Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WoW #146: Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser


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Song of the Current by Sarah TolcserSong of the Current
by Sarah Tolcser
June 6, 2017
384 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Caroline Oresteia has always been destined for the river. Her father is a wherryman, as was her grandmother. All Caro needs is for the river god to whisper her name, and her fate is sealed. But at seventeen, Caro may be too late.

So when pirates burn ships and her father is arrested, Caro volunteers to transport a dangerous cargo in exchange for his release. Secretly, Caro hopes that by piloting her own wherry, the river god will finally speak her name.

But when the cargo becomes more than Caro expected, she finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies. With much more than her father’s life at stake, Caro must choose between the future she knows, and the one she never could have imagined.

This immersive fantasy debut set along the waterways of a magical world will entrance fans of Sabaa Tahir and Victoria Aveyard. Sarah Tolcser weaves an epic story of danger and destiny with enchanting world-building and captivating characters.

 
If you read that synopsis you know why I want to read it ;)

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Blog Tour - Q&A and Review: True North (True Born #2) by L.E. Sterling


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Hello everyone! I'm so happy today to share with you a little Q&A with author L.E. Sterling! She's the author of the True Born Trilogy which recently had its second book, True North, hit stores. Check out my review below and pick up a copy now! Thank you so much to Raincoast Books for the opportunity to be a part of this blog tour!


True North by L.E. SterlingTrue North
(True Born #2)
by L.E. Sterling
April 4, 2017
400 pages


Goodreads Summary:
Abandoned by her family in Plague-ridden Dominion City, eighteen-year-old Lucy Fox has no choice but to rely upon the kindness of the True Borns, a renegade group of genetically enhanced humans, to save her twin sister, Margot. But Nolan Storm, their mysterious leader, has his own agenda. When Storm backtracks on his promise to rescue Margot, Lucy takes her fate into her own hands and sets off for Russia with her True Born bodyguard and maybe-something-more, the lethal yet beautiful Jared Price. In Russia, there's been whispered rumors of Plague Cure.

While Lucy fights her magnetic attraction to Jared, anxious that his loyalty to Storm will hurt her chances of finding her sister, they quickly discover that not all is as it appears…and discovering the secrets contained in the Fox sisters' blood before they wind up dead is just the beginning.??

As they say in Dominion, sometimes it’s not you…it’s your DNA.
 
 
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Q: Your interest in biomedical engineering shows through in your True Born series. Did you fictionalize any of your research for the world building in your books in order to make the stories work?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Book Spotlight - Excerpt & Giveaway: The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence by Alyssa Palombo


Hi everyone! I'm here today to share with you a short excerpt of Alyssa Palombo's newest book, The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence, which will be released tomorrow! Go read the excerpt and enter for a chance to win a copy :)

 
The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence by Alyssa PalomboThe Most Beautiful Woman in Florence
by Alyssa Palombo
April 25, 2017
320 pages


Goodreads Summary:
A girl as beautiful as Simonetta Cattaneo never wants for marriage proposals in 15th Century Italy, but she jumps at the chance to marry Marco Vespucci. Marco is young, handsome and well-educated. Not to mention he is one of the powerful Medici family’s favored circle.

Even before her marriage with Marco is set, Simonetta is swept up into Lorenzo and Giuliano de’ Medici’s glittering circle of politicians, poets, artists, and philosophers. The men of Florence—most notably the rakish Giuliano de’ Medici—become enthralled with her beauty. That she is educated and an ardent reader of poetry makes her more desirable and fashionable still. But it is her acquaintance with a young painter, Sandro Botticelli, which strikes her heart most. Botticelli immediately invites Simonetta, newly proclaimed the most beautiful woman in Florence, to pose for him. As Simonetta learns to navigate her marriage, her place in Florentine society, and the politics of beauty and desire, she and Botticelli develop a passionate intimacy, one that leads to her immortalization in his masterpiece, The Birth of Venus.

Alyssa Palombo’s The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence vividly captures the dangerous allure of the artist and muse bond with candor and unforgettable passion.

 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #141

 
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So I had a super lucky week and won a bunch of books. First, thank you to Jess @ a GREAT read for Hunted! Thank you to author Katie Bayerl and Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl for A Psalm for Lost Girls. And last but not least a huge thank you to Tina @ IndigoTeen for the stack of pretties!

