Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features each blogger's most anticipated books. I've got a few picks this week so ch-ch-check it out!


"Filled with humor, raw emotion, a strong voice, and a brilliant dog named Sandy Koufax, When You Were Here explores the two most powerful forces known to man-death and love. Daisy Whitney brings her characters to life with a deft touch and resonating authenticity.

Danny's mother lost her five-year battle with cancer three weeks before his graduation-the one day that she was hanging on to see.

Now Danny is left alone, with only his memories, his dog, and his heart-breaking ex-girlfriend for company. He doesn't know how to figure out what to do with her estate, what to say for his Valedictorian speech, let alone how to live or be happy anymore.

When he gets a letter from his mom's property manager in Tokyo, where she had been going for treatment, it shows a side of a side of his mother he never knew. So, with no other sense of direction, Danny travels to Tokyo to connect with his mother's memory and make sense of her final months, which seemed filled with more joy than Danny ever knew. There, among the cherry blossoms, temples, and crowds, and with the help of an almost-but-definitely-not Harijuku girl, he begins to see how it may not have been ancient magic or mystical treatment that kept his mother going. Perhaps, the secret of how to live lies in how she died."

Why I Can't Wait: I really enjoyed Daisy Whitney's Mockingbirds duo. She writes these amazingly raw stories that completely touch me, yet always spins a bit of wit and light in them. This one sounds just like these stories I love which is why I cannot freaking wait!

Expected publication: June 2013 by Little, Brown


"After a bizarre accident, Ingrid Waverly is forced to leave London with her mother and younger sister, Gabby, trading a world full of fancy dresses and society events for the unfamiliar city of Paris.

In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house Ingrid’s twin brother, Grayson, found for them isn’t a house at all. It’s an abandoned abbey, its roof lined with stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathing creatures.

And Grayson has gone missing.

No one seems to know of his whereabouts but Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant at their new home.

Ingrid is sure her twin isn’t dead—she can feel it deep in her soul—but she knows he’s in grave danger. It will be up to her and Gabby to navigate the twisted path to Grayson, a path that will lead Ingrid on a discovery of dark secrets and otherworldly truths. And she’ll learn that once they are uncovered, they can never again be buried."

Why I Can't Wait: What originally drew me to this book was the title and the cover. Both are gorgeous, and I love the little Eiffel Tower in the corner. Then I read the summary, and now I desperately want this book. AHHH!

Expected publication: May 14th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers




"Emaline works at her family's vacation rental company the summer before she leaves for college. She must confront her values, goals and choices as her relationship with city-boy Theo evolves and she's forced to say goodbye to the beach town where she grew up."

Why I Can't Wait: It's by Sarah Dessen. Enough said.

Expected publication: June 4th 2013 by Viking Juvenile




That's it! What books are you guys excited for?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Review + Giveaway: Renegade


Title: Renegade (The Elysium Chronicles #1)
Author: J.A. Souders
Published: November 13th 2012 by Tor Teen
Source: Copy received by the publisher for an honest review

"Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.

But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie.

Her memories have been altered.

Her mind and body aren’t under her own control.

And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.

Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb... and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all."

First line: "My life is just about perfect."

Thoughts: Originally, I had no idea what to expect. I'm not a huge fan of sci-fi books, but I kept hearing amazing things about RENEGADE so I gave it a go. Let me tell you guys, this book blew me away. I cannot fathom into words how authentic and utterly spectacular RENEGADE is. I just...I can't. It's stunning. It really, really is.

First off, the setting? GORGEOUS! Imagine living inside a giant underwater dome. Imagine mending your garden but instead of birds, there are fishes and replace their chirps with whales singing. Mesmerizing, right? Indeed. When it comes to world building, the author uses such vivid details to the point where I honestly thought I was there. I constantly wanted to place my hand against the glass and watch the whales swim by. But is the scenery worth the price? That's the million dollar question, folks!

