Archive | May, 2014

Ah’ll Be Bahck

That’s right, I’m outta here! Not really out-out, though. Next week is BEA week, which means that the blogosphere will be pretty much dead. Not that I don’t LOVE you all who are staying home, but decreased readership gives me the perfect excuse to have a blogging staycation!

Seriously, I plan to do absolutely nothing.

Okay, so I’ll really be doing my version of nothing, which is power-reading through a stack of review books, but hey! No posting is no posting, and I’m looking forward to it. So that means no Rewind & Review, no reviews, no Cover Love, nothing. Y’all have fun in NYC, and I’ll see you when you get back!

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Cover Love #57

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Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

I think if all the world participated in Cover Love, all the world would choose this cover this week. (And to the parts of the blogging world not participating in Cover Love, what’s your excuse, eh?) HarperCollins didn’t just knock it out of the park with this cover; they knocked it off the dang planet. Guys, I don’t even know how to analyze this one. It’s too beautiful. I mean, LOOK AT IT. The colors, the watercolor clouds, the absolute beauty of both cities… Ugh. I can’t.

What do you think of this cover? Are you excited to read the book? Do you have secret connections that you could me this book?!

 

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BEA Tips (Part Six) – BEA Meets #DiversifyYourShelves

One week. BEA is one week away. I envy you all, I really do. Well, I envy you the fun you’ll have in about a week, but not so much the helter-skelter running around you’ll have to do to get ready. Hopefully, you’ve been following my BEA Tips series so that most of your planning is already done. (Here are Parts One, Two, Three, Four, and Five.)

I had planned on Part Five being my last pre-BEA installment, but I thought of one last piece of information that was too important not to pass on. You most likely already have a good idea of which ARCs you want to grab and which authors you want to see. However, in the aftermath of #WeNeedDiverseBooks and #DiversifyYourShelves, I was thinking more about the intentionality of selecting and reading diverse books. So I went through the PW list of BEA Children’s Galleys To Grab and made a note of all the galleys with diverse characters or authors. Each book is listed under its publishing house (to make them easier to find at BEA) with a note on which age category its meant for and why the book was included on this list.

As always, there are conditions that need to be understood.

1) This is a list pulled only from PW’s Children’s Galleys list, of which you can see in totality here. You’re on your own for adult books.

2) The aforementioned list does not include all galleys that will appear at BEA. I have no way of knowing which books will pop up unannounced, nor did I pull any galleys from the Author Autographs list.

3) Diversity isn’t always baldly apparent. I pulled titles based on what I could glean from covers, synopses, author pictures, and author bios. So a book may have wonderful representations of multicultural characters or characters with disabilities, but it’s not mentioned in the synopses, so I won’t know. Or an author may be of a race other than white, and I wouldn’t know, either because I couldn’t find a picture or they still looked stereotypical white. So guys, don’t get super-legalistic with this list, okay? Continue Reading →

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Review: A CREATURE OF MOONLIGHT by Rebecca Hahn

A stunning debut novel about a girl who is half dragon, half human, and wholly herself.

As the only heir to the throne, Marni should have been surrounded by wealth and privilege, not living in exile-but now the time has come when she must choose between claiming her birthright as princess of a realm whose king wants her dead, and life with the father she has never known: a wild dragon who is sending his magical woods to capture her.

Fans of Bitterblue and Seraphina will be captured by A Creature of Moonlight, with its richly layered storytelling and the powerful choices its strong heroine must make.

Chances are, if you’re anything like me, you’re interested in this story for the dragon on the cover. Dragons are awesome. I can’t think of anything off the top of my head that would beat a dragon. But dragons are also hard. There have been some awful dragon books in the past, as well as some dragon books that are so great that they make the rest of the genre pale in comparison. (I’m looking at you, Seraphina.) So maybe, despite being inexorably drawn to A Creature of Moonlight, you’re also scared to actually start it. Well, let me help you out by telling you that this isn’t actually a dragon book, but instead one of the more beautiful fairytales I’ve ever read that happens to have a dragon in it. Continue Reading →

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Rewind & Review (50)

Rewind and review

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed

If you read ANY of those posts, read the first two. The Falconer is such a fantastic book, and finding and supporting books with diverse characters is so important. (Also, this is your daily reminder to enter my High & Dry INTL giveaway, which has diverse characters as well. Just so ya know.)

