Saturday, November 22, 2014

Recent Book News: The Lunar Chronicles Fanart Contest, Carrie Ryan's NEW Book Cover & Much More

Hello & Happy Saturday! I'm finally emerging from my Scholastic Book Fair cave that I've been in the last two weeks. I'm catching up posting reviews this weekend, and checking out the latest book news I've missed. Here's a few exciting things I missed, that I wanted to share with y'all just in case you missed this too.


Carrie Ryan has a new YA book coming out!! Check out the cover for Daughter of Deep Silence, which EW revealed yesterday, here. What a stunning cover. I love it!
Here's a little bit about the book:

“In the wake of the deadly devastation of luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace, rescued from the ocean after torturous days adrift with her dying friend Libby, knows that the Persephone wasn’t sunk by a rogue wave as survivors Senator Wells and his song are claiming—it was attacked. To ensure her safety from the obviously dangerous and very powerful Wells family, Libby’s father helps newly orphaned Frances assume Libby’s identity. Frances has spent years in hiding, transforming herself into Libby, and she can no longer allow the people who murdered her entire family and Libby to get away with it. After years of careful plotting, she’s ready to set her revenge plans into motion—even if it means taking down the boy she’d once been in love with: the senator’s son. The game has just begun, and Frances is not only playing dirty, she’s playing to win.”


Check out what @EpicReads is giving away! Hurry and go enter to win 1 of 10 coveted arcs of RED QUEEN they're giving away now until 11/24/14. Enter HERE.


Join @FierceReads and Marissa Meyer for an epic LUNAR CHRONICLES: Fairest Fanart! Check out what Marissa said below & find out more here. 





Looking for that perfect gift for your favorite book nerd? Check out Buzzfeed's 33 Harry Potter Gifts Fans Will Appreciate



And since it's the weekend before Thanksgiving, Outlander fans will appreciate this one. 


Recently on Twitter, Outlander shared this link for their OUTLANDER THANKSGIVING. Check out what they shared here. Some of this food looks so good.... 

Friday, November 21, 2014

VOTE in @EpicReads's 2014 BOOK SHIMMY AWARDS *Semi Finals*


It's that magical time of year where we all rush over to Epic Reads's blog and VOTE in their BOOK SHIMMY AWARDS!!!! Talk about awesome, this year's awards are loaded with some incredibly tough votes. WHY DO THEY ALWAYS MAKE ME CHOOSE between my favorites!?! 

This year's choices are many. From your favorite read, to your favorite author, favorite villain, characters you ship, to your favorite YA book to movie adaptation, and your favorite online book promoters, and much more. There is something for everything to vote on. 

Here's a sample of the categories you have to vote in: 

Best Shelf Nominees

The Pagemaster Nominees 

Silver Screen Nominees

All By Myself Nominees

A Whole New World Nominees 

The End of an Era Nominees 

Head over to EPIC READS & check out the ALL the Nominees for this year's 2014 Book Shimmy Awards! I voted! Have you? 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Kresley Cole's Dead of Winter Exclusive Chapter Reveal & Giveaway


Welcome to the next stop for Kresley Cole's DEAD OF WINTER exclusive chapter reveal and giveaway! I'm thrilled to apart of this week's Dead of Winter festivities. I am a huge fan of Kresley Cole's, and I have really enjoyed The Arcana Chronicles. 

After you read the sneak peak below, be sure to enter to win the amazing giveaway below. 1 lucky winner will win an Amazon Kindle  preloaded with ebooks for both Poison Princess, and Endless Knight, as well an an e-manuscript for DEAD OF WINTER!!


To Be Released on: January 6th, 2015
Series: The Arcana Chronicles #3
Pre-Order Your Copy

Can Evie convince her rival loves to work together? Their survival depends on it in this third book of #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles, a nonstop action tale of rescue, redemption, and a revenge most wicked.

Heartbreaking decisions
Evie was almost seduced by the life of comfort that Death offered her—until Jack was threatened by two of the most horrific Arcana, The Lovers. She will do anything to save him, even escape Death’s uncanny prison, full of beautiful objects, material comforts…and stolen glances from a former love.

