Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that is designed to provide some much-appreciated exposure to the bloggers participating, and to expand their following. Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, each of whom feature a chosen blog for the week, it's an interesting way to get to know one another.

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Q: Do you read one book at a time or do you switch back and forth between two or more?

I try to usually only read one book at a time. Sometimes if I'm reading an ebook I might also read a hard copy book. Also I might throw in a manga book too but I can read that in one sitting and to me that's kin of like watching an episode of a tv show.

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that are highly anticipated.

Title: Fated
Author: Alyson Noel
Pub Date: May 22nd 2012

"Lately strange things have been happening to Daire Santos. Animals follow her, crows mock her, and glowing people appear out of nowhere. Worried that Daire is having a nervous breakdown, her mother packs her off to stay in the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico with a grandmother she’s never met.

There she crosses paths with Dace, a gorgeous guy with unearthly blue eyes who she’s encountered before...but only in her dreams. And she’ll get to know her grandmother—a woman who recognizes Daire’s bizarre episodes for what they are. A call to her true destiny as a Soul Seeker, one who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead. Her grandmother immediately begins teaching her to harness her powers—but it’s an art that must be mastered quickly. Because Dace’s brother is an evil shape-shifter who’s out to steal her powers. Now Daire must embrace her fate as a Soul Seeker and find out if Dace is one guy she’s meant to be with...or if he’s allied with the enemy she’s destined to destroy."

I was easily drawn in by this cover. I love the Native American feel with the dream catcher earrings and the nature background. I wasn't necessarily fond of the The Immortals series. I did read the first book but didn't feel a burning need to continue the series. I did like Alyson's writing though so I'm willing to give this series a shot.

Battle Royale vs The Hunger Games

I work in a department that pretty much requires you to be a geek of some sort. So with the release of The Hunger Games comes some angry crys of fans of Battle Royale. What is Battle Royale? I had no idea until my co-workers filled me in.

Written in 1999 by Koushun Takami the novel is about an alternate timeline where Japan is part of the Republic of Greater East Asia. They kidnap 9th grade kids, take them to an Island, then provide them a pack that has one random weapon and food rations. The kids then must fight to death killing not just other kids, but their best friends and girlfriends/boyfriends. They have to wear these collars that track them and have a mic in them so that the people in charge of the whole thing know what they are doing. They also have zones that if you are caught in the wrong one at the wrong time your collar will blow up which is how they shrink the playing field. That way the kids are forced to fight each other if they are not willing.

"Koushun Takami's notorious high-octane thriller is based on an irresistible premise: a class of junior high school students is taken to a deserted island where, as part of a ruthless authoritarian program, they are provided arms and forced to kill one another until only one survivor is left standing. Criticized as violent exploitation when first published in Japan - where it then proceeded to become a runaway bestseller - Battle Royale is a Lord of the Flies for the 21st century, a potent allegory of what it means to be young and (barely) alive in a dog-eat-dog world. Made into a controversial hit movie of the same name, Battle Royale is already a contemporary Japanese pulp classic, now available for the first time in the English language" ~goodreads

There is also a movie and a manga based off the book and if you search the two things on google you will find there is no shortage of gore.

I'm not one to compare one thing to the other. The Hunger Games is The Hunger Games and Battle Royale is most certainly Battle Royale. They obviously have similarities but they are still their own books. I think I might check out the Battle Royale book but I'm probably going to pass on the movie....looks a little out of control in the gore department.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

"I pulled my knees to my chest and wrapped my arms around my shins. "That curse was meant for me."

Embrace, Cherie Colyer, page 95 (nook)

                                           Make sure to check out the blog Tour for Embrace

Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Title: Fever
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Series: The Chemical Garden Book #2
Pub. Date: Feb. 24, 2012
pages: 341
"Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.

The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion...by any means necessary.

In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price - now that she has more to lose than ever."

This is the second book in the series so this review might be spoilery for the first book. Which of course would be true of the synopsis too.

So Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the evil clutches of Vaughn and gain their beautiful freedom but not all as it seems or how Rhine remembers it.

The first book was about captivity, this book is about the journey. Rhine's ultimate goal is to find her way back to her twin brother, even though she doesn't even know if he is still waiting for her. With every turn they seem to find themselves in some kind of crazy situation.

