October 31, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (48) : The Originals & Spirit


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

The book I´m waiting this week is


The Originals by Cat Patrick
Release date: May 7th, 2013. 
A riveting new story from Cat Patrick, author of Forgotten and Revived.

17-year-olds Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey Best grew up as identical triplets... until they discovered a shocking family secret. They're actually closer than sisters, they're clones. Hiding from a government agency that would expose them, the Best family appears to consist of a single mother with one daughter named Elizabeth. Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey take turns going to school, attending social engagements, and a group mindset has always been a de facto part of life...

Then Lizzie meets Sean Kelly, a guy who seems to see into her very soul. As their relationship develops, Lizzie realizes that she's not a carbon copy of her sisters; she's an individual with unique dreams and desires, and digging deeper into her background, Lizzie begins to dismantle the delicate balance of an unusual family that only science could have created. 


Spirit (Elemental #3) by Brigid Kemmerer
Release date: May 2013
With power comes enemies. Lots of them.

Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He’s learned the hard way that his unusual abilities come at a price. And he can’t seem to afford any allies.

He’s up to his neck in hostiles. His grandfather, spoiling for a fight. The Merrick brothers, who think he ratted them out. Calla, the scheming psycho who wants to use him as bait.

Then there’s Kate Sullivan, the new girl at school. She’s not hostile. She’s bold. Funny. Hot. But she’s got an agenda, too.

With supposedly secret powers rippling to the surface everywhere around him, Hunter knows something ugly is about to go down. But finding out what means he’ll have to find someone he can trust...

Which book are you waiting this week?
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October 26, 2012

The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer


Title: The Time Paradox (Artemis Fowl #6)
Author: Eoin Colfer  
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release date: August 11th 2009

Rating: 4.5 / 5

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ARTEMIS FOWL, SAY HELLO TO ARTEMIS FOWL.

When Artemis Fowl's mother contracts a life-threatening illness, his world its turned upside down. The only hope for a cure lies in the brain fluid of the silky Sifaka Lemur. Unfortunately, the animal is extinct, thanks to the money-hungry deeds of a younger Artemis.

Though the odds are stacked against him, Artemis is not willing to give up. With the help of his fairy friends, the young genius travels back in time to save the Lemur and bring it to the present. But to do so, Artemis will have to defeat a maniacal poacher, who has set his sights on new prey: Holly Short.

The rules of time travel are far from simple, but to save his mother, Artemis will have to break them all...and outsmart his most cunning adversary yet: Artemis Fowl, age ten.

This is the sixth book in the Artemis Fowl series, if you have not read the series, you can read the reviews of the first book - Artemis Fowl, the second book - The Arctic Incident, the third book - The Eternity Code, the fourth book - The Opal Deception and the fifth book - The Lost Colony.

**May contain spoilers if you have not read the previous books **
The Time Paradox book is one of my favorites of the series, in this book we see a more vulnerable Artemis, not as in control of the situation as usual and willing to do anything to save the life of his mother (okay, he´s always willing to cheat, steal, lie, kidnap, etc. to get what he wants, but lately he has developed a conscience). His mother has a rare disease that affects only the fairies and can only be cured by the brain fluid of a lemur that died five years ago and that Artemis himself had a hand in the extinction of the lemur. So Artemis has to travel back in time and recover the lemur before it is exterminated. So now a 14 year-old Artemis will have to face a10 year-old  Artemis in order to save the life of his mother, which is not an easy task because ten year-old.Artemis thinks exactly like hem, but it's a little more devious.

In The Time Paradox Artemis is 14 year old and through the previous books we saw him grow emotionally, develop a conscience, leave his criminal past behind (or at least try), try to take into account the feelings people and trust on his friends and allies; so now he must face off against his younger self and that Artemis is a criminal mind, somewhat obnoxious and very similar in character as we knew it in the first book of the series, is not easy because Artemis 10 years only play dirty.

One thing I liked was that I could see in the memories of Artemis that was what triggered his change as a child to become a criminal that we met at the beginning of the series, obnoxious and unforgiving. And I could also see and compare the great change in Artemis´s character.

In The Time Paradox, Captain Holly Short returns to assist Artemis with his rescue mission. This pair get closer in this adventure and I´m intrigued about what is going to happen with them in the following books.

