Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Teaser Tuesday: World After by Susan Ee

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

World After by Susan Ee.

World After – Skyscape

My sister’s face changes instantly from a blank slate to a growling animal as she snaps at the man. Her razor-grafted teeth flash as she moves, emphasizing the threat.
— Chapter 1

Paige and I are used to being stared at. I would just ignore it while Paige always smiled at the gawkers from her wheelchair. They almost always smiled back. Paige’s charm was hard to resist.
Once upon a time.
— Chapter 2

This series has the main title Penryn and the End of Days and considering the feeling one currently gets while entering the vicinity of any shopping outlet (or just attempting travel, but that might just be me – I have seriously bad karma when it comes to trains) I found this oddly fitting. Not because of the post-apocalyptic scenario, it has not come this far ... I hope. But the contrast of these angels with the angel-stores that are also in high demand at this time of year. I’m not very far into this second book at the moment but I hope that it will pick up a little on the plot side and clear up a few holes I noticed in book one. I think this could be a great scenario as the narration itself is already very good. There are only a few plot issues that could have used as little smoothing in book one, but maybe they’ll be covered in this second book. The beginnig makes me very optimistic that I’ll enjoy this.

This will be my last regular post of 2013 ... I’ll hopefully find the time during the holidays for a recap/best-of list like last year. In the meantime, let me wish you all a very merry Christmas if you celebrate it. Have a great week and please share what you are reading in the comments.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Teaser Tuesday: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown –
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The Ten Most Important Things To Bring To Coldtown

1. Cash and lots of it. You can barter for lots of things inside, but cash is still the most important tool for bribing guards and getting what you want. You’ve been saving up, right? Bring every last penny. It’s not like you’re coming back.
...
10. A buddy. Trust me, you’ll need one.
— Chapter 14



I promised myself a treat for my Christmas break. And then I decided to take a peek and see if there were any teasers to share within the first few pages. There would have been. I could have teased you from here to Sunday, but that would have meant putting down the book. This is a forced break at the beginning of chapter 14 because it’s a break in the narration as well and it also shows what you can expect from this book. I adore Holly Black’s writing and as you can see it sucked (pun sort of intended) me right in. Other people might suffer from insomnia, but I don’t think I’m fooling anyone.

Most likely this won't last until Christmas ... it’ll be a miracle if I don’t finish this by tomorrow. Share your teasers in the comments, I’ll be in need of something to last me on a 7+ hour train journey on Saturday. Happy Tuesday, and best wishes for your pre-Christmas week.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Teaser Tuesday: Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
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  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier.

Emerald Green –
Henry Holt and Co.

“The ground will soak up your blood!”
I had at least two smart retorts to these sinister words on the tip of my tongue. (Soak up my blood? Oh, come off it, this is a tiled floor.)
— Chapter 1

“Swear by your lives!”
Aunt Maddy was the only one to jump up and put her hand enthusiastically on her heart. The others were still hesitating. “Can’t we swear by anything else?” grumbled Lesley. “I’d have thought our left hands would do.”
— Chapter 4


There aren’t many translated books in English, especially not children’s books. I suppose one of the reasons is that English has such a high number of quality authors that publishers don’t feel the need to look for great stories in other markets. This is one of the few instances where a foreign book series was so persistent in wanting to get noticed that it somehow did. And translated by none other than Anthea Bell, no less (I’m book nerd enough to get excited about translators).So I actually got to read this final book in the Precious Stone trilogy a while ago, but this is one of the series I like to go back to and skim read for favourite scenes. And I dare you to read this and not want a pet gargoyle demon afterwards.

How are you holding up before Christmas? Have you met your reading goal for this year yet? Let’s hear from you in the comments and share your teasers for this week.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Teaser Tuesday: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead.

The Fiery Heart – Razorbill

“You’ve got a fortune here. This is platinum. Sell these and you’d have allowance for life. And all the records you want.”
“I’d sleep in a cardboard box before I sold those.”
— Chapter 1

“When he realized he couldn’t eat me, he got enraged and tried to snap my neck—but then I got a fireball out on him.” There was a gleam in her eye as she spoke, as though she were seeing the battle play out in front of her.
— Chapter 4


Maybe it’s because I’m sitting here in a cosy sweater and close to negative degrees outside, but I’m at the moment especially jealous of the Palm Spings setting. I can’t really be jealous of Sydney though, because even though she finally got the guy (or did  he get her?) she now has to struggle with her younger sister on top of everything else. This book seems to have a lot of Adrian chapters, which I hope will make him more relatable while not dispel the mysterious allure of him. So far I like being in his head and seeing his more vulnerable side. I liked him as a character in the Vampire Academy series (not as a partner for Rose, mind you) and I think he’s got some great character potential.