I felt like I connected a little better with Gabriel in this book. The first book he didn't seem all that special to me. This book he displays a little bit more strength and he seems to find his own voice. It's interesting to find out his thoughts about escaping and he doesn't seem like he is going to say things just ease Rhine's mind. He becomes more blunt and truthful.
Rhine is a little bit selfish. She doesn't really realize how her actions are affecting the people around her and until after the fact. Her desire to find her brother is so strong that it sometimes seems to cloud her judgement on other things. She is also strong though fueled by the fact that she doesn't just accept her impending death. She acts more like she thinks she isn't going to die instead of worrying that she is. She has a habit of clinging to the past.......her parents, Rowan, Jenna and Linden especially. Even though she escaped the mansion she finds herself dwelling on it which I think shows that her connection to Linden is much stronger then she even thinks.

The relationship between Gabriel and Rhine develops more in this book. You could see and understand their affection for each other, where in the first book I feel like Rhine was just looking for a way out. If not physical freedom them mental freedom to choose who she wants to be with. I understand them being together a little better in this book. Although I feel like there is a part where Linden really shines through as someone to compete with.

We meet some new characters in this book and even though some past characters are not present they seem to still help the story. Jenna especially, the girl with many secrets. I liked all the characters whether they be normal, strange or deadly.

I have to say my favorite part of this book was the ending. I don't want to give too much away but the turn of events that comes about really had me on edge. It's kind of like if your watching an intense movie and then suddenly the power goes out and you miss the end. I can't wait for the third book, Lauren leaves you hanging in a way that you have to know what happens next.

I think if you enjoyed the first book you will enjoy this book as well. Some of the mysteries from the first book are revealed but with enough still left to leave you anxious for the third book.

Manga Monday

Manga Monday is a newer meme hosted by Alison Can Read.

Why do I like Manga/Manwha/Manhua so much. Well it's basically just YA books in picture form. Some popular YA books made into Manga are Twilight series and The Infernal Devices series. I believe both are done by Yen Press.

Title: Crazy Girl Shin Bia
Author: Hwang Mi-Ri
Volumes: 19 (complete)
American Publisher: None
Baka-Updates Manga

"When a tough, lazy, money loving, yet beautiful high school student named Shin Bia jumps down from a building , she thought she would die but instead she falls into the era where the ancient Goryeo Dynasty ruled?! She has to transform into a proper and elegant lady and while she's there she faces many obstacles."

So just like books, I like when there is a historical aspect. So the title really sums up Shin Bia, she's nuts. Which is a common theme with Hwang Mi-Ri's female leads. Shin Bia is actually the reincarnation of a Bia from the Goryeo Dynasty. When Lady Bia realizes she is going to be murdered (she has mystical powers) she knows that her death will only bring turmoil to the country so she transports Shin Bia to the past in order to take her place when she dies so that no one will be the wiser. Unfortunately Shin Bia has ended up living a hard life and is more than rough around the edges. Lady Bia's mistress is the only one who knows the secret of the counterfeit Bia and must hide the fact in order to pass her off to her betrothed the Prince. Shin Bia's fighting skills come in handy with the attempts on her life but it doesn't help her with the complicated web of love squares she is dealing. Not to mention the confusion of who she should trust and the pressure to display the mystical gifts that she has Shin Bia doesn't have. Shin Bia just really wants to get back to her own world.

This manwha is funny and cute. You have moments when Shin Bia is really annoying and other times when you feel sorry for her. She actual develops and changes through the manwha.

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren to showcase books you have recently acquired. Any can participate so check out her blog for more details

I didn't get out to the store like I wanted to so my list is slim but still exciting.

Intangible by J. Meyers (ebook)

I love this cover!!! I can't wait to read and review it. Here's a little taste of what it's about.

"Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly. They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift.

Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right. And he can’t do anything about it." ~goodreads

Feature & Follow Friday

Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that is designed to provide some much-appreciated exposure to the bloggers participating, and to expand their following. Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, each of whom feature a chosen blog for the week, it's an interesting way to get to know one another.

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Q: What is the longest book you've read? What are your favorite 600+ page reads?

I actually had to get up and look at my bookshelf for this one. Even though some books seemed like they were that long they only came in at about the 500 something range. The winner is...

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
page count: 870

I loved this series of course. They would decorate our downtown area to be like Diagon Alley for the midnight book releases. Lots of fun.

What are my favorites besides that. Well Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle series. The 3rd book is actually the only one that comes in at over 600 pages.

