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Synopsis: She doesn’t just play, she kills it.
Talented rock guitarist Beth Collins has been barely holding herself together for months, ever since her boyfriend and bandmate became the latest victim in a string of suspicious disappearances. When her brother is injured an accident and she sees something dark billowing around him as he hovers close to death, she’s convinced her sanity is collapsing for good.
Then she’s accepted by a boarding school for the musically gifted. All of her new friends are bursting with talent, but they’re also keeping secrets. Can she trust Vincent, who’s so sweet that his very touch makes her fears melt away? Or Xavier, who’s trying to tell her something but is hiding even more?
And will anyone be safe when her true Talent comes out?
Why I want to read this: 1. The cover is so cool! Guitar case and grave? Hmmm! Definitely a very intriguing premise!
About the author:
Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot.
Lisa has been a professor of graphic design at Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly eighteen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.
BREAKING GLASS which was released July 9, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first book in the Finder Series, released September 9, 2014 and its unnamed sequel will release winter, 2016. UNTIL BETH, a YA urban fantasy, will release September 2015.
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If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.
Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.
Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.
Caroline introduces Sam to the Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.
Cover: No, this isn’t the reason why I’m excited for this novel, but I do think it’s really cool!
I am a huge fan of Tamara’s. Loved her YA novels Time Between Us and the sequel, Time After Time. She writes strong, memorable characters, and from the description above, I have no doubt that Samantha is going to be another one of those characters. Read Tamara’s books, and I have no doubt you’ll be swept into the story.
I talked with Tamara while this was a WIP (work in progress) and she was so excited about it. I know Samantha was inspired by a teen Tamara knows, and what better way to infuse authenticity? There’s romance too, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this plays out. Poet’s corner? How exciting is that. I know I’ll love this aspect of the novel.
OCD: What an important topic to show in a YA novel! Knowing Tamara, it’s going to be handled with compassion, authenticity. So important.
(Waiting on Wednesday was started by BREAKING THE SPINE)
“NOT your average teenage witch! Jennifer Murgia’s FOREST OF WHISPERS is a dark, brooding mystery/thriller that captures the paranoid, plague-driven frenzy of 17th Century Europe with the speed and power of a galloping stallion. Rune, a 16-year old with formidable abilities that she herself can barely understand, must fight her own inner demons as well as what seems to be a whole world gone awry with bloodlust for her kind. This is a thrilling read.”
~ Molly Cochran, author of LEGACY & POISON
“An interesting and compelling love story, with plenty of mystery and intrigue — I devoured FOREST OF WHISPERS and will be first in line to read anything else from Jennifer Murgia!”
~ Cyn Balog, author of FAIRY TALE, SLEEPLESS, STARSTRUCK, TOUCHED & DEAD RIVER
A historical fiction novel with witches? I’m intrigued by the legacy and what secrets the forest holds!
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From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane
The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.
Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.
But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.
The cover: It’s gorgeous and romantic. I’m completely sucked in and I haven’t even turned a page yet.
I’ve read Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits, Dare You To, and Crossing the Line. The writing is fantastic. The characters are memorable. I love the entire series. If you haven’t read any of them, I highly recommend that you start with Pushing the Limits.
Here’s my review of Pushing the Limits as posted on Goodreads in September 2012:
Confession – I started reading Pushing the Limits at 11 P.M., and at 4:15 A.M. my husband crawled out of bed wondering what happened to me. (I was snuggled up in a living room chair.) By 4:20, I closed the book, having just finished the last satisfying page. But I couldn’t go to sleep right away. There were just too many things to think about. The way Katie McGarry lets the story unfold along with Echo’s memory of what happened to her the night she almost died, becomes an intriguing mystery. Enter Noah onto the scene, a young man with plenty of painful experiences that also haunt him, and you’ll find yourself unable to put this novel down.
Echo’s parents, step-mother, friends, and social worker each bring insight to the struggle Echo is forced to deal with, giving an overall picture that helps add to the mystery. Your heart will ache. You’ll want to comfort her, shake her father, tell her fake friends to go to hell, and tell her she’s beautiful, scars and all.
And as Echo’s story unfolds, so does Noah’s. His story is told in alternate chapters to Echo’s. Seeing them intersect is absolutely fantastic. With Noah, you become a witness to his pain, wish it could have a happy ending, and want to report the foster parents who hurt him to the authorities. You may even want to become his foster parent/sister/brother. 😀 Noah wears a lot of his pain with his badass attitude, but Echo shows him a genuine love he’s been sorely missing and craves. Without a doubt, you will root for them!
Fans of Simone Elkeles, Jennifer Echols, Huntley Fitzpatrick will embrace this novel with open arms. But I warn you, you won’t be able to stop reading. If you don’t mind walking around like a satisfied zombie the next day, start the book right before bedtime. 😀
Highly recommend that you add this novel to your list if you’re a fan of contemporary YA romance novels.
