Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Book of the Month July 2012 "For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund"




Book of the Month is a monthly event, hosted by Book WhalesThis is done to highlight one of the books we have read in the previous month. 

One of the best books we've read last July is

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
"Overall, this book is an excellent read. I wouldn’t mind reading it again and again. I recommend this book to dystopian and classic retelling lovers. This book is the one to read."

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Whale Unveil: Colonization by Aubrie Dionne (Giveaway)

Colonization by Aubrie Dionne
Book Description:
Finding a new home has never been so dangerous.
Andromeda has spent all seventeen years of her life aboard a deep space transport vessel destined for a paradise planet. Her safe cocoon is about to break open as Paradise 21 looms only one month away, and she must take the aptitude tests to determine her role on the new world and her computer assigned lifemate. As a great-granddaughter of the Commander of the ship, she wants to live up to her family name. But, her forbidden love for her childhood friend, Sirius, distracts her and she fails the tests. The results place her in a menial role in the new colony and pair her with Corvus, “the oaf”.
But when Andromeda steps foot on Paradise 21, her predestined future is the least of her worries. Alien ghosts from a failed colonization warn her of a deadly threat to her colony. And when Sirius's ship crashes on the far ridge in an attempt to investigate, she journeys to rescue him with Corvus.
Andromeda now must convince the authorities of the imminent danger to protect her new home. What she didn't expect was a battle of her own feelings for Sirius and Corvus.
Can she save the colony and discover her true love? 

"Pretty Cover"

Aubrie Dionne
Author behind "Colonization"
Bio:
Aubrie Dionne writes science fiction fantasy with romantic elements. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Inkspell Publishing, Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She’s also a professional flutist in New England.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Review: Whispers in Autumn by Trisha Leigh

Title: Whispers in Autumn
Author: Trisha Leigh
Published: July 24th 2012
Book Description:
In 2015, a race of alien Others conquered Earth. They enslaved humanity not by force, but through an aggressive mind control that turned people into contented, unquestioning robots. 

Except sixteen-year-old Althea isn’t content at all, and she doesn’t need the mysterious note inside her locket to tell her she’s Something Else. It also warns her to trust no one, so she hides the pieces that make her different, even though it means being alone. 

The autumn she meets Lucas, everything changes. 

Althea and Lucas are immune to the alien mind control, and together they search for the reason why. What they uncover is a stunning truth the Others never anticipated, one with the potential to free the brainwashed human race. 

It’s not who they are that makes them special, but what.

And what they are is a threat. One the Others are determined to eliminate for good.


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Whale Unveil: Hollowed by Kelley York


Hollowed by Kelley York
Book Description:
All 18-year-old Briar Greyson wanted was to figure out this whole living-away-from-your-parents thing. Apartment, steady job, cool roommate? Check. Noah, her adorable (albeit elusive) boyfriend? Check. Everything in the life of Briar was pretty good.

Then she and her roommate are attacked on their way home one night. Briar wasn't supposed to survive.
Instead, according to the two guys who saved her, she's turning into the things that attacked her: a vampire. Totally crazy and Not Okay. Now Noah's secrets are coming to light, and he wants Briar dead. Then there are the vampires who attacked Briar to lure out her sister.
Her sister...who died years ago. 

(Didn't she?)
The city's body count is rising, and Briar wants to help put a stop to it. But first, she has to figure out who the real enemy is: the vampires, the boy she loves, or the sister she thought she'd lost.
"Gorgeous Cover"
Kelley York
Author behind "Hollowed"
Bio:
Kelley was born and raised in central California, where she still resides with her lovely wife, daughter, and an abundance of pets. (Although she does fantasize about moving across the globe to Ireland.) She has a fascination with bells, adores all things furry – be them squeaky, barky, or meow-y – is a lover of video games, manga and anime, and likes to pretend she’s a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real unicorn. Or maybe a mermaid

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Review ARC: The Waiting Sky by Lara Zielin


Title: The Waiting Sky
Author: Lara Zielin
Published: August 7th 2012 by Putnam Juvenile
Paperback ARC provided by Putnam Juvenile

Book Description:

One summer chasing tornadoes could finally change Jane's life for the better

Seventeen-year-old Jane McAllister can't quite admit her mother's alcoholism is spiraling dangerously out of control until she drives drunk, nearly killing them and Jane's best friend.