The Sweet Far thing by Libba Bray
819 pages
A couple of my other favorite 600+ pagers are also from the Harry Potter series. I thought for sure my historical biographies would make the cut but I guess not.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
759 pages

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
652 pages

Desperatly Wanting Wednesday

Desperately Wanting Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee.com. For books that you are desperately wanting, either because they haven't been released or you haven't purchased them yet.

I loved Fairy Tales when I was a kid. I think I read every single fairy tale book in the library and then my mom started buying me nicer volumes of them. So when there are updated and modernized version of my favorite stories I swoon. I absolutely love it! This is my selection of modernized fairy tales I wouldn't mind reading.

Title: Scarlet
Author: A. C. Gaughen
Fairy Tale: Robin Hood

"Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire." read more on goodreads
Title: Princess of the Midnight Ball
Author: Jessica Day George
Fairy Tale: Twelve Dancing Princesses

"A tale of twelve princesses doomed to dance until dawn…"
read more on goodreads

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Fairy Tale: Cinderella

"Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population." read more on goodreads

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that are highly anticipated.

Title: The Immortal Rules
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publish Date: April 24th 2012

"Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.

Includes an exclusive excerpt from the next Iron Fey novel, out November 2012."

I wasn't sure about this book at first. I love The Iron Fey series but I was afraid that I wouldn't like vampires as much. I have no idea why. After watching the book trailer I'm really excited for this book. I can't wait to read it.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

"Madame was going to kill her!" I snap. I'm not sure where this anger comes from. It's like sitting back and listening to some other girl who sounds like me."

Fever, Lauren DeStefano, The Chemical Garden Series Book #2, Goodreads

Torn by Ashley S. Morgan

Title: Torn
Author: Ashley S. Morgan
Published: Feb. 20, 2012 (kindle)
Pages: 258

"Isadora Rivers feels trapped. Her small town high school is suffocating her. Another day of wannabe gangsters, dumb jocks, and Barbie clones, and she'll just lose it. Her keen emotional sensitivity is to blame.  She feels like she's literally drowning in other people's emotions.

Riding her bike at top speed, she swerves in front of a car and nearly gets hit. The driver,Tristan Blake, turns out to be the mysterious new boy at school. He's rebellious, broody,
and wise beyond his years. He's also devastatingly gorgeous. From the moment their eyes meet, Isadora is irresistibly drawn to him. But as soon as he enters her life, things go horribly wrong. She begins having disturbing visions full of unimaginable glamour and unbearable darkness. He knows things about her he shouldn't. And he's somehow so familiar. As he at turns pulls her close, and then pushes her away, Isadora feels like her heart is being twisted and torn.

She soon discovers that her whole future is in jeopardy, and her only hope is to stay away
from Tristan. But how can she turn away from the only boy she has ever loved? As a harrowing
event looms closer, one that threatens to rip apart her psyche, Isadora must reach deep inside
herself and find the strength to change her own destiny. But is she strong enough to do it?"

I really enjoyed Ashley S. Morgan's writing style in Torn. She easily sets the mood for scenes and something just flows with her writing. The book is a lot of dialogue which kind of reminds me of a play, which seems fitting since the characters are in the drama club. I felt like it was easy to place myself in the story.

Isadora as a main character I had mix feelings about her. I was trying to think of her in the perspective of being a teenager and in the drama club but she seemed to get overly emotional about things. I felt like her infatuation with Tristan was a little too quick but then again I think she was experiencing some feelings that had to do with the greater plot. Tristan was likable as the sensible laid back kind of guy. He definitely was definitely the mature one of their duo. Then of course there was also Izzy's best friend Sarah and arch nemesis Tara. Both filled their roles in true YA style.

I feel like it's hard to write about the plot because I don't want to give anything away. The basics of it were great but I wish there had been more development. The book itself is more about the relationship between Isadora and Tristan, which was good. I also really wanted to know more about the paranormal aspect of it. I would have liked to meet some of the other characters that were mentioned but we don't actually get to talk to. I didn't quite understand how the whole thing worked. (I know I'm sound vague but I really do not want to give anything away). I do love books like this that keep me guessing.

I thought this was an enjoyable light read. The writing and the idea for the story were both good. I look forward to more of Ashley's writing.

Manga Monday

Alison Can Read has started doing a Manga Mondays Meme and well I think it's a fun idea. I've been reading manga for what seems like centuries but really only the past hmm 17 years. Wow that long already. I started reading it in middle school and would buy bootleg and fansub vhs tapes, yes vhs tapes, of things like Sailor Moon. Which at that time was still airing new episodes in Japan. The good old days. Why do I love manga, well it's basically YA/Romance books in cartoon form. I think that's why you see a lot of YA books being made into manga. Like for example Twilight and Clockwork Angel. The fun part of manga is that more often then not you can find a drama adaptation of it and of course the Anime version. 

