Monday, April 21, 2014

Why can't I have it now? (2)


We've all seen those widgets where it counts down to the minute when the book comes out that we've been patiently waiting for. Most of them you see on the sides of people blogs. Most of the time I would say that's okay, but after one or two are up it starts to get to crowded for my taste.

Here is my solution to that.
Every Month I will try and find some widgets to put up for the next two months or so. Since I'm just now starting this it'll have books that I want to read that come out in January only. I may or may not put up another Countdown page at the beginning of January or middle. Those will have February and March ones. Make sense? I will add t this page if I find more for january. :)


Expected Publication April 22, 2014
Sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape from the coastal cities or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire’s Machineworks. The Inventor’s Secret is the first book of a YA steampunk series set in an alternate nineteenth-century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery.


Expected Publication April 29
It’s time. Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways. The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.


Expected Publication: May 6th
World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there. At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life. When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie. Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.


Expected Publication May 6th
It has been two years since Violet Eden walked away from the city, her friends, her future and - most importantly - her soulmate, Lincoln. Part angel, part human, Violet is determined to stand by the promises she made to save the one she loves. Living in the perpetual coldness of a broken soul she survives day to day as a Rogue Grigori in London. But when an unexpected visitor shows up at her door, the news he bears about someone she swore to protect leaves Violet with no choice. Even worse, she fears that this might all lead back to the night she tries hardest to forget. And what was taken without her permission. Violet is going back to New York ... and she knows exactly who is going to be there. With Phoenix in her dreams and Lincoln in her heart she knows it is only a matter of time before the final choice must be made.


Expected Publication: August 14
From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.


Expected Publicaton: May 27th
I am coming. Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Books for trade

I really don't have all that many books for trade, but I'd rather know there going somewhere to be loved and read then sitting on a shelf somewhere (or boxed up in this case once I move)  If you would like to get in touch email me at ashleyjowens@gmail.com with book trade in the subject.

BOOKS
Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter (Hardback)
All these things I've done by Gabrielle Zevin (Hardback)
Strange Angels by Lili St.Crow (This has a tear down the front)
Betrayals by Lili St. Crow (second book in the strange angel series)
My Soul to take by Rachel Vincent
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (hardback)
Fateful by Claudia Gray (hardback)
Bargains and Betrayals by Shannon Delaney (ARC)
Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington (ARC) (I'm thinking I may trade this ARC for ARC or have a giveaway in the near future.)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver


AUTHOR: Lauren Oliver
PUBLISHER:  HarperTeen
PAGES: 441
STAND ALONE/SERIES: Series (Pandemonium, Requiem)
SOURCE: Bought
OUTLINE:

Lena Haloway is content in her safe, government-managed society. She feels (mostly) relaxed about the future in which her husband and career will be decided, and looks forward to turning 18, when she’ll be cured of deliria, a.k.a. love. She tries not to think about her mother’s suicide (her last words to Lena were a forbidden “I love you”) or the supposed “Invalid” community made up of the uncured just beyond her Portland, Maine, border. There’s no real point—she believes her government knows how to best protect its people, and should do so at any cost. But 95 days before her cure, Lena meets Alex, a confident and mysterious young man who makes her heart flutter and her skin turn red-hot. As their romance blossoms, Lena begins to doubt the intentions of those in power, and fears that her world will turn gray should she submit to the procedure. 

MY THOUGHTS
Do you have Amor Deliria Nervosa? I'm pretty sure I do! Why you ask? Because I loved this book.

Why? Why did I wait so long to finish Delirium, please tell me? I started this book back in 2011 I think when it was on Netgalley. I read half of it and never finished it so I figured with the dystopian kick I seem to be on I'll give it another try, and start from the beginning again. I suck at life. Just saying. I really should have listened to all the hype and finished it the first time around (Sometimes I think maybe that's why I don't read books right away. I let the hype die down and then maybe I can enjoy it.) because ummm *whispers* I loved it. No other dystopian book has this "love thing" as a disease, and it was refreshing to see besides all this fighting *cough* hunger games -esque*cough* stories. Maybe, not so nice for the characters in Delirium that are cured though because they basically walk around like zombies and are emotionless per Lena.

