Sunday, September 29, 2013

Book Releases: October is here!

OCTOBER IS HERE!

Wild Cards (Wild Cards #1) by Simone Elkeles
 
 
Wild Cards (Wild Cards, #1)After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain--people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?

Hardcover, 288 pages

Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Walker Books for Young Readers

 

 
 
 
Unbreakable (The Legion #1) by Kami Garcia
 
 
Unbreakable (Legion, #1)/>Supernatural meets The Da Vinci Code in this action-packed paranormal thriller, the first book in a new series from New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia. I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me.When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.

Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.

Suspense, romance, and the paranormal meet in this chilling urban fantasy, the first book in a new series from Kami Garcia, bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


 
 
Fall of Night  (The Morganville Vampires #14) by Rachel Caine

Fall of Night (The Morganville Vampires, #14)Thanks to its unique combination of human and vampire residents, Morganville, Texas, is a small college town with big-time problems. When student Claire Danvers gets the chance to experience life on the outside, she takes it. But Morganville isn’t the only town with vampire trouble...

Claire never thought she’d leave Morganville, but when she gets accepted into the graduate program at MIT, she can’t pass up the opportunity. Saying good-bye to her friends is bittersweet, especially since things are still raw and unsettled between Claire and her boyfriend, Shane.

Her new life at MIT is scary and exciting, but Morganville is never really far from Claire’s mind. Enrolled in a special advanced study program with Professor Irene Anderson, a former Morganville native, Claire is able to work on her machine, which is designed to cancel the mental abilities of vampires.

But when she begins testing her machine on live subjects, things quickly spiral out of control, and Claire starts to wonder whether leaving Morganville was the last mistake she’ll ever make...

Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by NAL Trade (first published May 1st 2013)



Endless Knight (Arcana Chronicles Series #2) by Kresley Cole


Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles, #2)In the second book of the Arcana Chronicles Evie has now fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jackson was there to see it all. In the aftermath of killing Arthur, the tarot Alchemist, Evie realizes that a war is brewing between the other teens that, following the apocalypse, have been given powers and its kill or be killed.

Things get even more complicated when Evie meets Death, the mysterious, sexy Endless Knight. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history - one that Evie can't remember, but Death can't forget. She is drawn to the Endless Knight, but is in love with Jack. Determined to discover why she's been granted these powers, Evie struggles to accept her place in a prophecy that will either save the world, or completely destroy it.


Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Mouse Watch #5

Why is that Rabbit holding a pocketwatch? My nose is going crazy and what's down that Rabbit hole?
 
 

Not a Drop to Drink

Countdown
 

Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles, #2)
 
Ah maybe another day I'll go down the rabbit hole to see where that rabbit has gone
 


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Book Releases

A early start on Book Releases for next week! I must say I see some very pretty books out there!

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
 
Not a Drop to Drink Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water.Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: September 24th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
 

 
Inhuman (Fetch #1) by Kat Falls
 
Inhuman (Fetch, #1)In a world ravaged by mutation, a teenage girl must travel into the forbidden Savage Zone to recover lost artifacts or her father’s life is forfeit.

America has been ravaged by a war that has left the eastern half of the country riddled with mutation. Many of the people there exhibit varying degrees of animal traits. Even the plantlife has gone feral.

Crossing from west to east is supposed to be forbidden, but sometimes it’s necessary. Some enter the Savage Zone to provide humanitarian relief. Sixteen-year-old Lane’s father goes there to retrieve lost artifacts—he is a Fetch. It’s a dangerous life, but rewarding—until he’s caught.

Desperate to save her father, Lane agrees to complete his latest job. That means leaving behind her life of comfort and risking life and limb—and her very DNA—in the Savage Zone. But she’s not alone. In order to complete her objective, Lane strikes a deal with handsome, roguish Rafe. In exchange for his help as a guide, Lane is supposed to sneak him back west. But though Rafe doesn’t exhibit any signs of “manimal” mutation, he’s hardly civilized . . . and he may not be trustworthy.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: September 24th 2013 by Scholastic

 
Countdown by  Michelle Rowen
 
Countdown
3 seconds left to live. Once the countdown starts, it cannot be stopped.

