Weekly Round-Up #17 - February 21-27, 2015

Friday, 27 February 2015
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

There are a lot of books that published this week. If only I knew why.

1) Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20657437-salt-stone?from_search=true

Summary: What would you do to save someone you love?

In Fire & Flood, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She can't quit--she has to win the race, save Cody, and then fight to make sure the race stops before it can claim any more lives. In the next legs of the race, across the ocean and over mountains, Tella will face frostbite, sharks, avalanche, and twisted new rules in the race.

But what if the danger is deeper than that? How do you know who to trust when everyone's keeping secrets? What do you do when the person you'd relied on most suddenly isn't there for support? How do you weigh one life against another?

The race is coming to an end, and Tella is running out of time, resources, and strength. At the start of the race there were one hundred twenty-two Contenders. As Tella and her remaining friends start the final part of the race, just forty-one are left--and only one can win.
 


2) A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22055262-a-darker-shade-of-magic?ac=1

Summary: Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit. 

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London - but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her 'proper adventure'.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — trickier than they hoped.


3) The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22536448-the-sin-eater-s-daughter?from_search=true

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.

She’s the executioner.

As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.

However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?


4) Vendetta by Catherine Doyle

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24638201-vendetta?ac=1

Summary: When it comes to revenge, love is a dangerous complication.With a fierce rivalry raging between two warring families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. An epic debut set outside modern-day Chicago.

When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion in her neighbourhood, Sophie Gracewell's life changes forever. Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling into a criminal underworld governed by powerful families. As the boys' dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. She must choose between two warring dynasties - the one she was born into, and the one she is falling in love with. When she does, blood will spill and hearts will break.
 


5) A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22535481-a-wicked-thing?ac=1

Summary: Rhiannon Thomas's dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of Sleeping Beauty and what happens after happily ever after.

One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.

Her family is long dead. Her "true love" is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept. 

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

Rhiannon Thomas weaves together vivid scenes of action, romance, and gorgeous gowns to reveal a richly imagined world … and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before.


6) Unleashed by Sophie Jordan

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19445725-unleashed

Summary: Unleashed, the romantic, high-stakes sequel to New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan's Uninvited, is perfect for fans of James Patterson's Confessions of a Murder Suspect.

Davy has spent the last few months trying to come to terms with the fact that she tested positive for the kill gene HTS (also known as Homicidal Tendency Syndrome). She swore she would not let it change her, and that her DNA did not define her . . . but then she killed a man.

Now on the run, Davy must decide whether she'll be ruled by the kill gene or if she'll follow her heart and fight for her right to live free. But with her own potential for violence lying right beneath the surface, Davy doesn't even know if she can trust herself.
 


7) Unchanged by Jessica Brody

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9791910-unchanged?from_search=true

Summary: So many secrets are buried within these compound walls. 
I used to be one of those secrets. 

After returning to the Diotech compound and undergoing an experimental new memory alteration, Seraphina is now a loyal, obedient servant to Dr. Alixter and the powerful company that created her. Happy and in love with Kaelen, another scientifically-enhanced human designed to be her perfect match, Sera’s history with a boy named Zen is just a distant memory from a rebellious past she longs to forget.

But as Sera and Kaelen embark on a nationwide tour to promote Diotech’s new product line—a collection of controversial genetic modifications available to the public—Sera’s mind starts to rebel. She can’t stop the memories of Zen from creeping back in.

As more secrets are revealed, more enemies are uncovered, and the reality of a Diotech-controlled world grows closer every day, Sera will have to choose where her true loyalties lie, but it’s a choice that may cost her everything she’s ever loved.


8) Quake by Patrick Carman

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22403051-quake?from_search=true

Summary: In the year 2051, Faith can move mountains…

Faith Daniels and Dylan Gilmore are in love, and they have a special ability called a pulse: they can move things with their minds. They're caught in the middle of a deadly war with two other pulses: Clara and Wade Quinn, who have joined forces with Hotspur Chance, the most wanted man in the world.

At the start of Quake, Faith and Dylan are holed up in a spectacular abandoned mountain lodge (once used in the film The Shining 71 years before), and their Intel friend Hawk leaves them in the middle of the night, in spite of a newly blossoming love with a girl named Jade. Hawk’s plan is to penetrate the Western State and make contact with a sleeper cell working on the inside that will give them valuable information about Hotspur’s violent plan.

