2.06.2016

What I'm Excited About: Keeper of the Mist by Rachel Neumeier

Keeper of the Mist
Coming March 8, 2016

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers // Pages: 400 // ISBN-13: 978-0553509281
Find it on: Amazon, B&N, Goodreads

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A lush new fantasy about finding the will to lead against all odds, perfect for fans of Shadow and Bone.

Keri has been struggling to run her family bakery since her mother passed away. Now the father she barely knew—the Lord of Nimmira—has died, and ancient magic has decreed that she will take his place as the new Lady. The position has never been so dangerous: the mists that hide Nimmira from its vicious, land-hungry neighbors have failed, and Keri’s people are visible to strangers for the first time since the mists were put in place generations ago.

At the same time, three half-brothers will their own eyes on the crown make life within the House just as dangerous as the world outside. But Keri has three people to guide her: her mysterious Timekeeper, clever Bookkeeper, and steadfast Doorkeeper. Together they must find a way to repair the boundary before her neighbors realize just how vulnerable Nimmira is.

With a spunky main character, lyrical storytelling, and hidden romance, The Keeper of the Mist is an engrossing story that is full of adventure.

***I'm most curious about her mysterious Timekeeper, clever Bookkeeper, and steadfast Doorkeeper. Does this hidden romance have something to do with them? Am I more interested in a man of mystery, someone clever, or someone I can bet my life on? I cannot wait to find out! Keri is being hyped as a strong female character and I'm really excited to meet her, since this is a standalone novel, I'm looking forward to her journey, and knowing all, instead of having it all drag out over three books. I'm trying to talking myself out of the disappointment of this not being a series. I'll live. It'll be in my hands soon!

1.14.2016

Cover Revealed! A Court of Mists and Fury by Sarah J. Maas


A Court of Mist and Fury 
A Court of Thorns and Roses, Book 2
Coming May 3, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens // Pages: 630 // ISBN-13: 978-1619634466
Find it on: Amazon, B&N, Goodreads

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court--but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms--and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future--and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

1.13.2016

Recommended Reading: The MUST List

The start of the New Year always means that I am guaranteed some excellent reading. Starting 2016 with a wave of wonder here is what blew my pants off so far:


ENDURE

Defy Trilogy, Book 3
Available Now
Publisher: Scholastic Press // Pages: 320 // ISBN-13: 978-0545644907
Find it on: Amazon, B&N, Goodreads
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Alexa must face enemies known and unseen in the ultimate fight for survivial. The remarkable third novel in Sara B. Larson's bestselling Defy series!

At last, Alexa and King Damian are engaged to be married. But their lives are far from safe. The kingdom of Antion is under siege, and Rylan is a prisoner of the enemy. Even worse, Alexa remains at the mercy of the evil Dansiian Rafe, who controls her mind and can force Alexa to kill or harm Damian at any moment. Despite this, Alexa is determined to rescue Rylan, which soon leads her far from Damian and deep into enemy territory.

When she arrives, what awaits her is deadlier than anything she could have ever imagined: an army of black sorcerers, and a horrifying plot to destroy the world as Alexa knows it. Will she be able to gather the strength to free herself, protect the love of her life, and save the land? Will there ever be true peace?

Acclaimed author Sara B. Larson has woven a stunning, romantic, and evocative finale to the Defy trilogy, one that is sure to leave readers breathless until the very last page.


Quick Review: Alexa hid for years as a boy, becoming the best & most feared soldier in the King's Guard, getting her face scarred by magical fire in a boss battle, and being the one true love of the King. One day Alexa will be Queen, but she still can't sacrifice one life of a good man for the Kingdom, she is always willing to lay down her life for the people she cares about. You often want to rage at these reckless, selfless, and lone wolf decisions of hers- but the thing is, Alexa NEEDS to make these decisions, the chosen one always does. Soooooooooo many people die, and if you aren't crying by the end, just as haunted by ghosts of loved ones as she is at the end, then you have a heart of stone dear reader!


NIGHT STUDY
Soulfinders Trilogy, Book 2
Available Now
Publisher: MIRA // Pages: 448 // ISBN-13: 978-0778318750
Find it on: Amazon, B&N, Goodreads
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New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder transports readers back to the realms of Sitia and Ixia in an exciting new Study novel full of magic, danger and intrigue. 

Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana's life has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia is safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear. 

Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he's quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he's been keeping secrets from Valek…secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander's mysterious plans, they realize it's far more sinister than they could have ever imagined.

