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[Waiting on Wednesday] - #9

               Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

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     The Casual Vacancy is done by a rather good author, and a lot of you may know her. J.K. Rowling. I want to get my hands on this book and devour it's pages! It has so much potential and such a great author behind it. The only downfall of it right now is the debut into the adult book genre. We'll see though!

Author: J.K. Rowling
Date: September 27th, 2012

     When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

     Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty fa├žade is a town at war.

     Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils...Pagford is not what it first seems.

     And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

     The Casual Vacancy has all the power of a great author behind it, and I have extremely high hopes for this book. Coming from J.K. Rowling (creator of the Harry Potter series), this book just oozes with excellence. The synopsis of this book sounds amazing. A town that is completely split by war, a town that seems to struggle on every level, and no one seems to get along.

     I am wondering who the main character is in this book though. Is there one? There just doesn't seem to be any character information, who is involved in this series? We only have one name Barry Fairbrother, and I have to say that the last name is complete ridiculous. Maybe I was jumping the gun on this book, many there should be some doubts when placed on this book. I mean the Harry Potter series took off, and who knows maybe she had an "off" book and this is it. Who knows? But the lack of character information is rather bothersome.

[Flashback Friday] - #9

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Title:  Ashes
   Author: Ilsa J. Bick
   Release Date: September 6th, 2011

     It could happen tomorrow . . .

     An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions.

     Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP.

     For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it’s now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

My Stance:

     This week I have fallen behind, I apologize for that. I am in the process of trying to finish The Kill Order and get back on track of things, but I just haven't had the time. Anyways I know that Wednesday has gone and past, but I wanted to give you a look into a book that I've been dying to get my hands on, sorry for the pun.

     Ashes, is one of those books that has me a bit hyped up, there is so much potential in this book. In the process of reading The Kill Order there is a bit of similarity or sounds like there is. I hope that there is some government or group that caused the EMP. There would be a lot of drama and more questions to be answered if that was the case. Because right now it is just a simple question of what caused the EMP. I mean that's where the only starting point is, figure out what caused it and than who and why goes from there.

     Then there is this improvised family stuck in all this human / in-human things. I'm not sure if there is zombies, but this would be a good book to put them in. However, I don't want this to be a casual run-from-zombie book. I want the zombies to be feared, I want to feel afraid and shake while reading this book if that's the case. However, I get the feeling that won't be happening with this book. As well I hope that the improvised family knowingly fears the zombies, which will happen. I just want more out of the zombies or whatever it is out of this book than what will probably be there.

[Book Review] - Torn by Erica O'Rourke

Title: Torn
   Author: Erica O'Rourke
   Series: #1 - Torn Trilogy
   Format: Paperback
   Release Date: June 28th, 2011
   My Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

     Everyone has secrets.
     Even best friends.

     Mo Fitzgerald knows about secrets. But when she witnesses her best friend's murder, she discovers Verity was hiding things she never could have guessed. To find the answers she needs and the vengeance she craves, Mo—quiet, ordinary, unmagical Mo—will have to enter a world of raw magic and shifting alliances. And she'll have to choose between two very different, equally dangerous guys—protective, duty-bound Colin and brash, mysterious Luc. One wants to save her, one wants to claim her. Which would you choose?

My Review:

     Erica O'Rourke was one of the first authors I was surprised to find. I actually got the chance to see her and listen to some of her comments and answers to various questions a few weeks ago when I went to the Five Reasons to Read book signing in Naperville, IL. I will be completely honest, I have never heard of her, or the series before the book signing (yes I got the entire series signed), and the whole bit of not knowing what to expect or what the book even entailed was part of what made this book a work of art.

     There seems to be this start of a love triangle that starts in the beginning of the book between Mo, Luc, and Colin. I knew right away who I enjoyed and thought Mo would be best suited for, and I was rather happy that the book went that route rather than the Twilight route in not being able to decide and go with both. As well, I didn't care for how Luc conducted himself around Mo. There was some sort of superiority that surrounded Luc whenever he was around, like he was always better than her, and that she didn't need to know everything only his "protection."

     Then Colin, he was one that made her make her own choices and when it came time for the consequences he was there helping her with whatever she got into. At even if it was over his head, he made it apparent that he was willing to do anything. He's very chivalrous, and just the whole air around his character drew me toward him over Luc.

     The book focuses around New Orleans being a Magic centered city, and how these Magi need Mo's help in sealing and repairing the lines of magic. I enjoyed how this magic and the lives of everyday humans interacted. I will be frank, I wish that the two world collided a bit more, like bystanders finding out about Magi, or others who understood Magi but were "normal." Its not a bit hole but something I wish was more prevalent.

     How well the story seemed to draw me in, not only to the characters, but trying to put the pieces together to stay ahead of the plot. Staying ahead and guessing what happened, did not happen in this book. There was enough twisting to keep me on my toes and enough development that my attention didn't get muddled up or confused along the way. I enjoyed the first bit of this series, and I will pick it up after I get through another series.

[Stacking the Shelves] - #9

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your bookshelf, be it the physical one or your digital one!

