Thursday, March 31, 2011

Month in Review: March '11

MARCH '11


Books Read: 17


Reviews
Memento Nora by Angie Smibert
Clarity by Kim Harrington
Finding Sky by Joss Stirling
Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
The Radleys by Matt Haig
Evernight by Claudia Gray
Stargazer by Claudia Gray
The Dead of Night by John Marsden
Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber
A Killing Frost by John Marsden
The Vampire Voss by Colleen Gleason
Darkness, Be My Friend by John Marsden
Bumped by Megan McCafferty
Future Imperfect by K. Ryer Breese



In the Arms of the Stone Angels by Jordan Dane

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (23)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights the books we just can't wait to read.
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All of these books will be released the week of May 24, 2011.


TRIAL BY FIRE
by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Bryn is now leader of the Cedar Ridge pack of werewolves and she's convinced that her pack is different - it's democratic and fair. Then Bryn finds a battered teenage Were, Connor, bleeding on her front porch. He begs Bryn to protect him from an abusive leader; Bryn takes him into her pack.

But Bryn's Were partner Chase doesn't trust the new boy, and the more time she spends helping Connor, the more aggressive Chase becomes. Bryn is not sure if it's jealousy, or Were possessiveness but for the first time she starts to feel suffocated by the bond she and Chase share.

Filled with action, unlikely allies, and deadly conspiracies, TRIAL BY FIRE will change Bryn forever. She is soon to realise that to lead a pack of werewolves, she must give in to her animal instincts and become a little less human. And as hard as it's going to be, Bryn is going to have to do it alone.

There can only be one alpha.
 
 
 
AWAKEN
by Katie Kacvinsky

Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, he tells her.

Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking.

In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.




HOURGLASS
by Myra McEntire

One hour to rewrite the past . . .

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn't there; swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She's tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.

So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson's willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.

Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he's around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?

Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

New Releases: March 27th - April 2nd

Here is a list of this week's new releases! If there is anything you would like to see added to the list, please leave the title and author's name in the comments. Otherwise, happy reading!

Wake Unto Me In the Arms of Stone Angels Entwined The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf (Naked Werewolf, #2)

Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach
In the Arms of Stone Angels by Jordan Dane
Entwined by Heather Dixon (my review)
The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead by Paul Elwork
The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper


Department 19 (Department 19, #1) Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1) Eternal Rider (Lords of Deliverance, #1) This Girl Is Different What Can't Wait (Carolrhoda Ya)

Department 19 by Will Hill
Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter
Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione
This Girl is Different by J.J. Johnson
What Can't Wait by Ashley Hope Perez


The Darkest Secret (Lords of the Underworld, #7) Immortal War (Vampirates, #6) Vampire Mine (Love at Stake, #10) Watch Me Die Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9)

The Darkest Secret by Gena Showalter
Immortal War by Justin Somper
Vampire Mine by Kerrelyn Sparks
Watch Me Die by Erica Spindler
Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward

My Week in Books (31)

Credit for IMM goes to The Story Siren
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Books received for review

THE GODDESS TEST
by Aimee Carter

Courtesy of Netgalley

Every girl who has taken the test has died.

Now it's Kate's turn..


It's always been just Kate and her mom--and now her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.


Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld--and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.


Kate is sure he's crazy--until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.


If she fails . .


Books bought


Pre-Order Arrivals


Wither (Chemical Garden, #1) The Ghoul Next Door (Monster High, #2) Invincible (Chronicles of Nick, #2) The Dark and Hollow Places (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #3) The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy


Wither by Lauren DeStefano (my review)
The Ghoul Next Door by Lisi Harrison
Invincible by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
The Girl Who Was on Fire by Leah Wilson et al


What I read this week

I was stuck in research paper hell this week, so again I didn't read as much as I wanted to. Hopefully will be able to make up some page time this coming week!


The Vampire Voss (Regency Draculia #1)


The Vampire Voss by Colleen Gleason


Books I started but haven't finished (yet!)


Invincible (Chronicles of Nick, #2) The Goddess Test (Goddess Test, #1) The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy


Invincible by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
The Girl Who Was on Fire edited by Leah Wilson

Saturday, March 26, 2011

On My Wishlist (27)

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City every Saturday in which we list books we desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. The books can be old, new or forthcoming.
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All of these books will be released next week!

ETERNAL RIDER
by Larissa Ione

They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him.

Yet there is one last hope. Gifted in a way other humans can't-or won't-understand, Cara Thornhart is the key to both this Horseman's safety and his doom. But involving Cara will prove treacherous, even beyond the maddening, dangerous desire that seizes them the moment they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara's life



THE DARKEST SECRET
by Gena Showalter

Keeper of the demon of Secrets, Amun can manipulate the darkest thoughts of anyone nearby. But when new demons possess him, the immortal warrior must be chained and isolated to protect those he loves. Death is his only hope of release—until he meets Haidee, a fellow prisoner whose beauty and hidden vulnerability draw him into a reckless test of his loyalty . . .

