Waiting on Wednesday (7): Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It showcases upcoming releases that we can’t wait to get our hands on.

 

 

 

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 Title: Alice in Zombieland.

 Author: Gena Showalter: website, blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

 Series: White Rabbit Chronicles #1: series’ website.

 Publisher: Harlequin Teen.

 Expected publication date: September 25th, 2012.

 Pre-order the e-book/book from: Amazon, B&N or The Book Depository.

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.
Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.
Her father was right. The monsters are real….
To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….
I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
I'd tell my sister no.
I'd never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I'd zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I'd hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
I'd tell them I love them.
I wish... Yeah, I wish.

From: Goodreads.

Have you noticed how beautiful this cover is (click on the cover for a higher resolution version :))? I think it’s definitely awesome! *_*

I’ve heard great things so far about this book and the author, Gena, is known for writing very good Adult books, so I’m pretty much exited about this one ^__^.

Randa

What has been going on lately (Senior year mainly)…

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 2 Comments A+ a-

I don’t even know how I’m supposed to start this blog post.

I must start, though, by apologizing to all of you guys for not blogging nor updating my blog here. I’ve been planning on doing so for the past months, once my senior year ended, but I guess now I’m stuck in a circle and it would never end…

Anyways, if you want to know the details, click on the more link below, if you don’t, well, still, thank you for reading this far. In the next many paragraphs I’m going to go through everything that’s happened and what’s going to happen according to the previous events, of course mainly in my personal/educational life. But there will be tech related stuff too Smile.

Randa’s E-book Haul n°14: Two weeks worth of books.

Saturday, August 18, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

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This is an e-book haul where I share books I bought, got from the library, were gifted to me or received for review and any other book related goodies I get in the mail.

This haul is mainly dedicated to e-books only because that’s what I read! But who knows, maybe someday I’ll get a printed book! ;).

It’s just an opportunity to share what books I got throughout the week. The covers are linked to Goodreads.

This e-book haul is worth two weeks and it might be before the last one. Since starting September, I won’t be able to post any more reviews in here, I’ll write a detailing article about that later in August.

Anyways, here are the books I got for the past two weeks:

E-books I got:

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I got the Gossip Girl series because I heard good things about the TV show and I wanted to check it out, but first, I’ll have to read the books, and I’ll have plenty of time to finish this series, hopefully.

From Amazon Kindle:

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From NetGalley:

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Thank you so much to Random House Publishing Group for approving my request to read this galley. I’m really liking it so far :).

I hope you’re having a great weekend and happy reading!

Randa

Review: Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent.

Thursday, August 16, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

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 Title: Before I Wake.

 Author: Rachel Vincent: website, blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

 Series: Soul Screamers #6.

 Publisher: Harlequin in the US and Mira Ink in the UK.

 Publication date: June 26th, 2012 in the US and July 6th, 2012 in the UK.

 Source: Bought.

 Format: E-book.

 Date read: August 16th, 2012.

 Rating: 5/5 stars! – Favorite.

 Get the e-book/book from: Amazon, B&N, The Book Depository or Kobo.

I died on a Thursday—killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul.
The good news? He didn’t get it.
The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school…
Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much
harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent
“recovering,” she’s back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend.
But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim
stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won’t keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn’t just gambling with her own life….

From Goodreads.

The cover:

I love the UK covers of this series. They’re my favorite covers of all time. But this one I didn’t like much when compared with the US one. Maybe because the US cover has a new font style, the model looks a lot like Kaylee and it has pink not to mention that sentence “Twilight fans will love it” is not on it, this series is nothing like Twilight (Thank God!).

The storyline:

What can I say? This book blew me away!!! Literally! I don’t know what I was expecting or what I was not expecting, but it had definitely exceeded my expectations.

The turn of events and the way this book had a new storyline yet it was also a continuation of the previous one, I just didn’t know what to expect.

First, as always, here’s a summary of what happens in this book, it’ll be probably short because I don’t want to spoil anything, but as a warning, you should not be reading this review unless you’ve read If I Die, otherwise it’ll feel like I’m throwing random information and surprises at you.

Summary:

The story continues a month after Kaylee’s death, with her trying to understand what happened and act normal by going to school and “pretend” to be normal. Yet, her life has never been more abnormal than the first week of her school. Now that she’s dead, training for her new job as an extractor, trying to build a new friendship with Nash, Sabine and Sophie, and being with Tod, they don’t seem to save her from the Netherworld nor to stop Avari from playing one more game.

