Saturday, June 29, 2013

Book Hauling It Up (60)

Hey Everyone :)

Hope everyone had a pretty good week!
I swear these months are passing by so quickly...
Don't forget to leave your links :)

Already read :) and thought it was pretty good.

Been wanting to check out a Gretchen McNeil book for a while and I'm pretty excited for After Daybreak

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Perfection by J.L. Spelbring

by J.L. Spelbring
Released |July 16th 2013 by Spencer Hill Press|
Edition |Physical ARC|
Source |Publisher|

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The personification of Aryan purity, Ellyssa's spent her whole life under her creator's strict training and guidance; her purpose is to eradicate inferior beings. She was genetically engineered to be the perfect soldier: strong, intelligent, unemotional, and telepathic.
Only Ellyssa isn't perfect.
Ellyssa feels emotions--a fact she's spent her life concealing. Until she encounters the epitome of inferiority: a dark-haired boy raised among renegades hiding since the Nazis won the war a century ago. He speaks to her telepathically, pushing thoughts into her mind, despite the impossibility of such a substandard person having psychic abilities.
But he does.
His unspoken words and visions of a place she's never visited make Ellyssa question her creator. Confused and afraid her secret will be discovered, Ellyssa runs away, embarking on a journey where she discovers there is more to her than perfection.

This was a hard book for me to rate and write for some reason. I enjoyed the story and thought the author's writing style was great, but I don't know why I'm having such a hard time writing this review. I really enjoyed the idea of the story. The doctor of the center/Ellyssa father is pretty much corrupt. He's creating the 'perfect' soldiers to establish Hitlers goals of perfection and utopia. If he thinks they aren't perfect in their genetics and abilities, then the soldiers are suppose to eliminate them. (Okay, that is my interpretation! lol)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wishlist Wednesday (42): All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.
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All Our Yesterdays
by Cristin Terrill
Released |September 3rd 2013 by Disney Hyperion|
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"You have to kill him." Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.
Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.
Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was.
All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.

Why I'm Wishing...
This just so happened to catch my eye and I really like the sound of it. I'm really curious about it.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (22): Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2013

Hosted by: the Broke and Bookish

This Week's Topic Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2013

If you've read any of these, let me know what you thought of them :)

Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning
The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Mating Instinct by Katie Reus
Light by Michael Grant (Sad to see the series go!)
Flicker and Burn by TM Goeglein
Lover At Last by JR Ward 
Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Iced by Karen Marie Moning
A Brother's Honor by Brenda Jackson
Black City by Elizabeth Richards

Monday, June 24, 2013

Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin

Because It Is My Blood
(Birthright, #2)
by Gabrielle Zevin 
Released |September 18th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)|
Edition |Audio|
Source |Library|

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Since her release from Liberty Children's Facility, Anya Balanchine is determined to follow the straight and narrow. Unfortunately, her criminal record is making it hard for her to do that. No high school wants her with a gun possession charge on her rap sheet. Plus, all the people in her life have moved on: Natty has skipped two grades at Holy Trinity, Scarlet and Gable seem closer than ever, and even Win is in a new relationship.But when old friends return demanding that certain debts be paid, Anya is thrown right back into the criminal world that she had been determined to escape. It’s a journey that will take her across the ocean and straight into the heart of the birthplace of chocolate where her resolve--and her heart--will be tested as never before.

I thought this was great sequel to All These Things I've Done. I was really happy to see all the positive changes and decisions that Anya was making throughout the story. She really has started developing as a character and becoming more mature. But still Anya continued to go through many struggles and challenges dealing with trust and the law. You root for her to push forward even go she's going through so many difficult things. Being pick on by your ex boyfriend's dad. I mean seriously, how many times was he going to have her sent to Liberty, a juvenile center for young kids, when the girl was doing absolutely NOTHING wrong. And on top of that, having to reevaluate the relationships of the people close to her. Not knowing who to trust can really mess with a person's mind, so I could really relate with Anya on that.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Book Hauling It Up (59)

Hey Everyone :)

Hope everyone has had a great week!
If you have a haul, don't forget to leave your link :)


I can't wait to check out BZRK :) And I've read both Touch and Kiss of Frost, but I want the series on my shelf!


Kindle Freebies

Friday, June 21, 2013

Cover Love (17)

Hey Eveyone, 
Another edition of cover crazy :) 
So many awesome cover released of books I'm curious to read!
Got any faves or books your dying to read on the list?

OMG...The King! I can't wait and serious, this is the only book in the series that doesn't have 'lover' in the title. And Into the Still Blue, I need to hurry and read Through the Ever Night :)
Love the cover for Perfect Lies :) 
I'm really curoius about the Inventor's Secret.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Goddess by Josephine Angelini

(Starcrossed, #3)
by Josephine Angelini
Released |May 28th 2013 by HarperTeen|
Edition |eBook|

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After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.
To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.
In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched.

I'm so sad to see this series go! I've loved it from the start and end was just as awesome. I was glad to be united with these characters for the last time and can't wait to see what Josephine Angelini has in store next. SO many thing happened in this installment and there were so many things that need to be wrapped up. I felt the author did a great job with that. I really didn't have any unanswered questions which is how I love a series to end.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wishlist Wednesday (41): Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.
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Perfect Ruin
(The Internment Chronicles, #1)
by Lauren DeStefano
Releases |October 1st 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers|
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On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan's older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil.
Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose.

Why I'm Wishing...
I love Lauren DeStefano's chemical garden series and I'm really curious about this new book of hers. A new story with new characters will be really interesting to see where the author takes us next!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Phoenix by Elizabeth Richards

(Black City, #2)
by Elizabeth Richards
Released |June 4th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile|
Edition |Physical ARC|
Source |Publisher|
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Ash and Natalie are just starting to build a life together when things in the United Sentry States go from bad to worse. Ash and Natalie find themselves at the center of turmoil when dictator Purian Rose threatens Natalie’s life unless Ash votes in favor of Rose’s Law—a law that will send Darklings and other dissenters to a deadly concentration camp known as the Tenth.
When Ash can’t bring himself to trade Natalie’s life for those of millions of Darklings, her fate is sealed. Enter Elijah Theroux, the handsome Bastet boy Natalie once saved from her mother’s labs, where he’d been experimented on and tortured. It was his venom the Sentry used to create the lethal Golden Haze, the heart of the government conspiracy that led to Black City’s uprising and Ash’s rebirth as the Phoenix, the face of the rebellion. Elijah is back and Ash doesn’t like him; it’s clear he’s taken with Natalie, and Ash fears she may have feelings for him as well.
But Elijah also may have the answer to taking down Purian Rose for good—a powerful weapon called the Ora. Ash, Natalie and Elijah just have to escape Black City undetected to find it. But fleeing the city and finding this weapon (if it even exists) are easier said than done, and the quest could tear Ash and Natalie apart, even pushing them into the arms of others.
This enthralling sequel to Black City is just as absorbing, delicious and steamy as the first book, leaving readers hungry for the series conclusion
I have to say that I really enjoyed Phoenix and thought it was a pretty good sequel :) I was dying for the chance to get my hands on it and could not put the book down! But I do feel that some parts could have been better, but I'll get to that later. Phoenix was fast paced with a whole lot of action that has me dying to get my hands on the next installment!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin

All These Things I've Done
(Birthright, #1)
by Gabrielle Zevin
Released |September 6th 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)|
Edition |Audio|
Source |Library|

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In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.
Engrossing and suspenseful, All These Things I've Done is an utterly unique, unputdownable read that blends both the familiar and the fantastic.
All These Things I've Done is one of the most interesting reads I've read in awhile. I really enjoyed the whole mobster feel to the book. Also, the fact that chocolate and coffee is illegal. The HORRORS, right?! When I started this book, I did not know that it was a series, so I'm really excited to continue on to find out what happens next with Anya, her family, and her friends.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Book Hauling It Up (58)

Hey Everyone,

Hope everyone has had a great week!
Mine was pretty good. I was auto approved by Harlequin Teen on Netgallley which was really exciting, since I was auto proved  Kensington last week :)
Don't forget to leave your links!
Review Books
Midnight Frost (Netgalley)
Indelible (Netgalley)
Hereafter (Netgalley)
Perfection (Publisher)
Solstice High (Blog Tour/Publisher)

Because it is my Blood is audio.


Friday, June 14, 2013

Bookish Quotes (5)

Hey Everyone,
Today I'll be sharing some quotes that I liked from recent books I've read.
I have a love for book quotes and quotes in general!
Hope you like some of them :)

“I did learn something about insanity while I was down there. People go crazy, not because they are crazy, but because it's the best available option at the time.”
― Gabrielle Zevin, All These Things I've Done
“...lies can sound awfully pretty when a girl is in love with the person telling them.”
― Gabrielle Zevin, All These Things I've Done

“The first day you meet, you are friends. The next day, you are brothers.”  ― Brigid KemmererSpirit
“If you can't fix what went wrong, then fix what you can make right.” ― Brigid Kemmerer, Spirit

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Cover Love (16)

Hey everyone,
I am here to show you all the new covers I have seen recently.
They might not be new to you, but they're new to me :)
Some are pretty awesome!
Any faves?!

I'm pretty excited for Revealed even though I'm getting tired of the series.
HOUSE OF HADES and Endless Knight! I can't wait :)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wishlist Wednesday (40): After Daybreak by J.A. London

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.
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After Daybreak
(Darkness Before Dawn, #3)
by J.A. London
Releases |June 25th 2013 by HarperTeen|
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After Daybreak brings J.A. London's romantic dystopian Darkness Before Dawn series to a thrilling conclusion.
Dawn grew up behind a wall, terrified of the vampires outside who controlled the lives of humans and demanded their blood. But when she became a delegate for her city and met Victor, she realized that not all vampires were the same, that maybe one could be trusted.
Now Day Walker Sin is infecting his followers with a disease that turns them into mindless killers. Dawn and Victor will have to convince humans and vampires to band together to stop him, because alone they will all die.

Why I'm Wishing...
I've been really enjoying the trilogy so far even though I liked the first book better than the sequel. I'm curious to see what how the series is going to end.

Other Books in the Series

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Imaginable by J. Meyers

(Intangible, #2)
by J. Meyers
Released |April 16th 2013|
Edition |eBook|

Source |Author|
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Twins Sera and Luke Raine’s unusual abilities are growing. Sera is healing vampires now, making them human again. And, at times, Luke can actually change the future he Sees.
But Sera’s healing has dangerous consequences, and though Luke is altering the outcome of more visions, he can’t control them yet.
Now Sera is in danger as the dark creatures of the Realm seek to use her. As Luke struggles to master his gift in order to save his sister, he discovers even more about his powers.
And what he learns just may put him in greater danger than Sera has ever been.

I thought this was a pretty great sequel to Intangible and would like to start off by thanking the author for a review copy! Imaginable is still in the POVs of both Sera and Luke, twin brother and sister with amazing abilities to help others with their healing and seer sight gifts. Both are learning more about their growing gifts, but are somewhat struggling with how to handle them. This was a fast paced read with a lot of action! I can't wait to check out the next installment in the series because I really enjoyed learning more and more about these two brave twins!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Spartan Frost by Jennifer Estep

Spartan Frost
(Mythos Academy, #4.5)
by Jennifer Estep
Released |June 25th 2013 by K-Teen|
Edition |eARC|
Source |Netgalley|

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I’m Logan Quinn, the deadliest Spartan warrior at Mythos Academy. At least I was — until the day I almost killed Gwen Frost.
Professor Metis and Nickamedes say that I’m fine, that Loki and the Reapers don’t have a hold on me anymore, but I can’t risk it. I can’t risk hurting Gwen again. So I’m leaving Mythos and going somewhere far, far away.
I know Gwen wonders what’s happening to me, whether I’m safe. I can’t tell her, but this is my story …
This was a pretty short novella in the Mythos Academy series, but it was very much appreciated. It gives you something to look forward to for Midnight Frost! In this novella we get inside Logan's head after he leaves the academy and after the Reaper incident at the school. It was nice to see his take on things and how he felt about the attack. He always seems so lost and confused at times. But it was great to see that his relationship with his Dad has strengthen after everything that's happen. They're both trying to move forward.

Even though everything happened pretty fast, there was a great amount of action that happened towards the end. I can't wait to get my hands on Midnight Frost, because it pretty much tells you something BIG happened at the school. I can kind of guess what, but I'm not completely sure. I really enjoy this series! I would like to thank Netgalley for and arc of Spartan Frost. All thoughts are my honest opinion!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

800 Followers Giveaway!

Hi Everyone,

I've reached 800 Followers!
And I'm so excited :) Thank you to everyone who follows Synchronized Reading! I really appreciate it and hope that you like my blog.
I seriously never thought I'd love blogging as much as I do and actually stick with it :)

SO, on to the giveaway!

There will be one winner.
The winner gets any book under $20 from the book depository.
Any one can enter as long as the book depository ships to you!
I DO NOT do pre-orders! Sorry. Your book choice MUST be released by the end date of the giveaway.

If you're under 18 and are chosen as the winner, please be sure to tell your parents you'll have a book coming.