But while Hawk is searching for answers on the inside, Faith and Dylan are still fighting on the outside. In a series of hair-raising battles, the second pulses duel it out, only to raise the body count on both sides. During the battles, Faith and Dylan discover an even great strength: the power of their combined love. Together, Faith and Dylan might just be able to save the world with a quake that is big enough to change the course of history.
 


9) When My Heart Was Wicked by Tricia Stirling

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22749511-when-my-heart-was-wicked

Summary: "I used to be one of those girls. The kind who loved to deliver bad news. When I colored my hair, I imagined it seeping into my scalp, black dye pooling into my veins.

But that was the old Lacy. Now, when I cast spells, they are always for good."

16-year-old Lacy believes that magic and science can work side by side. She's a botanist who knows how to harness the healing power of plants. So when her father dies, Lacy tries to stay with her step-mother in Chico, where her magic is good and healing. She fears the darkness that her real mother, Cheyenne, brings out, stripping away everything that is light and kind.

Yet Cheyenne never stays away for long. Beautiful, bewitching, unstable Cheyenne who will stop at nothing, not even black magic, to keep control of her daughter's heart. She forces Lacy to accompany her to Sacramento, and before long, the "old" Lacy starts to resurface.

But when Lacy survives a traumatic encounter, she finds herself faced with a choice. Will she use her powers to exact revenge and spiral into the darkness forever? Or will she find the strength to embrace the light?


10) Kalahari by Jessica Khoury

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21393504-kalahari?from_search=true

Summary: Deep in the Kalahari Desert, a Corpus lab protects a dangerous secret…

But what happens when that secret takes on a life of its own?

When an educational safari goes wrong, five teens find themselves stranded in the Kalahari Desert without a guide. It’s up to Sarah, the daughter of zoologists, to keep them alive and lead them to safety, calling on survival know-how from years of growing up in remote and exotic locales. Battling dehydration, starvation and the pangs of first love, she does her best to hold it together, even as their circumstances grow increasingly desperate.

But soon a terrifying encounter makes Sarah question everything she’s ever known about the natural world. A silver lion, as though made of mercury, makes a vicious, unprovoked attack on the group. After a narrow escape, they uncover the chilling truth behind the lion’s silver sheen: a highly contagious and deadly virus that threatens to ravage the entire area—and eliminate life as they know it.

In this breathtaking new novel by the acclaimed author of Origin and Vitro, Sarah and the others must not only outrun the virus, but its creators, who will stop at nothing to wipe every trace of it.


11) When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21411112-when-joss-met-matt?from_search=true

Summary: Ellie Cahill is poised to coin the term “sorbet sex” with her charming twist on the age-old ‘friends-with-benefits’ story.

Dating can be fun, but it can leave a nasty taste in your mouth. For Joss, ever since her longtime boyfriend cheated on her, she doesn’t want her last memory of a guy to be that jerk. Enter her college friend, Matt. They come up with a theory: after a bad break-up, a person needs to cleanse the palate with a little sorbet sex. Lovers for a night, but always back to being friends in the morning. The two can handle it because they have a contract: rules they wrote, rules they follow and rules they can sometimes bend. The arrangement works: everyone needs a little sorbet now and again … until it starts to be the only thing you want. And then Joss breaks the one rule they never wrote down: don’t fall in love.
 

12) The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17983740-the-forgotten-sisters?ac=1

Summary: After a year at the king’s palace, Miri has learned all about being a proper princess. But the tables turn when the student must become the teacher!

Instead of returning to her beloved Mount Eskel, Miri is ordered to journey to a distant swamp and start a princess academy for three sisters, cousins of the royal family. Unfortunately, Astrid, Felissa, and Sus are more interested in hunting and fishing than becoming princesses.

As Miri spends more time with the sisters, she realizes the king and queen’s interest in them hides a long-buried secret. She must rely on her own strength and intelligence to unravel the mystery, protect the girls, complete her assignment, and finally make her way home.

Fans of Shannon Hale won’t want to miss this gorgeously woven return to this best-selling, award-winning series.

13) No Parking At The End Times by Bryan Bliss

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22403036-no-parking-at-the-end-times

Summary: Abigail’s parents have made mistake after mistake, and now they've lost everything. She’s left to decide: Does she still believe in them? Or is it time to believe in herself? Fans of Sara Zarr, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell will connect with this moving debut.

