Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #175 - Joyride by Anna Banks
by Anna Banks
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Publication Date: June 2nd 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
ISBN: 9781250039613

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A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber's mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh.

How super excited was I to discover Anna Banks had a contemporary book coming out?
Pretty. Darn. Excited!
I really enjoyed reading Of Poseidon and Of Triton.
(I still need to read Of Neptune!)
I can't wait to see what Anna has in store for us with Joyride!!
Add it to your to-read list today!
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Winter TBR

November 25
Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR
1. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord - This book will be my very first read of 2015, and I can't wait to start it. I have an ARC of the book, and I've been dying to start it, but I'm holding out until January 1st! So excited!

2. I Was Here by Gayle Forman - I've had this pre-ordered since I first discovered the book. I can't wait to read it, anything by Gayle Forman is amazing, right?!

3. Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor - This author is a new favorite of mine. I read Melissa's Maybe One Day last year, and totally fell in love with the story. I can't wait to read Better Than Perfect!

4. The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard - How gorgeous is this cover, eh?? I am SO looking forward to finally reading this book. I've heard great things!
5. The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutoski - I read The Winner's Curse last year and really enjoyed how unique the story was. I can't wait to read this and get my Arin fix!!

6. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner - When I read These Broken Stars, I was hooked! I can't wait to get back into this world and meet these new characters!

7. I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios - I've not yet read anything by this author before, but I've already heard SOOO many great things about this book, I just can't wait to start it. I hope it is awesome!

8. The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand - I really, really loved Cynthia's Unearthly series. (I still need to read Boundless!) I'm really looking forward to seeing what she brings to the table with this new release. It sounds great!
9. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven - I was immediately attracted to this book when it was described as The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park. I love both books, so I'm curious to see how this compares.

10. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga -This book is described as perfect for fans of Jay Asher and Laurie Halse Anderson. It sounds great, and I'm super curious to read it now!

These are just a few books on my Winter TBR!! I have Arcs and e-Arcs for most of these, and some are pre-ordered already. I probably won't start these until January, but I'm excited to read them all!!

What's on your list this week??
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Rogue Wave Prize Pack Giveaway!!

by Jennifer Donnelly

In stores January 6th!!

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About Rogue Wave:

In this exciting sequel to DEEP BLUE, the mermaids are on an exceedingly important and dangerous quest. Their journey is testing their skills and their friendships, forcing them to grow and take on new challenges, and will alter their lives forever.

Serafina, Neela, Ling, Ava, Becca, and Astrid, six mermaids from realms scattered throughout the seas and freshwaters, were summoned by the leader of the river witches to learn an incredible truth: the mermaids are direct descendants of the Six Who Ruled–powerful mages who once governed the lost empire of Atlantis. The ancient evil that destroyed Atlantis is stirring again, and only the mermaids can defeat it. To do so, they need to find magical talismans that belonged to the Six.

Serafina believes her talisman was buried with an old shipwreck. While researching its location, she is almost discovered by a death rider patrol led by someone familiar. . . . The pain of seeing him turned traitor is devastating.

Neela travels to Matali to warn her parents of the grave threat facing their world.  But they find her story outlandish; a sign that she needs to be confined to her chamber for rest and recovery. She escapes and travels to Kandina, where her talisman is in the possession of fearsome razormouth dragons.

As they hunt for their talismans, both Serafina and Neela find reserves of courage and cunning they didn't know they possessed. They face down danger and death, only to endure a game-changing betrayal, as shocking as a rogue wave.

About Deep Blue:

Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe.

When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin’s arrow poisons Sera's mother. Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin’s master and prevent a war between the Mer nations.

Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world’s very existence.

Jennifer Donnelly is an award-winning author of both adult and young adult books, including Deep Blue, the first book in the Waterfire Saga. For adults she has written a trilogy of best-selling books that includes The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose, and The Wild Rose. Her first young adult novel, A Northern Light, received many accolades, among them the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Carnegie Medal in the UK, and a Michael L. Printz Honor. Her second young adult novel, Revolution, was named a Best Book of 2010 by Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal, and the audiobook received a 2011 American Library Association Odyssey Honor. She lives in New York's Hudson Valley.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #174 - The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
The Heart of Betrayal
(The Remnant Chronicles #2)
by Mary E. Pearson
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Publication Date: July 7th 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BRY)
ISBN: 9780805099249

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Intrigue abounds in this hotly anticipated sequel to The Kiss of Deception!

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia's erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar's interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: there's Rafe, who lied to Lia, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives amongst them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country... and her own destiny. (Goodreads)

I read The Kiss of Deception earlier this year, and absolutely adored the book.
I loved the storyline and characters and especially the mystery in the book.
Once I realized the cover of The Heart of Betrayal had been revealed,
I knew I had to make it my W.O.W pick.
SO super excited for this book!
If you haven't already read The Kiss of Deception, I highly recommend that you do so!
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I Can't Wait To Get
November 18: Top Ten Sequels I Can't Wait To Get

1. The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson - (The Remnant Chronicles, #2) - I read The Kiss of Deception earlier this year, and OMG it was so good. I can't wait to get my hands on The Heart of Betrayal. If you haven't started this series yet, you definitely need to!

