Friday, August 31, 2012

Gotta Have It YA Releases: September 2012

The summer is winding down, but it's hanging on strong with the most awesome books released in a summer.  LOL!  Check out what we have to look forward to for September 2012....

Iron's Prophecy (Iron Fey 4.5) by Julie Kagawa  (9/1/2012)
Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama (9/4/2012)
Outpost (Enclave #2) by Ann Aguirre  (9/4/2012)

34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues  (9/4/2012)
Entice by Jessica Shirvington  (9/4/2012)
Fathomless by Jackson Pearce  (9/4/2012)

Sweet Shadows (Medusa Girls #2) by Tera Lynn Childs  (9/4/2012)
Rage Within (Dark Inside #2) by Jeyn Roberts  (9/4/2012)
Sneak (Swipe #2) by Evan Angler  (9/4/2012)

Defiance by C.J. Redwine  (9/6/2012)
Forbidden Mind by Kimberly Kinrade  (9/6/2012)
Silver by Talia Vance  (9/8/2012)

Hidden (Firelight #3) by Sophie Jordan  (9/11/2012)
Fang Girl by Helen Keeble  (9/11/2012)
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris  (9/11/2012)

Anything But Ordinary by Lara Avery  (9/11/2012)
Toxic (Touch #2) by Jus Accardo  (9/11/2012)
Nerve by Jeanne Ryan  (9/13/2012)

Burn For Burn by Jenny Han  (9/18/2012)
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater  (9/18/2012)
Ceaseless (Existence #3) by Abbi Glines  (9/18/2012)

Glass Heart by Amy Garvey  (9/18/2012)
What's Left Of Me by Kat Zhang  (9/18/2012)
Cursed  by Jennifer L. Armentrout  (9/18/2012)

The Crown of Embers (Fire & Thorns #2) by Rae Carson  (9/18/2012)
The Mephisto Kiss (Mephisto Covenant #2) by Trinity Faegen (9/25/2012)
The Blessed by Tonya Hurley  (9/25/2012)

Covet  (Clann #2) by Melissa Darnell  (9/25/2012)
Shadows (Ashes #2) by Ilsa J. Bick  (9/25/2012)
A Fractured Light (A Beautiful Dark #2) by Jocelyn Davies (9/25/2012)

Leave a comment and let me know your favorites!


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

Dreamless by Josephine Angelini
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen

Can true love be forgotten?  As the only scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.  Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out--a ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies' cry for blood is growing louder.  As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen's sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos.  -

Josephine Angelini knows how to write an awesome book.  That's all I can say.  This series is amazing, and if this sequel says anything, it is that she only gets better with each book.

Everything I loved about Helen in book one is still there.  She's growing so strong, both physically and emotionally.  She sacrifices so much in this story, as she enters the Underworld every night trying to find a cure for the Furies' revenge cycle and allow the families to drop their centuries-old hatred of one another so that they can live in peace.  She's so brave and courageous in this story.

The bomb her mom dropped on her in the last book, that Lucas is her cousin causes extreme conflict that is so agonizing to watch.  It's so sad that they love each other so much but can't be together because they think they're cousins.  But don't worry, Helen finds a friend in the Underworld.  I loved Orion so much!  I'm so torn now.  As much as I love Lucas, Orion is amazing too.  He's brave, sacrificial and so caring.  And then... Lucas is badass! 

If I had these two to choose  I don't know what I would do.  But they both love Helen, and both are willing to sacrifice for her.  And it is their sacrifice that completely changes the story and amps up the conflict even more.  Now what?  Wow.  I don't know how Josephine Angelini will resolve all of this in the last story, but she's definitely written her characters into a corner and it's going to be so amazing to watch how they get out of it.

Her writing is wonderful... engaging and fast-paced, and so emotional.  I love these books!

If you liked this book, be watchign for the third book, Goddess, in May 2013!


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. WoW posts are about books that you can’t wait to get your hands on.

This is one of my favorite posts to read on the blogs that I follow because other bloggers have found so many wonderful books that I had no idea about! I get most of those from reading Waiting on Wednesday posts. :-) I urge you to visit other blogs and read theirs to find these great lists!

