Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
Every once in a while I participate in this one when I either
1) Like the theme, and/or 2) Have the time!
This week's topic:
Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From!

This week's topic was hard because I had to stop being lazy and do some work!

There are two authors who you could potentially say don't belong on the list because the amount of books in their series make them authors with several books I own (Rick Riordan and Terry Goodkind, I'm looking at you!). I balanced that out by adding a few more authors to the list, though, so it's more like a Top 15. These are the fifteen authors where I own more than eight of their titles! (I arbitrarily decided this because a lot of books have seven in the series. I even thought about excluding Riordan and Goodkind, but since each author has at least one book not in a continuous series, I allowed it...)

Did you put any special guidelines on your list?

I can't wait to see who y'all are collecting!

Also, funny story? 

Quite a few of these authors live together on my shelves because I tend to group things by theme. Funny how that works out... Take a peek!


Jodi Picoult, Jacquelyn Mitchard, and Diane Chamberlain love hanging out together!

Tamora Pierce, Terry Goodkind, and Patricia A. McKillip know how to fill up a shelf!

Gail Carson Levine, Shannon Hale, Jane Yolen, Juliet Marillier and Mercedes Lackey know that the best place to party is on my fairy tale shelf!


Here they come...

1) Tamora Pierce 
(28 books, plus 1 graphic novel [And also all 5 individual issues of this graphic novel!], plus an anthology with a story by her)

Can you tell that Tamora Pierce used to be my favorite author? I still buy her books as soon as they come out, but I don't love them as much as I do the stories of Alanna, Daine, and Kel!

I'll also pick up a book these days if it's been blurbed by Pierce, or if it's a fantasy with a girl disguising herself as a guy.... Yep, Pierce really gave me a foundation in my reading tastes of today!
 

2) Meg Cabot 
(At least 24…I don’t trust myself to have them all “together” in my cubby…especially since 3 of them are on my special mythology shelf on the bookcase….)

Definitely one of the few chick lit authors whose books I own! I have several of the Princess Diaries books, but my favorites by her are the ones with Arthurian and mythological lore! I'm also a huge fan of her books featuring Heather Wells because I can relate to so much of the ups and downs of ResLife!


3) Jodi Picoult 
(21 novels, 1 graphic novel (And also all 6 individual issues of this graphic novel!), 1 play, 1 anthology with a short story from her, 1 ARC of a book featuring an “unsealed” copy of a CD in the book’s finished [and untouched] copy), and two e-book shorts


Currently my favorite author, even though I don't like her newest books as much as I do her older ones. All of my favorite books from her to date were written during the first half of her career. i still love the way she makes us think about hot button topics, too, and I can't tell you how many books I’ve bought by various authors because they were blurbed by Jodi! I even have a fall ARC right now for this very reason!
 

4) Patricia A. McKillip 
(18 books, and I'm pretty certain she's in at least one anthology I own, though I'm too lazy to check)


It's because of Sarah J. Maas (Author of the fantastic Throne of Glass series) that I've fallen for Patricia McKillip. I stumbled upon Sarah's blog before her debut novel was ever published (And the third one is coming out this fall already. Wow, how time flies!), and she was reading a book by McKillip. It sounded interesting, and I found a lot of almost all of her books on Ebay, so I bought it. ...And then I picked up the few I didn't have!


5) Mercedes Lackey 
(17 plus 3 massmarket “collections” with a story from her)

Lackey has tons and tons of books, I know, but with one or two exceptions, I only own her fairy tale-inspired novels! What can I say? If it's a fairy tale, I must own it!


6) Jacquelyn Mitchard 
(17 books)

Remember earlier when I said that I discovered several authors due to Jodi Picoult? Jacquelyn Mitchard is one such author. I'd been on Picoult's forum a few years ago and read a topic where people recommended other similar authors. Mitchard was one of them. I snagged a lot or two of her books off Ebay, and got the other books used, and now I buy her books brand-new as they come out! Mitchard and Picoult also tend to blurb the same books, so if I see a blurb from both these ladies, I blind-buy it, no questions asked!


7) Terry Goodkind
(15 plus an exclusive ebook)


Since one of Goodkind's books isn't part of his epic series, I included him in the list. But I debated it. Because does owning every book in a SERIES count? Technically, yes. I own a ton of books by this man. But it sort of feels like cheating, you know? 
Anyway, I'd been wanting to read Goodkind for a long time, and when I found a lot of about nine of his books--in hardcover--at my local used bookstore for $2 a title, I couldn't resist buying them all!


