Tuesday, January 31, 2012

from Laini Taylor's blog: And the new title IS ...

Awesome news I am soooooo excited about this.... I love love love Daughter of smoke and Bone and cannot wait to see what next happens to Karou and Akiva!~!
Laini Taylor's blog: And the new title IS ...:

Friday, January 27, 2012

And the new title IS ...


Thanks for coming by the title unveiling ceremony for the sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I'm really really excited to let even the tiniest bit of this book out into the world. Whew. Nervous though! You may remember the false alarm of last month. Sorry about that. Ahem. Ha ha.

Anyway, earlier this week I got the official go-ahead from Little, Brown to tell you the real title, and to give you this wee teaser too. I should say that this book is unedited and unfinished. It is not a book at all. It is a manuscript, a work in progress. Bear all that in mind.



Here's the teaser. Ready?

I'm nervous.

Here it is ...

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living—one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying.
Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel—a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness.

This was not that world.

There! I hope you like it. I love it. Love love love.

Feel free to drag and drop the above title treatment to your blog or Twitter or wherever; it is courtesy of Little, Brown, on the quick. (It felt so unceremonious to just type it out. Heavens forfend!)

Days of Blood and Starlight, slated for Fall 2012 release. Thank you for coming over here to celebrate the title with me. I can't wait until this book is A BOOK!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Lush Budget ProductionTales of a Ravenous Reader: Made of AWESOME!: The Hunger Games Nail Polish

My Friend Nancy is sooooo on top of things look at what she found.... Check out her post!!
A Lush Budget ProductionTales of a Ravenous Reader: Made of AWESOME!: The Hunger Games Nail Polish:

Made of AWESOME!: The Hunger Games Nail Polish

Dress Me Up: District 8, Textiles

Fois Gras: District 10, Livestock

Fast Track: District 6, Transportation

Hook and Line: District 4, Fishing

Stone Cold: District 2, Masonry

Smoke and Ashes: District 12, Coal Mining

Agro: District 11, Agriculture

Mahogany Magic: District 7, Lumber

Harvest Moon: District 9, Grain

Riveting: District 3, Technology/Mechanics

Electrify: District 5, Power

Luxe and Lush: District 1/The Capitol, Luxury

Are these the shades that you expected to see from the collaboration? Do you think it is missing anything or are you surprised by any of the shades? Sound off below!

The shades will be available in March. $5.99 each at sallybeauty.com.

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Waiting on Wednesday, CROSS MY HEART by Sasha Gould

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started and I found it on the Ravenous Reader blog. I agree it is a great idea. This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

by Sasha Gould
ISBN-13: 978-0385741507
Delacorte BYR
Venice, 1585.

When 16-year-old Laura della Scala learns that her older sister, Beatrice, has drowned, she is given no time to grieve. Instead, Laura's father removes her from the convent where he forcibly sent her years earlier and orders her to marry Beatrice's fiancĂ©, a repulsive old merchant named Vincenzo. Panicked, Laura betrays a powerful man to earn her way into the Segreta, a shadowy society of women who deal in only one currency—secrets. The Segreta seems like the answer to Laura's prayers. The day after she joins their ranks, Vincenzo is publicly humiliated and conveniently exiled. Soon, however, Laura begins to suspect that her sister's death was not a tragic accident but a cold-blooded murder—one that might involve the Segreta and the women she has come to trust.

The cover for Cross My Heart caught my eye and after reading the description I was more than intrigued! 
This is my Waiting on Wednesday what is yours?? 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Incarnate Trailer

Here is the awesomely cool trailer from Harper Teen!~! I am really looking forward to reading Incarnate. 
"I will not be just a Butterfly!"

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday, The Savage Grace by Bree Despain

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started and I found it on the Ravenous Reader blog. I agree it is a great idea. This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

The Dark Devine, Book Three
by Bree Despain
ISBN-13: 978-1606842218
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A troubled soul. An impossible choice. A final battle.

Wrestling with the werewolf curse pulsing deep inside of her, Grace Divine was finally able to find her brother, but it nearly cost her everything.

With her boyfriend, Daniel, stuck in wolf form and Sirhan's death approaching, time is running out for Grace to stop Caleb Kalbi and his gang of demons. If she fails, her family and hometown will perish. Everything rests on Grace's shoulders.

The final installment in The Dark Divine trilogy brings Daniel and Grace's love story to a breathtaking conclusion.