Uncertain victory 
Despite leaving a part of her heart behind with Death, Evie sets out into a frozen and perilous post-apocalyptic wasteland to meet up with her allies and launch an attack on The Lovers and the vast army they command. Such formidable enemies require a battle plan, and the only way to kill them once and for all may mean Evie, Jack, and Death allying. Evie doesn’t know what will prove more impossible: surviving slavers, plague, Bagmen and other Arcana—or convincing Jack and Death to work together.

Two heroes returned
There’s a thin line between love and hate, and Evie just doesn’t know where she stands with either Jack or Death. Will this unlikely trio be able to defeat The Lovers without killing one another first?


Read an Exclusive EXCERPT

KRESLEY COLE

My stomach dropped as the sounds echoed over the water. I whirled around to Matthew. “Not him?”
“No. Daily execution.” How the MilovnĂ­cis kept the rank and file in line.
I sagged with such relief, I almost felt guilty. Then I wondered how those shots had affected Jack.
“He believes no help is coming,” Matthew whispered. “Knows he can’t escape. Thinks his friends are dead.”
The idea of Jack alone, with no hope, gutted me. “Is he . . . is he scared?” “Certain he’ll die. Surprised by how unfrightened he is.”
“You can tell? You always had trouble reading him.”

Nod. “Three months’ practice.”
“But you can’t read his future?”
Matthew’s brows drew together. “Never wanted this to happen.” “Can you tell him we’re coming for him?”
Without a word, Matthew crossed to the ladder and climbed down.

I clumsily followed. Back on the ground, he said, “Your alliance is injured.”
Did he mean that my allies were benched, or that my alliance was shaky? “Are you taking me to Finn and Selena?” I hadn’t seen them in months.
“Across the courtyard to the barracks.” Matthew started away again, heading in a different direction, balancing on the boards.
With Cyclops at my side, I tromped along the mud-caked planks through a central area, like a quad (courtyard might be a stretch).
When Matthew stopped in front of a tent, I bade the wolf stay outside. He snuffled indignantly, plunking down in the mud.
Taking a deep breath, I tugged down my poncho hood and entered, Matthew behind me.
Selena and Finn lay on cots. The Archer’s arm was in a sling—her bow arm. An arrow stretched over her lap, and she petted the feather fletchings, the sound like riffled cards. She stared, seemingly at nothing. 


One of Finn’s legs was splinted, elevated on a bug-out bag. A metal crutch leaned beside his cot.
A fire burned in the center of the tent, vented out of the roof. More Arcana sat on benches around it: the Tower, Judgment, and the World Card, an alliance of three.
Joules sized me up. Gabriel tilted one of his black wings in greeting. Tess Quinn waved shyly, her fingernails bitten to the quick. Matthew dropped down to sit beside her.
“Well, if it isn’t our fair Empress,” Joules said in his thick Irish accent.
Selena shot upright, her silver-blond hair tumbling over her shoulders.
“Evie!” Finn called. “How did you get free of Death?”
This could get tricky. “Uh, I had an opportunity to . . . steal away.” Steal Death’s horse and saddle, steal a new bug-out bag, steal my

hi-tech all-weather gear. “It’s not important. I’m here now.”
“Yet you didn’t accept my offer.” Joules’s reddish brown hair was

disheveled, his gaze cagey.
Selena—who’d called out no greeting—said, “If you got a jump on

Death to escape, then you could have brought Joules’s payment.”
Aric hadn’t been the only one to offer a deal to save Jack. Joules had demanded Death’s severed head in exchange for a rescue. “It’s not that

simple,” I told them. “Things aren’t how we thought them.”
“Did you have a chance to kill the Reaper or not?” Whatever Joules read in my expression made him say, “You feckin’ did! A shot at the

Endless Knight! The one who always bloody wins!”
Selena’s lips parted. “Death dies; J.D. lives. What part of that

equation are you having problems with?”
“We can hash everything out later.” I was nearly choking with worry

and exhausted to the point of kicking toes-up. “For now, let’s focus on—” 