Jane has only one place to turn: her older brother Ethan, who left the problems at home years ago for college. A summer with him and his tornado-chasing buddies may just provide the time and space Jane needs to figure out her life and whether it still includes her mother. But she struggles with her anger at Ethan for leaving home and feels guilty--is she also abandoning her mom just when she needs Jane most? The carefree trip turned journey of self-discovery quickly becomes more than Jane bargained for, especially when the devilishly handsome Max steps into the picture.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Tour Stop: Crux by Julie Reece (Review and Author Bio)

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Title:Crux
Author: Julie Reece
Published: July 9th 2012 by J. Taylor Publishing
Book Description:
She should have run. Now, she’ll have to fight.
Eighteen year old Birdie may be homeless, but she’s surviving, that is until a mysterious guy throws money in the air like a crazy game show host, and she grabs some with the idea she’ll be able to buy dinner that night. 

In that singular moment, unassuming Birdie becomes the girl in everyone’s viewfinder. Thugs want to kill her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich, and very out of her league Grey Mathews wants to save her.
Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them, until she realizes fate didn’t bring them all together. 
Her heritage did.
Now, with only twenty-one days left, she’s got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she’s only just met


Julie Reece
Author Behind "Crux"

Born in Ohio, I lived next to my grandfather’s horse farm until the fourth grade. Summers were about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all.

I struggled with multiple learning disabilities, did not excel in school. I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in a tower, and I won.

Afterwards, I read like a fiend. I invented stories where I could be the princess... or a gifted heroine from another world who kicked bad guy butt to win the heart of a charismatic hero. Who wouldn't want to be a part of that? Later, I moved to Florida where I continued to fantasize about superpowers and monsters, fabricating stories (my mother called it lying) and sharing them with my friends.

Then I thought I’d write one down…
Hooked, I’ve been writing ever since. I write historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances. I love strong heroines, sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give up. I say, if you write, write on!



Saturday, July 21, 2012

Goddess Offerings #1 (Stacking the Shelves, In my Mailbox)

For Review
Runemarks by Joanne Harris (Bought)
The Midas Box by G.P Taylor (Bought)
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (Bought)

 "Couldn't help but buy these books from Fully Booked Sale!"
 


Gifted
The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkein
Game of Thrones by George R.R Martin (Thanks to Janua and Wilson)

White Lines  by Jennifer Banash (Penguin USA) 

"Can't wait to read this! We have this book  9 months before the release date -squee-"

"Thank you A.G Howard, author of Spintered for the letter and Bookmark! 
Certainly made our day extra special"


Netgalley
Origin by Jessica Khoury
Stormdancer (Lotus War #1) by Jay Kristoff
Inbetween by Tara Fuller



Goddess Offerings is a meme hosted by Amaterasureads 
This will showcase the books we bought, received or borrowed!


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Friday, July 20, 2012

Spotlight: Kindred (The Darkwoods Trilogy #2) by Jessica Redmerski

Kindred by J.A Redmerski

Beautiful Cover!
Book Description:
Isaac Mayfair is hiding a dark secret. And just when Adria Dawson thinks the worst of her life among the werewolf world is over, she learns the secret that can rip her and Isaac’s love apart. Adria must come to terms with what the truth means for her. What it means for her life and how much time she has left to live it. She must choose between two different fates, neither of which can offer life as a certainty.

As if Isaac’s betrayal isn’t enough, Adria learns that there are things out there older and more powerful than werewolves could ever be. An archaic entity known only to few as the Praverian, unlike anything Adria has ever known or heard of.

As Adria struggles with her own fateful dilemmas, she must also try to find out why the Praverian is so interested in her and do everything in her power to stay out of its way.