Release Date: January 8, 2013
Why I love it: Sequel to
Under the Never Sky, one
of the best debut dystopians
I've ever read!
Buy it on Goodreads
Leave a comment and share your WoWs.


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Beauty by Lisa Daily

Beauty by Lisa Daily
Release Date: May 10, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill

What's it like to be the most beautiful girl in the world?  Molly desperately wants to be beautiful. And that's what she tells Dharma, the mysterious portrait artist who sketches her face at the town fair just minutes after she's humiliated in front of Hudson, the guy of her dreams. When Molly wakes up the following morning, she's the most beautiful girl in Miracle, Ohio. Babies coo in her arms, her house fills with flowers from dozens of drooling boys, and she's chosen to be a model for the hottest store in town. Best of all, Hudson finally falls for her.  But Molly soon discovers that beauty--and her wish--comes with a price. She's faced with an impossible choice: Will reclaiming her true identity mean letting go of Hudson for good?  -

The concept for this story was cute and interesting.  It was a sort of Teen Witch (the movie from the early 90s) meets Mean Girls.  And these girls are definitely mean to Molly in this story.  They're absolutely ugly and such bullies. 

The true depth of this story comes from what being beautiful does to Molly.  There are some changes to her personality, and they aren't all good.  The question is whether or not she'll be able to find herself now that she's beautiful.

I found the idea of Hudson liking her to be somewhat unrealistic.  He never liked her before she became beautiful, so for him to like her now seems to be rather superficial on his part.  Even if that could be explained away, I had an issue too with the fact that when Molly begins to change, Hudson has a problem with it.  Yet, he's been hanging with mean girls just like her for years.  So I was left wondering about him being so wishy-washy.

There were definitely aspects to the story that I enjoyed, but all in all, I felt a lot more could have been done with it.  I would have rather Hudson had liked her before she became beautiful.  Or perhaps there could have been another guy who loved her all along just the way she was.  The concept was good, but for some reason, this book fell a little short for me.


Monday, August 27, 2012

Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Release Date: July 17, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Waverly and Kieran are finally reunited on the Empyrean. Kieran has led the boys safely up to this point, and now that the girls are back, their mission seems slightly less impossible: to chase down the New Horizon, and save their parents from the enemy ship. But nothing is truly as it seems…Kieran’s leadership methods have raised Seth’s hackles— and Waverly’s suspicions. Is this really her fiancĂ©? The handsome, loving boy she was torn from just a short time before? More and more, she finds her thoughts aligned with Seth’s. But if Seth is Kieran’s Enemy No. 1, what does that make her?  In one night, a strange explosion rocks the Empyrean—shooting them off course and delaying their pursuit of the New Horizon—and Seth is mysteriously released from the brig. Seth is the most obvious suspect for the explosion, and Waverly the most obvious suspect for releasing him. As the tension reaches a boiling point, will Seth be able to find the true culprit before Kieran locks them both away—or worse? Will Waverly follow her heart, even if it puts lives at risk? With the balance of power precarious and the clock ticking, every decision counts… every step brings them closer to a new beginning, or a sudden end... -

This book was absolutely amazing.  I loved it, over and above how I felt about the first book, Glow.  It just had something extra to it.  Some characters redeem themselves, others sink lower.  There were so many things that made this book phenomenal, but again, one of the greatest strengths were the characters.

Something I noted in the first book, which stays true in book two, is that all the characters have such an evident capacity for both good and evil.  In book one, even though I liked Seth, I also hated him because of his actions.  Kieren, who I started out really liking in book one, later became something a little twisted in book one himself, but in another way from what happened to Seth...yet still redeemable.  I still felt so sorry for him in what happened.  Meanwhile, Waverly went from mousy to absolutely tough. 

In this story, things change yet again.  Kieren becomes a bit more twisted, while still maintaining some saving qualities.  There were times, however, that I just wanted to smack his face off because you really hate him.  Seth, who I had grown disgusted with in book one, completely changes yet again and comes a little closer to the potential I always saw in him... of course this made me extremely happy, as he redeems himself and starts down a completely different path.  And Waverly finds things within herself that are amazing and also a little ugly too.

