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Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo with The Darkling and a Giveaway
Participating in Blog Tours gernaly make me utterly excited. But… when I was asked to join the Siege and Storm Blog Tour I was actually gasping for air.. and then.. when Leigh send over the Guest Post I was freaking out about this epicnesss!
(I kind of like to exaggerate in case you didn’t know.. but in this case it’s the truth! .. )
Today, we have some amazing Character Introductions for you which will get people excited who haven’t read Shadow and Bone yet (seriously?) and also for those who are such epic fans like us!!
Name: The Darkling
True name: Unknown. For now.
Most frequently found wearing: Black and only black
Occupation: Leader of the Second Army
Skills: Summoning darkness to blind his enemies, using darkness to slice his enemies in half (the Cut), generally doing bad things to his enemies. He’s also a living amplifier—his power can be used to strengthen the power of other Grisha.
Likes: Giving orders.
Dislikes: Taking orders.
Inspired by Flagg, Raistlin, Jareth the Goblin King
Frequent fancasts: Sean O’Pry, Ezra Miller, Ian Somerhalder, Shiloh Fernandez
“The problem with wanting is that it makes us weak.”
Comment from Leigh Bardugo
The biggest challenge in writing the Darkling is that he reveals so little of himself. I have to walk a line between the information he chooses to disclose, and the secrets people like Alina guess at based on his behavior. But I also love writing him for the very same reasons: He’s a creature of extraordinary power and nearly perfect control. I like trying to make the reader wonder which cracks in that control are real and which are feigned.
Photo Credit, image above: Ardawling
Name: Zoya Nazyalensky
Most frequently found wearing: Blue and silver
Line of Work: Squaller (Etherealnik)
Skills: The ability to raise or lower the pressure in the air to create and direct currents and storms
Likes: Being the best
Dislikes: Upstart peasants
Frequent Fancasts: Katie McGrath, Megan Fox, Phoebe Tonkin
“I find the lower classes have a certain rough appeal.”
Comment from Leigh Bardugo
It would be easy to hate Zoya. She’s snide and snobby and too hung up on status. But I like her because she doesn’t play nice. She isn’t interested in accommodating people or putting herself out for anyone. Also, her loyalties are based on power and principle, not affection. Zoya starts out as a typical mean girl, but nothing in Ravka is ever quite what it seems.
Photo Credit above: Chantalle
Most Frequently found wearing: a kefta of indeterminate color
Line of Work: Teacher at the Little Palace
Skills: Baghra is an amplifier of extraordinary power, the nature of her specific Grisha gift has long been forgotten
Likes: A warm stove, whacking students with her stick
Dislikes: The cold, whiners
Frequent Fancasts: Helena Bonham Carter, Judi Dench, Meryl Streep
“And there’s nothing wrong with being a lizard either. Unless you were born to be a hawk.”
Comment from Leigh Bardugo
I always imagined Baghra as a particularly vicious ballet teacher. Better than anyone, she knows what the stakes are when it comes to war and she drives the Grisha relentlessly in their training. She can be a challenge to write because I’m always tempted to soften her, but I believe her moments of kindness or even seeming kindness should be hard won.
Photo Credit above: Kyra
Photo Credit: Yoonona
Darkness never dies.
Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.
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Much Darkling Love,
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Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer - Blog Tour, Interview with Hunter!
Did you read my glowing Review about the Boy-Wonder “Elementals Series” last week? I just love this series so freaking much that I am ridiculously excited to be part of the Blog Tour for Spirit today! And… I have Hunter here for an Interview!! Gosh, this tormented sad boy….
So, please welcome Hunter today on the Blog and please stay for a Giveaway at the very end .. plus info on how you can get a Elementals book fo free!!
Hi Hunter, please come in and take a seat – I’m so excited you had time to stop by and answer a few questions. Anything to drink or eat?
Nah. I’m good.
So, Hunter since you came to life with your grandparents how did your life change?
*A shrug.* They’re all right. I don’t always get along with my grandfather, but it’s a roof over my head.
That sounds… rough…
And then you meet the Merrick boys and they weren’t exactly as you thought they would be right?
I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought they’d killed my father, so I expected cold-blooded murderers. They’re actually … all right.
Would you say that you are closest to Gabriel? Why’s that?
I guess you could say that. He’s a dick sometimes, but I get it. He’s got reason to be.
Would you call him a friend? Everyone needs friends and I have a feeling you don’t have many and might need one.
Right now I don’t think I could call anyone a friend.
Why is it so hard to trust the Merrick boys, it seems like they truly want to be friends with you?
*scoffs* A lot of people seem like they want to be friends. Part of that is my Element. Being a Fifth draws everyone, you know? My father always told me to use everyone before they could use me. He said it would keep me safe. It’s easier to keep people at arm’s length.
Do you feel like being a Spirit User sets you apart from everyone else?
Yeah. And that’s part of the problem.
After loosing Becca to Chris (if that is how we could call it) were you deep down not just a little heartbroken? I mean Becca is a really amazing girl…
I was never really honest with Becca, so I don’t think I ever had a chance to make her mine. I’m starting to figure out that if I don’t trust anyone, they’re not going to trust me back. But that’s part of life, right?
….. and then came Kate? What sets her apart from the other girls, what makes her special?
Kate. *a small smile* Kate is … she’s … *a bigger smile* Kate is a force to be reckoned with. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.
Thank you so much Hunter for taking your time
With power comes enemies. Lots of them.
Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He’s learned the hard way that his unusual abilities come at a price. And he can’t seem to afford any allies.