2 pawns thrown into a brutal underground reality game.

Kira Jordan survived her family's murder and months on plague-devastated city streets with hard-won savvy and a low-level psi ability. She figures she can handle anything. Until she wakes up in a barren room, chained next to the notorious Rogan Ellis.

1 reason Kira will never, ever trust Rogan. Even though both their lives depend on it.

Their every move is controlled and televised for a vicious exclusive audience. And as Kira's psi skill unexpectedly grows and Rogan's secrets prove evermore deadly, Kira's only chance of survival is to risk trusting him as much as her instincts. Even if that means running head-on into the one trap she can't escape.



GAME 0VER


Paperback
Expected publication: September 24th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
 
 
 
 
Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles #2) by Gena Showalter
 
Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles, #2)
Inspired by the childhood classic Alice in Wonderland, this harrowing and romantic story features teen zombie slayer Alice Bell who has lost so much—family, friends, her home. After a strange new zombie attack, Alice fears she may be losing her mind as well. A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do wicked things. The whispers of the dead assault her ears and mirrors seem to come frighteningly to life. She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more—including her boyfriend, Cole—than she does now. But as Cole strangely withdraws and the zombies gain new strength, Ali knows one false step may doom them all.

Hardcover, 480 pages
Expected publication: September 24th 2013 by Harlequin Teen

 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Book Review: Opal (Lux #3)

Opal (Lux #3) By Jennifer L Armentrout

Opal (Lux, #3)No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger... and they know it.

Paperback, 382 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by Entangled Teen (first published December 1st 2012)
 
 
 
 
 

Opal Book Trailer
 
Opal is the best out of the Lux series, but duly noted I have not read Origin yet
 
 
 
Review
 
After Daemon saved Katy from her mother's physco boyfriend Will, and the return of Dawson, they think everything will be back to normal . . . Yeah not even close. Blake was still roaming alive and Dee has been set out on a vendetta. So what happens next?
 
The last thing Katy ever expected was to have Blake returning to school much less saying that he has a way to save Beth, Dawson's human girlfriend. But what's in it for him?
 
After an attempt to break into the building that is holding Beth, the first thing they didn't expect was Onyx, a deadly weapon that can be used against hybrid luxens.
 
Still determined to save Beth, the gang starts adapting to onyx in order to get pass the main part of security.
 
In the end someone is not making it out of the secure building . . .
 
MEEEOOOOWW! Such an amazing series and Opal delivers more thrills, more romance and more fear. The bundle of kittens are happily attracting your attention, their tails overlaps one another, you don't know whose belongs to whom.
 
 

Meow . . . Meow . . . Meow
 
Boy! Katy and Daemon are really are hitting off in Opal, with a few interuptions and distractions. I'd hoped that they would have a chance to finally not worry about the Arum, DOD and BLAKE. But the restart of school brings Blake back and everyone is on edge about it. What's worst? Dee is determine to kill Blake after the loss of Adam, but Daemon is very concern if she would to kill Blake what would be the emotional consquences?
 
Also I love Dee, I really do but in this book she was a different person and she blamed Daemon and Katy for letting Blake go in the first place. But I think the Dee and Katy relationship has really changed after Onyx . . . Will they ever be friends again?
 
Oh come on, you know you were hoping for a little romance actions and eventually Daemon and Katy did. You know they got the chemistry but what's more important is that they are connected, hearts beating as one. That was even more bittersweet.
 
So Blake has a way to save Beth? Yeah I would never trust him with his words but he did eventually lead them there only to get what he wanted and it every person for themselves. Also the nighttime stalking of Katy? CREEPY
 
But then that not all! Remember back in Onyx where Blake talked about if the hybrid or the luxen that mutated the human were to be badly injured to point of death . . . they both die? Yeah had a little scare moment but whew for relief.
 
