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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Out This Week (Sept 29-Oct 5)

There are so many exciting YA books coming out right now! Take a look at some of the stuff coming out this week...
  •  10.1.13 The Enchanter Heir (Heir Chronicles #4) by Cinda Williams Chima
  • 10.1.13 Hereafter (Shadowlands #2) by Kate Brian
  •  10.1.13 Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell
  • 10.1.13 How To Love by Katie Cotugno
  • 10.1.13 Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles #1) by Lauren DeStefano
  • 10.1.13 Unbreakable (Legion #1) by Kami Garcia
  •  10.1.13 Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart
  • 10.1.13 Pretenders by Lisi Harrison
  •  10.1.13 Hero by Alethea Kontis
  • 10.1.13 Fire Storm (Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins #4) by Andrew Lane

  • 10.1.13 Sick by Tom Leveen
  • 10.1.13 Stained by Cheryl Rainfield
  •  10.1.13 Zom-B Baby (Zom-B #5) by Darren Shan
  • 10.1.13 Endless (Embrace #4) by Jessica Shirvington
  • 10.1.13 The Beautiful and the Damned by Jessica Verday
  • 10.1.13 Blackout by Robison Wells

Friday, September 27, 2013

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

Title: Unbreakable
Author: Kami Garcia
ISBN: 9780316210171
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Released: October 1, 2013
Series: The Legion #1
Page #: 305
Source: ARC from the publisher

"When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn't know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jarad and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy's room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon - a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.

Now Kennedy has to take her mother's place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon - battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.

Suspense, romance, and the paranormal meet in this chilling urban fantasy, the first book in a new series from Kami Garcia, bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels."
First Lines: (Quoted from the ARC, subject to change.)

"As my bare feet sank into the wet earth, I tried not to think about the dead bodies buried beneath me. I had passed this tiny graveyard a handful of times but never at night, and always outside the boundaries of the peeling iron gates."
Page 1

It's been a long time since I've read a book that scared me - like, made me think there were crazy shadows lurking in the darkness. And I liked it. :)

When Kennedy's mother is killed, she is left to her own devices - and she's in more trouble than she could ever imagine. Luckily, the handsome twins show up to save her life. Then they take her under their wing to become part of a secret society that tracks down spirits and uncovers mysteries. It's all very cloak and dagger. Kennedy has to figure out how she fits into this new group and whether she really belongs with them.

I basically enjoyed Beautiful Creatures, so I knew going into a book by one of those authors would be just as good. But this book ended up being way better than I expected. Once Kennedy hooks up with the Legion, I was hooked on this book. I just had to find out what was going to happen. She leaves her entire life behind to find out the reason behind her mother's death. It's so intense!

I do think the formula was a little basic. They go to one place, vanquish the spirit, find the clue for the next one... go to next place, vanquish the spirit... and so on. So it was a little comfortable when you get to the end and realize how things were going to pan out. But it was also kind of nice that way, too. Each little adventure had it's own drama, it's own personality, it's own problems. That definitely made things a little more interesting.

This really is a great book to come out right before Halloween. Would anyone ever buy someone a book for that holiday? I think they should. Because it has that perfect blend of spooky, creepy charm and mysterious, intense action. And there was one part that made me tear up. Go figure. But it was really sweet and unexpected. I think the author did a great job of keeping a reader involved in the story. 

The ending leaves you hanging like nothing else. I'm not sure I realized how much I loved this book until that point. You know it's good when you are pissed that you aren't going to find out what happened next. I will definitely be searching for the next book when it comes out.
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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Out This Week (September 22-28)

Almost everything coming out this week looks epic and amazing. Can't wait to get my hands on some of these YA titles! Take a look... 
  •  9.24.13 Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender
  • 9.26.13 All the Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry
  •  9.24.13 The Fallout by S.A. Bodeen
  • 9.24.13 Untold (The Lynburn Legacy #2) by Sarah Rees Brennan
  • 9.24.13 A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron
  • 9.24.13 A Radiant Sky (Beautiful Dark #3) by Jocelyn Davies
  • 9.24.13 Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
  • 9.24.13 Inheritance by Malinda Lo
  • 9.24.13 Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis 
  • 9.24.13 Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce
  •  9.24.13 Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  • 9.24.13 Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Out This Week (September 15-21)

