1. Epic Into into the Styclar Saga - Lailah by Nikki Kelly - an inspirational post & giveaway

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    Epic Into into the Styclar Saga - Lailah by Nikki Kelly - an inspirational post & giveaway

    Today, Nikki Kelly is taking over the blog with an exciting  picture -walk-through her paranormal YA Debut LAILAH which is coming out in October 2014. You know that I am a big, huge, immense fan of all things paranormal so LAILAH, with its promises of Vampires, Angels and more was super high on my wish list!

    And I am so super excited that Nikki shared a few of her inspirational pictures, which most definitely will make you want to read Lailah RIGHT NOW! At the end, we will have a Giveaway for you too, so … stay and enjoy!

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    With Lailah’s pub day fast approaching, Danny had a great idea to show some of the images from The Styclar Saga Pintrest board!

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    On Pintrest (www.pintrest.com/styclar) you can find a STYCLAR—Lailah, Gabriel and Jonah mood board and if you follow me, you can request access to the currently locked STYCLAR—Book2 mood board, which I am building as I FINISH UP WRITING THE BOOK!

    STYCLAR—Book One—LAILAH Opening quote

    YA novels that feature Angels, have a tendency to quote the bible or other oldy-worldy text, but not STYCLAR… Oh no.

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    Lailah—The Heroine

    There are a few reasons (no spoilers!) why it’s hard to accurately depict our protagonist, but here is a range of images that show how I imagine Lailah to look, both in present day and in the past. (#whoislailah)

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    Gorgeous Gabriel—Our rogue Angel Descendant

    Well, I don’t think any words from me are needed, except you’re welcome J (#TeamGabriel)

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    Jonah—Our Second Generation Vampire

    In my humble opinion, he’s an all round swoon worthy bad-boy. (#TeamJonah)

    As Jonah came to life on the page, he proved to me that change is possible and sometimes very necessary.

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    The Girl In Shadow—An enigma

    Hell hath no fury like The Girl In Shadow…

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    STYCLAR—LAILAH …

    …….features some great locations.

    I visited all of the main settings a number of times, as I like to experience the places and people for myself before I write about them. Here’s some images including the Pyrenees Mountains, next to the lake where the end of the story unfolds… (This is an actual photo taken in the very spot!)

    And of course we have various important and meaningful objects too, including Lailah’s Calvert chess set and crystal ring.

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    Lailah by Nikki KellyAbout Lailah

    • Publication: October 7th 2014 by Feiwel and Friends
    • Goodreads | Pre-Order: Amazon

     

    The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

    On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

    In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

    Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is

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     So guys, what do you say? Doesn’t this all sounds and look absofreaking amazing?? And.. of course, the most important question, Team Gabriel or Team Jonah? 

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  2. Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson, Introducing the Freakshow and a Giveaway

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    Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson, Introducing the Freakshow and a Giveaway

    Hey Guys! Happy Monday and I couldn’t be more excited than starting this week with a very special post to kick of the Blog Tour for James Pattersons newest Teen book: Homeroom Diaries.

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    I’m thrilled to have James Patterson on the bog today, introducing the characters who play centre stage in this new book, and I can say that it’s the perfect way to get completely intrigued by this story. When I read the world “cuckoo” I immediately had to think of one of my girl friends who loves to say this word, constantly.. :)

    In addition, the book is accompanied by illustrations, and I have one these below, but for now:

    Introducing the Freakshow –

    Guest Post from James Patterson

    Most people wouldn’t call their friends a Freakshow.

    But Cuckoo Clarke, the main character in my new book, Homeroom Diaries, is not most people.

    She and her friends, a tightknit group of misfits, wanted to call themselves something worse than what the “haters” at their high school could come up with, hence “Freakshow.” Yeah, that’s their sense of humor. Obviously, they each needed corresponding nicknames too.

    First, our narrator, Margaret Clarke, goes by Cuckoo, since she’s been to a mental institution and often acts a little, well, cuckoo. She’s a girl facing problems you don’t always read about in YA books, but that happen to millions of teenagers across the world.

    Her best friend is Katie, or Brainzilla. She’s focused her entire life and self worth on doing well in school—her dream is to go to Yale—and to have a life completely different from her parents.

    Tebow, real name Peter, is Cuckoo’s friend. Or maybe something more? He’s kind, athletic, and a devout Christian – another group I rarely see depicted with any measure of accuracy in books, YA or adult (and movies too).

    Beverly, or Flatso, is warm, kind, strong, and, well, fat – but it’s all muscle. But in high school, people don’t see muscle, they just see someone who looks different.

    Hana picked the name Eggroll, or Eggy, because the haters made fun of her for being Asian. She has what you’d call a “Tiger Mom,” but unlike Brainzilla, she cares more about yo-yos and playing the trumpet than getting into the Ivy League.

    Paul, AKA Zitsy, is – as you’d imagine – covered in zits. And even grosser, he has to help his plumber father with toilets, sewers, and other places you don’t want to think about.

