Friday, March 30, 2012

The Lure of Shapinsay by Krista Holle

The Lure of Shapinsay by Krista Holle
Format: eBook
Where to buy: Barnes and Noble, Amazon

"Ever since Kait Swanney could remember, the old crones of the village have been warning her to stay away from the selkies. They claim that like sirens of old, the seal men creep from the inky waters, shed their skins, and entice women to their deaths beneath the North Sea. But avoiding an encounter becomes impossible when Kait is spotted at the water’s edge, moments after the murder of a half-selkie infant.
  Unexpectedly, Kait is awoken by a beautiful, naked selkie man seeking revenge. After she declares her innocence, the intruder darts into the night, but not before inadvertently bewitching her with an overpowering lure.
  Kait obsesses over a reunion deep beneath the bay and risks her own life to be reunited with her selkie. But when she lands the dangerous lover, the chaos that follows leaves Kait little time to wonder—is it love setting her on fire or has she simply been lured?"

See the book trailer:

Happy reading, everyone!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Cover Reveal: HIDDEN by Sophie Jordan

I, not having yet read the sequel in this trilogy (because I normally don't mark as-to-read or even look up more books without reading more than one in a series), haven't seen this cover. Maybe you haven't, either?

It's...nice. The only GOOD thing about this are the scales. I've always loved the perfect blending and incorporation of the scales on these covers!

Details: (though I absolutely refuse to read the description, so I don't spoil the second novel for myself!)

Hidden by Sophie Jordan (Firelight, #3)
Releases: September 11, 2012

"Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the "prince" of their pride. But she resisted long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian's sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory.
  The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself, though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control. As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian can carry out their part of the plan, there's no guarantee they'll all make it out alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be only the beginning.... 

  Loyalties are tested and sacrifices made in the explosive conclusion to Sophie Jordan's Firelight trilogy."

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fracture by Megan Miranda

Fracture by Megan Miranda

"Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?
  Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?
  For fans of best-sellers like Before I Fall and If I Stay, this is a fascinating and heart-rending story about love and friendship and the fine line between life and death."

My thoughts:
Fracture is my new favorite novel!
  A lot can happen in eleven minutes...I mean, I can do a lot of shit in eleven minutes. (But that's beside the point.) In Megan Miranda's novel, Fracture, Delaney falls into the icy lake. She's dies. But her best friend, Decker, pulls her out (eleven minutes later!), starts unflinching CPR and brings her back to life.
  When Delaney wakes up, (after a six day coma!) all's good. She's a little sore, disoriented. But her brain scans show irreparable damage--really, how the hell is she thinking/walking/talking, the doctors wonder.
  She isn't normal and A-okay, in case you've yet to guess that. When Delaney wakes up, she finds herself drawn to the dying--people close to death. Her fingers start shaking, and a weird itch-like sensation starts in her brain and spreads as the dying get closer and closer to dying.
  So what does she do? She tries going about her life, despite the fact that she is, in fact, messed up.
  Then she meets Troy, a boy who has similar problems after waking from a coma.
  Okay, summary-time is over. Let's get onto my actual thoughts.
  This book is amazing. I fell in LOVE with the premise, then all but glued my damn eyes to the pages for a few hours and read read read. This book kept me entertained, from the first page to the last. The emotional turmoil that the main character, Delaney feels, is enough to get tears churning and your heart racing.
  Delaney's character is perfect. She sympathizes with herself and her problems beautifully. She doesn't whine, is what I'm saying. I seriously thank the author for having some intelligence when it comes to science, too. It made all the doctor reports and mumble-jumble actually sound medical! (You read books and it's all "You have a messed up brain. The end." But here, it's all, "You have a messed up brain. *Explains in detail why the heck she can't be doing what she's doing, yadayada*") Her character is perfect, and you can actually believe that this happened to her.
  Troy on the other hand, just bugged me from the beginning. Maybe it's because in the first description of him he isn't like, the hottest dude on earth. I dunno. I kind of hate him. Oh, and he has "ice blue eyes" which messes with my brain, because my uncle has "ice blue eyes" and ick. (I'm a strange one, I know.)
  Then there is Decker, who is like, awesome extraordinaire even though he's kind of an ass half the novel (hey, in his defense, so is Delaney! So bug off!). I gotta say, I loved his character! I wish he had more cameo's (though he's legit in every chapter) just because I like him so much.
  Unfortunately, I freaking LOVED the ending, but if you've read it, you know that's a little strange. I mean, I'm not spoiling anything when I say that everyone kind of got their Just Desserts (I've always wanted to say that, even though it's lame!!).
  That ending, though, DESERVES a sequel! I really hope there is a sequel, because DAMN. There is so much shit that has yet to be tied off. I mean, it wasn't a cliffhanger. But it was just one of those novels that you know might have a sequel.
  Loved loved loved the story line, the characters, and the experience I had while reading. Looking forward to more from this author (and *fingers crossed* from these characters!). 5/5 stars.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

