Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #108

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

Blackbird (Blackbird Duology, #1)
Blackbird by Anna Carey
September 16th 2014

This twisty, breathless cat-and-mouse thrill ride, told in the second person, follows a girl with amnesia in present-day Los Angeles who is being pursued by mysterious and terrifying assailants.

A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her.

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review: Eighth Day by Dianne K. Salerni

The Eighth DayTitle: The Eighth Day 
Author: Dianne K. Salerni
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publishing Date: April 22nd 2014
Pages: 320
Genre:  MG Fantasy Adventure/Arthurian Mythology
Series: Eighth Day #1
Source:  ARC


In this riveting fantasy adventure, thirteen-year-old Jax Aubrey discovers a secret eighth day with roots tracing back to Arthurian legend. Fans of Percy Jackson will devour this first book in a new series that combines exciting magic and pulse-pounding suspense.

When Jax wakes up to a world without any people in it, he assumes it's the zombie apocalypse. But when he runs into his eighteen-year-old guardian, Riley Pendare, he learns that he's really in the eighth day—an extra day sandwiched between Wednesday and Thursday. Some people—like Jax and Riley—are Transitioners, able to live in all eight days, while others, including Evangeline, the elusive teenage girl who's been hiding in the house next door, exist only on this special day.

And there's a reason Evangeline's hiding. She is a descendant of the powerful wizard Merlin, and there is a group of people who wish to use her in order to destroy the normal seven-day world and all who live in it. Torn between protecting his new friend and saving the entire human race from complete destruction, Jax is faced with an impossible choice. Even with an eighth day, time is running out.

I almost passed this book up and decided I would give it a go. I am so glad I did. This book was pretty amazing. I was captivated by the story from the very beginning and stayed that way throughout the entire book. The characters were pretty super, the pacing was well done, the writing was exciting, and I just enjoyed this book immensely. 

Jax celebrates his 13th birthday, goes to bed, wakes up in an abandoned world. He believes the apocalypse has come, but what has really happened is he is part of special group of people that can live in the eighth day. A day that exists between Wednesday and Thursday. There are others that experience this day and who live only within this day. Jax discovers all the secrets that surrounds this day and also the dangers. He unknowingly brings horrible danger to a friends front door, now its up to him and other Transitioners to save the eighth day and the world. 

This book was really really good. I didn't really know what I was in for, I thought the book sounded more sci-fi, time traveling, parallel universe. Nope its fantasy, magic, myths.... and I loved it. One of my favorite aspects of this book, the myth that surrounded the Eighth Day. Merlin, Arthur, and even the Knights of the Round Table had a bit to do with the Eighth Day. I have read many Merlin or Arthur retellings, inspirations, and renditions. This one was quite original. I was fascinated by the idea. It was well thought out and well done. The story was definitely the main focus for me. 

The characters were good too. It did take me a bit longer to connect to them than I like, but once I did the connection was strong. There was tons of story building, so the character building lacked just a tiny bit at first. In the end I fell for everyone of the characters. There is quite a variety of them too. The main character Jax, was my favorite. He was kind, brave, generous, and very true to doing what he felt was right. He was a normal 13 year old and generally acted first and planned after. He made some bad decisions but he was determined to make up for those choices. 

Evangeline was a bit harder to connect with. I liked what I knew. She was sweet. She was a loyal friend, and she had a bit of attitude. Riley was hard to like at first, a jerk at first site, but I loved him once I got to know him. He was very loyal and very protective over those he loved. He didn't think twice about doing what needed to be done and never failed to jump in when needed. I hope to see so much more of him in the next book. There was quite a bit more characters, but they weren't as major. They were all fun and fit well into the story, adding laughter and trouble. 

The story read well, started out running and ended with a bang. There was lots of action, thrills, humor, adventure, and discovery. The ending left me wanting more but also had some resolution. I closed the book with a smile on my face and hole that needs to be filled with next book. 

Awesome read. I would highly recommend this book for those that love MG books or wanting to dabble to see what its like. Also great for any kind of fantasy lovers or fans of Arthurian mythology. 

Dianne K. Salerni

DIANNE K. SALERNI is a fifth grade teacher by day and a writer by night. She's the author of YA historical novels, We Hear the Dead (Sourcebooks) and The Caged Graves (Clarion/HMH), and a forthcoming MG fantasy series, The Eighth Day (HarperCollins 2014).

The Caged Graves is a Junior Library Guild Selection, and We Hear the Dead was the inspiration for a 10 minute short film, The Spirit Game, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

In her spare time, Dianne is prone to hanging around creepy cemeteries and climbing 2000 year-old pyramids in the name of book research.

Teaser Tuesday #104 and Top Ten Tuesday #94

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Bloggers choose two
sentences out of our current read to peak others' curiosity.

Lost in Thought

Lost in Thought by Cara Bertrand 


Lainey Young has a secret: she’s going crazy. Everyone else thinks she has severe migraines from stress and exhaustion. What she really has are visions of how people died—or are going to die. Not that she tells anyone that. At age 16, she prefers keeping her crazy to herself. When doctors insist she needs a new and stable environment to recover, Lainey’s game to spend two years at a private New England boarding school. She doesn’t really think it will cure her problem, and she’s half right. There is no cure, but as she discovers, she’s not actually crazy. Almost everyone at Northbrook Academy has a secret too. Half the students and nearly all the staff are members of the Sententia, a hidden society of the psychically gifted. A vision of another student’s impending death confirms Lainey is one of them. She’d like to return the crappy gift of divining deaths with only a touch, but enjoys spending time with Carter Penrose—recent Academy graduate and resident school crush—while learning to control it. Lainey’s finally getting comfortable with her ability, and with Carter, when they uncover her true Sententia heritage. Now she has a real secret. Once it’s spilled, she’ll be forced to forget protecting secrets and start protecting herself.
Garrett didn't seem to mind. In fact, I had a good enough time that I let him kiss me goodnight when we got back to campus. 

