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SAVE THE DATE {24} The Ghost in the Glass House

THE GHOST IN THE GLASS HOUSE
AUTHOR: Carey Wallace
EXPECTED PUBLICATION: September 3rd 2013 by Clarion

EDITION: Hardcover, 240 pages

CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Paranormal, Ghosts, Urban Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Clarion Books, Carey Wallace, The Ghost in the Glass House, Save the Date

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: In a 1920s seaside town, Clare discovers a mysterious glass house in the backyard of her new summer home. There she falls in love with Jack, the ghost of a boy who can’t remember who he was before he died. Their romance is a haven for her from the cruel pranks of her society friends, especially her best friend, Bridget, who can’t wait to grow up and embark on romances of her own. As Clare begins to suspect an affair between her mother and Bridget’s father, she retreats to the glass house. But that haven begins to crack when she realizes that Jack has lied to her about his name . . . From a dazzling and fearless new voice comes a shimmering story full of wonder and mystery, in a world where every character is haunted by lingering ghosts of love.

MY THOUGHTS: 1920s? Say no more, I’m already “Wanting to Read” it. I adore anything and everything to do with the Roaring ’20s. I don’t know why, or where this obsession started but I may or may not have imagined myself attending one of Jay Gatsby’s famous parties dressed up in Flapper apparel. How cool would that be?! That being said, this tale adds ghosts and romance into the mix,  there’s no way that I can say no! 
Do you think you’ll read this one? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Reading!

SAVE THE DATE {22} CHARMED VENGEANCE BY SUZANNE LAZEAR

CHARMED VENGEANCE
SERIES: The Aether Chronicles #2 | OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES: Innocent Darkness #1
AUTHOR: Suzanne Lazear
EXPECTED PUBLICATION: August 8th 2013 by Flux
EDITION: Paperback, 408 pages
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Steampunk, Fantasy, Paranormal, Fairies, Romance, Historical Fiction, Flux, August 2013 Release, Save the Date

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: In the Faerie realm, Noli Braddock’s relationship with her best friend V has grown into something more. But V’s mother, Faerie Queen Tiana, has ruled that they are forbidden to see each other. Returning to the mortal realm, Noli joins the crew of her brother’s air-pirate ship, the Vixen’s Revenge. There she discovers that her brother has hired the scallywag Faerie huntsman, Kevighn Silver. While serving as shipmates, Kevighn and Noli learn that the Earth Court King plans to find a forbidden artifact–one that will bring destruction to everyone Noli loves.

MY THOUGHTS: Fairies…Steampunk…Romance…need I say more?! And look at that cover – uh, looks like some crazy stuff is going down! This one is on my TBR list, and I definitely think you should add it to yours as well! 

HAPPY READING!

SAVE THE DATE {21} All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry

ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS
SERIES: Book#1
AUTHOR: Sarah McCarry
EXPECTED PUBLICATION: July 30th 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin
EDITION: Paperback, 240 pages
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Music, Sci-Fi
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WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The first book in an exciting YA trilogy, this is the story of two best friends on the verge of a terrifying divide when they begin to encounter a cast of strange and mythical characters.

Set against the lush, magical backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, two inseparable best friends who have grown up like sisters—the charismatic, mercurial, and beautiful Aurora and the devoted, soulful, watchful narrator—find their bond challenged for the first time ever when a mysterious and gifted musician named Jack comes between them. Suddenly, each girl must decide what matters most: friendship, or love. What both girls don’t know is that the stakes are even higher than either of them could have imagined. They’re not the only ones who have noticed Jack’s gift; his music has awakened an ancient evil—and a world both above and below which may not be mythical at all. The real and the mystical; the romantic and the heartbreaking all begin to swirl together, carrying the two on journey that is both enthralling and terrifying.


And it’s up to the narrator to protect the people she loves—if she can.

MY THOUGHT: I like how different this one sounds from most of what it on the market today. Of course, that is being said from the vague description given above – but I can’t think of what I’d compare it to offhand. I like that they give the 2 main characters as Aurora (which that is one of my favorite names!) and “Narrator”. That makes it seem spooky and mysterious, and pulled me in right away when I read this summary. I think Jack is going to be an awesome character too, from his description, and I think the cover is really pretty! This one sounds like it’ll be a good read. What are your thoughts? 

Happy Reading!

Save the Date {20} Of Beast & Beauty by Stacey Jay

Of Beast and Beauty
SERIES: Stand alone
AUTHOR: Stacey Jay
EXPECTED PUBLICATION: July 23rd 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
EDITION: Hardcover, 400 pages
CATEGORIES: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult, Fairy Tales, Beauty and the Beast, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Paranormal
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: In the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret…

In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to both their worlds.


Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him, and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.


As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.

MY THOUGHTS: Some people love retellings, some people hate them. I think I fall somewhere in the middle. I’ve read good and I’ve read bad. What I love most, is just seeing how someone takes an idea and spins it their own way. How many times have you finished a book and thought that you would’ve ended it differently, or had the characters take different paths, make different choices, or put them in an entirely different world completely? That’s what I love about retellings, and this one sounds like it is going to be so different not only from the original story, but from anything I’ve read. I’m very interested and curious about this one, and will be placing my request with the library as soon as I’m done writing this post! Plus, I think the cover is really awesome!

What are your thoughts?

Happy Reading!

Save the Date {19} Starglass by Phoebe North

STARGLASS
SERIES: Starglass #1 | OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES: Starbreak #2
AUTHOR: Phoebe North
EXPECTED PUBLICATION: July 23rd by Simon & Schuster for Young Readers
EDITION: Hardcover, 448 pages
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Fantasy, Space, Romance, Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic, Aliens, Simon & Schuster, Starglass Series, Phoebe North, Save the Date

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Terra has never known anything but life aboard the Asherah, a city-within-a-spaceship that left Earth five hundred years ago in search of refuge. At sixteen, working a job that doesn’t interest her, and living with a grieving father who only notices her when he’s yelling, Terra is sure that there has to be more to life than what she’s got.

But when she inadvertently witnesses the captain’s guard murdering an innocent man, Terra is suddenly thrust into the dark world beneath her ship’s idyllic surface. As she’s drawn into a secret rebellion determined to restore power to the people, Terra discovers that her choices may determine life or death for the people she cares most about. With mere months to go before landing on the long-promised planet, Terra has to make the decision of a lifetime–one that will determine the fate of her people.

MY THOUGHTS: I really love the cover on this book! I think it’s really pretty and doesn’t give anything away. I also like that it isn’t using a live model. Sometimes I like to picture the main character how I imagine them from the descriptions in the book, and when a live model is used sometimes it doesn’t fit what I imagined, but that really isn’t here nor there! Once I really started loving dystopian books, it was only natural that I then progressed to books that take place in space (ha, that rhymed!) I really enjoyed Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan, and I have been meaning to finally dive into Across the Universe by Beth Revis. Being trapped on a ship in space with no way off kind of creeps me out, so of course I would enjoy books that take place on spaceships! Since it’s a genre I’m still getting comfy with, this one sounds like it’s got tons of action and suspense to keep me engaged, and I definitely want this one on my bookshelf!

Happy Reading!

Save the Date {18}

TITLE: Still Star-Crossed
SERIES: Stand-alone
AUTHOR: Melinda Taub
EDITION: Hardcover, 352 pages
PUBLICATION INFORMATION: July 9th 2013 by Delacorte Press
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Retellings, Historical Fiction, Romance, Delacorte Press, Melissa Taub, Still Star-Crossed, July 2013 Release
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Romeo and Juliet are gone. Will love live on? Despite the glooming peace that’s settled on Verona after the recent tragedy, Montagues and Capulets are brawling in the streets. Faced with more bloody battles, Prince Escalus concludes that the only way to truly marry the fortunes of these two families is to literally marry them together. Everyone is skeptical, but none more so than the pair selected, for the most eligible Montague bachelor is Benvolio, Romeo’s best friend, still anguished by the loss of his companions, and the chosen Capulet maid is Juliet’s older cousin Rosaline, the girl Romeo first loved and whose refusal of Romeo’s affection paved the way for bloodshed. Contrary to their late cousins, there’s no love lost between Benvolio and Rosaline, yet they forge a bond to end the renewed feud not only to escape their forced betrothal, but to save their lives and the city of Verona itself. 
MY THOUGHTS: Holy… I.. Oh man. I want this book, like, now! I don’t know what it is about Romeo & Juliet, but anything to do with a retelling or a spin-off type story and I am so there! I think this book has tons of promise, and it is one that I am going to most likely buy immediately. I also adore the cover, and that alone is enough to draw me in.
What do you think? Is this a TBR or Pass for you?
Happy Reading!

Save the Date {17} Forevermore by Cindy Miles

TITLE: Forevermore
SERIES: Stand-alone
AUTHOR: Cindy Miles
PUBLICATION INFORMATION: July 1st 2013 by Point
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Mystery, Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Ghosts, Point Publishing, Cindy Miles, Forevermore, July 2013 Release
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: On a misty cliffside, mystery and romance await. . . .

