The Eternity Cure By Julie Kagawa

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Eternity Cure (Blood Of Eden #2)

Author: Julie Kagawa

Series: The Immortal Rules (Blood Of Eden #1)

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Publication Date: April 30, 2013

Source: Netgalley

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Summary

Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.

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The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa starts where The Immortal Rules leaves off. Allie is forced to leave Eden and she knows she has to help her maker Kanin. Allie has dreams of the torture being inflicted on Kanin and follows the pull that will lead her to him. With a slight twist, Allie is lead to Jackal, the raider king who killed her friends. Allie is forced to work with Jackal in tracking down Kanin and ultimately fighting the old and powerful Sarren to save those she loves.

Allison Sekemoto is as conflicted in The Eternity Cure as she was in The Immortal Rules. She believes that there is a demon deep inside of her but wants to do the right thing. Allie has a strict moral code which she lives by and seeing her struggle to do the right thing, is an important part of The Eternity Cure.

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa is fast-paced, full of action, and difficult to put down. Julie Kagawa keeps things interesting by having characters that were previously evil, do some good. The shades of gray is such an important part of The Eternity Cure because in this society, where it is kill or be killed, you have to make difficult decisions. Watching Allie struggle to do the right thing even in the face of tremendous obstacles, shows how strong she is. I do love that Allie is forced to work with Jackal. While he may be evil and quite self-centered, his constant barbed speech adds levity to what is a dark book. It is impossible not to be glad that Jackal is around.

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa is immensely entertaining and does a great job of moving the story of Allison Sekemoto forward. This book is not filler but a fully fleshed story that would be interesting on its own. I highly recommend The Eternity Cure for those who like their vampires a little dark and their world a little bleak.

What You Will Find

  • Romance
  • Kick Ass Female Lead
  • Vampires
  • Experiments

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Code Name Verity By Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Title: Code Name Verity

Author: Elizabeth Wein

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Publication Date: May 15, 2012

Source: Library

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Summary

Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun.
When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.

As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?

Review

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is a very special book. The writing is exceptional and the way both stories are told is so unique. The focus is on the friendship of two brave women who are still able to laugh in an impossible situation. They are still able to have a clear head in a literal life and death situation. That even in the face of torture,  are able to sacrifice for the good of the whole.

Code Name Verity is a must read for those who wish to be challenged by a book. I want to be careful not to give anything away, because this book contains many twists and turns, Code Name Verity is just brilliant. An author being able to write about WWII era planes in a way that held my interest, just shows how strong the writing is. You can feel what they feel and it can be heartbreaking. Through all of the action, and there is a lot of action here, the relationships are what truly stands out. The French family who risk their necks, literally, to help rescue prisoners to a woman who sees the talent in another and makes sure she is able to fly. Through the horror of war, we see the real strength of character. The way we can help make the world a better place by standing for our convictions and making difficult choices.  

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein deserves all of the accolades it has received and is a must read. It is haunting and brilliantly written. It is an emotional and powerful story that I highly recommend. 

What You Will Find

  • Friendship
  • Strength
  • Action
  • Intrigue
  • Twists and turns

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In The Stacks (8)

What I added to my stacks (and stacks and stacks) this week. I am linking up with Stacking The Shelves by Tynga’s Reviews.

Slow week! I am focusing on actually getting through my review books and not requesting new ones.

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The Spirit Level by Kate Pickett & Richard Wilkinson

The Spirit Level by Rickard Wilinson and Kate PickettA groundbreaking work on the root cause of our ills, which is changing the way politicians think. Why do we mistrust people more in the UK than in Japan? Why do Americans have higher rates of teenage pregnancy than the French? What makes the Swedish thinner than the Greeks? The answer: inequality. This groundbreaking book, based on years of research, provides hard evidence to show how almost everything—-from life expectancy to depression levels, violence to illiteracy-—is affected not by how wealthy a society is, but how equal it is. Urgent, provocative and genuinely uplifting, The Spirit Level has been heralded as providing a new way of thinking about ourselves and our communities, and could change the way you see the world.

I have heard the authors speak about their research on a few radio shows and found the research fascinating. The concept on inequality is such a huge problem, I think it is essential to have a better grasp on the why. I am very politically active in my community and am always looking for great information to share with others.

The Secret Life Of Pronouns: What Out Words Say About Us by James W. Pennebaker

The Secret Life Of Pronouns by James W. Pennebaker

We spend our lives communicating. In the last fifty years, we’ve zoomed through radically different forms of communication, from typewriters to tablet computers, text messages to tweets. We generate more and more words with each passing day. Hiding in that deluge of language are amazing insights into who we are, how we think, and what we feel.

In The Secret Life of Pronouns, social psychologist and language expert James W. Pennebaker uses his groundbreaking research in computational linguistics-in essence, counting the frequency of words we use-to show that our language carries secrets about our feelings, our self-concept, and our social intelligence. Our most forgettable words, such as pronouns and prepositions, can be the most revealing: their patterns are as distinctive as fingerprints.

Using innovative analytic techniques, Pennebaker X-rays everything from Craigslist advertisements to the Federalist Papers-or your own writing, in quizzes you can take yourself-to yield unexpected insights. Who would have predicted that the high school student who uses too many verbs in her college admissions essay is likely to make lower grades in college? Or that a world leader’s use of pronouns could reliably presage whether he led his country into war? You’ll learn why it’s bad when politicians use “we” instead of “I,” what Lady Gaga and William Butler Yeats have in common, and how Ebenezer Scrooge’s syntax hints at his self-deception and repressed emotion. Barack Obama, Sylvia Plath, and King Lear are among the figures who make cameo appearances in this sprightly, surprising tour of what our words are saying-whether we mean them to or not.

The summary sounded so intriguing. I, as most readers do, love words and how we use them.

Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars #1) by Sara Shepard

Pretty Little Liars by Sara ShepardThree years ago, Alison disappeared after a slumber party, not to be seen since. Her friends at the elite Pennsylvania school mourned her, but they also breathed secret sighs of relief. Each of them guarded a secret that only Alison had known. Now they have other dirty little secrets, secrets that could sink them in their gossip-hungry world. When each of them begins receiving anonymous emails and text messages, panic sets in. Are they being betrayed by some one in their circle? Worse yet: Is Alison back? A strong launch for a suspenseful series.

This is a series I have meant to pick up for years. All it took was a cheap Kindle price to push me over the edge.

The Namesake by Steven Parlato

The Namesake by Steven Parlato

Gifted artist? Standout student?

All his teachers are sure certain that Evan Galloway can be the graduate who brings glory to small, ordinary St. Sebastian’s School.

As for Evan, however, he can’t be bothered anymore.

Since the shock of his young father’s suicide last spring, Evan no longer cares about the future. In fact, he believes that he spent the first fifteen years of his life living a lie. Despite his mother’s encouragement and the steadfast companionship of his best friend, Alexis, Evan is mired in rage and bitterness. Good memories seem ludicrous when the present holds no hope.

Then Evan’s grandmother hands him the key–literally, a key–to a locked trunk that his father hid when he was the same age as Evan is now. Digging into the trunk and the small-town secrets it uncovers, Evan can begin to face who his father really was, and why even the love of his son could not save him.

In a voice that resonates with the authenticity of grief, Steven Parlato tells a different kind of coming-of-age story, about a boy thrust into adulthood too soon, through the corridor of shame, disbelief, and finally…compassion.

I love, love, love coming-of-age stories (hello, adult who reads lots of YA books) and the idea of a parent committing suicide could be very powerful.

What did you add to your stacks this week?

 

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Waiting On Wednesday–Invisibility By Andrea Cremer & David Levithan

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights new releases that you are eagerly anticipating. This week I am waiting on Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan.

Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

Title: Invisibility

Author: Andrea Cremer & David Levithan

Publisher: Philomel

Expected Publication Date: May 7, 2013

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Stephen has been invisible for practically his whole life — because of a curse his grandfather, a powerful cursecaster, bestowed on Stephen’s mother before Stephen was born. So when Elizabeth moves to Stephen’s NYC apartment building from Minnesota, no one is more surprised than he is that she can see him. A budding romance ensues, and when Stephen confides in Elizabeth about his predicament, the two of them decide to dive headfirst into the secret world of cursecasters and spellseekers to figure out a way to break the curse. But things don’t go as planned, especially when Stephen’s grandfather arrives in town, taking his anger out on everyone he sees. In the end, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how big of a sacrifice they’re willing to make for Stephen to become visible — because the answer could mean the difference between life and death. At least for Elizabeth.

Why I’m Waiting

I love the idea of secret worlds and magic. I find books written by two authors to be really interesting. The idea of how they write and how it influences the story is really intriguing.

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In The Stacks (7)

What I added to my stacks (and stacks and stacks) this week. I am linking up with Stacking The Shelves by Tynga’s Reviews and In My Mailbox hosted by The Story Siren.

Purchased

The Mystery Of Mercy Close (Walsh Family #5) by Marian Keyes

The Mystery Of Mercy Close by Marian KeyesAs the youngest of the five Walsh girls, Helen has had a tough time finding her way in the world—at thirty-three, she has her job as a private investigator that has proven less than fruitful and after losing her flat, she’s moved back in with Mammy Walsh. Her hunky new boyfriend, Artie, and his three adorable children are a great distraction, but his beautiful ex-wife lives a little too close for comfort. Meanwhile, Helen runs into her ex-boyfriend Jay Parker and reluctantly signs on to help him locate Wayne Diffney, the recently disappeared fourth member of Ireland’s biggest mid-nineties boy band, Laddz. Of the five Laddz, the Talented One has long gone on to better things, but the Cute One, the Gay One, and the Other One are all busily shunning carbs and rehearsing their reunion tour, and it’s Helen’s job to track down Wayne, the Wacky One. Wayne hasn’t left a trace, and Helen throws herself into the search wholeheartedly, leaving no stone unturned while watching her own life slowly fall apart, one unpaid bill at a time.

Finally! I feel like I have been waiting on this book for forever (plus it was released in September in the UK and I was forced to see people tweet at the author how much they enjoyed it.) I have been a Marian Keyes fan and a fan of the Walsh sisters for years and years. I actually did a happy dance when I spotted this in the book store.

Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga #1) by Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.

Ender’s Game is the winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Ever have a book that you keep meaning to read, year after year? Ender’s Game is one of those books for me. With a movie coming out this year, I have to read it before I see it.

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle—and people in general—has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence—creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.

I have been on the library waiting list for this book for about six months. I just can’t wait anymore! It recently came out in paperback, so perfect excuse to add it to my stacks.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

Another book that recently came out in paperback. I have heard nothing but great things about The Scorpio Races and enjoyed Maggie Stiefvater’s previous books.

What did you add to your stacks this week?

 

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Mila 2.0 By Debra Driza

Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

Title: Mila 2.0

Author: Debra Driza

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Publication Date: March 12, 2013

Source: ARC from 2013 Debut Author Challenge ARC Tour

Challenge: Debut Author Challenge

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Mila 2.0 is the first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage girl who discovers that she is an experiment in artificial intelligence.

Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past—that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity-style trilogy that combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel.

Review

This review does contain some spoilers.

I was really excited to read Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza and elated when it showed up as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge ARC Tour. Debuts can often be a crap shoot but I always have high hopes. There are some that blow you away, The Cadet Of Tildor, and others that just don’t resonate, Nobody But Us.  Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza landed somewhere in the middle.

Mila 2.0 is the story of a girl who learns she is an android and has a lot of difficulty accepting it. The first part of the book has Mila going to High School, where she is the new kid. Her only friend sets her sights on the new boy in school, who of course only has eyes for Mila. Not one to take this lying down, Kaylee creates a situation that leads to a terrible accident which should have killed Mila. This accident is not fatal but it does expose (literally) that she is not like most girls.

This is where the book should have gotten more interesting but it did not. Yes, Mila is upset to learn she is an android and that all of her memories are false. She is angry with the woman she thought was her mother for lying to her. I feel this portion of the book went on a little to long. It may be that I did not feel connected with Mila but I was just not that interested in her conflicted feelings of finding her true identity. I think the point was to humanize Mila, to show how she is a real girl with real feelings but the point is nearly drilled into the head of the reader.  

Once Mila moves past the teen angst stage, Mila 2.0 does start to pick-up. There are lots of great fighting sequences and tons of action. We learn more about the people involved in the Mila project and are even teased with information about a mole from a secret organization. This part of the book was my favorite and by far the most interesting.

Mila 2.0 leaves the reader wanting to know more, as is the fashion with most trilogies. Even though I found Mila 2.0 rather middle of the road, I do think there is plenty to explore in the world created by Debra Driza. I mostly enjoyed Mila 2.0 and would say it is a good debut novel that has the potential to become a more interesting story in books two and three.

What You Will Find

  • Cute Romantic Interest
  • Teen Angst
  • Bad Ass Fighting Robot
  • Conspiracies

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Waiting On Wednesday–Ink By Amanda Sun

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights new releases that you are eagerly anticipating. This week I am waiting on Ink (Paper Gods #1) by Amanda Sun.

Ink by Amanda Sun

I looked down at the paper, still touching the tip of my shoe. I reached for it, flipping the page over to look.

Scrawls of ink outlined a drawing of a girl lying on a bench.

A sick feeling started to twist in my stomach, like motion sickness.

And then the girl in the drawing turned her head, and her inky eyes glared straight into mine.

On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control.

If the wrong people notice, they’ll both be targets.

Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.

Title: Ink

Author: Amanda Sun

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Expected Date Of Publication: June 25, 2013

Why I Picked It

I am pretty much obsessed with the cover. Beautiful watercolor with a floral motif is so different. It is refreshing to see a YA book that takes place in a non-Western country.

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Release Day Reads

Is there anything better than brand new books to add to your stacks?

Release Day Reads

Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley

Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley

Title: Amity & Sorrow

Author: Peggy Riley

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Publication Date: April 16, 2013

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A mother and her daughters drive for days without sleep until they crash their car in rural Oklahoma. The mother, Amaranth, is desperate to get away from someone she’s convinced will follow them wherever they go–her husband. The girls, Amity and Sorrow, can’t imagine what the world holds outside their father’s polygamous compound. Rescue comes in the unlikely form of Bradley, a farmer grieving the loss of his wife. At first unwelcoming to these strange, prayerful women, Bradley’s abiding tolerance gets the best of him, and they become a new kind of family. An unforgettable story of belief and redemption, AMITY & SORROW is about the influence of community and learning to stand on your own.

Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley came on my radar when I received an invite to read it via Netgalley a few days ago. From the haunting yet powerful cover to a main part of the plot being fleeing from a cult compound, Amity & Sorrow is exactly the kind of fiction I would enjoy.

 

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In The Stacks (6)

What I added to my stacks (and stacks and stacks) this week. I am linking up with Stacking The Shelves by Tynga’s Reviews and In My Mailbox hosted by The Story Siren.

My house is still in transition while I wait for both offices and the guest bedroom to be painted. I probably should not be purchasing any books but I found a few great deals at Books-A-Million.

Purchased

The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1) by Kelley Armstrong

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn’t know much about her background – the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip – but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.

Until now.

Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town – from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend’s hidden talent for “feeling” out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel . . . . different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya’s biological parents and it’s easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet.

