Thursday, September 3, 2015

Book Review: The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl
Published By: Hardie Grant Egmont
Publication Date: September 4, 2014 (US release April 2016)
Page Count: 294
Buy it at Booktopia
Source: Purchased by reviewer
Audience: Young Adult - Contemporary

For some people the end of school can feel like the end of the world. And sometimes, it just might be the actual end of the world.

When the presenter of an obscure late-night TV show predicts that the world will end on New Year's Eve and only Eden Valley will be spared, a host of strange characters start appearing in town.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Book Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here

The Rest of Us Just Live Here 
By: Patrick Ness
Publication date: October 6, 2015
352 pages
Publisher: Walker Books
Source: ARC provided by publisher
Audience: YA Contemporary/fantasy

I had never read a Patrick Ness book before this one. I know: crazy, right? But when I got the opportunity to read this ARC, I was really excited. I get the feeling this is not his typical genre, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

Waiting On Wednesday: Hotel Ruby

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where she spotlights upcoming releases.

This week I am waiting on. . .

Hotel Ruby
By: Suzanne Young
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: November 3, 2015

When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief.

Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions—including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey’s pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn't have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel’s dark past.

The more Audrey learns about the new people she's met, the more her curiosity grows. She’s torn in different directions—the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and an in-between life in a place that is so much more than it seems…

Welcome to the Ruby.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Book Review: All Our Yesterdays

All Our Yesterdays
By: Cristin Terrill
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Release date: Sept. 3, 2013
Genre: YA science fiction
360 pages
Source: borrowed from the public library

What's a blogger to do when she has a review date to fill and no Advanced Reader Copy for the job? Hit the library, and cruise the award winners rack. That's where I found All Our Yesterdays, snuggled in among the Missouri Association of School Librarians' Gateway Award nominees.

This is Cristin Terrill's debut, and if this is a good measure of her skill, she has a long, prolific career ahead of her. All Our Yesterdays was original, well-paced, and had just enough twists to keep the reader's interest without becoming confusing.

Teaser Tuesday: A Madness So Discreet, Queen of Shadows, Giovanni's Room, All Our Yesterdays, & Supersymmetry

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

They all had their terrors, but at least the spiders that lived in the new girl's veins were imaginary. Grace had learned long ago that the true horrors of this world were other people.

~ A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis, Kindle Location 78 (ARC)

When blood and rain lay in puddles on the broken cobblestones, when Aelin stood in a field of fallen men, she began slicing. 

 Head after head tumbled away. 

 Then she leaned against the wall, waiting. Counting. 

They did not rise. 

 Aelin stalked from the alley, kicking shut the sewer grate, and vanished into the rainy night.

~ Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas, pg. 129

Monday, August 31, 2015

Book Review: Ash & Bramble

Ash & Bramble
Published By: HarperTeen
Publication Date: September 15, 2015
Page Count: 464
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss
Audience: Young Adult - Fantasy, Fairy Tale Inspired

I picked this one up expecting a light and fluffy Cinderella retelling, but what I got was so much better. Ash & Bramble is a darker reimagining of Cinderella and a slew of other fairy tales. Sarah Prineas has crafted a world in which everything you know about fairy tales is turned on its head. The Fairy Godmother isn't always the good one and The Witch isn't always evil. It took a little time for me to get used to this universe as it rebelled against the traditional format of some well beloved stories, but at the end, I was able to look back and see this as a beautiful work of art that required creativity and courage. Prineas makes these stories her own with nods to the originals.

Cover Crazy: The Martian

The purpose of Cover Crazy is to feature a cover each week for us to admire its beauty. I really like this idea since there are so many great covers out there! Cover Crazy is a feature that was started by The Book Worms.

Let's get this over first: Read this book BEFORE the movie comes out in early October. I do love this cover, but I'm writing it a full month before the movie so I can make sure as many of you read it beforehand, because, trust me, this is one where you want to read the book first.

The cover is so simple, but achieves a few things. It's almost all red and dusty, which is exactly how I imagine Mars to be so you know this is a reality-based, Mars martian, not a green skinned sci-fi monster. The positioning of the astronaut on the cover is slightly off center, hands up indicating he may not fully be in control of his movements. It seems desolate and helpless, which is exactly the vibe that fits the novel.

What do you think of this cover?

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Magic Lamp Sunday 8/30/15

We discovered this feature at Ya-Aholic, where it ran on Fridays. It sounded like a fun addition to our lineup, but fits better here on Sundays. It's based on the basic Magic Lamp = 3 wishes idea. Since there are so many of us, though, we're just taking one wish each per week. 

If we had a Magic Lamp, we'd wish:  

Paula: I wish I'd read All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill when it came out two years ago. It is excellent!

Aimee: I wish I knew more about physics. Inspired by Supersymmetry by David Walton. 

Nicole: I wish I had a Rowan Whitethorn. Inspired by Queen of Shadows by Sara J. Maas. 

Julie: I wish I could be an underground club DJ. Inspired by This Song Will Save Your Life by Lelia Sales.

Andrea: I wish that I had Pin's courage. Inspired by Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Book Review: Here We Lie

Here We Lie
By: Sophie McKenzie
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: September 10, 2015
Page Count: 416
Buy it at Bookworld
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via NetGalley
Audience: Adult - Mystery/Thriller

Emily is enjoying an Italian holiday with her fiance, Jed, and family when the unthinkable happens. Jed's teenage daughter Dee Dee is found dead. As the family return to London and try to put the pieces together, Emily gets a text stating it should have been her that died.

Spurred on by her ex-boyfriend Dan, a reporter, she starts to think that she was the intended target.  As she digs deeper into Jed's family members, the threats continue to build. Jed doesn't believe that the death is anything but an accident, and cracks start to develop in their relationship. Will she find the killer before the killer finds her?

What's Your Status? 8/29/15

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