Would you rather see a story from both protagonists’ points of view or remain in the dark about the thoughts of one of them? Let’s hear from you in the comments and please share your teasers.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Teaser Tuesday: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa.

The Iron Traitor –
Harlequin Teen

When Keirran went back into the Nevernever, I knew I hadn’t seen the last of him. Still, I had no idea how entangled my life would soon become with his, and how he would be the catalyst…for the end of everything.
— Chapter 1

A thin, pale figure stood a few yards away, perched atop the wooden privacy fence surrounding the lot, silhouetted against the night sky. He stood in profile so that he faced me from the side, and one large, pale eye peered down at me from a narrow face.
— Chapter 8


Who doesn’t love a world-dooming prophecy to set the tone for a book series? Me, that’s who. Well, not really true ... because if it weren’t for that prophecy there wouldn’t be any Call of the Forgotten books to continue the story of a certain former winter prince (and his queen, of course) even if they’re mostly pretty decoration. The new cast is quite acceptable as well and I enjoyed the first book a lot. Maybe not as much as the original series, but I’m curious enough about the fate of the Nevernever and its inhabitants to keep reading. And dang it, I hope that prophecy is just you messing with your readers, Julie Kagawa! I like mind-bending prophecies quite a bit (hence my love for anything Percy Jackson), but at the moment I don’t see how this isn’t spiralling towards said “end of everything”.

What’s your take on prophecies in books? Do you try to figure them out before you continue reading or do you let the plot come at you? Share your thoughts and teasers in the comments.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s can’t wait to read selection is
Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Publication Date: May 6th 2014

Since You've Been Gone –
Simon & Schuster
The Pre-Sloane Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell. But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just ... disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try ... unless they could lead back to her best friend. Apple Picking at Night? Ok, easy enough. Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a Stranger? Wait ... what?

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Um ...
Synopsis from goodreads.com

Depending on how the book I just finished made me feel, I often turn to the opposite (even in the books I’m waiting for). My last book was absolutely teary, so this story is right up my alley with a cheeky voice and crazy tasks. Kissing a stranger, huh? I wonder how that’s going to work out for Emily.
The mystery of the missing friend gives it a bit of a sombre note, though. Could there be an innocent reason for Sloane to be gone like that? I doubt it, but I like the idea that by working through the to-do list, Emily might get closer to her friend.

Opposites attract holds true for me when choosing a book. How do you decide what to read next? Share your thoughts along with your waiting on choice.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Teaser Tuesday: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

The Book Thief –
Knopf Books for Young Readers



Trust was accumulated quickly, due primarily to the brute strength of the man’s gentleness, his thereness. The girl knew from the onset that Hans Hubermann would always appear midscream, and he would not leave.
— Page 15





I don’t often re-read books, mostly only parts I enjoyed, because my reading list is already so long and the day only has so many hours. This is clearly a re-read to find out if the “it’s not you, it’s me” explanation I gave the book the first time around was true. I first read The Book Thief when it was published in Germany in 2008 and I just wasn’t impressed. At all. I’m now re-reading it in English and have to admit that I’m a little puzzled at all the German words that are liberally strewn across the text. That’s definitely something I didn’t appreciate when I read the translation. Maybe I’m also a little more receptive to the text and writing style now that I’m not attending literary criticism classes and the impression of high school history with its constant WWII this and NS that has paled a little. At least I find that I’m enjoying it more the second time around, if you can call it enjoying. Was this new interest caused by the movie? Yes, in parts. I had already thought about a re-read because I knew that I hadn’t been the best reader the first time and the movie certainly is a good enough reason.

Mandatory question: Have you read the book and/or will you go to see the movie? Let’s hear from you in the comments.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: The Queen’s Choice by Cayla Kluver

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s can’t wait to read selection is
The Queen’s Choice by Cayla Kluver.
Publication Date: January 28th 2014.

The Queen’s Choice – Harlequin Teen
Magic was seeping out of me, black and agonizing. I could see it drifting away. The magic that would let me pass the Road to reach home again.

