GIVE ME ALL THE BOOKS!
It’s a new year, (I know, we keep saying this) and with it, comes new books! I decided to compile a very short list of books I need in my life…like, yesterday! Some are new, still awaiting to grace the shelves of the wonderful, and magical land called…bookstores. Did you say it with that dreamy tone in your voice? Good. Some, have been out but have not graced my shelves, which is a problem. Why have they yet to do so? Well, MONEY. And the lack there of. My heart aches that I have yet to find my long lost uncle, cousin, grandparent, whatever, who is flowing with money and feeling mighty generous to bestow me with tons of it so I can buy ALL THE BOOKS! Or, solve world hunger, I know. #Priorities.
Anyhow, here are my “I need them NOW” list and why. I was hoping and not so subtlety hinting, btw, that I wanted BOOKS for Birthday/Christmas. (they’re a week apart) No. One. Got. Me. Book. Gift. Cards. I feel betrayed by my family. I’m still hurt almost a month later. Okay, not really, but it would’ve been nice. The thing is, I’m the only reader in my family. The concept that all I want as gifts is either coffee gift cards and/or book gift cards doesn’t seem to compute. They all go, “Really? That’s nice. So, what do you really want?”
*brow raise* THAT IS WHAT I REALLY WANT!
Le sigh. Anyway, on to the list!
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.
To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.
Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.
But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
This book has been one of the most anticipated young adult debuts of 2015. From the moment HarperCollins debuted that cover, it was over. Starry eyes all around the world twinkled! Everyone is talking about this book because, I mean, look at that cover. It’s sheer perfection. Bravo, Harper, bra-vo. *golf claps*
I’m telling you publishers and self-publishers…A GREAT COVER WILL sell your book! I wanted this book not even reading or caring what it was about. But of course, after the first winds of cover lust subsided–just a bit–my rationale kicked in and said, “Hm. I should probably check out what the story is even about.” Well, color-me-interested! I am very much intrigued. I feel as though this heroine is going to be totally bad ass. Similarities of Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas) come to mind, plus throw in a little Game of Thrones and you have one epic sounding journey ahead. Bring it Victoria Aveyard!
EVE: THE AWAKENING
Eve is an outcast. A chimera. After years of abuse and rejection, 19-year-old Evelyn Kingston is ready for a fresh start in a new city, where no one knows her name. The esteemed Billington University in sunny Southern California seems like the perfect place to reinvent herself—to live the life of an ordinary human.
But things at Billington aren’t as they seem. In a school filled with prodigies, socialites, and the leaders of tomorrow, Eve finds that the complex social hierarchy makes passing as a human much harder than she had anticipated. Even worse, Billington is harboring a secret of its own: Interlopers have infiltrated the university, and their sinister plans are targeted at chimeras—like Eve.
Instantly, Eve’s new life takes a drastic turn. In a time filled with chaos, is the world focusing on the wrong enemy? And when the situation at Billington shifts from hostile to dangerous, will Eve remain in the shadows, or rise up and fight?
Isn’t that cover hardcore awesome? I’ve had the privilege of connecting with this debut author who gave me a sneak peek into the first half of her book, EVE: The Awakening. It’s a young adult sci-fi full of ass-kicking, aliens, hilarious dialogue, and a pretty swoon-worthy love interest. Once I got a taste of this story, I was anxious for more! I wanted all of it. EVE is a fresh, and unique take to the alien stories we’ve read before. What I love about our social outcast heroine is her snarky, witty attitude as she’s tossed into a prestige collegiate setting with Mean Girls extraordinaire. You’ll love our leads but you’ll be pulled into and equally love or love to hate these well-crafted supporting characters Moreci cleverly intertwined into the plot-twisting story.
As of now–though not confirmed–release date may fall this Spring. So just a few more months! You can check out the first three chapters (and they’re nice, chunky, and lengthy chapters of goodness) for free on her website! www.JennaMoreci.com
A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU
Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.
Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.
Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.
A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.