My Manwha Feature;

Goong by So Hee Park
Volumes: 27 (complete)
American Publisher: Yen Press (currently at Volume 12)

"Monarchy ended long ago in Korea, but there are still other countries with Kings, Queens, princes and princesses. What if Korea had continued monarchism? What if all the beautiful palaces which are now only historical relics were actually filled with people? What if the glamorous royal family still maintained the palace customs? Welcome to a world where Korea still has the royal family living their lives! But for Che-Kyung, a high-school girl, this is a tragedy, since she has to marry the prince who turns out to be a total jerk!"

Love, Loss, Love Triangles, Love squares and of course political intrigue. This series has all that. I love this series although I'm very behind on it. Well let's say I'm ahead as far as the American published version goes but behind as for as the series as a whole. There are actually two Korean dramas based off this series as well. The first was created and ended before the manwha itself ended and then the second was a spin-off.

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren to showcase books you have recently acquired. Any can participate so check out her blog for more details

So my IMM books are kind of a different mix this week. I happened to be shopping in Sam's Club and I always check their book section for new releases. For some reason I passed up my usual YA paranormal picks (they had Cinder and Tempest) for these titles.

Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald
This book just called to me for some reason. I really like the cover and the concept of the story.

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
This is an older historical fiction title that came out in 2009 but I love Philippa Gregory and being I haven't read this one I had to pick it up.

Orackle Sunken Earth by C.W. Trisef
I got this for review. I like the cover and books about lost cities.

ABE Award

In Illinois they have something the ISLMA (Illinois School Library Media Association) has a list of books they put out and then if your school registers the kids are able to vote for their favorite book. A lot of times the kids get extra credit in class if they read the books and then do a book talk. Can you imagine getting extra credit for some of these books. I don't remember them doing this when I was in high school. So I thought the list was pretty interesting for next year (just released). Some great books on the list. I remember The Hunger Games and City of Bones winning a few years back. The winner for this year will be announced on the 20th.

Anna & the French KissStephanie Perkins
Bruiser Neal Shusterman
The Chosen OneCarol Lynch Williams 
Clockwork AngelCassandra Clare 
Dark SongGail Giles  
Finnikin of the RockMelina Marchetta
The HelpKathryn Stockett 
ImpossibleNancy Werlin
ImpulseEllen Hopkins 
LeviathanScott Westerfeld 
Little BrotherCory Doctorow
Lockdown: Escape from FurnaceAlexander G. Smith
MatchedAlly Condie
The MonstrumologistRick Yancey 
North of BeautifulJustina Chen Headley
ParanormalcyKiersten White  
Rikers HighPaul Volponi
Ship Breaker Paolo Bacigalupi
The Sky is EverywhereJandy Nelson
Thirteen Reasons WhyJay Asher 
War Sebastian Junger 
Will Grayson, Will Grayson John Green & David Levithan

News From Blogland

News from Blogland is just news that I've seen around the blogs. Mostly from Author and Publisher sites.

If you have news to share. Feel free to post it in the comments.

Cassandra Clare (TMI, ID, DA): In case you felt like you were going to miss the Shadowhunters once Cassandra finishes both TMI and ID. You don't have to worry, she has signed up to do a new series. I'm excited about it. Sounds pretty interesting. The Dark Artifices: Lady Midnight is book 1. Check out her tumblr she has information all over the place about it.

The Spring Into The Future tour is going to be making some rounds in April. Lucky for me it will be in my area and it's a day of the week I can actually go. Hooray!!! You can get some more information on Anna Carey's Blog they are going to be doing some freebies! Who doesn't like something for free.

Brodi Ashton (Everneath): Once Upon a time Everneath went on a Cruise.....Click Here for the story

Jessica Spotswood (Cahill Witch Chronicles): Has revealed the title of her second book, STAR CURSED she picked it herself. So make sure to stop by and tell her how much you like it.

Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that is designed to provide some much-appreciated exposure to the bloggers participating, and to expand their following. Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, each of whom feature a chosen blog for the week, it's an interesting way to get to know one another.

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Q: What is the best book you've read in the last month? What is the worst book you've read in the last month?.

 The best book I've read in the past month would be Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood. I just loved this book. The plot, the characters and everything else about it.