 I almost forgot about this series! I very much enjoyed the first two, and now that I have had mu memory jogged I am anxiously awaiting the last book in the series.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday, HARBINGER by Sara Etienne

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started and I found it on the Ravenous Reader blog. I agree it is a great idea. This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

by Sara Etienne
ISBN-13: 978-0399256684
Putnam Juvenile
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Faye’s connected to him, craves him, but can she trust him?

When sixteen-year-old Faye arrives at Holbrook Academy, she doesn’t expect to find herself exactly where she needs to be. After years of strange waking visions and nightmares, her only comfort the bones of dead animals, Faye is afraid she’s going crazy. Fast.

But her first night at Holbrook, she feels strangely connected to the school and the island it sits on, like she’s come home. She’s even made her first real friends, but odd things keep happening to them. Every morning they wake on the floors of their dorm rooms with their hands stained red.

Faye knows she’s the reason, but what does it all mean? The handsome Kel tries to help her unravel the mystery, but Faye is certain she can’t trust him; in fact, he may be trying to kill her—and the rest of the world too.

Rich, compelling writing will keep the pages turning in this riveting and tautly told psychological thriller...

First off I have such cover love, I think it looks like an old tarot card. 
Harbinger has a very interesting premise. I look forward to reading it and finding out what is with the "her only comfort comes from the bones of dead animals" Gives me the shivers..... eerie to say the least! It sounds like it may be a book that you read with the lights on.
Here is the trailer!~!


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Review: Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Masque of the Red Death
Summary from GoodReads 

Masque of the Red Death

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: April 24th 2012 by HarperCollins Children's Books @GreenwillowBook
ISBN 0062107798 (ISBN13: 9780062107794)

Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club. And Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her...

 I start off buy saying WOW, Masque of the Red Death is a Beautifully written story of horrific times.
Ms Griffin has penned an engrossing new telling of Poe's tale. Doing so in such a lyrical and tightly written manner that I am left wanting more NOW!~!~! 

I found Araby to be an interesting protagonist, while she is young she has endured a lot in her years: the death of her brother; the loss of her parents attention; heartbreaking loneliness; and the fall of the world as she knew it. With April the Prince's niece, she finds a new world of fantasy, dresses, makeup, and a way to forget and not feel for a while. This new world is the Debauchery club. There she meets a mysterious tattooed boy named Will she is instantly drawn to and who isn't as heartless as he initially seems. She also meets Aprils brother, a poet loving black sheep of the family Elliott, who runs the  Debauchery club and can give her the numbness that she so longs for. 

Relationships are forged with such care that I was totally immersed in this world the author has created. Ms Griffin did a wonderful job world building making it very easy to picture the devastating effects that are brought on by the dreadful plague that was unleashed on this world. Thanks to the Prince who controls everything, only the rich can afford the precious masks that may help them to survive. Arabys father a scientist and inventor seems to be the only hope in the bleak world in which they are forced to live.

The story that ensues is one that is filled with love, friendship, trust, betrayal, choices and hope.  There are so many twists and turns you may need to wear a seat belt when reading it ... I'm just saying :)

I absolutely adored Masque of the Red Death and whole heartily give it 5 Stars...
The ending left me breathless and certainly pining for the rest of the story, I will be waiting anxiously for the next installment in the series. 
 A special thank you to Nancy the Ravenous Reader for the loan :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Cover reveal of Cassandra Clare's 'City of Lost Souls' - USATODAY.com

