Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: The Program by Suzanne Young

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine

I love Suzanne Young's books! And the synopsis of The Program is so intriguing! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy! (Title linked to Goodreads page)

by: Suzanne Young
Release Date: April 30th/13.
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

What titles are you waiting on this week?

Happy Reading!!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

YA Spotlight & Giveaway: Hooked by Liz Fichera

by: Liz Fichera
Publisher: HarlequinTEEN
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
When Native American Fredricka ‘Fred’ Oday is invited to become the only girl on the school’s golf team, she can’t say no. This is an opportunity to shine, win a scholarship and go to university, something no one in her family has done. 

But Fred’s presence on the team isn’t exactly welcome — especially not to rich golden boy Ryan Berenger, whose best friend was kicked off the team to make a spot for Fred.

But there’s no denying that things are happening between the girl with the killer swing and the boy with the killer smile...



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Monday, January 28, 2013

ARC Review: The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

The Madman's Daughter
By: Megan Shepherd
Release Date: Jan. 29th/13 (Psst that's TOMORROW GUYS!)
Publisher: Balzar & Bray
Source: ARC swap with another blogger
Find The Madman's Daughter on Goodreads here
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
In the darkest places, even love is deadly.

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells's classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman's Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we'll do anything to know and the truths we'll go to any lengths to protect.

My Thoughts:
A dark and youthful twist on a timeless classic!

I went into The Madman's Daughter with high expectations, as everyone has been raving about this title, and I was not disappointed! 

I'm not typically one to pick up a horror novel, but The Madman's Daughter was able to capture and keep my attention within a couple of sittings. This book has it all, mystery, adventure and of course ROMANCE! Be warned there is a bit of a love triangle in this book, and I think I'm one of the last ones whom actually enjoys this element in YA, haha. 

Montgomery had me swooning and gritting my teeth throughout The Madman's Daughter. He's definitely my kind of guy- sweet, kind, smart, handsome, strong (I really could go on all day listing his great qualities), HOWEVER, there is one quality that kept irking me, and Juliet, throughout this book, and that's Montgomery's eagerness to do Dr. Moreau's bidding. Come on Montgomery you're better than that! (This is what I kept wanting to shout, haha). Edward, while not classically handsome, has his own charm as well. Wow did that last sentence sound ever shallow! What I really enjoyed about Edward, was the element of mystery that came with his character. He's definitely hiding something about his past and I, along with Juliet, was eager to uncover that mystery. There were a few scenes between Juliet and these boys (separately of course!) that definitely had me thinking this was a ages 14 & up read, but nothing graphic or explicit.

Juliet was a great character and I really enjoyed reading her narration. As well, I enjoyed the complexities of this character and her internal struggle in battling between good and evil. I'd categorize her as a vulnerable heroine. She's been through and seen a lot, but she's a survivor. 

One thing I will advise to those interested in this book is to be warned of the gore. There's a lot of experiments with innocent animals that may disturb the faint of heart, (to be honest I was a little disturbed with a few descriptions), but Shepherd does not shine a positive light on this.

The ending of this one was a killer! I need to know what's going to happen next!

Ultimately I would recommend this to all YA fans, with the exception of those with weak stomachs. Horror, adventure and romance all come together to create a delicious debut!

Happy Reading!!!

Buy Your Copy Now!
HarperCollins Canada

Friday, January 25, 2013

ARC Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2)
By: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: February 5th/13.
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Source: ARC received from Publisher
Read the first 5 chapters here.
WARNING! This is a sequel, and as such may contain spoilers for Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1). You have been warned!!!
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

My Thoughts:
Much more exciting than it's predecessor. No, seriously, Scarlet far surpasses Cinder in world-building, action, characters and ROMANCE!!!

In case you it's not obvious with my above statement, I LOVED Scarlet! Don't get me wrong I really enjoyed Cinder and its originality, but Scarlet played out like a box office film in my head. Meyer has out done herself in every possible way with her sophomore release!

We're introduced to so many wonderful characters that will have you swooning, laughing and crying a bit. Thorne is the perfect comedic rake, I love his and Cinder's platonic partnership! Meyer has a real knack for creating kick-butt heroines. Even though Scarlet and Cinder are two very different characters, with very different personalities and upbringings, they're both still so relatable and likeable, you just want to clap for their victories and cringe at their failures.

And Wolf *Sigh* I love this beast (excuse me I mean man). He is the strong silent type, but he puts Scarlet above everything and everyone, and will do whatever it takes to keep her safe, even if that means keeping a few secrets of his own...

The chemistry between these two was great and the build up towards the relationship was paced perfectly!

I thoroughly enjoyed the way Meyer interconnected all her characters throughout Scarlet through multiple narratives. We're given a wider scope of the futuristic world that Meyer has created in her Lunar Chronicles series.