When sixteen-year-old Anya learns that her aunt, Queen of the Faerie Kingdom of Chrior, will soon die, her grief is equaled only by her despair for the future of the kingdom. Her young cousin, Illumina, is unfit to rule, and Anya is determined not to take up the queen’s mantle herself.
Convinced that the only solution is to find Prince Zabriel, who long ago disappeared into the human realm of Warckum, and persuade him to take up his rightful crown, Anya journeys into the Warckum Territory to bring him home. But her journey is doomed to be more harrowing than she ever could have imagined ...
Synopsis from goodreads.com

I have if I seriously think about it no idea where or when this book made its way onto my wait for publication list. But as I was scrolling through it just now this title came up as a not too distant release. But I’m not presenting this today because I couldn’t think of anything else ... that would be really sad ... but because I want know from you how many chances you give an author before you categorise them as not your cup of tea or read if available but don’t pick up specifically ... or something like that. The reason for this is for one that I read and sort of liked this author’s previous title Legacy yet I didn’t read the sequels. I felt that the book might have been better with a stronger editorial hand in tightening the story. And seeing that this new title is almost 200 pages shorter that might be the case. The writing was absolutely fine so I’ll be interested to see how the story-telling turns out in this one.

So let me know what you think about offering second/third/fourth chances along with your waiting on choice in the comments. Or just the book if you think I’m too nosy. :)

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Teaser Tuesday: The Night Itself by Zoë Marriott

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Night Itself by Zoë Marriott.

The Night Itself – Walker Books


Stealing the sword was a bad idea. I can’t pretend I didn’t realize that at the time.
— Chapter 1

He gave Shinobu a narrow-eyed look, as if he suspected him of somehow dragging me and Jack into a bad, nine-tailed vampire-cat-demon-hobnobbing crowd.
— Chapter 11



I finally got around to reading this first book in Mariott’s Name of the Blade series and was hooked from the first sentence. Not only is the story set in London, but there are myths and magic involved. Japanese myths and magic, which I know hardly anything about. I also cannot imagine which direction this book (or the series) will take and find that very refreshing.
From the characters I like Mio the most. She’s courageous, loyal, and witty. She keeps me on my toes, because I never know what she might do. There are so many questions I want answered. I want to know about the history of the sword, which started everything. About Mio’s father and grandfather. And naturally, about Shinobu. Who is he and why is he there?

Are you trying something new as well or making yourself comfortable with favourite authors this week? Leave us a comment and your teaser!

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s can’t wait to read selection is
The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler
Publication Date: April 15th 2014


The Forbidden Library - Kathy Dawson Books
Alice always thought fairy tales had happy endings. That--along with everything else--changed the day she met her first fairy. 
When Alice’s father goes down in a shipwreck, she is sent to live with her uncle Geryon--an uncle she’s never heard of and knows nothing about. He lives in an enormous manor with a massive library that is off-limits to Alice. But then she meets a talking cat. And even for a rule-follower, when a talking cat sneaks you into a forbidden library and introduces you to an arrogant boy who dares you to open a book, it’s hard to resist. Especially if you’re a reader to begin with. Soon Alice finds herself INSIDE the book, and the only way out is to defeat the creature imprisoned within. 
It seems her uncle is more than he says he is. But then so is Alice.
Synopsis from goodreads.com

Forbidden rooms are like pink elephants, you just have to think about them and in case of the room find out what’s inside. So I totally get why Alice sneaks off to see the forbidden library. I’d have done the exact same thing.
This middle grade story seems equipped to take the reader along for an adventurous ride as literally seen from between the pages. Especially considering the side effect to opening a book - falling into the story and having to fight oneself out again. (Considering the books I own, I think I’ll pass using that ability.) And who’s the arrogant boy and why is he allowed into the library? And does the talking cat start grinning manically, when asked a question? I’m definitely looking forward to The Forbidden Library turning out as magical as it sounds!

Did you ever (have to) sneak into a library like Alice? Tell us in the comments along with your waiting on choice!

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Teaser Tuesday: Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Sentinel – Spencer Hill Press

I really wanted to, because for him I’d do anything. Fight a horde of half-blood daimons? There. Tangle with ticked-off furies? Sign me up. Break a dozen or so rules for one forbidden kiss? Done. Open my eyes? Apparently that was asking too much.
— Chapter 1

I started to wave the scissors but decided I’d look pretty psychotic doing so. “I kind of don’t want to look like a weed whacker got hold of my head before meeting a bunch of people.”
— Chapter 6

The books of Jennifer L. Armentrout have quite a few qualities about them. One clearly is that you can open them on almost any page and find scenes that are entertaining yet also easily convey the atmosphere, characteristics of the protagonists, and overall situation. I really like her books for the lightheartedness in combination with tough action scenes and general greatness. I love nearly anything related to ancient myths so that works out neat for this series, but she makes it work with all of her books. Looking for quick fun reads that are well thought out and offer surprising takes on mythology and fun references to popular culture? You got it. Not saying much about this book since it’s the fifth and – I think – last in this series. Just this: how often do you get antagonists that you hate to hate? Even though I’m most decidedly Team Aiden.