The external conflict amps up yet again, and there was one scene, toward the end of the story that literally had me hopping up and down in my chair with suspense.  It had me breathless!  Wow.  What can I say.

The ending had to be one of the biggest cliffhangers ever!!  Oh, Seth, Seth, Seth!!  It was absolutely agonizing and I literally screamed at the page, "No!!"  My husband thought I was having a fit.  That's some really good writing right there.  Amy Kathleen Ryan has some brilliant writing, let me tell you.  To write characters so thoroughly interesting, where the good and bad are both in them, and to create such suspense for the reader, is amazing.  This book truly did leave me breathless.

If you liked this book, check out the first book:


Sunday, August 26, 2012

That Boy by Jillian Dodd

That Boy by Jillian Dodd
Release Date: May 16, 2011

You know, being friends with two cute boys does have its benefits. There's Danny. He’s the boy every girl crushes on. The boy I get into trouble with, the boy I fight with, the hot quarterback no girl can resist, not even me. Being with Danny is like being on an adventure. He has a bright, contagious smile and abs to die for. He’s pretty much irresistible.  Equally crush worthy is Phillip. Adorable, sweet Phillip, who I have known since birth.  He’s the boy I talk to every night before I go to sleep. The boy who rescues me, the boy who can read my mind, the boy who is always there for me, the boy who tries to keep me out of trouble, the boy who irritatingly keeps getting hotter, and whose strong arms always seem to find their way around me. And when he gives me that grin, I can never say no.  One boy will give me my very first kiss. One boy will teach me to make out. One boy will take me to prom. And finally, one boy will ask me to marry him.  They will both be my best friends.  But only one of them will be the boy I fall in love with.  Only one of them is That Boy.  -

I'm not sure how to describe how absolutely perfect I found this book to be.  I picked it becauase I was searching for a cute, romantic read.  Every now and then, I'm just in the mood for something cute, light, and pure romance, and I'll troll the online bookstores searching for it.  Yes, this book certainly fit the bill, but for some reason, it was so much more.

JJ was one of the most memorable characters I've ever read in a contemporary YA romance.  Her narrative is funny, quirky, and so cute.  She's what I would term as a girly tomboy.  This is a variation of the classical tomboy in which the girl loves to do boy things like play football with the guys, but is, in fact, also very feminine and girly.  And her best friends are two hot, sexy guys that she met when she was a little girl because they all live next door to each other. 

First there's Danny, the sexy quarterback playboy type.  Then there's Phillip, the hot, sweet guy who always watches out for her.  When I first read the summary, I knew exactly who I wanted JJ to be with.  I get firmly held opinions like that, and it is usually very difficult to change my mind... but Jillian Dodd completely did.  She didn't end up with the guy I thought she would and wanted her too, but it was perfectly fine... and by then, I was so happy for her to be with the other guy.  I completely switched... and it wasn't because the author threw in some sort of horrible character change that made you dislike one of them like so many books tend to do with their love triangles.  In the end, you still absolutely adore both guys, but through the progression of the story, you just naturally discover who she's meant to be with.  And I gotta tell you, Dodd kept you in suspense until the very end.  JJ's love for both boys is so perfectly balanced on the surface that you really have no clue who she's going to end up with, even if you have a vague idea all along which one is the best "for" her.  At that final moment, you just have to love the guy for all the lengths he goes to in order to express his love.  It was amazing and perfect and epitomizes him as a character. 

Jillian Dodd's writing sucked me in immediately.  I was amazed at how she managed to move the reader through ten to twelve years of time so seamlessly without the book feeling choppy and confusing, but she succeeded at this.  I had read some reviews that suggested the story was difficult to get into at first, but I don't know what book they were reading.  This story had me from page one.  And it wasn't just the love story.  The evolution of the characters was amazing and perfect.  Every grows, everyone discovers what's important, and real emotion, even gut and heart-wrenching kinds are all over these pages.  The story had depth I wasn't expecting, but I am so, so grateful to have found this book.

If you liked this book, check out the sequel:


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

I finally got my hands on a couple books I've ben dying to get for a year now.  Yay!!  Here's what I got this week!




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