it is such a perfect one for me to jump onto! I'm going to go cross genres, but stick in the YA/MG section of my bookshelf to discuss this fantastic topic with y'all.

Torn (Trylle #2) by Amanda Hocking

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Torn (Trylle #2) by Amanda Hocking

Goodreads Synopsis

When Wendy Everly first discovers the truth about herself—that she’s a changeling switched at birth—she knows her life will never be the same. Now she’s about to learn that there’s more to the story...

She shares a closer connection to her Vittra rivals than she ever imagined—and they’ll stop at nothing to lure her to their side. With the threat of war looming, her only hope of saving the Trylle is to master her magical powers—and marry an equally powerful royal. But that means walking away from Finn, her handsome bodyguard who’s strictly off limits... and Loki, a Vittra prince with whom she shares a growing attraction.

Torn between her heart and her people, between love and duty, Wendy must decide her fate. If she makes the wrong choice, she could lose everything, and everybody, she’s ever wanted... in both worlds.

20 Jul 2015

Blog Tour: As Darkness Gathers by Emma Elliot

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As Darkness Gathers by Emma Elliot
Category: Romance / Suspense
Publication date: Sep 9, 2014
ISBN (paper): 978-1-61213-325-6
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-61213-326-3
Find the book here!

When their plane goes down in the Canadian wilderness, Finch Rhodes’s and Clay Gandy’s lives become entwined. Together they face the unforgiving elements of unfamiliar terrain in winter. With their lives at stake, Finch and Clay are forced to rely on one another to survive, and they forge a bond that lasts even after they are rescued.

Finch struggles to adjust to normal life upon returning home, hindered by seemingly harmless mishaps that soon escalate into brutal attacks. She once again comes to rely on Clay, but as the connection between them deepens, the threat against her grows.

With her life in jeopardy, Finch must decide whether those she loves are the ones she can trust.

19 Jul 2015

Round Three: #FAC16

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Last week was the #FAC16 chat for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Historical Fiction novels. You can see my post about that one here. This week's chat was all about the Contemporary, Mystery, and Thriller novels and gosh it was so exciting! This post is going to be just as long as the last one, with answers to burning questions via Tweets, and at the end I'm going to tell you which books I made sure I ordered right away! (I keep telling myself that because I haven't spent the money yet it isn't the same as spending too much money on books right now)

Switched (Trylle #1) by Amanda Hocking

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Switched (Trylle #1) by Amanda Hocking

Goodreads Synopsis

When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might've been telling the truth. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - and it's one she's not sure if she wants to be a part of.

18 Jul 2015

Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3) by Rachel Hawkins

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Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3) by Rachel Hawkins

Goodreads Synopsis
Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.

Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late?

17 Jul 2015

Fictitious Fridays (7): Favourite Fictional Consecutive Series Covers

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Fictitious Fridays (7) - July 17, 2015
Favourite Fictional Consecutive Series Covers

Happy Friday! This week's Fictitious Friday features my favourite series book covers and I have many because I read a lot of series. I will warn you now, some of these I have bought the books but have not read them yet. I just absolutely LOVE the covers so much that they are on this list.

1. Newsoul Series by Jodi Meadows. Look at these beauties. The colours, the photos, the lettering, everything about them makes me want to just stare in awe at them. I have not read this series yet but I do own the books because of how beautiful they are.

Demonglass (Hex Hall #2) by Rachel Hawkins

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Demonglass (Hex Hall #2) by Rachel Hawkins

Goodreads Synopsis
Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch. That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (a.k.a. witches, shape-shifters, and faeries). But then she discovered the family secret, and the fact that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

Turns out, Sophie's a demon, one of only two in the world-the other being her father. What's worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will either destroy her powers for good-or kill her. 

But once Sophie arrives, she makes a shocking discovery. Her new housemates? They're demons too. Meaning, someone is raising demons in secret, with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they're using Archer to do it. But it's not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?