      Well I took last week off, and many of you I am sure missed my lengthy Future Friday and the other Review I normally would do. I got sick and well the Flu claimed me for most of the weekend, and with great sadness I have to say that my reading habits have started to suffer as well. I am hoping to get back in the swing of things and caught up. Anyways here's the Monday inventory list of all the books that appeared over the last week.

Saving Francesca
The Piper’s Son
A Monster Calls
Such a Rush
Flesh & Bones

Mailbox Pickup:

   Author: Melina Marchetta
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: September 8th, 2004

     Francesca used to think her biggest problem was transferring to St. Sebastian's--a school only recently turned coed: "What a dream come true, right? Seven hundred and fifty boys and thirty girls? But the reality is that it's either like living in a fish bowl or like you don't exist."

     But now there's this matter of her usually vibrant and annoyingly optimistic mother Mia refusing to get up in the morning. Her taciturn father doesn't have much to say on the subject, her beloved little brother Luca is anxiously looking to her for answers, and her so-called friends from her old neighborhood seem to have abandoned her. So, Francesca keeps it all inside--her frustration with school (there aren't enough girl's bathrooms and no girl's sports teams); her fear making new friends (with the few girls who do go to St. Sebastian's); and her overwhelming hatred of the smug Will Trombal, who despite being completely infuriating, is also incredibly cute. Keeping this to herself when all she wants to do is spill it to her mother is killing Francesca, but with Mia trying to make herself well again, Francesca will have to figure out how to save herself.

     Here is an author that I love to read. There is something about her work that will pull you into a book without warning and will drag you under every one of their tribulations against your will. Melina Marchetta is a fantastic author of a remarkable caliber, she caught my eye in Jellicoe Road and I have most of her work on my shelf to get to. Her art in contemporary tragedies and even some romance makes her work that fantastic.

     So with Saving Francesca is a family tragedy that revolves around trying to save yourself. I honestly don't know what I expect out of this book, and frankly I've heard a lot of praise for this book. I picked up fairly cheaply, and believe me it wasn't the price I was looking at when I picked this up. Melina, I would pay almost any price for your books.

   Author: Melina Marchetta
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: March 8th, 2011

     The award-winning author of Finnikin of the Rock and Jellicoe Road pens a raw, compelling novel about a family’s hard-won healing on the other side of trauma.

     Award-winning author Melina Marchetta reopens the story of the group of friends from her acclaimed novel Saving Francesca - but five years have passed, and now it’s Thomas Mackee who needs saving. After his favorite uncle was blown to bits on his way to work in a foreign city, Tom watched his family implode. He quit school and turned his back on his music and everyone that mattered, including the girl he can’t forget. Shooting for oblivion, he’s hit rock bottom, forced to live with his single, pregnant aunt, work at the Union pub with his former friends, and reckon with his grieving, alcoholic father. Tom’s in no shape to mend what’s broken. But what if no one else is either? An unflinching look at family, forgiveness, and the fierce inner workings of love and friendship, The Piper’s Son redefines what it means to go home again.

     I don't need to explain anything here. It's Melina Marchetta with a follow up to Saving Francesca. I want to read the two and give my honest perspective on the pair. I can't imagine these two would be anything would but grand. Now I will be honest, I just got Saving Francesca and there is a series of books ahead of this on the timeline, but I will get around to these both ASAP. The Piper's Son, being a follow up, I am curious as to what happens in the first for the need of a follow up or why a follow up was done. Either way, I can't imagine why this book would do anything else except exceed what I am looking forward to.

   Author: Patrick Ness with Siobhan Dowd
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: March 24th, 2009

     The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

     But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming...

     This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

     It wants the truth.

     I read the inside of this book, in which Patrick Ness talks about Siobhan Dowd and why he wrote this book. It touched me, and I understand why he gave credit to her. There is so much heart and emotion in his note, and the reason behind picking up and finishing this novel. I am going to have to look at Siobhan sometime.

     When I first looked up this book it was on a book clubs read for the month, and I put it on my list for books to get later on. It wasn't until later where I had a few dollars to spare and just had to pick it up. As well after finishing The Knife of Never Letting Go, that solidified my faith in Patrick Ness's work. He's a grand author and with Siobhan's started work, there possibly couldn't be any downfall.

Title: Such a Rush
   Author: Jennifer Echols
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: July 10th, 2012

     A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.

     When I was fourteen, I made a decision. If I was doomed to live in a trailer park next to an airport, I could complain about the smell of the jet fuel like my mom, I could drink myself to death over the noise like everybody else, or I could learn to fly.

     Heaven Beach, South Carolina, is anything but, if you live at the low-rent end of town. All her life, Leah Jones has been the grown-up in her family, while her mother moves from boyfriend to boyfriend, letting any available money slip out of her hands. At school, they may diss Leah as trash, but she’s the one who negotiates with the landlord when the rent’s not paid. At fourteen, she’s the one who gets a job at the nearby airstrip.

