Looking Ahead: December Releases

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Happy Thanksgiving all you Americans.  Everyone else, happy day that happens to be Thursday.  I hope you have a holiday where you stuff your face, particularly with autumn foods like cranberries, yams and winter squash, pumpkin pie….and of course, lots of turkey.  Yum.  I always make this broccoli cheese casserole…only once a year, because I could eat the whole crockpot full.  This is my favorite holiday, but we are far from family for the first time ever, so it’s a little different this year.  So now that it’s after dinner, I’m ready to move on to December.

It’s always fun to look ahead.

I, for one, am quite excited for December.  Even more so for 2014.  Lots of really great books coming out.  Lots of life ahead.

I’m ready for this year to come to an end.  It’s been quite eventful, some really good, some not as good, a dash of crap and a whole heap load of “where’s my hole to crawl into and die.”  All in all though?  I feel pretty blessed.

And I’m excited about a few of these releases….so woo hoo!

December 3rd

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Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes, Michelle Rowen

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Ink is Thicker Than Water by Amy Spalding

December 10th

young adult romance

These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner

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Snakeroot (Nightshade Legacy #1) by Andrea Cremer

December 17th

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What We Lost in the Dark (What We Saw at Night #2) by Jacquelyn Mitchard

December 26th

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Control (Control #1) by Lydia Kang

December 31st

YA romance fiction

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

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Warrior (The Dragon King Chronicles #2) by Ellen Oh

Coming Soon >> January New Releases

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There are some really great books coming out January 2013.  Here is what we are anticipating the most!

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January 8th:  Through The Ever Night (Under The Never Sky #2) by Veronica Rossi

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January 15th:  Shades Of Earth (Across The Universe #3) by Beth Revis

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January 22nd:  Everbound (Everneath #2) by Brodi Ashton

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January 29th:  Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

Read for a Cause

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Better World Books is an awesome company that started with three guys who love books, and turned into a book-loving cycle.  When you buy a book from them, you are supporting literacy and a love for the written word on an international level.  The books are cheap, and shipping is always free.  And green and all earth-friendly-like.

I came across their website while searching for some used books.  I found out that not only does a good portion of the profit of each sale go toward non-profit literacy causes, but they also have dropboxes all across the eastern U.S. and in Texas where you can drop off unwanted books so they can find a new home.  It’s the idea that books are meant to be loved and read put into practice to help others.

I love this website, I love their selection.  I hope that they will continue to expand because….well the more books the better!  And because I have a lot of books I would drop off if they were anywhere near my location.  They take part in college and library book drives and large-scale donations and use the money they make to support a wide range of literacy organizations.  The average price for good used books that I’ve seen is under $4 and like I said, shipping is always free.

Check out these stats:

  • 6,801,997 books have been donated
  • 95,699,749 books have been reused or recycled
  • $13,204,413.39 has been raised for literacy and libraries.

Not only are these numbers staggering, they are always increasing.  So go check them out, buy and donate books, and take advantage of what this great organization has to offer while supporting literacy worldwide.  Click the link below to visit!

Better World Books

Tell Us What To Read Next, Oh Book Lovers Galore.

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We are swimming in a sea of books and know there are a million out there to choose from.  But what’s important to us is what is important to you!  Let us know what you want to see reviewed and we’ll add it to our list for September or October.  If your choices make the list, they will be on our upcoming book hauls.  And don’t worry, we won’t be picky, we really value your opinions and want to know what you think!  Just comment below and then be on the lookout as we tackle all your best choices.  September book haul coming soon!

My Top Ten Favorite Book Couples

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So I decided I’m starting a new post series.  MTT (My Top Ten).  Every so often I will post a new top ten surrounding something to do with books, tv, movies, or just anything.  Feel free to share your top few answers to the weeks MTT in the comments!  Hopefully you can get to know a little about me in the process!

