Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #60!!

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted at Breaking The Spine  that spotlights those can't-wait-to-get-my-hands-on-them books that we are eagerly awaiting!

And what book am I biting my nails awaiting release day for this week? The Body Electric by Beth Revis!!

Goodreads Summary:

"The future world is at peace.

Ella Shepherd has dedicated her life to using her unique gift—the ability to enter people’s dreams and memories using technology developed by her mother—to help others relive their happy memories.

But not all is at it seems.

Ella starts seeing impossible things—images of her dead father, warnings of who she cannot trust. Her government recruits her to spy on a rebel group, using her ability to experience—and influence—the memories of traitors. But the leader of the rebels claims they used to be in love—even though Ella’s never met him before in her life. Which can only mean one thing…

Someone’s altered her memory.

Ella’s gift is enough to overthrow a corrupt government or crush a growing rebel group. She is the key to stopping a war she didn’t even know was happening. But if someone else has been inside Ella’s head, she cannot trust her own memories, thoughts, or feelings.

So who can she trust?"

Why am I eagerly awaiting The Body Electric? Well, it is a companion novel to the Across The Universe series, taking place on Earth and according to Beth Revis herself is full of amazing geeky references, so what's not to love!?!?

 What are you all (im)patiently awaiting this week?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sharing the Cover: The Wondrous & The Wicked by Page Morgan!!!

Well guys, today Page Morgan has officially shared the cover for the third and last book in her Dispossessed series!!

It had been UNofficially floating around the interwebs, but today we can finally oooohhhh and aaaaahhhh at it!

I was super excited when I saw the cover, because all the covers in this series are absolute stunners, but I think this one might just be the most gorgeous of them all!!

Feast your eyes guys!!

The Wondrous & The Wicked by Page Morgan

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.

And the best news for fans of the trilogy like me? The release date is April 14th 2015!! Not in May or June like the previous two books! Less waiting time FTW!!

Now guys, excuse me while I go check if I already have this one preorder and if I don't, to correct that and preorder right NOW!!


Tell Me Tuesdays #12!!

Tell Me Tuesdays is a meme/feature created by the awesome ladies of Please Feed The Bookworm and La La In The Library where we can share how we choose the book we are currently reading from our TBR pile!

I'm always curious about that, cause as much as I tend to make myself a rough schedule for books to read and the like, I'm quite a mood reader and sometimes I just HAVE to ignore my schedule and read something else!

 Polaris by Mindee Arnett

"Following the events of Avalon, Jeth Seagrave and his crew are on the run. Jeth is desperate to find the resources and funding he needs to rescue his mother from an ITA’s research lab and leave this whole galaxy behind for a new life somewhere else. But the ITA is just as desperate, and soon Jeth finds himself pursued by a mysterious figure hell-bent on capturing Jeth and his crew—dead or alive. In a last-ditch effort to save everyone he holds dear, Jeth enters into a bargain with the last person he ever thought he'd see again: Dax Shepherd, the galaxy’s newest and most fearsome crime lord. And he’s not the only one: upon arriving back at Peltraz spaceport for the first time since he witnessed the death of his old employer, Jeth discovers Dax has a new partner: Jeth’s mother, Marian.

This shocking turn of events is only the first in another breathless, action-packed sci-fi adventure rife with danger, love, and betrayal, as Jeth has to once again ask himself how much he’s willing to invest in a morally bankrupt galaxy in the hopes of saving those he cares for."

 Winterspell by Claire Legrand

"Darkly romantic and entirely enchanting, this reimagining of The Nutcracker from Claire Legrand brims with magic, love, and intrigue. New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer (Cinder) says “this is not your grandmother’s Nutcracker tale.”

After her mother is brutally murdered, seventeen-year-old Clara Stole is determined to find out what happened to her. Her father, a powerful man with little integrity, is a notorious New York City gang lord in the syndicate-turned-empire called Concordia. And he isn’t much help.

But there is something even darker than Concordia’s corruption brewing under the surface of the city, something full of vengeance and magic, like the stories Clara’s godfather used to tell her when she was a little girl. Then her father is abducted and her little sister’s life is threatened, and Clara accidentally frees Nicholas from a statue that has been his prison for years. Nicholas is the rightful prince of Cane, a wintry kingdom that exists beyond the city Clara has known her whole life.

When Nicholas and Clara journey together to Cane to retrieve her father, Clara encounters Anise, the queen of the faeries, who has ousted the royal family in favor of her own totalitarian, anti-human regime. Clara finds that this new world is not as foreign as she feared, but time is running out for her family, and there is only so much magic can do..."