     But there’s one way Leah can escape reality. Saving every penny she can, she begs quiet Mr. Hall, who runs an aerial banner-advertising business at the airstrip and also offers flight lessons, to take her up just once. Leaving the trailer park far beneath her and swooping out over the sea is a rush greater than anything she’s ever experienced, and when Mr. Hall offers to give her cut-rate flight lessons, she feels ready to touch the sky.

     By the time she’s a high school senior, Leah has become a good enough pilot that Mr. Hall offers her a job flying a banner plane. It seems like a dream come true . . . but turns out to be just as fleeting as any dream. Mr. Hall dies suddenly, leaving everything he owned in the hands of his teenage sons: golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson. And they’re determined to keep the banner planes flying.

     Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business—until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers—and the consequences could be deadly.

     Such a Rush was a hard pickup. I feel that I'm a bit old for this book, and it's out of my age-range. However, I did pick it up because it was on my list of "sounds interesting." I just hope that the book has a good series of romantic scenes and the relationship is at least halfway decent. As well, the book as my on edge; as many of you know who follow the books I do read, I hate...hate love triangles. I know it's a bit much to expect out of a book I haven't really looked into or started for that matter, but I don't have my hopes set high in this tale. There is just too much that has me on edge, and I just hope it doesn't ruin my involvement in this book.

   Author: Jonathan Maberry
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: September 11th, 2012

     Reeling from the tragic events of Dust & Decay, Benny Imura and his friends plunge deep into the zombie-infested wastelands of the great Rot & Ruin. Benny, Nix, Lilah and Chong journey through a fierce wilderness that was once America, searching for the jet they saw in the skies months ago. If that jet exists then humanity itself must have survived…somewhere. Finding it is their best hope for having a future and a life worth living.

     But the Ruin is far more dangerous than any of them can imagine. They are hunted by fierce animals escaped from zoos and circuses. They must raid zombie-infested towns for food and medical supplies. They discover the very real truth in the old saying: In the Rot & Ruin…everything wants to kill you.

     And what is happening to the zombies? Swarms of them are coming from the east, devouring everything in their paths. These zoms are different. Faster, smarter, infinitely more dangerous. Has the zombie plague mutated, or is there something far more sinister behind this new invasion of the living dead?

     In Flesh & Bone, Benny Imura, Nix Riley, Lou Chong and Lilah the Lost Girl are pitted against dangers greater than anything they've ever faced. To survive, each of them must rise to become the warriors Tom trained them to be.

     This is on my list, the whole series that is. I just need to get around to it, and this series is a lot of why my posting and my writing has suffered somewhat. I am looking to get back into the swing of reading like I used to. I enjoy it, don't get me wrong. I just haven't had the time like I would love to, and read the lot of books that are sitting on my shelf just begging to be opened.

     The Benny Imura series just sounds great, the whole zombie feel and how each of the people trained must grow up and become more in essence. I want to get into this riveting series, and my eagerness may be my downfall in this series, it just sounds so fantastic that my worries for this series is almost non-existent. I hope for the sake of this book and the review to come (sometime) that's not that case.

[Flashback Friday] - #8

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   Author: Rae Carson
   Release Date: September 20th, 2011

     Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

     Elisa is the chosen one.

     But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can't see how she ever will.

     Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

     And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people's savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

     Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

     Most of the chosen do.

My Stance:

     The Girl of Fire and Thorns sounds promising. It crossed one of my recommendation lists not too long ago on Goodreads and I was just looking around at different type of books. This one sounds amazing, the whole dilemma of trying to find yourself in unusual and unnatural circumstances. Then when Elisa is thrown into a world where she's expected to be something she isn't, there is only two choices; to run away or to be the pillar everyone believes she is.

     On another not, that has been done over and over before. The whole "I'm not remarkable, nor memorable, but if I have to be for everyone else, I will." is a bit overdone. However, here there is something new about being pursued and hunted that drives a new angle on this plot. As well, the expectations and pressure placed on Elisa seem to embolden her and make her stronger. I hope in this book's case I am right, and that sometime I'll get enough time to sit down with it.

   Author: Courtney Summers
   Release Date:January 5th, 2010

     Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard--falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High... until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start going around. Now Regina's been "frozen out" and her ex-best friends are out for revenge. If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day. She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully. Friendship doesn't come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend... if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don't break them both first.

     Tensions grow and the abuse worsens as the final days of senior year march toward an explosive conclusion in this dark new tale from the author of Cracked Up To Be.

My Stance:

     This is a different book compared to what I normally read. However, Courtney Summers caught my eye with This is Not a Test and how well it was done, that I have been looking to her other books and trying to see if they are just as fantastic. Here there is a drama and a sort of High School environment some or most of everyone is familiar with. I can't say that I was ever really bullied at School; they all tried I guess, but it didn't bother me and they more or less tended to leave me alone. So I always wondered (on a personal level) what it would like to be "at the top of the pyramid" and to fall to the bottom one day.

