Waiting on Wednesday

waiting on wednesday

Every week Breaking the Spine hosts the bookish meme for book bloggers to share what books they are waiting on to be released!  This week I’m waiting on:

Release Date: March 24, 2015

It all starts with one little lie…

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell lies to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts a business providing forged permission slips and cover stories for the students of Vista Palisades High. Liars, Inc. they call it. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit?

Waiting on Wednesday

waiting on wednesday

Every week Breaking the Spine hosts the bookish meme for book bloggers to share what books they are waiting on to be released!  This week I’m waiting on:

Release Date: March 17, 2015

In private, seventeen-year-old Brandon hacks bank accounts for thousands of dollars just for the hell of it. In public, he looks like any other tattooed bad boy with a fast car and devil-may-care attitude. He should know: he’s worked hard to maintain that façade. With inattentive parents who move cities every couple of years, he’s learned not to get tangled up in things like friends and relationships. So he’ll just keep on living like a machine, all gears and wires.

Then two things come along to shatter his carefully-built image: Emma, the kind, preppy girl who insists on looking beneath the surface – and the small matter of a mirror reflection that starts moving by itself. Not only does Brandon’s reflection have a mind of its own, but it seems to be grooming him for something – washing the dye from his hair, yanking out his piercings, swapping his black shirts for … pastels. Changes he can’t explain to his classmates, who think he’s having an identity crisis, and certainly not to nosy Emma, who thinks this is his backward apology for telling her to get lost. Then Brandon’s reflection tells him: it thinks it can live his life better, and it’s preparing to trade places.

And when it pulls Brandon through the looking-glass, not only will he need all his ill-gotten hacking skills to escape, but he’s going to have to face some hard truths about who he’s become. Otherwise he’s going to be stuck in a digital hell until he’s old and gray, and Emma and his parents won’t even know he’s gone.

Book Review: Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

8705784One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.

Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

 

So I guess I am late to the game with the series.  I see on Goodreads that everybody has already read and loved the book…  This is what happens when I see a book store on vacation!  I end up with like 5 books to read that were all on sale!  I am a cover person, if the cover of a book looks cool or intriguing than I am sold.  Sometimes I don’t even read the back cover to see what the book is about.  I loved this cover, it drew me in and made me want to read the book immediately.  And then I figure out the rest of the books in the series are there, and on sale, done!  So the next couple of reviews will be on the Shadow Falls series.

I felt that the synopsis of the book is misleading, it leads you to believe that the book is going to be about a girl who is going down the wrong path, drugs, sex, and all that but that is not what the book is about at all.  In fact Kylie has had a relatively normal, calm, un troubled upbringing.  She comes off as slightly whiney really.  But not bad or annoying enough for me to stop reading.  I liked the concept of the camp, it was a really cool idea.  How much fun would it be to go to that camp!

You can tell that this is the first book in a series, it does a lot of stage setting for future books.  I will say I thought the other books were better, and the stories were more developed than this book.  So if you were eh on this one I encourage you to read the other books.  Kylie gets less whiney and more independent and strong.  The secondary characters have more of a voice and the love connections are great!

4.5 Bards

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Waiting on Wednesday

waiting on wednesday

 

Every week Breaking the Spine hosts the bookish meme for book bloggers to share what books they are waiting on to be released!  This week I’m waiting on:

Release Date: March 10, 2015

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others

Announcement: Top 14 of 2014

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Instead of taking a week off after the Christmas holiday like I have every year since A Midsummer Night’s Read opened, I am joining forces with Krista from Krista’s Dust Jacket and Kim from Kimberly Faye Reads to host a Top 14 of 2014 meme!

 Not only are you able to participate in this meme, but we will each be hosting giveaways on our blogs including extra entries if you participate and add to our links! Feel free to use the graphic above in your posts.

Here are the post topics:

December 25- Top 14 New-To-You Authors

December 26- Top 14 Moments or Quotes from Books

December 27- Top 14 Favorite Covers

December 28- Top 14 Favorite Couples

December 29- Top 14 Favorite Characters

December 30- Top 14 2015 Books on Your TBR

December 31- Top 14 Books in 2014

Stay posted for more details about the giveaways!

 

Waiting on Wednesday

waiting on wednesday

Every week Breaking the Spine hosts the bookish meme for book bloggers to share what books they are waiting on to be released!  This week I’m waiting on:

Release Date: March 3, 2015

Drama and danger abound in this fantasy realm where dukes play a game for the throne, magical warriors race to find the missing heir, and romance blossoms where it is least expected.