Abigail doesn't know how her dad found Brother John. Maybe it was the billboards. Or the radio. What she does know is that he never should have made that first donation. Or the next, or the next. Her parents shouldn't have sold their house. Or packed Abigail and her twin brother, Aaron, into their old van to drive across the country to San Francisco, to be there with Brother John for the "end of the world." Because of course the end didn't come. And now they're living in their van. And Aaron’s disappearing to who-knows-where every night. Their family is falling apart. All Abigail wants is to hold them together, to get them back to the place where things were right. But maybe it’s too big a task for one teenage girl. Bryan Bliss’s thoughtful, literary debut novel is about losing everything—and about what you will do for the people you love.
 


14) Stone In The Sky by Cecil Castellucci

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21469053-stone-in-the-sky?from_search=true

Summary: In this thrilling follow-up to Tin Star, Tula will need to rely on more than just her wits to save her only home in the sky.

After escaping death a second time, Tula Bane is now even thirstier for revenge. She spends much of her time in the Tin Star Café on the Yertina Feray—the space station she calls home. But when it's discovered that the desolate and abandoned planet near the station has high quantities of a precious resource, the once sleepy space station becomes a major player in intergalactic politics. In the spirit of the Gold Rush, aliens from all over the galaxy race to cash in—including Tula's worst enemy.


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My Thoughts On Some Newly Revealed Covers

Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

Some new book covers have been revealed in the past few weeks and I thought I would share my thoughts on some of them because some are gorgeous and some are absolutely atrocious (unfortunately).

Enjoy!

The White Rose by Amy Ewing (The Lone City #2)


I hate those faces in the rose with a passion. They are creepy, they are completely out of place (roses don't reflect faces), and THEY'RE LOOKING AT ME. I'm not okay with that. The cover for The Jewel was gorgeous but I am not a fan of this one.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (The Dregs #1)


There has never been a cover more epic and and fantastical than this one. I NEED IT ON MY SHELF NOW!!!

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch (Snow Like Ashes #2)


And I thought I liked the cover of Snow Like Ashes. Wow. I am very, very, very pleased with this cover. Especially the colours. They're really pretty and expertly used.

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis


So pretty I just want it on my shelf already. This. Is. Not. Fair. This book should be sitting on my shelves already.

Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson (The Gold Seer Trilogy #1)


EEEEEEPPPPP!!! That font + the colour scheme = GIVE IT TO ME. That cover is SO LOVELY!!!

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman (Vengeance Road #1)


YAAAASSSSSS!!!! I LOVE this cover. A LOT. It fits the synopsis so well, but is still just lovely to look at.

The Glowing Knight by Jodi Meadows (The Orphan Queen #0.2)


THAT'S HALF SCARY HALF MY NEW FAVOURITE COVER. I'M STILL DECIDING.

A Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray (Firebird #2)


And I thought the cover of the first book was pretty....

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- Hearts And Crowns

Weekly Round-Up #16 - February 14-20, 2015

Friday, 20 February 2015
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

I know I've been slacking off a bit on here. Don't worry, I'm going to try to post more often and actually stick to some sort of random schedule that I need to make. Before we begin the usual round-up, I wanted to first say that Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard will debut at #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list and it is VERY well deserved (my review of Red Queen will be up either tomorrow or the day after and you'll understand just how amazing the book is). 

Next, my friend Jaimie (from http://jaimiesam.blogspot.ca) and I created not one but TWO fan clubs this week. One is for Rowan (from Heir of Fire) and Cal (from Red Queen) and the other one is for Arin (from The Winner's Curse). The Twitter handles for them are @RowanAndCal and @TheArinClub respectively if you want to go take a look and/or join.

Anyway, back to this week's new releases.

1) The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes


Summary: Ever since the night of the incident with Luke Willis, the preacher’s son, sophomore Hallelujah Calhoun has been silent. When the rumors swirled around school, she was silent. When her parents grounded her, she was silent. When her friends abandoned her … silent.

Now, six months later, on a youth group retreat in the Smoky Mountains, Hallie still can’t find a voice to answer the taunting. Shame and embarrassment haunt her, while Luke keeps coming up with new ways to humiliate her. Not even meeting Rachel, an outgoing newcomer who isn’t aware of her past, can pull Hallie out of her shell. Being on the defensive for so long has left her raw, and she doesn’t know who to trust.