Ivy Calhoun’s life has been turned upside down. Her new stepdad has uprooted Ivy and her mom, bringing them to live in an actual castle in the misty Scottish countryside. There are stone-faced servants and shadowy corridors, and the ancient walls seem full of secrets. Ivy is at once frightened and intrigued.


Especially when she meets Logan, a gorgeous, elusive ghost who has haunted the castle grounds for decades. Ivy is immediately drawn to him . . . but Logan is not the only spirit around. Something dark and deadly is afoot, and soon Ivy finds herself in mortal danger.


Is Logan exactly what he seems? Could his mysterious past be tied to Ivy’s present? And can Ivy stop herself from falling in love with him?

WHY YOU SHOULD SAVE THE DATE: Ghosts? Check. Romance? Check. Paranormal themes? Check. Added to my TBR Shelf? Oh yeah! This one sounds so creepy, and eerie, and gothic, and tragic, and beautiful all wrapped up in a pretty little package!! Already reaching over 4.30 out of 5.00 on Goodreads, the reviews are all positive for this gem!
Planning to read Forevermore? Let me know why or why not in the comments below 🙂
Happy Reading!

Save the Date {15} Dare You To

Dare You To

AUTHOR: Katie McGarry
SERIES: Pushing the Limits #2| OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES: Pushing the Limits #1
EDITION: Hardcover, 462 pages
EXPECTED PUBLICATION: May 28th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Book #2 in Series, Pushing the Limits Series
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. “Dance with me, Beth.”

“No.” I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again….

“I dare you…”


If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk’s home life, they’d send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom’s freedom and her own happiness. That’s how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn’t want her and going to a school that doesn’t understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn’t get her, but does….


Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can’t tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn’t be less interested in him.


But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won’t let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all….

MY THOUGHTS: I absolutely LOVED Pushing the Limits, so imagine my anticipated excitement when I learned that a companion novel was coming out! I will definitely be getting this one ASAP. If you love contemporary romances that don’t fit the typical mold, you will adore McGarry’s writing and characters. Each are fantastically wonderful and flawed all at the same time. She doesn’t hold back with any topic or worry about giving the reader a heart attack with her story lines that you won’t see coming. I recommend everyone read this book if you loved Pushing the Limits; and if you haven’t experienced McGarry’s writing yet, then you need to do so immediately so that you can see why I will read absolutely anything that she publishes.
Happy Reading!
Laura

Save the Date {14} Stolen Nights

Stolen Nights
AUTHOR: Rebecca Maizel
SERIES: Vampire Queen #2 | Book #1: Infinite Days
EDITION: Paperback, 303 pages
EXPECTED PUBLICATION: January 20th 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Vampires, 2nd in a Series

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Lenah Beaudonte should be dead. But having sacrificed herself to save another, she finds herself awakening with strange powers that are neither vampire nor human – and a new enemy on her trail. In her vampire life, Lenah had thought that being human was all she ever wanted; but the human heart suffers pain, heartbreak and loss.
With her new powers growing and the dark force of the Nex after her soul, Lenah faces a choice: between the mortal love of gorgeous Justin, whose passion fed her human soul, and taking a different path to become the mistress of her own destiny, wherever that may lead…
MY THOUGHTS: So the first book in the series, Infinite Days (which I totally bought because I loved the cover!) came out August 3rd of 2010! Yeah, that means by the time Stolen Nights releases, it’ll have been two years and 5 months! Sorry, but that’s just WAY too long to have to wait. I know that I LOVED Infinite Days, but I barely remember anything from it – so I’ll definitely have to reread it before I get the second book. But I do remember really loving it – and loving Lenah’s character. This is not your run-of-the-mill vampire book, that’s for sure! It’s unique and different that everything out there, and has enough to keep anyone engaged. Plus – did you READ the synopsis? Yeah! Can’t freaking wait!
Happy Reading!

Save the Date {12} Boundless by Cynthia Hand

BOUNDLESS
AUTHOR: Cynthia Hand
SERIES: Unearthly #3 | Other Books in the Series: Unearthly | Hallowed
EDITION: Hardcover, 320 pages
PUBLICATION INFORMATION: January 22nd 2013 by HarperTeen
CATEGORIES: YA, Paranormal, Angels, Urban Fantasy
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WHAT IT’S ABOUT: (Highlight over to read; didn’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t read books 1 & 2) The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could have ever anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life. 

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her … even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California – and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one … with the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly Series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.

MY THOUGHTS: I enjoyed Unearthly, and REALLY like Hallowed, so I’m very curious to see how the series ends in the third installment of the trilogy.  There are still lots of unanswered questions and I can’t wait to see how they play out!

Happy Reading!