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Friday, June 29, 2018

THE OPPOSITE OF HERE by Tara Altebrando / Book Review #TheOppositeofHere

By: Tara Altebrando
Published by: Bloomsbury YA
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository
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Source: Borrowed from library

There's no hiding on a cruise ship-not even from yourself.

Natalie's parents are taking her and her three best friends on a cruise for her seventeenth birthday. A sail-a-bration, they call it. But it's only been a few short months since Natalie's boyfriend died in a tragic accident, and she wants to be anywhere but here.

Then she meets a guy on the first night and sparks fly. After a moonlit conversation on a secluded deck of the ship, Natalie pops down to her cabin to get her swimsuit so they can go for a dip. But when she returns, he's gone. Something he said makes her think he might have . . . jumped? No, he couldn't have.

But why do her friends think she's crazy for wanting to make sure he's okay? Also, why do they seem to be hiding something from her? And how can she find him when she doesn't even know his name? Most importantly, why is the captain on the intercom announcing the urgent need for a headcount?

With her signature thrilling storytelling, the author of The Leaving and The Possible explores our vulnerability to the power of suggestion-and the lies we tell others and ourselves-in a twisting, Hitchcock-inspired mystery with high stakes and dark secrets.

I think that, maybe, this is the summer of thrillers for me. I'm finally getting into a genre that's so very popular these days. I know, I know, it's about time. But, you see what I don't like about thrillers is the whole twisty plot thing that has to happen. I usually see these plot twists a mile away and then, I, frankly, get bored.

That wasn't the case with The Opposite of Here. I've seen it hauled on instagram and BookTube, but I haven't seen a review of it, yet, which is good, because I knew zero about the plot. I'll admit the premise seemed a little far-fetched. A dead boyfriend causes parents to take their daughter and her friends on a birthday cruise. Oooooookay. For my own teens, who probably aren't reading this, ummm, this will never happen. Just sayin'. But, I jumped (forgive the pun) past this premise, and began to read a story about a girl, who was still grieving and very reluctant to move on form her last, tragic relationship. But, was that relationship all that she thought it was? Hold that thought, MMs (and yes, I'm going to write this with NO SPOILERS).

Tara introduces a stranger on the ship the exact way that Alfred Hitchcock would -- you just meet him and there's a fascinating conversation, but then, poof, he's gone. I loved the atmospheric way Tara presented this moment, and she continued to write a plot filled with suspense that just creeps up until it envelops everything, and you begin to trust no one. It even features a classic Hitchcock plot device, a MacGuffin, with its use of the headcount to drive the plot forward. I'll admit that I completely loved that.

This story surprised me with it's tricky plot (I even thought for a moment it was going to go the way of We Were Liars by e lockhart). I really enjoyed it, and I will definitely pick up more of Tara's stories. This one is definitely beach bag-worthy.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

. @CassieClare Shares #QOAAD: Snippet, 1st Edition Info & A Sneak Peak #Shadowhunters

Along with the stunning cover for A Deeper Love, which I shared here, Cassie's newsletter also contained QUEEN OF AIR AND DARKNESS surprises! Cassie not only shared an excerpt and an exclusive sneak peak into the artwork featured for her upcoming release, she also shared information about the first edition of the book. This post contains what Cassie shared in her newsletter yesterday. I highly recommend signing up for her newsletter. 

Exclusive Excerpt from Queen of Air and Darkness

It had only been a few days since Robert Lightwood’s death, but Horace Dearborn had already completely redecorated his office.

The first thing Emma noticed was missing was the tapestry of the Battle of the Burren. The fireplace was lit now, and over it Alec Lightwood’s image had been replaced by Zara Dearborn’s. It was a portrait of her in gear, her long blond-brown hair falling to her waist in two braids like a Viking’s. ZARA DEARBORN, CLAVE HERO, said a gold plaque on the frame.

“Subtle,” Julian muttered. He and Emma had just come into Horace’s office; the Inquisitor was poking around in his desk, seemingly ignoring them. The desk at least was the same, though a large sign hung behind it that announced: PURITY IS STRENGTH. STRENGTH IS VICTORY. THEREFORE PURITY IS VICTORY.

Dearborn straightened up.  “‘Clave hero’ might be a bit simple,” he said thoughtfully, making it quite clear he’d heard Julian’s comment. “I was thinking ‘Modern Boadicea.’ In case you don’t know who she was —“

“I know who Boadicea was,” said Julian, seating himself; Emma followed. The chairs were new as well, with stiff upholstery. “A warrior queen of Britain.”