On a group hike, the incessant bullying pushes Hallie to her limit. When Hallie, Rachel, and Hallie’s former friend Jonah get separated from the rest of the group, the situation quickly turns dire. Stranded in the wilderness, the three have no choice but to band together.

With past betrayals and harrowing obstacles in their way, Hallie fears they’ll never reach safety. Could speaking up about the night that changed everything close the distance between being lost and found? Or has she traveled too far to come back?
 


2) Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor


Summary: Juliet Newman has it all. A picture-perfect family; a handsome, loving boyfriend; and a foolproof life plan: ace her SATs, get accepted into Harvard early decision, and live happily ever after.

But when her dad moves out and her mom loses it, Juliet begins questioning the rules she’s always lived by. And to make everything even more complicated there’s Declan, the gorgeous boy who makes her feel alive and spontaneous—and who’s totally off-limits. Torn between the life she always thought she wanted and one she never knew was possible, Juliet begins to wonder: What if perfect isn't all it’s cracked up to be?

Melissa Kantor once again delivers a tale that is equal parts surprising, humorous, heartbreaking, and romantic. Powerful and honest, Juliet’s story brilliantly portrays the highs and lows of life in high school and will resonate with any reader who has experienced either.


Next week we are getting SO MANY NEW RELEASES!!! (I'm being completely serious right now. Next week's round-up will be a long one.)

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- Hearts And Crowns

Review of Seventh Son

Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

Over the weekend, my friend Jaimie (who is also a blogger/fellow ROWAN and CAL fan club member and you should go check out her blog: http://jaimiesam.blogspot.ca) and I went to go see Seventh Son despite the fact that neither of us had read the book. Being the fantasy nerds that we are, seeing some fantastical creatures, Ben Barnes (Oh Prince Caspian *swoons*), and Kit Harington (who was only in the movie for the first few minutes but I'll take what I can get) all in one movie is SPOOKtacular. (See what I did there? Because the movie has Spooks in it.)

Enough of my lame jokes. Before you begin reading my thoughts on the movie, I just wanted to put in a little disclaimer saying that I am a book blogger. I review books. Books are my specialty, not movies. I might do the occasional movie review, but I have no real experience reviewing them. (Seriously, I'm usually like "It was good" or "It sucked" and that's it.)

Anyway, I just wanted to say that I'm not a professional movie reviewer. 

And that I am entitled to my opinions. Whether or not you agree with them is up to you. Just don't troll in the comments please.

The formatting of this review will be weird. I apologize in advance. (Why can't movies be more like books?)

Trailer:

Review: Between the epic fight scenes, Ben's and Kit's perfect hair, and the dragons (I'm a sucker for dragons), Seventh Son is a brilliant fantasy movie that will surely please lovers of the genre. (That last part sounded so professional. I'm impressed with my ability to not sound like I have no idea how to word my thoughts.)

Though it is not like the book (from what I've heard because I wouldn't know. Thirteen books is a commitment I'm not willing to make with this series.), it was an excellent movie (unlike Percy Jackson which was both a terrible adaptation and movie).

The only major problem I had with the movie was the lack of Kit Harington. I think that he had so much more to offer the film and him and Ben should've been kicking Mother Malkin butt together. (Men with swords/bows and arrows are some of my favourite parts in fantasy books/movies (think ROWAN WHITETHORN from Heir of Fire).)

Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore were both good in the film, though I preferred Ben and Kit and the kissing wasn't great (I was a little jealous) but this film is definitely worth watching if you like fantasy at all.

And if you don't, go read the Throne of Glass series and come back.

Or you can just watch the movie and enjoy the stunning sets and dragons like me.

(Jaimie, if you're reading this, it really is like one of our conversations.)

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- Hearts And Crowns

My 2015 Valentine's Day Post

Saturday, 14 February 2015
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

It's Valentine's Day and for some of us, it's Book Boyfriend Day (you know, to celebrate fictional boys). So there is obviously no better way to celebrate the holiday than with a bunch of book quotes about love to get you into the holiday mood.

Enjoy!