He’s up to his neck in hostiles. His grandfather, spoiling for a fight. The Merrick brothers, who think he ratted them out. Calla, the scheming psycho who wants to use him as bait.
Then there’s Kate Sullivan, the new girl at school. She’s not hostile. She’s bold. Funny. Hot. But she’s got an agenda, too.
With supposedly secret powers rippling to the surface everywhere around him, Hunter knows something ugly is about to go down. But finding out what means he’ll have to find someone he can trust…
Brigid Kemmerer started writing in high school, and her first real “novel” was about four vampire brothers causing a ruckus in the suburbs. Those four brothers are the same boys living in the pages of The Elemental Series, so Brigid likes to say she’s had four teenage boys taking up space in her head for the last seventeen years!
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Altered by Gennifer Albin (Crewel) - First Chapter Reveal & Giveaway!
*holds a breath*
I barely can hold back me excitement !
Starting today and during this week, we got the honor to reveal the First Chapter of the anxious awaited Sequel to Crewel here at the Bookworms and then, each day another part will revealed at the following Blogs Cuddlebuggery, Xpresso Reads, The Book Cellar and BookYAReview.
Crewel was one of the surprising and exciting reads from last year, I picked it up hoping to like it but ending up loving it to pieces!!! It was so beautifully crafted with such an unique worldbuilding that took my Breath away!
Quote from my Review
Crewel was brilliant! Gennifer Albin created a unique story with an awe-inspiring world creation. Crewel will appeal to many readers, as it harbors different types of beloved genres, Dystopian, Scifi and Fantasy meshed perfectly with an adorable love story.
The ending was crazy and the minute I closed the book I wanted more! I never ever expected the turn of events and now I’m dying to read the Altered!
And now.. I have to honors to present…
They abandoned Earth. Men left their homes and their shops. They deserted the streets to crack and scatter into the soil, renouncing dominion over the world and rejecting their own progress for the promise of the new and the next. And so Earth sits in splendid ruin.
On the horizon a metro rises in grotesque majesty, and be- hind us the ocean roars with life. Above us the sky twists and turns to watch us—an evolution of stars and light. I know little of this world, but hope gathers in my chest. This is our first chance. Maybe our only one.
I’d been taught there was one reality: a reality guided and overseen and created by others. But standing on the edge of the past, I feel potential coursing through me. The natural strands of life are free here, glorious and unrestrained. Time slides around and wraps me in its protection. Anything can happen, and I feel the pulsing vitality of this truth in my arms and in my aching hands. Loricel was wrong about Earth and what it represents. She told me it was dead, a half-remembered relic of a different time, but this world isn’t doomed.
It’s waiting for me.
A ship’s beacon sweeps overhead, bathing us in light. My hand stretches out it as though to beckon the ship toward us, but I draw my hand back to shield my eyes, fear supplanting the brief thrill of knowing we are not alone on this planet. Fear the Guild has cultivated in me since they took me from my family. It is more powerful than the hope growing roots within me.
The hull of the ship is bloated and torpid, making its flight a reluctant crawl across the sky. It doesn’t change course when it coasts over us, and although the brilliance of the watchlight fades past us, blood pounds through me, reminding me of one thing: even a world away from Arras, where no one has reason to harm me, I’m not safe. But I understand now what I couldn’t before. My parents were wrong about me. They taught me to hide my gift.
But my hands are my salvation, not my curse.
I watch the ship ride low along the skyline, skimming across the glittering night sky. If it stays on its current trajectory, it will collide with the mountain range nestled against the metro I spy on the horizon.
“Did it see us?” Jost whispers as though the pilot might be able to hear us. His usually bright blue eyes are dark, nearly matching his curly, shoulder-length hair, and I can see the fear in them.
“It couldn’t have. Where’s it going? ”
Jost squints in concentration and he cocks his head, trying to see it more clearly. “I think it’s on patrol.”
Then it hits me. The ship isn’t soaring birdlike, it’s hanging from a patchwork of rough strands like a puppet dangling from a master’s strings. The sky is wrong. I thought it was stars sparkling overhead, like the ones that peppered the evening sky in Arras. But these stars are long, and they seem to fade into a tangle of light that twinkles erratically over us. I stare for a long moment while the truth sinks in. These aren’t stars nestled into a night sky.
It’s the same strange, raw weave that we came through when I ripped us out. Loricel, the Creweler who trained me and the most powerful woman in Arras, showed it to me in her studio, explaining that it was a buffer between Arras and an- other world. She revealed the truth to me that day: that Arras was built on the ruins of Earth.
“It has to be the Guild,” I say. I already knew the Guild had a presence on Earth. If I had stayed in Arras, it would have become my job to help them drill for elements here. Of course they would have security forces guarding the buffer between the worlds. The hope building in my chest evaporates, giving way to complete panic. I spot Erik to my left. He’s too far away from us for me to protect him, but I can’t sit by and do nothing, and before I can plan my next move, the watchlight washes over us again. I respond instinctively; my left hand lashes out and rends the air around us, looking for something to latch onto and warp into a shield of protection. There is no delicate, precisely knit weave on this planet. It’s not constructed like Arras, which means I’m useless here.
