Monday, December 22, 2014

New Releases in YA books this Week


Hello loves!! These are some of the YA new releases for this week! Enjoy!


         This Shattered World By Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner


 


The second installment in the epic Starbound trilogy introduces a new pair of star-crossed lovers on two sides of a bloody war.

Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet's rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn's blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.


We Should Hang out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a true story My Josh Sundquist

 

A bright, poignant, and deeply funny autobiographical account of coming of age as an amputee cancer survivor, from Josh Sundquist: Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker.


Josh Sundquist only ever had one girlfriend.
For twenty-three hours.
In eighth grade.

Why was Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girls he had tried to date and asked them straight up: What went wrong?

The results of Josh's semiscientific, wholly hilarious investigation are captured here. From a disastrous Putt-Putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD (Close Fast Dancing), to a misguided "grand gesture" at a Miss America pageant, this story is about looking for love--or at least a girlfriend--in all the wrong places.


Transcendent By Lesley Livingston

 

LOVE CONQUERS

On a storm-swept terrace high above the streets of Manhattan, Mason Starling holds the fate of the world in her hands as her beloved Fennrys lies bleeding at her feet, his life hanging in the balance. The ancient Norse prophecy of Ragnarok stands poised on the knife edge of fulfillment. Mason’s transformation into a Valkyrie—a chooser of the slain and the one who will ultimately bring about the end of the world—is complete. Still, she remains determined to thwart her father’s apocalyptic desires. Whatever is to come, it won’t happen because of what the prophecy foretold, or what Gunnar Starling has planned, or what the fates have already decided. What happens next will be up to Mason and the Fennrys Wolf. The world had better hope they haven’t reached the limits of what their souls and swords can survive.


Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, and set in the same universe as Lesley Livingston’s much-loved WONDROUS STRANGE trilogy, with roots in Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian, and Celtic myths and legends, this thrilling conclusion to the acclaimed Starling trilogy is filled to the hilt with sweeping adventure and soaring romance.



Love and Other Theories By Alexis Bass 

  

If you want more, you have to give less.

That’s the secret to dating in high school. By giving as little as they expect to get in return, seventeen-year-old Aubrey Housing and her three best friends have made it to the second semester of their senior year heartbreak-free. And it’s all thanks to a few simple rules: don’t commit, don’t be needy, and don’t give away your heart.

So when smoking-hot Nathan Diggs transfers to Lincoln High, it shouldn’t be a big deal. At least that’s what Aubrey tells herself. But Nathan’s new-boy charm, his kindness, and his disarming honesty throw Aubrey off her game and put her in danger of breaking the most important rule of all: Don’t fall in love.


Both Of Me By Johnathon Friesen

 

Elias Phinn has always been considered stupid, but that may be because no one knows his vacant exterior holds a gifted mind. A mind that has learned to focus on his created world of Warilia, through which Elias distills everything he sees in order to cope with the excruciating, actual world around him. But with each passing year, the detailed sketches and notebooks describing Warilia have not only taken over Elias's time, they have become a world he must slip into in order to get through each day. Clara Tobias has been running from her own reality, leaving behind her fragile mother and two siblings in order to have the whirlwind life of travel and adventure she always wanted. She justifies she put in her time caring for others, and that the rest of her life is hers to use as she pleases. Even if guilt won't leave her alone. 

On a flight out of New York---Elias heading home for the summer, Clara on another trip to Somewhere---the two end up side by side. And when their carry-ons are mistakenly switched, Clara opens her bag to discover the histories of Warilia while Elias finds photographs and journals he uses to flesh out the mysterious girl who sat beside him, whom he sees as the beautiful daughter of a Warilian diplomat, making her and her mother an integral part of his entire world. 

When Clara arrives at the Phinn's boarding house for her luggage, she begs Elias to show her Warilia---and he does, taking her to locations that to him are not ordinary landscapes and buildings but epic mountains and massive skyscrapers. But as Clara finds herself further drawn to this intriguing boy, word comes her mother has died. When Elias becomes unable to deal with the death of his diplomat, he and Clara leave on a mission Elias claims will preserve Warilia forever. Though in the end it could be the one thing that allows Clara to piece her own world together.


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Dear Santa,

Hello there, jolliest elf of all. If you happened to stop by two certain apartments in Texas and New York this week, here's what my best friends (Savannah from SavannahSmiled.com, Lupita from LupitasAdventures.blogspot.com) and I are wishing for this Christmas Eve:




$050 | Crystal: Old Navy Long Coat, Savannah: H&M Sparkle Jacket, Lupita: Wedge Booties


$300 | Crystal: Book Case w/ Sliding Doors, Savannah: Cricut Explore Starter Pack, Lupita: iPhone 6 Plus

I think we've been pretty good, Santa! If you want to just deliver the whole list, we'd be A-Okay with that!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Book Blitz : After I Fall by Amity Hope


After I Fall
by Amity Hope 
Release Date: 12/15/14

Summary from Goodreads:
When EmLynn’s dad loses his battle with cancer, the last thing she wants is to move across the country to live with her Mom. Her mom left her dad years ago to start a new, improved family with her new, improved husband.

When Eric finds himself in the middle of a mess of someone else’s making, the last thing he wants is to be dumped into the foster care system. He’s spent most of his life on his own, so he doesn't see the point of having a pretend family now.

A chance meeting has them both thinking that maybe their new town of Roseville isn’t so bad. But as they grow closer, an unknown enemy, along with a tangle of secrets and a web of little white lies, may just be enough to make their newfound love unravel completely.