In the end you'll have to see if the gang made it out alive or who was left behind,
Is it Daemon . . .Beth . . .Blake . . .Katy . . . or Dawson?
 
 
I'm so curious how Origin will go but I'm still waiting to get my paws on the book, the lack of book orders from my store is disappointing. Origin should have been the first thing under their Teen/YA section of Top Books to Read and no we aren't Barnes and Noble. So that is not deem as important.
 
Well wish me luck on that MOUSE HUNTING of Origin. 
 
 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Cover Reveal: A Risk Worth Taking


A Risk Worth Taking by Heather Hildenbrand

 

Accendo Press - October 2013

 

Goodreads link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18370731-a-risk-worth-taking

 
BOOK SUMMARY:

When 22-year-old Summer Stafford’s parents split halfway through her senior year at college, Summer’s world is rocked. Everything she thought she knew—heck, everything she thought she wanted for her own life—feels like a lie. The truth is love is a risk. And the true kind, the kind that lasts, might even be a fairy tale.

Reeling from the divorce, Summer derails her own future by breaking up with her parent-approved boyfriend and giving up her lifelong plans for a big-city career. She moves back home, business degree in hand. Dad needs her to fill the gaps her mother left behind; Summer needs to find who she is outside of the cookie-cutter life that failed so miserably for her parents.

Ford O’Neal’s future involves one person: himself. He doesn’t have a permanent address and he definitely doesn’t commit. To a place or a person. Raised by hippies, he plans just far enough ahead to secure his next stop, this one landing him at a work-study program at Heritage Plantation where he can grow his own herbal and medicinal creations.

Summer is gorgeous and smart and fun to be with, the perfect way to pass five months. It won’t be love—Ford’s got too many things to accomplish, too many places to go, before he settles down. Yet Summer pulls him in, challenging him to rethink his own philosophy.

When Ford’s five months are up, each of them must decide if love is really worth the risk.

 

Author Information

Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. She now lives in coastal VA, a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean, with her two adorable children. She works from home, part time, as a property manager and when she's not furiously pounding at the keyboard, or staring off into space whilst plotting a new story, she's lying on the beach, soaking in those delicious, pre-cancerous rays.

Heather loves Mexican food, hates socks with sandals, and if her house was on fire, the one thing she'd grab is her DVR player.

Heather is a co-founder of Accendo Press, a publishing group she operates with fellow authors: Angeline Kace and Jennifer Sommersby. Accendo (a-CH-endo), A Latin word, means “to kindle, illuminate, inflame, or set fire.” This is something Accendo strives to do inside a reader’s imagination with every title released. For a complete list of titles and author bios, visit www.accendopress.com.






Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Book Review: Omens

Omens (Cainsville #1) by

Omens (Cainsville, #1)



Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Blogger Times: SassyCat Purring Moments

Do you hear that loud purring noise? That's the sound of a very happy cat, as for me I am extremely happy. Why? Well you know it can only mean a few things but I won't keep you guessing.
 
Follow the paws trails.
 

A very big package

Black is the new color

 
AH! My Hoodie of Steel Lily: The Periodic Series

Paperback copy has never been so beautiful

You never know . . . you never know
 
So this is a clue to all you followers of my blog or twitter, I am a writer and when the time is right I will be able to share what I've written. Also the UtopYa Con is still in talk, but I'm hoping (crossing my fingers) that I'll get to go and meet some of those fabulous writers/bloggers/editors . . .

Bookmarks

A message on a bookmark
 
Aw Megan you are truly a wonderful writer and I love being your biggest supporter along your journey of writing. I sure hope that when it comes time where I join the author train, you'll do the same.

Now it time to celebrate with a sweet cupcake
 
So yes SassyCat is extremely happy and satisfied so what are you waiting for and are you just waiting to share your excitement?