Quick Review:
I have been a fan of this series since it's inception with the original trilogy of Poison Study, Magic Study, & Fire Study. It is amazing to me that this world keeps improving, the characters are still as fresh and engaging as ever. I want to live and be a part of this family of sneaks, spies, and magicians. Snyder never fails to find new, inventive, and terribly torturous ways to imperil her beloved cast of characters and their Kingdoms. I am as ever non tenderhooks pleading for the saftey of Yelena and Valek. I am over the moon at the progress of their years long relationship. I love that it doesn't end when two characters finally become a couple. The BEST stuff comes when they work together to make a LIFE together. THAT is the best part for this rabid reader. 

I cannot express how much I adore this book, and indeed this series, which has only gotten better with time. Just goes to show, that a good idea can bring a great writer back to a series she had said goodbye to, and have the new additions make the series even better.

TRICK
Available Now
Publisher: CreateSpace // Pages: 310 // ISBN-13: 978-1517494957
Find it on: Amazon, B&N, Goodreads
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There is a rule amongst his kind: A jester doesn’t lie.

In the kingdom of Whimtany, Poet is renowned. He’s young and pretty, a lover of men and women. He performs for the court, kisses like a scoundrel, and mocks with a silver tongue.

Yet allow him this: It’s only the most cunning, most manipulative soul who can play the fool. For Poet guards a secret. One the Crown would shackle him for. One that he’ll risk everything to protect.

Alas, it will take more than clever words to deceive Princess Briar. Convinced that he’s juggling lies as well as verse, this righteous nuisance of a girl is determined to expose him.

But not all falsehoods are fiendish. Poet’s secret is delicate, binding the jester to the princess in an unlikely alliance . . . and kindling a breathless attraction, as alluring as it is forbidden.

*Mature YA: sexual content and language. Intended for readers 17 and older*

Quick Review: I'd kill for this book to be a part of a series, at the same time I am beyond grateful I know how it all ends. What a gorgeous book this is. Damned it! I'm so pissed at how good that was. If you are looking to swoon, here is your book!

10.23.2015

Cover Revealed: The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson


THE BEAUTY OF DARKNESS
The Remenant Chronicles, Book Three
Coming August 2, 2016
ISBN-13: 978-0805099256 /// 496 pages 
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) 
Find it on Amazon, Goodreads
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Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous - what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed.

Bestselling author Mary E. Pearson's combination of intrigue, suspense, romance and action make this a riveting page turner for teens.

Bow down all you who are unworthy to stand in the presence of this awesomeness!! The publisher has done a perfect job of conveying Lia's journey from book 1: Kiss of Deception, book 2: Heart of Betrayal, and now with book 3: Beauty of Darkness. 

You can see that she is very soft, dreamy, and while there is danger close to her, it is not yet upon her. She even has her back to us, may be because she turned her back to all that she had been, she was still discovering who she is and what she is capable of.

Now you see Lia in a dark and perilous place. Her red dress is symbolic of the responsibility willing to take on and the cunning and power she possesses. 

And now with The Beauty of Darkness you can she that Lia is meeting all her challenges head on. Whether or not Kaden is actually her adversary, or as I hope, her one true true pairing. She has trouble coming at her from her all the kingdoms. I absolutely believe she can take them on. Cannot wait!!!

7.07.2015

Cover Revealed: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard




GLASS SWORD
Red Queen, Book Two
Coming 2/09/16
Find it on Amazon, B&N, Goodreads
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If there's one thing Mare Barrow knows, it's that she's different.

Mare Barrow's blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: She is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they've always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.


5.19.2015

Out Today: Lion Heart by AC Gaughen!




LION HEART
Scarlet Trilogy, Book Three
by AC Gaughen

The eagerly-awaited conclusion to the Scarlet trilogy delivers another action-packed and romance-filled adventure.

Scarlet has captured the hearts of readers as well as the heart of Robin Hood, and after ceaseless obstacles and countless threats, readers will finally find out the fate of the Lady Thief.


Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape from the Prince's clutches, she learns that King Richard’s life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine demands a service Scarlet can’t refuse: spy for her and help bring Richard home safe. But fate—and her heart—won’t allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long, and together, Scarlet and Rob must stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England. They can not rest until he’s stopped, but will their love be enough to save them once and for all? 


Quick Review:
How to say goodbye to one of the most intense, fraught with peril, supremely romantic, and engaging series I've ever read? It's hard to say goodbye, but the end was so fulfilling that it's a bit easier. 

