Thursday, January 31, 2013

February 2013 TBR Pile

TBR Pile:
  • Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu
  • Boundless (Unearthly #3) by Cynthia Hand
  • Born Wicked (Cahill Witch Chronicles #1) by Jessica Spotswood
  • Rise (Nightshade Prequel #2) by Andrea Cremer
  • Just One Day (Just One Day #1) by Gayle Forman
  • Everbound (Everneath #2) by Brodi Ashton
  • Crash (Visions #1) by Lisa McMann
  • Vortex (Tempest #2) by Julie Cross
  • Life After Legend (Legend #0.5) by Marie Lu
  • Sever (Chemical Garden #3) by Lauren DeStefano
  • Dare You To (Pushing The Limits #2) by Katie McGarry
  • Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2) by Aimee Carter
  • The Goddess Inheritance (Godess Test #3) by Aimee Carter
  • Override (Glitch #2) by Heather Anastasiu
*Sorry for the glare off the books. I had to use a different light than I was planning on. 

Fighting To Survive by Rhiannon Frater Book Blitz!


Fighting to Survive by Rhiannon Frater (As the World Dies, #2) - Adult Zombie Series
Paperback Release: January 29th 2013 / Tor Books

It’s time to clear the hotel.

The fort has grown crowded as survivors of the zombie apocalypse have found safety between its walls. Winter is coming; soon it will be too cold to live in tents and other makeshift shelters. The leaders of the survivors—Katie, Jenni, Juan, Travis, and Nerit—decide it’s time for an assault on the zombie-occupied hotel that looms over the town square.

A pitched battle in the banquet room is the start of a harrowing, room-by-room struggle from Reception to roof. As the sun sets, the people of Ashley Oaks gather in the hotel’s rooftop ballroom and gazebo to celebrate their survival. Gazing out over the beauty of the surrounding Texas countryside, it’s hard to believe that death and danger lurk around every corner.

The fort’s search and rescue teams have attracted unwanted attention from bandits who see the fort as competition for food . . . and as a ready source of women. The first attacks are minor, but everyone knows there is worse to come.

And beyond the fort’s walls, the zombies shamble, moaning, eyes fastened hungrily upon the living.



AUTHOR BIO

Rhiannon Frater

Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies trilogy (The First Days, Fighting to Survive, Siege,) and the author of three other books: the vampire novels Pretty When She Dies and The Tale of the Vampire Bride and the young-adult zombie novel The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters. Inspired to independently produce her work from the urging of her fans, she published The First Days in late 2008 and quickly gathered a cult following. She won the Dead Letter Award back-to-back for both The First Days and Fighting to Survive, the former of which the Harrisburg Book Examiner called ‘one of the best zombie books of the decade.’ Rhiannon is currently represented by Hannah Gordon of the Foundry + Literary Media agency. You may contact her by sending an email to rhiannonfrater@gmail.com.

Website/Goodreads/Facebook/Twitter

Guest Post by Rhiannon!!!
Women, Society and the Zombocalypse!

I honestly didn’t set out to write a feminist take on the zombocalypse when I started writing AS THE WORLD DIES as an online serial. I just wrote about the sort of people I that exist in my everyday life. The characters all evolved naturally as I wrote, as did their complicated relationships and sometimes disastrous choices. It was only later that I fully began to understand how ground-breaking having two female leads in the genre actually was.

Admittedly, Jenni and Katie were born out of my desire to read a zombie story that was from a woman’s perspective. AS THE WORLD DIES was born as online serial in 2005. At that time zombie fiction was inundated with the lone gunman wandering across the zombie-infested lands. Women, children, and men who weren’t Rambo in disguise were merely zombie fodder. The women played the roles of the love interest (who often died), the victims, and the zombies. It became demoralizing to read over and over again stereotypes that bore no real resemblance to any of the women in my life. So when the characters of Jenni and Katie invaded my mind one day at work, I wanted to write their story and share it with others.

When I started the serial, I wanted to write about real men and women with flaws and strengths struggling to rebuild society in the zombie wastelands. If history has shown us one thing, it’s that humans survive in communities. I didn’t want to create a world of alpha males and subservient women, or vice versa. I wanted to write about real people dealing with real life issues while facing the undead hordes. I didn’t want to shy away from the difficulties of creating a new community. Differences of opinion, religion, culture, etc. were definitely going to cause problems at some point. Little did I realize that the issues my characters tackled in the online serial (which ran from 2005-2007) would become hotbed issues in 2012. Religion, gay rights, and gender equality are all topics the people in the fort are forced to deal with while still dealing with bandits and zombies.

