Thursday, October 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (35)


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

This week, I am eagerly awaiting The Boy With the Hidden Name by Skylar Dorset. I have a secret to tell you though, I already have it. Any day now, I'm going to dig in to this book and will love the heck out of it! Right *after* I get over how painful it is to read on my computer. :)

Synopsis:

This is not your average trip to Fairyland...


Selkie Stewart has just saved her quasi-boyfriend, Ben, from a fairy prison run by the Seelie Court. If they weren't the two most-wanted individuals in the Otherworld before, they definitely are now. Along with Ben and the rest of their ragtag group of allies-Selkie's ogre aunts; a wizard named Will; Ben's cousin Safford; and Kelsey, Selkie's best friend-Selkie is ready to embrace her destiny and bring the Court down. Until she hears the rest of her prophecy: Benedict le Fay will betray you, and then he will die.

Release: December 2, 2014

Book Blitz: The Collector's Society by Heather Lyons

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Holy cannoli! It's here!!! We are extremely excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Heather Lyons' THE COLLECTORS' SOCIETY!! THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY is an Adult Romantic Fairy Tale, full of adventure and fantasy. This is Alice as you have never seen her before...

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Title: THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY
Author: Heather Lyons

Synopsis:

From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet.

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.

It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?

You Can Find it At:
Amazon
Goodreads

Excerpt:

“Do you find my ability to converse lacking, Doctor?”

He chuckles softly, no doubt remembering how I wasn’t chatty with anyone, himself included, for the first month of my stay. To be fair, it is difficult to carry on an invigorating discussion when one is shaking so hard from withdrawals they fear they might shatter into thousands of painful pieces before a single word can be uttered. Plus, there was the whole bit of how once I did open up, I raved liked a lunatic about things no normal person could imagine being true.

“Certainly not,” he says to me. “But as I must stay at the Pleasance and you must go forth into the world, it will do you good to practice on somebody new.”

“Then send in one of the orderlies. Or one of the nurses. I’ll happily chat with a staff member.”

One of his bushy, out-of-control eyebrows lifts high into his forehead.

“There are people out there who are quite content being solitary,” I point out. “Who do not need to converse with anybody but themselves and their dogs.”

He sets his pen down. “What about cats?”

Rigor mortis sets in ever so briefly at this question.

“You father said you were quite fond of cats growing up. There was one in particular that you favored. Dinah, was it not?”

“I’m—” I have to clear my throat. “Lately, I wonder if perhaps I’m more of a dog person after all.”

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Author Bio:

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Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

You Can Find Her At:
Website
Goodreads
Twitter
Facebook

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic
Release: October 21, 2014
Series: The Raven Boys
Review: 5 Stars

Synopsis:

The third installment in the all-new series from the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs. The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.

You Can Find it At:
Barnes & Noble

Review:

First Impressions

I enjoyed the first two books, and from what I'd heard, Blue Lily is where the action really picks up. This book did not disappoint! While the first two books were majorly focused on character development, Blue Lily cranks out the action. People have disappeared, and the stakes are raised. From the beginning of the novel, I knew this would be the best one yet!

Characters

In the previous two books, I really disliked Adam, but he's finally starting to grow on me. Because of the large amount of characters, there are a million different ships. I've shipped many characters with many other characters, but almost immediately, I shipped Adam and Ronan! From the beginning, I've shipped Gansey and Blue, and this book finally brings that somewhere. As readers know, Blue cannot kiss her true love. The romance in this book is much less than other YA novels, but because it is at a steady state, small things like hand-holding are super romantic and make the reader swoon. Blue is as amazing as always, and I really like seeing her develop. Gansey also really comes into himself in this book. Up to this point, he's been fairly naive, but Gansey starts to see the world.

Writing

The writing in these books are amazing. Maggie Stiefvater has a talent for portraying a story beautifully and weaving words together to create a masterpiece. She manages to suck in the reader with ease, and doesn't let go even after the book has ended. I'm still stuck in that world, and can't wait to read the final book next year!

World-Building

Most of the world-building has been done up to this point. Readers get to see more of the ley line though. A new character is introduced, and in doing so, we see more of their world than we've seen up to this point. I really like the world of this novel and can't wait for more.

Author Bio:

I am Maggie Stiefvater. I write books. Some are about dead Welsh kings. Some are about werewolf nookie. Some are about neither.

I have been a wedding musician, a technical editor, a portrait artist, and, for several fraught weeks, a waitress. I play several musical instruments (most infamously, the bagpipes), I still make art, and I recently acquired and unacquired a race car.

I live in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia with my husband, my two children, some cows, three dogs who fart recreationally, a criminally insane cat, an interminable number of miniature silky fainting goats, and one 1973 Camaro named Loki.

I like things that go.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Blog Tour: Embers by Karen Ann Hopkins


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Embers by Karen Ann Hopkins! I have a review for you today! Read on for the review and the details on the book!