8) Rick Riordan
(12 books, 2 “guides,” 1 pack of trading cards, a SECOND copy of TLT with the original cover [So…15 books altogether?], and a book I've already pre-ordered!

Rick Riordan, like Terry Goodkind, is another author I debated over whether or not to include. Because again, it feels like cheating! Nine (soon to be ten) of these books...and all that special stuff...are because of Percy Jackson.
Which...I'm getting ready to do an epic re-read! A book a week starting in August leading up to THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS in October. WHOOT!!!
 

9) Diane Chamberlain 
(14 books)

Diane Chamberlain is yet another author where I bought the bulk of her books used, then started buying her titles new as they came out. I stumbled across a book by her in the bookstore that blurbed her as being the "Southern Jodi Picoult," then I saw someone recommend one of her books on the Jodi Picoult forums. I bit the bullet and decided to try her out!


10) Juliet Marillier 
(12…soon to be 13 once I get a certain birthday gift!)

I started reading Marillier because a lot of people who enjoy fairy tale retellings recommended DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST. Although...the first book I actually read by her wasn't that, but HEART'S BLOOD, which is still my favorite--and my favorite B&B story to date! Marillier isn't just about fairy tales, though, and I've read several books by her. There's still so much to pick up and read, too!

11) Shannon Hale 
(11 books, 2 graphic novels, and 1 early reader chapter book)

I don't even remember what my first Shannon Hale title was. I'm fairly certain that it was either PRINCESS ACADEMY or GOOSE GIRL, though. Either way, I fell in love with her books, from her fairy tale retellings to her original fantasy novels. I've also had the pleasure of meeting Hale twice (first at the National Book Festival in DC a few years ago, and later at a local book signing) and she's such a lovely human being. I lurve her!
 

12) Maria V. Snyder 
(10 books)

I'm still making my way through Maria Snyder's books! I was lucky enough to meet her recently at a signing, and I picked up the books I didn't already have to get signed (I'd seen her once previously and owned a couple of her books already). I've been wanting to read her for a long, long time, and the signing gave me the motivation to finally get to it!


13) Sarah Beth Durst 
(8 books, and a 9th on pre-order!)

Sarah Beth Durst is another author I love. I discovered ICE at the bookstore one day on the new arrivals shelf and fell in love with it. ICE is one of the first books I ever reviewed on my blog, back before I became serious about blogging! I've been lucky enough to meet her in person a couple of times, and she's the sweetest person. I seriously love this woman, and her books are great!
 

14) Gail Carson Levine 
(8 books)

I blame ELLA ENCHANTED. It is one of my favorite MG books ever written, and helped me fall in love with fairy tales again after I'd "outgrown" them. This book is so special to me, and I've devoured all of Gail Carson Levine's other novels as well. I love recommending her to kids!



15) Jane Yolen 
(at least 7 [I think a few are scattered randomly], 3 picture books, plus quite a few anthologies with included stories from her! I also have a new fall ARC that I haven’t read yet from her!)

When I think of Jane Yolen, I think "fairy tale staple." When other people think of her, they think of her as the author of the popular children's picture book series  How Do Dinosausr...? or as the author of their kid's summer reading book The Devil's Arithmetic. Everyone sees her differently. For me, it's all about the fairy tales, of course! I even have a few of her picture books that I've found used just because her name is on the cover! She's adapted fairy tales, written some beautiful poetry, and more. I adore her!



Which owners take up most of your bookshelves? ^_^

Monday, July 28, 2014

{Review & Design Vlog} TANDEM by Anna Jarzab



O P E N I N G   H O O K:

    WHEN I WAS A SOPHOMORE in high school, I enrolled in a Western philosophy class to full a graduation requirement. On the first day of the semester, my teacher, Mr. Early, wrote three words on the board: kata to chreon
    The phrase, he said, was ambiguous, both in origin and meaning, but basically it was translated "according to the debt." The ancient Greeks, Mr. Early told us, believed that the universe was an ordered place, where everything had a price that was collected in due course. The universe, he said, strives for harmony and balance. All that is born will someday die. Ashes to ashes. Things fall apart. 
    Those guys might've died centuries ago, but they were on to something. Science tells us that matter can neither be created nor destroyed, but also that every action has an equal and opposite reaction--all debts are eventually paid in full. I don't remember much else from the class, but that particular idea stuck with me. Kata to chreon.
    Apparently, the universe won't let you get away with anything, at least not for long.
(Page 1, US hardcover edition)