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Blogger Times: Stacking My Shelves

I know today has been a good day to me . . . I added more books to my shelves and it was a large pile.

While I'm still waiting on a few books that I've won/or ordered, I can't show pictures yet but I'm happy to share my new shiny cat toys.

After reading a post by Danny of Bewitched Bookworms where she talks about the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine.
http://bewitchedbookworms.com/2013/06/series-feature-the-morganville-vampires-by-rachel-caine-fall-of-night-14.html

Danny gave some very high points on why we should read the Morganville Vampire series, as for me I was staying away from it because I wanted to read more about other supernatural creatures like Werewolves or people with supernatural abilities. So for the longest time I've choose to not buy any vampire books . . . the only book that counts is The Mortal Instrument: City of Lost Souls, and a few others that had tie-in with vampires.

Embedded image permalinkMy bookstore actually carries the volumes of the Morganville Vampires and two were in the clearance (overstock/publishers lower price) But then my amazing mom found Ghost Town in Pp and HC in clearance as well. But here's the rub . . . the HC was cheaper than the PP, Say What?

I took it as the publishing company had sold HC first then within 3 month period went straight to Pp.

Now you see two are not Rachel Caine's books but in fact Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series, her first works of books. I had doubts that my store would actually carry her first book "Bitten" but I was in awed to find out that Plume had it reformatted with new covers and I was just dosed with catnip that I could find it. So I will be keeping my eyes out for the next couple books of the Otherworld series by Kelley.







Now the question remains, WHEN WILL I EVER HAVE THE TIME TO READ THEM?
good question . . . christmas break? school break? Summer break? Night read? Gym read? I have no clue, I really should really create a post of my goal for 2014 reads because I sort of have one just not written down on paper (its all in my head)

So I'm off to finish another book and reviews (which I've fallen greatly behind)

Book Review: Steel Lily

You know reviewing would be a lot easier if my mind was set to it plus having the time, I can spent almost an hour at the most writing a post making sure it's what I want, other times I stop in mid post and return to it the next day.

Megan Curd the author of Forbidden, The Bridger Series and now The Peridoic Series . . . I've been a lover of her writing and now she has done it again . . . making me fall in love with her even more. The Periodic Series an Dystopia/Steampunk/Young Adult, brings

Steel Lily (Periodic Series) By Megan Curd
 
AVERY PIKE is a commodity. No, more than a commodity. Her existence is guarded at all costs.


She’s a water Elementalist, the strongest of her dwindling kind. She creates steam to provide energy to fuel Dome Three: the only thing standing between humanity and an earth ravaged by World War III. No steam, no Dome. No Dome, no life.

Or so she thinks.


That is, until a mysterious man offers her a way out of having to donate steam. A way to escape the corrupt government of Dome Three. While the offer seems too good to be true, Avery is intrigued.


But when she arrives to her new home, she realizes the grass isn’t any less dead on this side of the fence. Instead, the lies are just hidden better.


…Which means digging deeper.

When Avery enlists the help of her friends to uncover the truth, it may make her wonder if she was better off being a government tool than searching for freedom.

Some secrets are better left concealed, but humankind was never meant to live in a cage. And when you can control the most sought after resource, you can learn to control anything…including the fate of your world.

Review

Avery Pike, a young teen with no future  until a random visitor said that there is more out there and the potential she has being an Elite. She can turn water into steam but the dome she lives in thrives on Steam to do the everyday basis except for whenever Avery uses her ability things goes awry
 
Avery's world are filled with domes due to the increase of radiations and carbon dioxide levels that occurs when World War III happen. Should Avery stay in her own dome or go to where her visitor had said there is much more beyond the dome she lives in.  
 
Will Avery's choice be more than she bargain for? 
 
I give this book five cat's Tails Up, Megan delivers a new dystopia taken place in the midwest that is close to home. Our world changed when World War III started.


