Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Teaser Tuesday (91): Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

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

This weeks teaser comes from Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley, which is in stores today! i'm excited to read this one because it's a historical novel set in the late 50's during the civil rights movement. There's a little more to the story than I originally realized, and I hope it ends up working out for me. I'd hate to be disappointed in this one, but I don't believe I will be.

We've all walked past Jefferson a thousand times before, but this will be the first time any of us steps inside. Until today, those big wooden doors might as well have been triple-locked , and we didn't have the key.

{Lies We Tell Ourselves, Chapter 1}

Synopsis of Lies We Tell Ourselves:

In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever.

Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school,
she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily.

Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town’s most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept “separate but equal.”

Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.

Boldly realistic and emotionally compelling, Lies We Tell Ourselves is a brave and stunning novel about finding truth amid the lies, and finding your voice even when others are determined to silence it.

For more about Lies We Tell Ourselves check out these sites!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Shuffle Saturday (76): Holding Out

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:

Holding Out by Andy Grammar

Andy Grammar is one of my favorite artists that I always forget exists. I keep rediscovering him every year or so. Just discovered this song that I love!

What are you listening to?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Review: Arrow: Volumes 1 & 2 by Marc Guggenheim & Andrew Kreisberg

Title: Arrow: Volumes 1 & 2
Authors: Marc Guggenheim & Andrew Kreisberg
Publisher: DC Comics

Spinning off directly from the hit CW television series ARROW comes the Emerald Archerer in these digital-first adventures!

Show creators Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim team with some of the industry's best artists, including Mike Grell (GREEN ARROW: THE LONGBOW HUNTERS), Phil Hester (GREEN ARROW: QUIVER) and others to fill in the gaps between episodes of one of TV's hottest new series.

While I don't usually read comic books, I had to read the tie-in Arrow comics written by Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg.

I recently fell in deep obsession with the show Arrow (Oliver and Felicity? Yes, please.) so when I discovered that there were actually Arrow comics that tied into the story arc of the TV show, reading the comics became an itch I just had to scratch. Each individual story in the comic gives us little details on the characters lives between episodes, sometimes even between scenes. While they're not necessary to enjoy the show, I do believe they add a little something. There are some really cool scenes, and some very funny ones. Even some that had me laughing out loud. There are some really nice interactions between Team Arrow that we missed out on during the show.

However, without having seen the TV show, you'll be utterly lost, so don't go picking these up unless you've watched the entire first season of Arrow. And, yes, there are spoilers if you haven't seen the entire first season. So if you haven't had the pleasure, go and watch Arrow season one, like, immediately.

If you're like me then the artwork in comics is one of the main draws. And the artwork in Arrow: Volumes 1 & 2 is fantastic. Somehow both light and dark at the same time, sort of like the atmosphere of the show. I read a digital copy of these, but I'm kicking myself for not getting the physical copy so that I could really enjoy the art. The depictions of the characters (drawn as the actors who play them) were pretty good likenesses, which was important to me since I imagine the characters looking like their actors.

I highly recommend giving Arrow: Volumes 1 & 2 a try if you're a fan of the TV series. Especially since Marc Guggenheim is currently releasing Arrow: Season 2.5, which tells the story of what happens to the characters between seasons two and through season three (I've read the first two and they are awesome).

For more about Arrow: Volume 1 check out these sites!


For more about Arrow: Volume 2 check out these sites!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition by Erin Butler

Title: Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition
Author: Erin Butler
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Publish Date: September 16th, 2014

Sixteen-year-old Liza Johnson takes fangirl to a whole new level of crazy when she decides to take dating advice from her literary hero: Jane Austen.

With the help of her best friends, Liza sheds her ancient-speak and complete Austen wardrobe for something a bit more modern in an attempt at finding her very own Mr. Darcy.

Enter Will, the new kid and Liza's Darcy incarnate. Add her BFF's ex to mix and the sexy Brit who kisses with an accent, and Liza is in trouble.

So, what's a girl to do? Without her mom to go to relationship advice, Liza turns to the only person she can truly trust with matters of the heart via her mother's copy of COMPLETED WORKS OF JANE AUSTEN.

It's too bad Austen's heroines have never played Spin the Bottle or Seven Minutes in Heaven. Liza's determined to find her true Austen-esque happy ending, but if she can't trust herself instead of books, she just might end up in her own tragic love story.

Finding Mr. Darcy by Erin Butler tells the story of Liza and her best friend Janie, as they try to find live in high school. It's not an overly in depth story, it isn't going to knock your socks off, but it is a sweet story with a message that will stick with me for a while.

