Thursday, June 27, 2013

Landlocked Cover Reveal

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Landlocked by Tiffany Daune
Series: Surface, #2
Publication date: Summer 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal

As if staying focused in trigonometry wasn't hard enough....Eerie visions are plaguing Theia's mind, driving her insane.  Someone or something is reaching out to her, dragging her into a dark underwater world. And, to add to her metal delirium, she has no control over her newly awakened Siren senses. She thinks she can hear her cat's thoughts, she wants to pummel Sarah Collins, and she's trying to keep it together so she doesn't lose her scholarship. She needs someone who understands—someone bound to the ocean water she craves—she needs Luc.  But contacting him is risky, and returning to the water a death sentence. She must find a way to harness her Siren senses even though the waves are calling to her. Denying her intended destiny may be the only way to stay alive.

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Tiffany Daune doesn't get why people want to grow up or why anyone would ever stop eating candy. Her purse is filled with books, lip gloss and a few pieces of Lego bricks. She writes best with a dish of chocolate chips on hand and finds licorice makes a better straw than plastic.

She lives on an island and believes mermaids may be raiding her candy stash, though she hasn't caught them, yet.

Surface is her first novel and pairs well with gummy sharks.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Simon's Cat in Kitten Chaos by Simon Tofield

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Simon's Cat in Kitten Chaos
by Simon Tofield
NetGalley- Open Road Integrated Media
Comic Book

Book Jacket Summary
Like all great cartoon creations, from Peanuts to Asterix, from Garfield to Tintin, Simon's Cat has continued to evolve by introducing new characters and developing new storylines. After the runaway success of the orignial book, Simon Tofield returned last year with the further adventures of his feline 'beyond the fence.' Now we welcome a cuddly new addition to the family in the form of Simon's Kitten. It's an adorable new chapter which is sure to delight Simon's millions of fans.

My Thoughts
Tehehehe! I love the Simon's cat videos and I was excited to see that there were comic books too! I love to relax and read comics like Fox Trot, Mutt's, amd Baby Blues. This one is much like a weekly comic with panels and the various single page comic. It is cute and I giggled all the way through it.
Simon brings in a kitten from the rain and the bigger cat does not know what to make of it. Simon's cat pushes the kitten off tables, tries to let it outside, but utlimatley comes to take care of the kitten. Trust me when I say that the kitten sometimes deserves this treatment because it claws, bites, and distroys the house. But it is cute and adorable, as kittens generally are.
This is a comic book for the cat lovers or those who can't get enough of funny cartoons. I know I loved it and will be on the search for more videos and comic books from Simon.

Book Pairings
Simon's Cat by


Monday, June 24, 2013

Shadowlands by Kate Brian

Shadowlands (Shadowlands, #1) 
by Kate Brian
328 pages
Personal Copy
January 8th 2013

Book Jacket Summary
Rory Miller had one chance to fight back and she took it. Rory survived and the serial killer who attacked her escaped. Now that the infamous Steven Nell is on the loose, Rory must enter the witness protection program. Entering the program alongside her, is her father and sister Darcy. The trio starts a new life and a new beginning leaving their friends and family behind without a goodbye.

Starting over in a new town with only each other is unimaginable for Rory and Darcy. They were inseparable as children but now they can barely stand each other. As the sisters settle in to Juniper Landing, a picturesque vacation island, it seems like their new home may be just the fresh start they need. They fall in with a group of beautiful, carefree teens and spend their days surfing, partying on the beach, and hiking into endless sunsets. Just as they’re starting to feel safe again, one of their new friends goes missing. Is it a coincidence? Or is the nightmare beginning all over again?

My Thoughts
I love a good serial killer bok or movie, especially when a girl survives and has to help hunt him down. This one goes off the beaten path and goes in its own direction though. However, I like this new and interesting path.
Rory Miller takes a short cut home and ends up at the mercy of Mr. Nell, a serial killer who has already killed 14 other girls. She manages to run away and she is placed in witness protection with her dad and sister, Darcy. This family has already been broken by the passing of Rory's mother and this extra strain might send them over the edge. Rory has flashes and dreams about Mr. Nell attacking them but they reach Juniper Landing in safety.
However, nothing is what it seems there and Mr. Nell is not done stalking Rory and her family. Rory is confused and does not know who to trust. Will she become a victim again or will she find a way out of the serial killer's clutches?
This was an intense ride and I enjoyed the different spin that Brian put on the town. It is a cliffhanger ending and I am glad that I have the next book ready to read from NetGalley. The sister dynamic of the book is really good and I want Darcy and Rory to work things out. There are small chapters that are from Mr. Nell's Point of view and they are rather creepy. I am loving that my vaction has such a good start with this mytery that will continue into the next book.

