Archives for June 2015

Book Tuesday: Snow Like Ashes

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Title: Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1)
Author: Sara Raasch
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Balzer and Bray
Publication Date: October 14, 2014
Pages: 422
Buy: Amazon

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

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Ziplining Adventures

So one of the things on my bucket list is to go Ziplining.  I’ve always wanted to try it, but whenever I was places where I could (i.e. the Caribbean), I was leery of their safety measures.  Some of you might scoff at that, but hey, better safe than at the bottom of a jungle floor, I say!  Luckily, I found a place only an hour from me that did Zipline tours and managed to convince the bro and Meesh to tag along with me, to calm my fears for company’s sake.

We arrive and get set up with our gear.  You can see how terrified excited I am to get going!

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Book Tuesday: ARC – Stone Rider

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Title: Stone Rider
Author: David Hofmeyr
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Publisher: Delacorte
Publication Date: July 14, 2015
Pages: 336
Buy:Amazon

In the vein of The Outsiders and the early Western novels of Elmore Leonard, this inventive debut novel, a cross between the cult classic Mad Max movie series and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, blends adrenaline-fueled action with an improbable yet tender romance to offer a rich and vivid portrayal of misfits and loners forced together in their struggle for a better life.

Adam Stone wants freedom and peace. He wants a chance to escape Blackwater, the dust-bowl desert town he grew up in. Most of all, he wants the beautiful Sadie Blood. Alongside Sadie and the dangerous outsider Kane, Adam will ride the Blackwater Trail in a brutal race that will test them all, body and soul. Only the strongest will survive.

The prize? A one-way ticket to Sky-Base and unimaginable luxury.

And for a chance at this new life, Adam will risk everything.

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The BEA 2015 Recap – Day 3

And we’ve come to the final day and final recap post of BEA 2015 🙁 I know, I know.  You’re all crying your eyes out as I am, BUT there’s always next year! So before we get into any more hysterics, I better go through my third day.

So originally, Friday was going to be the worst day of them all.  Apparently all the publishers decided to schedule all the authors I wanted at the same time that afternoon to sign their books.  Now, as a New Yorker, I’m pretty fast, but even I can’t be in 5 places at once! Luckily, the past two days I managed to grab some galleys which alleviated a majority of those signings so believe it or not, Friday turned out to be the lightest day in terms of crazy rushing! Yay for Galleys!

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Book Tuesday: Release Day – Scorched

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Title: Scorched (Frigid #2)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: June 16, 2015
Pages: 320
Buy:Amazon

Sometimes life leaves a mark…

Most days, Andrea doesn’t know whether she wants to kiss Tanner or punch him in the gut. He is seriously hot, with legit bedroom eyes and that firefighter body of his, but he’s a major player, and they can’t get along for more than a handful of minutes. Until now.

Tanner knows he and Andrea have had an epic love/hate relationship for as long as he can remember, but he wants more love than hate from her. He wants her. Now. Tomorrow. But the more he gets to know her, the more it becomes obvious that Andrea has a problem. She’s teetering on the edge and every time he tries to catch her, she slips through his fingers.

Andrea’s life is spiraling out of control, and it doesn’t matter that Tanner wants to save her, because when everything falls apart and she’s speeding toward rock bottom, only she can save herself.

Sometimes life makes you work for that happily ever after…

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The BEA 2015 Recap – Day 2

After the craziness of running around on Wednesday, I was looking forward to a little more of a calming experience for Day 2, even if it was an earlier and longer day.

The main thing on the agenda this morning was grabbing Passenger by Alexandra Bracken.  I knew it was going to be ::crazy:: <–that’s in my sing song voice, so I was heading there first thing.  Meanwhile, the bro was headed to the James Dashner signing which was also going to be ::crazy::  Unfortunately for him, he didn’t find out until practically a foot from James, that he wasn’t signing his new book, The Game of Lives, but the first two books in the Maze Runner Series.  At that point he decided to just stay, but he was not happy after waiting that long only to learn they’re giving books he already has.  Meanwhile, on the Alexandra Bracken line, I was going a little nuts because it was taking FOREVER.

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As Dreams Are Made Turns ONE!

Happy Birthday As Dreams Are Made!!

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The BEA 2015 Recap – Day 1

In case you’re unfamiliar with BEA (Book Expo America), I spoke a little about it in my BEA prep post, but essentially it’s a huge book conference where book industry people, educators, bloggers, etc. from all over the world gather to talk about books, network, and get books!

Tuesday night I went to Jenny Han’s P.S. I Love You release party (there was food involved).  It was a fantastic night where I caught up with some blogger friends, met some new ones, and drove over the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Top Row: Christina, Brittany, Octavia, Melissa, and Me
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Book Tuesday: The Witch Hunter

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Title: The Witch Hunter (The Witch Hunter #1)
Author: Virginia Boecker
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 2, 2015
Pages: 368
Buy: Amazon

Your greatest enemy isn’t what you fight, but what you fear.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she’s accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that’s been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth’s witch hunting past–if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she’s thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

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ACOTAR signing and Sam’s Song

I was really fortunate to attend the ACOTAR (A Court of Thorns and Roses) signing in NYC.  I had a BLAST!  Saw Sarah and met some awesome people 🙂  Here are some photos from the event.

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