STRONG FEMALE CHARACTERS

Oddly enough, I never thought about any of the females in my story as being “strong” or unusual. The positive feedback to the characters was definitely a reaction to all the stereotypical women in these kinds of books. People were genuinely surprised to read such positive portrayals. The readers weren’t surprised that the women were strong and competent; they were surprised to see an accurate portrayal of themselves, their wives, their girlfriends, mothers, and sisters. Quite a few male friends have told me that they loved how certain female characters reminded them strongly of the women they love. Female fans have also shared how refreshing it was to see women doing the types of things they would do in the zombocalypse—like killing zombies.

Jenni and Katie aren’t wonder women or superhuman like Alice in the Resident Evil films. They aren’t perfect either. Each has to deal with the aftermath of the destruction of their lives and they don’t always make the right choices. But they aren’t afraid to fight for their own lives and those they love. They step up and take part in the planning of the new community and fight for the survival of everyone.

THE REGULAR GUYS

Though I get a lot of kudos for my female characters, I don’t feel that any of my male characters suffer from standing alongside competent women. I didn’t want to resort to the alpha male stereotype with my male characters, but I also didn’t want to weaken them. Travis and Juan play vital roles in the story and are just regular men facing horrible circumstances. They understand that to survive everyone has to work together and have their own strengths and weaknesses. One of my greatest compliments was when someone told me that he could totally see himself hanging out with my male characters because they were just “dudes.”

THE BIGOTS

There are, of course, men that don’t like the women playing such a strong role. One of them, Shane, becomes a dangerous foe to Katie when she has to kill his brother after he becomes infected. It’s in Shane and his cohort that we see a more dismissive attitude toward women and other people in general. Shane and Phillip are great at entering the zombie-infested towns and salvaging for supplies and serve the community well, but their attitudes toward women, especially bisexual Katie, creates serious problems for the burgeoning society in FIGHTING TO SURVIVE. Shane and Phillip challenge the rules of the new society with their behavior. One particularly upsetting scene between Shane and Katie immediately causes a rift among the people in the fort as people take sides in a “he said, she said” battle.

FRIENDSHIPS

One of the things that’s often missing in fiction, especially post-apocalyptic fiction, is the strong friendship bonds that exist among people. Often the survivors are not really friends, but people thrown together that just barely get along. In AS THE WORLD DIES, I enjoyed portraying various types of friendship bonds. There are best buddies, Juan and Travis, BFFs Ken and Lenore, and Jenni and Katie’s strong, sisterly friendship.

Though people comment on all three friendships as being refreshing and similar to ones they share in their real lives, the one that stands out the most is the friendship between Jenni and Katie. Women are not often portrayed as being friends in fiction. In fact, a lot of heroines are often the only women in the book. Jenni and Katie’s friendship was one of the things my editor at Tor really enjoyed. It’s so rare to see female best friends who love and support each other. Usually women are portrayed as rivals. Since I have close female friends in my life it felt only natural to have Jenni and Katie be close.

In closing…I am very happy that readers embrace the characters and feel they are an honest, realistic version of people they have in their own lives. I am also pleased that readers have enjoyed the dynamics of the new and growing society in the middle of the zombocalypse. 

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday [#73]

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

The Book of Broken Hearts
Author: Sarah Ockler
Expected Publication: May 21, 2013

When all signs point to heartbreak, can love still be a rule of the road? A poignant and romantic novel from the author of Bittersweet and Twenty Boy Summer.

Jude has learned a lot from her older sisters, but the most important thing is this: The Vargas brothers are notorious heartbreakers. She’s seen the tears and disasters that dating a Vargas boy can cause, and she swore an oath—with candles and a contract and everything—to never have anything to do with one.

Now Jude is the only sister still living at home, and she’s spending the summer helping her ailing father restore his vintage motorcycle—which means hiring a mechanic to help out. Is it Jude’s fault he happens to be cute? And surprisingly sweet? And a Vargas?

Jude tells herself it’s strictly bike business with Emilio. Her sisters will never find out, and Jude can spot those flirty little Vargas tricks a mile away—no way would she fall for them. But Jude’s defenses are crumbling, and if history is destined to repeat itself, she’s speeding toward some serious heartbreak…unless her sisters were wrong?

Jude may have taken an oath, but she’s beginning to think that when it comes to love, some promises might be worth breaking.



I'm so excited for this! I loved Bittersweet so much last year! Definitely can't wait to read another Sarah Ockler book!  

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New Releases January 29-February 4

Prodigy (Legend #2)
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: January 29, 2013

June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

In this highly-anticipated sequel, Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with high stakes and cinematic action.


Shadows in the Silence (Angelfire #3)
Author: Courtney Allison Moulton
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Publication Date: January 29, 2013

Your strength in heart and hand will fall. . . .
Ellie knows that the darkest moments are still to come, and she has everything to fight for:

She must fight for Will.
The demonic have resorted to their cruelest weapons to put Will in mortal danger, and Ellie makes an unlikely alliance to save him and to stop Lilith and Sammael, who seek to drown the world in blood and tear a hole into Heaven.

She must fight for humanity.
As the armies of Hell rise and gather for the looming End of Days, Ellie and her band of allies travel to the world’s darkest and most ancient regions in her quest to come into her full glory as the archangel Gabriel.

And Ellie must save herself.
Her humanity withers beneath the weight of her cold archangel power, but Ellie must hold tight to who she is and who she loves as she prepares for the ultimate battle for Heaven and Earth.

In this final installment in the Angelfire trilogy, Courtney Allison Moulton brings her dark world of epic battles and blistering romance to a blazing bright conclusion.

Asunder (Newsoul #2)
Author: Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Publication Date: January 29, 2013

DARKSOULS
Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.

SHADOWS
Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

LOVE
Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.

In this second book in the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.


Other New Releases This Week:
Stolen Nights (Vampire Queen #2) by Rebecca Maizel (1/29/13) [St. Martin's Griffin]

The Prey (The Hunt #2) by Andrew Fukuda (1/29/13) [St. Martin's Press]
The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter #1) by Megan Shepherd (1/29/13) [Balzer + Bray]
Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook (1/29/13) [Harper Teen]
Hooked (Hooked #1) by Liz Fichera (1/31/13) [Harlequin Teen]
Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader by Cassandra Clare (1/29/13) [Smartpop]

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Stacking The Shelves [#39]

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

Library:
For Review From Author:
Thank you P.T. Michelle!!! I've been really looking forward to reading this!!! :)

NetGalley:
Thank you Macmillan & St. Martin's Griffin!!! :)
  • Double Crossed (A Spies and Thieves Story) by Ally Carter - AVAILABLE AS A READ NOW TITLE!! Also available for free from Amazon & Barnes & Noble! (Goodreads/Amazon/Barnes & Noble)
Thank you Disney!!!! :)

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Review: Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Through The Ever Night (Under The Never Sky #2)
Author: Veronica Rossi
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
Pages: 352
Source: Hardcover/Own

It's been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don't take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe's precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and dystopian elements to create a captivating love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.



*Review does contain a few spoilers*

Review: This is an amazing sequel to Under The Never Sky! Definitely didn't suffer from second book syndrome. Lol. There were things revealed that I totally didn't see coming! So... Idk where to start. I guess with the beginning maybe? I was so happy that the beginning of the book brought Aria and Perry back together! I just love these two sooooooo much! I wasn't that much of a fan though of them hiding their relationship from the Tides when Perry took Aria there. I mean, I understand why they did it but I love me those scenes between those two so it kinda was a bummer for a bit. Lol. I was so glad that Perry and Roar were behind Aria when they knew the Tides didn't like her. I was surprised though that she did make a friend or two. I really wasn't expecting anyone to accept her. I guess not everyone is bad right? 

