Thursday, June 26, 2014

July 2014 Releases

Ooh, there are some goodies this month! A bunch of them actually. :-)

On the Fence by Kasie West 
7/1/14

Why -> I don't read many contemporary, but lately this is just what I want to read. Tom boy Charlie finds herself falling for the guy next door, Braden, unexpectedly. But is she willing to risk losing his friendship for more with him?

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
7/1/14

Why -> I have the entire Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy sitting on my shelf screaming my name right now. I have got to read this. Of course, you know me, I haven't read the blurb on this one, because I don't want the previous books spoiled. Hopefully, I'll have them all read by Christmas.

Outcast by C.J. Redwine 
7/1/14

Why -> Eep, I can't wait to read the trilogy and this novella. The first book, Defiance, is the book club pick for October, and I can't wait to read the entire trilogy through then. :-)

Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch 
7/1/14

Why -> This one is extremely intriguing. In a world where people can be owned as pets, and are required to put their owners happiness before themselves. Hmm, I'm thinking I'll have to read this one very soon.

Idols by Margaret Stohl 
7/8/14

Why -> This is the second book in the Icons trilogy and I'm actually waiting for all three books to come out before I read them, which means I have yet to read the blurb on this one, and I have to wait until next year before I can read them back to back. Ahhhh! Not an easy task.


Boomerang by Noelle August
7/8/14

Why -> I don't usually read many contemporary new adults, but this one looks really enticing. Add to that the fact that Veronica Rossi is one half of the writing duo that makes up Noelle August and I'm sold. After a one night stand Mia and Ethan find they not only work at the same online dating company, with a no dating within policy, but they're also competing for the same job at the end of the summer. The question is can they keep their focus during their internship, or will they end up right back at the beginning?

Four by Veronica Roth 
7/8/14

Why -> ZOMG, I can't wait to get my hands on this one. I've had it on pre-order since I found out about it. Seriously, everything gets dropped on July 8th for more FOUR! No joke. And I love that it's four (4) short stories from Four's POV! I can't even explain. There are no words for this one.

Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson 
7/15/14 

Why -> Princess Lia runs away to escape an arranged marriage to a prince she's never met. Once settled into a new life in a distant village hopeful, until two strangers arrive. One, the prince she escaped, and the other, an assassin sent to kill her.

Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard 
7/22/14

Why -> This one actually popped up from out of nowhere the other day. I have Something Strange and Deadly on my bookshelf at home. I heard good things about it and decided I'd wait until the third book came out before reading. And here it is! I can finally pull it off the shelf and read them back to back. :-) Happy! 

Dissonance by Erica O'Rourke 
7/22/14 

Why -> All I have to say is alternate realities. Del is a Walker and can travel through these different dimensions, and it's her job to keep them in harmony. But the Council of Walkers is keeping a secret, a big one. And she's not big on following rules.


Between by Megan Whitmer
7/29/14

Why -> This one looks interesting because of the magical mythical creatures. Charlie is taken to Ellauria by her hot neighbor Seth after her family disappears. It's there she learns that these mythical creatures really do exist, and that a fellowship residing there is charged to protect these beings. Not only that, but she's under their protection. Worse yet, magic is failing, other creatures are dying, she's falling for a guy she can't have, dealing with powers she never wanted in the first place, and being forced to choose between her heart and her destiny.

What books releasing this month are you excited for?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #18

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

Publication Date: July 8, 2014

From Goodreads: 

Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child.

Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future—and the future of the entire faction system.

Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth comes a companion volume to the worldwide bestselling divergent series, told from the per-spective of the immensely popular character Tobias. The four pieces included here—The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son, and The Traitor—plus three additional exclusive scenes, give readers an electrifying glimpse into the history and heart of Tobias, and set the stage for the epic saga of the Divergent trilogy.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Emotional Plot (Holes)

As I mentioned a few weeks ago I've been taking a look at the emotional plot of one of my manuscripts. I'm super glad I have done this as I've learned a lot. It took a bit of time to go through the entire manuscript, not to mention taking a long break in the midst for end of the school year chaos. But, I'm finally finished and just about ready to start working on a massive revision. Even though I've already done one massive revision on it. I'm not sure this will be the final massive revision either.

First Lesson:

I'm not showing my protag's emotions in some places well enough. I can see that she barely touches on her feelings in some places. This needs work in my next round of edits.

