Waiting on Wednesday (2)

btdatdbsBETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by April Genevieve Tucholke

Release Date: August 15, 2013
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Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery…who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

This has Gothic romance written all over it. I know the release date is coming up fast (yay!), but I couldn’t help but add this one to my list.

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Release Date: September 10, 2013

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If Ruby Wright could have her way, her dad would never have met and married her stepmother Willow, her best friend George would be more than a friend, and her mom would still be alive. Ruby knows wishes can’t come true; some things just can’t be undone. Then she discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities.

Suddenly, Ruby can access completely different realities, each containing variations of her life—if things had gone differently at key moments. The windshield wiper missing her mother’s throat…her big brother surviving his ill-fated birth…her father never having met Willow. Her ideal world—one with everything and everyone she wants most—could be within reach. But is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out?

Who wouldn’t want a ‘perfect life’? If you could jump into a different reality where everything was as you had always hoped and dreamed, would you do it?

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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Teaser Tuesday (2)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such. The dragon, you know, hunkered in the village devouring maidens, heard the townsfolk cry ‘Monster’! and looked behind him.

– Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Have you read Daughter of Smoke & Bone? If so, what were your thoughts?

If you take part in TT, feel free to share your link in the comments below!

Stacking The Shelves (1)

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme created and hosted by Tynga @ Tynga’s Reviews. It gives bloggers the chance to show their readers books they’ve bought, borrowed or received during the week.

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BOUGHT

The Ocean at the End of the Lane – There were three things that pulled me towards this: It’s Neil Gaiman! The cover. Everyone I know who’s read this, has loved it. Did I mention it’s Neil Gaiman…?

BORROWED

Daughter of Smoke & Bone – Laini Taylor keeps popping up when I would search for new YA books to read, so I figured I’d finally check her out. I’m not normally a big fan of angels, but I was intrigued by the description and the amazing reviews it got on Goodreads.

Before I Fall – I picked this one up because I was interested in another book by Lauren Oliver (Panic) and decided I wanted to check out her writing while I wait. I was momentarily put off by the beginning of the description (about a girl with a charmed life…I’ve heard that before) but there’s a twist to it and that’s what drew me in.

What book(s) have you picked up this week?

Review: Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie

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Title: Close My Eyes
Author: Sophie McKenzie
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Page Count: 400
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: July 9, 2013
Source: First Reads
Rating: 3.5-stars

Book Summary: When Geniver Loxley lost her daughter at birth eight years ago, her world stopped… and never fully started again. Mothers with strollers still make her flinch; her love of writing has turned into a half-hearted teaching career; and she and her husband, Art, have slipped into the kind of rut that seems inescapable.

But then a stranger shows up on their doorstep, telling Gen the very thing she’s always wanted to hear: that her daughter Beth was not stillborn, but was taken away as a healthy infant and is still out there, somewhere, waiting to be found. It’s insane, unbelievable. But why would anyone make that up? A fissure suddenly opens up in Gen’s carefully reconstructed life, letting in a flood of unanswerable questions. Where is Beth now? Why is Art so reluctant to get involved? To save his wife from further hurt? Or is it something more sinister? And who can she trust to help her?

Ignoring the warnings of her husband and friends, Gen begins to delve into the dark corners of her past, hopeful she’ll find a clue to her daughter’s whereabouts. But hope quickly turns into fear and paranoia, as she realizes that finding the answers might open the door to something even worse than not knowing. A truth that could steal everything she holds close – even her own life.

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Waiting on Wednesday (1)

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THE DREAM THIEVES (The Raven Cycle, #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

Release Date: September 17, 2013
(Goodreads) (Amazon) (Fountain Bookstore)

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

I got hooked on Stiefvater’s novels when a friend told me how she had bawled herself to sleep after reading a book called Shiver. Anyone that knows me, knows I love a good emotional book. But one about a boy who turns into a wolf every winter? …eh. At this point I was all Twilight‘ed out and another supernatural love story about werewolves wasn’t a high priority. But after reading the first chapter online, I decided I liked the way Maggie wrote and gave it a shot. Boy did I fall hard for that book. Three novels later, Stiefvater released The Raven Boys. Again, I wasn’t sure about the subject of the book (ancient Scottish kings, witches — although I do love a good witchy novel — rich boys who speak Latin, and a girl named Blue) but I gave it a shot. Maggie’s writing has a way of hooking you in and then taking you on a wonderful ride and it only gets better with each novel. Look for it this fall.