Due to adult content, this book is recommended for 17+.
                                       
Our review on the Mayfair Moon : Here

                                                  

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Spotlight: The Violet Fox by Clare Marshall

The Violet Fox by Clare Marshall
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Book Description:



There are two kinds of people in the land of Marlenia.
The Marlenians, who live on the surface,
and the Freetors, who are forced to live underground.
The war between them ended two hundred years ago, but the Freetors still fight for the right to live under the sun. Fifteen-year-old Kiera Driscoll embodies the Freetors' hopes as the Violet Fox. In a violet cape and mask, she sneaks around Marlenia City stealing food and freeing her people from slavery.

Then the Elders task her with a secret mission: retrieve a stolen tome that contains the secrets of Freetor magic, something the Marlenians both fear and covet. Kiera must disguise herself as a noblewoman and infiltrate the Marlenian castle.

Before the Freetor-hating Advisor finds out her real identity.
Before her brother is imprisoned because of the secrets he hides.
And before she falls any more in love with the prince she's supposed to hate.
More is happening in the castle than she realizes, and Kiera is faced with a difficult choice. Will she be loyal to her people and their fight for freedom, or will she be loyal to her heart?

She will give 2 e-ARCs of THE VIOLET FOX to 2 lucky winners.


Review: Pitch (Death Day #1) by Jillian Eaton

Title: Pitch (Death Day #1)
Author: Jillian Eaton
Published: May 19th 2012 by Bay Horse

Sixteen-year-old Lola is a daredevil. She likes playing hooky, making out with bad boy Everett James, and stealing cars. The reason behind all of her rebellious antics? Because she can. But what can one girl do against a horde of murderous vampires?

Aided by her sometimes sober father, her best friend Travis, and Maximus, the mysterious stranger who appeared out of no where to save her life, Lola must accomplish what the rest of the human race has failed to do in the aftermath of the world wide massacre: survive.

But how do you survive when everything you know has been destroyed... and the one person you thought you could trust ends up being the most dangerous person of all?

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Review: Bloodspell (Bloodspell #1) by Amalie Howard


Title: Bloodspell (Bloodspell #1)
Author: Amalie Howard
Published: June 1st 2011 by Langdon Street Press

Book Description:
The spell was simple...

Cruentus Protectum (Defend the Blood)

But what do you do if your blood is your enemy?

Victoria Warrick has always known she was different. An outcast at school, she is no stranger to adversity. But when she receives an old journal for her seventeenth birthday, nothing prepares her for the dark secrets it holds -- much less one that reveals she's a witch with unimaginable power.

What's more, when she meets the dazzling but enigmatic Christian Devereux, she has no idea how much her life is about to change. Enemies will hunt her. Friends will turn on her. The terrible curse that makes her blood run black will stop at nothing to control her. And Christian has a sinister secret of his own...

Without knowing whom to trust, can Victoria survive her blood's deadly desires? Or will she lose everything, including herself?


Friday, July 13, 2012

Review ARC: Cold Fury by T.M Goeglein

Title: Cold Fury 
Author: T.M Goeglein
Published: July 24th by Putnam Juvenile
Book Description:
Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos in this breathtaking adventure

Sara Jane Rispoli is a normal sixteen-year-old coping with school and a budding romance--until her parents and brother are kidnapped and she discovers her family is deeply embedded in the Chicago Outfit (aka the mob).

Now on the run from a masked assassin, rogue cops and her turncoat uncle, Sara Jane is chased and attacked at every turn, fighting back with cold fury as she searches for her family. It's a quest that takes her through concealed doors and forgotten speakeasies--a city hiding in plain sight. Though armed with a .45 and 96K in cash, an old tattered notebook might be her best defense--hidden in its pages the secret to "ultimate power." It's why she's being pursued, why her family was taken, and could be the key to saving all of their lives.

Action packed, with fresh, cinematic writing, Cold Fury is a riveting and imaginative adventure readers will devour
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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Spotlight: Downburst by Katie Robison

Downburst by Katie Robison
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Book Description:
Kit’s only goal is to stay alive. Right now, that means dodging brutal gangs while peddling fake I.D.s on the back streets of Winnipeg. But things get complicated when Kit sells a license to a girl named Aura—a girl who could almost be her twin. Caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, Kit is plunged into an underground society with heart-stopping surprises at every turn. To protect herself, she’s forced to assume Aura’s identity. But storm clouds are gathering on the horizon, and when Kit learns the truth about Aura, she knows she has to get out before the storm breaks. There’s only one problem: escape isn’t an option. 

