Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

My Waiting On pick for this week:

The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

The Young Elites will be published by Putnam Books for Young Readers on October 7th - add it to your Goodreads or pre-order from Amazon

I really cannot wait for this book (and series) - I love, love, loved the Legend series and am really looking forward to reading something else from Marie Lu! (Plus, the Pinterest board she made for the series makes it even look even more appealing.)

What are you waiting on this week? Link me to your post!

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars Release Info [@TheFaultMovie #TFIOS]

We're all excited for the BluRay & DVD release of The Fault In Our Stars so I thought I'd share the information I just received about i:

#TFIOS is about to come to home!!!

The Fault in our Stars Little Infinities Edition with the Extended and Theatrical version of the film will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack on SEPTEMBER 16!! The Little Infinities Edition Blu-ray will include a Behind-the-Scenes look at how the two lover’s paths aligned in bringing the book to the screen, Six Deleted Scenes and a limited time only INFINITY BRACELET!

The Blu-ray box art was selected by you, the FANS of #TFIOS.

The Fault In Our Stars movie Twitter: @TheFaultMovie and, of course author of The Fault In Our Stars John Green: @realjohngreen

add The Fault in Our Stars to your Goodreads, buy it from Book Depo, or Amazon.
And pre-order the movie, available September 16th.

thanks Fox & ThinkJam for the info!

Video Veneris

The trailer for this week is The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman

about the trailer:
Lev Grossman turned to his fans to help him create the trailer for "The Magician's Land" (in bookstores August 5th), his highly anticipated third book in the New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy. You'll notice some special guests as well.

add the book to your Goodreads or pre-order on Amazon

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lies My Girlfriend Told Me ~ Julie Anne Peters (earc) review [@lbkids @julieannepeters]

Lies My Girlfriend Told Me
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
June 10, 2014
256 pages
add to Goodreads/buy from Book Depo/or Amazon

When Alix's charismatic girlfriend, Swanee, dies from sudden cardiac arrest, Alix is overcome with despair. As she searches Swanee's room for mementos of their relationship, she finds Swanee's cell phone, pinging with dozens of texts sent from a mysterious contact, L.T. The most recent text reads: "Please tell me what I did. Please, Swan. Te amo. I love you."

Shocked and betrayed, Alix learns that Swanee has been leading a double life--secretly dating a girl named Liana the entire time she's been with Alix. Alix texts Liana from Swanee's phone, pretending to be Swanee in order to gather information before finally meeting face-to-face to break the news.

Brought together by Swanee's lies, Alix and Liana become closer than they'd thought possible. But Alix is still hiding the truth from Liana. Alix knows what it feels like to be lied to--but will coming clean to Liana mean losing her, too?

Lies My Girlfriend Told Me was not what I was expecting. Granted, I did only read half of the summary and I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it was different. In the best possible way.

Alis is awoken with the news that her girlfriend Swanee has suddenly died. The news devastates Alix. Though she and Swanee have only been together a short time, she can't imagine going on without her. It's when Alix is looking around Swanee's room that she finds Swanee's phone and reads a text thta threatens to cast a new light on their relationship.

Some pretty major things happen to Alix in quick succession in the beginning of this novel and I found her reactions realistic and believable. Things happened very naturally.

Though Swanee has died suddenly, her character is not made into a saint or given a free pass on things done while she was alive. Her character, her personality, the actions she took and how they affected others are a fantastic part of the story. With much farther reaching consequences than is at first apparent.

There is a progression in Alix's character that is gradual, plausible and very enjoyable.

Neither she nor Liana are in any sort of a 'usual' situation. Despite the uniqueness of it all, it feels that none of it could have happened any differently. Despite any heartache that may have been prevented.

Lies My Girlfriend Told Me is one about which I don't want to give too much away. I loved the relationships - of all different types - in it, the characters and how they grew. At the book's conclusion there were some things left unresolved, but they were the things that would still be unanswered in life. We dont' get to be omnipotent just because this is fiction. It's that slightly messy end that makes it feel even more real.

I loved Julie Anne Peters' By the Time You'll Read This, I'll Be Dead and now I love Lies, as well. It is definitely a recommended read.

thank you to the publisher for my copy - through NetGalley - to review

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