Evelyn aka Evie is the daughter of the people. I guess the best way to describe her position in this society is she's the princess and Elysium is her kingdom. Her life is practically perfect, except for the fact that her mind is constantly being altered and her "Mother" is a psycho. From the very beginning, you know her mind is being messed with. Her life is a constant battle between muddled memories and being the perfect daughter.

Initially, I wasn't sure how I felt about Evie. Here she is, sniffing roses in her garden and following rules like the good girl she has to be. She even gets to sleep in till 10:00 AM every morning! Eek! After the first chapter, though, I knew there was a fighter in her. Her life isn't perfect and as many time as they try (and sometimes succeed) to alter her mind, something inside keeps fighting for her to find out the truth. I constantly begged for her to remember. It's one of those moments you have where you, as the reader, know exactly what's going on, but the character doesn't. I can honestly say the phrase "Oh, come on" slipped from my lips multiple times. Needless to say, I heart Evie.

Let's talk about romance and oh yeah, Gavin. The romance in this book is mainly based around tension and desire. No one is allowed to touch Evie and even if they were, Mother has already chosen a couple other guys for her to "Couple" with. Gavin is a surface dweller that somehow found his way into Elysium. Normally surface dwellers are killed on sight, but not in this case. From the very beginning, you know Gavin is special. He's easy to fall for and just a down to earth water good guy. He just wants what's best for Evie and will even accept the fact that maybe what's best for her isn't him (thought *I* think he is). Can you believe that, folks? A good guy who is neither obsessive nor the jealous type? Insane!

And lastly, Mother. I have to be honest, I haven't read such an evil villain since Lord Voldemort. Excuse my vulgarity, but this lady scares the crap out of me! She's manipulative, malevolent, and all those other terrifying things I personally love in an evildoer. In the words of Damien from Mean Girls, "She's fabulous, but she's evil."

Overall, I highly recommend everyone and their mom to pick up a copy of RENEGADE as soon as possible. I'm literally sitting here, shaking from excitement and book bliss. That's how much I love it. To say I can't wait for it's sequel is an understatement. Friends and foe, add RENEGADE to your Christmas lists now or forever hold your peace.


Rating:


Giveaway time!

Thanks to the fabulous people over at Tor Teen, I am giving away a copy of RENEGADE. That's right, one lucky winner will be able to revel in all the glory that is book heaven. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is only open to US participants and will end December 16. The winner will be emailed shortly after and will also be announced in that week's Weekly Round-Up. Yay.

Go...enter and may the odds be ever in your favor.


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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up And More


Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving. I know I had one I'll never forget. Without further ado, le books!

For Review:
*The Dead And Buried by Kim Harrington (goodreads)
*The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett (goodreads)

Trades:
*Touched by Corrine Jackson (goodreads)

Weekly Round-Up:
*Check out the Top Ten Books/Authors I'm Thankful For.

I know what you're thinking. Lena, is that really all you did this week? Well, I had posts planned and thought I'd have time to do it over the Thanksgiving weekend, but then something happened. Something amazing and surprising happened to me that literally took every minute of my time and breath away.


I got engaged, y'all! Want the story? Well, you're going to get it. On Wednesday night, my boyfriend fiance took me out to the this restaurant called the Aquarium located in downtown H-town. He kept insisting that he really wanted to eat seafood, which was one of many clues that should have tipped me off. Alas, gullible me being me, I just went with it.

The restaurant consists of an outdoor carnival area where you can take a train tour to see their Shark Exhibit or ride on the Ferris Wheel or do many other things. Originally, I wanted to go on the Shark Exhibit tour as well as ride the Ferris Wheel, however, Chris said he had reservations at 7:30, and we can't be late (another clue since we're almost always late). Thus, my shark and spinning wheels dream was over.