“We were in an alliance to defeat Death,” Selena bit out. “One you started. When Matthew told us you’d recovered your powers, we believed you’d do whatever it took to free J.D.—especially from the psychotic Lovers.” Selena swiped a hand over her livid face. “Instead, you betrayed all of us. J.D. more than anyone! Do you know what they’ll do to him?”
My grandmother had told me they warped and perverted their victims, making them confuse torture and pain for pleasure. “I have an idea!” My glyphs moved over my skin, a sign of high emotion—or aggression. But I grappled for patience. “Which is why we need to stop arguing over things that can’t be changed and start planning a rescue!”
Maybe Gabriel had done a flyover for recon on the army; he’d know the lay of the land across the river. We could plot a mission.
Start planning?” Selena sneered. “You don’t have a plan? You’ve got some nerve to show up here with no answers and no payment,
sauntering in with your fancy new clothes, looking like you haven’t missed a meal.”
Exactly the way she’d looked when I’d first met her.
“Because of you, J.D. is suffering right now.” Voice rising with each word, she said, “You should have paid the Tower!” With her supernatural speed, she leapt from the cot, lunging to attack.

Chapter 3


Selena’s good hand was in the air, poised to backhand me; instinctively my thorn claws shot out—
“Gamekeeper’s blood!” Matthew cried.
Selena and I both screamed in pain, matching red lines glowing across our hands.
Cyclops sprang inside the tent, baring his monstrous fangs at her. I used Selena’s moment of shock to scramble back.
Tess whimpered and shrank away from the beast; Gabriel flared his wings.
“Th-that wolf was dead!” Finn sputtered from his cot. “The cannibals killed all of Lark’s war wolves.”
Joules opened his palm upright; a silver baton materialized out of thin air—one of his lightning javelins. In a blur, it extended to its full length. “My bolt once fried that very beast!”
Which was why Cyclops’s fur was frizzy. “Lark’s familiars are . . . hardy.” I withheld the full truth: her three wolves were undying—as long as Lark lived.
“It’s protecting you?” Selena looked aghast.
“He won’t hurt anyone unless I’m in danger.”
“You’re allied with Lark now?” Finn’s gaze darted from me to 

Matthew, as if the Fool should’ve told them this. “Even after she sold us out?”
Matthew rocked back and forth on the bench.
“Lark didn’t know us when she made the pact to hand us over to Death,” I explained. “For all she knew, we could’ve been cannibals like the Hierophant’s followers.”
Finn peered at Cyclops. “But then she did get to know us,” he said to the wolf. 
 
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Visit the official Arcana Chronicles website to find out more about Dead of Winter and the entire Arcana Chronicles series. Stop by Simon & Schuster's DEAD OF WINTER page to find out where you can pre-order your copy of Dead of Winter.  

About The Autho



Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers series, and five award-winning historical romances.

A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings.
Her IAD books have been translated into twenty foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.

Find Kresely via: her Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads 



ENTER TO WIN!
1 lucky winner will win an Amazon Kindle  preloaded with ebooks for both Poison Princess, and Endless Knight, as well an an e-manuscript for DEAD OF WINTER!! 
Giveaway Open to U.S. residents Only (courtesy of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers). The giveaways ends at midnight (CST) on Friday, November 21st. 

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

DEFY Book Trailer Reveal & Giveaway!


Hello & welcome to today's exciting book trailer reveal for Sara B. Larson's DEFY! 
If you've not yet picked up DEFY, I highly recommend that you do. This was one of my favorite debut books to read this year. Before I tell you more about the series, check out this trailer!!



This is an awesome book trailer! What did you think? I think it compliments the book perfectly.

DEFY, which was released in January of this year, will be out in paperback next week, on November 25th! Not too many weeks after it's release, it's sequel, IGNITE, will be out on December 30th. Here's a little bit about the series:

About DEFY


By: Sara B. Larson
Published by: Scholastic
Released on: January 7th, 2014 / paperback edition to be released on 11.25.14
Series: Defy #1
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Add it to Goodreads

A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and heart racing romance.

Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king's army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince's guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can't prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she's sworn to protect?

About IGNITE


By: Sara B. Larson
Published by: Scholastic
To Be Released on: December 30th, 2015
Series: Defy #2
Pre-Order it from Amazon | B&N | iTunes
Add it to Goodreads


Murder, abductions, and forbidden romance abound in this thrilling sequel to Sara B. Larson's acclaimed YA debut, DEFY.

Alexa remains by the newly crowned King Damian’s side as his guard, ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion's people, despite continuing to harbor a secret love for him. However, when another threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on their newly forged allies from Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. With the fate of her nation hanging in the balance once again, will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy -- before it's too late?

