Monday, November 30, 2015

December 2015 : Upcoming Events!


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December 1st: YA Review Forbidden by Eve Bunting
                               Book Births Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman 
                                                        Forbidden by Eve Bunting

December 2nd:
 Wishlist Wednesday #59

December 4-5th: Book Sale: New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY  - 
                                                                         ~3,000 books!
                                                        Will Library, Yonkers, NY  - 
                                                                         ~2,000 books!

December 6th: In My Mailbox #13

December 8th: Book Births - Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood 
                                                         Wandering Star by Romina Russell
                                                         The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill 

December 9th: Wishlist Wednesday #60

December 1oth: Bookish Birthday: Emily Dickinson
                                                   
December 14th: Cover Mania #15

December 15th: Book Births - Frozen Tides by 


December 16th:
 Bookish Birthday: 
Jane Austen

                                Wishlist Wednesday #61

December 19th: Bookish Birthday: Eve Bunting

December 20th: Spread the Word Sunday #4
                                 In My Mailbox #14

December 23rd: Wishlist Wednesday #62

December 24th:  CHRISTMAS EVE!!!
                                    Bookish Birthday: Stephenie Meyer

December 25th:  CHRISTMAS!!!

December 29th: YA Review Teardrop by Lauren Kate

December 30th: Wishlist Wednesday #63

December 31st: Bookish Birthday: Nicholas Sparks
                                 Best Books of 2015

*Book Sale info courtesy of Book Sale Finder*

Happy Reading!


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wishlist Wednesday #58


*Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper*



Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Publisher
HarperTeen 
Release DateFebruary 23, 2016
Pages: 368

The Story:

The kiss was just the beginning . . . The second book in Rhiannon Thomas’s epic retelling ofSleeping Beauty combines adventure, magic, and romance for a sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny.
Aurora was supposed to be her kingdom’s savior. But when she was forced to decide between being loyal to the crown and loyal to her country, she set events in motion that branded her a traitor.
Now, hunted by the king’s soldiers, Aurora’s only chance of freeing her kingdom from the king’s tyrannical rule is by learning to control her magic. But Aurora’s powers come at a price—one that forces her to leave the only home she’s ever known, one that demands she choose between the man she loves and the people she seeks to protect, and one that will cause her to unravel the mysteries surrounding the curse that was placed on her over a century before . . . and uncover the truth about her destiny.

-via Amazon



Meet the Author

Rhiannon Thomas is a recent graduate from Princeton University, where she studied English and Japanese, and smuggled bubble tea into the library on a regular basis. She now lives in York, England, in the shadow of a 13th century Gothic cathedral. As well as reading and writing YA fiction, she runs the blog FeministFiction.com, where she discusses TV, books, and all kinds of fannish things from a feminist perspective.

Want to see my entire Wishlist? Check it out on Amazon: Books I Dream About

Happy Reading!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Review : Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins




*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.


PublisherSourcebooks Fire 
Publication dateNovember 3, 2015
Pages: 336
Source: ARC

The Story:

Country clubs and garden parties. The last thing Cassandra wants is to spend the summer before her senior year marooned in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. Cass craves drama and adventure, which is hard when she just feels stuck.
But when a dreamy stranger shows up on her family's private beach, claiming that it is his property-and that the year is 1925-Cass is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making. As she searches for answers in the present, Cass discovers a truth that thrusts Lawrence's life into jeopardy. It won't matter which century he is from if he won't live to see tomorrow.
Desperate to save the boy who's come to mean everything to her, Cassandra must find a way to change history...or risk losing Lawrence forever.
"Until We Meet Again is tragically beautiful with twists you won't see coming."-Martina Boone, author of Compulsion and the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy
"A beach house, a mystery, and time-travel love make Until We Meet Again a romantic, engaging read."-Deb Caletti, National Book Award Finalist for Honey, Baby, Sweetheart.
- via Amazon
RatingTHREE Gold Stars!!!!


My Review

Read this book. Period. 
Until We Meet Again is a YA contemporary with a touch of fantasy and a dash of Nicholas Sparks' romance.

Opening Line:


Date: July 8.


Days at my mom and stepdad's new summer home: 22

Plot:


The premise of 
Until We Meet Again was highly fascinating. Modern girl from 2015 comes across a beach that allows her to fall madly in love with a gentleman from 1925. A love 100 years apart. Are they meant to be? Will they find a way to be together in the same year? Or is there a dark cloud hanging over their romance . . . ?