There were times in my life as I'm sure everyone elses that the cure might have been seen as a good thing to have. Sometimes my emotions definitely get the best of me. I have this tendency to I guess cling on to others emotions. Let's say if Ryan (my husband) is having a bad day and I'm having a great day and I see he is in the dumps then I automatically feel like he does in the dumps. Yes? No? Yeah, so having emotions sometimes sucks, but then I think about it and realize it makes me who I am. It's what makes people...people and not zombies and the fact that we don't eat human brains (at least not that I know of) I know totally off topic. There are somethings that don't need to be fixed.

CHARACTERS
Most characters you either hate 'em or love 'em. With Delirium it was 50/50. I loved Lena, Alex, Hana, and Grace they all had personalities I enjoyed reading about,  while the aunt, Jenny, Rachel, and Regulators not so much. 

Lena's love for Grace is one thing I admired about her. When everyone thought Grace was stupid and slow, Lena knew better.  Her sense of what friendship meant was another quality I liked. Even when Hana and hers friendship was bumpy she was still there for her friend to try and keep her safe. As the book went on Lena grew as a character she realized that the life she was living and the things she was told weren't necessarily true.

Grace was so adorable although we didn't see her much. She reminder me of my niece Karlie, very quiet, but smart for a little kid. I can't understand having a kid and then treating them the way that Grace was treated by her parents and everyone. I guess it's a side effect of the cure so just another reason the cure hurts instead of helping.

Hana...these are the best friends I love. The kind you can sit in silence with and know life is good with them by your side. Knowing that you don't necessarily have to have a conversation for it to be good. At times Hana was stubborn, but I also saw that determination to go against what was expected of her. Too try and be that indiviual. I guess I need to read the short story about her.

I took me a bit to warm up to Alex, but by the end of the book I could easily understand why so many loved Alex. He showed Lena what life was really about. How it could be so much more than just a cure.  He gave up a lot to be with Lena. 

DOWNFALL
The only thing that bothered me was definitely the pacing of the book. I love fast-paced books, but I understand that sometimes need the details to understand.

ENDING
Oh, Lauren what an ending that was! I think I kind of wanted to throw the book at my wall, but I didn't because then I would feel bad. Also I figure there's always the second and third book so you have time to redeem yourself. :) If you haven't read this series which I'm not sure how many people haven't since I'm late on the train here, but I recommend having all 3 books so you can read them back to back. If not you will be holding your breathe til you get that next book.

QUOTES

  • The deadliest of all things deadly. It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.
  • You know you can't be happy, unless you're unhappy sometimes right? -Hana
  • You came from different starts and you'll come to different ends.
  • It's amazing how words can shred your insides apart. Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can never hurt me---such bullshit.
  • I prefer the ocean when it's gray, or not really gray but a pale in between color. It reminds me of waiting for something good to happen-Alex
  • Everyone you trust, everyone you think you can count on will eventually disappoint you. -Lena
  • When left to their own devices people lie and keep secrets and change and disappear, some behind a different face or personality, some behind a dense early morning fog, or beyond a cliff.
  • I know life isn't just life if you float through it. I know that the whole point---the only point---is to find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to let them go. -Lena 


Blog Tour: Ask Me by Kimberly Pauley


Aria, the main character in ASK ME, is 17 and up until the events in the book that force her to change her ways, she’s been all about hiding herself, often behind her long hair and even in the old-fashioned clothes that her grandmother buys her. She’s fairly tall and thin, with long eyelashes. She’s an oracle and I like to think that there’s probably something a bit ethereal about her because of that.