How Exciting~!~ I adore this series and can not wait to find out what happens next!
Cover reveal of Cassandra Clare's 'City of Lost Souls' - USATODAY.com
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY
A new year means a new adventure for Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunters.The author continues her YA sci-fi/fantasy series The Mortal Instruments with the fifth book, City of Lost Souls, and here is the exclusive reveal of the cover for the novel that's hitting stores and e-readers May 8.
Clare has found a fervent fan base for the literary world she's created, with more than 5.5 million copies in print of her books. City of Fallen Angels, last year's fourth installment in the Mortal Instruments series that follows the relationship between heroes Clary and Jace, rose to No. 2 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list. And Clockwork Prince, the second in Clare's The Infernal Devices prequel series that was released last month, is currently at No. 38 on the list.
May is a while away, though, so for now check out this exclusive prologue from City of Lost Souls to whet your appetite:
Simon stood and stared numbly at the front door of his house.
He'd never known another home. This was the place his parents had brought him home to when he was born. He had grown up within the walls of the Brooklyn row house. He'd played on the street under the leafy shade of the trees in the summer, and had made improvised sleds out of garbage can lids in the winter. In this house his whole family had sat shivah after his father had died. Here he had kissed Clary for the first time.
He had never imagined a day when the door of the house would be closed to him. The last time he had seen his mother, she had called him a monster and prayed at him that he would go away. He had made her forget that he was a vampire, using glamour, but he had not known how long the glamour would last. As he stood in the cold autumn air, staring in front of him, he knew it had not lasted long enough.
The door was covered with signs—Stars of David splashed on in paint, the incised shape of the symbol for Chai, life. Tefillin were bound to the doorknob and knocker. A hamesh, the Hand of God, covered the peephole.
Numbly he put his hand to the metal mezuzah affixed to the right side of the doorway. He saw the smoke rise from the place where his hand touched the holy object, but he felt nothing. No pain. Only a terrible empty blankness, rising slowly into a cold rage.
He kicked the bottom of the door and heard the echo through the house. "Mom!" he shouted. "Mom, it's me!"
There was no reply—only the sound of the bolts being turned on the door. His sensitized hearing had recognized his mother's footsteps, her breathing, but she said nothing. He could smell acrid fear and panic even through the wood. "Mom!" His voice broke. "Mom, this is ridiculous! Let me in! It's me, Simon!"
The door juddered, as if she had kicked it. "Go away!" Her voice was rough, unrecognizable with terror. "Murderer!"
"I don't kill people." Simon leaned his head against the door. He knew he could probably kick it down, but what would be the point? "I told you. I drink animal blood."
He heard her whisper, softly, several words in Hebrew. "You killed my son," she said. "You killed him and put a monster in his place."
"I am your son—"
"You wear his face and speak with his voice, but you are not him! You're not Simon!" Her voice rose to almost a scream. "Get away from my house before I kill you, monster!"
"Becky," he said. His face was wet; he put his hands up to touch it, and they came away stained: His tears were bloody. "What have you told Becky?"
"Stay away from your sister." Simon heard a clattering from inside the house, as if something had been knocked over.
"Mom," he said again, but this time his voice wouldn't rise. It came out as a hoarse whisper. His hand had begun to throb. "I need to know—is Becky there? Mom, open the door. Please—"
"Stay away from Becky!" She was backing away from the door; he could hear it. Then came the unmistakeable squeal of the kitchen door swinging open, the creak of the linoleum as she walked on it. The sound of a drawer being opened. Suddenly he imagined his mother grabbing for one of the knives.
Before I kill you, monster.
The thought rocked him back on his heels. If she struck out at him, the Mark would rise. It would destroy her as it had destroyed Lilith.
He dropped his hand and backed up slowly, stumbling down the steps and across the sidewalk, fetching up against the trunk of one of the big trees that shaded the block. He stood where he was, staring at the front door of his house, marked and disfigured with the symbols of his mother's hate for him.
No, he reminded himself. She didn't hate him. She thought he was dead. What she hated was something that didn't exist. I am not what she says I am.
He didn't know how long he would have stood there, staring, if his phone hadn't begun to ring, vibrating his coat pocket.
He reached for it reflexively, noticing that the pattern from the front of the mezuzah—interlocked Stars of David—was burned into the palm of his hand. He switched hands and put the phone to his ear. "Hello?"
"Simon?" It was Clary. She sounded breathless. "Where are you?"
"Home," he said, and paused. "My mother's house," he amended. His voice sounded hollow and distant to his own ears. "Why aren't you back at the Institute? Is everyone all right?"
"That's just it," she said. "Just after you left, Maryse came back down from the roof where Jace was supposed to be waiting. There was no one there."
Simon moved. Without quite realizing he was doing it, like a mechanical doll, he began walking up the street, toward the subway station. "What do you mean, there was no one there?"
"Jace was gone," she said, and he could hear the strain in her voice. "And so was Sebastian."
Simon stopped in the shadow of a bare-branched tree. "But he was dead. He's dead, Clary—"
"Then you tell me why he isn't there, because he isn't," she said, her voice finally breaking. "There's nothing up there but a lot of blood and broken glass. They're both gone, Simon. Jace is gone. . . ."

Sunday, January 1, 2012

January 2012 Series Release Calendar

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
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