This Week in Books (32)

Happy Sunday, everyone!
  My week was rather great, except for (dun...dun...dun) Friday! I so thought Friday would be epically awesome because Castiel returned to Supernatural...As a new character. BUT then awesome stuff happened to my man Cass (I won't spoil it), then bad stuff happened, and the ending totally blew me away. They set you up to knock you down, you know? I was so totally throwing stuff at my TV, and my screen paid for it. GRR. *Shakes fist* Curse you, Supernatural writers!
  In other news, this is a rather interesting week for books. Maybe you'll find something to read, yes?

This week brings us...

 Happy reading, everyone!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Interview & Chapter One of THE GOLDEN LILY by Richelle Mead!

Guys, head on over to Entertainment Weekly's website for an interview with Richelle Mead and the first chapter of The Golden Lily! :D

Cover/Description/Release Reveal: VELVETEEN by Daniel Marks!

Oh, my. Does it get any creepier than that? This cover fits the chilling and intriguing description.
  The title seems odd, and I've read things on GR with people saying it reminds them of the Velveteen Rabbit (which, hello, it does), but I actually like the title--the main character has a very unique name.
 What do you think of the cover?

Velveteen by Daniel Marks (Velveteen, #1)
Releases: October 9, 2012

"Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that's not the problem.
  The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it's not a fiery inferno, it's certainly no heaven. It's gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn't leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what's really on her mind.
  Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she's figured out just how to do it. She'll haunt him for the rest of his days.
It'll be brutal . . . and awesome.
  But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen's obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she's willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.
  Velveteen can't help herself when it comes to breaking rules . . . or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her."

I cannot wait for this! :D

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Cover Reveal: ENVY by Elizabeth Miles!

The description is yet to be released, but feast your eyes on this:

(The upper-left corner says "They'll get what they want".)

I LOVE IT! Fury (the first in the series) was one of my favorite books, with one of my favorite cliffhanging endings.

The available deets:

Envy by Elizabeth Miles (Fury, #2)
Releases: October 1, 2012 (subject to change!).

Sunday, March 18, 2012

This Week in Books (31)

Happy Sunday, everyone!
  This week, I'm most excited for two things outside of the booking world (well, somewhat): this Friday brings the release of THE HUNGER GAMES MOVIE (*gasp!*) and also brings THE RETURN OF CASTIEL on Supernatural! (As a new character, I believe. But still, it's my man Misha Collins, so, all's good...)
  This is a week of a scant few releases, but I do have a real quick note for Galley Grab users: I received one of my monthly newsletters for releases in the adult booking world from Simon & Schuster with an included email for print copies of adult titles. I emailed the woman about GG users requesting YA titles, and she forwarded my email to a YA rep (as far as I know, I think she's a YA rep...or just someone who can answer my question). I'm hoping to hear back from one of them soon, and when I do, I'll let you know the deets. But for now, as far as I know, they're currently working on a new platform (easier, I assume--with some working links!), but if you're itching for some ARCs, I suggest going to Twitter (even if you're a non-user, like me) and searching "Galley Grab" or "GalleyGrab" for a few working links to download. You have to be a member of GG, of course, but I've dowloaded a few releases this way, so I know others can, too. (Being Friends With Boys by Terra Elan McVoy, Never Enough by Denise Jaden, and When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle are the titles I've found thus far.)

Anyways, scant few releases this week, but here they are:

Happy reading, everyone! :)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Cover Reveal: ROMEO REDEEMED by Stacey Jay

I finally found the cover w/o the ARC sticker (as pictured on Goodreads). Thanks Random Buzzers! :D
Here it is:

I like it. Not gunna lie, it looks fake (the sand, mostly), but hey, it's redeemed (hahha) by having two nice fonts!

