Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #89 - Goddess by Josephine Angelini

(Starcrossed #3)
by Josephine Angelini

Publication Date: May 28th 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins

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After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.

To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.

In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched. (Goodreads)

Hey guys! Long time, no see!

I'm seriously out of the loop lately. :(   Life has been busy. But I'm trying to get it back together!

So I discovered that the cover for GODDESS was released this week!
(The covers for this series are so gorgeous.)
I love the Starcrossed series, it's amazing, and Josephine Angelini is a writing genius.
I can't wait to dive back into this series to see what happens with Helen
and my favorite Starcrossed characters!

What are you Waiting on this week???

Monday, October 29, 2012

Noteworthy New Releases * 10/29 - 11/4 *

New in Hardback:

Rebel Heart - Moira Young    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Sapphire Blue - Kerstin Gier    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Venom - Fiona Paul    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Ruins - Orson Scott Card    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
The Bar Code Prophecy - Suzanne Weyn    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Insurgent (Collector's Edition) - Veronica Roth    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )

New in Paperback:

The Fire - James Patterson    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
The Pledge - Kimberly Derting    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Chain Reaction - Simone Elkeles    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Pink - Lili Wilkinson    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart - Leanna Renee Hieber  (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
How to Save a Life - Sara Zarr     ( B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )

Monday, October 22, 2012

Noteworthy New Releases * 10/22 - 10/28 *

New in Hardback:

The Evolution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin   (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Finale - Becca Fitzpatrick   (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Beautiful Redemption - Kami Garcia - Margaret Stohl   (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories - Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, Breanna Yovanoff
B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Destiny Rising - L.J. Smith    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
The Crimson Crown - Cinda Williams Chima   (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Divine Madness - Robert Muchamore   (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )

New in Paperback:

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
The Lost Prince - Julie Kagawa    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Sacrifice - Cayla Kluver    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Angel Fire - L.A. Weatherly    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
The Phantom - L.J. Smith    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Inheritance - Christopher Paolini    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Conjure - Lea Nolan    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
The Killing - Robert Muchamore, Sammy Yuen Jr.    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Review: Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

Destroy Me
(Shatter Me #1.5)
by Tahereh Mafi

Publication Date: October 2nd, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 150
ISBN: 9780062208194

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Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45. (Goodreads)

Destroy Me is a much anticipated novella in the Shatter Me series by the brilliant Tahereh Mafi. In this novella, we get a glimpse into the life of the mysterious Warner, right after the cliffhanger ending in Shatter Me. While this story is short at 150 pages, I enjoyed is so very much.

I have loved Warner’s character since we first met him in Shatter Me. He was so very mysterious and intriguing. While I wanted to dislike him for all the bad things he did, especially to Juliette, I just couldn’t help but love him. Getting to view this little peek into his life just made me love him even more. We get an even better feeling for why he is the way he is. Poor kid, you just want to hug him, and keep on hugging. The range of emotions that we experience with Warner is just mind blowing. I can’t wait to read more about him in the next book!

We also get to meet Warner’s psycho dad in this novella. Meeting him explains so much. He is one of those characters that you will definitely love to hate. I know I did!  Unfortunately, we don’t get to see much of Juliette or Adam this time around, but I can’t wait until they meet again!

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this short novella! Tahereh Mafi is such an excellent writer. Reading this has gotten me so excited to finally get my hands on Unravel Me next year!

Happy Reading!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Noteworthy New Releases * 10/15 - 10/21 *

New in Hardback:

Beta - Rachel Cohn    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Hidden - P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Second Chance - Heather Brewer    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Starstruck - Lauren Conrad    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Ashen Winter - Mike Mullin    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Zom-B - Darren Shan    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )

New in Paperback:

The Future of Us - Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Ashfall - Mike Mullin    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Two and Twenty Dark Tales - Various Authors    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Kiss & Blog - Alyson Noel    (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Weekly Book Haul #19

Library Finds:
Carnival of Souls - Melissa Marr

For Review:
The Spindlers - Lauren Oliver
Bitter Blood - Rachel Caine
The Steam Mole - Dave Freer
(Courtesy HarperCollins, Penguin & Prometheus Books!)