Ripple's lucky haul~  Pickles's jackpot haul!

What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, April 21, 2017

Review: Defy the Stars (Defy the Stars #1) by Claudia Gray


Defy the Stars by Claudia GrayDefy the Stars
(Defy the Stars #1)
by Claudia Gray
April 4, 2017
512 pages


Goodreads Summary:
She’s a soldier.

Noemi Vidal is a seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She’s willing to risk anything—including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel.

He’s a machine.

Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that’s begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination.

Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they’re not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they’re forced to question everything they’d been taught was true.
 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

WoW #145: The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone



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The Unlikelies by Carrie FirestoneThe Unlikelies
by Carrie Firestone
June 6, 2017
336 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Five teens embark on a summer of vigilante good samaritanism in a novel that's part The Breakfast Club, part The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and utterly captivating.

Rising high school senior Sadie is bracing herself for a long, lonely, and boring summer. But things take an unexpected turn when she steps in to help rescue a baby in distress and a video of her good deed goes viral.

Suddenly internet-famous, Sadie's summer changes for the better when she's introduced to other "hometown heroes." These five very different teens form an unlikely alliance to secretly right local wrongs, but when they try to help a heroin-using friend, they get in over their heads and discover that there might be truth in the saying "no good deed goes unpunished." Can Sadie and her new friends make it through the summer with their friendships--and anonymity--intact?

This rich and thought-provoking novel takes on timely issues and timeless experiences with a winning combination of romance, humor, and wisdom.

 
I loved her debut so I'm totally in for this one. Doesn't hurt that the synopsis sounds really interesting!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Review: Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor


Strange the Dreamer by Laini TaylorStrange the Dreamer
(Strange the Dreamer #1)
by Laini Taylor
March 28, 2017
544 pages


Goodreads Summary:
A new epic fantasy by National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around— and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo's dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #140


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I received some more exciting bookmail from HBGCanada and Merit Press~ Thank you so much!

Ripple's sleepy haul...
 
Then I got some surprise bookmail from Thomas Allen & Son and Forge Books, many thanks <3

Pickles's surprise haul!

What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Review: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

 
Letters to the Lost by Brigid KemmererLetters to the Lost
by Brigid Kemmerer
April 4, 2017
400 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Juliet Young has always written letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither of them knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

WoW #144: Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey


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Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy AnsteySuitors and Sabotage
by Cindy Anstey
April 17, 2018
304 pages


Goodreads Summary:
Suitors and Sabotage is an engaging (pun intended) story of love, art, and secrets in which there are nefarious goings-on (as well as a mischievous dog, called Jasper).

Shy Imogene Chively, artist extraordinaire, has caught the interest of a young gentleman of whom her father approves. However, all does not go smoothly… or as planned when Ernest Steeple visits her at the family estate with his brother, Benjamin, by his side.

Ben has been gifted with easy charm but, unfortunately, not a natural ability to draw; it’s a rather significant deficit for a first year architectural apprentice… one that he has hidden from his mentor thus far. Imogene readily agrees to tutor Ben and with the collusion of his brother and her best friend, Emily, they do so in secret.

However, many complications arise as Imogene realizes that her heart is leaning away from Ernest and toward Ben. The situation takes a turn for the worse when Emily declares her love for Benjamin and they are made the brunt of nasty hoaxes and perilous accidents. But who is perpetrating these incidents and why?

Like Love, Lies and Spies and Duels & Deception, Suitors and Sabotage is a comedy of manners—a Regency Romp. It’s a story of ruins and romance, friendship and fear, and trouble and terror. Yes, it is a comedy. I can’t wait for you to read it!

 
I recently saw the author announce this newest book of hers and I'm so in! I love historical fiction/regency romance/comedy!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, April 10, 2017

Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

 
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Geekerella
by Ashley Poston
April 4, 2017
320 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #139


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I went on vacation and came back to some excellent bookmail~ I was very lucky to have won a copy of the Tesco Exclusive Hidden Cover of Caraval from @acraveforbooks on Twitter, thank you! Also many thanks to HBGCanada for Strange the Dreamer and Defy the Stars!!

Ripple's vacation haul!

Then I got some more goodies from Raincoast Books which I've been dying to read! Thank you so much <3
 
Pickles's lucky haul~

What did you add to your shelves this week?