“Julian’s uncle was a classical scholar,” said Emma.

“Ah, yes, so Zara told me.” Horace dropped heavily into his own seat, behind the mahagony desk. He was a big man, rawboned, with a nondescript face. Only his size was unusual — his hands were enormous, and his big shoulders pulled at the material of his uniform. They must not have had time to make one up for him yet. “Now, children. I must say I’m surprised at you two. There has always been such a... vibrant partnership between the Blackthorn and Carstairs families and the Clave.”

“The Clave has changed,” said Emma.

“Not all change is for the worse,” said Horace. “This has been a long time coming.”

Julian swung his feet up, planting his boots on Horace’s desk. Emma blinked. Julian had always been rebellious at heart, but rarely openly. He smiled like an angel and said, “Why don’t you just tell us what you want?”

Horace’s eyes glinted. There was anger in them, but his voice was smooth when he spoke. “You two have really fucked up,” he said. “More than you know.”

Emma was jolted. Shadowhunter adults, especially those in positions of authority, rarely swore in front of anyone they considered children.

“What do you mean?” she said.

He opened a desk drawer and took out a black leather notebook. “Robert Lightwood’s notes,” he said.

“He took them after every meeting he had. He took them after the meeting he had with you.”


Here's what Cassie shared about first editions of QOAAD.

What’s included in the Special First Edition of Queen of Air and Darkness?

The exclusive first edition will contain ten black and white illustrations by Alice Duke, who has done a couple of awesome illustrations for us before, and a full color poster printed on the back of the book jacket, also by Alice. In addition to this exclusive art, the first printing will include a short story that functions as a sequel to A Long Conversation.

As with Clockwork Princess, there will NOT be different editions with varying special content available at different bookstores. Instead there will be a limited number of these first editions available to anyone who preorders online or buys the book as soon as it comes out. Once they run out, they’re gone. You can preorder online or from your favorite indie bookstore!


Here’s a snippet of one of Alice Duke’s fabulous interior illustrations from QuAD—the mysterious Ash!

Cover Reveal: A DEEPER LOVE by Cassandra Clare & Maureen Johnson / #GOTSM #Shadowhunters

In her newsletter yesterday, Cassie treated to fans to a lot of fabulous things. One of those is the cover reveal for A DEEPER LOVE, which she co-wrote with Maureen Johnson! Be still my Will fangirl heart. Oh this cover. WOW! This may be my favorite cover yet from Ghosts of the Shadow Market. I absolutely love seeing Tessa and Jem! Yes, I do adore Jem and Tessa, and I love this picture of the two of them at the top of this cover. 


By: Cassandra Clare & Maureen Johnson
To Be Released on: August 14th, 2018
Series: Ghosts of the Shadow Market #5
Pre-Order from: Amazon

It is only three years since Tessa Gray lost her beloved husband William Herondale, and she is searching for a reason to live, trying to find the path of being a warlock with the guidance of her friend Catarina Loss. World War II rains down destruction on their world, and Tessa and Catarina become nurses who make bargains at the Shadow Market for enchantments to help suffering mundanes. But can Brother Zachariah bear to see the woman he loves risk her life, or might he consider breaking sacred vows to save her from loneliness?

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

My #SummerReading Must Haves: July-August Releases #YALit #WaitingonWednesday

Summer vacation has finally begun. One of the things I love about summer, SUMMER READING! While one of my kids may hate it (I hope one day he thanks me for it), I love that we can stay up late and read, catch up on books we haven't had the chance to read yet, and pick up some long awaited upcoming releases. July and August have some of my most anticipated releases this year. Here are some of the releases I'm impatiently waiting on: 



I am loving each of these covers. If I purchased off covers alone, I would most definitely pick up each of these books. Which books are you looking forward to reading this summer?

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

OUT TODAY! 7/26/18 New YA Releases

Happy book birthday to these brand new YA releases! There are some fantastic reads out on bookstore shelves. Here's what you'll find out now: 

There are a lot of exciting new releases today. Which ones will you be picking up? 

Monday, June 25, 2018

WINTER WAR AWAKENING by Rosalyn Eves / Title & Cover Reveal + Giveaway #WinterWarAwakening #BloodRoseRebellionSeries

It's finally here! I am so thrilled to team up with Rosalyn Eves to reveal TITLE and THE COVER for the 3rd book in her Blood Rose Rebellion series. This title is my favorite of the three books in her series. The title for the third book is....... WINTER WAR AWAKENING

Keep reading to get your first look at the cover & to enter to win! 