I was so behind Aria getting her Markings as an Aud. I thought it would have been good for her to have them, except that someone had poisoned the ink for her Markings trying to get rid of her. Not cool!!! Perry showed his true colors after that, he didn't care what anyone thought he just cared about Aria and finding the person who poisoned her! Which didn't go over well with the tribe. It was so bad that a quarter of his people just left. I felt so bad for Perry. What was he supposed to do? Let Aria be poisoned just because someone didn't like her??? I don't think so. The Tides had such a hard time keeping up with everything after those people left. Though I'm betting those that left probably had a harder time in the wild without a stable compound and food (unless they hunted it). What hit Perry the hardest though was that Aria had left right after the group of people left. She didn't want to cause anymore trouble. And Perry couldn't go after her because of his being Blood Lord and having a duty to his tribe. Poor guy. Then on top of that the Tides were raided, and the help that Perry sends for from Marron ends up in Marron and a group of his people getting refuge from the Tides. Marron's huge city was over run!!! The Rose and Night tribes over took his city! Those two tribes must have had a huge amount of people after banding together. Meanwhile, not only is Perry taking people in, but he's also trying to figure out how to move the Tides to a safer location because of the Aether destroying more and more of his land. Perry seriously couldn't catch a break! And on top of that, the tribe was against moving until they were forced into it after almost losing people because of the Aether destroying more than just land! 

In the middle of that Perry learned something intersting about Cinder though. Apparently he came from Rhapsody, which is a Pod. Cinder was a former Dweller as well. So how did he get the power he has if he was a Dweller before??? Actually, he said a bunch of people in Rhapsody could do what he could do, so the better question is how did all those people get this power???????

Aria... After being poisoned by someone within the Tides she decided it best to leave. Roar though, being a great friend left with her. I was so glad these two had each other after leaving the Tides. Aria throughout the journey to Sables land (in search of answers for the Still Blue, you know, cuz Hess is still blackmailing her) really continued to find a fantastic friend in Roar. Those two have a special bond. Not like Aria and Perry's bond obviously, but friendship wise, they have a very special bond! They really got closer during the journey and I'm so glad she had someone she knew she could count on, both to help her, protect her and be there for her. Though those roles got reversed when they reached Sable. When they get to the Horns, they find Liv... Remember how I wanted to know what happened to her? Well now I know. What shocks Roar though is that Liv went there on her own. And even worse, she actually looks like she wants to marry Sable. I cant even imagine the pain Roar was going through seeing that. Though I was very happy when Liv talked to Aria later about Roar though. Come to find out, she only decided to marry Sable for the help she was giving Perry by doing it. She really put her family first and I cant be mad at Liv for that. That was actually really honorable of her especially for the sacrifice she was making to do it. She admitted that it was hard seeing Roar knowing the feelings she still holds for him. I was very happy when she admitted that because it totally lead to some makeouts between Roar and Liv. Those two belonged together. Liv also tells Aria she'll do what she can to help get Talon back and to discover where the Still Blue is. It didn't last long though. Sable found Aria's Smarteye and contacted Hess and made a deal with him. To get to the Still Blue. And when Sable takes the Smarteye and Liv gets it back for Aria and Roar she got killed for it. I cant believe she got killed for it! I loved Liv in the little time I got to know her in this and Roar and Liv, I was really upset Sable murdered her! Aria then had to take Roar and jump into the river just to save them from being killed as well. Though she did manage to escape with her Smarteye and the recordings Soren (yeah, that Soren) made of Hess and Sables conversation. So quick thing with Soren, he contacts Aria with the Smarteye saying he's sorry about what he did (because the disease made him do it) and that he wants to get out of the Pods. She says she'll help him once he gets out only if he helps her in return by keeping her updated on whats happening in the Pods, with Talon and with Hess. These two actually worked great together. Yay. So back to recordings. The recordings said that Sable and Hess would go to the Still Blue together but that the ships could only take so many people so they both had to leave half their people behind. And they agreed to do it! Heartless much??? 

Aria found out through Soren that Soren himself, along with Talon and any others with the disease were being left behind in the Pods to die so Aria and Roar race back to the Tides to get Perry to help them save Talon and those people. Only when they get back they find out Sables people kidnapped Cinder for his ability with the Aether to get into the Still Blue. So Roar joins the party to go search for him while Aria and Perry go to the Pods and rescue Soren, Talon and the others. Meanwhile Perry is doing this knowing what happened to Liv thanks to Aria and Roar. This really shows how big of a heart and how selfless Perry is. He's just been told his sister is dead and is still willing to go save a bunch of "Dwellers" and his nephew instead of dealing with the grief of losing his sister. I was so happy that they got Talon back!!!! YAY!!! I'm very excited for Into The Still Blue to find out exactly how the Dwellers and the Tides get along now and what happens to Roar and the group looking for Cinder! I seriously cant wait!