Scarlet- or Marian if you're fancy- has always risen to every occasion, she's sacrificed EVERYTHING for what she believes in, she has paid with blood and pain to escape some impossible situations. And Scarlet has come out a lioness. She finally accepts her place in the world and uses it to help save the people of Nottinghamshire and England. 

The thing about the author A.C. Gaughen, is that she is pretty ruthless. No one is safe, people die ALL THE TIME. And if you think there is a happily ever after in store for you in Lion Heart without sacrifice then you are in dreamland. Also, read up on your history and see how Prince John fares. It doesn't seem to bode well for your heroes does it. Can Scarlet, Robin, Winchester, Much & their allies not just save the day, but live to see it? I'll never tell. 

One last thing, this is the most romantic of the trilogy, and swoons were had readers, I swooned a lot.

5.06.2015

Cover Revealed! Endure by Sara B. Larson


ENDURE

Defy Trilogy, Book Three
by Sara B. Larson
Coming 01/01/16
Publisher: Scholastic Press // Pages: 304
Find it on: AmazonGoodreads
Find the first two books at your local library! SDCL.org

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The remarkable third novel in Sara B. Larson's bestselling Defy series!


At last, Alexa and King Damian are engaged to be married. But their lives are far from safe. The kingdom of Antion is under siege, and Rylan is a prisoner of the enemy. Even worse, Alexa remains at the mercy of the evil Dansiian Rafe, who controls her mind and can force Alexa to kill or harm Damian at any moment. Despite this, Alexa is determined to rescue Rylan, which soon leads her far from Damian and deep into enemy territory.

When she arrives, what awaits her is deadlier than anything she could have ever imagined: an army of black sorcerers, and a horrifying plot to destroy the world as Alexa knows it. Will she be able to gather the strength to free herself, protect the love of her life, and save the land? Will there ever be true peace?

Acclaimed author Sara B. Larson has woven a stunning, romantic, and evocative finale to the Defy trilogy, that is sure to leave readers breathless until the very last page.

This series has been my rock for the last two years, always starting the new year with feirce magic, politics, romance, and battle intrigue. King Damien and Alexa have played the starcrossed lovers, now I need them to have thier happy ending. I need Endure to kick some major (explenative here) and overcome staggering odds. 

4.16.2015

Cover for Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas- kneel before it!


QUEEN OF SHADOWS
Throne of Glass, Book Four 
Coming 09/01/15
ISBN-13: 978-1619636040
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 384
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Sarah J. Maas's New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.


Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

4.01.2015

Cover Revealed! The Ivy Years Book Four: The Shamesless Hour by Sarina Bowen: Updated w/Review!!

Recommended for readers 18+ for mature content.

Announcing: Ivy Years #4

The Shameless Hour

by Sarina Bowen

Available Now!
Find it on: Amazon, B&N, Goodreads


The girl who’s had everyone meets the boy who has no one.
For Bella, the sweet-talking, free-loving, hip-checking student manager of the Harkness men’s hockey team, sex is a second language. She’s used to being fluent where others stutter, and the things people say behind her back don’t (often) bother her. So she can’t understand why her smoking hot downstairs neighbor has so much trouble staying friends after their spontaneous night together. She knows better than to worry about it, but there’s something in those espresso eyes that makes her second-guess herself.
Rafe is appalled with himself for losing his virginity in a drunken hookup. His strict Catholic upbringing always emphasized loving thy neighbor—but not with a bottle of wine and a box of condoms. The result is an Ivy League bout of awkwardness. But when Bella is leveled by a little bad luck and a downright nasty fraternity stunt, it’s Rafe who is there to pick up the pieces.
Bella doesn’t want Rafe's help, and she’s through with men. Too bad the undeniable spark that crackles between the two of them just can’t be extinguished.


My Thoughts on The Shameless Hour:

Bella is a fan favorite, I certainly love her, and it's so exciting to be finally reading her story. And it is absolutely worthy of her- fans will not be disappointed. A lot of us wanted her to fall for a hockey player, but what ends up happening is too heartbreaking and perfect all at once. She needed someone who was kind, a gentleman, a romantic, someone mature who wouldn't look down on someone who is as sex-positive  as Bella. SH also shows that men can be A: monogamous, B: find it important to be in a relationship with their sexual partners, C: have those things NOT detract from being supremely sexy and still be "Alpha".