Meow, Meow, Meow 
 
I must say I haven't read much dystopia and I'm trying to due to the increase popularity so when I heard about Megan's Steel Lily I needed to read it. Avery is an elite elementist who can control the element of water but can turn it Into steam but whenever she uses her ability it goes out of control.

So at times Avery feels like she an uncontrollable freak but when a this particular stranger makes a visit to see HER she wonders why? But this stranger has information about something close to heartland home with Avery. 


We meet Alice, Averys BFF and they practically treat each other like sisters, but when the Polatzi are breaking in to their old hideout place. Avery and Alice had no choice but to run outside with one mask but soon the BFFs finds themselves meeting Jaxon Pierce  a truly handsome guy with a cocky attitude to save them. 

Soon Alice and Avery arrive to the new dome known as dome four and there is a world of possibility, or at least that what Avery was led to believe. Jaxon and Avery butts head either because Avery hates assumption or Jaxon just likes pushing her buttons.

We meet the smart and sassy Sari, she and Jaxon been friends for ages and only Sari understands part of Jaxon's past and why he hates his own father. Soon things starts becoming unexplainable at dome 4 and soon Avery as well her friends begin to wonder if it is all as it seems?

So have I give you a reason to go pick this book out? YES! Megan's idea for the Periodic series brings a new taste of dystopia and where survival is the key to success and the most elite can save the future.

~ I can't wait for Iron Pendulum to come out, to see what happen after Avery figures out what her greatest mistakes was and who she's meant to be.
 
About Megan Curd
 
Writer. Snowboarder. Video Gamer.
Megan began her journey into writing as a college junior during winter finals at the encouragement of a friend. What resulted was Bridger, Megan's first full-length novel. Since then she has written the second book in the series, Traitor, and a stand-alone novel (which will hopefully become a series!) called The Guardian Chronicles: Forbidden.

When not writing, Megan enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and Great Dane, aptly named Dozer. She enjoys snowboarding, playing xBox, and crocheting. Music is a huge part of her life and drives her writing. Her favorite bands are Muse, Bon Iver, Florence + the Machine, and The Civil Wars.

Megan resides in Kentucky, near two of her writerly tweeps Hope Collier and Beth Isaacs, and swears it's Hope's fault she's living in the land of the banjos, but wouldn't have it any other way. <3
 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Book Releases

Meow . . . Meow
It time for another book release week
 
The Dream Thieves: (Raven Boys #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
 
The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after...
Hardcover, 448 pages
Expected publication: September 17th 2013 by Scholastic Press












Frozen (Heart of Dread #1) by

Frozen (Heart of Dread, #1)From New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston comes this remarkable first book in a spellbinding new series about the dawn of a new kind of magic.

Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.

At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she's heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.

But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.

Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: September 17th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile
 
 
 
 
3:59 by Gretchen McNeil

3:59Josie Byrne's life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend Nick has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she's betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can't get worse.

Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time—3:59 a.m.

Jo's life is everything Josie wants: she's popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they're just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror – Jo.

Josie and Jo realize that they are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo's perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to jump through the portal and switch places for a day.

But Jo’s world is far from perfect. Not only is Nick not Jo's boyfriend, he hates her. Jo's mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh.

By the end of the day, Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there’s a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it’s too late?

From master of suspense Gretchen McNeil comes a riveting and deliciously eerie story about the lives we wish we had – and how they just might kill you.

Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: September 17th 2013 by Balzer & Bray
 

Once We Were: (The Hybrid Chronicles # 2) by Kat Zhang

Once We Were (The Hybrid Chronicles, #2)"I'm lucky just to be alive."

Eva was never supposed to have survived this long. As the recessive soul, she should have faded away years ago. Instead, she lingers in the body she shares with her sister soul, Addie. When the government discovered the truth, they tried to “cure” the girls, but Eva and Addie escaped before the doctors could strip Eva’s soul away.

