Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #42

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

Shutter
by Courtney Alameda
Publication Date: February 3, 2015

From Goodreads:

Horror has a new name: introducing Courtney Alameda.

Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She's aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera's technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.

When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn't exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she's faced before . . . or die trying.

Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

January 2015 Releases

It's a new year, which means a whole new batch of debut authors for the year! Most importantly, though, it's a whole new year of books to add to my to read list. And, hopefully, to catch up a little on the books I still have to read. The list just gets bigger and bigger and I. Can't. Keep. Up. lol

With that here's my January list, the first list of highly anticipated books of 2015.

Reborn (Altered #3) by Jennifer Rush 
1/6/15

Why -> I LOVED the first two books in this trilogy and can't wait to see what happens in this final installment. I'm curious to see what things are like now and what is going on with Nick. I don't want to give too much away if you haven't yet read the first two books. If you haven't yet read them, go read them now. Jennifer Rush definitely keeps you turning the pages and not wanting to put them down.

Die Once More (Revenants #3.5) by Amy Plum
1/6/15

Why -> Gah!!! I can't wait! Another short for the Die for Me Trilogy, and it's Jules, after the ending of the final book in the trilogy! I loved Jules, so much. He's such a great character and I so want to see him happy. I want his happy ending. Amy Plum made my day when I heard she had another short story coming out from his POV.

The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
1/13/15

Why -> As I was reading the blurb on Goodreads there was one line that really hooked me: "Forbidden love and code-breaking, masked balls and explosions, destiny and dark secrets collide in this romantic thriller, in the vein of a YA DaVinci Code." Seriously I can't describe this book blurb better than that. It looks so good.

When by Victoria Laurie
1/13/15

Why -> The whole idea of being able to know when another person dies, but not know how or why is strangely, morbidly, interesting to me. Maddie is able to do just that. It isn't until her dad dies that she and her mother figure out what the numbers on everyone's foreheads she's seen her whole life truly mean. Her alcoholic mother uses Maddie's "tallent" for money. After all, there are lots of desperate people out there who want to know how much time they have left. Even if Maddie can't tell them how. After a client's young son goes missing on the exact date Maddie has told them he'd die, she's thrust in the middle of a police investigation. I have the arc for this one and as soon as I finish this month's book club read I'm going to devour this one. I can't wait!

Unleashed (Unremembered #2.5) by Jessica Brody
1/13/15

Why -> I honestly haven't read the blurb yet, because it's the short that comes after the second book, Unforgotten, that I still need to read. I really enjoyed the first book, Unremembered. So I'm looking forward to reading this entire trilogy and the accompanying short stories, soon.

A Cold Legacy (The Madman's Daughter #3) by Megan Shepherd
1/27/15

Why -> If you don't like creepy dark books, then you won't like these. I loved the first book, The Madman's Daughter. I have yet to read the second book, Her Dark Curriosity. I've been purposely waiting for this final installment before I read the second. I really want to read them back to back. Yay!

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer
1/27/15

Why -> I love, love, love this series. If you haven't read it, I highly suggest you put down whatever you're doing and get reading Marissa Meyer's books NOW! I'm not joking. They are some of my absolute favorites. I'm sure this will be interesting. I don't like Queen Levana, but finding out why she is the way she is surely will be intriguing.

What books are you excited for releasing in January 2015? 

Friday, December 26, 2014

My Top "Fifteen" Reads of 2014

Last year I tried for a Top Ten list of my favorite reads in 2013, it turned into a Top Twelve. This year's list is longer. I had to really work to keep it at no more than fifteen. Even then I wound up adding three series. Yes, entire series. I couldn't help myself. And there were a ton more books that I really wanted to add to the list, that probably should have gone on the list as well. I was not about to do a top fifty, though - that would have been most of my reading list this year. Anyway, here's my Top Fifteen Reads of 2014 in alphabetical order of author's last name. I couldn't even bring myself to rank them.

Trial by Fire (Worldwalker #1) by Josephine Angelini
Release Date: September 2, 2014





Why -> I wasn't sure I would like this book right off. But I hung in there after the first couple of chapters and I was greatly rewarded. It had so much that was wonderful - alternate realities and witchcraft mainly. I can't wait for the sequel, Trail of Tears to release in 2015.