The ending was great at wrapping up some plots while creating the groundwork for the showdown that's sure to occur in the next instalment.

Just writing this review makes me want to read Scarlet all over again. I love all the characters and am eagerly awaiting book #3! Go pre-order Scarlet now! This series just gets better!

Happy Reading!!!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Rise by Anna Carey

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This week's WOW pick is brought to you from Anna Carey's conclusion to her Eve trilogy, RISE. I can't wait see how things will end up for Eve and Cabel!

Rise (Eve #3)
by: Anna Carey
Release Date: April 2nd/13.
Publisher: HarperTeen
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
Revel armies are getting closer and the fate of The New America rests with Eve. Trapped in the City of Sand and married to a man of her fathers choosing, Eve can't forget her love for Caleb-or her passion for the rebel cause. Then tragedy strikes, and Eve must choose who to leave behind, who to save and who to fight in this final battle for freedom.

What books are you waiting on this week?

Happy Reading!!!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Review: Crash by Nicole Williams

By: Nicole Williams
Publisher: HarperCollins (previously released independently through e-book by the author)
Crash on Goodreads here
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
Jude Ryder and Lucy Larson are this generation's Romeo and Juliet: Explosive. Sizzling. Tragic.

A steamy summer encounter with bad boy Jude means trouble for Lucy. Her sights are set on becoming a ballerina, and she won't let anything get in her way . . . except Jude.

He's got a rap sheet, dangerous mood swings, and a name that's been sighed, shouted, and cursed by who knows how many girls.

Jude's a cancer, the kind of guy who's fated to ruin the lives of girls like Lucy—and he tells her so.

But as rumors run rampant and reputations are destroyed, Lucy's not listening to Jude's warning. Is tragedy waiting in the wings? This racy romance is hot, hot, hot!

My Thoughts:


As I write this review I find myself very conflicted. The plot of this story is right up my alley, I can never say no to a good romance, and Williams included a lot of my favourite cliches (i.e. boy who could have anybody but only wants the "new girl," popular quarterback and resident "bad boy" both vying for the same "new girl" etc.) 

However, I found myself quite annoyed while reading Crash. I really wanted to like Jude and Lucy but they just aren't the most likeable characters. They both feel and act like they're above everyone and everything, and their snobby, hypocritical attitude turned me off the story quite a bit. These two were definitely made for each other haha. 

With that said, Williams does do a great job with the chemistry between her two main characters. There were a few scenes in this book that had the lenses of my glasses steaming up a bit. 

Overall, I do think I will continue this series to simply see where Williams will take Lucy and Jude, but I'm not sure if I would recommend this book or not and I apologize for my ambivalence towards this title but I'll leave these thoughts in your hands and let you decide!

Happy Reading!!!

Friday, January 18, 2013

What's the Story McCoy?

Hey Guys! It's been a busy couple of weeks, however I did get some reading done. Currently I'm finishing up PRODIGAL which will be available at the end of this month! After that I plan to start THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER, this title keeps being placed on the back burner for some reason, but I keep hearing great things so I must get on that!

I did buy and receive some awesome titles these past two weeks as well...

Crash & Clash by Nicole Williams
Catherine by

Belonging by Ann Hopkins - May'13 Thanks HarlequinTEEN!
The Colossus Rises - Feb'13 Thanks HarperCollins Canada!
Mind Games by Kirsten White - Feb'13 Thanks HarperCollins Canada!
Spellcaster by Claudia Gray - March'13 Thanks Kristan!
Shadows in the Silence by Courtney Moulton - Jan'13 Thanks EpicReads!
Imposter by Jill Hathaway - Mar'13 Thanks Brooke!
Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey - Jan'13 Thanks Scholastic Canada!
Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout - Apr'13 Thanks Spencer Hill Press!

That's my story this week! Thanks so much to HarlequinTEEN, HarperCollins Canada, Scholastic Canada, Spencer Hill Press, Brooke and Kristan for making it so epic!

What's your story?

Happy Reading!!!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

ARC Review: Everbound by Brodi Ashton

Everbound (Everneath #2)
by Brodi Ashton
Release date: January 22nd/13
Publisher: Balzar & Bray (HarpeCollins)
Source: ARC received from publisher
Add Everbound to your Goodreads list here.
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:

Warning!!! This is a sequel to Ashton's debut, Everneath, and as such will contain spoilers for book #1. Read at your own risk, you've been warned!!! :)

Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity — a debt that should’ve been hers. She’s living a borrowed life, and she doesn’t know what to do with the guilt. And every night Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away.

Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen — and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to assist her in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.

Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated — and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack — even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own.

In this enthralling sequel to Everneath, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love.