Do you have a go-to author for fun/action books to pick you up? Let’s hear about them in the comments and share your teasers with us!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s can’t wait to read selection is
Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano
Publication Date: March 25th 2014

Nearly Gone - Kathy Dawson Books
Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother's job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone's skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn't trust: the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her. 
Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn't figure it all out soon—she'll be next.
Synopsis from goodreads.com

I'm a big fan of murder mysteries and thrilling books and Nearly Gone seems to be more than a regular thriller. Nearly's ability to taste emotion when brushing against someone's skin is a gift, I can't decide to be creeped out by or not. But I'm glad about this supernatural touch, as it gives the puzzle a further angle to be explored. Does this gift maybe connect to the barely readable line between the title saying "All the numbers add up to one killer … herself"? 
And then there's the bad boy doing undercover work for the police and I wonder if there is a romance angle and how it might be integrated in the dark atmosphere painted by the synopsis and the cover.

What's your take on the supernatural touch to the story? Do you think it makes the book more complicated? Share your opinion in the comments along with your waiting on choice!

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Teaser Tuesday: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
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  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Allegiant by Veronica Roth.

Allegiant –
Katherine Tegen Books

If someone offers you an opportunity to get closer to your enemy, you always take it. I know that without having learned it from anyone.
— Chapter 32

It’s not often you encounter the real person behind a good-natured mask, the darkest parts of someone. It’s not comfortable when you do.
— Chapter 42




Feel free to skip the following paragraph as it is a bit rant-y and if you haven’t witnessed the storm following the publication of Allegiant also confusing.
I made myself stay away from twitter the last few days following the sheer barrage of not only spoilers but also pure ugliness concerning this book. I stayed away a while longer and have stopped reading quite a number of feeds because of the reactions ... I hadn’t imagined that supposed fans could respond in such a way just because they didn’t get what they expected. Not what they wanted, but demanded, and felt entitled to. One of the reviews I read calls the author brave for ending the series this way. I think that no author should feel that they need to be brave to write their story, because that means that there are reasons to be afraid ... it makes me feel sad that there should an aspect of fandom that inspires fear. Just because this is YA doesn’t mean that certain things are a guaranteed outcome. And if readers feel disillusioned or sad then that’s okay. What is not okay in any way is if this turns into anger against the author. Yes, many authors today are in some capacity available on the Internet and make the time to talk to their readers. This sort of one-sided anonymity gives certain types the courage to direct their anger at the author. Would they walk up to them in public and tell them that they hate the book? The author? Threaten their life? This is a whole can of worms that I don’t really want to open. At the end it is a book and if you don’t like the end then you’ll have to deal with it. The author is not your personal writing slave and what is a right and good end for you is not what everyone else would want for a story. Life is not a wish-granting factory and neither is fiction.
Did I enjoy the book/like the end? I’m still undecided. I understand why it ended how it did and it feels true to the characters and the story. On the other hand I haven’t quite figured out when or where the trilogy as a whole may have taken a turn that took it in a direction I wasn’t quite imagining at the end of Divergent. Maybe already in Insurgent. I still think that the scenario is interesting and that the characters are great, but as a whole I might have expected and prepared myself for something different. And this might also be why some readers reacted the way they did to this final book, because they encountered a scenario they weren’t expecting at all. This is just speculation since I stopped reading any of the tirades. I think a re-read of the complete series with the knowledge of the frame will yield quite a few surprises. But not in the near future as I don’t think I could take it. Because what this book does amazingly well is make you feel and experience things. And ultimately this is what good fiction is about in my opinion: not making you happy or feel good, but making you feel something and enjoy the time you spent reading it (because you chose to read rather than doing anything else after all). And those things are certainly true for me.

Chime in about reader expectations, author availability or your thoughts about this book (without spoiling the end). Share your teasers in the comments!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Alienated by Melissa Landers

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s can’t wait to read selection is
Alienated by Melissa Landers
Publication Date: February 4th 2014

Alienated - Disney Hyperion
Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.
Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.
Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.
But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.
Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.
Synopsis from goodreads.com

I love word plays and the title of this book seemed multi-facetted, so I’ve taken a closer look and was surprised by the synopsis. I believe that extraterrestrial beings wouldn’t come for our tea and cookies, but the cover paints a pretty peaceful picture and Alienated seems go beyond all that with anti-alien paranoia and a deeper meaning to the simple student exchange.
What is more, I’m curious about the differences and similarities between L’eihrs and humans. If the DNA is closely related, where does the difference set in? And where do they come from? Also, I’m looking forward to watch Cara and Aelyx getting to know each other, to finding out about their respective cultures firsthand.

In my opinion, the extraterrestial streak in this book makes it all the more intriguing. Would the alien topic be a bonus for you as well? Share your thoughts and the books you’re curious about this week!