After thinking they got rid of him, he’s back now stronger and deadlier than ever to strike one last time and do whatever it take to get what he wants, Kaylee’s soul. This new event changes everything. It uncovers more secrets, strengthens the relationships and causes more death and destruction then ever before.

Now Kaylee must make decisions, ones that her friends and families’ lives depend on them, and put her own afterlife at stake.

What I loved:

- The storyline itself was unique (again) and had so many twists and surprises. I couldn’t keep up!

- The writing is wonderful, as usual and it was fast paced in a very good way. I didn’t feel like anything was rushed or out of its place. It was clear, simple and direct to the point.

- The characters, and all of them (except Avari for the first time) are wonderful. The new friendships between them were very good to see and know it existed. How they became close and protective of each other. And especially the new Kaylee, in If I Die I didn’t like her a lot. She kept acting as if in denial. In this book however, she matured a lot because of her death and because Tod is mature too. She fights better, thinks better, rationalize better and tries her best.

Also, we get to meet the old characters too. It was very refreshing and scary at the same time, because I could since the end coming.

- The twists, the action, the romance, the death, the gore all were present in Before I Wake. It was just awesome.

- The ending. What in the world just happened?! *_*

What I disliked:

Absolutely nothing! Well, after a second thought, maybe I dislike not having an excerpt from With All My Soul!!

 

The characters:

Kaylee: Our main character and new undead half bean sidhe and half extractor. From the beginning of the book until the few last chapters, it’s very clear that Kay is not familiar with her undead status and that she’s always lost, lonely and feeling numb and empty. However, when Avari shows up we get to see the strength she really has. She smarter, faster, stronger and more loyal to her loved ones determined on protecting them than ever. In this sequel, we get to see the kick-ass side of Kaylee, and it’s very good :).

Tod: Okay, seriously, who doesn’t or wouldn’t like Tod? He’s awesome! Each and every single funny moment in this book existed thanks to him. He’s always there for Kaylee and both his mother and Nash and always shows support, directly or not. He’s the voice in mind in this book since Kaylee is lost, she keeps wandering back to him to help her since he’s been thru all of it. He’s never been more emotional, serious and funny than this time. I was so glad to see him have a bigger role in this book, and not just because he’s Kaylee’s boyfriend now, but also because he’s Nash’s brother and a very important reaper who is dedicated to his job.

Nash: I really didn’t know what to expect from him in this sequel. I knew he was devastated, sad, betrayed and heartbroken and didn’t know whether he’d forgive either Tod or Kay. But he did! Somehow at least… He’s been struggling a lot since My Soul to Steal and trying to understand and deal with what has been going on. But things caught up to him and he made some very important decisions. No need to say that he’d do anything to protect everyone he cares about with every power he has left.

I’ve been sad though to notice that his role is no longer as big as before, although from the first book it was obvious that he’d never have the biggest spot, but I think he fits perfectly for this small role as a friend and brother they all need.

Sabine: She’s definitely my new favorite character in this series. I was hoping she could become a bit more friendly and less deadly than before, and I guess you don’t get to expect that much from a mara! But well, she kept trying her best to keep her temper under control and be nice ( as nice as a nightmare can be) to others. But her strength, anger and fright are all in a good use when you’re facing hellions.

Emma: Another character I was pleased to see more of in this book. It was really nice to know that Kaylee had someone like Emma who is her best friend and now knows everything about Kaylee and her supernatural life. Despite her fragile and cute looks, she’s very strong and has strong beliefs in her friends, especially Kaylee, and would never doubt them.

Thane: Oh well, I had no idea he’d be back. I know I’m usually in favor of the bad guys, but Thane I hate. I just hate him for many reasons which I could count but then would spoil this review (more than it is already spoiled). But I can say that he has he’s own twisted malicious ways of helping himself and with no intentions of doing so, helping others. He’s just like an add-on.

Avari: I don’t think I need to say anything about him, actually. He is my favorite hellion of all time. He’s manipulative, smart, thinks fast, acts quickly and especially deceptive and likes to play games. This summarizes him very well, I guess. However, we get to know the reasons behind his obsession with Kaylee’s soul and how far he will go to achieve his goals.