Admittedly I was concerned that I would have a problem loving Rafe, too often Latino men/women are written poorly, they say "si" instead of "yes" a lot. I'm a Latina, I don't do that. Then they are usually poor from a rough neighborhood, why do they always have to be poor/from the wrong side of the tracks? Then they are either super religious or have parents who are super conservative/religious- I'm an agnostic and so is my intimidate family of Liberals. I am so pleased to say that while a good chunk of these were still true for Rafe, they were pretty damned awesome on him. He is more than a stereotype, he's fleshed out as they Best Boyfriend maybe in the history of boyfriends. And he and Bella go together deliciously.

I love the Ivy series because they aren't exactly your typical NA, there is a lot of positivity, feminism (both male and female), deals with social issues: physical disabilities (The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years, #1), abuse and neglect (The Year We Hid Away (The Ivy Years, #2), gay rights (The Understatement of the Year (The Ivy Years, #3)- which is my absolute favorite of the series, harassment/slut-shaming (Blond Date, #2.5 & The Shameless Hour, #4). They guys aren't treating aren't infantilizing the women on one hand and treating all the others like disposable one-night stands worthy of ridicule and contempt. They also aren't beating up anyone who looks "at their women" or brooding against every available wall. In the same token, these women aren't waiting to be saved, they aren't all virgins waiting for the hot dangerous guy to wear them down into a stranglehold of a relationship. These are tough chicks who figure things out on their own, and deal with their problems by working through them. It's so very refreshing.  These books are very sexy, very romantic, and they will weave themselves around your heart. 

3.18.2015

Cover Revealed for Winter by Marissa Meyer


WINTER
Lunar Chronicles, Book Four
Coming 11/10/15
ISBN-13: 978-0312642983
Publisher: Fiewel & Friends
Pages: 400
Find it on AmazonGoodreads
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Here is the stunning conclusion to the national bestselling Lunar Chronicles, inspired by Snow White.
When Princess Winter was thirteen, the rumor around the Lunar court was that her glamour would soon be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. In a fit of jealousy, Levana disfigured Winter. Four years later, Winter has sworn off the use of her glamour altogether. Despite her scars, Winter’s natural beauty, her grace, and her gentleness are winning admiration from the Lunar people that no amount of mind-control could achieve.

Winter despises her stepmother, but has never dreamed of standing up to her. That is, until she realizes that she may be the only one with the power to confront the queen. 

Can Cinder, Prince Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Cress, Thorne, Princess Winter, and the palace guard Jacin find their happily ever afters? Fans will LOVE this amazing conclusion to the series.

3.06.2015

Synopsis Revealed: The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas





10/13/15
THE IMMORTAL HEIGHTS
The Elemental Trilogy, Book Three
ISBN-13: 978-0062207357
Publisher: Balzer + Bray // Pages: 432
Find it on AmazonB&NGoodreads
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In a pursuit that has spanned continents, Iolanthe, Titus, and their friends have always managed to remain one step ahead of the forces of Atlantis. But now the Bane, the monstrous tyrant who bestrides the entire mage world, has issued his ultimatum: Titus must hand over Iolanthe, or watch as his entire realm is destroyed in a deadly rampage. Running out of time and options, Iolanthe and Titus must act decisively to deliver a final blow to the Bane, ending his reign of terror for good.

However, getting to the Bane means accomplishing the impossible—finding a way to infiltrate his crypt in the deepest recesses of the most ferociously guarded fortress in Atlantis. And everything is only made more difficult when new prophecies come to light, foretelling a doomed effort....

Iolanthe and Titus will put their love and their lives on the line. But will it be enough?

With The Immortal Heights, Sherry Thomas brings the acclaimed Elemental Trilogy to its breathtaking conclusion.

2.28.2015

Most excellent and new book covers... I want these books bad.



09/22/15
WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER
The Gold Seer Trilogy, Book One
ISBN-13: 978-0062242914
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 432
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The first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times–bestselling author Rae Carson. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America. Walk on Earth a Stranger begins an epic saga from one of the finest writers of young adult literature.

Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety? 

Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, dazzles with the first book in the Gold Seer trilogy, introducing a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance, as only she can. 



10/06/15
A MADNESS SO DISCREET
by Mindy McGinnis
ISBN-13: 978-0062320865
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books // Pages: 384 
Find it on Amazon, B&N, Goodreads
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Grace Mae knows madness. She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.


In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us.



10/06/15
SIX OF CROWS
The Dregs, Book One
ISBN-13: 978-1627792127
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) // Pages: 320
Find it on AmazonB&NGoodreads
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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price--and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. 

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. 

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.

*Because we cannot say goodbye to the Grishverse yet.




10/06/15
SPINNING STARLIGHT
Companion to Stitching Snow
by R.C. Lewis
ISBN-13: 978-1423185154
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion // Pages: 336
Find it on Amazon, B&N, Goodreads
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Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it's hard to escape it. So when a group of men show up at her house uninvited, she assumes it's just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired.

Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi's vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word and her brothers are dead.

Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home-a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers' survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back?


Haunting and mesmerizing, this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Wild Swans strings the heart of the classic with a stunning, imaginative world as a star-crossed family fights for survival in this companion to Stitching Snow. 




10/13/15
ICE LIKE FIRE
Snow Like Ashes, Book Two
by Sara Raasch
ISBN-13: 978-0062286956
Publisher: Blazer + Bray // Pages: 432
Find it on AmazonB&NGoodreads
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It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.





10/13/15
THE IMMORTAL HEIGHTS
The Elemental Trilogy, Book Three
ISBN-13: 978-0062207357
Publisher: Balzer + Bray // Pages: 432
Find it on AmazonB&NGoodreads
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In a pursuit that has spanned continents, Iolanthe, Titus, and their friends have always managed to remain one step ahead of the forces of Atlantis. But now the Bane, the monstrous tyrant who bestrides the entire mage world, has issued his ultimatum: Titus must hand over Iolanthe, or watch as his entire realm is destroyed in a deadly rampage. Running out of time and options, Iolanthe and Titus must act decisively to deliver a final blow to the Bane, ending his reign of terror for good.

However, getting to the Bane means accomplishing the impossible—finding a way to infiltrate his crypt in the deepest recesses of the most ferociously guarded fortress in Atlantis. And everything is only made more difficult when new prophecies come to light, foretelling a doomed effort....

Iolanthe and Titus will put their love and their lives on the line. But will it be enough?

With The Immortal Heights, Sherry Thomas brings the acclaimed Elemental Trilogy to its breathtaking conclusion.




11/03/15
TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE
Firebird, Book Two
ISBN-13: 978-0062278999
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 432
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Marguerite Caine has done the impossible, traveling to alternate dimensions with the Firebird—the brilliant invention of her parents, her boyfriend, Paul, and their friend Theo. But she has also caught the attention of enemies willing to kidnap, blackmail, and even kill to use the Firebird for themselves.

When Paul’s soul is splintered into four pieces—pieces that are trapped within Pauls in other dimensions—Marguerite will do anything, and travel anywhere, to save him. But the price of his safe return is steep. If she doesn’t sabotage her parents in multiple universes, Paul will be lost forever.

Unwilling to sacrifice her family, Marguerite enlists the brilliant Theo to help. The two forge a plan to save Paul and the Firebird, but succeeding means outsmarting a genius and risking not only their lives but also the lives of their counterparts in every other dimension.

Their mission takes them to the most dangerous universes yet: a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each leap brings Marguerite closer to saving Paul—but her journey reveals dark truths that lead her to doubt the one constant she’s found between the worlds: their love for each other. 

* Not an actual cover, but it's progress!!! 



09/01/15
QUEEN OF SHADOWS
Throne of Glass, Book Four 
by Sarah J. Maas
ISBN-13: 978-1619636040
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 384
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Sarah J. Maas's New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.


Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

2.20.2015

Cover Revealed: Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson


WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER
The Gold Seer Trilogy, Book One
Coming to a bookshelf near you September 22, 2015
ISBN-13: 978-0062242914
Publisher: Greenwillow Books // Pages: 448
Find it on Amazon, B&N, Goodreads
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The first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times–bestselling author Rae Carson. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America. Walk on Earth a Stranger begins an epic saga from one of the finest writers of young adult literature.

Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety?

Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, dazzles with the first book in the Gold Seer trilogy, introducing a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance, as only she can.

Rae Carson books are like my YA spirit animals. She created my all time favorite YA Book Boyfriend in Lord Hector for the Fire & Thorns Trilogy, he is EPIC. He is a MAN (in all caps). And yes Elisa was a character that I've identified with the MOST out of ever character ever, the stories created by Carson are elaborate and beautiful and multifaceted- there is a lot of work done and it shows. Because I've had such incandescently marvelous and unforgettable reading experiences with Rae Carson's writing I am so very excited to read this new trilogy. Understanding that maybe I won't find a new Hector and Elisa, understanding that this new trilogy is a completely new animal, I know she can hook me. Rae is such a special writer. I hope to one day shake her hand and say thank you.

1.27.2015

Synopsis Revealed! Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas


09/01/15
QUEEN OF SHADOWS
Throne of Glass, Book Four 
by Sarah J. Maas
ISBN-13: 978-1619636040
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 384
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Sarah J. Maas's New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.