I'm not sure what I love more, the title or the cover. That title is a perfect fit for the series. As is the cover. I absolutely love the covers for this series. I can not wait to read this book! It will be out on May 19th, 2019 from Knopf Books for Young Readers. *SPOILERS* If you haven't yet read Lost Crow Conspiracy, you may not want to read the book's summary. 


By: Rosalyn Eves
Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers
To Be Released on: May 19th, 2019
Pre-Order from: The Publisher
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The Binding is broken. Mátyás is alive. And Anna Arden is on the run.

The world is in chaos. The praetheria, the creatures once held captive by the
Binding spell, are now waging war against the Austro-Hungarian empire. And
they are holding Noémi hostage--using her life to manipulate Anna and
Mátyás like marionettes on a string.

Anna's love, Gábor, has stayed behind to fight in the Hungarian army's
resistance, while Anna and Mátyás search for their adored Noémi: a mission
doomed from the start, gilded in praetherian magic. Magic that relies on illusion
and misdirection. Eventually, there's only one way to save her: to walk right in to the lion's den.

When everyone thinks they're fighting each other for the same
thing—freedom—can anyone truly win?

Packed with romance, action, and intrigue, Winter War Awakening concludes
Rosalyn Eves' spellbinding Blood Rose Rebellion trilogy.


Here's your first look of the series all together. Wow, these covers look stunning all together. It's hard to pick a favorite cover when you see them side by side.


Rosalyn Eves grew up in the Rocky Mountains, dividing her time between reading books and bossing her siblings into performing her dramatic scripts. As an adult, the telling and reading of stories is still one of her favorite things to do. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys spending time with her chemistry professor husband and three children, watching British period pieces, or hiking through the splendid landscape of southern Utah, where she lives. She dislikes housework on principle. She is the author of BLOOD ROSE REBELLION and LOST CROW CONSPIRACY. 

Find Rosalyn online: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook 


Thank you to Rosalyn, (1) winner will receive a SIGNED copy of both Blood Rose Rebellion and Lost Crow Conspiracy. As standard with the third book in a series, there are no arcs of Winter War Awakening. To enter to win the signed books, please fill out the form below. *Terms & conditions apply. Must have a US mailing address to enter. 

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The Latest #QOAAD & #ChainOfGold Snippets from @CassieClare #Shadowhunters

Happy Mundane Monday Shadowhunters. Just in case you missed you some of Cassie's most recent snippets on Tumblr, check out what she shared below last week:
Another Pride Month Snippet! Aline stands up for her woman against some dangerous foes. :)
“What’s that?” Tavvy asked, his eyes big.
“This,” said Aline, “is a frittata. And you’re all going to eat it.” She slammed it down onto a metal trivet in the center of the table.
“Don’t like frittata,” said Tavvy.
“Too bad,” said Aline, crossing her arms and glaring at each of them in turn. “You made Helen cry yesterday, so you’re going to eat this frittata — which, by the way, is goddamn delicious — and you’re going to like it. It’s what’s for breakfast and since I’m not Helen, I don’t care if you starve or eat Cheetos for every single meal. Helen and I both have a lot of work to do, the Clave isn’t giving us an inch, all she wants is to be with you guys, and you are not going to make my wife cry again. Understood?”
The younger Blackthorns nodded, wide-eyed.

Keeping the secrets of who might get together with who, end up with who, or even have a fling with who is important to me where it comes to TLH…so I found this bit that doesn’t give anything away after a tiny edit. ;) 
He took a deep breath, and crossed the floor of blades and constellations to the other boy’s side. He stood at the foot of the stairs, looking down.
“But of course,” he said, very softly, “your sentiments are reciprocated.”
He stooped over him, tilting his chin up. Their lips met. The other boy made a soft sound, almost like surrender, stretching under his body. He slid an arm around his neck and pulled him down onto the stairs.