    And now Read an Excerpt

    I’m Cuckoo Clarke.

    This story mostly takes place in a small town outside Portland called North Plains. There’s a gun shop outside town that has an annual Back-to-School Sale. (I’m anti-gun.) Every August, our town hosts the World’s Largest Elephant Garlic Festival. (I’m pro-garlic.) Most people around here wear Nikes, Portland’s proudest. (I prefer Uggs, but I wouldn’t say I’m

    definitely pro- or anti-footwear.)

    And now, welcome to the main setting of this show: NorthPlains High School! It looks the way you’re probably picturing it. The hallways are full of the Usual Suspects: Jocks, Nerds,

    Twinkies, Otaku, Barbies, Goths, Eurotrash, Jailbait, Stoners, Joiners, Glommers, Delusionals, Haters, Wankstas, Thespians, Teachers, Terror Teachers, Zomboids, Robots, Gleeks, United

    Colors of Benettoners, Libertarians, Activists, Juvies, Baristas,Blahs, and—my best friends—the Freakshow.

    That’s right. We call ourselves the Freakshow. My best friend, Brainzilla (Katie), had this idea that we should give our little group a nickname that’s far worse than anything any of the diseased minds in our school could dream up.
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    HomeroomDiariesAbout Homeroom Diaries

    Publication: July 21st 2014 by Little, Brown and Company

    In James Patterson’s first highly illustrated “diary fiction” story for teens, the mega-bestselling author’s most endearing and original teen heroine ever proves that everyone can use a helping hand once in a while. Margaret “Cuckoo” Clarke recently had a brief stay in a mental institution following an emotional breakdown, but she’s turning over a new leaf with her “Happiness Project”. She’s determined to beat down the bad vibes of the Haters, the Terror Teachers, and all of the trials and tribulations of high school by writing and drawing in her diary. And when life gets really tough, she works through her own moments of uncertainty through imaginary conversations with her favorite literary characters. Cuckoo’s also got a nearly impossible mission: she, along with her misfit band of self-deprecating friends (who call themselves “the Freakshow”) decide to bridge the gap between warring cliques and “bring the Nations together”. Not everyone is so willing to join hands and get along, but Cuckoo never stops smiling…until one of her closest friends, pushed to desperation by a Hater prank, decides that enough is enough.

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    In January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having “transformed book publishing.” Time magazine named him “The Man Who Can’t Miss,” and he is a two-time Children’s Choice Book Award “Author of the Year” nominee, a designation decided on by more than 15,000 children and teen readers. In the past three years, James Patterson has sold more books than any other author (according to Bookscan), and in total, James’s books have sold an estimated 260 million copies worldwide. Since 2006, one out of every seventeen hardcover fiction books sold was a Patterson title. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children’s bestsellers lists and is the only author to have five new hardcover novels debut at #1 on the list in one year—a record-breaking feat he’s accomplished every year since 2005. To date, James Patterson has had nineteen consecutive #1 New York Times bestselling novels, and holds the New York Times record for most Hardcover Fiction bestselling titles by a single author (76 total), which is also a Guinness World Record. From his James Patterson Pageturner Awards (which rewarded groups and individuals for creative and effective ways of spreading the joy of reading) to his website ReadKiddoRead.com (which helps adults find books that kids are sure to love) to his regular donations of thousands of books to troops overseas, Patterson is a lifelong champion of books and reading. His critically acclaimed Maximum Ride series debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list at #1 and remained there for twelve straight weeks. The series has so far made ninety-four cumulative appearances on The New York Times bestsellers lists, proving that kids of all ages love page turners. He captured the attention of boy readers with Daniel X series, and his third series for readers of all ages debuted in December 2009 with Witch & Wizard, which spent five consecutive weeks atop the New York Times bestsellers list. Patterson is the creator of the top-selling new detective series of the past dozen years, featuring Alex Cross and including the Hollywood-adapted “Along Came a Spider” and “Kiss the Girls,” starring Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman. He is also the creator of the #1 new detective series of the past five years, featuring Lindsay Boxer and the Women’s Murder Club, from which the ABC television drama series was adapted. He has authored books behind six films on the Hollywood fast-track, including the upcoming Maximum Ride movie forthcoming from Avi Arad, the producer of X-Men and Spiderman. He is the author of novels — from The Thomas Berryman Number (1976) to Honeymoon (2005) — that have won awards including the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild’s Thriller of the Year, the International Thriller of the Year award, and the Reader’s Digest Reader’s Choice Award. And, he has won a Children’s Choice Book Council’s Children’s Choice Awards “Author of the Year” award (2010). One of Forbes magazine’s Celebrity 100, James made a guest appearance on the popular FOX TV show “The Simpsons” in March, 2007.

    Follow the HOMEROOM DIARIES tour for sneak peeks at the book from author James Patterson!

     

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    Thanks to Little Brown you have the chance to win one of two copies of Homeroom Diaries. US/Can only and entries until Aug 2nd via the Rafflecopter below!

