New Release Tuesday: March 1, 2016

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(I included the paperback release of Emery Lord’s book because it’s just so darn cute!)

From Goodreads:

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened–when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her–the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club–simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

 

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From Goodreads:

In this gripping YA debut, high school senior Zephyr Doyle is swept off her feet—and into an intense and volatile relationship—by the new boy in school. THE GIRL WHO FELL is a powerful and important read that School Library Journal calls, “(a)n invaluable addition to any collection. (SLJ *STARRED REVIEW* January 1, 2016)

His obsession.
Her fall.

Zephyr is focused. Focused on leading her team to the field hockey state championship and leaving her small town for her dream school, Boston College.

But love has a way of changing things.

Enter the new boy in school: the hockey team’s starting goaltender, Alec. He’s cute, charming, and most important, Alec doesn’t judge Zephyr. He understands her fears and insecurities—he even shares them. Soon, their relationship becomes something bigger than Zephyr, something she can’t control, something she doesn’t want to control.

Zephyr swears it must be love. Because love is powerful, and overwhelming, and … terrifying?

But love shouldn’t make you abandon your dreams, or push your friends away. And love shouldn’t make you feel guilty—or worse, ashamed.

So when Zephyr finally begins to see Alec for who he really is, she knows it’s time to take back control of her life.

If she waits any longer, it may be too late.

 

Into the Dim

From Goodreads:

When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.      Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail,Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.

 

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From Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Jules Verity knows exactly what’s in store at her new job at castle-turned-dinner-theater Tudor Times. Some extra cash, wearing a fancy-pants dress, and plenty of time to secretly drool over the ever-so-tasty–and completely unavailable–Grayson Chandler. Except that it’s not quite what she imagined.

For one, the costume Jules has to wear is awful. Then there’s the dead body she finds that just kind of…well, disappears. Oh, and there’s the small issue of Jules and her episodes of what her best friend calls “Psychic Tourette’s Syndrome”–spontaneous and uncontrollable outbursts of seemingly absurd prophecies.

The only bright side? This whole dead body thing seems to have gotten Grayson’s attention. Except that the more Jules investigates, the more she discovers that Grayson’s interest might not be as courtly as she thought. In fact, it’s starting to look suspicious…

 

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From Goodreads:

The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever is so bad, it could wake the dead…

After producing three horror films that went mostly ignored on YouTube, Justin and his filmmaking buddies decide it’s time to make something epic. In fact, they’re going to make The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever. They may not have money or a script, but they have passion. And, after a rash text message, they also have the beautiful Alicia Howtz as the lead.

Hemmed in by a one-month timeline and a cast of uncooperative extras, but aching to fulfill Alicia’s dreams, Justin must face the sad, sad truth: he may, in actuality, be producing The Worst Zombie Movie Ever.

 

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Friday Reads: The Perilous Journey of the not-so Innocuous Girl

At a Magic and Mayhem Signing this Monday, I picked up Leigh Statham’s The Perilous Journey of the not-so-Innocuous Girl. Isn’t that title incredible? It was so fun to get the background stories behind this story and that of the four other author’s at the event. Also, who can resist a book with perilous in the title?

Besides, this book is feeding steampunk kick ( Remember Scott Westfeld’s Leviathan series from two weeks ago?).

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From Goodreads: Lady Marguerite lives a life most 17th-century French girls can only dream of: money, designer dresses, suitors, and a secure future. Except she can’t quite commit to a life of dull luxury and she suspects she may be falling for her best friend Claude, a common smithy in the family’s steam forge. When Claude leaves for New France in search of a better life, Marguerite decides to follow him and test her suspicions of love—only the trip proves to be more harrowing than she anticipated. Love, adventure, and restitution await her if she can survive the voyage.

Based on the true story of The Daughters of the King, Louis the XIV’s social program to settle the wilds of Canada with women of noble birth, Marguerite’s steampunk adventure follows in the footsteps of nearly one thousand brave women and girls who were rewarded handsomely for trekking across the pirate infested Atlantic to a strange land.

 

From her signing, Leigh shared that this book is based on a true story of how one of her ancestors came to Canada on that social program, but with lots of lots of fiction and fun thrown in.

So far, I’m loving the world Leigh’s created, the energy, the automatons, and the girl wanting to escape her current destiny. The world building is solid (I haven’t felt lost once!) and Marguerite is a great character to follow. Well, I’d better get back to it.

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New Release Tuesday: 2-16-2016

Can we pause for a moment and notice our date today? 2-16…2016.

 

Thank you.

 

And now, for our New Releases in YA today! There are several I am SO looking forward to getting my hands on. Pirates! Time travel! Fairy tales! Oh my!

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From Goodreads:

It was the kind of August day that hinted at monsoons, and the year was 1774, though not for very much longer.

Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveller. She, her father and their crew of time refugees travel the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate ship stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical. Old maps allow Nix and her father to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times – although a map will only take you somewhere once. And Nix’s father is only interested in one time, and one place: Honolulu 1868. A time before Nix was born, and her mother was alive. Something that puts Nix’s existence rather dangerously in question…

Nix has grown used to her father’s obsession, but only because she’s convinced it can’t work. But then a map falls into her father’s lap that changes everything. And when Nix refuses to help, her father threatens to maroon Kashmir, her only friend (and perhaps, only love) in a time where Nix will never be able to find him. And if Nix has learned one thing, it’s that losing the person you love is a torment that no one can withstand. Nix must work out what she wants, who she is, and where she really belongs before time runs out on her forever.