Luca: The new addition to the group of extreme supernatural teenagers. A necromancer who turns out to be Kaylee’s partner in her job as an extractor. And Sophie’s boyfriend. He’s very nice, cute and friendly and he would die for Sophie.

Other characters worth mentioning are: Sophie, Kaylee’s cousin and now ally. We get to see another side of her as well. Invidia, the hellion of jealousy. Belphegore, the hellion of vanity and the one who killed Sophie’s mother and other four girls back in My Soul to Take. Madeline, Kaylee’s boss at the reclamation department. She’s very serious and hard to negotiate with and yet she’s understanding and can tolerate some rules. Kaylee’s father, who’s trying to get over the fact that he’s daughter is undead and that she hangs around with Tod. At night. Alone. Harmony, Nash’s and Tod’s mother whom I totally missed and yet didn’t get to see a lot of her in this book. And finally, Sophie’s father, Mr. Brendon, who wasn’t present either.

 

Favorite quotes:

I WAS A virgin sacrifice. And yeah, it’s just as creepy as it sounds. I died on a Thursday, at twenty-seven minutes after midnight, killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul. The good news? He didn’t get it. The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school… . --- Chapter 1.

Scott and I had never been close, but I wouldn’t wish what he’d suffered on my worst enemy. Except maybe Avari. And Mr. Beck.     

Okay, there were a couple of enemies I’d wish insanity, possession, and brain damage on, but Scott wasn’t one of them and I was glad his suffering had ended, even if it ended in death. --- Chapter 8.

“Why?” Snot dripped from Sophie’s nose and she wiped it with the back of one hand. “He tried to lock me up in the Netherworld and now he’s killing everyone I know. Why is this happening to me?”      Sabine rolled her eyes. “Because you’re the beautiful fairy princess and the evil Lord of Hell can’t secure his kingdom until he’s feasted from your flesh and slaked his thirst with tea brewed from the ashes of your incinerated bones.”     

Nash groaned, and Tod laughed out loud.     

Sophie hiccupped and turned to me, frowning. “Is she serious?” –--- Chapter 14.

I could keep posting all of my favorite quotes but then I’ll have to post the whole book to be done with it :D.

 

Conclusion:

I’m happy to say this is by far the most exquisite book I’ve read this year.

It just blew me away.

I’m sad that this series is coming to an end and at the same time I’m very excited for With All My Soul <3.

Note: Don’t read Before I Wake before reading both If I Die and it’s prequel Never to Sleep. Because there are references to both and especially If I Die.

5favoriteRanda

Review: Lucretia and the Kroons by Victor LaValle.

Sunday, August 12, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

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 Title: Lucretia and the Kroons.

 Author: Victor LaValle: website, blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

 Series: /.

 Publisher: Random House Publishing Group’ Spiegel & Grau.

 Publication date: July 23rd, 2012.

 Source: Netgalley/Random House Publishing Group’ Spiegel & Grau.

 Format: e-ARC.

 Date read: August 11th, 2012.

 Rating: 4/5 stars.

 Get the e-book/book from: Amazon, B&N, The Book Depository or Kobo.

Lucretia’s best friend and upstairs neighbor Sunny—a sweet pitbull of a kid, even as she struggles with a mysterious illness—has gone missing. The only way to get her back is for Lucretia to climb the rickety fire escape of their Queens tenement and crawl through the window of apartment 6D, portal to a vast shadowland of missing kids ruled by a nightmarish family of mutants whose designs on the children are unknown. Her search for Sunny takes Lucretia through a dark fantasyland where she finds lush forests growing from concrete, pigeon-winged rodents, and haunted playgrounds. Her quest ultimately forces her to confront the most frightening specter of all: losing, forever, the thing you love the most.
Lucretia and the Kroons is a dazzlingly imaginative adventure story and a moving exploration of the power of friendship and the terror of loss. This all-new novella serves as the perfect companion piece to The Devil in Silver, a thrillingly suspenseful work of literary horror that continues the story of Lucretia.

From Goodreads.

Thank you so much to Random House Publishing Group for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review.

The cover:

This cover makes you wonder what will Lucretia uncover behind the fold?
It is simple and clear. A very well done cover for this particular book. And it proves that the saying “Never judge a book by its cover.” is true.

