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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Fresh Batch (New Releases September 15th – 21st)

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Flavor of the week:

The Burning Sky
Sherry Thomas
Series: The Elemental Trilogy #1
Publication date: September 17th 2013
by Balzer + Bray

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It all began with a ruined elixir and an accidental bolt of lightning…

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death.

Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he’s also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to avenge the death of his family—even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal.

But Titus makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.

Sherry Thomas’s Website / Facebook / Twitter

Sherry Thomas is one of the most acclaimed romance authors working today. Her books regularly receive starred reviews from trade publications and are frequently found on best-of-the-year lists. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® Award.

English is Sherry’s second language—she has come a long way from the days when she made her laborious way through Rosemary Roger’s Sweet Savage Love with an English-Chinese dictionary. She enjoys digging down to the emotional core of stories. And when she is not writing, she thinks about the zen and zaniness of her profession, plays computer games with her sons, and reads as many fabulous books as she can find.

Sherry’s next book, THE BURNING SKY, volume one of her young adult fantasy trilogy, will be available fall 2013.

Other releases this week:
* In no particular order *

Help for the Haunted by John Searles [Purchase]
Unspoken (Woodlands #2) by Jen Frederick[Purchase]
Give Me Strength (Give Me #2) by Kate McCarthy [Purchase]
The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater [Purchase]

United We Spy (Gallagher Girls #6) by Ally Carter [Purchase]
Covet by Tracey Garvis-Graves [Purchase]
Frozen (Heart of Dread #1) by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston [Purchase]
Unchained (Nephilim Rising #1) by J. Lynn [Purchase]

A Little Too Far (A Little Too Far #1) by Lisa Desrochers [Purchase]
Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts [Purchase]
Thankless in Death (In Death #37) by J.D. Robb [Purchase]
All of You by Christina Lee [Purchase]

Once We Were (The Hybrid Chronicles #2) by Kat Zhang [Purchase]
3:59 by Gretchen McNeil [Purchase]
Kinslayer (The Lotus War #2) by Jay Kristoff [Purchase]
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales [Purchase]

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman [Purchase]
The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker & Holmes #1) by Colleen Gleason [Purchase]
Delia’s Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer [Purchase]
The Wicked Within (Gods & Monsters #3) by Kelly Keaton [Purchase]

Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf [Purchase]
Seven for a Secret (Timothy Wilde Mysteries #2) by Lyndsay Faye [Purchase]
Saving Raphael Santiago (The Bane Chronicles Part #6) by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan [Purchase]
Because You’re Mine (Mine #1) by K. Langston [Purchase]

QB 1 by Mike Lupica [Purchase]
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks [Purchase]

Anything catching your eye this week?


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Review: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Review: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Posted by on 09/13/2013 • 27 Comments

What an amazing, awe-inspiring book! This Song Will Save Your Life is emotional and beautiful; a story that will bring out your happy-tears by its conclusion!

Once in a while there are books where you get to fully and completely connect to the main character to such a degree that you experience it all as if it was your own story with your own emotions. This was one of those books for me. Elise made it incredibly easy to love her. She’s funny and smart, but she has never fit in with her classmates. She has an artist’s soul, giving all her passion to what she loves; not awarding great importance to frivolous things like fashion or gossip unsurprisingly makes her an outcast at school. The struggles she faces by…

All Our Yesterdays Tour Stop: Interview + Giveaway

All Our Yesterdays Tour Stop: Interview + Giveaway

Posted by on 09/12/2013 • 15 Comments

I’m excited to have the All Our Yesterdays tour stop by the blog today. I’ve got Cristin over for an interview and then you can enter to win your very own copy! I read this gem a few weeks back and adored it. You can read my review here if you missed it!

Interview with Cristin Terrill Hi Cristin, I’m so happy to have you on the blog today. All Our Yesterdays is awesome and I’m honored to be part of the tour!

Let’s start with telling us a bit about how you got the idea for All Our Yesterdays.

The initial kernel of the idea for All Our Yesterdays came to me when I was watching The Terminator on cable late one night because I couldn’t sleep….

Thornhill Tour Stop: Review + Guest Post

Thornhill Tour Stop: Review + Guest Post

Posted by on 09/11/2013 • 15 Comments

I’ve got a great guest on the blog today, lovelies! Kathleen Peacock is here today as part of the Thornhill blog tour to talk to us about Werewolves vs Vampires in the most hilarious – and realistic – way! First let’s have a look at what I thought of this gorgeous sequel!

The long anticipated sequel to Hemlock arriving at my door was no doubt the highlight of my week. I greedily tore into it a few days later, bringing me back into the turbulent lives of Mac, Kyle, and Jason. As usual with sequels, I think I would have loved it more had there not been such a large gap of time between reading this book and its predecessor. Things did eventually…

Review: Vicious by Victoria Schwab

Review: Vicious by Victoria Schwab

Posted by on 09/10/2013 • 18 Comments

With such an addicting writing style I can see why this author has made a ton of fans from her previous books, Vicious was my first by Victoria but it definitely will not be my last. In fact, I already have The Archived on its way to me!

First to note should be that this book is not YA, it’s Victoria’s first adult book. Characters are in their 30s and you can tell by the maturity of the storytelling (which is ruthless and violent). Personally, I was pleasantly surprised as I was well overdue for an adult book, particularly a merciless paranormal read such as this. Vicious is ultimately a story of revenge. It’s told in an unusual time lapse, where we don’t have a story from A to Z,…

Review: Friday Never Leaving by Vikki Wakefield

Review: Friday Never Leaving by Vikki Wakefield

Posted by on 09/09/2013 • 21 Comments

I’m definitely in the minority here, standing out in a swarm of raving reviews. Don’t get me wrong I did enjoy the book, it’s a GOOD book, but I didn’t love it as much as I expected. It’s also a weird review to write because I can see what’s so great about the book, I understand why it could even be a Printz prize winner, but it was just not the right book at the right time for me.

This book has gotten a lot of love from the Australian release under the name “Friday Brown” as it’s an immensely gritty, literary read with layers of meaning and thought provoking themes. Our protagonist has gone to the streets after losing her mother to cancer. A mother who has told her…

Stacking the Shelves (69)

Stacking the Shelves (69)

Posted by on 09/08/2013 • 34 Comments

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews featuring the books we got this week, and I also mention blog news/happenings of the past week. Hi ladies and men friends! How’s your back to school week been? I’ve had a pretty slack week and I actually didn’t even do an STS last week before I got zilch. This week was pretty slow too but I did grab a few ebook pretties. And before you go, don’t forget to check out my stop on the Coldest Girl in Coldtown tour! I had a fun interview with Holly about the mysterious Gavriel, and you have four chances to win yourself a copy! 🙂

THIS WEEK’S BOOK HAUL: (Click on cover or links below picture for Goodreads)

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Fresh Batch (New Releases September 8th – 14th)

Fresh Batch (New Releases September 8th – 14th)

Posted by on 09/07/2013 • 17 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

Antigoddess Kendare Blake Series: Goddess War #1 Publication date: September 10th 2013 by Tor Teen

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Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved…