Friday, September 27, 2013

Review: The Transfer by Veronica Roth

The Transfer: A Divergent Story
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Pages: 50
Source: Kindle Book

More Four! Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by "The Transfer," the first of four new short stories told from Four’s perspective. Each brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory, and relationships.

Review: More Four!!!! I really enjoyed this first book in the short stories about Four! We really got a great glimpse into his life before he transferred to Dauntless. I was really sad about how badly his dad treated him in it. Abnegation seems to chill on the outside but you never realize the bad things that can go on behind the scenes when no one is watching. I thought Four was really brave to make that huge change after everything. Most people would have been to scared to. And his dads reaction was priceless when he chose to join Dauntless instead of stay in Abnegation. 

5 Stars!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

New Releases September 17-September 23

United We Spy (Gallagher Girls #6)
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: September 17, 2013

Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie—and her country—forever.


Once We Were (The Hybrid Chronicles #2)
Author: Kat Zhang
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: September 17, 2013

"I'm lucky just to be alive."

Eva was never supposed to have survived this long. As the recessive soul, she should have faded away years ago. Instead, she lingers in the body she shares with her sister soul, Addie. When the government discovered the truth, they tried to “cure” the girls, but Eva and Addie escaped before the doctors could strip Eva’s soul away.

Now fugitives, Eva and Addie find shelter with a group of hybrids who run an underground resistance. Surrounded by others like them, the girls learn how to temporarily disappear to give each soul some much-needed privacy. Eva is thrilled at the chance to be alone with Ryan, the boy she’s falling for, but troubled by the growing chasm between her and Addie. Despite clashes over their shared body, both girls are eager to join the rebellion.

Yet as they are drawn deeper into the escalating violence, they start to wonder: How far are they willing to go to fight for hybrid freedom? Faced with uncertainty and incredible danger, their answers may tear them apart forever.

3:59
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: September 17, 2013

Josie Byrne's life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend Nick has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she's betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can't get worse.

Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time—3:59 a.m.

Jo's life is everything Josie wants: she's popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they're just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror – Jo.

Josie and Jo realize that they are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo's perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to jump through the portal and switch places for a day.

But Jo’s world is far from perfect. Not only is Nick not Jo's boyfriend, he hates her. Jo's mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh.

By the end of the day, Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there’s a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it’s too late?

From master of suspense Gretchen McNeil comes a riveting and deliciously eerie story about the lives we wish we had – and how they just might kill you.


The Dream Thieves (Raven Cycle #2)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: September 17, 2013

The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after...


Other New Releases This Week:
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales (9/17/13) [Farrar, Straus & Giroux]
Frozen (Heart of Dread #1) by Melissa de la Cruz & Michael Johnston (9/17/13) [Putnam Juvenile]
The Wicked Within (Gods & Monsters #3) by Kelly Keaton (9/17/13) [Simon Pulse]
The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy #1) by Sherry Thomas (9/17/13) [Balzer + Bray]
The Taming of the Tights (Misadventures of Tallulah Casey #3) by Louise Rennison (9/17/13) [Harper Teen]
The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker & Holmes #1) by Colleen Gleason (9/17/13) [Chronicle Books]
Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts (9/17/13) [Farrar, Straus & Giroux]

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

New Releases September 10-September 16

Monsters (Ashes Trilogy #3)
Author: Ilsa J. Bick
Publisher: Egmont USA
Publication Date: September 10, 2013

The Changed are on the move. The Spared are out of time. The End...is now.

When her parents died, Alex thought things couldn't get much worse-until the doctors found the monster in her head.

She headed into the wilderness as a good-bye, to leave everything behind. But then the end of the world happened, and Alex took the first step down a treacherous road of betrayal and terror and death.

Now, with no hope of rescue-on the brink of starvation in a winter that just won't quit-she discovers a new and horrifying truth.

The Change isn't over.
The Changed are still evolving.
And...they've had help.

With this final volume of The Ashes Trilogy, Ilsa J. Bick delivers a riveting, blockbuster finish, returning readers to a brutal, post-apocalyptic world where no one is safe and hope is in short supply.

A world where, from these ashes, the monsters may rise.


The Chaos of Stars
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: September 10, 2013

Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.

Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.

Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.

Thornhill (Hemlock #2)
Author: Kathleen Peacock
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Publication Date: September 10, 2013

Mac can’t lose another friend. Even if he doesn’t want to be found.

The ripple effect caused by Mac’s best friend Amy’s murder has driven Mac’s new love, Kyle, to leave Hemlock and disappear from her life forever. But Mac knows that Kyle plans to enroll in a rehabilitation camp, where he can live with other werewolves. She refuses to accept his decision, especially since the camps are rumored to be tortuous. So she sets out in search of Kyle with a barely sober Jason—and Amy’s all-seeing ghost—in tow.

