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Apr 15, 2014

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Exhibiting: Pretty covers... I mean, books to come.

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This week in the gallery of books, let me show you some pretty books... with pretty covers to come!


The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty––because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.
Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.
Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence . . . and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16068780-the-jewel


  
 

A gorgeous retelling of the Persephone myth, Sarah McCarry brings us the story of Cass and Maia--the mothers from All Our Pretty Songs--and how their fates became intertwined.

Maia is a teenage piano prodigy and dutiful daughter, imprisoned in the oppressive silence of her adoptive parents' house like a princess in an ivory tower. Cass is a street rat, witch, and runaway, scraping by with her wits and her knack for a five-fingered discount. When a chance encounter brings the two girls together, an unlikely friendship blossoms that will soon change the course of both their lives. Cass springs Maia from the jail of the only world she's ever known, and Maia's only too happy to make a break for it. But Cass didn't reckon on Jason, the hypnotic blue-eyed rocker who'd capture Maia's heart as soon as Cass set her free--and Cass isn't the only one who's noticed Maia's extraordinary gifts. Is Cass strong enough to battle the ancient evil she's unwittingly awakened--or has she walked into a trap that will destroy everything she cares about? In this time, like in any time, love is a dangerous game.

  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18490688-dirty-wings

 


 
When Lucy wakes up in a frozen forest, she isn't sure why she's there, until she sees Colin.

Colin has captivated half the girls at Saint Osanna's, but no one has ever snared his fascination the way Lucy does. Even as Lucy begins to remember the details of her life–and her death–neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it seems.

An adrenaline junkie, Colin begins taking himself to the brink of death, where their realities overlap–and discovers that he can physically be with Lucy. But maybe some lines shouldn't be crossed.




  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18805916-sublime

Apr 13, 2014

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Pining for: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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After the Legend series I'll read everything Marie Lu writes. And after finding the awesome Pinterest page for The Young Elites... I. AM. DYING. TO. READ. IT!

And now, it has a cover! 

Expected publication: October 7th, 2014

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17984141-the-young-elites

"Some hate us, think us criminals to hang at the gallows. Some fear us, think us demons to burn at the stake. Some worship us, think us divine children of the gods.

But all know us."

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Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood plague: marked by a jagged scar, snow-white hair and lashes. Cast out by her family, Adelina has finally found a place to belong within the secret society of Young Elites. To some, the Elites are heroes, here to save innocents in desperate situations. 
But to the Inquisition Axis, the white-robed soldiers of Kenettra, they are monsters with demonic powers who must be brought to justice. 
As Adelina learns more about this perilous world where politics and magic clash, she soon realizes that her own powers may be in danger of bringing on an era of panic such as the world has never seen.
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The new series, set in what Putnam described as a “Renaissance-like world,” is called The Young Elites. It follows three rival societies with supernatural powers battling for supremacy.


Apr 12, 2014

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ARC Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

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The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Pages: 416
Source: eARC for review.
Buying links: Amazon/ B&N/ TBD
Synopsis:
VENGEANCE WILL BE HERS 
Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster? 
With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer. 
MONSTER 
Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie. 
In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17883441-the-forever-song 

 
 

 Julie Kagawa made me believe in vampires again.

Those are the words I say every time someone asks me about the Blood of Eden series by this author.
Let me be completely honest. The books that turned me into a reader were the TMI series by Cassandra Clare but after that I read every vampire book I found. Because vampires were my thing back then.
But after all these years as a reader I find myself unable to read about the bloodsuckers again, because the vampire books I’ve found don’t worth it. Vampires became boring and a cliché.

That was before I read The Immortal Rules.
Then, I thought that was the best book by Julie Kagawa, but after The Eternity Cure I fell madly in love with this series, with Julie’s writing, with those amazing characters, and I couldn’t wait to read the final installment.

Now, after The Forever Song, I can finally say that The Blood of Eden series are the best vampire books of these days.
Even if you don’t like vampire books you’ll love these ones. Because they have everything you look for in a YA book, in a vampire book, in a post-apocalyptical book.