Second Lesson:

There are holes. And by holes I mean places where bigger, more drastic turns of events could take place, raising the stakes. Sticky notes you are my friend! I have a stack of these noting places where things could be altered to raise stakes or make something more fluid.

Third Lesson:

I'm pretty positive this is going to strengthen my manuscript infinitely, but it won't be the last round of edits before I think about sending it out on submission to agents.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #17

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

Idols
by Margaret Stohl

Publication Date: July 8, 2014

From Goodreads: 

The Icons came from the sky. They belong to an inhuman enemy. They ended our civilization, and they can kill us.

Most of us.

Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas are the four Icon Children, the only humans immune to the Icon's power to stop a human heart. Now that Los Angeles has been saved, things are more complicated - and not just because Dol has to choose between Lucas and Ro, the two great loves of her life. As she flees to a resistance outpost hidden beneath a mountain, Dol makes contact with a fifth Icon Child, if only through her visions. When Dol and the others escape to Southeast Asia in search of this missing child, Dol's dreams, feelings and fears collide in an epic showdown that will change more than just four lives -- and stop one heart forever.

In this riveting sequel to Icons, filled with nonstop action and compelling romance, bestselling author Margaret Stohl explores what it means to be human and how our greatest weakness can be humanity's strongest chance at survival.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #16

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event spotlighting upcoming releases that we readers are eagerly anticipating and is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
One, Two, Three
by Elodie Nowodazkij

Publication Date: June 26, 2014

From Goodreads: 

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,seventeen-year-old Natalya Pushkaya 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 onetime 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. Keeping him an arabesque away proves to be a challenge for Natalya and his patient charms eventually draw her out of her shell.

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?

Thursday, June 5, 2014

My Reading Habit Suffers From ADD

As of lately my reading habits have been resembling something akin to ADD. I have a ginormous list of books I want to read, but I can hardly pin point what I want to read next. I'll pick a book, and change my mind before I can even get into it.

Last week I began reading A Whisper in Time by Elizabeth Langston, which I've been really excited about reading but just haven't yet. Then a couple chapters in and my library copy of City of Heavenly Fire arrived. I opened and got half way through a chapter before realizing that I'm hopefully going to see the midnight premier of The Fault in Our Stars with my daughter this next week. So I began reading that one. (shhh, don't tell anyone, but I cried like a baby at the end of that one.)

I hate reading more than three books at once, but it appears I am doing just that. And this isn't the first time this has happened lately, either. I keep doing it to all kinds of books. Ones I'm super excited about, but then realize that I have another book that I need to read first.

To combat this I've made a very short list of books that I need to read soon for reviews. I'm hoping I can get through them, one at a time. And hopefully this reading rut that I feel like I'm in will pass.

Have you ever felt like you have no idea what you want to read next, regardless of the massive lenght of your to-read list? How do you combat this reading madness?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #15

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


Boomerang
by Noelle August

Publication Date: July 8, 2014

From Goodreads: 

The first book in a sensational New Adult trilogy from Noelle August

Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up

Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret.

Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.

What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against co-worker dating. And second, they’re now competitors for only one job at the end of summer.

As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

My Aversion to Book Clubs

I know that's strange, but I have a huge aversion to book clubs.

Why?

Because I can't seem to find one that actually fits my reading to the point where I'm interested in joining. It never fails that they choose books I'm uninterested in or they read a book a week. I hate having my reading chosen for me. I like to change my mind at the last minute and then change it again. There is no way I could keep up with a book club that reads a book a week and still be able to read from my own list. And then, if it's always a book I'm not excited about, then I lose interest really fast.

This all changed last week.

I FOUND a book club that I think is perfect for me! YAY!!!

So, I thought I'd share the info with as many wonderful YA readers as possible. :-)

It all started last week when I the amazing Bree Despain sent out a tweet about a Q&A discussion she would be taking part in on Goodreads. When I went to join the discussion group I realized it was a book club hosted by author, Colleen Houck

But more importantly, I found that nearly all of the upcoming books chosen were ones I either had already read, had on my to-read shelf, or were ones I had heard of but had not realized I might like. Even better is it's one book a month, so I have plenty of time during the month to read other books as well. :-) This makes me really happy!

So, I joined the group and promptly noted all of the books coming up. I have finally found the perfect book club group for myself. :-)

I am now a happy camper with a book club to follow.