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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Out This Week (September 28-October 4)

You gotta get excited about all of the awesome books coming out this week! Have a look at what great things are almost here... 
 9.30.14 Famous Last Words by Katie Alender
9.30.14 Unmarked (Legion #2) by Kami Garcia
 9.30.14 The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris
9.30.14 Between the Stars and Sky by David James
9.30.14 Love is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson
9.30.14 Sacrifice (Elemental #5) by Brigid Kemmerer
 9.30.14 Winterspell by Claire Legrand
9.30.14 The Only Thing to Fear by Caroline Jung Richmond
 9.30.14 The Queen of Zombie Hearts (White Rabbit Chronicles #3) by Gena Showalter
9.30.14 Party Games (Fear Street) by R.L. Stine
 9.30.14 Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
9.30.14 Beauty of the Broken by Tawni Waters
 9.30.14 Dead Zone (Blackout #2) by Robison Wells
9.30.14 Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Monday, September 22, 2014

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After
Author: Stephanie Perkins
ISBN: 9780525425632
Publisher: Dutton Books
Released: August 14, 2014
Page #: 339
Source: My public library

"Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they began their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Etienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love - set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona - is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins's beloved series."
First Lines:

"It's midnight, it's sweltering, and I might be high on Vicodin, but that guy - that guy right over there - that's him.
The him.
His posture is as familiar as a recurring dream."
Page 1

Stephanie Perkins is like a dream author for me. Every book I've read I have thought, "This is my favorite! How is she so good?! When does her next book come out? Why isn't everyone reading this already?" Hopefully they ARE!

Isla and Josh go to school in Paris, but they're both from New York. She's been watching him for years, hoping for him to notice her. Or, at least, more than just some girl in his classes. And when she gets her opening - and she isn't totally herself - she makes a move. It's a clumsy move, but it gets them talking and sets the future on course.

Man. I'm going to try not to gush here. Every step of the way, I was in love with this book. AM in love with this book. It's such a magical, romantic story about two people dealing with the ins and outs of true love. And it's not always pretty. You almost immediately fall in love with both of these characters and I cannot imagine something bad happening to either of them. Of course things fall apart in the middle, but in a way that makes sense.

Perkins is a master at the realistic romance story. And I absolutely adored the way she wove in characters from her previous novels. You don't need to know anything about them, and it's just a nod to the people who have read her other books. It's just so well done! (this is me. not gushing.)

One of the big things that Isla and Josh have to deal with is the college selection process. One of them knows exactly what they want and what it will take to get there. The other has no earthly idea and is contemplating just following the other person on their journey. I think that's an issue that many teens face - especially for those undecided people. It's nice to watch them work through those issues and figure out what it means for the two of them as a couple in the future. Lots of insecurities arise that I distinctly remember feeling as a teen.

There's something so magical about books that are set abroad - especially Paris. They're in this really cool situation there without parents and I think that's what fuels a lot of the story. They are on their own. They have to almost fend for themselves. It's very boarding-school-like, without seeming like an actual boarding school situation. The best of all worlds! And honestly, the immediate set-up had me hooked. The fact that she had just gotten her wisdom teeth out and was on medicine and wandering the streets... it's just so funny and I love the whole damsel in distress - but not really -thing.

Another thing I really enjoyed was Josh's graphic novel that he was working on. I am a person who reads a lot of graphic novels and I thought it was really cool to include that he is an artist who aspires to publish his work. I do think that's an area with growing interest right now - not just reading graphic novels and comics, but to create them. And how you do that effectively. Oh! And the fact that Isla is into comics, too! That was perfect. Thank you for making a girl character who likes things that are sometimes seen as "boy stuff!"

The romantic situations definitely push this book up to older teens, but I think it's fabulous and everyone should read it. Especially adults. I mean, it's just a solid romance that covers so much ground and is extremely well-written. I've said this before, but I'll officially read anything Stephanie Perkins writes. I've drunk the kool-aid. Give. Me. MORE! :)
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Out This Week (September 21-27)

YA Publishing has officially kicked up a notch for the Fall. Take a look at all of these awesome titles coming out this week! 
 9.23.14 Remember Me by Romily Bernard
9.23.14 Unmade (Lynburn Legacy #3) by Sarah Rees Brennan
 9.23.14 Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton
9.23.14 Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant
 9.23.14 Skink - No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
9.23.14 Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper
 9.23.14 Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin
9.23.14 Firebug by Lish McBride
 9.23.14 In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis
9.23.14 On a Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers
 9.23.14 The Bodies We Wear by Jeyn Roberts
9.23.14 Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Friday, September 19, 2014

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J. Maas
ISBN: 9781619630659
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Released: September 02, 2014
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Page #: 562
Source: My public library
"Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak - but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth... a truth about her heritage that could change her life - and her future - forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength not only to fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about the be unleashed.