I didn't have a worst book but I felt like Switched by Amanda Hocking didn't live up to the hype as much as I wanted it to. I was slightly disappointed in it. Although I really enjoyed the second book it more than made up for it.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #1
Published: Sept. 27, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Pages: 452

"Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
There is.           

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
                                                         She's wrong. "

Wow. This book had my mind reeling. I honestly at some points had to stop reading just because I felt like I was going crazy. This is a longer book with 452 pages but the writing makes it breeze to get through. I would be so caught up in the book I wouldn't realize I had just blown through 150 pages in what felt like seconds. I felt like there was always something strange going on. There were some things that I thought is this real or is this a hallucination. Which is great that it kept me guessing, I love when a book does that.

Mara was an interesting lead. There were times that I thought she was just crazy, then became absolutely convinced she must be possessed and then I was even imagining in her a black cloak as the grim reaper. When we find out what is actually happening to her I had a sense of relief to finally know. I liked her character though, I felt like her actions were fitting to her situations. No matter what was going on with her, she did just lose her best friend. Which would be traumatic at any age and in any circumstance. Her character felt real and understandable to me. She was a ghost of her former self for most of the book, just ghosting in out of life. At the end though she seemed to finally get a hold of herself and gained a new sort of confidence.
Noah is of course the bad boy who actually has a good heart. I like that fact that his past "sins" don't just get washed away. It's not like they never happened but it doesn't mean he can't be different with Mara. He seemed genuine and not afraid of being who he is, whether people thought he was bad or good.

I liked the love story between Mara and Noah. Especially because Mara was so resistant to it at first. I never felt like she was obsessed with him. This is a girl who feels like she has lost everything and thinks she might be going crazy. Noah became her anchor, the good thing that she could think about when she seemed to slipping from reality. It's easy to say that her family would be that, but she felt like she was disappointing them by not holding it together. There were no expectation with Noah, she could lose herself and because she thought he was a player, she wasn't going to hurt him. I think that it was easy for her to finally fall into the support of someone who wasn't going to run away from her. She needed that bit of security and Noah was offering it. It seemed natural for her to appreciate and fall in love with him for that.

I really enjoyed this book and I understand that it is not for everyone. From what I've seen it's either people love it or hate it. I would give it a chance, just read the first few pages in the bookstore and you might find yourself hooked like I was.

More ShadowHunters? Yes Please!!

Pretty exciting news! Since Cassandra Clare is not busy enough writing the Infernal Devices and Mortal Instruments series that we know and love. She is taking on yet another series The Dark Artifices!

"Los Angeles, 2012. It’s been five years since the events of the Mortal Instruments when Nephilim stood poised on the brink of oblivion and Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs lost her parents. After the blood and violence she witnessed as a child, Emma has dedicated her life to the eradication of demons and being the best, fastest and deadliest Shadowhunter since Jace Lightwood. Raised in the Los Angeles Institute, Emma is paired as a parabatai with her best friend, Julian. As Emma hunts those who caused the death of her parents, the trail they’re following leads back to those they’ve always been taught to trust. At the same time, Emma is falling in love with Julian — her closest friend and, because he is her parabatai, the one person in the world she’s absolutely forbidden by Shadowhunter Law to love. Set against the glittering backdrop of present-day Los Angeles, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica" ~goodreads

For more Information;
Cassandra Clare on Tumblr

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that are highly anticipated.

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Release date: June 12, 2012

"Generations ago, a genetic experiment gone wrong—the Reduction—decimated humanity, giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Eighteen-year-old Luddite Elliot North has always known her place in this caste system. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. But now the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress and threatening Luddite control; Elliot’s estate is floundering; and she’s forced to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth—an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliott wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she abandoned him.

But Elliot soon discovers her childhood friend carries a secret—-one that could change the society in which they live…or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she has lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s PERSUASION, FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it."

First like many books I was attracted by the cover but then I read the synopsis and it fascinated me. I like the Sci-Fi Dystopia mix sound of it. I also like that she originally choose duty over love and now the guy is back and not all is instantly forgotten. That really intrigued me.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

I've been really scatter brained the past few days, maybe this book is the cause.....hmm

My Teaser comes from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer;

"You've barely left the house...." He trailed off, but I heard the things he didn't say--you've barely left the house except to run away from a party, to visit the emergency room, to visit a psychiatrist.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, pg. 181

Cover Reveal: My Super Sweet Sixteen by Rachel Harris

My Super Sweet  16th Century by Rachel Harris
Release Date: Sept. 11, 2012

"On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore.

Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?"

Alessandra jerks back like I just suggested she prance around the square naked or something. “No! I believe I understand your meaning, and Lorenzo is certainly not my suitor. He is like a brother to me—the three of us grew up together.”
She resumes walking and I fall in step beside her, understanding there has to be more to the story. And as we near the end of the row, I finally ask, “If you’re not into the guy, then what’s the problem?”
At that same moment, a rich, deep chuckle hits my ears. My stomach involuntarily clenches and my gaze sharpens on the back of this mysterious Lorenzo.
Alessandra sighs. “That is the problem.” She places her hand on my arm and solemnly looks me in the eyes. “You must be careful. Lorenzo is beautiful, and it is not uncommon for a girl to walk away from meeting him with a piece of her heart left behind. But he is just eighteen, and not yet ready for marriage.”
I roll my eyes and laugh, then realize she’s serious. “Yeah, I assure you, there’s no danger on my end. I’m not exactly looking for marriage myself.” Because that would be crazy-town.
Alessandra wrinkles her nose as if she doesn’t believe me, but she removes her hand. We close the distance and Cipriano flashes me an open, honest to goodness, lighthearted smile.
“Lorenzo, this is the cousin I was telling you about.”
Slowly the guy turns and I fall head first into the richest chocolate-brown eyes I’ve ever seen. He blinks and long, luscious lashes feather across his bronzed cheeks. I can feel myself gawking, but I physically can’t drag my eyes away. Lorenzo doesn’t smirk or act all conceited, either. He simply stares back, his eyes casually skimming over me, causing my skin to warm and break out in a whole body tingle.
Time seems to stop, and the sounds of the market mute. Alessandra was right. This boy is beautiful.
And he’s looking at me.
Sounds good right!!

Normally I save cover reveals for News in Blogland but I'm excited for this book.

You can see more about Rachel Harris and My Super Sweet 16th Century (another excerpt perhaps)...HERE

My Super Sweet 16th Century, by Rachel Harris is available for pre-order on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Be sure to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads!

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren to showcase books you have recently acquired. Any can participate so check out her blog for more details

So this week I didn't take a picture just because I didn't really expect to have an IMM. Then I went to the bookstore today to look at ereaders (my big debate with myself) and also to get the kids out of the house to enjoy the beautiful weather. I couldn't leave without a book. It's always so hard to choose.

The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark

At work my office is conveniently located inside a library. I'm not a librarian but when they get a new shipment of books it's not surprise to them when I start hovering over the book. So I borrowed....

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Not only did this cover catch my eye and the synopsis but the mix of great and really bad reviews. That always peaks my interest because I want to see for myself. I also read the first 60 pages of Daughter of Smoke and Bone when I was waiting for something but I haven't borrowed that one yet.

News From Blogland

It's been a busy week so I haven't had a chance to compile a whole lot of News for the News From Blogland I normally feature on Friday. That doesn't mean you shouldn't share your news. I will add to this post when I get a chance but comment below if you have news to share.

Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus): She is not only an amazing author but also an amazing artist. I would love to have some of her pieces on my wall. Check out her Gallery Show posting

Lauren DeStefano (Chemical Garden series): Who wants free stuff in a basket? All you have to do is design a new banner for Lauren's facebook page. Easy Peasy right. See the Post

Allyson Condie (Matched Series): Did you see the cover reveal for Reached? Oh I'm not ashamed to post it again because I absolutely love it!

Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that is designed to provide some much-appreciated exposure to the bloggers participating, and to expand their following. Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, each of whom feature a chosen blog for the week, it's an interesting way to get to know one another.

If you would like to follow me right now you can do so by GFC, Twitter or Linky (right side).

Q: Have you ever looked at book’s cover and thought, This is going to horrible? But, was instead pleasantly surprised? Show us the cover and tell us about the book.

Wow this is a tough question being that I buy a lot of books based off their cover. A bad cover can easily turn me away from a book. Yes I'm a book snob as my husband would say. So this is what I got.

Now you might be thinking what is wrong with this book there is nothing ugly about this cover. Exactly there is nothing ugly or interesting about this cover. It looks like a boring old textbook. I was wrong though, I loved this book. I had to read it in college and normally I was a master at being able to not really read a book but somehow know all the key points. There were a few required reading books that I did enjoy and this was one of them. Don't let a what appears to be a "boring" cover sway you it might just mean the content is so great that a cover could never capture it.