Now fugitives, Eva and Addie find shelter with a group of hybrids who run an underground resistance. Surrounded by others like them, the girls learn how to temporarily disappear to give each soul some much-needed privacy. Eva is thrilled at the chance to be alone with Ryan, the boy she’s falling for, but troubled by the growing chasm between her and Addie. Despite clashes over their shared body, both girls are eager to join the rebellion.

Yet as they are drawn deeper into the escalating violence, they start to wonder: How far are they willing to go to fight for hybrid freedom? Faced with uncertainty and incredible danger, their answers may tear them apart forever.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: September 17th 2013 by HarperCollins



What do you think? Are the Siamese drawing you in?

Book Review: CAKE

CAKE by Lauren Dane

CakeFrom New York Times bestselling author Lauren Dane comes the latest release from Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin.

She won’t be satisfied with just one bite...

Art student-slash-bike messenger Wren Davis pursues what she wants. And what she wants now is Gregori Ivanov, rock star of the Seattle art scene. With his tattoos, piercings and sensual sneer, Gregori is the ultimate bad boy. Wren’s gotten to know the man beneath the body art, too—and it only makes her crave him more.



But Gregori loves women like he loves cake and champagne—intensely, but only for the moment. And after Wren experiences just how scorching sex with Gregori is, she’s determined to show him that just one taste won’t be enough...


Kindle Edition
Expected publication: September 15th 2013 by Harlequin
 
 
 
So first off Cake is a really interesting title, I thought as it being a very sweet and tasty read and it was! Cake also had artistic aspects into the story where the characters both are very passionate about their art.  I request Cake from Netgallery, I do not own it/paid for it.
My review of Cake . . .
 
Review
Wren has always been Gregori's messenger but Wren also has love Gregori's art work that he put hours into but soon Gregori and Wren will finally get that long last taste they both desires.

Gregori had dealt with ups and downs during his life and he rather be hard at work than anything else.  But can he deny the sweetness of Wren?

A kiss sweet as cake drives both Wren and Gregori to want more . . .
 
But can both Wren and Gregori have cake and eat it too?
 
I give this a four and a half Cat Tails Up, Lauren Dane really created a sweet and passionate novella of two that just need to have their cake and eat it too.
 
Meow, Meow, Meow
I'm all for cake but I'd prefer cupcakes, that isn't the case for Wren and Gregori they both have an instant chemistry although it wasn't always there. But soon Wren and Gregori both enjoy their time together, their common passion for art and their tasty treats.

Now not every couples have a positive side, they also can have a negative side to the relationship. Gregori couldn't admit to how he felt about Wren but he didn't want a committed relationship either. So eventually he want to cut all contact with her, hoping that it will suggest Wren that he only wants a friendship out of it.

Wren little taste of cake made her realizes that Gregori is very good with his tasty treats and his hands, the burning sweet sensation that kept her wanting more..

In the end Wren isn't going to let Gregori push her away, so she surprises him where he was going to be presenting an art piece only to led Gregori into the biggest ultimatum he has ever gotten.

Gregori can no longer denies the sweetness of Wren. 

About Lauren Dane

Author Photo WebThe story goes like this — Seven years ago, Lauren Dane decided to quit her job and stay home with her brand new second child. As a result, she had lots of conversations in a sing-song voice but no real outlet for adult thoughts and words. While on bed-rest with her pregnancy with the tiny monster, Lauren had plenty of down time so her husband brought home a second hand laptop and she decided to “give that writing thing a serious go.”
Lauren had no idea how fabulously wonderful it would feel to actually make a go of her writing and she’s thankful every day people actually want to read what she writes! She’s well aware of her good fortune and loves every moment of it, even when she has to edit and put Barbie’s dresses back on over and over again. She still hasn’t managed to figure out how to shut out the sound of Wizards of Waverly Place so she can write a love scene, though.

Visit Lauren on the web at www.laurendane.com.
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Monday, September 9, 2013

Book Releases

IT another book releases week . . .