Liza's voice reminded me of a smart-ass eleven year old. She's naive and let's herself be swayed by any notion anyone puts into her head. Janie was definitely more relatable to me. She was stronger and more resilient than Liza, and had much tougher circumstances. Though, I am not saying she was any less naive. But in the end, I did like both girls.

The boys were harder for me to choose between. There's Will, the new kid who's crushing on Liza. Then there's Ryan, also crushing on Liza, but Janie's ex-boyfriend. When Will was around I liked Will. When Ryan was around, I liked Ryan. Honesty, this might have been the first book I've ever read where I truly didn't know which love interest Liza would end up with.

The one thing that really threw me while reading was the way some of the side characters were named after characters from Pride and Prejudice, like Mr. Bing and Mrs. Lucas. But then Liza would go and reference Lydia or a different character from P&P and it would leave me confused. Was she mentioning the Austen character, or is she talking about someone that goes to her school? It was a little confusing, but, again, once I got used to it it was fine.

Finding Mr. Darcy is not an Austen retelling, it's not a Pride and Prejudice retelling. It's simply a story about a girl in live with all things Austen, a girl who needs to stop looking for plots and heroes in her story and just live it.


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About the Author:

Erin Butler is lucky enough to have two jobs she truly loves. As a librarian, she gets to work with books all day long, and as an author, Erin uses her active imagination to write the kinds of books she enjoys reading. Young Adult and New Adult books are her favorites, but she especially loves the ones with kissing scenes.

Erin lives in Central New York with her very understanding husband, a stepson, and doggie BFF, Maxie. She prefers to spend her time indoors reading and writing, but will venture out for chocolate and sunshine. She is the author of BLOOD HEX, a YA paranormal, HOW WE LIVED, a contemporary New Adult novel, and FINDING MR. DARCY: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION, a contemporary YA.
For more about Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition check out these sites!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Author Interview & Giveaway: Lois Metzger, author of A Trick of the Light

In honor of the paperback release of Lois Metzger's A Trick of the Light, an incredible story of a boy and his downward spiral into the world of eating disorders, we have Lois stopping by to talk about the severity of eating disorders and why she felt she needed to shine a light on the, especially in young men. We also have a giveaway of the paperback (open internationally as long as Book Depository ships to your country) or a signed paperback (US Only) courtesy of Lois Metzger, which I hope you'll enter so you can enjoy A Trick of the Light as much as I did. 

Telling a story of a rarely recognized segment of eating disorder sufferers—young men—A Trick of the Light by Lois Metzger is a book for fans of the complex characters and emotional truths in Laurie Halse Anderson's Wintergirls and Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why.

Mike Welles had everything under control. But that was before. Now things are rough at home, and they're getting confusing at school. He's losing his sense of direction, and he feels like he's a mess. Then there's a voice in his head. A friend, who's trying to help him get control again. More than that—the voice can guide him to become faster and stronger than he was before, to rid his life of everything that's holding him back. To figure out who he is again. If only Mike will listen.

A Trick of the Light is the story of a young man who develops an eating disorder as a way to cope with things in his life. What was it that inspired you to write about eating disorders?

I came across a newspaper article about a young man with an eating disorder. It was called “Not For Girls Only,” and it opened my eyes to the fact that boys and men developed eating disorders in surprisingly high numbers—of the 10 million people in this country with eating disorders, at least one-tenth are male, so that means at least one million boys and men. (Some estimates say that one-third of eating-disorder sufferers are male.) The topic—fascinating, horrifying—inspired me to write a novel.

I've seen other books on eating disorders, but they all seem to be focused on teenage girls. In fact, I'd never even thought about a boy developing an eating disorder. That definitely made A Trick of the Light a unique and informative read for me. What was it that convinced you that ATotL should focus on a boy like Mike?

As you say, there are many books about girls, and I was interested in how the issue manifested itself in boys. Of course every girl and boy is different, but I noticed some general patterns: Girls tend to focus on thinness; boys think about strengthening their bodies and getting muscular. Girls restrict food to lose weight; boys over-exercise. Mike is a composite character of several young men I interviewed for the book. In one case, a chance remark about a boy looking “chubby” led to a full-blown eating disorder. It can happen that quickly (and innocently). Another young man I spoke to said he lost 50 pounds in a month. Weight loss can happen very quickly, too.

My favorite part of A Trick of the Light is its narrator. It's the first thing that grabbed me when I opened the book and it's what makes ATotL so memorable. How did you come up with the idea to write a book about an eating disorder from the point of view of the eating disorder?