And yet, I can feel the strands of Earth. They snake against my skin, and if I could calm my racing heart, I think I could even hear them because the space around me crackles with vitality. These aren’t the uniform strands of Arras, but they’re composed of the same material. They’re loosely connected and flexible. Their vibrancy shivers across my damaged fingertips, the threads more alive than any I felt in Arras. There the weave pricked dully at my touch after my hands were scarred during Maela’s torture session. But these threads aren’t neatly woven into a pattern and they are full of unexpected life. During my time at the Coventry, I could warp time strands into a separate moment, protecting Jost’s and my conversations and giving us time alone. Those moments were easy to construct because of the uniformity of the Coventry’s weave. However, the Earth strand doesn’t warp into the bubble of protection I expect. In- stead the thick, golden strand coils into my fingers, pulling farther and farther into the sky until it snags across the hull. The ship groans loudly, changing from tarnished steel to bloody rust, bits flaking and falling off. It crumbles more with each second until it plummets to the surface in a flood of sparks and debris.
… to be continued tomorrow at Cuddlebuggery
Holy freaking epic!!! I was do dumfounded when I read the last paged of Crewel not expecting what I was reading .. and I’m excited to find out more!!
And here you can will find the other Bloggers participating in this awesome event!
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Incapable. Awkward. Artless.
That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.
Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.
Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.
Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.
Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.
Adelice always knew there’d be a price to destroying the Guild, but is she willing to pay it?
After a daring escape to Earth from Arras, sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys thought she would finally be in control of her own destiny. She would be free to be true to herself and to her heart—to love Jost, the boy the Guild said she could not have. But Earth is not abandoned, as she’d always been taught it was. It’s inhabited with survivors waging a war against Arras. The world that was supposed to offer a new beginning is still tangled up in the past.
Now Adelice is being called upon to harness her phenomenal power and break Earth from the grip of the Guild. But even as she uncovers the truth about her parents and her former life, she discovers that nothing on Earth is as it seems either. Everyone has secrets, especially those she loves most. What’s more, those secrets are driving Adelice and Jost away from each other, and Adelice into his brother Erik’s waiting arms. Now torn between two brothers and two worlds, Adelice must decide what—and who–she’s fighting for, before it’s too late
Note, this is obviously the cover, but I had to do something as the cover is not yet revealed!!! I cannot wait to see how pretty the cover from Altered will be!!!
And now.. we excited (yes, I know I’m always excited.. but truly .. I am ) to offer you
This Giveaway is provided by Macmillan .. because they are made of awesome! US/CAN only . Enter via the Rafflecopter below!
Now, have you read Crewel, were you as amazed as I was about this unqieue and beautiful story??? And the ending? Holy gosh!
How do you like the Prologue.. Talk to me
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Neptune’s Tears by Susan Waggoner
Honestly, I requested Neptune’s Tears on a whim, when I got the last Macmillan catalogue. Somehow the blurb sounded amazing, but I didn’t hear much about the book. And I was so super surprised!!!
Zee is an empath and while this sounds rather normalish, it is so much more. It has more of a magical component I absolutely adored and was fascinated by. The way Susanne Waggoner described this unique ability was beyond beautiful and truly surprised me with its intensity! But, that’s not it. The story takes place waaaayyy in the future, but it was not so completely different from us now. Sure, medicine, science and technology is super advanced, but it still felt somehow right.
Zee was such a great character! She was strong loyal and a true emptah. She was a wonderful friend and seriously, I would love to be friends with her!! She absolutely loved her job, which entails helping to cure people, or just make them feel better. Sometimes, terminal ill people come and Zee tries to eases their pain. Her talent was so selfless and so was Zee, it was just fitting to her personality being an empath.
He was indeed very mysterious and we had no idea what he’s hiding. Also, he was so hot and cold with Zee that we had trouble understanding this boy. But, that was his allure, and soon we realized that something is keeping him from truly opening his heart. Even with all his secrets and mysteries,it was still easy to fall for David right along with Zee, there was just something about him ….
The romance between David and Zee was adorably romantic and I loved following these two fall for each other and trying to leave everything else behind! I wholeheartedly enjoyed and loved the sweet romance. If you know me, you also know how important love is for me and Neptune’s Tears had the perfect amount for me!!
When we finally find out David’s secret I was shocked as I didn’t see that coming!! And right then, the story picked up for me again and I was getting even more excited reading the next books! I love the direction this story is heading!
Neptune’s Tears by Susan Waggoner delivers an adorably romantic tale with a thrilling twist that makes your eyes pop! Neptune’s Tears is a gem among the Young Adult SciFi stories!
BEA2U- Answering your Questions! SigningLines, Galley Drops, Meeting Bloggers and more!
It’s almost there. BEA is only 2 weeks away and everyone is getting excited. Now, we can all start planning our schedules, the mobile app is finally there (which I love) and the list of books has been also revealed!
Two weeks ago we asked you to submit a question and now it’s time to get some answers right?
Thank you so much for putting BEA2U together. This will be my first year at BEA, and I’ve had one big question that I didn’t really know who to ask: I imagine that the signing lines are insane. When I went to the National Book Festival in DC, we had to line up hours early to be guaranteed a spot with the author. How early do we come to the BEA lines? I feel like standing in line for hours will take away from other things at the expo. Will this be the only chance to get the ARCs? What if we really want an ARC, but don’t want to wait in line? Are we able to talk with the publishers about that, or is waiting in a long line (especially when two signings are at the same time and you can’t wait in both lines, or you’re coming from the breakfast, etc.) the only way?
yes, the lines will be insane. But then, only for some high acclaimed authors. There are other lines which will be much shorter.
