Wednesday, August 20, 2014

W.O.W.: The Wondrous and the Wicked by Page Morgan

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
 
The Wondrous and the Wicked (The Dispossessed #3) 
  Author: Page Morgan
Expected Publication: April 14, 2015
By: Delacorte Press
 
The Wondrous and the Wicked (The Dispossessed, #3) 
For fans of Lauren Kate's Fallen series comes the exciting conclusion to the trilogy that includes The Beautiful and the Cursed and The Lovely and the Lost. The Waverly sisters must save themselves before all is lost.

Since the Waverlys arrived in Paris, the streets have grown more fearsome by the day. As Ingrid learns to master her lectrux gift, she must watch Axia's power grow strong enough to extend beyond her Underneath hive. By all indications, the fallen angel's Harvest is near-and the timing couldn't be worse.

Targeted by vengeful gargoyles, Gabby has been exiled to London for her own protection. Meanwhile, the gargoyle castes are in disarray, divided between those who want Luc to lead them and those who resent him and his fondness for humans. The Alliance is crumbling from the inside as well, its members turning against one another, and possibly against the Waverlys, too.

Axia has promised that the world will burn. And now, unable to trust the Alliance, separated from Luc, Gabby, and her twin, Grayson, Ingrid is left to face the demon uprising alone.
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21473811-the-wondrous-and-the-wicked?from_search=true

   

Pretty cover is PRETTY!
 I stumbled upon this series back in the spring (Click here to read my reviews of Books 1&2) and I am SO EXCITED for this one!

What are you waiting for this week? 

Audiobook Review: The Young World by Chris Weitz

The Young WorldAuthor: Chris Weitz
Narrated By: Jose Julian & Spencer Locke
Publication: July 29, 2014
By: Blackstone Audio/ Little Brown Books for Young Readers 
Amazon | Goodreads 
 
"Only teens have survived a mysterious catastrophe in the first YA novel from acclaimed film producer, director, and screenwriter Chris Weitz"

Welcome to New York, a city ruled by teens.

After a mysterious sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he s secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos. But when another tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure to the sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip to save humankind.

The tribe exchanges gunfire with enemy gangs, escapes cults and militias, braves the wilds of the subway and Central Park and discovers truths they could never have imagined."


*I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* 

I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about this book. There are parts that I enjoyed, namely Peter's character, but there is a lot that I didn't.

Audio: The narrators did a fairly decent job, although the male narrator tended to mumble at times, making it hard to know exactly what he was saying. (I'm glad I had a pb copy to defer to.)

Story: This reads more like a script or screenplay rather than a novel. Not a bad thing, just something that takes a little getting used to.

It had lots of diversity but wasn't so in your face that it screamed, LOOK AT ME BEING ALL DIVERSE AND STUFF! The alternating POV was interesting and I liked how both the optimistic and pessimistic sides of the situation were represented.

The characters were enjoyable to a point, but the actual dialogue was grating at times. Donna hits the mark with how 99.9% of teenage girls speak, but her use of the word "like" was like, soooo annoying. (See what I did there?)

And then there is Jefferson. I get that he is a teenage boy with raging hormones and whatnot, and I realize his lifespan is short, but how can you claim to love someone--HAVE loved them your whole life---and turn around and hookup with the first girl who bats her eyes at you? (Or in his case, takes her shirt off and kisses him.) Up until that point, I respected Jefferson, I LIKED how smart, how different he was from the other boys. And I understand he was hurt, but I felt like his choice reduced him to the stereotypical teenage boy which ticked me off. AND his declaration of feelings at the end felt completely unbelievable. Like, REALLY? The same holds true for the other person. 


I'm not sure this was the book for me, but I do think it was a pretty accurate depiction of what would happen if the world was left to teenagers. *cringes* 

THE YOUNG WORLD is book one in a trilogy.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Storm Siren by Mary Weber

Storm Siren (Storm Siren, #1)Series: Storm Siren #1
Author: Mary Weber
Publication: August 19, 2014
By: Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins
Amazon | Goodreads | The Book Depository
4.5 Stars!

“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”

In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?

Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.


 *I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

This cover is GORGEOUS and I spent a ridiculous amount of time staring at it after it showed up at my front door! 

If you follow this blog, my reviews or hang out with me on social media, then you know my oldest son, aka, "The Teenager" loves to read almost as much as I do. Almost. He's even done a few guest post/reviews here on the blog under threat of no ARCS ever again when I've asked nicely. 

The Teenager and me.
Object in photo the one with the glasses may appear taller in real life.

 
STORM SIREN review with Price - The Teenager. 

Describe STORM SIREN in five words
P: Well-written, fast-paced, witty.
J: I see what you did there. Okay, my five words are: You. Want. To. Read. This!

Favorite character and why:
P: Colin. I liked his humor. 
J: I would have totally been BFFs with Colin! But I'm going to go with Nym. She's a tough cookie with a good heart and the best of intentions.

