Monday, September 15, 2014

Cover Reveal: WICKED (A Wicked Trilogy #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (NA)


I am thrilled to share with you the new cover to one of 
Jennifer L. Armentrout's latest self-pubbed books!!!...

A Wicked Trilogy #1
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Expected release date: December 8th, 2014
Published by: Self-published
Genre: New Adult Paranormal
Format: eBook


SUMMARY

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her — the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.



MY THOUGHTS

I only needed to know three things about this book and its cover:

1. Jennifer L. Armentrout wrote it.

2. It's paranormal.

3. Another green-eyed boy that we're all going to swoon over.

The cover is beautiful! I'm anxious to find out if the underwater theme has a connection to the story... 

I've also pre-ordered my copy already!!!
Hope you did too :) 



PRE-ORDER LINK



ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.





Saturday, September 13, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #71 (September's Book Haul, Part 1)


Hello book-nerds :)
We're almost halfway through September already... school has started, it's getting a bit chilly at night which I absolutely love! I do! I love sweater-weather!!! And I'm starting to crave my hot cocoa already, lol! I've had an amazing week in books, and I hope you have too!!!




What I received for review...
SEPTIMUS HEAP: PATHFINDER (TodHunter Moon, Book One) (ARC) by Angie Sage (MG) from HarperCollins
LITTLE DEAD RIDING HOOD (ARC) by Amie and Bethanie Borst (MG) from Jolly Fish Press
- THE 100 (The Hundred #1) (PB) by Kass Morgan (YA) from author's publicity manager
- DAY 21 (The Hundred #2) (HB) by Kass Morgan (YA) from author's publicity manager
NICK AND TESLA'S SUPER-CYBORG GADGET GLOVE (HB) by "Science Bob" and Steve Hockensmith (MG) from Quirk Books
- HELLO KITTY CROCHET (HB) by Mei Li Lee (E) from Quirk Books
- THE HELLO KITTY BAKING BOOK (HB) by Michele Chen Chock (E) from Quirk Books

From giveaways...
- DARK DAYS by Kate Ormand (YA) from the author, a doodled hardback and signed swag!!!

Book Swaps/Trades...
Elegy (Watersong #4) (PB) by Amanda Hocking (YA)
- The Beautiful and the Cursed (The Dispossessed #1) (HB) by Page Morgan (YA)

What I purchased...
- UNFORGOTTEN (Unremembered #2) (HB) by Jessica Brody (YA) from Book Outlet
- BAKE SALE (PB Graphic Novel) by Sara Varon (MG) from Book Outlet


Please leave a comment below so I can visit you as well :) 



Thanks for stopping by!!!
And have a fabulous weekend, xoxo!!!



Friday, September 12, 2014

My #FridayReads #13: The 2x2 Edition


TGIF my fellow booknerdigans :) 

I've vlogged another #FridayReads today and I am so looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend so I can, hopefully, finish at least 2 out of the 4 books I'm currently reading! 

In case you don't remember, #FridayReads is a hashtag that was originally done on Twitter and has now been passed along to other social medias so everyone can share what they're currently reading or plan on reading over the weekend... 

Here is what I'm currently reading!!!


- THE VAULT OF DREAMERS by Caragh M. O'Brien (YA)
- THE IRON TRIAL by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (MG)
- BELZHAR by Meg Wolitzer (YA)
- HORRORSTOR by Grady Hendrix (YA)


What are you reading right now???

Blog Tour (Review and Giveaway): SIX FEET OVER IT by Jennifer Longo (YA)


by Jennifer Longo
Release date: August 26th, 2014
Published by: Random House Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Format read: Hardcover from the publisher.


SUMMARY

Home is where the bodies are buried.

Darkly humorous and heart-wrenchingly beautiful, Jennifer Longo’s YA debut about a girl stuck living in a cemetery will change the way you look at life, death, and love.