5 Stars!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Review: Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

Shades of Earth (Across The Universe #3)
Author: Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: January 15, 2013
Pages: 369
Source: Hardcover/Own

The final book in the  New York Times bestselling trilogy, perfect for fans of Battlestar Galactica and Prometheus!

Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They're ready to start life afresh--to build a home--on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience.

But this new Earth isn't the paradise Amy had been hoping for. There are giant pterodactyl-like birds, purple flowers with mind-numbing toxins, and mysterious, unexplained ruins that hold more secrets than their stone walls first let on. The biggest secret of all? Godspeed's former passengers aren't alone on this planet. And if they're going to stay, they'll have to fight.

Amy and Elder must race to discover who--or what--else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. They will have to look inward to the very core of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed--friends, family, life on Earth--will have been for nothing.

FUELED BY LIES.
RULED BY CHAOS.
ALMOST HOME.



*Review is Spoilery, I tried to keep it to a minimum but I don't think it worked. Lol. So don't read if you haven't read Shades of Earth yet. But if you have and are ready to discuss by all means, go ahead! :)*

Review: OK, so for those of you who don't remember much from Across The Universe and A Million Suns, I'll link my reviews to them for a refresher (since it's been a while probably for most of us). So first off I want to address the new covers. I wasn't a fan of the cover change but for this specific book I actually don't mind it now because it actually fits with the book. After reading you I think some people will understand how I think it fits. Now. Shades of Earth totally ripped my heart out and put it back in whole a number of times. This book was an emotional roller coaster for me. So just to prepare everyone. This is going to be a very thorough review, including some of the questions I was asking myself while I was reading (I'll highlight those in blue). So its longer than normal. Also, I'm going at this review by talking about each major part of the book, instead of by character.

So lets start off with the beginning then. I really had no idea what to expect for Amy and Elder when they left Godspeed for Centauri-Earth. Things just started seeming off right away after them leaving. I mean things were hitting the shuttle as it was descending toward Centauri-Earth. And for some reason, I just didn't think those birds were what hit it. I also wasn't that much of a fan of the frozens waking up. The one who got put in charge (Amy's Dad Colonel Martin) just started controlling everything, just woke up and took over. I seriously disliked that. Especially when they had to evacuate the shuttle. The military (from the frozens) just took over and lead everyone where they thought they should go. I also really disliked how they treated the shipborn as they called Elder's people differently. The Earthborn acted like they were so much better than the shipborn and Amy's father pissed me off the most with that. He was talking to Amy about Elder like he would never be good enough for her just because he was a shipborn. While Colonel Martin was busy being a discriminating jerk though, something else was out there... Killing the people of the colony, not caring if they were shipborn or earthborn. It made for a very interesting mystery. It was obvious that the pteros (the birds) had caused some of the deaths but others were a mystery. A complete and totally mystery. I do have to say though, one scene where one of the people was dying was quiet gross. I wont say much but the guy was still alive while being eaten. It was just horrible... Though the autopsy performed on him after he died lead to some very interesting information. He had been injected with gen mod material, the same gen mod material that had been made on Earth. How did it get there???

While that was happening Elder was getting this feeling that Colonel Martin was hiding something. So he found a way to find out just what Colonel Martin was hiding by the lake, from a distance of course. He wouldn't actually go without Amy right? Lol. I was having this nagging feeling after everyone left the shuttle that Colonel Martin was hiding something and that he shouldn't be trusted, I didn't realize how true that was until Elder and Amy went and found what he was hiding. Come to find out, he was hiding another ship he found on Centauri-Earth, so what do Amy and Elder do? Investigate of course (I loved how much snooping these two were doing together). Lol. So this ship only lets humans in according to its fingerprint system. It really made me question (along with Amy and Elder) if its only for Humans to get in, is there something on the planet (besides those birds obviously) that isn't human??? What they found on the ship made me question a lot more. They found a plaque on the ship reading "On this site was discovered the first probe sent by the first interstellar mission from Earth in 2310 CE, providing the information needed to develop the first successful extra-solar colony, Explorer, 2327 CE." "This plaque is a memorial to those lost on Godspeed. 2036-2336 CE." People had landed on Centauri-Earth before Godspeed was even supposed to. And Earth thought Godspeed was dead because they had lost communication with them. This raised a lot of questions for me. Like why didn't Earth wait until Godspeed was supposed to land? It wasn't supposed to land until 2336, so why not wait to see if it was still out there? Why give up on it when it wasn't even at its destination yet even without communication? They realized because of no communication that the people on Centauri-Earth had probably noticed Godspeed arrived, but since they didn't try to land and couldn't communicate with them that they really thought everyone on the ship was dead. As we come to find out though later in the book, most of the people did want to land the ship, but was stopped by being put on Phydus. After realizing that though Amy and Elder found out that the ship had cameras on Godspeed, they knew what was happening on the it. They were watching the entire time. That... That really got to me. It was like ARE YOU FREXING KIDDING ME?? (using the word Elder uses). It also got me questioning what was really going on then. It really got to me knowing so much was off about the planet and what was on it and Amy and Elder were in the dark about most of it for a while. Am I the only one that felt pissed off about all of this? I hope not. I was happy though that amongst all this chaos though that Amy and Elder did find some time to be alone and just be together! They needed each other with all that was going on! So glad they got back on track!

