Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Excerpt: Day 21 by Kass Morgan

Happy release day to Kass Morgan and Day 21, the sequel to The 100! Today I have an excerpt from the first chapter of Day 21 to share. Hopefully you enjoy it, and if you haven't already, go check out The 100 (and my mini review of it) before jumping into the sequel!

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.

It's been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They're the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries...or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.

In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan's The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can -- together.

Excerpt from Day 21:

Chapter 1 - Wells
by Kass Morgan
Author of The 100 and its sequel Day 21
No one wanted to stand near the grave. Although four of their own were already buried in the makeshift cemetery, the rest of the hundred were still disturbed by the idea of lowering a body into the ground. 
No one wanted to stand with their backs to the trees either. Since the attack, a creaking branch had become enough to make the anxious survivors jump. And so, the nearly one hundred people who'd gathered to say good-bye to Asher stood in a tightly packed semicircle, their eyes darting between the corpse on the ground and the shadows in the forest. 
The comforting crackle of the fire was conspicuously absent. They'd run out of firewood last night, and no one had been willing to venture out for more. Wells would've gone himself, but he'd been busy digging the grave. No one had volunteered for that job either, except for a tall, quiet Arcadian boy named Eric. 
"Are we sure he's really dead?" Molly whispered, edging back from the deep hole, as if worried it might swallow her up as well. She was only thirteen but looked younger. At least, she'd used to. Wells remembered helping her after the crash, when tears and ash had streaked her round cheeks. Now the girl's face was thin, almost gaunt, and there was a cut on her forehead that didn't look like it'd been properly cleaned. 
Wells's eyes flashed involuntarily to Asher's neck, to the ragged wound where the arrow had pierced his throat. It'd been two days since Asher died, two days since the mysterious figures materialized on the ridge, upending everything the Colonists had ever been told, everything they thought they knew. 
They had been sent to Earth as living test subjects, the first people to set foot on the planet in three hundred years. But they were mistaken. 
Some people had never left. 
It had all happened so quickly. Wells hadn't realized anything was wrong until Asher fell to the ground, gagging as he swiped desperately at the arrow lodged in his throat. That's when Wells spun around -- and saw them. Silhouetted against the setting sun, the strangers looked more like demons than humans. Wells had blinked, half expecting the figures to vanish. There was no way they were real. 
But hallucinations didn't shoot arrows. 
After his calls for help went unheeded, Wells had carried Asher to the infirmary tent, where they stored the medical supplies they'd salvaged from the fire. But it was no use. By the time Wells began frantically digging for bandages, Asher was already gone. 
How could there be people on Earth? It was impossible. No one had survived the Cataclysm. That was incontrovertible, as deeply ingrained in Wells's mind as the fact that water froze at 0 degrees Celsius, or that planets revolved around the sun. And yet, he'd seen them with his own eyes. People who certainly hadn't come down on the dropship from the Colony. Earthborns. 
"He's dead," Wells said to Molly as he rose wearily to his feet before realizing that most of the group was staring at him. A few weeks ago, their expressions would've been full of distrust, if not outright contempt. No one believed that the Chancellor's son had actually been Confined. It'd been all too easy for Graham to convince them that Wells had been sent to spy for his father. But now, they were looking at him expectantly. 
In the chaos after the fire, Wells had organized teams to sort through the remaining supplies and start building permanent structures. His interest in Earth architecture, once a source of annoyance to his pragmatic father, had enabled Wells to design the three wooden cabins that now stood in the center of the clearing. 
Wells glanced up at the darkening sky. He'd give anything to have the Chancellor see the cabins eventually. Not to prove a point -- after seeing his father shot on the launch deck, Wells's resentment had drained faster than the color from the Chancellor's cheeks. Now he only wished his father would someday get to call Earth home. The rest of the Colony was supposed to join them once conditions on Earth were deemed safe, but twenty-one days had passed without so much as a glimmer from the sky. 
As Wells lowered his eyes back to the ground, his thoughts returned to the task at hand: saying farewell to the boy they were about to send to a much darker resting place. 
A girl next to him shivered. "Can we move this along?" she said. "I don't want to stand out here all night." 
"Watch your tone," another girl named Kendall snapped, her delicate lips drawn into a frown. At first, Wells had assumed she was a fellow Phoenician, but he'd eventually realized that her haughty stare and clipped cadence were just an impression of the girls Wells had grown up with. It was a fairly common practice among young Waldenites and Arcadians, although he'd never met anyone who did it quite as well as Kendall. 
Wells turned his head from side to side, searching for Graham, the only other Phoenician aside from Wells and Clarke. He didn't generally like letting Graham take control of the group, but the other boy had been friends with Asher and was better equipped than Wells to speak at his funeral. However, his was one of the few faces missing from the crowd -- aside from Clarke's. She'd set off right after the fire with Bellamy to search for his sister, leaving nothing but the memory of the five toxic words she'd hurled at Wells before she left: You destroy everything you touch.