Antigoddess (Goddess War #1) by Kendare Blake
 
Antigoddess (Goddess War, #1)The Goddess War begins in Antigoddess, the first installment of the new series by acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake.

Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.


At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.


Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: September 10th 2013 by Tor Teen
 
Relativity by


RelativityIf Ruby Wright could have her way, her dad would never have met and married her stepmother Willow, her best friend George would be more than a friend, and her mom would still be alive. Ruby knows wishes can't come true; some things just can't be undone. Then she discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities.

Suddenly, Ruby can access completely different realities, each containing variations of her life—if things had gone differently at key moments. The windshield wiper missing her mother’s throat…her big brother surviving his ill-fated birth…her father never having met Willow. Her ideal world—one with everything and everyone she wants most—could be within reach. But is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out?

Hardcover, 288 pages

Expected publication: September 10th 2013 by Walker Childrens

 

The Waking Dark by

 
The Waking DarkThey called it the killing day. Twelve people dead, all in the space of a few hours. Five murderers: neighbors, relatives, friends. All of them so normal. All of them seemingly harmless. All of them now dead by their own hand . . . except one. And that one has no answers to offer the shattered town. She doesn't even know why she killed—or whether she'll do it again.

Something is waking in the sleepy town of Oleander's, Kansas—something dark and hungry that lives in the flat earth and the open sky, in the vengeful hearts of upstanding citizens. As the town begins its descent into blood and madness, five survivors of the killing day are the only ones who can stop Oleander from destroying itself. Jule, the outsider at war with the world; West, the golden boy at war with himself; Daniel, desperate for a different life; Cass, who's not sure she deserves a life at all; and Ellie, who believes in sacrifice, fate, and in evil. Ellie, who always goes too far. They have nothing in common. They have nothing left to lose. And they have no way out. Which means they have no choice but to stand and fight, to face the darkness in their town—and in themselves.
Hardcover, 464 pages
Expected publication: September 10th 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

 


What book are you waiting for to be released?

Friday, September 6, 2013

Divided Worlds Tour: Excerpt + Review

 
 
Divided Worlds Tour Stop
here you'll find and excerpt and a review of Book One: DISCONNECTED by Imran Siddiq. 

Disconnected (Divided World #1) by

Disconnect (Divided Worlds, #1)Download for Free and in Full from Amazon, Nook or iBookstore.

Parts 2 and 3 to the Trilogy are due in July 29 2013.

Zachary, a 16-year old Underworlder digs in waste to find anything worth bartering. That is the rule of scavenging.

When he discovers footage of an Overworld girl, Rosa, he’s intrigued by her sorrow and breaks the rule.

That decision changes his life, and he will suffer for it.

Zachary must overcome worthlessness, prejudice, and not let a twisted lie devour the new reason that he survives; Rosa.

In space, love had boundaries.

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Written for young readers and adults, Imran Siddiq’s debut ‘Disconnect’, a Young Adult Science Fiction with Romance, begins a trilogy entwining fear, corruption and desire.

Told from the viewpoint of a male, the novel addresses real-world issues such as fighting injustice, understanding the urge for change, and uncovering secrets that affect lives.

In a world of novels dominated by wizards, vampires, and werewolves, isn't it time for a hero to rise from the deprived to protect a girl he hardly knows?

Paperback, First, 277 pages
Published January 27th 2013 by Flickimp Publishing (first published January 26th 2013)
 
 
Divided Worlds focused on a Underworlder name Zachary Conner, a scavenger really but when he comes across something that is worth putting money in his pocket. He discovers that the little trinket belongs to an Overworld name Rosa Kade. Soon Zachary is intrigue by Rosa, he never thought he could find someone like her who would take a risk and befriend each other. 