One of the most unusual and insidious symptoms of an eating disorder is a relentlessly critical voice in the head. Originally the book was written from Mike’s point-of-view, and the voice in his head interrupted his thoughts and actions. This became more and more awkward, because Mike is avoiding the truth and the voice is constantly lying. Mike is struggling and he’s all over the place, while the voice has an agenda and a clear, fixed, focused way of looking at the world. Eventually, the voice took over the book and told the story it wanted to tell. Sometimes this meant losing something I liked, but if the voice wouldn’t think it or say it, it had to go.

Do you have a favorite line from ATotL and why?

My favorite line is the explanation of the title but that is a major spoiler, so I will focus on another line I like a lot. When Mike is in a group therapy setting, a lot of the participants talk on and on. Mike is thinking about how
Death is here, like it’s another person in the circle.
The voice in his head snaps back,
Does it never shut up, like the rest of them?
I liked the fact that Mike is being so heavy and melodramatic, and the voice in his head, feeling threatened by the truth of it, makes light of it with a nasty joke.

I think this might be the toughest question I ask you, but do you have any advice for someone dealing with an eating disorder or someone who knows someone dealing with one?

It’s actually an excellent question and a very necessary one. It’s likely that someone with an eating disorder will not try to get help, so it’s up to family and friends. And help must be gotten immediately, because eating disorders can escalate quickly and are so deadly—they have the highest mortality rate of any psychological disorder (estimates are as high as 20 percent). A good first step is to call the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA): 1-800-931-2237.

For more about A Trick of the Light check out these sites!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Book Blitz & Giveaway: Take Me On by Katie McGarry

Today we have an excerpt from Katie McGarry's Take Me On, as well as a giveaway! Take Me On is the fourth book in the Pushing the Limits series, and includes the novella Crossing the Line. Check out the excerpt and giveaway below!

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night.

But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor.

Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

Bonus novella included: Crossing the Line.

Excerpt from Take Me On:

“Look, it’s me or them.” I motion toward the thugs with my chin. “And I’m telling you, I’m not the bad guy in this scenario.” 
She laughs. And if it wasn’t such a beautiful sound, I’d be insulted. 
“Because a guy driving an Escalade in this neighborhood is the equivalent of a Boy Scout.” 
The right side of my mouth tips up. Did she call me a drug dealer? 
“From the looks of you—” she glances at my knuckles again “—well, let’s just say you must have your own baggage and I’m not a baggage claim type of girl.” 
“No, you’re the type that runs into traffic.” 
She smiles and I like it. The anger racing through me moments before vanishes. I rub my jaw, then lean my hand against my open car door. Long light brown hair with waves, dark eyes that sure as hell suck me in as they sparkle, a tight body and a kick-ass attitude. Truth be told, I like more than her smile. Too bad I almost killed her by running her over. It’ll make asking her out awkward. 
“Get into my car and I’ll drive you home.” I hold up both my palms. “I swear. No drive-bys on the way.”


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About the Author:

KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.

For more about Take Me On check out these sites!

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Shuffle Saturday (75): Shake It Off

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:

Shake It Off by Taylor Swift

The first time I heard this song I thought it was cute and catchy, but then I watched this video. This video is like everything that makes Taylor Swift so popular. She's just adorable and totally herself no matter what.

What are you listening to?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Review: Day 21 by Kass Morgan

Title: Day 21
Author: Kass Morgan
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: September 16th, 2014

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.

Day 21 by Kass Morgan continues the adventures of the one hundred teenagers sent down to earth from their refugee colony in space. While I enjoyed The 100, I enjoyed Day 21 a whole lot more. By the end I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.

Day 21 starts off much faster than The 100 did, which helped draw me in quicker than with book one. It doesn't hurt that I read them back to back, either. Plus there felt like there were a lot less flashbacks this time around. I've come to realize that I really, really dislike flashbacks. They just kill the pacing for me. But all in all, Day 21 felt like it moved at a quicker pace which kept the momentum going.

For someone who usually has a hard time connecting to characters in books with multiple POV's, I had no problem connecting with Clarke, Wells and Bellamy. The writing sucks you in and keeps you interested even though we're flipping back and forth between characters ever chapter. Glass's chapters gave me a little trouble, since there was just so much happening on Earth and I wanted to get away from her and back to the action, but I still enjoyed what was happening with her back on the colony and the suspense of it all. That being said, yeah, Bellamy, Wells and Clarke were my favorites. Though Glass did win a special place in my heart.

