Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is

Summary (by Goodreads)

For fans of Simone Elkeles and Courtney Summers, this haunting debut novel is about two teenagers battling their inner demons as they fall in love for the first time.

When Marion Taylor, the shy bookworm, meets sexy soccer captain Kurt Medford at a party, what seems like a sure thing quickly turns into a total mess. One moment they’re alone in the middle of a lake, igniting sparks of electricity. The next, they’re on dry land, pretending they’ve never met. But rather than the end, that night is the beginning of something real, terrifying, and completely unforgettable for them both.

As Marion and Kurt struggle to build a relationship from the fractured pieces of their pasts, every kiss they share uncovers memories both would rather keep buried. Marion desperately wants to trust Kurt and share the one secret she’s never told anyone—but some truths aren’t meant to be spoken out loud. Kurt is also still haunted by his mother’s death, by the people he hurt, and by the mistakes he can never take back.

Explosive together and hollow apart, Marion and Kurt seem totally wrong for each other—but could they turn out to be more right than they ever thought possible?

Ahhh....teen angst for Christmas...All We Left behind came out at the beginning of the month and should be at your neighborhood bookstore now.  
- Christinabean

Friday, December 18, 2015

Follow Friday


Friday Follow is a blog hop that was started by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  Each week a different question is posted by our hosts and we will answer!  This is a great opportunity for bloggers to network and interact. 
This week’s question –

If you could write a book what would it be about? – Suggested by Go Book Yourself.
I think my book would be a messed up romance.  Passionate, romantic, tragic with perhaps a bit of horror (ie maiming of bad characters).  And of course I would draw from personal experience and change one or two letters in the names as to create a purely fictional piece.  :)
- Christinabean
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is


Summary (by Goodreads)

Years before, a gateway opened between their world and ours. Sending one young woman through may be the key to survival for the kingdom of Fourline.

Strapped for cash, college student Natalie Barns agrees to take a job at a costume shop. Sure, Estos—her classmate who works in the shop—is a little odd, but Nat needs the money for her tuition.

Then she stumbles through the mysterious door behind the shop—and her entire universe transforms.

Discovering there’s far more to Estos than she ever imagined, Nat gets swept up in an adventure to save his homeland, an incredible world filled with decaying magic, deadly creatures, and a noble resistance of exiled warriors battling dark forces. As she struggles with her role in an epic conflict and wrestles with her growing affection for a young rebel, Soris, Nat quickly learns that nothing may go as planned…and her biggest challenge may be surviving long enough to make it home.

This title came out on December 1st but it sounded VERY interesting...a little bit like a wardrobe leading to a different world perhaps?
- Christinabean


Monday, December 14, 2015

Stacking the Shelves


Stacking the Shelves allows us to share the books we have added to our collections - physical, virtual, borrowed, bought or received


This week I got: 

Well, OK. I didn't get anything.  I have been eyeing a few different titles but I have about 4 or 5 books on the go right now and I can't seem to finish ANY of them.  So I didn't feel like I should be adding more to my TBR pile.  Besides, it is the end of the year and I don't think I've reached my 2015 reading goal...so I'd better finish these titles up.  How about you? Are there books that you want to finish before 2015 is over?
- Christinabean

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Angels Twice Descending by Cassandra Clare


Published: November 2015
Publisher: Margaret K Elderry
Pages: 40
Copy Provided by: Bought
Summary: By Goodreads

Summary: 
Simon’s journey to become a Shadowhunter nears its end as his Ascension ceremony draws closer. One of ten adventures in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.

Simon’s Ascension ceremony draws near in this brilliant conclusion toTales from the Shadowhunter Academy.

This standalone e-only short story follows the adventures of Simon Lewis, star of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments, as he trains to become a Shadowhunter. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy features characters from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, and the upcoming Dark Artifices and Last Hours series.Angels Twice Descending is written by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman.

Review:
Angels twice descending is the last book in the Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy series.  I had not read the summary so I wasn't expecting the ending of the story.  It was a little bit intense for me.  Entirely worthwhile though and very fitting.  Does Simon get his "wings" so to say? Oh wait a minute....and if he does, is he able to take a rune to the skin?  Hmmm...all things to think about eh?  I really enjoyed this series.  Simon is such a key character in the Shadowhunter world while not having any real abilities but he has all of the characteristics of a great hero.  He is loyal and kind and always seems to do the right thing.  In my mind, this series has elevated his status (OK, so he is heroics in Book #6 were pretty awesome as well).  Sure he is still geeky but now he is cool and geeky.