16 Jul 2015

Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1) by Rachel Hawkins

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Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1) by Rachel Hawkins

Goodreads Synopsis

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father—an elusive European warlock—only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.
By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tag-along ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.
As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

15 Jul 2015

Wishlist Wednesday (9): Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

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Wishlist Wednesday (9) - July 15, 2015
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
This one has been on my wishlist for a while because I have hardcovers of all the rest but can't seem to find one of this one for some reason! Except for like a super expensive copy and as much as I like the series, I don't like it enough to spend $20 on this book when I spent $20 in total on all the other three that I own. If you have a strong desire, you can read my review of Scarlet.

Arena One: Slaverunners (The Survival Trilogy #1) by Morgan Rice

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Arena One: Slaverunners (The Survival Trilogy #1) by Morgan Rice

Goodreads Synopsis
New York. 2120. American has been decimated, wiped out from the second Civil War. In this post-apocalyptic world, survivors are far and few between. And most of those who do survive are members of the violent gangs, predators who live in the big cities. They patrol the countryside looking for slaves, for fresh victims to bring back into the city for their favorite death sport: Arena One. The death stadium where opponents are made to fight to the death, in the most barbaric of ways. There is only one rule to the arena: no one survives. Ever.

Deep in the wilderness, high up in the Catskill Mountains, 17 year old Brooke Moore manages to survive, hiding out with her younger sister, Bree. They are careful to avoid the gangs of slaverunners who patrol the countryside. But one day, Brooke is not as careful as she can be, and Bree is captured. The slaverunners take her away, heading to the city, and to what will be a certain death.

Brooke, a Marine’s daughter, was raised to be tough, to never back down from a fight. When her sister is taken, Brooke mobilizes, uses everything at her disposal to chase down the slaverunners and get her sister back. Along the way she runs into Ben, 17, another survivor like her, whose brother was taken. Together, they team up on their rescue mission.

What follows is a post-apocalyptic, action-packed thriller, as the two of them pursue the slaverunners on the most dangerous ride of their lives, following them deep into the heart of New York. Along the way, if they are to survive, they will have to make some of the hardest choices and sacrifices of their lives, encountering obstacles neither of them had expected—including their unexpected feelings for each other. Will they rescue their siblings? Will they make it back? And will they, themselves, have to fight in the arena? 

14 Jul 2015

A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz

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A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz

Goodreads Synopsis
Sixteen-year-old Beckan and her friends are the only fairies brave enough to stay in Ferrum when war breaks out. Now there is tension between the immortal fairies, the subterranean gnomes, and the mysterious tightropers who arrived to liberate the fairies.

But when Beckan's clan is forced to venture into the gnome underworld to survive, they find themselves tentatively forming unlikely friendships and making sacrifices they couldn't have imagined. As danger mounts, Beckan finds herself caught between her loyalty to her friends, her desire for peace, and a love she never expected.

This stunning, lyrical fantasy is a powerful exploration of what makes a family, what justifies a war, and what it means to truly love.

12 Jul 2015

Round Two: #FAC16

12 July 0 Comments
A while ago (aka two weeks ago), I took part in the Fledgling Authors Chat (and made a post about it). I talked about my top 20 favourites coming out of the chat and it featured amazing ones like Firsts by Laurie E. Flynn and Symptoms of Being a Human by Jeff Garvin. While both these books sound amazing, they aren't in my preferred genre. So when I heard that there was another Fledgling Authors Chat that was going to focus on authors who write in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Historical Fiction, I got my game face on and signed myself up for that one (by tweeting furiously and trying to read as quickly as possible, but mostly just favouriting a lot of Tweets to go back and read later).

This week, I participated in the #fac16 second chat that specifically featured Science Fiction/Fantasy/Historical debut books and authors on July 12, 2015. If you missed it, I am here to provide you with a full recap as well as my immediate thoughts after. To see a list of the authors that participated, check out Kristen's post