Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Blurb from Goodreads:

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.
My Review:

Since the final book in the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout was released earlier this year, concluding the series, there is now no question in my mind that my favorite, current YA series is The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater.  I had serious hopes for book 3 of the series, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, and I can wholeheartedly say that all of my expectations and wants were met and exceeded.  No one writes like Maggie Stiefvater.  Seriously, no one else could have such a magnificent brain and be able to translate that into a compelling story that is humorous and terrifying and describes every little thing with the most perfect words you can imagine.  Because of the serious plot points in this book, I don't want to pass any spoilers along to those of you just getting the book today, on its release date.  However, I can say that this series and this book are so well written, so character driven, so unique and so beautiful, and that I can't wait for book 4, more than ever!!


I absolutely love this book -- maybe even more than The Raven Boys (my review) and The Dream Thieves (my review)!  Please read this series!!!
"Blue lay her cheek against a boulder covered with warm moss, trying to keep her thoughts even and pleasant.  The same ability that amplified clairvoyance also heightened Cabeswater's strange magic, and she didn't want to cause another earthquake or start a stampede. 
Instead, she began a conversation with the trees. 
She thought about birds singing-- thought or wished or longed or dreamt.  It was a thought turned on its side, a door left cracked in her mind.  She was getting better at telling when she was doing it right. 
A strange bird trilled high and off-key above her. 
She thought-wished-longed-dreamt of leaves rustling. 
Overhead, the trees shushed their leaves, forming vague, whispered words.  Avide audimus. 
She thought of a spring flower.  A lily, blue, like her name. 
A blue petal fell aimlessly into her hair.  Another dropped onto the back of her hand, slipping down her wrist like a kiss. 
Gansey's eyes opened as petals landed lightly on his cheeks.  As his lips parted, ever-wondering, a petal landed directly on his mouth.  Adam craned his head back to watch the floral, fragrant rain drift down around them, slow-motion butterflies of blue. 
Blue's heart exploded with furious joy."                         

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Swoon Thursday: I'll Be Here by Autumn Doughton


Swoon Thursday is a meme hosted by YABound.  

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.



Today I am spotlighting I'll Be Here by Autumn Doughton.  I just finished and absolutely loved this book; I highly recommend it for mature YA contemporary!  And now, on to the swoon:
Alex was a world.  He was an entire galaxy.  A universe of possibilities.  
I could write a ten page essay about his hands alone.  There was the way he talked with them-- rolling them in the air to describe something.  Or how he brought them to rest in his pockets when he was being particularly thoughtful.  Or the way he held a pencil so tight that he had a permanent callus on the middle finger of this right hand.   
I could describe in detail how his face lit up when he had a good idea and how his brow furrowed into three lines when he was confused.  Or the way he stood with his shoulders rounded slightly forward and his head cocked to one side when he was listening.  
These were the things I noticed about Alex.  In fact, I noticed everything about Alex.  Like that his left nostril was slightly larger than his right nostril.  And the way he ate a Kit Kat bar: chocolate first and then the layers of wafer separately.  
I could pick his one sneeze out of a room full of sneezers.  His voice talked to me in my dreams.  Low and soft with a touch of huskiness that made him sound a bit older than he was.  
Doesn't this make you want to read more?!  I am in love with Autumn Doughton's books after reading my second one in I'll Be Here, which you can purchase for only $0.99!  You can read more swoon from Autumn here!  Who are you swooning over this week? Link up your Swoon below!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Just Once More (Escape to New Zealand, Book 7) by Rosalind James

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating.

Today, I am waiting on:  
Just Once More (Escape to New Zealand, Book 7) by Rosalind James!!



What does true love look like once the honeymoon’s over?

Eight smoking-hot rugby players. Eight partners. Seventeen kids. Beaches and barbecues and beer, salt and sand and sea. Family and good mates and no worries. December in New Zealand.

One very pregnant, very tired Hannah Montgomery Callahan playing hostess to it all, doing her best and wondering if her best is good enough. And one legendary All Black captain willing to do whatever it takes to show her that when he promised to be there for her forever, he meant it.
The Escape to New Zealand series is my absolute favorite adult contemporary series!  I can't wait for more!!  Just Once More is scheduled for release in December and you can pre-order exclusively on amazon, starting October 15, 2014.

What books are you waiting on this Wednesday??

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Night Sky by Suzanne Brockmann and Melanie Brockmann


Please enter the giveaway below to win the first book in a new series by one of my favorite authors -- so excited she is venturing into YA/NA!!!!!!!!!!




Summary

Sixteen-year-old Skylar Reid is thrown into a strange world when she discovers that she has unique telekinetic and telepathic powers.  After Sasha, the child she babysits, is kidnapped and believed to be murdered, Sky and her best friend Calvin are approached by Dana, a mysterious girl who has super-abilities similar to Sky’s.  With the help of Dana and her sidekick Milo, the four teens embark on a quest to discover who killed Sasha, and to bring the killers to justice.
With Dana as Skylar’s surly and life-toughened mentor, Sky attempts to harness her powers to aid them in their quest. Complicating an already complex relationship with the older girl, Skystarts to fall for the dangerously handsome and enigmatic Milo – and begins to suspect that the attraction is mutual. But then Sky realizes that Sasha might still be alive, and the unlikely foursome’s mission becomes one of search and rescue, pitting the heroic teens against a very deadly enemy.

