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?

Book Blitz: Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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We are thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout's STONE COLD TOUCH! STONE COLD TOUCH is the second full-length novel in Jennifer's The Dark Elements Series, a young adult paranormal romance being published by Harlequin Teen!!

Cold Stone Touch

STONE COLD TOUCH
Synopsis:

Every touch has its price...

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay...
You Can Find it At:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Kobo
iTunes
Website
Goodreads

SCT available now

EXCERPT:

I’d remained in bed after that, trying to sort through the odd tingling in my chest. There was a slight smile on my lips, because Zayne…well, he’d made my day, but then I’d remember what Roth had said to me the night before and the smile would wash away as if it had never been there.

I probably needed to get used to the whiplash mood swings.

It wasn’t until after dinner that I decided to scrub a day’s worth of gunk off myself. Gingerly, I peeled the bandage off, happy to find that the cut in my arm was healing as expected. I didn’t need to cover it anymore. The arm was still tender, but the Warden blood in me was quickly undoing the damage from the iron.

After changing into fresh pj’s, like a total hermit, I padded over to my desk, where I’d left my cell phone. It had been on silent all day and when I tapped the screen, I wasn’t surprised to see a slew of texts from Stacey.

Where r u?

R u skipping, u ho?

A minute later: Your locker misses u. Guess u sick with the herp?

Oh my God. I laughed out loud, grinning as I thumbed through her texts. Our bio sub is still hot. U r missing this.

Bio is lonely.

My boobs miss u. How weird is that?

That was notably weird and yet not surprising.

If I get my cell taken from me, it’s ur fault.

Holy shit, Layla, where r u?!?

Air punched out of my lungs as I read the next text and the several following them.

U have no idea who just walked into bio!!!

Roth is here!

Holy Canola oil, why aren’t u here to witness this?

Ok. He says he had mono. Srlsy? Do people still get mono? And who in the duck was he kissing? A second later—Duck? I didn’t mean duck. That’s SO not what I meant, autocorrect.

Another text had come in about fifteen minutes after the last one. He asked where u were. I told him u joined a cult. I laughed. He didn’t.

Finally, the last text was to call her if I wasn’t dead.

“What in the Hell?” I tossed my cell onto the bed, mouth hanging open.

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And don't forget! The choice is yours... Beginning today you’ll have 3 weeks to visit the series website, www.thedarkelementsseries.com, to take a poll and decide which guy Layla should ultimately choose in the final book in the trilogy, Every Last Breath. At the end of 3 weeks, we will tally all the votes, and that’s when Jennifer L. Armentrout will start writing Every Last Breath. The guy who gets the most votes is the one Layla will pick. To prevent early spoilers, we're not going to reveal who won the poll in advance…you’ll have to wait until Every Last Breath goes on sale on July 28th, 2015 to find out whether Zayne or Roth wins Layla in the end. We promise the book will be epic and definitely worth the wait! Who do you want Layla to end up with? Go to www.thedarkelementsseries.com and vote for your choice!
Author Bio:

Author Photo#1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

You Can Find Her At:
Website

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (34)


"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 super excited for The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson! While I've already read a couple of the novellas inside, for the most part, I've been waiting for the final compilation to come out to read them. I'm excited to read about all of Magnus' adventures and find all the little squee moments!

Synopsis:

A Collection of Ten Short Stories centred around Magnus Bane. Each short story is going to be published as an ebook followed by a Full Single Print Coming 2014

Ever wondered about the enigmatic, mysterious warlock Magnus Bane? The only character to appear in every Shadowhunter book, Magnus has a past even more shrouded in mystery than his present. I’ve teamed up with acclaimed YA writers Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan to create the Bane Chronicles, the back (and front) story of Magnus told in ten linked tales.

Look for short stories like Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale; The Rise and Fall of the Hotel Dumort; Saving Raphael Santiago and What To Buy The Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (And Who You’re Not Officially Dating Anyway). Each story will be available as an ebook on a monthly basis starting April 16 with the tale of What Happened In Peru.


Each story will be released monthly online for the next ten months — and then for those who don’t read e-books, the full print collection will be available in bookstores and wherever else books are sold after the Chronicles have been finished.

Release: November 11, 2014
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