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Book Hauling It Up (57)

Hey Everyone :)

Hope everyone has had a great week!
I received a gift card from my Dad (THANKS!) and decided to get a couple of ebooks.
And I also bought a few too :)

Oh, and my laptop broke yesterday evening! :'|  It's been through some rough times, lol and was on its last leg. So I had to run and get another and now I'm in the progress of downloading and transferring things. Which is torture!

Don't forget to leave your links!

Of Triton by Anna Banks (book 2)
Loki's Wolves by KL Armstrong and MA Marr
The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan
Dark Descendant by Jenna Black

Friday, June 7, 2013

Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

Gameboard of the Gods
(Age of X, #1)
by Richelle Mead
Released |June 4th 2013 by Dutton Adult|
Edition |eARC|
Source |Edelweiss|

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In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.
When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.
Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of X series, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such megasuccesses: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.

Okay, so to start off this review I must say this was a DNF (Did Not Finish) for me. I was so excited to get my hands on a review copy of Gameboards of the Gods because, hello, it's by Richelle Meads and it was about mythology, but I just couldn't get into the story at all. This review will probably be short since I only made it around to 30 something percent/page 164/chapter 14 before I finally had to call it quits. And couldn't continue to push myself to try and finish the book. I started pushing myself to finish reading about 80 pages in. So, I'll basically explain why I stopped reading.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Blog Tour: Uprising by Jessica Therrien - Guest Post

(Children of the Gods #2)
by Jessica Therrien
Released |May 28, 2013 by ZOVA Books|
Genre |Paranormal Romance|
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Jessica Therrien follows up her bestselling novel OPPRESSION with UPRISING, the second book in the Children of the Gods series.
OPPRESSION, translated and sold around the world, was one of the best selling YA novels of 2012. UPRISING continues the story of Elyse, William and the Descendants.
Elyse has been in hiding for most of her life. Only now she’s hiding with William, and she knows who she’s hiding from. The Council wants a child Elyse and William have yet to conceive, a child who will be the next oracle, and who will provide the final piece to a plan Christoph has been organizing for years. Charged with leading the rebellion against Christoph and his Council, Elyse feels well out of her depth. But she has good friends and strong allies who are willing to fight with her to the end, regardless of how far they have to go, and how many lives will be lost in the process. They have one goal: to live freely and openly with the rest of humanity, out from under The Council’s oppressive rule. The stakes could not be higher for Elyse and the Descendants longing for freedom. They'll have to learn to fight if they want to stand up against The Council, and to find allies in a world ruled by their enemies. The hardest part of waging a war is knowing who to trust. Elyse knows their uprising will change the world. She doesn’t realize it will change her, too.

Author Bio
Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult paranormal fiction series Children of the Gods. Book one in the series, Oppression, was published by ZOVA Books in February of 2012 and became a Barnes & Noble best-seller shortly after its release. The second book in the series, Uprising, will be available in May of 2013.

Aside from her Children of the Gods series, Jessica’s work can also be found in a published collection of flash fiction stories called Campaigner Challenges 2011. Out of over 350 submissions her story, The Soulless, won first place for people’s choice and fourth place in the judging round of Rachael Harrie’s Writing Campaign Challenge. Her story, Saved, is also available as part of the anthology.

Jessica currently lives in Chula Vista with her husband and is working on book three in her Children of the Gods series.

Author Links:

Links to Oppression (Children of the Gods #1):
Links to Uprising (Children of the Gods #2):

Guest Post
Hey Janina fans! Thanks for stopping by for my blog tour! I’m Jessica Therrien, author of the Children of the Gods series. Janina was wondering how I came up with the names of my books.

I’m not sure how it goes for most authors, but I had a hard time with the name of my first book. It went through a ton of changes before we settled on what it is today. Originally, my main character was named Ruth, and so was the book. I never intended for it to be the title, but it was always how I saved the file.

When I was done writing, I settled on The Descendants. I was really happy with that and didn’t think I needed a title for the series. I pitched it that way, and to this day my publishing contract is for a book called The Descendants. I’m sad I didn’t get to keep it.

As my release date approached I heard news of a George Clooney movie coming out titled….of course…The Descendants. My publisher worried it would diminish my marketing efforts as anything Googled or seared on Amazon, etc. would show results for the movie and not my book.

I sat down with Matt Pizzo, CEO of ZOVA books, and we hashed it out. We went through what felt like a thousand different titles. Nothing sounded right. Even Oppression didn’t work for me…until Matt added the series title, Children of the Gods. Together it seemed like the perfect fit.