     This book seems to address that general curiosity and how one would go about dealing with it. And just what it means to deal with those bullies and types of people that seemed to have all the "power" and no sense for what they are doing to other people. Regina's fall and the story and her outlet away from all the abuse and bullying seem unique and original. I just hope, again, that's the case. With Courtney though, I have a feeling this book will be worth it, and it's been on my list since I finished This is Not a Test.

[Book Review] - Erasing Time by C.J. Hill

Title: Erasing Time
   Author: C.J. Hill
   Format: ARC
   Release Date: August 28th, 2012
   My Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0

     In this high-action and romantic futuristic adventure, there is no escape from the future for two contemporary girls pulled out of their own time.

     When twins Sheridan and Taylor wake up 400 years in the future, they find a changed world: domed cities, no animals, and a language that’s so different, it barely sounds like English. And the worst news: They can’t go back home.

     The twenty-fifth-century government transported the girls to their city hoping to find a famous scientist to help perfect a devastating new weapon. The moblike Dakine fights against the government, and somehow Taylor and Sheridan find themselves in the middle. The only way to elude them all is to trust Echo, a guy with secrets of his own. The trio must put their faith in the unknown to make a harrowing escape into the wilds beyond the city.

     Full of adrenaline-injected chases and heartbreaking confessions, Erasing Time explores the strength of the bonds between twins, the risks and rewards of trust, and the hard road to finding the courage to fight for what you believe in.

My Review:

     I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this book, and I have to thank those at Epic Reads, Goodreads, and Pitch Dark for giving me the chance to read this book. It wasn't one of my favorite reads, and from the synopsis didn't sound like a book that I would pick up on my own, so I just want you to know how much I appreciate this opportunity. As well, I want to give thanks to C.J. Hill for putting this to paper, it was a story that had potential and did catch a slight eyebrow raise when I finished the synopsis.

     Now, when I started this book I was confused with How Echo and the twins fit together in such a large time gap and how the distance could be closed between the two. To put this bluntly, it sucked. The whole gimmick of a device used to pull someone to the future, decompressing the person to basic atoms than reconstituting the body back together in the future, or however, was just too much of a stretch. When I first tried to wrap my head around it, the first question that arose was "How much energy (power) would be needed to do that?" I would hate to see that outlet.

     The workings and how the machine works never really gets addressed at all, before the whole We need to destroy it before more people get pulled through. Okay I understand that, just imagine the impact of transporting Lincoln ahead through time and how much things could change. Or if you could make Einstein transport to the future where we understand what he was trying to convey and allow him to further his studies more. Okay that sounds more like benefits than negatives, so what were the negatives again? Oh right, the people were supposed to help a government they didn't understand at all, and if they didn't want to it would be mostly against their will.

     The romance in this book, was rather hard to get. It wasn't that the romance was deep, complicated, or frankly unique even. It was the fact that it was Echo falls in love with Sheridan... that's it. There's something about that, that bothers me. The fact that no bond was made before they just seemed to fall head over heals for each other. However, when they fought for the first time, I bounced for joy. That was the first sign of a good relationship in the book and I was happy for it. I wanted more, for this superhuman relationship. I found I was more happy that they were having problems, because it made them more believable.

     Okay I can't say it was entirely the fault of the relationship, that I didn't like how Echo and Sheridan fit together. The major issue in this book was how it was written. There was this third person perspective style that seemed to gleam through everything, but I felt occasionally like it was supposed to be a first person story told by two different people (Sheridan and Echo). I found myself constantly asking who was telling the story, was it a narrative third person, or one of the other characters. I found the style this was written very very hard to follow and trying to understand just what was going on through all the deciphering was more annoying.

     I was more annoyed with how one paragraph would be from Echo and he'd be explaining how he felt, and his motives. Than I would get to the next paragraph and Sheridan takes over and interjects her opinions and feelings in everything and there's no warning or explanation. So I was left to trying to figure out where one person took over and the other stopped. That's the biggest reason this book fell from its perch at a possible 4.0. And I'll be completely honest, I would love to re-read this again in an official released copy to see if it was fixed, if not I would love to lower this score further because of this issue.

[Stacking the Shelves] - #8

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your bookshelf, be it the physical one or your digital one!

      This week was rather focused on a single series. I found a good source of a sale and picked up the entire Immortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare. So right now the series is current, to where it is, but doing so I stumbled on a tidbit. I didn't know the series was coming out next year as a movie. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, I find that rather interesting, and I will probably put this on the forefront of what I am reading (well I still have a few series I want to finish yet). I want to get to this series and read it before the hype of the movie takes over and jeopardizes my opinion.

      Since this week it was the full series, I am going going to talk on the first book. Mainly because I don't feel the need to discuss why I got the series, more of why I decided the series should be read, and what my expectations are out of the series. I figure really explaining that with the first book, should help give ideas and where I am heading with the others. So, I'll just go ahead.

