CALLING ALL AUSSIE READERS: Simon & Schuster AU have a challenge for you. Read Everneath by Brodi Ashton, film a video review, upload it to www.everneath.com.au and you will go into the draw to win a $250 voucher to the bookstore of YOUR CHOICE or Westfield or JB Hi-Fi! Whoa! How amazing is that? And if you're camera shy (like me *hides*), then why not dress your pet in red and do a voice over as suggested by the always amazing Caroline at S&S? That would be hilarious. Be fun! Be creative! Do something to stand out and you could walk away $250 richer in books :)
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February has started! And you know what that means? It's the month of love! Lisa and I have already kicked things into action with our swoony posts and heart-stopping prizes. Check out the full detail of events HERE.
Author: Leah Giarratano
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Release Date: May 23rd 2012
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A psychopath … an empath … a genius.Three siblings who will save the world – or destroy it.They know nothing of each other. They know nothing of the Telling.But they'll need to learn fast if they're going to survive…A gripping new series about a collision of worlds, the power of destiny, and the darkness in us all...
My thoughts: HOLY CRAP. Does this sound amazing or what? Five lines and a striking cover and already I'm frothing at the mouth for May to come!
Release Date: September 18th 2012
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Filled with mystery, romance, and the supernatural, The Raven Boys introduces readers to Richard “Dick” Campbell Gansey, III and Blue Sargent. Gansey has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on the hunt to find Glendower, a vanished Welsh king. Legend has it that the first person to find him will be granted a wish—either by seeing him open his eyes, or by cutting out his heart.My thoughts: Damn, Maggie Stiefvater. Will you ever write a book that sounds terrible? I think not. I AM SO EXCITED! The cover looks fantastic and how intriguing is the plot? Psychics, Welsh Kings, rich, sexy, mysterious Raven Boys... oh yeah. Bring on September.
Blue Sargent, the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, has been told for as long as she can remember that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die. But she is too practical to believe in things like true love. Her policy is to stay away from the rich boys at the prestigious Aglionby Academy. The boys there—known as Raven Boys—can only mean trouble. When Gansey and his Raven Boy friends come into her life, Blue realizes how true this is. She never thought her fortune would be a problem. But she was wrong.
Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date: June 19th 2012
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Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.
Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.
But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.
When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she's supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she's been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.
Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?
My thoughts: WANT. NOW. But hold on.... what's this? My spirit bad boy has COMPETITION?! See, the book blogger Braiden is always trying to sneak his way into the hearts of the leading YA ladies and now he's half done it with BRAYDEN. But I'm sorry, I don't care how 'cute and brainy' he is... no one can live up to the with and charm of my Adrian Ivashkov. And okay, I'm getting way too hung up over the potential love triangle, but anyway, THE GOLDEN LILY!!! Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi? Interesting!!
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
2013 by Dial/Penguin
Strange things are happening in Violet's town....kids hunting monsters in cemeteries, girls fainting in old train tunnels, men cutting themselves in the town square. And it all started when a crooked-smiling boy named River showed up, wanting to rent the guesthouse behind the crumbing mansion on the sea, where Violet lives with her twin brother. Is River just a coffee-loving liar with a mysterious past? Or is he...something else? Violet's great-grandmother had warned her about the Devil, had talked about him often, as if he were a best friend, or an old lover. But she never told Violet that the Devil could be a pretty boy who takes naps with you in the sun and likes old movies and has a deep sense of vengeance.
Violet's already so knee-deep in love she can't see straight.
And that's just how River likes it.
Wrecked by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
2013 by Disney-Hyperion
Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen never should have met. She’s the socialite daughter of the richest man in the galaxy, and he’s a decorated soldier fighting back rebellions on newly terraformed planets. But when the vast luxury spaceliner they’re both traveling on crashes, they find themselves thrown together as the two sole survivors on an alien planet.
As they survive harsh conditions and dwindling supplies—not to mention each other—the two begin to uncover a mystery surrounding the abandoned planet that neither of them could have guessed.
The first in a trilogy, WRECKED sets into motion a series of timeless, standalone love stories that span galaxies—and are linked by their shared worlds and one mysterious enemy.
October 2012 by Simon & Schuster
Poison Princess centers on 16-year-old Evangeline "Evie" Greene, a privileged teenager from Louisiana. When an apocalyptic event decimates her hometown, killing everyone she loves, Evie realizes the hallucinations she'd been having for the past year were actually visions of the future — and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux. As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophecy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of teens have been chosen to re-enact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it's not always clear who is on which side …
The Big Screen
Viola Davies has been cast as the role of Amma in the Beautiful Creatures movie!! So exciting to see the first glimpse of the cast! I'm not sure if I've actually seen Viola in any movies, but she LOOKS the part and I cannot wait to see what she brings to the fierce role of Amma <3 Ethan, Lena, Link and Ridley casting next please? Filming is set to begin in April.
AND OMG YOU SAW THE HUNGER GAMES TRAILER, RIGHT? Well of course you did, but like me, you've been watching it over and over an over again, yes? So one more time won't hurt! Seriously, this looks beyond amazing. Katniss gets me with, "Whatever you do, don't let them starve!" and Cinna at the end with the Mockingjay pin and Oh My Peeta, is it March yet?!?!