WoW: VENGEANCE ROAD

SADDLE UP, COWGIRLS

It’s time for another Waiting on Wednesday, an event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This week I’ve chosen a book very close to my heart (or it will be, as soon as I read the whole thing) written by the talented Erin Bowman, it’s the story of revenge, riding, and ruffians in the Ole’ West, hitting the shelves September 1, 2015. Here it is, folks:

*CUE WILD WEST STANDOFF MUSIC* 

(that cover, guys)

HERE’S THE SUMMARY

     When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.      In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation. 

HERE’S WHY I’M PUMPED

Yeah, I’m a cowgirl at heart. I have been since I knew what a horse was. YA doesn’t have enough of this- the Wild West revenge story that features a fierce heroine who does things without the approval of a man and without worrying over every step. Kate’s not an outgoing cheerleader decimated by a terminal illness, she didn’t suddenly realize the virtues of the nerd who has cancer, and she’s not pining over the captain of the football team or the bad boy who has a heart of gold. She’s tough, she’s fearless, and she’s not mopey. Thank GOD she’s not mopey. Am I the only one who gets tired of every MC girl having at least a chapter where she mourns the time when life was simpler in a series of cutesy flashbacks? There’s a time and place, but there’s simply not enough of this type of book- an adventure story ripped from a history book, a dangerous chase through the wilds of the old west.

Okay, and as mentioned, Erin Bowman is awesome. She’s got enough twang in her writing to make it believable, but not so much that it overpowers the story (as mentioned in the Author Spotlight this week). As a proud member of the Vengeance Road Posse (see that awesome button over on the right?) I can tell you that what she’s released to us, her street team, makes me absolutely drool to get my next fix. I really don’t know what I’m going to do when it’s all said and done- I can’t think of any books I’m this excited for and that I’m this involved in promoting/loving/thinking about. We’ll see when September 1st passes us by whether I’m in a state of lonely despondency without a posse to rally with.

So, everyone, saddle up and get ready for vengeance!

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WoW: MAXIMUM RIDE: FOREVER

-CUE PATHETICALLY GIRLISH SQUEAL-

It’s Waiting On Wednesday once again, my friends! And this week is featuring a book very close to my heart. I’ve followed this series from the time I was ten years old, and when I discovered this series, I pre-ordered every book and read the entire thing the day it arrived. Three years ago, I thought I had read the last book in the series. And yet, in just two weeks, the ninth and final book will show up at my doorstep for me to devour. Here it is:

Did you hear that? That’s the sound of me squealing like a tween upon meeting Justin Bieber. I can’t emphasize accurately how much I adored these books, how devastated I was with the conclusion of the series, and how elated I am now to anticipate this newest (and final?) book in the Maximum Ride saga. I haven’t even read the summary on goodreads- I don’t want to spoil ANYTHING before I crack open the cover on this beauty. I can tell you that it will be released on May 18th, and It will also be sent to my house on that day, but that’s all. And I don’t even care- I’m going to read it and love it and It. Will. Be. Awesome. You can tell that I loved it from my review of Magonia, where I commented on how much I wanted that to be my life. Tween probs should be my hashtag, and I apologize for how lame I sound in this post.

So check it out, see if you like it, and if you loved Maximum Ride too, let me know! I’d love to chat!

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WoW: THE LEVELLER

WAIT FOR ITTTTTT…..

It’s Wednesday! And you know what that means: another book on my to-read list! I’m trying to pick books that aren’t too far off so if you think they sound good you won’t have to wait long, and here’s this week’s pick, coming to our shelves June 23, 2015:

Cool cover, right?

OFFICIAL SUMMARY:

Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. Her job? Dragging kids out of virtual reality and back to their parents in the real world. It’s normally easy cash, but Nixy’s latest mission is fraught with real danger, intrigue, and romance.

Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she’s a bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleeplike state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them.

But when the game’s billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn’t some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. And he’s left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn’s not hiding—he’s being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why?

Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they’ve encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real?

WHY I’M EXCITED:

First of all, the names. Nixy and Wyn? THOSE NAMES ARE SO COOL AND THEY SOUND AWESOME TOGETHER. (Yes, that was internet shouting, sorry.) And this Nixy girl sounds super, super cool. I’m a huge fan of this genre- real-life video games that turn deadly? YES, please! I loved Jen Alexander’s book The Aftermath that was released last year, but this one sounds even better. With a little bit of gaming romance, this one os shaping up to be a real winner.

Questions? Comments? Books you’d like me to review? Post a comment below and I’ll be sure to check it out!

WoW: AFTER HOURS

I’M DOING A LOT OF WAITING

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post about a book you’re excited for, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. If this is my first post since last week’s WoW, I sincerely apologize- I’m almost done with a book, but I’ve been forced to do a lot of family things the past few days and haven’t had a lot of time to read between that and working. But I’m trying to be faithful to you at least once a week, my dear (few) readers, and here’s this week’s pick, coming to us June 16 of this year.

