Wednesday, April 29, 2015

OMEGA CITY by Diana Peterfreund: Out now!

Coming this April 28th, Diana’s first book for readers eight and up is a thrilling adventure story, perfect for people who like their books with a side of rocketships and hidden treasure. Find out what secrets are hidden beneath the Maryland countryside in…

Omega City

Gillian Seagret doesn’t listen to people who say her father’s a crackpot. His conspiracy theories about the lost technology of Cold War-era rocket scientist Dr. Aloysius Underberg may have cost him his job and forced the family to move to a cottage in the sticks, but Gillian knows he’s right, and plans to prove it.

When she discovers a missing page from Dr. Unerberg’s diary in her father’s mess of an office, she thinks she’s found a big piece of the puzzle–a space-themed riddle promising to lead to Dr. Underberg’s greatest invention. Enlisting the help of her skeptical younger brother, Eric, her best friend, Savannah, and Howard, their NASA-obsessed schoolmate, Gillian sets off into the ruins of a vast doomsday bunker, deep within the earth.

But they aren’t alone inside its dark and flooded halls. Now Gillian and her friends must race to explore OMEGA CITY and find the answers they need. For while Gillian wants to save her dad’s reputation by bringing Dr. Underberg’s secrets to light, there are others who will stop at nothing to make sure they stay buried…forever. 

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  • “With seamless writing, a thrilling plot, lots of engaging science puzzles, and remarkable characterization, Peterfreund's exciting tale keeps the adventure solidly in the foreground. Young readers looking for a page turning quest should get into this planned series on the ground floor." — Booklist *Starred* Review 

    "Peterfreund's focus on character development is complemented by the equal attention she gives to the vast underground city itself. Gillian’s instincts to protect her friends and clear her historian father’s tarnished name are admirable, but Peterfreund gives every character the opportunity to grow, revealing themselves for who they really are." Publishers Weekly

    “With nonstop action, sly humor, and nothing short of the end of the world at stake, Omega City is the alpha book in a new series that mashes up mystery, scifi, and action/adventure into a thrilling novel you’ll want to devour in one sitting. I did, and I can’t wait to read what comes next!”  Peter Lerangis, New York Times Bestselling author of the Seven Wonders series

    “Peterfreund’s boundless imagination takes on a new and exciting adventure!”  Jessica Day George, New York Times Bestselling author of Tuesdays at the Castle”

    “Diana Peterfreund takes us to an underground city that’s utterly mind-blowing, yet disturbingly possible. A knockout of a story that will have readers cheering straight through to the final, shocking, twist.” — #1 New York Times bestselling author Gordon Korman

Diana Peterfreund has published ten novels for adults, teens, and kids, including the four-book Secret Society Girl series (Bantam Dell), the “killer unicorn novels” Rampantand Ascendant (Harper Teen), For Darkness Shows the Stars (a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’sPersuasion), and Across a Star-Swept Sea (inspired by the classic series The Scarlet Pimpernel). Her newest novel, OMEGA CITY, is a contemporary adventure novel for younger readers set in a secret bunker city somewhere under modern Maryland.

Her works have been named to the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age list, the Capitol Choices (metro DC-area) reading list, and the Texas Lonestar List, as well as having been named to Amazon’s Best Books of the Year. In addition, she’s written several critically acclaimed short stories and a variety of non-fiction essays about  popular children’s literature.  Diana lives outside Washington D.C., with her family.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer: Review

RATING: 5/5 stars!!
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Source: Bought
Publication date: January 27, 2015
Find it on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY(from Goodreads):
In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.


Ever since I read CINDER, I have always hated Levana with a burning passion. Because of this, I was extremely hesitant to start this book. It's from Levana's point of view, and I wasn't too sure if I was really going to like it or not.

I should not have been worried; I freaking loved this book. It gave so much background on Levana and how she became so cruel and hideous. Getting to learn about her past was great; and even though I still don't care for her, this book changed the way I view her and how she rules.

In short, this book is a must-read for fans of the Lunar Chronicles series!!

CONTENT: kissing, talk of sex, and a few implied sex scenes. No swearing, and minimal but semi-graphic violence.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (21): Winter by Marissa Meyer

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week's "waiting on" is...
by Marissa Meyer

Expected publication date: November 10th, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):

Here is the stunning conclusion to the national bestselling Lunar Chronicles, inspired by Snow White.

When Princess Winter was thirteen, the rumor around the Lunar court was that her glamour would soon be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. In a fit of jealousy, Levana disfigured Winter. Four years later, Winter has sworn off the use of her glamour altogether. Despite her scars, Winter’s natural beauty, her grace, and her gentleness are winning admiration from the Lunar people that no amount of mind-control could achieve.

Winter despises her stepmother, but has never dreamed of standing up to her. That is, until she realizes that she may be the only one with the power to confront the queen.

Can Cinder, Prince Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Cress, Thorne, Princess Winter, and the palace guard Jacin find their happily ever afters? Fans will LOVE this amazing conclusion to the series.

The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series ever! I can't wait to get my hands on this book!
What is your waiting on?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Forged (Taken #3) by Erin Bowman: Early Review

RATING: 4/5 stars!
Author: Erin Bowman
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Won
Publication date: April 15th, 2015
Find it on Goodreads here!