 

The storyline:

This story is full of intense moments, sadness, realistic facts and scary moments.

I do not won’t to spoil this book at all because you need to read this book for yourself to know what I’m talking about you, but here’s a short summary so you know what this is about:

The story follows twelve year old Lucretia, also called Loochie, and her journey of discovering loss, death, fear and illness.

She’s lonely and lives with her mother. She has one friend, Sunny, only who has cancer and went to get her treatments. Loochie’s twelfth birthday passes by and she decides that she’s going to wait for her friend’s comeback to celebrate with her.

When Sunny comes back, Loochie discovers it might the last time they hang out together, so she prepares everything. But while she’s waiting for Sunny to come down (because they live in the same building), she discovers that something went wrong and that her best friend disappeared and it has something to do with The Kroons, the people who’ve been smoking a drug since anybody can remember and have been kidnapping kids when they weren’t stealing from people.

Loochie decides to risk her life in order to help her friend escape. After she goes after The Kroons, Loochie discovers unspeakable horrors, faces death and says goodbye to the only person who has ever mattered to her.

What I loved:

- The writing style was very basic, simple and clear.

- The story is told from the author’s point of view, which was fitting for the story because we get to see the big picture and know how all the characters in a particular scene are reacting.

- The real story here is very touching and real. I think the book tries to deal with the fact that even children have losses and fears that can affect them very badly (I know that from personal experience :)). This book dealt with this issue very well in a very simple, direct and sad way.

- The characters were all realistic. There’s a huge part of imagination added to the story which only made it more believable because children deal with such traumas in a very imaginary way. I could relate each and every character in this book, even The Kroons, to someone real I know in real life.

- The ending left me speechless and asking for more.

- And finally, it’s a novella, which I think was perfect for this story.

What I disliked:

- Cigarettes, smoking and drugs are mentioned several times in this book with minors under 13 using them and saying at one point that smoking the cigarette helped. It would’ve been nice (if not better) to say that drugs and smoking are bad and deadly for any person let alone a 12 year old girl. There’s no mention of the deadly effects these things do to everyone.

 

The characters:

Lucretia (a.k.a Loochie): The main character in this book. She’s twelve years old and lives with her mother. You can say she’s an outcast and nobody wants her in their circle so she has one friend only. Loochie has a very strong relationship with her best friend, Sunny, and we can see her loyalty, love, strength and determination when Sunny goes missing and she goes after her to bring her back. I really like her, because for a twelve year old girl she’s very smart and brave.

Zhao Hun Soong (a.k.a Sunny): She’s Loochie’s best friend and cancer patient. She loves Loochie so much that she wants to take her along for the journey. Toward the end, Sunny starts to express her distaste for her condition and the medication.

The Kroons: They are people who used to be normal but a long time ago, before they started using a drug called Crack which turned them into monsters and now they can’t live without it.

Other people worth mentioning are: Loochie’s mother, who works all day and raises Loochie by herself. Lois, Loochie’s older brother. He doesn’t live with them anymore and has no longer a strong relationship with Loochie since he moved out.

 

Favorite quotes:

Most twelve-year-olds don’t know much about death, and that’s the way it should be. But a handful get the knowledge too soon. You can see it in their eyes, a sliver of sorrow floating in the iris, visible even at the happiest of times. Those kids have encountered that enemy, too soon and will always bear its scars. --- Chapter 1.

Loochie had given her the wig. Sunny gave the boots in return.               

Sunny shouted, “I love you, Loochie!”               

Loochie couldn’t respond for fear of letting Pit know she was still there. But inside her head she could hear her own voice, loud as a siren: I love you, too, Sunny! I loved you! --- Chapter 12.

Sunny’s death was no delusion, though. Neither was Loochie’s grief, which lasted a year. The doctors and her mother, and later even her brother, dismissed Loochie’s story, but she never doubted that it was true. Louis had turned out to be right about one thing, however: Being young didn’t protect anyone. Horrors came for kids, too. She understood that now. But that didn’t have to be the end of the story. Because of Sunny, so much joy had come for her as well. --- Chapter 16.

Conclusion:

This was a fantastic short read. It was sweet, sad and realistic.

I hope I can get my hands on the sequel novella, The Devil in Silver, which comes out August 21st of this year.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves realistic fiction, horror, short stories with great storyline and dealing with real issues.