After dinner, Chris insisted on ordering dessert (the last and final obvious clue as I'm the one with the sweet tooth in our relationship). During dessert, a scuba diver with a sign jumped into the tank and started heading in our direction. I thought she was there to clean the tanks and entertain the children, but it turns out she and Chris had other plans. She swam over to where our table, waved to me and flipped over a sign that said "Lena, will you marry me?". My jaw dropped. I pretty much sat there in a state of shock for about a minute or two before I turned over to Chris, who then got down on one knee and proposed.

Then I cried.

Ever since then, we've been running all over Houston celebrating the good news with our family and friends. It's been exciting, entertaining, and a wee bit stressful (Moms! They're crazy!), but also completely filled with love. I couldn't ask for a better fiance, family, or friends. Yay!!!



Any who, that's it for me! Feel free to leave links to your mailbox posts below, and I'll do my best to drop by and say hello. Until next time kiddies, this is Lena signing off.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Top Ten Books/Authors I'm Thankful For


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is the Top Ten Books/Authors I'm Thanksful For. Yay, let's do this!


1. John Green. I'm thankful for John Green for many reasons. He makes me laugh, he makes me cry, he makes me tingle inside. He's awesome, and I will always look forward to his latest, greatest book.

2. Sarah Dessen. I'm thankful for Sarah Dessen because no one writes a contemporary novel like she does. Swooning from here to the moon.

3. Laini Taylor. I'm thankful for Laini Taylor and her amazing, beautiful stories. She's definitely one of my all-time favorite authors.

4. Jennifer Echols. I'm thankful for Jennifer Echols for many reasons, but one being that GOING TOO FAR was the first contemporary YA book I read and loved. I use to think I was simply a paranormal girl. She proved me wrong.

5. Maggie Stiefvater. Do I really need to tell you why I'm thankful for her? From her stunning writings to her hilarious and good nature, she's simply awesome.

6. Wicked Lovely. I have met some really awesome people because of this book. Thanks to the Rath & Ruins forum, I've been blessed with many lifelong friends. A fellow Rather (pronounced Rath-er) even suggested I start my own blog. So, thank you Wicked Lovely for a) being awesome and b) sending friends my way.

7. The Harry Potter series. I'm thankful for Ron, Hermione, Harry and the whole gang. Will anything be as epic as HP? Probably not.

8. The Jessica Darling Series. I'm thankful for Jessica Darling and having the opportunity to "grow up" with her. In high school, no one got me like Jessica did. I'm so grateful that Megan was able to continue her series and write a fifth and final book. Was afraid she wouldn't be able to.

9. Divergent. I'm thankful for Four/Tobias/the hot Dauntless guy. I purr just thinking about him...in a very non-weird/crazy way.

10. Far From You. I'm thankful for this:

“What I believe
is that life
is music and fabulous foliage,
but it's also cancer and wars.

That's just how it is.

Maybe God could do better.

But shit, so could we. ”


Because that is the best description of life I've ever read.



And that's all, folks! What books/authors are you guys thankful for?

Monday, November 19, 2012

(Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up)/Winners Galore


Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Y'all, I'm super duper excited about the books I got this week. Ch-ch-check it out!

For Review:
*The Farm by Emily McKay (goodreads)
*Pantomime by Laura Lam (goodreads)
*Renegade by J.A. Souders (goodreads)
*The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale (goodreads)
*Everbound (Everneath #2) by Brodi Ashton (goodreads)


Bought:
*The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker (goodreads)
*The Vincent Brothers (The Vincent Boys #2) by Abbi Glines (not shown) (goodreads)


***Special thanks to Harper Teen, Penguin Teen, Tor Teen, and Strange Chemistry***


Weekly Round-Up
*Check out the Top Ten Books I'd Want on A Deserted Island.
*Wherein I review/rave/ravish over FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS. Put this on your Christmas lists!



And now, some winners.


The winner of the FOUR, SIX, NINE giveaway is...


Commenter #6- Vi Nguyen!