It's a great mix of new author and continuing series' this week. Take a look at what YA books are coming out this week...
  •  9.17.13 United We Spy (Gallagher Girls #6) by Ally Carter
  • 9.17.13 Tumble and Fall by Alexandra Coutis
  •  9.17.13 Frozen (Heart of Dread #1) by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
  • 9.17.13 Battle of the Ampere (Michael Vey #3) by Richard Paul Evans
  • 9.17.13 The Clockwork Scarab (A Stoker and Holmes novel) by Colleen Gleason
  • 9.17.13 The Wicked Within by Kelly Keaton
  •   9.17.13 QB1 by Mike Lupica
  • 9.17.13 3:59 by Gretchen McNeill
  •  9.17.13 This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
  • 9.17.13 The Dream Thieves (The Raven Boys #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
  • 9.17.13 Dead Girls Don't Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
  • 9.17.13 Once We Were (The Hybrid Chronicles #2) by Kat Zhang

Friday, September 13, 2013

Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel

Title: Palace of Spies
Author: Sarah Zettel
ISBN: 9780544074118
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Released: November 5, 2013
Page #: 362
Source: ARC from the publisher

"Murder. Espionage. Card Games?
Peggy Fitzroy has many talents, but until recently these three were not among them. No, Peggy was merely a lively and charming young lady of the regular sort, until the day she refused to marry the utter cad chosen for her.

Cast out on the street, Peggy has to find a means of support. Though it sounds rather mysterious, she agrees to disguise herself as a lady in waiting in the court of King George I. The real lady in waiting died, supposedly of natural causes.

Life at the palace is grand, until Peggy starts to suspect that something dreadful happened to the girl she is impersonating. Could it have been murder? Unless Peggy can discover what really happened, she might be doomed to the same terrible fate! But in a court filled with shadows and intrigue, anyone could be a spy - perhaps even Matthew, the handsome young artist with whom Peggy is falling in love..."
First Lines: (Quote from the ARC, subject to change)

"I must begin with a frank confession. I became Lady Francesca Wallingham only after I met the man calling himself Tinderflint. This was after my betrothal, but before my uncle threw me into the street and barred the door."
Page 1

I was in dire need of a change in genre. There's only so many fantasy/sci fi books I can read in a row. This seemed like the perfect, easy departure from the norm. 

Peggy is expected to live a normal, quiet life. She is to be married off and spend her life having a family. When she meets her betrothed, she realizes there is way she can face this life. Her uncle throws her out because of her decision and she runs to the only person who has promised her a decent life. Little did she know it would include being stationed at the palace and ferreting out the reason for her predecessor's death.

So, I'm really wondering how much of this book is going to change at publication. I was looking at an advanced copy that has a whole different cover and a different title. And there were times when I wondered if the author might change something that happens within the story. And I sort of hope a few things are changed...

As a whole, I thought the story was really good. There were a few little things that annoyed me. One is the way the accents were portrayed... Any time you had the word "behind." it became "b'ind." And any time there was an H-sound, they broke up the word. It just took me out of the story every time. And it really didn't seem necessary. So I hope they changed that. Otherwise, you don't really need an indication about accents... there are a ton of different languages spoken by the characters. It was just a weird addition for me.

There were some truly hilarious moments in this book. Usually it was during our main character describing something - like the outfits they wear, or the craziness of court life. Those little glimmers really helped the story along. And I don't think I was expecting this to be as much of a mystery novel as it is. You realize that Peggy is taking the place of a girl who died, but you don't realize how deeply she is involved in some of the devious plots.

Truly, this book was very middle of the road for me. It's a good story, there's some fun romance and a big mystery, and an interesting view of court life. But I had some trouble at times with names and figuring out who was who... and with Peggy/Fran having a couple of different names, things got confusing. Same with Tinderflint, or whoever he really was.

I do think that teens who are looking for a fun, mysterious, historical book could really get into this. And I think the new cover probably helps in that. It's not a must-read, but it definitely is a solid contribution to the genre.
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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Out This Week (September 8-14)

The fall publications are picking up speed! Check out some of the YA that are coming out this week... definitely excited about these!

  • 9.10.13 Monsters (Ashes #3) by Ilsa Bick
  • 9.10.13 Antigoddess (Goddess War #1) by Kendare Blake

  •  9.10.13 Cherry Money Baby by John M. Cusick
  • 9.10.13 Smoke by Ellen Hopkins

  •  9.12.13 Until It Hurts to Stop by Jennifer R. Hubbard
  • 9.10.13 Living with Jackie Chan by Jo Knowles

  •  9.10.13 Thornhill (Hemlock #2) by Kathleen Peacock
  • 9.10.13 Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  •  9.10.13 Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
  • 9.12.13 Unthinkable by Nancy Werlin
  • 9.10.13 The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
  • 9.10.13 The Final Descent (Monstrumologist #4) by Rick Yancey

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