Thursday, April 30, 2015

April #365DaysofYA Challenge Progress + May TBR

Kate from Literary Kate  and Sarah from What Sarah Read are co-hosting the 365 Days of YA Reading Challenge!  This challenge is inspired by Epic Reads’ 365 Days of YA info graphic.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Release Day Book Blitz: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (With Giveaway!)

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED reading An Ember in the Ashes, which is why I am so excited that AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir releases today and that I get to share the news, along with a special introduction from Sabaa herself!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Sabaa Tahir, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed copies of the book and some of those awesome sword letter openers we’ve seen around courtesy of Sabaa, Penguin Teen, and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

Rook by Sharon Cameron

Title: Rook
Author: Sharon Cameron
Length: 464 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Classification: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Source: e-galley via Edelweiss (Thank you, Scholastic!)
Read: April 2015
History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?
Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she. 
As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.

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***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review***

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #19 : Illusionarium

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Illusionarium by Heather Dixon

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #52: ALL TIME Favorite Authors

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Their blog can be found here.

April 21: Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors (yeah, I'm mean like that! You could narrow it down to a genre if you it REALLY kills you...or just make your list a top 20 :P )

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

Title: The Girl at Midnight
(The Girl at Midnight #1)
Author: Melissa Grey
Length: 365 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Classification: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Source: e-galley via NetGalley (Thank you, Random House/Delacorte Press!)
Read: March 2015
For readers of Cassandra Clare's City of Bones and Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone, The Girl at Midnight is the story of a modern girl caught in an ancient war.
Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known.
Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act.
Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.
But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.
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***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

Thursday, April 16, 2015

An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Length: 443 pages
Publisher: Razorbill
Classification: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Source: e-galley via Penguin First to Read (Thank you so much!)
Read: March 2015
Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.
LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.
ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.
When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.
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***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via Penguin First to Read in exchange for an honest review***

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #18 : The Fill-In Boyfriend

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #51: Inspiring Quotes from Books

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Their blog can be found here.

April 14: Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books (anything that inspires you, challenges you, makes you think, encourages you, etc.)

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Truth About Jack by JodyGehrman

Title: The Truth About Jack
Author: Jody Gehrman
Length: 192 pages
Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush
Classification: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Source: e-galley via NetGalley (Thank you, Entangled!)
Read: April 2015
Dakota McCloud has just been accepted into a prestigious art school. Soon she'll leave behind the artists' colony where she grew up―hippie dad, tofu since birth, yurt―and join her boyfriend and best friend on the East Coast. It was the plan…until Dakota finds out her boyfriend and best friend hooked up behind her back. 
Hurt and viciously betrayed, Dakota pours out her heart on a piece of paper, places it in a bottle, and hurls it into the ocean. But it doesn't quite go where she expects…
Jack Sauvage finds the bottle washed up on the shore and responds to Dakota's letter. Except what if his straight-laced life doesn’t jive with the free-spirited girl he’s only seen from afar? As Jack creates a persona he believes she’ll love, they slowly fall for each other with each new letter. Now Jack is trying to find a way to make this delicate, on-paper romance happen in real life…without revealing his deception.
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***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

Saturday, April 11, 2015

My Latest Binge #2: Chicago Fire and The Raven Cycle + Vote For My Next Binge Read!

I really like to binge watch and binge read series! It is so easy to do. And so I want to share all my latest and current binge watches and binge reads with all of you! Sometimes it might just be something I'm watching or something I'm reading or both! 

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

Title: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things
Author: Ann Aguirre
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Classification: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Source: ARC via Danielle @ Love at First Page (Thanks Danielle!)
Read: March 2015
Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won’t peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.
Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He’s got heartbreak and loneliness in his rearview mirror, and this new school represents his last chance. He doesn’t expect to be happy; he only wants to graduate and move on. He never counted on a girl like Sage.
But love doesn’t mend all broken things, and sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again…
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***I received an ARC of this book from a fellow blogger. This does not change the way I view this book.***

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Cover Reveal: The Summer Marked (The Winter People #2) by Rebekah L. Purdy

The Summer Marked (The Winter People #2)
Release Date: 08/04/15
Entangled Teen
305 pages

Summary from Goodreads:

