Wednesday, May 22, 2013

#ArmchairAudies Young Adult Category

It's that time of year again! This year I have joined the Young Adult audiobook judging. To check out the other nominations in other categories click HERE

The picks for Young Adult audiobooks up for awards this year are:

The Fault in Our Stars by

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

 
 
 

The Diviners (The Diviners #1)by

Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."

When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first.




Dodger  by

A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's...Dodger.

Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl--not even if her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England.

From Dodger's encounter with the mad barber Sweeney Todd to his meetings with the great writer Charles Dickens and the calculating politician Benjamin Disraeli, history and fantasy intertwine in a breathtaking account of adventure and mystery.

 
 

Enchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1) by

It isn't easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.

When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.

The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past - and hers?

 


Inheritance (The Inheritance Cycle #4) by

Not so very long ago, Eragon—Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider—was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.

Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances.

The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost?

This is the much-anticipated, astonishing conclusion to the worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle.



Stay tuned! Later this week I will post my thoughts on which one I think should win this category. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Stranded (Stranded #1) by Jeff Probst, Chris Tebbetts



A family vacation becomes a test of survival!

It was supposed to be a vacation—and a chance to get to know each other better. But when a massive storm sets in without warning, four kids are shipwrecked alone on a rocky jungle island in the middle of the South Pacific. No adults. No instructions. Nobody to rely on but themselves. Can they make it home alive?

A week ago, the biggest challenge Vanessa, Buzz, Carter, and Jane had was learning to live as a new blended family. Now the four siblings must find a way to work together if they're going to make it off the island. But first they've got to learn to survive one another



The book broken up into very short chapters and in turn each chapter into sections. Stranded was a very quick read and full of smart children stuck in a very desperate situation. 

The four children are stranded, having lost their two adult guides, but luckily still have the boat...and it's stock of food. They must learn how to deal with this emotional situation as well as fight for survival. Including the most important thing, finding water. 

The reader gets a good look of each character, getting to know each and their strongest abilities. They work very well together and very little, if any drama. 

This is a great Summer read for Middle Grade readers, a good start to the series.  It's light and entertaining.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Inside Out (Insiders #1) by Maria V. Snyder



Keep Your Head Down.
Don't Get Noticed.
Or Else.


I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution





Saturday, May 11, 2013

Vixen (Flappers #1) by Jillian Larkin


Jazz . . . Booze . . . Boys . . . It’s a dangerous combination.

Every girl wants what she can’t have. Seventeen-year-old Gloria Carmody wants the flapper lifestyle—and the bobbed hair, cigarettes, and music-filled nights that go with it. Now that she’s engaged to Sebastian Grey, scion of one of Chicago’s most powerful families, Gloria’s party days are over before they’ve even begun . . . or are they?

Clara Knowles, Gloria’s goody-two-shoes cousin, has arrived to make sure the high-society wedding comes off without a hitch—but Clara isn’t as lily-white as she appears. Seems she has some dirty little secrets of her own that she’ll do anything to keep hidden. . . .

Lorraine Dyer, Gloria’s social-climbing best friend, is tired of living in Gloria’s shadow. When Lorraine’s envy spills over into desperate spite, no one is safe. And someone’s going to be very sorry. . . .

From debut author Jillian Larkin, VIXEN is the first novel in the sexy, dangerous, and ridiculously romantic new series set in the Roaring Twenties . . . when anything goes.

Hardcover, 421 pages

Published December 14th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers


ISBN

0385740344 (ISBN13: 9780385740340)\
 


This was like The Great Gatsby meets Chicago. This story is told from 3 different point of views, Gloria, Clara and Lorraine. Jillian does a wonderful job of story-telling here. You will get completely wrapped up in all three lives. You will fall in love with Marcus with Clara, Find the importance of making the right choices with Gloria and Learn what friendship really means through Lorraine. It was thoroughly an enjoyable read for me, perfect for a sit back and relax afternoon. There was definitely a love/hate relationship between me and some of the other characters as well.I found myself reading late into the night wondering what could possibly happen next. I cannot wait to see where this story goes with the next book!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Revelations Cover Reveal!

 

Revelations (Bloodlines) (Volume 3)
Author: Lindsay Anne Kendal
Print ISBN: 9781937085797
E-Book ISBN: 9781937085780
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Release:
Description:
In this final installment of the Bloodlines trilogy, Keira and her friends face their toughest battles yet. Not only with the ones they believe have set out to destroy them, but also with themselves and each other.  
A shock revelation throws the group into confusion, torn between what each of them think is right and wrong. Keira now has to make a hard choice – does she stay with the people she loves, and fight with them – Or does she leave them, join forces with the person they originally thought was heartless, cold and brutal, but in fact, is doing something she actually agrees with. Something that could benefit and comfort almost every person who has ever lived.  
Revelations will take you to a place you never could have imagined existed. Heart-wrenching passion, death-defying friendship, treachery and pain, mixed with extreme battles, powerful magic and self-belief, make for an unbelievable climax that will stay with you until the end of time.