Least favorite character and why: 
P: Adora. She was a jerk the entire book.
J: Adora. She creeped me out. 

One word that describes your feels about the ending:
P: Shock.
J: This ---> 



If you could possess any one of the elements, which one would you choose? 
P: Definitely the ability to control the weather like Nym. 
J: I would like to be able to block the elements. Snow storm? No thank you. BLOCKED.

What other books does STORM SIREN remind you of?
P: I can't think of any off the top of my head. A sign that it was original perhaps?
J: Leigh Bardugo's, GRISHA TRILOGY which happens to be my favorite fantasy series. 

Why should people read STORM SIREN?
P: Because it's a gripping story with a few crazy plot twists and a heck of a cliffhanger at the end. 
J: Because I said so! Oh wait. That only works on you, P. But seriously, people should read this book. It's beautifully written, masterfully crafted with a heart-wrenching romance and plot twists that keep you on your toes until the last page!

Brownies, cupcakes or pie?
P: Since Cremè Brûlée isn't an option, I'll take a Nutella S'more cupcake.
J: You had one job, Price. ;)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington

One Past MidnightAuthor: Jessica Shirvington
Publication: July 22, 2014
By: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Goodreads
3 Stars 

Name of overseas edition of Between The Lives.

Above all else, though I try not to think about it, I know which life I prefer. And every night when I Cinderella myself from one life to the next a very small, but definite, piece of me dies. The hardest part is that nothing about my situation has ever changed. There is no loophole.

Until now, that is...


For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she Shifts to her ′other′ life - a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she′s a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she′s considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other.

With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments which bring her dangerously close to the life she′s always wanted... But just what - and who - is she really risking?


Thank you Lizzie Mason Bloomsbury for this ARC!  

The colors in the finished cover are so pretty! I was really excited to read this, I'd heard LOTS of good things from people who snagged a copy at BEA, and the concept of living two lives and having to ultimately choose between them sounded really cool.

I was expecting a Sliding Doors type of story but that isn't really how this one played, not for me anyway. I had trouble connecting with Sabine in either of her lives and her relationship with Ethan felt kind of forced. However, I did like the idea of not taking life or the people in it for granted, and living each day to the fullest. And the twist at the end was pretty cool! 
  
Fans of Split Second, Just Like Fate, and Parallel will enjoy this one.



Monday, August 11, 2014

Forget Me by K.A. Harrington

Forget MeAuthor: K.A. Harrington
Publication: August 7, 2014
By: Putnam Juvenile
Amazon | Goodreads 
4 Stars

An edge-of-your seat psychological thriller with a romantic twist

On the three-month anniversary of her boyfriend Flynn’s death, Morgan uploads her only photo of him to FriendShare to get some closure—but she’s shocked when the facial recognition software suggests she tag him as "Evan Murphy." She’s never heard of Evan, but a quick search tells her that he lives in a nearby town and looks exactly like Flynn. Only this boy is very much alive.

Digging through layers of secrets and lies, Morgan is left questioning everything she thought she knew about her boyfriend, her town, and even her parents' involvement in this massive web of lies.


The tagline An edge-of-your seat psychological thriller with a romantic twist, is no joke!  

This was my first K.A. Harrington book and I only intended to peek at it, but once I started reading I couldn't put it down. The writing is clean, the mystery intriguing and the suspense kept me turning the page until I reached the end. Each time I thought I knew what was going on, another twist would pop up and leave me guessing again.

The romance, while not the main focus, developed in a way that was smart and relateable. And the doppelganger aspect was more than a little creepy but in the best way possible. 

FORGET ME is addictive, thrilling, romantic, and the BFFs made me smile! 




About K.A. Harrington 
Kim Harrington is the author of Clarity, Perception, The Dead and Buried, and Forget Me for teens and the Sleuth or Dare series for kids. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son. When not writing, she's most likely reading, watching one of her favorite TV shows, or fantasizing about her next vacation. Her first book, Clarity, received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly, was a 2012 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, sold to nine countries, and was optioned for television by Warner Brothers.




FORGET ME chat with Malissa from Reads All The Books!

First impression of FORGET ME?
Jen: The cover totally creeped me out, but in a good way. Dopplegangers fascinate me as well and I was really curious to see how this story played out.
  
Malissa: I didn’t get the creepy aspect, but I was totally drawn in. I needed to know why everything was so ghostly and what does this very prominent carousel have to do with anything. This is definitely a book I would pick up just because the cover caught my attention. 

What stood out to you while reading?  
Jen: I was pleasantly surprised at how engrossing this story was, and I had a difficult time putting it down because I NEEDED TO KNOW what was going on! The friendship between Morgan and Toni was a nice change from the girl drama stories I’ve read recently. 

