Friday, March 29, 2013

It's Friday! Have You Turned Into A Book Yet? [11]

"It's Friday! Have You Turned Into A Book Yet?" is inspired by the #fridayreads 
Twitter meme, Book Journey's "It's Monday! What Are You Reading?", Should Be Reading's "WWW Wednesdays", Tynga's Reviews "Stacking the Shelves" and the various other book haul memes, and probably a few others I can't remember right now.

All covers/book title links lead to Goodreads.

Re-reading it, and it is as oh-so-good as I remember.

I've been "reading" this for a week. And I say "reading" because I am still on the first chapter.

Same deal as Finnikin, I'm "reading" this, though I am a bit farther in this than I am in Finnikin.

I just picked this up, because it seemed like a perfect spring break read, and I have been wanting to read it for awhile now.

Finishing Finnikin of the Rock (and The Sky is Everywhere) is top priority because it's a library book due the Monday after I get back, so I figure I'll want Froi with me.

I want to re-read it before seeing the movie, and I wasn't going to take it originally, but almost all the comments I got on Tumblr and Instagram (about this photo) were votes to take The Host, so I decided to take it with me after all.

It. Was. Amazing! Like, abusing-the-caps-lock-won't-even-come-close-to-showing-how-amazing-it-was amazing. I also can't believe the series is over! Though the end was the best end-to-a-series I have ever read. (And it seems since I decided not to abuse the caps lock, I'm going to abuse the hyphen. Oops.)

(Books/Stuff that came in the mail.)(Over the last two weeks.)
From Leanne via YA Book Exchange:
Spy Glass by Maria V. Snyder

From Fierce Reads:
Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien

From Haley via YA Book Exchange:
Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson

(Books I bought/borrowed.)(In the last two weeks.)

From Barnes & Noble:
Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta
Poison by Bridget Zinn

From my mom/Books of Wonder:
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (signed)

From the Library:
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Clockwork Princess actually came in the mail, but in my rush to take photos before I left for Starbucks (my internet at home sucks right now), I accidentally put it with the Bought books.

Because I skipped last week, I'm going to do a separate post for Book News (look for Exciting Book Stuff!) because it will be kinda long.

Friday, March 15, 2013

It's Friday! Have You Turned Into A Book Yet? [10]

"It's Friday! Have You Turned Into A Book Yet?" is inspired by the #fridayreads 
Twitter meme, Book Journey's "It's Monday! What Are You Reading?", Should Be Reading's "WWW Wednesdays", Tynga's Reviews "Stacking the Shelves" and the various other book haul memes, and probably a few others I can't remember right now.

All covers/book title links lead to Goodreads.

I must admit, I'm not very far into it, but it is quite excellent so far!

As you may have noticed yesterday, I'm going to be participating in the Take Control of Your TBR Pile Read-a-thon. This book is on my goals list, as I've had it since 2010 and still haven't read it.

This is another older TBR Pile book I need to get to, so it's also a goal for the read-a-thon.

I LOVED IT! Oh, it was such an excellent Cinderella retelling. Just please read it if you haven't.
(Books/Stuff that came in the mail.)
From Kiersten White:
Mind Games bookmark (signed)

From Jessica @ Read My Breath Away:
The Archived bookmarks & tote bag (all signed)

I pre-ordered Mind Games for Kiersten's pre-order contest, and the bookmark was the auto-prize. Awhile back I participated in Read My Breath Away's The Archived photo contest and won, and the prize was the swag above.

(Books I bought.)
MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Love Story by Jennifer Echols

YA Highway revealed the cover to Melissa Landers' debut, Alienated. The book releases Feb 4, 2014 from Disney*Hyperion, and the cover is so fun! I'm definitely looking forward this. Melissa is also giving away a signed ARC, so check that out.

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy loves, but for the future of her planet.

Susan Dennard revealed the cover to her upcoming Something Strange and Deadly novella, A Dawn Most Wicked. The novella releases e-book only on June 4, 2013 from HarperTeen Impulse. I am so excited for this novella, guys. I LOVED Something Strange and Deadly, and Daniel—SWOON!

Daniel Sheridan is an engineer’s apprentice on a haunted Mississippi steamer known as the Sadie Queen. His best friend–the apprentice pilot, Cassidy Cochran–also happens to be the girl he’s pining for…and the captain’s daughter. But when it looks like the Sadie Queen might get taken off the river, Daniel and Cassidy have to do whatever they can to stop the ghosts that plague the ship.

Fortunately, there happens to be a Creole gentleman on board by the name of Joseph Boyer—and he just might be able to help them…

EW's Shelf Life revealed the cover to David Levithan's new book, Two Boys Kissing. The book releases Aug 27, 2013 from Knopf BFYR.

New York Times bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS. While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.

This follow-up to the bestselling Every Day showcases David's trademark sharp-witted, warm-hearted tales of teenage love, and serves as a perfect thematic bookend to David's YA debut and breakthrough, Boy Meets Boy, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2013. 

