Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #112: The Eye of Minds


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

The Eye of Minds
By: James Dashner
Release Date: October 8, 2013

"An all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure from James Dashner, the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, The Eye of Minds is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares. Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway? But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific—the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery. The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker. And they’ve been watching Michael. They want him on their team.
But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can’t even fathom—and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever
" (Summary from
goodreads.com)


I loved The Maze Runner series so I'm excited for Dashner's new book.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #111: Unhinged


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Unhinged (Splintered #2)
A.G. Howard
Release Date: January 7, 2014

"Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she's always dreamed of. That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs. As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind. If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she'll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I really enjoyed Splintered and I'm looking forward to book two.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #110: Infinite


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Infinite (Newsoul #3)
By: Jodi Meadows
Release Date: January 28, 2014

"DESTRUCTION: The Year of Souls begins with an earthquake—an alarming rumble from deep within the earth—and it’s only the first of greater dangers to come. The Range caldera is preparing to erupt. Ana knows that as Soul Night approaches, everything near Heart will be at risk. FLIGHT: Ana’s exile is frightening, but it may also be fortuitous, especially if she can convince her friends to flee Heart and Range with her. They’ll go north, seeking answers and allies to stop Janan’s ascension. And with any luck, the newsouls will be safe from harm’s reach. CHOICE: The oldsouls might have forgotten the choice they made to give themselves limitless lifetimes, but Ana knows the true cost of reincarnation. What she doesn’t know is whether she’ll have the chance to finish this one sweet life with Sam, especially if she returns to Heart to stop Janan once and for all." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I really enjoy this series and I'm so excited for the final book!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols

Dirty Little Secret
By: Jennifer Echols
Released: July 16, 2013
Source: Edelweiss
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"Bailey wasn’t always a wild child and the black sheep of her family. She used to play fiddle and tour the music circuit with her sister, Julie, who sang and played guitar. That ended when country music execs swooped in and signed Julie to a solo deal. Never mind that Julie and Bailey were a duet, or that Bailey was their songwriter. The music scouts wanted only Julie, and their parents were content to sit by and let her fulfill her dreams while Bailey’s were hushed away. Bailey has tried to numb the pain and disappointment over what could have been. And as Julie’s debut album is set to hit the charts, her parents get fed up with Bailey’s antics and ship her off to granddad’s house in Nashville. Playing fiddle in washed-up tribute groups at the mall, Bailey meets Sam, a handsome and oh-so-persuasive guitarist with his own band. He knows Bailey’s fiddle playing is just the thing his band needs to break into the industry. But this life has broken Bailey’s heart once before. She isn’t sure she’s ready to let Sam take her there again…" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I really enjoy Jennifer Echols books and was really excited when I heard about this one. I was even more excited when I heard that it would involve music too.

Bailey and her sister Julie used to play music together for years. However, a record company comes in and signs only Julie, not Bailey. Bailey is now living with her grandad and playing in tribute groups. I liked Bailey because she was realistic. She was so frustrating and stubborn at times, but it's understandable. If I was in her situation, I would probably be even more stubborn than her. I loved the relationship Bailey had with music though because it was just a part of life for her. She grew up performing and it's just natural. Then she meets Sam and he has a band that he wants Bailey to join. I feel torn on Sam. I liked him, but then I didn't.

I read this book in one sitting because it just instantly hooked me in. I love music and I just love how music played a role in this story. I loved how Echols described what playing music was like for Bailey and Sam. I also loved the setting in Nashville and it really makes me want to go visit soon.

The plot could be so frustrating at times. This book brought out some strong emotions in me. I wanted to slam down my reader because of what these characters were doing, but at the same time I was still enjoying the way the story progressed.

Overall, I really enjoyed Dirty Little Secret. It left me blasting country music and wishing I was in Nashville. I can't wait to read what Echols writes next.



My Rating:

Monday, July 15, 2013

Keeper of the Black Stones Blog Tour: Guest Post


 
 
Keeper of the Black Stones
By: P.T. McHugh
 
Guest Post:
Ten things we didn’t know about Paul
 
1. He scored a perfect score in Math on his PSATs, and hasn’t stopped bragging about it ever since.
This has done nothing to increase his popularity with the other kids, though Jason is reluctantly
impressed.
 
2. He was diagnosed at the age of three with a mild case of Asperger’s. He’s not on any medication, because his father wouldn’t pay for it and his mom can’t afford it. So he does his best to control it on his own, with varying degrees of success. This explains some of his more … interesting moments.
 
