Cover Reveal – Arbitrate by Megan Thomason

5 Sep

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Release Date: October 29, 2013

Remember The Second Chance Institute (SCI). Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. They’ve stepped up their game on Earth and on Thera—infiltrating political parties, preying on the downtrodden, and planning offensive maneuvers. And they’re handing out more “second chances” than ever before. The SCI’s abuse of their charter leads to Arbiter oversight and bitter consequences.

Remember Kira Donovan. Broken, burdened, and evading those who wish her harm, Kira enlists the Arbiters’ help when forced to return to the clutches of the SCI and her angry, estranged love.

Remember Blake Sundry. Exiled, determined, and packing an agenda, Blake seeks assistance on Earth and Thera to use his newfound knowledge to bring down the SCI.

Remember Ethan Darcton. Overworked, emotional, and holding a grudge, Ethan hunts down his stolen property, but finds himself in awkward territory, stuck between the Arbiters and the SCI.

Full of action, competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, arbitrate is Megan Thomason’s third installment in the award-winning daynight series after daynight and clean slate complex (a daynight story).

Bestselling, award-winning author Megan Thomason lives in paradise aka San Diego, CA with her husband and five children. A former software manager, Megan vastly prefers writing twisted tales to business, product, and marketing plans. When she isn’t typing away on her laptop, she’s reading books on her phone–over 600 in the last year–or attending to the needs of her family. Megan’s fluent in sarcasm, could potentially benefit from a 12-step program for road rage, struggles with a Hot Tamales addiction, loves world travel & fast cars and hates paperwork & being an insomniac.

Praise for daynight:

2012 Book of the Year Award Finalist-Young Adult Fiction, ForeWord Reviews

“Sure to win over YA readers looking for a dangerous, dystopian adventure story” —Kirkus Reviews

“Gripping young adult dystopian novel; compelling conflicts; high stakes; powerful narrative; surprises keep coming; strong writing; page-turner; engaging characters; Readers will be hungry for the sequels.”—BlueInk Review (starred review)

“Thomason’s description of Thera’s totalitarianism will make fans of Brave New World shiver… SCI, her fantasy corporation, has disturbing parallels to actual companies and regimes that claim to do good while harming people… The author deftly appeals to both romance-loving teens as well as those intrigued by young adults fighting the establishment.”—ForeWord Clarion Review, 4 stars

 
 
Also check out the new daynight cover!
 
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Fragments by Dan Wells

4 Sep

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Books Two in the Partials Series

Rating: Four out of Five Stars

This is a good book. A long book, but a good one nonetheless. The story is intricate and fast paced and just as fascinating as the first installment. Its plot is layered with delicately weaved suspense, action, romance and discovery which flow seamlessly between all characters. Although Kira annoyed me at times, she is still a pretty stellar heroine and has a great set of morals. Even if they are a little too uppity to be realistic.

One of the biggest differences between this book and the first was that Fragments has switching narrators. I loved viewing life through the eyes of Marcus, Ariel, Haru and briefly through Samm’s. It added an element to this installment that the original didn’t have and allowed the pace and plot to roll out magnificently. I always prepare myself for second books to be a little lame, slow paced and basically just fluff. But Wells did a great job of structuring Fragments into a very gripping book. While it was once again a hefty read, the story didn’t get bogged down with unnecessary drama that most second books do. And this lingering romance between Marcus, Samm, and Kira is so down-played it makes me happy. This love triangle is NOT in your face, and could hardly be called a love triangle at all because I think romance is mentioned by each of the three involved… maybe two or three times each? Very refreshing.

As I mentioned before, Kira kind of rubbed me the wrong way a few times but overall was a great pro-tag. The thing that bugs me is her one-purpose mind set. While I understand she wants to save everyone, I feel sometimes Wells didn’t spend enough time on her reasoning and emotions to solidify her status as the Savior of Humans and Partials. SPOILER! And the fact that Wells spent zero time on Kira’s feelings after Afa’s death really irked me. They just glazed over it like it was nbd some DIED. Someone that they drug unwillingly through a chemical wasteland and was mentally handicapped. It was much too blase for my taste. But besides that and Kira’s sometimes overwhelming self-righteousness, her decision at the end makes up for the bs I didn’t like early in the book.

Overall, a decent read.

 

The Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy

16 Aug

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Rating: Five out of Five Stars

There’s a not whole lot I can say about this book…

besides that IT. WAS. FANTASTIC.

