Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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!

Alenna escaped. It was expected that she would die on the wheel, the island where would-be criminals are sent as directed by the UNA—the totalitarian supercountry that was once the United States, Mexico, and Canada. But Alenna and her boyfriend, Liam, made it to safety. Except safety, they will soon learn, is relative.

In order to bring down the UNA, they must first gain control of the wheel. If the mission succeeds, the wheel will become a base of revolution. But between betrayals, a new Monk leading a more organized army of Drones, and the discovery of a previously unknown contingent, Alenna, Liam, and their allies might be in over their heads. One thing Alenna knows for sure: There will be a reckoning. And not everyone she loves will make it out alive 

Release Date:  August 6, 2013
Why I'm excited about it:
The first book blew me away.
I can't wait for this sequel!
Leave a comment and let me know what your WoWs are this week!


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Gotta Have It YA Releases: August 2013

July was a great month for book releases, but I think August may have it beat!  Check out all of these awesome titles that are coming out in August 2013.

Canary by Rachele Alpine  (8/1/2013)
Working It by Kendall Ryan  (8/5/2013)
Infinityglass (Hourglass #3) by Myra McEntire  (8/6/2013)
The Apollo Academy by Kimberly P. Chase  (8/6/2013)
Out of Play by Jolene Perry & Nyrae Dawn  (8/6/2013)
TMI by Patty Blount (8/6/2013)
Running Lean by Diana L. Sharples  (8/6/2013)
The Uprising (Forsaken #2) by Lisa M. Stasse  (8/6/2013)
Gated by Amy Christine Parker (8/6/2013)
Hover (Gravity #2) by Melissa West  (8/13/2013)
Keeping Her by Cora Carmack  (8/13/2013)
The Deepest Night (Sweetest Dark #2) by Shana Abe (8/13/2013)
Demonosity by Amanda Ashby  (8/15/2013)
Darker Days (Darker Agency #1) by Jus Accardo (8/19/2013)
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke (8/15/2013)
Life, Love & Lemons by Magan Vernon  (8/20/2013)
Soulbroken (Legacy of Tril #2) by Heather Brewer (8/20/2013)
Taming Cross by Ella James  (8/20/2013)
The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle  (8/20/2013)
Unafraid by Melody Grace  (8/27/2013)
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider  (8/27/2013)
Deception (Defiance #2) by C.J. Redwine  (8/27/2013)
All the Right Moves by Ever Leigh  (8/27/2013)
Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick & Suzanne Young  (8/27/2013)
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas  (8/27/2013)
Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout  (8/27/2013)
Taste Test by Kelly Fiore (8/27/2013)
Consume (Clann #3) by Melissa Darnell  (8/27/2013)
Confessions of a Hater by Caprice Crane  (8/27/2013)
Leave a comment and let me know which ones you're looking forward to!


Monday, July 29, 2013

Sky's End by Lesley Young

Sky's End by Lesley Young
Release Date: July 15, 2013
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

A secret she must never share. A secret that two warring species are determined to control. A universe's future at stake. Twenty-year-old Cassiel Winters joins Earth's new space academy in hopes of finding her brother, one of Command's top pilots and her only family, who's been reported MIA. But she quickly realizes she may not be cut out for life in space, where female cadets are outnumbered, competition's fierce, and she's already failed her hand-to-hand combat test once. Even the station's most respected officer, Lt. Damian King, probably can't help Cassiel pass the second time around-so why is he so interested in her progress? If only one of her freaky deja vu visions would offer an answer instead of mysterious messages like hide. When Cassiel's manipulated into a perilous mission, she encounters a warrior species bred to protect the universe from an even greater threat. And she learns that her secret visions are at the heart of it all. Now Cassiel must fight to control her own destiny and race to save her brother-even if it means pretending to be the pawn of Prime Or'ic, the cold-as-steel Thell'eon leader. Even if it means risking her life, facing hard truths, and making the ultimate sacrifice. -

I've never really been a fan of Sci-Fi type stories, but lately, I've read a couple that have gotten me into them a little bit more.  So I was excited about this, and I really loved the concept behind the story. A space Academy, galaxy travel, and aliens that are humanoid just seemed really interesting to me, and for the most part, the book delivered.

As far as the setting goes, this story was very rich in detail, very vivid.  I felt like I could picture myself there.  The author did a fabulous job with the world-building in general to the point where it felt real, but I didn't find myself drowning in the details either.  It was just right.

The characters were intriguing, although there were a couple things about them disappointed me slightly.  First, Cassiel irritated me quite often.  I liked her character, but she just seemed to make some really stupid choices that either a) made no sense, or b) she thoughtlessly did with no idea of the consequences.  And these decisions often had a bad ripple effect.  There were times that I really wanted to tell her to calm down and think her way through before jumping headlong into a decision so spontaneously.  For the most part, however, I liked her.

I really loved the Horde characters, even though they are the "aliens", and I most especially loved the Prime.  He was a great character.  I know this is going to be love triangle... I can't just see it, but I'm already firmly on the side of the Prime.  I just have a little trouble with King.  He came across to me as a little stale, and I don't feel like I have an emotional connection to him, so there's nothing that invested me in him.

All in all, the book didn't really knock me out, but it interested me enough that I am going to want to pick up the next one, just to see who Cassiel ends up with.  The book had a lot of pluses, mainly the Horde characters, the story concept, and the rich setting.  Worth a read.


Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Human by Keary Taylor

The Human by Keary Taylor
Release Date: June 18, 2013

The city of New Eden is cleared, but it won’t stay that way forever. The Bane continue to advance in horrific ways that will wipe humanity from the face of the Earth. A storm is coming, one none of them could have dared imagine.   When a group of outsiders come to the city, everyone is on edge. They have too many questions and not enough answers about where they are from or what they want. Just because they are human doesn’t mean they can be trusted.  Eve made a choice–one that could have deadly repercussions. Desperate hearts bring about desperate actions. Now she must make another decision as her world continues to crumble: come to terms with who she really is, or risk her sanity. She thought she had unlocked all the secrets from her past, but there are truths still buried that leave her questioning what is real and what is not.  -

First and foremost, thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  And honestly, this book is awesome!!  I'm so glad I found this series, because it is quickly becoming on of my favorites of 2013.  It is well-written, suspenseful, and exciting. 

Eve is an amazing character.  You would think that someone who has been sort of adjusted to not feel emotions would be boring to read about, but not so.  She is learning to feel them, working through how overwhelming they can be, and evolving into a new person.  What I love about her is her nobility.  She cares so much for those she protects, and will do anything to make and keep them safe.  Her bravery and courage, especially in the face of new emotions, is extraordinary, and just makes you love her all the more. 

I love Eve's relationship with Avian.  This guy cares so much about her, that you can't help but love him.  Plus, there's that hint of vulnerability, an insecurity of her affection, that makes him so real and endearing.  Although the relationship and romance are not the center piece of the story, I do believe the relationship between Eve and Avian reached a new level in this story.

As far as the story goes, this was an excellent continuation of the series.  Everything I loved about the first book is present in The Human.  There were moments of heart-stopping suspense in this story that left me gasping and on the edge of my seat.  The mystery surrounding Eve is not completed.  There are new revelations that are shocking and unexpected, and which keep the overall story fast-paced and completely engrossing.  And talk about a cliffhanger!  I'm now dying for the next installment.

Keary Taylor has created an amazing and unique story here with endearing characters, suspense and excitement.  The writing was incredibly fast-paced, and the setting rich in detail.  I love this series!!


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Stacking the Shelves

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

Here's what I got this week!!

 Leave a comment and let me know what you got this week! 

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