Tuesday, December 31, 2013

January 2014 Releases

It's a new year (well, tomorrow it will be) filled with lots of new books! And I'm super excited about this months' releases! I get to finish two trilogies, continue three trilogies, and start two more. So here's my rundown of books releasing in January 2014. And share what books you're excited for in the comments! I know I miss books, all the time, and find out about them months after they release.

Erased (Altered #2) by Jennifer Rush 

Why ->  Holy hot guys! I so can't wait to see what happens with Anna and Sam. They're on the run from the Branch and Anna needs to figure out why her memories were erased to begin with, and who she can trust.

Evertrue (Everneath #3) by Brodi Ashton 

Why -> Nope haven't read the blurb. I've been holding off on reading Everbound until this one releases, which is hard because it's staring at me from my shelf, daily. I'm so excited to read these final two books and the novella, Neverfall, when this one releases. I loved Everneath!

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi 

Why -> OMG! I'm dying to get ore of Aria, Perry, Roar, and Cinder. They are possibly some of my very favorite characters ever. I can't wait to see how everything turns out. At the same time I'm sad the story will be over.

The Unbound (The Archived #2) by Victoria Schwab 

Why -> I really enjoyed the first book last year, The Archived. I've been anxiously awaiting this next installment. Mac is a great strong character and the idea of people's histories being stored in a library with librarians watching them is definitely intriguing. 

Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman's Daughter #2) by Megan Shepherd 

Why -> The first book was really interesting and very dark. I'm curious to see what happens in this next installment. Juliet learned some very disturbing secrets about her family in the first book and needs to figure out what she's going to do now. When people close to her are murdered, and the calling card is one she knows all too well, she needs to catch the killer, before Scotland Yard does.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge 

Why -> I'm so excited to read this one, which is pitched as "Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast." Plus, I've seen some really great reviews for this one. I can't wait!

The Uninvited (Uninvited #1) by Sophie Jordan 

Why -> This looks so good! When Davy tests positive for the kill gene (HTS) she loses everything in her life. She's left with Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, who she's not sure she can trust. Maybe he's not that dangerous, but then again, maybe she's just as dangerous as they say, even though she doesn't feel any different.

What  new releases are you excited for this month?

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

My Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases of 2014

Today I thought I'd share with you my top ten list of 2014 book releases I'm most excited for, and why. They're in order of their release date, nothing more. I couldn't decide on an order based on which I'm most excited for since they'd all be tied for number 1.

Erased by Jennifer Rush
Release Date: January 7, 2014

Why -> Holy hot guys! I so can't wait to see what happens with Anna and Sam. They're on the run from the Branch and Anna needs to figure out why her memories were erased to begin with, and who she can trust.

Evertrue by Brodi Ashton
Release Date: January 21, 2014

Why -> Nope haven't read the blurb. I've been holding off on reading Everbound until this one releases, which is hard because it's staring at me from my shelf, daily. I'm so excited to read these final two books and the novella, Neverfall, when this one releases. I loved Everneath

Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi   
Release Date: January 28, 2014

Why -> OMG! I'm dying to get ore of Aria, Perry, Roar, and Cinder. They are possibly some of my very favorite characters ever. I can't wait to see how everything turns out. At the same time I'm sad the story will be over.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Release Date: January 28, 2014

Why -> I'm so excited to read this one, which is pitched as "Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast." Plus, I've seen some really great reviews for this one. I can't wait!

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: February 4, 2014

Why -> Another one I have yet to read the blurb on. I read Shatter Me and the first novella, Destroy Me. I have yet to read Unravel Me, which my daughter is currently reading, and Fracture Me. I'm planning to go on a reading binge with this one to see what happens to Juliette, Adam, and Warner. 

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Release Date: April 8, 2014

Why -> A southern belle becomes a Paladin. Need I say more about what drew me to this one? lol I love the idea of a southern belle being thrown into a world very different from her own and then add the fact that she could be protecting someone who may destroy the world. 

Library Jumpers by Brenda Drake 
Release Date: April 2014
Why -> Seriously, I love this idea. A girl who can jump to the library of her choosing by flipping through the pages of a book. 

After the End by Amy Plum
Release Date: May 6, 2014

Why -> I loved her last trilogy and have been super excited to read what happens in this one. Juneau has been told everything was destroyed after World War III and they've been living off the land since. Only that's a lie, there never was a war, and nothing was ever destroyed. She finds herself thrust into a modern-day world trying to save her family and friends, who have disappeared, all while someone else is searching for her. 

Rebel by Amy Tintera
Release Date: May 6, 2014

Why -> I loved the first book, Reboot. It's sort of a zombie apocalypse, but they're not exactly zombies. I loved Wren and Callum and I can't wait to see what happens in this duology. One of the few books these days that's the second and final book in a series.