About the Author
I have lived in Droylsden, Manchester, all my life. I live with my parents and my younger sister, Cheryl. I never knew what I wanted to do with my life until I began writing. This is my dream.  
I get most of my inspiration from music, I’ll sit there listening to it and suddenly I’m no longer in the room. My stories play like videos in my mind, then I go and write them down.
I’m a very dark person, I love anything spooky, supernatural, or unexplainable, and so that’s the genre I want to write in for the rest of my life. I love watching scary films, although I find it very hard to find one these days that actually frighten me.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Sisters Red (Fairytale Retellings #1) by Jackson Pearce


Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris--the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She's determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead. Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls' bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett's only friend--but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they've worked for?


Hurrah! for Kick Ass Ninja girls! (they are not ninja's but are very stealthy) In her Novel Sisters Red, Jackson Pearce gives us a current day re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood. These sisters are attacked when young while living with their grandmother by a man/wolf, in which the older sister Scarlett is physically scarred while trying to defend herself and her sister from the big bad wolf, A fight in which they loose their grandmother. From then on they make a pact to become hunters and destroy all the disgusting, hairy, girl eaters, along with their neighbor Silas, they will fight until the death to defend other young girls from a very painful death.

 
My Opinion: This book was a great take on an old story. It represents the highest form of "girl power" the spice girls would be happy. I particularly like the romance scenes. They were not written to Harlequin-like and "icky" they were subtle and perfect. I am not a huge romance fan, but can appreciate it in small doses. The wolves were disgusting and acted like perverts and you wanted to see them demolished

Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Blood Countess (Pandora English #1) by Tara Moss


Pandora English is no ordinary small town orphan. When she's invited to live with her mysterious Great-Aunt Celia in New York City, she seizes the opportunity to escape her stifling hometown break from her tragic past and make it as a writer. Things, however, are not what she is expecting. For starters, her great-aunt's gothic mansion is in a mist-wreathed Manhattan suburb that doesn't appear on maps. And then there's Celia herself - a former designer to the stars of Hollywood's Golden Age - who is elegant, unnaturally young and always wearing a veil. Pandora lands a job at a fashion magazine and her first assignment is covering the A-list launch of the latest miracle cream, BloodofYouth. But something is not right about the product, nor Athanasia, the drop-dead beautiful face of the brand. It seems there may be a secret ingredient in BloodofYouth, a secret worth killing for..
Mass Market Paperback, 389 pages
Published 2010 by Pan Macmillan Australia


So I came across an audiobook on this one, I was a little nervous at the beginning. I am not exactly into Fashion or the Modeling world so the first half of the book, I was not so sure about. But it had enough mystery in it a that I kept listening. But in the middle of this book, a whole bunch of interesting things happen and then some action thrown in. And I do love me some action, female kick-ass scenes with just a little romance. So let me tell you a little about this book.
Pandora English: parents deceased. She goes to New York to live with a "great aunt" that looks younger than what could have been her mother.
Her great Aunts house: not on the map, invisible to most people unless you have the exact address or are taken there by somebody else: 2 it used to be a Paranormal Studies institute and some beings are still living there. 3 A Huge Gothic Style mansion that I would kill to live in.
With some fashion help and a little bit of pushing her Great Aunt seems to help her get the perfect job working for a fashion magazine by the name of PANDORA... coincidence?
There are strange things happening around the fashion world, the magazine is handling the article for the release of a new product to take away the years...and it may or may not include blood as it's "special ingredient" And the models look an awful like Vampires, and...why does her great Aunt hate garlic?
Last but not the least: she makes out with a ghost.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Cover Reveal : Endure by M.R. Merrick





Available June 5th 





YA Urban Fantasy

Final book in The Protector Series

Wrapped in darkness and woven with defeat, every action Chase has taken since being exiled from the Circle has been met with a devastating response. Now he’s been burdened with a quest that seems impossible, and he needs to evolve into something more—something greater than he ever thought he could be.



Armed with magic, friendship, and an unbreakable will, Chase must build an army and find a weapon capable of defeating the ultimate evil. But he knows that nothing great comes without sacrifice. Blessed by the very gods who have abandoned him and carrying the fate of all the worlds on his shoulders, Chase Williams is about find out just how much one man can endure.






 Book 1 - Exiled is FREE!






About the author:



M.R. Merrick is a Canadian
writer, and author of Exiled, the first installment in The Protector
Series. Having never traveled, he adventures to far off lands through
his imagination and in between cups of coffee. As a music lover and
proud breakfast enthusiast, he's usually found at the computer, between a
pair of headphones and in front of a large bowl of cereal.