Stuff I Received

  • Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton (from Macmillan)

Stuff I Won

  • The Ring and the Crown by Melissa De La Cruz
  • Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz
  • Masquerade by Melissa De La Cruz (all from Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner via Penguin)

Thanks a bunch to Jamie, Macmillan (and the lovely Ksenia), and Penguin!

What I Read

  • Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein – Still trucking along through the audiobook. Rose has just met Irena. <3
  • The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes – Cute. Review to come.
  • Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale – Purposely tried to squeeze in a diverse read this week. No review from me. It was for fun!
  • The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell – Definitely different from what I anticipated but good. Review to come!
  • My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal – Took a long while for me to get into it, but ended up being alright. Review to come.
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DNF Review: KILLER INSTINCT by S.E. Green

She’s not evil, but she has certain… urges.

Lane is a typical teenager. Loving family. Good grades. Afterschool job at the local animal hospital. Martial arts enthusiast. But her secret obsession is studying serial killers. She understands them, knows what makes them tick.

Why?

Because she might be one herself.

Lane channels her dark impulses by hunting criminals—delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder. But with each visceral rush the line of self-control blurs.

And then a young preschool teacher goes missing. Only to return… in parts.

When Lane excitedly gets involved in the hunt for “the Decapitator,” the vicious serial murderer that has come to her hometown, she gets dangerously caught up in a web of lies about her birth dad and her own dark past. And once the Decapitator contacts Lane directly, Lane knows she is no longer invisible or safe. Now she needs to use her unique talents to find the true killer’s identity before she—or someone she loves—becomes the next victim…

This is a quick-and-dirty DNF review. I’ve had three DNF reads in the past month, and of the three, two I plan to return to. This is not one of those two. I am very particular about my serial killer books, especially when it comes to the psychology, methodology, terminology, etc. In this case, I didn’t get far enough into the story to judge any of those things. I just couldn’t stand one more second with Lane. Continue Reading →

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Cover Love #56

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Dane Washington is one suspension away from expulsion. In a high school full of “haves,” being a “have not” makes Dane feel like life is hurtling toward one big dead end. Billy D. spends his high school days in Special Ed and he’s not exactly a “have” himself. The biggest thing Billy’s missing? His dad. Billy is sure the riddles his father left in an atlas are really clues to finding him again and through a bizarre turn of events, he talks Dane into joining him on the search. 

A bully and a boy with Down syndrome makes for an unlikely friendship, but together, they work through the clues, leading to unmarked towns and secrets of the past. But they’re all dead ends. Until the final clue . . . and a secret Billy shouldn’t have been keeping.

I don’t normally go back and highlight covers of books I’ve already read. That said, I couldn’t pass up giving some love to Dead Ends. Okay, sure, I already give a ton of love to this book (you should totally read my review to find out why I love it so much), but the cover makes me happy.

I love the colors. They’re so clean and bright, almost like a fairy tale, but just crisp enough to keep us grounded. And oof da, the symbolism involved with the road, the “dead end” painted to look like a continuation, and the way the boys are peering over to the other side? I can’t.

What do you think of this cover? Have you read the book? If not, why the heck not? Get on it!

 

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BEA Tips (Part Five) – Packing

Can you feel it? Can you feel that electrical zing traveling up and down your spine and that flutter of fuzzy moth swings in your stomach every time you look at the calendar or remember the date and realize that you’re only TWO WEEKS AWAY from BEA?! I won’t be going this year, but I remember that feeling, and I’m over-the-moon excited for all of you!

Hopefully by now you have most of your planning done. Maybe? If you’re more of a last-minute person, you might want to peek back at the earlier installments of this series to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything. (Here are Parts One, Two, Three, and Four.) But now you have two weeks left to gather supplies, so here’s a packing list to start you out. Since I’m a girl, I made a list with girl things, but everything is here just supposed to be a foundation, so adapt what’s here as needed. Continue Reading →

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Top 10 Tuesday – Books With Diverse Characters

Yes, I totally hijacked today’s TTT. Ever since #WeNeedDiverseBooks became a thing, I wanted to give some recs for books with diverse characters. I wanted to save it for the Freebie topic coming up, but that’s the same week as BEA, and I think this topic deserves more attention than that week can afford. Also, this week’s topic was supposed to be about books you’re glad you didn’t DNF, which happens to me hardly ever.

So yes, today I’m giving you a list of books on a completely different topic than the one originally proposed, and I’m not going to stick anywhere close to ten. ANARCHY. Continue Reading →

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