Monday, February 28, 2011

Cover Art Revealed: Vanish (Firelight #2) by Sophie Jordan

The cover for Vanish, the sequel to Sophie Jordan's Firelight, has recently been revealed! Take a look:

Coming September 6, 2011!


To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone.

Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?

In bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s dramatic follow-up to Firelight, forbidden love burns brighter than ever.


I think this cover is stunning. The model is gorgeous and kind of...luminous. I think it fits really well with the first cover, while still being totally distinct. Both the original red and the new white are vivid. Plus, she still has the scales around the eyes! So, is this Jacinda? What happened to her red hair? Or is this a new character?

What do you think? Who is this?

Here's the Firelight cover for comparison:

A Bookish Blogoversary: Jana Oliver, author of The Demon Trapper's Daughter



Welcome to Day 4 of my Blogoversary Bash!



Jana Oliver is the author of The Demon Trapper's Daughter:

Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself – and that’s exactly what the demons are counting on…

Seventeen-year-old Riley, the only daughter of legendary Demon Trapper, Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father's footsteps. The good news is, with human society seriously disrupted by economic upheaval and Lucifer increasing the number of demons in all major cities, Atlanta’s local Trappers’ Guild needs all the help they can get – even from a girl. When she’s not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing crush on fellow apprentice, Simon, Riley’s out saving distressed citizens from foul-mouthed little devils – Grade One Hellspawn only, of course, per the strict rules of the Guild. Life’s about as normal as can be for the average demon-trapping teen.


But then a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley’s routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood. And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, sudden tragedy strikes the Trappers’ Guild, spinning Riley down a more dangerous path than she ever could have imagined. As her whole world crashes down around her, who can Riley trust with her heart – and her life?


Jana's Faves:

Five books I’ve read and enjoyed recently. I find it intriguing that four out of the five books have male protagonists. Hummm…..



THE REPLACEMENT (Brenna Yovanoff) – I really enjoyed the male protagonist in this bizarre story that seems a blend of Tim Burton’s wildest nightmares and a changeling tale. Mackie Doyle is a troubled character, but I found myself rooting for him in his quest to make things right against the powers of Mayhem.





THE SHIP BREAKER (Paola Bacigalupi) ­ This story also has a male lead (Nailer) and is set in the Gulf region of the U.S. after a series of city-killer hurricanes. New Orleans has been destroyed, rebuilt, destroyed again and now is surviving on under another name. Nailer is a scavenger working with a team of luckless teens who recycle metal out of shipwrecks. This book is gritty, unflinching and even has a hint of romance. I loved it.




The Morganville Vampire Series – I know I’m late to the party on these books, but I finally had time to read them and really enjoyed Rachel Caine’s take on the whole vampire mythos. Her snarky teens sound like young adults and the stories are entertaining and page turners. That’s always a plus for a long series.





FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK (Melina Marchetta) – classic fantasy, but again from the male point of view. Finnikin’s quest to find his friend and lost heir, Balthazar, is populated with strong characters, deep emotions and twists that you don’t see coming.




THE LOST HERO: HEROES OF OLYMPUS (Rick Riordan)–A spinoff of Riordan’s popular Percy Jackson world, this story follows the adventures of Jason and his friend as they try to rescue the Goddess Hera from evil doers. There’s just something enchanting about these stories which are always filled with cliffhangers and great characters. These are my guilty pleasure when life gets too much.





I really loved the male perspective in The Replacement too, and the darkness was delicious. I've heard a lot of good things about Melina Marchetta lately, so I think I really need to read some of her books! The Lost Hero is sitting on my bookshelf just waiting for me to get to it -- I adored the Percy Jackson series =)

Thanks so much for sharing, Jana!


Just a reminder:

Any book mentioned in a Blogoversary author post is eligible for Giveaway #2!

Leave a thoughtful comment (with your email address) on this post to be entered, and come back tomorrow to see Kersten Hamilton's favorite reads and enter again! (There may also be another giveaway announced...*hint hint* ;-))

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

New Release Roundup: February 27 - March 5, 2011



A weekly feature I started to showcase the exciting new releases hitting shelves this week.


March 1


Blood and Flowers by Penny Blubaugh

Three years ago, Persia ran away from her drug-addict parents and found a home with the Outlaws, an underground theater troupe. With time, this motley band of mortals and fey, puppeteers and actors, becomes the loving family Persia never had, and soon Persia not only discovers a passion for theater but also falls in love with one of the other Outlaws. Life could not be more perfect.

Until an enemy makes an unfair accusation against the group and forces them to flee their world and hide in the neighboring realm of Faerie. But in Faerie, all is not flowers and rainbows. With bloodthirsty trolls, a hostile monarchy, and a dangerous code of magic, the fey world is far from the safe haven the Outlaws had hoped for....

Following up her critically acclaimed Serendipity Market, Penny Blubaugh has created a beautiful and mysterious world where anything can happen—especially what you least expect.


Demonglass (Hex Hall #2) by Rachel Hawkins

Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch.

That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers.

But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Archer to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?


Clarity by Kim Harrington

When you can see things others can't, where do you look for the truth?

