August 2014 YA New Releases

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Guys, you better get ready. Make sure your TBR lists are all caught up on. Because starting at the end of August and continuing through September, A LOT of books are coming out. I’m not even joking. I didn’t even include all of August’s new releases on here. I only included the ones that I could find without too much digging. And I’m afraid of my September book list. Counting only books I have for review, I have a list of 11 books for September that I must read. That doesn’t include the two I’ve already read or any of the books that I want to read that I’ll have to wait for. So it’s time to get down to business and work on those TBR piles. August and September are going to be BIG months for books. And I don’t mean to make that sound bad. Because really it’s awesome! Plus this month we get Isla (FINALLY!!!!! I’M SO EXCITED!!!) and next month we get Heir of Fire! I won’t list a whole bunch of the others I’m looking forward to because this list is already so long but go a head and peek at the books coming out in August. I hope you’ll be able to find something you’re looking forward to!

August 5

The Girl from the Well Just Call My Name (I'll Be There #2) Frostborn The Islands at the End of the World Servants of the Storm

Of Metal and Wishes Mortal Danger (Immortal Game, #1) Deadly Little Sins (Prep School Confidential, #3) The Magician's Land (The Magicians, #3) Magnolia

Some Boys Deadly Little Sins (Prep School Confidential, #3) Opposition (Lux, #5)

August 8

Fragile Destiny (The Aether Chronicles, #3)

August 12

A Blind Spot for Boys Gates of Thread and Stone The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone: A Novel Random

August 14

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3) Between the Spark and the Burn (Between, #2) Fiendish Forget Me Sisters' Fate (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #3)

The Only Thing Worse Than Witches Dangerous Boys

August 19

False Future (False Memory, #3) Storm Siren (Storm Siren, #1)

August 26

Amity Nuts to You I Want It That Way (2B Trilogy #1) The Aftermath The Swap

Positive: A Memoir Sanctum (Asylum, #2) The Far Dawn (The Atlanteans, #3) Messenger of Fear Ghost House

Chasing Before (The Memory Chronicles, #2) Maid of Deception (Maids of Honor, #2) A Little Something Different The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny, #1) Deliverance (Defiance, #3)

The Revenge of Seven (Lorien Legacies, #5) Astray (Gated, #2) Feral Don't Let Go (PERSEPHoNE #3) Into the Grey

How to Fall Can't Look Away yolo The Rule of Thoughts (The Mortality Doctrine, #2) The Island of Excess Love (Love in the Time of Global Warming, #2)

Faces of the Dead Undead with Benefits Rumble

August 28

Battle Angel (Immortal City, #3)

Out of all of the books, which ones are you most looking forward to?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kristen Miller

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted each week by Breaking the Spine and lets us spotlight a book that we are eagerly waiting to be released. This week I’ve chosen:
Waiting on Wednesday: Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kristen MillerNightmares! by Jason SegelKirsten Miller
Published by Random House LLC on 2014-09-09
Genres: Action & Adventure, Friendship, Middle-Grade
Pages: 368
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Jason Segel, multitalented actor, writer, and musician, teams up withNew York Times bestselling author Kirsten Miller for the hilariously frightening middle-grade novel Nightmares!, the first book in a trilogy about a boy named Charlie and a group of kids who must face their fears to save their town. 
Sleeping has never been so scary. And now waking up is even worse!
Charlie Laird has several problems. 
1. His dad married a woman he is sure moonlights as a witch.
2. He had to move into her purple mansion, which is NOT a place you want to find yourself after dark.
3.He can’t remember the last time sleeping wasn’t a nightmarish prospect. Like even a nap. 
What Charlie doesn’t know is that his problems are about to get a whole lot more real. Nightmares can ruin a good night’s sleep, but when they start slipping out of your dreams and into the waking world—that’s a line that should never be crossed.
And when your worst nightmares start to come true . . . well, that’s something only Charlie can face. And he’s going to need all the help he can get, or it might just be lights-out for Charlie Laird. For good.

I have been a fan of Jason Segel’s for a long time. When I saw he was going to be doing a panel at BookCon, I was so excited. When I saw he was writing a book, honestly, I kind of rolled my eyes. I believe Segel is very talented and like I said, I’m a big fan. But it just seems like celebrities are all writing books now, especially books for kids. But I went to his panel anyway because I wanted to see him (and Adam Gidwitz whose books we already love) and I’m so glad I did. The way he talked about this book really made me feel how much he believed in it and loved it. He said he wrote the story as a screenplay after Freaks and Geeks was cancelled but didn’t end up doing anything with it until recently. Kristen Miller came in to help him adapt it from a screenplay to a novel. And I really cannot wait to read this book. He talked about his childhood and how a lot of what the characters deal with came from his own past and the nightmares he used to deal with as a child. Plus, the book just sounds awesome. I really hope it is. I’ll be reading this one as soon as I can!

