Bring Your Own Book #11

Blog Features & HeadersIt’s Thursday again! Which means it’s time for Bring Your Own Book! Make sure to leave your answers in the comments.

Past Winners

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Here are the rules:

  • I’ll post the goal. (Lines from an action movie, currency in a dystopia, etc)
  • You post the answer and a citation. (The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas p19)
  • You can play with ANY book! Fiction, non-fiction, YA, Adult, picture book, even a newspaper or a magazine.
  • Borrow phrases or whole sentences-just make sure to cite it.

Ready?

The Latest Ad Slogan for (a company of your choosing)

WoW: Little Monsters

Little Monsters
Kara Thomas
Publication Date: July 25th 2017
Buy it here!

32320750.jpgKacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.

Bring Your Own Book #10

Blog Features & HeadersIt’s Thursday again! Which means it’s time for Bring Your Own Book! Make sure to leave your answers in the comments.

Past Winners

—.

Here are the rules:

  • I’ll post the goal. (Lines from an action movie, currency in a dystopia, etc)
  • You post the answer and a citation. (The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas p19)
  • You can play with ANY book! Fiction, non-fiction, YA, Adult, picture book, even a newspaper or a magazine.
  • Borrow phrases or whole sentences-just make sure to cite it.

Ready?

#ThingsSociopathsSay

WoW: The Midnight Dance

cover113187-medium.pngThe Midnight Dance
Nikki Katz
Publishes 17 October, 2017

When the music stops, the dance begins.

Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate – and in the only life Penny has never known.

But when flashes of memories, memories of a life very different from the one she thinks she’s been leading, start to appear, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late.

Top 5 Peeves I Have with NetGalley

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Overall, I do enjoy NetGalley as a service but there are just a few things that bother me about it.

#1 Sequels

I think NetGalley should have a more obvious marker for books that are part of a series. When a publisher doesn’t mark that it’s book #2 or #3, or mention that it’s a sequel, it makes it a little hard to review on time.

#2 Location Locking

It’s the modern age. You know where I am. Why bother showing me things I can’t request?

#3 Timely Approvals

I think there should be a time period before the archive date when reviewers can A: no longer request and B: automatically be declined if they haven’t been already. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been a approved for a title the day before it archives. Which means I have to read the book quickly (along with everything else I have to read) and get the review up or let my feedback rating fall.

#4 Wishes

Are dumb. Either the book is available for request or it isn’t. The end. Don’t make us wish that you uploaded a damn file.

#5 No Choice of Format

I love graphic novels. I hate Adobe Editions. As does my computer. It runs slow on each device I have it on and takes too long to load pages. Do you know how hard it is to read anything when you have to slowly watch each page load? My kindle supports graphic novels, Nooks, to my knowledge, support graphic novels. I would prefer having a choice of format so I can choose to read it on my kindle in black and white or deal with the slow loading in Adobe.

#6 No Mobile App

I don’t want to read the books on my phone, I can do that in the kindle app. But I would prefer a NetGalley mobile app that I can request through and get notifications from. Yes, we receive emails when we’ve been approved or denied but they get lost in a sea of emails. It would be nice to have reminders as well for when a book is about to archive and I have not added my review to NetGalley.

#ARCapalooza

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I suppose it’s time to do another ARCapalooza post! I’m very excited about Shadow Weaver and Beasts Made of Night. They sound like amazing reads. (Also look at their covers. I love them!)


Pending ARC Requests

Shimmer and Burn
Mary Taranta
August 8, 2017

9781481471992_fca55To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology.

Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.

Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own.

With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch.


This Darkness Mine
Mindy McGinnis
October 10, 2017

9780062561596_305af.jpgSasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved, each step ticking like a metronome.

But suddenly there’s a fork in the road in the shape of Isaac Harver. Her body shifts toward him when he walks by, her skin misses his touch even though she’s never known it, and she relishes the smell of him—smoke, beer, and trouble, all the things she’s avoided to get where she is. Even worse, every time he’s near Sasha, her heart stops, literally. Why does he know her so well—too well—and she doesn’t know him at all?

Sasha discovers that her by-the-book life began by ending another’s: the twin sister she absorbed in the womb. But that doesn’t explain the gaps of missing time in her practice schedule or the memories she has of things she certainly never did with Isaac. As Sasha loses her much-cherished control, her life—and heart—become more entangled with Isaac. Armed with the knowledge that her heart might not be hers alone, Sasha must decide what she’s willing to do—and who she’s willing to hurt—to take it back.


Shadow Weaver
MarcyKate Connolly
January 2, 2018

9781492649953_5aa32.jpgEmmeline can manipulate shadows, but what happens when her shadow starts craving a life of its own? 