It wasn't until someone else was killed not by a ptero and not by any of the weapons the military had AND the shuttle from Godspeed was blown up that I was suspecting something else was 100% living on the planet. That just solidified it for me. I just couldn't figure out what exactly it was that was there. There was also the question about Phydus. Amy discovered Phydus in all the victims, only one of which even had some actually in her system. Now we all thought Phydus was created on the ship right? So how did the planet get it??? Then there was also this glass filled with solar energy they found. How does that fit into everything? Come to find out. It was the reason Earth sent another group of people to Centauri-Earth. To make this stuff and send it back to Sol-Earth. Just for that, and they even enslaved their people to do it... We come to find out that the other life on Centauri-Earth are the descendants of the first colony sent there. Only their not humans anymore. They're hybrids with mutated DNA, thanks to the FRX of which Amy thought was supposed to help them on this new planet. The hybrids though start going after the colony after killing a few hundred people leading Elder to go to Godspeed on the autoshuttle they found with the ship to find the answers to getting rid of them. Only while he's on Godspeed they go after Amy, turning her into one of them. Because on of the people they trusted was a traitor, a hybrid. Ugh!!! Lets get one thing straight, I didn't like the hybrids much because they killed Amy's parents. But after they turned her they explained why they went after all of them, telling her about how the FRX placed them on a drug to keep them working and how they thought all of the new colony was loyal to the FRX I didnt hate them much. That lead Elder to actually help them, by taking out the space station of which the FRX is using to get to Centauri-Earth. Also, he gets everyone from Godspeed to go to Centauri-Earth since the ship is dying. So question... How did the people aboard Godspeed not notice a space station in orbit with them if they were there for hundreds of years??? Anyways, Elder sacrificed himself to save Amy and keep the FRX from doing anymore harm to the hybrids and his colony. He pushed Godspeed into the space station to destroy it. THIS RIPPED MY HEART OUT!!! Not Elder!!! Not after all he's done for his people and Amy!!!! 

Amy though, even with that in her head she still worked out a peaceful way for the hybrids and her colony to coexist on the planet, after the people from Godspeed brought the antidote to the phydus the hybrids colony was stuck on. I was very happy with the peaceful ending and how Amy told the FRX off when they tried to get in contact with them again. Very happy they could coexist and be on the same side against the FRX! And I was so happy with the ending for Amy! My heart was put back in whole! :D

6 Stars! 
You know I only go up to 5 so you know this book was over the top amazing for 6!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday [#72]

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

If I Should Die (Revenants #3)
Author: Amy Plum
Expected Publication: May 7, 2013

I will not lose another person I love. I will not let history repeat itself.

Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future together was shattered. He was betrayed by someone we both called a friend, and I lost him. Now our enemy is determined to rule over France’s immortals, and willing to wage a war to get what they want.

It shouldn’t be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality. I know Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he’s not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him.

After what we’ve already fought to achieve, a life without Vincent is unimaginable. He once swore to avoid dying—to go against his nature and forsake sacrificing himself for others—so that we could be together. How can I not risk everything to bring my love back to me?


So excited for this!! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

New Releases January 22-January 28

Boundless (Unearthly #3)
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: January 22, 2013

The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California - and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfil her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.