What books are you looking forward to today?

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by The Broke and The Bookish and allows us to combine our love of books with our love of lists. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island!

This is a tough list. I wasn’t sure if I got all ten characters with me at the same time or if they were my top ten choices for of one I’d want to be with. I decided I wanted all of them with me at once so I’m going with that. I’ve chosen all of my characters for a specific reason and am hoping that as a group we can all work together to get off the island. Of course, I could do it with just one wizard, but that wouldn’t be any fun.

So here are the characters that are going to get me off of that deserted island. And maybe a couple who will entertain me while I’m there.

  • Veronica Mars (The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas): Veronica would be our investigator, our law enforcer. She’d definitely be able to figure out how we ended up on the island, search the island for clues and helpful items, figure out a way off of it, and be able to entertain me with lots of snarky comments. Plus, maybe after the island, I’d be able to meet Keith and convince him to be my dad too.
  • Hermione Granger (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling): She’s our Minister of Magic, in charge of overseeing everything. She’s no-nonsense, very smart, and would definitely find a way off the island. Plus, she’s a witch and can apparate and do all kinds of magic that would help in things like building shelter and stuff. So, yes, I want her on my side and I want her in charge.
  • Thad (Nil): He’d be our organizer. He’s pretty good at keeping people in check and on task and is good at figuring out what needs to be done in order to keep the community working together and moving forward.
  • Addie Coleman (Pivot Point by Kasie West): Addie would be the decider. She is a searcher and would be able to settle any dispute by seeing which choice would have the best results. No wasting time on fighting and voting on how to get off the island.
  • Will Herondale (The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare): He’ll be our protector. He’s a demon fighter, strong and smart. Plus, I’m sure he and Veronica could entertain us with witty comments for hours.
  • Perry (Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi): He’d be our hunter. He’d know what we could eat and could catch wild animals for us. Plus, I wouldn’t mind seeing him around everyday.
  • Rubeus Hagrid (Harry Potter): He’s our muscle. Any strong lifting we need done or anything reached on a high branch, Hagrid will do it for us. Plus, he’s good at starting fires and controlling animals. Hagrid’s my favorite.
  • Peeta (The Hunger Games): He could be our baker. We’d need food and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t just want plants and wild animals all the time. He could figure out a way to make something else. Plus, he’s good with camouflage, gets along with everyone, and I want him. Real.
  • Cath (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell): She’d be my best friend. We could worry about all the things together and she could entertain me with her Simon fanfic.
  • Or course in real life, if I had the choice, I’d just choose Oliver Wood to fly me off the island on his broomstick or apparate me off with him. Or any other wizard who knows how to apparate. But that would defeat the purpose of this list.

I’m not sure if that was the real idea for this topic or not, but it’s what I came up with. Did you guys make a TTT this week? If you did, leave the link in the comments so I can come check out what your deserted island might look like!


Book Review: The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

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I received this book for free from Around the World ARC Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Walled City by Ryan GraudinThe Walled City by Ryan Graudin
Published by Brown on 2014-11-04
Genres: Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 448
Format: ARC
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
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There are three rules in the Walled City: Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife. Right now, my life depends completely on the first. Run, run, run.

Jin, Mei Yee, and Dai all live in the Walled City, a lawless labyrinth run by crime lords and overrun by street gangs. Teens there traffic drugs or work in brothels--or, like Jin, hide under the radar. But when Dai offers Jin a chance to find her lost sister, Mei Yee, she begins a breathtaking race against the clock to escape the Walled City itself.

This book was so surprising to me. I had almost no idea what this book was about when I started it but I got sucked in really quickly and then came to find out that it wasn’t what I was thinking it was going to be at all. It’s not science-fiction or dystopian. The Walled City was a real place. People lived liked Jin, Mei Yee, and Dai. Drugs, brothels, gangs, violence, hunger, and homelessness. They all existed in The Walled City. Laws did not. And reading about a real place and situations that could have been real changed how I felt about the book. I became more invested in the characters and the situations became more intense. I’m very glad I read this book and I hope you will consider putting it on your TBR lists for this November.

Because this is such an early review, I’m going to keep it short and not share too many details so as not to spoil anything. The Walled City is told from three different POVs. We get Jin, younger sister of Mei Yee and disguised as a boy, who has been searching the city and brothels for Mei Yee for two years. Mei Yee, who has been living in a brothel since being brought to the Walled City two years ago, and Dai, who is in the city for reasons unknown in the beginning but has a mission to complete before he can leave. And he’s running out of time. Not too long into the book, our characters stories overlap and the different pieces are put together. In a city where no one can be trusted, the characters must decide if they can trust each other and what they’re willing to risk to try to leave the Walled City.

