Friday, March 1, 2013

It's Friday! Have You Turned Into A Book Yet? [8]

"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'm almost halfway, and LOVING IT!

I kinda paused in my reading of this, because, like I had been told, the beginning is hard to get into. So I started something else that I could (hopefully) fly through.

I really, really need to start this. I've been meaning to for awhile, but kept forgetting.

It was fun and sad and lovely and I want to read more road trip books now.
(Books/Stuff that came in the mail.)
From Jenn Rush:
Vintage postcard with Sam's secrets on the back
Altered "I <3 Trev/Sam" pins
(Scarf not included)

So a couple weeks ago Jenn had a few trivia contests on twitter for the Altered boys' secrets, with pins as 2nd and 3rd place prizes. I won Sam's secret, then came in 2nd and 3rd for Trev and Nick (I think).

(Books I bought/borrowed.)
From a Bookstore:
Altered by Jennifer Rush (signed)
"I've Been Altered," "Bot Wars," "I <3 Nick" pins
Neferet's Curse by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

From the Library:
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Not Pictured:
Altered book cover posters (signed)

So yesterday (Thursday) night I went to the launch party for Altered by Jennifer Rush at Schuler Books. It was AWESOME!! There was an amazing cake, and Altered cover posters, and pins, and awesome people. I should have a recap up sometime in the next week, either here and Tea for Three or just Tea for Three (but if I do just T3, I'll let y'all know).

YA Books Central revealed the cover to Victoria Schwab's sequel to The ArchivedThe Unbound. I love it! And the synopsis is completely spoiler-free, so here you go.

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she's struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn't easy -- not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she's really safe.

Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She's sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she'll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?

With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.

Series Covers:

EW's Shelf Life revealed the cover to Stephanie Perkins upcoming Isla and the Happily Ever After, as well as the new covers for Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door. The new paperbacks will be released July 16, 2013. I'm super sad to see the old covers go, but I'm also kinda in love with these new covers, so without further ado:

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

The Throne of Glass Facebook page revealed the US paperback cover of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. While I think this cover does fit the book better than the old one, I'm don't love it as much as the other one. I don't know when the paperback releases, but here's the cover and synopsis:

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

io9 revealed the cover the Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo today (which is why this post is late), and it is GORGEOUS!

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can't outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling's game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

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