I want her back. It's more than I can bear. I'm exhausted from the desperate loneliness of waiting here, staring at the bushes, yearning for her to come.
And then, at long last, I hear the rustle of the branches. My heart leaps into my throat. I spring to my feet.
But it isn't Cassandra. - page 259

The pacing was just right. Not once did I feel bogged down by the movement of the story. The timing of the events, the growth of the story and its characters felt natural. As for the writing, not everyone writes as utterly fantastic as Lauren Destefano -- not even Stephenie Meyer, and she my #1 favorite author -- but Collins' writing is meaty, precise and real. Her story felt alive. I was emotionally investing in Until We Meet Again and the welfare of its characters.

I try to keep the swell of tears from spilling over, but it's no use. Setting my hand over his, I feel the ring between our palms. It cuts into me deeper than any blade ever could.
"I can't take it. It will break my heart. - page 313

Character Breakdown:

Cass Gordon - There is not much I can say about Cass' character ... or rather, want to say. I will let you get to know her on your own.

Lawrence Gordon - Dashing ... Dreamy ... Charming ... Artistic ... Need I say more?

"In my mind, you have come to embody those dreams," he says softly. "A girl from another time. Who only exists on one windswept beach. You're a poem, Cassandra. You're my poem."
He takes me my hand and presses it to his chest. My heart is pounding so hard I can barely breathe. - page 144


Cass' Mom - Where do I even start with Cassandra's mother . . .? Boy, did she get on my nerves. I have to say, I have not been this annoyed with a character's parent(s) since the parents in Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver. I mean, this woman would not let up! She would ground Cass for the dumbest crap, never wanted to hear a word or anything. Come on, the woman got mad because her daughter spent hours in the library, tried to force her daughter to be with a guy she did not want to be with, and pissed because she found out Cass spent time with another guy, for crying out loud. Every time there was a scene with her in it, I cringed through.


"Cass," Mom says, disapproval thick in her voice.
"There's some stuff I need to take care of. It's really important."
Brandon purses his lips. "I could go. I mean, if that's what you really--"
"That would be great."
"I don't think so," Mom says. She steps out of Brandon's line of sight and gives me a stern, why-are-you-being-so-rude look. "Brandon's been waiting almost an hour for you. Whatever you have to do can wait until tomorrow." 
"It actually can't."
"It can and it will." Now I'm getting the behave-or-you're-grounded look. - page 184

Meet the Author:






Renee Collins grew up on a beach in Hawaii. Sadly, she never met anyone from the past on those shores, but she did go on to get a degree in History, which is almost the same. She currently lives in Colorado with her family. Visit her at reneecollinsauthor.com.


***Check out Renee Collins' website for more information about her and Until We Meet AgainHERE





Happy Reading!



Sunday, November 22, 2015

In My Mailbox #12



*In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren which allows bloggers to share what books they bought/received each week.*


Hey Bookies! This week will be the twelfth time hosting In My Mailbox and I am so excited to share with you what I received in my mailbox recently.

Having said that, I honestly thought about not browsing Amazon for books since I try to go to a book sale every week or every other week ... but, well, I am but a mere mortal when it comes to books. Their power over me is unparalleled by my own willpower. Take a look below:





Purchased:

*If you're interested in the other books that are on my radar you can check out my Amazon Wishlist: Books I Dream About!

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wishlist Wednesday #57


*Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper*



Burning Glass by Kathyrn Purdie

Publisher
Katherine Tegen Books 
Release DateMarch 1, 2016
Pages: 512

The Story:

Red Queen meets Shadow and Bone in a debut fantasy about a girl forced to use her gift for sensing—and absorbing—other people’s feelings to protect the empire from assassins. Steeped in intrigue and betrayal, Burning Glass captivates with heartrending romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s quest for redemption. 
In Riaznin, it’s considered an honor for Auraseers like Sonya—girls with a rare form of synesthesia—to serve as the emperor’s personal protector, constantly scanning for feelings of malice and bloodlust in the court. But Sonya would rather be free.
After the queen’s murder and a tragic accident, Sonya is hauled off to the palace to guard a charming yet volatile new ruler. But Sonya’s power is reckless and hard to control. She’s often carried away by the intense passion of others.
And when a growing rebellion forces Sonya to side with either the emperor who trusts her or his mysterious brother, the crown prince, Sonya realizes she may be the key to saving the empire—or its greatest threat.

-via Amazon


Meet the Author

I am the author of Burning Glass, the first in a young adult fantasy trilogy, releasing in winter 2016 from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins.

My love of storytelling began as a young girl when my dad told me, in his own words, the story of To Kill a Mockingbird while we listened to the film score together. Enchanted, I began my own attempts at storytelling, which usually led to home video productions featuring my younger sister as the nerd or maid, while I reserved the role of the glamorous movie star or princess.