For instance last year the line for Sarah J. Maas was insane and people were lining up at least 45 minutes ago. Same insanity with Chris Kolver or
So, I imagine the line for Simone Ekeles to be absolutely crazy and also for Abbi Glines, just to name only two. There I’m pretty sure you have to be there 30-45 minutes before the signing start, otherwise you won’t get to see the author or the ARC. But again, for most authors it is perfectly fine to come around the time the signing starts.
Will this be the only chance to get the ARCs? What if we really want an ARC, but don’t want to wait in line?
There are two types of Galley’s you can get a BEA. One is certainly at a signing, and here it totally depends on the publisher. Sometimes they do have only enough galley’s for the siging, once the signing is over there is no chance to get an ARC anymore. This is true for most of the cases. But then there are other publishers that always have a pile of ARC’s left, so when you go to a publisher and ask nicely you might be lucky.
But this is not the only way to get an ARC. Publishers have piles of books they “drop” a certain time, this called galley drop. Often they have a few times each days for different galles. For instance, last year “Poison Princess” was going to be dropped on Friday morning 8am, and the publishers are not giving these galleys out before, so you don’t have to ask:) Thankfully, many publishers have a galley drop schedule so you know which book will be dropped when.
I hope that answers your questions, if you have more just drop them in the comments!
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I’m going to BEA this year for the first time as a ‘power reader’, since I am not a blogger. June 1st is power reader day, and it says that doors open at 7, how early should I get there? Does time matter, or is it okay if I get there later?
Alright, so as I am not attending as a Power Reader so I don’t know the specifics. I would assume that you might get your Badge even the day earlier when it’s not so busy. But.. if not, then yes I would suggest coming early. Also, did you see that the first 100 to come get a Goodie bag from Macmillan! and.. they are always worth it!!
On the other side, when you are coming later all the first rush is over and you can get in a little more relaxed. So, it depends if you really want to meet up with other people in line while waiting to get in (which can be fun) or if you don’t care about this early buzz, then come later, grab your Badge and go in:))
This is my first time at BEA, how should I go about getting books home? I am taking the train but don’t want to over do it.
Oh I’d totally ship them home (if I’d live in the US , which I don’t..). Pushy always packs all her books and sends them home, like this you don’t have to worry about them and carry them around! They are so heavy, so don’t stress yourself and send them!
Last year I saw a few of my favorite bloggers at BEA but didn’t dare to say hi because I’m a little shy and didn’t want them to think I was a crazy stalker. Here’s my question: What is the best way to approach bloggers/authors without looking or sounding like a stalker?
Kitty!!! you know what my favorite moments at BEA are? When someone comes to me, to say Hi because she recognizes me from my Blog. Seriously! Just go and Say Hi!!! and.. now that I know you are there, I will watch for you. Please please when you see me? Say Hi!!
Me, Melissa, Pushy, Jenny and Alison (see our smiles? we loved meeting each other)
And you would never ever look like a Stalker. We are all in the same boot, we are at BEA because we love books and since so much is happening online, it’s just so amazing to meet fellow bloggers! When I see someone I might recognize I just go say Hi and ask if they are really Kitty from Book Kitty blog and say that I read her blog and that’s so awesome meeting her. Believe me, that’s when the ice breaks:))
With Authors it’s a little different and for me, it totally depends who this author is. So, when I see an Author where I loved the book and she/he is right now free and not talking to someone I might go, say Hi, introduce myself and tell how much I loved the book. then you see where the conversation goes, or just leave when you feel like the Author just doesn’t want to talk, or a busy going somewhere:)
Don’t be shy!
Pushy and me meeting Tom Pollok, totally surprising outside when I was having a smoke break. He was there catching a breath and we started talking!
I really want to go to BEA, but I just cannot afford to stay more than one or two nights. I am a blogger, so my goals would be grab some books to review on my blog (signed if I’m lucky), hopefully meet a favorite author or two, and make some new bloggy friends! Here’s my question(s): Is it worth the trip/expense if I won’t be able to stay for the whole thing? If so, which day/time would you reccommend arriving/leaving on? All the best, Jessica @ Jessabella Reads
The short answer: YES
Even if you can just come for 2 days then please come and do it! I’d recommend coming the first 2 days as those are the busiest and where the most people are. On the last day BEA closes earlier anyway so it’s totally fine to just leave before! So this year, come in Wednesday Night and leave Friday evening
Sooo, I if you are still having some question, please just leave them in the comments! We either answer them today or next week, if the answer requires a longer answer!
Anyhooddle, we cannot wait to meet you all at BEA!!
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The Program by Suzanne Young - Giveaway
Today, I am more than excited to have a Book Special for you! Please stay tuned for more info and a… Giveaway of this amazing new Release:
Series: Program #1
Published April 30th 2013 by Simon Pulse
In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.
Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.
Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them
Even though I haven’t read it, I am super excited about this book! I have read countless reviews from my favoirte Bloggers who all loved this book to pieces!!
Visit The Program Page to read the first chapter!
Suzanne Young currently lives in Tempe, Arizona, where she teaches high school English. When not writing obsessively, Suzanne can be found searching her own tragic memories for inspiration. She is the author of several books for teens, including The Program, A Need So Beautiful, and A Want So Wicked.
I do love and trust Ashley and Erika.. sooooo I NEED a copy right now! But for now, I have a very generous Giveaway from Simon Pulse. Thanks to Simon Pulse we are giving away 2 copies of The Program for US/CAN only.
Please fill our the Rafflecopter and cross your fingers!
