Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (#3)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish
Well, it's been a while. I have no excuse except that perhaps I'm a bit of a lazy blogger. I'm also a very slow reader so you'll notice that there are a lot of series I should have started a long time ago but didn't. Hope to fix that soon! Let me know what you think I need to read first.


Top Series I Need To Read

1. Throne of Glass Series  by Sarah J Maas - So I started it. And I need to read it. Immediately.

2. His Fair Assassin Series by Robin LaFevers - I bought the first book a few weeks ago and it's sitting on the shelf waiting for me.

3.  The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater - Oh god, how I want to read this immediately. But there are a few other books I promised myself I would read first.

4. Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon - I can't guarantee that I'm going to be able to read all of them. But I might want to try to read the first two.

5. Legend Series by Marie Lu - I don't have the first book yet but I have an arc of Prodigy. So I definitely intend to read it.

6. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer - This is also one of those series that just passed me by. I really hope I get to it.

I'm probably missing some but this is all I could think of at the moment. Did I miss anything?


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Follow Me Through Darkness Blog Tour




Today I have a special feature on the blog. Back during BEA, I attended a special Blogger Rooftop Party where I was paired up with an author to help break the ice while there. I was paired with the wonderful Danielle Ellison who I had met at my first BEA, who during that first BEA was telling me about the book she was writing and I told her that one day at BEA, I would be standing in line for her signing. 

Lo and behold, I did wait on line for her book this past year, and that book was Follow Me Through Darkness. Today on the blog, I am hosting the Blog Tour, so sit back and relax and find out what you are missing by not picking up this book and get to know the main character Neely Ambrose.


About the Book

The truth won't always set you free.

Less than a year ago, Neely Ambrose’s biggest worry was having the freedom to follow a path that wasn't chosen for her.

Less than a year ago, she believed she could trust the Elders who said they had everyone’s best interest at heart and who said they were keeping them safe from the outside.

Sixty days ago, she discovered what they had planned for everyone she loved—and that all of it centered around her.
Now she’s on the run through a dangerous wasteland full of killing machines, secret organizations, and people who want to sell her back to the Elders for their own safety. The whole world outside the Compound is living proof that everything in Neely’s life was a lie manufactured by the Elders, which may even include the boy she loves.

All Neely wants is the truth, but each new piece of it drives her further from what she thought she knew. With only forty days until everyone she loves falls under the Elders’ mind control, Neely must decipher who to trust, what questions to ask, and how to get one step ahead of the Elders, who will do anything to keep their secrets buried.

Character Interview with Neely

1. If you could spend one day with your mom, what would you spend it doing?

I would sit, stare at her, and listen. I’ve heard stories about her, but I’ve never heard her voice. She never even got to hold me. I have all these dreams of what she’d be like, but I don’t know what’s real. What she smells like, the sound of her laugh, what she used to dream, who she was. I would spend the whole day taking it in and commit every detail to memory.

2. If you were to be reincarnated as an animal, what kind of animal would you be?

A bird. Something people fear yet are so much more than anyone can know.

3. What time period do you think you belong in?

I’ve always been curious about life before the Preservation, before the Compounds were created, and what that world was like before it was destroyed. It would be something incredible to experience for myself. To know for sure.

4. If you could have any special gift what gift would you want to have?

To be normal.

5. What is one food you wish you could try?

I feel like I’m always trying new things, which isn’t always delicious. I’d like something familiar. Something like my favorite dish that Sara used to make for me (it was my mom’s recipe) I’d love to have that one more time. It’s this noodles and cheese dish—always delicious.

6. White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate?

I’ve never had chocolate.

7. If you could visit one planet, what planet would that be and who would you bring?

Planets…I heard that people before the Preservation could go to planets. I don’t know much about the other planets—that’s not something the Elders permitted us to know—but if I went I’d take Thorne.

8. What is your favorite memory of your father?

There are many, from before anyway. I think it’s the way he listened. Even when I was a little girl talking about silliness, he would never look away. His eyes would lock on me until I was finished, like he really cared what I had to say. That reminds actually of once when I wanted to fly. We were standing on the beach and I was maybe five. There was a flock of birds that flew past me. I ran after them down the beach, arms spread out and dad ran with me. I tripped and rolled down the beach and I cried. But dad he helped me up; he wanted to keep flying but I didn’t. He looked at me in that way he can and said, “Don’t cry. You are strong and brave and you can never give up on what you want. If you want to fly, then there’s nothing that should stop you.” So he picked me up, held me out with my arms spread while he ran, and it really felt like I was flying.

About the Author

Danielle Ellison spent of her childhood reading instead of learning math. It's probably the reason she
can't divide without a calculator and has spent her life seeking the next adventure. It's also probably the reason she's had so many different zip codes and jobs.


When she’s not writing, Danielle is usually drinking coffee, fighting her nomadic urges, watching too much TV, or dreaming of the day when she can be British. Danielle is also the author of SALT and STORM, a series about a snarky witch without magic. She has settled in Northern Virginia, for now, but you can always find her on twitter @DanielleEWrites.

LINKS:


Author Website / Twitter / Facebook / Amazon / B&N / Goodreads 

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1)

Author: Rick Yancey
Goodreads rating: 4.14
Pages: 480
Format: Final copy BEA13
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Made For You Blog Tour


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 Author: Melissa Marr
Goodreads Rating: 3.89
Pages: 368
Format: Finished Copy Provided for Blog Tour


Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.

Friday, September 26, 2014

3:59

Author:Gretchen McNeil
Goodreads rating: 3.77
Pages: 368
Format: ARC BEA13
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.

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