Top Ten is an original feature/weekly meme created here at
The Broke and the Bookish that features a great bookish top ten every week.

My Top Characters that make me Laugh Out Loud

1. Bubba from The Chronicles of Nick
2.  Georgia from the Georgia Nicholson Series 
3. Jaron from The Asecendance Series
4.Howie from Jasper Dent Series
5. Toraf from The Syrena Legacy series
6. Magnus from The Mortal Instruments
7. Roux from Also Known As
8. Scatty from The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
9. Grover from Percy Jackson
10. Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Genre Definition and Recommendation #62

Genre Definition and Recommendation is a feature where I will define a genre and a sub-genre definition and the make some recommendations.  

Science Fiction - Definition found on Wikipedia

Science Fiction- is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary but more or less plausible (or at least non-supernatural) content such as future settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, aliens, and paranormal abilities. 

Dystopian- Definition found on Wikipedia 

Dystopian- the idea of a society in a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian.

My Recommendations: 

Landry Park (Landry Park, #1)Landry Park by Bethany Hagen

In a fragmented future United States ruled by the lavish gentry, seventeen-year-old Madeline Landry dreams of going to the university. Unfortunately, gentry decorum and her domineering father won't allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers the devastating consequences her lifestyle is having on those less fortunate. As Madeline begins to question everything she has ever learned, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty - her family and the estate she loves dearly - and desire.

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)
Wither by Lauren DeStefano


By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can't bring herself to hate him as much as she'd like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband's strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out? Together with one of Linden's servants-Gabriel-Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian (Lux, #1)Title: Obsidian 
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Teen 
Publishing Date:   November 23rd 2011
Pages:  335
Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Series: Lux #1
Source: Audio


Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring.... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don't kill him first, that is.

This book spent forever, well 2 years, on my TBR list. I saw tons of great reviews, ravings, and obsession over this book. I was weary, very weary. I didn't want to go in ready to love it and be disappointed. I so was not disappointed. I loved it. So many things to love about this book. I loved the characters, the story was fresh, and the romance was just right. It was just all goodness. 

Katy moves to a new town, her next door neighbor is hot but strange and a real jerk. The neighbor jerk's twin sister is not a jerk. Katy and Dee become best friends which forces Daemon into Katy's life. Since they are not human, everything turns into a mess and danger lurks around every corner and of course Katy has to be saved on multiple occasions by Dee and the jerk Daemon. Katy returns the favor a couple of times too. Its a story about friendship and a jerk. I think most people have read this book already so that's all I need to say.

I am so completely overjoyed that this book was as good as I hoped. The beginning was a bit iffy for me. About the first 2-3 hours. Once Daemon and Dee's secrets were spilled the book took off and I couldn't or wouldn't put it down. I usually can say the characters were the best part, or the romance, or the story, or the writing. In this book it was all of it. I think every bit of this book worked amazingly together to create something fun and addicting. I know I am already going to be addicted to this series. 

The main character, Katy, is just killer. She is tough, snarky, smart, and a book blogger. Yea pretty cool. I loved hearing her bring up her Waiting on Wednesday posts, comments, and followers. It was fun. What I liked about her most was her ability to stand up for herself, do what she felt was right, and not second guess her every decision. She wasn't the helpless maiden that needed saving. All though she did need saving a couple of times, she also did the saving. It was a pretty equal saving relationship. She just rocked. 

I also loved Dee and Daemon. Dee was spunky, sweet, and a great friend to have in your corner. She was beautiful and smart, but its a bit hard to make friends when doing so puts them in danger. So when Katy and Dee became friends, it made Dee's world. She was always in Katy's corner and made Katy have fun. Daemon on the other hand was a jerk, but had his moments where I couldn't help but like him. He angered me, but he also made me smile, blush, and giggle. Yes like a school girl. The ultimate bad boy. He loved to mess with Katy but never crossed the line, well not totally, into the bad guy. I couldn't help but love him. 

So there were great characters. I loved them. BUT, it doesn't stop there. I liked the romance. Well what there was of it. There wasn't much because simply put.... Daemon and Katy do not get along. Of course this causes issues because they are very much attracted to each other and things keep happening forcing them to spend time together. So there is bickering then there is kissing.... and some pretty steamy scenes. Never love though. It's headed that way for sure but not there yet.....not even like just hate and lust. 

The story was original for me because it was aliens and not vampires or ghosts or werewolves or witches or fae..... It did lack in total creativeness.... there is still the cliche of ya in the story... but there is enough newness that kept me going. I loved the alien origins, the natural forms, the abilities, it was well written and very exciting.

The writing style was great. There were many times I found myself laughing out loud as well as times I am sure I was blushing, I know I felt the heat. There was plenty of emotional moments, playful moments, and intense moments. It was a full ride for me. Everything I love in my stories was included and I felt the story and saw the story as I listened. I was never bored and I am left needing more. 
Very satisfied, very impressed, and I need more. I will be getting more as soon as I can. 

Jennifer L. Armentrout
All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
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