Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

A Torch Against the Night
Sabaa Tahir
Publication Date:
August 30th 2016

A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Behind Closed Doors by: B.A. Paris

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
Published by St. Martin's Press
Expected Publication: August 9th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Thriller, Suspense
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
Source: requested by the publisher

Summary from Goodreads:
The 2016 debut bloggers can't stop raving about. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train and The Ice Twins 

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace.

He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. Though, you’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.

Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.

Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.

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Behind Closed Doors is a psychological thriller that focuses on the marriage of Jack and Grace, the seemingly perfect couple. They have the absolutely beautiful dream house, a strong and stable marriage, and the ideal life. Hosting dinner parties, Jack doting on his wife, and Grace's culinary talent on display makes they the envy of all their neighbours and friends. But if you took a closer look, you would see that everything you once thought was perfect was all but a lie. The novel is told through Grace's POV and is set in both the past and present. 

'Perfect,' he says softly.

The synopsis of the novel is what initially drew me into the novel, and the first few chapters of the novel were superb. It was well written, the characters well drawn, the plot both captivating and well executed. When I was about half way through the novel, I found myself withdrawing from the novel. The once amazing, well-thought-out, novel was now falling apart. The plot was becoming weaker and weaker, the characters becoming unbelievable, repetitive actions and motions near the end, and then the ending. The conclusion just seemed to appear out of nowhere and was like, "Yep, that's it. This is the end of the novel. Oh wait, were you expecting something more?". The novel just ended. I sat on my couch thinking, "this can't be the way...who, what, no. No, no, no, no, no". 

“We go downstairs and in the hall, he takes my coat from the cupboard and holds it open while I slip my arms into it. In the drive outside, he holds the car door for me and waits until I’m in. As he closes it behind me, I can’t help thinking it’s a shame he’s such a sadistic bastard, because he has wonderful manners.” 

I was disappointed with the novel, especially with the conclusion, and felt let down because people were giving it such great reviews and praising over the book. However, personally I felt that this novel was lacked a lot, especially depth, but was quiet still readable. It just will not be that enjoyable or exciting in the end. 


About The Author:

B A Paris grew up in England but has spent most of her adult life in France. She has worked both in finance and as a teacher and has five daughters. Behind Closed Doors is her first novel.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Summer That Melted Everything by: Tiffany McDaniel

The Summer That Melted Everything
by Tiffany McDaniel
Published by St. Martin's Press
Expected Publication: July 26th 2016
Genres: Adult, Fiction, Contemporary

Summary from Goodreads:
Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.

Sal seems to appear out of nowhere - a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he's welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he's a runaway from a nearby farm town.

When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperatures as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him. As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. While the Bliss family wrestles with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever.

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About the Author:
An Ohio native, Tiffany McDaniel’s writing is inspired by the rolling hills and buckeye woods of the land she knows.  She is also a poet, playwright, screenwriter, and artist.  The Summer that Melted Everything is her debut novel. 

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“I fell as if the fall had always been in my nature.  Waiting for the right moment of my life.  When all my soul, in its smallness and its vastness, would fall face down against the earth from the bliss of my name to the hard crosses I would be handed to bear.”

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

Unscripted Joss Byrd
Lygia Day PeƱaflor
Publication Date:
August 23rd 2016
                      Roaring Brook Press

Hollywood critics agree. Joss Byrd is "fiercely emotional," a young actress with "complete conviction," and a "powerhouse."

Joss Byrd is America's most celebrated young actress, but on the set of her latest project, a gritty indie film called The Locals, Joss's life is far from glamorous. While struggling with her mother's expectations, a crush on her movie brother, and a secret that could end her career, Joss must pull off a performance worthy of a star. When her renowned, charismatic director demands more than she is ready to deliver, Joss must go off-script to stay true to herself.

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Click Here to Start by: Denis Markell

Click Here to Start by Denis Markell
Published by Delacorte BFYR
Expected Publication: July 19th 2016
Genres: Children, Mystery, Adventure
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:
Young fans of Ernie Cline's Ready Player One will love this classic video game inspired mystery filled with elements of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. 

What if playing video games was prepping you to solve an incredible real-world puzzle and locate a priceless treasure?

Twelve-year-old Ted Gerson has spent most of his summer playing video games. So when his great-uncle dies and bequeaths him the all so-called treasure in his overstuffed junk shop of an apartment, Ted explores it like it’s another level to beat. And to his shock, he finds that eccentric Great-Uncle Ted actually has set the place up like a real-life escape-the-room game!

Using his specially honed skills, Ted sets off to win the greatest game he’s ever played, with help from his friends Caleb and Isabel. Together they discover that Uncle Ted’s “treasure” might be exactly that—real gold and jewels found by a Japanese American unit that served in World War II. With each puzzle Ted and his friends solve, they get closer to unraveling the mystery—but someone dangerous is hot on their heels, and he’s not about to let them get away with the fortune.

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Ted Gerson, a 12-year-old half Jewish and half Japanese-American boy, goes to see his ailing great-uncle at the hospital. What he doesn't know that he is about to embark on the greatest adventure of his life, a real-life escape-the-room game. 

