Monday, May 28, 2012

Giveaway: FREAK by E.K. Henry

Enter to win one of two eBook copies of E.K. Henry's FREAK!

Being a lower-class human born into a world where vampires rule sucks. No matter how hard Juniper Rayne tries to fit in, she's labeled a freak. When her dad signs the family up to take part in a reality television show, Juniper hopes that it'll give her the edge she needs to shed her freak label.

Unfortunately for Juniper, vampires aren't that accepting.

She decides to take control of her life and become a vampire hunter, instead of continuing to live in her own personal hell any longer.

She will regain control or die trying."

Goodreads | Author's Website

This giveaway is open internationally.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

This Week in Books (40)

*If you're thinking of commenting on this post with links to your 'In My Mailbox's', please note this post is not a list of books I got this week, it is a list of books releasing this week. Thanks.*

This week we have a giveaway! Tomorrow through next Monday (June 4) a contest will run for two winners to receive an eBook copy of E.K. Henry's novel, Freak! In June, another two contests are coming up, so be sure to stay tuned!
  I'm entering my last week of school work aside from exams, and I gotta tell you, I'm already looking forward to the summer. (Even though I hate this 90 degree weather Ohio is getting hit with! Yikes!) I'm hoping to resume all of my old meme's, since I'll have oodles of time to burn. I'm also hoping to finally get caught up in my Goodreads challenge--I'm around nine books behind, which is the furthest I've ever been!
  Unfortunately, my family isn't big on vacations--but I'm starting to hear whispers around the house of my parents going to North Carolina to visit my great-aunt Betty (who is either in her late 70s or early 80s) while she's visiting her son. My older brother is also going down there to visit his best friend and his family. I wonder if I'll be invited...

Anyways. This week, there are TONS of great books releasing. So be sure to pick a few up for your summer reading lists! :)

Friday, May 25, 2012

Cover/Description/Release/Title Reveal: DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT by Laini Taylor

Holy. Crap.

It''s...BEAUTIFUL! Makes my little black heart pitter patter :D

Details, because really, if you haven't heard of this series I'd like to know the location of the rock you're living under:

Days of Blood and Startlight by Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2)
Releases: November 6, 2012 from Little, Brown & Company

"In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed "Daughter of Smoke and Bone," Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone was declared a "must read" by Entertainment Weekly, was named a Best Book of the Year by, and The New York Times called it "a breath-catching romantic fantasy."

Hopefully, a better, more detailed description will be released eventually :D

Happy reading, everyone & TGIF! :D

Sunday, May 20, 2012

This Week in Books (39)

Happy Sunday, everyone!
Finally--the school year is coming to a close! I have just this week left of course work, one week of free time, and the last week of exams. I can't wait for summer to start--I need to get some reading done!
  But aside from that, this past week was the week that ALL of my shows ended! Criminal Minds was a two hour block of finale awesome, while Bones had a finale that actually brought me to tears. Supernatural ended with a BANG (or well, a blow, since Dick Roman blew up!), and I was so pissed at the 20-seconds or so of Supernatural that I almost hurled the remote at the TV. (Castiel, my all time fave angel, is really starting to anger me. He's like a mindless child now. Where's the awesome smiting he's so good at? He's a total pacifist, now! BOOOOO! And Bobby's like, gone now. For realz!)
  And now I'm totally annoyed at myself because I went to an author's website, read the SPOILER ALERT warning, and scrolled down anyways. I so know what's gunna happen now--and I've yet to read the book! GRRR.

  Anyways, last week we didn't have any releases--but we have a couple this week (and one graphic novel. I'm picturing it 'cuz it's like my favorite YA series, m'kay?).

  Happy reading! :D

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Croak by Gina Damico

Croak by Gina Damico (Croak, #1)

"Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby has sucker-punched her last classmate. Fed up with her punkish, wild behavior, her parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than that of shoveling manure.

He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach her the family business.

Lex quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated entirely by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. Along with her infuriating yet intriguing partner Driggs and a rockstar crew of fellow Grim apprentices, Lex is soon zapping her Targets like a natural born Killer.

Yet her innate ability morphs into an unchecked desire for justice—or is it vengeance?—whenever she’s forced to Kill a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again. So when people start to die—that is, people who aren’t supposed to be dying, people who have committed grievous crimes against the innocent—Lex’s curiosity is piqued. Her obsession grows as the bodies pile up, and a troubling question begins to swirl through her mind: if she succeeds in tracking down the murderer, will she stop the carnage—or will she ditch Croak and join in?"