- Christinabean

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is


Summary (by Goodreads)

Rebels, royals, and monsters wage war over the Mytican throne in the shocking fourth book of the Falling Kingdoms series, from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes.

CLEO: Reeling after a bloody showdown in Limeros ending with Amara’s abduction of the water crystal, and a vacancy in the Mytican throne, Princess Cleo must cast aside her feelings and look toward her kingdom with the eyes of a Queen.

MAGNUS: With the kingdom in chaos, Princess Lucia still missing and quite possibly in danger, and a shocking realization about Cleo, the steely prince is once again torn between love and duty, leaving him wondering whether he’s strong enough to rule his people.

LUCIA: The young sorcercess has had her vengeance after the cruel death of her first and only love. Heartbroken and unable to trust anyone, she allies with the awoken Fire god, who also seeks revenge.

JONAS: After escaping death by the skin of his teeth, the defeated rebel—along with a mysterious stranger–leader reunites with Princess Cleo, only to find himself a mere pawn in a dangerous hunt for the elusive Kindred.

KING GAIUS: Abandoned by Melenia and betrayed by his own children, Gaius flees Mytica and sails to Kraeshia, where he attempts to ally with the famously brutal emperor across the Silver Sea.

I LOVED this series. In fact, I waited until books 2 and 3 had come out before I started reading it so that I could read them consecutively and remember the entire story.  Can't WAIT for this one to come out!!
- Christinabean

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Need by Joelle Charbonneau


Published: November 2015
Pages: 352
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers 
Copy Provided by: Netgalley
Summary: Goodreads

Summary:

"No one gets something for nothing. We all should know better."

Teenagers at Wisconsin's Nottawa High School are drawn deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every need . . . regardless of the consequences. Soon the site turns sinister, with simple pranks escalating to malicious crimes. The body count rises. In this chilling YA thriller, the author of the best-selling Testing trilogy examines not only the dark side of social media, but the dark side of human nature.

Review:
OK. So I really liked the idea of this title.  I personally feel like social networking has taken on a life of its own where nothing is private and no one understands the word anymore.  So in this title, social networking REALLY DOES take on a life of its own.  You are "recruited" to do things in return for a "need" which is often a "want" in disguise.  It is interesting to see the consequences of your actions even if they seem to minor.  This book highlights the domino effect of not being aware of your actions and the results of your actions or inactions.  In some ways it is scary how the idea of a responsible citizen no longer exists in society.  How we are so caught up in our own individuality that sometimes, we don't stop to help someone else up.  

I had problems reading this title all the way through.  It took me a long time because I kept putting it down and picking it up.  The characters were not very memorable but I did want to find out what the heck was going on and who could possibly think up such a complicated system to implicate others in such a murderous plot.  For me, the plot was so built up that the ending didn't feel very satisfying for me and I felt like I needed more explained.  This title had potential but fizzled out by the end.  I hate giving reviews where I am left deflated by the end of the story but that was what this was.  Sorry Joelle, it had potential but i needed more of an explosive ending and conclusion. - Christinabean

A little aside from Curlypow: -  I am really interested to hear how Christinabean liked this book, because in the end I dnf'd it.   I just couldn't stick with the story and kept picking up other books instead of it and I think that's because I'm of a slightly older generation and I just don't see the attraction to all of the social media and games.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Stacking the Shelves


Stacking the Shelves allows us to share the books we have added to our collections - physical, virtual, borrowed, bought or received


This week I got: 

Summary (by Goodreads)

Three students: dead.
Carly Johnson: vanished without a trace. 


Two decades have passed since an inferno swept through Elmbridge High, claiming the lives of three teenagers and causing one student, Carly Johnson, to disappear. The main suspect: Kaitlyn, "the girl of nowhere." 

Kaitlyn's diary, discovered in the ruins of Elmbridge High, reveals the thoughts of a disturbed mind. Its charred pages tell a sinister version of events that took place that tragic night, and the girl of nowhere is caught in the center of it all. But many claim Kaitlyn doesn't exist, and in a way, she doesn't - because she is the alter ego of Carly Johnson. 

Carly gets the day. Kaitlyn has the night. It's during the night that a mystery surrounding the Dead House unravels and a dark, twisted magic ruins the lives of each student that dares touch it. 

Debut author Dawn Kurtagich masterfully weaves together a thrilling and terrifying story using psychiatric reports, witness testimonials, video footage, and the discovered diary - and as the mystery grows, the horrifying truth about what happened that night unfolds.

More creepy stories right before Christmas....mwhahahahaha....better than freaking myself out by watching  Krampus in the theatres....
- Christinabean
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