The title for Uprising was suggested by my publisher.

I’m very thankful to be able to work with ZOVA books so closely on everything. A lot of authors don’t have the option of being involved in decision-making.

Thanks for having me, Janina!
Book One

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wishlist Wednesday (39): House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.
Hosted by: Pen to Paper

The House of Hades
(Heroes of Olympus, #4)
by Rick Riordan
Releases |October 8th 2013 by Hyperion Books|
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At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?
They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus

Why I'm Wishing...
I love Rick Riordan and I'm dying to get my hands on this one :) I loved the Percy Jackson series and this one is just as good! I can't wait to see what new adventures the gang takes on.

Other Books in this Series

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Author Interview: T.M. Goeglein

T.M. Goeglein began his career as a writer of print and television ads for a host of advertising and media companies. As a screenwriter, he created both original scripts and worked as a script doctor for several production companies in Los Angeles. He was an original contributor to the Huffington Post 'Living' section, and continues to write for both the national edition and Huffington Post Chicago. Read T.M. Goeglein's stories on the Huffington Post.His debut young adult novel, COLD FURY, was published by Penguin/Putnam on July 24, 2012 and is the first in a trilogy. It will be available in paperback in June 2013. The second installment in the Cold Fury series, FLICKER & BURN, will hit the market in August 2013. The author is currently working on the third book. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Laura, and two young children.

Author Interview
1. Where is the current place you reside and can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I share certain traits with my protagonist, Sara Jane Rispoli. We both live in Chicago (and can’t imagine living anywhere else…except maybe Italy,) we’re both unrepentant Cubs fans, and we both box. She’s faster in the ring than me.

2. Have you always wanted to be an author and are there any inspirations that got you started?
I’ve always been a writer of some sort. I began in advertising and film, and somehow landed here. For me, inspirations have been people who make compelling, thoughtful art – filmmakers, painters, many other authors.

3. Is Cold Fury your very first complete novel written? If so, when did the idea for the book first come about? And if not, when was your first book written? Is it complete and has it been published?
COLD FURY is my first YA novel; its sequel, FLICKER & BURN, and the final book in the trilogy (untitled) are complete, as well. 

I got the idea of a sixteen (now seventeen – Happy Birthday, Sara Jane!) year-old girl infiltrating organized crime by living in Chicago. The Outfit – Chicago’s version of the mafia – is an ingrained part of the city’s past and present. It’s also completely male-centric. I thought it would be interesting to place a strong young woman among a bunch of heartless criminals, especially one with the power to control them.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Blog Tour: The Dark Shore by Kevin Emerson - review

The Dark Shore
(The Atlanteans, #2)
by Kevin Emerson
Released |May 21st 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books|
Edition |Hardback, 480 pages|
Source |Publisher/Author|

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BEWARE THE GODS AND THEIR HORRORS. Owen and Lilly have escaped Camp Eden, but the next step on their journey to find Atlantis and protect it from Paul and Project Elysium involves crossing the perilous wastelands of a wrecked planet. And unlike in EdenWest, where bloody truths were kept hidden beneath the surface, out here the horrors live bright beneath the poisonous sun.
With treachery at every turn, Owen has no choice but to bring his wounded clan to the dark shores of Desenna, a city built from the ashes of EdenSouth. Desenna's blood-soaked walls may hold the key to Owen's journey in the form of the third Atlantean as well as a deeper understanding of the true purpose of the Three, but there are also secrets lurking in the shadows, waiting to be unleashed, and once they rise, there may be no escape.

Filled with action, mind-bending twists, and powerful scenes of emotional and physical sacrifice, THE DARK SHORE takes readers on a journey to a question so great, even the gods have trouble answering it: What would you be willing to do, to save humanity from itself?

The Dark Shore was a really great edition to the Atlanteans series! I find this series really unique in its own way. The whole idea of the skulls is really interesting to read about. And the world building is pretty awesome. From the domes, to the sun, to the cryos, the gills, and the 'prophecy' really makes the story that much better! There was a lot going on in this book, some good and some bad, but I must say that I definitely enjoyed the installment and can't wait for the next.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Book Hauling It Up (56)

Hey Everyone :)

I hope you've all had a great week!
I was really excited to get auto approved from Kensington on Netgalley this week :)
My first auto approval from a publisher on there! Thanks so much to Kensington!

For Review - Netgalley


I've been really curious about this one for awhile!