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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (66): A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab
Publication Date: February 24, 2015
From V.E. Schwab, the critically acclaimed author of Vicious, comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic.
     Kell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes—as such, he can choose where he lands.
     There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there’s Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne—a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London...but no one speaks of that now.
     Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see—a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, who first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
     But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—and that is proving trickier than they hoped.

 More parallel universes! I'm really excited for this book: the cover look awesome, the characters sound like amazing and complex and idea is just so new!  This might be me jumping the gun, but I hope if there is romance between Lila and Kell, it is a good as the rest of this book sounds.

I would sell myself for year for an advanced copy of this book. God, look at that cover. That is just an amazing cover.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Nerd Blast & Giveaway: Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly
Series: Angel #1
Publication Date: May 4, 2011
Publisher: Candlewick Press
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 449
Genre: Fantasy • Paranormal

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They're out for your soul.
And they don't have heaven in mind...

Willow knows she's different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people's dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from. 

But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself does. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces and that he's one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems; least of all good and evil.
About the Author
Lee Weatherly was born in 1967 and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. She lives with her husband in Hampshire, England, where she writes, goes on walks, tries out new recipes and has a cat named Bernard.

L.A. Weatherly is the pseudonym for Lee Weatherly. You can follow her on Twitter at @LA_Weatherly


Monday, December 29, 2014

Review: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Series: Jasper Dent #1
Publication Date: April 3, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 359
Genre: Mystery

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What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?
Jasper "Jazz" Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.
But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal's point of view.
And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod.
In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?
 *An advanced reader's copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*

Are we stronger than who we are raised to be?

After reading The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, I was excited for another teenager with a dark past solving murders and I Hunt Killers totally and completely delivered.  This is a book where you actually don't expect the twists and turns, it's a book where the main character has legitimate depth and struggles, and where the phrase "people matter" holds a very true meaning.  Lyga doesn't waste any character as a throw-away or as a background, if a person is introduced they matter to the plot.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (30): Post X-mas presents

Welcome to the Stacking the Shelves, a feature by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews, post for this week. All weekly updates that have happened around the blog will take place below as well as the books that I have received this week for review. Please don't forget to leave a comment on this post and link me to your Stacking the Shelves so I can see what you've gotten this week and comment back. Thank you!

Recent Events & Past Reviews:

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Thank you to HarperCollins for everything this week!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (65): Red Queen

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard 
Publication Date: February 10, 2015

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

We can't ignore Red Queen.  We just can't.  There are new literary laws in place that say we must talk about it or else shut down our blog for being so out of touch.

Red Queen suppose to be the hottest book coming out next year and everyone is pumped for it.  Honestly, the premise of power in blood sounds totally awesome and this could be a very interesting book if all the hype the publisher has been pushing doesn't ruin it for the readers.  Power is a dangerous game, and while I can't wait to read Red Queen, I hope all the power publishers and media have been giving the book don't spell out it's downfall.

Also, I swear to God if there is a love triangle between Mare and a boy with red blood and a boy with silver blood, I'm gonna burn down the young adult section of a library.


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Review: We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a true story

We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a true story by Josh Sundquist
Stand Alone Novel
Publication Date: December 23, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 336
Genre: Memoir 

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A bright, poignant, and deeply funny autobiographical account of coming of age as an amputee cancer survivor, from Josh Sundquist: Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker.
Josh Sundquist only ever had one girlfriend.For twenty-three hours.In eighth grade.
Why was Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girls he had tried to date and asked them straight up: What went wrong?
The results of Josh's semiscientific, wholly hilarious investigation are captured here. From a disastrous Putt-Putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD (Close Fast Dancing), to a misguided "grand gesture" at a Miss America pageant, this story is about looking for love--or at least a girlfriend--in all the wrong places.