Double Crossed: A Spies and Thieves Story
Author: Ally Carter
Expected Publication: January 22, 2013

Macey McHenry—Glamorous society girl or spy-in-training?

W.W. Hale V—Heir to an American dynasty or master thief?

There are two sides to every coin. Whether these two can work together is a tossup.

Born into privilege, Macey and Hale are experts at mingling with the upper class. But even if they’ve never raised an eyebrow at the glitz, neither teenager has ever felt at home with the glamour.

When Macey and Hale meet at a society gala, the party takes a dangerous turn. Suddenly they’re at the center of a hostage situation, and it’s up to them to stop the thugs from becoming hostile. Will Macey’s spy skills and Hale’s con-man ways be enough to outsmart a ruthless gang? Or will they have to seek out the ultimate inside girl to help?

The worlds of Heist Society and the Gallagher Girls collide in Ally Carter’s fast-paced, high-stakes and tantalizing new story. Get a behind the scenes glimpse as Ally delivers an irresistible thriller that is full of her signature style and savvy twists.

Everbound (Everneath #2) 
Author: Brodi Ashton
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: January 22, 2013

Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity — a debt that should’ve been hers. She’s living a borrowed life, and she doesn’t know what to do with the guilt. And every night Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away.

Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen — and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to assist her in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.

Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated — and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack — even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own.

In this enthralling sequel to Everneath, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love.


Other New Releases This Week:
The Archived (The Archived #1) by Victoria Schwab (1/22/13) [Hyperion]
Ravage (Deviants #1) by Jeff Sampson (1/22/13) [Balzer + Bray]

Monday, January 21, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Settings I'd Like To See More Of (Or At All)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. It was created due to their love of lists.

This Weeks Topic Is:
Top Ten Settings I'd Like To See More Of (Or At All)

1. Hawaii, USA

2. London

3. Japan

4. Paris

5. Italy

6. Scotland

7. New York, USA

8. Colorado, USA

9. Road Trips - Multiple places!!!

10. Lakes (There are tons of awesome lakes all around the US and the world)

Cover Reveal: Blurred by Tara Fuller

Blurred Blurb:

Cash is haunted by things. Hungry, hollow things. They only leave him alone when Anaya, Heaven’s beautiful reaper, is around. Cash has always been good with girls, but Anaya isn’t like the others. She’s dead. And with his deteriorating health, Cash might soon be as well.

Anaya never breaks the rules, but the night of the fire she recognized part of Cash’s soul—and doomed him to something worse than death. Cash’s soul now resides in an expired body, making him a shadow walker—a rare, coveted being that can walk between worlds. A being creatures of the underworld would do anything to get their hands on.

The lines between life and death are blurring, and Anaya and Cash find themselves falling helplessly over the edge. Trapped in a world where the living don’t belong, can Cash make it out alive?


About Tara:

Tara Fuller writes novels. Some about grim reapers​. Some about witches. All of course are delightfully full of teen angst and kissing. Tara grew up in a one stop light town in Oklahoma where once upon a time she stayed up with a flash light reading RL Stine novels and only dreamed of becoming a writer. She has a slight obsession with music and a shameless addiction for zombie fiction, Mystery Science Theater, and black and white mochas. Tara no longer lives in a one stop light town. Now she lives with her family in a slightly larger town in North Carolina where they have at least three stoplights.



Giveaway!!!!

So ARC's aren't available for Blurred yet but the winner will get the first one when they are!! :D


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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Stacking The Shelves [#38]

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

Bought:
  • Shades of Earth (Across The Universe #3) by Beth Revis (Goodreads/Amazon/Book Depository)
Library:
  • For Darkness Shows The Stars (For Darkness Shows The Stars #1) by Diana Peterfreund (Goodreads/Amazon/Book Depository)
  • Unraveling (Unraveling #1) by Elizabeth Norris (Goodreads/Amazon/Book Depository)
  • Gravity (The Taking #1) by Melissa West (Goodreads/Amazon/Book Depository)
  • Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown (Goodreads/Amazon/Book Depository)
NetGalley:
  • Dare You To (Pushing The Limits #2) by Katie McGarry (Goodreads/Amazon/Book Depository)
Thank you Harlequin UK! :D :D

Weekly Recap:
Reviews:
 
Cover Reveals:
 
Memes and Other Posts:

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
Pages: 465
Source: ARC/Borrowed

tick, tick, tick, tick, tick
it's almost
time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.



