Thursday, May 31, 2012

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #13


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post started by Breaking the Spine, to show books that we are patiently waiting for.  
The book we're waiting for this week is:

City of a Thousand Dolls
Expected publication: 2013 by Harper Childrens'


The girl with no past, and no future, may be the only one who can save their lives. 
Nisha was abandoned at the gates of the City of a Thousand Dolls when she was just a child. Now sixteen, she lives on the grounds of the isolated estate, where orphan girls apprentice as musicians, healers, courtesans, and, if the rumors are true, assassins. Nisha makes her way as Matron’s assistant, her closest companions the mysterious cats that trail her shadow. Only when she begins a forbidden flirtation with the city’s handsome young courier does she let herself imagine a life outside the walls. Until one by one, girls around her start to die.

Before she becomes the next victim, Nisha decides to uncover the secrets that surround the girls’ deaths. But by getting involved, Nisha jeopardizes not only her own future in the City of a Thousand Dolls—but her own life.




Monday, May 28, 2012

REVIEW: THE SERPENT`S SHADOW BY RICK RIORDAN


Title: The Serpent's Shadow
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: May 1, 2012 by Hyperion Books for Children
Book Description:
He's b-a-a-ack! Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sade Kane can’t seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Now Apophis is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness, and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and for all. Unfortunately, the magicians of the House of Life are on the brink of civil war, the gods are divided, and the young initiates of Brooklyn House stand almost alone against the forces of chaos.


To find the answer they need, the Kanes must rely on the murderous ghost of a powerful magician who might be able to lead them to the serpent’s shadow... or might lead them to their deaths in the depths of the underworld..


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Tour Stop (Interview and International Giveaway) Duplicity by Nikki Jefford

Interview with Author "Nikki Jefford"

     Give us 3 interesting facts about you? (Be creative)
 A) When I met my future husband in France, we could barely communicate. He had to carry around a French –English dictionary on all our dates. (Married in France at age 22.) B) I lived in a mud hut in Africa for a month while volunteering in a village at age 19. C) Growing up, we had to move all the time and I went to a new school EVERY year – two a year for a while. It made it very difficult to make close friends. Maybe that’s why imaginary friends became so important.

    What inspired you to write about “The Spellbound Series”
This may sound silly, but the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer inspired me to switch from writing historical romance to paranormal YA. I’m constantly dreaming up crazy scenarios and after watching Buffy I felt like I had “permission” to be as outlandish as I desired. I loved reading and writing about magic as a kid so it’s been cool to return to one of my favorite childhood subjects.

    Who is your favorite character? Why?
Raj is my favorite character in Entangled. In book two, Adrian snuck up on me. Notice I’m favoring the guys. I’ve always been Boy Crazy! LOL

My favorite character to write is Graylee Perez because her humor makes me laugh out loud and I like to laugh.

    If Duplicity has a theme song, what will it be?
Magic Dance from the movie Labyrinth here kept running through my head while working on Duplicity. Also from Labyrinth, As the World Falls Down here. And Lady Gaga, Bad Romance here. Ha, ha. Have to read Duplicity to get the humor behind this one. (Didn’t she just tour in your country this month?!)

    Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?
Chocolate hazelnut fudge from Coconut Bliss here



"Thank you Nikki for your time"

       Win these awesome goodies
(International)
  • Evil Eye Amulet and Bracelet: In Duplicity, Gray wears an evil eye pendant, also known as a nazar, to protect herself from a spell that’s causing havoc over the witches and warlocks in her coven. The evil eye (a Turkish amulet) is used for both luck and protection against envy.
  • Two Headed Quarter: Two Grays are better than none and two heads are better than one, especially when flipping over who gets to choose which movie to watch with a trick coin. Adrian returns in Duplicity and opens a magic shop.
  • Entangled bookmark

Stacking the Shelves #2


Stacking the Shelves is meme hosted by Tynga's reviews where we share all of the books we bought, received or borrowed!

