Friday, November 21, 2014

Insurgent Teaser Trailer

Enjoy this teaser trailer for Insurgent, the movie sequel to Divergent (based on the book series by Veronica Roth), in which Tris’s hair is chopped short and she appears to be in a fear landscape.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Book Review: The Luxe (Luxe Series, Book 1), by Anna Godbersen

The Luxe (Luxe Series, book 1)
By: Anna Godbersen
ISBN-10: 0061345660
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Beautiful clothes, luxurious parties, and charming smiles are all hiding the outrageous scandals, forbidden romance, jealous rivalries, and risky bargains of five teenagers living in Manhattan. With so many obstacles stopping each of them from getting what they want, will love conquer all in the end?

The Luxe is a young adult historical fiction novel. It contains:

• Kissing
• References to sex (no details)
• One use of godd*mn
• Young people drinking and smoking (which is not out of context for the historical era)

This is the first in a series of four books. It’s slow to start, but the pace picks up a lot after about one hundred pages. Fans of Sara Shepard’s writing should find it quite enjoyable.

Readers who enjoyed The Luxe might also like the Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray, and the Pretty Little Liars Series by Sara Shepard.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Book Review: Hex Hall (Hex Hall Series, Book 1) by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall (Hex Hall Series, book 1)
By: Rachel Hawkins
ISBN-10: 1423121309
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Meet Sophie. She’s a witch who has the bad habit of casting spells that always seem to go wrong. So as punishment, she’s sent to Hecate Hall, otherwise known as “Hex Hall,” where she instantly makes a new array of friends and enemies, and honestly, she’s a little confused about who’s who. But Sophie’s already got enough to worry about, what with the spirit of a ghost hovering around the school grounds, and a cute werewolf she has her eye on, who seems intent on making Sophie dislike him.

It includes:

• References to murder
• Descriptions of hangings, beatings, and burnings
• Use of spells
• Profanity (b*tch, d*mn, h*ll, and p*ss)
• Brief references to loss of virginity
• A homosexual character
• One passionate kiss

Hex Hall is a fun, school-themed novel with lots of believable paranormal twists. Funny, surprising, and light-hearted, this book aimed for teens has a strong female narrator, and it won’t be surprising if you find yourself instantly attached to the charming, sarcastic cast of characters.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Book Review: Obsidian (Lux Series, Book 1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Obsidian (Lux Series, book 1)
By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
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ISBN-10: 1620610078

Katy and her mom have just moved to a small town in West Virginia, when Katy decides to pay a visit to their next-door neighbors. But she’s shocked when the guy who opens the door is unbelievably rude to her. His name is Daemon, and he also just so happens to be ridiculously gorgeous. When he and Katy aren’t trying to kill each other in verbal wars, Katy spends her time hanging out with his awesome sister, Dee, who acts nothing like her brother.

And yet, Katy can’t help noticing strange details about the family—and her suspicions only raise when she hears rumors about past sightings of creatures in town . . . inhuman creatures. Not to mention the men wearing black she’s always catching glimpses of, who seem to be following her.

Then, one cold and rainy night, Katy is attacked.

Parents should be aware that this book contains:

• Profanity (including the f-word)
• Violence (injuries, fighting, and killing)
• Lying
• High physical attraction
• Sexual innuendos
• Making out with partial nudity
• Attempted rape
• References to sex
• A few mentions of bras and breasts
• Underaged drinking

Obsidian is the first in a young adult paranormal series. The chemistry between Katy and Daemon is tense and engrossing, but can be, at times, quite frustrating. The plot is scattered with clich├ęs, but the author’s page-turning writing makes up for it. This is one paranormal romance that is sure to keep you hooked.

Readers who enjoyed Obsidian might also like the Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins and the Hush, Hush Saga by Becca Fitzpatrick, as well as:

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Book Review: Blue Noon (Midnighters, Book 3), By Scott Westerfeld

Blue Noon (Midnighters, #3)By: Scott Westerfeld

The blue time is ripping apart, coming at random times, and enveloping more and more space. Something big is coming. The oldest Darklings are stirring. Only the Midnighters' combined skills can unravel the truth about the past and the future.

Blue Noon brings an interesting and unexpected
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Book Summary: Turn Coat (Dresden Files, Book 11), By Jim Butcher - Spoilers

Book Summary: Turn Coat (Dresden Files, Book 11), By Jim Butcher - SpoilersTurn Coat (Dresden Files, book 11)
By: Jim Butcher
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The following plot summary includes extensive spoilers. To read a spoiler-free, content (pacing, humor, characters, profanity, sexuality & violence) centered review please see the Dresden Files Series Review.

First time readers: This summery could greatly detract from your reading experience.