Leigh sells graves for her family-owned cemetery because her father is too lazy to look farther than the dinner table when searching for employees. Working the literal graveyard shift, she meets two kinds of customers:

Pre-Need: They know what’s up. They bought their graves a long time ago, before they needed them.

At Need: They are in shock, mourning a loved one’s unexpected death. Leigh avoids sponging their agony by focusing on things like guessing the headstone choice (mostly granite).

Sarcastic and smart, Leigh should be able to stand up to her family and quit. But her world’s been turned upside down by the sudden loss of her best friend and the appearance of Dario, the slightly-too-old-for-her grave digger. Surrounded by death, can Leigh move on, if moving on means it’s time to get a life?


MY REVIEW

Jennifer Longo has quite the flair to making you think and feel things that you don't want to. In SIX FEET OVER IT, we encounter loss and death, depression and sadness, new and unusual friendships - a coming-of-age story of a girl who learns that its okay to let go, move on... to live life and be happy.

Leigh, pronounced like Lee, has had quite the tumultuous childhood. We get to see reminisce about her childhood on their much beloved beach house with a cool older sister, hippie-artist mom and fun dad. She also dwells on how their lives fell apart when her sister Kai was diagnosed with cancer. On how her parents are unable to deal with it, and they start to neglect the girls. And then Leigh is left to try to keep what little is left of her life together by going to school, ignore the bullying that happens, and then coming straight home from school everyday to be with Kai.
Leigh tried her best, but there is only so much a tween, now a teen, can do.
Especially after the loss of her best friend.
And then her father, Wade, uproots the family and moves them to a cemetery where he has big plans, but then proceeds to make Leigh do all the office work and hires Dario to do all of the landscaping and handiwork. Wade hasn't a clue on what he's doing and puts high expectations on Leigh to handle the emotional side of it without a second thought. All while Leigh's mother hides in their home, depressed, painting beach landscapes. And Kai, in remission, goes back to school, takes up running and leads a normal teen life.

Leigh is lost. She believes that she is cursed, that bad things and death follow her and that she must keep herself from anything good in order to avoid bad things happening. She doesn't think twice about how her sister is moving on, but is hurt when her sister doesn't share the details with her. She wishes she could smack her parents on the side of their heads to get them to realize that things are bad, not normal, but, she's afraid of the fallout and then having more responsibilities. She pushes away potential friends, because she doesn't want her bad luck to interfere...
but when she finally lets someone in, just a little bit, and sees that there is some potential, even in her current state, she's confused about being hopeful... will Leigh dare to stand up for herself? Be happy? Dream of a better life?

Filled with insightful moments, sarcastic humor and great prose with memorable characters.... Leigh's story will make you think about how we deal with loss and hope. And will make you reevaluate how we treat ourselves, and not to be so abrupt with our decisions and loved ones. And that even in the most dire times, redemption and hope can be found.


*A hardcover book was sent from the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.




GIVEAWAY



ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Jennifer Longo

A California native, Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Acting from San Francisco State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing For Theatre from Humboldt State University. 
She is a two-time Irene Ryan Best Actor award recipient and a Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Best Full Length Script honoree for her play, Frozen. 

After years of acting, playwriting, working as a literary assistant at San Francisco’s Magic Theatre, then as an elementary school librarian, Jennifer told the occasional story at San Francisco’s Porch Light Storytelling Series and decided at last to face her fear of prose and actually write some. 

A recent San Francisco transplant, Jennifer lives with her husband and daughter near Seattle, Washington beside the water on Mercer Island and her every hour is consumed by writing, running marathons, tide pooling, walking her kid to ballet class eleven thousand times each week and reading every book she can get her hands on.


Book Trailer Friday #3: AFTERWORLDS by Scott Westerfeld (YA)


I have a new addiction: BOOK TRAILERS!!!
I'm an "old lady" who doesn't do much late Friday nights except read, 
watch some Big Bang Theory and maybe bake a cookie or two... 
until I discovered that there are a lot of book trailers out there! 
And more and more are being made and released, and I cannot help myself! 
I'm going to start sharing a few of my old and new favorite book trailers :) 


by Scott Westerfeld
Expected release date: September 23rd, 2014
Published by: Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, eBook


SUMMARY

Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. 
Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she's made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings… 

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy's novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the 'Afterworld' to survive a terrorist attack. 
But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved - and terrifying - stories need to be reconciled. 
And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.