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Release Date: May 27, 2014

Why -> This has been the most excrutiating wait EVER! I have been dying for this book to release, for two years! I can't wait to find out what happens to Clary, Jace, and their family and friends. 

What books are you most excited for releasing in 2014?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

My Top Twelve Reads of 2013

I love lists. Seriously, it's a problem, I think. Anyways, I put together a bunch of reading lists and thought I'd share them on my blog. Especially since it's the end of the year and things are crazy. Finding the energy to put together a really useful post is hard to come by this time of the year. So, here is the first of three lists. On top of my usual monthly release post.

Why twelve books? I couldn't settle on only ten, like I set out to do. And yes, I lumped books together if they were by the same author and in the same series. lol They are in order of when I read them, because picking a favorite out of this list was even more difficult.

Altered by Jennifer Rush

Why -> Such a great mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat, and drooling over four hot guys. Seriously, if you haven't read this, read it.

Under the Never Sky & Through the Evernight by Veronica Rossi

Why -> OMG, possibly one of the most amazing trilogies I've read yet. I loved the characters and the story so much. Not to mention the story was extremely addictive. I can usually walk away from a book knowing which characters I liked the most, but I liked so many in this. I can't wait for Into the Still Blue.

Boundless by Cynthia Hand

Why -> This was such a great trilogy! I was so torn between Tucker  and Christian. Seriously torn to the point that I wanted to have had alternate endings. Obviously she could only be with one of them, so that left me wondering what if she'd chosen the other. Definitely a must read trilogy.

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

Why -> Such a wonderful book with tons of twists, sadness, and happiness. There's just so much going on in this last book. I can't forget to mention the number of deaths Revis wrote into this one, most characters killed in a book I've read so far. But I think that's part of what made this book so heart pounding. You never knew who was going to die next. And the twist at the end - LOVED it! My favorite YA sci-fi. 

Sever by Lauren DeStefano

Why -> DeStefano has created such a bleak world with characters who far outshine the lives they've been given to live. This one stuck with me for a long time. I did like the ending, but I always kinda wonder what if... as I look back on it. Great read and definitely among my favorite trilogies. And I can't forget to mention the twists, part of what made this such a great read.

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Why -> This was such a fun book in that we were able to read from both Lena's and Hana's perspectives. Very interesting to see how different they were, but so much alike at the same time. I was torn between Alex and Julian throughout most of the book. The tears were definitely flowing at the end.

Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, & Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Why -> It drove me nuts watching everyone else mention how great these books were as they were published, but I held off. Refused to read any of them until the final book was released. And then I read them straight through. Definitely worth the wait. I didn't have to wait an entire dreaded year to get my hands on the next book. Which if you've ever read any of Clare's books, that what you do, count down the days until the next book in the series. They're that good! I can't wait to read the final Mortal Instruments book this next year. 

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Why -> So freaking creepy, but good. I have to say I never saw that ending coming. But I should have. Then again I've never read The Island of Dr. Moreau. So maybe not. I really thought this one was creepy and had to keep my mind open at times. I wouldn't say it's for everyone, but if you can handle disturbing images, then it might be okay for you. Still this was one of the most intriguing reads I picked up this year.  

If I Should Die by Amy Plum

Why -> Ah, Vincent! I so love reading about Vincent and Kate. They are such a great couple. And that little brat Violette, oh was she a pain in the butt, again. Anyways, I loved the action, the twists, the romance, and the overall ending to such a wonderful trilogy set in Paris. Definitely a great read for everyone.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Why -> I loved the dark Gothic feel of this novel.  Violet was such an interesting character to follow along with. I loved how she was torn about River. And the revelation at the ending was really interesting as well. I definitely can't wait to read the next book, Between the Spark and the Burn.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Why -> This was by far the most emotional read I've read in a long time. I was so torn to pieces at the end. I can't believe it's over. And the ending was so bittersweet. I did love reading from both perspectives, Tris's and Four's. I have a very hard time calling him Tobias, he's Four to me, ever since the first book. I can't wait for the movie to come out!

Eternal by Kristi Cook

Why -> I'm convinced I was out to break my heart. First, I read Allegiant which was heartbreaking, and then I read Eternal, nearly back to back. What is it with authors staying true to the story, but destroying me? Ahhhh. Anyways, I really was happy with the ending, even if I had tears streaming down my face (shhhh, don't tell anyone). I was happy for Violet and Aidan in the end. I'm just so sad it's over. It would be interesting to read a spin off series of this one! (Hint, hint. lol)

What books did you love that you read this past year?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

INTERVIEW: Molly Zenk (And a Giveaway!)