    Now tell me, which of the Freakshop Characters sounds most intriguing? I think I go with Cuckoo, so in love with that name:) 

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  3. Sunday with the Bookworms 6 … with Audiobooks, Hemlock Grove, and

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    Sunday with the Bookworms 6 … with Audiobooks, Hemlock Grove, and

    Welcome Friends! Do you have a Coffee or a Tea? Then sit down with us and chat a little bit about your week with us!

    Like every week, Heather, Pushy and Danny are sharing what they read this week and what other exciting things happened in their lives!

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    Danny’s Week

    Germany won the World Cup!!!!! YES! For the 4th time in history, we are world champions and the whole country is celebrating! Woot!

    But.. back to reading :))

    I finally (finally) finished the audio for City of Heavenly Fire- and I think it was an absolutely great way to tie finally everything together. The series got an ending it deserved and Cassandra Clare tied up neatly “The Mortal Instruments” series in, as well as introduced the next series The Dark Artficies which is coming end of 2015. Well done!

    Immediately I started the next audio from one of my favorite series: Kevin Hearne’s The Iron Druid Chronicles Book 7 “Shattered” – This series needs to be listened to on audio. I know I keep saying this, but Luke Daniels is a genius and brings these characters to live like no one else!

    I finished The Fire Wish and for my love of all things Jinni related I even created a special post – Picture This! Jinni’s. After this I quickly read “Forecast by Rinda Ellitot” which I liked so much and I started Illusive which has just the perfect pitch line to get me hooked: “The X-Men meets Ocean’s Eleven in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure about a band of “super” criminals .” 

    Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones Shattered by Kevin Hearne

    Heather’s Week

    After having a pretty good week at work but a cool one weather wise here in Chicago, we’ve been staying indoors once I’ve gotten home from work so it’s been a bit more calm. I’ve read a ton of Lego books with my son, but I also managed to fit in some reading for myself as well. I finished up the amazing near-future thriller The Forever Man by Pierre Ouellette. If you check out my review for the TLC Blog tour post, you can enter to win a $25 e-book gift card to the retailer of your choice and a copy of the book. I took a break from regular books to read a fantastic Twilight fanfiction, Détruit by Somah. It’s an alternate universe-all human story where Edward is a government contracted killer, and I really enjoyed this thriller. I used the website Ficsave to download the entire completed fic as a mobi file so I could read it on my Kindle.

    I’m really excited to be reading the fourth installment of the Glamourist Histories, Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal. This one has been described as Jane Austen meets Oceans Eleven, and I’m really enjoying it so far. I’ve also continued to make my way through the audiobook of The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher while at work.

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    Now that Netflix has released the second season of Hemlock Grove, I started watching season one. I’ve made it through the first three episodes and I like it so far. There’s a werewolf that’s scruffy and cute, and some murders. I certainly like that I don’t have to wait a week between episodes and I can watch them whenever I want. I’m still watching True Blood (underwhelming), Teen Wolf (excellent), and Witches of East End (cheesy goodness).

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    Pushy’s Week

    Such a week! Lots going on personally, my brother actually go married yesterday (WOOT for SIL’s who are awesome!!). I started reading two books we’ll be hosting on tour in the next few months: The Agincourt Bride by Joanna Hickson and Made For You by Melissa Marr. It’s no secret I love historical novels and Melissa Marr and I’m loving both books!!

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    On the TV front, I’ve taken my love for history and England and started re-watching the Tudors. Good stuff!!!

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    So guys, tell us about your week. What are you reading and watching? 

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  4. Picture This 2 - Jinni’s

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    Picture This 2 - Jinni’s

    Hello, dear reader!!  We switching things up on Fridays and so we’ll have a few new, non-review posts coming up.  And today we have another round of:

    Picture This

    Playing off the theme that a picture’s worth a thousand words, Picture This is a post that deals with the visual behind the books we love.  In these posts we’ll share an image or two, talk about why we shared them and then we’ll leave the floor open to you to share your thoughts!  So, without further ado, this post’s Picture This theme is….

    Jinni’s

    Right now I am obsessed and excited about Jinni’s, and yes I always have the song “Jinni in a bottle” in my head whenever I think about it! I created a pinterest with some wonderful inspirations:

    Follow Danny Bewitched’s board Jinnie in a Bottle on Pinterest.

    I just read and finished two Jinni related books about which I am mega excited and I can’t wait to share my thoughts about them with you! And even though the both dealt with Jinni’s they are totally different. Exquisite Captive has a contemporary setting, while The Fire Wish is set in the past and plays in the old Bagdad.!

    EXQUISITE CAPTIVE cover FireWish

    What about you? Do you also love Jinni’s? Are there any Jinni books that you loved, then please share them in the comments!! 

    And which one is your favorite picture? 

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  5. The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor

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    The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor

    Issues like Abuse, Family Expectations and true Friendship made sure to create an emotional story!

    Bettina is not having it easy at home. A Father who cares more about family traditions and rules than the person itself makes it hard for Bettina to find her own way. I felt often so horrible during interactions between Bettina and her father. She cannot go out, she cannot date and basically do all the things usually kids her age do.