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Impostor by Susanne Winnacker - Series: Variants #1 - Giveaway
Sometimes, when you start a book you know after 5 minutes that are you are going to love it! This totally happened with Impostor, een though I must admit, that Jenny from Supernatural Snark already told me how awesome this book is, so I was absolutely certain I’d love it…
The Variants are genetically mutated people who show interesting gift such as Mind reading, incredible strength etetc.. Think X-Man and you are right here! All these people are trained and taken care of by the government, where they can learn to push the boundaries of their talents and of course… they are also trained to solve crimes at some point.
Tessa is super special as she can shape shift into any other human! What a unique and interesting ability! When a small town has to face a murder series, Tessa need to take the form of the latest 16 year old victim and like this has to find the murderer!
So even though this story sounds like an X-Man murder story, it is so much more!! It’s about friendships and family and relationships! I loved the way Susanne Winnacker gave us human deepness wrapped in a thrilling murder story!
I absolutely adored Tessa! Her ability makes her so unique to the government and also to the other Variants, yet her own mother was afraid of her and was just happy when Tessa was moving into the compound where these kids are trained. Inside, Tessa was longing for relationships, warmth and family which made it even harder to take over the dead girls life. Suddenly, she felt wonderful being surrounded by loving parents, a wonderful brother and amazing friends. Everything she wished for was suddenly there, yet it was not her own life and it was hard not to get lost in this beauty. It broke my heart seeing Tessa like this and I wanted to hug her and give her everything she wants.
But, Tessa is also strong when she needs to be and I loved that about her!
I am in love! Yep, I am in love with Alec! He’s Tessa’s best friend and super strong and Tessa is in love with him since she arrived at the compound 2 years ago. But.. there were only ever been friends and now Alec is together with the horrible Kate. (I hate her btw, just in case you wondered!!) the weird thing is, we always felt like also Alec has hidden feelings about Tessa, but why the heck is he together with this horrible person?
This was a question that drove me nuts!!! I desperately wanted Alec to just dump her and at the same time we got the distinct feeling that there is something about their relationship that feels off. It’s yet another mystery to discover!!
Impostor was filled amazing y beautiful characters, a thrilling and compelling plot full of X-Menery awesomeness and explores the deepness of family bonds, friendship and romance! I cannot stress enough how awesome this story was!!! I’ am so very much in love with this story! Seriously, don#t miss out and pick up a copy!!
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Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer - The Elementas Series #3
Well, you do know this boy-wonder series called the Elementals? If not.. you either lived under a rock or … I don’t know what else. In any case Spirit is the third book in this series of awesome and tells Hunter’s story. (Don’t know him? Go and read the other books! Now!)
I admit, I was a little afraid about Hunters story. I feel very conflicted about Hunter as he showed a lit of different faces in the last books. I loved him, then hated him then loved him again. Moreover, he played rather big role in the last book Spark and again Hunter left us feeling very conflicted.
Also, I was a little scared after reading Spark because Spark left me speechless with how emotional and phenomenal this story was. Brigid Kemmerer definitely out did herself and I wondered if she could do it again…
Spirit was phenomenal! Hunters story brought me to tears and most definitely managed to reach me on a emotional level in the same way I emotionally connected with Spark. Hunter is very angry but at the same time he is such a sad and lonely boy who has no one who cares for him. At least that is what it feels for him and … it broke my heart. Yes, Hunters story broke my little heart.
He is so stuborn and hates to ask for help, even more he’s does not trust other people even though The Merrick boys told him over and over that he has to trust them. Just Hunter can’t. It’s his nature and The Merrick boys tried everything to help him, even though he constantly pushes everyone away!
Yeah, that is what Hunter is pretty good at. Pushing emotions and people away. I wanted to scream to often “Damn Boy, just trust them already”
However I must say that especially these conflicting emotions of this broken boy stirred heavily at my heart ! Even more, this story also made me gasp and surprised the hell out of me. Especially something toward the end totally shocked me to no end. I didn’t expect Brigid going there.. but .. she did and I kind of love her for this. ( I know .. it’s crazy…)
An Elementals Story wouldn’t be complete without a girl and some romance. And of course it was all chemistry and sizzling and totally hot and sweet at the same time. Truly, Hunter was hot but.. maybe Kate was even hotter. Together, they made an interesting match, especially considering that they both had similar scars they both carried around. Still, they somehow matched and it was beautiful to see Hunter opening up even a little. However, I must say that I didn’t love Kate completely, not as much as the other Gabriel’s girl Layne.
Spirit was heartbreaking emotional and comes with a twist that will make your eyed pop out as you won’t believe what you are reading here. Hunter is broken and such a sad boy inside that it was stirring at my heart rather heavily. And… I am absolutely not done yet with Hunters story. Brigid made me fall for this boy even though I didn’t expect to do so and now I need more!!
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Waiting on Wednesday - Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles
“Waiting on” Wednesday is hosted weekly by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
Series Fullriders #1
Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Walker Books for Young Readers
After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.
Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain–people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?
I love love LOVE Simone Ekeles! Her stories are always amazing and emotional! After watching Friday Night Lights like a manaic I am a biiiiigggg Football fan , so you see? I NEED THIS BOOK!!!
And… Simone is going to be at BEA and .. I cannot wait to meet her and snatch a signed copy!
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Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Pushy and Danny here and we want to talk about one of our most favorite series! *insert happy dance* Last year, book 1 of the series, Shadow & Bone, totally blew our minds and we were so incredibly and epically in love!!!
