Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #188 - Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17404295-ice-like-fire
Ice Like Fire
(Snow Like Ashes #2)
by Sara Raasch
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Publication Date: October 13th 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 9780062286956

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It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world. (Goodreads)


If you've read Snow Like Ashes, then you know EXACTLY why I'm waiting on Ice Like Fire.
If you haven't read Snow Like Ashes, YOU SHOULD!
(Right now. Go ahead, I'll wait.)
The book was sooooooo good, it was one of my favorites of 2014!
And not only is the story amazing, but the covers for both books are freaking gorgeous as well. :)
I absolutely cannot wait for the second book, I already have it pre-ordered!!
Hurry October!!
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Review: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22535481-a-wicked-thing
A Wicked Thing
(A Wicked Thing #1)
by Rhiannon Thomas
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Publication Date: February 24th 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 337
ISBN: 9780062303530
Genre: Young Adult | Retelling
Source: Edelweiss

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Rhiannon Thomas's dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of Sleeping Beauty and what happens after happily ever after.

One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.

Her family is long dead. Her "true love" is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

Rhiannon Thomas weaves together vivid scenes of action, romance, and gorgeous gowns to reveal a richly imagined world … and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before. (Goodreads)
A Wicked Thing is a fairytale retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I can’t resist a retelling, so when I discovered A Wicked Thing, my curiosity was piqued. The story is about Aurora, who is awoken 100 years after her curse was placed by a kiss from a true love she doesn’t know, to find everyone she loved was gone and her kingdom has moved on without her. 

There was a bit of role reversal between the prince and princess in the story. Aurora wanted a life with excitement and adventure, with none of the pressures of being a princess, while the prince was shy and often blushing whenever he was around the princess.  There was also no chemistry between the two characters, at all, but this is how the author wrote their relationship. I found both of these characters to be likeable, but I did have a hard time connecting with them. Especially with Aurora, as I knew there was a fire inside her, but it never really had a chance to blossom in the story, and I kept waiting for it to do so. I’m hoping that is something that we will get to see as the series moves along. I should also mention that there are a lot of characters that you’re going to love to hate in the novel; especially the King.

There’s also what could be two other love interests in the story for Aurora, but unfortunately, we don’t get to explore much of these relationships either. As far as romance goes in the novel, it’s pretty rare, if even there at all.

The storyline for the book, while interesting, was a bit slow moving for me, and because of this, I had a really hard time keeping interest in the book.  The book starts to pick up near the end, and leaves us with a bit of a cliffhanger which leaves us curious for the next book in the series, which is due to release in 2016.

Overall; while I thought the storyline for the book was slow moving, and I had a hard time connecting to the characters, I did enjoy the retelling aspects of the book. I do believe that fans of Sleeping Beauty will really enjoy the book, and I’m curious to read more in the next book in the series.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

February Wrap Up & Book Haul

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor
I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes **
The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes
The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas **
The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

**Review coming soon.

Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu
The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne
Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius
All That Burns by Ryan Graudin
No Parking At The End Times by Bryan Bliss
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead
Unleashed by Sophie Jordan
Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor
The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence by Stan Lee


I had a really awesome book haul this month!
I've read a few of these already, and I'm hoping to get to the rest asap!
I'm super excited to read them all!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Falling for Alice: Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24833107-falling-for-alice


Publication Date: April 24th 2015
Publisher: Vine Leaves Press

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About The Book

New Alice. New Wonderland. New stories ​to love.

From ​the modern Alice dumped in the Aquarian ​Age of the late sixties, to the present day Alice, tormented by body image and emotional issues, to the Alice of the future, launched forward through time and space, FALLING FOR ALICE offers five fresh takes on ​Lewis​ Carroll’s classic tale. For 150 years, people all over the world have fallen under Alice in Wonderland’s spell. ​Now, follow five Young Adult authors down the rabbit hole to discover Alice like you’ve never seen her before. One thing is certain—this is not your mother’s Alice.