The world can be a scary place. Scarier when you don't recognize your surroundings. Sasha is kidnapped against her will and dropped into a parallel universe called Aurora. First of all, Sasha didn't even know other universes existed. Second of all, her analog this this world is a princess. A princess who has run away to avoid getting married and may have ignited a war. Sasha's been brought to Aurora to masquerade as Princess Juliana and make sure the wedding happens as scheduled. But a rebellion is brewing, and dangerous people know that Sasha is not who she's pretending to be. Will Sasha succeed in her task or be the cause of mayhem? And most important of all, will she ever find her way home?

The world of TANDEM is unique, and perfect for fans of sci-fi. It mixes princesses, war, and parallel dimensions. It's a throwback to books I grew up with, where characters were always going to other worlds in order to find their destiny, which is something not done as frequently in YA these days. When I went into the novel, I didn't realize just how sci-fi the book would been, but it was about a girl who is forced to slip into the life of a princess in order to save a country from going to war. There's a lot of scientific theory in this novel that goes over my head, but luckily,  TANDEM pulls from books like A WRINKLE IN TIME to create visuals that will help center readers and bring the theories to life (See my picture and video below for more details). Some of the concepts remind me of the world-splitting in Marie Rutkoski's THE SHADOW SOCIETY, where things are very similar until major events split the timeline apart. This was an aspect that really intrigued me in both books!

It's also nice to see the way characters are evolving and strengthening throughout the course of their journey. They sacrifice a lot along the way, too. Sometimes I hated Sasha and Juliana, but other times I completely understood their motivations and completely believed their progress. I also loved seeing more of Prince Callum, who was different than I thought he'd be, even though Sasha was too focused on her guard Thomas to care much. Even minor characters such as Dr. Moss brought importance to the story as he decoded the more scientific aspects of the world for readers and characters alike. I can't say too much about anyone because I read TANDEM and TETHER back to back, and I'm not too sure where one spoiler ends and another begins! ^.~

TANDEM is the first in a trilogy. Ignore anyone who tells you it's a duology. That's what I thought, too, but after reading the sequel, TETHER (Which comes out March 2015), I realized that it's a trilogy. I thought I was being sneaky and reading the whole series at once, but NOPE. And there's a lot going on, so I'll probably re-read these before the final book comes out. One thing that's been really interesting is the way the world evolves and changes and becomes so different in each book. Each story has its own complex set of worldbuilding challenges and rules, and I'm excited to see all of the new things we'll be introduced to in the final book.
~*~
C O N T E N T R A T I N G S

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) for details

Romance: PG ( kissing )
Language: G ( None that I recall... )
Violence: PG13 ( nothing graphic, but there's fighting, death, guns, kidnapping, a city on the verge of war, and other themes that imply violence )
Other: --
~*~
C O V E R   D E S I G N:

The guts of TANDEM are so, so gorgeous. Looking at the cover in the store, you wouldn't expect such an epic interior treatment, but it looks stunning. 

Here's a montage of some of the awesome things in the interior:




I had to take a video to show you all the great details:


The interior treatment also reminds me of childhood classic A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L'Engle. Both books use graphics to introduce readers to complex scientific concepts:

On the left: A WRINKLE IN TIME
On the right: TANDEM
Both books use diagrams to explain scientific concepts about multiple universes to readers!

Isn't that neat?

I really love the treatment for this series!
  ~*~
O F F I C I A   I N F O:

Title: TANDEM
Author: Anna Jarzab
Release Date: Oct. 8, 2013
Publisher: Delacorte Press / Random House
Received: This was either purchased or a gift. I forget.
(I also may have had an e-ARC at one point. Again, I forget. If I did, my review comes from my own copy, though!)
SUMMARY:

Everything repeats.
You. Your best friend. Every person you know.
Many worlds. Many lives--infinite possibilities.
Welcome to the multiverse.

Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was young, she loved her grandfather's stories of parallel worlds inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives. Sasha never believed such worlds were real--until now, when she finds herself thrust into one against her will.