My thoughts:
Croak was so much better than I expected. And I'll tell you right now, I had high expectations for a novel that focused on a topic such as this one does.
  Lex Bartleby spends her days at her high school kicking some serious ass. She punches everyone--she is not discriminate on who is deserving of her fist in their face. But...only two years ago, she was a model student. Hell, she was the Hall Monitor for chrissakes!
  So...what changed?
  That's the question you'll be asking yourself--along with Lex, her sister, her parents...everyone who knows her...
  Until her parents come up with what seems like a brilliant idea. Lex is to spend the summer in up-state New York with her absent Uncle Mort. She's angry, of course. Thinking she's going to be spending her summer shovelling horse shit and stacking hay.
  But when she arrives, and is greeted by her Uncle Mort who rides a motorcycle and has purple hair, she realizes that something is entirely wrong with the town of Croak.
  Uncle Mort explains to her that Croak is a special town. In fact, it's a town that caters to nothing but Grims--people who help transition souls from our plane to the next, appropriately deemed the Afterlife.
  Okay, summary over, peeps.
  Lex is a very, very strange and odd character. I mean, she punches people, wears black hoodies seemingly every day, and has no qualms about talking shit to anyone, about anyone.
  To sum her up: She's my new favorite character. She's gutsy, ballsy, and she's totally kickass.
  Her friend, partner and roomie, Driggs, is also an interesting kid. Their first meeting is hilarious (no, I won't tell you, cause then you'd be prejudiced and not laugh, probably!), and I think it set these characters up for a hilarious dialog and time together. Which it was. Their conversations are wonderfully entertaining.
  The Afterlife is a wonderful place, too. Liz spends a bunch of time talking to a hilarious and morbid Edgar Allan Poe. (Him and Teddy Roosevelt are...not quite friendly (in fact they hate each other)...But that's just the most interesting pair in the world!)
  But the book isn't all fun and games. In fact, it deals mostly with death, seeing as how Lex Kills (with a capital 'K') people and Driggs contains them until they can deposit them in the Afterlife. Their friends all do similar things.
  The underlying plot is that people who are not set to die and be sent to the Afterlife are turning up dead, revealing that one of their own has gone rogue and is killing people. Even though they're deserving of it, which Lex seems to agree upon.
  As I said, summary over.
  The book was odd, interesting, intriguing, morbid, hilarious, and gave me a very entertaining Saturday while I read it.
  Loved the premise, the characters, and the creepy/adorable cover. Can't wait for more from this series. 5/5 stars.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day, Everyone!

Hahah, what a great picture! I was searching Google thinking "wow, these are lame" then BAM! this piece of awesome popped up! My mom heartily agrees that not all superheroes wear capes! ;)

Be sure to wish your mom a happy Mother's Day! :D

(p.s., if you're looking for This Week in Books, there are no releases that I have written down as releasing this week.)

Have a great day, everyone!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Cover/Description/Release Reveal: BREAK MY HEART 1,000 TIMES by Daniel Waters

OMG! A new Daniel Waters novel. (My mind is all 'omgomgomgomg')

Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters
Releases: October 16, 2012

"Living in the aftermath of the Event means that seeing the dead is now a part of life, but Veronica wishes that the ghosts would just move on. Instead, the ghosts aren’t disappearing—they’re gaining power.

When Veronica and her friend, Kirk, decide to investigate why, they stumble upon a more sinister plot than they ever could have imagined. One of Veronica’s high school teachers is crippled by the fact that his dead daughter has never returned as a ghost, and he’s haunted by the possibility that she’s waiting to reappear within a fresh body. Veronica seems like the perfect host. And even if he’s wrong, what’s the harm in creating one more ghost?

From critically acclaimed Generation Dead author Daniel Waters, comes a delectably creepy and suspenseful thriller. Break My Heart 1,000 Times will leave readers with the chills. Or is that a ghost reading over the page?"

Oh, lord. October? October?! That's a great month to release a ghost story, but so far away! :(
Happy reading!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Cover/Description/Release Reveal: THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas

Note: My book-list notepad tells me I had this down as "Queen of Glass" so I guess they changed it? Be sure to update your book lists if you have them! :D

Interesting. I'm diggin the dagger, mainly because this is a book about ASSASSINS (too bad they aren't ninjas, too)!

Deets, anyone?
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass, #1)
Releases: August 7, 2012

"After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined."

Oooohhh. Me likey! :) Sounds hella interesting!

Happy reading, everyone! :P

Sunday, May 6, 2012

This Week in Books (38)

Welcome, people, to this week's edition of This Week in Books!
  Ahh, new releases. And it seems we have some totally AWESOME books releasing this week. I hope you all have time to take away from your busy lives (with school or whatevs) to do something we all love: read!
  Sometimes, my parents tell me that I read too much. (Does anyone tell you that?)
  And then I say, "You're supposed to encourage your children to read. Not discourage!" and they feel all ashamed and buy me a new book. Ahh...guilt. It's so wonderful. ;)
  Too bad that doesn't work with teachers. When I give the excuse that I was reading a real book rather than doing my homework, they think I'm lying.  As if I'd lie about reading. Who would? Most people my age think reading is for nerds. Pffftt.
  As Mark Twain said, "The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read."
  True that.

Anyways, this week the releases are:

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Cover Reveal: THE LOST PRINCE by Julie Kagawa


Um...That's supposed to be Meghan Chase's younger brother? Wow. He did some growin' up! (hahaha)

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa (Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1)
Releases: October 23, 2012

Description (will update once a better one becomes available):
"Set several years after the events of the first, this trilogy will star an older Ethan Chase, Meghan's brother."

That's it. But you can read chapter one of The Lost Prince in the back of Kagawa's awesome, The Immortal Rules (which I just finished).

Happy reading!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Cover Reveal: Mirage by Kristi Cook

Stumbled upon this the other day--hadn't seen it yet, so maybe a few of you haven't, either? :)

Um...The font is nice! (Don't really know what to say about such a bland cover, though.)

Mirage by Kristi Cook (Winterhaven, #2)
Releases: June 5, 2012

"Seventeen-year-old Violet McKenna is back for her senior year at Winterhaven, and thrilled to be with Aidan after a long summer apart. But when a violent and disturbing vision begins to haunt her, Violet suddenly feels unsure of everything: who to trust, if she is in danger, and—worst of all—whether she and Aidan are really meant to be together."

Hmmm....can't say this one sounds all too interesting. Haven wasn't bad, but I'm starting to get annoyed with paranormal YAs!

Anyways, happy reading, everyone! :D
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