7.15.2014

This Week's Exciting New Releases



Check out some of the new book releases that will be coming out this week!




The Rain
By Virginia Bergin
Release Date: July 17, 2014
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One minute sixteen-year-old Ruby Morris is having her first proper snog with Caspar McCloud in a hot tub, and the next she’s being bundled inside the house, dripping wet, cold and in her underwear. Not cool. As she and Caspar shiver in the kitchen, it starts to rain. They turn on the radio to hear panicked voices – ‘It’s in the rain . . . it’s in the rain . . . ' That was two weeks ago, and now Ruby is totally alone. People weren’t prepared for the rain, got caught out in it, didn’t realize that you couldn’t drink water from the taps either. Even a drip of rain would infect your blood, and eat you from the inside out. Ruby knows she has to get to London to find her dad, but she just doesn’t know where to start . . . After rescuing all the neighbourhood dogs, Ruby sets off on a journey that will take her the length of the country – surviving in the only way she knows how.
Illusive
By Emily Lloyd-Jones
Release Date: July 15, 2014

The X-Men meets Ocean's Eleven in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure about a band of "super" criminals.

When the MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic, but it came with some unexpected side effects. A small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers. Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba has the handy ability to change her appearance at will. She's what's known as an illusionist...She's also a thief.

After a robbery goes awry, Ciere must team up with a group of fellow super-powered criminals on another job that most would consider too reckless. The formula for the vaccine that gave them their abilities was supposedly destroyed years ago. But what if it wasn't?

The lines between good and bad, us and them, and freedom and entrapment are blurred as Ciere and the rest of her crew become embroiled in a deadly race against the government that could cost them their lives.

For all of her seventeen years, Molly feels like she’s missed bits and pieces of her life. Now, she’s figuring out why. Now, she’s remembering her own secrets. And in doing so, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to have led…and the love that she can’t let go.

The Half Life of Molly Pierce is a suspenseful, evocative psychological mystery about uncovering the secrets of our pasts, facing the unknowns of our futures, and accepting our whole selves.

Starbreak
By Phoebe North
Release Date: July 15, 2014

The Asherah has finally reached Zehava, the long-promised planet. There, Terra finds harsh conditions and a familiar foe—Aleksandra Wolff, leader of her ship’s rebel forces. Terra and Aleksandra first lock horns with each other . . . but soon realize they face a much more dangerous enemy in violent alien beasts—and alien hunters.

Then Terra finally discovers Vadix. The boy who has haunted her dreams may be their key to survival—but his own dark past has yet to be revealed. And when Aleksandra gets humanity expelled from the planet, it’s up to Terra, with Vadix by her side, to unite her people—and to forge an alliance with the alien hosts, who want nothing more than to see humanity gone forever.

7.08.2014

This Week's Exciting New Releases



Check out some of the new book releases that will be coming out this week!




The Kiss of Deception 
By Mary E. Pearson
Release Date: July 8, 2014
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In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

The Half Life of Molly Pierce
By Katrina Leno
Release Date: July 8, 2014

You take it for granted. Waking up. Going to school, talking to your friends. Watching a show on television or reading a book or going out to lunch.

You take for granted going to sleep at night, getting up the next day, and remembering everything that happened to you before you closed your eyes.

You live and you remember.

Me, I live and I forget.

But now—now I am remembering. 

For all of her seventeen years, Molly feels like she’s missed bits and pieces of her life. Now, she’s figuring out why. Now, she’s remembering her own secrets. And in doing so, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to have led…and the love that she can’t let go.

The Half Life of Molly Pierce is a suspenseful, evocative psychological mystery about uncovering the secrets of our pasts, facing the unknowns of our futures, and accepting our whole selves.
The Defiant
By Lisa . Stasse
Release Date: July 8, 2014
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In this gripping conclusion to The Forsaken Trilogy, Alenna’s loyalties are put the ultimate test—and it’s one of life and death.
Alenna Shawcross and the others who escaped the wheel are working toward an all-out assault on the United Northern Alliance. The plan is to dismantle it from the inside—and Alenna is one of the few people who can access the organization’s inner sanctum. But when she returns to the home she has nearly forgotten, she encounters old friends and is swept into a secret plan that puts everything she loves in danger.

Knowing what is at stake for her and her friends, Alenna ventures into the heart of the treacherous UNA. She’s determined to bring them down, because freedom is the only choice. Or is it?


Starbreak

By Pheobe North
Release Date: July 8, 2014
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The Asherah has finally reached Zehava, the long-promised planet. There, Terra finds harsh conditions and a familiar foe—Aleksandra Wolff, leader of her ship’s rebel forces. Terra and Aleksandra first lock horns with each other . . . but soon realize they face a much more dangerous enemy in violent alien beasts—and alien hunters.