Danny: Oh .. holy cow.. I was scared shitless!!! As much as I loved Shadow and Bone I didn’t think I’d love Siege & Storm just as much. What if I would fall out of love with The Darkling…
Pushy: I. COULD. NOT. WAIT!!!!!! I had no fears of falling out of love with the Darkling. I mean, COME ON!!!! It’s the OMG-BAD-BOY-HOTNESS-LIKE-A-MILLION-SUNS (or lack thereof…) Darkling!!!!!!
Danny… arg, yes you are right, that as a ridiculous fear indeed!
Pushy: Oh, darling….don’t say that! It’s just that I was willing to rush in all crazysauce and let’s face it….my love for the Darkling did waver during this book!
Pushy: Um….wow. Shortly? Certain death, impossible quest, insanely outnumbered in a fight where she can’t even fully be sure of her own team, the dark forces within her own heart oh and yeah, boy troubles. No big, when you’re living large as the Sun Summoner.
Pushy: The Darkling!!
Danny: No… not yet, let’s first talk about Alina. She’s the main character after all…
Pushy: Can’t we at least start with Sturmhound?!?!? Or Mal? Or ooh, oooh, *Pushy dances around like a court jester on crack* The Darkling???? *Danny gives Pushy the stink eye* *Pushy heaves an ENORMOUS sigh*
Danny: Coming back to Alina *Danny gives Pushy a very stern look* .. Alina had so much to face in this sequel! There was so much pressure being thrown at her and everyone wanted something from her. It was a wonder she didn’t break! But… that’s also the beautty about Alina, she showed an amazing amount of strength and character development in this book. She never broke and at some point she truly decided to give in to her role as a savior and powerful Greisha!
Pushy: I have to admit, I fell in love with Alina by the end of this book. In Shadow and Bone she was so locked up inside herself, never letting her power come to the forefront, she was just a miserable mess. But in Siege and Storm, Alina is forced to leave that girl behind and grow into a woman who is powerful! And by the end of the book….HOLY FREAKING MOLEY!!!! Girl grew a set of big brass ones for sure. The last 40 pages of the book?!?! *Pushy shakes head in disbelief* Tour de mother-effing force, folks!!!!!
Danny: But Alina’s not the only character who surprises us in this book.
Pushy: Heck no! So many things we learn and see happen to our favorites…..Genya, Bagra and then there’s Mal….
Danny: I must admit, that Mal was the most difficult character for me in this book, I’m feeling very ambivalent towards him… I love how devoted he is to Alina, and always was, but here? I felt like he couldn’t understand Alina determination to help and accept her role as a Greisha. He just wanted them to have a normal life, but didn’t understand how she would rather face these dangers instead of running away from it. I loved him and I felt kind of sad for him, but sometimes he totally broke my heart and irriated me!
Pushy: He COULDN’T understand her. And yet, I think it was this pain, the estrangement he felt from Alina so very keenly, that grew him SO MUCH as a character in my eyes. I’m not a sadist or anything but that boy has a lucky horseshoe shoved up his hiney sometimes (best tracker in the world, strong as an ox despite years as a poor orphan, good looking enough to turn any girl’s eye…) and he needed a sever dose of Alina’s-not-your-back-up-plan-pal. Still, it was sad to see his love so severely tested….
Pushy: HE’S MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WILL MAKE THAT BAD BOY GOOD, OR GO DISNEY-EVIL-VILLAN-CRAZY TRYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh, you mean you want to talk about him as a character and not my fictional boyfriend? *awkward…*
Danny: *Danny shakes her head and whispers, “Pull it together, woman,” before continuing* I was kind of sad that he didn’t had a bigger role in this book, he was kind of absent for a major part of this story. He’s the most amazing villain ever and even though I know he’s a bad boy, I love him!!!
Pushy: In all seriousness, you’re absolutely right. The Darkling is the menace that waits just beyond the next page in this book. I think Leigh Bardugo did a good job keeping the thought of him present despite his physical absence throughout the book, using him to ratchet up the tension in a variety of ways throughout the story.
Danny: *looks surprised* Very true! But, while The Darkling wasn’t 100% present, there was a character that totally and completely stole my love and made me so damn excited!!
Danny: YES! The pirate who ends up helping Alina and and Mal. He was such an incredible amazing character!!! I cannot express my love for him enough! Leigh Bardugo again showed us her incredible talent in creating such unqiue and aweome characters!!!
Pushy: I have to admit, If I wasn’t so damned in love with The Darkling, Sturmhound would have COMPLETELY melted my heart. He’s truly the best mix of naughty and nice and super de dooper hot. And with The Darkling not around and Mal not getting Alina and Sturmhound so very much around….. well…. Let’s just say, Alina has more men to pick from than Senorita Crabbypants truly deserves!
Danny: … and there is this super secret twist..
Pushy: *cries out and holds Danny’s mouth shut* Danny! You are not allowed to reveal this.. That is THE big secret and twist! Don’t spoil this!
Danny: *mumbles through Pushy’s fingers* .. uhm yes, you are right *blushes*
Pushy: Okay, if I’m the one making sure we’re behaving, you know this isn’t going to end well. *wink* So I think we should wrap this puppy up. What’s our rating, babe?
The magic rating of awesome!!!
(That’s a big 5+ stars, folks!)
With a story arc that flys the reader through the pages and characters that will make you cry out in love, fear and anguish over, Siege and Storm, is more than a worthy sequel to Shadow and Bone, it’s a damn fine book in it’s own right. Please BUY THIS BOOK TODAY! You seriously will thank us for nudging you along!