These two are ARCs, and both of them I'm reading more as me reads than actually because I must. Winterspell is a September release, so this one is also working on the review pile, but Polaris... well, Polaris is a total "I want to read it now and I don't care if it's a 2015 release" case. I won the ARC on a giveaway that the author did on her blog and I'm just so happy to have it in my hands! Thank you Mindee!

So what are you all guys reading and how and why did you decide to pick up that book? Shiny new ARC? Comfort read? Scheduled for review? Must have new release? Tell me!!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Mark This Book Monday: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas!!!!

Hello everyone!!

A new week is starting and with it comes a new Mark This Book Monday entry! This book has been yet another leaving me with a mad book hangover and I was thoroughly tempted to re-read it as soon as I was done with it!

As it is a sequel, book 3 to be precise in an on-going series, I'm gonna be counting it towards my September is for Sequels challenge, even if it wasn't in the original goal pile!

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This has been my most awaited sequel of the year, not final book, no debut but as sequel in an ongoing series? This WAS IT! So much that waiting for my preorder to arrive and take its sweet old time has been torture! Given the ending of the previous book even more!

Now, I had avoided most reviews before reading this book, trying not only to avoid spoilers but also because I wanted to experience the book with as little information as possible and I think I skimmed-read a few reviews, and only read Kim's at Midnight Garden, which was vague enough to make me want to read the book even more with very little concrete info, exactly what I wanted.

My review won't be as vague and although it won't contain any spoilers per se, if you want to experience the book as I did, maybe just stop reading. Just know that this is a brilliant book, and amazing sequel and one book that I wanted to be longer the more I read!

Celaena is really broken in pieces at the beginning of this book, and who would blame her, after everything that happened in Crown of Midnight. But the worst thing is that Celaena is depressed, is hiding and is trying to ignore everything that is breaking her into even more tiny pieces from the inside out. She hates herself, is scared of her own nature and cannot find the will or strenght to piece herself together and do what must be done.

But this book is not only about Celaena and Adarlan, this book expands the world in such a fantastic way. We're introduced to new characters and new regions and we dig deeper into the power of Adarlan's king and all his schemes and his long play for power. We find answers to many questions about magic and its absence, Celaena's past and powers, and once again we also get quite a few more questions thrown at us.

Rowan, Manon and Aedion are the main new characters we are introducted to for the first time proper in this book, and for two of them the connection with Celaena is very clear, one in the past and one in the present, but for the third one it's quite not so clear and I'm extremely curious to see how the connections will develop in the upcoming books.

We get quite a few different POVs in this book and it quite says something about the talent of Sarah J Maas that I never felt bored with any of them, not from well known and loved characters as Celaena, Chaol (!!) or Dorian, but also the ones from Aedion, Rowan or Manon. To be perfectly honest, from all the new characters, Manon's POV chapters were my favourite, even if they seemed the most disconnected from the overall plot so far. That actually made me even more intrigued to see how Manon and her Thirteen will come across Celaena and/or the rest of the characters.

Rowan is a Fae warrior, bound to Maeve and sent to get Celaena and train her. He doesn't like her at all, judging her by appearances, but he ends up being not only a tough teacher but a true friend that helps Celaena start the process of healing and learning to accept herself as a half Fae & half human, and in the process he also undergoes quite a few changes. Their banter and interactions were quite fantastic, and the way they became real allies and friends was done great and was tough but great to read. As fascinating as I found him as a character from the very beginning, it really took me a while to warm up to Rowan, but that's very much fitting with his Ice Prince & Fae Warrior extraordinare persona.

Aedion is Aelin's cousin and his assigned protector, but after the conquest of Terrasen, he's now part of the King of Adarlan's army and moreover, a celebrated general. He is the one that interacts the most with Chaol and Dorian and as with Rowan, it took me a while to warm up to him, even if I found him a fascinating character. His flashbacks of memory and the one's that Celaena as Aelin had were fantastic to read, even more for me that I tend to want to know everything!

And then we reach Manon... oh how I loved reading Manon's POV! I didn't think I would at first, cause after reading the first introduction to Manon, I wasn't very keen on her as a character but then... I simply fell in love with her, the Ironteeth Witches, her Thirteen and Abraxos! Even if we are left without knowing what exactly the part they'll play in the bigger game, I just loved learning more about them and the path that Manon starts by picking her wyvern.

