Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Nifty Nook Book Deals #14

The last time I posted a NNBD was back in February. It's way past time to do another.

All title links go to Barnes & Noble so you can easily buy the books. BTW, I have no affiliation with B& so I don't make any money off the sale of these books. Instead this post was inspired by the lack of attention Nook Books get in comparison to Kindle Books, which always seem to be on sale.
 Novels on Sale For $1.99
Ashes (Ashes Trilogy Series #1)Shadows (Ashes Trilogy Series #2)Rot & Ruin (Rot & Ruin Series #1)
~Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
~Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick
~Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
While It LastsJust for NowBeauty Queens
~While It Lasts by Abbi Glines
~Just for Now by Abbi Glines
~Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
The Assassin's CursePantomimeBroken
~The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
~Pantomime by Laura Lam
~Broken by A.E. Rought
Sweet Venom (Sweet Venom Series #1)The Crown of Embers (Girl of Fire and Thorns Series #2)
~Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
~The Crown of Embers (GoFaT #2) by Rae Carson
Novels on Sale For $2.99
The Raven BoysTenWhat's Left of Me (Hybrid Chronicles Series #1)
~The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
~Ten by Gretchen McNeil
~What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
A Beautiful Dark (Beautiful Dark Trilogy Series #1)Embrace (Embrace Series #1)Obsidian (Lux Series #1)
~A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
~Embrace by Jessica Shirvington
~Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
All These Things I've DoneHaunting VioletCrewel
~All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
~Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
~Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Boy21GorgeousFar Far Away
~Boy 21 by Matthew Quick
~Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick
~Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
The Collector (Dante Walker Series #1)Ruby Red
~The Collector by Victoria Scott
~Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
Book Cover Image. Title: Hemlock (Hemlock Trilogy Series #1), Author: Kathleen PeacockBook Cover Image. Title: Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality, Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
~Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
by Elizabeth Eulberg
Novels on Sale For $3.99
The Fault in Our StarsDivergent (Divergent Series #1)Darker Days (The Darker Agency)
~The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
~Divergent by Veronica Roth
~Darker Days by Jus Accardo
Which books will you be snatching up?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

"Waiting On" Wednesday #45

"Waiting On" is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's books:

THE WINNER'S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski
Release Date: March 4th, 2014 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux
As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.
~This past weekend I attended the Decatur Book Festival where I got to hear Marie talked about The Winner's Curse. Let me just say I don't believe the synopsis does it justice. This book sounds amazing!
MANOR OF SECRETS by Katherine Longshore
Release Date: January 28th, 2014 from Point
   The year is 1911. And at The Manor, nothing is as it seems . . .
   Lady Charlotte Edmonds: Beautiful, wealthy, and sheltered, Charlotte feels suffocated by the strictures of upper-crust society. She longs to see the world beyond The Manor, to seek out high adventure. And most of all, romance.
   Janie Seward: Fiery, hardworking, and clever, Janie knows she can be more than just a kitchen maid. But she isn't sure she possesses the courage -- or the means -- to break free and follow her passions.
   Both Charlotte and Janie are ready for change. As their paths overlap in the gilded hallways and dark corridors of The Manor, rules are broken and secrets are revealed. Secrets that will alter the course of their lives. . . forever.
~Manor of Secrets sounds like YA Downton Abbey. Sign me up for all the historical drama, romance and secrets.
What are you all "Waiting On"?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

"Waiting On" Wednesday #44

"Waiting On" is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

After being away for a few months I thought I'd jump back into WOW by picking three Winter 2014 releases I'm dying to get my hands on.

