Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Forever Song by Julia Kagawa

Sekret by Lindsay Smith

Release Date:
April 15, 2014
Harlequin Teen
Source: Borrowed



Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster?

With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.


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.(courtesy of Goodreads)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesdays: Mortal Hearts by Robin LaFevers

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine!

Mortal Hearts by Robin LaFevers

Publish Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

I am so in love with this series. I am very sad that I have to wait until November to read this. I hope it's at BEA!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sekret by Lindsay Smith

Sekret by Lindsay Smith

Release Date:
April 1, 2014
Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children's
Source: Netgalley


An empty mind is a safe mind.

Yulia's father always taught her to hide her thoughts and control her emotions to survive the harsh realities of Soviet Russia. But when she's captured by the KGB and forced to work as a psychic spy with a mission to undermine the U.S. space program, she's thrust into a world of suspicion, deceit, and horrifying power. Yulia quickly realizes she can trust no one--not her KGB superiors or the other operatives vying for her attention--and must rely on her own wits and skills to survive in this world where no SEKRET can stay hidden for long.(courtesy of Goodreads)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Manga Mondays #183: Death Note vol. 10 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

Manga Mondays Meme

I've been doing Manga Mondays every week since I started my blog almost 4 years ago. It started out as a personal feature, but I decided to turn it into a meme last year. There are quite a few people who do Manga Mondays. I don't claim by any means that I owned or created the idea of Manga Mondays - it's an obvious choice given the alliteration. I think a meme is a great way for everyone to publicize their own Manga Mondays and get a little more publicity.

The linky will be below my review.

Death Note vol. 10 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata


Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects - and he's bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal...or his life?


With Near openly suspecting the new L of being Kira and sowing doubt in the hearts of the taskforce members, Light is once again forced to pass the Death Note on to another to take the heat off himself. But this time, Kira chooses a disciple from among his true believers. With no way to contact his successor directly, Light must rely on his faithful follower's adherence to Kira's goals. Will this newest move bring Light's ideal world closer to reality? Or will losing control of the Death Note spell Light's doom? (courtesy of Goodreads)


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Feature and Follow Friday #197

Welcome to the Feature & Follow

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!

What sets this Hop apart from others, is our Feature. Each week we will showcase a Featured Blogger, from all different genres and areas. Who is our Feature today? Find out below. Just remember it is required, if you participate, to follow our Features and you must follow the hosts (Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) as a courtesy. How do you follow someone? Well, if you have a preference, state it in your #FF post. A lot of blogs are transitioning to Wordpress in which they do not have the luxury of GFC, so an RSS subscription is appreciated or if you choose an email subscription. If you don't have GFC please state in your post how you would like to be followed.

Why Do People Hate Award Winning Books?

I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, Books on the Nightstand, this afternoon and they discussed a fascinating recently published study called The Paradox of Publicity. The study was on a topic that I've heard discussed before: When books win literary awards, the amount of negative reviews for said books increases. The study looked at reviews from Goodreads for 64 books that have won or were shortlisted for literary awards. As expected, the study noted that the number of negative reviews went up. It then came to some conclusions as to why that may be.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesdays: Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine!

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

Publish Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Miranda Kenneally can do no wrong. I adore her Hundred Oaks series and can't wait to read the next installment!
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