Chaol and Dorian don't seem to be as central to the story now that they're apart from Celaena, except that they still are. They're at Adarlan, closest to the king and in the most direct of dangers. Chaol is still fighting between honour, loyalty and doing what's right. Fighting with the revelations he isn't really facing, and quite a broken man because of his choices and his will of iron in trying to keep his word. Dorian... Dorian has grown so much as a character in this book, he won't simply hide or back down and he keeps on trying to find a way to do what's right, for his kingdom, his people and Celaena.

The ending of this book was not as heartbreaking for me as the one for Crown of Midnight, but that doesn't mean that reading the final chapters was not hard as hell and had me bitting my nails, scared to see what would happen! And yeah, the ending is cruel and awesome and I need book 4 like NOW!!

P.S.: For those like me who are animal lovers, rest assured Sarah J Maas keeps on being awesome and Fleetfoot is safe and sound!

Amazing book, this series keeps on getting better and better with each book! Very much deserved 5 stars and some more!!

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Saturday Pages: ARC Review of As Long As You Love Me by Ann Aguirre!!

Hello everyone & happy Saturday!

This week I'm back to having Saturday Pages around and it's all about another ARC review. I got approved for this one via NetGalley and I have to give a big shout out and thank you to Harlequin and all its imprints cause they always approve my requests! Thank you for the vote of confidence!

As an ARC it also counts towards my 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge and will hopefully help eventually reach the 80% ratio on NG!!

As Long As You Love MeAs Long As You Love Me by Ann Aguirre

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

NA is not exactly a genre I have ever felt very drawn to and as such I haven't really read much of it, but I can safely say now that I love the kind of NA that Ann Aguirre writes!

As Long As You Love Me is the second installment on her 2B trilogy and I really enjoyed this one too, I'm not sure if I can say if I liked this one more than I Want It That Way but I know it hit me in the feels more closely to home than the previous one, and made me cry a whole lot more!

This one is all about Lauren, Nadia's best friend and roommate that decides to give up on university and run back home. We barely got to know Lauren through Nadia's story, and all because Lauren was already steeling herself to leave. The book starts with Lauren returning to Sharon, to live with her mom again and to deal with all the gossip surrounding her return.

By returning to Sharon, Lauren has to face all her bad choices in university, has to face all kinds of gossip and has to return to a home life that was less than ideal when she left. She stumbles onto Nadia's brother, Rob, who was her crush since she can remember having a crush and who has always treated her like a second sister.

They start hanging out as friends at first, even if Lauren is well aware that she's never got over the crush, and little by little they find themselves unable to deny the attraction and the connection between them.

As with IWITW, the main couple is made up of two individuals with their own diffent issues. Lauren has become an expert of hiding who she is and what issues she has and Rob has spent his whole life being relegated to be considered nothing but a hot guy with no brains. They both work as the foundations of self discovery of each other, but they also need to learn to stand on their own feet alone before getting into a healthy relationship. And that's one hell of an important message here, even if it can lead to some momentary heartbreak.

Great characters, realistic and believeable relationships with the focus not only on the main couple, but also family dynamics, friends, ex's, and the sometimes oppresive for some and comforting for others, feeling of a small town.

I connected so much with Lauren and Rob and loved their relationship, how they supported each other and how they made a great team. I loved how Lauren was so supportive of Rob, his hobby and his worth, even to the point of confronting those who are supposedly closer to him. Despite all her issues, Lauren is not someone to stay back and let others push her into a shape that is not her, and she takes charge of her life and makes sure that Rob does too.

I'm still not sure if New Adult is a genre that I will read a lot of, but I know for sure that I will be reading any and all the NA that Ann Aguirre writes and I'm already really looking forward to the third book in this trilogy! Well deserved 4 stars for this one!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Reads: ARC Review of In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis!!

Hello guys! Happy Friday!

This week Friday means the start of 7 days in a row of work, so not exactly as celebratory was when it's the herald of the weekend off, but I am finalizing all my details for my trip to the US next month, so there's always something good to look forward to!

For this week's Friday Reads I have the review of an ARC of a book that was one of my highly awaited ones, releasing this month and that I was very lucky to be approved for by Harper Teen on Edelweiss!

As an ARC it counts towards my 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge, and I think I'm still doing quite decently on this one!