About Sara B. Larson



Sara's debut YA fantasy novel, DEFY, released in January of 2014 from Scholastic. The sequel will come out in early 2015--stay tuned for announcements about the title, cover, and synopsis! Sara lives in Utah with her husband and three young children. She writes during naptime and the hours when most people are sleeping. Her  husband claims she should have a degree in "the art of multitasking." On occasion you will find her hiding in a bubble bath with a book and some Swedish Fish or some mint chocolate truffles. She is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.

Find Sara via: Her Website | Twitter | Facebook |Instagram |  Goodreads

The Giveaway 

To celebrate the November 25th release of the paperback edition of DEFY (I loved this book and highly recommend picking it up. You can read my review here), and the upcoming release of IGNITE, the sequel to DEFY, which will be released on 12.30.15. I have 3 shiny paperback copies of DEFY to giveaway to three lucky winners, courtesy of Scholastic. *US residents only.

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Don't miss it! You can check out the trailer reveal via these fabulous sites:
Bewitched Bookworms
Good Choice Reading
Fiktshun
Mundie Moms
Novel Novice
Reading Teen
Supernatural Snark
Two Chicks on Books

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, Waiting on Wednesday #231



By: Sarah J. Maas
Published by: Bloomsbury Children
To Be Released on: 5.5.15
Series: A Court of Thorns & Roses #1
Pre-Order from: Amazon | B&N
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A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristen Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!


A NEW SERIES BY SARAH J. MAAS!!!! I don't think I need to say much else. Sarah is one of my favorite YA authors, and I about fangirl screamed when the news of this book was first announced. I CAN NOT WAIT to read it!! Notice my all caps and explanation points. I am just a little excited about this book being released, and it's months away. What book are you waiting on?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #10 - 10 Sequels I Cant Wait To Get My Hands On

This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke & the Bookish

Welcome to this week's Top Teen Tuesday post. I should say late post, as I'm running a book fair this week, and I was trying to get posts done, but the internet kept crashing. Better late than never. This week's topic is: 10 Sequels I Can't Wait To Get On Hands On

Here's the thing about sequels, THEY ARE EVIL!! Why are they evil? Because waiting to find out what happens next to characters I love is so hard, and it stinks. I'm pretty the author is off somewhere doing his/her evil laugh while us readers are laying in the fetal positions in our book spots crying over the fact we have to wait to find out what happens next in the sequel that won't be out for a WHOLE YEAR! I hate waiting for sequels. There, I said it. I hate waiting. Y'all know what I mean, especially when the book you read has a killer of a cliff hanger. 

Here are 10 sequels I wish I already had in my hands.

  

1) GATHERING DARKNESS ( Falling Kingdoms #3) by Morgan Rhodes, 12/9/14
 I LOVE, love, love this series. I NEEDED this one like yesterday. I can not wait for it's upcoming release in a couple of weeks. 

 Maria V. Snyder has a NEW book coming out with some of my all time favorite characters!! Yes she's the top of my list again! I can't wait to read more about Yelena, Valek, Ari & Janco. 

3) Untitled Throne of Glass #4 by Sarah J. Maas, 9/10/14
 I love this series and I really, really NEED THIS one to be released like now! 

4) THE HEART OF BETRAYAL by Mary E. Pearson, 7/7/15
All if have to say is Rafe!

5) EVERY LAST BREATHE by Jennifer L. Armentrout, 7/28/14
Talk about a killer of an ending...... let me just sum up this series for you with two words, TEAM ROTH!

6) DEAD OF WINTER by Kresley Cole, 1/8/15
Well this can be summed up with one word... Death! If you have no idea what I'm talking about, seriously go pick up this series! Also, visit Mundie Moms on Thursday to find out more about Dead of Winter!

This is another fabulous series that I have loved. While I still need to finish book 3, I am really, really looking forward to reading book 4. I know Fairest comes out next, but WINTER is the 4th book in the Lunar Chronicles series, while Fairest is a spin off. 

8) PERSUASION by Martina Boone, 10/28/14
I loved Martina's debut Compulsion, and I can not wait to find out what she has inshore for me next with Persuasion!

9CRIMSON BOUND by Rosamund Hodge, 5/5/15
This is a sequel to another fabulous debut I read this year and absolutely loved! I can not wait to read this book.

I loved The Winner's Circle, and I'm really, really, really looking forward to jumping back into this series. 