City of Bones
City of Ashes
City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels
City of Lost Souls

The Immortal Instruments Series:

   Author: Cassandra Clare
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: March 27th, 2007

     When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

     This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

     Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

     City of Bones of course is the first book, and well as of 2013 will be the first movie as well. I want to clarify, this was on my wishlist and watchlist to pick up long before I found out it was to be a movie. So get that out of your head if you think I picked this up because it's going to be a spectacular movie and my expectations for this book were sent to the stars. No, I'm not going to hold this book up to The Hunger Games or The Harry Potter series just because it is going to be a movie. Yes I intentionally left out Twilight, because the Movies just suck.

     So anyways, There is a great story here about Clary, and the paranormal. I want there to be paranormal, and from looking at the titles of the books alone, I get the feeling that there will be some at some point. Clary seems like a rather good girl before witnessing some traumatizing murder, but when the body disappears she's left with a lot of questions. I hope that's the case, it would give her some added depth and well make her character someone believable in the beginning, we'll see I guess.

     Then Jace, a Shadowhunter, whatever that is. When I first read in this synopsis what Jace was like, "looks like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk," I thought of Daniel from the Fallen series. To me Daniel and Jace go hand in hand in the beginnings of both books (Fallen and City of Bones). I wonder if the two develop in similar ways, it'd be interesting to see how the two differ, and would be a great deal of fun to contrast the two character later on down the road.

     Now with the reason for the whole series. Frankly I have heard a lot of great things about Cassandra Clare and she's come across my list of suggested reads a few times, that I can't ignore it much more. It's going to have to come off the shelf and I'm going to have to read it eventually, because people and fans want to know what I think of it. I appreciate it guys, and I hope that more of you suggest books for me to read ( I am looking forward to the book and future suggestions!

   Author: Cassandra Clare
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: March 25th, 2008

     Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

     To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

     In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City's Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.


   Author: Cassandra Clare
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: March 24th, 2009

     To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

     As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City - whatever the cost?

     Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.

   Author: Cassandra Clare
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: April 5th, 2011

     The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And - most importantly of all - she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

     But nothing comes without a price.

     Someone is murdering Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary's best friend, Simon, can't help her. His mother just found out that he's a vampire and now he's homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side - along with the power of the curse that's wrecking his life. And they're willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls - neither of whom knows about the other one.

     When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

     Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

   Author: Cassandra Clare
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: May 8th, 2012

     The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon. What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

[Teasing Trailers] - #1 The Hunger Games

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I'll start this off with one of my favorite series, and what NOT to do with a book trailer if there is going to be one. There is more praise about the book, from people not even mentioned, then there is background or information about who the characters, the plot, okay a good portion of the book is left out.

The Hunger Games has been out for a while, since Sept. 14, 2008 so I'm not sure if this is the original trailer for the book. In fact, I hope it's not. This trailer is horrid, I don't know why the company even released it. If I was Suzanne Collins and this was done for my book, I would fire the person immediately and go look elsewhere. This is complete garbage.

I don't know what else to say. There is a lack of character information, some information about the plot, and what the general idea of the book is, but other than that there just isn't a lot here to get people hooked and want to read the book. I know in book world, trailers aren't the first place readers turn to see if they are interested, but this is just a waste of time and money.

I am definately going to have to do another one, just to show that all tailers for books aren't that bad. I mean most of the actors are rather horrible, but c'mon the overall budget for these is rather lacking so I can't hold that against them really now. Anyways, this was just so bad that another one needs to be done to give some hope to this segment already.

[Waiting on Wednesday] - #8

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     The Raven Boys is done by a good author, Maggie Stiefvater, who has put The Wolves of Mercy series and the notable The Scorpio Races. The book sounds really good, so without further delay, I'll just get down to it.

Date: September 18th, 2012

     “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

     It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

     Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

     His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

     But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

     For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

     From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

     The Raven Boys has a good set of characters, that sound very complex and the attention to some of their details and personalities is going to make this book a very good read. I like characters that seem to compliment each other. By that I mean that the characters in a book reflect reality and they aren't perfect or superhuman, they have a weakness and the group of characters give off a balanced and realistic appearance. This book so far has that going for it, we'll see when I get around to reading it though.

     My question though is what is this book really about. It sounds like a weird romance, but the way I keep looking at the book I almost expect there to be something supernatural about it, and there just isn't. Okay spirits and stuff are in this book, I am expecting more than that. As well, The romance in this book, I'm not sure how well I'm going to enjoy it. The idea and the plot of the romance has been done over and over. The whole "I'm not supposed to go with ____ boys, but I love this _____ boy." It just seems too overdone, and that's my biggest concern. 

[Book Review] - Where She Went by Gayle Forman

   Author: Gayle Forman
   Series: #2.0 - If I Stay
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: April 5th, 2011
   My Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0

     It's been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.

     Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future-and each other.

     Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

My Review:

     This book deserves a lot more than what it gets credit for, and I'll say this Gayle Forman has done it again. If I Stay is a two book series at the moment, that both books are so raw, emotional, and even inspiring. These books live up to Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver and I'm not sure as a combined pair which one I would prefer to re-read first (between Before I Fall and the If I Stay series). Both are fantastically done, but what differs is the type of emotion Gayle taps into in her series.