I really liked this book and feel it was more emotional than the others, but without losing what has characterized this series - the adventure and the humor. I loved The Time Paradox! is one of my favorites so far.

Favorites quotes:

He was not beaten yet - far from it. He intended to cross swords with his ten year-old self again just as soon he possibly could. If anything, the boy´s mocking speech had fueled his determination. Remember the pain? thought Artemis. I hate myself. I really do.
Had he always been this obnoxious? How tiresome. Little wonder people in general did not like him.
“I am charging you with the protection of my mother and friends, not to mention keeping my younger self off the Internet. He is as dangerous as Opal.”


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October 25, 2012

Book Cover Battle #27

This section or meme is call Book Cover Battle, the first time I saw it was at Books Passion for Life as UK vs US  and  Bookaholics book club as UK vs The World but because I don´t live in the UK, I can´t name it that way, so for now is Book Cover Battle .

This week book cover battle is

Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1) by Melina Marchetta
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AUS
Spanish

US (hardback)
US (paperback)

Indonesian
Turkish

German


My favorites are Australian cover and the Indonesian cover.

What do you think? Which is your favorite? 

October 24, 2012

The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer


Title: The Lost Colony (Artemis Fowl #5)
Author: Eoin Colfer
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release date: August 11th 2009

Rating: 4/5

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ARTEMIS FOWL HAS BECOME A DO-GOODER. ALMOST.

Demons are beginning to materialize without warning on Earth. If humans were to capture one, all fairies would be exposed. In order to protect themselves, the fairies must decipher complicated equations to determine where the next demon will appear. Not even the brilliant Foaly can make heads or tails of the formulas - but he knows someone who can: Artemis Fowl.

When a very confused demon imp appears in a Sicilian theater, Artemis is there to meet him. But he is not alone. Someone else has unlocked the secrets of the fairy world...and she is only twelve years old. Now, in a race against time, a newly reformed Artemis Fowl will have to dip into his bag of dirty tricks if he is to save his fairy friends from his latest nemesis, not to mention a power-hungry demon warlord who is poised to invade Earth's dimension with his savage army.

This is the fifth book in the Artemis Fowl series, if you have not read the series, you can read the reviews of the first Artemis Fowl, the second book The Arctic Incident, the third book The Eternity Code and the fourth book The Opal Deception .

**May contain spoilers if you have not read the previous books **

The story begins in Barcelona, Spain where Artemis and Butler are waiting for someone that should arrive in a few minutes, when the person doesn´t arrive Artemis and company decide to leave when suddenly appears out of nowhere a demon that takes Artemis to another time, but thanks to Butler and that he had a hand on Artemis´s shoulder and he is wearing a silver bracelet that anchors the, to the current time, so Artemis make it back in time, almost intact.

The plot of this book focuses on demons (relatives of the fairies) that over 500 years ago moved to another dimension, because they did not want to live underground as do the fairies, but now their world is unstable and is beginning to cast out demons around the world and this can expose the fairies to the human world. So Artemis will again join forces with Holly to once again save the faerie world from being exposed so they can continue living in secret from the human world.

Now fourteen year old Artemis is trying to become a better person and let his bad habit behind, his criminal ways. Something that I found funny is see Artemis fighting his teen hormones since apparently this distract him very much. This time his opponent is a twelve year old genius girl. Minerva wants to expose the faeries to the world and Artemis must stop her.

Artemis rubbed his temples. "It's this blasted puberty, Butler. Every time I see a pretty girl, I waste valuable mind space thinking about her."
The Lost Colony as usual in the Artemis Fowl series has action, adventure and has its funny parts and the friendship between Artemis and Holly grows even though the rest of the fairies remain distrustful of him. I really liked this book, I do recommended it. 

Waiting on Wednesday (47) : Level 2 & 'Til The World Ends


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

The book I´m waiting this week is


Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans
Release date:  January 15th 2013
In this gripping exploration of a futuristic afterlife, a teen discovers that death is just the beginning.

Since her untimely death the day before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in Level 2, a stark white afterlife located between our world and the next. Along with her fellow drones, Felicia passes the endless hours reliving memories of her time on Earth and mourning what she’s lost—family, friends, and Neil, the boy she loved.