From Goodreads: Summary of Half-Blood, book 1 in the Covenant Series:
The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals–well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck
MY REVIEW FOR THE ENTIRE SERIES (also posted on Goodreads):
Adventure, romance, heart-pounding action, and Greek mythology rolled into a captivating, unforgettable series.
Jennifer Armetrout created an fascinating world you’ll appreciate and visit on each page. I can’t imagine anyone not falling in love with Aiden and Alex.
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Thank you, Jaime, from FictionFare for sharing the first three books with me and for raving about the series. Thank you to Spencer Hill for the fourth book APOLLYON and the novellas.
I read all four books in THE COVENANT series plus two novellas DAIMON and ELIXIR over the past five days. That should say EVERYTHING. I was completely sucked into the Greek mythology and the incredible storyline told by the hyper, daring, courageous, snarky Alex (short for Alexandria). Alex is a half blood – someone who is born to a pure blood parent (from the Greek gods) and a mortal parent. Pure bloods and half bloods don’t mix. They’re forbidden to love and they’re most definitely a lower class. Half bloods can become slaves to pure bloods, losing themselves by being forced to drink elixir that takes away their ability to think and act on their own freewill.
Alex falls in love with pure blood Aiden, one of the most awesome male characters I’ve read in a fantasy novel, because trust me I’m married to a really awesome guy and the love of my life, but Aiden WoW . . . he’s is mythical. Well yeah, he’s a pure blood!
Throughout the series, Alex has to deal with some horrific challenges, including traveling to the underworld, killing her daimon mother, and being put on trial for a list of crimes she didn’t commit. Loving Aiden isn’t easy either and it sure isn’t easy for him to love her. Despite the odds and the potential for death if they’re caught, the two become an incredible couple.
As the story progresses, Alex becomes one of two apollyons – I won’t explain what an apollyon is because I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will say being one is extremely rare and special. There’s only supposed to be one in every generation, but during Alex’s time there are two. She’s one and Seth is the First. He’s an awesome character with an ego so huge, it doesn’t fit in this hemisphere.
I absolutely recommend this series for anyone who appreciates Greek mythology, an excellent fantasy novel, and/or a swoon-worthy, intense romance.
Ten things I love about this series:
1. I love how Alex develops as a character from a snarky, reckless girl to a thoughtful, caring, courageous young woman (with a healthy dose of snark).
2. Aiden takes the suffering he’s endured and turns it into a strength. He’s protective of Alex and fiercely devoted to her and his brother. He’s calculating, cautious, loving, compassionate. The path to loving Alex isn’t an easy one, but he puts love above everything else.
3. Seth – oh the EGO!
4. Apollo – love how he watches over Alex. He ‘s behind-the-scenes, especially in the beginning, yet oh so present. He’s a key part of the story, which makes it even more interesting.
5. The novella ELIXIR was from Aiden’s point of view and it was deeply touching to read how he felt about Alex and the choices he had to make to help her. A definite WINNER!
6. The concept of the apollyons. Wow – the battle with the Greek gods starts even before Alex’s awakening. (You have to read the series to appreciate how amazing this is and what it means for her to “awaken!”)
7. The chemistry between Aiden and Alex puts these novels in the category of over-the-top fabulous!
8. The training at the Covenant. To become a sentinel takes tremendous strength, physical endurance, fighting skills, agility. The descriptions of the training jumps right off the page.
9. Good versus evil. The evil characters keep your blood pumping. The lines between good and evil are often crossed. The scenes are intense, heartbreaking, and filled with so much action, it’ll be hard to catch your breath.
10. Mythology, mythology, mythology.
Why am I excited to read SENTINEL?
If my review for the series doesn’t say it all, this should: I cannot wait to find out the fate of Alex and Aiden.
Holly Schindler is the author of A Blue So Dark and Playing Hurt, two outstanding YA novels that I highly recommend. A Blue So Dark is about a girl dealing with her mother’s schizophrenia and Playing Hurt is about a girl and a boy finding hope and new beginnings after dealing with different losses. For Goodreads descriptions click here: A Blue So Dark and Playing Hurt.
Today, Holly revealed the book cover for her debut MG novel: THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY, which is being published by Dial on February 6, 2014 – Amazon and Goodreads.
To learn more about Holly, her books and what’s coming next, check out her website.
What I love about this cover:
1. The bright colors.
2. The letters are made up of real stuff. The spoon, the horseshoe, bike horn – so cool!
3. The tree branches with the leaves and the fence. Makes me want to know what’s going on behind the sign.
Description taken from Amazon:
Don’t leave me here… It starts with a whisper. At first Trinity thinks she’s going crazy. It wouldn’t be a big surprise–her grandpa firmly believes there’s a genuine dragon egg in their dusty little West Texas town. But this voice is real, and it’s begging for her protection. Even if no one else can hear it…
He’s come from a future scorched by dragonfire. His mission: Find the girl. Destroy the egg. Save the world.