Today I'd love to welcome the wonderful, Molly Zenk, author of Hyperion Keats! Don't forget to enter the giveaway below the interview. 

The plot of Hyperion Keats is such an intriguing idea. I love the whole secret diary and secret behind a poem. How did you come up with idea?

I was influenced by Shakespeare's Dark Lady sonnets and how, to this day, no one knows who he was writing about. My first poetic love has always been the Romantics, and especially Keats, so I created a 'what if?' scenario around one of his early sonnets.

Are you a huge fan of poetry?

Very huge. I remember studying so much for the poetry tests in college that I'd dream about it. Before the test on the Romantics, I dreamed that Keats was reciting 'Ode to a Nightingale' while Lord Byron played billards and got drunk in the background. Byron then pushed Keats out of the way and recited 'She Walked In Beauty.' When I woke up, I thought "Okay! Enough studying! I know this stuff."

How did you decide on John Keats as the poet to base Hyperion’s story on?

He's my favorite and he has the most tragic history out of the Romantics. There's so many 'what ifs?' for Keats that the other poets were lucky enough to live out (marriage, recognition, etc).

The LBT Brotherhood is very intriguing. How did you come up with that one? I’ll admit I was very intrigued and did a Google search for them. Nothing. I’m hoping they don’t really secretly exist. lol That wouldn’t bode well for you.

I googled too to make sure they don't come after me for giving away their secrets! I liked the idea of secret keepers like the Knights Templar or Luminati. LBT stands for 'Love, Beauty, Truth' -- the three creeds of the Romantics. Figuring out a literary mystery is intriguing, but the stakes are higher if finding answers could cost you your life.

I truly loved the “diagnosis” for Isabella. I thought it was very interesting how you wove that in, showing a different side that most people don’t normally see. I’ve worked with children with the same “diagnosis” and they are absolutely wonderful. There’s a whole side most people don’t know about. What made you chose to have the Hyperion’s sister as the one with a condition and not Hyperion herself?

Two of my three daughters have the same diagnosis so it's something very important and close to home for me. It's also very under-represented in literature. With Isabella, I wanted to show that everyone has secrets and sometimes those secrets are not what you expect from the pretty, popular girl who seems to have everything going for her.

The sister rivalry was spot on. Did you have an older sister growing up? I was the older one and sometimes I think it was hard for me to understand what it was she went through as the younger one?

I was the older sister but only by a year. Growing up, people asked if we were twins. For her, I think it must have been hard being the younger one. You always compared and that's tough on anyone.

Can we expect at least one more book with Hyperion, Isabella, and Will?

I'm planning two more books -- One for each creed the LBT Brotherhood is protecting.

What project are you currently working on? (If you can talk about it and it’s not super-secret.)

I'm working on the sequel to Hyperion Keats and revising two other projects. I'm using poetry quotes as the titles for the other two Hyperion books.

And because I’m such a big reader myself, and slightly nosy when it comes to books, what are you reading right now?

I'm reading Killer, book six in the Pretty Little Liars series. It's fun to see what the show incorporates and what they just make up. After reading the books, the show seems like one really long fan fic.

Hyperion Keats by Molly Zenk
Published by: Highland Press
Release Date: December 4th, 2013


Three modern teens, a 200-year-old diary, a literary mystery to solve.

Twelve-year-old Hyperion Frances Keats, great-great grand niece of poet John Keats, hates tip-toeing around her older sister's “medical diagnosis”.  Why is Isabella so determined to turn her back on what makes her unique in a sea of wannabes?  Is popularity more important than the truth?

The sisters and boy-next-door Will find themselves in the middle of a mystery after discovering a 200-year-old diary written by the girl who inspired the sonnet “To A Lady Seen For A Moment At Vauxhall.”   The teens aren't the only ones after the answers found in the pages from the past, though.   The LBT Brotherhood – a secret society dedicated to preserving the Romantic Poets three creeds of  love, beauty, and truth – want the secrets contained in the diary to remain lost to time and will stop at nothing to silence Hyperion, Isabella, and Will forever.


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I barely crack the door open before Neighbor Boy launches into a spiel that may or may not be rehearsed—I can't really tell because he's talking too fast for me to guess one way or the other. “Hi, I'm not a stalker or anything so don't get freaked out, okay? But I saw the historical marker in your front yard and had a couple of quick questions if you, uh, don't mind me, uh, asking. You don't mind me asking stuff, do you? I can go away if you do.”  He blinks nervously a ton of times in anticipation of me either saying yes and waiting for his couple of supposedly quick questions or no and slamming the door in his face. Why would I say no? He's the prettiest boy I've ever seen up close. Even if boys don't like to be called pretty, with his huge blue eyes and unruly, anime character hair, that's the only word that comes to mind. Pretty. My heart does this funny little fluttery jump like I've run a mile in under five minutes and I'm positive my palms are too sweaty to shut the door. Even if I wanted to, shutting the door means he'd go away and there's no way I'm letting that happen. Especially not on my birthday.

