Posts Categorized: 2013

The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4): review

The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4): review

Ready for Adrian to set your heart on fire? Although The Fiery Heart is narrated in POVs alternating between Sydney’s and Adrian’s perspectives, this is really Adrian’s story. While Sydney continues to forge a path for herself as a gifted Alchemist, Adrian’s struggle to live up to his potential while dealing with the side effects of his spirit magic are the driving force of this book. (Or at least, that’s the part I was flipping through pages and excited by.) It’s apparent that the Bloodlines series has become something of a vehicle for the author to explore some serious subjects, including eating disorders, body image, prejudice, drinking, addiction, and even bipolar mania and depression; some of those are addressed with more complexity than others, but it’s interesting to see them dealt with within the framework of a paranormal series. Sydney, filtered through Adrian’s eyes, is very appealing. There’s a softness… Read more »

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These Broken Stars Tour Kickoff + giveaway: World-building for the Future

These Broken Stars Tour Kickoff + giveaway: World-building for the Future

Welcome to the official kickoff for the These Broken Stars tour! Our readers know we only host tours for books and authors we are crazy about, and I can tell you that in this case we love both the book (here is Kate’s adoring review) and the authors. I met Amie in person when I was in Australia a year ago, where we bonded over our mutual love of YA scifi and other bookish discussions. Now here’s the thing: I rarely seek out real-life author interactions, particularly before I’ve read the book, because it’s inevitably awkward if I don’t end up liking it. BUT I LOVED IT, you guys. Lilac is that girl you wish you could travel with, because she’s independent and interesting and could fix your spaceship if it’s hit by an asteroid. (Well, maybe not an asteroid, but you know.) And TARVER. Tarver is one of the… Read more »

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Sex & Violence tour stop + giveaway

Sex & Violence tour stop + giveaway

Sex & Violence is one of the strongest debuts of the year. This powerful contemporary novel deals with 17-year-old Evan’s painful recovery from a traumatic event, as well as his struggles to overcome his crippling sense of guilt, post-traumatic stress disorder, and grief. Evan isn’t your typical YA protagonist, and in fact he’s a pretty unlikeable character when we first meet him. He’s an arrogant, hormonally-driven boy who makes no bones about his lack of interest in developing relationships with the girls he’s sleeping with, and yet the author manages to make us connect with him in a natural and intrinsic way before we’ve even begun to understand him. Evan’s narrative voice is raw, real, and touched with occasional humor, and I appreciated how well-developed the characters were. The story portrays teen sexuality, both male and female, in a realistic and varied way, and it’s particularly interesting to see the… Read more »

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Champion prize pack giveaway!

Champion prize pack giveaway!

Are you excited for Champion, the final book in Marie Lu’s Legend series? After the surprising cliffies in the last book, I know I am! The author has been teasing us mercilessly with cryptic tidbits for months, and while I’m a little worried about some of the things I’ve read, I also hear here will be “other things” just as swoon-worthy as Prodigy’s infamous bathtub scene. Be still my heart.   Aside from finding out what happens with Day and June, I’m also looking forward to finding out about this plague that’s going to strike, as well as how our heroine fares working within the dangerous Republic. (With Anden! Whom I have to admit is rather upsettingly attractive. Shhhh.) Check out the action-packed trailer for the book below. It features some of the best special effects and production values I’ve ever seen, and now I’m totally ready for these movie… Read more »

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Favorite Creepy Reads

Favorite Creepy Reads

  Happy Halloween, dear readers! My, your costumes look lovely. Here, have some candy.  Today we’re sharing our favorite creepy reads with you. Our tastes range from connoisseur of creep to scaredy-cat, but none of can pass up a well-written book–even if some of us may need to read it from the safety of a blanket fort.  Keeping reading to see which sinister stories we recommend this All Hallow’s Eve.    Wendy’s Creepy Reads For someone who rarely likes horror movies, I really enjoy well-written horror books. I don’t necessarily find a lot of them scary, though–as much as I like Stephen King or zombie novels, the books I find really creepy are the ones that evoke a feeling of unease or are terrifying in the power of their suggestion. I don’t bat an eye at bloody bodily violence, but describe a creaking sound in the attic or imply that… Read more »

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mini reviews: Halloween Edition

mini reviews: Halloween Edition

Today’s mini reviews are for some recently released books that would make great Halloween reads. I am always on the lookout for really good horror YA no matter what time of year it is, but these are especially fun for October! Title: The Waking Dark  Author: Robin Wasserman Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Release Date: September 10th, 2013 Publisher: Knopf BFYR Age Group: YA Source: finished copy provided by the publisher Why did five seemingly normal people kill their friends and neighbors? This intense, riveting novel captivated me from the very first chapter, when the murders begin almost immediately. The rest of the book unravels the mystery of why these ordinary citizens turned, and the story is bloody, violent, and suspenseful–but there’s an added complexity with moments of genuine sadness. With no more than a handful of succinct sentences, the author is able to make you feel connected in… Read more »

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Mira Grant Recommends YA + Parasite giveaway!

Mira Grant Recommends YA + Parasite giveaway!

Mira Grant, aka Seanan McGuire, is one of the few authors that I would probably run away from crying if I saw her at an event. Her Newsflesh books mean so much to me, and just last week as I was telling Christina about the series, I started to tear up just thinking about the powerful gut punch that it delivers. One of the things I appreciate about both Newsflesh and her newest book Parasite is that although they’re adult fiction, the voice is very youthful and humorous, and there’s both an energetic quality to the plots and an immediacy of emotion that make them perfect crossover titles for YA readers.  So after an excitable Twitter conversation, I thought it’d be fun to ask Mira if she’d write a guest post for us on YA books she loves. Her books are so intelligent and well-plotted that I was curious about… Read more »

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