4Randa

Review: Solitary by Alexander Gordon Smith.

Thursday, August 09, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

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 Title: Solitary.

 Author: Alexander Gordon Smith: website, blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

 Series: Escape from Furnace #2 : series’ website.

 Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the US and Faber & Faber in the UK.

 Date of publication: December 21st, 2010 in the US and July 2nd 2009 in the UK.

 Source: Bought.

 Format: E-book.

 Date read: August 9th, 2012.

 Rating: 5/5 stars! – Favorite.

 Get the e-book/book from: Amazon, B&N, The Book Depository or Kobo.

Alex Sawyer and his mates should have known there was no way out of Furnace Penitentiary. Their escape attempt only lands them deeper in the guts of this prison for young offenders, and then into solitary confinement. And that's where a whole new struggle begins—a struggle not to let the hellish conditions overwhelm them.  Because before another escape attempt is even possible, they must first survive the nightmare that now haunts their endless nights.

From Goodreads.

The cover:

Poor Alex :s.

I love this cover. It shows exactly how shocked, sad, depressed and lonely Alex felt in solitary.

The storyline:

Usually when the first book in the series is really good, you fin the sequels to be a bit disappointing, at least that’s what I experienced. Not in this series.

I loved this book more than Lockdown, I didn’t think it could get any better but it did! Mr. Gordon blew me away with this book. I was amazed and in love with every aspect of this book.

So, let’s go for a short Summary:

So Lockdown ended with Alex, Zee, Gary and Toby jumping into the river and making a run for it.

Solitary starts from where Lockdown exactly left off. I’m not going to spoil this for you. But here’s what happened in short phrases.

Alex continues to tell us what happened, in detail, after they made the jump. After he barely survives the river, he gets taken to solitary (as you might have guessed from the title) for a month as the Warden orders. In that period of time, Alex, sees and experiences for the first time the real horrors of Furnace. He thought that general population was hell, he had no idea that the real hell is under the cells.

While he’s in solitary, he gets to experience the madness first hand. He finds new friends, looses ones too and gets to meet the worst creatures he had seen yet. Alex goes through the worst of it all and faces a deadly end.

What I loved:

- The writing as in the first one, was amazing. It was well paced and everything was in enough detail and yet it had some aspect of mystery. So although there was enough decryption, there were moments when you could sense something was kept hidden.

- The storyline however is completely different. We get to see other aspects and discover more about Furnace and its horrors.

- The imagination that was used to create such an wakeful prison with completely inhuman and merciless creatures was amazing. There were creatures that just made me look away and check the corridor in the darkness. That doesn’t happen often with any book, which means this book is scary.

- The twists, the gore, the action,, the setting, the blood, the creatures, the darkness, the evil, the unanswered questions, everything in this book is deadly and leaves you with a strange feeling.

- The characters, by which I mean Alex and Zee, somewhat grew up and developed a new sense of responsibility and commitment. They matured in this book in a lot of ways regarding the way they thought and acted.

- The ending left me this close to opening the third book, Death Sentence. It was gripping, awful and sad all at once.

What I disliked:

- The beginning was a bit odd, slow paced and different. I guess that’s because I was expecting a conversation and action from the very beginning. But now I understand very well why it was written the way it was.

It’s not something that bothered me at all once I understood what was going on.

 

The characters:

Alex: I really respect and love this character. God only knows what he’s been through and yet it seems like he always gets rational again after talking with Zee or other allies. He’s been through it all; sadness, weakness, loneliness, home sic, anger, rage, suicide thoughts. But he always showed how strong, determined, loyal, rational, logical, smart and dependable he can be. I’m afraid for what’s going to happen to him next but at the same time I’m sure he’ll just do it all over again and surprise the Warden.

Zee: Alex’s friend and accomplice in escape. Despite his small size and weak body, he keeps supporting and trying to protect Alex whenever he can. He is clumsy at times but he he’s very friendly and smart. He goes through a lot too.

Donovan: Alex and Zee’s best friend who was taken at the end of Lockdown by the blood watch returns in this sequel but he’s presence is neither pleasurable nor much. I have no idea what to think and I’m still having some hope for him.

Gary: A new Skull leader who decides to jump with the boys at the end of Lockdown. He’s very hard to understand and get along with. He shows no sign of mercy.

