26 June 2014

Launch Party: Lost in Starlight

Sherry Soule

Today author, Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us!

Her brand new Upper YA / Sci-Fi Romance series: the “Starlight Saga” with scorching-hot character chemistry, exciting suspense, and epic romance has been published today, June 26, 2014!

To help promote this interstellar love story, Lost in Starlight, Sherry is doing this fun virtual release party and Amazon gift card giveaway all day to share the book love.

High school reporter Sloane Masterson knows she has one helluva story when she witnesses hottie Hayden Lancaster bending forks with his mind.

Like any good journalist, Sloane sets out to uncover the truth, even if it includes a little stalking. When the superhuman feats start to pile up and the undeniable heat rises between them, Hayden has no choice but to reveal his secret: he’s an alien hybrid.

They’re as different as night and day—she’s a curvy, purple-haired, horror junkie and he’s a smoking hot, antisocial, brainiac—yet the intense fascination between them refuses to go away. Even at Hayden’s insistence that dating each other is “off limits” and crazy dangerous, their fiery attraction threatens to go supernova.

Now Sloane’s dealing with creepy government agents, ├╝ber snobby extraterrestrials, and a psycho alien ex-girlfriend out for revenge. After a crash course on the rules of interstellar dating, Sloane must decide if their star-crossed romance is worth risking her own life....

About Sherry Soule 
Award-winning author, Sherry Soule currently lives with her family and one very spoiled black cat in California’s San Francisco Bay Area. She writes thrilling tales of romance and suspense, often mingled with a dash of the mystical and a splash of trendy fashion. Her published novels do not include any graphic sex, explicit violence, or excessive profanity, so that all of her novels can be read and enjoyed by both teens and adults. 

Sherry’s debut novel, “Beautifully Broken” was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance in the 2011 Wizard and Witch/Sorcery category by The Romance Reviews (TRR). Her adult PNR novel, “Immortal Eclipse” is a *TOP PICK* by Night Owl Romance Reviews.


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25 June 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (29)

A standalone companion book to the internationally bestselling Shiver Trilogy. 

Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole's story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole's darkest secret -- his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel's life. Can this sinner be saved?
Coming soon in July, Sinner looks fascinating, but I think I'll wait until it comes into my library before I read it.  Cole and Isabelle weren't really my favorite in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series.  But it's Maggie Stiefvater, and there's no possibility of not reading it.

What are you waiting on?

24 June 2014

My Bookish Things from A-Z

I'm all about the alphabet.  I try to use it whenever I can.  It calls to me with its siren song.  So it was impossible for me to resist when I saw Ashtyn's post on her blog.  Alphabet?  Oh, yes please.

23 June 2014

A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee

Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn is surprised to be offered a singular education, instruction in fine manners — and an unusual vocation. Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls is a cover for an all-female investigative unit called The Agency, and at seventeen, Mary is about to put her training to the test. Assuming the guise of a lady’s companion, she must infiltrate a rich merchant’s home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But the household is full of dangerous deceptions, and there is no one to trust — or is there? Packed with action and suspense, banter and romance, and evoking the gritty backstreets of Victorian London, this breezy mystery debuts a daring young detective who lives by her wits while uncovering secrets — including those of her own past.

2 Decade Celebration Giveaway

In this case, mine.

I've been alive for 2 decades.  It's almost as hard to believe as the blue, sparkly squirrel I saw outside my window this morning.  (I may be kidding, but keep in mind that maybe I'm not.  This is Kentucky after all.  Not everyone here is either a newborn or 80-years-old.)

For this celebration, I've decided to give away one of my favorite books that I've read in the past year (that I can afford).

The choices are:
all links go to Goodreads

Giveaway details:
  • Open to wherever BookDepository ships
  • Any book chosen will be in its paperback edition
  • One winner will be able to choose one of the listed books

21 June 2014

The Book Blogger Test

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You're supposed to tag five fellow bloggers, but, following Jazmen @ This Girl Reads A Lot's example, I'm tagging anyone and everyone who would like an excuse to do this post.

20 June 2014

Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan's older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil.

Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose.

18 June 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (28)

Ruby can't look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government's attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds. 

They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IANN, the disease that has killed most of America's children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the "rehabilitation camps" housing thousands of other Psi kids.

Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.
I am psyched for this one.  It comes out just in October, which gives me just enough time to pick up and read Never Fade, which is book two in this series.  I was a fan of Alexandra Bracken's work with her debut novel, Brightly Woven, but with her Darkest Minds series, she has really ramped everything up a notch.  I loved the first book, am itching to read the second, and am psyched for the third.

What are you waiting on? 

17 June 2014

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

In the good old days, magic was indispensable—it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. But now magic is fading: drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians—but it’s hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world’s last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If the visions are true, everything will change for Kazam—and for Jennifer. Because something is coming. Something known as . . . Big Magic.