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Teaser Tuesday: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.

Crown of Midnight –
Bloomsbury Childrens

It took one look at the mostly melted candle on her nightstand to know that her encounter in the tomb hadn’t been some awful dream. Which meant that far beneath her room, there was a talking door knocker imbued with an ancient animation spell. And that Elena had yet again found a way to make her life infinitely more complicated.
— Chapter 7

She’d learned the only skills that could keep her safe. To escape death, she’d become death.
— Chapter 38



I am not currently reading this book for the very simple reason that once I sat down to read it I only stopped when I finished it ... and I can only urgently ask you, if you haven’t read Throne of Glass to get your hands on a copy and start reading this amazing series. This sequel will turn everything you thought you knew about this world right up on its head. It will open completely new vantage points, confirm a few suspicions, give you a dose of what you wanted to happen since the beginning of book one, and then it will lovingly plunge the (metaphorical) dagger into your back and twist. The writing is fast-paced and very visual (at points not for the squeamish) and the plot is definitely well-structured and not at all average. I had my suspicions about one or two things but others were surprising (yet not unreasonable if I think back on the clues that were hidden in the text). Very rewarding to read and I want more! Waiting for publication dates still isn’t my forte ... you’d think that I would get better at that, but no such luck.

Have you just breezed through a book you were anticipating for quite a while? Did it meet your expectations and are you now waiting for the next book again? Let’s hear from you in the comments!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s can’t wait to read selection is
This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready.
Publication Date: April 1st 2014.

This Side of Salvation – Simon Pulse
Everyone mourns differently. When his older brother was killed, David got angry. As in, fist-meets-someone-else’s-face furious. But his parents? They got religious. David’s still figuring out his relationship with a higher power, but there’s one thing he does know for sure: The closer he gets to new-girl Bailey, the better, brighter, happier, more he feels.
Then his parents start cutting all their worldly ties in to prepare for the Rush, the divine moment when the faithful will be whisked off to Heaven…and they want David to do the same. David’s torn. There’s a big difference between living in the moment and giving up his best friend, varsity baseball, and Bailey—especially Bailey—in hope of salvation.
But when he comes home late from prom, and late for the Rush, to find that his parents have vanished, David is in more trouble than he ever could have imagined...
Synopsis from goodreads.com

Religion is probably one of the most difficult topics to tackle in literature, especially if it’s not a side-topic and not your standard big general belief thing. I can’t actually explain what makes me want to read this book so much, apart from my love for the author's character building skills (you have met Aura from Shade, right?) and I really want to see how David will present himself and how he will deal with whatever curve ball is heading his way. And I mean if you miss out on whatever salvation is supposed to happen to you and your family and it looks like it really happened that is definitely something worth thinking about. Plus, well ... if you know Jeri Smith-Ready at all ... you know what I’m talking about. Even if there will neither be Irish nor Scots in this book.

Name the book(s) you’re stoked about this week in the comments. And let us know if you’d pick up a book on a touchy subject like religion.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Teaser Tuesday: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan.

The House of Hades –
Disney Hyperion Books

They needed to get to a place called the House of Hades (or Pluto, as the Romans called him; or as Hazel liked to think of him: the World’s Worst Absent Father).
— Page 5

She laughed, and the sound sent a shock wave through the water. The wailing faded to background noise. Annabeth wondered if anyone had ever laughed in Tartarus before—just a pure, simple laugh of pleasure. She doubted it.
— Page 39



The House of Hades is the fourth in the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan, and it won’t be the last. There’s a cliffhanger to work with from book three and the sense of foreboding that something bad will happen. Two characters trying to find a way out of Tartarus does seem to merit the thought.
The group of demigods is separated. Percy and Annabeth are trying to find the Doors of Death from the inside and the others do the same on the outside. Naturally there’s a prophecy involved and it doesn’t sound good. But as long as there’s hope and laughter – and the occasional godly help – they stand a chance of succeeding. I’m crossing my fingers and reading on.

Which series would you never turn your back on, even if you constantly feared for the characters? Sound off in the comments!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: After the End by Amy Plum

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s can’t wait to read selection is
After the End by Amy Plum.
Publication Date: May 6th 2014.

After the End – Harper Children’s

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.
Synopsis from goodreads.com

It’s finally got a cover! And look at that beauty. (Yeah, after involuntarily learning that beauty is not in the eye of the beholder but rather in some ways genetically pre-programmed ... or so some scientists believe ... I’m not sure if I’ll be odd for calling this beautiful or if others will agree because of our genetic mark-up.) But I digress. I think the cover is stunning and compellingly different from the majority of designs you see out there. I’ve been super excited about this book ever since Amy started talking about it. I know that the writing will at least be just as amazing as with the Revenants and I can’t wait to see her take on a supposedly post-apocalyptic scenario. Or surprisingly not-so-post-apocalyptic but still totally messed up. All very mysterious and exciting.

