Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #10

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event spotlighting upcoming releases that we readers are eagerly anticipating and is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Rebel (Reboot #2)
by Amy Tintera

Publication Date: May 13, 2014

From Goodreads:

After coming back from death as Reboots and being trained by HARC as soldiers, Wren and Callum have finally escaped north, where they hope to find a life of freedom. But when they arrive at the Reboot Reservation, it isn't what they expected. Under the rule of a bloodthirsty leader, Micah, the Reboots are about to wage an all-out war on the humans. Although Wren's instincts are telling her to set off into the wilderness on their own and leave the battle far behind, Callum is unwilling to let his human family be murdered. When Micah commits the ultimate betrayal, the choice is made for them. But Micah has also made a fatal mistake . . . he's underestimated Wren and Callum.

The explosive finale to the Reboot duology is full of riveting action and steamy love scenes as Wren and Callum become rebels against their own kind.



Tuesday, April 29, 2014

May 2014 Releases

Finally! It's May! There's one book on this month's list that I've literally been waiting on for the past two years. Can you guess which one? Anyways, this month's list is notably shorter than last month. Which is good, because I need time to catch my breath.

Rebel (Reboot #2) by Amy Tintera 
5/6/14

Why -> I LOVED the first book, Reboot. Such a great concept and execution. I can't wait for this final book to come out and find out what happens with Wren and Callum. And I'm hoping Amy Tintera will come back to Austin, so I can have both books signed by her!

After the End (After the End #2) by Amy Plum 
5/6/14 

Why -> What if you spent your entire life living off the land in the Alaskan wilderness being told that the world was ravaged by nuclear radiation after World War III and found out one day that it was all a lie? OMG, I have to have this book.

The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass 
5/6/14 

Why -> I read the first book, The Selection, on the recommendation from a friend of my daughter's. I loved it. I have yet to read the second book mostly because I just haven't gotten around to reading it and I was a little disappointed that this particular friend of my daughter's didn't like the second book as much as the first. I'm hoping, though, that all is redeemed with this final installment. I really really liked Maxon after the first book and I can't help but hope that he chooses America. Of course, I haven't read the second book so I have no idea what could happen.

The Warrior (Dante Walker #3) by Victoria Scott 
5/6/14

Why -> Um, yeah we'll go with hot covers on this one. I actually already have the first two books on my Kindle, just waiting on this one. I can't wait to read them. Especially since I keep seeing mentions of how hot and amazing Dante is. He might be my new book boyfriend after I read it. Right now it's Four, and before that it was Jace Wayland. lol 

The Eighth Guardian by Meredith McCardle 
5/6/14

Why -> Amanda and her boyfriend, Abe, plan to graduate at the end of their senior year and join the CIA together. But when their junior year testing results come in and Amanda is chosen to join the secret government group called the Annum Guard she is forced to make a life altering decision. If she agrees to become the eighth guardian she will have to say goodbye to not only her name, but her family and friends, including Abe. Can she trust a secret government organization that travels back in time to alter history with her life?

Dangerous Creatures (Dangerous Creatures #1) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl 
5/20/14 

Why -> Guys, I'm horrible about telling myself I can read the books I own any time I want, so I check books out from the library instead. I really need to read the rest of the Caster Chronicles before I read this new book in this spin off series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I read Beautiful Creatures after my parents got the book signed by both authors at the Texas Book Festival one year. I now own all four books in the series signed by both authors! They are on the list to read this year and it's a good thing, because I really want to read this spin off centered on Ridley and Link.


End Times by Anna Schumacher 
5/20/14 

Why -> This book gets an extra point from me just because it's set in Wyoming. I spent a bit of time there at my grandparents when I was little and it's where I was born. So yay for Wyoming being a setting! Plus, I like the idea of a girl finding herself in the midst of a strange town where everyone believes the end times are coming, and when strange things happen to support their claims maybe she can't keep her head down and ignore it anymore.

