Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Book I Covet: Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 with
A warrior princess who disguises herself as a boy? I'm sold!

Game of Thrones meets the Grimm's fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty's daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.

Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora's throne ten years ago.

Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it's too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?

Princess of Thorns
will be released on December 9, 2014. Click on the cover to go to the book's Goodreads page.


What book(s) do you "covet" this week?
Leave us a comment with a link so we can check your WoW of the week too.




 
"Books I Covet" is a weekly or bi-weekly blog post series we do here on Wednesdays. It will feature books we are very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is basically the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, but we just like the title "books we covet" better. We will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Format: ARC
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 323 pages
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Source of my copy: publisher
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was; lovely and amazing and deeply flawed; can she begin to discover her own path.


As my sister can confirm very few books move me to tears. I'm one of those robotic, heart-of-stone kind of readers who may feel moved by a book or even movie but rarely enough to be moved to actual tears running down my face. And I think this is because I never really allow a story's characters, setting, and/or message to settle on my mind and my heart for me to really feel; to be honest, I'd rather not feel too much when reading because strong emotions drain me. 

Having said all that, when I read Love Letters to the Dead, from the first page, its words found a way to crawl into my stone heart and I had rivers of tears pouring down my face. This story--Laurel's story--will stay with me forever. It was that amazing.

As I read Love Letters to the Dead, I felt as if my life fell away and I was walking with Laurel as she recounted her experiences and her thoughts through her letters. I grew to love Laurel as she described to me all the ways she loved, admired, and missed her sister May. Her descriptions were both heartbreaking and loving. I loved her strong, fragile voice, and to this day, its beat echoes in my heart and mind. Many times throughout my walk with Laurel did I want to reach out and hug her.

All the details that made up Laurel's story--her family, her friends, her enemies, her home, nightmares, hopes, and dreams--fantastically came to life. All I can say is that they helped Laurel weave what sadness, grief, anger, and frustration she felt into something so beautiful, if it was a physical gift, you wouldn't have suspected that it was made up of things that are considered broken and dark.

Surprisingly, Love Letters to the Dead is a debut novel by Ava Dellaira. I say surprising because it doesn't read like a debut novel. Dellaira was able to take what small, hopeful lights there are in life's most pitiful emotions and craft them into something that is Love Letters to the Dead. It was beautiful. Love Letters to the Dead was beautiful.

I highly recommend anyone and everyone to read this book. I, myself, plan to re-read it soon.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

New Books + Weekly Wrap-Up

Sunday, April 20, 2014 with
Hello everyone,
It's been two weeks since I posted one of these so this will be two weeks worth of links (but we are experiencing a bit of a blogging slump so it's not as many as you'd think) and new books.

In case you missed any of our posts, here they are.

Entertaining romantic suspense with an awesome hero who lets the kick-ass heroine do her thing without losing his alpha-ness.

A thief and a knight team up to get vengeance on murderous Demon Riders!

Includes books and reading (of course!), Meryl & Charlie, If I Stay movie trailer reaction, ALA conference...

It's by Marie Lu. 'Nuff said.

The books!

Bought
Finally gave in and bought Throne of Glass (book 1) and Crown of Midnight (book 2) by Sarah J. Maas. If I like these, I'll pre-order Heir of Fire (book 3).

I also bought an e-book: Tessa Bailey's new adult title Unfixable for 99 cents.

Physical Books For Review
Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan
The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst

When We Met by Susan Mallery
The Broken by Shelley Coriell

Stormy Persuasion by Johanna Lindsey (unsolicited review copy)
Hearts Afire by Sara Luck (unsolicited review copy)
The Windflower by Laura London (unsolicited review copy)

What new books did you guys get? I wanna see! Leave your STS* link so I can come gush over them.

Happy reading,
Michelle (& Leslie)

*Stacking the Shelves, or STS, is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Book I Covet: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 with
It's Marie Lu's follow-up series to her excellent/fantastic/well-written series Legend series. This time she's doing high fantasy and it's gonna be awesome!

"Some hate us, think us criminals to hang at the gallows. Some fear us, think us demons to burn at the stake. Some worship us, think us divine children of the gods.

But all know us."