    For some reasons however he approves of Brady, and even allows her to date him. Finally free to go out, Bettina thinks initially that finally she can life a normal teenage life.

    But when golden boy Brady turns out to be not the wonderful golden boy everyone things him to be, Bettina has no idea how to react.

    Abuse in a very subtle way! When does abuse really starts!

    The abuse was portrayed in a very delicate and quite interesting way which is both a strong point of the book as well as the weak point. It’s clear vey fast that Brady is not good for Bettina, but in the beginning it’s very subtle and small things where he does not treat her right. This makes it even more complicated for Bettina to break up with him and leave him. Who would believe her?

    I think Leslie Connor drew a very fine line here when a relationship turns into something unhealthy and where to make a cut. While I think this was a very smart way to address abuse, I always expected things to escalate which then never happened. Also the end of this relationship (and I don#t think this is a spoiler) was not as strong as I hoped it to be.

    A savior to love and hold on to…

    Interesting was also the addition of Cowboy. An older boy who seems to understand Bettina much more than any of her family members or friends. He sees quid early that she needs someone who takes her seriously, who listens to her and just be there for her. Cowboy is a little older which adds another level of complexity to the story, but also this point could have been just stronger. It was a slowly building relationship based on trust, respect and friendship – just the sparkles were missing for me.

    And.. I am NOT going to talk about the ending which completely left me speechless, sad and also a little mad….

    Bewitched Rating

    Rating 3

    Bottom Line

    The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor was a story about  abuse, family expectations and true friendship, with a lot of emotionally draining events. I just wished for the issues to be more  powerful and a little more dramatic – but I guess that was entirely the intention. As much as I was missing a stronger story development, the ending was as dramatic and shocking as it could come.

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  6. What if your choice creates a new world? - Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke

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    What if your choice creates a new world? - Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke

    The cover has been already around for a quite a while and ever since I was fascinated with the story and the cover.

    Parallel Worlds – a quite interesting concept

    In general I love the concept of parallel worlds and universes and in Dissonance, the idea of “choices” is explored. If you choose differently at some important points in your life, how would that change your life? So which each decision a new world is created and even thinking about the enormity of this completely blows my mind. The challenge with books like these is to deliver and create a world that is still believable and easy enough to grasps without taking away too much from the actual story.

    This worked in Dissonance only to some extent. What I found missing was the enormity of the worlds that could have been created. We much rather got into contact with worlds that were too similar to the “original” one.

    Del walks from world to world to find the boy to fall for!

    Del is a Walker and only Walkers can travel between the worlds. There is even a secret society that makes sure the original world stays intact and does not break down. While Del is extremely talented as a Walker and can quite quickly catch the Dissonance of each world, she’s also a small rebel who is not much about rules. She often finds herself walking through worlds and is especially drawn to a specific one where here long time crush Simon finally realises her. Soon, she meets the different Simons in every world as if they are magnets destined to find each other. While this sounds quite romantic, I didn’t completely feel the romance between them.

    Dangerous Secrets and a World about to crash!

    The romance was not the biggest part of the story and the main focus was on the secrets the Walker community holds and Del is about to uncover. She realises that they are all told many lies, lies that can change everything.

    There are a few supporting characters that I have a love-hate relationship with. First there is Del’s grandpa who is quirky, but I still have a hard time completely understanding his motives. Then there is Del’s sister who I couldn’t stand for most of the book. Del’s best friend actually is my highlight with his loyalty to Del, despite her rebellious behaviour.

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    Rating 3.5

    Bottom Line

    Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke comes with a great and amazing concept of parallel world that are created with each and every decision people make every day and every second. I was missing a little the enormity  of this world as the story mainly resolves around worlds that are super close to ours. The romance was not quite convincing, but the plot thrilling enough to keep me hooked until the last page!

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    Do you love stories with Parallel Universes and Worlds? Which one is your favorite?

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  7. The Kiss of Deception - Seven Ingredients for Swoon Worthy Romance & Giveaway

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    The Kiss of Deception - Seven Ingredients for Swoon Worthy Romance & Giveaway

    I’m sure you already heard about this amazing new Young Adult Fantasy series! Heather already reviewed The Kiss of Deception and said it was “absolutely fabulous” . When I read a few weeks ago, I was completely blown away by how much I loved it!

    Needless to say, we are thrilled to host Mary Pearson today on the blog with her recipe for swoon worthy romance! The romance in The Kiss of Deception was so so freaking amazing!

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    So please welcome Mary E.Pearson with…

    Seven Ingredients I Love Seeing in a Swoon Worthy Romance

    1. Chemistry

    It’s not just about looks, or hormones, or that they both like coconut macaroons.  There has to be a certain magic between the two characters that is irresistible.

    1. Friction

    But of course they can and do tick, annoy, and infuriate each other too. They are not  made from exactly the same mold which is what keeps things interesting.