For Review


Loads of Digital Copies this week!
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (Netgalley)
Midnight City (Conquered Earth #1) by J. Barton Mitchelle 
Twin Souls (Nevermore #1) by K.A Poe



Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper
What I didn't Say by Keary Taylor (Netgalley)
Flicker by Kaye Thornbrugh


Many Thanks to Joseph of St Martin's Griffin, K.A Poe, Karen Amanda Hooper, Kaye Thornbrugh, and Netgalley

What books did you get this week? Don't forget to link us up :)




Thursday, May 24, 2012

Whale Unveil: Flicker by Kaye Thronbrugh

Flicker by Kaye Thronbrugh

Book Description:
When sixteen-year-old Lee Capren is spirited away to Faerie, she is forced to serve capricious faeries as a prized portrait artist… and live as their prisoner.

A chance encounter with the charming Nasser grants Lee a chance for freedom—but what felt like mere days in Faerie spanned years in the human world, and Lee no longer has a home to return to.

Nasser is a Seer—a human with magical powers—and Lee is quickly plunged into his world: a sprawling city teeming with magic and mystery, where supernatural creatures walk hidden among humans. With the help of a rag-tag group of teenage Seers, Lee must master her newfound magical talent and outwit a cunning faerie determined to destroy her.

Kaye Thornbrugh
Author behind "Flicker"

As a child, I wanted to be an Egyptologist—but when my fear of ancient Egyptian curses got the better of me, I turned to storytelling instead. An unrepentant nerd, I still play an N64, and I could probably teach a whole class about Pok√©mon. I worry about the zombie apocalypse every day, I firmly believe that librarians are the noblest people in the world, and I consider Dr Pepper to be the elixir of life.

I'm currently a 19-year-old journalism major and author of Flicker.

GORGEOUS COVER! KAYE THORNBRUGH is just 19 YEARS OLD!!


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Title: Of Poseidon
Author: Anna Banks
Published: May 22nd 2012 by Fiewel and Friends
Book Description:
Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom . . . 

Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.


Interview: Daniela Sacerdoti


Tell us a little about yourself?
Well, I’m 38, I have a degree in Classics and I’m the happy mother of two lovely sons. I love books and music and I’m addicted to Nutella! I’ve always wanted to write, but it took me a long time to find the confidence to send something out to publishers. I have tons of notebooks, poems, stories, unfinished novels…

Book/s you are currently reading?
I’m about to sink my teeth into City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare. She’s brilliant, I can’t wait!

What inspired you to write “Dreams”
It was a combination of many things, and the book brewed for a long time. I saw a girl at a bus stop, over six years ago – she had long black hair and her face told a story – she was Sarah Midnight. I still have a little black notebook where I wrote the very first words: “You’d never think it could happen to you…”
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Chilling with my boys, cooking, and reading, of course.

 While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?
Yes, I am Sarah in many different ways. But most of all, I am Eilidh, the main character of my first book, Watch Over Me. You can find Watch Over Me Here

If “Dreams” has a theme song, what will it be?
It does have a theme song! It’s called Do This Alone and it was written by Kirstyn Knowles and Jenny Masterson. This is the link: http://amarysso.bandcamp.com/ . It’s an incredible song, so beautiful – I’m very lucky to have found Kirstyn and Jenny, they interpreted Sarah’s voice so well.

   Favorite Starbucks Drink?
The same as Sarah: hazelnut hot chocolate!:)

“Thank you Daniela for your time”

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Dreams Website Preview Copy Chapters 1&2                                                                                                                                 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Tour Stop Interview: Shelena Shorts (The Syndicate)

Review Here

  1. Give us 3 "interesting facts" about you (Be creative)
Softball Mom
Romance Junky
Optimist

  1. What book are you reading now?
I just finished The Messenger by Leah Rose and I'm about to start Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa!

  1. Who designed the cover? (Vasi looks so hot)
I found the model picture and graphic designer, Jose C. Aponte, designed the cover.  He's the brother-in-law of Michelle Flores from Window Pane Memoirs. She was the very first blogger to review my first book, The Pace, and she's been a supporter ever since and asked if he could design my next book. He gave it a go and we loved it. It's perfectly Vasi.