The Warden: Pure evil. He’s (or it’s?!) the one who runs Furnace. His appearance alone leaves goose bumps let alone his closeness and presence near you while he’s talking. There’s a lot of mystery about him and his hands are in too deep with what’s happening in Furnace. He shows constant appreciation for Alex and that he wants him to be a blacksuit sooner than later.

Other characters worth mentioning are: The rats which are experiments that didn’t go well. They hunt whatever and whoever is in their way never thinking twice. Simon, Pete and Ozzie who are residents at the pits of Furnace. They’re friendly people with their own stories and history. The wheezers of course, they turn out to be the “doctors” in charge of the boys once the blood watch takes them. And last but not least, there are the blacksuits which are the guardians of Furnace and sort of bodyguards too, the dogs and we get to hear about Alfred Furnace, the mind behind, well, Furnace.

Favorite quotes:

Until that moment, none of it seemed real. Maybe I was so tired I couldn’t process it, it was all too absurd. But right then, with the warden’s decaying breath on my face, I realized that just when things seemed like they couldn’t have gotten any worse, they had. A lot worse. --- Welcome Party.

Because time had no meaning, reality had no meaning, sanity had no meaning. And when everything else has been taken away, you have no meaning. You simply don’t exist. --- Thoughts from the Abyss.

But far worse was the fact that, for several seconds after waking, I couldn’t remember who I was. --- Excerpt: Welcome Back, Old Friend.

Conclusion:

I’m doing everything in my power to not go stray from my August TBR and read the third installment in this series, Death Sentence.

I wasn’t disappointed in this sequel at all and I think it is better than the first book when it comes to action and horror.

5favoriteRanda

Waiting on Wednesday (6): The Essence by Kimberly Derting.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It showcases upcoming releases that we can’t wait to get our hands on.

 

 

 

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 Title: The Essence.

 Author: Kimberly Derting: website, blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

 Series: The Pledge Trilogy #2.

 Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry.

 Expected date of publication: January 1st, 2013.

 Pre-order the e-book/book from: Amazon, B&N or The Book Depository.

Poor child. Poor, wretched child. You have no idea what you’re up against. No idea how to stop me, do you?
Though it has been months since Charlaina—Charlie—defeated the tyrant Sabara and took control of the Ludanian crown, Sabara has not disappeared. The old queen’s Essence has fused itself to Charlie’s psyche and is viciously fighting to overpower Charlie.
Balancing her new duties as Queen and battling both Sabara’s voice and a growing resistance to her rule push Charlie to the brink of exhaustion. She wants to be the same old Charlie she has ever been but now she is Your Majesty.
As Charlie journeys to an annual summit to meet with the leaders of nearby Queendoms—an event where her ability to understand all languages is the utmost asset—she is faced with the ultimate betrayal. And the only person she can turn to for help is the evil soul residing within.

From Goodreads.

I am really excited about this one. I can’t believe I have to wait another year (or 5 months actually) to continue the story!

I loved The Pledge and thought it was a very good start to a new trilogy by one of my all time favorite author :).

Randa

Cover and publication date reveal: Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter.

Sunday, August 05, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

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 Title: Perfect Scoundrels

 Author: Ally Carter: website, blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

 Series: Heist Society #3.

 Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children.

 Expected date of publication: February 5th, 2013.

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Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it’s that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting—or stealing—whatever they want.
No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale’s family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother’s billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there’s no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won’t let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother’s will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company’s fortune. So instead of being the heir—this time, Hale might be the mark.
Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she’s willing to save her boyfriend’s company if it means losing the boy.

From Goodreads.

Okay. I know this cover has been revealed a few days ago along with the expected publication date, but when I saw it today on Goodreads I couldn’t just not post it on my blog. Isn’t the cover gorgeous? This is the first cover ever to make me this happy :D Everything about it makes me want to hold it in my hands now!

So I’ve been really wanting to read the Heist Society series but I figured the best time to read them is when I have school. Because I tend to leave my favorite books, sequels and series to that time because I enjoy them much more :).

Anyways, I’ve heard nothing but good things on this series and I’m expecting a lot from it.

If you’ve read the series, please let me know what you thought of it :).

Just as an addition, here are the books in the Heist Society series so far by their covers *love*:

Heist-SOCIETY-finalUncommonCriminalsFINALPerfectScoundrelsFINAL

Love!! *_*

Randa