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The Coventant Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: November 2, 2013 (for Sentinel)




Why -> Ah, I love Jennifer L. Armentrout's work. Like anything and everything she writes. I bought Half-Blood for my Kindle a while ago and just didn't read it until this year. And that was only because she was coming to town for a signing. Since then I've devoured most of everything she's written. I still have some to catch up on. After all these current ARCs I have piled up.


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The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: August 5, 2014 (for Opposition)



Why -> The answer here is obviously it's JLA. And Daemon = total swoon worthy material. This was the first series of hers I read straight through and still my favorite. Possibly because, well Daemon and hot aliens. If you have not yet read this series I highly suggest you do so, like, yesterday. You won't be sorry.


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City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare
Release Date: may 27, 2014



Why -> I love this series, and I was so upset when I found out how long it was going to be before we got to read the ending. Clare did not disappoint in this final book to the Mortal Instruments Series. I can't wait for her other Shadow Hunter books to come out, starting in 2015, I think. Must read series is you haven't already.


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The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark #1) by Bree Despain
Release Date: March 11, 2014




Why -> Oh my goodness. I really do enjoy all of the Hades stories out there, but this was by far one of my favorite spins on that myth. I thought I liked Despain's first trilogy, The Dark Devine, but found that I like this one much much more. I can't wait to read the next two books in this trilogy.


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Follow Me Through Darkness (The Boundless Trilogy #1) by Danielle Ellison
Release Date: October 21, 2014



Why -> I got to read this one as an ARC and was so excited for it to release and have others read it. I loved the story, the mystery, and the twists involved. Really really good. I can't wait for the next book to release in 2015.


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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Release Date: January 10, 2012




Why -> I don't know why I waited so long to read this. Oh wait, yes I do. I didn't want my heart ripped out. Thanks a lot, John. I read the book right before the movie came out. I laughed at the first half of both, and cried like a baby for the last half. I was a wreck. If you haven't read or seen the movie, you must. I know, I'm cruel to suggest tearing your heart out, but it's worth it. Really worth it.


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Six Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo
Release Date: August 26, 2014



Why -> I read this as an ARC and was intrigued before I ever read it just because of the fact that Leigh's father buys a cemetery, where they now live. And sixteen year old Leigh sells graves when she's not in school. To this day I cannot drive past a cemetery without laughing about Leigh and the ending of the book. She's a strong character who grows so much and the turn her life takes as a result of her father's mid-life-crisis-buy-a-cemetery break down. You have to read this one.


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Wait For You Series by J. Lynn
Release Date: September 23, 2014 (for Stay With Me)




Why -> J. Lynn is a pseudonym for Jennifer L. Armentrout, for her new adult contemporary books. So naturally, I love these books. If you love her ya books, you'll more than likely love these as well. There are three more books slated for the series, and each one takes on a different couple, so it's not like you're dying to find out if they get together or not when the story ends. You have closure, unlike most ya books. Anyway, read them.


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Sweet Unrest by Lisa Maxwell
Release Date: October 8, 2014




Why -> Oh my heart! I read this one as an ARC as well, and OMG it was so good. I cried. Again. Another tear jearker book, but it was so freaking good. Lucy and Alex (insert a sigh with his name). Here's a quick dish on why you should read it: New Orleans, an old plantation, voodoo, ghosts, and an epic love story.


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Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: February 4, 2014




Why -> If you have not yet picked up the first book in this series you must do so. The buzz about them is worthy. I devour these books in no time. As a result I will read anything by Marissa Meyer in the future. They are awesome. Fairytales set in the future, and sci-fi. They are the best!


