Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Scarlet

Waiting on Wednesday's is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Marissa Meyer
Lunar Chronicles #2
February 5, 2013

Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.
(Summary from Goodreads)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Quote Unquote: Divergent

Quote Unquote is a series of posts of my favorite quotes from certain books. This time I am doing Divergent by Veronica Roth. I loved this book! This series has quotes that are funny but there are also ones that really make you think about the nature of humans.

In no particular order:
~“A brave man acknowledges the strength of others.”

~“Peter would probably throw a party if I stopped breathing."
"Well,' he says, 'I would only go if there was cake.”

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Stacking the Shelves: Minds, Rules, and Never Letting Go

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's a great way to show other people the books that you've bought or received for the past week!

Beautiful Disaster
Jamie McGuire

The Darkest Minds
Alexandra Bracken

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Review: The Year of Secret Assignments

The Year of Secret Assignments
Jaclyn Moriarty
Ashbury/Brookfeild #2

The Ashbury-Brookfield pen pal program is designed to bring together the two rival schools in a spirit of harmony. But what starts out as a simple letter exchange between three boys and three girls soon leads to secret missions, mistaken identities, and an all-out war between the schools.
(Summary from Goodreads)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Back to the Future Giveaway Hop

This hop features books in the past and future.

Historical Favorites:
~ Clockwork Angel -Cassandra Clare
~ The Luxe- Anna Godberson
~ Someone Named Eva- Joan M. Wolf

Futuristic Favorites:
~Delirium (or Pandemonium) -Lauren Oliver
~Divergent (or Insurgent) - Veronica Roth
~Unwind (or UnWholly)- Neal Shusterman

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Series Spotlight: The Wolves of Mercy Falls

The Wolves of Mercy Falls
Maggie Stiefvater

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Calling All Bloggers!

Entangled Publishing is looking for bloggers just like you! That's right! A publicist from Entangled has been working on a list of bloggers to help review some amazing titles.

Of course you know there is a few requirements like:
1. Do you have a blog?
2. Do you love to review books?
3.Do you want access to books before they release?

So....did you answer "YES" to everything? If so, then you are the one for the job! Here is what you have to do:

1. Add Til Death to your Goodreads TBR list:

2.After that head over to Kate's Blog and leave the following information in her comments section:
~Your name
~Your Blog URL
~Your Goodreads Name
~Your Email Address
There is also an additional option~Help spread the word and mention your URL to the post about call for bloggers!
* Priority will be given to those helping spread the word by creating their own post for this opportunity!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Review: Wicked Business

Wicked Business
Janet Evanovich
Lizzy & Diesel #2

When Harvard University English professor and dyed-in-the-wool romantic Gilbert Reedy is mysteriously murdered and thrown off his fourth-floor balcony, Lizzy and Diesel take up his twenty-year quest for the Luxuria Stone, an ancient relic believed by some to be infused with the power of lust. Following clues contained in a cryptic nineteenth-century book of sonnets, Lizzy and Diesel tear through Boston catacombs, government buildings, and multimillion-dollar residences, leaving a trail of robbed graves, public disturbances, and spontaneous seduction.
(Summary from Goodreads)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Cover Reveal: Fire Country

Fire Country 
Country Saga #1
David Estes

In a changed world where the sky bleeds red, winter is hotter than hell and full of
sandstorms, and summer's even hotter with raging fires that roam the desert-like
country, the Heaters manage to survive, barely.

Due to toxic air, life expectancies are so low the only way the tribe can survive is by
forcing women to procreate when they turn sixteen and every three years thereafter.
It is their duty as Bearers.

Fifteen-year-old Siena is a Youngling, soon to be a Bearer, when she starts hearing
rumors of another tribe of all women, called the Wild Ones. They are known to kidnap
Youngling girls before the Call, the ceremony in which Bearers are given a husband
with whom to bear children with.

As the desert sands run out on her life's hourglass, Siena must uncover the truth about
the Wild Ones while untangling the web of lies and deceit her father has masterfully

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Everbound

Waiting on Wednesday's is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Brodi Ashton
Everneath #2
January 22, 2013

Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity — a debt that should’ve been hers. She’s living a borrowed life, and she doesn’t know what to do with the guilt. And every night Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away.

Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen — and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to assist her in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.

Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated — and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack — even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own.

In this enthralling sequel to Everneath, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love.
(Summary from Goodreads)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Review: Frostbite

Richelle Mead
Vampire Academy #2

Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose...

It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks... This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price...

(summary from Goodreads)

*This review contains spoilers*

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Stacking the Shelves: Dragons, Circuses, and Love at First Sight

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's a great way to show other people the books that you've bought or received for the past week!

How I Live Now
Meg Rosoff

Something Strange and Deadly
Susan Dennard

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Blog Tour: Guest Post & Giveaway

Walking in the Shadows
Cassandra Giovanni

Seconds seem like a lifetime when the life you lived is slowly drained out of you by those who care not what you felt, hoped, or dreamed. When the darkness comes it is all-consuming; there is no light and there is no pain. It is the never-ending loss of hope that now consumes me as I die in his arms.

This is Abigail Martin’s nightmare. After her parents become the first victims of a serial killer obsessed with the vampire saga, "Crimson Reign," Abigail does the only thing that she thinks will save her from her parent’s fate–she becomes some one else. As Vera MacIntrye, she falls in love with the very handsome Tad Knightley, and then walks into her first day at her new school to see him standing at the front of the classroom. He’s every teenage girls fantasy, but as he writes “Mr. Knightley: AP British Literature” across the white board Vera realizes the one person who filled the gaping hole in her heart will soon rip it wide open again.

Vera struggles to adjust to being a ‘normal’ teenager with very adult responsibilities like paying the rent, buying groceries and making sure that lights stay on, while being drawn time and time again back to her off-limits teacher. What’s worse is he is drawn to her too, and their worlds refuse to stay apart when Tad finds Vera screaming in terror in the parking lot after the winter formal. The murderer has struck again and is getting closer to the next target–Vera. Tad will do whatever he can to save her, even if it means losing his dream job, but will it be enough when the murderer is closer than anyone ever thought?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Teaser Tuesday #9: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky
(Summary from Goodreads)

Charlie is a freshman. And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. 

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix-tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. 

But Charlie can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Series Spotlight: Hex Hall

Hex Hall Trilogy
Rachel Hawkins

(Summary of Hex Hall from Goodreads)

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

This was a very enjoyable series. I gave all of the books a 4 out of 5.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Picture This #4: Beautiful Bookshelves

"This meme was originally called Daily Dose and it was hosted by Good Golly Miss Holly, but she stopped doing it. Picture This is a meme where I feature Lovely Pictures I find Between here and there :)" Hosted by Jude over at In Between 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Prodigy

Happy new year everyone! I hope your 2012 was great, and that your 2013 will be even better!

Waiting on Wednesday's is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Marie Lu 
Legend #2
January 29, 2013
(Summary from Goodreads)

June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

In this highly-anticipated sequel, Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with high stakes and cinematic action.

~I loved Legend, so I am very excited for Prodigy.