Saturday, July 27, 2013

Stacking The Shelves [#60]

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

Bought For Kindle:
Bought (Physical Books):
Library:
Weekly Recap:
Giveaways:

Thursday, July 25, 2013

2013 Reading Road Trip: Wyoming

Hi everyone! Its time for my second stop on the Reading Road Trip! Today your visiting Wyoming!!! And you guys are in for such a treat! My awesome friend Kylee @ Babbling of a Bookaholic helped me out with this post because not only is she from Wyoming, but shes also currently there right now! So she helped me come up with some awesome stuff for this post!  So thanks again to Britta & Hafsah for hosting the Reading Road Trip.

So instead of posting just a list I'm gonna post the questions I asked Kylee because she did a great job at answering them. And I dont wanna mess up some of the answers cuz they are awesome!!!!

1. Is there any fun facts about Wyoming? (And they can be fun facts about anything about Wyoming) 

We have the largest coal mine in the USA. If you're from Wyoming or live here you more than likely believe in coal and mining it. Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote, being a woman myself and believing in our rights I'm really proud of this. We're nicknamed the 'Cowboy State' and all of our license plates have a cowboy riding a bucking horse on them. :)

2. Is there any "Key lingo (like words or something only people that have lived in Wyoming will understand)?"

I've never really thought of this but I don't think so. I think I would notice since I've lived in Arizona as well so it was a different state. My family and friends refer to Gillette, Wyoming as G-Town. We even have a sign for it that we do with our hands.


3. What do you love about the place (this can also be anything (and if its something awesome you wanna show people like a place or something, totally include a pic!))?

Like I said I've lived half my life in Wyoming and then half of it mostly in Arizona and off and on in Wyoming. I really appreciate how Wyoming smells. I know, that is EXTREMELY weird but you have to go visit Arizona and just smell the deadness of the state (yes deadness) and then come to Wyoming and smell how fresh, beautiful, and clean it is here. I also really appreciate the scenery. It's breath taking almost everywhere you look. I also appreciate the fact that I can see cows almost anywhere as they are my favorite animal. I included two pictures for your post, one is of a flower field in the Big Horn Mountains. The other is a picture from last Christmas of a bunch of buffalo, I took it from the side of the road.

(Ok, so my computers currently being a brat so I'll upload the pics later when its not being such a pain!!!)

The other questions are more general.

4. What are some general facts about Wyoming (like state bird or animal or something like that)? 

Our state bird is the Western Meadowlark, our state flower is the Indian Paintbrush (it's very pretty), our state mammal is the Bison which I showed you a picture of, our state fish is the Cutthroat Trout, our state reptile is the Horned Toad, our state gem is the jade, and our state motto is "Equal rights"!

5. Do you know of any authors that live in Wyoming? Or any interesting literary things that have happened in Wyoming? 

Jessica Sorensen lives in Wyoming! I loved her book The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden which takes place in Laramie, Wyoming! I also know that Cynthia Hand's novel Unearthly takes place in Jackson Hole, Wyoming but she doesn't live in Wyoming.

The Giveaway!!!

Books to choose from:
  • Unearthly, Hallowed or Boundless by Cynthia Hand
  • Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown

Rules:
  • US Only
  • Winner has 48 hours to respond to email
  • Ends August 16
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday [#96]

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

Origin (Lux #4) 
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Expected Publication: August 27, 2013

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?



I am so so so freaking excited for Origin!!!! I was so freaking sad at the end of Opal and with the blurb above I am absolutely dying to get my hands on this!!!!!!! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

2013 Reading Road Trip: Colorado

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by the Colorado stop of the Reading Road Trip!!! This is my first of two states I'm hosting (the other being Wyoming on Thursday)! Sorry its a bit late getting up (I haven't really been home that much to post lately). I've been pretty busy as of late so I haven't had the chance to really schedule much in advance!!!! But I'm here now, thats what counts!!! So thanks to Britta (I Like These Books) & Hafsah (IceyBooks) for hosting the Reading Road Trip!

About Colorado:
  • Capital: Denver
  • Nickname: Centennial State
  • Motto: Nil Sine Numine - Nothing Without The Deity
  • State Animal: Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
  • State Bird: Lark Bunting
  • State Flower: White and Lavender Columbine
  • State Songs: Where The Columbines Grow and Rocky Mountain High (I like that song) :)

Fun Facts:
  • The largest flat-top mountain in the world is located in Colorado. It is known as Grand Mesa.
  • Colorado means “colored red”(I didnt know that before)
  • Colorado contains 75% of the land area of the U.S. with an altitude over 10,000 feet. 
  • The United States Air Force Academy is located in Colorado Springs. 
  • A strange state law that would seem common sense states that it is illegal for any person to throw a missile at a car. (LOL!)
 So I actually learned a few things researching Colorado! So now on to the giveaway!