Excerpt

"Look what I can do look what I can do," the woman, who I nicknamed Little Miss Sunshine because of her fancy clothes, yanked a massive-looking gun out of her bag.
Everyone in the store hit the deck at the sight of the gun—everyone except Calvin and me. 
She pointed the barrel at my face.
A wave of deja vu washed over me. It was mixed with a hefty dose of panic and combined with at least a small degree of consolation that Calvin, as always, had my back. 
"Oh, hell no!" he barked. All the fear had vanished from his tone, and now he just sounded pissed. "You wanna mess with someone? You wanna put your gun in her face? You're gonna have to shoot me first!" 
And then, things got really weird. 
"Hey!" someone called form behind Little Miss Sunshine. It was a girl, older than me but probably only by a year or two. She'd appeared as if out of nowhere, but she must've come in through the front doors while my attention was on that gun. Dressed in full motorcycle garb—a red leather jacket and black steel-toed boots—she hollered again. "Hey, you!" 
Little Miss Sunshine whirled around. 
Motorcycle Girl charged froward and flicked the pistol out of crazy lady's hands as easily as if she was removing a piece of lint from a buddy's jacket. 
The gun spun a couple times before landing on the floor. Motorcycle Girl kicked it back into the air with her foot and caught it with one hand. She tucked it deftly into the back waistband of her pants and then slammed the crazy woman down onto the ground using the palm of one hand. I could have sworn Little Miss Sunshine took a nosedive before Motorcycle Chick even touched her, but then again, I'd been seeing all kinds of crazy things this week. 
"Whoa," Calvin said, while the crowd gasped again. 
Little Miss Sunshine landed, hard, and made a gurgling sound. She looked up once at me and pointed, still smiling that awful smile, before her face dropped to the ground. 
The room once again was silent. 
Motorcycle Chick turned, running a hand gruffly through her platinum-blond pixie cut as she looked at me and frowned, her eyes the color of icicles. 
Around us, the crowd began to move almost as one, with everyone rushing for the door. 
I was about to turn too—getting out of there seemed like a brilliant idea—when Motorcycle Girl spoke again. Her words stopped me. "Way to protect everyone here, Sky. What were you waiting for? A sign from God?" 
I looked at Cal—Cal looked at me. And I knew we were both thinking the same thing. 
How the hell does this girl know my name?
Goodreads Link


Buy Links

Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/BNNightSky

Biography

Suzanne Brockmann, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author, has won 2 RITA awards, numerous RT Reviewers’ Choice, and RWA’s #1 Favorite Book of the Year three years running. She has written over 50 books, and is widely recognized as a “superstar of romantic suspense” (USA Today). Suzanne and her daughter, Melanie Brockmann, have been creative partners, on and off, for many years. Their first project was an impromptu musical duet, when then-six-month-old Melanie surprised and delighted Suz by matching her pitch and singing back to her. Suzanne splits her time between Florida and Massachusetts while Mel lives in Sarasota, Florida. NIGHT SKY is Mel’s debut and Suzanne’s 55th book. Visit Suzanne at www.SuzanneBrockmann.com.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: I Was Here by Gayle Forman

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating.

Today, I am waiting on:  
I Was Here by Gayle Forman!!


From Goodreads:
When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question..
Gayle Forman just breaks my heart sometimes.  I absolutely loved her Just One Day series and this one sounds like a real tearjerker. I Was Here is scheduled for release on January 27, 2015 and you can pre-order here!!

What books are you waiting on this Wednesday??


THE TO-BE-READ TAG!



1.  How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
Ha, well . . . when I find I book I want to read (if it has been released or not released), I add it to my TBR list on Goodreads.  I also add it to my amazon wishlist.  Every day I check amazon for price drops and do a lot of my book purchasing based on those price drops (unless it is something I have pre-ordered).  As for day to day, I don't really have a dedicated TBR order or pile or list . . .
2.  Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?
My TBR is exclusively ebook.  I really do not read print books anymore, at all!
3.  How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?
I am exactly like Nereyda in this respect -- I read by my mood.  Am I in the mood for a certain book that I've already read or something like something I've already read -- or the weather/season might dictate what I read next, etc. etc.
4.  A book that’s been on your TBR list the longest?
 
I think this is the first book I added on Goodreads hahaha
5.  A book that you recently added to your TBR pile?
 
I saw Maggie Stiefvater reference it!!
6.  A book on your TBR that you NEVER plan on actually reading:
 
I know it will make me too sad!
7.  An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for:
 
Seriously counting the days!!!!!!!!!!!!!
8.  A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except you:
 
I know, I really need to read this
9.  A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you:
Same as above
10.  A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read:
 
I kind of love holiday stories and there are so many good authors in this one!!
11.  The number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf?
1141!!!!!!!!!
Now I Tag: 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Wicked (A Wicked Saga #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating.

Today, I am waiting on:  
Wicked (A Wicked Saga #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout!!




From Goodreads:
Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.
New Orleans, New Adult, Paranormal, and JLA?!  Um, basically you couldn't find a book that I would be more excited about than Wicked, which is scheduled for release on December 8, 2014 and you can pre-order here!!

What books are you waiting on this Wednesday??



THERE ARE ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY OF HOW I FALL BY ANNE ELIOT -- ONE OF MY FAVORITE READS OF THIS YEAR!!