Fresh off a break-up with her boyfriend, Kadie’s glad to be home from college for Thanksgiving. All she needs is a rebound guy, a box of chocolates, and some girl time with her best friend, Salome. Problem is, Salome isn't returning her calls, and her family won't say where she is. Feeling sorry for herself, Kadie ends up at Club Blade, a place filled with pumping music, dangerous guys, and promises of a good time. However, when midnight strikes, Kadie’s fun turns into a nightmare as she’s ripped from the human world into Faerie by a vengeful Winter Prince named Etienne. For the first time in her life, she realizes the monsters Salome always spoke of are real, and they’ll stop at nothing to destroy her friend.
Salome thought the winter curse was behind her. But winter has left its mark. Not just on her, but on the whole summer court. The Kingdom of Summer is falling apart, and Nevin is hanging onto his throne by a thread. With war on his doorstep, he has no choice but to send Gareth into enemy territory, which means Salome will be left alone—vulnerable in a world she doesn't understand. A place where beauty is deadly and humans are pawns in the macabre games the Fae play. Both Kadie and Salome will have to call on all their strength to survive in a world where humans aren’t meant to be. With death and enemies all around them, it’ll be a miracle if they can survive.

Book One:
(cover linked to Goodreads)

Rebekah Purdy grew up in Michigan, where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. When not hiding at her computer and getting lost in her stories, she enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games and hanging out with her kids. She loves the unexplainable like Bigfoot, the Dogman, and the Loch Ness Monster (lots of good story material)! She admits to still having all the books she bought throughout her childhood and teen years, and she may or may not have an obsession with anything chocolate…

Author Links:
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I am really liking the cover! It definitely fits well with the title! I am looking forward to reading The Summer Marked. What do you think of the cover?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday # 17 : The Cage

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The Cage by Megan Shepherd

Publication Date: May 26, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #50: Characters I'd Like to Check In With

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Their blog can be found here.

April 7: Top Ten Characters You'd Like To Check In With (meaning, the book or series is over and you so just wish you could peek in on the "life" you imagine they are leading years down the line after the story ends). 

Friday, April 3, 2015

2015 Retelling Releases That Have Caught My Eye

So pretty much ever since I read Cinder a couple years ago, I have been wanting to read more and more Fairy Tale Retellings. (Pretty much any kind of Retelling really, since I also really enjoyed The Madman's Daughter.)

So I was looking at Goodreads and discovered some Retellings that were coming out this year, that for some reason hadn't been on my radar yet. After adding them to my TBR, I decided to put together a list of some of the ones I am looking forward to.

Here are some 2015 Releases that have caught my attention:

Thursday, April 2, 2015

My April Bookish Itinerary

Since I read 14 books last month, I decided to be ambitious and have 10 books on my April TBR. I really hope I end up reading these 10 books and maybe more! 

Rook by Sharon Cameron
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos
Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt
The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

What books are you hoping to read this month? 

March 2015 Highlights

Books Read:

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

My Bookish Bingo 2015 New Year Card Wrap-Up

Hosted by Great Imaginations

Pretty Dresses Cover: The Jewel (The Lone City #1) by Amy Ewing
Blue Cover: Make it Count by Megan Erickson
PoC MC: Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham
Gold Lettering: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Start a Series: Origin (Corpus #1) by Jessica Khoury
Middle Grade: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Mystery or Thriller: Inherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers
Mental Illness: When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez
Fairies or Fae: Winterspell by Claire Legrand
2015 Debut: My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp
White Cover: Vitro (Courpus #2) by Jessica Khoury
Romance: Love, Lucy by April Lindner
Male POV: Fight for Power (Rule of 3 #2) by Eric Walters
Magical Realism: Nightbird by Alice Hoffman
LGBT QIA: Winger by Andrew Smith
Over 400 Pages:  Seeker (Seeker #1) by Arwen Elys Dayton
2014 Release You Missed: Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas
Super Powers: Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Fairytale Retelling: Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
Epistolary: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Graphic Novel: Fray by Joss Whedon
Based on Mythology: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Pink Cover: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

I had SO MUCH FUN participating in Bookish Bingo for the first time. I am really looking forward to the next one. 

Waiting on Wednesday #16 : The Witch Hunter

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.