Today Show Book Club With Samantha Shannon

Yesterday I participated in the Today Show Book Club which featured Samantha Shannon. I was able to ask Samantha questions about The Bone Season. It was so much and I can only hope more authors will participate in chats like this because I really got so much out of it.

 

Are there any questions you would have asked Samantha Shannon about The Bone Season?

In The Stacks (19)

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

Purchased

The Son Of Neptune by Rick Riordan

The Son Of Neptune (The Heroes Of Olympus #2) by Rick Riordan)

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn’t ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth

Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem — when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her “gift” for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn’t say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.

Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn’t see it. He doesn’t even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery — although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially infront of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely — enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.
Beginning at the “other” camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.

 

Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

Star Cursed (Born Wicked #2) by Jessica Spotswood

With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate’s friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.

Cate doesn’t want to be a weapon, and she doesn’t want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood’s schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it clear that she’ll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory. Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if it means all-out war.

In the highly anticipated sequel to Born Wicked, the Cahill Witch Chronicles continue Cate, Maura and Tess’s quest to find love, protect family, and explore their magic against all odds in an alternate history of New England.

 

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead

It’s springtime at St. Vladimir’s Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn’t been feeling quite right. She’s having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all… might be seeing ghosts.

As Rose questions her sanity, new complications arise. Lissa has begun experimenting with her magic once more, their enemy Victor Dashkov might be set free, and Rose’s forbidden relationship with Dimitri is starting to heat up again. But when a deadly threat no one saw coming changes their entire world, Rose must put her own life on the line – and choose between the two people she loves most.

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Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Article 5 (Article 5 #1) by Kristen Simmons

New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don’t come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings—the only boy Ember has ever loved.

What did you add to your stacks this week?

All summaries and cover images from goodreads.

Some Quiet Place By Kelsey Sutton A Review

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

Title: Some Quiet Place

Author: Kelsey Sutton

Publisher: Flux

Source: Netgalley

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

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Summary

I can’t weep. I can’t fear. I’ve grown talented at pretending.

Elizabeth Caldwell doesn’t feel emotions . . . she sees them. Longing, Shame, and Courage materialize around her classmates. Fury and Resentment appear in her dysfunctional home. They’ve all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn’t succumb to their touch. All, that is, save one—Fear. He’s intrigued by her, as desperate to understand the accident that changed Elizabeth’s life as she is herself.

Elizabeth and Fear both sense that the key to her past is hidden in the dream paintings she hides in the family barn. But a shadowy menace has begun to stalk her, and try as she might, Elizabeth can barely avoid the brutality of her life long enough to uncover the truth about herself. When it matters most, will she be able to rely on Fear to save her?

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton is a unique novel and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Sutton personifies emotions, which the main character Elizabeth can see, but is unable to experience. Instead, Elizabeth feels nothing and goes through the motions of living. It is as if she is acting the role of a teenager, a daughter, and a friend. This is especially heartbreaking in a scene where her only close friend succumbs to cancer and she is left feeling nothing. Being filled with a nothingness does not escape the attention of those around her. Her father reacts with cruelty and violence while her mother dissociates.

Kelsey Sutton does a great job of showing the desolation in Elizabeth’s life. Her horrible home life, where she take whatever abuse is thrown at her, and the horrible way she is treated by the kids at school. The world she creates is dark and sad with small spots of light. I am not a big fan of paranormal fiction but Some Quiet Place has a unique kind of sweetness to it. It may be because the emotions are so much a part of the action but you cannot help but hold your breath hoping that Elizabeth will feel something.

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton is a well-written unique story that fans of paranormal fiction will enjoy. Some Quiet Place does live up to the beauty of its cover. I highly recommend Some Quiet Place and am looking forward to reading book two, Where Silence Gathers.

I was given a copy of Some Quiet Place on Netgalley but all thoughts are my own.

Cover images and summary from goodreads.

In The Stacks (18)

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

I am still taking it easy on the book buying. I really have to get through my monstrous TBR shelves before I bring any more books into the house.

Kindle

The Cavendish Home For Boys And Girls by Claire Legrand

The Cavendish Home For Boys And Girls by Claire Legrand

Victoria hates nonsense. There is no need for it when your life is perfect. The only smudge on her pristine life is her best friend Lawrence. He is a disaster—lazy and dreamy, shirt always untucked, obsessed with his silly piano. Victoria often wonders why she ever bothered being his friend. (Lawrence does too.)

But then Lawrence goes missing. And he’s not the only one. Victoria soon discovers that The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls is not what it appears to be. Kids go in but come out…different. Or they don’t come out at all.

If anyone can sort this out, it’s Victoria—even if it means getting a little messy.

Pivot Point by Kasie West

Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) by Kasie West

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

The Lying Game Sara Shepard

The Lying Game (The Lying Game #1) by Sara Shepard

I had a life anyone would kill for.

Then someone did.

The worst part of being dead is that there’s nothing left to live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more gossip. It’s enough to kill a girl all over again. But I’m about to get something no one else does–an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet.