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Blog Tour - Mystery YA List & Giveaway: First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy

 
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First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy
First We Were IV
by Alexandra Sirowy
July 25, 2017
448 pages


Goodreads Summary:
A group of friends start a secret society in this out-of-control thriller from the author of The Telling and The Creeping that examines the all-consuming love of lifelong friendship—and what someone is capable of when they’re afraid of losing it.

Izzie loves nothing more than her three best friends, Viv, Graham, and Harry, and the bond the four of them share. And she’s terrified of their friendship falling apart next year when they go off to college. To bind them together, she decides to create that will belong only to them, a special thing that they’ll always share between the four of them. And so they dream up the Order of IV, a secret society devoted to mischief that rights wrongs and pays back debts. At first, it works like a charm—but when the Order of IV’s escapades get recognition beyond their wildest expectations, other people start wanting in. And soon, what started as a game of friendship is spiraling into something dangerous and beyond their control—and before it’s over, they’ll pay the ultimate sacrifice.


I love a good mystery read although admittedly I haven't read all that many. I'm always afraid I'll be disappointed. I really should worry less and just pick them up! Today I've got a list of a few mystery books I've read and really enjoyed! If you're a mystery fan and haven't read these yet, I hope you give them a try!!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

WoW #143: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley


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Words in Deep Blue by Cath CrowleyWords in Deep Blue
by Cath Crowley
June 6, 2017
288 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.

Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

 
I actually haven't read anything by this author but this one sounds right up my alley :D

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, April 3, 2017

Cover Reveal - The Canary Club by Sherry D. Ficklin


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Hi everyone, I'm here today to share with you the cover reveal for The Canary Club by Sherry D. Ficklin. I really love her Stolen Empire books so I'm looking forward to reading her newest works!


The Canary Club
by Sherry D. Ficklin
October 16, 2017
325 pages


Goodreads Summary:
A dazzling story of star-crossed lovers, and the dangerous gangs who ruled the streets, set against the backdrop of gritty prohibition-era New York City.

Seventeen-year-old 'Bad Luck' Benny is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Recently released from jail, he's determined to care for his ailing sister and the rest of his struggling family. He'll do anything to make ends meet—even if that means taking a position with a notorious crime boss. Quickly in over his head, he finds himself falling for the one dame on earth he should stay away from, but his determination to save the wayward canary just might get them killed.

Masie, the daughter of a wealthy gangster, has the voice of an angel and gun smoke in her veins. Strong-willed but trapped in a life she never wanted, she dreams of flying free of the politics and manipulations of her dangerous father. Soon, she finds herself a pawn in her family's perilous game for control of the city. With a killer on her heels, she turns to the one person who just might be able to spring her from her gilded cage. But Masie is no angel, and her own dark secrets may come back to ruin them.

Two worlds collide in Gatsby-era New York, in a time of dazzling speakeasies and vicious shoot-outs, of gritty gangsters and iridescent ingénues, where not everything that sparkles is gold.


And here's the cover!
 

Review: Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell


Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell
Garden of Thorns
by Amber Mitchell
March 6, 2017
368 pages


Goodreads Summary:
After seven grueling years of captivity in the Garden—a burlesque troupe of slave girls—sixteen-year-old Rose finds an opportunity to escape during a performance for the emperor. But the hostage she randomly chose from the crowd to aid her isn’t one of the emperor’s men—not anymore. He’s the former heir to the throne, who is now leading a rebellion against it.

Rayce is a wanted man and dangerously charismatic, the worst person for Rose to get involved with, no matter what his smile promises. But he assumes Rose’s attempt to take him hostage is part of a plot to crush the rebellion, so he takes her as his hostage. Now Rose must prove where her loyalties lie, and she offers Rayce a deal—if he helps her rescue the other girls, she’ll tell him all the Garden’s secrets.

Except the one secret she’s kept for seven years that she’ll take to her grave if she must.

 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Stacking the Shelves# 138


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I won a preorder of Daughter of the Pirate King from Jamie @ booksandladders last year, thank you <3 I actually received this book about 3 weeks ago but didn't have time to take a picture before I went on vacation. It's such a beautiful book. I'm so excited to dive into it ;)

Pickles with Daughter of the Pirate King.

I was craving some contemporary romance books and HBGCanada has very graciously sent me these to read :D

Pickles and the Destination Love books <3

What did you add to your shelves this week?
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