Then Terra finally discovers Vadix. The boy who has haunted her dreams may be their key to survival—but his own dark past has yet to be revealed. And when Aleksandra gets humanity expelled from the planet, it’s up to Terra, with Vadix by her side, to unite her people—and to forge an alliance with the alien hosts, who want nothing more than to see humanity gone forever.
Unravel
By Imogen Howson
Release Date: July 8, 2014

Untold dangers await telepathic twins in this sequel to the futuristic, romantic thriller called classic sci-fi, space-travel adventure at its best. After Elissa and Lin exposed the government's secret experiments in Linked, which Booklistcalled a roller-coaster ride into space that just about everyone should enjoy, their home planet Sekoia is thrown into chaos. Determined to do their part to help the planet they've hurt, they return to Sekoia only to discover that things are far worse that they imagined. Resources are suddenly scarce, people are scared, and there's a rising current of anger against the Spares. When Lissa and Lin find themselves among another group of Spares and twins, they feel like they've found their kindred spirits at last. But a threat none of them could have expected is lying in wait for Sekoia's Spares.


Idols
By Margaret Stohl
Release Date: July 8, 2014
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The Icons came from the sky. They belong to an inhuman enemy. They ended our civilization, and they can kill us.

Most of us. 

Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas are the four Icon Children, the only humans immune to the Icon's power to stop a human heart. Now that Los Angeles has been saved, things are more complicated - and not just because Dol has to choose between Lucas and Ro, the two great loves of her life. As she flees to a resistance outpost hidden beneath a mountain, Dol makes contact with a fifth Icon Child, if only through her visions. When Dol and the others escape to Southeast Asia in search of this missing child, Dol's dreams, feelings and fears collide in an epic showdown that will change more than just four lives -- and stop one heart forever.

In this riveting sequel to Icons, filled with nonstop action and compelling romance, bestselling author Margaret Stohl explores what it means to be human and how our greatest weakness can be humanity's strongest chance at survival.


7.07.2014

Review: The Fire Wish by Amber Lough

The Fire Wish by Amber Lough

    A jinni. A princess. And the wish that changes everything. . . . 

    Najwa is a jinni, training to be a spy in the war against the humans. Zayele is a human on her way to marry a prince of Baghdad—which she’ll do anything to avoid. So she captures Najwa and makes a wish. With a rush of smoke and fire, they fall apart and re-form—as each other. A jinni and a human, trading lives. Both girls must play their parts among enemies who would kill them if the deception were ever discovered—enemies including the young men Najwa and Zayele are just discovering they might love.

    First Line: " The earth and all her layers sped past while I traveled to the surface."

    Review: I always get so excited and have such high hopes for books that have to do with the mythology of the Jinn, which is why The Fire Wish has been a book I have eagerly anticipated since I heard about it, and I'm not going to lie the book did not live up to the expectations I built up for it but I still liked it for what it was.

    Lough gave us a little background information on how the Jinn people in the world she created came to be and in The Fire Wish apparently it was a human named Iblis who helped a fallen angel and the angel gifted him with the gift of "wish power" (what I do know of the actual facts in this case the origin of where this book is based Iblis is known as Satan who is one of the Jinn). I have a ton of questions in regards to that, I don't know I'm really confused in which way the author was trying to go with all of that and since nothing was further explained in depth  it's left a lot of unanswered questions.

    The world building was done very well I was able to picture everything in my head from the palace in the human world in which Najwa was thrust into to the world in which Zayele unexpectedly put herself in with the Jinn.

    As far as our two main protagonist, overall I loved them. With Zayele my emotions were mixed, one minute I loved her the next I didn't. In the beginning when we meet her I loved her, for a girl growing up in the middle east to be so strong and outspoken it was a rarity so I loved her but then the way at times she could be so self centered and do what she did to Najwa that caused both their worlds to turn upside down I hated her ...but then she redeemed herself later on and grew as a person and I loved her again. As for Najwa I liked her from the beginning seeing how she is the first one we meet, the only thing that I wanted from her was to stand up for herself more often especially against a couple of secondary characters that we meet along the way in her world. The girls were actually the complete opposites of what I expected. I figured Zayele would be the demure and guarded girl instead Najwa was and Zayele was what I would expect out of a jinni.

    There was romance in The Fire Wish and I was really looking forward to reading about it but I ended up not being a fan of it at all. It was the case of insta-love with both girls. I also would have liked both Atish and Kamal's characters to be more well developed besides Kamal being the prince and a bit of a nerd I didn't feel like I got to know him and someone who is the prince living in the times where the jinn and humans are at war must have more to him then what we learned. As for Atish same goes for him he is a soldier I get that but I want to know more about him. If the guys are going to be a huge part of the girls life then I want to feel connected to them as well.

    I did find the book to be actually a very simple read, a book based in the middle east I expected a little bit more rawness to it this could have easily been almost a middle grade book. There were lots of twists and a huge reveal which I didn't find too surprising since I had guessed it early on so I found things to be a little predictable.

    Overall I did have my issues with The Fire Wish and even though I did like it I don't think I will be picking up the second book since it didn't pique my interest enough to do so.








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