Saturday, March 31, 2012

March 2012 highlights

Hi everyone! Here are my March highlights:

First of all, I would like to promote the FOLLOW CLUB, it's a discussion in a goodreads group called Blogger Lift (you have to be a group member to post), and the goal is to have 20 people sign up and each one on the list will follow everyone else so that as the list is closed, you'll get 19 new followers. Please join in!

Also, I have been beyond happy to have interviewed Illuminate author, Aimee Agresti, so  if you loved Illuminate as much as I did (my review of Illuminate here) please check out the interview where Aimee also talks about her second book!

Friday, March 30, 2012

ARC Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross (4/5 stars)

Title: Kill Me Softly
Author: Sarah Cross
Publisher: Egmont USA
Date to be Published: 10 April 2012
Genre: Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling
Hardcover: 314 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars

"Mirabelle's past is shrouded in secrecy, from her parents' tragic deaths to her guardians' half-truths about why she can't return to her birthplace, Beau Rivage. Desperate to see the town, Mira runs away a week before her sixteenth birthday—and discovers a world she never could have imagined.

In Beau Rivage, nothing is what it seems—the strangely pale girl with a morbid interest in apples, the obnoxious playboy who's a beast to everyone he meets, and the chivalrous guy who has a thing for damsels in distress. 
Here, fairy tales come to life, curses are awakened, and ancient stories are played out again and again.

But fairy tales aren't pretty things, and they don't always end in happily ever after. Mira has a role to play, a fairy tale destiny to embrace or resist. As she struggles to take control of her fate, Mira is drawn into the lives of two brothers with fairy tale curses of their own . . . brothers who share a dark secret. And she'll find that love, just like fairy tales, can have sharp edges and hidden thorns."

Thursday, March 29, 2012

ARC Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers (5/5 stars).

Title: Grave Mercy
Author: R.L. LaFevers
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Date to be Published: 03 April 2012
Genre: Fantasy/Historical Romance
Hardcover: 549 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars

 Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf? 

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others. 

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Arcadia Awakens by Kai Meyer (4/5 stars).

Title: Arcadia Awakens
Author: Kai Meyer
Publisher: Baltzer + Bray
Date Published: 14 February 2012
Genre: Fantasy
E-book: 464 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars
To New Yorker Rosa Alcantara, the exotic world of Sicily, with its network of Mafia families and its reputation for murder and intrigue, is just that—exotic, and wholly unknown. But when tragedy strikes, she must travel there, to her family’s ancestral home, where her sister and aunt have built their lives and where centuries of family secrets await her. Once there, Rosa wastes no time falling head over heels for Alessandro Carnevare, the son of a Sicilian Mafia family, whose handsome looks and savage grace both intrigue and unsettle her. But their families are sworn enemies, and her aunt and sister believe Alessandro is only using Rosa to infiltrate the Alcantara clan. And when Rosa encounters a tiger one night—a tiger with very familiar eyes—she can no longer deny that neither the Carnevares nor the Alcantaras are what they seem.
Ancient myths brought to life in the Sicilian countryside, dangerous beasts roaming the hills, and a long history of familial bloodlust prove to Rosa that she can’t trust anyone—not even her own family. Torn between loyalty to her aunt and love for her family’s mortal enemy, Rosa must make the hardest decision of her life: stay in Sicily with her new love . . . or run as far and as fast as she can.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning (5/5 stars).

Title: Shadowfever (Fever #5)
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date Published: 18 January 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy 
E-book: 512 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars

“Evil is a completely different creature, Mac. Evil is bad that believes it's good.” 

MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. 
Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister's murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years. 
What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh - book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King, containing the power to create and destroy worlds. 
In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves. Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman haunting her dreams? More important, who is Mac herself and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card? 
From the luxury of the Lord Master's penthouse to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac's journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and to make a choice that will either save the world...or destroy it. 

Monday, March 26, 2012

In my Mailbox #5 Catch up Edition!

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by the Story Siren. I'll be featuring books I have bought/been gifted/traded every Tuesday in this post because I won't be able to review all my haul but would still love to feature them!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Illuminate by Aimee Agresti (5/5 stars)

Title: Illuminate
Author: Aimee Agresti
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Date Published: 06 March 2012
Genre: Fantasy
Hardcover: 534 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars

"Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything begins to change when she turns sixteen. Along with her best friend Dante and their quiet and brilliant classmate Lance, she is awarded a prestigious internship in the big city— Chicago—and is sent to live and work at a swanky and stylish hotel under the watchful eyes of a group of gorgeous and shockingly young-looking strangers: powerful and alluring hotel owner Aurelia Brown; her second-in-command, the dashing Lucian Grove; and their stunning but aloof staff of glamazons called The Outfit. 

As Haven begins falling for Lucian, she discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem. With the help of a mysterious book, she uncovers a network of secret passageways from the hotel’s jazz-age past that leads her to the heart of the evil agenda of Aurelia and company: they’re in the business of buying souls. Will they succeed in wooing Haven to join them in their recruitment efforts, or will she be able to thwart this devilish set’s plans to take the souls of her classmates on prom night at the hotel? "

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

Author Interview: Aimee Agresti

 Interview with Aimee Agresti. 
I am floored to have Illuminate author, Aimee Agresti in my little bookworm corner for an interview today! I am sure you have heard of her book, Illuminate, one of the most anticipated books of the year by book lovers and bloggers! Click on "Read More" for the interview, which has a very juicy scoop on Gilded Wings #2! And watch out for my review coming this weekend. But before that, don't forget to add Illuminate on Goodreads! 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I am Grimalkin (The Last Apprentice #9) by Joseph Delaney (5/5 stars)

Title: I am Grimalkin (The Last Apprentice #9) 
Author: Joseph Delaney
Publisher: Bodley Head
Date Published: 01 September 2011
Genre: Young Adult/Horror
Hardcover: 448 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars

"‘I am Grimalkin, and I have already chosen those I will kill . . .’Grimalkin has made it her lifetime ambition to destroy the Fiend, avenging the brutal murder of her son. Having grudgingly joined forces with the Spook and his apprentice, Tom, and assisted them in the binding of the Fiend, she is now on the run. And her mission is deadly. She has to help them bind the Fiend's spirit for ever no matter who – or what – comes after it . . .This latest chilling instalment in the Wardstone Chronicles follows Grimalkin, the terrifying witch assassin, feared wherever she is known."

Friday, March 16, 2012

Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins (5/5 stars)

Title: Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Date Published: 13 March 2012
Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy
Hardcover: 336 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars

"Mom smiled and brushed my hair away from my face. 'You can call yourself whatever you want.'
'Okay. Sophie Awesome Sparkle-Princess it is.'"

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

ARC Starters by Lissa Price (4/5 stars)

Title: Starters
Author: Lissa Price
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers 
Date Published: 13 March 2012
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopia
Hardcover: 352 pages
Source: Net Galley approved by Random House Children's Books
Rating: 4/5 stars

Friday, March 2, 2012

Can't Wait Books #3 March Edition!

Hi all! There are a lot of new title releases (as well as paperback releases) this month with cover descriptions that sounds oh so mysterious and thrilling! Here are the books I can't wait to add to my library: