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Waiting on Wednesday: Wood Sprites

April 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Like a crazy fangirl, I haunt the Baen website for any sign of an early eARC of Wood Sprites, the fouth book in Wen Spencer’s Tinker series. I simply cannot wait to read – it’s is one of my all-time favourite series. The blurb is fantastic and I’m eager to catch up with Tinker, Pony and all the gang. Mayhem is guaranteed!

Ignore the truely terrible cover – all the Tinker book to date have been saddled with atricious covers. At this stage, I think the artists are trying to outdo each other :)

Wood Sprites – Wen Spencer

 
Wood Sprites
Series: Tinker #4
Genre: Science Fiction Fantasy
Published: September 2nd, 2014
Links: Goodreads   Amazon

Even though they attend a school of gifted students in New York City, child geniuses Louise Mayer and her twin sister Jillian have always felt alone in the world, isolated by their brilliance. Shortly before their ninth birthday, they make an amazing discovery. They’re not alone.

Their real mother was astronaut Esme Shenske and their father was the famous inventor, Leonardo Dufae. They have an older sister, Alexander, living on the planet of Elfhome, and four siblings still in cryogenic storage at the fertility center. There’s only one problem: the frozen embryos are scheduled to be destroyed within six months. The race is on to save their baby brother and sisters.

As a war breaks out on Elfhome and riots start in New York City, the twins use science and magic to plow over everything standing in their way. But when they come face to face with an ancient evil force, they’re soon in over their heads in danger.

Waiting on Wednesday: Mirror Sight

April 9, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Confession time, the ending of the previous book in the Green Rider series, Blackveil caused a volcanic meltdown in the Adina household. Blackveil ended on an outrageous cliff hanger and I nearly threw the book across the room. But I love Karrigan, the main character in this series and I desperately want her to get a happy ending. Kristen Britain has me hooked and even though I know a happy ending isn’t really on the cards, I still have hope.

Mirror Sight – Kristen Britain

 
Mirror SightSeries: The Green Rider #5
Genre: Fantasy
Published: May 6th, 2014
Links: Goodreads   Amazon

Karigan G’ladheon is a Green Rider – a seasoned member of the royal messenger corps whose loyalty and her bravery have already been tested many times. And her final, explosive magical confrontation with Mornhavon the Black should have killed her. But rather than finding death, and peace, Karigan wakes to a darkness deeper than night. The explosion has transported her somewhere – and into a sealed stone sarcophagus – and now she must escape, somehow, before the thinning air runs out and her mysterious tomb becomes her grave. Where is she? Does a trap, laid by Mornhavon, lie beyond her prison? And if she can escape, will she find the world beyond the same – or has the magic taken her out of reach of her friends, home and King forever…?

Waiting on Wednesday: Isla and the Happily Ever After

April 2, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Since Isla and the Happily Ever After has an official release date, I decided to make it my WoW this week. I adored Anna and the French Kiss and loved the little glimpse of Isla in that book. So it goes with saying that I have huge expectations for this one. Can’t wait until August :)

Isla and the Happily Ever After - Stephanie Perkins

 
Isla and the Happily Ever AfterSeries: Anna and the French Kiss #3
Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: August 14th, 2014
Links: Goodreads   Amazon

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.
 
Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

I’m reading…

March 28, 2014

The Year We Fell Down – Sarina Bowen

 
The Year We Fell DownSeries: The Ivy Years #1
Genre: NA Contemporary
Published: 20th March 2014
Links: Amazon     Goodreads

The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else.

What now?

She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.

Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.

Also, he’s taken.

Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else understands.

They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.

But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won’t, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness — one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who’s afraid to love her back.

I’m came across The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen browsing on Amazon recently. Since the ebook was on sale, I decided to take a chance. So far, so good with realistic, relate-able and layered characters.

Waiting on Wednesday: Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future

March 26, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Instantly hooked  by the synopsis, I can’t wait to read Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future.

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future – A.S. King

 
Glory O'BriensSeries: Stand-alone
Genre: YA Contemporary, Science Fiction
Published: October 14th, 2014
Links: Goodreads   Amazon

WOULD YOU TRY TO CHANGE THE WORLD
IF YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD NO FUTURE?

Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities—but not for Glory, who has no plan for what’s next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she’s never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way…until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions—and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying.

A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women’s rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. And young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do everything in her power to make sure this one doesn’t come to pass.

In this masterpiece about freedom, feminism, and destiny, Printz Honor author A.S. King tells the epic story of a girl coping with devastating loss at long last—a girl who has no idea that the future needs her, and that the present needs her even more.

Review: Promise of Shadows – Justina Ireland

March 24, 2014

Promise of Shadows – Justina Ireland

 
Promise of Shadows
Series: 
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: March 11th, 2014
Links: Goodreads   Amazon

Zephyr Mourning has never been very good at being a Harpy. She’d rather watch reality TV than learn forty-seven ways to kill a man, and she pretty much sucks at wielding magic. Zephyr was ready for a future pretending to be a normal human instead of a half-god assassin. But all that changes when her sister is murdered—and she uses a forbidden dark power to save herself from the same fate.

Zephyr is on the run from a punishment worse than death when an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend (a surprisingly HOT friend) changes everything. Because it seems like Zephyr might just be the Nyx, a dark goddess made flesh that is prophesied to change the power balance. For hundreds of years the half-gods have lived in fear, and Zephyr is supposed to change that.

But how is she supposed to save everyone when she can’t even save herself?

Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland is an enjoyable if rather light modern take on greek mythology.

Zephyr Mouring is a harpy, a female warrior who has landed in the wretched underworld prison Tartarus after taking revenge on a minor god who murdered her sister. See harpies aren’t supposed to be able to kill gods and the other deities want to know how she did it. But Zephyr isn’t talking, she knows if the gods discover the truth, her life is forfeit. Fortuitously Zephyr and her sole friend Cass escape Tartarus and head to the mortal realm, hoping to disappear.

Promise of Shadows was a strange book. I really enjoyed the story, in fact I zipped through it pretty quickly but I couldn’t help but notice its failings – primarily the characters. They were shallow; in fact, there were little or no depth to any of them bar Zephyr herself. They had no personality, no motivation. They were a cliché, the disappointed mother, the moody hot guy, the bitchy girl and the gay best friend. There was potential there but it wasn’t realised and hence I found it difficult to connect with them. Some details were desperately needed. For example, the hero Tallon, his personality was moody. I couldn’t tell you a single other thing about him. He worried and consequently he was moody aka an ass. As a romantic hero he was lacking – I never found him lovable and couldn’t see how Zephyr did.  A shared childhood will only get you so far.

I did however like and appreciate the main character Zephyr. It was refreshing that she wasn’t a beautiful delicate little flower, indeed by her own admission, harpies aren’t known of their beauty. She was flawed but interesting. The story is populated with known figures from greek mythology such as Hades, Persephone, and Hermes. I really liked reading about the tricky arrogant gods and their world.

The story raced along. In spite of the shallow characters, I really liked the Promise of Shadows. Recommended when you need a quick light read.

 

My Rating: 6.5/10

Quotes:

“I won’t let him know how his presence fills me with a burning rage that blurs my vision and makes me want to scream.”

“Godslayers don’t get parole.”

Waiting on Wednesday: Catch A Falling Star

March 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Catch A Falling Star sounds like a sweet read and I’m a sucker for Hollywood bad boys, who secretly aren’t really so bad :)

Catch a Falling Star – Kim Culbertson

 

Catch A Falling StarSeries: Stand-alone
Genre: YA Romance
Published: April 29th, 2014
Links: Goodreads   Amazon

A deliciously charming novel about finding true love . . . and yourself.

Nothing ever happens in Little, CA. Which is just the way Carter Moon likes it. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star turned PR mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Carter’s town becomes a giant glittery set and, much to her annoyance, everyone is starry-eyed for Adam. Carter seems to be the only girl not falling all over herself to get a glimpse of him. Which apparently makes her perfect for the secret offer of a lifetime: playing the role of Adam’s girlfriend while he’s in town, to improve his public image, in exchange for a hefty paycheck. Her family really needs the money and so Carters agrees. But it turns out Adam isn’t at all who she thought he was. As they grow closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what’s real and what’s fake, and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored worlds – her future. Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life AND get the guy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?

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