Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Waiting of Wednesday: Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post started by Breaking the Spine, to show books that we are patiently waiting for.  

Title: Blood Rose Rebellion
Author: Rosalyn Eves
Publication: March 28th 2017 by Knopf 
Book Description:
In an alternate Victorian England where social prestige stems from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, sixteen-year old Anna Arden is barred from the society she yearns for by a defect of blood. She believes herself Barren, unable to perform the most rudimentary spells. Anna would do anything to belong, but after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spells, Anna finds herself exiled with her aging grandmother to her grandmother’s native Hungary. 

Her life might well be over.

But in Hungary, Anna finds that nothing about her world or her own lack of magic is quite as it seems. Fissures in the Binding that holds her world’s magic are expanding, and the ancient creatures bound by that spell beg Anna to release them. As rebellion sweeps across Hungary, Anna’s unique ability to break spells becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Roma, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted—or embrace her ability, destroy the Binding, spark a revolution, and change the face of magic itself.

Why am I waiting for this book?
Magic, War and Set in Victorian England? Count me in! 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Blog Tour: How To Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler (Giveaway Plus Deleted Scene)

Book Description:
Published June 14th 2016 by Simon Pulse
This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed—or committed?—and the boy who’s sent to kill her.

Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And she’s pretty sure she can get away with anything...until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near Nicolette’s house. Which is why she has to disappear.

Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A’s and athletic trophies can’t make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price. As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions—and attractions—run high. Told in alternating voices, this tightly plotted mystery and tense love story challenges our assumptions about right and wrong, guilt and innocence, truth and lies.

About Ann:

Ann Redisch Stampler is the author of the young adult novels Afterparty and Where It Began as well as half a dozen picture books. Her work has garnered an Aesop accolade, the National Jewish Book Award, Sydney Taylor honors, the Middle East Book Award, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year mentions. How to Disappear (Simon Pulse, 2016), her first young adult thriller, will be released in June. Ann lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband Rick.

Giveaway Details:
ONE (1) winner will receive a $50.00 gift certificate for The Book Depository,  Signed HOW TO DISAPPEAR bookmarks + a Nicolette’s disguise inspired Smashbox makeup kit.

Read the Deleted Scene 

 In earlier drafts, there was a lot of knitting imagery: knots, tangled wool, unraveling and recreating.  After a while, it became too obvious and all the in-your-face metaphors were deleted.  But here’s Cat trying to explain the most disturbing aspects of her situation via yarn.

I’m telling the truth.
            I’m sorry about all the blood.
            If it helps, I see where I went wrong. 
            If I’d thought things through better, there might have been a different outcome.  I might be a better person.  Everybody might be singing show tunes in the shower.
            But we’re stuck with what happened, all the twists and complications.
            It’s like a basketful of tangled yarn from a sweater you had to unravel because you knit knots into it by mistake. But if you take that strand of yarn between your fingers, you can follow it all the way down to the place where it stops. 
            This is me straightening out the knotted strand.
            This is me coming clean.
            This is where it stops
            Please believe me.

Week One

Tues. June 14 - Book Briefs - Review
Tues. June 14 - BookHoundsYA - Author Interview
Wed. June 15 - Fiktshun - Review
Wed. June 15 - Becky on Books - Excerpt
Thurs. June 16 - Just Commonly - Review
Thurs. June 16 - Emily Reads Everything - Review
Fri. June 17 - Such a Novel Idea - Review
Fri. June 17 - Curling Up With A Good Book - Author Interview
Sat. June 18 - Here’s to Happy Endings - Review
Sat. June 18 - My So-Called Book Reviews - Author Interview
Sun. June 19 - A Gingerly Review - Excerpt
Sun. June 19 - Book Whales - Excerpt
Mon. June 20 - A Dream Within A Dream - Review
Mon. June 20 - Jessabella Reads - Character Interview

Week Two

Tues. June 21 - Owl Always Be Reading - Review
Tues. June 21 - The Cover Contessa - Character Interview
Wed. June 22 - Dani Reviews Things - Author Interview
Wed. June 22 - Fishing for Books - Review
Thurs. June 23 - Once Upon a Twilight - Author Interview
Thurs. June 23 - Classy Cat Books - Review
Fri. June 24 - Star-Crossed Book Blog - Review
Fri. June 24 - Lilians Book Stuff - Author Interview
Sat. June 25 - Pandora’s Books - Excerpt
Sat. June 25 - Reese’s Reviews - Review
Sun. June 26 - The Phantom Paragrapher - Review
Sun. June 26 - In a Bookish World - Excerpt
Mon. June 27 - Movies, Shows & Books - Review
Mon. June 27 - A Bookish Escape - Review
Mon. June 27 - Wishful Endings - Character Interview

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Amy Zhang and Andrea Portes Book Signing Tour

Amy Zhang and Andrea Portes Book Signing Tour
Learn more here

Frequently Asked Questions 

When and where are the book signings?
July 2, 2016, 1:00 p.m., at the Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu
July 3, 2016, 2:00 p.m., at the Grand Atrium, Shangri-la Plaza Mall

Is there a registration fee?
No. There is no registration fee.

When will the registration be?
Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. on July 2 at the Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu, and 10:00 a.m. on July 3 at the Grand Atrium, Shangri-la Plaza Mall. Each guest will be asked to fill out the registration form upon arrival. First come, first served. 

A guest can register only once and will be given the following:• Numbered Signing Pass
• Stamp mark on the hand to indicate your registration 

Guests must present their book to get a numbered Signing Pass. The book must have either of the following as proof of purchase: Price Tag or Official Receipt from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks.

How many books can I have signed? 
Each guest is allowed to have the following signed:
• Falling into Place – one (1) copy only
• This is Where the World Ends – one (1) copy only
• Anatomy of a Misfit – one (1) copy only
• The Fall of Butterflies – one (1) copy only

One personalized for each author and the rest are signatures only.
Is there a limit as to how many people can have their books signed?
NBS will take every effort to get as many books signed as possible. However, should there be an excessive number of guests, NBS reserves the right to limit the number of copies per guest or limit the number of guests in line. 

Can I bring old books or other editions of the books?
Yes, as long as the books were purchased from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks. The books must have either the price tag or official receipt. 

Do I need to buy on-site?
No. You can buy books before or during the event. 

Can I have other items signed? 
No. Only books will be allowed to be signed by the author. Other merchandise like t-shirts, posters, journals etc. will not be allowed to be signed.

Can we have our photo taken with the author?
Yes. There will be an official photographer from NBS who will take your photo with the author. However, we strictly allow only one photo per person. 

How much are the books?
Amy Zhang titles:
Falling Into Place (Trade Paperback – P359)
Falling Into Place (Hardcover – P649)
This is Where the World Ends (Trade Paperback – P359)
This is Where the World Ends (Hardcover – P645)

Andrea Portes titles:
Anatomy of a Misfit (Trade Paperback – P359)
Anatomy of a Misfit (Hardcover – P649)
The Fall of Butterflies (Trade Paperback – P435)
The Fall of Butterflies (Hardcover – P649)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post started by Breaking the Spine, to show books that we are patiently waiting for.  
Title: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication: May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Book Description:
Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court--but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms--and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future--and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

Why am I waiting for this book?
ACOTAR left a huge impression on me. I can't wait to know what happens next. 
Team Rhysand anyone?


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