*An advanced readers copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*

We Should Hang Out Sometime was funny, fantastical, and the voice that Josh Sundquist presents as we are transported back and forth between young, prepubescent Josh in his quest to get a girlfriend, and adult Josh finding the blip in his failed attempts, is engrossing from beginning to end. I'm also a fan of the fact that we're given a male-POV and the fact that it was an autobiographical account of a young man in his mid-twenties looking back at his "treasure-map-of-girls-past" in order to figure out X, why he could never land a girlfriend, made me enjoy reading the book from start to finish. Some might find this out of the ordinary for a young adult novel, but I find it to be a diamond in the ruff. Though it doesn't quite fit the category in the sense of the adult looking back on childhood all the way through college, the journey to self-discovery and coming-of-age does give this book "young adult" merit.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Cover Reveal: Quest for Gray Ironbark by AdriAnne Strickland

Quest for Gray Ironbark by AdriAnne Strickland
Series: The Way of the Wombat
Publication Date: February 2, 2015
Publisher: WhomBatz, LLC
A Middle Grade novel
Genre: Adventure  Fantasy
Pre-order on Amazon

Which Way would you follow?
When Laz, a young wombat, goes from playing a game with his friend Kita in their idyllic tribal village to witnessing the nightmare of a Tasmanian devil attack, he reacts in the only way he can: he fights back. He accidentally kills a devil while trying to save his sister, but his sister is still taken captive. To make matters worse, the tribal elders banish Laz, Kita and Zeeg—the three youths who fought back—for failing to follow the way of the wombat.

Frustrated and adrift, the three friends embark on a quest through red rocky deserts and deep eucalyptus jungles to discover their own way. With a cheerful koala warrior as a guide and a wise platypus as their trainer, they hope to survive long enough to find a legendary weapon that could save their tribe and Laz’s sister from the devils. But danger lurks around every tree…

Find your own Way at!
And now for the cover reveal! 

Pretty schnazzy cover if I do say so myself (: I really do love the design of the characters, how kickbutt they look, and the title design is really neat. The elemental icons at the top really piques my interest. Overall, really great quality on this middle grade cover!

About the Author
AdriAnne Strickland was a bibliophile who wanted to be an author before she knew what either of those words meant. She shares a home base in Alaska with her husband, but has spent two cumulative years living abroad in Africa, Asia, and Europe. While writing occupies most of her time, she commercial fishes every summer in Bristol Bay, because she can't seem to stop. Her debut YA sci-fi/fantasy, WORDLESS, launched in 2014 from Flux Books. THE WAY OF THE WOMBAT is her first foray into the world of middle grade fantasy adventure. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, or over at her website.

*Giveaway is open to US residents only • Must be 13 years or older to enter •
1 Winner will receive a finished copy of the The Way Of The Wombat: The Quest for Gray Ironbark and a WhomBat Thorn in their choice of color, red, blue or black *

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Book Blast & Giveaway: Where Silence Gathers by Kelsey Sutton


Where Silence Gathers by Kelsey Sutton
Series: Some Quiet Place #2
Publication Date: July 8, 2014
Publisher: Flux
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 360
Genre: Fantasy • Paranormal

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In this companion novel to the critically acclaimed Some Quiet Place, Alex must choose between Revenge and Forgiveness.
     For as long as she can remember, Alexandra Tate has been able to see personified Emotions, and she's found a best friend in Revenge. He's her constant companion as she waits outside Nate Foster's house, clutching a gun. Every night since Nate's release from prison, Alex has tried to work up the courage to exact her own justice on him for the drunk driving accident that killed her family.
     But there's one problem: Forgiveness. When he appears, Alex is faced with a choice—moving on or getting even. It's impossible to decide with Forgiveness whispering in one ear . . . and Revenge whispering in the other.

About the Author
Kelsey Sutton has done everything from training dogs and making cheeseburgers to selling yellow page ads and cleaning hotel rooms. She lives in northern Minnesota and received a BA in English from Bemidji State University. When Kelsey is not writing or trying out a new career, she can be found in the park with her dogs, ordering a coconut mocha at the local coffee shop, or browsing a bookstore.
TWITTER: @KelseyJSutton

*Giveaway is open Internationally • Must be 13 years or older to enter *