Any thoughts on the beauty subject? If you want, check out the TED talk that inspired that tangent. But definitely let us know about your most anticipated book of the week as we’d most assuredly want to know about those.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Teaser Tuesday: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Teaser Tuesdaysis a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

A Monster Calls – Walker Books

The monster showed up just after midnight.
As they do.
— Page 11

The monster looked at him quizzically. How strange, it said. The words you say tell me, you are scared of the berries, but your actions seem to suggest otherwise.
“You’re as old as the land and you’ve never heard of sarcasm?” Conor asked.
— Page 59


Julika showed me A Monster Calls in a bookstore and I was so impressed by its story and its exceptional black and white illustrations, I had to get it for myself.
The book tells the story of a very special monster and a boy. This monster wants the truth, something that is not so easy to give for thirteen-year-old Conor. I’m not yet far enough into the story to understand why it is after the truth, or how it goes about getting what it wants. It might even take a while until I know, because I’m savouring every page and taking my time reading it.

Which books are you taking your time with? Tell us in the comments along with your teaser.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s can’t wait to read selection is
To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Publication Date: April 22nd 2014

To All The Boys I've Loved Before -
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers


To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.
Synopsis from goodreads.com 




If someone had sent the letters to my crushes, I'd probably go into hiding. ;) Funnily enough, when I can read about this disastrous situation, my curiosity lifts its head and sniffs around. The reactions are what truly interests me. What will the boys do? Is there one who maybe returns the feelings, but never had the nerve to speak up? Is there bad blood or will there be one who laughs at her feelings? I'd never want to step into Lara Jean's shoes, but I sure want to read about her handling this situation well.

Are there some books, where you're fascinated by the main character handling a difficult situation but wouldn't want to trade places with him or her? Leave us a comment along with your waiting on choice.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Teaser Tuesday: Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George.

Tuesdays at the Castle –
Bloomsbury

“No one hates you,” her sister, Lilah, said soothingly.
“But you do have a tendency to bounce.”
“There’s nothing wrong with bouncing,” Celie insisted.
— Chapter 2

“My room should be right here,” Lilah said, frowning.
“It keeps showing me this room,” Celie said, pointing
up the stairs to the Spyglass Tower. “I’m starting to wonder
if it’s important.”
— Chapter 5



When I was younger, I always wanted a house that would grow rooms and turrets just to my liking. I never really wanted to be a princess, though, so it’s possibly just available as a package deal ... I’m not that far along in the book yet, I’m currently reading what feels like six books at the same time in preparation for an event next week. However, out of the books I’m reading and which I can already talk about, this seems to be one of the sweeter and more charming ones. I’m looking forward to reading more of this, I enjoy the writing a lot and especially the younger princess as the main protagonist. I feel that there is a lot of potential in this spunky character and I hope to see her develop quite a bit in the course of the story.

What are you reading this week? Is one (or are more) of your protagonists on a major journey of personal growth? And if at all possible, take some time to bounce today, because there’s nothing wrong with bouncing at all.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s can’t wait to read selection is
Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
Publication Date: January 7th 2014

Being Sloane Jacobs - Delacorte
Meet Sloane Emily Jacobs: a seriously stressed-out figure-skater from Washington, D.C., who choked during junior nationals and isn’t sure she’s ready for a comeback. What she does know is that she’d give anything to escape the mass of misery that is her life.
Now meet Sloane Devon Jacobs, a spunky ice hockey player from Philly who’s been suspended from her team for too many aggressive hip checks. Her punishment? Hockey camp, now, when she’s playing the worst she’s ever played. If she messes up? Her life will be over.
When the two Sloanes meet by chance in Montreal and decide to trade places for the summer, each girl thinks she’s the lucky one: no strangers to judge or laugh at Sloane Emily, no scouts expecting Sloane Devon to be a hero. But it didn’t occur to Sloane E. that while avoiding sequins and axels she might meet a hockey hottie—and Sloane D. never expected to run into a familiar (and very good-looking) face from home. It’s not long before the Sloanes discover that convincing people you’re someone else might be more difficult than being yourself.
Synopsis from goodreads.com

After reading so much about monsters, mythology and magic lately, this book is a nice change for me. It sounds perfect for cold winter evenings spent reading in an armchair. It also has the added bonus to remind me of a childhood tale by Erich Kästner: "Lottie and Lisa" (only without the twin factor). I guess it is normal to wonder what it would be like to step into another's life. Will it be better and more fun than the life you leave? Both Sloane girls seem to think so at first, but naturally there are complications on the way. :) I'm looking forward to see how they master the complications and their life in the end.
Which are your winter reads? Leave us a comment with your waiting on-choice.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Teaser Tuesday: Ethan’s Voice by Rachel Carter

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Ethan’s Voice by Rachel Carter.