A MAD, WICKED FOLLY by Sharon Biggs Waller
Release Date: January 23rd, 2014 from Viking Juvenile
Synopsis from the Author's Blog
   The year is 1909. After posing nude for her illicit art class, Victoria Darling is expelled from her French finishing school and returns in disgrace to her home in London.  Shamed and scandalized, Vicky’s parents inform her that she is to marry the man they’ve selected.  But Vicky dreams of so much more, of the freedom to pursue her ambition of becoming a painter.  When she falls in with a group of suffragettes and when she connects with a working-class man who might be her artistic muse—or might be the love of her life, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?
~London, Art, and a coming of age story set at the turn of the 20th century. Give me A Mad, Wicked Folly right now!
TIN STAR by Cecil Castellucci
Release Date: February 25th, 2014 from Roaring Brook Press
Tin Star
Synopsis from Goodreads
   On their way to start a new life, Tula and her family travel on the Prairie Rose, a colony ship headed to a planet in the outer reaches of the galaxy. All is going well until the ship makes a stop at a remote space station, the Yertina Feray, and the colonist's leader, Brother Blue, beats Tula within an inch of her life. An alien, Heckleck, saves her and teaches her the ways of life on the space station.
   When three humans crash land onto the station, Tula's desire for escape becomes irresistible, and her desire for companionship becomes unavoidable. But just as Tula begins to concoct a plan to get off the space station and kill Brother Blue, everything goes awry, and suddenly romance is the farthest thing from her mind.
 ~Reasons I will be buying Tin Star. 1). Its a YA book set in outer space. 2). There are aliens. 3). See reason 1 & 2.
MINDERS by Michele Jaffe
Release Date: January 30th from Razorbill

Synopsis from Goodreads
  Q: If the boy you love commits a crime, would you turn him in? 
   Sadie Ames is a type-A teenager from the wealthy suburbs. She's been accepted to the prestigious Mind Corps Fellowship program, where she'll spend six weeks as an observer inside the head of Ford, a troubled boy with a passion for the crumbling architecture of the inner city. There's just one problem: Sadie's fallen in love with him. 
  Q: What if the crime is murder?
   Ford Winters is haunted by the murder of his older brother, James. As Sadie falls deeper into his world, dazzled by the shimmering pinpricks of color that form images in his mind, she begins to think she knows him. Then Ford does something unthinkable. 
  Q: What if you saw it happen from inside his mind?
  Back in her own body, Sadie is faced with the ultimate dilemma. With Ford's life in her hands, she must decide what is right and what is wrong. And how well she can really ever know someone, even someone she loves.

~The cover to Minders is mindblowing! (pun intended) Then upon reading the synopsis, I did this!

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What are you all "Waiting On"?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Summer Stack of Books

This summer while I was away from blogging I did lots of non-book related activities. There were trips to visit parents and grandparents. A day at King's Dominion amusement park in VA. Matinees at the movies and lots of time outside with the kids, most of which was spent in a lake or pool. LOL. However, since my kids are in fact mine, there were also many hours spent in a bookstore or library.

Below is a picture showing off most of the books I got this summer. I actually bought more then what's shown, but these are the ones I haven't read yet. Some are recent releases, a few are adult, while others are older YA books.

YA Books
~I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
~Dusk by Eve Edwards
~Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton
~Camp Boyfriend by J.K. Rock
~The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
~Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne
~Sea by Heidi R. Kling
~Linked by Imogen Howson
~Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay (Currently Reading)
~Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
~Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub
~17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma
~Mystic City by Theo Lawrence

 Adult Books
~The Beautiful Land by Alan Averill
~The Witch of Little Italy by Suzanne Palmieri
As you can see my favorite genres (contemp & historical fiction) are proudly represented. Having been away so long, I'm curious to know what books you've all bought this summer? What's been your favorite read this season?


Sunday, August 11, 2013

One of Us is Back

                             Hello Blogosphere!!! Its me, Shannon and I am back!
After a healthy, stress-free 4 and a half months of reading just for me, I have decided to come back to blogging. I've missed it, but things will definitely be different now that I'm back. For starters, I will likely only be posting a couple times a week. I will post what I want, when I want. Blogging should always be fun, right? My goal is to make sure it stays that way. 

Other changes: I won't be requesting ARCs anymore. The YA books I review or discuss will be ones that are already out. I really want to highlight more under the radar and smaller pub books. As well as adult titles with crossover appeal. I'll still share my thoughts on popular titles of course, but it won't be my main focus. One thing that won't change; my reviews will stay spoiler free!
My sister and fellow blog partner Carrie, isn't sure she wants to come back. I hope she does but that is entirely up to her. When or even if she does, there will always be a place for her here.
I hope you're all excited about my return. I for one am feeling good about this decision. Come on now, do a happy dance with me.
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Post more soon!

Monday, April 1, 2013

The time has come...