I've yet to read Juliet it any good? It's on my list, but I'm hesitant to read it for some reason. Maybe it's the Shakespeare undertones...?

Details, please!
Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay (Juliet Immortal, #2)
Releases: October 9, 2012

Description: (w/o editing. I'm not gunna read it and ruin the first book for me!)
"All will be revealed for fans who have breathlessly awaited the sizzling sequel to Juliet Immortal. This time Romeo takes center stage and gets one chance, and one chance only, to redeem himself.
  Cursed to live out eternity in his rotted corpse, Romeo, known for his ruthless, cutthroat ways, is given the chance to redeem himself by traveling back in time to save the life of Ariel Dragland. Unbeknownst to her, Ariel is important to both the evil Mercenaries and the love-promoting Ambassadors and holds the fate of the world in her hands. Romeo must win her heart and make her believe in love, turning her away from her darker potential before his work is discovered by the Mercenaries. While his seduction begins as yet another lie, it soon becomes his only truth. Romeo vows to protect Ariel from harm, and do whatever it takes to win her heart and soul. But when Ariel is led to believe his love is a deception, she becomes vulnerable to Mercenary manipulation, and her own inner darkness may ultimately rip them apart,"

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Click here to listen to chapter one of the Cinder Audiobook using your default media player.

"Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl...
  Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction.
Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future."

My thoughts;
I loved Cinder.
  I've always enjoyed "retellings" of fairy tales, but Cinder is maybe the best retelling of Cinderella I've ever read.
  You have the main elements: two stepsisters and a stepmother who despises Cinder. Though, in Cinder's case, one of her stepsisters, Peony, is her only 'human' friend.
  'Human' because Cinder is a cyborg. In case you're a little hazy on what that is, it's basically a person who has been 'enhanced' by robotic elements/technology. Cinder has a metal hand and leg, but she later learns that she's actually 36.28% Not Human. (So, no beautiful yet ignored stepdaughter, like in the original tale here!)
  Then Cinder's sister, Peony, contracts the deadly virus that has been raging rampant across the earth. In response, Cinder's stepmonster, who believes Cinder is at fault for Peony's imminent death, sends her off to the labs to be the new test subject. (And, of course, no cyborg has ever returned from this place...So you can understand the issue. Also, you can read the synopsis, because I'm not summarizing the book for you.)
  Also, Cinder meets Prince Kai who seems to like her...but of course he has no idea she's a cyborg or knows anything of her other, more important secret that I will not reveal for you (tough luck).
   Cinder is a very likable character. Her ailments are fresh and interesting. I mean, people, she can take her damn foot off! How cool/freaky is that?! Her situations and emotions cause readers to cheer her on. Well...I was. But I just really like robots. (Well, I fear them too...but whatevs.)
  Prince Kai is okay as a character, too. I was happy to read about a character who liked Cinder, even though he really knows nothing at all about her. (Of course, I now hate him. Read the book to find out why.)
  Then the ENDING!! It was a cliffhanger of beautiful proportions. Leaves readers (well, left me at least) wondering about what happens next, and if I had my damn way the sequel, Scarlet (due out sometime in 2013) would be released like, yesterday.
  Loved the story, loved Cinder's tale, and I'm eager to read more about her (and Kai, I suppose).
  If you like dystopians, cyborgs/robots, retellings and romance, you're gunna love Cinder! 4/5 stars.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

This Week in Books (30)

How was your week, everybody? Mine was...wait let me think...fine, I suppose!
  Here in the great-green-crappy, otherwise known as Ohio, we've gotten a break from the cold, nasty weather in favor of some warmer temps that gave us plenty of sunshine! (A fact my dog has been loving. She just loves to bask in the sun.)
  I got a few books read that I bought a few weeks ago, but I gotta say, for once in a few months, I'm entirely sick of adult novels. I'm dying for a good YA, but my library hasn't been forthcoming, aside from the book they gave me ten days before the release date (Croak by Gina Damico = awesomesauce). A few titles I've been coveting have never made their way to my library, and my local WalMart and Target have books I've read/don't want to read. It's driving me crazy! My town really needs a Barnes & Noble, since there isn't a Borders anymore.