Ethan’s Voice – Scholastic

He didn’t want to think about her, but he couldn’t help it. She was trapped inside his head, like a butterfly in a jam jar.
— Chapter 3

“Ethan,” said Polly. “Do you ever get lonely?”
He shook his head. But then he thought about it. He hadn’t felt lonely before Polly arrived. He’d had Mum and Dad. But now Polly was there and he liked having a friend to explore with.
— Chapter 7

This is a quiet book. Not for the reason that the title character doesn’t speak, but because it’s not characterised by it’s action sequences and loud scenes. This book is, in fact, very much the opposite in that what makes it stand out are the carefully nuanced silences and quiet acts of bravery. Not your customary acts of bravery, but rather the ones that for the most part go unnoticed and unacknowledged because we take them for granted. For most of us, it’s easy to speak up, raise our voice, make sure that we are heard. But what if for whatever reason we lose your main means of communication? Or rather: Will others still be able to hear us when we no longer speak? I haven’t yet found out what it is that made Ethan give up talking, but I already know that this is beautifully written and quietly brilliant. It’s a book you need to be in the mood for as it’s not an easily-accessible comfort-read. But if you decide to pick it up, you’ll get a sensitive, charming, rich, and very inspiring story of friendship and bravery that is not as simple as we might think.

What kind of book have you picked up this week? Do you need to switch up the “loudness” between books to recharge? Share your views in the comments and let us know about your teasers.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Half Bad by Sally Green

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s can’t wait to read selection is
Half Bad by Sally Green.
Publication Date: March 25th 2014.




Half Bad – Viking Juvenile


In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and fifteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his sixteenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch—or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust—not even family, not even the girl he loves?
Synopsis from goodreads.com

This book has been billed as a big book by several publishers, snatching impressive international deals and generally causing quite a bit of a commotion. And I must say the synopsis sounds amazing. Brevity is the soul of wit and in this case it’s also curiosity-inspiring. The cover in its complex simplicity is a stunning piece of art. This could have been a really gendered or generic cover and I could hug whoever is responsible for it that it isn’t. Penguin is doing amazing things with their YA titles. I have the highest of hopes for this book and can’t wait to read it.

How far in advance are you usually aware of books you want to read? Let’s hear from you in the comments.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Teaser Tuesday: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake.

Antigoddess – Tor Teen

Hermes sighed. “A few hours. Everything used to be so much easier. Do you remember when I could fly?”
She laughed. “Of course I remember. It isn’t easy to forget someone running all over the place like the damned Flash. It was pretty geeky, frankly.”
— Chapter 2

“What? What are you looking at?”
“I’m not sure. To be honest, you aren’t quite what I expected. I thought you’d be taller. Or that you’d be sparkling.”
— Chapter 11

This book is addictive. If life didn't demand attention, I would probably read the whole day and despair the night, because the next book doesn't come out until 2014.
Meeting all these characters however is worth it. My favorites are Athena and Odysseus, but I quite like Cassandra as well. Looking at her history, I'm torn between fear and hope for her. Maybe history doesn't have to repeat itself? Odysseus however is the cocky adventurer with a soft heart I always fall for in books. ;)
Because they are slowly dying, the gods are either more human than I've seen before, or very much the opposite. In Athena's case it's fascinating to read about her doubts and thoughts, when until now I only knew her depicted as aloof and above it all.

Have you grabbed an addictive read as well this week? Leave us a comment and your teaser!

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s can’t wait to read selection is
Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano
Publication Date: October 1st 2013


Perfect Ruin -
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan's older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil. 
Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose.
Synopsis from goodreads.com. 

Perfect Ruin is the first book in the Internment Chronicles. Nonplussed at first by the contradictory title, I took a closer look at the synopsis: An ordinary girl in a boring world is investigating a murder on a floating island. I'd say that sounds quite life changing for the girl and exciting to me. :) Funnily enough, I took an instant liking to the names and can't help thinking that they have a special meaning. I am looking forward to see how DeStefano builds up a world in the clouds where no one knows about the ground, and wonder where the story will lead. 

Which series would you like to start reading right now? Tell us your thoughts in the comments along with your waiting on choice. 

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Teaser Tuesday: Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan.