Books To Choose From:
  • Nightshade (or Wolfsbane or Bloodrose) by Andrea Cremer
  • Rules of Atrraction (Perfect Chemictry #2) by Simone Elkeles
  • Monument 14 (Monument 14, #1) by Emmy Laybourne
 Rules:
  • US Only
  • Ends August 13 (so it'll run for 3 weeks)
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday [#95]

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

Elusion 
Authors: Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam
Expected Publication: March 18, 2014

Soon, Elusion® will change the world and life as we know it.

A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life.

Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father’s unexpected death, Regan can’t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality.

Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it’s addictive and dangerous— Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty…a decision that will affect the lives of millions.

Suspense, thrills, and romance fuel this near-future story about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world, and how far one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions.



This books sounds really good! After the cover reveal for it a few weeks back and reading the blurb I knew this would be a book I'd have to give a try. And the cover is really pretty too!!! 

What are you waiting on this week?

New Releases July 9-July 15

Shadow of the Mark (Carrier #2) 
Author: Leigh Fallon
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: July 9, 2013

Leigh Fallon’s Shadow of the Mark, the sequel to Carrier of the Mark, is a captivating love story set against the lush backdrop of Ireland.

Megan knew she was destined to be with Adam from the first moment she saw him and now they are determined to be together. But Megan and Adam are Marked Ones, and a romance between two Marked Ones is strictly forbidden…and could cause worldwide devastation.

Leigh Fallon’s Shadow of the Mark is a great choice for readers who love Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush.


Other New Releases This Week: 
Life's A Witch (Life's A Witch #2) by Brittany Geragotelis (7/9/13) [Simon & Schuster]
Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt (7/9/13) [Simon Pulse]

Monday, July 8, 2013

Stacking The Shelves [#59]

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

Library:
Bought for Kindle:

Once Upon A Read-a-Thon 2013 Goals

Its time for the Once Upon a Read-a-Thon hosted by Lori at Pure Imagination, Angela & Loretta at Reading Angels and Candace at Candace's Book Blog.!!! I took part in this last year and loved it so I decided to take part in it again this year!!! :)

Books I Hope To Read:
  • Dance of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #2) by Bethany Griffin
  • The Impossibility of Tomorrow (Incarnation #2) by Avery Williams
  • This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
  • Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) by Kasie West
  • Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Cover Reveal: Creators by Tiffany Truitt

Today Tiffany Truitt and Entangled Teen are revealing the final cover for The Lost Souls Trilogy, CREATORS. Along with an exclusive excerpt and a pre-order giveaway that Tiffany has set up on her blog!

On to the reveal!

Blurb:
Heartbroken but more determined than ever after a tense showdown in the woods, sixteen-year-old Tess once again returns to the safety of her community of Isolationists. Bolstered by new alliances and desperate to protect those she loves, this time she knows she can return stronger and more powerful than ever to take back what is hers.

As she trains in combat and grows more confident, Tess receives beautiful letters penned by her forbidden love, the chosen one James, from his prison in Templeton. He is now serving as a bodyguard to the creators—the team of scientists who created artificial life in the first place. And what he has discovered about the true origin of the illness that halted natural life could change everything.
Enemy will become ally and death will bring new hope in this stunning conclusion to Tiffany Truitt’s epic Lost Souls trilogy.

Exclusive Excerpt!
Somewhere, James was just as trapped as I was.
            I thought of the morning when we lay with each other, curled against one another, never beginning and never ending. How we’d stayed like that till the sun began to rise.
            James had reached down and pulled me off the ground. He wore a satisfied grin on his face. “Someone is mighty proud of himself,” I teased.
            He laughed. It bounced through the forest, calling it awake. Readying it for the day. “I’m just insanely happy.”
            I stood on the tips of my toes and kissed him gently on his scar. “I’m insanely happy too,” I whispered.
            James looked down at me, and I was lost all over again. I would never tire of looking into those mismatched eyes. They didn’t make him different. They made him him. He chuckled as he reached over and pulled a leaf from my tangled hair. “They’ll know just by looking at you that we’ve been up to no good.”
            “No good?” I purred. “I thought it was very, very good.”
            James growled and lifted me into the air. I wrapped my legs around his waist as he pressed his lips hungrily against mine. I moved my hands to his hair, curling my fingers into it, attaching myself to him. I never wanted to let go. Every part of me ached to be touched by him, and every part of me ached to touch him right back.
            “Do you know how much I love you?” he breathed into the base of my neck. His lips fluttered against my skin.
            I nodded, kissing the top of his head. “As much as I love you.”
            James slowly put my feet back on the ground. He cradled my face in his hands. “That will never change. No matter what.”
            I looked deep into his eyes. “I know.” Because I did. It was one of life’s few assurances. I would always love James.
            I pressed my lips once again to his scar. “I adore this scar,” I whispered, unable to hide the smile that seemed etched on my face all morning.
            “You’re enough to drive a man crazy,” he said The tremble of his voice caused my toes to curl. I wanted him again. And again. And again.
            My fingers traced the waist of his pants. “Tonight?” I said, knowing full well it was a promise that I probably wouldn’t be able to keep.
            James grabbed my hand and brought it to his lips. “Tonight,” he echoed.
            As the sun climb higher into the sky, I knew our moment was coming to an end. James reached down and placed his hand over my heart. “Thank you,” he said.
            “For what?” I asked, my voice choked with emotion.
            “For everything.”
            As the memory slipped away, I looked back up at the night sky. Praying and hoping that James knew how much I wanted to thank him too.
            For everything.