    1. Near misses

    Timing is everything and sometimes it seems like they are forever ships passing in the night. Come on you two, get it together.

    1. Independence

    They both have their own goals, their own needs, their own lives and motivations. They are interesting on their own without each other, but boy put them together and they are unstoppable.

    1. Obstacles

    It might be friends, family, that “other” person, or entire kingdoms, but rarely is love smooth sailing from the get go. Things get in the way.

    1. Doubt

    They just might not make it. Seriously, it would be a shame. As a reader, I worry that the obstacles might win. They might end up with the wrong person, or alone, or dead, or … so much could go wrong!

    1. The Kiss

    Or many. It make take a while, but the wait is so worth it. Whether it lasts for only a few words, a few sentences, or a few pages, at some point, even if momentary, love wins.

    Thanks for having me at Bewitched Bookworms today, Danny!

    The Kiss of Deception

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    by Mary E. Pearson (WebsiteFacebookTwitter
    Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1 
    Published by Henry Holt and Co.Macmillan on 2014-07-08 
    Genres: Fantasy & MagicLove & RomanceYoung Adult 
    Pages: 496 
    Source: Publisher 
    Amazon • Book Depository • Goodreads 
    5 Stars 

    In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

    In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

    On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

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    So what are your ingredients for a Swoon Worthy Romance? Are you also excited about The Kiss of Deception? 

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  8. Sunday with the Bookworms 5 with a special award, Witches of East End, and Melissa Marr

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    Sunday with the Bookworms 5 with a special award, Witches of East End, and Melissa Marr

    Welcome Friends! Do you have a Coffee or a Tea? Then sit down with us and chat a little bit about your week with us!

    Like every week, Heather, Pushy and Danny are sharing what they read this week and what other exciting things happened in their lives!

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    Danny’s Week

    Even though it’s summer, the weather this week has been ugly here in Germany. Rain, cold and basically non-summery feelings. Too bad we had an “Open Door” on Thursday this week in our faculty, where we would have loved a little sunshine!

    This event has been lots of fun last year, we had lots booth for each field in biology, that is represented at our faculty. Then we also set up “fake labs” to show a little what we are doing every day. Lot’s of classes from schools are visiting and we can talk to them what it means studying biology in Munich.

    We also paired this event with a faculty party where we have a BBQ in the evening and some drinks. Highlight of the faculty party is always the “Award for Outstanding Teaching” which is always given by the student boy to one Professor or Lecturer who .. well deserves it.

    ……And much to my utter amazement, I got this award this year!

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    I was so so  touched, the speech from the students completely moved me! I would have never guessed a few years ago that I would find so much passion in teaching, but I just completely adore it. Working with talented students, helping them with problems and just seeing them grow into amazing scientist completely fulfills me which is why this award means so much to me!

    So uhm.. yes I had a great week..I’d say ;-)

    In terms of Reading? Since his week was so busy I didn’t have time for lots of reading. But I finished The Young World, which was such a fun read and I started The Fire Wish by Amber Lough! I’m so in love right now Young Adult Fantasy that I was completey thrilled when I got a Review Copy! I’m just about 20% in and even though the beginning was a little slow, I think it will pick up now, which is why I’m going back to reading right now!

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    Heather’s Week

    Congrats, Danny on your teaching award. It’s always nice to be recognized like that, especially when it’s by your students!

    I went back to work after having a week off for vacation, so needless to say, it was a long week. Getting used to rising at 4:30 am and hopping a train to commute into the city to be at work by 7 am was a bit hard to get used to after waking up whenever we felt like it for over a week. That being said, I mostly took a nap on the morning train ride, so I spent the afternoon portion reading The Forever Man by Pierre Ouellette. I’m reading this near future thriller for the author’s blog tour, and his imaginings of what the United States will be like soon as both frightening and so smartly drawn. I also started the audiobook The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher. I’m enjoying this magical world set in the past in England so far.

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    Season two of Witches of East End just started back up on Sunday on Lifetime. It’s based on the novels by Melissa de la Cruz and I haven’t read the books, but this show is a bit of a hot mess guilty pleasure. Sort of like a soap opera. There’s just not much new on during the summer…

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    Pushy’s Week

    OMG, Danny!!!  This is awesome!!!  I know how great that kind of recognition can be and I completely agree that it’s well deserved!  I love when you talk science with me!!  Like Heather, it was back to work for me this week as well, but thankfully I’m not up as early as she is so it was more pleasant for me.

    This week was quite busy (what with going back to work and all…) but I finished up my books from last week and started on an ARC I got for a tour, Made for You by Melissa Marr.  I’ve loved everything I’ve ever read by Ms. Marr, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing where this one goes!

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  9. Pre-Squee about The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

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    Pre-Squee about The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

    Pre-SqueeWelcome to the Pre-Squee, a new weekly feature here at the Bookworms and at The Book Swarm. Some books, though they might not be coming out for a few months, need an early squee — we just can’t hold in our excitement about them! Sure, we’ll do full reviews closer to the release date but this feature gives us a chance to share a little bit of our love, whether it be for the story, cover, characters, or whatever. We’re quite flexible in our book love.