Review:

First Impressions

Guess who's a procrastinator? I am! I definitely did not end up reading this Monday night. *wink-wink* I was pleasantly surprised by this book for sure! The book was fun and fluffy, a nice distraction from what I'm currently reading elsewhere.

Characters

I really liked the main character Ember. It took me a little while to warm up to her, as does the rest of the book. Once you get past the first fifty pages or so, the book flies by! I actually had to take a few moment to let stuff settle in partway through. As for Sawyer, he's, well, interesting. If you like the 'alpha male' type of character, he's for you. I liked how Ember also wouldn't take anything from Sawyer. If he did something that annoyed her, he knew it! Ember's Aunt Ila was amazing! I felt like she was keeping some secrets, and I'm excited to figure out what they are!

Writing

The writing style was fairly fluffy, but in a good way. The novel is a wonderful read if you're stuck in a reading rut or simply need a book that'll lighten your mood. There's dark bits and happy bits, and some confusing bits, but it really keeps you on the edge of your seat!

World-Building

It's interesting seeing the world-building in this sense. A lot of it was teaching Ember about the history her kind, not the actual world around her. Readers get a lot of vague imaging, green fields, lots of trees, and the like, and it manages to paint a picture in your mind without actually having to go into too much detail. The novel relies on the reader's previous experiences, which means that the book may be interpreted a little differently to each reader.

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Title: Embers
Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Series:The Wings of War
Release: October 2014
Review: 4 Stars

Synopsis:

There are descendants of angels walking among us. Ember is one of them. And she may be the only hope mankind has as the rapture approaches and evil rises.

Embers is an epic paranormal adventure about an eighteen year old girl who discovers that she's immune to fire and any other injury when she’s in a horrific car crash that kills her parents. Following a violent episode with her aunt's boyfriend, Ember flees Ohio to live with an old relative in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Ember's exuberance at escaping a bad home life soon turns to trepidation when she finds out that she's a Watcher, a descendant of angels. While Ember learns about her heritage and the powers that go along with it, she strikes up friendships with two young men who live in a frightening walled compound in the forest. Inexplicitly drawn to one of the men in particular, an impossible romance develops. But it is cut short when Ember discovers that her new friends are fighting on the opposite side of a war—one that’s been raging between two factions of Watchers for thousands of years. When the compound’s inhabitants threaten the townspeople, Ember takes action, sealing her fate in the ancient battle of good versus evil—and the grayness in between. Ember is up to the challenge, until she realizes that she isn’t only fighting for the lives of the locals and the souls of her new friends. She also might be one of the few champions who will make a stand for all of mankind as the rapture approaches and the end of days begin.

Embers is a dark and gritty YA novel that’s the first book in the series, The Wings of War.

You Can Find it At:
Goodreads
Amazon

Author Bio:

A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.

You Can Find Her At:Website

Giveaway:

There will be two winners for this giveaway. One lucky person will get a $100 gift card and the other will receive a signed Temptation Series book set, including Temptation, Belonging & Forever.


Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway is open internationally for the gift card and US/Canada for the book set!


Tour Schedule:

Monday, October 20th Unabridged Bookshelf & Book Briefs

Tuesday, October 21st A Thousand Words A Million Books & Books and Things

Wednesday, October 22nd Sweet Southern Home & Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews

Thursday, October 23rd the unofficial addiction book fan club & Becoming Books

Friday, October 24th A Dream Within A Dream & Becoming Books

Monday, October 27th The Avid Reader & Lost in Ever After

Tuesday, October 28th Lose Time Reading & So Bookalicious

Wednesday, October 29th Such a Novel Idea & Reading Addict

Thursday, October 30th Curling Up With A Good Book & Coming at YA

Friday, October 31st Actin' Up with Books & To Each Their Own Reviews

Monday, November 3rd GenGen's Book Blog & A Bookish Escape

Tuesday, November 4th Sassy Book Lovers & Bittersweet Enchantment

Wednesday, November 5th Nay's Pink Bookshelf & The Nocturnal Library

Thursday, November 6th The Book Faery Reviews & Bumbles and Fairy-Tales

Friday, November 7th Books in the Spotlight & Her Book Thoughts!

Top Ten New Series' I Want to Start


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

This is a list from books published within the last year or two! In no particular order:

1. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani (The School for Good and Evil & A World Without Princes)

2. The Blackwell Pages by K. L. Armstrong and M. A. Marr (Loki's Wolves, Odin's Ravens, and Thor's Serpents)

3. Eve by Anna Carey (Eve, Once, and Rise)

4. Fates by Lanie Bross (Fates and Chaos)

5 Find Me by Romily Bernard (Find Me, Remember Me)

6. Skylark by Meagan Spooner (Skylark, Shadowlark, and Lark Ascending)

7. Replica by Jenna Black (Replica, Resistance, and Revolution)

8. Teardrop by Lauren Kate (Teardrop and Waterfall)

9. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis (Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust)

10. Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam (Elusion and Etherworld)

These are, of course, not the only series' I want to start, but these are definitely some of them! What series do you want to start?
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