My Thoughts:

Romance fans will relish every moment of Ashton's sophomore release, Everbound- I sure did!

The action and adventure reminded me a lot the movie Labyrinth with David Bowie- there were lots of twists and turns, riddles and challenges Nikki, Cole (and friends) had to face through their journey of the tunnels of the Everneath.

Ashton has crafted one of the best love triangles, rivalled only by Mafi's Unravel Me series. I can honestly say I have know idea which boy I would pick, I would just keep them both and spend six months with each every year. Haha

Cole fans are sure to love this instalment as there is plenty of him to go around. His dry humour had me laughing throughout the book and his redeeming moments had me swooning quite a bit. But not to worry Jack fans, Ashton does a great job of incorporating enough flashback moments between Nikki and Jack, that he doesn't feel completely absent from this instalment.

While there is amazing line-up of story, characters and action within the pages of Everbound, it is, without a doubt, the romance of this story that will truly keep fans hooked and gasping for book #3 which I really think should be entitled Ever Yours.

This is one of my favourite series and definitely in my top three Best Reads pile for books that I have read for the past several months. Ashton I love your work, please don't ever stop writing!

Happy Reading!!! 

Purchase your copy today!
HarperCollins Canada

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This week's pick comes from the amazing Aprilynne Pike's upcoming SciFi title, Earthbound- it's shelf bound this July!

By: Aprilynne Pike
Release date: July 30th
Publisher: Razorbill
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
Tavia, the "Earthbound" heroine, is the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed her parents and left her in the keeping of an aunt and uncle. She's safe, she's happy, she should be able to move on with her life. 

But... she can't shake the feeling that something's not right- not when she keeps having visions of a beautiful, alluring stranger who wants her to leave her family and flee to Maine, and not when it starts to look like the accident that orphaned her was part of a plot to end her life. 

Soon, she's on the run with no one to trust...except the childhood friend she's sworn to love forever, and whose heart she'd have to break to learn the truth about who she is.

What do you think? What titles are you waiting on this week?

Happy Reading!!!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Great Opportunity to Become Part of Entangled's List

Calling all bloggers!

Entangled needs you! 

This is a great opportunity for Book Bloggers to gain early access to some of Entangled's amazing titles!!! Visit here to see their amazing imprints and titles!

Got your attention? Great, now ask yourself these questions:

Do you have a blog?
Do you love to review books?
Do you want access to books before they release?

If your answer is HECK YEAH then you're the right blogger for the job! There are some requirements though:

Go to KATE'S BLOG here, (full instructions and rules can be found there) and where you will be required to do the following:

1. Add Til Death to your Goodreads TBR pile:


2. Leave the following in the comments section:

a. Your Name

b. Your Blog URL

c. Your Goodreads Name

d. Your Email Address

Best of luck to everyone and hope we all get to make "THE LIST"!

And hey! Don't forget to check out Kate's upcoming release, Til Death which comes out in June 2013 from Entangled Teen!!!

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
When Selena dreams a new boy will come to her small town, she is right, as usual. Only a few people know of her ability to dream the future, and she wants to keep it that way. What she doesn't dream about is his immediate hatred towards her… despite the crazy chemistry that sparks every time they accidentally touch. When Selena finds herself confronted with a creepy situation she quickly learns that there is much more to Dillan than she first thought. And the more she learns about his past—and his present—the more she discovers about her own abilities and how they might be connected much more closely than she had ever imagined.

Happy Reading!!!

ARC Review: Touch of Death by Kelly Hashway

Touch of Death
by: Kelly Hashway
Release Date: January 15/13.
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Source: ARC received from publisher
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
Jodi Marshall isn’t sure how she went from normal teenager to walking disaster. One minute she’s in her junior year of high school, spending time with her amazing boyfriend and her best friend. The next she’s being stalked by some guy no one seems to know.

After the stranger, Alex, reveals himself, Jodi learns he’s not a normal teenager and neither is she. With a kiss that kills and a touch that brings the dead back to life, Jodi discovers she’s part of a branch of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac, Ophiuchus. A branch of necromancers that are descendents of Medusa. A branch of necromancers with poisoned blood writhing in their veins.

Jodi’s deadly to the living and even more deadly to the deceased. She has to leave her old, normal life behind before she hurts the people she loves. As if that isn’t difficult enough, Jodi discovers she’s the chosen one who has to save the rest of her kind from perishing at the hands of Hades. If she can’t figure out how to control her power, history will repeat itself, and her race will become extinct.

My Thoughts:

Really enjoyed this Zombiefest!

I was unsure first going into Touch of Death, at moments I kind of wanted to scream at Alex to just explain to Jodi what was going on, every time he'd say "we'll talk later" I was like NO, We'll talk now! haha, but once he revealed the truth behind her "ability" I couldn't put this one down. 