  1. Can you share a little of your current work with us (The Syndicate)?
The Syndicate has a lot of my favorite characteristics in a book, which are a good guy who knows how to treat people even if he has a tough exterior and a love story to connect with that feels real.  

  1. Who is your favorite character? Why?
I like Rosie for some reason. She's Vasi's sister, and when I write I really try to make the characters actions and reactions to situations seem realistic. And she definitely keeps it real!

  1. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
 I didn't intend it to have a message when writing, but it ended up having a theme of following your gut instincts. Vasi relies heavily on his, and without trusting that little voice, the story wouldn't have even been possible. So I guess that would be it. Just trusting yourself when everyone else is giving you doubt.

  1. Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
 I like them all. Sometimes I decide which one I buy based on the availability, how fast I want it and if I think it will be one of my favorites or not. So, I'll buy and read any version.  I'm sort of on a signed copy kick right now. I've started a shelf of author signed books, which is fun.

Thank you for taking the time to interview and read The Syndicate! I appreciate your support very much! -Shelena



Tour Stop Review: The Syndicate by Shelena Shorts

Title: The Syndicate
Author: Shelena Shorts
Expected Publication: July 9th 2012 by Lands Antantic Publsihing
ARC given by the Author
Book Description:
For centuries, the Petrescu family has been protecting society from a danger that moves among the population undetected. Eighteen-year-old Vasi Petrescu has never had a problem carrying out his duty, but, when ordered to eliminate an eighteen-year-old girl, he is immediately taken out of his comfort zone.

The Syndicate has never targeted a female before, yet somehow this one has ended up on more than one hit list. Vasi would like to find out why, but there may not be time.

Now, he'll have to decide whether or not to keep her alive even if it means going against his own family.

The action, mystery, and conspiracy in The Syndicate will take readers on an immersing journey in which decisions are not only life changing, but irreversible.



Friday, May 18, 2012

Whale Unveil: Twin Souls (Nevermore #1) by K.A Poe

Twin Souls (Nevermore #1) by K.A Poe 

Book Description:
Seventeen year old Alexis finds herself on the eve of her eighteenth birthday. What generally means a step into adulthood instead opens its way to a terrifying truth about not only her family, but herself. She comes from a long line of vampire hunters, and her real dad wants her to carry on the family quest. At the same time, she is falling for a new boy at school who has his own secret. He is a vampire. Alexis is forced to make a decision from which there is no turning back. – Will she deny this newly discovered heritage, or embrace it.

Twin Souls is the first book in KA Poe’s Young Adult Nevermore series. Watch for the next in the series due to be released in May of 2012!

K.A Poe
Author behind "Twin Souls"

Tell us little about yourself?   I am an avid reader of fantasy and paranormal books, and have always had a passion for writing. I spent most of my childhood either with my nose in a book or writing down short stories and poetry. When I am not reading or writing, I spend time with my eighteen month old daughter and my husband, play computer games, ride my bicycle and bake from scratch. I actually considered a career in the baking industry but decided to follow my dream of being an author and bake from home when I had time to spare.

What inspired you to write about “Twin Souls”?  My inspiration for Twin Souls was thanks to a dream I had the morning prior to writing, and with the helpful pushing of my husband. Before beginning this series, I was in the process of writing an epic fantasy series that I thoroughly enjoyed writing and hope to return to eventually, but I grew tired of writing and was stuck in a rut because I dedicated so much time to that series. So, my husband suggested that I open up a blank document and write whatever came to mind and give myself a break from the other series...and that is when I recalled my dream from the night before and started putting it into words. That dream inspired the first few paragraphs of the novel, and then I just went from there.

Current book/s on your shelf?  I am currently reading a book called Spirit Keeper by Melissa Luznicky Garret, and prior to that I was reading The Hobbit and Artemis Fowl.

Favorite Starbucks drink? Iced peppermint white chocolate mocha - yum!

Any advice to aspiring writers? Never give up. If you have an idea for a story - write it down. Whenever you have the time to write, do it - even if it is only twenty minutes or less a day. For all you know, you might have a best seller rolling around in your mind that is just begging to come out! 