2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s beloved adventure, Alice in Wonderland—and as you might imagine, a lot of literary peeps are celebrating the occasion.This story has a special place in millions of young (and old) hearts, including those of the five Young Adult authors in the FALLING FOR ALICE anthology. Today, as we launch the awesome cover for FALLING FOR ALICE, we also celebrate our publisher’s actual birthday (Happy Birthday, Jessica Bell at Wine Leaves Press), and all of YOUR unbirthdays. We hope you get to have your cake and eat it too.

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Book Trailer:



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About the Authors:


Dawn Dalton is a short-story author, novelist, screenwriter, professional editor and communications specialist. Her short story, THREAD OF THE PAST was included in the SPIRITED anthology (Leap Books, 2012) and her novel, KILLER INSTINCT, (Leap Books, 2013), co-written with Judith Graves, was nominated for the Silver Falchion award. When she's not slaying fictional monsters, she's geeking out over fairy tales, Jack Bauer, Halloween, sports cars, and all things that go bump in the night. Dawn lives in Alberta, Canada, with her husband, Jeff and their giant English Mastiff, Roarke. Dawn also writes contemporary Young Adult under the last name IUS. ANNE & HENRY debuts September 2015 from Simon Pulse. Visit Dawn online at www.dawnius.com or follow her on Twitter @dawnmius or @dawn_dalton.

DRUNK
ALICE is thirsty—and no matter how much she drinks, nothing can satiate her need. But when she meets Lewis, the tall, scary boy with the cat-like hazel eyes, her emotions spiral out of control. Is he thcure to her thirst—or the final catalyst that will send Alice down the rabbit hole of madness?


Q&A: Design a cake that represents your story. What flavour, decorations, etc would you use?
I’m afraid it’s a dark cake—devil’s food, with black or deep purple icing, likely in the shape of a coffin. On top of the coffin would be a fondant White Rabbit, with red icing stiches across its heart. BUT, if you cut into the center, and eat your way to the bottom layer, there’s white chocolate with pudding and sprinkles!

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Denise Jaden’s novels have been shortlisted or received awards through the Romance Writers of America, Inspy, and SCBWI. The first draft of her debut novel, LOSING FAITH (Simon & Schuster), was written in 21 days during NaNoWriMo, and she loves talking with writers and students about her fast drafting process. Jaden's other young adult novels include NEVER ENOUGH (Simon & Schuster) and FOREIGN EXCHANGE (an Editor's Pick from Evernight Teen). Her non-fiction books for writers include, WRITING WITH A HEAVY HEART and FAST FICTION. Find out more at www.denisejaden.com


WHITE RABBIT Rx
In a desperate attempt to lose weight, Alice takes an experimental drug, WHITE RABBIT, which comes with side effects like heightened senses and the chance to see who her true friends are...and are not.


Q&A: Design a cake that represents your story. What flavour, decorations, etc would you use?

My cake would be made almost entirely out of vegetables, since when we first meet Alice, she is desperate to lose weight. It would be in layers: a flat square of celery on the bottom, then carrots, then green beans, followed by an enormous layer of fresh spinach and leafy greens to make it look substantial, even if it isn’t. However, there is also a somewhat magical solution to Alice’s weight problem in White Rabbit Rx, so when she cuts into this vegetable cake, it would magically turn into the most mouth-watering fluffy white cake when she eats it.

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Kitty Keswick adores writing YA short stories almost as much as novels. Kirkus named her short story DEATH BECOMES HER,"Among the Standouts," in the SPIRITED anthology (Leap Books, 2012). Her short story MY PROM DATE'S A VAMPIRE was published oringially by The Wild Rose Press (2008) the rights were bought by Leap Books (2009). Her debut young adult paranormal, FREAKSVILLE (2010) was one of the inaugural novels that launched Leap Books. Her second novel FURRY & FREAKED is due out in late 2015. She's a professed anglophile and once spent a blissful month touring crumbling ruins in the UK. She loves twisting fairy tales with history, lives for make believe and even has a fairy door or two in her home. Kitty now resides fifteen miles inland from the sea with her hubby, stepson and a very lucky black cat. She can often be found dipping her toes in the moody waters of the west coast.  Visit her blog at kittykeswick.blogspot.com


WORMHOLE TO WONDERLAND
The year is 2114. Alice is one of the elite humans chosen to repopulate a New Earth, traveling onboard the Starship Jabberwocky, to Kepler-22b a planet six hundred light years from Earth in the Cygnus Constellation. The Originators blended her DNA with that of famous authors to produce a perfect human, each with a specific job needed to make their new home habitable. Humans are flawed by nature. Alice’s creative and curious character isn’t something they planned.

She longs for adventure far beyond the confines of her plastic, metal and glass world and doesn’t fit their drone mold. When flashes of disturbing images clog her memories, Alice is desperate to do anything, to go anywhere, to find the answers. Even if it means losing her mind.


Q&A: Design a cake that represents your story. What flavour, decorations, etc would you use?

Since my story is called Wormhole to Wonderland it’s set in the future.We’d have it made by a food replicator. It would have several tiers and looking at it from above, it would look like a wormhole, with tiny symbols from Alice in Wonderland, placed upon it. (Rabbit, Top Hat, Tea Cups) It would taste amazing— light and fluffy, have zero calories and actually make you lose five pounds and it would be chocolate of course.

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Shari Green writes Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction and occasionally masquerades as a poet. Her first novel for teens, FOLLOWING CHELSEA, was released by Evernight Teen in Fall 2014. When she's not glued to her laptop, Shari can often be found wandering in a blissful daze on the beach near her home on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Visit her online at

ALICE AT WOODSTOCK
Seventeen-year-old Alice’s punk band Mad Cat is primed for its inaugural tour, when the other members—including Alice’s boyfriend—team up and cut her from the band. Humiliated and raging-mad, Alice stashes her guitar in the back of a closet and retreats from both music and social life. But when she falls down a proverbial rabbit hole, landing in the midst of the largest peace-and-music event in history, Alice must confront the question that’s been eating at her all summer: if she isn’t a musician, who is she?


Q&A: Design a cake that represents your story. What flavour, decorations, etc would you use?
It should probably be wine-flavored, but that would be disgusting, lol, so let’s go with chocolate. Can’t go wrong with chocolate! It would be decorated to look like a turntable for vinyl record albums, maybe with peace signs, music notes, and bright flowers scattered around the sides.

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Cady Vance is the author of Young Adult and New Adult speculative fiction, including BONE DRY, NEVER SLEEP and CLASH. After growing up in small town Tennessee, she decided to embark on a grand adventure by packing up her bags and moving to NYC. Now, she studies for her PhD in the UK and dreams of seeing the universe. Visit her website at www.cadyvance.com or follow her on
www.twitter.com/cadyvance.

WONDER IN THE STARS
When Alice Dodgson's long-term boyfriend, Wyatt, enrols in the first teen program to spend six months aboard the international space station Wonder, Alice is quick to sign up so she can join him on his epic adventure. But Wyatt breaks up with Alice just after launch, and she's left to navigate this strange new world of zero gravity alone.



Q&A: Design a cake that represents your story. What flavour, decorations, etc would you use?

My cake flavor would be dark chocolate with chocolate icing to represent the vast darkness of space. Decorations would include plenty of sprinkles to act as distant stars, with M&Ms for each planet in our Solar System.

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The Giveaway:

Five prizes are up for grabs! Enter to win!

1 A copy of Falling For Alice (when ready)
2 An e-copy of Denise Jarden's Foreign Exchange
3 a copy of the Spirted anthology
4 a copy of Killer Instinct by Dawn Dalton and Judith Graves
5 One of Cady Vance's books in e-book format


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #187 - Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17234659-ten-thousand-skies-above-you
Ten Thousand Skies Above You
(Firebird #2)
by Claudia Gray
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Publication Date: November 3rd 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780062278999

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17234659-ten-thousand-skies-above-you

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Marguerite Caine has done the impossible, traveling to alternate dimensions with the Firebird—the brilliant invention of her parents, her boyfriend, Paul, and their friend Theo. But she has also caught the attention of enemies willing to kidnap, blackmail, and even kill to use the Firebird for themselves.