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood plague: marked by a jagged scar, snow-white hair and lashes. Cast out by her family, Adelina has finally found a place to belong within the secret society of Young Elites. To some, the Elites are heroes, here to save innocents in desperate situations. But to the Inquisition Axis, the white-robed soldiers of Kenettra, they are monsters with demonic powers who must be brought to justice. As Adelina learns more about this perilous world where politics and magic clash, she soon realizes that her own powers may be in danger of bringing on an era of panic such as the world has never seen.

The new series, set in what Putnam described as a “Renaissance-like world,” is called The Young Elites. It follows three rival societies with supernatural powers battling for supremacy.

The Young Elites
will be released on October 7, 2014. Click on the cover to go to the book's Goodreads page.


What book(s) do you "covet" this week?
Leave us a comment with a link so we can check your WoW of the week too.




 
"Books I Covet" is a weekly or bi-weekly blog post series we do here on Wednesdays. It will feature books we are very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is basically the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, but we just like the title "books we covet" better. We will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available. 
Hello bookish peeps,
Today marks one week that I haven't posted on this here blog. I don't know what's going on with me blog-wise. It's not a slump exactly because I do want to post stuff but I just don't have the energy to do it by the time I come home from work. During the weekends all I want to do is read and not be bothered with anything else, including blogging.

But you guys I've been READING and it's great! I've been reading so much that according to Goodreads, I am 9 books ahead for my 100-book challenge. (Speaking of Goodreads, if you have a account, let's be friends!)


In the last two weeks I've been reading whatever I want. Whatever I'm in the mood for I pick up and I'm not picking up review books. It's LIBERATING! But at the same time, in the back of my mind, I'm thinking about all those review books I have yet to touch and that puts a damper on things. Sigh. Oh well.

I'm finally READING all the books I've had on my shelf for a year though so I don't feel too bad about abandoning my review stack. For now.

Besides books, I've been watching a TV show I'd never thought I'd watch just a few months ago. And it's all because of these guys
via Meryl Davis' Instagram
I fell in love with them during the Winter Olympics and I've been 'shipping for them to become a real life couple ever since even though Charlie has a long-time girlfriend. If I was the fan fiction writer type I'd totally be writing stories about them in which they fall in love on and off the ice. Anywho, the TV show I'm talking about is Dancing With the Stars. Unfortunately, they're competing against each other on the show but I'll watch any show that has Meryl and Charlie in it.

Btw, have you guys seen the movie trailer for If I Stay? I've been stalking the interwebs for the trailer since that article that showed that movie still of Mia and Adam taking a selfie (you know, that article where Chloe Moretz dissed the YA genre? Grrrr...) and it's finally here! 

After watching the trailer (multiple times) I'm still not convinced I want to see the movie. I loved the novel A LOT and I saw it differently in my head when I was reading it. I don't want the movie to change how I visualized the novel, especially when what I had in my mind was better than what the trailer [so far] had showed me. We'll see. We'll see.

Oh, and I'm going to this
It's not official official yet because I haven't bought my plane tickets but I'm 80% sure it's going to happen! I'm so excited because 1) I get to see and hang out with my library school friends again, 2) it'll be my first time in Vegas and I want to do all the Vegas things, 3) it'll be my first BIG conference, and 4) ALL THE AUTHORS, BOOKS, SIGNINGS, ALL THE BOOKISH THINGS that I never ever get to do [since I live in the middle of the Pacific Ocean] I can finally do!! You guys, I'm beyond excited!!!!

This post was all over the place. I'll end it with another reading gif just because. 

I will be posting some book-related posts soonish and this blog doesn't feel so abandoned. Also, we are part of a bunch of blog tours and I'll be posting those too in the next few weeks.

For now... 

Happy reading,
Michelle

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Book I Covet: Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 with
It sounds epic.

Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.

But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.

Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.

When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.

In her arresting debut novel, Livia Blackburne creates a captivating world where intrigue prowls around every corner—and danger is a way of life.

Midnight Thief will be released on July 8, 2014. Click on the cover to go to the book's Goodreads page.


What book(s) do you "covet" this week?
Leave us a comment with a link so we can check your WoW of the week too.




 
"Books I Covet" is a weekly or bi-weekly blog post series we do here on Wednesdays. It will feature books we are very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is basically the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, but we just like the title "books we covet" better. We will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available.