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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #1

Stacking the Shelves is meme hosted by Tynga's reviews where we share all of the books we bought, received or borrowed!


STAY TUNED FOR:

* Review, Interview and 2 copies (Paperback) International Giveaways, 
"Dreams by Daniela Sacerdoti"
* Interview with "Shelena Shorts, author of  The Syndicate"
* Whale Unveil ( Cover reveal and Interview), "Twin Souls (Nevermore #1) by K.A Poe
* Whale Unveil (Cover reveal and Giveaway), "Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu
* Review and Interview, "The Syndicate by Shelena Shorts"

PURCHASED

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Serpent's Shadow  by Rick Riordan


Bought the edition with Letters to Jace from his father

FOR REVIEW

The Syndicate by Shelena Shorts
Dreams by Daniela Sacerdoti
The Never Prayer by Aaron Michael Ritchey
Opression by Jessica Therrien

 

"Trust your instincts" 
4 wonderful bookmarks
"Thanks Shelena"


" Whales! Angels! Hurray!"
"Thanks Mr. Ritchey"

"Thanks Precious for letting us borrow Oppression"

Special Thanks to Mr. Ritchey, Janne Moller from Black & White Publsihing, Daniela Sacerdoti, Precious Banaag (For letting me borrow Oppression) and Shelena Shorts

What books did you get this week? Don't forget to link us up :D

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Whale Unveil: The Fairy Tale Keeper: Avenging the Queen by Andrea Cefalo

The Fairy Tale Keeper by Andrea Cefalo

Book Description:
Snow White was a pet name her mother had given her, but her mother’s dead now. Adelaide hates that name anyway. A rampant fever claimed Adelaide’s mother just like a thousand others in Cologne where the people die without Last Rites and the dead are dumped in a large pit outside of the city walls. Adelaide’s father is determined to obtain a funeral for his wife, but that requires bribing the parish priest, Father Soren. When Soren commits an unforgivable atrocity, he pushes Adelaide to her breaking point, but if she seeks justice against the cruel priest, she risks sacrificing everything: her father, her friends, her first love, and maybe even her life.
Andrea Cefalo
Author behind "The Fairytale Keeper"

        Give us 4 random facts about you (Be Creative)
1.       My children are black and furry. They answer to the names “Pretty Girl” and “Quigley.”
2.       I hate coffee.
3.       I used to be a Montessori teacher.
4.       I’ve been to almost every Western European country except for Germany.

     What inspired you to write “The Fairytale Keeper”
A lecture about the commonalities of fairy tales inspired The Fairytale Keeper series.  My professor said that nearly all cultures have a Cinderella story which made me wonder if one person, living thousands of years ago, could have been the real Cinderella.  Could it be possible that this one girl spawned all the different versions of the story?  Well, that’s probably not likely, but it did get me brainstorming.  I am especially fond of Grimm’s fairy tales so I twisted my unlikely hypothesis into the presumption that one girl could have been the origin of Grimm’s most famous fairy tales.

Favorite scene to write?
I like writing dreams because they allow me to put a little fantasy in an otherwise realistic story. 

Any advice to aspiring writers?
Learn as much about the publishing industry as you can if you intend to see your work on bookshelves.

Favorite ice cream flavor
That depends on my mood.  Today, I’d like peanut butter fudge.


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Friday, May 11, 2012

Review: Changing My Wardrobe by Deb Hanrahan

Title: Changing My Wardrobe
Author: Deb Hanrahan
Published: May 26th 2011 by Philyra Publishing
Book Description:
Lindsey, a high school freshman, views her new school as a place to start over. With the help of her friends, she hopes that a change in her wardrobe will prompt a change in her image. She has some success until her long-time nemesis, Avery, reminds Lindsey of her place. Without asking for help from the adults, the main character and her friends struggle to manage the bullying. Despite their efforts, tensions rise, and people get hurt. The ending of this book will leave the reader shocked and heartbroken.