Alright, so did you love Shadow and Bone and are you also so excited about Siege and Storm??
What is your favorite character and.. how much do you love The Darkling?
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Of Triton by Anna Banks Blog Tour, Giveaway and 10 Secrets about Galen!
*jumps up and down*
do you feel my excitement?? Because due to my uttermost delight we have Anna Banks and the Of Poseidon Blog Tour stopping by today! We have Emma here and she will tell us 10 Secrets about Galen (yeees!!!) and then we have an Giveaway! so you should truly consider staying till the end!
I guess most of you know by know how deeply in love I am with Of Poseidon and also the phenomenal sequel Of Triton. I feel in love with this series last year and Anna Banks blew me away with her snarky characters and amazingly story made of awesome!
….but now, welcome Emma here who tells uf 1
1.) When he runs his hand through his hair, you’re in trouble. Or Rayna’s in trouble. Well, mostly likely Rayna, but possibly you.
Danny: uhm… well, I guess I’d be easily in trouble when being around Galen..
2.) He answers questions with questions when he’s uncomfortable. For instance:
“Galen, do you think this skirt is too short?”
Galen: “Do you think that guy staring at you has too many teeth?”
3.) He secretly likes being called “Highness”. So um, you should do it every chance you get.
Danny:*giggles* Or Emma now you are in trouble…! But.. I think he really likes it too, but he’s never admit that!
4.) I got him to ask Dr. Milligan what the expression “grow a pair” means.
5.) Galen ran his hand through his hair when Dr. Milligan explained to him what the expression “grow a pair” means.
Danny: –> see Number 1..
6.) He still asks me if Toraf is a better kisser than him.
7.) Toraf is NOT a better kisser than Galen. Is all I’m saying.
Danny: Well, I am not sure Emma.. I think I must try and then help you judge!
What?! Bad idea?
8.) He thinks I shrink his shirts in the dryer on accident. So adorable.
9.) He knows how to shoot a gun, courtesy of Rachel.
10.) Lately he’s been self-conscious about his fin…
See what I mean???? First off, how can we not love Galen!!! He’s all alpha male possessive but also adorably cute and swoon worthy hot! And Emma is a girl full of snark and awesome! You’ve got to meet her!
Now, about the Books!
In this sequel to OF POSEIDON, Emma has just learned that her mother is a long-lost Poseidon princess, and now struggles with an identity crisis: As a Half-Breed, she’s a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm below. Syrena law states that all Half- Breeds should be put to death.
As if that’s not bad enough, her mother’s reappearance among the Syrena turns the two kingdoms—Poseidon and Triton—against one another. Which leaves Emma with a decision to make: Should she comply with Galen’s request to keep herself safe and just hope for the best? Or should she risk it all and reveal herself—and her Gift—to save a people she’s never known?
and here is a Quote from my Review of Wonderment
Of Triton by Anna Banks was a sequel made of perfection. It was thrilling and sizzling with tension, which was lighted up with a snarky voice and comments that will bring a smile on your face. If you love a unique and outstanding voice, love hot possessive male specimen wrapped in a thrilling and romantic tale and you must go and get a copy Of Poseidon and get started with this series!
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.
Quote from my Review
Of Poseidon was epic and a pure wonderment! Anna Banks created a tale that was heart-melting, mysterious funny and just fanfreakingtastic! The characters were amazing with a heroine who was smart cute and snarky and Galen the boy who stole Emma’s heart but will also steal yours! Of Poseidon will get a place on my special-awesomeness shelf of epic tales and I hope it will get a place on yours!
Anna is amazing and .. you must follow her on Twitter, she’s hilarious and so full of snark that I sometimes burst out laughing!!!
And now… onto the Giveaway, thanks to Macmillan
1 lucky winner will get a Paperback of Of Poseidon, a Hardcover of Of Poseidon and some Bookmarks! (US/Can only)
Just enter the Rafflecopter below!
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In My Mailbox - Heather’s Got a Few
Hi, everyone! I have a few books for you guys this week (All links for books and authors are to Goodreads, descriptions are from Amazon, click the book covers to go to the Amazon.com page for the book)
There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart…
Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.
Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.
But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough..
I preordered this one out of habit, and now that I think about it, I haven’t gotten around to reading book twelve yet. I’ve already been spoiled on who Sookie ends up with and I’m very luke warm about it, so these last two books will definitely be going on the back burner of my to be read list.
A novel about the end of days full of surprising beginnings
The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that’s left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.
Alexandra Coutts’s TUMBLE & FALL is a powerful story of courage, love, and hope at the end of the world.
I really like the cover of this book, and the premise is very interesting. A book not about saving the world but how you try to live your last days? Sounds like a great change of pace to me!
Decades after being banished from Heaven for saving a life he shouldn’t have, Lash is given a chance to redeem himself. His mission: protect Naomi Duran, a young woman who has lost her faith. The assignment proves to be anything but simple when his superiors, the Archangels, withhold key information about Naomi and refuse to restore Lash’s powers. When an unexpected source reveals centuries-old secrets, his trust is shaken to the core, and he begins to doubt those whom he had once considered to be his greatest allies.Determined to avoid anything that would risk his chances of returning to Heaven, Lash struggles with the greatest obstacle of all—his growing feelings for Naomi. But when her life is threatened by an unknown source, Lash questions the wisdom of the Archangels and his ability to keep her safe.
