19 April 2012

Updates

Just wanted to give a heads up that there will be no Favorite Friday this week. Favorite Friday will be hit and miss until I get my computer back. Posting takes a LOT of time with my iPad, and I'd rather post more recent book reviews.

Also, I have several blog tours/hops coming up. And some cover reveals. So, stay tuned! :) I hope everyone has a great weekend!

18 April 2012

Waiting On Wednesday: Insurgent (Divergent #2)


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

Title: Insurgent (Divergent #2)
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 1st, 2012



Blurb from Goodreads:
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

Why Am I Waiting?
Well, if you've read DIVERGENT, then you know why I'm waiting. With so much left hanging at the end, I cannot wait to find out what's in store for Tris and those she cares about.

17 April 2012

The Lure of Shapinsay by Krista Holle

So, I just received a review copy of THE LURE OF SHAPINSAY by Krista Holle, and it sounds pretty amazing! I haven't had a chance to read it or review it yet (that'll come this summer). But, I do have the trailer and blurb for all of you to check out! When you're done watching the trailer, be sure to click on the author's button on the bottom, to check out the author's page, for some awesome loot! She's offering bookmarks and bookplates (pictured below), for just following her in a couple of places. Not so difficult, right?

 

Blurb From the Author:
Ever since Kait Swanney could remember, the old crones of the village have been warning her to stay away from the selkies. They claim that like sirens of old, the seal men creep from the inky waters, shed their skins, and entice women to their deaths beneath the North Sea. But avoiding an encounter becomes impossible when Kait is spotted at the water’s edge, moments after the murder of a half-selkie infant. 

Kait is woken unexpectedly by a beautiful selkie man seeking revenge. After she declares her innocence, the intruder darts into the night, but not before inadvertently bewitching her with an overpowering lure. 

She obsesses over a reunion deep beneath the bay and risks her own life to be reunited with her selkie. But when she lands the dangerous lover, the chaos that follows leaves Kait little time to wonder—is it love setting her on fire or has she simply been lured?

You can see some of the existing reviews on Goodreads.



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So, what do you guys think? Look like something you'll pick up?

16 April 2012

The Acropolis by R.K. Ryals




Title: The Acropolis
Author: R.K. Ryals
Publisher: Independant
Pub. Date: Marh 28, 2012
Purchase:
Amazon


"We have a new assignment for you, Mr. Reinhardt."

These words are not comforting to me. At eighteen, I am a gargoyle who has been demoted because I broke the rules. Now I have a new mission, a new mark to protect. But I don't expect Emma Chase. I don't expect to question my own race. I don't expect to care for my own mark. And I am not prepared for what I find at The Acropolis.
 
Never having read anything by Ms. Ryals before, I had NO idea what I was in for with this book! I hadn't read her previous two books in the Redemption Series, that takes place in the same universe, and features some of the same characters as ACROPOLIS. I remember being told that I would enjoy this book anyway, and it is so true!

The beginning sucked me in quickly with the introduction of both Conor and Emma. Two VERY opposite people who meet in extrememly crazy circumstances. They seem an unlikely pair at first, however, I could tell right away that, although they were so different, there was something about their personalities that would just go well together. Emma with her sweetness and loyalty (masked under intense fear) and Conor with that same loyalty but a little bit of "experience" that I felt could help Emma adjust to her new "life".

What I liked about the romantic aspect of this story, the most, is that even though Conor had to get over some of his previous prejudices just to accept WHAT Emma was, he actually becomes a much better gargoyle for it. And a better PERSON. He was already kind and a talented gargoyle but just opening up a little more made him even MORE so. And, in return, I think, knowing and caring for Conor, made Emma a stronger person. These two really did help to better each other.

I'm very much looking forward to the rest of this series and reading THE ACROPOLIS has inspired me to go out and get Ryals' Redemption Series, as well.

My Rating:

½

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