Review: This book is beyond amazing! If you enjoyed Shatter Me you MUST pick this book up! So much happened!!! So many mind blowing things were revealed!!! Its gonna be so hard to write this review without revealing the massive spoilers!!!! But I'll try (and still try to do the book justice)!So maybe I'll start with something not spoilery at all? Kenji!!!! This guy is pretty awesome! Totally crushing on him after reading this!!! He was actually really cool in this book. Ok, first of all, how cool is his gift to be invisible??? I just love that so much! And it definitely comes in handy in this book! Second, Kenji was seriously being an awesome friend in this book! He was there for Juliette in times when she felt all alone, especially dealing with this thing with Adam. He knew when to be serious with her and just listen, but he also knew when to crack a joke to try and cheer her up as well. I was very happy that we got to see a lot of Kenji in this book! Especially since we got to see him being his true self. 

Adam... Hmm... I still love Adam and I shall let everyone know. Unlike a bunch of people who flipped teams in this book I am still firmly on TEAM ADAM!!!! I definitely felt for him throughout the book. He really struggled. He felt like he didn't belong at Omega Point because it really didn't look like he had a gift. So this isn't as spoilery I'll let it out. Adam does have a gift. He just didn't realize it! His gift is kinda hard to explain though so I'll let you guys find out about it in the book. :P But his gift does pertain to why he can touch Juliette. His gift is also part of the reason why they have some problems in this book. :( I was also shocked at the revelation that was made about Adam and his father and his family. I am in no way letting this one out of the bag but it is SHOCKING!!! I promise! Adam... Man... He has a hard to dealing with this. And I don't blame him. But like I said, I still love him anyways. TEAM ADAM!!! :D

Juliette. Girl, you need to get a hold of your gift! She really struggled getting a grip on her gift and being able to control it but hey, there is one instance in this book where I didn't want her to control it. But for good reason. I felt kinda bad for Juliette when it came to Adam because not only was he dealing with stuff but so was she, and it was hard for both of them to deal. Especially since one of those issues dealt directly with their relationship. :( I also felt bad for her since Warner ended up at Omega Point for a bit as a hostage (you hear that right), and also managed to turn her life upside down while he was there. UGH! I STILL DON'T LIKE WARNER!!! NOT A FAN! Sorry people. Still not jumping teams. I was so disappointed to find out about him having a gift (yeah, he has one too), still not that big of a shocker. I was even more disappointed though at what happened between Warner and Juliette. I don't like him! He may be a lot more nicer in this book and I may not dislike him 100% but I still don't want him with Juliette. Though this particular scene will make all you Warner fans ecstatic! And the ending... THE ENDING!!!! I have very mixed feelings on this so I will just not share my thoughts on it. But I promise, it is a fantastic way to end the book! 


5 Stars!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday [#71]

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

Die For Her (Revenants #2.5)
Author: Amy Plum
Expected Publication: April 2, 2013

Set in the romantic and death-defying world of the international bestselling Die for Me trilogy, this digital original novella follows Jules, a brooding, immortal French artist who has fallen in love with his best friend’s girlfriend.

Jules Marchenoir is a revenant-an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save human lives. He’s spent the better part of the last century flirting his way through Paris, but when he met Kate Mercier, the heroine from Amy Plum’s Die for Me trilogy, he knew his afterlife had changed forever and he had found the love of his life. Until Kate fell for his best friend, Vincent. Now Jules is faced with an impossible decision: choosing between his loyal friend and a love truly worth dying for.


EEEEPPPPPPP!!! Jules!!!! I can't even begin to describe how excited I am for this! I love Jules!!! So excited to read his novella!!! Anybody else love Jules as much as me??? 

What are you waiting on this week?

Cover Reveal: The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

 The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) by Michelle Hodkin


AHHHHHHHH!!! I don't think I can describe my excitement over this cover! I love this cover so much!!!! It definitely fits better with the first cover of the trilogy. I wasn't as big of a fan of Evolutions cover because it didn't go as well with the Unbecoming. Though this one fits so well with the first one and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I think this is going to be my fave cover of all three books. I love how it looks more like the first but I also love how its lighter in color and the pose on the cover. I just love this cover! Lol. The Retribution of Mara Dyer's expected publication is October 22, 2013!
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