So, here’s another case of Cover Lust, where Desiree took one look and said, “I want you. I gotta have you. Done!” And well, if you asked her what the book was about, she…why am I speaking in third?…I, would have no idea. I STILL don’t know what it’s about! I just copy-pasted the synopsis above and haven’t read it yet. I’m laughing in that, “you’re such a sad person” way. Anyway. This cover is stunning and speaks to me. Luckily, covers that have spoken to me in the past have yet to failed me. Now, let’s read this synopsis, shall we? Or me…you probably already did, cause well, you’re normal. One moment…
Whoa. Okay. I’ve read it and I am most definitely intrigued. You know what it reminds me of? BioShock Infinite. It’s a video game (with sweet graphics). There’s a mystery to be solved and different dimension skipping where the main character and the supporting role’s lives get altered with the passing of each. The look of it even reminds me of the cover of this book.
Loved this game, both visually and the story’s premise. Makes me want this book even more now!
HEIR OF FIRE
(WARNING: This is 3rd book in series. Synopsis may contain SPOILERS)
Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.
While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?
This is an author who truly surprised me. Her debut novel, Throne of Glass is the first in a six-part high-fantasy series. First, I’ve never been a fantasy reader. I haven’t picked up many in my time. Everyone and their mother raved about Sarah J. Maas and these books. Since May 2013, she debuted Throne of Glass–book one–then released a prequel compilation of novellas called The Assassin’s Blade, then followed book two, Crown of Midnight. Ending 2014, we were given book three of the series, Heir of Fire.
I finally gave in and bought both The Assassin’s Blade and Throne of Glass. I fell in love with her writing, this epic, well-told story, and the characters. She was the “Red Queen” talk of last year and most definitely did not disappoint. Not only does she take you on these amazing journeys with an ASSASSIN heroine–what?!–who loves to be girly, she interweaves crazy fantastical plot twists and throws in an interesting love triangle that isn’t at all annoying like almost every other love triangle out there. *smiles*
I have heard that book two rips your heart out and then book three does NOTHING to mend it. Yeah, I’ve been holding off on reading the next two but am feeling antsy. It’s time. I have Crown of Midnight, but NEED Heir of Fire. I have already been warned that the way book two ends, will require me to have the next one in hand to help me cope.
OPEN ROAD SUMMER
After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.
This is one of those, “Everyone has been talking about this. Ermergerd, you need to get this and read it now!” Last year, Emery Lord was the talk of contemporary YA. Apparently, this book is freaking amazing and will give you the feels. I loved the cover (of course, cover slut that I am. “Hi, my name is Desiree, and I am a cover slut.” In unison, “Hi, Desiree” all around). We all need those fun, slightly antsy, swoony, summer contemporaries every so often to cleanse the other genre palate. Sold. Need it. Want it.
Goodreads Synopsis: (WARNING: Spoiler spinoff of The Selection Series)
Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought
OMG! Okay, this book is one of those guilty pleasures, TV watching, like the Bachelor that may drive you insane at times, and fill you with anxiety but you Can’t. Stop. Reading. It! You need to know ALL THE THINGS! I loved this series! It infuriated me at times due to the heroine, America Singer’s lacking ability to MAKE A DECISION! I became really invested in Maxon. I wanted to know him, and understand him. I wanted to know what he was thinking half of the time. The One, what we thought was the last book in the series, gave you all the anxieties and all the feels. You wanted more. The choice was made–FINALLY–and then you were only given a glimpse of their happily ever after and huffed, closing that last page. After ALL THAT STRESS, you wanted just a little more.
Well, thank you Harper Collins and Kiera Cass, because we got A LOT more! In The Queen (novella), we get a special epilogue of Mer and Maxon, married and happy. Then comes the announcement. She’s pregnant! And oh, there’s more. Kiera Cass later released that America is pregnant with TWINS! A boy and a girl, but the girl is born first and thus we have, The Heir.
Fast forward twenty years, and it’s the girl, Princess Eadlyn’s turn to hold a Selection. I’m so freaking excited for this. I do hope Eadlyn is less like her mother though. It will be interesting now reading from the perspective of the person who will be choosing and not from a contestant, like America. It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be cheesy, it may be a bit stressful (if Kiera holds to her “fun” surprises), but for some reason, we all won’t be able to put it down.