 

This weeks MTT is about my favorite book couples/ships.  The couples I have rooted for, loved to watch, and gotten pissed off when they weren’t together.  The couples who kept me reading the book even though I wanted to put it down when they weren’t together.  The couples who had me skipping lines and paragraphs just to get to a part where they are having a conversation.  Maybe this list will change as I get more books read, so if it does I will update it at a later time.  But so far, off my read list on goodreads this is MTT favorite book couples:

BEWARE SPOILERS POSSIBLE AHEAD!!!  If you see a book you haven’t read or are going to read, you may want to be cautious before reading the tidbit!

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Derek and Chloe from The Darkest Powers Series

In this series the nice guy gets the girl.  Finally a series where the hot golden boy of the series doesn’t end up winning the girls affections!  Every time I start a new series I usually end up cheering for the guy who obviously is going to finish last.  The reason I love this couple so much is because I finally got what I wanted!  Derek starts out as a zit faced, awkward, kind of rude guy.  Through the series you see that he is actually a nice guy who has just had a lot of bad breaks.  I love that Chloe saw through all that and helped him become the protective, sweet guy that we all saw in the last book.  He becomes very swoonable, and I loved watching him fight for her.  So, that’s why Derek and Chloe are my number ten pick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nine

Bianca and Wesleyfrom The Duff

I love each of these characters seperately, but in this book two rights made a right.  I love Bianca’s sarcastic sass and Wesley’s bad boy turn good guy story.  In the beginning of the story they seem to be polar opposites, but through the story you see that they are actually very similar people.  Through an intimate relationship that starts out lacking any romance, they find solace in each other during their hectic lives.  The author wrote their growing romance perfectly, and I fell in love with them!  I was practically begging for them to get together by the middle of the book.  As the reader, I could already see that they were perfect together, even though they didn’t know it yet.  If you are in the mood for a sweet, hilarious romance pick this one up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eight

Jasper and Alice from The Twilight Series

Yes, I liked Twilight.  Personally I don’t think that it was the best written story, wasn’t that creative, and the author didn’t use interesting parts of the story to her advantage.  But, despite that, the story is none-the-less addicting.  The one good thing Stephanie Meyer had going for her is that she knew how to write drama.  Great drama.  Drama that kept me, and the world reading.  There will be another couple from this book appearing on this list, but my number eight pick belongs to Jasper and Alice.  I just loved Jasper.  Once I heard his background story and saw just how much he loved Alice, I feel for the couple.  Their story is one that I could actually read as a completely separate book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seven

Ash and Meghan from The Iron Fey Series

I’m actually not finished with this series yet, so I don’ t know quite yet who she actually ends up with.  I’m currently on the third book, The Iron Queen.  There is a love triangle in this book consisting of Ash, the Winter Prince who is honorable, gentlemanly, and sarcastic in the beginning versus Puck the best friend, hilarious, and sweet protector of Meghan.  Actually, I think this is one of the first series where I actually wanted the hot golden boy I talked about above to get the girl.  Their romance is sweet and fantastical, much like the world that is created by Julie Kagawa.  This couple is on my top ten list because I love the forbidden romance of it all.  Ash, a Winter fae and Meghan a Summer fae, they are told to adhere to the law to not intermingle.  Against all the authority, they fight to be together.  The funny part of this pick, in reality I probably would have fallen for Puck.  But, for Meghan, I feel that Ash is so right!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six

Jacob and Bella from The Twilight Series

That’s right bitches, I’m Team Jacob.  Screw the whiny, melodramatic, leave the girl when it gets hard Edward.  Jacob really got the short straw, and I absolutely hated when Stephanie Meyer had him imprint on Renesmee.   Just seemed awfully convenient and a great way to get rid of him.  In real life, without Bella’s obsession with Edward, its obvious that Jacob would have been her true love.  It’s not like I hate Edward and hate them together, I just feel like Jacob is better for her.  I mean, c’mon, Edward left when the shit hit the fan when Jasper almost attacked her, and almost left again when he was upset when Bella was prego.  Ya know, I wish that I loved Edward for Bella, it would have made the ending of this story easier to take.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five