2. Emeralds and Ashes by Leila Rasheed - (At Somerton #3) - I've been impatiently waiting to get my hands on this book, especially after the end of Diamonds and Deceit. Is it January yet???

3. The Good Girls by Sara Shepard - (The Perfectionist #2) - The Perfectionists was my first read by Sara Shepard, and I loved this book so much. I'm super excited to finally read The Good Girls!

4. Get Dirty by Gretchen McNeil - (Don't Get Mad #2) - Get Even was another book that I really, really loved, and I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel... hopefully soon!

5. Rouge by Julie Kagawa - (Talon #2) - I've not finished Talon yet, but I'm already excited for the sequel. Anything by Julie Kagawa is worth waiting for.

6. Invaded by Melissa Landers - (Alienated #2) - Alienated was such a unique read. I'm dying to get back into the story!

7.  This Shattered World by - (Starbound #2)  -These Broken Stars was another really, really unique book; one that had me hooked from the very beginning. This Shattered World won't be with the same characters as These Broken Stars, but I'm still excited to continue with the series.

8. The Death Cure by Lindsay Cummings - (The Murder Complex #2) - The Murder Complex was INTENSE! I'm super curious about the next book, and can't wait to get back into the world that Cummings created. It should be interesting!

9. The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski - (The Winner's Trilogy #2) - The Winner's Curse was such a unique read, I really enjoyed the story and the characters. I'm looking forward to diving into the sequel as soon as possible!

10. Captive by Aimee Carter - (The Blackcoat Rebellion #2) - It's no secret, I've been a huge fan of Aimee Carter's every since I read her Goddess Test series. I loved Pawn just as much, so I can't wait to start Captive!

That's what's on my Top Ten list this week! What's on yours??Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Review: Wild by Sophie Jordan
(The Ivy Chronicles #3)
by Sophie Jordan
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Publication Date: November 18th 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780062279910
Genre: New Adult | Contemporary
Source: Edelweiss

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A good girl goes fabulously bad in the final book in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s sexy New Adult romance series, in which three Ivy League suite-mates seek higher knowledge of just how far they can go.

Months after her boyfriend dumped her, Georgia can still hear the insults he hurled at her. Boring. Predictable. Tame. Tired of feeling bad, she’s ready to change her image, and go a little wild. What better way to prove her ex wrong than a hot night of sexual adventure at the secret campus kink club?

In the shadowy den of the kink club, she unexpectedly runs into Logan Mulvaney, her friend’s little brother. A player extraordinaire too hot for his own good, he may be younger, but the guy is light years ahead when it comes to sexual experience. Now he’s telling her to go home—“good girls” don’t belong here!

Georgia is tired of having others define her. She’s going to teach Logan a lesson he won’t forget—one white hot, mind-wrecking kiss . . . that leads to another . . . and another . . . and. . . . Realizing she’s way in over her head, Georgia runs.

Only Logan won’t let her go. Everywhere she goes he’s there, making her want every inch of him. Making her forget who she is. Who he is. And just how wrong they are for each other. (Goodreads)
I absolutely could not wait to get my hands on Sophie Jordan’s Wild, the third and final installment in The Ivy Chronicles series. I adored Foreplay, and Tease was great also, so I just knew that I was going to love this story. And I did, SO much. I am a romantic at heart. I can’t help myself, I adore a good love story, and that is definitely what you get when you pick up this series.

Wild is told from Georgia’s point of view, who we have met in the previous books. I didn’t really know what to expect from Georgia. While we’ve known her from the previous books, we still don’t know much about her. Her life is pretty much controlled by over overprotective mother, who wants nothing more than for Georgia to move back to their small town, and marry her ex-boyfriend, who just ended their four year relationship. Georgia wrestles with these issues throughout most of the novel, but through these struggles comes growth, and she starts to discover a different side of herself, a side that wants to be happy with her life and make her own choices. And she discovers all this with the help of Logan.

The highlight of the story for me would have to be Logan. I knew I was going to love him, because if he’s any relation to Reese at all, who wouldn’t love him? But… Oh my, Logan is oh-so-swoonworthy, and that’s totally not what I expected from him when I started reading the book. We’d met him previous in the series, and with the impression that I got of him in the previous books, I kind of expected him to be a certain way. Boy did he prove me wrong. Throughout the novel he struggles with his own issues, and proves himself to be a pretty awesome guy over and over again. I’m slightly in love with Logan at the moment, and I can imagine he will be one of those characters that will stay in my mind for a long time to come.

The storyline for the book follows much of the same as the previous books, and I really enjoyed the familiarity of the story. The characters, the setting; it made me remember things that I had read in the previous books, which in turn made me super happy. Like the previous books in this series, I read this book quickly, in just a few hours time. The storyline had me hooked, and I hated the moments when I had to put the book down, even briefly. I should also mention that the tension in this book was thick enough to cut with a knife. This made for a super intense read!