Long time fans: If you're looking for a memory refresher you've come to the right place!
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Monday, November 3, 2014

Book Review: Bone Crossed (Mercedes Thompson, Book 4), By Patricia Briggs

Bone Crossed (Mercedes Thompson, #4) By: Patricia Briggs

Still reeling from the aftermath of being a rape victim, Mercy Thompson – friendly neighborhood mechanic and shape shifter – is in no shape to evade being murdered by the vampire queen. But between do or die the choice is pretty obvious, and Mercy has a whole pack of werewolves at her back.

Bone Crossed picks up a couple seconds before the end of Iron Kissed with another edge of your seat installment
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book Review: Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy, Book 1) by Leigh Bardugo

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Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy, book 1)
By: Leigh Bardugo
ISBN-10: 9780805094596
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In the land of Ravka, Alina Starkov is training as a mapmaker in the First Army, alongside her best friend, Mal. When their ship is attacked by Volcra—creatures who eat human flesh—in a vast stretch of darkness that divides the land, called the Shadow Fold, Alina soon finds herself being pulled away from everything she thought she knew, and brought into the unfamiliar world of the Grisha—people who have powers that put them in a higher position than everyone else. Alina will have to be brave as she faces betrayals and unraveling secrets—some even concerning herself.

It includes:

• Minor profanity (a few uses of h*ll and d*mn)
• Kissing
• Making out
• Some violence (a man gets sliced in half)

Shadow in Bone is a fast-paced, mysterious fantasy book, with a unique love triangle different from other young adult books. The Russian culture incorporated into this novel also sets it apart. Fans of dystopian, fantasy, and young adult books will be pleased to find that this is an original story, mixed with Russian folklore, and contains a broad cast of strong and likable characters.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Cover Reveal: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses is the first book in a new fantasy trilogy by the author of the Throne of Glass series. It will be released May 5th, 2015. The cover was recently revealed, and I think it’s really pretty and awesome, and has definitely whet my appetite to read this book!

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Mirror, Mirror (Dresden Files Book 17) Sneak Peek / Spoilers

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Dresden Files book 17
Last Updated 11/15/2014 
I will continue to update as I find out more!

So Skin Game (Book 15) is published and we know a bit of what to expect in Peace Talks (Book 16), what do we know about book 17? Or rather, what has Jim Butcher himself told us about book 17?

Note: At this time all the info/quotes I have below are from Jim's Q&A at DragonCon 2014, I will specify when I find information from other times.

Title: It's called Mirror Mirror.

"The next book after this one is called Mirror Mirror and there's just going to be eye patches and goatees and everything."

Premise: The Dresden Files universe in which one choice is different.

"Kind of the idea is I want to change one choice and make a universe that's different by one choice and see what happens and that will be a great deal of fun for me. Probably not for Dresden though, but you know he's no fun, he's such a wet blanket, he's always complaining."

Content: Evil Harry will Manifest
"Will evil Harry ever truly manifest? Well we'll get to see that yeah."

Estimated Release Date: Jim does not typically give out an actual release date until his book has been completed, submitted, and he has a solid date from his publishers. If I hear anything solid or even a guess from Jim I will update here. The following is my guess as to when it will be released and why.

My "Guesstimated Release Date" (as of November 2014) for Mirror Mirror would be no sooner than 2018. That's four years out and I sincerely hope I'm wrong, but for those of you who are interested here is why I'm putting my guess so far out.

November 14th (2014) - Jim finished writing The Aeronaut's Windlass (Cinder Spires, Book 1). A post on his site said he would be taking some time to edit and polish the book before starting on Peace Talks (Dresden Files, Book 16). I'm guessing this process will take the remainder of 2014.

January 2015 - I would like to think that Jim could start working on Peace Talks early 2015. I have heard him remark on several occasions that each book takes about nine months of his life, so lets just assume he is able to start January and finish September. There seems to be about 6 months between his submission of the book to publishers and its release to the public. So we might see Peace Talks early 2016.

October 2015 - Assuming he is able to finish Peace Talks in September, I am assuming that he will write the next Cinder Spires book before continuing on to Mirror Mirror. So lets just think positive that Jim is able to start Cinder Spires book 2 in October 2015 and finish July 2016. This is very optimistic considering how long (both writing time and page numbers) book one took. Cinder Spires book 2 could theoretically release early 2017.

August 2016 - In this guess-world Jim can now begin writting Mirror Mirror. Add 9 months and you get May 2017. Add 6 months for turn around and you get November 2017. I'm thinking it's reasonable to assume there will be at least another two months in there somewhere putting Mirror Mirror's release in 2018.

Now I sincerely hope and that Jim has a long string of healthy, inspired writing years ahead of him where he can crank novels out like pancakes, but assuming life happens (which it tends to do), I'm guessing we'll see Mirror Mirror no sooner than 2018.

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