Well folks, the time has come to say good-bye for awhile. I'm not sure when or if we will be back but for now we wanted to say THANK YOU! It has been fun and we appreciate all of you that supported our blog. I'm sure you will still see us around (local author events & social media). We love reading and discussing books and that will never change.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Carrie's Abridged Reviews (13)

Here is another round of abridged reviews, and go...
(as you can see, I took a bit of a break from YA reads and reviewed more adult titles this go around)

Once was Lost by Sara Zarr - 4 hearts
Once Was LostSara Zarr is so talented you guys. This is such a wonderful book about family, love, hope and most of all faith. After losing my brother, I definitely struggled with some of the exact same feelings and questions that Sam had. I feel that Sara tackled this subject in a very real and tangible way. I highly recommend this one. 

*For an added bonus, Sara Zarr narrates the audio beautifully.

Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas - 4 hearts
This was my first read by Lisa Kleypas and I really enjoyed it. It had a bit of magic in it that reminded me of Sarah Addison Allen's books but this one had much steamier sexytimes. I enjoyed the different character dynamics and I have to say I love a hot geek! If you are a fan of contemporary romance, this one should be right up your alley.

Abide With Me by Sabin Willett - 3 hearts
I’m not really sure what I want to say about Abide with Me. Going in, I knew that it was a retelling of Wuthering Heights and that I was in for a tragic love story. 

I knew the main character was a returning war veteran but I didn’t realize how much the war was going to play a part in this book. As a military brat I was fairly familiar with the military jargon and etc but certain details were a little bothersome since I currently have a family member deployed. I personally devoured this book but I wonder if someone without military ties would feel the same. 

The book was a little hard to follow at first with the shifting perspectives but once I got the hang of it, I was fine. I thought the way the author weaved the characters and plot together to bring the classic into a modern setting was pretty successful. I wanted to root for the characters more though. I definitely did in the beginning and even upon Roy’s initial return from the war but there was something holding me back. I guess I just didn’t totally buy Emma’s reasons for pushing him away.

With all that said though, if you are a fan of Wuthering heights or tortured love stories, I think you should give this one a shot. 

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier 3 hearts                                       
Just a few quick thoughts on this one. I really loved Tracy’s earlier books but I’m not sure what has changed for me but I haven’t been able to really love her new ones. The Last Runaway was a quick read and I found the overall story interesting but I felt a little disconnected from the characters. Maybe it was the writing style or the harshness of the main character. I knew very little about Quakers before starting this book so I found those details fascinating but there was a scene in the book that baffled me. It seemed to me that it would be out of character for one so religious but what do I know. I have to say I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t more details concerning the Underground Railroad though.
Strong Enough to Love by Victoria Dahl - 3 hearts
Novellas are always so hard to review. The length of the book makes it hard to get a lot of back story and depth of character. I personally need time to connect with the characters so there is usually a bit of a disconnect for me. Story lines can feel rushed as well. However, I am intrigued enough to check out more books by Victoria though.

Sharp ObjectsSharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – 4 hearts 
Well Gillian sucked me into her dark mind yet again. She is a master at hooking her reader and taking them for a ride. I had no idea what I was in for. Just when I think I have it figured all out, she throws me for a loop. Her writing is just so dark and gritty and it sticks with you like the climate in her book. Even after finishing it, I can't get this book out of my head.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy - 2 hearts
Anna KareninaThis is one of those classics I figured I needed to read. Well I'm glad I tackled it but I have to admit I wasn't a big fan. Maybe I need to be more bookish but I found the pacing incredibly slow, the story dull and the characters completely frustrating. The character of Anna was such a pill and I didn't feel any sympathy for her whatsoever. I thought there would be a romantic element to the story but I just didn't see it. It had plenty of angst to go around though. And can I just say that I felt the ending was underwhelming. This book makes me feel like I'm missing something. Can someone far smarter than I explain it to me?
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson – 4 hearts 
I don't really want to review this one. Books that deal with the loss of a sibling are deeply personal to me. I do want to share a quote from the book with you though. "I try to fend off the oceanic sadness, but I can't. It's such a colossal effort not to be haunted by what's lost, but to be enchanted by what was. I miss you, I tell her, I can't stand that you're going to miss so much. I don't know how the heart withstands it."


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