Soon, Lash will have to choose where to place his faith—in the home he has fought so hard to regain or in the forbidden love he can’t bear to lose
This is a fandom author, whose work I’ve enjoyed, so I’m really excited to read something completely original from her. I’m glad that I snagged it while it was on sale.
What books did you get this week? Any good, quick reads?
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BEA2U - What To Expect? Fun, Events, Networking ..
We are getting closer and BEA is now truly right around the corner. People are getting just as excited and no one can hold back talking about it–their plans, what books to grab, which authors to meet, and what events to attend…
I’m sure you have read tons of different BEA posts by now, and you will find amazing tips that you’ll need for your first BEA or tips you might not have known even though you were already there before.
I’m sure you know things like dress nice but casual, wear comfortable shoes, and these kinds of tips so we won’t repeat them here!
Rather, we would love to talk about what you can really expect from BEA.
Keep in mind that this is an event mainly for Book Industry Professionals, and Bloggers like us should be thankful that we are allowed into the holy halls. This also means that the main focus of this event is to make connections within the Book Industry, meet authors you want to feature and just network! Even though this is a professional event, no one can hide their excitement while being there. Everyone who attends loves books just as much as we all do, and you can feel the excitement in the air.
Still, my point is do act professional. That is the main tip and I think most important one I’d love to give. This includes running, being rude, cutting the lines, and grabbing too many books. Again, I’m sure that you’ve heard these before, but it doesn’t hurt to say it again.
*Pushy pops up* I just want to give this point a HEARTY second!! It’s so easy to get caught up in the energy and
drama excitement but I can’t tell you how many of my MUST HAVE books I snagged at BEA my first two years showed up via my normal publishing connections in the days and weeks that followed. So, if it’s a question of getting your holy grail book or getting your arm bit by an insane book lovin’ zombie….keep your flesh intact and reach out to your publisher contacts when you get home that night!
One of the most important aspects for us in attending BEA is to meet up with the publishers. Meeting your contacts that you have been working so closely with? Yes, here is your chance. Maybe there is a publisher that you do not have any contacts with? Then BEA is your chance to make those connections! I loved meeting and talking to publishers over these last years, and they were all so amazingly friendly and welcoming. I never had the feeling of being left out because I’m a blogger. I think that publishers have truly begun to value what we are doing, so they treat us accordingly.
Take your time and look for an opportunity when the booth is not overcrowded, and then go and introduce yourself. Say who you are, what you do, and that you’d love working with them. Maybe tell them which book you are excited about because that is most definitely always an ice breaker.
*Pushy pops up* And, as I’m sure you’ve ready before, here’s the perfect time to have a business card ready, especially if you’re trying to make a new contact. Even when you catch a contact at a booth’s down time, remember these folks have A LOT going on. Keep it short, simple and positive and leave them feeling good about you…it will pay off when they follow up, because many of them do!
There are tons of amazing and wonderful authors at BEA each year and this is your chance to meet them. However, during a signing you won’t have much time. All you can say is a few nice words, hand them your business cards and that’s it. Don’t stay too long as the lines are always pretty crazy and everyone would like to get a shot.
But maybe you’ll see them running around at BEA and if you are brave, that is the better chance for a nice chat!
Even though BEA is over the course of regular business hours, the day does not end when you leave the halls. There are parties, events, blogger meetings and a whole lot of fun you can do when the convention doors close.
I just treat this event as an outside of BEA event because it is the day before BEA. Much has been said about Blogger Con and I know there are tons of bloggers who do not see value in such an event. Also, Blogger Con has been acquired and has been organized since last year by the BEA event people and … we must admit that last year had some room to improve.
Still, we are going again this year because I feel like they listened to our feedback and are trying hard to make it better this year.
I mean in the end, it’s amazing – they are hosting an event only for us Book Bloggers!! For me, it feels that we are appreciated and recognized as part of the business.
Also, since it is the day before BEA, you can meet some bloggers you haven’t known before, which makes it easier when you are meeting so many people in the lines at BEA.
Now, I’m sure many of you have heard about the “publisher parties”. These are events only for a limited amount of bloggers and they are all invite only. How do you get such an invitation? *shrugs* You just do or you don’t. I’m sorry for not having the answer you might seek.
When we were at BEA for the first time, we weren’t invited to any parties and you know what? We still had tons of funs! We loved being at BEA, and we spent time in the evening with friends and just hung out.
My point is, don’t stress over these parties. You will get an invite or you don’t. There is nothing you can do about it, especially not nagging the publishers. Those events have limited space so naturally, they cannot invite everyone.
Take your time at BEA to network and connect with publishers, because then maybe next year you’ll also get an invite to one of these parties.
Never forget – there are tons of things to do in New York.
*Pushy pops up* I will fully admit, the first year we went, a bloggy friend of mine told me about how she was going to all these fabulous parties and I felt…like the stinky kid. But Danny’s right, we had so much fun and made so many contacts, both with publishers and authors!! One other thing to keep in mind is that if you do get a bunch of invites, that there’s only so much you can do in one day…don’t over book yourself because honestly, this is supposed to be fun, right?
This is an event with tons of amazing Young Adult Authors and it’s lot of fun!!! It will be held at the The Jefferson Market Library and it’s just a beautiful location. This years TAC will be on Wednesday, from 6.30 – 9 pm
Follow TAC on Twitter as they will reveal the Author list today!! I’ll update this post as soon as we know who will be there!
Then you should check Books Of Wonder for their events - they always have amazingly awesome signings and I’m excited to see who will be there this year!
P.S: we are still gathering questions which we will answer in next week’s posts! Submit Your Question here.