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Suspicion by Alexanra Monir
Release Date: December 9, 2014




Why -> I just finished this book the other week as a ARC and it released on December 9th. It was such a good mystery and I totally did not see that twist at the end coming. I was pleasantly surprised and I really liked Imogen's story. I'm hoping there could be, like, a companion novel, eventually. Maybe from Sebastian Stanhope's POV. *cough* *cough* *wink* *wink*


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After the End (After the End #1) by Amy Plum
Release Date: may 6, 2014




Why -> Amy Plum tore me to bits with the ending of this one. The sequel cannot come soon enough for me. Seriously, if you've read this one then you know why I'm foaming at the mouth to get my hands on After the Beginning. Such a great book.


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Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi
Release Date: January 28, 2014



Why -> I loved this trilogy so very very much. Perry and Aria were so much fun to read. While I loved this final instalment in their story I'm so sad that it's over. I wanted more of them. And I loved that Rossi also did short stories from Roar and Brooke's POVs. I can't wait to read her next ya project, Riders in 2016.


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Easy (Contours of the Heart #1) by Tammara Webber
Release Date: November 6, 2012




Why -> I kept seeing this book mentioned around the web and when I got into a serious new adult reading binge I picked it up. I'm so glad I did. And then I read Breakable, the sequel and loved it just as much. If you like new adult contemporary then you will love this one as well. I'm sort of sad that there aren't any other books with Jacqueline and Lucas. This is one of those books that I wish I could have the experience of reading it for the first time again and again, but alas that's not to happen since I've read it.


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Friday, December 19, 2014

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases of 2015

This year's list is entirely made up of sequels. Why? Well, there were that many books that have sequels coming out this year that I just can't wait to get my hands on. Unfortunately, some of them don't have covers yet and a couple don't have blurbs posted on Goodreads yet either. *sigh* But I added them anyhow, because truth is, I really can't wait for them to release.

Reborn (Altered #3) by Jennifer Rush
Release Date: January 6, 2015




Blurb:

An action-packed, romantic, and suspenseful third book in the Altered series.

The Branch is in shambles, but Anna, Sam, Cas, and Nick can't rest easy. Remnants of the organization lurk unseen and the flashbacks to their old lives are only getting stronger--especially Nick's.

Following scattered memories and clues from his Branch file, Nick sets off alone in search of answers and in search of the girl who haunts his dreams. But the sleepy town where she lives in full of secrets and Nick soon learns that uncovering their shared past may have deadly consequences.

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Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: January 27, 2015




Blurb:

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

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The Return (Titan #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: February 17, 2015




Blurb:

The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

Book 1 in the new adult paranormal TITAN series, spin-off to the best selling COVENANT series.

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Fall With Me (Wait for You #4) by J. Lynn
Release Date: March 31, 2015




Blurb:

Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.

Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.

But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.

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The Trials (Project Paper Doll #3) by Stacey Kade
Release Date: April 21, 2015




Blurb:

After being on the run, Ariane Tucker finds herself back where she started—under the cruel control of Dr. Jacobs, head of the research facility that created her. Now she must participate in the upcoming trials; a deadly competition pitting her against other alien hybrids, each representing a rival corporation.

But Ariane is no one’s weapon. She is prepared to die if it means taking down those involved in Project Paper Doll. They destroyed all that she holds dear, including Zane Bradshaw, the one person she trusted and cared for the most—the person she was forced to leave behind, bleeding and alone.

As her plan takes shape Ariane will need to depend on, now more than ever, the other side of her heritage—the cold, calculated instincts born from her alien DNA. With Zane gone she has nothing left to lose.

With heart-pounding action, and plenty of surprises, the gripping conclusion to Stacey Kade's Project Paper Doll series delivers a powerful finish that will keep fans hooked to the very end.

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Until the Beginning (After the End #2) by Amy Plum
Release Date: May 5, 2015




Blurb:

When Juneau's clan disappeared, she lost so much more than her friends and family. She soon discovered everything she thought she knew about her life was a lie. Her people's gifts were actually secret abilities that others wanted, desperately enough to kidnap an entire village.

Juneau and her new companion Miles's cross-country journey to find her clan has led them to a game preserve in New Mexico. Now Juneau's people are finally within reach, and she will stop at nothing to save them. But she has a target on her back too, because unbeknownst to her she is the key to unlocking everything. To rescue her people - and herself - Juneau must discover what she, and her abilities, are truly capable of.