Lucas and Helen from The Starcrossed Series

Okay SWOON.  Swoon.  Double swoon.  Lucas is like the perfect, although typical, YA character.  He is sweet, caring, strong, and swoops in the protect Helen whenever she needs.  Add in a little forbidden romance, greek mythology, and in the second book a love triangle, and you got an epic story.  I voted to add this couple as number five because their passion and love for each other is so strong, it is hard to resist.  Its obvious and written in the stars that these two are meant to be together, but because of multiple reasons they just can’t.  It tears them apart, and also breaks my heart as a reader.  This is one of those books where I could twist the pages and rip them out as I see the characters struggle.  Made me want to throw it across the room and then run to pick it up at the same time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four

Jace and Clary from The Mortal Instruments Series

First, I can’t wait for the movie.  All I got to say is Jamie Campbell Bower better beef it up.  Right now, he in no way reminds me of Jace.  I love this couple for the same reason as I love a few of the couples above:  Forbidden romance!  Nothing can beat forbidden romance, and their story was so forbidden it made even me feel icky sometimes.  But I still wanted them together.  The reason this couple is so high on the list is because the moments between them in the first three books aren’t sweet at all, but passionate.  It was hard to not feel dizzy, excited, and a bit weird after reading a scene with them together.  By the end of the third book when the truth is unraveled, I don’t think I have even been so happy that a couple can finally be together.  As of now, I only have read the first three books.  I am looking forward continuing with this series, although I feel as if starting the fourth book is like starting a whole new trilogy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three

Perry and Aria from Under the Never Sky

Perry himself is one of those guys that if he were real, my fiance would have some competition.  Just yum.  But I must focus on the couple… The love story within this dystopian is built up just slowly enough and feels so real.  I love this couple so much I actually fear that the author will fall into the all too common love triangle in the future of the series.  Let’s just hope not, because it will piss me off.  Once again, slightly forbidden romance.  Not forbidden in an icky way, but forbidden in “we have to follow are duty” way.  The perfect verb for how I feel about these two is “swept”.  I felt absolutely swept away each time the author gave us a little more of them together.  This couple is third on the list because I felt so involved with their romance and love each of the characters by themselves.  And, I can’t wait until the next book comes out.  So much potential with these two.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two

Ron and Hermione from The Harry Potter Series

Who doesn’t love these two?  Okay maybe you Harry/Hermione shippers out there, but I’ll just leave that alone.  This couple is second on the list because it was quite a gift to be able to grow up with the characters and see them blossom from friends to being in love.  The reader had to wait seven books for them to get together, which was amazingly brilliant and also pure torture.  J.K. Rowling was quite a genious.  Not only was I reading this series for the amazing story, but I also was rooting for this couple the whole way.  My favorite scene had to be when Ron was screaming for her while Hermione was being tortured.  Gosh.  My heart twisted for Hermione, but swelled at seeing Ron’s visible feelings for her.  Hat’s off to J.K.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND NUMBER ONE

Peeta and Katniss from The Hunger Games

I actually recently just read this series, so perhaps that is why they are at number one, but I have never loved a couple so much.  I never once thought for even a second that Gale was the one for her.  Peeta and Katniss both go through the same hell in the Hunger Games, so no one could understand Katniss like he can and vice versa.  Also, Peeta’s love for her from the beginning was sweet, loyal, and unwavering.  Because of this, Katniss’s feelings grew to be the same way.  I could list off numerous scenes that I love between the two, so I won’t even get started.  I could reread and reread this series just to watch the crazy awesome action and also the love story between these two.

 

 

 

 

So that’s it.  I’m not quite sure what the next MTT will be, but most likely it will be favorite TV couples!  Let me know if there are any other MTT you want to see!
By Connie

Long Time No See!