I’m down to two possible picks for Aria. The first one is India Eisley. I really like that she’s got that kind of otherworldly glow about her. And her hair is good, as well as her eyes. Plus she even looks good without much makeup (I wish I could say the same). That would be in character for Aria, who really doesn’t wear any makeup on a normal basis. However, she seems like she might be a bit too short for Aria and I’ve never actually seen her acting, so I’ve got no idea what she’s like.

My other choice would be Hailee Steinfeld. I really like that she’s got a hidden core of strength in her (did you see her inTrue Grit? Oy!). I like that when she’s not smiling she can seem really somber and unapproachable but when she does smile, it’s like a ray of sunshine. I think Aria would be like that. She’s also taller than India, so that would work better.

My perfect cast choice, honestly, would really just be someone who could be both weak and strong, brave and frightened, and shy but bold. Because Aria is all of those things.


Kimberly Pauley is the award-winning author of Sucks to Be Me, which was honored on the YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list, and a paranormal mystery starring an oracle, called Ask Me. Born in California, she has lived everywhere from Florida to Chicago and has now gone international to live in London with her husband and son. She is also the founder of YA Books Central, one of the first and largest teen book websites in the world.

Visit her online at 


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Book Review: Scored by Lauren Mclaughlin

AUTHOR: Lauren McLaughlin
PUBLISHER:  Random House Children
PAGES: 234
STAND ALONE/SERIES: Stand Alone
SOURCE: Bought
OUTLINE:

Set in the future when teenagers are monitored via camera and their recorded actions and confessions plugged into a computer program that determines their ability to succeed. All kids given a "score" that determines their future potential. This score has the ability to get kids into colleges, grant scholarships, or destroy all hope for the above.Scored's reluctant heroine is Imani, a girl whose high score is brought down when her best friend's score plummets. Where do you draw the line between doing what feels morally right and what can mean your future? Friendship, romance, loyalty, family, human connection and human value: all are questioned in this fresh and compelling dystopian novel set in the scarily forseeable future.


MY THOUGHTS

 As much as I use to hate Dystopian books when I started reading YA awhile back now I can't get enough of them. It seems like lately that's what interests me. Maybe, I'm just burned out with paranormal right now. You know us readers can be a fickle person. :)

I started reading Scored back when I was more into the paranormal books so I only got 30 pages in and gave up. It honestly didn't seem like it was going anywhere. Now go back a couple of days from today and I picked it up again to see what I thought. I really enjoyed it. 

The concept really doesn't seem to far off from something that's possible. I'm talking way, WAY in the future, but still. Technology has come so far from what is use to be that microchips and the government using technology to keep up with us and watch us isn't so unbelievable.

Characters
Imani is the MC in Scored and like all dystopians MCs she believed in what her government was doing. So when one of her teachers assigns the class a writing project to go against what you believe (so if you were unscored you would say why the score system works and vice versa) she had a hard time with it, but she also found her self working with Diego an unscored later on going against everything she believed. We all know what happens in these kind of situations.

I believe as the story went on, and Imani spent more time with Diego she learned that not everything is always black and white, governments don't always have the people best interests at heart. Sometimes you have to go against what you believe in order to find who you really are. I love characters who learn things and grow.

Diego was absolutely adorable as well, and if I was scored I would have found a way to see him too. He started off as a conceded know it all, but I think he just had strong beliefs that being scored was crap (my words totally).

In the end I really enjoyed the book like I said and kind of hoped that it would have a second one, but I don't think that will happen.