Hey guys!

A few new books for me this week.
I found Carnival of Souls at the library this week, and I can't wait to get started on it!

I was SO excited to find The Spindlers in my mailbox this week. HarperCollins must know how much I adore Lauren Oliver. lol! I am so excited to read her newest book. :)

I must get caught up on The Morganville Vamp series so that I can read Bitter Blood. :)
The Steam Mole was sent from the awesome people at Prometheus books.

I can't wait to read ALL of these books!

So, what new books did you guys get this week???

**This post was inspired by In My Mailbox by TheStorySiren, in order to share books received each week.**

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Review: Crewel by Jennifer Albin

(Crewel World #1)
by Gennifer Albin

Publication Date: October 16th, 2012
Publisher: MacMillan
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780374316419

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Incapable. Awkward. Artless.

That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.

Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back. (Goodreads)
I really didn’t know what to expect when I started reading Crewel. I had heard really good things about the book, but I just didn’t think I would like it based on the summary.  I must say, Crewel was, by far, one of the best books I have read so far in 2012. Let me try to explain to you why I think this, without giving too much away!

I found the characters in the story to be very interesting, and each for their own reasons. The main character, Adelice, was a very smart and gifted young lady, who was even at times a bit snarky. (I love snarky characters!)  The best thing about Adelice, is that she grows stronger and more mature throughout the novel.  With all of the horrible things that happen to her throughout the book, she manages to stay strong. I always find that admirable.

There are two love interests in the story, Erik and Josten. While I found each boy to be mysterious and engrossing, I was rooting for Josten the whole time. I really felt that I connected with him more than I did with Erik, and I wonder if it is because Josten is basically the underdog. (That and he treated Adelice very well.)

Of course, while there are characters in the novel that you will love, there are also some that you are really going to hate. You will hate them with a passion!  I will let you discover who those characters are on your own, but consider yourself warned!

I love the plot for the novel.  I found it to be quite unique and refreshing. The idea of women being spinsters and actually weaving threads of time, it was so very unique. The plot and the wonderful descriptions definitely kept me turning the page. The ending leaves you on a pretty big cliffhanger, and it is one that will leave you begging for the next book!

The only problem that I had with the books was with some of the characters names.  They were really different from the normal, which is not a bad thing at all! I just kept going back over them trying to figure out how exactly they were pronounced. But after a while, I got used to them.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, so much more than I expected to! (I love it when that happens!)  I’m definitely going to order a finished copy to add to my collection. And I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #88 - Blood-Kissed Sky by J.A. London

Blood Kissed Sky
(Darkness Before Dawn #2)
by J.A. London

Publication Date: HarperCollins
Publisher: December 26th, 2012

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There's nowhere left to hide.

I thought vampires were our enemies - they controlled our lives, isolated our cities, and demanded our blood - until I met Victor. With Victor taking over as the new Lord Valentine, things were supposed to get better. Instead, they're worse than ever.

Day Walkers, a new breed of vampires who can walk in the sun, are terrorizing the city. Blood supplies are low, and if Victor's vampires don't get enough, they will become infected with the Thirst - a disease that will turn them into mindless killers.

To stop it, I must journey across the desolate wasteland to the very place where the sickness began. I can only hope that the answers that await me are enough to save us all . . . before it's too late.  (Goodreads)

A few months ago I had the pleasure of reading Darkness Before Dawn, and I really enjoyed it so much more than I was expecting to. I'm so super excited for the second novel in this series to be released. Judging from the summary, it sounds just as good as the first book!
I can't wait!

What are you Waiting on this week???

**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Monday, October 8, 2012

Noteworthy New Releases - 10/8 - 10/14

New in Hardback:

Romeo Redeemed - Stacey Jay   (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Guardian - Heather Burch   (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Time Between Us - Tamara Ireland Stone   (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )

New in Paperback:

Demon Eyes - Scott Tracey   (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Bunheads - Sophie Flack   (  B&N | Amazon | Goodreads  )
Kill You Last - Todd Strasser   (  B&N  | Amazon | Goodreads  )