Posts Categorized: 2012

review: The Selection

review: The Selection

The Selectionby Kiera Cass Reaction before reading this book: I know I may be a sucker for falling for this cover, but look at it! I totally want to go to that party. Reaction after reading this book:  I no longer want to go to this party. Full disclosure:  I did not read this entire book. I took notes for the first 88 pages, read to page 168, and then skimmed the rest. I think reading more than half the book qualifies as giving it a fair shot. The Selection arrives with a gorgeous cover and interesting premise. What if a lottery allowed 35 teenage girls to compete for the hand of a handsome prince? I thought this might be a fun and fluffy read, so I pushed aside my initial misgivings about the names and pounced on the chance to read the ARC. Turns out, sometimes your gut is… Read more »

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The Epic Cynthia Hand Interview: Part Two

The Epic Cynthia Hand Interview: Part Two

Last summer, when the cover art for Hallowed was first released, I jokingly threatened to show up at Cynthia Hand’s house with a pie and $20 in the hopes that she’d let me read the book early. I’m grateful that Cynthia tactfully overlooked my borderline stalker tendencies fangirling enough to do a two-part interview for this blog. In yesterday’s post, she went into detail about her exhaustive research for this series and talked about the question of free will versus predestination. Today we’re taking a look at the lighter side of things now that we’ve gotten those burning questions out of the way. Fun Questions with Cynthia Hand! How has your life changed since you published Unearthly? It must be pretty amazing to have readers react to your characters with such devotion. It’s been a crazy year, that’s for sure. When I was writing Unearthly, I really was writing for… Read more »

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The Epic Cynthia Hand Interview: Part One

The Epic Cynthia Hand Interview: Part One

–> The Interview So Jam-Packed, It Has Two Parts 10 days into the new year, many of us already have a 5 star book for 2012.  Hallowed is the moving sequel to last year’s Unearthly, and like many other early readers, I was completely swept away by the intensely emotional second chapter to Clara’s story. Author Cynthia Hand chats with us below about the new book, which releases one week from today on January 17th! There was a lot of near-hysterical excitement over this post, so I hope it’ll leave you wriggling in your seat the way it did me. Don’t worry, this interview is mostly spoiler-free, so it’s safe even if you haven’t read the book yet. And don’t forget to join us tomorrow for the second part of this interview, too. Q & A with Cynthia Hand Firstly: are you trying to kill us with this emotional roller… Read more »

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giveaway alert: Born Wicked ARC!

giveaway alert: Born Wicked ARC!

Have you seen the gorgeous cover for Jessica Spotswood’s Born Wicked? The raised lettering and rich colors are so beautiful! Here is the synopsis for this paranormal romance, which is the first in a planned trilogy releasing next month. A Great and Terrible Beauty meets Cassandra Clare in this spellbinding fantasy Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave. Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word . . . especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could… Read more »

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ARC blog tour: TEMPEST by Julie Cross!

ARC blog tour: TEMPEST by Julie Cross!

There’s been a ton of buzz around Tempest, the first book in a new time-travel trilogy by Julie Cross. The book doesn’t come out until January 17, 2012, but the film rights have already been sold and it’s a series that a lot of readers already seem to be raving over. My reaction was a little complicated (you can read my full review here), but it’s a book that I do think is going to be very popular. The good people over at St. Martin’s Press were nice enough to send me an ARC to review, and I’d love to share it with my fellow bloggers! If you’d like to participate in the ARC blog tour for Tempest, please sign up here. Basically you’ll have one week to read the book before mailing it off to the next participant with delivery confirmation, and the only requirements are that you write… Read more »

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Hallowed: review

Hallowed: review

Hallowed (Unearthly #2)by Cynthia Hand There aren’t words enough to express how gorgeous this book is. Fans of Unearthly who might have worried whether Cynthia Hand could deliver a second installment that would do justice to the story need worry no longer. This sequel lives up to and exceeds every expectation I had for it, and I only wish I could hand this book to every single would-be author who is even considering writing a YA paranormal romance. Because this should be the template for what every teen romance/sophomore/angel book should aspire to be. As the story opens, Clara is still recovering from the fire in which she went against her “purpose” as a part-angel in order to follow her heart. Her brother Jeffrey is still acting strange, Angela is helping Clara to test her powers, and eventually, we are introduced to an important congregation of angels and learn more… Read more »

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