Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Turncoat's Gambit (The Inventor's Secret #3) by Andrea Cremer



Last year I was part of the Blog Tour for The Conjurer's Riddle and I read book 1 and 2 back to back and fell in love with this series. So I am super excited for The Turncoat's Gambit and can not wait to read this one.


The Turncoat's Gambit (The Inventor's Secret #3) by 
Hardcover352 pages
Expected publication: November 15th 2016 
by Philomel Books



Synopsis:

What if America had lost the Revolutionary War? And now lived in constant fear and oppression? From the bestselling author of Nightshade, this is the action-packed final chapter of The Inventor's Secret trilogy

Charlotte has spent her whole life fighting the British Empire, following in the footsteps of her parents and their group of rebels. But when her reunion with her mother laid bare horrible truths about the rebellion, Charlotte knew she had to escape. Now she is on the run, with no idea who the enemy is--or which of her compatriots is truly on her side. 

In this action-packed conclusion to the Inventor's Secret trilogy, full of swashbuckling pirates and young ladies who can hold their own against them, Charlotte will need to fight for her life and for her beliefs -- whatever they might be.
 

 
Praise for The Conjurer's Riddle:

"This is classic steampunk [with] exotic and picturesque locales, lots of interesting machinery, and the adrenaline rush of following the adventures of an honest and fearless heroine. A suitably swashbuckling sequel."--Kirkus Reviews


Praise for The Inventor's Secret:

* "Cremer...creates an inventive blend of steampunk and alternative history in this new series. She gives readers a fantastical world with mechanical wonders and an opulent vintage setting. The characters are interesting and well developed. Readers will be drawn to future installments."--VOYA, starred review

"[A]n entertaining romp in a richly imaginative setting."--Kirkus Reviews



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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Savage by Thomas E. Sniegoski ~ Review


Savage by 
Hardcover416 pages
Published May 31st 2016 
by Simon Pulse
Source: ARC Provided by Publisher
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars


Synopsis:

The future is looking bright for Sidney Moore as she as she gets ready to leave the small island of Benediction behind for one of Boston’s top veterinary programs. There are some bumps in the road to navigate—her father’s recovery from a debilitating stroke, and her own guilt for ending her relationship with her high school boyfriend, and having to leave behind her deaf German shepherd, Snowy—but she’s always been strong willed, with a passion to achieve her life’s dreams.

Now a storm is bearing down on Benediction—a hurricane that will bring devastating winds and rain, rising tides…and something else.

Something deadly. Something that will transform all the things that creep, crawl, and flutter into instruments of terror and death.

The future is looking bright for Sidney Moore. All she has to do is survive the storm.


Review:

Thank you Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy of Savage for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

I normally do not read thrillers but this on spoke to me. While reading this book I could not sleep and was shaking like a leaf. It took me a bit to stop staring into every crack in my house. Thank you Thomas for that. I also really enjoyed the different POV's from others in the town so you got a complete picture of everything that was happening.

I however, did not think this story was singularly focused on Sidney and I also believe this story is more then a YA novel. I think this is for adults too. I think my favorite POV and most creepy was the hoarder. I was like omg I used to love watching that show and the author gave a perfect visual. Then imagine something creepy going down in that mess. I was glued.

This is a must read for thriller fans and those who are reluctant thriller readers. I wish the ending had been as creepy as the beginning and kept that level. I think the one upping what was already creepy was not necessary but that was very minor and only happened in the last couple chapters. This however would be my number one thriller recommended book and I already have my father reading it who is a huge fan of thrillers.



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About the Author:

THOMAS E. SNIEGOSKI is the author of more than two dozen novels for adults, teens, and children. His teen fantasy YA series Fallen was adapted into a trilogy of monstrously successful TV movies by ABC Family Channel. His other books for teens include Sleeper Code, Sleeper Agenda, and Force Majeure, as well as the upcoming series The Brimstone Network. The author's first adult novel, A Kiss Before the Apocalypse, hit the shelves in 2008, with its sequel, Dancing on the Head of a Pin to be released in 2009. 

