Friday, April 18, 2014

Cover Reveal: Everblaze by Shannon Messenger

I cannot not share this gorgeous cover. I die a little everytime I look at it. IT IS GORGEOUS. Simply perfect. Everblaze is the third book in this amazing middle grade series. I really loved Keeper of the Lost Cities and Exile. <3 They are both awesome books. And this. I cannot wait to read Everblaze. Just look at that cover! FITZ! My love! And Fitz and Sophie. He is holding her. Holding hands. Kind of. It is adorable and it is killing me. So much gorgeousness. Just wishing I didn't have to wait until November to read it. Grrr. But it will be worth the wait; I just know it. <3 (Biggest wish is for Sophie and Fitz to become a couple. Fingers crossed.) But I'm also so excited for more of that awesome world and plot. Sigh. November cannot get here fast enough. No summary yet, but hopefully soon. I cannot wait to read that, hih. Also. Shannon is amazing. I adore her. She's just awesome. What do you think of the cover?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review: Shipwreck Island by S. A. Bodeen

I wanted to read this book because of that gorgeous cover. It looks awesome. And then the summary. Though I was a little bit worried that I wouldn't like it. But I did. I liked it a lot. It is also a middle grade book, which is all kinds of awesome. The main character, Sarah, is twelve years old. And the other main character, her new stepbrother, Marco, who is also twelve.

This book truly isn't that long. Which I wish it had been. It was a very fast read. And I enjoyed reading it. Loved that it was told from the point of view of Sarah and Marco. Though I do wish we had gotten to know them both a little bit more. But I liked them. The plot in this book is that Sarah's dad just married Marco's mom. And now they all live together. Nacho as well.

We don't get to read all that much about it, which I'm a little bit sad about, because agh. I really enjoyed this book and I wanted to know more. I wanted it to be even longer. But I also liked that it was short. But yeah. There better be a second book, hih. <3 And it better be out pretty soon, as I do not like waiting, lol. But anyway. I felt with Sarah, who was not happy with the new wife. Sure, I wish she could have tried to make the best of it, but then. I probably wouldn't have been all that happy about it either, at that age. Marco isn't very happy either, since they had to leave their home and friends. Though his younger brother, Nacho, seemed more okay with it. He's adorable. I pretty much liked all the characters.

I don't want to say too much about this book, as it isn't that long yet a lot of things happen. But you know most of it from the summary. The family is going on a sail trip, and then they shipwreck. Which is pretty obvious from the title. I found all of that to be pretty awesome to read about, and also a little scary. I liked it. They wreck near this island and that is where it gets even more interesting. I'm not going to say more, just that I liked reading about the island. So creepy. And all kinds of awesome.

I'm giving this book a four star. I enjoyed it, but I didn't fully love it, as I had a few issues with the writing. And the length of the book. I wished it had been so much longer, as I'm really curious about what will happen next. And, you know, it ends with a cliffhanger. But I also really liked this book. I'm a bit surprised that I did. But I'm happy. I enjoyed it. It is also a bit creepy, which I enjoyed a lot. Not going to say more. Just, Shipwreck Island was an exciting middle grade book. It was fun to read. And I'm glad that I did. Huge thank you to Ksenia and Macmillan Kids for the print ARC of this gorgeous book. <3

Cover Reveal: The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

I am so excited for this cover. It looks gorgeous. And I adore Cat Winters so much. The Cure for Dreaming cannot get here fast enough. <3 I loved her first book; In the Shadow of Blackbirds. And it makes me so excited that this book is from the same time period; sort of :D I just cannot wait to read this book. It sounds so amazing. And looks so awesome. And agh. I'm very excited. Because I adore Cat. And her writing. And yeah. The Cure for Dreaming will be amazing. <3 What do you think of the cover?

Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cover Reveal: Talon by Julie Kagawa

Sharing the cover for Talon today. And it looks AWESOME! <3 I love it. And I'm dying to read this book. Truly dying. I think it sounds amazing. And I love Julie Kagawa. So I just cannot wait to read this book. <3 Wishing it was out already :) October cannot get here fast enough. This cover is just gorgeous. I love it. And I love that the book is about dragons. Sigh. It sounds so good. But oh. I am worried. So worried. Because the reveal page on MTV says this: "finds herself in the middle of a twisted love triangle." And god no. Please. I don't want a love triangle. Hoping they are just saying that. And if there is a hint of a love triangle, please let it be over fast. I do not like triangles. AT ALL. And I think Talon can be such an amazing book without that included. <3 *Fingers crossed* But oh! Just talked a little with Julie about it on twitter. She says there is a triangle, but that it isn't a big part of the story; as the story focuses more on the plot. Which makes me very happy; as I think the plot sounds amazing. I'm still worried about the triangle, but I also know that I adore Julie's books. So I'm going to hope for the best. <3 Fingers crossed that I will enjoy it; or that it won't be so bad :) What do you think of this gorgeous cover for Talon? <3

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

I'm not sure how I feel about this book. I didn't love it, but I also enjoyed it a lot at times. A lot of times I found it a bit boring, but I also wanted to know what would happen next. I didn't fully love the writing, but I liked it. I think I connected with the characters. Probably. I loved the time period, but also wished it had been a bit later; as not that much happened.

The title is Prisoner of Night and Fog. And now that I think of it, I kind of imagined the main character to be a prisoner of sorts. Which she wasn't. Sure, a few awful things happens to her. But I also felt like she could leave at any moment. Which she didn't. But I must also admit to liking Gretchen. Though she did do a few things that I did not approve of. Nor do myself.

This book is told from the point of view of Gretchen. Like I said, I liked her sometimes. We learn a lot about her; about how her dad died protecting Adolf Hitler, her Uncle Dolf. Which I found to be the silliest name ever, to be honest. Didn't like when it was mentioned. Sigh. But anyway. We also learn a lot about her brother. Whom I could not stand at all. He was just pure evil. And so mean. But he was also interesting to read about. I just. If someone killed my cat, I would do something about it. I would not let him get away with it. I felt like Gretchen didn't do the things I wanted her to do in this book. Sigh.

I won't say too much about this book, as there isn't all that much to say for me. I liked it, but didn't love it. Which is why I'm rating it with a three star. But I'm also very glad that I read it. I enjoy reading about war-times. Though there wasn't any war in this book. And I wish there had been. Which is a bit strange, I guess. I wish the book had been in the years when Hitler did the even worse stuff. And not just years (?) before, when he wasn't all that awful. But I still hated him in this book. I found him to be creepy.

I must admit to not having read much and Germany and that time and the Jew. I don't know much at all. I know the important things. I know that tons of innocent people died. And they died a horrible death. Which makes me all kinds of sad and ragey. But I also wanted to read about that in this book. But there weren't anything about that yet. Which is probably why I didn't fully love it. Which might be beyond weird of me, but I like reading about awful things that break my heart. Wasn't enough of that in this book.

Anyway. There is a lot of things happening in this book. Despite the fact that I found it a bit boring a few times, I also thought it was interesting and exciting. A lot of things were obvious to me, and it pissed me off a little that Gretchen didn't see things right away. Agh. But yeah. I liked the plot in this book. Though there were too many names. Which annoyed me. Can't remember any of them, or the characters :p But I did enjoy reading about a few of Gretchen's friends. Though I disliked Eva a lot. Agh.

I didn't always approve of the things Gretchen did. I didn't approve of her relationship with Uncle Dolf. I didn't like him at all. And she adores him in the beginning. And I disliked her mom so much. She was just.. a coward, to be honest. And her brother. He did so many awful things. Beyond awful things. Though a few times I didn't care at all.. but it was interesting to read about and it was pretty sad. But anyway. I did enjoy this book. Though I do wish it had been a little bit more. But I liked the time period.

There is a romance in this book. And I enjoyed the romance. I wish it had been more, but it is also very sweet. I think Daniel was an amazing character. And I loved getting to know him. Though I do wish I had gotten to know even more. Hmm. And I do wish he and Gretchen would have gotten more quiet moments together. <3 But anyway. I thought their romance was sweet. It wasn't perfect, but I liked reading about it. It is also forbidden. Which I enjoyed, but didn't love. But it was very interesting.

Huge thank you to Balzer + Bray / HarperTeen for auto-approving me on Edelweiss; so that I was able to download this book. <3 I'm glad that I read it, despite giving it three stars. I have also just pre-ordered my own hardcover of this book, because I do wish to own it. I did think that Prisoner of Night and Fog was a great book. It was interesting and with a good romance. I'm very excited for the sequel, though wonder what it is about. Is it the same characters? Anyway. I think you guys would like this book :)