Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Would you like to see my bookshelves?

I've been watching a lot of bookshelf tours lately, because I am an avid book peeper. (I can't help it they're just soooo pretty!) And I realized that I need to do one. However, I don't want to do one if there isn't any interest because yes, I am lazy. :)

So if you would like to see me in all my bookshelf glory, just leave a comment saying "Yes!" or "Ick!" (for "NO I don't want to see your bookshelves, you weirdo!") or perhaps "I really just don't care."

If you do want to see my books, would you like me to pull out the books so you can look at the covers like some bloggers do, just skim through the books, or a combination of both? Tell me what you desire and it shall be yours!

If there is a high interest, I will post my bookshelf tour as soon as I get my new shelf, which should be in the next week or so.

ORIGINAL SIN by Lisa Desrochers - book trailer

Monday, June 27, 2011

Glorious Covers

For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought. Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

Expected Publication Date: January 24, 2012

The Last Echo (The Body Finder #3) by Kimberly Derting

Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet’s talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it’s Violet’s job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice. When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by “the girlfriend collector” she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new “relationship” and Violet may have caught his eye...

Expected Publication Date: April 17, 2012

The Calling (Darkness Rising #2) by Kelley Armstrong

Maya Delaney’s paw-print birthmark is the sign of what she truly is—a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly anyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it’s only a matter of time before she’s able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents.

Now, Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then they’re kidnapped, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they find themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home. Plentiful action and romance in this second installment in the Darkness Rising series will keep readers enthralled to the very last page!

Expected Publication Date: April 2012

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—nicknamed The Death Shop—are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms eventually will. In this dystopia, even the very air she breathes could kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild, dangerous—a savage. He’s also her only hope. Perry needs Aria, too. She alone holds the key to his redemption. And their unlikely alliance will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

Expected Publication Date: February 7, 2012

All books are Published by HarperTeen.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Persephone Triplets

New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld.

Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

This book is so amazingly awesome! Meg Cabot is a literary genius.

Publisher: Point, Scholastic

It's always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.

I really liked this book, and I'm super excited for the sequel.

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

This book sounds fantastic! I really wish it was coming out sooner!

Release Date: January 3, 2012

Publisher: Balzer + Bray, Harper Teen

These books may all have the same myth surrounding them, but I can't help but love every single one of them (even the one I haven't read).

Monday, June 20, 2011

Born Wicked Cover Reveal

Cate Cahill and her sisters are considered eccentric bluestockings—a little odd, a little unfashionable, and far too educated for their own good. The truth is more complicated; they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it could mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave. Before their mother died, she entrusted Cate with keeping them safe and keeping everyone, including their father, in the dark about their powers.

When her father employs a governess and Cate begins to receive notes from her missing, presumed-mad godmother, her task becomes much more difficult. As Cate searches for answers in banned books and rebellious new friends, she must juggle unwanted proposals, tea parties, and an illicit attraction to the new gardener. Cate will do anything to protect her sisters, but at what cost to herself.

Release Date: February 7th 2012

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Dreaming Awake Cover

Is this cover not simply gorgeous?! I thought the first cover was haunting, but this is heart-stopping! I can't wait for this book!

Hourglass by Myra McEntire Book Trailer

Monday, June 13, 2011

Review: The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one except the thing inside her.

When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch.

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits. Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.

But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on, even if it seems no one believes her.

My Review:

This novel was such a breath of fresh air! There wasn't a whiny girl who fell in love with this perfectly perfect guy who magically made her life ten times more difficult than it previously was. Instead there was a girl who already had some major problems and who found a boy that could solve them.

Finley Jane at first seemed too "Eh" for me. I just didn't connect with her character, but then she started kicking butt. It immediately felt like this story had punched its way into my mind just like Finley punched the nasty bad guys. My thoughts were consumed by these awesome characters Cross had put together. To me, the characters who weren't front and center in the book all the time were the ones that captivated me even more than Finley and Griffin King. Emily, Sam, Jasper and Jack Dandy were hilarious and suprisingly lovable (especially Sam, I love me some Sam).

The plot was everywhere! And I ADORED it! You hardly ever knew what was going to happen. (I say hardly because at one point there is a very predictable twist.) I tried putting down this book a few times and a good majority of the time my hands wouldn't let go.

This is the first Steampunk novel I've read, besides Clockwork Angel, and I am gaga over this genre now. I look forward to reading the sequel.

*I received a copy of this to review via Netgalley. This in no way altered my opinion/review.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Contest over on Courtney Allison Moulton's Blog for Wings of the Wicked

If you want to win a copy of Wings of the Wicked, pictured below, go here.

*I was going to pretty up this post, but my computer isn't letting me put pictures on right now. Sorry.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton

Wings of the Wicked Cover Revealed

Life as the Preliator is harder than Ellie ever imagined.

Balancing real life with the responsibility of being Heaven’s warrior is a challenge for Ellie. Her relationship with Will has become all business, though they both long for each other. And now that the secret of who she really is has come out, so have Hell’s strongest reapers. Grown bold and more vicious, the demonic threaten her in the light of day and stalk her in the night.

She’s been warned.

Cadan, a demonic reaper, comes to her with information about Bastian’s new plan to destroy Ellie’s soul and use an ancient relic to wake all the souls of the damned and unleash them upon humanity. As she fights to stay ahead of Bastian’s schemes , the revelations about those closest to her awaken a dark power within Ellie that threatens to destroy everything—including herself.

She’ll be betrayed.

Treachery comes even from those whom she loves, and Ellie is broken by the deaths of those who stood beside her in this Heavenly war. Still, she must find a way to save the world, herself, and her love for Will. If she fails, there will be hell to pay.

Thursday, June 2, 2011