Top Ten Tuesday (31)

Apr 30, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...

Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Pick Up A Book

Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Apr 29, 2013

Title: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publishing Date: May 7, 2013
Pages/Format: 480, ARC

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Initial Reaction of Book in One Word: GOOD

Interview: L.W. Patricks

Apr 26, 2013

Hello, people of the universe! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Shadow of Wrath by L.W. Patricks, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! I have everything you need--info about the book and author--as well as an interview with Patricks. And I have a giveaway, so be sure to enter!

Review: Forty Days by Stephanie Parent

Apr 25, 2013

Hello, book lovers and internet explorers! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Stephanie Parent's Forty Days, hosted by YA Bound! I have all the information about the book and author, as well as an interview and giveaway, so enjoy!

Title: Forty Days
Author: Stephanie Parent
Publishing Date: February 10, 2013
Pages/Format: 123, eBook
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The entire village knows Neima’s grandfather is a madman. For years the old man has prophesied that a great flood is coming, a flood disastrous enough to blot out the entire earth. He’s even built an enormous ark that he claims will allow his family to survive the deluge. But no one believes the ravings of a lunatic…

…until the rain starts. And doesn’t stop. Soon sixteen-year-old Neima finds her entire world transformed, her life and those of the people she loves in peril. Trapped on the ark with her grandfather Noah, the rest of her family, and a noisy, filthy, and hungry assortment of wild animals, will Neima find a way to survive?

With lions, tigers, and bears oh my, elephants and flamingos too, along with rivalries and betrayals, a mysterious stowaway, and perhaps even an unexpected romance, Forty Days is not your grandfather’s Noah’s Ark story.

Forty Days is approximately 45,000 words, the length of a shorter novel, and is the first installment in a two-part epic story. It does contain a cliffhanger ending.

Readers looking for a traditional, religiously oriented version of the Noah’s Ark story should be warned that Forty Days may not appeal to them. The novel will, however, appeal to lovers of apocalyptic fiction, historical fiction, and romance, as well as anyone who’s ever dreamed of having a baby elephant as a pet.

Initial Reaction of Book in One Word: LIKEY!

Waiting on Wednesday (30)

Apr 24, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday
is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine
 that showcases upcoming releases 
that people are very much anticipating.

I loved this author's debut, which came out last fall. I've heard she had a new book in the works, and just this week its synopsis and cover were announced. And my gosh, THAT COVER. I kind of want to live in it. It's so pretty and just ahhh I love it. (And I loved her other book's cover, too.) So this week I'm waiting on the awesome sounding sci-fi novel...

Top Ten Tuesday (30)

Apr 23, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...

Top Ten Books I Thought I'd Like More/Less Than I Did

Blog Tour: Aberrant by Ruth Silver

Apr 21, 2013

Hello, Earthlings! (Or aliens, or whatever you may be.) Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Ruth Silver's Aberrant! I have all sorts of treats for you today: info about the author, everything you need to know about Aberrant, an excerpt (with kissing!), and a giveaway. Enjoy!

Review: This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Apr 18, 2013

Title: This Is What Happy Looks Like
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Poppy
Publishing Date: April 2, 2013
Pages/Format: 416, ARC

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. 

Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs?

Initial Reaction of Book in One Word: CUUUTE!

Waiting on Wednesday (29)

Apr 17, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday
is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that showcases
upcoming releases that people are very much anticipating.

This book just sounds awesome, and a heck of a lot better than the movie by the same name. The idea and concept just sounds all kinds of cute and romantic and fun and I can't wait to read it!

Top Ten Tuesday (29)

Apr 16, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...

Top Ten Rewind:
Top Ten Characters (and Literary Figures) I'd Name My Kids After

Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

Apr 15, 2013

Title: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publishing Date: April 23, 2013
Pages/Format: 336, ARC

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

Initial Reaction of Book in One Word: AHHHHH!

Review: The Prince by Kiera Cass

Apr 14, 2013

Title: The Prince
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publishing Date: March 5, 2013
Pages/Format: 58, eBook

Before thirty-five girls were chosen to compete in the Selection...

Before Aspen broke America's heart...

There was another girl in Prince Maxon's life...

Don't miss this thrilling 128-page original novella set in the world of the New York Times bestselling novel The Selection. Also features a teaser to The Elite, Kiera Cass's hotly anticipated sequel to The Selection.

Initial Reaction of Book in One Word: MAXON

Review: Poison by Bridget Zinn

Apr 13, 2013

Title: Poison
Author: Bridget Zinn
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publishing Date: March 12, 2013
Pages/Format: 288, ARC

Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.

But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart . . . misses.

Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.

Initial Reaction of Book in One Word: Cute!

Interview: Madison Louise

Apr 11, 2013

Hello, bookish peeps! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Storm by Madison Louise, hosted by Itching for Books! I'll share with you everything you need to know about the book, an awesome interview with the author, and a giveaway. Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!

Waiting on Wednesday (28)

Apr 10, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday
is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that showcases
upcoming releases that people are very much anticipating.

This book just looks so stinkin' cute! Plus, I've never been to camp before, so I can live vicariously through the characters. And in a chat with the authors, they talked about two scenes that were very steamy, so sign me up for this camp!

Top Ten Tuesday (28)

Apr 9, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...

Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger

Review: Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon

Apr 7, 2013

Hello, and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Michelle Gagnon's Strangelets, hosted by Itching for Books! I'll let you know what I thought of this interesting book, as well as give you its information, tell you about the author, and let you in on a giveaway. Enjoy!

Title: Strangelets
Author: Michelle Gagnon
Publisher: Soho Teen
Publishing Date: April 9, 2013
Pages/Format: 274, ARC
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17-year-old Sophie lies on her deathbed in California, awaiting the inevitable loss of her battle with cancer…
17-year-old Declan stares down two armed thugs in a back alley in Galway, Ireland…
17-year-old Anat attempts to traverse a booby-trapped tunnel between Israel and Egypt…
All three strangers should have died at the exact same moment, thousands of miles apart. Instead, they awaken together in an abandoned hospital—only to discover that they’re not alone. Three other teens from different places on the globe are trapped with them. Somebody or something seems to be pulling the strings. With their individual clocks ticking, they must band together if they’re to have any hope of surviving. 
Soon they discover that they've been trapped in a future that isn't of their making: a deadly, desolate world at once entirely familiar and utterly strange. Each teen harbors a secret, but only one holds the key that could get them home. As the truth comes to light through the eyes of Sophie, Declan, and Anat, the reader is taken on a dark and unforgettable journey into the hearts of teens who must decide what to do with a second chance at life.

Initial Reaction of Book in One Word: Interesting

Review: Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting

Apr 4, 2013

Hello, bookish lovelies! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting, hosted by CBB Book Promotions! I'm a HUGE fan of The Body Finder series, and I'm super excited to share my thoughts with you on the final book!  Plus, there's also a giveaway that you'll want to enter; be sure to check it out! Enjoy!

Title: Dead Silence
Author: Kimberly Derting
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publishing Date: April 16, 2013
Pages/Format: 389, ARC

Violet thought she’d made peace with her unique ability to sense the echoes of the dead and the imprints that cling to their killers…that is until she acquired an imprint of her own. Forced to carry a reminder of the horrible events of her kidnapping, Violet is more determined than ever to lead a normal life. However, the people who run the special investigative team Violet works for have no intention of letting her go.

When someone close to Violet becomes a suspect in a horrific murder, she finds herself pulled into a deadly hunt for a madman with an army of devoted followers. Violet has survived dangerous situations before, but she quickly discovers that protecting those closest to her is far more difficult than protecting herself.

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Initial Reaction of Book in One Word: MOREEE

Waiting on Wednesday (27)

Apr 3, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday
is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that showcases
upcoming releases that people are very much anticipating.

Every once in awhile, I wait on a book that I already have a copy of. That's the case today. I first heard about this book when I got it at ALA Midwinter, and since then I've been wanting to dive into it. It's a shorter read, but the synopsis makes it sound amazing. Therefore, I wanted to share it with everyone else!

Top Ten Tuesday (27)

Apr 2, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...

Top Ten Characters I'd Crush On If I Was A Fictional Character

Review: Light by Michael Grant

Apr 1, 2013

Title: Light
Author: Michael Grant
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publishing Date: April 2, 2013
Pages/Format: 432, ARC

It's been over a year since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

In the time since every person over the age of fourteen disappeared from the town of Perdido Beach, California, countless battles have been fought: battles against hunger and lies and plague, and epic battles of good against evil. And now, the gaiaphage has been reborn as Diana's malicious mutant daughter, Gaia. Gaia is endlessly hungry for destruction. She yearns to conquer her Nemesis, Little Pete, and then bend the entire world to her warped will. As long-standing enemies become allies, secrets are revealed and unexpected sacrifices are made. Will their attempts to save themselves and one another matter in the end, or will the kids of Perdido Beach perish in this final power struggle?

Light, the sixth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Gone series by Michael Grant, creates a masterful, arresting conclusion to life in the FAYZ.

Initial Reaction of Book in One Word: HOLYSHIT
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