Cassie also shared this artwork here, which will be featured in the special editions of Queen of Air and Darkness. She also said in a separate post, that all special editions can be purchased from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and any Indie bookstore. Here's what she said about the artwork:

Mark and Cristina fight harpy demons in QuaD! Detail from one of the Alice Duke illustrations in the first edition of Queen of Air and Darkness! Check this link: to find out how to get one. All the special editions contain ten interior illustrations, a full color poster by Alice, and a short story by me that functions as the sequel to the short story in Lady Midnight at Isabelle and Simon’s engagement party ;) You know the one! Pre-order if you can cause it’s going to be beautiful!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

ONLY A BREATH APART by Katie McGarry / Cover Reveal #OnlyABreathApart

Welcome to today's cover reveal for Katie McGarry's upcoming release, ONLY A BREATH APART! This book will be out on January 22nd, 2019 from Tor Teen! Katie is one of my favorite YA contemporary authors, and I really looking forward to reading this book. CHECK OUT THIS COVER!

I am loving this cover, and the tag line, "Would you dare to defy destiny?" 

Would you dare to defy destiny? Are our destinies written in stone? Do we become nothing more than the self-fulfilling prophesies of other people's opinions? Or can we dare to become who we believe we were born to be?


By: Katie McGarry
Published by: Tor Teen 
To Be Released on: January 22nd, 2019
Purchase from: Amazon | Kobo | Google Play | B-A-M | B&N | iBooks
Add it to Goodreads

Jesse dreams of working the land that’s been in his family forever. But he’s cursed to lose everything he loves most.

Scarlett is desperate to escape her “charmed” life. But leaving a small town is easier said than done.

Despite their history of heartbreak, when Jesse sees a way they can work together to each get what they want, Scarlett can’t say no.Each midnight meeting between Jesse and Scarlett will push them to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other.   

“Gritty and real, Only a Breath Apart is a story of hope conjured from pain, strength drawn from innocence, and love earned from self-respect. Beautiful, poignant, and fierce.” 

―Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series


 Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. 

 Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Snippet From LEARN ABOUT LOSS by Cassandra Clare & Kelly Link #Shadowhunters #GOTSM

Cassie had me at "Will Herondale" in her newest Shadowhunters snippet. This new snippet is from her upcoming release, LEARN ABOUT LOSS!, which she shared here. This book is the next to be released in the Ghosts of The Shadow Market, which will be out on July 10th. Read her snippet below:

In honor of Will Herondale Remembrance Day, a snippet from Learn About Loss! Coming out on ebook and audio July 10.
He was Jem again, and he was in the city where he had been born. Shanghai. 
Someone said, “Jem? Am I dreaming?” Even before he turned his head, Jem knew who would be sitting there beside him. 
And it was Will. Not Will old and tired and wasted as Jem had last seen him, and not even Will as he had been when they’d first met Tessa Gray. No, this was Will as he had been in the first few years when they had lived and trained together in the London Institute. As he had been when they made their oath and become parabatai. Thinking this, Jem looked at his shoulder, where his parabatai. rune had been inscribed. The flesh there was unmarked. He saw that Will was doing the same thing, looking under his collar for the rune on his chest.“

. @CassieClare Shares New Queen of Air And Darkness Snippet #QOAAD #Shadowhunters

In honor of Pride Month, Cassie shared another Shadowhunters snippet with her fans yesterday on Tumblr. Over the last couple of weeks Cassie has shared snippets from a couple of her upcoming releases. The most recent snippet is from Queen of Air and Darkness. This snippet features Diana and Gwyn. Originally shared here, you can read the full snippet below: 

Queen of Air and Darkness snippet
Pride Month snippet from Queen of Air and Darkness: Diana and Gwyn
Gwyn seated himself opposite her, large hands at his sides, his brow creased with concern. His size and bulk somehow made him seem more helpless than he would have otherwise. “I know what happened,” he said. “When death comes in great and unexpected ways, the Wild Hunt knows it. We hear the stories told by spilled blood.”
Diana didn’t know what to say — that death was unfair? That Livvy hadn’t deserved to die that way, or any way? That the broken hearts of the Blackthorns would never be the same? It all seemed trite, a hundred times said and understood already.
Instead, she said, “I think I would like it if you kissed me.”
Gwyn didn’t hesitate. He was beside her in a moment, graceful despite his bulk; he put his arms around her and she was surrounded by warmth and the smell of the forest and horses. She wrinkled her nose slightly and smiled, and he kissed her smiling mouth.
It was a gentle kiss, for all his size. The softness of his mouth contrasted with the scratch of his stubble and the hard musculature under her hands when she put them timidly on his shoulders and stroked. 
It had been a long time, and she had never imagined something quite like this: moonlight and flowers and kissing in glades were for other people. 
But apparently not.