Emmeline’s gift to control and manipulate shadows makes her the subject of mockery…and fear. Forbidden to leave home by her parents, Emmeline’s closest confidant is her own shadow, Dar. When a noble stranger visits and offers her parents a cure, Emmeline is terrified of losing her power—and her only friend. So Dar proposes a deal: she will change the noble’s mind if Emmeline will help her become flesh.

When the man ends up in a coma, Emmeline is stunned—and blamed. Now forced to flee, her only hope of clearing her name is to find a way to give the shadow she’s no longer sure she can trust what it craves—life.


Beasts Made of Night
Tochi Onyebuchi
October 31, 2017

9780448493909_f0038.jpgSeventeen-year-old Taj is the most talented sin-eater indentured by the Guild, a ruthless organization of mages that runs a lucrative trade absolving the rich.

In the walled city of Kos, mages have a dark magic that allows them to call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin beasts—lethal creatures spawned from feelings of anguish and guilt. Every time Taj slays a sin beast, an image of the beast scars his skin while the guilt of committing the sin scars his mind. Most sin-eaters can’t take it, driven mad by the process. But Taj is gifted and cocky and desperate—his family depends on his wages, and he’s willing to risk everything for them.

Until Taj is hired to do a job that even he can’t follow through on. Soon, Taj realizes that some sins should never be eaten. When he stumbles upon a dark plot to destroy the kingdom, Taj must fight to save the princess he loves—and his own life.

Debut author Tochi Onyebuchi delivers a haunting and powerful story of loyalty, survival, and heart-pounding adventure.


Approved Titles

Little Monsters
Kara Thomas
July 25, 2017

cover106344-medium.pngKacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.


The Gallery of Unfinished Girls
Lauren Karcz
July 25, 2017

9780062467775_82f13Mercedes Moreno is an artist. At least, she thinks she could be, even though she hasn’t been able to paint anything worthwhile in the past year.

Her lack of inspiration might be because her abuela is in a coma. Or the fact that Mercedes is in love with her best friend, Victoria, but is too afraid to admit her true feelings.

Despite Mercedes’s creative block, art starts to show up in unexpected ways. A piano appears on her front lawn one morning, and a mysterious new neighbor invites Mercedes to paint with her at the Red Mangrove Estate.

At the Estate, Mercedes can create in ways she hasn’t ever before. But Mercedes can’t take anything out of the Estate, including her new-found clarity. Mercedes can’t live both lives forever, and ultimately she must choose between this perfect world of art and truth and a much messier reality.

Would You Rather BookTag

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I was tagged by the twins over at Twin Bookmarks to do the Would You Rather BookTag. So without further ado – here we go!

1. Have an unlimited money for Ebooks, or a 5,000 dollar B&N giftcard?

Blatantly unlimited money for ebooks. I love my kindle. It’s so great for travel and I can carry around a libraries worth of books, so I don’t have to worry about finishing something while I’m out and then having nothing left to read.

If I got the $5,000 B&N gift card I’d probably buy a lot of board games… and Starbucks…

2. Meet any deceased poet, or J.K. Rowling?

J.K.Rowling. How is this a question? Harry Potter is why I’m a reader. J.K.Rowling is why I’m a writer. How could I not want to meet her?

3. Write the world’s most famous book, or visit the world of your favorite book for one day?

Write the world’s most famous book. If I could visit any fictional world it would probably be the wizarding world and a day, quite frankly, is way too short.

4. Choose ______ or ______ ? (Insert characters from your favorite fictional love triangle.)

I… hate… love triangles. So I actually don’t have a favorite to insert. Because I hate all of them.

5. Experience Hogwarts in a very realistic and accurate virtual reality, or travel around the world for a year, at no cost.

Hogwarts. I can always save the money to travel. But Hogwarts and VR are straight up my alley.

Nominations

I nominate!

Maggie @MagdalynAnn

@delphinespublications

Kayla @booksboxesandbaubles

@Claureads

Annie @annielikeswords

Bring Your Own Book #9

It’s Thursday again! Which means it’s time for Bring Your Own Book! Make sure to leave your answers in the comments.

Past Winners: The name of the next hot sports car.

“high stress” – Vicious by V.E. Schwab – Shouni @ThroughTheBookPortal

Here are the rules:

  • I’ll post the goal. (Lines from an action movie, currency in a dystopia, etc)
  • You post the answer and a citation. (The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas p19)
  • You can play with ANY book! Fiction, non-fiction, YA, Adult, picture book, even a newspaper or a magazine.
  • Borrow phrases or whole sentences-just make sure to cite it.

Ready?

Ingredients for a birthday cake. (Use up to three phrases from the same page)

WoW: Beasts Made of Night

Beasts Made of Night

Beasts Made of Night
Tochi Onyebuchi
Pub Date: October 31, 2017
Razorbill

In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt.

Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family.

When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves – and his own life.

A gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy.

Look at that cover. Look at it.