Changing My Wardrobe is a cautionary tale about the immutable problem of bullying. This story not only looks at bullying from the victim's point of view but also explores the motives behind the aggressors’ actions. Changing My Wardrobe demonstrates the fluid and complex nature of bullying by shining a light on the contributing factor of social media.

                 Sneak Peek and Review Below


Monday, May 07, 2012

Whale Notes: FanArt "TASTE by Kate Evangelista" made by ICE

Drawn by ICE

ICE made this drawing, anime style.
The characters from Taste by Kate Evangelista.

GREAT JOB ICE!!!

Interview: Jessica Therrien

1.    Tell us a little about yourself?
I grew up in the town in my book, Chilcoot, CA. My family has a ranch there. It’s a VERY small town. I also lived in Taiwan for a year where I learned Chinese. My favorite book right now is Blood Red Road. I love scrap-booking, watching T.V., writing in my PJs, and singing in the shower.
2.     What book are you reading now?
Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Next on the list is Insurgent 
3.     What inspired you to write about supernatural beings?
What inspired me to write a book was my search for the next “big thing” in YA. I wasn’t finding anything that appealed to me as much as Twilight did, so I decided I’d write it.
4.     Who would you cast for leading roles, if your book was being made into a movie?
I’m SO bad at this, but here’s my best:
William: Taylor Kitsch?
Elyse: Emma Watson (with darker hair)
Kara: Lyndsy Fonseca
Anna: Ming-Na
5.     Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
THANK YOU!! Every nice word, good review, email, etc. has made it all worth it!

“Thank you Jessica for your time”

Review Here

The Number Tour: Giveaway and Excerpt (International)

                       GIVEAWAY (INTERNATIONAL)
The Author, Ms. Sheenah Freitas is kind enough to offer ONE winner a choice between a paperback or a digital copy of her second novel, The Number. This is open internationally.
Book Description:
Kaia disappeared for five years. Now she's back and her planet is on the brink of war.

The new "Numbers" program, created by the Tueors’ leader, tracks and isolates demigods. Kaia's friend, Catrina, refuses to take part, and that makes her the most dangerous Number of all.

It's Kaia's duty to gather and protect the treasures of the gods. But neither the treasures nor Catrina are what they appear to be.

As the day a dire prophesy foresees draws near, will Kaia reverse the gears of fate, or will everything she's ever loved be burned away by the flames of war?
       Sneak Peek and Rafflecopter Below

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Whale Unveil: "Dark Star by Bethany Frenette" "Mystic City by Theo Lawrence"

Dark Star by Bethany Frenette
Add this book on your shelves: Goodreads
Expected Publication: October 23rd 2012 by Hyperion
Book Description:
Audrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. Her mother is the superhero Morning Star, the most deadly crime-fighter in the Twin Cities, so it’s hard for Audrey not to feel safe. That is, until she’s lured into the sweet night air by something human and not human—something with talons and teeth, and a wide, scarlet smile.
Now Audrey knows the truth: her mom doesn’t fight crime at night. She fights Harrowers—livid, merciless beings who were trapped Beneath eons ago. Yet some have managed to escape. And they want Audrey dead, just because of who she is: one of the Kin.
To survive, Audrey will need to sharpen the powers she has always had. When she gets close to someone, dark corners of the person’s memories become her own, and she sometimes even glimpses the future. If Audrey could only get close to Patrick Tigue, a powerful Harrower masquerading as human, she could use her Knowing to discover the Harrowers’ next move. But Leon, her mother’s bossy, infuriatingly attractive sidekick, has other ideas. Lately, he won’t let Audrey out of his sight.

When an unthinkable betrayal puts Minneapolis in terrible danger, Audrey discovers a wild, untamed power within herself. It may be the key to saving her herself, her family, and her city. Or it may be the force that destroys everything—and everyone—she loves.
Mystic City by Theo Lawrence
Add this book on your shelves: Goodreads
Expected Publication: October 9th 2012 by Random House Children's Book
Book Description:
A magical city divided.
A political rebellion ignited.

A love that was meant to last forever.
Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City’s two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents’ sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud—and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths.

But Aria doesn’t remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can’t conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place.
Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection—and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city—including herself


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