    So today we Squee about 

    The Stars Never Rise

     by Rachel Vincent

    Add it to your shelf on Goodreads

    June 9th 2015 by Delacorte Press

    The Stars Never Rise

    Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she’s too busy trying to actually survive. Her town’s population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

    When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she’ll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie’s sin has put her in serious trouble.

    To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

    Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can’t survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her

    Ok guys, I know I am super duper early with this SQUEE today, but I had to talk about this new series from Master Mind  Story Teller Rachel Vincent!

    I absolutely love and adore her writing! I read all her books and everyone is just amazing!

    From the Young Adult Soul Screamers series to Shifter Series (which was phenomenal) and to her newest Adult series “Unbound”.

    I’m just in love with her characters, her writing and the plots full of twist and turns! This new Series sound absolutely amazing and outstanding and I can’t freaking wait to read it! Oh and .. I want to meet this green eyed boy! Will he has the potential to be my next book boyfriend, YES I have high hopes for this!

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    Oh and can we star a little at the cover? Isn’t is so so beautiful? I want a shiny hardcover right now!

    So I think you should definitely add The Stars Never Rise to your shelf and  it most definitely deserves and needs and early Squee!

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  10. The Young World by Chris Weitz

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  11. Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre - Immortal Game #1

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    Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre - Immortal Game #1

    The stunning cover most definitely drew my attention, then the promise of a paranormal story that sounds unique and I was excited. But what we get is actually so much more!

    Starting with a big gasping moment, Mortal Danger immediately draws you in!

    The story begins with an utterly broken Edie, and I must say that the first chapter already made my heart ache. Edie’s feeling of defeat and despair was nearly palpable through the pages. When beautiful mysterious Kian enters the picture, he makes her a deal she can’t resist. Fight back the bullies and change your life. She gets 3 wishes granted similar to a jinnie – but in return she must promise one big favour she has yet to discover what this will be. But Edie has nothing to lose anymore so she enters the Immortal Game!

    As Edie is in her mind a far cry from being beautiful, her first wish is to be beautiful to finally move along the beautiful and rich people in her prep-school. Those kids that tormented her.

    Bullying – and the true value of beauty and friendship!

    I think Edie’s wish to be beautiful will hit some readers the wrong way. Is being beautiful really helping when you are being bullied? Is that the way around it? While I was a little shocked in the beginning, her wish totally made sense for Edie and if you follow the rest of the story Edie discovers that beauty is not everything, beauty will not change who you are and it will not make you happy! So I urge everyone who might be thrown off by this, please read on – there is so much more to be read between the lines!

    What happened to Edie that it completely broke her, completely make me tear up! How horrible kids can be to each other,  is never something I will understand, but sadly is happening every day at each school. Edie doesn’t tell us right away what happened until the last few chapters, it was only always hinted.

    Edie had such a hard time at her school and never had any friends, so I was happy to see that she finally opened up to some kids and discovered some real and wonderful friendship!

    Playing an Immortal Game with some true shocker and a little romance to ease it up!

    The paranormal element was quite intriguing and unique. The theme of bullying to pack into a paranormal story was a great way to deliver such a heavy topic.  However, I would have liked to understand a little more about The Immortal Game and I wish for a little more explanations than what we got. But as this is a trilogy I have hope for more.

    The story comes with some real and true stocking moments that I didn’t see coming in this full force! There is quite a bit of death, that left me quite uneasy  but added to an overall thrilling storyline even more!

    Kian was a wonderful way to ease down the tension and the shocking moments. He comes with his own barrage and is just a wonderful boy who is quite the anchor for Edie!

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    Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre is a very dark and edgy story about bullying, the real value of beauty and friendship packed into a thrilling paranormal story. The story has quite a few shocking moments that left me gasping. The paranormal world building had to take backseat to the bullying theme so that I was a little lost about what really is going on a few times. But, as more books are coming I’m hopeful this comes in the next books!

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    This is a heavy story that maybe not everyone will like, I however truly was amazed by the depth of this story and think that this Mortal Danger most definitely stands out among the “usual” Young adult book!

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  12. Sunday with the Bookworms 4 with Pushy in England, Retail Therapy & The Leftovers

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    Sunday with the Bookworms 4 with Pushy in England, Retail Therapy & The Leftovers

    Welcome Friends! Do you have a Coffee? Or a Tea? Then sit down and chat a little bit about your week with us!

    Like every week, Heather, Pushy and Danny are sharing what they read this week and what other exciting things happened in their lives!

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    *image from the wonderful Seth MacBeth

    Heather’s Week

    I’ve been on vacation plus my birthday was this week, so I’ve been doing things close to home with my son and nephews. We’ve had a picnic at Matheissen State Park and watched the Fourth of July parade back in my hometown. Plus, we watched the fireworks in our current city as a family. The kids loved them and it was a good time.

    I did find some time for reading, finishing up The Redemption Key before digging into a new book that’s been burning a hole in my to be read pile. I finished Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones, and it was fantastic with some great character development in this one.

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    Television wise, I’m still watching True Blood (ho-hum so far), Beauty and the Beast (excellent as usual), and Teen Wolf (definitely worth watching). I’ve also started watching the new series on HBO, The Leftovers. In this new show, 2% of the world’s population disappeared suddenly, and now three years later, everyone is still trying to figure out what happened. According to HBO.com, it’s “Created by ‘Lost’ co-creator Damon Lindelof and acclaimed novelist Tom Perrotta, the series is executive produced by Lindelof, Perrotta and ‘Friday Night Lights’ executive producers Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey.  Lindelof serves as the series showrunner.”After watching the pilot episode, I will be tuning in for more to see if the series is good or not.

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    Pushy’s Week

    What a great week for me!!!  I’ve been on vacation with my sister and mother in England and we’ve been having a lovely time!  I got to do some great reading while I’ve been traveling (although not a whole lot as we’ve been doing a ton of sight seeing).

    I finished up HP’s Chamber of Secrets and moved onto The Prisoner of Azkaban.  This may be my favorite of the series!!!  Plus, I’ve started reading a book which is the first in a series of mysteries set in the Lake District (where I’m visiting) and inspired by Beatrix Potter’s life!  They’re a recommendation by my mother and I’m very much enjoying the first one, Tale of Hill Top Farm.

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    And on the flight out I got to watch a couple of movies I haven’t seen yet.  Yes, I’m aware that I’m the last person on the planet to NOT have seen these movies, but….I hadn’t.  But now I have!  WOOT!  They were interesting but chock-a-bock filled with insane folks.  But still interesting.  And I thought it was funny that American Airlines apparently had a Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence thing going on.  Wonder what our return flight movies will be….

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    Danny’s Week

    I had such a busy week! I was teaching a class with 20 students and in between I was running from one meeting to the other. So after this horrible week I treated myself with some retail therapy and went shopping! That always makes me feel better! Oh and of course, I couldn’t go home without yet another scarf!

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    In terms of reading, I am still not done with City of Heavenly Fire - but it’s an 24 hrs audiobook, which is double as long as most other audios! I finished Mortal Danger, which was quite interesting and different!
    I started a book I heard so much from at BEA – The Young Wold by Chris Weitz. And even though I’m not a fan of Dystopia I desperately wanted to read it.
    And.. the beginning is already so awesome! The voices are so amazing, it’s written with so much humor that I’m really loving it right.
    Plus…. as a big Twilight fan, I can’t help it but love Chris Weitz. Remember? He directed New Moon!
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    So tell us about your week, what are you reading? Do you also love to go shopping to make yourself feel better? 

    Any Tips for Pushy and her England Trip?? 

    What summer television are you watching?

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  13. Bewitched Kids Corner 17 - Ivy & Bean by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall

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    Bewitched Kids Corner 17 - Ivy & Bean by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall

    Happy Friday, and welcome to the latest installment of our monthly feature
    where we review Children’s books.

    Ivy & Bean

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    Written by Annie Barrows and Illustrated by Sophie Blackall
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    The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn’t be friends. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to hide quickly, Ivy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people never meant to like each other. Vibrant characters and lots of humor make this a charming and addictive introduction to Ivy and Bean.

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    Now that summer is here, the kiddos and I have been reading new series and Ivy & Bean by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall is one that’s captured the imagination of all three of my little foxes!  Ivy and Bean may not want to become friends initially but once they join forces they see just how much fun the other one is!

    This is one of those series that’s a perfect transition into chapter books.  Enough illustrations to keep my youngest reader keeping her eyes on the page but wordy enough that we can’t finish it in half an hour.  Plus there are a dozen or so books in the series which is fantastic because it’s great to keep a good thing going!

    I love these characters too.  Ivy and Bean are interesting little girls who are just a little bit different but are a whole lot interesting.  I can see great adventures in their futures, and those are adventures I want to share with my kids!

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  14. Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

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    Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

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    So, it’s no shocker….I have been FREAKING DYING to read this book!!!!!  I make no secret of my love for the Darkling….and Sturmhound….and Mal.  In that order.  ;)  But after the way Siege and Storm ended (HOLY FREAKING MOLEY!!!!) I was ready to beg, borrow and steal to get an ARC of Ruin and Rising.  But….there were no ARCs to be had for this poor little fox…  I know.  Tis sadness.

    Then the lovely (and did I mention super smart and well dressed) folks at Macmillian sent me the first few chapters in a teaser pack.  SWEET BABY JESUS!!!  It was like CRACK.  And just a little taste of crack so that I would continue jonesing hard core.  But being back in Alina’s head again…..it was fabulous.  And being back in the world Leigh Bardugo created?  *ENORMOUS CONTENTED SIGH*  But then….it ended.  And you know what Tom Petty says about the waiting….