Suddenly, staying alive just got a lot harder.

"[Robison's] debut takes flight, leaving readers eager for the next installment. A thrilling head-rush of an adventure." -Kirkus Reviews

Katie Robison
Author behind "Downburst"

Katie Robison earned her bachelor’s degree in English and French from Brigham Young University and is currently working toward a Ph.D. in medieval and early modern literature at the University of Minnesota. She lives just outside Minneapolis with her husband and their Siberian Husky.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #15

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:

Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum
Expected publication: Jan 8th 2013 by HarperTeen
Twenty years ago, the robots designed to fight our wars abandoned the battlefields. Then they turned their weapons on us.


Nick, Kevin, and Cass have spent their whole lives in a community in the wilderness, hiding out from the robots that have enslaved mankind. But when the bots discover their location, they barely make it out alive — only to discover that their home has been destroyed and everyone killed or captured. Now, the siblings must risk everything to save the only people they have left in the world.

Monday, July 09, 2012

Review: For Darkness Shows the Stars

Title: For Darkness Shows the Stars
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Published: June 12st 2012 by Blazer + Bray
Book Description:
It's been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family's estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot's estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth--an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret--one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she's faced with a choice: cling to what she's been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she's ever loved, even if she's lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen's "Persuasion", "For Darkness Shows the Stars" is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Spotlight: The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse (Trailer Reveal)

The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse
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Expected Publication: July 10th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Book Description:
A thought-provoking and exciting start to a riveting new dystopian trilogy.

As an obedient orphan of the U.N.A. (the super-country that was once Mexico, the U.S., and Canada), Alenna learned at an early age to blend in and be quiet—having your parents taken by the police will do that to a girl. But Alenna can’t help but stand out when she fails a test that all sixteen-year-olds have to take: The test says she has a high capacity for brutal violence, and so she is sent to The Wheel, an island where all would-be criminals end up.

The life expectancy of prisoners on The Wheel is just two years, but with dirty, violent, and chaotic conditions, the time seems a lot longer as Alenna is forced to deal with civil wars for land ownership and machines that snatch kids out of their makeshift homes. Desperate, she and the other prisoners concoct a potentially fatal plan to flee the island. Survival may seem impossible, but Alenna is determined to achieve it anyway

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Saturday, July 07, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #5: Loads of Digital Copies


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!
Downburst (The Windstorm Series) by Katie Robison
This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
Dollhouse by Anya Allyn

Whispers in Autumn by Trisha Leigh
Thrall (Daughters of Lilith 1) by Jennifer Quintenz
The Burning Star  by Jessie Lane

Many Thanks to  St Martin's Griffin, Jessie Lane, Katie Robison, Anya Allyn, Jessie Lane, Trisha Leigh and Jennifer Quintenz

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

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Tour: Moonlight Mayhem (Spellbound 2) by Sherry Soule (Excerpt and Trailer)

Hi everybody, I’m author, Sherry Soule—waving from Castro Valley, California, where it can get pretty foggy even in the summer. And even with the fog burning off by afternoon, I’m lounging at my deskwith a fan and chatting on Twitter about my love of books.
I just wanted to say thanks for letting me visit today as part of my epic Moonlight Mayhem Blog. It’s a real honor to be a guest and meet all you awesome booklovers—like me!
Thus far, my tour has been a blast for me and all the readers that participated.Ifyou haven’t heard of my blog tour, well, it’s not too late to join the fun!
To celebrate the release of author, Sherry Soule’s new paranormal novel, MOONLIGHT MAYHEM, she has graciously offered us a sneak peek at the second book in this unforgettable young adult series, and a look at thethrilling book trailer.Enjoy!

Watch the 2ndbook trailer in the Epic Spellbound Series!