(WARNING: This is 3rd book in series. Synopsis may contain SPOILERS)
Everything hangs in the balance, and nothing is certain: Rachel has been kidnapped by enemy forces and is being taken to Rowansmark while Logan, imprisoned and awaiting trial, is unable to leave Lankenshire. Separated from each other and their Baalboden comrades, each must find a way to achieve what they desperately want: to rid their world once and for all of the Commander and the tech that controls the deadly Cursed One.
Fighting through her pain and embracing the warrior she’s become, Rachel will do whatever it takes to escape her enemies’ clutches and join Logan in his fight. But when she learns a secret that changes everything, she realizes that escaping Ian and his tracker friends is no longer an option if she wants to save the people she loves. Instead, she’ll have to destroy Rowansmark from the inside out—if she can survive the journey through the Wasteland.
Logan needs allies if he wants to thwart Rowansmark’s power grab and rescue Rachel. But securing allies will mean betraying his beliefs and enlisting the help of the man he hates more than anyone: Commander Jason Chase. Driven by his fierce love for Rachel and his determination to make their world safe, Logan may be just the weapon the city-states need to defeat the Cursed One.
But as Rowansmark bears down and uneasy alliances are tested, will Rachel and Logan’s love for each other be enough to surmount the unbelievable odds against them?
This was probably one of the first fantasy novels I delve into. I had heard through Epic Reads about this awesome couple that they lovingly shipped…hardcore. Logan and Rachel. Well, I wanted to know who this said couple was. Rachel (notice a theme here? I gravitate towards bad ass heroines) is a no-mess, slightly impatient, well-trained hunter and tracker like her father who went missing. This is a very interesting concept because it’s set in the future, sort of post apocalyptic, but things have digressed to medieval era and then toss in some fantasy elements like DRAGONS and you’ve got one hell of an adventure.
I absolutely LOVED the premise that forced Logan and Rachel together. Let’s just say, they both were NOT happy about it. I really like Logan’s character. His methodical mind in intriguing to read. It’s a dual perspective story and with such different personalities, it’s fun getting both of their takes on their current situations. I have read the first two books in the series and it left me with quite the hangover. I have been waiting for this third and final book in the trilogy because I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WITH RACHEL AND LOGAN! The feels were just being upped in the previous book. They’ve had a lot on their shoulders and have to navigate a whole town of people, threat of a “Cursed One”, a dictating leader, oh, and yeah, a new relationship. Can’t wait to see how it all ends.
Here’s my Book Talk for Deception (book two) by the awesome C.J. Redwine
The romantic sequel to Alienated takes long-distance relationships to a new level as Cara and Aelyx long for each other from opposite ends of the universe…until a threat to both their worlds reunites them.
Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her.
Things look up when Cara is appointed as human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L’eihr. A society melding their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L’eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet, even with Aelyx by her side.
Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx, finds himself thrown into a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L’eihr relations. Humans don’t know that their very survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx’s people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists’ multiple attempts on Aelyx’s life.
The Way clearly needs humans’ help . . . but with what? And what will they ask for in return?
And last, but never least, is the next book in the Alienated trilogy? I don’t even know if it is set to be a trilogy but anywho, the first book, Alienated was a fun, swoony take on aliens. It was fun and had a contemporary feel but it’s sci-fi! Intergalactic exchange student who’s hot but awkward to our world’s cultural interactions, has no qualms knowing he’s the superior species, and get’s on the overachieving, competitive, prides herself in being intelligent, witty heroine’s nerves? Yup. Sign me up. Now, we have the second part taking off where book one left us and I’m ready for all the struggles and swoony feels. Did I mention it’s swoony?
Here’s my Book Talk for Alienated (book one) by Melissa Landers
And this concludes my “NEED THEM NOW” feature of books. All the books. What books are you just NEEDING in your life, like, yesterday?