AFTERWORLDS' book trailer




MY THOUGHTS

Ooo, intriguing... intense!

So, it seems that "Darcy writes the story" and "Lizzie lives the story that Darcy is writing'...
I'm getting the impression that Lizzie's world is coming into or interfering with Darcy's. Maybe even, Darcy having a hard time with differentiating what's real and not...???
SO, many questions!

I cannot read this book!
I have never read a Scott Westerfeld book, and I think this is the perfect one to start with!


What do you think??? 


Also, got any favorite book trailers to share :) 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #100: The 100th WoW Post Edition!


"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine. 

This is were we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night and, quite possibly, to make our shelves look all pretty too :)



I cannot believe that this is my '100th Waiting On Wednesday' post!!!
It only took 2 1/2 years to get to it, lol! 

I decided to celebrate by sharing a few extra books that I have my eye on right now... 



What I'm waiting for...



by Scott Westerfeld
Expected release date: September 23rd, 2014
Published by: Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, eBook


SUMMARY

Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. 
Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she's made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings… 

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy's novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the 'Afterworld' to survive a terrorist attack. 
But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved - and terrifying - stories need to be reconciled. 
And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.





Why I'm waiting on AFTERWORLDS... 

I have been wanting to read something written by Scott Westerfeld - I don't think I have ever heard anything negative about his books/writing... and this is a standalone!!! And you all know how much I crave and love standalone books!!!

Plus, it's contemporary-ish!... AND, it's two stories in one book! Yes!!!


* * * 


by Jandy Nelson
Expected release date: September 16th, 2014
Published by: Dial (Penguin)
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, eBook


SUMMARY

A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell. 

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. 
But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else — an even more unpredictable new force in her life. 

The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they'd have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.


Why I'm waiting on I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN...

I was immediately drawn to this book for its cover and title - it's SO vibrant and beautiful! And you all should know by now that I am a cover-snob, bookcovers need to "speak to me" and this one does in high volumes!

It's another standalone contemporary!!! *love*

Plus - everyone RAVES about this author! Not just about her writing and books, but as a person that people have come to adore. And it is quite impressive when people not only ramble on about the books, but about the author too. I am really looking forward to diving into this book and finally getting to feel her writing as well!

The Sky Is Everywhere is high on my wishlist as well!!! 


* * * 


The Raven Cycle #3
by Maggie Stiefvater
Expected release date: October 21st, 2014
Published by: Scholastic Press
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Format: Hardcover, eBook


SUMMARY


Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.


Why I'm waiting on BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE...

Honestly... it's another book from Maggie Steifvater.
That is all.

Need more??? 
I read the first book, and loved everything about it! 
There is a girl named Blue. There is a boy named Gansey.
And there are Raven Boys.

I haven't read the second book yet! But that doesn't matter, because I know it's going to be awesome, just like this third book will.

Because. 

It's another book from Maggie Stiefvater.


* * * 


White Rabbit Chronicles #3
by Gena Showalter
Expected release date: September 30th, 2014
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Format: Hardcover, eBook


SUMMARY

I have a plan. 

We'll either destroy them for good, or they'll destroy us. 

Either way, only one of us is walking away. 

In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice "Ali" Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She's ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers…until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It's then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters… and the worst has only begun. 

As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies… and she isn't the girl she thought she was. She's connected to the woman responsible for killing — and turning — Cole's mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima — even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.


Why I'm waiting on THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS...

"We're all mad here."

I feel like I've aged waiting for this book!!! 
I cannot wait to get this beauty in my hands... I have no other words! Just... 
WANT!!! 

