Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cover Reveal: Greta and the Glass Kingdom by Chloe Jacobs

You have no idea how excited I am to see these covers! I loved Greta and the Goblin King, and let me tell you, the redesign of book one, and the cover of book two are epically gorgeous!



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Title: Greta and the Goblin King
Author: Chloe Jacobs
Release: December 11, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Synopsis:

While trying to save her brother from a witch’s fire four years ago, Greta was thrown in herself, falling through a portal to Mylena, a dangerous world where humans are the enemy and every ogre, ghoul, and goblin has a dark side that comes out with the eclipse.

To survive, Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young goblin king, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her will to escape.

But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. An ancient evil knows she’s the key to opening the portal, and with the next eclipse mere days away, every bloodthirsty creature in the realm is after her—including Isaac. If Greta fails, she and the lost boys of Mylena will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back...

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Title: Greta and the Glass Kingdom
Author: Chloe Jacobs 
Series: Mylena Chronicles
Release: February 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Synopsis:

The sequel to the Hansel & Gretel retelling Greta and the Goblin King ups the stakes of danger and romance. As conflict surges across Mylena, the tough Greta struggles to save those she loves.

Against all odds, Greta and the Goblin King miraculously survived the battle against the evil Agramon. Greta should be happy to be alive and ready to claim her place in Mylena by Isaac's side. Yet nothing is the way she thought it would be. The battle against Agramon left a dark magick inside Greta that will eventually kill her. Isaac hasn't been the same since he almost went Lost. And there are whispers of a rebellion brewing throughout Mylena...

Determined to save Mylena from a bitter civil war, they travel to the mysterious Glass Kingdom to form an uneasy alliance with the deadly Faerie race. But when an unexpected disaster tears Greta and Isaac apart, she must make the journey on her own. Along the way, she discovers a conspiracy stretching back to events she never thought she would have to revisit, betrayal from allies whose loyalty she never questioned, and an enemy vying to control all of Mylena.

Follow Greta into unexpected romance, explosive secrets, and shocking betrayals that will leave her and all of Mylena forever changed in the stunning second installment of The Mylena Chronicles.

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Author Bio:

Chloe Jacobs is a native of nowhere and everywhere, having jumped around to practically every Province of Canada before finally settling in Ontario where she has now been living for a respectable number of years. Her husband and son are the two best people in the entire world, but they also make her wish she'd at least gotten a female cat. No such luck. And although the day job keeps her busy, she carves out as much time as possible to write. Bringing new characters to life and finding out what makes them tick and how badly she can make them suffer is one of her greatest pleasures, almost better than chocolate and fuzzy pink bunny slippers.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top Ten Books I Read in 2014


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

*bangs head against wall* Oh dear, this is gonna be hard! I don't know if I can do this.

1. White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout and All That Glows by Ryan Graudin - Okay, I had to make this a tie! I just had to!

2. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas - The best Throne of Glass book yet!

3. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare - One of the best series finales I've read!

4. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi - It's been so long since I read this, I almost forgot that I read it this year, but Ignite Me was the best in the series!

5. The One by Kiera Cass - I got to meet the author and the book was amazing, what a way to finish a series! It couldn't have been more perfect!

6. Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins - This book is made of awesome! I was so excited to get an ARC of this book last February, and it did not disappoint!

7. The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski - This book blew me away, I tried to avoid it, cause I thought I wouldn't like it, but I loved it!

8. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard - I died of happiness reading this book! This is one of my top recommendations going into 2015!

9. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater - While the first two books were good, this one was awesome!

10. Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd and Cress by Marissa Meyer - I had to put a couple more books on here and ran out of numbers, so here are the last two! I loved these books, and am super excited to find out what happens next in the series!

+One million more!

What books did you love this year?

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release: May 5, 2015
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Pages: 416 (ARC)
Review: 4.5 Stars

Synopsis:

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.


Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

You Can Find it At:
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I had the extreme luck of getting an ARC of A Court of Thorns and Roses from The Regulator Bookshop last week.

First Impressions:

I started reading A Court of Thorns and Roses immediately and devoured it in twenty-four hours! I really loved the story and can't wait to read more. The first chapter is a little slow, but as soon as you dive in, it rocks! The cover is also extremely gorgeous, and I really want to stroke it infinitely. This book is also definitely more adult than Sarah's other books, so be prepared! Reading the book was almost like reading three books instead of just one. Which, in this case, was not a bad thing!

Characters:

I had a tad higher hopes for the main character, as the description was a little misleading. Feyre was a huntress, but she wasn't extremely talented at it. She does it more out of survival than prowess. Don't get me wrong, Feyre is awesome, but the description is misleading. Feyre's family life kinda makes me want to scream, but then again, I think it makes her want to scream too. Tamlin is definitely interesting. He seems a bit too crazy at first, but he grows on you.