16 June 2014

Reading Adventures with Nora Oliver: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

About Nora Oliver
Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed. G.K. Chesterton

Hi and Hello! Name's Nora Oliver. Born in the great Year of the Pig! I was sorted into Ravenclaw, and have the personality of an Earthbender. It takes vast amounts of energy to be boring. "What's the point of language if you don't say what you mean?"
Have you ever had Italian food the next day? While you were sitting at the Olive Garden enjoying your fill, you didn’t exactly savor how delectable your chicken fettuccini was. Then, next day you fumble to microwave the leftovers and realize how AWESOME that chicken fettuccini is? Sorry, I’m a little hungry while typing this. Anyway, the main point of this is that Rick Riordan is like Italian food the next day, even better. This is my second time reading The Lost Hero and I have to say I enjoyed it much more the second time than I did the first time.

Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently she’s his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids.” What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea—except that everything seems very wrong.

Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he’s in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn’t recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on? 

Leo has a way with tools. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What’s troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all—including Leo—related to a god.

Conflict, conflict and conflict! Anyone who knows Riordan or has read Percy Jackson and the Olympians beforehand knows that Riordan does not beat around the bush when it comes to developing conflict(s) and monster fighting. This series by Riordan is a tad different in the way it is told. Instead of the first person Percy point of view that his fans are so accustomed to, we flip to and fro from the third person point of view of the three major characters: Jason, Piper, and Leo. One major thing I love about Riordan is the way he writes combat. It’s never too hard to follow and the imagery with it makes you feel that you’re in the battle instead of watching it. One would think that switching so quickly between perspectives would limit the scope of events as the story is being told, but this is not the case.

(Past this point there will be spoilers!)

14 June 2014

Looking for Something to Read: Fantasy

This list was inspired by, and is subsequently dedicated to, my freshman RA who stopped me one day and said, "I'm looking for something to read."

If you're a fantasy fan and you're drawing a blank on what to pick up next, no need to fear.  This list has been carefully cultivated by myself based on my own fantasy preferences.  So it's a pretty decent bet that, if you liked half a dozen of these titles, chances are you're going to like a good portion of the rest of them.

Title links go to Goodreads.
Many of these recommendations are meant to be introductory to the author's works.  Many of these authors have a whole plethora of books to choose from (like Tamora Pierce and Maria V Snyder).

Danya @ A Tapestry of Words recommends...

What is your recommendation?

13 June 2014

150k Pageview Giveaway

I can't believe I passed 150,000 page views 210 views ago!  And because I'm slightly unhinged, this perfectly mundane occasion calls for a celebration.  And I think that it shall be...

A $10 Amazon Gift Card

Not much, I realize, but don't tell me you couldn't use a spare $10 towards your next book spree.  Yes, I thought so.  (I know you of old...)

Heehee.  Shakespeare.  (Told you I was slightly unhinged.  No one in their right mind likes and quotes Shakespeare.)

Giveaway details:
  • I would only enter this giveaway if Amazon is of any use to you.  So, if Amazon doesn't ship to your country... Well.  You see the issue.

12 June 2014

Follow Friday (49)

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Jonas' world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

11 June 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (27)

The X-Men meets Ocean's Eleven in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure about a band of "super" criminals.

When the MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic, but it came with some unexpected side effects. A small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers. Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba has the handy ability to change her appearance at will. She's what's known as an illusionist...She's also a thief.

After a robbery goes awry, Ciere must team up with a group of fellow super-powered criminals on another job that most would consider too reckless. The formula for the vaccine that gave them their abilities was supposedly destroyed years ago. But what if it wasn't?

The lines between good and bad, us and them, and freedom and entrapment are blurred as Ciere and the rest of her crew become embroiled in a deadly race against the government that could cost them their lives.
Coming just around the corner in July, Illusive looks like it could be a fantastic summertime read.  But I'm always a little suspicious of books given high praise, and "X Men meets Ocean's Eleven" is a pretty high standard to live up to.  But I definitely want to give this book a shot.  I'm excited for whenever it hits my local library's shelves.

What are you waiting on?

10 June 2014

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life.  Not like when someone reads a book with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into the bedroom...but for real.  Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world.

Then, imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.

One cruel night, young Meggie's father, Mo, reads aloud from Inkheart and an evil ruler named Capricorn escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room.  Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books.

Somehow, Meggie and Mo must learn to harness the magic that conjured this nightmare.  Somehow they must change the course of the story that has changed their lives forever.

This is Inkheart, a timeless tale about books, about imagination, about life.

Dare to read it aloud.

07 June 2014

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

Sam leads a pretty normal life. He may not have the most exciting job in the world, but he’s doing all right—until a fast food prank brings him to the attention of Douglas, a creepy guy with an intense violent streak.

Turns out Douglas is a necromancer who raises the dead for cash and sees potential in Sam. Then Sam discovers he’s a necromancer too, but with strangely latent powers. And his worst nightmare wants to join forces . . . or else.

With only a week to figure things out, Sam needs all the help he can get. Luckily he lives in Seattle, which has nearly as many paranormal types as it does coffee places. But even with newfound friends, will Sam be able to save his skin?