Apr 29, 2016

Review: Undead by Kirsty McKay

Author: Kirsty McKay
Publisher: Chicken House
Publishing Date: September 1, 2012
Pages/Format: 263, Hardcover
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Out of sight, out of their minds: It's a school-trip splatter fest and completely not cool when the other kids in her class go all braindead on new girl Bobby.

The day of the ski trip, when the bus comes to a stop at a roadside restaurant, everyone gets off and heads in for lunch. Everyone, that is, except Bobby, the new girl, who stays behind with rebel-without-a-clue Smitty.

Then hours pass. Snow piles up. Sun goes down. Bobby and Smitty start to flirt. Start to stress. Till finally they see the other kids stumbling back.

But they've changed. And not in a good way. Straight up, they're zombies. So the wheels on the bus better go round and round freakin' fast, because that's the only thing keeping Bobby and Smitty from becoming their classmates' next meal. It's kill or be killed in these hunger games, heads are gonna roll, and homework is most definitely gonna be late.

Combining the chill of The Shining, the thrill ride of Speed, the humor of Shaun of the Dead, and the angst of The Breakfast Club, Kirsty McKay's Undead is a bloody mad mash-up, a school-trip splatter-fest, a funny, gory, frighteningly good debut!

Book in One Word: YEEEEEEESSSSS.

Apr 25, 2016

Cover Reveal: The Doorway and the Deep by K.E. Ormsbee

Hello, hello! When Kathryn asked me if I'd like to help reveal the cover for The Doorway and the Deep--AND the redesigned cover of its predecessor, The Water and the Wild--OF COURSE I SAID YES. I adored the fantastmical The Water and the Wild (you can see my review here, if you'd like) and I have been forever waiting for news on book two. AND IT'S FINALLY HERE! I am so, so excited to share these covers with you on behalf of K.E. Orsmbee and Chronicle Books, but I fear I must warn you: you're going to need a handkerchief or sleeve to wipe up your drool.

Apr 22, 2016

Remembering the Last of the Giants on Earth Day

Hello, earthlings! HAPPY EARTH DAY! Today's the day to think about Earth and all its wonderful parts...and to also think of all the ways we've hurt and continue to do so. Jeff Campbell is here today to talk about Earth Day and his latest novel Last of the Giants: The Rise and Fall of Earth's Most Dominant Species. It's an important novel about all the majestic, fantastic, and important creatures we've lost...and who could be next.

Apr 21, 2016

Review: A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

TitleA Fierce and Subtle Poison
Author: Samantha Mabry
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publishing Date: April 12, 2016
Pages/Format: 288, eARC
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Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl--Isabel, the one the seƱoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.

Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers--and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.

Book in One Word: Disappointing.

Apr 18, 2016

Review: Dreamology by Lucy Keating

Author: Lucy Keating
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publishing Date: April 12, 2016
Pages/Format: 336, eARC
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Vibrantly offbeat and utterly original, Lucy Keating’s debut novel combines the unconventional romance of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with the sweetness and heart of Jenny Han.

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isn’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

Book in One Word: Cute.

Apr 17, 2016

A Very Late March Recap

This is SUPER DUPER LATE, but I'm really trying hard to get back into posting my monthly recaps. (And honestly, I filmed my book haul at the end of March; I just didn't do the freaking post.) Also, I'm weaving out the Looking Forward portion; I just need to make a new graphic!

Apr 6, 2016

It's My Birthday and I'll Have a Giveaway If I Want To

HELLO, HELLO, you lovely people. If I were to sum up today in a gif, it would be this:

But for YOU, this day means something else entirely. IT MEANS:

I'm really obsessed with Soul Eater right now so you're just going to have to deal with me trying to make the gifs work okay.

Waiting on Wednesday (164)

is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that 
showcases upcoming releases people are very much anticipating.

I recently read this author's zombie-filled duology and really, really liked it. But before reading those books I came across this author's latest release and that creeptastic cover. I'm excited for this mystery thriller because of the concept, the cover, and the author, and I WANT IT.

Apr 5, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday (164)

is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...