Now for an excerpt of book three: DISRUPTS
 
Excerpt from Disrupt: Book 3 Divided Worlds
Chapter 6
 
There was no mistaking whose machinery was grinding its way up the banks to reach the top of the ship.
Zachary continued to stare upward, not distracted by the Haulage-404’s shadow covering him. Almost all of the androids had left to recharge and the few that remained continued welding the front fins on the ship’s underside. The loss of Sean hadn’t diminished in his thoughts.
Patch crouched. “Your comments to Rupert and Percy have been circulated amongst the androids. They are all concerned that you are affected and may be making incorrect decisions.”
“How many others have died?” Zachary sighed. “In the last three weeks, how many?”
Patch’s blue eyes dimmed. “Seventeen are defunct.”
“Because of the ship?”
“Accidents can happen.”
“Because of me,” muttered Zachary. He shuffled backwards to sit up against the rear tail of the ship. “They’ve all got it into their heads that I’m special and it’s okay to die to satisfy me. Well, it doesn’t satisfy me.”
The droid’s finger tapped a pinned metal sheet. “Every android has a role to serve. Without their masters, they desist from functioning and would risk seizing up all together.”
Zachary scrunched up, bringing his head down to his knees. “Having me gives them a reason to function.”
“Precisely.”
“And you?” He gave the droid a worried look. “Will you keep damaging yourself for me?”
“If it helps, then yes.”
“No more. No more looking after me. I want you to look after the androids. Tell them to be careful. They’re all important to me, especially you,” stressed Zachary.
Patch’s shoulders rolled. “I will do my best, but androids can be stubborn.”
Zachary smiled. “I know.”
Flickers sprinkled from the ship’s side as high-pitched welding drowned out the banging of pipes running along the cavern. Being so close to the ceiling somehow felt safer. Even though the environment contained muck and smelled, the area built by the androids served them well.
Patch cocked his head. “There is something else troubling you.”
Tracing the deep-rooted smudges on his palms, Zachary waited for the welding to cease. “What am I doing, Patch?”
“I do not understand?”
“We’re rushing to get this ship ready to take us out and up into space.” It sounded stupid, even to Zachary. A few weeks ago, and he had sat in his room, gliding his hand through the air and imagining the glory of flight. “What if it doesn’t work?”
“Confidence. Benedict Scott has been working on this project for a lengthy time. He is not one to put effort into a futile task.”
Trusting the mechanic hadn’t let Zachary down yet. The mathematical diagrams and the crisscrossing screens in the Planning Room made the launch seem simple, except it hadn’t got beyond that yet.

I received an ebook of Disconnect(Book One) for me to review, 

Review
Zachary Conner goes days by days, scavenge whatever he can find until one thing he finds that seems out of place for an Underworlder. A blip of a screen show a partial of a young female, but what
 
Zachary doesn't know is that he is one step closer to finding who this person is. Rosa kade a young otherworld teenager, whoses life might not be all as it seems.

So when Rosa and Zachary meets, there mutual feeling however there's a deep dark secret that could change everything what people knew and understood about their worlds.
 
I'm giving this 3 cat tails up, the concept was very straight forward that things were almost preciable however there were things that confused me but maybe reading it again I'll have a better understanding. 




Meow, Meow, Meow
Well there's not much to say, the world building was very straight forward where you either live in the dirt or you live in luster of diamonds. I thought it would be more visualize due to it being dystopia, world changing as well with living on other planets. Scientists for years have found evidence that we could truly live on other planets.
 
In this book people spend their life trading, building and working to keep their world liveable and apart from the poor and riches, however this book spent a thrid of it with Zachary trading and figuring out if there life beyond the Underworld and Rosa provides him that. But Rosa tis he daughter of the ambassador of Otherworlder, doesn't know life outside her own until she meets Zachary. 
 
The book gave me struggle to stay interested in, it just wasn't enough plots to keep me interested so I'm trying to force myself to really finished it.  I'm putting this under my re-read sections beacause something reading a book a second time my thoughts might change.
 
Thanks Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours for organizing this tour