About Tiffany:
Tiffany Truitt was born in Peoria, Illinois. A self-proclaimed Navy brat, Tiffany spent most of her childhood living in Virginia, but don’t call her a Southerner. She also spent a few years living in Cuba. Since her time on the island of  one McDonalds and Banana Rats (don’t ask), she has been obsessed with traveling. Tiffany recently added China to her list of travels (hello inspiration for a new book).
Besides traveling, Tiffany has always been an avid reader. The earliest books she remembers reading belong to The Little House on the Prairie Series. First book she read in one day? Little Woman(5th grade). First author she fell in love with? Jane Austen in middle school. Tiffany spent most of her high school and college career as a literary snob. She refused to read anything considered “low brow” or outside the “classics.”
Tiffany began teaching middle school in 2006. Her students introduced her to the wide, wonderful world of Young Adult literature. Today, Tiffany embraces popular Young Adult literature and uses it in her classroom. She currently teaches the following novels: The OutsidersSpeakNight, Dystopian Literature Circles: The Hunger GamesThe GiverThe Uglies, and Matched.
Tiffany is proud to call herself an educator and Young Adult author. Her first book will be published by Entangled Publishing.

Also Tiffany has a Pre-Order Contest going on over at her blog http://tiffanytruitt.wordpress.com/ three lucky people that pre-order CREATORS will win a signed Cassandra Clare poster!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday [#94]

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

Fragile Spirits (Souls #2) 
Author: Mary Lindsey
Expected Publication: January 23, 2014

Paul has always known he was a Protector, fated to serve a Speaker who could hear the voices of spirits lingering after death and help those souls find peace.

Vivienne ignores the voices of the dead.

Paul has always followed the Protector’s rule book, preparing diligently for the day when he’d be matched with his Speaker and fulfill his destiny.

Vivienne never does what she’s told.

So when Paul is matched with Vivienne, they both find the pairing less than satisfactory. But a kidnapping, a malevolent spirit and power stronger than both of them may just prove that they are two halves of the same whole.

In a stunning story about the beauty of fate and the power of secrets, Mary Lindsey returns to the world of Shattered Souls with a breathtaking thrill-ride of a novel.



I loved Shattered Souls so freaking much!!!! It was so goooooood!!!!! I am absolutely dying to get my hands on its sequel!!! And I really love this cover!!!! I just love the colors and how the pink really pops out!!! AHHHHH!!! Why does January have to be so far away?!?!?!

What are you waiting on this week?

July 2013 TBR Pile

TBR Pile:
  • Siege (As The World Dies #3) by Rhiannon Frater
  • This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
  • The Crown of Embers (Fire & Thorns #2) by Rae Carson
  • Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2) by Laini Taylor
  • Venom (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #1) by Fiona Paul
  • Black City (Black City #1) by Elizabeth Richards
  • Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins
  • The Impossibility of Tomorrow (Incarnation #2) by Avery Williams
  • Reboot (Reboot #1) by Amy Tintera
  • Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols
  • Dance of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #2) by Bethany Griffin

New Releases July 2-July 8

The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: July 2, 2013

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.


Shutdown (Glitch #3)
Author: Heather Anastasiu
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: July 2, 2013

The battle is all but over, and hope seems to be lost. Zoe and her fellow Resistance fighters are on the run, having lost their home, their protection, and their leader. They are outnumbered and outmatched by the powerful corporation that controls the world, and the cruel Chancellor is inches away from completing a scheme that would kill most of humanity. Zoe's only remaining option is to chase the impossible dream of upending the Link system, freeing the world from the hardware that controls their thoughts and emotions, and hope it will trigger a revolution.

The plot requires a nearly impossible mission to infiltrate the dangerous Community, and it is a task that Zoe must unfortunately complete alone. With challenges and surprises at every turn, nothing goes according to plan. Adrien's visions of the future now show two possible outcomes: one in which they succeed, and one in which humanity falls. It all lies in Zoe's hands.

Full of romance, high-adrenaline action and shocking twists, Shutdown is a heart-pounding conclusion to an exciting sci-fi adventure trilogy for young adults.

The thrilling conclusion to an action-packed sci-fi trilogy.

Other New Releases This Week:
Vortex (Insignia #2) by S.J. Kincaid (7/2/13) [Katherine Tegen]
The Twice Lost (Lost Voices #3) by Sarah Porter (7/2/13) [Houghton Mifflin Harcourt]
This Strange and Familiar Place (So Close To You #2) by Rachel Carter (7/2/13) [Harper Teen]
Awaken (Abandon Trilogy #3) by Meg Cabot (7/2/13) [Point]

Monday, July 1, 2013

Cover Reveal: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

ORIGIN official Blurb:

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.


All Katy can do is survive. 


Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?


Together, they can face anything. 


But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together?


Expected Publication: August 27, 2013


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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