Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday [@CarrieRyan]

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

My pick for this week:

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

A delicious tale of revenge and identity from Carrie Ryan, the bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth

In the wake of the deadly devastation of luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace, rescued from the ocean after torturous days adrift with her dying friend Libby, knows that the Persephone wasn’t sunk by a rogue wave as survivors Senator Wells and his son are claiming—it was attacked.

To ensure her safety from the obviously dangerous and very powerful Wells family, Libby’s father helps newly orphaned Frances assume Libby’s identity. Frances has spent years in hiding, transforming herself into Libby, and she can no longer allow the people who murdered her entire family and Libby to get away with it. After years of careful plotting, she’s ready to set her revenge plans into motion—even if it means taking down the boy she’d once been in love with: the senator’s son.

The game has just begun, and Frances is not only playing dirty, she's playing to win.

published June 2, 2015 by Dutton Juvenile - add to your Goodreads

Now you know my pick but what's yours? Link me to your post or tell me in the comments!

If I Stay ~ Movie Review [#IfIStayIn #IfIStay]

Today is the last day to enter my If I Stay Blu-ray & Paperback Giveaway and if you missed last Thursday's #IfIStayIn Tweet-Along with author Gayle Forman, you might not be aware of how amazing the movie is. (Or just how much you want to win it!)

A refresher . . .

If I Stay
November 18, 2014
106 minutes; PG-13
starring: Chloƫ Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley
on IMDb/buy on Amazon

movie synopsis:
Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined. (from IMDb)

about the book:
Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.

Stay, he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one that matters.

If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.

If you have already read the book - and maybe Where She Went, too - than you have already experienced Mia's story.

You've read as Mia and Adam fall in love, as she and her family interact . . . as she is forced to make a truly heartbreaking choice. If I Stay is a book that doesn't go easy on the emotion (at all; obviously) but also has some brilliant story.

If I Stay the movie works because everything so fabulous about the book, is there. If you've read the book, you get to see it come to life. If you haven't, you'll see what seemed a very true portrayal of Forman's novel . . . and likely want to read the book(s).

There were things I had forgotten that I loved about the book, like Mia's quirky family and their interactions, but the movie did a great job reminding me. Even - maybe especially - knowing what's to come, the scenes with Mia, her parents and her brother are so lovely. They're humorous, their touching and they feel oh so very real.

Chloe Grace Moretz as Mia, Jamie Blackley as Adam and Mireille Enos as Kat, Mia's best friend have great chemistry. Right from the very beginning, there is obviously something between Mia and Adam. As we see more of their relationship, they have the perfect blend of the sweet, in love and the awkward, new relationship. What we see between Mia and Kat really feels like two best friends. It's cute, it's funny . . . and it's all heartbreaking when juxtaposed with the accident and Mia's choice.

The movie is beautifully filmed. The flashbacks, where we learn Mia's story prior to the accident, are lively and colorful, busy while the 'present' scenes with Mia's family and friends, with Mia have an almost stark quality. It not only helps clearly distinguish the two periods, it elevates the emotional impact.

The music in If I Stay - both the soundtrack and the music the different characters play is fantastic. For a story where music is so much a part of the characters and their journey, the soundtrack fits really well and is just as great as it needed to be.

Basically? If you loved the book, you have to see the movie. If you haven't read the book (or for some incomprehensible reason, don't want to) but like really good movies, then you have to see If I Stay.

I really hope they will adapt Where She Went, as well. (Shh, don't tell but I liked that book even more than If I Stay.)

Now hurry up and go enter my (US/Can only, sorry!) If I Stay Giveaway to win a copy of the book and the Blu-ray of the movie!

thank you to Fox for my copy to review - and to participate in #IfIStayIn

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Young Elites ~ Marie Lu review [@PenguinTeen @Marie_Lu]

The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1)
Putnam Juvenile
October 7, 2014
355 pages
add to Goodreads/buy from Book Depo/or Amazon

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.

In The Young Elites we do meet some heroes, but they are not the focus of our story. Instead The Young Elites is 'the origin story of a villain.' This makes the novel different right from the very start. Our main character isn't the 'good guy' who is going to save everyone and live happily ever after. No, Adelina is a girl who has darkness in her. Perhaps more than even she is aware of.

This first book introduces us to Adelina and tot he world she lives in. The blood fever swept through
 the country when she was a child. leaving adults dead and many children scarred or otherwise physically altered. Known as malfetto they are seen as bad luck and blamed for nearly any wrong to befall their family or their country.

Some were left with more than physical markers of the fever, a few gained abilities. The Young Elites.

The Young Elites, whose identities are secret, are feared - believed capable of amazing feats and thought responsible for numerous murders. The Inquisition Axis aims to find the Young Elites, to eradicate them in the name of King and country.

Adelina sees the Elites with that same air of mystery, of fear, and intrigue that others do. Never dreaming she could become one of them

I love Adelina's story. Her childhood is reminiscent of one in a fairy tale - one with all of the evil beings and hardships but without the fairy godmother or princess ending. The way her memories are worked into the story is fantastic. It not only adds to whatever the present situation is, enhancing that part of the tale, but also creates a fuller picture of Adelina and her character.

The world she lives in, with the malfetto, Inquisition, the Dagger society, the fever and how each group and what is thought about them and done by them has affected society, is incredibly well imagined and portrayed.

Not only is The Young Elites different from other stories, taking place in a fresh, unique world, the characters are brilliant. The more we learn about each of them, the better their stories fit together and the more you can connect with each of them. The there is some darkness to both Adelina and The Young Elites as a whole only makes for a more rewarding experience. With new revelations just when it seems everything has been discovered and the question of where Adelina's story will go, this novel will keep readers captivated until the very end. (And then eagerly awaiting the release of the second book.)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cover Reveal: Sleeping Tom ~ E.V. Fairfall

Sleeping Tom
February 15, 2015
Contemporary, YA, Romance
add to Goodreads/pre-order Sleeping Tom

About Sleeping Tom:
Hitchhiking is a bad idea but Caden is desperate.

When she accepts a ride from the first car to come by she meets Gabriel. He’s her age, hot, and the closest thing she has to a savior. Problem is, he is a total jerk. With nowhere to go, Caden convinces Gabriel to let her stay with him for one night. He reluctantly lends a couch.

That night Caden wakes up to strange noises. Concerned, she rushes into Gabriel’s room, already anticipating his bad temper. Instead, he’s kind, sweet, and suspiciously harmless—nothing like the man who gave her a ride. He seems like a different person altogether, and claims he is. By night he is Tom, and by day he is Gabriel. Caden finds herself drawn to the mysteries hidden in his eyes.

For Gabriel, Caden is an annoying mistake. One night turns into many, and despite all his anger towards her, she stays. She even seems to accept him and his flaws, but he still doesn’t trust her—is she staying for him, or has she already discovered more than he’s willing to share?

About the Author:
I love to write just as much as I love to read. I try to read a book per week, which doesn’t always work out, but it’s the thought that counts. Aside from all that I am a huge animal person.

Transformed is my first novel, but it isn’t my first publication; I’ve had several short stories published over the last two years. My main goal as a writer is to explore humanity and to give people something fun to read.

The Cover:

cover reveal thanks to Xpresso Book Tours

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