Hashway has put a unique spin on the popular Zombie genre by incorporating the myth of the 13th sign of the Zodiac (although I must admit I'm not very familiar with the myth of Medusa), I was none-the-less entertained with Hashway's use of it.

I really appreciated the unpredictability of Hashway's debut, I never knew where she was going to take us with each chapter, which helped to create moments of suspense throughout the story. There were a few scenes in this book that fans of THE WALKING DEAD would really love.

My heart went out to poor Matt, I was really sad with what happened with this character. But I really liked the build-up Hashway wrote, between Alex and Jodi, the sexual tension was spot on- and it doesn't hurt that they're both Ophi, so they don't have to worry about killing each other with each kiss (that really would put a damper in things). 

There's an element of mystery within the walls of the mansion that Alex whisks (yes I wrote whisks) Jodi to, to help her learn more about her "abilities". Someone's summoning souls to start a war, but who and why? Well you'll just have to read to find out! :)

If you enjoy a good Zombiefest with equal parts, romance, mystery and gore than give Touch of Death a try. I mean who can say no to zombie squirrels and deer?

Happy Reading!!!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Lisa McMann Blog Tour: Author Spotlight and Interview

Hey Everyone! I'm happy to have New York Times bestselling author, Lisa McMann visit the blog today, to answer some questions and reveal an excerpt from her latest release CRASH, which is now available for purchase here!

Here's a little information on Crash:

by: Lisa McMann
Release Date: Jan. 8th/13.
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: ARC received from Publisher
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:

If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of four books from the New York Timesbestselling author of the Wake trilogy.

Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.

What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode...and nine body bags in the snow.

The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more shesees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.

In this riveting start to a gripping series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality.

Here's an excerpt from Chapter 1:
My sophomore psych teacher, Mr. Polselli, says knowledge is crucial to understanding the workings of the human brain, but I swear to dog, I don’t want any more knowledge about this.
Every few days I see it. Sometimes it’s just a picture, like on that billboard we pass on the way to school. And other times it’s moving, like on a screen. A careening truck hits a building and explodes. Then nine body bags in the snow.
It’s like a movie trailer with no sound, no credits. And nobody sees it but me.
• • •
Some days after psych class I hang around by the door of Mr. Polselli’s room for a minute, thinking that if I have a mental illness, he’s the one who’ll be able to tell me. But every time I almost mention it, it sounds too weird to say. So, uh, Mr. Polselli, when other people see the “turn off your cell phones” screen in the movie theater, I see an extra five-second movie trailer. Er . . . and did I mention I see stills of it on the billboard by my house? You see Jose Cuervo, I see a truck hitting a building and everything exploding. Is that normal?
The first time was in the theater on the one holiday that our parents don’t make us work—Christmas Day. I poked my younger sister, Rowan. “Did you see that?”
She did this eyebrow thing that basically says she thinks I’m an idiot. “See what?”
“The explosion,” I said softly.
“You’re on drugs.” Rowan turned to our older brother, Trey, and said, “Jules is on drugs.”
Trey leaned over Rowan to look at me. “Don’t do drugs,” he said seriously. “Our family has enough problems.”
I rolled my eyes and sat back in my seat as the real movie trailers started. “No kidding,” I muttered. And I reasoned with myself. The day before I’d almost been robbed while doing a pizza delivery. Maybe I was still traumatized.
I just wanted to forget about it all.
But then on MLK Day this stupid vision thing decided to get personal.

Now please join me in welcoming Lisa to the blog!
1) Jules' narrative is full of wit and hilarity, what inspired you to write such a snarky heroine?
Jules and her siblings talk a lot like my husband and I and our two teenagers talk. We're a house full of snark. There's a line that Trey says during one of the Trey/Jules banters -- the one about Harry Potter and boobies. That came word for word from a conversation I had with my 18-year-old son.

 2) The ending of Crash left us with a surprising plot twist, can we expect more surprises in book 2?
I hope you will think of them that way! I am very fond of the surprising plot twist. And another surprise with book 2 (BANG) is that it'll be out this year too! Watch for it Oct 8. Did you see how I did that, not making you wait a whole year for the next one?

3) Will Jules and Sawyer's family ever sit down, all-together, for a fun Italian dinner?
I wouldn't bet money on this happening. But then again, you never know. :)

Thanks so much for your thoughtful and entertaining answers Lisa!

But Wait! Before you go, check out the cover for book 2 in McMann's Visions series, which will be available in October of this year!
What do you think? I love it, but I'm always partial to green (as I'm sure you can see from my blog haha)

Happy Reading!!!

Special thanks to Lisa and Simon and Schuster Canada for allowing me to participate in this tour!