Sniegoski's work for younger readers includes Billy Hooten: Owlboy, and the fantasy quartet OutCast, which he co-authored with Christopher Golden. OutCast is in development as a film at Universal. Sniegoski and Golden have also collaborated on the adult dark fantasy series The Menagerie, and multiple creator-owned comic book series, including The Sisterhood, which is being prepped for a feature film by InterMedia, and Talent, currently in development at Universal after a major bidding war.

As a comic book writer, Sniegoski's work includes Stupid, Stupid Rat Tails, a prequel miniseries to international hit, Bone. Sniegoski collaborated with Bone creator Jeff Smith on the prequel, making him the only writer Smith has ever asked to work on those characters. Sniegoski and Golden also wrote the graphic novel BPRD: Hollow Earth, a spinoff from Hellboy.

Sniegoski was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his wife LeeAnne and their Labrador Retriever, Mulder. Tom recently completed the new young adult novel, Legacy, which is set to be released in October of 2009

Waiting on Wednesday: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell


Last year I read Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell and I fell in love with her writing. She took something like Peter Pan re-telling and made it fresh and new while staying true to the nature and core of the story. I am such a fan and so it is no surprise I am super excited for her next venture.



The Last Magician by 
Hardcover480 pages
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 
by Simon Pulse


Synopsis:

Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives. 

Tessa is a talented thief, and she's been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Tessa can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Tessa’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1901 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Tessa to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.



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Monday, August 15, 2016

Vicarious (Vicarious #1) by Paula Stokes ~ Review


Vicarious (Vicarious #1) by 
Hardcover336 pages
Expected publication: August 16th 2016 
by Tor
Source: ARC Provided by Publisher
Rating: 3.5 Out of 5 Stars



Synopsis:

Winter Kim and her sister, Rose, have always been inseparable. Together, the two of them survived growing up in a Korean orphanage and being trafficked into the United States.

Now they work as digital stunt girls for Rose’s ex-boyfriend, Gideon, engaging in dangerous and enticing activities while recording their neural impulses for his Vicarious Sensory Experiences, or ViSEs. Whether it’s bungee jumping, shark diving, or grinding up against celebrities at the city’s hottest dance clubs, Gideon can make it happen for you, for a price.

When Rose disappears and a ViSE recording of her murder is delivered to Gideon, Winter won’t rest until she finds her sister’s killer. But when the clues she uncovers conflict with the neural recordings her sister made, Winter isn’t sure what to believe. To find out what happened to Rose, she’ll have to untangle what’s real from what only seems real, risking her life in the process.
 


Review:


Thank you Tor for sending me a copy of Vicarious for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

Vicarious has some very gripping and emotional moments. This is a book themed for older teens as some of the material may not be appropriate for younger readers. I am not a contemporary fan but sometimes I find a book that grips me enough to make that exception. Vicarious was one of those stories. I did think their would be a little more science fiction feel with this being a Tor book so it took me a little off guard and a little longer for the story to really pull me in.

Winter was the kind of character who was strong even though her life had been one trauma after the other. I felt for her character and I really loved her best friend Jesse. A very swoon worthy best friend. I loved the twists and turns of Vicarious. I never saw all those twists coming at the end. If you love a good contemporary, suspenseful mystery then this is the story for you.



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About the Author:

*** Please contact me via the contact information on my website: authorpaulastokes.com ***

Paula Stokes is half writer, half RN, and totally thrilled to be part of the world of YA literature. She started out writing historical fiction under a pen name and is now branching out into other YA genres.

When she's not working (rare), she's kayaking, hiking, reading, or seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. She's petted tigers, snuggled snakes, snorkeled with stingrays, and once enjoyed the suction-cuppy feel of a baby elephant's trunk as it ate peanuts from her palm. Her future goals include diving with Great White sharks, learning Krav Maga, and writing a whole slew of novels, not necessarily in that order.