3. Before his father left, he heard an argument between his parents where his mother screamed that she’d never wanted a second child anyhow. He’d never loved his father, but when his dad disappeared, Paul had realized that he was well and truly alone in the world, left with a brother who hated him and a mother who’d never wanted him. He’s never truly recovered from that.
 
4. Paul hides his feelings of rejection with his smarts. He sat down and built his own computer the summer before high school, just to prove to Jason that he could.
 
5. Shockingly enough, he loves to read Field & Stream magazine. He would love to be out of the city, away from the pollution and noise, and likes to dream about living in the big houses that magazine covers.
 
6. One of his favorite hobbies is fishing. Of course he doesn’t have a father of his own to take him, but Doc takes him occasionally. Before he died, Jason’s dad also took the two of them on fishing expeditions. Paul has an overnight ocean fishing trip on his bucket list. Jason doubts whether Paul would survive the seasickness.
 
7. He collects baseball cards, because they’re inexpensive and easy to store. He’s obsessed with baseball, and sometimes organizes his cards according to who his favorite players are, and how good they’re doing in the league. Occasionally he sets up games, though he doesn’t even tell Jason about that.
 
8. He’d never had a birthday cake until Doc and Jason made one for him for his thirteenth birthday.  Now it’s a tradition. He prefers chocolate with raspberry filling and vanilla icing. He doesn’t let them put candles on the cake, though, since he read about a candle exploding in a boy’s face once.
 
9. Paul’s only been kissed by one girl, and he found out afterward that she’d only done it on a dare. He was so crushed that he stayed out of school for a week, hiding out at Doc’s house, and told people later that he’d traveled to Hollywood to meet with an agent.
 
10. Paul’s a movie buff and lives his life based on theories he has about different films. He’s seen Star Wars 121 times, at last count.
 
 
A Sneak at Book Two titled A Rebel's Stone:
 
Have you ever woken up from a dream and, for a split second, you can’t remember whether the dream was real or not? You don’t know if you’re awake, or if you’re still there, dreaming? And suddenly the world seems … fuzzy, or unbalanced, or almost … unreal?
That’s how going back in time feels. Like you’re not sure where the dream ends and reality begins. Or whether you’ve ever been in reality at all. Whether the world is right side up or upside down, or even if … Well, all I can say is that I’m starting to understand exactly how Alice must have felt when she walked through that looking glass. And that feeling of uncertainty hasn’t left me yet.
But that doesn’t mean I’m not intrigued. Fascinated. Overwhelmed and … amazed.
Who wouldn’t be? The idea that I can make my way into the shed in the back yard, stumble down the stairs and onto the stone, close my eyes … and find myself in a completely different time and place. Who wouldn’t be amazed, terrified, and – let’s be honest – more than a little curious?
Look, I know it’s dangerous. I know it’s a bad idea. I know I shouldn’t think about these sorts of things. But I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t. And I’d be absolutely lying if I said I hadn’t thought about what I would do, given the chance. Because if it were up to me, I would never have gone to Medieval England. Well, maybe one day, but certainly not first. I’m pretty fond of indoor plumbing, proper sanitation, and good hygiene. And I don’t particularly like people trying to kill me with swords and spears. Nope, if it was up to me, I would have gone back to Washington DC, at the end of the Civil War, in early April of 1865.
Just before Abraham Lincoln was shot. He’s one of my favorite people out of history, and I’d give just about anything to get to meet him. To talk about what was going on, pick his mind for ideas, and ask him about that crazy beard (which I heard he grew because a little girl wrote and told him he should). I’d ask him how he’d come up with some of his ideas, and what he thought about a million other ones. Of course that would have presented its own set of challenges, wouldn’t it? If I’d been there and met him, what would I say by mistake? I know what happened to him, and when, and where, and I’ve heard – just like everyone else – how much good he might have done if he’d lived. So how could I meet him without warning him? Without tell him not to go
to Ford’s Theatre, and to watch his back, and not to trust anyone?
And if you’ve heard anything my grandfather has said, you know that telling Abe
Lincoln that he was going to be shot would be the worst possible thing, because it would change the thread of time and send the world spinning off its axis. I know that. But I don’t know how much good it would have done if I was actually faced with the situation. Perhaps it’s better that I don’t get to choose where I go, after all.
Now if it were up to Paul, he’d go back to Los Angeles in 1959 and lie, cheat, and steal his way onto the set for Some Like it Hot, where he would do whatever it took to meet Marilyn Monroe. I’ve seen the movie, and I see where he’s coming from, but it wouldn’t be my choice.
Now I have no doubt that my father, if he was alive and given the choice, would have gone to Belgium in June of 1815, to witness the battle of Waterloo. Napoleon, his favorite general, was up against the Duke of Wellington then, and Dad would have given his left arm to see that.
Then again, I’d give my left arm to see Dad and my mom again. Paul’s never asked me if I thought of going back and saving my parents, but that thought’s crossed my mind as well. Not that I get to choose where I’m going, or when.
Those choices are still controlled by the stones, and I’m not sure they’ll ever be
willing to hand over that type of control. Which is probably for the best. Because if any human had that sort of control, there’s no telling what would happen to the world around us.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #109: This Side of Salvation