Anyways, a few nice releases this week that I know everyone is waiting to read:

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Cover/Description/Release Reveal: A FRACTURED LIGHT by Jocelyn Davies

...Can someone please explain to me why this series just can't get the FONTS right?! GURRR. This series has the worse font ever for 'A' and 'Light'. Totally ruins it!
  The "smoke" is nice, though. (Unlike Miss Creepy there. Yikes!) The cutting/pasting looks like crap on that chick...Unless it's just the quality of the image. Totally likely (it better be the truth, because if you have a crap cut-and-paste job on top of the ugliest font known to man, I'm going to put a different cover on the book when I get it. I won't allow it to be on my shelf with this...shamefulness in full cringe-worthy glory.)
  Like it though (once I stfu and stop judging), but of course the BOOK itself is what excites me! The ending of the first book in this series left my jaw on the floor somewhere (I've since found it. No worries).

  If I were a little more odd than normal, I'd be jumping up and down squealing 'OMG OMG OMG' because, peepos, this book is probably one of my most anticipated of 2012. :D
  (Watch me hate it after reading it...Because my luck is like that. Crappy.)
  To lighten this up (yeesh, I'm harsh)...I LOVE the title! ;)

Details, Sierra. You're starting to annoy me.:
A Fractured Light (A Beautiful Dark, #2) by Jocelyn Davies
Releases: September 25, 2012

"When she wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings, Skye knows something terrible has happened to her. But it’s not until she hears Asher, the dark, rebellious angel she fell in love with, that the memories of Devin and his shocking betrayal come flooding back.
  Skye returns home, but with the knowledge of who she really is, nothing can ever be the same. As she tests the limits of her newfound powers, Skye discovers that she’s capable of far more than anyone could have imagined. Both the Order and the Rebellion want her for their side as war between the factions looms. She can’t forgive the Order for nearly killing her, but something holds her back from embracing the Rebellion.
  A Fractured Light picks up right after A Beautiful Dark‘s shocking cliffhanger ending and is perfect for fans of Lauren Kate’s Fallen and Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush saga."

Cover/Description/Release Reveal: EMBERS AND ECHOES by Karsten Knight

Gorgeous. Just...I love it.
You can't imagine how excited I am for all this info--Wildefire was one of my favorite reads last year, and one of two (in a moment I'll post the next cover reveal for the other series with a nice ending) books that ended with such shockers even I was left amazed! :)

Embers and Echoes (Wildefire, #2) by Karsten Knight
Releases: August 28, 2012

"Ashline Wilde is about to discover that when you’re the reincarnation of a Polynesian volcano goddess, “new beginnings” are just a myth.
  Leaving the fiery ruins of her sophomore year behind her, Ash travels to the sizzling beaches of Miami, hot on the trail of the little sister she’s only seen in visions. But her happy family reunion isn’t all palm trees and paradise. A cult of evil gods-on-earth, known as the Four Seasons, has kidnapped her sister to use in its terrifying new religion. Soon, the streets of Miami erupt in chaos and violence…and Ash gets caught right in the tropical crossfire
  Ash isn’t without help, however. Unexpected romance arrives in the form of Wes, an Aztec god of night with his own vendetta against the Four Seasons. As memories of Ash’s previous life begin to flicker into her dreams, the boundaries between ally and enemy, life and death, and love and hate all bleed together. And when a mysterious trickster from her past reappears to derail her new quest, Ash must choose between the echoes of a once-forgotten yesterday and the embers of an uncertain future.
  Because when old flames return from the dead, even a volcano goddess can get burned."

Sunday, March 4, 2012

This Week in Books (29)

Happy Sunday, everyone! :)
  I had a busy week, writing my new Pride & Prejudice assignment and doing a few psychology assignments, as well. My sister also had a birthday on Friday, so I spent the better part of my morning baking cupcakes and brownies. :D
  This week there are a few books releasing that I'm just dying to get my hands on! I'm so ready to step-back from all the historical romances I've been reading (I got a bunch at Goodwill a few weeks ago, for only nine bucks!), and jump back into the world of YA!
  I hope you are all having a nice start to your week, and read some of these books that release between today (March 4) through next Sunday (March 11)!

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