The Forever Song is by far the best ending I read. It will make you laugh, make you cry. It will have you on the edge of your seat. The Forever Song is an emotional roller-coaster, an action packed adventure.
This book is beautiful and heartbreaking.
It has the best characters ever. It has the best vampires ever. It has the best couple ever.
I was thrilled with all the unexpected twists and turns. It was impossible to put it down.

Thrilling
Fantastic
Stunning

TFS is one of the best books I’ve read in my entire bookish life. 


**I got this ARC thanks to the publisher. Thank you!**


Apr 10, 2014

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TSOS Superfan Contest, Day 9: Meet Mr. Ralph!

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http://blog.jerismithready.com/2014/04/final-day-of-superfan-contest-featuring.html 

Jeri Smith-Ready is doing a Superfan contest in honor of her new book "This side of Salvation"
This is an awesome contest! and I'm sure you won't want to miss it!
Each day Jeri Smith-Ready will post a new baseball-style "trading card" on her blog and on all her social networking sites. Each card will feature a different character from This Side of Salvation. And you'll have to share that card!
And you know what's better? The Superfan contest will let you meet the characters from this awesome book.

Today’s featured character is Mr. Ralph, David's math teacher. With one of the best quotes of this book.


And make sure to follow Jeri!

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My thoughts on: The Program by Suzanne Young.

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Synopsis.

In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program. 
Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories. 
Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.
 
 
My thoughts.
 
 
 I loved it, madly.

I might be a little crazy, but the main reason why I didn't read this book before was because I don't like the colors of the cover. I hate the yellow, and somehow the cover wasn't attractive for me.
No... Wait, I'm crazy because I didn't even have a printed copy of this book, I read it in my kindle app.
So, why on the earth the cover bothered me? I still don't know.
Anyway, I'm so happy I read this book!
First, I read the Chapter 1 (curiosity).
Then, I got more curious.
Then, I wasn't able to put it down.
In the past years, since I'm a reader, I've read a lot of dystopian books, and while reading The Program I wasn't sure if it was dystopian or not. It felt like it, but at the same time, it didn't.

What is true is that Suzanne Young impressed me. I've read A need so beautiful and I remember I loved it, I remember it was sad. And so was The Program. It was sad, heartbreaking, with wonderful dialogues and amazing characters.
But what I loved more about this book is that it felt so real.
I had depression once, and I think that Suzanne got all the feelings perfectly. Sloane, was real, her feelings were real.

I'm really blown away by this book. It isn't what I expected.
It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me FEEL.
The Program is one of the best books I’ve read. It was a surprise, but I’m happy to be surprised. I really hope The Treatment is as good as this one.
And the best of all… I won’t have to wait a whole year to know how the story ends!
 

Apr 9, 2014

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TSOS Superfan Contest Day 8, Meet Eve Decker!

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http://blog.jerismithready.com/2014/04/superfan-contest-day-7-featuring-sophia.html 

Jeri Smith-Ready is doing a Superfan contest in honor of her new book "This side of Salvation"
This is an awesome contest! and I'm sure you won't want to miss it!
Each day Jeri Smith-Ready will post a new baseball-style "trading card" on her blog and on all her social networking sites. Each card will feature a different character from This Side of Salvation. And you'll have to share that card!
And you know what's better? The Superfan contest will let you meet the characters from this awesome book.

Today’s featured character is Eve DeckerDavid's homeschool classmate.


Make sure to follow Jeri!

Apr 8, 2014

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What's new? Blackbird by Anna Carey

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What's new?... is for those books that I just heard about. Probably not-so-famous, or not yet known. 

Have you heard about the new Anna Carey book?
It is called Blacbird, and it will be told in second person POV.

Expected publication: September 16th 2014 by HarperTeen, check it out!

 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18710739-blackbird 

This twisty, breathless cat-and-mouse thrill ride, told in the second person, follows a girl with amnesia in present-day Los Angeles who is being pursued by mysterious and terrifying assailants.

A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her.

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined.

The Maze Runner series meets Code Name Verity, Blackbird is relentless and action-packed, filled with surprising twists.

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