 

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From Goodreads:

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

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From Goodreads:

For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen–Conquest, Famine, and Death–are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.

They fail.

Now–bound, bloodied, and drugged–Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for–not to mention all of humankind–he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.

But will anyone believe him?

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Friday Reads: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

6050678I’m on a steampunk kick that started with reading Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series.
When I heard about Leviathan and a warship genetically engineered inside a whale!!, I had o check it out. It’s also dual POV with a girl pretending to be a boy (love those!). I’m 102 pages in and totally engrossed with this alternate history of a sorts. Westerfeld, of course, is the the author of the Uglies series I gobbled up ages ago. He doesn’t disappoint with Leviathan.

What are your favorite steampunk books? I’ll be itching for more by tomorrow:)

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New Release Tuesday: Assassin’s Heart

OMG my to-do list this week is toppling over (much like my TBR List). But I wanted to share 1 quick new released today that sounds FREAKING FANTASTIC.

Do you like assassins? High stakes?

Yeah, ya do. 😉

Assassin's Heart

From Goodreads:

In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Claire

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I figured with all the chatter about the Mortal Instrument TV series (good or bad; I’ll leave it at that), to ride the Shadowhunter wave. Especially since March 8th, Cassandra Claire has a brand new shiny series out for us.

With the small tidbit’s of information we received in the Mortal Instruments about these new characters, I feel like it’s an easy jump into this new storyline. Cassandra Claire is such a brilliant storyteller, and has created this world to lose yourself in.

 

 

So for this weeks WoW, LADY MIDNIGHT (The Dark Artifices #1)

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(Blurb From Goodreads)

Los Angeles. It’s been five years since the events of the Mortal Instruments when Nephilim stood poised on the brink of oblivion and Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs lost her parents. After the blood and violence she witnessed as a child, Emma has dedicated her life to to discovering exactly what it was that killed her parents and getting her revenge.

Raised in the Los Angeles Institute with the Blackthorn family, Emma is paired as a parabatai with her best friend, Julian Blackthorn. A series of murders in the city catch her attention — they seem to have the same characteristics as the deaths of her parents. Could the murderer be the same person? And her attention isn’t the only one caught: someone has been murdering Downworlders as well. The Fair Folk make a deal with the Institute: if the Blackthorns and Emma will investigate the killings, they’ll return Mark Blackthorn to his home. The catch: they have only two weeks to find the killers. Otherwise it’s open war between faeries and Nephilim.

The Shadowhunters of the Institute must race against time to catch the killers, even as they begin to suspect the involvement of those closest to them. At the same time, Emma is falling in love with the one person in the world she’s absolutely forbidden by Shadowhunter Law to love. Set against the glittering backdrop of present-day Los Angeles, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.

 

 

Isn’t that Cover Gorgeous?

LADY MIDNIGHT (The Dark Artifices #1)

Publishing date: March 8th 2016

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

 

Thanks all,

 

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Manic Monday: Diversity in YA

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we are highlighting several 2016 Diverse YA Books that we are excited to read.  (Feel free to click on the covers to see each Goodreads page and then you can add these amazing books to your own TBR list!)

 

Happy Reading!

 

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FRIDAY READS: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Carson’s Fire and Thorns series sucked me in so fast and hard that when I heard about WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER, I had to read it. But… that was, of course, before it came out this past fall. With my towering TBR list, I’m just starting this gorgeous book today.

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Here’s the first line, to give you a little taste for Lee, a girl who wishes her magic would be useful, like “conjuring up fresh game” to feed her family.

“I hear the deer before I see him, though he makes less noise that a squirrel–the gentle crunch of snow, a snapping twig, the soft whuff as he roots around for dead grass.”

It instantly pulled me into that place and time, and “whuff,” what a perfect word.

From Goodreads:

Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.

She also has a secret.

Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.

When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.

The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift.

Published: September 22, 2015

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Awards: National Book Award Nominee

I also have to mention BONE GAP, the Printz winner announced this week. I read it earlier this month and fell into its strange and powerful tale. If you haven’t read BONE GAP, I hope you’ll add it to your TBR. Curious about the other winners? click here

 

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ShadowHunters

Will you be watching ShadowHunters Tuesday night? I loved the books, which I read after watching the movie. The television show looks amazing. Check out this trailer.

I’ll be live tweeting with other authors. Join us and talk about the show.

 

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FRIDAY READS: The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

I’ve been wanting to read this since last year, but never got to it (my TBR list was craaaazy, and I was waiting for my copy to arrive). Anyway, long story short, I finally got it and I’m two chapters in at the moment.

You can’t go wrong with Laurie Halse Anderson. You just can’t. Her characters are always so…distinct, so memorable. This one is no exception.

 

About the Book: YA Contemporary/Realistic Fiction (PTSD, Mental Health, Mental Illness)

 

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For the past five years, Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.

Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? The Impossible Knife of Memory is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down.

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Published: January 7, 2014

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

 

Other books I’ve started reading this week:

PIXELATED by L.S. Murphy (our very own YA Clubber!)

SLASHER GIRLS AND MONSTER BOYS anthology; stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke

 

What’s on YOUR TBR list?

 

xo~

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