I adore everything single little thing about this book. The pro-tag, the premise, the plot, characters, pace, everything everything everything. There is not ONE thing I can critique. Every female in her teens and up should read this, it’s wonderful.

I picked this book up as a “if I get to it” read. It was discounted on Amazon and I really need a break from my typical YA dystopia/fantasy/sci-fi stuff because I’ve been really getting burnt out with the same story over and over and over again. But this little beauty was so perfect. It was exactly what I needed and everything I wanted.

Ivy does an amazing job of creating our main character, Juliet. She’s sassy but not a bitch, playful but not crazy, smart but not a nerd. I just adored every little thing about her. I really liked how it wasn’t the same ole tale of nerd girl losing her V card, or beauty queen getting a smack down; there was no ugly duckling transformation here. It was a normal, good looking female, who has had sex entering the great wide world of college. She’s dealing with boys and romance and sex. Its not uncomfortable, its relatable. Its the perfect coming of age novel without it being a TYPICAL coming of age novel. I really can’t gush enough about how much I enjoyed it… umm I read it in THREE hours.

SO yeah, it’s by far one of my new favs. And the BEST introduction into the New Age genre evers.

 

New Book Alert: Rooms by Lauren Oliver

15 Aug

As per Goodreads:

Lauren Oliver, bestselling author of the young adultDelirium” series, will publish a book for adults in the fall of 2014.

“As instantly gripping as it was elegantly written,”
the book’s editor, Lee Boudreaux,
told the New York Times of reading “Rooms” for the first time.

Release Date: 2014

 

My Reaction:

So my first though was:

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Because this is a big deal!

I am always interested to see how a YA author can transition into the adult genre. Honestly, there are very few who can do it fluidly. But Lauren is a great author and I think she might actually do better as an adult fiction write than a YA author because she’s amazing at creating relatable characters and adults tend to appreciate that art more.

Plus, I am REALLY happy Lauren has so many books in the works right now. Cannot wait to read them allllll

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As this as a To-Read Here

 

 

 

Crash by Lisa McMann

8 Aug

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Book One in the Visions Series

Rating: Three out of Five Stars

I really wanted to give this book two stars, but the wit in the book is just too damn amusing to not get three.

I’ll be a little harsh here, the concept of this book is laughable. Not in the “har har it’s supposed concept is a comedy” way but a “how did this get published” way. I almost hope that McMann was spoofing all of the big YA themes in this book and Crash really was a silent jab at the overuse of the YA ideas (insta love, boy treats girl like shit but girl still loves him, wrong side of the track friends/lovers, blah de blah). But, that could just be me trying to rationalize why I actually did enjoy this book in twisted way.

Crash is basically a modern-day food-obsessed version of Romeo and Juliet with a heavy layer of supernatural smothering it. Boy and girl lurve each others, parents hateses each other, and she is destined to save him or die trying! ONWARD LEAD THE CHAAARGE!!

(man I am REALLY getting into this review…*settles down*)

Crash is an amusing book, shallow, but entertaining. There’s not a whole lot of meat and potatoes but the banter had me cracking up. I would have to set the book down because it would launch me into little giggle fits. The exchanges between Jules and her brother were spot on. The sarcasm was level awesome, especially at the end.

But the book, the plot, the characterizations, was weak. You can’t sink your teeth into anything and Jules annoyed the hell outa me most of the time. On top of it being pretty predictable and me literally scoffing out loud at the end followed by a huge eye roll.. that’s why this book will only be getting three stars.

(Could be that because pizza was mentioned throughout the entire book and intimately described at the beginning is also why I’ve bumped up the rating.)

But regardless.. it’s quick and easy and funny. Just don’t except something epic.

How I feel about Book Giveaways

1 Aug

I think book giveaways are the greatest thing that has ever been invented. Like ever. And ARC and signed copy giveaways are even more fantabolous than regular book giveaways. I mean, free+awesome+one of a kind with a signature = i’mdyingeventhinkingaboutit.

I am a BIG fan of Twitter (@StarsBeRattling if you don’t already follow me) and I love when I hear about raffles and contest and all that jazz through Tweets. I literally enter every single one I ever see, multiple times, and retweet it so all my Twitter lovies can join the fun too. I’ve entered well over 100 raffles through Twitter, Goodreads, blogs, author sites, publishing sites, yadda yadda yadda.

I have never. ever. EVER won.

Not once. Zip, Zero. Nadda. And it’s a heart wrenching experience. I get so excited and than all my little dreams of reading that particular book are thrown brutally to the ground and stomped on.