The winner of TEMPTATION is...

Commenter #26 WinterFaerie


The winner of STEALING PARKER is...

Josie!



Congrats to all the winners. Emails are being sent out. Please respond within 72 hours or a new winner may be selected. Of course, there are still a couple of giveaways going on so if you didn't win, be sure to scroll up to the top of my blog and enter to win some awesome goodies.


That's all for now. Love y'all! Have a fabulous Monday!


*MWAH*

Friday, November 16, 2012

Quick One Day Giveaways

Hey everyone!

So I've been trying for about a month now to select a couple winners for some giveaways I hosted. Since they haven't gotten back to me, I decided to go ahead and do a quick one day giveaway. The winners will be selected tomorrow morning and prizes will be sent out sometime next week. Here we go!

Prize A (US only)- I AM NUMBER FOUR, THE POWER OF SIX, and an ARC of THE RISE OF NINE all by Pittacus Lore.

Prize B (International)- TEMPTATION by Karen Ann Hopkins


To enter, just leave a comment below stating whether you'd like to win Prize A, B, or both.

Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Review: For Darkness Shows The Stars


Title: For Darkness Shows The Stars
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Published: June 12th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
Source: Bought

"It's been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family's estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot's estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth--an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret--one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she's faced with a choice: cling to what she's been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she's ever loved, even if she's lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen's persuasion, "For Darkness Shows the Stars" is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it."

First line: "12 Years Ago...Dear Kai, My name is Elliot, and I am six years old and live in the big house."

Thoughts: Ever been in a reading slump? Just a few weeks ago, I tweeted to the world that I needed a new book love in my life. April from Good Books And Good Wine suggested I check out FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS. I'm a fan of the author's Killer Unicorns duo, so I thought I'd give it a go. Turns out, this was exactly what I need it. There's tension, angst, letters, and the writing? Unbelievable. Mind = blown.

As you can see from the summary, this is your not so typical retelling of PERSUASION by Jane Austen. Retellings, to me, are either hits or misses. Will it do the original book justice? Will my love for Jane Austen shine through? When it comes to FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS, the answer is clear. Yes. Yes, yes, yes, Y-E-S!!!

The book is broken down into three parts and told through Elliot's point of view. Much like Anne Elliot from PERSUASION, she is reserved, kind, and goodhearted. Unlike Anne, though she does stay and let Kai leave, she doesn't do it because she's told he's not good enough for her. She does it because of her family and other issues that will pan out later on in the novel. This obviously leaves her completely broken and pained. Her only friend and love has left, what's a girl to do?

I really enjoyed Elliot and how the author portrayed her. Like the original, this book deals with issues such as social classes and whatnot. With Elliot, she can see past someone's position and think of them as her equal. She doesn't just sit back and let the workers work. Instead, she helps them in any way possible. She puts others before herself and really, aren't those the best kinds of heroines?

The romance and tension were (dare I say?) perfect. Peterfreund reminds us that you don't need sex or even intense kisses to show passion. Who needs lust when you can have true, exquisite love? Woe is me, for I have not read such a lavishing romance in ages.

Let's talk about the social class systems for a bit. I must admit, it took me a while to fully comprehend the differences between the Luddites and the Post-Reductionist. It was a little confusing, but it in no way takes away from the story. Once I got it, I got it. It just took a bit of time.

Now, Kai. What can I say about Kai? Sometimes I loved him and sometimes I wanted to punch him in the face. He's the perfect mix of angst, frustration, and brooding. He's incredibly passionate which explains why he's so...intense? Yes, intense. Him and I have a love-hate relationship and even though I'm usually not a fan of these types of guys, I was a fan of him.

Before I forget, I must mention the letters. Instead of including flashbacks, the story is partially composed of letters exchanged between Elliot and Kai. Some are when they're young children (and hilarious once you see the grammar and spelling), and others are when they're much older. You can see the life and pain these two have dealt with and how they've grown to love one another. It's spectacular to say the least.