The king's assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight."
First Lines:

"Gods, it was boiling in this useless excuse for a kingdom.
Or maybe it felt that way because Celaena Sardothien had been lounging on the lip of the terra-cotta roof since midmorning, an arm flung over her eyes, slowly baking in the sun like the loaves of flatbread the city's poorest citizens left on their windowsills because they couldn't afford brick ovens."
Page 3

If you haven't read Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight, please do so. You won't regret it. Epic magical adventure and love story? GO! And I can't promise no spoilers of the first two books.

As the King's Assassin, Celaena has basically been to hell and back. She's fought for her position, her life, her past, her future... and everything in between. Now she's on a quest to get answers from her evil, magic-wielding aunt. But, of course, not without being fully tested and trained to her specifications. And there's larger evils happening back at home - things that Celaena has the ability to fix, but she doesn't know how yet. Training, fighting, and learning are her entire life now.

There is A LOT going on in this book. You've got probably four different storylines with about six or seven different perspectives. It's really a lot to keep up with. And if I am going to say there is any flaw in this book (which is really, really hard to do), I would say that my interest in each of the storylines was varying. Honestly, I could have just stuck with the Celaena/Rowen story the entire book. But I understand how all of the others are going to come into play and be very important as things go along. I just found myself irritated sometimes when I was stuck in another storyline when I really just wanted to know what was happening elsewhere.

So... beyond that, I absolutely loved this book. And have loved this series since the beginning. It's just so well written and you can see that the author does a fabulous job pulling all of the magical concepts together. She's really created a whole new vocabulary and world for you to explore. Things are uncovered at every turn - mysteries start to get solved, other concerns come up. There's so much that has yet to be explored that I look forward to future volumes.

There are a lot of new characters to figure out in this latest book. You've got an entire new city of people who are trying to feel out Celaena and figure out exactly who she is. Then you've got more seedy underworld characters who begin to create drama in another place. There is just a host of new characters! And while that does help keep the story fresh and interesting, there's a lot to keep up with.

I've realized that my only complaints about this book are about its complexity. And that really isn't a problem at all - it may be more of a personal issue because of my current attention span. This book took me a long time to get through, but it was because I wanted to make sure I got all of the details. I made the mistake of flying through the first book and realizing I needed to back up and make sure I understood what was going on. But if you're looking for a story to really dig into, you can't get much better than this.

The ending of this book makes me excited for the next one - which I know is the point. But there is something calming and steady about the way Celaena faces her future and what is going to happen next. And you never know! I was shocked by a few things in this story, so I can only imagine what's going to come next!

I'm absolutly continuing to recommend this series to fantasy lovers. It's a solid story that is very well thought out and you know the author already has a plan for all of these amazing characters. Honestly, I would love to see this as a movie or even as a TV series. It's epic and sometimes spooky and the battles are awesome... there's just a lot to sink your teeth into.
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Out This Week (September 14-20)

 There are some excellent titles coming out this week! And not to mention the beautiful covers :). Take a look:
 9.16.14 Blackbird by Anna Carey
9.16.14 Hunt for Jade Dragon (Michael Vey #4) by Richard Paul Evans
 9.16.14 Ashes to Ashes (Burn for Burn #3) by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
9.16.14 Made for You by Melissa Marr
9.16.14 Get Even by Gretchen McNeil
9.16.14 Day 21 (The 100 #2) by Kass Morgan
 9.16.14 I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
9.16.14 The Vault of Dreams by Caragh M. O'Brien
9.16.14 Jackaby by William Ritter
9.16.14 Sway by Kat Spears
9.16.14 Wildlife by Fiona Wood
9.16.14 The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas
9.16.14 The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2) by Rick Yancey
9.16.14 Echoes of Us (The Hybrid Chronicles #3) by Kat Zhang

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Out This Week (September 7-13)

Tons of great looking stuff happening this week! 
9.9.14 Winterkill by Kate A. Boorman
9.9.14 Found (MIckey Bolitar #3) by Harlan Coba
 9.9.14 Exo (Jumper #4) by Seven Gould
9.9.14 Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley
 9.9.14 Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick
9.9.14 Blood of My Blood (I Hunt Killers #3) by Barry Lyga
9.9.14 The Caller (Shadowfell #3) by Juliet Marillier
9.9.14 Paper Airplanes by Dawn O'Porter
9.9.14 Playing with Matches by Suri Rosen
9.9.14 Hunt for the Bamboo Rat by Graham Salisbury
9.9.14 Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
9.9.14 Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

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