To prevent imminent war, Sasha must slip into the life of an alternate version of herself, a princess who has vanished on the eve of her arranged marriage. If Sasha succeeds in fooling everyone, she will be returned home; if she fails, she'll be trapped in another girl's life forever. As time runs out, Sasha finds herself torn between two worlds, two lives, and two young men vying for her love--one who knows her secret, and one who thinks she's someone she's not.

The first book in the Many-Worlds Trilogy, TANDEM is a riveting saga of love and betrayal set in parallel universes in which nothing--and no one--is what it seems.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Celebrating My Birthday with THIS BOOK and THESE NAILS! ^.~

Hey guys!

Soooooooo today is my birthday!

*Throws confetti*

Since we're all bookworms here, I have a confession:

Every year, I make sure I'm not reading anything leading up to my birthday so that I don't have to worry about finishing that book, etc. On my birthday, I pick a special book to read. It can be something I'm dying to read or re-read or an author I love that had a new book out that I was savoring...anything, really.

Do you do that, too? I want to know I'm not the only bookworm who chooses something special to read on a birthday JUST BECAUSE! ^.~

This year, I've chosen to read (...or, at least, BEGIN. Since I won't be home for much of today!) the second book in The School for Good and Evil trilogy, A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES:

 
I've been wanting to read it forever. I had an ARC in my greedy little hands at ALA, then I ran into Soman Chainani himself and he convinced me to wait for the finished copy with the artwork from Iacopo Bruno. ^^ Which I was okay with because ARTWORK! And then I had an issue getting the book on time, so I didn't read it for Fairy Tale Fortnight. After that, of course, I wanted to read non-fairy tale-themed books for a while...

But I get a little ache in my heart every time I see this book staring at me balefully from my overflowing nightstand TBR pile.

Beautiful book, you are my birthday choice! No more tears!!!

I ALSO usually do something special with my nails for my birthday. I'm re-doing them tonight because I'm going on vacation, though, so I didn't do anything fancy today.

BUT I am in love with this current nail polish. It's "Mermaid's Tale" by JulieG (Sold exclusively at Rite-Aid). You can see how the thumb color looks different from the color on the other nails, but it's NOT. It's picking up the light differently. The polish is this beautiful teal that has a holographic sheen to it in the sunlight. It also has flecks of black when you look deeply. It's impossible to catch the color's beauty on camera! But I have been staring at my nails ALL WEEK.

And...let's face it. It's COMPLETELY appropriate to wear week-old nail polish on your birthday if it is MERMAID NAIL POLISH! ^.~

Anyway! Even though I'm going on vacation, I've still put together a week's worth of great posts for you!

Check it out:



I'm leaving you in good hands! ^.~

See you in a week! (Unless you're on Twitter, because, well, so is my smartphone!)


Friday, July 25, 2014

Cover Art Revealed for THE FAULT IN OUR STARS on DVD/BluRay, Complete with Exclusive Infinity Bracelet!

Are you ready for some awesome news? If you're anxiously awaiting the release of The Fault in Our Stars on DVD/Blu-Ray (Or even if, like me, you weren't planning to own it...until now), the word is out on the amazing DVD packaging!

For one thing, the blu-ray extended version comes with a limited edition exclusive Infinity Bracelet!

And the cover is ADORABLE.

Seriously. I am IN LOVE with this cover. I want to own the DVD just because the cover is so amazing. Even though 1) I haven't seen it yet, and 2) I am the only person in the world not obsessed with the book. It's just OKAY to me. BUT NOW I MUST OWN IT!!!

BECAUSE LOOK:




Seriously, how gorgeous is that cover? 
I love the mix of cartoon and reality. (I talked about this love just last week when reviewing BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE!) NomNomNom!!!!


 Here's a peek at the official press release:

“The Greatest Romance Story of this decade” is releasing on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD September 16

Die-Hard Fans Must Get the Little Infinities Edition Blu-ray™ to See the Extended Version of Augustus and Hazel’s Story and get an exclusive, limited-time-only Infinity Bracelet!

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (July 22, 2014) – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings you “a beautiful, poignant, funny and heart-warming film” (Chicago Sun Times) onSeptember 16, when THE FAULT IN OUR STARS arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD with an extended version of the movie! Featuring brilliant performances from Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort that made the film a favorite of fans and critics alike, this inspirational modern day tale of star-crossed lovers will have you going from laughter to tears and back again. Fans of the book and the film showed up in droves to theaters across the globe to share little infinities with their beloved characters, driving nearly $240M in box office sales worldwide!

Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) share a sarcastic sense of humor, a distaste for the conventional, and ultimately a love that sweeps them on an unforgettable journey. Although the two teens face unlikely challenges, their courage and dedication to each other prove that while life isn’t perfect, love can still be extraordinary. Laura Dern (Little Fockers) and Sam Trammell (TV’s True Blood) also star in this powerfully moving film based on John Green’s New York Times best-selling novel.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS comes to Blu-ray™ and DVD with an extended version that will keep Augustus and Hazel’s beautiful infinity going even longer and have the millions of lovers of the film and book holding on to every last second. Die-hard fans of the film must get their hands on the Blu-ray™, which is the only place to find a behind-the-scenes look at how the two lover’s paths aligned in bringing the book to the screen and six deleted scenes to complete the inspirational tale.

Okay? Okay.

Special features include:

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Little Infinities Edition Blu-ray™ SPECIAL FEATURES
● Extended Version
● Extended Cut Audio Commentary by Josh Boone and John Green
● 6 Deleted Scenes (Including Commentary)
● The Stars Align: Book to Screen
● Plus all of the features on the DVD!

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Blu-ray™ SPECIAL FEATURES
● Audio Commentary by Josh Boone and John Green
● 6 Deleted Scenes (Including Commentary)
● The Stars Align: Book to Screen
● Plus all of the features on the DVD!

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
● Theatrical Cut Audio Commentary by Josh Boone and John Green
● Promotional Featurettes: The Cast, The Making of The Fault in Our Stars, The Transformation, Literature to Life, Our Little Infinity, The Music Behind Our Stars
● Gallery ...

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS LITTLE INFINITIES EDITION BLU-RAY™
Street Date: September 16, 2014
Prebook Date: August 13, 2014
Screen Format: Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: English DTS-HD-MA 5.1, English AD DD 5.1, Spanish (Latin) DD 5.1
Subtitles: English / Spanish
Total Film Run Time: 125.49 minutes
U.S. Rating: PG-13
Closed Captioned: Yes

Alternative Free Fridays: The Descent Series, Volume I


Not interested in the weekly Free Fridays title offered by Barnes and Noble?
I'm usually not, either!

I thought about it and realized just how many free e-books I've found and downloaded onto my nook. I decided to start sharing some freebies with you!

No matter your e-reader, no matter if you get the official weekly book or not,  I hope you enjoy my alternatives!

Like paranormal books? You're in luck!

Here's today's freebie:



Title: The Descent Series, Volume I
Author: S.M. Reine
 


Available from:

WHY?


*That's right. Not one, not two, but THREE ebooks for free!

I haven't read this series by S.M. Reine, but I've previously read and reviewed her first two werewolf novels, SIX MOON SUMMER and ALL HALLOW'S MOON.

This package deal is only being offered free of charge for a limited time, so grab it while you can!

SUMMARY: 


This is a collection of the first three titles in The Descent Series, which are gritty urban fantasy books about an exorcist, a witch, and their battles against the forces of Heaven and Hell. (Approx. 200,000 words total.)

Books included:
1. Death's Hand
2. The Darkest Gate
3. Dark Union


DEATH'S HAND
Elise Kavanagh doesn't want to hunt demons anymore. It's been five years since she killed her last enemy, and life has been quiet since then. She went to college. Got a job, and then lost it. Made a friend or two. Lived a normal life. Now her former partner, a powerful witch named James Faulkner, wants Elise to fight one more time. The daughter of a coven member has been possessed, and Elise is the only exorcist nearby.

Becoming a hero again would mean risking discovery by old enemies. But digging into the case reveals that it might already be too late--bodies are disappearing, demons slither through the night, and the cogs of apocalypse are beginning to turn. Some enemies aren't willing to let the secrets of the past stay dead...

THE DARKEST GATE
When Elise Kavanagh retired from demon hunting, she swore it would be permanent. But an attack from a powerful necromancer forced her back into the business, and now she's trying to balance her normal boyfriend and normal job with everything supernatural.

Mr. Black is a demon hunter gone rogue. He's enslaving angels and stealing ethereal artifacts in pursuit of forbidden immortality, and an old grudge drives him to make his final stand in Elise's territory. Destroying her life and killing her friends isn't the goal, but it's a definite perk.

