Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Quoteables [September 26]

The Quoteables is an original, weekly (sometimes bookish, sometimes not) meme in which I share a few of the quotes that I have been loving.

This week's quote is:

"However long the night... the dawn will break."

— African Proverb

Thursday, September 24, 2015

October Releases 2015

Some of the releases I am looking forward to this month.
Click on the pictures to be taken to the book's Goodreads page!

Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, YA, Children's
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Pages: 528
Format: Hardcover

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die...

Author: Rainbow Rowell
Series: N/A
Genre: Fantasy, Contemporary, Romance, YA
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters.

Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Darkest Minds #1.5, 2.5 3.5
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, YA
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

Don't miss this breathtaking collection of stories set in the world of the New York Times best-selling Darkest Minds trilogy. Featuring ebook original novellas In Time and Sparks Rise, available in print for the first time, and a gripping, brand-new novella, Through the Dark is a must-have for fans of the Darkest Minds. This collection contains three novellas: In Time, Sparks Rise, and Beyond the Night, as well as a sneak peek at the first novel in Alexandra Bracken's new series, Passenger.

Author: Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites #2
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Fantasy, YA
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers that murdered her love, the Crown Prince Enzo Valenciano.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

Author: Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance, YA
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 20, 2015
Pages: 608
Format: Hardcover

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Page to Screen....


Director: Ridley Scott
Series: N/A
Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure, Thriller, Space
Release Date: October 1, 2015

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring "the Martian" home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney's safe return. Based on a best-selling novel.

Director: Rob Letterman
Series: N/A
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery
Release Date: October 16, 2015

A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R.L. Stine after the writer's imaginary demons are set free on the town of Greendale, Maryland.

What release(s) are you most looking forward to?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Teaser Tuesday [September 22]

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. All you have to do is grab your current read, open to a random page, and share two teaser sentences (that don't give too much away).

This week's teaser:

"Wait," I said, "first, you should know—under the boat, there's—"

And then the tarp was ripped away, and I never did finish that sentence.

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Top Ten Tuesday [September 22]

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they update their blog with a list of ten things that have to do with a predetermined topic.

This week's topic is: Ten Books on My Fall TBR.

1. Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #3) by Ransom Riggs

2. Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer

3. Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

4. The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) by Michelle Hodkin

5. The Martian by Andy Weir

6. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

7. Rook by Sharon Cameron

8. The Wondrous and the Wicked (The Dispossessed #3) by Page Morgan

9. Homecoming (The 100 #3) by Kass Morgan

10. Queen of Zombie Hearts (White Rabbit Chronicles #3) by Gena Showalter

Saturday, September 12, 2015

The Quoteables [September 12]


The Quoteables is an original, weekly (sometimes bookish, sometimes not) meme in which I share a few of the quotes that I have been loving.

This week's quote is:

"Keep evolving, keep growing, keep making mistakes, fall in love, get your heart broken, grow from it and do it again. Everything we go through allows us to become more alive, more vibrant, and more joyous. Don't let fear or shame bring you down. Keep going, keep living."

Staying Strong 365 Days a Year by Demi Lovato

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Autumn Book Recommendations | 2015

Mentioned in this video....

1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

2. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

4. Looking for Alaska by John Green

5. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

6. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

7. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

8. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

9. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

10. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

11. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

What are some of your favorite books to read during the fall?

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Teaser Tuesday [September 8]


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. All you have to do is grab your current read, open to a random page, and share two teaser sentences (that don't give too much away).

This week's teaser:

I hold perfectly still until the sharp pain becomes a mean little ache, until the blood flowing from my cut eases the hurt away with its warmth. I stay and I breathe and I sigh as, one by one, my eyes open. All one hundred of them. 

Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

Top Ten Tuesday [September 8]

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they update their blog with a list of ten things that have to do with a predetermined topic.

This week's topic is: Ten Series I Haven't Finished.

1. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

2. Hush, Hush quartet by Becca Fitzparick

3. The 100 trilogy by Kass Morgan

4. Under The Never Sky trilogy by Veronica Rossi

5. Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin

6. Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

7. The Goddess trilogy by Aimee Carter

8. Inkheart trilogy by Cornelia Funke

9. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

10. Splintered trilogy by A.G. Howard

Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Quoteables [September 5]

The Quoteables is an original, weekly (sometimes bookish, sometimes not) meme in which I share a few of the quotes that I have been loving.

This week's quote is:

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'"

— Mary Anne Radmacher

Thursday, September 3, 2015

September Releases 2015

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 Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Genre: Fantasy, Magic, YA
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Pages: 656
Format: Hardcover

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Series: N/A
Genre: Contemporary, Chick Lit, YA
Publisher: Poppy
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they'll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

This new must-read novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that must be made when life and love lead in different directions. 

 Author: Madeleine Roux
Series: Asylum #3
Genre: Paranormal, Horror, YA
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

Sometimes the past is better off buried.

Senior year is finally over. After all they’ve been through, Dan, Abby, and Jordan are excited to take one last road trip together, and they’re just not going to think about what will happen when the summer ends. But on their way to visit Jordan’s uncle in New Orleans, the three friends notice that they are apparently being followed.. And Dan starts receiving phone messages from someone he didn’t expect to hear from again—someone who died last Halloween.

As the strange occurrences escalate, Dan is forced to accept that everything that has happened to him in the past year may not be a coincidence, but fate—a fate that ties Dan to a group called the Bone Artists, who have a sinister connection with a notorious killer from the past. Now, Dan’s only hope is that he will make it out of his senior trip alive.