Now Emma’s desperate to know what happened to me. And the only way to figure it out is to be me–to slip into my old life and piece it all together. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she’s the girl he fell in love with? Pretend to be a happy, care-free daughter when she hugs my parents goodnight? And can she keep up the charade, even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?

The Velvet Room by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

The Velvet Room by Zilpha Keatley

The last three years of Robin Williams’s life have been very difficult. She’s had to move with her large, poor family multiple times as her father seeks jobs as a migrant worker. Now, her father has a new job at the McCurdy Ranch and Robin often wanders off in order to cope with the constant change and difficulty surrounding her.

Near the McCurdy Ranch is the Palmeras House, an old abandoned house that Robin is told repeatedly not to explore. However, with a little help, she finds herself inside the building, in the one place it seems she has always been looking for: the Velvet Room. This plush room is the most beautiful place she has ever seen. Robin is fascinated and enchanted, but she can’t help but wonder: Why is it there?

Gregor The Overlander by Suzanne Collins

Gregor The Overlander (The Underland Chronicles #1) by Suzanne Collins

When eleven-year-old Gregor follows his little sister through a grate in the laundry room of their New York apartment, he hurtles into the dark Underland beneath the city. There, humans live uneasily beside giant spiders, bats, cockroaches, and rats, but the fragile peace is about to fall apart.

Gregor wants no part of a conflict between these creepy creatures. He just wants to find his way home. But when he discovers that a strange prophecy foretells a role for him in the Underland’s uncertain future, he realizes it might be the only way to solve the biggest mystery of his life. Little does he know his quest will change him and the Underland forever.

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Whatever Happened To Janie by Caroline B Cooney

Whatever Happened To Janie? by Caroline B. Cooney

As Janie Johnson glanced at the face of the ordinary little girl on the milk carton, she was overcome with shock. She recognized that little girl—it was she. How can it possibly be true? But it is.

With the mystery of her kidnapping now unraveled, Janie’s story continues, and the nightmare is not over. No one can bring back or relive the 12 years gone by. The Spring family wants justice, but who is really to blame? The Johnsons know that they must abide by the court decisions made, but it’s difficult to figure out what’s best for everyone.

Janie Johnson or Jenny Spring? Who is she? Certainly there’s enough love for everyone, but how can the two separate families live happily ever after?

 

Shine by Lauren Myracle

Shine by Lauren Myracle

When her best guy friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover who in her small town did it. Richly atmospheric, this daring mystery mines the secrets of a tightly knit Southern community and examines the strength of will it takes to go against everyone you know in the name of justice.

 

Out Of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Out Of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys

It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer.

She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.

Fire by Kristin Cashore

Fire by Kristin Cashore

It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men.

This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she had the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own.

Then Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City, The royal family needs her help to uncover the plot against the king. Far away from home, Fire begins to realize there’s more to her power than she ever dreamed. Her power could save the kingdom.

If only she weren’t afraid of becoming the monster her father was.

All cover images and summaries taken from goodreads.

The Good, The Bad, And The WTF Books To Movies

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they pick a fun topic for a top ten list. This weeks list is Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations.

The Good

About A Boy Movie

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Hugh Grant in one of his best roles. Hilarious and touching, About A Boy actually improves on the book by Nick Hornby (which you should read pretty much all of his books if you haven’t.)

High Fidelity Movie

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Yes, this is another book by Nick Hornby. (Maybe my harping on this will get you to read all of the Nick Hornby books? It should.) John Cusack, Jack Black are pitch perfect. High Fidelity is so very good.

Harry Potter All The Movies

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Obviously, the Harry Potter movies are all amazing.

The Lord Of The Rings Movie Trilogy

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The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy like the Harry Potter movies should (and probably will be) on every list. They are amazing. (Even though there is a place to argue about things that were left out. Still, really great movies.)

The Stand Mini-Seires

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I love The Stand! It is such a great book and like many Stephen King books, quite long. So how they take this amazing book, with a huge cast of characters and make it into a move? Make it into a mini-series. I watched it when it originally aired (in 1994) and just loved it.

The Bad

 

Confessions Of A Shopaholic Movie

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Confessions Of A Shopaholic was such a disappointing movie. They changed so many aspects of the book, like Becky being American and her relationship with Luke. The book by Sophie Kinsella is hilarious but the movie just fell short. It actually makes me sad how horrible this movie is because I really wanted to see other books in the series made into movies.

The DaVinci Code Movie

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It is difficult to wrap my head around why this movie was so bad. The DaVinci Code seemed like it would make a great movie when I was reading it and it stars Tom Hanks. Something is just off here. I remember seeing it in the theater and lots of people walking out in the middle.

The Golden Compass Movie

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The Golden Compass should have made an excellent movie. It has action, adventure, and a really great story. The movie also stars Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman. It just did not live up to Pullman’s book and sadly the other books will never make it to the big screen.

The WTF

Queen Of The Damned Movie

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When I discovered The Vampire Chronicles series by Anne Rice as a teenager, I tore through those books like it was my job. Being a fan, I looked forward to seeing the books on big screen. The Queen Of The Damned movie pretty much killed my interest in vampires until Twilight happened.