Haidee is an infamous demon assassin, raised to despise Amun’s kind. Yet how can she hate the man whose touch sets her aflame? But to save him, she must give herself body and soul…and face the wrath of a powerful adversary sworn to destroy her.



VAMPIRE MINE
by Kerrelyn Sparks

Nothing on earth can make this vampire fall in love . . .



After 499 years of existence, Connor Buchanan has arrived at an inescapable conclusion: he is a cold-hearted SOB. He's been watching his friends—those poor romantic fools—plummet off the cliff into love like a dazed herd of sheep. But not Connor. He knows that love leads to nothing but heartache.


Until Marielle . . .


She is an angel cast down from heaven for disobedience. Trapped in mortal form, she finds a protector in Connor, a Scottish vampire haunted by a dark past. Marielle hopes to heal his broken heart and earn her way back home, but suddenly she has these . . . feelings. This strange yet pleasant physical yearning—for a vampire! Is this the work of a demon luring her into hell, or has this angel found heavenly bliss?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (22)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights the books we just can't wait to read.
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All of these books will be released the week of May 17, 2011.


GRAVEMINDER
by Melissa Marr

The New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series delivers her first novel for adults, a story about the living, the dead, and a curse that binds them.

Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, the town where Bek spent her adolescence. There wasn’t a funeral that Maylene didn’t attend, and at each Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: three sips from a small silver flask followed by the words “Sleep well, and stay where I put you.”

Now Maylene is dead and Bek must go back to the place—and the man—she left a decade ago. But what she soon discovers is that Maylene was murdered and that there was good reason for her odd traditions. It turns out that in placid Claysville, the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected. Beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D—a place from which the dead will return if their graves are not properly minded. Only the Graveminder, a Barrow woman, and the current Undertaker, Byron, can set things to right once the dead begin to walk.



CRYPTIC CRAVINGS
by Ellen Schreiber

The morbidly monotonous Dullsville has finally become the most exciting place on earth now that Raven is madly in love with her hot vampire boyfriend Alexander, and a crew of vampires has taken residence in Dullsville's old mill. Raven discovers Jagger's plan to open a new club, The Crypt, right here in Dullsville. But is it her dream come true, or her worst nightmare? Raven and Alexander have to figure out what the nefarious vampire has in store for Dullsville's teen and vampire population. Can Raven convince Jagger to listen to her plans to make the Crypt the morbidly magnificent dance club it could be? Will it be safe for mortals and vampires alike?

And as Sebastian and Luna's relationship heats up, Raven wonders about her own amorous fate: Will Alexander ever turn her? Does he crave her and does he want to spend eternity together? And what does she really want?

With cryptic secrets and cravings, this eighth installment in the Vampire Kisses series is a romantic and mysterious thrill ride.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dark Days of Supernatural Tour - Chicago Stop!

I have been trying to make it to one of these tour stops for what seems like forever, but something always seems to get in the way! I am so pleased to say that this time was finally a success.

The authors on yesterday's tour stop were Kimberly Derting, Claudia Gray, Courtney Allison Moulton, and Ellen Schreiber. Cynthia Hand was also part of the DDS tour but was not on this stop.

All of these authors were so nice! Special thanks go to Ellen Schreiber and Claudia Gray for going above and beyond and signing pretty much their entire backlists for me.

Desires of the Dead  Afterlife

Angelfire  Once in a Full Moon

Sunday, March 20, 2011

New Releases: March 20th - 26th

Here is a list of this week's new releases! If there is anything you would like to see added to the list, please leave the title and author's name in the comments. Otherwise, happy reading!


Royally Crushed (Royally Jacked; Spin Control; Do-Over) Wither (Chemical Garden, #1) 10 Miles Past Normal Seduce Me in Dreams (Three Worlds Series #1) The Vampire Voss (Regency Draculia #1)

Royally Crushed by Nikki Burnham
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
10 Miles Past Normal by Frances O'Roark Dowell
Seduce Me in Dreams by Jacquelyn Frank
The Vampire Voss by Colleen Gleason

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After (Quirk Classics) Scorpia Rising (Alex Rider, #9) Those That Wake Invincible (Chronicles of Nick, #2) To Catch a Prince: To Catch a Prince; The Frog Prince

Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith
Scorpia Rising by Anthony Horowitz
Those That Wake by Jesse Karp
Invincible by Sherrilyn Kenyon
To Catch a Prince by Gillian McKnight


Fury of the Phoenix (Kingdom of Xia, #2) The Dark and Hollow Places (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #3) Between Shades of Gray The Door in the Forest Ask Amy Green: Summer Secrets

Fury of the Phoenix by Cindy Pon
The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
The Door in the Forest by Roderick Townley
Summer Secrets by Sarah Webb