In this finale to the New York Times bestselling Asylum series, found photographs help tell the story of three teens who exist on the line between past and present, genius and insanity. 

 Author: Nicola Yoon
Series: N/A
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, YA
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

 Author: Ransom Riggs
Series: Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #3
Genre: Paranormal, Mystery, YA
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: September 22, 2015
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

The epic conclusion to the best-selling series!

Time is running out for the Peculiar Children. With a dangerous madman on the loose and their beloved Miss Peregrine still in danger, Jacob Portman and Emma Bloom are forced to stage the most daring of rescue missions. They’ll travel through a war-torn landscape, meet new allies, and face greater dangers than ever. . . . Will Jacob come into his own as the hero his fellow Peculiars know him to be? This action-packed adventure features more than 50 all-new Peculiar photographs.

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #1
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Pages: 480
Format: Hardcover

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.

Author: Gena Showalter
Series: White Rabbit Chronicles #4
Genre: Paranormal, Horror, YA
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover

The battle rages on.

Ali Bell and Cole Holland's crew of zombie slayers thought they'd won the war against Anima Industries, the evil company responsible for capturing and experimenting on zombies in an effort to discover the secret to immortality. In the last epic clash, the slayers lost many of their crew and closest friends. But Frosty, the ice man himself, has not recovered from one casualty in particular—the love of his life, Kat Parker.

On the path to self-annihilation, Frosty receives a message from beyond—Kat's spirit returns, insisting he partner with rogue slayer Camilla Marks. Frosty will do anything for Kat. Except that. Camilla is the one who betrayed them all, leading to Kat's death.

But when Anima rises from the grave to become a force the slayers may not have the strength to overcome, Frosty, Camilla and all the slayers will have to work together to survive. And one broken slayer will learn that sometimes, the line between hate and attraction is blurred…and the road to redemption isn't through revenge, but in letting go of the past and grabbing hold of the future. 

Author: Lemony Snicket
Series: All the Wrong Questions #4
Genre: Mystery, Humor, Children's
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

Train travel! Murder! Librarians! A Series Finale!

On all other nights, the train departs from Stain'd Station and travels to the city without stopping. But not tonight. You might ask, why is this night different from all other nights? But that's the wrong question. Instead ask, where is this all heading? And what happens at the end of the line? The final book in Lemony Snicket's bestselling series, All The Wrong Questions.

Page to Screen....

Director: Wes Ball
Series: The Maze Runner #2
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Teen, Drama
Company: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: September 18, 2015

In this next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all. 

What release(s) are you most looking forward to this month? I CANNOT WAIT for Library of Souls!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Top Ten Tuesdsay. . . . On Wednesdsay

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they update their blog with a list of ten things that have to do with a predetermined topic.

This week's topic is: Ten Characters I Just Didn't Click With.

QUICK DISCLAIMER: The thoughts and feelings expressed in this post are my own and I mean absolutely no offense by them! Obviously we can't all love the same character(s) because where would the excitement be in that?

10. Jason [The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan] — Jason was a nice guy and all, but I just couldn't bring myself to be interested in the majority of what was happening to him; probably because I prefer the humor and POV of a certain son of Poseidon... I'm a Percy Jackson girl, through and through. ;)

9. Clary [City of Bones by Cassandra Clare] — Clary was a very dependent character and kind of... well, she had a tendency to not think things through. Because of this, I could not sympathize with her and found her to be extremely boring compared to Tessa (the main character in Cassandra Clare's "companion" series, The Infernal Devices). I liked her a bit more as the series went on, but she was never a character that would make my top ten list of Favorites.

8. Emily [Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson] — Not much to say about Emily, I just couldn't connect with her like I did with Amy & Roger's Amy.

7. Katy [Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout] — Katy and her sudden obsession attachment to Daemon was not something I enjoyed reading about and it kind of took away from the things I liked about her character. In the end, it felt like I was tolerating - rather than enjoying - her story.

6. Bianca [The DUFF by Kody Keplinger] — She was a little too rash for my taste and, while I understood where a lot of what she was saying and doing was coming from, I had trouble connecting with her character overall.

5. Wells [The 100 by Kass Morgan] — For some reason, I found Book Wells extremely annoying. He doesn't seem to fit in with any of the characters or situations, his feelings for Clarke fell on the side of overbearing and possessive, and the chapters from his POV were incredibly boring. I just could not bring myself to like the guy, for some reason.

4. Janie [Wake by Lisa McMann] — Janie was an OK character but I had trouble with her moods and random ideas/feelings. I did enjoy her sense of humor, though (most of the time).

3. America [The Selection by Kiera Cass] — I found America whiny and entitled; two things that are a huge turn-off for me when it comes to female characters.

2. Gwyeneth [Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier] — Gwyen was also whiny, though I think I was unable to connect with her character because of how juvenile she was in the book. Granted, she is a teenager and I'm in the middle of my twenties (no offense to any of you teenagers out there; I HAVE BEEN THERE), so that may have had something to do with it.

1. Cassia [Matched by Ally Condie] — I could find nothing of myself in Cassia, and I think that this was the main reason I could not connect with her or her story. She wasn't whiny and weak, but she wasn't strong or opinionated, either. She wasn't really anything.

What characters did you have trouble "clicking" with? Let me know!