Then a girl in a neighboring chamber is found dead, and nobody but Felicia recalls that she existed in the first place. When Julian—a dangerously charming guy Felicia knew in life—comes to offer Felicia a way out, Felicia learns the truth: If she joins the rebellion to overthrow the Morati, the angel guardians of Level 2, she can be with Neil again.

Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Felicia finds herself at the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. As memories from her life come back to haunt her, and as the Morati hunt her down, Felicia will discover it’s not just her own redemption at stake… but the salvation of all mankind.


'Til The World Ends by Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre, Karen Duvall 
Release date: January 29th 2013 
Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa
Before The Immortal Rules, there was the Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden—as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What’s worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends Ben Archer, she’s beginning to wonder if a global pandemic is the least of her problems...

Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre
After a catastrophic spill turns the country into a vast chemical wasteland, those who could afford it retreated to fortresses, self-contained communities run by powerful corporations. But for Mari Thistle, life on the outside—in the Red Zone—is a constant struggle. To protect her family, Mari teams up with the mysterious Thorne Goodman. Together, they’ll face an evil plot in both the underworld of the Red Zone and the society inside the fortresses that could destroy those on the outside... for good.

Sun Storm by Karen Duvall
Sarah Daggot has been chasing storms since she was a child. But after the biggest solar flares in history nearly destroy the planet, she becomes a Kinetic, endowed by her exposure to extreme radiation with the power to sense coming storms—in the cosmos and beyond. And she’s not the only one. Sarah believes the Kinetics are destined to join forces and halt the final onslaught of the sun. She’ll vow to keep trying to convince the one missing link in their chain of defense, the enigmatic Ian Matthews, up until the world ends.

Which book are you waiting this week?
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October 23, 2012

Cover Reveal: Shadow of the Mark by Leigh Fallon + Giveaway!

Shadow of the Mark (Carrier Trilogy #2) by Leigh Fallon
Release date: July 9th, 2013
Life for Megan Rosenberg just got a lot more complicated.

While she evoked the air element, and her feelings for Adam intensified, a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal was spun around her. With the Order tightening its hold, and the reinstatement of the Mark Knights, Megan has more questions than answers as the Marked Ones grow in strength.

New people arouse suspicion, the DeRises start behaving strangely, and Megan begins to unravel a destiny shrouded in mystery. It’s a destiny the Order has struggled to hide, and a destiny someone from the past… far in the past, has already laid claim to.

Alliances will be made, and friends will be lost, as the Order’s dark secrets are revealed by the very thing they sought to destroy.
Pre-order on Amazon | Book Depository

About the cover (from Leigh)
I know, there's no mistaking it. This is definitely a Carrier Series  cover, but that was the intention. After the amazing reception to the  cover of Carrier of the Mark, HarperCollins wanted Shadow's cover to  be instantly recognizable. And it is, but the new darker color palette  reflects the darker tone that this installment brings, and the pink  and purple really make it pop. I love it and think HarperCollins have  done another amazing job. I hope you like it too.


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About the Author
Bio

I started out life in South Africa. A year later my parents moved home to Dublin, Ireland. When I was older and realized my parents had moved me from exotic Durban, to sedate Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, I was rightly ticked off.

Giving up lions for sheep, I grew up in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains where I went to a convent school and had to contend with uniforms, gabardines, and nuns. When not dodging the beady glare of  the Sisters of Mercy, I was devouring every book I could get my hands on.

I traveled all over Europe while working in banking and treasury, but I gave up my calculator in favor of a keyboard and haven´t stopped writing since. My first book, Carrier of the Mark, was published by
HarperTeen in 2011.

Our home is in Cork in the south of Ireland, but we´re currently on loan to Massachusetts in the US where I continue to write books about  magic, ghosts, and romance, with a bit of Irish flavor.
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October 19, 2012

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa



Title: The Lost Prince (Call of the Forgotten #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: October 23rd 2012
Source: Netgalley
Format: egalley

Rating: 4.5 / 5

Buy it atAmazon | B&N | BookDepository

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

The Lost Prince is the first book in the series Call of the Forgotten, the spin-off series The Iron Fey.