Writing:

The writing in this book was not as good as in Throne of Glass, I'm sad to say. It was good, but just not that good. The writing felt a little more forced, especially the romance. I love the author's use of description though. I feel like I have complete images of a scene without being bogged down with information. The writing was a bit rougher, but the book was also an ARC, so I don't know how it'll be changed in the final product.

World-Building

The world building was insane! Sarah has an entire world laid out within this one novel. I almost hope that it takes place relatively in the same world as the Throne of Glass books, if only to get a crossover novella. The world building is a little crazy, but so worth it! I wish I had a picture of the map to show you guys.

So, this book was AWESOME! It was my first dip into the more New Adultish world, and I really enjoyed it!

Author Bio:

I’m a 25 year-old YA fantasy author living in the desert in Southern California. My debut novel, Throne of Glass, was published by Bloomsbury Children’s in August, 2012. (Book Two – Crown of Midnight - will release sometime in Fall 2013.)

I was born/raised in Manhattan, but traded freezing winters and sweltering summers for No Winter Ever Weather when I followed my then-boyfriend (now husband!) out to California in 2008. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College with a degree in Creative Writing, and a minor in Religious Studies. I’m represented by Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Interview With Julep from Trust Me, I'm Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer

Hello everyone! *waves* Are you excited? Cause we got a very special interview with Julep from Trust Me, I'm Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer! In case you're interested, here's a picture of Julep!


Interview:

1. Are you a good guy or a bad guy?

I'm a good bad guy. Ha. See what I did there? It's true, though. I'm a bad guy, but I'm really, really good at it.

Your livelihood comes from conning the kids at your school. Do you like them at all, or are they just marks to you?

2. I like them well enough. *shrugs* You don't dislike a cow just because you plan on eating it later. Not that I look at them like food, because ew. Plus, I don't steal from them directly. The jobs I take are more of the "fixing" variety. My classmates pay me a fee for solving their problems using my somewhat unconventional methods. This set-up keeps me from poisoning the well, so to speak. Besides, I don't really believe that liking people and fleecing them are mutually exclusive. In fact, to be a truly gifted grifter, you have to love people. You can't manipulate someone if you don't know what makes them tick. And you can't know what makes them tick if you don't empathize with them on some level.

3. Tell us about one of your past cons.

I once "accidentally" set fire to a teacher's toupee to get a client out of presenting a senior thesis he hadn't finished yet. (In my defense, the toupee wasn't on the teacher's head at the time.) Of course, the arson itself wasn't the con. The con was that we chose the toupee as our target in the first place. No man vain enough to don a toupee would ever admit to wearing one, even with Dean Porter breathing down his neck for an explanation to his spontaneous class dismissal. Which means no investigation, no consequences, and an extra weekend for my client to wrap up his thesis. It's my variation of the embarrassing check scam.

4. Your dad taught you everything he knows, but he's got a bit of a gambling problem. Has he ever tried to go straight? Would you want him to?

Honestly, I don't know. I love my dad. Some of my best memories are of us working a mark together. But part of me blames him for my mom leaving. Grifting is generally a solitary occupation--rolling stone, and all that. Anyway, my dad's gone as straight as he can for me, even if he hasn't given up the game entirely. We settled in Chicago so I could go to St. Agatha's. That's not something a con man does lightly. As for what I want, well...I want to be a real girl, for whatever that's worth. And I want my dad to be happy.

5. Do you have any tips for us on how to avoid getting conned ourselves?

It's not exactly in my best interest to answer that question, but I'll say this: if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is, and nothing in this world comes without a price. If you're honest, you have nothing to worry about--you can't con an honest man. But if you're truth-challenged like me, then you're fair game.

Author Bio:

Mary Elizabeth Summer contributes to the delinquency of minors by writing books about unruly teenagers with criminal leanings. She has a BA in creative writing from Wells College, and her philosophy on life is "you can never go wrong with sriracha sauce." She lives in Portland Oregon with her partner, their daughter, and their evil overlor—er, cat. She is represented by the incomparable Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary Agency. TRUST ME, I'M LYING is her debut novel.

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Synopsis:

Fans of Ally Carter’s Heist Society novels will love this teen mystery/thriller with sarcastic wit, a hint of romance, and Ocean’s Eleven–inspired action.

Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.

But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.

You Can Find it At:
Powells Books

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (40)


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

I am SERIOUSLY excited for this book! I've devoured the previous two books, and can't wait for this Frankenstein retelling! Megan Shepherd is amazing and I've actually met her a couple times. If you haven't already, read this book series immediately!

Synopsis:

After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls.

Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own.


With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity.

Release: January 27, 2014
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