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So, as you all can probably tell I, Connie, have been gone for a few weeks.  I went on vacation to see my boyfriend’s family, but came home with a Fiance!  That’s right folks, he proposed!!!! 

I was totally surprised and caught off guard, as this was the first time that I was meeting his family during our 3 year relationship, due to never being able to afford to jump on the plane to go visit them.  Finally, though we saved up enough money and went to Milwaukee, WI. 

He proposed to me right on the lake front in the beautiful Milwaukee Art Museum.  There are huge bay windows in the contemporary building that look out to the lake, with an ornate glass and white marble ceiling above you. 

After a few family pictures, it was our turn to take a picture of us two.  His family took a few shots and then he pulled me back and said he wanted one more picture.  When I turned around, he was on one knee!  He asked me to marry him and I was so surprised I said, “Are you serious?” At least 6 times.  I had been waiting for this for a long time, and couldn’t believe it was finally here.

So, I am back now and will hopefully get a few reviews and stuff up soon.  I’ve been a little behind on my reading due to looking up wedding stuff, but I am trying to get everything back on track so I can do it all.

Here’s a picture of my ring and our hands on the day:

New Cover Release: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

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The release of this cover today was SUCH good timing for me.  I just finished the first book of this series, Under the Never Sky, and absolutely loved it.  I give the book 5 stars, but you will find out more about my review soon when I post it. 

Just to give you a hint, although the book follows somewhat typical YA fashion, I fell in love with the characters.  Having such well-built character development makes anything similar just fall away.  Basically, if you are going to do YA of this genre the only way to make it stand out is for everything in the book – the romance, the world, the dangers – seem real and not forced.  And the first book accomplished that.  I have high hopes for this next installment!

Now to the cover.  I’m not ooh-and-awwing about how beautiful it is, just because it is just as beautiful as the first and nothing really surprised me.  I heard that Perry was going to be on the front, and I’m so thankful he is!  He looks very similar to the guy used in the book trailer for Under the Never Sky which you can see here.

The only reason I’m not freaking out is because this cover is what I expected.  I’m not let down in any way though, because this is exactly what I wanted!  I love it when books in a series have similar covers and cover art, but are different coordinating colors.  This way, they look like they go together on my shelf when I do buy them.  A good illustration of a series who doesn’t do this would be the Wither series:

First book, Gor-ge-ous.

Second cover: What is this?   The girl looks high and the whole picture is just ugly.  The background color somewhat matches and will look okay next to the first book, but the bright green lettering?  Ick.  Also, I get that the book is about a carnival so that’s why the random horse is on the side, but I just think its cheesy.  And ugly.

And the last cover release:  WTF is this.  The BRIGHT GREEN would look horrible against the last two, standing out awkwardly.  The placement of the various objects just doesn’t look beautiful and natural like the first cover.  The girl just looks uncomfortable and doesn’t draw me to the cover.   

Hey, I could be wrong and when you hold these three together it looks great, but from pictures it just doesn’t cut it for me.  If only the covers were as beautiful and unique as Lauren DeStefano’s writing.  In my opinion, the covers just don’t do her justice.

But so far, the Never Sky series looks like a series I will buy not just for the writing, but because it’ll look so pretty on my shelf!

Also, I love what Perry is wearing on the cover.  Maybe it’s just me, but I have a weak spot for guys wearing stuff on their wrists – watches, arm bands, etc.  And lo and behold look what he’s wearing?  May I say Yip, with a side of Ee. 

The tag line is somewhat revealing about the book, but expected.  It makes me even more excited for the next book, but I can’t say why or I may reveal too much for those of you who haven’t read the first book.

If I had to rate this cover based on our rating scale, I would probably give it 4 stars.  Why not 5?  Well, I guess for the sole fact that it just didn’t surprise me at all or leave me in a pleasant shock.  But, I did love it anyway!

By Connie