*grabby hands*



SO, what are you waiting for right now?!?!?!

Friday, September 5, 2014

My #FridayReads #12: The TOO Many Books Edition


TGIF my fellow booknerdigans :) 

It's been about one and a half years since I've vlogged a #FridayReads and I am so happy to have been able to record one this week! 

In case you don't remember, #FridayReads is a hashtag that was originally done on Twitter and has now been passed along to other medias so everyone can share what they're reading over the weekend... 

Here is what I'm currently reading right now!


- MADE FOR YOU by Melissa Marr (YA)
- THE VAULT OF DREAMERS by Caragh M. O'Brien(YA)
- THE IRON TRIAL (The Magisterium #1) by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (MG)
- DARK DAYS by Kate Ormand (YA)
- AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME (2B #2) by Ann Aguirre (NA)


SO, what are you reading???

Book Trailer Friday #2: ZAC & MIA by A.J. Betts (YA)


I have a new addiction: BOOK TRAILERS!!!
I'm an "old lady" who doesn't do much late Friday nights except read... 
until I discovered that there are a lot of book trailers out there! And more and more are being made and released, and I cannot help myself! I'm going to start sharing a few of my old and new favorite book trailers :) 


by A.J. Betts
Release date: September 2nd, 2014
Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, eBook 


SUMMARY

The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this tough and tender young adult novel that's a lot about love (and a little about cancer).

Winner of the 2012 Australian Text Prize


"When I was little I believed in Jesus and Santa, spontaneous combustion, and the Loch Ness monster. Now I believe in science, statistics, and antibiotics." 

So says seventeen-year-old Zac Meier during a long, grueling leukemia treatment in Perth, Australia. 

A loud blast of Lady Gaga alerts him to the presence of Mia, the angry, not-at-all-stoic cancer patient in the room next door. 

Once released, the two near-strangers can't forget each other, even as they desperately try to resume normal lives. 

The story of their mysterious connection drives this unflinchingly tough, tender novel told in two voices.


ZAC & MIA's book trailer



MY THOUGHTS

I honestly don't know what to think, especially since I have recently/already read the book...
I feel like the characters voices are falling a bit flat and not really reflecting their personalities.

Other than that, the summary is spot on and I really, really loved this book to pieces! 

This is right up there with the works of Rainbow Rowell's ELEANOR & PARK and E. Lockhart's writing in WE WERE LIARS... a true favorite!!! 


What do you think of ZAC & MIA?!?!
My review will be posted sometime on September 13th or 14th... 

Got any favorite book trailers?! Please share!!! 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #99: THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST by Holly Black (YA)


"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine. 


This is were we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night and, quite possibly, to make our shelves look all pretty too :)


What I'm waiting for...


by Holly Black
Expected release date: January 13th, 2015
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy 
Format: Hardback, eBook


SUMMARY

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. 
Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, 
will it be enough?


Why I'm waiting for THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST...

It's been a really long time since I've read a really good faerie story...
and this one, it haves a "glass coffin in the woods'; 
and a boy with horns on his head and pointed ears has been sleeping in it for generations...

"Curiouser, curiouser..."

Can't wait!!!


What are you waiting for???

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

THE READING QUEUE: August 2014 Wrap-Up and September 2014 TBR


The Reading Queue is a monthly meme hosted by 
This is where we can all share what our reading plans for the month, 
and give a quick lineup and/or recap of the books we read last month... 


It's SEPTEMBER!!! It's always such a bittersweet time... it's the end of summer and back-to-school time for my kidlets :) However much I will miss them, baby and I are so ready to get back into a set schedule, and a bit of alone time, lol! We are ready for new pencils and fall colors!!!


*What I read last month...


Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli (C)
Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects by Sophie Maletsky (YA)
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (YA/NA)
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin (YA)
A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall (NA)
The Green Teen Cookbook Edited by Laurane Marchive and Pam McElroy (YA)
Trial by Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy #1) by Josephine Angelini (YA)
I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre (NA)

- The Jewel by Amy Ewing (YA)
- Six Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo (YA)
Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato (C)
- Feuds by Avery Hastings (YA)
- Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts (YA)
- Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White (YA)


*My (hopeful) TBR...