In high school, I focused on acting and won first place in monologues at a prestigious statewide Shakespearean competition. When I wasn’t on the stage, I spent my time composing sappy poetry and completing at least ten pages in my journal every night. My author dad edited my school papers and taught me the art of writing. I went on to study acting in college and at The Oxford School of Drama in England. (All that character analysis transferred nicely to writing!)

The writing bug bit me when I was in recovery from donating a kidney to my older brother. I found my old stash of short stories, and the inspiration for my first novel struck. I've been writing ever since. 

A lover of art in all forms, I also enjoy singing and playing the guitar. My husband is equally artistic. We keep ourselves busy raising three rambunctious and creative children.

Want to see my entire Wishlist? Check it out on Amazon: Books I Dream About

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Teaser Tuesday #9



Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just flip through your current read to a random page -- or not -- and share two teaser quotes from somewhere on said page.
This week my Teaser Tuesday quotes will be taken from my current read, Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins.

Teaser #1:


"I shrug, but I feel undeniably light inside at his compliment. We walk in comfortable silence. I steal another glance at him. He looks sharp in his slacks and linen button shirt with the sleeves rolled up to the elbows. That's probably as casually as they dress in the 1920s. His hair is feathered by the wind in a way that's effortlessly sexy. I swallowed hard." - page 78
Teaser #2:

"'I don't want you to worry any more than you already are.'

'Are you crazy? This is important. Tell me now, Lawrence.'

He scratches the back of his neck. 'We saw...a man being executed. Shot in the head behind the warehouse.'

Ice spreads through my chest." - page 207


What teasers are you sharing this week?

Don't forget to tell me in the comments or on twitter; @TheTatteredPage. You can also use #UntilWeMeetAgain on twitter if you're reading it! 

Happy Reading!
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Wishlist Wednesday #56


*Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper*



Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

Publisher
HarperTeen 
Release DateFebruary 9, 2016
Pages: 304

The Story:

Destiny and darkness collide in this romantic, sweeping new fantasy series from New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan.
Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok's lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna's survival depends on the world believing she is dead.
But that doesn't stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.
With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

-via Amazon



Meet the Author

Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows.


Want to see my entire Wishlist? Check it out on Amazon: Books I Dream About

Happy Reading!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Review : The Elite by Kiera cas




*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

PublisherHarperTeen 
Publication date: April 23, 2013
Pages352
Source: Own

The Story:

Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestseller The Elite is a must-read for fans of dystopian fiction, fairy tales, and reality TV. This second book in the bestselling Selection series will enchant teens who love Divergent and The Bachelor. The paperback also includes a sneak peek at The One—the thrilling third novel in the Selection series!
In America Singer’s world, a bride is chosen for the prince through an elaborate, televised competition. In The Elite, America is one of only six girls left in the running. But is it Prince Maxon—and life as the queen—that she wants? Or is it Aspen, her first love?
The Elite delivers the adventure, glamour, political intrigue, and romance that readers of The Selection expect, and continues the love triangle that captivated them.
- via Amazon
RatingTHREE Gold Stars!!!!

My Review

Tag Line:

35 girls came to the palace. Only 6 remain.

Opening Line:

The Angeles air was quiet, and for a while I lay still, listening to sound of Maxon's breathing.


Plot:


The premise of 
The Elite 
premise. In the sequel to The Selection, readers once again dive 300 years into the future in a far away land called 
IllĂ©a -- the United States with a prickly thong up her butt -- where society is divided into a strict caste system. In this land, there is a girl, America Singer, who has been selected to compete for the crowned Prince's, Maxon, hand in marriage . . . but there are a few snags to this fairy tale. 

The pacing was just right. I felt the angst, the tension ... I felt a part of the story. I was as part of the competition for Maxon as America. In 
The Elite, America finally admits to herself the feelings she harbors for Maxon and the truth about her and Aspen's relationship. And I was just as confused as America in trying to decided who she belonged with. Maxon or Aspen?

I weighed Maxon and Aspen in my heart over and over, and neither of them ever had a true edge. Except, maybe, when I was alone with one of them.

Cass' writing is not glorious but still, she knows how to invoke a fairy tale. The premise was great, the emotional turmoil and the love triangle was tastefully written. All in all, I definitely recommend The Elite to anyone who enjoys light, cute retellings of fairy tales.

Meet the Author:


Kiera Cass graduated from Radford University with a degree in History. She grew up in South Carolina and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her family. In her spare time, Kiera enjoys reading, dancing, making videos, and eating unhealthy amounts of cake. You can learn more about Kiera at kieracass.com, follow her on twitter via @kieracass, and see her silly videos at YouTube.com/user/kieracass.

***Check out Kiera Cass' website for more information about her and The EliteHERE

Happy Reading!


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