Overall, I highly recommend picking up a copy of FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS as soon as possible. I know there's some talk in the blogosphere about the ARC and the final copy being completely different, especially when it comes to the ending. For those wondering, I have read the ARC and the final copy. Towards the end, especially in part three, the ARC copy is a bit haste. The final copy, however, takes it's time. It still leads to the overall same conclusion, but it offers more insight and details rather than feeling rushed and a bit confusing. Think of the final copy as an extended edition. Obviously, if you've read the ARC, I recommend grabbing a finished copy. Trust me, it's worth every penny!


Favorite Quotes:

“Envy hurt exponentially more than heartbreak because your soul was torn in two, half soaring with happiness for another person, half mired in a well of selfpity
and pain.”

“In every letter, in every line, she saw him. He hadn't changed - he'd only grown into the man he'd meant to be.”

“The old poems said that lovers were made for each other. But that wasn't true for Kai and Elliot. They hadn't been made for each other at all—quite the opposite. But they'd grown together, the two of them, until they were like two trees from a single trunk, stronger together than either could have been alone.


Rating:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Top Ten Books I'd Want On A Deserted Island


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is the top ten books you'd want on a deserted island. Woop, let's do it!


Seriously, if I'm going to be stuck on a deserted island, I might as well have Lucas there with me. Fo' shizzle.


The girl escaped from what I can only describe as a high security penitentiary in the middle of nowhere. Maybe I'd learn something from her. And speaking of survival skills...


A true fan wouldn't ask me why.



Hey, I'm from Texas. Football is in my blood! Also helps that this book is hilarious and wickedly sexy.


Can't go anywhere without my lover/cop John.


For when I think my life really sucks. Ha, just kidding...sort of. For when I need to escape and read something truly beautiful.


Just in case I need to learn to steal from monkeys or whatever. Also in case I need a feel good, fun read.


Because I heart Cricket like whoa.


I originally thought DIVERGENT, but then remembered how much more I enjoyed INSURGENT. Can't live without it!


Ahh, my current obsession. I cannot sum into words how truly amazing this book is. Love, love, love it!






That's all! What books would you guys pick if you were on a deserted island? Let's just hope this deserted island as wi-fi. Just saying. ;-)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up


Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. YAAAY, books! Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away? INSANE! Anywho, on with the books!


Trades/Paperback Swap:
*Send by Patty Blount (goodreads)
*34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodriguez (goodreads)

Won:
*Something Like Normal (signed!) by Trish Dollar (goodreads)

Bought:


No, I did not buy Laini Taylor last week. Silly! I did, however, go to her signing and buy a copy of DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT. If you know me, you know how much I absolutely LOVED DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE. Y'all, if she's signing at a bookstore near you, GO. She's made of so much win!

**Special thanks to Miranda Kenneally, Trish Dollar, Laini Taylor, the peeps at Little, Brown and anyone else I forgot to mention**

Freebies!

Want to read WILDWOOD by Colin Meloy? Of course! After all, it is written by the lead singer of The Decemberists! Crate and Barrel is currently giveaway away free downloads of it. Hurry, this deal expires April 4, 2013. Click HERE for my details.



Weekly Round-Up:

*Wherein I review OUTPOST (Razorland #2) by Ann Aguirre.
*Waiting on Wednesday featuring books by Margaret Stohl, Amy Tintera, and Jordana Frankel.
*Check out the letter I wrote to my teen self and enter to win a copy of DEAR TEEN ME.


That's all, folks! Have a fabulous Sunday and GO TEXANS! Giggidy!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Dear Teen Me Letter + Giveaway


Hi y'all! As part of the DEAR TEEN ME blog tour, I wrote a letter to my teen self. This was a lot harder than I thought it'd be! Anywho, here we go!