Special Excerpt taken from MOONLIGHT MAYHEM
In his soft gaze lingered a mute invitation. A fervent question. Trent took my hand. Unspoken feelings tangled as our fingers intertwined. Complicated veil of yearning drifted between our eyes. My arms encircled his waist. I rested my head against his chest. Inhaled his scent, a mixture of soap, minty toothpaste, and boy. Listened to his heartbeat. We exhaled simultaneously and he pressed his face in my hair. Calming and at the same time-intense.
I clutched at the front of his shirt and tilted my head. Our lips were a breath apart. My stomach flipped with anticipation. Our mouths touched lightly, but it quickly turned into a passionate kiss and we melted together. All thoughts of lycans and death disappeared. My eyelids fluttered closed. My arms wrapped around his body like entwining ivy. Clinging and pulling him to me, kissing him with all the repressed emotions whirling inside me.
Apart from the knee-jerking kiss, something tangible stirred inside me. It inhabited the center of my chest, a murmur of power unfurling. It tickled, then pulsed, then burned. The strange, thrumming energy felt like a bud blossoming into a flower and stretching toward the sun.
Black magick. My magick. His magick.
I should have been more scared and worried. But I wasn’t, although my heart beat too fast. And my voice had dried up. I forced myself to break the kiss, but didn’t move—because this is the weird part—I didn’t want him to stop holding me….
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Thursday, July 05, 2012

Review: Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper


Title: Grasping at Eternity (The Kindrily Series #1)
Author: Karen Amanda Hooper
Published: May 25th 2012 by Starry Sky Publishing

Book Description:
Leave it to Maryah Woodsen to break the one rule that will screw up eternity: Never erase your memories.

Before entering this life, Maryah did the unthinkable—she erased. Now, at seventeen years old, she’s clueless that her new adoptive family has known her for centuries, that they are perpetually reincarnated souls, and that they have supernatural abilities. Oh, and she's supposed to love (not despise) Nathan, the green-eyed daredevil who saved her life.


Nathan is convinced his family’s plan to spark Maryah's memory is hopeless, but his love for her is undying. After spending (and remembering) so many lifetimes together, being around an empty version of his soulmate is heart shattering. He hates acting like a stalker, but has no choice because the evil outcast who murdered Maryah in their last lifetime is still after her.


While Maryah’s hunter inches closer, she and Nathan make assumptions and hide secrets that rip them further apart. Maryah has to believe in the magic within her, Nathan must have faith in the power of their love, and both need to grasp onto the truth before they lose each other forever—and discover just how lonely eternity can be.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Whale Unveil: White by Jennifer Banash (Interview, Excerpt and International Giveaway)

White Lines by Jennifer Banash

 
Interview with Jennifer Banash
Author behind "White Lines"

     Give us 3 short "Interesting facts about you" (Be Creative)
      I have perfect pitch, though I rarely sing in public. I studied photography and poetry before becoming a novelist, and I’m terrified of public speaking, which is why it’s hilarious that I ended up becoming a teacher and writer. I also really, really hate it when people call me Jen—wait, that’s four 
Books you currently have on your shelf?
   I’m reading GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn at the moment—so suspenseful, and the perfect book to   wind down with after a day of writing. I’m also rereading DANGEROUS ANGELS by Francesca Lia Block, and BEAUTIFUL RUINS by Jess Walter. Weirdly enough, I don’t tend to read a lot of YA. I find it really bothers me when I’m actively working on a book—like now
     Tell us a little something about your book?
    WHITE LINES is set in the late 1980’s, and it’s about a 17 year-old girl name Cat, who works as a club kid in NYC. She comes from an abusive home, and is struggling to make it while living on her own for the first time. It’s an intense, gritty, and emotional read!
Why the 1980s?
         It’s the decade I came on age in, and it’s also a time that not a lot of YA authors have written about extensively—especially in New York. 
If “White lines” has a theme song, what will it be?
“The Message” by Grandmaster Flash or New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle.”
Favorite Starbucks drink?
Umm . . . this is going to make me REALLY unpopular, but I don’t go to Starbucks unless I absolutely cannot help it—I consider it corporate evil, and I refuse to say those stupid names and sizes for all of the drinks. Just. Can’t. Do. It. But when I get coffee out, it’s always a soy latte.

We are giving away an ARC (paperback) copy of White Lines
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