When Paul’s soul is splintered into four pieces—pieces that are trapped within Pauls in other dimensions—Marguerite will do anything, and travel anywhere, to save him. But the price of his safe return is steep. If she doesn’t sabotage her parents in multiple universes, Paul will be lost forever.

Unwilling to sacrifice her family, Marguerite enlists the brilliant Theo to help. The two forge a plan to save Paul and the Firebird, but succeeding means outsmarting a genius and risking not only their lives but also the lives of their counterparts in every other dimension.

Their mission takes them to the most dangerous universes yet: a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each leap brings Marguerite closer to saving Paul—but her journey reveals dark truths that lead her to doubt the one constant she’s found between the worlds: their love for each other. (Goodreads)

Ahhhhh!
I loved A Thousand Pieces of You.
(Especially PAUL!)
It was definitely one of my favorite reads from 2014.
I can't wait to get my hands on Ten Thousand Skies Above You.
I'm dyyyyyying to get back into this story.
It sounds AMAZING.
Hurry, November!!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Review: The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes

The Distance Between Lost and Found
by Kathryn Holmes
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Publication Date: February 17th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780062317261
Genre: Young Adult | Realistic Fiction | Contemporary
Source: Edelweiss

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Ever since the night of the incident with Luke Willis, the preacher’s son, sophomore Hallelujah Calhoun has been silent. When the rumors swirled around school, she was silent. When her parents grounded her, she was silent. When her friends abandoned her … silent.

Now, six months later, on a youth group retreat in the Smoky Mountains, Hallie still can’t find a voice to answer the taunting. Shame and embarrassment haunt her, while Luke keeps coming up with new ways to humiliate her. Not even meeting Rachel, an outgoing newcomer who isn’t aware of her past, can pull Hallie out of her shell. Being on the defensive for so long has left her raw, and she doesn’t know who to trust.

On a group hike, the incessant bullying pushes Hallie to her limit. When Hallie, Rachel, and Hallie’s former friend Jonah get separated from the rest of the group, the situation quickly turns dire. Stranded in the wilderness, the three have no choice but to band together.

With past betrayals and harrowing obstacles in their way, Hallie fears they’ll never reach safety. Could speaking up about the night that changed everything close the distance between being lost and found? Or has she traveled too far to come back? (Goodreads)
The thing that interested me most about The Distance Between Lost and Found was the storyline. Three kids lost in the wilderness? It sounded like it would be a really interesting read, and it was.

After an incident with the preacher’s son leaves her the object of vicious rumors, Hallelujah Calhoun has kept her silence. Why not, when no one believes her about what happens anyways? But when a youth group field trip goes wrong, and Hallie finds herself lost in the woods with two other kids from her group, she’s forced to learn to trust again, in order to survive.

Hallie was an interesting character to read about. I sympathized with her for what she went through with the preacher’s son, and not only for the main incident that started all the rumors, but for everything that he had put her through since. But it did really bother me that she didn’t speak up sooner. (Of course, I realize that if she had spoken up sooner, there wouldn’t be a story…) I just really wished that she would have stood up for herself sooner and saved herself from all the misery and heartbreak that she incurred. Despite this, it was interesting to watch Hallie grow and find herself throughout the story.

The two other teens that Hallie was lost in the woods with were Jonah, and Rachel. Rachel was a really cool character, and I love how she worked to bring Hallie out of her shell. Jonah, who was Hallie’s friend in the past, and is also friends with the preacher’s son, was interesting as well. There were so many things about him that were likeable. All three characters worked really well together.

The storyline mainly revolves around Hallie finding herself and finding God, learning out to trust again and finding her strength while trying to survive in the woods. And she does this with help from Jonah and Rachel. I have to say, the times that they spent in the woods would have been truly terrifying, especially for some of the things that happened while they were out there, I really don’t think I could have made it!

Overall; The Distance Between Lost and Found was a very interesting read. I’m really looking forward to reading more by Kathryn Holmes in the future.

 
 
 
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