- Made For You by Melissa Marr (YA)
- Divinity by Michelle L. Johnson (YA)
- The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien (YA)
- If You Were a Dog by Jamie A. Swenson (C) 
- Being Audrey Hepburn by Mitchell Kriegman (YA) 
- Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld (YA)
- Stray by Elissa Sussman (YA) 
- The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard (YA)
- Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix (YA)
- The 8th Continent by Matt London (MG)
- The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (A)
eBooks not mentioned: 
- If Only by A.J. Pine (NA) 
- As Long As You Love Me (2B Trilogy #2) by Ann Aguirre (NA) 


Can't wait to get started :) 
What will you be reading this month!?!?

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: FRAGILE REIGN (Mortal Enchantment #2) by Stacey O'Neale (YA)


Mortal Enchantment #2
by Stacey O'Neale
Expected release date: November 18th, 2014
Published by: Phoenix Reign Publishing
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Paperback, eBook


SUMMARY

It’s been a week since all hell broke loose…

Rumors of King Taron’s weakened powers have left the air court vulnerable. Kalin is desperate to awaken her akasha powers, except she doesn’t know how. Tension within the court is at an all-time high. Pressure is mounting for her to ascend to the throne, but a halfling has never ruled over any court. To solidify her position, the council has advised her to marry Sebastian—a high ranking air elemental she’s never met and her betrothed. 

Will Kalin sacrifice her relationship with Rowan to strengthen her court?

Rowan and Marcus return to a fire court in turmoil. Liana’s death has fueled the fire elementals’ distrust against the air and woodland courts. The unbalanced elements have set off natural disasters all over the mortal world. Rowan takes the throne to restore balance, promising to unite the fire court. But not all elementals are happy with his leadership. Many are secretly loyal to Valac, which means Rowan needs to find allies for his cause.

Can Rowan unify the court of fire before the elements destroy the world?


Details about the cover, from author Stacey O'Neale:


In case you're curious about the cover, the model represents Marcus. 
The background represents the woodland court and the caves at the bottom are where the members of the royal family live. I chose caves because the woodland court protects the forests of the world. I didn't think they would choose to cut down trees to make a castle, so the massive caves worked out nicely. If you zoom in, you can see where the doors and windows are cut out. The inside is very lavish. 
If you read FRAGILE REIGN, you'll learn all about it.


Mortal Enchantment Series


GIVEAWAY

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*Bumbles and Fairy-Tales will not be held responsible for any damaged, unclaimed, etc. giveaway prizes.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Stacey O'Neale

Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.
Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.




Monday, September 1, 2014

Blog Tour (Review): FEUDS by Avery Hastings (YA)


Hosted by Paper Lantern Lit

by Avery Hastings
Release date: September 2nd, 2014
Published by: St. Martin's Griffith 
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Format read: eGalley


SUMMARY

In this breathless story of impossible love, perfection comes at a deadly cost.

For Davis Morrow, perfection is a daily reality. Like all Priors, Davis has spent her whole life primed to be smarter, stronger, and more graceful than the lowly Imperfects, or “Imps.” A fiercely ambitious ballerina, Davis is only a few weeks away from qualifying for the Olympiads and finally living up to her mother’s legacy when she meets Cole, a mysterious boy who leaves her with more questions each time he disappears.

Davis has no idea that Cole has his own agenda, or that he’s a rising star in the FEUDS, an underground fighting ring where Priors gamble on Imps. Cole has every reason to hate Davis - her father’s campaign hinges on the total segregation of the Imps and Priors - but despite his best efforts, Cole finds himself as drawn to Davis as she is to him.

Then Narxis, a deadly virus, takes its hold - and Davis’s friends start dying. When the Priors refuse to acknowledge the epidemic, Davis has no one to turn to but Cole. 