The Lost Prince is just amazing! Julie Kagawa is an excellent writer, she bring us back to the world that I loved so much in The Iron Fey series. Ethan Chase has grown, he´s now 17 years-old, he had built a wall between the outside world and him and he doesn´t let anyone get close to him, so Ethan has no friends, appears to be a bad boy this to drive away to everyone, he´s cynical and treat people with disdain, but all this is to keep the other people safe from a dangerous world, a world that he can not escape - the world of the fairies.

Ethan is a angry boy, he lives with a lot of hatred, anger, resentment and fear towards the fey world and everything that has to do with it, he only wants to be left alone, but since they don´t, he must defend himself so he is an expert in Kali, a Filipino martial art that uses rattan, knives and swords ... Ethan and therefore is no longer a helpless child. Something that made me sad are the feelings he has for his sister Meghan.

The book is told from Ethan POV, the story begins with him attending a new school and there he meets Kenzie, a girl that is very persistent that even though Ethan try to scare her off, she does not take no for an answer, so they both end up in the Nevernever and trying to alert The Iron Queen of a new race of fairies that is causing havoc in the real world.

The Lost Prince have new characters including Kenzie, Kierran and Annwyl, but also return the main characters of the series The Iron Fey - Meghan, Ash, Puck and Grimalkin among others. From the "new" characters I really liked Kenzie and Kierran (he appears on The Iron Knight briefly); Kenzie is strong, loyal, determined ans stubborn. I loved Kierran (though not at the end), he is strong, with good sense of humor and funny (although not as much as Puck).

This book is addictive, it grabs you and will not let you go, it has a lot of action where Ethan he demostrates his fighting skills with swords and the rattan. And although there is not a cliffhanger, I can´t wait to read the next book, I want to know more about this new race of fairies and literally my jaw dropped when I found out the name of the next book, now I have to wait until September 2013 to read it .

This book is a must for fans of The Iron Fey series. Definitely a must read!

I want to thank Harlequin Teen and Netgalley for this review copy.


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October 18, 2012

Book Cover Battle #26

This section or meme is call Book Cover Battle, the first time I saw it was at Books Passion for Life as UK vs US  and  Bookaholics book club as UK vs The World but because I don´t live in the UK, I can´t name it that way, so for now is Book Cover Battle .

This week book cover battle is

Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman
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US
Spanish
UK (original)
UK (new)
German
Indonesian

French
Hungarian

My favorites are the Hungarian cover and the Indonesian cover.

What do you think? Which is your favorite? 

October 17, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (46) : Revolution 19


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

The book I´m waiting this week is


Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum
Release date: January 8th 2013
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Twenty years ago, the robots designed to fight our wars abandoned the battlefields. Then they turned their weapons on us.

Only a few escaped the robot revolution of 2071. Kevin, Nick, and Cass are lucky —they live with their parents in a secret human community in the woods. Then their village is detected and wiped out. Hopeful that other survivors have been captured by bots, the teens risk everything to save the only people they have left in the world—by infiltrating a city controlled by their greatest enemies.

Revolution 19 is a cinematic thriller unlike anything else. With a dynamic cast of characters, this surefire blockbuster has everything teen readers want—action, drama, mystery, and romance. Written by debut novelist Gregg Rosenblum, this gripping story shouldn’t be missed.

Don´t forget to enter my current giveaway here.

Which book are you waiting this week?

October 16, 2012

Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin



Title: Ashen Winter (Ashfall #2)
Author: Mike Mullin
Publisher: Tanglewood Press
Release date: October 16th 2012

Rating: 5/5

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Read the first chapters here.
**Contains spoilers if you haven´t read Ashfall**
It’s been over six months since the eruption of the Yellowstone super volcano. Alex and Darla have been staying with Alex’s relatives, trying to cope with the new reality of the primitive world so vividly portrayed in Ashfall, the first book in this series. It’s also been six months of waiting for Alex’s parents to return from Iowa. Alex and Darla decide they can wait no longer and must retrace their journey into Iowa to find and bring back Alex’s parents to the tenuous safety of Illinois. But the landscape they cross is even more perilous than before, with life-and-death battles for food and power between the remaining communities. When the unthinkable happens, Alex must find new reserves of strength and determination to survive.