The Roller Coaster of Giveaway Emotions:

When I first see the giveaway:

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After I calm down and actually read all the rules and find out what I have to do

 

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After I am done entering and have to wait but constantly check back to see if they’ve announced the winner yet

 

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When they say they have a winner and I haven’t gotten any email communication but I still check just in case

 

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When I see I haven’t won

 

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But find out it’s someone I know did win

 

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But really

 

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So to defuse my bitterness, I am ranting to you all.

Someday guys… someday it will happen to me. *sigh*

 

New Book Alert: The Goldscryer Saga by Rae Carson

31 Jul

As per Goodreads:

Martha Mihalick at HarperCollins’s Greenwillow Books bought North American rights to a new fantasy trilogy from Rae Carson, who is currently writing the Fire and Thorns series for the children’s imprint. […]

Agent Holly Root at Waxman Leavell closed this deal, and said the new trilogy is “a sweeping and romantic fantasy” that follows a teenage girl whose magical ability to find gold puts her in a dangerous position during the American Gold Rush.

 

Release Date: 2014

 

My Reaction:
Rae…Rae Carson… has another trilogy.

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Add this to your To-Read here

New Book Alert – Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

25 Jul

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As per Goodreads:

Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Release Date: January 28, 2014

My Reaction:

HOW AM I JUST LEARNING ABOUT THIS BOOK?!?!

It just fits me and my books loves so perfectly…

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How I hope I feel when I’m done reading this…

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Mark it as a To-Read Here!

Favorite Books of 2013 – Mid Year Edition

16 Jul

Well, my blogging friends, we are halfway through 2013 and I’ve gotten through almost 55 books. (wootie woot woot!) With me being a wee bit over 50% of my goal of 100 book-a-roos in 2013, I think I shall have a fav books mid-year edition. Mainly because I’ve read some awesome books and haven’t been able to write reviews yet. Not sure if because I am lazy or busy with work… hmmm…

Regardless, below are my favorite Thus-Far read books that were published in 2013. This is also me book pimping these onto to you lovely readers because they are crazy good.

Favorite Book Thus Far of 2013

Dark Triumph by R.L. LaFevers – this is gorgeous and rich. I love LaFever’s writing and her characters in the entire His Fair Assassin’s series are breathtaking. From shy and sweet to spicy and fierce these female pro-tags became my bffl faces while I was reading.

Favorite High Fantasy Book Thus Far of 2013

The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell – This was a fun book and surprised me. For having a badass female pro-tag, she’s very feminine at the same time and relatable. I feel like usually you don’t have that balance and it was nice to see. The switching narrators also allowed me to stay more engaged with the story and the fact that the romance is subtle, second to the main story, is refreshing.

Favorite Dystopian Book Thus Far of 2013

Reboot by Amy Tintera – this one is hard for me because I actually rated Prodigy by Marie Lu higher. But I think when it comes down to which book is actually better all around, Reboot wins. It’s definitely a more mature book, with more engaging characters and more thought provoking themes. Buuuut, Marie Lu’s writing, while def geared towards a younger age range, engulfs you and tears you through a fast paced storyline that has you reading it in 12 hours (guilty!). So just… read both, yeah?

Favorite Fluff Book Thus Far of 2013

The Elite by Kiera Kass – we all know this is a no-brianer and that I have a slight sickeningly obsession with The Selection series. It’s just… just… so fatabolous. I fangirl all over these books.

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New Book Alert – The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

2 Jul

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As per Goodreads:

Twelve-year-old Callum Hunt has grown up knowing three rules by heart. Never trust a magician. Never pass a test a magician gives you. And never let a magician take you to the Magisterium. Callum is about to break all the rules. And when he does, his life will change in ways he can’t possibly imagine.

Book One in the Magisterium Series – potentially a FIVE BOOK series.

The Magisterium series is a five-book series of fantasy novels, one book for each year of Call’s life between twelve and seventeen, cowritten with Holly Black (author of The Spiderwick Chronicles and the Modern Faerie Tale series) about Call Hunt and his adventures. The first book, The Iron Trial, will be published by Scholastic Books in 2014. Holly and I also have an option deal to produce the film along with Constantin Features.

Release date: October 2, 2014

 

My Reaction:

Two badass YA fantasy writers coming together to write something that sounds like Harry Potter fan fic?

 

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Seriously, Holly, Cassandra… I will seduce a publisher for a signed ARC of this book.

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Mark it as a To Read Here

 

 

 

 

 

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