Dear Lena Beana,

I've been sitting here and wondering what I should say to you. Should I tell you about the guys you'll meet or maybe the the places you'll visit or possibly the obstacles you'll overcome? Maybe I should warn you about the boys that will break your heart and the friends that'll betray you.

Then a thought occurred to me. What if I tell you something and it completely alters our life? See, there's this movie you'll watch in the dorms freshman year. It's called THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT. It's actually really good, especially the scenes where Ashton Kutcher is topless and his cute little butt and...ya know, nevermind. ANYWAY, it's about a guy that has the ability to travel back in time and change bits and pieces of it. He thinks he's saving his friends and family, but ultimately, he's ruining their lives and his own. Any little thing, even something as simple as the flutter of a butterfly wing, can completely change the world.

With that said, I'm not going to take that risk. Even if I could save you from heartache and especially from those restless nights where you cry until your eyes are swollen, I just can't risk it. The thing is, every single thing happens for a reason. Cliche, I know. I'm sure you're rolling your eyes and thinking "Geez, when did I get so cheesy?". The truth is, these moments shape who you'll become. Heartbreak only helps you realize what you're truly looking for in a guy or a friend, and you'll be stronger because of it. I promise you, even though it will suck (and it will), the pain will eventually subside and these people, while not forgotten, will only become a memory. You deserve better than these aholes who only hurt you. Never, ever stop looking for Prince Charming and the seven dwarves because they do exist.

The best advice I can give you is to remember who your real friends are. They're the ones who will stick by you no matter what. Others will come and go, but these people will hold you when you cry, make you laugh, and beat up some bitc...*ahem*, stand by your side. Yes. So enjoy life! It'll definitely be a fun, interesting, and exciting journey. Have a blast and live every moment as if it were your last.


MWAH!


P.S. Beg mom and dad to buy as much Apple stock as possible. TRUST ME! Hook 'Em Horns!



That's it! Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour over at DEAR TEEN ME.


And now, it's giveaway time. One lucky person will win a copy of DEAR TEEN ME. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is only open to US participants and ends November 25th.

Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features each blogger's most anticipated reads.


"Your heart beats only with their permission.

Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol's family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn't know it was fighting.

Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside -- safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can't avoid.

She's different. She survived. Why?

When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador's privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn't a coincidence. It's a conspiracy.

Within the Icon's reach, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas discover that their uncontrollable emotions -- which they've always thought to be their greatest weaknesses -- may actually be their greatest strengths.

Bestselling author Margaret Stohl delivers the first book in a heart-pounding series set in a haunting new world where four teens must piece together the mysteries of their pasts -- in order to save the future."

Why I Can't Wait: I know I'm not the only one that's super excited about Margaret Stohl's solo book. The summary sounds unique and interesting. Plus, I really like the cover. It's haunting yet beautiful.

Expected publication: May 7th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Add it on Goodreads


"Sixteen-year-old Ren is a daredevil mobile racer who will risk everything to survive in the Ward, what remains of a water-logged Manhattan. To save her sister, who is suffering from a deadly illness thought to be caused by years of pollution, Ren accepts a secret mission from the government: to search for a freshwater source in the Ward, with the hope of it leading to a cure.

However, she never expects that her search will lead to dangerous encounters with a passionate young scientist; a web of deceit and lies; and an earth-shattering mystery that’s lurking deep beneath the water’s rippling surface.

Jordana Frankel’s ambitious debut novel and the first in a two-book series, The Ward is arresting, cinematic, and thrilling—perfect for fans of Scott Westerfeld or Ann Aguirre."

Why I Can't Wait: Awesome, much? I'm get ridiculously excited every time I read the summary. To top that off, it's perfect for fans of Scott Westerfeld and Ann Aguirre? Now I'm even more excited!

Expected publication: April 30th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books

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"Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders."