     The book burns with greif, abandonment issues, and even a life Adam doesn't want to be living. The raw depression he sinks into time and time again when he remembers Mia and the what happened after her stay at the hospital. With the book taking three years after the accident that left Mia without a immediate family and leaving Adam, the book focuses on Adam's unresolved issues and what he needs to move on and become whole again.

     How the two connect in this book, I thought it would be more of a happen chance that "music" seems to bring them together and a fire starts. However apparently Gayle thought that would be too easy and thus Where She Went was born. The two do meet when Adam is left in New York, because he won't board a play on Friday the thirteenth and he finds a concert hall where Mia is playing. He listens to her, and things pick up from there.

     Mia and Adam for the single day they learn a lot more than what they probably intended about how each of them have changed. How Mia has moved on past her parents and family's deaths, and is making a life for herself in the music world. I figured through some of her speak and the context of some of the words that even if she does enjoy the music and in the moments she's playing can see and feel her family again, there is something about all of it that bothers her.

     However, the biggest issue is Adam. This story of how he feels completely left out of the grieving process. He was close to Mia's family as well, but wasn't expected or allowed to grieve or feel bad for what happened to Mia at all. Then when Mia left, there was a void, something inside him that I believe exploded. When he finally lashed out there was a sudden success in the band Shooting Stars fame and popularity through the songs that Adam wrote.

     There were times when reading this book, and reading some of the excerpts of the lyrics from the songs (which were fantastic), that I wished they were real songs. Maybe they are and I'm not looking hard enough, but to me that would be something out of this world and give me a better insight to what was trying to be conveyed, the tone, the personality behind all the lyrics. With the lyrics though, you can tell the pain Adam is in, the sort of loss and emptiness he feels.

     The ending, I won't give it away, was breathtaking. I thought I knew how it was going to end, and when my thought fluttered across the pages with more to go, I was a little bit beside myself. It wasn't a bad ending, it wasn't that it was predictable, it was something that was just so well done that it guided me through the plot and when I thought I understood what was coming there was still something I didn't look or forsee to be told.

     Gayle Forman is a fantastic author and I hope the very best for her, and any other books that she puts out. I can't wait to see future books done by her, and I highly highly recommend her to any one who wants to get into a seriously deep emotional book. 

[Flashback Friday] - #7

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I know this one is a bit later than what I normally do, I'm sorry. I haven't been feeling all that well today, and I've had a few errands to run today. However without further or due, here's this weeks selection from my ever growing wishlist.

   Author: George Orwell
   Release Date: July 29th, 2004

     Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers the true price of freedom is betrayal.

My Stance:

     I have heard a lot of good things about this particular book and I've always had this interest in seeing what the drive toward this book was all about. As well, there are a lot of people that say this style of book is geared toward more of a male audience that's into the dystopian scene. I am hoping that's the case, I'm interested but I'm not sure based on the synopsis and what little I have heard about it. It will be a good read, and one of the older books that I'll get into.

Title: Starcrossed
   Author: Josephine Angelini
   Release Date: May 31st, 2011

     Set on the island of Nantucket, STARCROSSED tells the tale of Helen Hamilton, a young woman whose destiny is forever altered when she meets Lucas Delos and tries to kill him in front of her entire high school. Which is terribly inconvenient, not only because Lucas is the most beautiful boy on the island, but also because Helen is so achingly shy she suffers physical pain whenever she is given too much attention.

     Making matters worse, Helen is beginning to suspect she’s going crazy. Whenever she’s near Lucas or any member of his family she sees the ghostly apparitions of three women weeping bloody tears, and suffers the burden of an intense and irrational hate. She soon learns that she and Lucas are destined to play the leading roles in a Greek tragedy that the Three Fates insist on repeating over and over again throughout history. Like her namesake, Helen of Troy, she’s destined to start a war by falling in love. But even though Lucas and Helen can see their own star-crossed destiny, they’re still powerfully attracted to each other. Will they give up their personal happiness for the greater good, or risk it all to be together?

My Stance:

     Many of you who do follow me, I hope know already that I'm a hopeless romantic, and very very chivalrous. That's why this book peaks my interest. It's the whole love story and the aching tale of how their relationship and the destiny or fate she's supposed to live warp and distort.

     I am intrigued as ell by the question at the end. I am the type of person if I find that one person that makes me feel the way that's sort of described, I wouldn't think twice about making that decision. I would risk it all and be with the one person, because without her what would the safety of everything around you be worth in the end? To me the risk and the journey makes everything worthwhile, gives meaning and purpose to the reason you are together.

[Book Review] - Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Title: Jellicoe Road
   Author: Melina Marchetta
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: June 5th, 2012
   My Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0

     "What do you want from me?" he asks. What I want from every person in my life, I want to tell him. More.

     Abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road when she was eleven, Taylor Markham, now seventeen, is finally being confronted with her past. But as the reluctant leader of her boarding school dorm, there isn't a lot of time for introspection. And while Hannah, the closest adult Taylor has to family, has disappeared, Jonah Griggs is back in town, moody stares and all.