OFFICIAL SUMMARY:

     Isa, Xavi, Peter, and Finn know that a job at the high-end Waterside Cafe isn’t just about waiting tables. It’s about the gossip, the hook-ups, the after-hours parties and, most of all, it’s about Tips.
Tips–the high-stakes game based on dares. Whoever completes the most dares wins the collected money. A sum that could change a wasted summer into a Summer to Remember.
Isa is the new girl with an embarrassing secret, and as long as she stays on top of her game, she sees no reason why anyone could ever find out.
Xavi will do anything for the money…absolutely anything.
Peter, Xavi’s stepbrother, has been in love with her for years, and he thinks the game is the perfect time to confess his feelings.
Finn is in the game just for the thrill. He has enough tips coming in to keep him happy…even if those tips come with some conditions.

WHY I’M PUMPED:

I don’t really know why. I get a gut feeling that this is a breakout book for this author, and I think the concept is really intriguing and, of course, very dramatic. Usually when there’s kissing on the cover I’m kind of wary, but they say not to judge a book by that (even though I usually do). But I think this one could be really good, and once I’ve read it I’ll let you all know what’s up!

Questions? Comments? Books you’d like me to review? Post a comment below and I’ll be sure to check it out!

WoW: THE SUMMER OF CHASING MERMAIDS

ANOTHER ROUND OF WAITING

It’s Wednesday again! I don’t know if I’ve mentioned that WoW is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, but it is, so check that out! This week’s pick holds a special place in my heart: the newest from Sarah Ockler entitled The Summer of Chasing Mermaids. Here’s the cover for you all:

Can you say beautiful?

I love everything about this book, from the cover to the summary to the fact that it’s Sarah Ockler, one of my favorite authors. Speaking of the summary, here it is, from goodreads.com.

OFFICIAL SUMMARY:

The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: An ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them . . .
Oh. I just can’t even breathe. This novel comes to us June 2, 2015, and I simply cannot wait. I’m not trying to wish my life away, but I love everything about this book’s possibilities, and I know Ockler will deliver- because she always does. There’s nothing like a reliable author to get me excited about summer reading, and Sarah Ockler certainly fits that description. Let’s start June off right, with a little bit of love and just a couple mermaids!

WoW: THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND

 IT’S HERE AGAIN

It’s time for another Waiting on Wednesday! A full review of Moriah McStay’s Everything That Makes You is coming soon, but I’ve been sick for a few days, so I wanted to give you all at least something to chew on while I recover in bed with cartoon reruns and Sprite. This week my book of choice is one that I’m really, really, really excited for: Kasie West’s fifth book, The Fill-In Boyfriend, out May 5, 2015 (LESS THAN A MONTH EVERYONE!). Here’s the deliciously delectable cover for you:

SO CUTE, RIGHT?

HERE’S THE SUMMARY:

(courtesy of goodreads.com) 

When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

Doesn’t it just sound so awesome!? West’s books are funny, creative, and always have a happy ending. Her previous books in this genre, The Distance Between Us and On the Fence, are two of my favorite books- and they’re all clean as a whistle. I adore her writing- it’s concise, just descriptive enough, and she always delivers a feel-good read that leaves you excited for her next novel. Definitely mark this as a to-read, everyone, because it’s going to be sweet!

Questions? Comments? Books you’d like me to review? Post a comment below and I’ll be sure to check it out!

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY

IT’S WEDNESDAY, AND I HAVE A COMPUTER

It’s a rare occurrence, I assure you. Usually I’m out and about on Wednesday, but today I’m stuck by a computer. What a sorry life I lead ;). But since I still haven’t made it through a book, I’ve decided to bring out a blog post I’ve never done, but always wanted to-

Waiting on Wednesday!

This is basically just one book that I’m excited about the release of- and believe me, the choice is very, very difficult. However, for my first WoW, I choose Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke, by Anne Blankman. Her first book was reviewed by me and can be found by clicking on this link. That book is one of my favorites- EVER- and that’s a big deal. I’ve read a lot of books. So here’s the cover and summary from goodreads.com:

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke:

     The girl known as Gretchen Whitestone has a secret: She used to be part of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle. More than a year after she made an enemy of her old family friend and fled Munich, she lives with a kindly English family, posing as an ordinary German immigrant, and is preparing to graduate from high school. Her love, Daniel Cohen, is a reporter in town. For the first time in her life, Gretchen is content.

But then, Daniel gets a telegram that sends him back to Germany, and Gretchen’s world turns upside-down. And when she receives word that Daniel is wanted for murder, she has to face the danger she thought she’d escaped-and return to her homeland.

Gretchen must do everything she can to avoid capture and recognition, even though saving Daniel will mean consorting with her former friends, the Nazi elite. And as they work to clear Daniel’s name, Gretchen and Daniel discover a deadly conspiracy stretching from the slums of Berlin to the Reichstag itself. Can they dig up the explosive truth and get out in time-or will Hitler discover them first?

Coming April 21, 2015

Why I’m Excited:

As mentioned, the first book in this series knocked my socks off. I’m desperate for more- and I didn’t think, initially, that there would be more. I’m really hoping that the second book lives up to the wow factor of Prisoner of Night and Fog- if it doesn’t, I’ll be sorely disappointed.

Questions? Comments? Books you’d like me to review? Post a comment below and I’ll be sure to check it out!