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All Played Out (Rusk University #3) by Cora Carmack
Release Date: May 12, 2015

Blurb:

Antonella “Nell” De Luca is the first in her family to go to college, and on a full ride, too. She’s spent years working and studying nonstop to make the most of this chance. But now college is almost over and she’s seriously lacking in friends and a social life of any kind. So, with the help of her friend Dylan, she does what she does best . . . She makes a to-do list. More specifically . . . the Ultimate College Bucket List.Item #1 on that list? Hook up with a jock.

Mateo Torres is a wide receiver for the Rusk University football team. He’s committed and works hard, but when he’s not on the field all bets are off. He likes to party and do whatever insane thing pops into his head. It’s not uncommon to find him dancing in inappropriate places, wearing inappropriate amounts of clothing, and just being generally inappropriate. If it’s fun . . . that’s all that matters. Because as long as things don’t get too serious, he can avoid thinking about the ex he lost when he put football and his ego ahead of her.Hooking up with Dylan’s friend, Nell, is absolutely the last thing he should do. She’s quiet and smart and innocent, and too much like the girl he spends all his time trying not to think about. But when he gets a taste of her, he’s reluctant to give her up. Being around her almost feels like he’s getting a do-over. A chance to do things right. And he’s the perfect person to help her drop her inhibitions and complete her bucket list.

But as the list draws to a close, they’ll both have to decide if what they have is real or just for fun. Life is more than just lists. And the past shouldn’t rule the present. But can they figure that out before it’s too late?

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The Eternity Key (Into the Dark #2) by Bree Despain
Release Date: May 12, 2015




Blurb:

Fan-favorite author Bree Despain continues her modern-day romance trilogy inspired by the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades with this second book in her Into the Dark series.

Haden Lord, the disgraced Prince of the Underrealm, has chosen love over honor and will do everything in his power to protect Daphne Raines, the human girl he was supposed to bring to the Underrealm. Haden’s choice is put to the test as the Skylords and a figure from his past arrive in Olympus Hills with a plan that could destroy all of the realms.

Embracing her destiny as the Cypher, Daphne begins to understand the immense power of her musical ability to control the elements, but she must come to terms with her feelings for Haden and what she must sacrifice in order to protect him and her friends.

Believing the Key of Hades is the only thing that can stop the Underrealm Court from releasing the monstrous Keres on the mortal world, Haden, Daphne, and their friends set out to find the Key before Persephone’s Gate opens again on the spring equinox.


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Trail of Tears (Worldwalker #2) by Josephine Angelini
Release Date: 2015

Blurb:

This blurb also has yet to be released, but I really loved the first book and after the ending, I have to know what happens next. Like I need to know now.

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Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 24, 2015

Blurb:

The full blurb has yet to be released, but this is what Goodreads has for now.

This book will feature Cinder and Snow White and will take place on the moon.

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What books are on your highly anticipated list for 2015?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #41

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

Fairest
(The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer
Publication Date: January 27, 2015

From Goodreads:

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #40

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

A Cold Legacy (The Madman's Daughter #3)
by Megan Shepherd
Publication Date: January 27, 2015

From Goodreads:

After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls.

Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own.

With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #39

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

When
by Victoria Laurie
Publication Date: January 13, 2015

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Maddie Fynn is a shy high school junior, cursed with an eerie intuitive ability: she sees a series of unique digits hovering above the foreheads of each person she encounters. Her earliest memories are marked by these numbers, but it takes her father’s premature death for Maddie and her family to realize that these mysterious digits are actually death dates, and just like birthdays, everyone has one.

Forced by her alcoholic mother to use her ability to make extra money, Maddie identifies the quickly approaching death date of one client's young son, but because her ability only allows her to see the when and not the how, she’s unable to offer any more insight. When the boy goes missing on that exact date, law enforcement turns to Maddie.

Soon, Maddie is entangled in a homicide investigation, and more young people disappear and are later found murdered. A suspect for the investigation, a target for the murderer, and attracting the attentions of a mysterious young admirer who may be connected to it all, Maddie's whole existence is about to be turned upside down. Can she right things before it's too late?


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