     In this absorbing story by Melina Marchetta, nothing is as it seems and every clue leads to more questions as Taylor tries to work out the connection between her mother dumping her, Hannah finding her then and her sudden departure now, a mysterious stranger who once whispered something in her ear, a boy in her dreams, five kids who lived on Jellicoe Road eighteen years ago, and the maddening and magnetic Jonah Griggs, who knows her better than she thinks he does. If Taylor can put together the pieces of her past, she might just be able to change her future.

My Review:

     There is a reason that this book got a Michael L. Printz award, and that they aren't just handed out to any book that happens to claim it's a good example of excellence in young adult books. Melina Marchetta deserves every bit of this award, and as much as I was leery and on the fence about this book, by the end of the book I was so enthralled and pulled into the characters and the twisting plot that the book never left my hands late at night.

     Like I said though, when I started this book I wasn't sure why I was reading this book.I was so confused on the characters and what exactly Hannah was doing with the story that as clung to the side of Taylor's life and story. There was so much confusion and how the two stories combined together seemed to completely be lost to me. I was lost and confused, but that drove me on to try to understand just what was going on with the story.

     I am glad I stuck it out, because the story was immense and had a depth unlike anything I've ever read before. I was so enthralled and surprised with how well Taylor and Jonah seemed to collide together, and the group along Taylor and their friendship became so much a part of who she was and really envious. As well, their involvement with how well Taylor tells the story and what she's after.

     The major of this book that I enjoyed the most was how well Hannah's story brought two completely timelines, friendships, and completely differing characters and involvements together and molded them into what Taylor was supposed to find. It was a good twisting series that sometimes I wished would have unfolded sooner; not that it wasn't done good, just seemed to drag on for a long time. The alternate story gave a way to add a depth to Taylor's character, and a past she didn't even understand or know about until near the end of the book.

     Taylor's end goal of finding her mother and trying to understand why she left her, didn't get buried in all the other involvements and life situations. There was a good balance between that goal and how well her life revolves around the boarding school. I was enthralled with how the mother and the journey brought into full few and the world seemed to complete itself with her involvement and then the completion of the story.

     The tale was just too good to spoil and I've already said a bit much, so read it. There isn't many books that I feel deserve this award and make me want to create a higher rank just so this book can sit there alone. Melina Marcheta created a beast here, and I really can't wait to get into some of her other books. I loved the book and hope the rest are just this good!

[Stacking the Shelves] - #7

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      Well I am back in the groove of doing things. While vacation was fun and all, work and reading has picked up again. I needed the time off and a slight relaxation from everything, and well some time to write and catch up on where I want to be in that book, which I need to do more of anyways. Back on track though, I did pick up a few books and more are on their way for next week. I will have to stop my book purchases for a bit, I have too many on my shelf that I need to get around to, and having a slight break will give me the free money to save and hole away for the newer books and catch up on a lot of the newer and older released books I have.

Dust & Decay

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   Author: Jonathan Maberry
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: August 30th, 2011

     Six months have passed since the terrifying battle with Charlie Pink-eye and the Motor City Hammer in the zombie-infested mountains of the Rot & Ruin. It’s also six months since Benny Imura and Nix Riley saw something in the air that changed their lives. Now, after months of rigorous training with Benny’s zombie-hunter brother Tom, Benny and Nix are ready to leave their home forever and search for a better future. Lilah the Lost Girl and Benny’s best friend Lou Chong are going with them. Sounds easy. Sounds wonderful. Except that everything that can go wrong does. Before they can even leave there is a shocking zombie attack in town. But as soon as they step into the Rot & Ruin they are pursued by the living dead, wild animals, insane murderers and the horrors of Gameland –where teenagers are forced to fight for their lives in the zombie pits. Worst of all…could the evil Charlie Pink-eye still be alive?

     In the great Rot & Ruin everything wants to kill you. Everything…and not everyone in Benny’s small band of travelers will make it out alive.

     Rot & Ruin has me enthralled and even if I haven't gotten around to starting the series there is something about the cover that has this raw energy and mobidity that I am so entrenched to start and finish the series. I can't wait to start and for that reason I have left reading the synopsis out of of my mind, in fear of spoilers. As well, Benny seems grand and his character I hope has a depth and personality to him. I don't want to read another book like The Maze Runner where I understood Thomas halfway through the second book, I want something more from Benny...

Title: Behemoth
   Author: Scott Westerfeld
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: October 5th, 2011

     The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers.

     Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan's peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory.

     Alek and Deryn will need great skill, new allies, and brave hearts to face what's ahead.

     There is just something about Scott Westerfeld and his books that have generated a following. Again I haven't started the series again. This is why I posted earlier, I feel bad for having these books come in with almost no time to get them in and read them, so I could at least give a halfway decent response to why I picked the book up other than I'm interested in the book and hope it does _____ for me.

     Anyways, the idea of an alternate war fought with steampunk and odd creation of machines and obelisks. I am curious to see some of the monstrous war machines and how this alternate universe goes about fighting the war. I would love to see Scott Westerfeld do a WW2 novel and see how well that goes, but I'm not sure that'd be his type of field. I am curious on the steampunk and the machines most of all in this book, almost more than some of the characters I've read about.