Also check out: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) (Goodreads) (Amazon)

hoiasHOUSE OF IVY & SORROW by Natalie Whipple

Release Date: April 15, 2014
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Josephine Hemlock has spent the last 10 years hiding from the Curse that killed her mother. But when a mysterious man arrives at her ivy-covered, magic-fortified home, it’s clear her mother’s killer has finally come to destroy the rest of the Hemlock bloodline. Before Jo can even think about fighting back, she must figure out who she’s fighting in the first place. The more truth Jo uncovers, the deeper she falls into witchcraft darker than she ever imagined. Trapped and running out of time, she begins to wonder if the very Curse that killed her mother is the only way to save everyone she loves.

Speaking of witchy novels…this next one is actually being compared between Maggie and the TV show Charmed. I’m really curious to find out what, exactly, this book is about. How can the Curse save everyone if it killed everyone she loved in the first place? I stumbled upon this when I was looking for upcoming releases. This is so far in advance that I’m almost afraid I ‘ll forget about it by the time it’s released (and totally bummed I can’t buy it now)!

Also check out: Transparent (Goodreads) (Amazon)

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Review: John Dies at the End (John Dies at the End, #1) by David Wong

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Series: John Dies at the End, #1
Author: David Wong
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Page Count: 496
Format: Paperback
Release Date: December 24, 2012
Source: Bought
Rating: Four-stars

Book Summary: STOP.

You should not have touched this book with your bare hands.

NO, don’t put it down. It’s too late.

They’re watching you.

My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours.

You may not want to know about the things you’ll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it’s too late. You touched the book. You’re in the game. You’re under the eye.

The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why? You just have to trust me.

The important thing is this:

The drug is called Soy Sauce and it gives users a window into another dimension. 

John and I never had the chance to say no. 

You still do.

Unfortunately for us, if you make the right choice, we’ll have a much harder time explaining how to fight off the otherworldly invasion currently threatening to enslave humanity.

I’m sorry to have involved you in this, I really am. But as you read about these terrible events and the very dark epoch the world is about to enter as a result, it is crucial you keep one thing in mind:

None of this is was my fault.

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Teaser Tuesday (1)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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I was not happy as a child, although from time to time I was content. I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

I attempt conversation with my girlfriend, testing out a few awkward phrases and shallow questions, trying to get a reaction out of her, any twitch of wit. But she just looks at me like I’m weird.

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Have you read The Ocean at the End of the Lane or Warm Bodies? If so, what were your thoughts?

If you take part in TT, feel free to share your link in the comments below!

Review: Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy

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Title: Hemlock Grove (or, The Wise Wolf)
Author: Brian McGreevy
Publisher: FSG Originals
Page Count: 336
Format: Paperback
Release Date: March 27, 2012
Source: Bought
Rating: 3.5-stars

Book Summary: The body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel mill. A manhunt ensues—though the authorities aren’t sure if it’s a man they should be looking for.

Some suspect an escapee from the White Tower, a foreboding biotech facility owned by the Godfrey family—their personal fortune and the local economy having moved on from Pittsburgh steel—where, if rumors are true, biological experiments of the most unethical kind take place. Others turn to Peter Rumancek, a Gypsy trailer-trash kid who has told impressionable high school classmates that he’s a werewolf. Or perhaps it’s Roman, the son of the late JR Godfrey, who rules the adolescent social scene with the casual arrogance of a cold-blooded aristocrat, his superior status unquestioned despite his decidedly freakish sister, Shelley, whose monstrous medical conditions belie a sweet intelligence, and his otherworldly control freak of a mother, Olivia. 

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Upcoming: Red Rising

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RED RISING by Pierce Brown

Release Date: February 18, 2014

Darrow is a miner and a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he digs all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of the planet livable for future generations. Darrow has never seen the sky.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better future for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow and Reds like him are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow joins a resistance group in order to infiltrate the ruling class and destroy society from within. He will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

It seems as if everyone who has been fortunate enough to receive an ARC has had nothing but great things to say about this novel. Originally, I actually dismissed the hype because I (still) don’t consider myself a big sci-fi fan. I’m also a bit judge-y when it comes to book covers and I wasn’t wowed by Red Rising‘s font choice and red wing (yes, I know — don’t judge a book by its cover). But then I actually read the description and thought, “Well, I liked the Hunger Games. Maybe I will like Brown’s novel too.”  If you haven’t heard something about this book by now then you’re living under a rock. Keep an eye out for it early next year.

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