Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday: An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine, and it gives you a chance to spotlight a book that you are eagerly waiting to be released.

This week, I picked:

An Ember In The Ashes
By Sabaa Tahir
Publication Date

From Goodreads:


Laia is a slave.
Elias is a soldier.
Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

Why I picked it:

This book just sounds absolutely fantastic, and that’s all the reason I need. Want to find out if this books is as awesome as it sounds? Click here to put your name on the hold list.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday Meme Spotlight: Superheroes Everywhere!

     We all love superheroes. They're unique, they're epic, they're something special- but waiting for the newest Marvel movie or trying to wade through the thousands of comic books out there for each hero and crossover. So what can you do to bide your time? Try YA. There are lots of really interesting takes on the superpower genre, everything from the traditional 'good-versus-evil' epic battle to 'talented' teens just trying to survive. Here are a few selections to get your super-fix.

1. Illusive- Emily Lloyd-Jones: This first novel (the first in a series) is actually about super criminals. Teens mutated by a virus- and who were already "troubled"- commit crimes with their powers. Soon, though, they are forced to make decisions that blur the lines between good and evil, in a deadly race against a government that wants only one thing- power. You can find a library copy here.

2. Impostor- Susanne Winnacker: Another first in a series, Impostor centers on a girl who can absorb and mimic DNA by touch- she can become anyone she come in contact with. She's sent to a small town to catch a serial killer- but can she focus with the lure of a normal life drawing her in? A roller coaster of a ride, this is even featured on the South Branch's teen room display- you can put a hold on a copy here.

3. The Reckoners series- Brandon Sanderson: This is one in which the powerful "supers" or Epics, as this series calls them, are not the main characters, nor are they benevolent. The main character has been burned by one such Epic and seeks revenge- and the battle between the seemingly weak, normal Reckoners and the evil Epics is about to rage. Steelheart is book one, and Firefight is the recently released second book. You can put them on hold by clicking here.

     These are just a few of the many different types of superhero YA options available to you while you wait for the newest comic book movie (Avengers: Age of Ultron anyone?!) or if you just want to widen your horizons.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday: Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine, and it gives you a chance to spotlight a book that you are eagerly waiting to be released.

This week, I picked:

By Maria Dahvana Headley
Publication Date: April 28 2015

Summary from Goodreads:

Neil Gaiman’s Stardust meets John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars in this fantasy about a girl caught between two worlds…two races…and two destinies.

Aza Ray is drowning in thin air. 

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live. 

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia. 

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

Why I Picked it:

            This is one of the many (MANY) books that both Buttersnaps99 and I are anxiously waiting on. But I have to admit, I was hesitant when I first read the description, I was kind of hesitant about it, because it’s compared to The Fault in Our Stars and, well, I don’t know about you, but I’m not a big fan of having my heart ripped out and stomped on when reading. I like Happily Ever Afters. But the rest of the summary was just too good to pass up, and so I am willing to give it a fair shot and winning me over. Would you like to read Magonia? If so, click here and it will take you to the library’s Website where you can put a hold on it.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday Meme Spotlight: Not-So-Wonderland

     I was never one who loved Alice in Wonderland- not the classic story, at least. Even for my imagination, it was a little bit too crazy. Sometimes that happens- a book is so out there that even though it's a classic, you can't really wrap your head around it. And then I found some books that took Alice's world and twisted it into something wholly different, something amazing. Now, I haven't read all of these series, but I have on good authority that they're very good, and most of them are on my read list. So here are a few Alice-twists that caught my eye.

1. The Looking Glass Wars- Frank Beddor: This is hands-down my favorite adaptation. It took total nonsense and turned it into something I could wrap my head around- still wild, still fantastic, but utterly thrilling. Alyss is swept away from Wonderland and tells her story to Carroll, hoping that someone will come find her, take her home. And they do- only to be challenged by the Cat, the personal assassin of the Queen of Hearts and wrapped in a dangerous game of imagination and a struggle for the throne. It's exhilarating, unique, entrancing- any number of words, and I highly recommend all three books in the series. You can find them by clicking here.

2. The Splintered series- A.G. Howard: This is a series that I think about a lot. I haven't read it yet, but the covers of all three books catch my eye every time I look at them. It's a tale of madness and is darker than you might expect, but I've heard good things, and the first book is a nominee for one of KHCPL's current teen displays- the Elliot Rosewater Award. You ccan find out more and request a copy here.

3. The White Rabbit Chronicles- Gena Showalter: This is a retelling that I'm not very familiar with (not a zombie fan) but I've heard good things from a former coworker. The synopsis is vague, the concept could be interesting, but it's up to you to decide. I personally am more interested in the previous two series, but of course it's your decision. You can check out the White Rabbit Chronicles by clicking this link

4. Heartless- Marissa Meyer: Okay, this one isn't released yet, and it probably won't be until next year sometime, but I'm so excited I have to include it. It's a prequel about the Queen of Hearts and how she became what she is, written by the same author that writes the Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet, Fairest, Winter). I love those books, and I love the concept, so I'm really hoping it's amazing.

     So whatever you think about Alice in Wonderland, keep on believing and don't let the man get you down, whatever that actually means. And just remember-

So keep on dreaming.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Teen Book Review: My Best Friend Maybe by Caela Carter

My Best Friend, MaybeMy Best Friend Maybe, by Caela Carter, is one of my all-time favorite books. Colette, or ‘Coley’ has just been invited, or ahem, begged to go on her ex-best friends, Sadie’s, summer trip. But previous scenarios make Coley want to say no. Even though she said yes, she still doesn’t realize what she’s gotten herself into. With a summer full of surprises and secrets, there’s not a boring page in this book. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Click here to place a hold on this book.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine, and it gives you a chance to spotlight a book that you are eagerly waiting to be released.

This week, I picked:

Cold Burn Of Magic
By Jennifer Estep
Publication Date: April 28, 2015

From Goodreads:

There Be Monsters Here. . .

It's not as great as you'd think, living in a tourist town that's known as "the most magical place in America." Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.

I try to keep out of it. I've got my mom's bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.

But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend's pawn shop, and I have to make a call--get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn't. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I'm stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I'm going to end up just like her. . .

Why I picked it:

I’ll be honest here, the reason I want to read this book is because it sounds kinda strange, but in the best way possible. It sounds like a mix of Lili St. Crow’s book Nameless, and the ABC television show Once Upon A Time (and I am particularly fond of both of those) If you’d like to read this book click here to put your name on the hold list