What sequels are you impatiently waiting to get your hands on? 

The Duff Movie Trailer

It's here! The much anticipated movie trailer for The Duff. Based on a YA best seller, the movie, which doesn't hit theaters till 2015, looks like it will be a classic similar to those 90 teen movies we all loved. You know the ones I'm talking about. Check out the trailer below:



I was not a fan of the book back when it first came out (you can read my review here), though I loved the important message author Kody Kiplinger delivered in it. I'm really hoping the movie delivers that same strong message, which from the looks of the trailer, it may. I've heard the comedy and the issues that the book tackled are well done in the movie. Even though I didn't love the book, I'm looking forward to seeing the movie. What about you? Are you looking forward to seeing the movie?

NaNoWriMo Advice from YA Authors


It's NaNoWriMo time!
I love this time of year. I always get all pumped up when NaNoWriMo time rolls around. I look forward to the chance to finally sit down and work on the stories I started years ago.  But then right before I get the courage to finally do it, I chicken out. I don't know why, but I do. It's not that I'm scared to write. I've been "secretly" doing that for a few years now. When it comes to sitting down and writing under a deadline, I mentally think that it won't be good enough. Or I have the excuse of the millions of others things I need to be doing instead of sitting down and writing. 

I admire my friends who each November set the goal to do NaNoWriMo  and do it. One of these years I'll finally do it, and sadly this was another year that I let get away from me with out taking part in it. If you're like me, than you'll love this advice from some of Epic Reads's fabulous authors. They recently shared NaNoWriMo Advice from YA Authors. I'd recommend reading the entire article. 


Epic Reads's NaNoWriMo Advice from YA Authors


From Victoria Aveyard
“This is very cliche advice, but that’s because it’s true and it works. Finish the draft. But I need to rewrite act 1! Finish the draft. But this character arc needs to change? Finish the draft. But I need to draw another map! Finish. The. Draft. Power through your mistakes, write notes to yourself, leave scenes that aren’t working, and just get to ‘the end.’ All the stuff that tripped you up will seem so small in hindsight, and by the time you finish, the distance will let you see so many solutions you didn’t know were there before. It’s extremely hard to finish, but makes everything easier once you do.”

From Cynthia Hand
“I’m a big believer in the 3 b’s for writing inspiration: the bed, the bath, and the bus. Whenever the words aren’t coming, I lay down quietly for a while, or I take a bath (I usually keep a notebook and pencil next to the tub to write on if inspiration strikes), or I take a ride/drive–somewhere peaceful with not too much traffic (I keep one of those audio recorders that reporters use hanging from my rearview mirror and will talk my book into it). The goal is to relax the body so the mind can open up.”

From Lauren Oliver:
“Writing is like pizza. Cold pizza, good pizza, bad pizza…it’s better than no pizza! So remember: bad writing is better than no writing. :) ”

From Courtney C. Stevens
“A group of rhinos is called a crash. Why? Because of their powerful potential. Rhinos run thirty miles an hour and can only see thirty feet in front of them. Nano-ers, I say, BE THE CRASH. Run hard. Run fast. Run in a group. Your potential is a powerful thing. May you harness the motivation of this month and transform your high word counts into awesome stories in the days ahead.”

I love this advice! Thank you Epic Reads!
Speaking of epic reads, did you know that some of our most favorite YA books were the result of NaNoWriMo? Books like:



Check out which other popular YA reads were written as a result of NaNoWriMo, here



Monday, November 17, 2014

NOVEMBER 2014'S BEST YA BOOKS


Bustle recently published an article featuring November 2014's Best YA Books: 7 YA Titles to Enjoy While You Sip Your Pumpkin Spice Latte. Here are their picks for this month's must read YA releases.




I love this list. There's a great mix of a little bit of everything for YA fans on this list. I've only read 3 out of the 7, and I'm planning on reading the other four. I've got two of the reads I've not yet read on my shelves, which will be featured on the blog this month, and another one I've pre-ordered. I can't wait for Stolen to be released TOMORROW! You know I'm going say this.... read THE BANE CHRONICLES if you haven't already. Magnus is one of my all time favorite Cassandra Clare characters. Fans of the TMI and ID series will love reading his story. 

Have you read any of these books? You can find out more about each book via Bustle's article here