A demonic overlord offers to join against Mr. Black and protect Elise's loved ones. All she needs to do is ally with the demons she's sworn to kill, at the cost of her morals--and maybe her immortal soul. But once she crosses that line, there's no turning back.

Nothing is sacred when Heaven and Hell collide on Earth...

DARK UNION

Every fifty years, the most powerful ethereal and infernal beings convene on Earth to resolve conflicts with mediation by kopides--humans born to police relations between Heaven and Hell. They're meeting in Elise Kavanagh's territory this year, and she used to be the greatest kopis in the world. But she's not invited. 


An old friend, Lucas McIntyre, asks her to attend the summit in his place. But when she arrives, she discovers that a human faction called The Union has taken charge of the summit, and they're not playing nice. Worse yet, someone has killed a prominent Union member... and now they're demanding blood.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

{A Twist in the Tail} Fairy Tale Spotting in WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart



Love fairy tales and mythology?
Fans of mermaids, dragons, unicorns, and other mythical creatures?
Enjoy when a beloved classic tale is retold?
A Twist in the Tail Thursdays features all this and more!


WE WERE LIARS is one of those books that you should go into blind. 
It's really, really hard to review.
And so...I decided that, instead of a review,
I'll focus on an aspect of the novel that most people overlook:
THE INCLUSION OF FAIRY TALES!!!


WE WERE LIARS is one of 2014's breakout contemporary novels. Everyone is talking about it, but no one is talking about it. It's really, really hard to talk about this one without spoilers, and the book's summary even ENCOURAGES readers to lie about the book when asked about it!



In fact, when I was at BEA last month, there was an awesome Liars Board that encouraged anyone passing by to tell a lie:



So I decided that I couldn't possibly deliver a genuine review.

What you may NOT have heard about WE WERE LIARS is the fact that fairy tales are involved.
...And that isn't a lie!
....Well, not really. ^.~

Here are some sneak peeks at snippets from various tales included in the text that help flesh out Cadence's mental state when used in context. Out of context...well, fairy tales!

©Copyright E. Lockhart and Random House Delacorte Press
From Page 147, US Hardcover First Edition

©Copyright E. Lockhart and Random House Delacorte Press
From Page 167, US Hardcover First Edition

©Copyright E. Lockhart and Random House Delacorte Press
From Page 196, US Hardcover First Edition

Now that you know there are fairy tales involved (And since WE WERE LIARS, at times, has a sense of the fantastic and impossible), what do you say?

Are you ready to read this summer's most-buzzed-about novel?

~*~
C O N T E N T R A T I N G S

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) for details

Romance: PG15+ ( light sexual situations )
Language: PG13 ( Cursing )
Violence: PG+ ( some violent fantasies/dreams )
Other: ( references to drunk parents, underage drinking, misusing pain medication, and dangerous activities  )
~*~

TITLE: WE WERE LIARS
Author: E. Lockhart
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press / Random House
Received: For Review (BEA Copy)



SUMMARY:

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

WE WERE LIARS is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

{Waiting on Wednesday} THE RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine
This event highlights our most-wanted upcoming releases!



THE RED QUEEN releases on February 10th, 2015.
It is Victoria Aveyard's debut novel!



Title: THE RED QUEEN
Author: Victoria Aveyard 
Release Date: Feb. 10, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
 

WHY?

Okay, that cover is CREEPY. But...I can't help staring at it.

When I first saw the cover, I thought it was going to be about Wonderland's Red Queen, so I immediately wanted to know more.

It's not.

It is, however, full of royalty. And it's fantasy, and you know how my heart beats faster when a good fantasy idea makes itself known.

And this summary...just, just....look!


I can't wait to read this one next year!

SUMMARY: 


Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own--an ability she didn't know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard--the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince--and Mare against her own heart.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.

What are you anxiously waiting for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

{Review} ON THE FENCE by Kasie West


Interested in checking out Kasie West?
Here are my reviews of two other novels by her, 
THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US and PIVOT POINT
Catch up now!