Sunday, August 14, 2016

Poisoned Blade (Court of Fives #2) by Kate Elliott #BEA16 ~ Review


Poisoned Blade (Court of Fives #2) by 
Hardcover448 pages
Expected publication: August 16th 2016 
by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC Provided at BEA 2016
Rating: 4.5 Out of 5 Stars



Synopsis:

Jessamy is moving up the ranks of the Fives—the complex athletic contest favored by the lowliest Commoners and the loftiest Patrons in her embattled kingdom. Pitted against far more formidable adversaries, success is Jes's only option, as her prize money is essential to keeping her hidden family alive. She leaps at the chance to tour the countryside and face more competitors, but then a fatal attack on Jes's traveling party puts her at the center of the war that Lord Kalliarkos—the prince she still loves—is fighting against their country's enemies. With a sinister overlord watching her every move and Kal's life on the line, Jes must now become more than a Fives champion...She must become a warrior. 


Review:

Thank you Little Brown for providing Poisoned Blade at BEA 2016. This in no way affected my opinion.

I read Court of Fives and Poisoned Blade back to back. I have such a book hangover. Kate Elliott's writing is so consistent. Court of Fives was such a great platform to dive into Poisoned Blade which had all the twists and turns and feels that kept you wanting more. I was glued and could not put this book down. I am going to have an agonizing year waiting for book 3.

Jessamy becomes stronger through more twists and turns she will have to face in Poisoned Blade. Her family is still in danger and she needs to keep them from danger while worrying about her own saftey. Kal goes off to fight the war and will anything ever be the same again between the two of them?

This series will have you completely entranced into the world and not wanting to come back to reality when it is all over. This is a must read series.  


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About the Author:

As a child in rural Oregon, Kate Elliott made up stories because she longed to escape to a world of lurid adventure fiction. She now writes fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction, often with a romantic edge. It should therefore come as no surprise that she met her future husband in a sword fight.

When he gave up police work to study archaeology, they and their three children fell into an entirely new set of adventures in dusty Mexican ruins and mouthwatering European pastry shops. Eventually her spouse’s work forced them to move to Hawaii, where she took up outrigger canoe paddling.

Also, there is a schnauzer.



Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Rise of Fire (Reign of Shadows #2) by Sophie Jordan


I am so excited for Rise of Fire. One of my top reads of this year was Reign of Shadows. It was a perfect balance of swoon, fairy tale and thriller all in one stunning book. The ending definitely had fans wanting more so it is no surprise that I am anticipating Rise of Fire!


Rise of Fire (Reign of Shadows #2) by 
Hardcover304 pages
Expected publication: February 7th 2017 
by HarperTeen


Synopsis:

The richly suspenseful sequel to Sophie Jordan’s romantic fantasy Reign of Shadows.

Luna and Fowler have escaped the kingdom of Relhok, but they haven’t escaped the darkness. When a battle against the dark dwellers mortally injures Fowler, Luna is faced with a choice: put their fate in the hands of mysterious strangers or risk losing Fowler forever.

Desperate to keep the one bright part of her life alive, Luna accepts the help of soldiers from a nearby kingdom. Lagonia’s castle offers reprieve from the dangerous outside world—until the king discovers both Fowler's and Luna’s true ties to Relhok and their influence over the throne.

Now pawns in each kingdom’s political game, Luna and Fowler are more determined than ever to escape and build the life they’ve been dreaming of. But their own pasts have a tight hold on their hearts and their destinies. Luna must embrace the darkness and fire within her before she loses not only Fowler, but the power she was destined to inherit.




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Monday, August 8, 2016

For This Life Only by Stacey Kade ~ Review


For This Life Only by 
Hardcover320 pages
Expected publication: August 30th 2016 
by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC Provided by Publisher
Rating: 3 Out of 5 Stars


Synopsis:

A young man struggles to move forward after the death of his twin brother in this gripping, coming-of-age tale about loss, redemption, love, and the moment you begin to see the world differently.