Book Pairings
The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
Hysteria by Megan Miranda
Clarity by Kim Harrington


Friday, June 21, 2013

Solstice Blog Tour Setting Spotlight: THE ELYSIAN FIELDS

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Hi! P. J. Hoover here, author of the upcoming dystopian/mythology YA novel, Solstice (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013), and today is a Setting Spotlight from Solstice! Setting spotlights are divided into two groups: Team Myth and Team Dystopia. Up today is the Elysian Fields from Team Myth!



Three Things About The Elysian Fields:

1) It’s paradise
Simple, yet true. To go to the Elysian Fields for a dead soul is like winning the lottery, except the dead soul has seriously stacked the odds in their favor the whole time living. They’ve done good things and cared about other people, and as a result, they get to live the good life after they’re dead.

2) The perfect place to develop a new hobby
Everyone in the Elysian Fields does something. Some souls create sand sculptures, and there’s an awesome contest on the beach for this. Others devote their lives to bonsai art or gardening. So, once you die, if you happen to make it to the Elysian Fields, think about all the possibilities in front of you. And don’t worry. You have eternity to do them all.

This sculpture inspired a sand sculpture in Solstice.

3) Time to learn to ice skate
Just like everywhere else in the Underworld, to get to the Elysian Fields, you must cross a river, in this case the River Cocytus. But Cocytus is frozen, so the only way to get there is to skate across. Dress warming and try out your spins. And don’t worry. Odds are, since you are already dead, you won’t kill yourself.

Okay, Elysium is totally where I would want to spend my time in the Underworld. I’m all about the paradise aspect.

Thank you for reading!


About Solstice:
Piper's world is dying. Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles that threaten to destroy the earth. Amid this global heating crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom.

Piper discovers a universe she never knew existed—a sphere of gods and monsters—and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals out of control as she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth.


 photo tricia_hoover_8575_face_crop_zps9bf4349d.jpgP. J. Hoover first fell in love with Greek mythology in sixth grade thanks to the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton. After a fifteen year bout as an electrical engineer designing computer chips for a living, P. J. decided to take her own stab at mythology and started writing books for kids and teens. When not writing, P. J. spends time with her husband and two kids and enjoys practicing kung fu, solving Rubik's cubes, and watching Star Trek. Her first novel for teens, Solstice (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013), takes place in a global warming future and explores the parallel world of mythology beside our own. Her middle grade novel, Tut (Tor Children's, 2014), tells the story of a young immortal King Tut, who's been stuck in middle school for over 3,000 years and must defeat an ancient enemy with the help of a dorky kid from school, a mysterious Egyptian princess, and a one-eyed cat. For more information about P. J. (Tricia) Hoover, please visit her website

Team Myth

18th Character Spotlight: Shayne @ JessaBella Reads
19th Solstice Depicted @ In Bed With Books
20th Solstice: The Publishing Journey Guest Blog @ Water Color Moods
21st Setting Spotlight: Elysian Fields @ Books Beside My Bed
22nd Solstice Excerpt @ Through the Looking Glass
23rd Character Spotlight: Melina @ Evie Bookish
24th Author Interview @ Cuts of Paper
25th Author Writing Process Guest Blog @ Best Books Ever
26th 5 Inspirations @ Ruby Reads
27th Setting Spotlight: Asphodel Meadows @ A Dream Within A Dream
28th 5 Favorite Myths @ Book Swoon
29th Character Spotlight: Tanni @ Leanna
30th Playlist @ Unofficial Book Addiction

Team Dystopia:

18th Character Spotlight: Piper @ Swoony Boys Podcast
19th Solstice Depicted @ Girls in the Stacks
20th Cover Changes Guest Blog @ Gobs & Gobs of Books
21st Setting Spotlight: Botanical Haven @ Books, Bones & Buffy
22nd Excerpt @ ReadingTeen
23rd Character Spotlight: Chloe @ Paperback Princess
24th Author T-Shirt Addiction Guest Blog @ Addicted Reader
25th The Character of Names @ The Mod Podge Bookshelf
26th 5 Inspirations @ Readergirls
27th Setting Spotlight: The Drag @ The Bookish Daydreamer
28th 5 Favorite Dystopians @ Frellathon
29th Character Spotlight: Reese @ YA Midnight Reads
30th Playlist @ Reviewing Shelf

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