Clues lead Mac to find Kyle in a werewolf den in Colorado—but their reunion is cut short by a Tracker raid. Now Mac and Kyle are trapped inside the electric fences of Thornhill, a camp for young werewolves. As she devises an escape plan, Mac uncovers dangerous secrets buried within the walls of Thornhill—and realizes that the risk to the people she loves is greater than ever before.


Other New Releases This Week:
Smoke (Burned #2) by Ellen Hopkins (9/10/13) [Margaret K. McElderry]
Antigoddess (Goddess War #1) by Kendare Blake (9/10/13) [Tor Teen]
Rogue (Croak #3) by Gina Damico (9/10/13) [Graphia]
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (9/10/13) [St. Martin's Griffin]
The Final Descent (The Monstrumologist #4) by Rick Yancey (9/10/13) [Simon & Schuster]

Monday, September 9, 2013

Review: Siege by Rhiannon Frater

Siege (As The World Dies #3)
Author: Rhiannon Frater
Publisher: Tor
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Pages: 368
Source: Paperback/Library

As the survivors continue to seek stability in their lives,
forces both inside and outside the fort walls move
them toward a final, climactic conflict between
the living and the dead.  Jenni, Katie and the others
discover that they are not alone, that there is another
enclave of survivors whose leaders plan to take over the fort.

Faced with a series of difficult decisions, each choice they
make could lead to the deaths of those they love or, if not
careful, their own demise.

Meanwhile, an army of the dead is descending on the fort.
Soon, the living will face their ultimate fear...

...a siege by the dead.

But they will fight to the end to survive...

As the world dies.


Review: This was such a bittersweet ending for me!!! Even with that though I still loved this book to pieces! I don't know where to start with this book! I guess I'll start with the action part of the book. In the last book we ended with someone from the military watching the fort. The military that was watching them plays a huge role in this book! They are working for the vice president, now president who apparently survived and are part of another huge group of survivors somewhere else in Texas (Madison Mall I think). These survivors are under much stricter rules than at the fort though. One of the Madison Mall survivors though happens to be Blanche's sister. And she has this very strict idea of how the survivors are to live now. And she wants to make the fort a part of that plan too. Though things dont exactly work out the way she hopes they will when it comes to that plan. 

The fort itself had its own amount of drama. The vigilante is still on the loose throughout most of the book, causing tons of havoc. Blanche is causing an immense amount of drama and even shoots some people just to try and leave because she thinks she'll do better at her own house because her luxuries are there. And then lies when she gets caught. Idiot! No one is going to believe her since all she does is cause drama. On top of that they are dealing with hordes of zombies coming their way and the military group. They just had a whole lot to deal with. 

I really enjoyed the multiple POV's again. I also really enjoyed their incorporation of the spirits of the deceased! That made many scenes very very interesting! I was very excited that Katie had her baby! After everything that happened in this book the baby made a nice happy ending to it! The rest was bittersweet however. One of the main characters dies and many of the side characters die due to the zombie horde. I was happy yet really sad with the ending!

5 Stars!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Stacking The Shelves [#62]

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

Birthday Present:
  • Sky On Fire (Monument 14, #2) by Emmy Laybourne 
Bought:
  • Lies (Gone #3) by Michael Grant
Library:
  • Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades #3) by E L James
  • Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike
  • The Duff by Kody Keplinger
  • Unraveling (Unraveling #1) by Elizabeth Norris
  • Unbreakable (Unraveling #2) by Elizabeth Norris
  • Origin by Jessica Khoury
Bought For Kindle:
  • Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • The Transfer: A Divergent Story by Veronica Roth
  • Phoenix Overture (Newsoul #2.5) by Jodi Meadows

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday [#98]

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

Three (Article 5, #3) 
Author: Kristen Simmons
Expected Publication: February 11, 2014

The conclusion to Kristen Simmons’s postapocalyptic YA trilogy that began with Article 5

Ember Miller and Chase Jennings are ready to stop running. After weeks spent in hiding as two of the Bureau of Reformation’s most wanted criminals, they have finally arrived at the safe house, where they hope to live a safe and quiet existence.

And all that’s left is smoking ruins.

Devastated by the demolition of their last hope, Ember and Chase follow the only thing left to them—tracks leading away from the wreckage. The only sign that there may have been survivors.

With their high profile, they know they can’t stay out in the open for long. They take shelter in the wilderness and amidst the ruins of abandoned cities as they follow the tracks down the coast, eventually finding refugees from the destroyed safe house. Among them is someone from Chase’s past—someone he never thought he’d see again.