Three minutes.

Jacob Palmer died for three life-changing minutes.

And when he woke up, nothing was the same. Elijah, his twin brother, is dead, and his family is broken. Jace’s planned future is crushed, along with his pitching arm. Everyone keeps telling him that Eli’s in a better place, but Jace isn’t so sure. Because in those three minutes, there was nothing.

Overwhelmed by guilt and doubt, Jace struggles to adjust to this new version of the world, one without his brother, one without the certainties he once relied on. And then Thera comes into his life.

She’s the last girl he should be turning to for help.

But she’s also the first person to truly see him.


Review:

Thank you Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy of For This Life Only. This in no way affected my opinion.

I was so excited for this book. I do not read many contemporaries but I wanted this one due to being a twin I thought it would grip my heart strings and tear me apart. However that did not happen. I wanted to feel more then I did. I felt Eli and Jace's relationship dynamics were spot on for twins as far as the conflicting feelings of not being the good one. Twins go through struggles for their own identity. 

I wanted to feel Jace's loss but sadly I did not. I finally teared up at the very end. If I had lost my twin I would be a wreck and I would never be whole again. While I felt that was expressed in words I did not feel the emotions Jace went through. I felt a disconnect in his character. I think Stacey's writing was fantastic this however is something personal to me as a twin. I think contemporary fans however will love this story and route for Jace along the way.



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About the Author:

As an award-winning corporate copywriter, Stacey Kade has written about everything from backhoe loaders to breast pumps. But she prefers to make things up instead.

She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Greg, and two retired racing greyhounds, SheWearsThePants (Pansy) and Shutter. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll likely find her parked in front of the television catching up on her favorite shows (Scandal, The Vampire Diaries, Almost Human, The Walking Dead, and Sherlock, among others.)

Stacey is the author of the The Ghost and the Goth trilogy (THE GHOST AND THE GOTH, QUEEN OF THE DEAD, and BODY & SOUL) and The Project Paper Doll Series (THE RULES and THE HUNT). You can find her (far too often) on Facebook and Twitter as well ashttp://www.staceykade.com
 

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff ~ Review


Hardcover448 pages
Expected publication: August 9th 2016 
by Thomas Dunne Books
Source: ARC Provided by Publisher
Rating: 3 Out of 5 Stars

Synopsis:

The first in a new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

Review:

Thank you Thomas Dunne books for sending me a copy of Nevernight for review. This in no way affected my opinion. 

This was one of my most anticipated reads this year. The beginning drew me in and I just wanted to devour all of Mia emotions and despair. About 50 pages in I had to stop reading the footnotes or I would have DNF the book. I think the footnotes are my biggest complaint. I really feel some of the information given while interesting was unnecessary and just should have been put into the world building. I also felt like it did not give (us) the reader enough credit to put the pieces together. I think the information should have been added in a glossary at the end.

I absolutely loved the desert scenes and the chemistry between Mia and Tric. I liked Mia's character at the beginning a little more then as the story went on. I think Tric's character ended up being my favorite as the story went on. When Nevernight's action scenes came into the forefront the pacing was fantastic and I flew through the pages but there were definitely moments I felt the stories pacing slow down.

By far my favorite part besides the opening was once they got to the Red Church. I loved the deception and politics that happened while Mia and Tric were training. This story was so unique and Jay has a powerful voice in the fantasy world and I look forward to seeing where he takes this series next.





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About the Author:

Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE LOTUS WAR, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE. He is the winner of two Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over twenty-five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 13030 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

He does not believe in happy endings.




Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Blacksouls (Blackhearts #2) by Nicole Castroman

This is one of my most anticipated reads. I even wrote Simon and Schuster begging for this book to happen and when they said it depended on sales. I went out and bought a couple more Hardcovers. This just proves if you love a book and are vying for the series to continue your purchases really have a huge bearing on it.


Hardcover384 pages
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 
by Simon Pulse


Synopsis:

Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.

Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.

Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.


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