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):

Gray Weathersby and his group of rebels must make their final stand in the epic conclusion to the Taken trilogy, which New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu called "an action-packed thrill ride from beginning to end."

The Order is building an unstoppable army, with every generation of Forgeries harder to detect and deadlier than the one before. It’s time for Gray and his fellow rebels to end the Order's world of lies. But when the most familiar faces—and even the girl he loves—can’t be trusted, Gray will have to tread carefully if he wants to succeed. Or survive.


First off, I would like to say thank you to Erin Bowman for hosting the giveaway that I won this ARC in!

Because this is the final book in a trilogy, I'll keep my review brief to avoid spoilers.

I really liked this book. It had everything that I loved about the first two books and more. It was a super quick, fun read. The characters have changed and developed so much since the first book, and I absolutely love them all. The ending was solid, and wrapped the trilogy up nicely.

But why the four stars?


I did not like how Blaine's death was handled. It seemed WAY too quick, and I felt that it needed a little bit more lead up to it to really feel something. I was more surprised than sad.


Overall, FORGED is a solid ending to a fabulous trilogy! I highly recommend this trilogy to dystopian fans!

CONTENT: Kissing, one implied sex scene, and some talk of sex. Hardly any swearing, and lots more violence than the previous books.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (19): The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week's "waiting on" is...
The Iron Warrior
by Julie Kagawa!

Expected publication date: October 27th, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):


The Iron Prince—my nephew—betrayed us all.

He killed me.

Then, I woke up.

Waking after a month on the brink of death, Ethan Chase is stunned to learn that the Veil that conceals the fey from human sight was temporarily torn away. Although humankind's glimpse of the world of Faery lasted just a brief moment, the human world has been cast into chaos, and the emotion and glamour produced by fear and wonder has renewed the tremendous power of the Forgotten Queen. Now, she is at the forefront of an uprising against the courts of Summer and Winter—a reckoning that will have cataclysmic effects on the Nevernever.

Leading the Lady's Forgotten Army is Keirran himself: Ethan's nephew, and the traitor son of the Iron Queen, Meghan Chase.To stop Keirran, Ethan must disobey his sister once again as he and his girlfriend, Kenzie, search for answers long forgotten. In the face of unprecedented evil and unfathomable power, Ethan's enemies must become his allies, and the world of the fey will be changed forevermore.

The ending of THE IRON TRAITOR was not kind. I desperately need this book!!!
What is your waiting on?

Monday, April 6, 2015

Frozen (Taken #2) by Erin Bowman: Review

RATING: 5/5 stars!
Author: Erin Bowman
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Bought
Publication date: April 15, 2014
Find it on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
The Heists were only the beginning.

Gray Weathersby escaped from the primitive town of Claysoot expecting to find answers, but what he discovered shook him to the core: A ruthless dictator with absolute power. An army of young soldiers blinded by lies. And a growing rebellion determined to fight back.

Now Gray has joined a team of rebels on a harsh, icy journey in search of allies who can help them set things right. But in a world built on lies, Gray must constantly question whether any ally—or enemy—is truly what they seem…


As with all later books in a series, I'll keep my review brief to avoid spoilers.

This book was SO GOOD! I've found myself in a little bit of a reading slump lately, and this book helped to pull me out. It was quick, fun, and so enjoyable. Gray was a bit annoying at times, but the other characters more than made up for it. And there was one twist that I did not see coming at all! It blew my mind.

Overall, FROZEN was a great installment to the TAKEN trilogy. Definitely try out these books if you're a dystopian fan!

CONTENT: Kissing, and some very mild innuendoes. Lots of violence and shooting, though.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Winner's Curse and The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski: Dual Review

 SERIES RATING: 5/5 stars!
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
The Winner's Curse and The Winner's Crime on  Goodreads!
SUMMARY of The Winner's Curse (from Goodreads):
Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction.

Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.
When I read THE WINNER'S CURSE a year ago, I wasn't quite sure if I liked it or not. The writing was absolutely gorgeous, but there was something about the book in my mind that was not sitting well for some reason. I thought about it for months afterwards, and it was finally about six months later that I finally came to the conclusion that the book was absolutely AMAZING! There are very few books that I think about for months after I read it, and THE WINNER'S CURSE happened to be one of them.
But when THE WINNER"S CRIME came out a month ago, I was very hesitant to buy it. What if I don't like this one? What if I get the same uneasiness that I felt after reading the first one? And what if the uneasiness doesn't go away???
So I got the book from the library first, just to be safe, but I shouldn't have worried. It was even better than the first one. The writing style was still absolutely gorgeous, and the way the characters developed was fantastic! I love Kestrel and Arin so much. And I'm normally not a fan of politics in books, but I loved the court politics and the cat-and-mouse game Kestrel played with the Emperor. All I can say now if bring on book three!!
Overall, if you have not picked this series up, I highly suggest you do!
CONTENT: Kissing, some talk of sex, and sexual tension between characters, but there's no sex actually on the page. Moderate swearing, and a lot of gory violence.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (18): Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

"Waiting on Wednesday": is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week's "waiting on" is....
Queen of Shadows
by Sarah J. Maas!

Expected publication date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
Sarah J. Maas's New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.
This series is the I cannot wait for this book!!!!
What is your waiting on?