I loved the three different POVs and felt for each of the characters and their situations and couldn’t believe some of the things they had gone through. They all wanted to be different people in different places and are all just trying to survive in this horrible place. But besides the characters, it was the setting that really made this book stand out for me. Based on the Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong, the descriptions of the city were detailed and dark and gritty and the picture in my mind matched up to the photos I saw online after finishing the book. If you’d like to learn more about Kowloon Walled City, and I recommend that you do, you can read about it here. It’s fascinating and horrifying all at the same time. Plus the article will give you a better history of the city than the book will.

I definitely recommend reading The Walled City. Especially if you’re fans of historical fiction and science-fiction. While it doesn’t exactly fit into either of those genres, it’s close enough to both that if you like one, I expect you’ll like this. The book was eye-opening and emotional, violent but not gory, beautifully written but not a happy story, haunting but still hopeful. It showed the importance of family and friends, trust and love, and how far is one person willing to go for what’s important to them. I do wish I had known about Kowloon Walled City before reading this book because there isn’t a lot of information on the city itself but the descriptions given are definitely accurate enough to give you a good picture of setting. Between the characters in this book and the setting, I highly recommend The Walled City.

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Book Blitz: Pieces of Olivia by Melissa West

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Book Blitz: Pieces of Olivia by Melissa West

Book Blitz: Pieces of Olivia by Melissa WestPieces of Olivia by Melissa West
Published by Penguin on 2014-07-15
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 210
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Olivia Warren used to be a normal girl with a bright future.
But on one fated night, everything changed.

Hiding the scars of her past up her sleeves, Olivia transfers her enrollment from Columbia University to The College of Charleston, determined to pursue her own dreams for the first time in her life.

She intends to allow herself a bit of alone time to heal… that is, until she meets Preston.

Preston is best friends with her roommate, completely hot, and off-limits. But the chemistry between them is instantaneous—and as the pair begins to spend more time with one another, their feelings for each other build into something undeniable, something powerful enough to heal Olivia’s deepest scars.

Olivia tries to put her own past behind her and trust Preston, but she discovers that his past might be more present than she ever bargained for…


Today, as part of the Pieces of Olivia Book Blitz, I’m excited to provide you guys with information about the book as well as an excerpt and a giveaway! Pieces of Olivia is a New Adult book written by the same author who wrote the young-adult trilogy The Taking (Gravity, Hover, Collide). So go ahead and check out the excerpt and enter for your chance to win your own ecopy of the book and an Amazon gift card!


Chapter One

Someone should warn you that move­in day at a college is the last day you should actually try to move into your dorm. I stared down the line of girls waiting to get on the elevators, all of them with stacks of suitcases and boxes and microwave­refrigerator combos, which should have already been in our rooms, but evidently there was a shortage this year. I eyed my own set of suitcases and the line again. I could drag them up the three flights of stairs to the third floor faster than I could get there waiting in that line.

I tilted the heaviest one on its wheels, tossed the second on top, and started for the stairwell door around the corner. There was no line there, surprise­surprise, so I took my time pulling my suitcases through the door and lifting them one step at a time up the stairs. By the time I reached the third floor, my face was dripping with sweat and I found myself wishing I’d taken my parents’ offer to help me move in.

At the time, all I could think about was their sad expressions as they asked me for the hundredth time if I was sure. Sure I wanted to ditch Columbia for the College of Charleston. Sure I wanted to live in a dorm on campus (forget that all freshmen were required to live on campus). Sure I wanted to have a roommate in said dorm instead of living alone. The list went on and on and on. They didn’t understand. I couldn’t live that life anymore. Every part of it brought back memories I couldn’t handle. I needed a change. And not just a change in geography. I needed a complete change—different town, different people, different me.

I needed to be able to grab bananas from the produce section without running into someone who knew and getting that sad look as he or she asked how I was doing. I mean, how did they think I was doing? I hated pity. I hated the long look people gave you and the slow headshake that said poor little you. I knew sadness. It was a longtime friend of mine now. I didn’t need reminders of how closely it clung to me every time I went to the grocery store.

I heaved my suitcase through the third­floor door and glanced around for room numbers. I was 3­F and my roommate was some chick from Gator Town: Gainesville, Florida. I pictured a surfer girl, complete with sun­bleached blond hair and bronzed skin, who used words like totally and awesome as though they were worth gold each time you said them.