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Excerpt 

Jace had the type of obnoxiously chiseled features that could land a guy on the cover of a magazine. His smile was too fake, too perfect. Teeth straightened by braces and whitened at the dentist’s office. His eyes could be his best feature. They were an icy shade of blue, offset by his deep tan this time of year. But they looked cold. When he smiled, it never reached his eyes. His honey blond hair appeared to be shellacked into place. He was also too tall, too thin and lanky for my taste.
Sitting feet away from each other, it was hard not to compare the two.
Eric, on the other hand…
I quickly flicked a glance his way even though I already had his features almost memorized. His smile was adorable, a bit lopsided, compounded in cuteness when his dimple decided to make an appearance. His hair was rumpled and unlike Jace’s, it begged to have someone run their fingers through it. He wasn’t model perfect but he had the wholesome, sweet, boy-next-door look to him that I suddenly realized I preferred. He was a few inches shorter than Jace but much better built. His arms looked like they were made for wrapping around a girl.
Yeah. No doubt about it. I was definitely a boy-next door kind of girl.


Author

About the Author
A little bit about me...
I live in beautiful northern Minnesota with my two sons, two cats and our Rottweiler.
If I'm not writing, or spending time with my kids, I'm most likely reading.

My next planned releases are:
After I Fall in mid-December
Avenge (Malice #2) will be out late January.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: The Selection


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along, with any book you're reading! Read the rules here and join in with us next week!

Release Day Book Blitz : The Missing by Necole Ryse ( @necoleryse )


The Missing (The Birthright Trilogy Book 2)
by Necole Ryse 
Release Date: 12/16/14
Cover Designed by: Najla Qamber Designs

Summary from Goodreads:
Reeling from her boyfriend's disappearance, Raevyn Jones is shocked to learn that she is considered suspect number one. To make matters worse, rumors are swirling that golden boy, Jeffrey Donnelly, isn't just missing...he may never be coming back.

And Raevyn is being framed.

Her second semester at Benjamin Wallace Fitzgerald University, the nation's first Ivy League institution for African Americans, is full of twists and turns.

Soon Raevyn will learn not to trust anyone, not even the people she calls friend.


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Excerpt 

“Are you positive?” Regina whispered to Corrine that night. The three of them were in their usual meeting place, the phone room, after hours. I was wide-awake when I heard the suite door click closed and three sets of feet scurry down the hallway.
The only sound in the hall was the hum of the refrigerator. I was thankful that it covered my heavy breathing and the knocking of my knees.
“Yes,” she hissed. “He said they’re doing interviews. Here at Fitz, tomorrow!”“That’s impossible.” A yawn cut through Andrea’s words. “They buried him. Case closed.”
“Yes, but homicides are usually, I dunno, investigated!” Corrine shrill-whispered.
“Okay, calm down.” Regina ran interference between the two. “We just have to stick to the story. We were getting initiated that night. We don’t know anything about it. There are twenty other Xi Nu’s who can corroborate that.”
I heard someone blow out a frustrated breath.“I don’t know,” Corrine said. “This has gone way too far.”

“We made a pact,” Regina declared. “No matter what happens tomorrow, we keep the same story, got it?”


Book One:
The Legacy
Release Date: 06/17/14

Summary from Goodreads:
Nineteen-year-old Raevyn Jones has never worn a designer gown. She's never had access to unlimited champagne or chauffeured limo rides.

But when she is dropped in the midst of the Black Ivy League--against her will--she has to pretend that everything is normal, as if she belongs.

When her new friends start to question her sketchy past and her shaky legacy at Benjamin Wallace Fitzgerald University, Raevyn realizes she will have to rely on her street smarts more than ever before.

Raevyn starts to receive cryptic text messages and emails from an anonymous sender and she soon discovers that not only does someone want her to leave B.W.Fitz--someone also wants to end her life.


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About the Author
Necole Ryse graduated from Towson University with Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications. Bored with life as an adult, Necole decided to follow her dreams to write fiction and she hasn’t looked back. She enjoys chocolate covered pretzels, Criminal Minds marathons, and all things Harry Potter. 

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Cover Reveal :Defenseless by Elise Dane @elisadane @swoonromance


Cover Reveal 

Hello Loves, Here is the cover reveal for Elise Dane's third book in her Diamond Girls Series titled DEFENSELESS!!!Enjoy!! This book will be released on the 17th of January!!




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Defenseless (Diamond Girls #3)
by Elisa Dane 
Release Date: 01/17/15
Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:
High school senior, Claire Reilly’s world revolves around All-Star cheerleading. The Diamond Girls, are gearing up for a major competition, which, if they win will allow them to compete at Worlds for the first time. But the unimaginable happens, and both Claire and her team are rocked by a devastating loss. Determined to get to Worlds any way she can, Claire finds help from the last person she imagined would give it—up and coming UFC fighter and notorious bad boy, Ryker Vaughn.

Fouled out of the octagon by a dirty opponent and a vicious kick to the head, Ryker loses control when he learns he may never fight again. Angry over the loss of his mother, an unsupportive family, and the world in general, he gives up, gives in, and unleashes his rage—destroying part of his cousin’s cheer gym in the process. Things go from bad to worse when Ryker is given an ultimatum: help the Diamond Girls compete for a bid to Worlds, or go to jail.

Overwhelmed with anger, sadness, and grief, the unlikely pair learn that what you see is not always what you get, and that the most difficult losses sometimes open the door to a frightening, yet amazing new future.


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About the Author
I'm a lover of books (YA & Adult romance), chocolate, reality television, and am a proud mother to three All Star cheerleaders. Woot!
I write Contemporary YA romance with cheerleaders. Yep. I write what I know, and it's my hope that my stories will not only take you on a romantic journey that will warm your heart, but that you'll find a new respect and interest in the sport of Cheerleading you may not have had before.

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