In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer’s life can get tricky. And in Johanna Von Arlo’s case, it can be fatal. Expelled from her troupe after her father’s death, Johanna is forced to work for the handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva. Too bad they don’t get along. But while Johanna’s father’s death was deemed an accident, the Keepers aren’t so sure.

The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are on a quest to find the princess—the same princess who is supposed to be dead and whose throne the dukes are fighting over. But they aren’t the only ones looking for her. And in the wake of their search, murdered girls keep turning up—girls who look exactly like the princess, and exactly like Johanna.

With dukes, Keepers, and a killer all after the princess, Johanna finds herself caught up in political machinations for the throne, threats on her life, and an unexpected romance that could change everything.

Waiting on Wednesday

waiting on wednesday

Every week Breaking the Spine hosts the bookish meme for book bloggers to share what books they are waiting on to be released!  This week I’m waiting on:

Release Date: February 24, 2015

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.

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted for us book blogger types by the Broke and the Bookish. They provide a topic, and all of us participants post our answers on our blogs and we hop around checking out one another’s answers! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait to Get My Hands on!

1. Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole
Book 3 of the Arcana Chronicles

2. Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins
Book 2 of Rebel Belle

3. The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige
Book 2 of Dorothy Must Die

4. Unleashed by Sophie Jordan
Book 2 of Uninvited

5. The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings
Book 2 in The Murder Complex

6. The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson
Book 3 of The Shades of London

7. A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd
Book 3 of The Madman’s Daughter

8. Rogue by Julie Kagawa
Book 2 of Talon

9. Lady Celie by Melina Marchetta
Book 3.5 of the Lumatere Chronicles

10. Get Dirty by Gretchen McNeil
Book 2 of Don’t Get Mad

 

What sequels are you waiting on?!

Book Review: Endless Knight by Kresley Cole

Shocking secrets
Evie has fully come into her powers as the Tarot Empress, and Jack was there to see it all. She now knows that the teens who’ve been reincarnated as the Tarot are in the throes of an epic battle. It’s kill or be killed, and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.

Unexpected allies
With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must fight not only other Arcana, but also Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals.

Gut-wrenching treachery
When Evie meets Death, things get even more complicated. Though falling for Jack, she’s drawn to the dangerous Endless Knight as well. Somehow the Empress and Death share a history, one that Evie can’t remember–but Death can’t forget…

 

I really don’t know why it took me so long for me to pick up this novel, considering how much I enjoyed the first installment in the Arcana Chronicles, Poison Princess (click on the title to check out my review!), but it did.  I am now regretting taking so long to read it.

Honestly, the first book was just so jam packed of information and action..so it means that I really enjoyed the more slow building plot of Endless Knight, and the exciting development of the relationship between Evie and Death.  While I think that Death has some traits that are a bit misogynistic and he is a bit ruthless with Evie…but again, he is Death, so I’m assuming that some of these traits are left from being centuries old and from being ridiculously angry with the past incarnations of the Empress.

I’m not a big fan of Jack, and he is ridiculously stubborn and unwilling to believe in the supernatural or anything like that while he is in the middle of an obvious apocalyptic situation, and he manages to just push Evie away and take advantage of her feelings for him. So when Evie ended up separated from her friends and Jack, I wasn’t totally devastated.

Again, the majority of this novel takes place in Death’s immaculate mansion after Evie is taken by him.  It has a very Princess Bride feel to it, where Death is the Dread Pirate Roberts to Evie’s Westley.

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So Evie is not only trying to remember her past lives, but also to prolong her life.  We get a more detailed look into the other cards, and actually get to see a list of the cards that they have discovered, which are dead, which are still missing, and which ones they have encountered.

Just when I was really enjoying where Endless Knight was going, Cole had to go and throw a monkey wrench in the happiness that Evie and Death had earned.  Although, I will say that both men, Death and Jack, seem to have been ridiculously obsessed with sex in this novel.  While I understand that something like that comes naturally with love and everything, I just don’t understand why there was such pressure involved.  It can be a little confusing for young girls reading this, just because of the big movement in Rape Culture and the over sexualization of women.

Overall, I think this installment was much more enjoyable than the first.  I’d love to see Cole do something more with these characters than just explore the love triangle in the next book, and I’m hoping that Evie continues to mature and grow into her powers.

5 Bards.

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Waiting on Wednesday

waiting on wednesday

 

 

Every week Breaking the Spine hosts the bookish meme for book bloggers to share what books they are waiting on to be released!  This week I’m waiting on:

Release Date: February 10, 2015

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.

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