This paranormal murder mystery will have teens reading on the edge of their seats.

Clarity "Clare" Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It's a gift.

And a curse.

When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare's ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case--but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare's brother--who has supernatural gifts of his own--becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?


Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt

According to her guidance counselor, fifteen-year-old Payton Gritas needs a focus object—an item to concentrate her emotions on. It's supposed to be something inanimate, but Payton decides to use the thing she stares at during class: Sean Griswold's head. They've been linked since third grade (Griswold-Gritas—it's an alphabetical order thing), but she's never really known him.

The focus object is intended to help Payton deal with her father's newly diagnosed multiple sclerosis. And it's working. With the help of her boy-crazy best friend Jac, Payton starts stalking—er, focusing on—Sean Griswold . . . all of him! He's cute, he shares her Seinfeld obsession (nobody else gets it!) and he may have a secret or two of his own.

In this sweet story of first love, Lindsey Leavitt seamlessly balances heartfelt family moments, spot-on sarcastic humor, and a budding young romance.


May (Daughters of the Sea #2) by Kathryn Lasky

Book 2 in Kathryn Lasky's shimmering quartet about mermaid sisters and supernatural love.

May feels her life drying up. The sea calls to her, but her parents forbid her from swimming. She longs for books, but her mother finds her passion for learning strange. She yearns for independence, but a persistent suitor, Rudd, wants to tame her spirited ways. Yet after her fifteenth birthday, the urge to break free becomes overpowering and May makes a life-changing discovery. She does not belong on land where girls are meant to be obedient. She is a mermaid-a creature of the sea.

For the first time, May learns what freedom feels like-the thrill of exploring both the vast ocean and the previously forbidden books. She even catches the eye of Hugh, an astronomy student who, unlike the townspeople, finds May anything but strange. But not everyone is pleased with May's transformation. Rudd decides that if can't have May, no one will. He knows how to destroy her happiness and goes to drastic measures to ensure that May loses everything: her freedom and the only boy she's ever loved.


Strings Attached by Judy Blumdell

From National Book Award winner Judy Blundell, the tale of a sixteen-year-old girl caught in a mix of love, mystery, Broadway glamour, and Mob retribution in 1950 New York.
When Kit Corrigan arrives in New York City, she doesn't have much. She's fled from her family in Providence, Rhode Island, and she's broken off her tempestuous relationship with a boy named Billy, who's enlisted in the army.

The city doesn't exactly welcome her with open arms. She gets a bit part as a chorus girl in a Broadway show, but she knows that's not going to last very long. She needs help--and then it comes, from an unexpected source.

Nate Benedict is Billy's father. He's also a lawyer involved in the mob. He makes Kit a deal--he'll give her an apartment and introduce her to a new crowd. All she has to do is keep him informed about Billy . . . and maybe do him a favor every now and then.

As she did in her National Book Award-winning What I Saw and How I Lied, Judy Blundell traps readers in a web of love, deceit, intrigue, and murder. The result? One stunner of a novel.


The Chaos (Numbers #2) by Rachel Ward

The curse of the NUM8ERS continues in Rachel Ward's CHA0T1C, earth-shattering sequel!

Adam has more than inherited his mother's curse: When he looks in someone's eyes, he not only sees the date of their death...he feels the searing, shocking pain of it. Since Jem died, Adam has lived by the sea with his great-grandmother, Val. But when rising tides flood the coast, they return to London. The city is an alien, exciting, frightening place. Most disturbing of all, Adam can't help but clock how many people's numbers are in January 2027; how many are on New Year's Day. What chaos awaits the world? Can he and Sarah stop a catastrophe? Or are they, too, counted among the "twenty-sevens"?


The Liar Society by Lisa Roecker and Laura Roecker

Kate Lowry didn’t think dead best friends could send e-mails. But when she gets an e-mail from Grace, who died mysteriously a year before, she’s not so sure. When the emails continue, Kate is forced to confront her school’s resident druggie, a sketchy administrator, and even her own demons.

As Kate moves closer and closer to the truth, she teams up with a couple of knights-in-(not so)shining armor–the dangerously attractive, bad boy, Liam and her love-struck neighbor, Seth. The three uncover an ancient secret lurking in the halls of their elite private school with the power to destroy them all.

But the truth doesn’t always set you free. Sometimes it’s only the beginning.


Dark Mirror by M. J. Putney

My Review

Lady Victoria Mansfield, youngest daughter of the Earl and
Countess of Fairmount, is destined for a charmed life. Soon she
will be presented during the London season, where she can choose a mate worthy of her status.

Yet Tory has a shameful secret—a secret so powerful that, if
exposed, it could strip her of her position and disgrace her family forever. Tory’s blood is tainted…by magic. When a shocking accident forces Tory to demonstrate her despised skill, the secret she’s fought so hard to hide is revealed for all to see. She is immediately exiled to Lackland Abbey, a reform school for young men and women in her position. There she will learn to suppress her deplorable talents and maybe, if she’s one of the lucky ones, be able to return to society.

But Tory’s life is about to change forever. All that she’s ever known or considered important will be challenged. What lies ahead is only the beginning of a strange and wonderful journey into a world where destiny and magic come together, where true love and friendship find her, and where courage and strength of character are the only things that determine a young girl’s worth.


Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, Theia knows she's seen Haden before- not around town, but in her dreams.

As the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her closer one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear.

And when she discovers what Haden truly is, Theia's not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.


Outside In (Inside Out #2) by Maria V. Snyder

Me? A Leader? Okay, I did prove that there's more to Inside than we knew. That a whole world exists beyond this cube we live in. And finding that led to a major rebellion - between worker scrubs like me and the snobby uppers who rule our world. Make that ruled. Because of me, we're free. I thought that meant I was off the hook, and could go off on my own again - while still touching base with Riley, of course. He's the one upper I think I can trust. But then we learned that there's outside and then there is Outside. And something from Outside wants In.


March 3


Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon

The story of two very different women, one mortal, one mermaid, and the clash between worlds best kept apart... It is a cold day at the end of the world when a young woman, a princess in hiding, looks out across a Northern sea and sees something she could not have seen. It looks...it can't be. It looks like a mermaid's tail. And, as she looks more closely, she sees that the mermaid is dragging a drowning sailor in her arms. Because, only hours before, another princess, the daughter of the sea queen, has decided to risk everything and take a look at the world above the sea: the world of mortals. And there she finds a storm, a shipwreck, a sailor, and sets in train events which will change both women's worlds forever.


This is a HUGE week for books! I know most of us are flipping out over Demonglass finalllllly hitting shelves! Clarity is also coming out, which was a GREAT read -- I'll be reviewing and giving it away on March 7! I've heard that Sean Griswold's Head is really cute, and I'm intrigued by Strings Attached! It sounds different. There's also still time to win one of three copies of Dark Mirror in my giveaway!

What new release are you most excited for this week? Are you rushing out to buy Demonglass on Tuesday?


Descriptions from Goodreads. Click the hyperlinked titles to purchase or preorder.

A Bookish Blogoversary: Lisa Desrochers, author of Personal Demons



Welcome to Day 3 of my Blogoversary Bash!



Lisa Desrochers is the author of Personal Demons:

Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a bit of a wicked streak. She has spent years keeping everyone at a distance—-even her closest friends—-and it seems as if her senior year is going to be more of the same . . . until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can’t seem to stay away from him.

What she doesn’t know is that Luc is on a mission. He’s been sent from Hell itself to claim Frannie’s soul. It should be easy—-all he has to do is get her to sin, and Luc is as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn’t stand a chance. But he has to work fast, because if the infernals are after her, the celestials can’t be far behind. And sure enough, it’s not long before the angel Gabriel shows up, willing to do anything to keep Luc from getting what he came for. It isn’t long before they find themselves fighting for more than just Frannie’s soul.
But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay . . . for all of them.



Lisa's Faves:

I read some really fabulous books over the last year. Some of them were published much earlier and I finally got around to reading them. Here are the ones that really spoke to me and left me thinking about them long after I finished.


If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I often get asked the question: Which book to you wish you wrote? I now have an answer to that question. The writing in If I Stay is amazing. Gayle gets totally out of the way and lets her characters tell their story. The romance is real and the characters jump off the page. I don’t often cry when I read, but this one left me in tears. Oh…and I’m totally pining for Adam, so I can’t wait to get inside his head in the sequel, Where She Went.





I loved everything about this novel right up until the end. I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about that. I want to marry Henry DeTamble. And I love his name.





The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

First off, Wes=yummy. Most of Sarah Dessen’s novels leave me pining for her boys, but I especially liked the dynamic between Macy and Wes.






One word. Wesley. I have never met a man-whore I wanted more.






Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Other than Harry Potter 7, this is the only book I’ve ever bought and read on release day. I know the reviews are all over the place, but I think she wrapped up the trilogy in a realistic, creative and poignant way. Weeks after I finished it, I was still picking it up to reread sections.



I find it a little interesting that I write paranormal, but there’s no paranormal up there. O_O



I just bought If I Stay. I've been eyeballing it forever, and I've heard so many incredible things about it that I can't wait any longer to read it. The Truth About Forever is one of my favorite books EVER and I absolutely loved The DUFF.

Thanks so much for sharing, Lisa!


Just a reminder:

Any book mentioned in a Blogoversary author post is eligible for Giveaway #2!

Leave a thoughtful comment (with your email address) on this post to be entered, and come back tomorrow to see Jana Oliver's favorite reads and enter again!

Must be a follower. Check out the full giveaway details HERE.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

In My Mailbox: February 21 - 27, 2011

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.


Review:


The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Coming April 19, 2011!

Every girl who has taken the test has died.

Now it's Kate's turn.

It's always been just Kate and her mom--and now her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld--and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy--until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.

If she fails...


Bought:

















In my defense, there were a lot of sales this week -- and now I'm going on a book buying ban for a while haha. No one can say I'm not supporting the publishing industry. Paranormalcy was just as cute and hilarious as everyone says, but I'm still mulling over The Goddess Test. I've been dying to read a lot of these for AGES, so I can't wait to get started. I'm going to have a busy spring break!

What's in your mailbox this week?

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