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

This Side of Salvation
By: Jeri Smith-Ready
Release Date: April 1, 2014

"Everyone mourns differently. When his older brother was killed, David got angry. As in, fist-meets-someone-else’s-face furious. But his parents? They got religious. David’s still figuring out his relationship with a higher power, but there’s one thing he does know for sure: The closer he gets to new-girl Bailey, the better, brighter, happier, more he feels. Then his parents start cutting all their worldly ties in to prepare for the Rush, the divine moment when the faithful will be whisked off to Heaven…and they want David to do the same. David’s torn. There’s a big difference between living in the moment and giving up his best friend, varsity baseball, and Bailey—especially Bailey—in hope of salvation. But when he comes home late from prom, and late for the Rush, to find that his parents have vanished, David is in more trouble than he ever could have imagined..." (Summary from Goodreads.com)

I'm so excited for this book because I'm a big fan of Jeri Smith-Ready!


Monday, July 8, 2013

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

Wild Awake
By: Hilary T. Smith
Released: May 28, 2013
Source: Edelweiss
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"Things you earnestly believe will happen while your parents are away:
1. You will remember to water the azaleas.
2. You will take detailed, accurate messages.
3. You will call your older brother, Denny, if even the slightest thing goes wrong.
4. You and your best friend/bandmate Lukas will win Battle of the Bands.
5. Amid the thrill of victory, Lukas will finally realize you are the girl of his dreams.



Things that actually happen:
1. A stranger calls who says he knew your sister.
2. He says he has her stuff.
3. What stuff? Her stuff.
4. You tell him your parents won’t be able to—
5. Sukey died five years ago; can’t he—
6. You pick up a pen.
7. You scribble down the address.
8. You get on your bike and go.
9. Things . . . get a little crazy after that.*
*also, you fall in love, but not with Lukas.
Both exhilarating and wrenching, Hilary T. Smith’s debut novel captures the messy glory of being alive, as seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd discovers love, loss, chaos, and murder woven into a summer of music, madness, piercing heartbreak, and intoxicating joy" (Summary from goodreads.com)


I liked Wild Awake, but wow I feel like this book messed with my mind a bit. It took me by surprise that this was the direction this book went in, because I didn't expect it at all. It definitely took me a few days to get my thoughts clear on this one.

Kiri's parents are away on vacation and she is staying at home alone. One night she gets a phone call about the abandoned belongings of her dead sister and soon she learns there is much more to the death of her sister then she though. Kiri is an intense character. She is trying to be perfect for her parents and practices the piano constantly. However, she is struggling with the truth regarding the death of her sister and the few memories she had with her. I thought that Kiri was developed fairly well, but I wish she was developed a bit more strongly. There were also plenty of interesting side characters.

The direction that the plot took was unexpected. It really built up well from the beginning to the conflict. I had some issues with how this book ended though, because I felt like I never got any ending or closure. I felt like the conflicts were never resolved and the end of the book just happened too abruptly. After I read that last page, I kept looking for more pages. 

I think what I enjoyed most about this book was Smith's writing. This book just completely messed with my mind and I really felt what the character was experiencing. I just felt so much for Kiri and what she was going through and it tore me up. There were also just some really beautifully written lines. Overall, I liked Wild Awake. This was a story that I don't think I will be able to forget.

My Rating:


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Creators Cover Reveal


Creators
By: Tiffany Truitt
Release Date: April 1, 2014

Heartbroken but more determined than ever after a tense showdown in the woods,  sixteen-year-old Tess once again returns to the safety of her community of Isolationists. Bolstered by new alliances and desperate to protect those she loves, this time she knows she can return stronger and more powerful than ever to take back what is hers. As she trains in combat and grows more confident, Tess receives beautiful letters penned  by her forbidden love, the chosen one James, from his prison in Templeton. He is now  serving as a bodyguard to the creators—the team of scientists who created artificial life in the first place. And what he has discovered about the true origin of the illness that halted natural life could change everything. Enemy will become ally and death will bring new hope in this stunning conclusion to Tiffany Truitt’s epic Lost Souls trilogy.