When his great-uncle passes away, he leaves Ted all of the contents of his apartment and "the treasure it contains". With the help of his best friend, Caleb Grant, and book smart Isabel Archer, Ted sets out to solve the clues and find the treasure. Add in a dose of history, WWII, Japanese internment camps; people looking for the same treasure; sass; and overall fill of excitement and suspense. The entire story is filled with adventure, daring quests, humour, enthusiastic characters (that are quiet believable), and mystery.

If you haven't picked up this novel yet, then do so today. 

It is definitely worth checking out. 


About The Author:

Denis Markell has written everything from off-Broadway Musicals to Situation Comedies and even funny birthday cards for family members. 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year

Top Ten original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists. For past topics and future topic schedule, click here.

This week's topic is all about the second half of 2016 books we are all waiting to read

First and foremost, let's take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous this cover looks. Not only does it draw you in with this gorgeous deign but with a plot and summary that will make you want to reach through your screen and begin reading it as soon as possible. 

2. GIRL IN PIECES by Kathleen Glasgow
Girl in Pieces is both captivating and insightful. It brings much needed attention to mental illness and the struggles that people go through in order to get better and be happy with the way they are and the way they look. Definitely a must read for me. 

                        3. HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer
Marissa Meyer continues to pop out such amazing retellings. Heartless focuses on the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis. This time around [name of Red Queen] is portraying a teen that is trapped into a marriage with the Red King but is hopelessly in love with the court jester. Marissa Meyer is bound to make us feel for this person we once called a "villain". 

                         4. WHAT LIGHT by Jay Asher
I have high hopes for this novel. Considering that Jay Asher is the author of the novel I will definitely be picking this novel up and devouring it right away. I can only hope that it is as good as the premise and cover make it out to be. 

                         5. THE LOVELY RECKLESS by Kami Garcia
I have read other novels written by Kami Garcia (and co-author Margaret Stohl). I'm excited to read The Lovely Reckless because I do not believe I have previously read any of Kami Garcia's solo written works. 

                         6. STEALING SNOW by Danielle Paige 
I have heard so much about Danielle Paige! I have yet to pick up her novel Dorothy Must Die though I have heard a lot of good things about it. What I do know is that I will be salivating for this novel until it is released. 

                         7. STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor
First and foremost, I must state how disappointed I am that the expected publication of the novel has now been moved to 2017. UGH! Besides my budding disappointment, I have to admit that the synopsis does sound rather promising. One can only hope that the publication date will be bumped to November of this year. One can only hope.

                         8. THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR by Katherine McGee
A book series that is already being adapted for ABC. The Thousandth Floor, the first book in the series, has yet to even come out and already there is so much hype and excitement. If this is what it is like before it has even been released, image what it will be like after.  I hope it can live up to all the hype. Another novel that I have high expectations for.

                         9. REPLICA by Lauren Oliver
*Stops jumping and looks around*
Sorry, just had a fangirl moment. Sigh. Lauren Oliver you have done it again. You have wrote a novel that makes the fangirl inside me leap for joy and yet crave for the wait to be over. I can not wait to dive into this story. 

                         10. EVER THE HUNTED by Erin Summerill 
DEBUT ALERT! A new debut novel in YA fantasy that captivates me and ever YA adoring mind. Even though it is a debut novel, I have high expectations for this novel (thanks to the synopsis and cover). 

What are your most anticipated releases for the second half of 2016?
~ Aimie

Monday, July 18, 2016

Throne of Glass by: Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Children's on May 7 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Adventure
Pages: 224
Series: Throne of Glass - Book One
Format: Bought online 
Source: Amazon

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

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Throne of Glass is a work of art! There is no words to describe how unique the world Sarah J. Maas created or how beautifully real every one of her characters felt. 

“You could rattle the stars," she whispered. "You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.” 

Celaena Sardothien, a young assassin trained by the King of Assassins, is betrayed and caught. Sentenced to hard labour in the salt mines, she faces difficulties that no human should ever face. After about a year, Celaena is offered the chance of a lifetime - become the King's champion, and ultimately defeat the other twenty-three candidates, or stay in the salt mine for the rest of her life. Knowing that if she stays she would not last another year, Celaena jumps at the opportunity to escape and experience freedom...even if it is limited. 

I can not believe that people are ranting about how "girly" or "feminine" Celaena is and how she is an unbelievable assassin. I can't see it. She's narcissistic, tough, and vain. Her personality, traits, and overall attitude exemplified that of an assassin. No matter what I still like Celaena, she is a hilariously funny badass assassin

“We all bear scars,... Mine just happen to be more visible than most.” 

Besides Celaena, there were other characters that not only made this novel more entertaining but also swoon worthy. Both love interests, opponents, friends, and even enemies made this novel more appealing for me to read. Then we have the matches, where we see Celaena's capability and strength, and monsters summoned by magic. 

This fast paced novel left me craving more. I will definitely be ordering the sequel after I finish writing this review. Right. Away. I definitely recommend this novel to those that like badass heroines, disgusting monsters, a bit of magic in their lives.


About The Author:

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

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