Untold – Simon & Schuster UK


I thought finding a story would be like bird-watching in the Vale woods, waiting for bright eyes and a burst of wings. I thought it would be like finding gold.
It wasn’t like that at all.
— Chapter 1

“I’ve looked at the Crying Pools,” Holly told her, staring at the ground. “I won’t be useful.”
— Chapter 9


I’m still coming to terms with the cover design ... I seriously loved the original cover of Unspoken but I don’t get to decide. That and the whole don’t judge a book by its cover thing. Which I wouldn’t do in this case anyway because of the author printed on said cover, so it probably could have been plain cardboard. I have missed Kami's voice. I think she is one of the most distinctive narrators and focal characters who are out and about in YA at the moment. Starting this book so far has felt like picking up a phone call with a friend that got violently interrupted (aka end of book one) about a year ago. I still have THE FEAR, because I suspect several things that will make this a deliciously torturous read. I also broke my rule of not reading this when I have to work the next day... but I have the great advantage that my colleagues understand when I explain the slightly worse for wear appearance with “Great book, sleep is overrated, too many feels.”

Are you reading a book you have been waiting for? Or have you spontaneously picked up something? Share your teasers with us in the comments.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s can’t wait to read selection is
Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
Publication Date: October 1st 2013

Unbreakable -
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me. 
When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night. 
Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.
Synopsis from goodreads.com 

The synopsis sounds very straightforward - girl finds out about paranormal world and teams up with others to destroy a demon and probably rescue the world. Knowing Kami Garcia however, it won't be that simple. And I'm very happy about that.
I was captivated by the Beautiful Creatures series Garcia wrote with Margareth Stohl and I'm looking forward to see how she fares on her own. The synopsis doesn't tell too much and the title is intriguing, for I can't imagine how it fits the story. However, what captures me most is the cover, with its fire-illuminated face and the one eye staring at the onlooker. It's a bit creepy and quite fascinating, exactly how I would like this book to turn out.

How do you feel about authors with more than one series? Do you expect the story lines and characters to be similar or maybe not similar enough? Share your thoughts and waiting on choice in the comments.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Teaser Tuesday: The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston.

The Rules for Disappearing –
Disney-Hyperion


I’m afraid he’s either one step from calling bullshit on my whole existence or asking me out on a date. Neither good.
— Chapter 7

I stop in the middle of the sidewalk—footsteps behind me. I turn around quickly and branches on a bush next to the sidewalk shake and there’s a snapping noise like someone stepping on dead leaves.
— Chapter 11


I’m not a hundred percent sure what to make of this one yet. And I’m already more than halfway through. Usually, this tells me that I most likely won’t find what I was looking for in the second half of the book either. But in some way, I’m still curious enough to find out what is happening to this girl and her family to keep reading ... Granted the concept isn’t the invention of the wheel, but the characters are likable enough and the writing is humorous but not overly trying to be hip. Although I sometimes wonder what a shallow person the girl must have been before everything happened to her.

Is the main character of your book a likable one? What makes you continue reading apart from a story's characters? Sound off in the comments and let us know about your teasers.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s can’t wait to read selection is
Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel
Publication Date: March 2014
Daughter of Chaos - Month9Books
Witches must choose the path they will follow, and Darlena Agara is no exception. She’s been putting it off long enough, and in her case, ignoring it has not made it go away. In a moment of frustration, Darlena chooses to follow Red Magic, figuring she had outsmarted the powers that be, since there’s no such thing as Red Magic. But alas, Darlena’s wrong (again) and she becomes a newly declared Red Witch. 
Her friends are shocked and her parents horrified by the choice Darlena has made. As a Red Witch, she now governs one third of the world’s chaos. She is the walking personification of pandemonium, turmoil, and bedlam, just as the patrons of Red Magic would have it to be. 
But Darlena believes there must be more to Red Magic than chaos and destruction, and she sets out on a journey to achieve balance. Only doing so puts her at odds with the dark goddess Hecate, who simply will not allow Darlena to quit. She encourages Darlena to embrace who and what she is and to leave good magic to the good witches. If only Darlena could, life would be simple, and she would not be the Daughter of Chaos.
Synopsis from goodreads.com 

I've just seen an excellent display of a witches' power in Wicked and don't seem to be able to swerve off topic today. :) Daughter of Chaos sounds compelling. How do you govern chaos? And doesn't there have to be some balance in a person to be able to do so? 
Moreover I wonder what Hecate's position is in this story and which mythology she represents here. I'm fascinated by the goddess and have only seen her in a few books before. Is she good or bad here, when she encourages Darlena to embrace being a Daughter of Chaos? 

Which books are you waiting on this week? Leave us a comment.