I tugged on my UPF 55 shirt, glad that I’d been smart enough to pick up a few. Long sleeves at the beach in August would cause a few looks, and I wasn’t prepared to explain the real reason for them. But with UPF shirts, I could just claim a crazy interest in sun protection. Plus with the tiny shorts I paired with them, I felt sure I could go about without too many questions. Or so I hoped. Thank God my legs weren’t scarred. Otherwise I’d have had to go to college at some snow lift in Colorado, and I hated cold weather.

I reached the hall for rooms 3­A to 3­H. Most of the doors were open, and I tried not to peek inside them as I passed. The hall was completely alive with excitement and commotion. I wondered if it would always be like this or if there were study hours or something. I finally came to the door for 3­F, which was closed, no sounds coming from inside. I grabbed the knob and turned, relieved that Gator­girl wasn’t there yet, until I flicked on the light and heard a grumble from across the room.

“Damn, shut the light. I’m working off a buzz here.”

I turned around to see a guy in the bed on the left side of the room, a white sheet tangled around him, exposing his bare chest. My eyes roamed over him, and for the first time, I understood how Bella could be attracted to Edward’s paleness. This guy’s skin could rival a vampire’s for sure, but instead of looking like it belonged to a hospital patient, it was startlingly creamy with just a hint of a golden undertone. His shaggy brownish ­red hair scattered in a mess across the pillow, and although I knew I should ask a myriad of questions, I just found myself staring.

His eyes peeked open and he tossed one of his arms over them to block out the light. “You must be Olivia,” he said, his voice thick from sleep.I waited. Hot or not, I didn’t know this guy. He could be here to steal my virtue . . . or the virtue I had two years ago, but still.

He climbed out of bed, a pair of low­hanging navy pajama pants with little yellow characters the only thing on his flawless body. I took them in before glancing back at his face. “Tweety Bird?” “Goldfish. It’s an inside joke.”

I nodded. “Ah.”

He brushed his hair out of his eyes. It was the sort of hair you wanted to touch just to see if it felt as perfect as it looked. “So . . .”

“So . . .” I smiled. “Are you going to tell me who you are and why the hell you’re in my dorm room?”

He smirked. “I see you’re not as small town as you look. Where are you from?” He reached behind him for a T­shirt thrown across a desk chair. He had that deep Southern drawl that reminded you of warm syrup on pancakes, slow and delicious and entirely too tempting.

I considered lying, but that would only delay the inevitable. “Westlake,” I said, bracing myself for his reaction. What happened never made national news—thank God—but everyone in a two­state radius knew and felt inclined to ask as soon as they heard where I was from.

He glanced up at me before slipping the shirt on, and I prepared for the question, the change in his tone, but instead he said, “I take it back. You are small town. Rich. But still, small town.”

For a moment, I was too startled to respond. I had yet to meet anyone who heard where I was from and didn’t launch into questions too personal for a friend let alone a stranger. I opened my mouth to remind him that (a) Charleston wasn’t exactly New York City and (b) he still hadn’t answered my question, when the door behind me burst open and a tiny girl rushed in. She had the look of one of those flyers on a cheerleading squad—five­foot nothing, blond hair in loose pigtails that hung over her shoulders, and dressed in just a tank top and jean shorts.

Jean shorts. Trisha. My chest constricted as memories poured in, and I had to take a step back so I could breathe. Trisha hated jean shorts.

“I’m so sorry! So sorry!” the girl said, her tone entirely too high for such a small space. Gator­girl, I presumed. “This isn’t what it looks like.” Then she turned on the guy. “I told you eight a.m. exit, dude. It’s twelve-thirty!”

I started to tell her I didn’t care regardless. I hated that stereotypical bullshit, where guys could hook up with whomever and be cool, but when a girl did the same thing, she was a slut. I decided it wasn’t the time.

The guy shrugged. “What do you want from me? I was drunker than I thought. Happens to the best of us. Besides, look at her. She’s cool with it. Aren’t you?”

Both of their gazes fell on me. “Um . . . should I come back later? I can just . . .” I started for the door when the girl reached out to stop me.

“Don’t go! Please. I’m Kara. And this asshat is Preston Riggs, my best friend. Well, he used to be my best friend.” She glared at him. “He was supposed to be out this morning before you arrived, but clearly”—she motioned to him—“he’s got issues with time. Among other things.”

Preston slid into a pair of Rainbow sandals and ran his hands over his face before stretching his arms out wide. “I take offense. I pride myself on punctuality. If there was ever a—”

“Out. Before I call your mom.”

Preston looked at her. “Like I’m afraid of my—” Kara pulled out her cell, and he threw up his hands. “Okay, okay. I’m gone.” His eyes swept from her to me, giving me a slow once­over, before winking and heading for the door. “Nice meeting you, Small Town.”

And just like that, he was gone.

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