© 2014 by Alloy Entertainment

About the Author:

Kass Morgan, New York Times bestselling author of The 100 and its sequel Day 21, received a bachelor's degree from Brown University and a master's from Oxford University. She currently works as an editor and lives in Brooklyn, New York. For more information please visit alloyentertainment.com and follow the author on Twitter.

For more about Day 21 check out these sites!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Mini-Reviews: After Earth

Title: These Broken Stars
Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publish Date: December 10th, 2013
Rating: DNF

It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

I hate DNFing books, but have to admit These Broken Stars just wasn't for me. The world building was great, it sets up a very vivid environment for Tarver and Lilac to struggle in. And their relationship is good too. Their survival, especially Lilac's, depends on trusting each other, even though they're both too stubborn for their own good. They were interesting characters and I liked them, but the story lost me as I read. I think the problem, for me, was that things were happening so slowly. I loved when they were on the space ship and when they first crashed, but after that it was almost painful waiting for the characters to do anything besides bicker with one another. I kept putting the book down in boredom and, eventually, I just didn't bother picking it back up.

For more about These Broken Stars check out these sites!


Title: The 100
Author: Kass Morgan
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: September 3rd, 2013

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents -- considered expendable by society -- are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life...or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she's haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor's son, came to Earth for the girl he loves -- but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind's last hope.

The 100 was okay. Better than meh, but not everything I'd hoped it would be. It probably didn't help that I'd already watched the first season of the CW show, which had totally different characters, events, and story lines. The book did have a good storyline too, but the multiple POV's kept distracting me from what was happening. One chapter we're on Earth worrying about survival and the next we're back up on the station worrying about some girl's love life. Both were decent stories on their own, but mashed together they just distracted from the other. But, like I said, I didn't not like The 100, it just wasn't what I was expecting, and I think I blame the show for that. If you haven't watched the show, it's great, but read the book first if you haven't, that way you don't go in with any expectations.

For more about The 100 check out these sites!


And watch out for my review of Day 21 (The Hundred #2) coming this week!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Shuffle Saturday (74): Chandelier

Every Saturday I'll be posting a random song off of my iPod. Everyone can feel free to join in, just leave a link to your Shuffle Saturday post in the comments! This week's song is:

Chandelier by Sia

I don't know if any of you have read The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin, but if you have then you get why this song was made for Addison. Seriously, go read that book and listen to this song. It's perfect. Also, the kid in this video is kind of creepy, but I couldn't look away... She's a great dancer.

What are you listening to?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Cover Reveal: The Soul Thief by Majanka Verstraete

Today I'm excited to help share the cover of The Soul Thief by Majanka Verstraete. The Soul Thief releases November 11th, 2014 from Booktrope. Check out the synopsis and cover below!

When Riley is injured in a car crash and sees a girl stealing a boy’s soul, she’s convinced she’s hallucinating. But when she sees the same girl at the hospital later, she knows she wasn’t dreaming. That’s when Riley learns her secret heritage and who she really is: a halfling Angel of Death.