He’s everything his twin brother Connor hates: cocky, undisciplined, and obsessed with saving dragons.
Trinity has no idea which brother to believe. All she has to go by is the voice in her head–a dragon that won’t be tamed.
Why I’m excited about this book:
Note: This is the first book in a trilogy.
Just look at this cover!!! Isn’t it gorgeous??!!!?!!!
People were DEFINITELY talking about SCORCHED at BEA. Lots and lots and lots of buzz. Mari (pronounced Mary) had a very long line at her signing at the Sourcebooks booth. I was able to speak with her for a few minutes and discovered that she had done some TV producing and graduated from Boston University’s School of Communication. I have a gut feeling that this will be a very visual novel, and that’s something that I love when I read a book. In addition, I’ve been a sucker for dragons ever since my elder son fell in love with Eragon by Christopher Paolini and insisted that I read the series too. Of course I did! So, put SCORCHED on your to-read list. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Click here for more info on Mari Mancusi.
From Goodreads: Boy Nobody (Boy Nobody #1)
Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school in a new town under a new name, makes a few friends, and doesn’t stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend’s family to die-of “natural causes.” Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, moving on to the next target.
But when he’s assigned to the mayor of New York City, things change. The daughter is unlike anyone he has encountered before; the mayor reminds him of his father. And when memories and questions surface, his handlers at The Program are watching. Because somewhere deep inside, Boy Nobody is somebody: the kid he once was; the teen who wants normal things, like a real home and parents; a young man who wants out. And who just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program’s mission.
In this action-packed series debut, author Allen Zadoff pens a page-turning thriller that is as thought-provoking as it is gripping, introducing an utterly original and unforgettable antihero.
Boy Nobody is really somebody quite EXTRAORDINARY!
This has become one of my most favorite YA series, and yeah, I know it’s just begun! Absolutely get your hands on it! Boy Nobody is a fast-paced, heart-pounding thriller YA novel, which reminds me of Matt Damon and the Bourne Identity. Fascinating, fabulous characters and NYC setting. Lots of intrigue, twists, turns and who did it? Who is the real boy nobody? Assassin, orphan, friend or foe? Ohhhh, did I get sucked in and totally entranced in the storyline and characters. Even got misty-eyed at the end. Allen Zadoff is a master storyteller, simplistic yet so, so, so effective! Less is more, perfect for reluctant readers. It’s great to read such an amazing male character, so boys will love this book as much as girls! I believe the movie rights were sold. I can’t wait to see how this novel will translate onto the screen.
Put Boy Nobody on your must read list!
DON’T MISS IT! DON’T MISS IT! DON’T MISS IT!
Learn more about Allen Zadoff
If you need one more reason to read Boy Nobody, then take a look at this amazing book trailer!
When all signs point to heartbreak, can love still be a rule of the road? A poignant and romantic novel from the author of Bittersweet and Twenty Boy Summer.
Jude has learned a lot from her older sisters, but the most important thing is this: The Vargas brothers are notorious heartbreakers. She’s seen the tears and disasters that dating a Vargas boy can cause, and she swore an oath—with candles and a contract and everything—to never have anything to do with one.
Now Jude is the only sister still living at home, and she’s spending the summer helping her ailing father restore his vintage motorcycle—which means hiring a mechanic to help out. Is it Jude’s fault he happens to be cute? And surprisingly sweet? And a Vargas?
Jude tells herself it’s strictly bike business with Emilio. Her sisters will never find out, and Jude can spot those flirty little Vargas tricks a mile away—no way would she fall for them. But Jude’s defenses are crumbling, and if history is destined to repeat itself, she’s speeding toward some serious heartbreak…unless her sisters were wrong?
Jude may have taken an oath, but she’s beginning to think that when it comes to love, some promises might be worth breaking.
My thoughts: This book sounds amazing. What I would expect: rich, fascinating, memorable characters – and oh so romantic. 😀 I am definitely a Sarah Ockler fan. I have loved her other novels and highly recommend that you check them out on her website or her Goodreads page.
From Goodreads: Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. “Dance with me, Beth.”
“No.” I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again….
“I dare you…”
If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk’s home life, they’d send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom’s freedom and her own happiness. That’s how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn’t want her and going to a school that doesn’t understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn’t get her, but does….
Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can’t tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn’t be less interested in him.
But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won’t let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all.
Why I’m looking forward to this novel: I really enjoyed Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits. She writes strong, deep, emotional characters that keep readers interested. It’ll be exciting to see where she takes Beth, a secondary character from Pushing the Limits, who is now in the spotlight as the main character. Here’s another reason: I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have issues or problems they’ve had to face in their lives. Katie takes them on in her books and gives readers hope for something good to come. I love that. I think it’ll inspire others too!
For more information about these two books and more, check out Katie’s Goodreads page. Or her website.