About Tiffany:
Tiffany Truitt was born in Peoria, Illinois. A self-proclaimed Navy brat, Tiffany spent most of her childhood living in Virginia, but don’t call her a Southerner. She also spent a few years living in Cuba. Since her time on the island of  one McDonalds and Banana Rats (don’t ask), she has been obsessed with traveling. Tiffany recently added China to her list of travels (hello inspiration for a new book). Besides traveling, Tiffany has always been an avid reader. The earliest books she remembers reading belong to The Little House on the Prairie Series. First book she read in one day? Little Woman(5th grade). First author she fell in love with? Jane Austen in middle school. Tiffany spent most of her high school and college career as a literary  snob. She refused to read anything considered “low brow” or outside the “classics.” Tiffany began teaching middle school in 2006. Her students introduced her to the  wide, wonderful world of Young Adult literature. Today, Tiffany embraces popular  Young Adult literature and uses it in her classroom. She currently teaches the following novels: The Outsiders, Speak, Night, Dystopian Literature Circles: The Hunger Games, The Giver, The Uglies, and Matched. Tiffany is proud to call herself an educator and Young Adult author. Her first book will be published by Entangled Publishing.
 
Where you can find Tiffany:


Head over to Tiffany's blog to enter a giveaway  http://tiffanytruitt.wordpress.com/ 

Exclusive Excerpt!
 
Somewhere, James was just as trapped as I was.
I thought of the morning when we lay with each other, curled against one
another, never beginning and never ending. How we’d stayed like that till the sun began to rise.
James had reached down and pulled me off the ground. He wore a satisfied grin
on his face. “Someone is mighty proud of himself,” I teased.
He laughed. It bounced through the forest, calling it awake. Readying it for the
day. “I’m just insanely happy.”
I stood on the tips of my toes and kissed him gently on his scar. “I’m insanely
happy too,” I whispered.
James looked down at me, and I was lost all over again. I would never tire of
looking into those mismatched eyes. They didn’t make him different. They made him him.
He chuckled as he reached over and pulled a leaf from my tangled hair. “They’ll know  just by looking at you that we’ve been up to no good.”
“No good?” I purred. “I thought it was very, very good.”
James growled and lifted me into the air. I wrapped my legs around his waist as
he pressed his lips hungrily against mine. I moved my hands to his hair, curling my fingers into it, attaching myself to him. I never wanted to let go. Every part of me ached  to be touched by him, and every part of me ached to touch him right back.
“Do you know how much I love you?” he breathed into the base of my neck. His
lips fluttered against my skin.
I nodded, kissing the top of his head. “As much as I love you.”
James slowly put my feet back on the ground. He cradled my face in his hands.
“That will never change. No matter what.”
I looked deep into his eyes. “I know.” Because I did. It was one of life’s few
assurances. I would always love James.
I pressed my lips once again to his scar. “I adore this scar,” I whispered, unable
to hide the smile that seemed etched on my face all morning.
“You’re enough to drive a man crazy,” he said The tremble of his voice caused
my toes to curl. I wanted him again. And again. And again.
My fingers traced the waist of his pants. “Tonight?” I said, knowing full well it
was a promise that I probably wouldn’t be able to keep.
James grabbed my hand and brought it to his lips. “Tonight,” he echoed.
As the sun climb higher into the sky, I knew our moment was coming to an end.
James reached down and placed his hand over my heart. “Thank you,” he said.
“For what?” I asked, my voice choked with emotion.
“For everything.”
As the memory slipped away, I looked back up at the night sky. Praying and
hoping that James knew how much I wanted to thank him too.
For everything.
 

Waiting on Wednesday #108: Alienated


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Alienated
By: Melissa Landers
Release Date: February 4. 2014

"Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.  Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket. Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking. But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class. Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet" (Summary from goodreads.com)

I'm really excited for this book because it just sounds great! I'm really enjoying books about aliens lately.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Cover Reveal: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Origin (Lux #4)
By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: August 27, 2013
 
Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.
After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.
 
All Katy can do is survive.
 
Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?
 
Together, they can face anything.
 
But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together?
 

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
 
I don't about you, but I'm counting down the days until August 27! It is no secret that I love the Lux series and I'm so excited for this next book. Also this cover is gorgeous! I'm so ready for some more Daemon!