In a Handful of Dust (Not a Drop to Drink, #2)In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I read Not A Drop To Drink last year I absolutely loved it, loved how gritty and plausible it was, and I loved the character growth of Lynn, the main character. So when I heard about In A Handful of Dust, the companion novel to that one, I was very excited to get to read it, and even more when I was approved for an eARC via Edelweiss!

In A Handful of Dust is a companion novel more than a sequel cause it takes place quite a few years after NADTD and although at first most of the characters are familiar to us, things quickly change when illness spreads through the community that they built and it seems like Lucy might be in danger. Lynn decides to go with Lucy and see if the rumours of desalinization plants in California are true.

The main story of the book is about Lynn and Lucy on the road, trying to stay safe in a world that's full of dangers from nature itself and even more from other survivors out there. In a tough world like the one we see here, a lot of those who are left are sticking to the survival of the most ruthless, something Lynn & Lucy have to keep in mind if they want to reach their destination safely.

Despite having Lynn in our story, this is mainly Lucy's story and this is why although I enjoyed the book, with appropriate moments when it made me cringe and fear for the human race, I never found myself really involved and engrossed in it the way I was with NADTD. I guess I never really connected with Lucy's voice the way I connected with Lynn. I'm not sure why it was, given that Lucy's perspective is a lil more similar to ours since she grew in a safe community protected from all the things she has to face on their journey.

I found Lynn to have grown into her older self very believably and very true to the Lynn we met, so she was the one that carried the book for me. It was great to see her shine as a survivor that won't back down and also learning to trust in the good intentions of some of the people she find in their journey.

The ending came as something slightly unexpected, Lynn really surprised me, even if as I think about it, the journey changed her a lot too, and her actions do make a lot of sense, even if it was unexpected if we think of the reason of the journey in the first place.

All in all, despite my lack of connection with Lucy, I managed to enjoy this one and feel like this is a very scary world that Mindy McGinnis has painted, even more when it is so plausible. 3.5 stars to this one.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

First Chapter, First Paragraph #10: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas!!

First Chapter, First Paragraph is one of the two memes that I will be alternating on Thursdays in place of my Ink & Batter posts during the summer, when I won't be baking due to the heat!

I discovered this meme via the ladies of My Shelf Confessions, and it is hosted on Tuesdays by Bibliophile by the Sea. But since I already have my blog tours posts and Tell Me Tuesdays, I thought that it'd work best on Thursdays for me!

The idea of this meme/feature is quite self-explanatory from its name, we share the first paragraph of the first chapter of our current read! Quite a good teaser for others to read and see if they'd be intrigued!

Finally, finally I'm getting to read Heir of Fire this week and in case there's someone that hasn't got to read the book and need a push on the right direction or someone that needs to be smacked for not having started the series yet... here it is!!

 Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

"Gods, it was boiling in this useless excuse for a kingdom."

What, do you want a bit more? Okay, okay...

"Or maybe it felt that way cause Celaena Sardothien had been lounging on the lip of the terra-cotta roof since midmorning, an arom flung over her eyes, slowly baking in the sun like the loaves of flatbread the city's poorest citizens left on their windowsills because they couldn't afford brick ovens."

What do you think? Would you want to know more?
What are you reading right now?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #59!!

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted at Breaking The Spine  that spotlights those can't-wait-to-get-my-hands-on-them books that we are eagerly awaiting!

Soooo, what book am I absolutely dying to get my hands on this week?? Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake!!

Goodreads Summary:

"Ares, God of War, is leading the other dying gods into battle. Which is just fine with Athena. She's ready to wage a war of her own, and she's never liked him anyway. If Athena is lucky, the winning gods will have their immortality restored. If not, at least she'll have killed the bloody lot of them, and she and Hermes can die in peace.

Cassandra Weaver is a weapon of fate. The girl who kills gods. But all she wants is for the god she loved and lost to return to life. If she can't have that, then the other gods will burn, starting with his murderer, Aphrodite.

The alliance between Cassandra and Athena is fragile. Cassandra suspects Athena lacks the will to truly kill her own family. And Athena fears that Cassandra's hate will get them ALL killed.

The war takes them across the globe, searching for lost gods, old enemies, and Achilles, the greatest warrior the world has ever seen. As the struggle escalates, Athena and Cassandra must find a way to work together. Because if they can't, fates far worse than death await.

Why am I eagerly awaiting Mortal Gods?? Well, I read and loved Antigoddess, the first book in this new series and the ending killed me! I cannot wait to see what comes next, and I'm even hoping I can get to attend a signing with Kendare Blake!!

What are you all (im)patiently awaiting this week?