Like I said in my mini-review of The 100, the biggest struggle I faced while reading The 100 and Day 21 was that I'd watched the first season of the CW series before reading. The changes from the book to the show are enormous and have huge consequences for the storylines and characters. So while reading I found myself picking out the differences and wondering where X character was and why blank wasn't happening. It was a little distracting, so if you've watched the show but haven't read the book, do not go into it with any expectations. Just read and enjoy the books for what they are: a great story separate from the TV series. And if you haven't watched the show, I highly recommend reading the books first. But definitely do watch the show too, because it's also amazing in its own way. It's own way mostly being Finn, and Bellamy. But mostly Finn.

If you're a fan of science fiction books like These Broken Stars then I highly recommend checking The 100 and Day 21 out. As for me, I'm now counting down the days until book three!

For more about Day 21 check out these sites!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Blog Tour: The Violet Fox by Clare C. Marshall

Today I'm excited to be a part of The Violet Fox blog tour! Clare C. Marshall, author of The Violet Fox, was kind enough to stop by to talk a little about how her main character, Kiera, transformed into a Robin Hood figure. She's also currently crowd funding the sequel, The Silver Spear, so if you read and enjoy The Violet Fox, make sure to check out The Silver Spear Indiegogo campaign.

There are two kinds of people in the land of Marlenia.

The Marlenians, who live on the surface, and the Freetors, who are forced to live underground.

The war between them ended two hundred years ago, but the Freetors still fight for the right to live under the sun. Fifteen-year-old Kiera Driscoll embodies the Freetors’ hopes as the Violet Fox. In a violet cape and mask, she sneaks around Marlenia City stealing food and freeing her people from slavery.

Then the Elders task her with a secret mission: retrieve a stolen tome that contains the secrets of Freetor magic, something the Marlenians both fear and covet. Kiera must disguise herself as a noblewoman and infiltrate the Marlenian castle before the Freetor-hating Advisor finds out her real identity, before her brother is imprisoned because of the secrets he hides, and before she falls any more in love with the prince she’s supposed to hate.

More is happening in the castle than she realizes, and Kiera is faced with a difficult choice. Will she be loyal to her people and their fight for freedom, or will she be loyal to her heart?

How The Violet Fox Basically Became Robin Hood:

The Violet Fox is a story that has been with me for most of my life. Girl who lives in a society where part of its people are forced to live underground, and goes to the surface to steal food so she can survive. Even in its earliest draft, Kiera Driscoll is a protagonist who is constantly thinking about the welfare of her people, even though she’s only fifteen.

She didn’t really become a Robin Hood character fully until one night many years back, when I watched The Mask of Zorro for the millionth time.

There are many scenes in that movie where Zorro is running around, showing off, flirting with the woman he comes to love, but even with all the fun scenes, he has a strong sense of what is right and what is wrong. And it’s that playfulness, that stubbornness, and that passion I wanted to capture in the writing and the character.

After watching it that particular time, I ran upstairs to my room and wrote much of the first chapter, which is in the book now. She runs on top of walls, on top of market stalls, and jumps onto a moving carriage and partially maims the prince, who she later comes to love.

The Violet Fox truly becomes Robin Hood with her legendary status, which is part of the backstory. No one can catch her. She’s not an archer, she’s pretty good with a knife, but it’s her wits and her agility that save her in most situations. She steals from the wealthy surface folk and gives to her poor people. She wears a violet cape made from tattered royal banners, which is an intentional political statement. These qualities give her her name: violet for the cape, and fox for her cunning and speed.

I wrote an article on my website a while back about why Robin Hood is sexy and I think the one difference between Kiera and Robin Hood is that Kiera is not very compassionate to her enemies. She has a much more black and white view of the world that becomes greyer as her story progresses and she spends more time on the surface.

In The Silver Spear, the sequel due out next year and the book I’m crowdfunding currently, Kiera and her prince journey across the land in search of a powerful artefact that could turn the tide in the brewing war with the other provinces. While her Robin Hood days are mostly behind her, she finds herself romanticizing the past and wishing she didn’t have to deal with war on a worldly scale. She longs for the days of the simplicity of right and wrong, when she could steal what she wanted for her people. But she finds that her wits and her agility come in handy once more as she travels across the land and faces new dangers and old enemies!

You can visit the Indiegogo page for The Silver Spear HERE.

About the Author:

Clare C. Marshall grew up in rural Nova Scotia with very little television and dial up internet, and yet, she turned out okay. She has a combined honours degree in journalism and psychology from the University of King’s College, and is a graduate from Humber College’s Creative Book Publishing Program. She is a full-time freelance editor, book designer, and web manager. She enjoys publishing books through her publishing imprint, Faery Ink Press. When she’s not writing, she enjoys playing the fiddle and making silly noises at cats.

For more about The Violet Fox check out these sites!

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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.

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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 :)

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