Why I Can't Wait: Oh geez, saying I can't wait for this book is an understatement. I love the concept of dying and being rebooted. Oh, and let's not forget the boy who makes her feel again. Sounds sexy and dangerous! Ahh, the perfect combo!

Expected publication: May 7th 2013 by HarperTeen

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Review: Outpost (Razorland #2)


Title: Outpost (Razorland #2)
Author: Ann Aguirre
Published: September 4th 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review

"Deuce’s whole world has changed. Down below, she was considered an adult. Now, topside in a town called Salvation, she’s a brat in need of training in the eyes of the townsfolk. She doesn’t fit in with the other girls: Deuce only knows how to fight.

To make matters worse, her Hunter partner, Fade, keeps Deuce at a distance. Her feelings for Fade haven’t changed, but he seems not to want her around anymore. Confused and lonely, she starts looking for a way out.

Deuce signs up to serve in the summer patrols—those who make sure the planters can work the fields without danger. It should be routine, but things have been changing on the surface, just as they did below ground. The Freaks have grown smarter. They’re watching. Waiting. Planning. The monsters don’t intend to let Salvation survive, and it may take a girl like Deuce to turn back the tide."

First line: "I woke to the cold kiss of steel on my throat."

Thoughts: Out of all the sequels out there floating around, OUTPOST was one of the ones I was looking forward to the most. Though it's not as exhilarating as ENCLAVE, I still really enjoyed it. For those of you wondering, OUTPOST did not fall victim to the "The sequel isn't as good as it's predecessor" trap. Oh no, the journey has only begun.

While ENCLAVE focused more on the action and freaks, OUTPOST focuses more on the society and complexities of each character. This isn't just in regards to Deuce and Fade but also other characters such as Tegan and Stalker. With Deuce, she isn't use to being in a world where she has to do the dishes or cook for the others. This isn't a role she feels comfortable in, and the only chances she even remotely gets to fight is at night when she practices with Stalker. Tegan, however, is fitting in just fine and Fade...let's just say there's tension and leave it at that.

Since these folks are now having to live a bit of a domesticated lifestyle in Salvation, the author rewards us with some romance and a bit of a twist. Some of the scenes between Deuce and Fade frustrated or even scared the heck out of me while others completely melted my heart into a giant puddle of goo. And the twist? Scratch bit, it's a HUGE twist. One that will completely changed the series in more ways than one.

The tensions are high and the freaks are coming. It's just a matter of when which is why I'm now DYING to read HORDE, the last and final book in the RAZORLAND trilogy. Good gravy, the release date cannot get here soon enough.

They're coming...

They're coming...

AHHHHHH!

Favorite Quotes (from the finished copy, not ARC):

“Perhaps that was the point; life, if you did it right, meant learning and changing. If you didn't, you died- or stopped growing - which amounted to more or less the same thing. So I would slide in and out of different roles until I discovered the one that fit me best."

“I want to drag you off and hide you away,” he whispered.
“Why?”
“I always knew you were beautiful, but now everyone else will too. I won’t be able to keep other boys away from you, and it’ll make me crazy.”

“I found it curious that people kept animals for companionship and not food. When I'd asked Mama Oaks when she planned to cook the fat creature that slept in a basket in the kitchen, her eyes almost popped out of her head. Since then, she'd kept her pet away from me, like she suspected I meant to turn it into stew. Clearly, I had a lot to learn.”



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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Gratitude Giveaway


It's November, thus the season of Thanksgiving and gratitude. I'm thankful for many things in my life but mainly for you guys. Thanks to each and every one of you for all of your support the past couple of years. It means the world to me. Y'all seriously rock my socks off...in a nonsexual way, of course.

As a special thank you, I am giving away any YA book of your choice (up to $20). All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

To enter, you must be at least 15 years of age or older. Since I'll be purchasing the book from The Book Depository, this opens up the giveaway to international participants. This giveaway will end November 30th, and the winner will be contacted via email. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at addicted2novels(at)gmail(dot)com.

Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

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