Overall; While Foreplay had been my favorite book in this series so far, Jordan totally blew me away with Wild. This book is definitely my favorite of this series. And I enjoyed this series so much; I hate to see it come to an end! I am now a loyal fan of Sophie Jordan’s, and I can’t wait to check out more of her books in the upcoming future. If you’ve not yet check out The Ivy Chronicles series, I highly recommend that you do so!

Books in this Series:

 Foreplay        |                Tease             |            Wild    

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Review: A Thousand Pieces Of You by Claudia Gray
A Thousand Pieces of You
(Firebird #1)
by Claudia Gray
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Publication Date: November 4th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780062278968
Genre: Young Adult | Science Fiction | Fantasy
Source: Edelweiss

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Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure. (Goodreads)
As soon as A Thousand Pieces of You crossed my radar, I knew I just HAD to read the book. Not only is the cover super gorgeous, but the story sounded really intriguing as well. Having finally read the book, I’m thrilled to say that this is one of my favorite reads of 2014, and since I’ve read around 100 books this year, that’s saying a lot!

Marguerite was a really interesting main character. She wanted nothing more than to avenge the death of her beloved father, and I think that she would do anything to stop the man that she believes killed him. That determination that burned so brightly inside Marguerite is one of the things that I absolutely love in a main character.

The secondary characters in the book are very well written as well, and each of them for different reasons. There are some that you are really going to love, and a few that you are really going to hate, but they are all really well written.

I hesitate to say that there is a love triangle in this book. I think that is what it may have meant to be, but it definitely wasn’t for me. I chose my side pretty early on in the book, as I completely fell in love with one of the most swoon-worthy characters ever, and I can’t wait for the next books in the series so that I may meet him again.

I really enjoyed the storyline for the book. The time travel aspect in the book felt really different than that of other books that I’ve read with the same subject. This was more dimension travel instead of actual time travel. It was definitely interesting how each dimension that Marguerite visited was so different, yet some things were still the same. I was definitely hooked while reading this book.

Overall; I enjoyed this book SO much more than I expected to. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next two books in this series when they are released, as I have to know what’s going to happen with this story!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #173 - What Waits in the Woods by Kieran Scott
What Waits in the Woods
by Kieran Scott
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Publication Date: March 31st 2015
Publisher: Point
ISBN: 9780545691116

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It's a beautiful, sunny day. Callie Velasquez holds hands with her boyfriend Jeremy as they follow Callie's new BFFs Penelope and Lissa up the trail. The four friends are embarking on a camping trip -- a trip that immediately goes awry. They lose their way on the trail, and encounter a charismatic stranger with questionable motives. And when Callie stumbles upon a dead body, it becomes clear that the danger that lies in the woods is deadlier than she could have ever imagined. Tensions mount and friendships are tested as these teenagers try to survive the most sinister of circumstances. (Goodreads)

Gah! Does this book sound intense, or what???
The short summary has definitely piqued my interest.
I've loved the books I've read so far by Kieran Scott,
so I'm really looking forward to adding this book to my growing collection. :)

**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
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Monday, November 10, 2014

Review: The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
The Retribution of Mara Dyer
(Mara Dyer #3)
by Michelle Hodkin
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Publication Date: November 4th 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 470
ISBN: 9781442484238
Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal
Source: Own

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Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.
Retribution has arrived.
As a huge fan of the Mara Dyer series, I absolutely could not wait to get my hands on The Retribution of Mara Dyer. I needed answers and in a bad way - like most people who are hooked on this series - and I just couldn’t wait to see how the series was going to end. It feels like I’ve been waiting forever to finally have this book in my hands, and once I had it, I couldn’t wait to get started on it. This is going to be a super hard review to write without giving anything away, but I’m going to try!

Mara Dyer has been such an intriguing character to me since I first met her in the very first book. In some ways, she is so extremely relatable. Through all of the things that she’s been through over the series, you have to wonder for her sanity. But she’s not the same girl we first met in the beginning of the series; she’s grown and changed in so many different ways over the course of these three books. She’s been such an amazing character to follow in this series, and I’m going to miss her so much now that it’s over.

There are also some really great secondary characters that I’ve come to love throughout the series. I’m totally not going to mention any names here and spoil it for you, so I totally suggest that you read the book (and series) to meet these characters yourself.

The storyline follows the same storyline as the previous books, except for in this book we finally start to get answers. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started the book, but I was super curious to see how the story (and series) was going to end. There were a few loose ends that I felt were left untied at the end of the story, but after reading a post by Michelle Hodkin, I see that that is exactly how she wanted the book to end, to leave us guessing. I can see the brilliance in that, I really can, but this is also so insanely frustrating me to me, because I’m always going to wonder. (This, again, is Hodkin’s whole point!) Haha!

Overall; The Retribution of Mara Dyer was a really great ending to this amazing series. I’ve enjoyed these books since the beginning, and I really, really hate to see the series end. If you haven’t read these books before, I highly recommend that you do so!