Posts Categorized: 2012

The Lost Prince: review

The Lost Prince: review

The Lost Princeby Julie Kagawa Here’s what’s up: it took me about a week to read Julie Kagawa’s The Lost Prince and when I finally did finish it, I forgot I even had. This is my third-ish book by Kagawa. I’d previously read the first two of her Iron Fey series and skimmed the third. I think I can safely conclude that I am not, nor might I ever be, a fan. The Lost Prince needed much adjustments; primarily in the editing room. It’s written in first narrative but we are also given access, via italics, into Ethan’s immediate thoughts…am I missing something? It’s already first-voice. It was way too excessive. Not only were the paragraphs dreadfully long, but we also had to endure interjections of those italicized sentences. Ethan was literally talking double. When a character talks too much, their words lose validity, relevance. Weight. Language, in general, posed… Read more »

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Lenore Appelhans’ Thankgiving Recipe + LEVEL 2 Giveaway

Lenore Appelhans’ Thankgiving Recipe + LEVEL 2 Giveaway

Welcome to Day Three of our Debut Authors Celebration! We’re tremendously grateful that publishers take the time to nurture new talent, so this week we’re featuring a mini celebration of 2013 debuts. We’re very excited to welcome Lenore Appelhans to the blog today! Not only does she have a sci-fi thriller coming out in January, but she’s also been an active YA blogger for some time; many GoodReaders are probably familiar with her reviews.Level 2 is the story of Felicia Ward, who died right before her 18th birthday and has been trapped in a strange, otherworldly afterlife ever since. As Felicia uncovers the secrets behind her confinement, she is pulled towards both romance and rebellion…and it might just be up to her to save the lives of countless others. This sounds like such a fun book, and I know that I’m not alone in my eagerness to read it. In the… Read more »

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DUALED Author Elsie Chapman’s Thankgiving Recipe

DUALED Author Elsie Chapman’s Thankgiving Recipe

Welcome to Day Two of our Debut Authors Celebration!  We’re thankful that publishers take a chance on new talent, and this week we’re featuring three authors whose 2013 debuts we’re anticipating. One of the books I’m really excited about for 2013 is Dualed, a city in which every person has an alternate–but only one will live beyond his or her twentieth birthday. Fifteen-year-old West only has one month to hunt down her alt to ensure her survival, but a tragic mistake shakes her confidence and makes her question the choices she’s made. This action-packed adventure sounds like a lot of fun, and I hear there’s an “unexpected romance” as well! Dualed will be released on February 26th, 2013. Author Elsie Chapman joins us on the blog today to share her favorite Thanksgiving memory and recipe. ~ Wendy Elsie Chapman’s Thanksgiving Memory As a second generation Chinese Canadian growing up in a… Read more »

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SPLINTERED author A.G. Howard’s Thanksgiving Recipe

SPLINTERED author A.G. Howard’s Thanksgiving Recipe

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? This has been an amazing year for young adult literature, and it’s been especially gratifying to see the number of astonishing debuts we’ve seen. In thanks to the publishers for taking a chance on unknown talent, in thanks to our readers for their enthusiasm, this week we’re taking a little peek at three promising upcoming 2013 debut authors! Each day, we’ll be showcasing a brand new YA author, who will share a Thanksgiving memory with us. We’ll also be offering up their downloadable recipes and giveaways, so be sure to check back daily!To kick off the celebration, we’re starting off with A.G. Howard, the author of Splintered. If you follow young adult literature, you probably already have this hotly anticipated title on your radar. It’s the story of Alyssa Gardner, who hears strange whispers…and finds herself going deep into the rabbit hole as she discovers… Read more »

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YA Sci-Fi Thrillers Giveaway!

YA Sci-Fi Thrillers Giveaway!

Time for another giveaway! Today we’re offering up ARCs of three young adult sci-fi thrillers released within the last couple of months that have gotten a lot of buzz this fall. If you’re a fan of action-packed stories, these novels will definitely fit the bill. Origin by Jessica Khoury I quite liked this story about an immortal girl who was raised by scientists in the wilds of the Amazon rainforest. She meets a boy and starts to question her existence (hah! we’ve all been there), and overall this was a very fun read. If I had a pet jaguar I totally would have ridden him, though. Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate What if you could build the perfect boy? Evening Spiker gets that chance when her mother, a research scientist, challenges her with this unusual project after Eve is involved in a life-changing accident. This is… Read more »

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Days of Blood and Starlight; review

Days of Blood and Starlight; review

Days of Blood and Starlight may well have been my most anticipated release this year. I was captivated by the lush and layered world Laini Taylor built in its predecessor, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and rendered absolutely in love with both Karou and Akiva. The thrill of the tension in their discovery of one another, the sweet ache of their romance as it unfolded, and the crush of sorrow for them both at the end stayed with me the many months I waited for the release of its sequel. So, to say I had high hopes is an understatement. I couldn’t wait to dive back into Karou and Akiva’s world, and see just how they would mend the rift between them–BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO MEND IT, RIGHT?–and save their world together. What I got was nothing close to what I expected, but everything the sequel to Daughter of Smoke… Read more »

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Stormdancer: review

Stormdancer: review

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff When a book arrives with a massive amount of fanfare, in the form of glowing advance praise and accompanied an agreebly affable author, it’s necessary to take a step away from all the hype to ensure that a review isn’t influenced by outside factors. Which I did–I avoided reviews, fled the country (okay, that wasn’t just to read this book), and read it away from much of the joyful noise that surrounded the book’s release. After the promise presented by the author’s description of the story as “telepathic samurai girls and griffins in steampunk feudal Japan,” I’m happy to find that this particular novel proved to be an exciting and memorable a reading experience. Stormdancer is nearly operatic in its scope and grandeur, and young Yukiko’s reluctant quest to find a supposedly extinct griffin–and her subsequent relationship with the fierce, noble beast–is both thrilling and moving. The thing is,… Read more »

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