Falling in love was never part of their plan, but their love may be the only thing that can save her world.


PURCHASE LINKS




MY REVIEW

I was not aware that FEUDS would have such a similar feel to the likes of Romeo and Juliet's forbidden love, angst and secrets. Set in a dystopian world, with a sci-fi twist, the combination of it all is promising and entertaining with great writing and favorable characters... 

In this dystopian world, society has been divided into two: the Priors -  the rich, the elite, the powerful. They have been able to genetically improve humans to be smarter, stronger and flawlessly beautiful. The Imps, are the imperfects - they are normal humans, they have flaws, are not as smart and live in the Slants outside of town where everything is dirty and rundown. It is illegal of Priors and Imps to be involved with each other... 

Davis is a dancer, ballet is her profession. She strives to be the best of the best in order to follow in her mother's footsteps and compete in the Olympiads. She is privileged, and often times she reminds herself how lucky she is. Her father is an important person in society, and she believes in him and the rules - Priors are superior and Imps are dangerous savages. 

And then she meets Cole. 
Teen love, always so rushed, pure and open.

Cole walks in and is completely smitten with Davis' beauty. He instantly feels connected to her in ways he never knew he could. He would never intentionally harm her in any way, and will do whatever he can to protect her. Even from himself... Cole is a fighter. He has been fighting in the Feuds for a long time now. He doesn't like it, but he thinks that this is the only way that he can provide for his family and then their ticket out of this life. Meeting Davis was definitely not expected.

And then Cole learns who Davis is.
Davis learns who Cole is and what he does.
Things do not bode well for them. Their lives start unraveling at a fast pace...
Especially when Davis shows signs of being sick with the virus that is killing off Priors at a pretty quick rate. 

Oh, how I wish there was more! I feel like I got shorted on some details regarding the the importance of the Olympiads (perhaps in book 2?); and most of all, there is certain detail that Davis learns about herself and her family, which she barely had a chance to investigate, but never confronted her father with  - she had the knowledge and the moment for it, but... I feel that this would have been something hugely pivotal for the first book, something more for us to grasp onto besides the expected cliffhanger ending. 

Overall, I am anticipating that the series will get better with more details, history, reveals and twists! This is definitely a book that will keep you thinking about the "what if's"... just like Romeo and Juliet's story.

In my opinion, if you liked MYSTIC CITY by Theo Lawrence and/or BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards you will definitely enjoy FEUDS too!


*An eGalley was sent from the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.



The prequel novella to FEUDS, RIVAL, will be released on December 2nd, 2014!!!

SUMMARY

An e-original story, prequel to The Feuds Series by Avery Hastings, opening a window into Davis's life before Feuds...Davis Morrow has always been a little bit afraid to fall in love, to lose her focus, to be anything other than perfect. But while relaxing in an elite spa after another grueling rehearsal for a ballet showcase, Davis meets Seth, a trainer with intense eyes and a chiseled face to match his athletic build... and everything changes.

Unlike the other guys she’s dated, Seth seems to get her—he understands how difficult her routine is, how hard she must work. Their first kiss leaves her mind spinning like an endless pirouette. Dating trainers is forbidden—but, like her best friend Vera insists, forbidden love is the best kind.

Then a threatening message from her dance rival, Gabrielle, brings her world tumbling down. Will Seth be the secret she needs to succeed, heart open for the first time? Or will this heated romance become her greatest rival yet?



ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Avery Hastings

Avery Hastings is an author and former book editor from New York City. 

Avery grew up in Ohio, graduated in 2006 from the University of Notre Dame and earned her MFA from the New School in 2008. 

When she's not reading or writing, Avery can usually be spotted lying around in the park with her affable dog. Like her protagonists, she knows how to throw a powerful right hook and once dreamed of becoming a ballerina. I

n addition to New York, Avery has recently lived in Mumbai and Paris, but is happy to call Brooklyn home (for now).