“Go ahead. Ask your questions,” I whisper because I seriously doubt I can say it louder even if I wanted to right now.

 “Great.” He flashes a lopsided grin that makes my heart fluttering turn into a hammering. “Is this really the George Keats House? Like the real George Keats, brother to the poet John Keats’ house, and you actually live here-live here and not keep it up like a museum or something? Do I have to buy admission because I'm, like, standing on your yard?”

“Um, yes, yes, no, and no,” I field his jumbled together questions in order.

“Really? Are you like direct descendants or did you just buy the house from someone else and decided the historical marker was a cool trick to attract fan boys like me?”

His rapid fire, excited delivery is getting easier to understand. For a second, I think about Isabella by the window seat with her natural light waiting to make her good first impression, and about how Mom always tells me not to talk to strangers because she reads way too much of Nancy Grace's child snatching Headline News blog, but it's like my mouth is on auto-pilot as my heart ratchets away in my chest and I answer anything Neighbor Boy asks. “Direct,” I say. “Or Dad is, which makes us too. Mom was just a Romantic Poets fan girl who lucked out by meeting Dad in some college class and marrying in. They both teach at the university. British Lit.”

Neighbor Boy pushes his sandy blond hair out of his face with one long-fingered hand and, I think, even if I don't like to do manual labor on my birthday, I got the better deal by agreeing to open the front door. While Isabella is hanging out in the kitchen imaging what he's like, I don't have to imagine. I know.
Molly Zenk was born in Minnesota, grew up in Florida, lived briefly in Tennessee, before finally settling in Colorado.   She graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL with degrees in Secondary Education, English, and Creative Writing.  She spent six years using those degrees teaching High School English, Poetry, and Creative Writing before going on “hiatus” to focus on being a stay-at-home/work-at-home Mom.   Molly is married to a Mathematician/Software Engineer who complains about there not being enough “math” or info about him in her author bio.  They live in Arvada, CO with their  young daughters, one dog, and one cat.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December 2013 Releases

Usually I try to have my list of books I'm excited for out before the month actually starts. Thanksgiving and NaNoWriMo seemed to completely shake things up this year. So, it's already the start of the month and I'm just getting this post out. Oh, well, better late than never, right? And you'll notice the first one on the list is out today!

Forged (Altered #1.5) by Jennifer Rush (12/3/13) 

Why -> Oh my my my. Look at that cover! lol Okay, if you have not yet read Altered, you must! Hot guys, good guys! Okay, so this is a short story of how everything began before the first book. I can't wait. It's on preorder and yeah. Did I mention that cover? *fanning self*

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman (12/10/13) 

Why -> Oh my gosh! I've been waiting for another sci-fi since I finished reading the Across the Universe Trilogy by Beth Revis. This one looks so good! Lilac and Tarver appear to be the only survivors of Icarus, a luxury spaceliner, after it plummets to an unknown planet.

Fracture Me (Shatter Me #2.5)
by Tahereh Mafi (12/17/13) 

Why -> I've only read Shatter Me and the following novella, Destroy Me, so I haven't read the synopsis for this one yet. All I can say is that after reading Destroy Me I'm waiting until the final book is out and then reading books 2, 2.5, and 3 back to back. I cannot wait! Is it February yet?

The Initiate (Divergent #0.2)
by Veronica Roth (12/17/13) 

Why -> This is the second four short stories told from Four's perspective. I'm actually waiting to read them until the full collection of all four is released in February. But, if it'll be available this month if you can't wait that long.

Dangerous Dream (Dangerous Creatures #0.5) 
by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (12/17/13)

Why -> I still have yet to finish reading the Beautiful Creatures series and it's high on the list of to-read series that I'll be reading in the new year. This is the first novella for the spin-off series that follows Ridley and Link. More incentive to finish the Castor Chronicles! 

by Lydia King (12/26/13) 

Why -> Zel is left to protect her sister Dyl after their father is killed in an accident leaving them orphans. In a world where cars are automatic and genetic "mistakes" have been made that will be tough. Especially when Dyl is kidnapped by people who believe her DNA has a secret encoded within it. I'm also really excited for this one since it's about the outcasts being heroes.

The Offering (The Pledge #3)
by Kimberly Derting (12/31/13) 

Why -> Again I haven't read the synopsis since I have yet to read The Essence. But I can't wait to finish this trilogy. I loved the first book, The Pledge, and decided to wait until all of them were out ot read straight through. My new favorite thing to do with series.

What books are you excited for? Did I miss anything good?