Riley must come to terms with her new reality and supernatural abilities, but before she can do this, girls her age start dying in mysterious circumstances. It’s up to Riley to figure out why, what the innocent victims have in common, and what she can do to stop them.

the soul thief - front cover

I love how classic this cover looks. Like the model could be a Hollywood starlet in the 30's. It makes me want to know more about this girl and what her job is, since she's some sort of angel.

What do you think of the cover?

About the Author:

Majanka Verstraete begged her Mom to teach her how to read while she was still in kindergarten. By the time she finished fifth grade, she had read through the entire children’s section of her hometown library. She wrote her first story when she was seven years old, and hasn’t stopped writing since. With an imagination that never sleeps, and hundreds of possible book characters screaming for her attention, writing is more than a passion for her. She writes about all things supernatural for children of all ages. She’s tried to write contemporary novels before, but something paranormal always manages to crawl in. Majanka is currently studying for her Master of Laws degree, and hopes one day to be able to combine her passions for law and writing. When she’s not writing, reading or studying, she likes watching “The Vampire Diaries” and “Game of Thrones,” spending time with her friends, or playing “World of Warcraft.”

For more about The Soul Thief check out these sites!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

The TBR Tag

I have something a little different for today's post. I've been tagged by Lola at Hit or Miss Books to talk about the books I have in my TBR pile. Rachel at A Perfection Called Books and Dana at Dana Square created this tag.

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I keep a To Read list on Goodreads like probably just about everyone else with a Goodreads account, but I also keep track of the books I own and haven't read or need to review with the iPhone app Weave. Not only does it proved a convenient list of To Read books right in my pocket, but it's also incredibly easy to use and lets alerts me when I set due dates for books I want to review by a certain date.

You can check out Weave HERE if you're interested.

Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

It's mostly ebook, because, well, ebooks are so much easier to collect and store. I'd have no space to walk around my house if I owned print copies of all the books on my TBR! But my print TBR is growing since I started blogging three years ago, due to ARCs and giveaways and whatnot.

A Book That’s Been On Your TBR List The Longest?

The longest? Angelfall by Susan Ee. It's been on my TBR since July 8th, 2011. You have no idea how many times I've almost bought this book. But I always remember just as I'm about to buy it that me and angel books, we don't always get along, and then I talk myself out of buying it and get something else instead. It looks good though!

It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

A Book You Recently Added To Your TBR?

One of the last books I've added to my TBR is Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci. It's the sequel to Tin Star, which I read and loved earlier this year. Space stations and aliens? What's not to love!

In this thrilling follow-up to Tin Star, Tula will need to rely on more than just her wits to save her only home in the sky.

After escaping death a second time, Tula Bane is now even thirstier for revenge. She spends much of her time in the Tin Star CafĂ© on the Yertina Feray—the space station she calls home. But when it's discovered that the desolate and abandoned planet near the station has high quantities of a precious resource, the once sleepy space station becomes a major player in intergalactic politics. In the spirit of the Gold Rush, aliens from all over the galaxy race to cash in—including Tula's worst enemy.

A Book In Your TBR Strictly Because Of Its Beautiful Cover?

I was actually surprised there weren't more books in my TBR that are only in there because of the cover. But I did find this Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia. I added it because the cover is absolutely gorgeous, but I don't have that much desire to actually read it.

Lemon grew up with Stella, a single mom who wasn’t exactly maternal. Stella always had a drink in her hand and a new boyfriend every few months, and when things got out of hand, she would whisk Lemon off to a new town for a fresh beginning. Now, just as they are moving yet again, Lemon discovers that she is pregnant from a reckless encounter—with a guy Stella had been flirting with.

On the verge of revisiting her mother’s mistakes, Lemon struggles to cope with the idea of herself as a young unmarried mother, as well as the fact that she’s never met her own father. Determined to have at least one big adventure before she has the baby, Lemon sets off on a cross-country road trip, intending not only to meet her father, but to figure out who she wants to be.