This is a series that has been on my to be read list for awhile. I love the cover and the mood it conveys, strong and haunting.

Leviathan (Leviathan #1) by Scott Westerfeld

 Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.

I loved The Uglies series so much and have meant to read more of Scott Westerfeld’s other books.

The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy #2) by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen

A kingdom teetering on the brink of destruction. A king gone missing. Who will survive? Find out in the highly anticipated sequel to Jennifer A. Nielsen’s blockbuster THE FALSE PRINCE!

Just weeks after Jaron has taken the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation. Rumors of a coming war are winding their way between the castle walls, and Jaron feels the pressure quietly mounting within Carthya. Soon, it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it. But the further Jaron is forced to run from his identity, the more he wonders if it is possible to go too far. Will he ever be able to return home again? Or will he have to sacrifice his own life in order to save his kingdom?

I devoured The False Prince and loved every bit of it. Middle Grade High Fantasy with lots of action is right up my alley. I cannot wait to read this one.

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The entire Maximum Ride series by James Patterson was on sale, so I purchased all of them.

The Angel Experiment James PattersonSchool's Out - Forever James PattersonSaving The World And Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson

The Final Warning by James PattersonMax by James Patterson

Fang by James PattersonAngel by James Patterson

Never More by James Patterson

The Peculiar (The Peculiar #1) by Stefan Bachmann

The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann

Don’t get yourself noticed and you won’t get yourself hanged.

In the faery slums of Bath, Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie live by these words. Bartholomew and Hettie are changelings–Peculiars–and neither faeries nor humans want anything to do with them.

One day a mysterious lady in a plum-colored dress comes gliding down Old Crow Alley. Bartholomew watches her through his window. Who is she? What does she want? And when Bartholomew witnesses the lady whisking away, in a whirling ring of feathers, the boy who lives across the alley–Bartholomew forgets the rules and gets himself noticed.

First he’s noticed by the lady in plum herself, then by something darkly magical and mysterious, by Jack Box and the Raggedy Man, by the powerful Mr. Lickerish . . . and by Arthur Jelliby, a young man trying to slip through the world unnoticed, too, and who, against all odds, offers Bartholomew friendship and a way to belong.

This one sounds so intriguing. I have such a soft spot for Middle Grade and this book has received lots of accolades.

The Book Of Story Beginnings by Kristin Kladstrup

The Book Of Story Beginnings by Kristin Kladstrup

Kristin Kladstrup’s wonderfully transporting fantasy – featuring a ship full of orphaned pirate children, a pair of warring royals, and plenty of magic potions – is sure to thrill all those who dare turn its pages.

Oscar Martin was fourteen when he mysteriously disappeared from his Iowa farmhouse home in June 1914. His sister claimed Oscar had rowed out to sea – but how was that possible? There is no ocean in Iowa. When, nearly a century later, Lucy Martin and her parents move from their city apartment to that same farmhouse in Iowa, it is not long before Lucy discovers the strange and dangerous BOOK OF STORY BEGININGS. And it’s not long before Oscar reappears in a bizarre turn of events that sends the two distant relatives on a perilous journey to save Lucy’s father.

Magic potions and pirate children? Those two things plus a discounted price are enough for me.

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The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself–and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

I avoided this one for awhile because I find the name American Singer really annoying. It will be interesting to see if I like the book enough to get past the awful name.

What did you add to your stacks this week?

 

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Waiting On Wednesday–This Song Will Save Your Life By Leila Sales

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights new releases that you are eagerly anticipating. This week I am waiting on This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales.

This Song Will Save Your Life By Leila Sales

Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.

Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.

Title: This Song Will Save Your Life

Author: Leila Sales

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Expected Publishing Date: September 17, 2013

So many things about This Song Will Save Your Life stands out to me. I love books that talk about music (I love High Fidelity book and movie so, so much.) The main character is a an outcast, who has trouble making friends. Plus, the cover is just so pretty I love the picture and the pink font.