It has been 10 months since the eruption of the super volcano in Yellowstone (as my copy was ARC, may have changes from final book), Alex and Darla lead a quiet and safe life on his uncle´s farm, until an event comes to change their lives and they decide to go looking for Alex's parents. They embark on a dangerous journey and even more difficult than that their trip months before and once again they will risk their lives.

Alex and Darla have grown as people and the love for each other also has grown (they often remind me of a marriage couple), they´re definitely not kids anymore even though Alex is 16 year old and Darla is 18 year old, they had to grow up and adapt to their new reality. I must say I didn´t like a particular decision that Alex makes during their trip, I was in shock and once I recover from it, I was angry at him (it was one of those times that you want to get into the book and shake him and make him see reason), but later I sort of understanding him, he´s softhearted and care about others. The book also introduces new characters, Alyssa and Ben (they´re siblings), and although the character Darla is my favorite of the trilogy (so far), the character of Ben is really great. Ashen Winter is seen from Alex´s point of view. 

Ashen Winter is a realistic post-apocalyptic novel, dark
thrilling, even more chilling, violent, and more action-packed than its predecessor Ashfall. It is simply AMAZING!. I love it! I highly recommend it.

Thank you very much to Tanglewood Press and NetGalley for providing this egalley for review.

October 15, 2012

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Journey.
Each week we spotlight the books we are reading, planning on reading or just finished reading.

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Finished reading


I´m currently reading


What I´m going to read next? 


What are you reading today?


Have a great week! 

Don´t forget to enter my current giveaway here.

October 14, 2012

October New Release Giveaway Hop - (INT)

October New Release Giveaway Hop
October 15 - 31, 2012

Win a book of you choice from the 9 books shown below. 
The giveaway is International.

Details
  • There will be one winner.
  • Win one (1) book of you choice from the 9 books (shown above).
  • You must be a follower via GFC.
  • International as long as Book Depository delivers to your country, check here.
  • Giveaway ends on October 31.
  • Winner will be announced on November 5 in this post.
WINNER: Aleksandra
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The winner have been notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond.

Thanks to everyone for participate.

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October 13, 2012

Stacking the Shelves (19)



Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga´s Reviews, which showcases the books we've purchased, won, borrowed and received in the mail.

These are the books in my shelves from the past 4 weeks.



BORROWED:
Demonios Personales (Personal Demons #1) by Lisa Desrochers (goodreads)

Thank you very much to Latin Books Tour for lend me this book.

BOUGHT
Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (goodreads)
Losing Lila (Lila#2) by Sarah Alderson (goodreads)

FOR KINDLE:
Between the lines (Between the lines #1) by Tammara Webber (goodreads)
Where you are (Between the lines #2) by Tammara Webber (goodreads)
Good for you (Between the lines #3) by Tammara Webber (goodreads)
 Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #1) by Bethany Griffin (goodreads)
Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi (goodreads)
Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid #1) by Richelle Mead (goodreads)

What books did you get?
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Deity Trailer and Apollyon Cover Reveal

Deity (The third book in the Covenant Series)
Available in both print and digital version on Nov. 6, 2012

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Official Deity Book Trailer 




Did you read an ARC of Deity and been dying to get your hands on Elixir, the novella told in Aiden’s POV and picks up right after the end of Deity? Well, you don’t have to wait any longer. The free novella is available now. DO NOT read Elixir if you have not read Deity. It will spoil Deity for you and not to mention, you will have no idea what is going on.

Elixir will be available in print. Kindle, and Nook formats on November 27, 2012.

Click HERE to read Elixir.

And we’re super excited to share the cover for the 4th book in the Covenant Series, Apollyon, which is due out April 2013.



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October 11, 2012

Book Cover Battle #25

This section or meme is call Book Cover Battle, the first time I saw it was at Books Passion for Life as UK vs US  and  Bookaholics book club as UK vs The World but because I don´t live in the UK, I can´t name it that way, so for now is Book Cover Battle .

This week book cover battle is

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews
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US
US special edition
Spanish
UK
German
Chinese

My favorites are the German cover and the Chinese cover.


What do you think? Which is your favorite?