Thursday, September 26, 2013

October 2013 Releases

So this month sees a lot of new releases that I'm excited for. Too bad I'm way behind on my reading goals for this year, and this is the time of year that I get too busy to read at all. But, I will read all of these, eventually! bwahahahah

Exile (Keeper of the Lost Cities #2) by Shannon Messenger (10/1/13)

Why-> Oh my goodness, I really loved the first book, Keeper of the Lost Cities. It was so good. Plus it was one of the books I read while we were without power after Superstorm Sandy. I can't wait to see what is in store next for Sophie. This is a great middle grade series that I think all ages can enjoy. 

Unbreakable (Legion #1) by Kami Garcia (10/1/13) 

Why-> I'm really excited to read this new solo novel by Garcia. Kennedy's mother has been killed by a demon. She learns her mother was part of a secret society called the Legion sworn to protect the world from a demon. And all five members of the society were killed on the same night. Now Kennedy and four others make up the new Legion, and she is out for both answers and the hopes of defeating the demon. 

Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles #1) by Lauren DeStefano (10/1/13) 

Why -> The setting is a floating city! Seriously, I can't wait to see how this one goes. It kind of reminds me of the setting of Sky High, but a much better plot. When a murder occurs Morgan is convinced the accused is innocent. And she just can't keep herself from investigating.

Hero (Woodcutter Sisters #2) by Alethea Kontis (10/1/13) 

Why -> I LOVED the first book in this trilogy, Enchanted. Seriously enjoyed it. I loved all of the little fairy tale pieces woven into the story. And the writing. I loved the writing. So beautiful. Naturally I was tickled pink when I found out that Kontis would be revisiting that same world for more from another sister, Saturday. 

Premeditated by Josin L. McQuein (10/8/13)

Why -> After Dinah's cousin Claire cuts her wrists, Dinah finds her diary and devises a plan to get back a the boy who broke Claire. This isn't one of those stories I normally go for, but it sounds interesting. I'm curious to find out more about Dinah, Claire, and this boy.

Tandem (Many Worlds Trilogy #1) by Anna Jarzab (10/8/13) 

Why -> Sasha loves the stories her grandfather told her when she was a young girl. Stories of girls, her, who led completely different lives in parallel worlds. When she's thrust into one of those worlds to prevent a war she learns they weren't just fantastical stories. If she succeeds to convince everyone in the parallel world she's the missing princess she gets to return to her life. If not, she's stuck forever. 

Emerald Green (#3) by Kerstin Gier (10/8/13) 

Why -> I can't wait to see what happens in this final installment of a great time travel story! Seriously, I need to find out why everyone is keeping secrets from Gwen. What does it all mean? I'm so excited to find out the rest of the story. I can't wait! 

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth (10/22/13) 

Why -> Like all of the other Divergent fans out there I'm dying to see what happens in this final installment. And I can't wait to see Tris and Four back in action with each other! I am always curious to see who makes it and who doesn't when it comes to these final heart-stopping books. Plus withe the movie coming out in the spring, I really want to have the trilogy read before I walk into the theater opening night.

Teardrop (Teardrop #1) by Lauren Kate (10/22/13)

Why -> The main character's name is Eureka. And if that is enough her mother has drilled into her head to never cry, ever. Could the ancient tale of a girl whose heart was broken and cried so much her tears turned an entire continent into a sea be true? Could that be why her mother said to never cry? And how did her mother drown in a freak accident? Intriguing.

What books did I miss releasing in October?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Two Triangles Giveaway Winner!

We have a 
WINNER
for the Two Triangles Giveaway!!! 

Photo courtesy nirots at freedigitalphotos.net


Congrats to Ellen Booraem! 

Ellen won signed copies of THE DEVIL'S TRIANGLE by Toni De Palma & TRIANGLES by Kimberly Ann Miller. As well as a signed TRIANGLES bookmark!



Tuesday, September 17, 2013

DECEIVED by Julie Anne Lindsey - Book Blog Tour

YAY!! Y'all I can't say how excited I am to share this with you! Last month, thanks to NetGalley and Merit Press, I had the chance to read Deceived by Julie Anne Lindsey. For those of you who follow her on her various social media outlets, you know what kind of awesome I'm talking about. She's hysterical! Deceived is her debut YA novel and it's full of page turning mystery. I had a really hard time writing a review that didn't include spoilers. Seriously, everything I wanted to write was full of spoilery goodness, so it took several attempts to get it just right without spilling the beans.

Oh, and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post! ;-) 

GOODREADS BLURB:


When Elle's father, a single parent and a big shot in corporate insurance, moves her to yet another boarding school for senior year, Elle is disgusted when nothing changes. Her night terrors don't go away, and, soon, despite her father's caring calls and visits, Elle starts to believe she's losing her mind. She knows she's being followed; a ribbon is tied around her doorknob, and there are those cigarette butts that keep turning up on the doormat, in violation of a strict smoking ban on campus. Then there's Bryan, an intriguing boy Elle meets at a flea market and later finds out is a student at her school. Yet on campus, he pretends he doesn't recognize her - until the day he divulges just how much danger she's in. In her search for an answer to all the madness, Elle unravels the truth about her dad's real identity, why someone has lied to her all her life, and the terrifying truth that she may be the only one who can save her from the one who's following her now.

Available September 18th on Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository / and more.


REVIEW:


I am such a mystery fan. And this was perfect for the mystery lover in me. She did a wonderful job of keeping me guessing who is following her. It could be Brian, the hot guy she met just before school started. Or it could be Davis, the guy all the girls on campus are trying to get together with. Or maybe it’s that creepy grounds keeper that gives me the chills every single time he’s mentioned. But, maybe it’s none of them at all? And I loved Pixie! Seriously she is one of the best side characters, love her.

Once Elle began to uncover things about Brian I couldn’t put the book down. I devoured it in no time at all. I had to know who was behind all the chaos of Elle’s life. I felt satisfied with the ending. While everything was tied up and this is clearly a standalone book, it think maybe there’s potential for a companion novel staring Pixie. Just sayin! That girl was fun.


BOOK TRAILER: 
But, don't take my word for how great this book was. Take a look at the awesome book trailer that students at Julie's alma mater, Kent State, made for her. They did such a great job!

No matter how hard I tried to get the video to link into this post I failed. So either Blogger and YouTube were conspiring against me or I'm just completely incompetent at this video linking stuff. (I'm going with the latter. lol) So, click here to see the video on YouTube.

ABOUT JULIE: 


Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. In 2013, Julie welcomed five new releases in three genres including her newest title, DECEIVED, a YA suspense from Merit Press, and her first cozy mystery, MURDER BY THE SEASIDE, book one in the Patience Price, Counselor at Large series from Carina Press (a digital imprint of Harlequin).

Julie is a self-proclaimed word nerd who would rather read than almost anything else. She started writing to make people smile. Someday she plans to change the world. Most days you'll find her online, amped up on caffeine and wielding a book.

Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW), Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), Sisters in Crime (SinC) and the Canton Writer’s Guild.



Find her online:
Tweeting her crazy @JulieALindsey
Soothing her book obsession on GoodReads
Pinning the pretty on Pinterest
Tumbling lamely on Tumblr
Blogging about books and writing at Musings from the Slush Pile
Facebook

GIVEAWAY:
Julie has offered a PDF ARC to one commenter! Yay!!! Leave a comment below along with your email address to be entered in the giveaway.
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Giveaway rules:  
Contest starts September 17, 2013 and runs until midnight September 21, 2013. 
Winner will be contacted via email.
Winner has 48 hours to respond to email before a new winner is chosen.
See official rules and regulations here.