[Special] - Vacation Books (part 3)

     This is the third and final part of my vacation special posting, while on vacation I may have bought a few books that have been on my list for a while. That's the reason behind all of this, and I know most of what the books I buy I delve into the reasons behind why I bought the books I did. However, this time around there is just a sheer amount of books that I picked up that I can't or don't have the time to go into the reasons behind all the books. So I am sorry, but this is just a look into all the books that I picked up.

      There is around 25 books that I'll be listing so please, be patient and at least look through all the books that I am listing.

Vacation Books:

Title:If I Lie
   Author: Carrine Jackson
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: August 28th, 2012

     A powerful debut novel about the gray space between truth and perception.

     Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in their small, military town.

     Quinn could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets that she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. And when Carey goes MIA, Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise.

Title: Defiance
   Author: C.J. Redwine
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: September 1st, 2012

     Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

     At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

     As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.

Title: The Forsaken
   Author: Lisa M. Stasse
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: July 10th, 2012

     As an obedient orphan of the U.N.A. (the super-country that was once Mexico, the U.S., and Canada), Alenna learned at an early age to blend in and be quiet—having your parents taken by the police will do that to a girl. But Alenna can’t help but stand out when she fails a test that all sixteen-year-olds have to take: The test says she has a high capacity for brutal violence, and so she is sent to The Wheel, an island where all would-be criminals end up.

     The life expectancy of prisoners on The Wheel is just two years, but with dirty, violent, and chaotic conditions, the time seems a lot longer as Alenna is forced to deal with civil wars for land ownership and machines that snatch kids out of their makeshift homes. Desperate, she and the other prisoners concoct a potentially fatal plan to flee the island. Survival may seem impossible, but Alenna is determined to achieve it anyway.

Title: Every Day
   Author: David Levithan
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: August 28th, 2012

     Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

     Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.
It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

     With his new novel, David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.

Title: Survive
   Author: Alex Morel
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: August 2nd, 2012

     Hatchet meets Lost in this modern-day adventure tale of one girl's reawakening.

     Jane is on a plane on her way home to Montclair, New Jersey, from a mental hospital. She is about to kill herself. Just before she can swallow a lethal dose of pills, the plane hits turbulence and everything goes black. Jane wakes up amidst piles of wreckage and charred bodies on a snowy mountaintop. There is only one other survivor: a boy named Paul, who inspires Jane to want to fight for her life for the first time.

     Jane and Paul scale icy slopes and huddle together for warmth at night, forging an intense emotional bond. But the wilderness is a vast and lethal force, and only one of them will survive.

Title: Embrace
   Author: Jessica Shirvington
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: March 6th, 2012

     It starts with a whisper: "It's time for you to know who you are..."

     On her 17th birthday, everything will change for Violet Eden. The boy she loves will betray her. Her enemy will save her. She will have to decide just how much she's willing to sacrifice.

     Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, EMBRACE is a compelling novel of good and evil, seductive desires and impossible choices. A centuries old war between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity chooses a new fighter. It's a battle Violet doesn't want, but she lives her life by two rules: don't run and don't quit. If angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden.

     LINCOLN: He's been Violet's one anchor, her running partner and kickboxing trainer. Only he never told her he's Grigori--part human, part angel--and that he was training her for an ancient battle between Angels and Exiles.
     PHOENIX: No one knows where his loyalties lie, yet he's the only one there to pick up the pieces and protect her after Lincoln's lies. In a world of dark and light, he is all shades of gray.

     Two sides: Angel or Exile.
     Two guys: Lincoln or Phoenix.
     The wrong choice could cost not only her life, but her eternity...

   Author: Julie Kagawa
   Format: Paperback
   Release Date: January 25th, 2011

     My name is Meghan Chase.

     I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.

     This time, there will be no turning back.

   Author: Carrie Ryan
   Format: Paperback
   Release Date: March 9th, 2010

     Gabry lives a quiet life. As safe a life as is possible in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, in a world teeming with the dead, who constantly hunger for those still living. She’s content on her side of the Barrier, happy to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. But there are threats the Barrier cannot hold back. Threats like the secrets Gabry’s mother thought she left behind when she escaped from the Sisterhood and the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Like the cult of religious zealots who worship the dead. Like the stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry. And suddenly, everything is changing. One reckless moment, and half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Now Gabry only knows one thing: she must face the forest of her mother’s past in order to save herself and the one she loves.

   Author: Carrie Ryan
   Format: Paperback
   Release Date: August 28th, 2012

     There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister's face before Annah left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the Horde as they swarmed the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters.

     Annah's world stopped that day, and she's been waiting for Elias to come home ever since. Somehow, without him, her life doesn't feel much different than the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Until she meets Catcher, and everything feels alive again.

     But Catcher has his own secrets. Dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah has longed to forget, and to a future too deadly to consider. And now it's up to Annah: can she continue to live in a world covered in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return's destruction?…

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