"Love is beautiful fear." - Kiera Cass, The Elite

"In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are." - Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

"'My soul is yours,' he said. 'You know that it is.'" Marie Rutkoski, The Winner's Curse


"As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once." - John Green, The Fault in Our Stars


"True love is usually the most inconvenient kind." - Kiera Cass, The Selection

"Love, it never dies. It never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it. Love can make you immortal." - Gayle Forman, If I Stay

"Love is needing someone. Love is putting up with someone's bad qualities because they somehow complete you." Sarah Dessen, The Lullaby

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- Hearts And Crowns

Weekly Round-Up #15 - February 7-13, 2015

Friday, 13 February 2015
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

Another week has gone by (which means it's Friday!) and I've got your weekly round-up of the week's new releases.

1) Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22328546-red-queen

Summary: Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard's sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king's palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard--a growing Red rebellion--even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.


2) My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18336965-my-heart-and-other-black-holes?from_search=true

Summary: Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.

There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a partner. 

Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.


3) The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17285330-the-last-time-we-say-goodbye?ac=1

Summary: There's death all around us.
We just don't pay attention.
Until we do.


The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn't look at her like she might break down at any moment.

Now she's just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that's all she'll ever be.

As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there's a secret she hasn't told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.

Lex's brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn't have to be real to keep you from moving on.

From New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand, The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a gorgeous and heart-wrenching story of love, loss, and letting go.


4) All That Burns by Ryan Graudin

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22328533-all-that-burns?ac=1

Summary: In this thrilling sequel to All That Glows, the worlds of magic and mortal are colliding as London celebrates its new king, marking an era of unity between the Faery realm and the human one. Emrys, the Faery guard to the British royal family, sacrificed her powers to be with King Richard, choosing love over immortality. But now, as Emrys struggles to navigate her place between the Faery queen’s court and London’s lavish galas, danger looms beyond the Thames.When a prisoner with dark, strange magic breaks out of Queen Titania’s labyrinthine prison, endangering Emrys's king and sparking an uprising, Emrys must make the hardest decision of all.

Will she reclaim her magic to save Richard’s life and lose him forever? Or stay powerless as the kingdom goes down in flames?
 


5) The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8709528-the-ruby-circle?ac=1

Summary: The epic conclusion to Richelle Mead's New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series is finally here...

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.
 


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Red Queen Is Here

Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

There is this book that comes out today. It's called Red Queen.

The epic high fantasy that is this book takes place in a world divided by blood and people with silver blood have powers. Obviously this is all awesome because who wouldn't want to have silver blood (and magical powers), but on top of that, a girl with red blood has magical powers as well (this gives me hope).

I think the best way to explain why this book is going to be the next big thing in YA is by watching the book trailer.


And staring at the pretty cover.


And reading the synopsis.

Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard's sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king's palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard--a growing Red rebellion--even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.


Yeah, this book is going to be epic.

You can add it to your Goodreads TBR here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22328546-red-queen

And you can buy it here:

Amazon.ca | Barnes & Noble | Chapters/Indigo | Amazon.com | Books-A-Million | Audible

Do be sure to check this book out as I have a feeling it's going to be an excellent read!

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Valentine's Day Recommendations

Sunday, 8 February 2015
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

It's that time of the year again. Yes, Valentine's Day is coming and whether the someone special in your life is real or fictional, the fourteenth is the perfect day to read books with all of your fictional boyfriends/girlfriends.

I thought that it would be a good idea if I gave you all some recommendations in case you need any.

1) The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

Why: For those of you who are spending the day alone, join the Lonely Hearts Club. Who needs boys when you've got a strong, independent protagonist?

Summary: Love is all you need... or is it? Penny's about to find out in this wonderful debut.

Penny is sick of boys and sick of dating. So she vows: no more. It's a personal choice. . .and, of course, soon everyone wants to know about it. And a few other girls are inspired. A movement is born: The Lonely Hearts Club (named after the band from Sgt. Pepper). Penny is suddenly known for her nondating ways . . . which is too bad, because there's this certain boy she can't help but like. . . .




2) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Why: Etienne. St. Clair.

Summary: Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend. 

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?


3) Splintered by A. G. Howard

Why: Morpheus. And Jeb. But mainly Morpheus.

Summary: This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence.

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.
 



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Weekly Round-Up #14 - January 31 - February 6, 2015

Friday, 6 February 2015
Hello Book Lovers,

Some pretty awesome books came out this week. Here they are:


1) Invaded by Melissa Landers



Summary: The romantic sequel to Alienated takes long-distance relationships to a new level as Cara and Aelyx long for each other from opposite ends of the universe...until a threat to both their worlds reunites them. 

Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her.

Things look up when Cara is appointed as human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L’eihr. A society melding their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L’eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet, even with Aelyx by her side.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx, finds himself thrown into a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L’eihr relations. Humans don’t know that their very survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx’s people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists’ multiple attempts on Aelyx’s life.

The Way clearly needs humans’ help . . . but with what? And what will they ask for in return?
 

2) I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios


Summary: If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.

Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.

3) Shutter by Courtney Alameda


Summary: Horror has a new name: introducing Courtney Alameda.

Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She's aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera's technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.

When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn't exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she's faced before . . . or die trying.

Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week.

4) Dearest by Alethea Kontis


Summary: In her third book about the delightful Woodcutter sisters, Alethea Kontis masterfully weaves "The Wild Swans," "The Goose Girl," and a few other fine-feathered fairy tales into a magical, romantic companion novel to Enchanted and Hero.

Readers met the Woodcutter sisters (named after the days of the week) in Enchanted and Hero. In this delightful third book, Alethea Kontis weaves together some fine-feathered fairy tales to focus on Friday Woodcutter, the kind and loving seamstress. When Friday stumbles upon seven sleeping brothers in her sister Sunday's palace, she takes one look at Tristan and knows he's her future. But the brothers are cursed to be swans by day. Can Friday's unique magic somehow break the spell?

5) Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen


Summary: Sarah has always been on the move. Her mother hates the cold, so every few months her parents pack their bags and drag her off after the sun. She’s grown up lonely and longing for magic. She doesn’t know that it’s magic her parents are running from. 

When Sarah’s mother walks out on their family, all the strange old magic they have tried to hide from comes rising into their mundane world. Her father begins to change into something wild and beastly, but before his transformation is complete, he takes Sarah to her grandparents—people she has never met, didn’t even know were still alive. 

Deep in the forest, in a crumbling ruin of a castle, Sarah begins to untangle the layers of curses affecting her family bloodlines, until she discovers that the curse has carried over to her, too. The day she falls in love for the first time, Sarah will transform into a beast . . . unless she can figure out a way to break the curse forever.

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Invaded Launch + Giveaway

Tuesday, 3 February 2015
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

I've got something super cool for you all today. It may or may not have to do with the book Invaded by Melissa Landers. And include a giveaway that you should go enter. I'll let Melissa explain the rest. Hope you all enjoy!

Hey, fiction lovers. I’m Melissa Landers, author of the Alienated series (YA sci-fi from Disney-Hyperion), and today I’m bouncing with excitement because THE SEQUEL IS FINALLY HERE!

It’s been a year since we left Aelyx and Cara onboard the intergalactic transport, and INVADED begins with an emotional goodbye as they part ways—Aelyx returning to Earth to salvage the alliance, and
Cara continuing to L’eihr to serve out her part of the student exchange. While they’re apart, our star-crossed lovers will face assassination attempts, betrayal, crippling self-doubt, and a sadistic alien Phys Ed class. (Because there’s no escaping PE, even in another galaxy.) When Aelyx and Cara finally reunite…well, let’s just say it’s combustive. ;-)

What do reviewers think? I’m glad you asked!

“Readers will love the seamless blend of suspense, humor, and romance set against an interstellar landscape. Dual narratives and a tightly plotted mystery keep the suspense running high, and the chemistry between Aelyx and Cara smolders.” –Booklist

“Excellent character development and integration between modern reality and science fiction. Teens will be rooting for the galactic couple while enjoying the action and suspense that runs through the two volumes.” –School Library Journal

“The protagonists' forced separation gives greater depth to their romance. Each learns to turn a critical eye upon the flaws of their native societies while confronting genuine obstacles to a future together. These complications only underscore the growing sense of menace that propels the narrative to an action-packed climax.” –Kirkus

I hope you’ll make tracks to the nearest bookstore and pick up a copy of INVADED! If you’re snowed in, here are some easy links to bring the sequel right to you:

Book Depository (free worldwide shipping)

Bio: Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.” For more information, or just to say hello, visit www.melissa-landers.com.


To celebrate my book birthday, I’m offering one lucky winner a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble and an autographed swag pack, complete with mini posters of BOTH books! This giveaway is open internationally, and due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate.

Best of luck, and happy reading!

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