Mortal Enchantment by Stacey O'Neale 
5/20/14 

Why -> I read the prequel novella from Rowan's POV, The Shadow Prince, recently, and wow! Talk about a serious teaser for the main piece. I can't wait to see what happens with Kalin and Rowan. Not to mention I really liked Rowan's character from the novella. I'm excited to see Kalin's perspective on things. 

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare 
5/27/14

Why -> After reading the first three books in The Mortal Instrument series I should have known better than to read the fourth book as soon as it came out, and then to read the fifth book as soon as it released. But to leave me hanging from May of 2012 to this May? That is just plain cruel and unusual punishment. I say that, but I think I understand why. If you have read the first five books in the series, but not The Infernal Devices trilogy, you NEED to read it first. I think that is why they held off on this book for so long. At least my theory is that players from that trilogy come into play again in this final TMI book. And, I can't wait for the next books! Yes, there will be more shadow hunter books. In 2015 the first book in The Dark Artifices trilogy comes out. Then The Last Hours will have three books and the first book releases in 2017.  And another trilogy The Wicked Powers still doesn't have a release date for the first book. I'm on shadow hunter overload!

What books are you excited for in May? Did I miss any big ones? 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Cover Reveal: DIVINITY by Michelle L. Johnson

*Okay, so this should have gone live yesterday, but it appears I hit the wrong date when scheduling it. Sorry!

DIVINITY 
by Michelle L. Johnson

When Julia climbs into a flaming car to save a trapped child, she's left wondering why either of them survived. Then she learns that her father is the Archangel Gabriel, and that she is half human, half Archangel.

With guidance from Michael, the most powerful Archangel, Julia sets out to discover her own history and explore her angelic powers. But her journey is cut short when an evil force, invisible to human and angel alike, tears her world apart.

Now Julia must fight through her despair, harness her new found gifts, and risk her very soul to stop the A'nwel and protect the family she never knew she had.

What she doesn't know is that Archangels have secrets too.

Here's the beautiful cover: 


**Cover design by Regina Wamba at Mae I Design.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cover Reveal: MORTAL ENCHANTMENT by Stacey O'Neale

Today, Stacey O'Neale and Phoenix Reign Publishing are revealing the cover for
MORTAL ENCHANTMENT, releasing on May 20, 2014!

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On to the reveal!

Mortal Enchantment

“Mortal Enchantment spins a unique twist on elemental mythology. This series is not to be missed.” Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

In Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she's attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past.

Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.

To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize.

As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more...


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The Shadow Prince 

Every sacrifice has consequences. Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission: Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king. Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?

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Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter. Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing. Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.
 
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Friday, April 11, 2014

The Devil's Temptation Blog Tour!!!


The Devil's Triangle by Toni De Palma
Published by: Crescent Moon Press 
Release Date: March 14, 2014 

Fighting the Devil brought Cooper and Grace together. But without a little evil to spice things up, the everyday life of a normal teenager is pretty dull. A summer job crewing on a billionaire’s yacht in sunny Italy might be just the ticket to rekindle passion. While the setting is perfect, the winding, sinister back streets of Naples are also the perfect playground for a scorned Lucifer to wreak havoc. And if evil doesn’t rip them apart, the sultry billionaire’s daughter and the sexy First Officer might be what it takes to finally destroy Cooper and Grace’s love forever.

Review

Aah this book! Poor Cooper and Grace, I mean haven't they been through enough already? Apparently Lucifer and his sister Lucy might not quite be done with them. Or maybe Cooper and Grace just aren't meant to be? This book kept me guessing throughout whether Lucifer or Lucy, or both really were messing with Cooper and Grace. At times I thought that maybe Cooper really was just loosing it and the stress of all he and Grace had previously dealt with in the first book, The Devil's Triangle, had finally caused him to crack. And at other times I thought it was just a crappy situation that had gotten out of hand sucking Grace and Cooper right down with it. You never know when Grace and Cooper are in the midst.