Blog Tour: Desecration: The Wizard Queen at 16 by Hadley Holt


DESECRATION – Excerpt, Fear of Lightning
Finally, a half hour later, and well on my way to a state of zombieness, I practically fell onto my bed. I tucked my teddy bear, Cuddles, into the crook of my arm and rolled onto my side. I didn’t even blink an eye when Cheeva hopped onto the bed and lay down beside me, with his head on the other pillow. I held up my teddy bear to the arctic wolf. “Cheeva, this is Cuddles and he’s not a chew toy. Cuddles, this is Cheeva and I guess he’ll be sleeping with us every night.” I didn’t even comment on the perplexed tilt of Cheeva’s head. I just closed my eyes and fell to sleep, feeling safe for the first time that day because Cheeva was with me.
*****
BOOM!
I sprang up to a sitting position on my bed, my heart racing frantically inside my chest. Cheeva leapt out of the bed, growling as he searched for the threat in my room.
Through my window, I watched as lightning branched out, illuminating the sky.
I counted silently: one-thousand, two-thousand, three-thousand—
BOOM!
I flinched. Perspiration beaded on my upper lip.
Cheeva stepped over and peered at me, his head tilting to the side.
Embarrassed, I sighed. “I’m afraid of thunderstorms,” I admitted to my familiar. Electricity exploded wildly across the sky once more. “One-thousand, two-thousand—”
BOOM!
I started breathing in and out too fast. I began to see stars hovering in front of my eyes. I was hyperventilating. I tried to breathe slowly in and slowly out, covering my head with a pillow. Although I tried to ignore the storm and think of something else, my mind went to the memory of where my fear of storms began. I’d been five years old, and in my bedroom, this very room, huddled in bed, staring out the same window during a thunderstorm. The lightning had come too close to the keep and finally, a flash of lightning was so bright that it blinded me, and the boom of thunder shook my room like an earthquake. A groaning crack split through the night
and glass shattered as a huge tree branch crashed through my window and
landed on top of me, pressing me down. Rain blew in through the window
and soaked me. I tried to cry out for help, but I couldn’t breathe. The weight
of the branch was suffocating me and the pain—I remembered the painlaced
panic.
Even at five years of age, I knew the keep was a massive structure
and I was terrified that no one would get to me in time to save me. I
struggled to suck in air, but my world began to fade to black. In the haziest
part of the memory, I saw my father burst through the door and use his
magic to pull the branch off of my body.
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About the Book:
In a hidden world of wizards where only men hold the power of magic, one girl arises with the power to change everything, if she isn’t killed first…
Adriana Victoriana Evangelista (Addie), daughter to the High Chancellor of the Wizard’s Council, has always been the perfect wizard girl. She never questions why men possess magical powers and women have no power at all, magical or otherwise. Male wizards blend into the modern human world, leading huge corporations while wizard women are sequestered away.
On her sixteenth birthday, Addie discovers she possesses magic. Under wizard law, she is a desecration. An ancient prophecy surrounds the emergence of a girl magic-wielder, the wizard queen, who is destined to bring about the downfall of the wizard-kin.
Addie has long had a forbidden crush on a human boy who lives in the wizard stronghold, Rory Devlin. As she delves deeper into the dangerous mysteries surrounding her own destiny, she suspects Rory might be more than just human.
Addie’s fate sends her straight into the path of a powerful and evil sorcerer, but the worst danger of all may come from right inside her own home.
But Desecration on Amazon

About the Author:
Hadley Holt, author of paranormal, and fantasy YA (Young Adult) has always loved to write. She also nurtures an incurable fascination with all things supernatural and fantastical. From a young age, she imagined stories about HadleyHoltdragons, wizards, witches, ghosts, shape-shifters, vampires, and other magical creatures. As life often does, it blessed Hadley with family – a hunky husband and amazing children, and with family came a rewarding career. Hadley spent many years in the not-so-magical world of finance and mortgage banking, but the stories were always there in the back of her mind, demanding to be set free.
Thanks to the housing market crash, Hadley finally realized her dreams. She now breathes life into her magical tales of reluctant young heroes finding their inner power to stand up against terrible creatures and even more terrible odds.
Please visit me at HadleyHolt.com!
Here is the link to the the blog tour in general

Monday, March 24, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Things On My Bookish Bucket List


Hi everybody! How's everyone's week been going? 


 If you want to see all the other top ten post head on over to The Broke and the Bookish.

I've actually made a lovely little graphic this week. :)
P.s-it's suppose to be a bucket with books in it..lol