EW's Shelf Life also revealed the cover to Kami Garcia solo debut, Unbreakable. It releases Oct 1, 2013 from Little, Brown BFYR. This book sounds kind of amazing, and I'll probably be too scared to sleep (I scare really easily).

I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me.

When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.

Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.

Suspense, romance, and the paranormal meet in this chilling urban fantasy, the first book in a new series from Kami Garcia, bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels.

Elizabeth Fama revealed the paperback cover to her novel Monstrous Beauty. The paperback releases Oct 1, 2013 from Square Fish/Macmillan. This book is so awesomesauce, and the new cover is GORGEOUS! and totally fits the book. 

Fierce, seductive mermaid Syrenka falls in love with Ezra, a young naturalist. When she abandons her life underwater for a chance at happiness on land, she is unaware that this decision comes with horrific and deadly consequences.

Almost one hundred forty years later, seventeen-year-old Hester meets a mysterious stranger named Ezra and feels overwhelmingly, inexplicably drawn to him. For generations, love has resulted in death for the women in her family. Is it an undiagnosed genetic defect . . . or a curse? With Ezra’s help, Hester investigates her family’s strange, sad history. The answers she seeks are waiting in the graveyard, the crypt, and at the bottom of the ocean—but powerful forces will do anything to keep her from uncovering her connection to Syrenka and to the tragedy of so long ago.

Friday, March 8, 2013

It's Friday! Have You Turned Into A Book Yet? [9]

"It's Friday! Have You Turned Into A Book Yet?" is inspired by the #fridayreads 
Twitter meme, Book Journey's "It's Monday! What Are You Reading?", Should Be Reading's "WWW Wednesdays", Tynga's Reviews "Stacking the Shelves" and the various other book haul memes, and probably a few others I can't remember right now.

All covers/book title links lead to Goodreads.

I haven't got very far (like only 10 pages), so I don't have much to say, other than it seems like it will be great.

As you'll notice in Book News, the trailer for this was released Saturday, and when I watched it I was reminded greatly of The Secret Circle books by L.J. Smith, which I LOVE, so I though I check this out to see how they compare.

Thirst No. 5 came out Tuesday, and I picked it up, but when reading the back I decided I really should re-read the whole series before starting No. 5. I mean, this series is almost The Vampire Diaries show crazy (and I say show, because the  TVD books aren't that bad).

I'm thinking I will re-read this as well, just because I want to.
* I just remembered that the Fairy Tale Read-a-thon is this weekend, so my answers will most likely change here.

It. Was. Amazing! I absolutely LOVED it! And I can't believe it took me this long to read it.
(Books/Stuff that came in the mail.)
From Books of Wonder:
The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson (signed)

Not Pictured (From Books of Wonder):
7 sticker set (sticker designs can be seen here)

I pre-ordered the book, but only a couple days before the book released, so it didn't come until this week.

(Books I bought.)
Spellcaster by Claudia Gray
Losing It by Cora Carmack
Thirst No. 5: The Sacred Veil by Christopher Pike

I wasn't going to get Losing It (the premise didn't really appeal to me), but good review after good review kept popping up on my Goodreads dash, so I decided to it a chance.

Jennifer Rush revealed the cover to the second book in her Altered series, Erased, and I love it! Look at those abs!! This is not the final cover, but Jenn says that there will, most likely, be only little tweaks. There's no synopsis yet, and the released date is Jan 2014.

Series Covers:

Robin Wasserman revealed the paperback cover to her (AMAZING!) The Book of Blood and Shadow. I adored the old cover but this one fits the book So. Much. Better. The paperback will release July 9th, 2013 from Ember/Random House.

One night. One body, broken in a pool of blood.
One killer, lost in the shadows. 
One girl, left behind.
Left alone, to face the consequences. 
To find the truth.
To avenge the dead. 

One night is all it takes to change Nora Kane's life forever. Her best friend is dead; her boyfriend has vanished. And the trail of blood leads straight back to her: The person who might be responsible. The person who might be next.  

Desperate to save the people she loves and determined to find justice for the ones she's lost, Nora unearths a dark web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all driven by a mad desire to possess something that might not even exist. Something to which Nora herself might hold the key. It turns out her night of blood is just one piece in a puzzle that spans continents and centuries—and solving it may be the only way she can save her own life.

Hypable revealed the trailer to Claudia Gray's new novel Spellcaster.

EW's Shelf Life revealed the trailer to Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza.

Susan Dennard, Sarah J. Maas, Erin Bowman, and Kat Zhang are going on tour in June. (Click the link or image below to be taken to the website.) I am so excited for this!!

YA authors Erin Bowman, Susan Dennard, Sarah J. Maas, and Kat Zhang hit the road this spring to pay it forward on a multi-city tour, hosting workshops for aspiring young writers, and attending book signings and discussion panels.

Tour stops (not all final):
• New York, NY (5/29-6/1)
• Philadelphia, PA (6/2-6/4)
• Baltimore, MD (6/4-6/6)
• Pittsburgh, PA (6/6-6/7)
• Cleveland, OH (6/8-6/9)
• Grand Rapids, MI (6/9-6/11)
• Chicago, IL (6/12-6/14)