O P E N I N G   H O O K:

   THE ENGINE WHINED AGAINST my attempt to go faster. The yellow lines of the road went by on my left in a blur. The ocean on my right didn't seem affected at all. It created the illusion that I wasn't going fast enough. The gentle curves on this road begged to be taken at high speeds. I pushed down another inch on the gas pedal and the car lurched forward. My heart picked up speed and I couldn't keep the smile from my face. Wind whipped through the cabin, sending my hair flying and drying the sweat on my forehead from my last practice of the year.
    Red and blue lights flashed in the rearview mirror.I pointlessly lifted my foot off the gas pedal, as if that would help. I looked for a place to pull off the road, already coming up with my story. By the time the copy reached my window, pad in hand, I'd thought of two great possibilities.
    When I saw his face, all my excuses were gone. I sighed and rolled down the window.
    "Charlotte Reynolds, we meet again," he said.
    "Hi, officer."
    "What is this, the third time?"
    "Is it?" Crap. What were the odds the same copy had to pull me over three times? "My dad says hi."
    He laughed. "Your dad is a good copy, but his name isn't going to get you out of it this time. Not when you were going fifteen miles over the speed limit."
    "Really? It couldn't have been fifteen."
    "It was. I need your license."
    "Can I look at your radar, make sure you read it right?"
    He raised his eyebrows at me and I grudgingly handed over my license. My dad was going to kill me.
(Page 1-2, US ARC edition)


It's summertime, which means everyone is looking for the next great beach read! ON THE FENCE is cute and fluffy and just right if you're looking for something sweet to take your mind off life and bring a smile to your face. While I still think I like Kasie West's THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US better, I still enjoyed ON THE FENCE. ~Plus, bonus!~ There is a super brief cameo on page 29 (ARC Edition) featuring Caymen, and she mentions Xander! I didn't notice the cameo the first time I read the novel because I hadn't read THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US at the time, but I re-read ON THE FENCE last week (since I first read it during my nasty reading slump in April) and the cameo brought a big old grin to my face!

Charlie loves sports and is always doing things with her three brothers and their male friends. When her father makes her get a job after she gets a second speeding ticket to pay them both off and she winds up at a clothing shop, she realizes that she doesn't know the first thing about how to be a girl. She's more comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt than she is skirts and makeup. Charlie has to hide her new life from all the guys in her life so they won't make fun of her. But what if Charlie secretly wants to be girlier?

I loved the family dynamic in this novel. There are too many books with absent parents or families that plain don't care about one another. Charlie's family is tight-knit. It's just her, her dad, and her three brothers, since her mom died a long time ago. Charlie's family is so protective of her, and every scene with their caring shined and raised this book higher in my eyes. I've also always had a soft spot for "boy next door" books. Charlie's next door neighbor Braden is like another brother to her. He's always over, and she's known him for years. When she needs someone to confide in, he's there for her, and she loves their nightly fence chats. It feels like a dream, like another world that doesn't exist during the day. At night, when she's on one side of the fence splitting their homes apart and he's on the other, it's so much easier to confess and reveal things even her own family doesn't know. After I read ON THE FENCE, I wanted another "boy next door" book, so I picked up MY LIFE NEXT DOOR by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I'd heard it was even better than ON THE FENCE. Personally, I liked ON THE FENCE better, though. I just really like the way West develops her characters and creates a strong, loving family that I would be a part of in a heartbeat!

ON THE FENCE is just a fun, fresh summer read that you can breeze through in one sitting. I love the fact that Charlie is athletic and another voice for female athletes. I love that the book isn't too "mature" and that younger teens can also read it. And above all, I love the family dynamic, full of silly dares, goofy fun, and constant support. While there are times when I don't like Charlie as a person, I think her flaws make her human, and I can really relate to some of the insecurities she has. She would be an awesome girl to be friends with!
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Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) for details

Romance: PG ( light kissing. )
Language: PG ( Characters say things like "Heck, yeah!" to make fun of the fact that Charlie doesn't like cursing. The worst word used that I can recall is "Crap" )
Violence: PG ( mention of a black eye that happens offpage )
Other: ( references to domestic violence, references to deadly car accident, speeding tickets, lying to parents )
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This cover doesn't do much for me, personally. It's a standard contemporary cover. That said, I do like the lighting come through the title and the fact that the title is a bright yellow. This gives the cover a sun-drenched touch, and makes it seem like a perfect beach read...which it is! It also reminds me of the sunlight on the cover of Kasie West's other contemporary novel, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US.
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O F F I C I A   I N F O:

Title: ON THE FENCE
Author: Kasie West
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Received: For Review (ALA Copy)
SUMMARY:

She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door…

Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she's got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she's falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Fun, original, and endearing, ON THE FENCE is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect.