Month: May 2015

Reader’s Choice [8]

Posted May 29, 2015 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

It’s time for another round of Reader’s Choice! The book that won the last poll was: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke! So, in the upcoming weeks, I will be reading and reviewing that one! 🙂 So, help me choose what’s next!

1. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.
Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

2. The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson

A mysterious teen boy knows the secrets of Keira’s dangerous hallucinations in this gripping romantic fantasy from the author of Claire de Lune.
Keira’s hallucinating. First it’s a door hovering above the road; then it’s a tree in her living room. But with her parents fighting and her best friend not speaking to her, Keira can’t tell anyone about her breakdown.

Until she meets Walker. They have an electric connection, and somehow he can see the same shadowy images plaguing Keira.

But trusting Walker may be more dangerous than Keira could have ever imagined. The more she confides in him, the more intense—and frightening—her visions become. Because Walker is not what he appears to be. And neither are her visions.

3. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkowski

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love…

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.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

4. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom…

Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.

5. The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst

It was only meant to be a brief detour. But then Lauren finds herself trapped in a town called Lost on the edge of a desert, filled with things abandoned, broken and thrown away. And when she tries to escape, impassable dust storms and something unexplainable lead her back to Lost again and again. The residents she meets there tell her she’s going to have to figure out just what she’s missing–and what she’s running from–before she can leave. So now Lauren’s on a new search for a purpose and a destiny. And maybe, just maybe, she’ll be found…

Against the backdrop of this desolate and mystical town, Sarah Beth Durst writes an arresting, fantastical novel of one woman’s impossible journey…and her quest to find her fate.

6. Dark Mirror by M.J. Putney

At sixteen, Lady Victoria Mansfield, youngest daughter of the earl and countess of Fairmount, is destined for a charmed life and her choice of mates worthy of her status. Then she makes a terrifying discovery that will ruin her life and disgrace her family forever. Tory’s blood is tainted… by magic.

When a shocking accident forces Tory to reveal her despised skill, she is immediately exiled to Lackland Abbey, a reform school for young men and women in her position. Tory’s greatest wish is to be cured so she can return home and perhaps recover some of her shattered life.
Instead, curiosity and the lure of magic lead Tory to rebel students who have pledged their talents to protect England. As she joins them in their secret studies, she discovers her full powers – and is drawn to the handsome, enigmatic young Marquis of Allarde. But Allarde’a reserve and haunting secret keep him away, though she can see equal longing in his eyes.

Then Tory’s pledge sweeps her and her friends into a perilous world of danger, challenge, and a triumph that saves Britain from conquest. Can danger also bring Tory and Allarde together, despite all that stands between them?

7. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn’t know much about her background – the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip – but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.

Until now.
Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town – from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend’s hidden talent for “feeling” out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel…different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya’s biological parents and it’s easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet.

In The Gathering, New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong brings all the supernatural thrills from her wildly successful Darkest Powers series to Darkness Rising, her scorching hot new trilogy.

8. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. But that’s all it takes. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real.

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.

9. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.
This is not that world.
Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?


Armchair BEA 2015: Day Two

Posted May 28, 2015 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Armchair BEA

Hello and welcome to the second day of ABEA 2015!
To check out my post from Day One click here 🙂
Day Two is about Visual Expressions and Social Media. So, today I’m going to talk about Social Media!

What Social Media Do I Have For My Blog?
Facebook Page
Google +

What Do I Actually Use For My Blog?
Instagram (mainly just to post pics of books)

You see, I’m bad with social media. I’m trying to get better. And I have recently, but I still suck at promoting my blog via social media.

My facebook page I suck at updating. I’ve recently thought of changing it from a page to a personal account for my blog and befriending other bloggers and authors. I also feel like I’d be better at promoting my blog if it was automatically on that facebook rather than having to switch to use as facebook page. But then I would have 2 personal accounts and I don’t know, we’ll see.

Youtube, I watch videos all the time. Bookish videos and other videos. I have even uploaded my own videos, but I suck at that too. I have no idea what to do when it comes to editing videos and stuff like that. I would like to do more videos, but I don’t know how to.

Pinterest I usually use for my writing stuff. So, it’s not for my blog. It’s for my writing. But yea.

Google + I have no idea how to work. I’ve given up. I’ve never really had the interest of learning how to use it. And I don’t really think I’m missing out on it? Unless there’s this huge community that I know NOTHING about, enlighten me 🙂

Let’s Talk!
What are your thoughts on social media? What do you think about the facebook transition? What kinds of social media do you use? Which ones do you think help your blog the most?

Armchair BEA 2015: Day One

Armchair BEA 2015: Day One

Posted May 27, 2015 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Hello and welcome to the first day of ABEA 2015! I’m super stoked that it is BEA time but I’m sad that I won’t be able to attend the wonderful festivities in NYC, so thankfully there is Armchair BEA (a virtual BEA) for all the people who cannot attend the in real life BEA. First […]

WoW [20]

WoW [20]

Posted May 27, 2015 by Stephanie in Meme / 0 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine every Wednesday. It’s about spotlighting some of the releases we are awaiting eagerly. This week I’m waiting patiently eagerly for… Title: The RulesAuthor: Nancy Holder and Debbie ViguieSeries: StandaloneGenre: Young Adult, Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Contemporary?Published By: Delacorte Books for Young ReadersComing out on June 23, 2015 […]

Top Ten Tuesday [44]

Top Ten Tuesday [44]

Posted May 26, 2015 by Stephanie in Meme / 0 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there is a different bookish top ten list. Join in on the fun! Top Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer: 1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard 2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by […]

Tough Issues and Realistic Fiction in YA

Tough Issues and Realistic Fiction in YA

Posted May 22, 2015 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Tough Issues in YA…I just read this book and reviewed it last week and it deals with teenage pregnancy. This got me thinking about tough issues in YA and how I feel there should be more of these books out there in the world. I mean how many people have you heard of going through […]

WoW [19]

WoW [19]

Posted May 20, 2015 by Stephanie in Meme / 0 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine every Wednesday. It’s about spotlighting some of the releases we are awaiting eagerly. This week I’m waiting patiently eagerly for… Title: Even When You Lie To MeAuthor: Jessica AlcottSeries: StandaloneGenre: Young Adult, Contemporary, RomancePublished By: Crown Books for Young ReadersComing out on June 9, 2015 Fans […]

Isla and the Happily Ever After [Review]

Isla and the Happily Ever After [Review]

Posted May 19, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

“Phones are distracting. The internet is distracting. The way he looked at you? He wasn’t distracted. He was consumed. “A blank canvas…has unlimited possibilities.” Anna rolls her eyes. “Wait until you try his creamy center.” St. Clair gets a crush on Anna. He’s torn between her and Ellie, and he spends so much time running […]

Top Ten Tuesday [43]

Top Ten Tuesday [43]

Posted May 19, 2015 by Stephanie in Meme / 0 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there is a different bookish top ten list. Join in on the fun! Top Ten (Freebie!) Books To Read In One Day: 1. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (my review) 2. Anna and the French Kiss by […]

Book Blitz: Spelled (+ Giveaway!)

Book Blitz: Spelled (+ Giveaway!)

Posted May 17, 2015 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Title: SpelledAuthor: Betsy SchowSeries: Standalone?Genre: Young Adult, Retelling, Fantasy, MagicPages: 352Published By: Sourcebooks Fire on June 2, 2015 Where To Get: Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day. Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being […]