Banding together, they search for a place to hide, aiming for a settlement a few of them have heard about…a settlement that is rumored to house the nebulous organization known as Three. The very group that has provided Ember with a tiny ray of hope ever since she was first forced on the run.

Three is responsible for the huge network of underground safe houses and resistance groups across the country. And they may offer Ember her only chance at telling the world her story.

At fighting back.



As everyone knows I absolutely loved Article 5 and Breaking Point! They were such good books and I'm dying to know what happens after how Breaking Point ended! :D

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

New Releases September 3-September 9

Sweet Legacy (Medusa Girls #3)
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Publication Date: September 3, 2013

Greer has always known she was privileged, though she had no idea how special her second sight made her, even among her triplet monster-fighting sisters. But when a god starts playing with her mind, can Greer step up in her pretty high heels to prevent anything from stopping her sisters’ mission?

Grace loves her adopted brother, Thane, but now that he’s back and has joined her sisters’ team, it’s clear his past is full of dark mysteries. She wants to trust him, but will Thane’s secret put the girls in even more danger?

Gretchen knows she can rely on her sisters to help her stop the monsters. But after getting to know some of the beasties in the abyss, she finds her role as a huntress comes with more responsibility than she ever imagined. How can she know what her birthright demands of her now?

The girls cannot hesitate as they seek the location of the lost door between the realms, even as monsters and gods descend on San Francisco in battle-ready droves. In this exciting conclusion to the Sweet Venom trilogy, these teenage heirs of Medusa must seek the truth, answer the ancient riddles, and claim their immortal legacy.


Phoenix Overture (Newsoul #2.5)
Author: Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Publication Date: September 3, 2013

This breathtaking and lyrical novella captures a thrilling and momentous decision for a young man and the people he loves. Told from the perspective of Sam, the sensitive musician from Jodi Meadows’s Incarnate series, lifetimes before he meets Ana, Phoenix Overture is a story of love and loss, strength and courage, and facing the consequences of the hardest of decisions.

Phoenix Overture offers existing fans a deeper insight into a favorite character and the intriguing history of Heart, while new readers will find a stunning introduction to this rich world and the romantic, captivating fantasy of the Incarnate series.

In the wilds around the Community where Sam and his family have taken shelter, life is dangerous. Dragons, trolls, centaurs, and other monsters fill the world. The word comes from the council that everyone must leave and journey to rescue their leader, Janan, who has been abducted by a mysterious new enemy in the north. Faced with overwhelming threats that bring death and destruction, Sam and the others reach the northern Range and, reunited with Janan, are given an unimaginable opportunity. Although it would give them the privilege to live and learn and love without fear, the choice is not without its own dire consequences. And lives—though not theirs—are sure to be lost. Just how much are they willing to give up to save themselves?

The Coldest Girl In Coldtown
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little, Brown
Publication Date: September 3, 2013

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.


Other New Releases This Week:
Eternity (Fury #3) by Elizabeth Miles (9/3/13) [Simon Pulse]
All Our Yesterdays (Cassandra Chroinicles #1) by Cristin Terrill (9/3/13) [Disney Hyperion]
Eternal (Winterhaven #3) by Kristi Cook (9/3/13) [Simon Pulse]
Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst (9/3/13) [Walker]
Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney (9/3/13) [Bloomsbury USA]
Leap of Faith by Jamie Blair (9/3/13) [Simon & Schuster]
The Transfer: A Divergent Story by Veronica Roth (9/3/13) [Katherine Tegen]

Sweet Legacy Blog Blitz

Blurb:

Greer has always known she was privileged, though she had no idea how special her second sight made her, even among her triplet monster-fighting sisters. But when a god starts playing with her mind, can Greer step up in her pretty high heels to prevent anything from stopping her sisters’ mission?

Grace loves her adopted brother, Thane, but now that he’s back and has joined her sisters’ team, it’s clear his past is full of dark mysteries. She wants to trust him, but will Thane’s secret put the girls in even more danger?

Gretchen knows she can rely on her sisters to help her stop the monsters. But after getting to know some of the beasties in the abyss, she finds her role as a huntress comes with more responsibility than she ever imagined. How can she know what her birthright demands of her now?

The girls cannot hesitate as they seek the location of the lost door between the realms, even as monsters and gods descend on San Francisco in battle-ready droves. In this exciting conclusion to the Sweet Venom trilogy, these teenage heirs of Medusa must seek the truth, answer the ancient riddles, and claim their immortal legacy. 


Buy Links: Indiebound/Amazon/Apple/Barnes & Noble/Books-A-Million/Book Depository

Author Links: Website/Twitter/Facebook/Sweet Legacy

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  • She graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Her first three years of school were all in French
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