A Book On Your TBR That You Never Plan on Reading?

They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire. I think it looks hilarious, but I don;t think I'll ever actually read it. I did read and enjoy Don't You Wish by St. Claire, so I guess there's hope that I'll read this one someday, but probably not.

"Pretty Little Liars" meets "Final Destination" in this YA psychological thriller that will have readers' hearts racing right till the very end!

Every year, the lives of ten girls at Vienna High are transformed.

All because of the list.

Kenzie Summerall can't imagine how she's been voted onto a list of the hottest girls in school, but when she lands at number five, her average life becomes dazzling. Doors open to the best parties, new friends surround her, the cutest jock in school is after her.

This is the power of the list. If you're on it, your life changes.

If you're on it this year? Your life ends.

An Unpublished Book On Your TBR That You’re Excited For?

Uh, yeah. The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead, no contest. If you've been following this blog for any amount of time, you know I'm compltely obsessed with this series and AHHHHH! After the things that went down in Silver Shadows I can hardly wait for February 10th! Though I'm going to be so, so sad when it's over.

The epic conclusion to Richelle Mead's New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series is finally here...

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.

(Also, OMG that cover!!!! The pink/purple is my favorite thing ever!)

A Book On Your TBR That Basically Everyone’s Read But You?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I feel like everyone has read this book (or, at least, one of Rowell's books), except for me. I own it, is the thing, I just haven't gotten around to reading it yet.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

A Book On Your TBR That Everyone Recommends To You?

I feel like everyone recommends Splintered by A.G. Howard. I think it looks really cool, but I've been putting off getting a copy (despite that beautiful cover) because I'm worried about it falling into the usual paranormal romance love-triangle mold. Although, with so many people recommending it maybe I should just give it a try, huh?

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

A Book On Your TBR That You’re Dying To Read?

Aside from The Ruby Circle (which is the actual answer to this question), that would have to be Talon by Julie Kagawa. Because Julie Kagawa plus dragons cannot be a bad thing!

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

Thanks again to Lola at Hit or Miss Books for tagging me. This was the first tag post I've ever done and it turned out to be really fun :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Spotlight: On the Way to Everywhere by Kirsten B. Feldman

Today we're excited to spotlight On the Way to Everywhere by Kirsten B. Feldman. Last year we featured Kirsten's book, No Alligators in Sight, a coming-of-age contemporary. On the Way to Everywhere follows in the same vein as NAiS and features Harry, a tough girl looking for excitement in her life. Check out the synopsis:

Though she’s nicknamed for the magical Harry Potter, six-foot, dreadlocked Harry Kavanaugh doesn’t find any wonder in her daily life at an exclusive girls’ school outside of Washington, DC. In fact she wants nothing more than to chuck her lot and enter the wilds of public school—too bad she didn’t reckon on a trip to the hospital, a runaway, and a renegade or three, which just might show her a different path to everywhere.

For more about On the Way to Everywhere check out these sites!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Teaser Tuesday (90): The 100 by Kass Morgan

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

This week's teaser is from The 100 by Kass Morgan. I'm liking it so far, but the multiple POV's are making it difficult. I think I might actually like the CW show better, but we'll see. I'm going to read the sequel Day 21 next, so hopefully I'll be used to the POV changes by then. One thing I do like about it though is Bellamy. Apparently I love book and show Bellamy!

He ran his fingers along the bow. "No way. I'm ready to hunt."

Graham snorted. "And what exactly did you hunt back on Walden except for girls with low standards and even lower self-esteem?

{The 100, Chapter 10}

Synopsis of The 100:

In the future, humans live in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth's toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the long-abandoned planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland... before it's too late.

Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents are being sent on a high-stakes mission to recolonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet they've only seen from space. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. But they're haunted by their past and uncertain about the future. To survive, they must learn to trust - and even love - again.

For more about The 100 check out these sites!


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