And the twists. It seems I was really off in most of my predictions. I'd say I hate that, but I really don't. What it really tells me is that Toni De Palma did an excellent job at making me guess. I did not see the ending coming the way it did. Honestly, I loved reading this book! It is an excellent follow up and did not fall short in my expectations at all. I really hope there will be another book in this series. Not that I really want Toni to torture poor Cooper and Grace any more than necessary, but I love reading them!

I highly recommend both books if you haven't read them yet. :-) I can't wait to see what Toni has in store for her readers next.

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Toni De Palma was born in Brooklyn, New York. As a child she spent many summers in Ischia, the Italian island where her father was brought up. Her first middle grade novel, Under the Banyan Tree, was published in 2007 and selected as a Kirkus New Voices Pick and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. Her second middle grade novel, Jeremy Owl, was published in 2010. Her third book, The Devil’s Triangle, A YA paranormal is getting rave reviews. The sequel, The Devil's Temptation releases. Toni holds her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College and she is a recipient of a New Jersey Arts Fellowship. She currently resides in New Jersey.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Cover Reveal: ONE, TWO, THREE by Elodie Nowodazkij

OMG IT'S HERE!!!!!!!! 
Isn't Elodie's cover beautiful!!!!!!! (Hint there's only one answer to this question. lol) 

One, Two, Three by Elodie Nowodazkij
Publication date: June 26th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult


Synopsis:
When seventeen-year-old Natalya’s dreams of being a ballerina are killed in a car accident along with her father, she must choose: shut down—like her mother—or open up to love.

Last year, Natalya was attending the School of Performing Arts in New York City. Last year, she was well on her way to becoming a professional ballerina. Last year, her father was still alive.
But a car crash changed all that—and Natalya can’t stop blaming herself. Now, she goes to a regular high school in New Jersey; lives with her one-time prima ballerina, now alcoholic mother; and has no hope of a dance career.

At her new school, however, sexy soccer player Antonio sees a brighter future for Natalya, or at least a more pleasant present, and his patient charms eventually draw her out of her shell.
But when upsetting secrets come to light and Tonio’s own problems draw her in, Natalya shuts down again, this time turning to alcohol herself.

Can Natalya learn to trust Antonio before she loses him—and destroys herself?

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The short story: Young adult author, Elodie Nowodazkij writes the stories swirling in her head during her commuting time.

The long story: Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she’d never lose her French accent. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Modern Language & Linguistics, and later earned master’s degrees in German Cultural Studies and European Studies. Unbeknownst to her professors, she sometimes drafted stories in class. Now she lives in Germany with her husband and their cat (who doesn’t seem to realize he’s not human), and uses her commuting time to write the stories swirling in her head. She's also a serial smiley user.
ONE TWO THREE is her first novel. 

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Cover Reveal: CAMP FORGEET-ME-NOT by J.K. Rock


CAMP FORGET-ME-NOT (Camp Boyfriend #3) 
By J.K. Rock 
October 7, 2014 
Spencer Hill Press


Description:

Playing it safe and fitting in may have rocketed Kayla West into the “In” crowd at Camp Juniper Point, but it’s left her lonely. The only person she’s ever been herself with was her former best friend, Nick, an outsider that pushed her to join the most popular girls cabin two years ago. Too bad being a Diva meant pressure to break up with Nick. Of course, Kayla had her reasons, but Nick can never know the real one.  

She always thought she'd forget him one day and move on. Until he returns to camp a super-hot Olympian snowboarder. Now, every girl wants him and Nick seems determined to show her what a mistake she made. Or at least, she thought that's what he wanted. But when Nick starts sending her private notes--just like he used to--she wonders what kind of game he's playing. Nick's attention is making it tougher to stay in the background and play in safe, forcing Kayla to make a decision--stay on the sidelines and get overlooked? Or take a chance on trusting Nick and, maybe... herself.

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