    So, like a good little addicts, I lined up at my crack-dealers shop, aka Audible, and preordered myself a heaping helping of awesomesauce.  And then, June 17th FINALLY arrived.  And then I had to ignore everyone for about 11 hours, give or take.  Because FINALLY it was time for me to see how Alina’s journey would end.

    The Good

    Oh…there’s so much that’s good about this book.  I think the thing that struck me most was just how well this book stands up on it’s own.  Third spot in a trilogy is no easy placement.  More like the middle child than the baby in a family, the third book has expectations through the roof and the challenge of wrapping up a story in a satisfying fashion.  For my money, the second book in a trilogy is always the best.  But with Ruin and Rising, Leigh Bardugo hits that sweet spot of giving the reader what they want and giving the story what it needs.  Like a true master of her craft, Leigh Bardugo takes through the last dark night of Alina’s (and her companions’) soul and brings us out on the other side.  Maybe not without a scratch, but still held together and having been made better for the process.

    I don’t want to give all the best parts away (especially for Heather who NEEDS to read this series like YESTERDAY!!!!) but this book is so much more than just the third book in a series, it’s deep and powerful and perfectly sublime.

    The Bad

    So, what’s the bad you say?  Nothing!  Well…Alina’s story is at an end, but I love the way it ends.  Ruin and Rising leaves Alina is a better ending than I could have envisioned for her, even if it’s not the ending I would have asked for.  Still, it would have been unrealistic for her to turn the Darkling into some sort of Prince Charming and live happily ever after with him with sunshine and bunnies and rainbows.  SPOILER ALERT:  that doesn’t happen.  At least not the rainbows part.  :)

    One of the surprising things for me in this book was that I was finally able to put my love for the Darkling to rest and be happy for Alina’s final choice.  I even think she chose wisely.  Sure, part of me wanted the sunshine and bunnies and rainbows.  But really, another part of me knew it was never going to go down that way.  And how it does go down….well, maybe it’s not rainbows….but it’s true, emotionally and to the characters.  Ms. Bardugo took some risks with her characters in this book, she let them suffer and they emerge the more complete for it.

    The Ugly

    So you may have guessed by now that some ugly things happen in this book.  Which is no shocker, because in the world of the Grisha, some ugly things happen.  And sad things too.  People die.  People are broken….in ways they may not be able to heal.  But trust me when I say, much like the ugliness of what happens to Genya in Seige and Storm makes her even more precious as a character, the same happens to other characters.

    Bottom Line

    I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to one of my favorite story lines ever.  Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo was simply perfect.  And the only thing this book left me wanting was to know what Leigh Bardugo is working on next!

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  15. Pre-Squee about Velvet by Temple West

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    Pre-Squee about Velvet by Temple West

    Pre-SqueeWelcome to the Pre-Squee, a new weekly feature here at the Bookworms and at The Book Swarm. Some books, though they might not be coming out for a few months, need an early squee — we just can’t hold in our excitement about them! Sure, we’ll do full reviews closer to the release date but this feature gives us a chance to share a little bit of our love, whether it be for the story, cover, characters, or whatever. We’re quite flexible in our book love.

    So today we Squee about 

    Velvet by Temple West

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    May 12th 2015 by Swoon Reads

    VELVET is the next book picked up to be published by the macmillan site “Swoon Reads” and…after they picked a Contemprary last time, they now pieced a paranormal!!! Squee!

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    and yes, it doesn’t even have a cover yet, but I was so thrilled when I heard that and even more thrilled when I read the synopsis and some comments, that I had to sure this with you so that we can be excited together!

    After losing both her parents before age 17, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte doesn’t feel like moving, starting a new school, staying with her estranged aunt, or…living at all really. But after a terrifying encounter with a supernatural force, she learns that the world is a lot more complicated than she thought. Also, her hot bad-boy neighbor, Adrian (who might have just saved her life) is actually a half-demon vampire.

    Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard determined to protect her. And Adrian has decided the best way to do that is for the two of them to pretend to be dating. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. And then there’s the supernatural threat that flung them together in the first place—Adrian’s demonic dad 

    VAMPIREs.. Yes I do love Vampires I always did and I always will!

    Here is some praise that will definitely convince you!

    “This steamy YA vamp romance leaves me wanting my own hunky vampire bodyguard.” –Daniel Nenadovic

    “Fantastic. I loved the way the relationship between Caitlin and Adrian, and also between her and her family, were so carefully developed. I also loved the amount of humor and banter. Some bits had me laughing out loud! Brilliant and definitely worth 5 stars.” –Kate Priestly

    “I could not. Stop. Reading. There better be a sequel! I loved the humor and the dialogue. Thumbs up!” –Raimy Faere

    “This is just straight up good and steamy! The author has a great voice—fresh, fun and clearly talented. An excellent mix of hip and quirky with the right dash of romance! –T. S. Reeds

    Find Temple West

    (who has the coolest hair ever!! It’s blue.. and I want it! ) 

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    I truly believe as a love of all things Vampiry that , VELVET most definitely deserves and needs and early Squee!

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