Malissa: I was really taken by this book. I was totally on the edge of my seat the whole time because I just wanted to know what the heck was going on. Seriously, in most books I can feel out the plot and figure out what is going to happen before it does, but this...color me surprised and it was awesome!  Oh and Jen, I loved the girls relationship as well. It felt real, it’s how I remembered being in high school with my best friend.  We might get pulled in different directions (particularly when it came to buys) but we were always there for each other in the end.  I wish that were more BFF relationships like this one in books. 

Finn or Evan?
Malissa: Evan, absolutely Evan...but Finn, well Finn, I can totally see the draw.

Jen: Evan. 

Final thoughts.  
Malissa: You want to pick this up. FORGET ME is going to take you on one heck of a roller coaster ride (not meant to be puny), you’ll swoon (don’t get me started on boys on baseball teams), you will hold your breath, you will want to scream out in disbelief, and you will be hooked!  

Jen: FORGET ME is addictive, thrilling, romantic and the BFF’s made me smile!

Thanks, Malissa!


Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Man Plan by Tracy Anne Warren

The Man Plan (The Graysons, #2)
Series: The Graysons #2
Publication: August 5, 2014
By: Signet
3.75 Stars
Amazon | Goodreads

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Man on Earth comes a delicious new novel about a young woman’s dreams of finding grand romance and success in the big city—and her schemes to make both come true...

What’s a girl to do when the man she’s loved her entire life thinks of her as a little sister? Worse, her own big sister was the one who broke his heart years earlier. For Ivy Grayson, the chance to get him to see her in a different light comes when she receives an unexpected invitation to move into his luxury New York apartment building. Manhattan also just happens to be the perfect place to pursue her wish to become a successful artist. But how many dreams can one woman expect to come true?

Billionaire financier James Jordon has everything a man could want—except love. When Ivy’s family asks him to keep an eye on their “little girl” in the big city, he agrees. But the innocent girl he knew is now a dynamic woman who knows what she wants, and how to get it. He may have promised himself to keep things platonic, but ignoring the game of love isn’t an option. Especially when Ivy is so eager to play.


*I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

I think at some point in her life every girl has tried to win the love of a guy. I know I have. Luckily for me, once I met my husband I didn't have to try too hard because he won me over with cake. Seriously, he brought me an entire cake for St. Patrick's Day and I knew he was The One. 
 
Ivy Grayson has known that James Jordan was her The One since she was in diapers and she refuses to let their fifteen year age difference or the fact that he was jilted by her older sister on his wedding day sway her. Ivy is convinced that moving to New York under the guise of pursuing a career in art will also allow her the chance to convince James to fall in love with her and then they can live happily-ever-after!

But---things don't go according to Ivy's plan. James certainly notices Ivy is no longer a little girl, and he's definitely attracted to her, but he isn't so ready or willing to put aside the history he shares with the Grayson family. And then there's the age difference, which, if I'm being honest, felt a little weird at times. But not so weird that I couldn't enjoy the story. Ivy and James both experience growth by books' end and like any good romance, there is a happy ending.

I also enjoyed the writing which to me, read a lot like historical romance. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but there were a few times I found myself wondering if a typical twenty year old would have such a flowery vocabulary as Ivy. 

The sneak peek included made me curious for the next one in this series!





Thursday, August 7, 2014

Locked by Parker Witter

Looking for a great end-of-summer beach read?
Here you go...


LOCKED by Parker Witter

 Publication: August 19, 2014
By: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers/Poppy












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  • ISBN-13: 9780316366496
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  • Format: Electronic Book
  • Price: $1.99 US/$1.99 CAN
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    It had always been the three of us, and then it was the two of us-Ed and August. There was not, nor had there ever been a chance of a Noah and August. And that was fine. Because the truth was I had known Noah forever but I still had no idea who he really was. Especially not now. 

    In this sizzling novella, one girl must choose between loyalty and love. 

    August had the two best guy friends a girl could ask for in Noah and Ed. Then Ed confessed he felt more for her - and their new relationship changed everything. She had hoped it would be Noah that she'd end up with someday, but it's clearer than ever that Noah's just not interested in being a one-girl guy. 

    When the small seaplane the three of them are on crashes, August finds herself injured and marooned on an island with ... Noah. Unsure of what's become of Ed, August and Noah do their best to not lose hope as they fight to survive on an island that is not as deserted as they first believed. But fighting the elements - and their attraction to each other - becomes a losing battle. 

    Soon, a secret from Noah's past that could bind them to the island forever is revealed, and August must choose between giving into her feelings for him, or struggling to make it back home.

    My Thoughts:
    I thought I would just read a few pages before bed but this little story sucked me in and I couldn't stop reading it until I finished. AT 1:30 IN THE MORNING BECAUSE WHO NEEDS SLEEP ANYWAY RIGHT?! 

    If LOCKED were a T.V. show it would be my new guilty pleasure. It's got a little something for everyone, magic, mystery, fun, and FEELINGS and OH MY ISLAND, I NEED MORE AUGUST, NOAH AND ED IN MY LIFE!