Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (January 31)

Wow. I am a terrible blogger. I apoligize for yet another unexplained absense from my poor, abused blog. I finished midterms early last week, and there is a completely logical explanation as to why I have not posted anything since midterms ended... Ok, not really. I don't know what happened, actually, so there is no excuse. However, I am currently in the process of putting together some more book reviews. I am considering doing a combined review for the four books in the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa since I've almost read all of them now. Any suggestions?

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's teasers:

"Really? How would you prepare for me tossing you into a lake?"
~pg. 138, "The Iron Queen"

"You enjoy making my heart stop, don't you?"
~pg. 178, "The Iron Queen"

What's your teaser?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

WWW Wednesday (January 4)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three questions:
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you'll read next?

My Answers:

What are you currently reading? I am currently reading Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. One of my favorite series by far.
What did you recently finish reading? The last book I finished reading was Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Yay for the first book I read in 2012!
What do you think you'll read next? Next I will be reading The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa. I am very eager to see where the series goes!

I'd love it if you shared you WWW Wednesday post with me, too!

Book Report: January

I'm going to share with you the books releasing this month that I can't wait for. I'll be including the title, author, release date (for the U.S.), links for pre-order, the publisher, series name, my thoughts, and the synopsis. So, let's get into it.

UPDATE: Out Now!
Blood Red Road by Moira Young will be released in the U.S. on January 3, 2012, in paperback. It is available for order online in all forms on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Published by Margaret K. McElderry, the print format has 464 pages.

Blood Red Road is the first installment in the Dust Lands series by Moira Young.

I've become very addicted to dystopian since reading The Hunger Games back in September. Blood Red Road is another book I've been told is amazing. After almost picking it up several times, it is now out in paperback, so I'm really excited to read this great release.

Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives bearing four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on a quest to get him back.

Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she's a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.
Blood Red Road has a searing pace, a poetically minimal writing style, violent action, and an epic love story. Moira Young is one of the most promising and startling new voices in teen fiction.

UPDATE: Out Now!
Cinder by Marissa Meyer will be released in the U.S. on January 3, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available for order online in both formats on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Published by Feiwel & Friends, the print edition has 387 pages.

Cinder is the first installment in the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer.

Cinderella and dystopian in one? Count me in. This looks like an amazing start to an amazing new series, and I can't wait to get my hands on it.

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

In this thrilling debut young adult novel, the first of a quartet, Marissa Meyer introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine and a masterfully crafted new world that’s enthralling.

UPDATE: Out Now!
Hallowed by Cynthia Hand will be released in the U.S. on January 17, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available for order online in both formats on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Published by Harper Collins, the print edition has 416 pages.

Hallowed is the second installment in the Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand.

I loved Unearthly, the first installment in this fantastic series, and it sounds like Clara's problems were just beginning. I'm definitely looking forward to this one!
For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought. Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.
UPDATE: Out Now!
Destiny and Deception by Shannon Delany will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012, in paperback. It is available for order pre-order online on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Published by St. Martin's Griffin, the print edition has 356 pages.

Destiny and Deception is the fourth installment in the 13 to Life series by Shannon Delany.

This is a series that I've been reading since it first came out. While I haven't had a chance to read the third book yet, I will still anxiously be awaiting this release.

The sensational fourth novel in the 13 to Life series sees Jessica and the Rusakuvas fighting to overcome one of their biggest challenges yet--the possibility of a cure for lycanthropy.   With the threat of the mafia seemingly gone and the company's headquarters in Junction destroyed, Pietr Rusakova is adjusting to being a normal teen and Jess is realizing normalcy may not be what she wanted after all. But both Jess and Cat know the truth--that normal can't be taken for granted. Their precious cure isn't permanent--and when a new danger stalks into their small town, Alexi decides he must overcome his issues with the mother who abandoned him to be raised by wolves and make a brand new deal to save his adopted family.
UPDATE: Out Now!
The Dead of Winter by Chris Priestly will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012, in hardcover and e-Book formats. It is available for order pre-order online on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Published by Bloomsbury, the print edition has 224 pages.

Honestly, this story just sounds amazing. I've already heard quite a bit about it, and I am beyond excited to see if it lives up to the hype.

Michael Vyner recalls a terrible story, one that happened to him. One that would be unbelievable if it weren't true! Michael's parents are dead and he imagines that he will stay with the kindly lawyer, executor of his parents' will ...Until he is invited to spend Christmas with his guardian in a large and desolate country house. His arrival on the first night suggests something is not quite right when he sees a woman out in the frozen mists, standing alone in the marshes. But little can prepare him for the solitude of the house itself as he is kept from his guardian and finds himself spending the Christmas holiday wandering the silent corridors of the house seeking distraction. But lonely doesn't mean alone, as Michael soon realises that the house and its grounds harbour many secrets, dead and alive, and Michael is set the task of unravelling some of the darkest secrets of all. This is a nail-biting story of hauntings and terror by the master of the genre, Chris Priestley.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Return to Blogdom and a COVER CRAZY

Well, hello! I think I have officially returned to Blogdom. Now, that's not to say that I'll have all of my posts up on time, but here's hoping. I saw this cover over break and thought "What a great way to celebrate the new year!" So, without further ado, let's start off an excellent 2012 with an excellent cover!

Cover Crazy is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Worms.

Here is how Cover Crazy works:
  1. Cover Crazy will be posted on Mondays.
  2. Each week I will show a cover that I am completely crazy about.
  3. The point of this meme is to admire the art and beauty of a book’s design, but I will also provide a synopsis along with the title, author, and of course cover picture and what I like about it.
  4. In the comments section below, please feel free to share your thoughts, feelings, inspirations, etc. about the cover (but be respectful about it).
  5. If you decide to start your own Cover Crazy, please give credit to The Book Worms.

My cover this week is:

Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent

In my opinion, the Soul Screamer's series has had pretty amazing covers, and this one just might be my favorite. I love the pink. I think it's a lovely contrast with the black background. It's very bright, which makes it stand out among the others of the series. The font is different as well. Also, I think, given the events of the last book, having Kaylee alone on the cover is an excellent idea.


What are your thoughts on this cover?