Thursday, September 27, 2012

Semi Absence + Do You Want to Write a Guest Post?

Contain your sorrow: I won't be around much in October. I'll be a bit busy, so I can't really focus on blogging. There are a couple of posts I have scheduled (including a super hot giveaway for US/CA), but apart from those, it's unlikely you'll see more than 2 or 3 reviews from me. A slow-blogging period that's actually extended back to this past week, given that I have the flu and feel miserable, which translates into me doing absolutely nothing. Something I excel at, sick or not :D

Anyway! I figured, why not take this opportunity to have a few guest posts from readers, bloggers or authors to be featured here throughout October (and maybe the first week or two of November).

What kind of post? Anything you want! It can be funny, weird, crazy, serious, heavy, light, whatever you like. You can write a review (or a joint review or discussion-style review), you can talk about genres or retellings or covers or the benefits/drawbacks of dating [insert paranormal creature here], you can talk about characters or an author or write a poem for your favourite book. You can show off some bookish fanart or rave about that upcoming/older release that you want EVERYONE to read, or even if you want to do a reaction post to the new seasons of Nikita or Arrow starting next month because I am DYING to watch those..... get my point? Anything goes. Provided it somehow relates to YA (unless it's an awesome CW show), since that's primarily what I blog about.

If no one is interested, that is totally FINE! It's not an event or anything, it's just me attempting to steal a few brains during a period where I won't be using my own. I probably only need a maximum of 5-6? I should be sort of back regularly in the first or second week of November. Depending on how many of you are interested, I may extend the guest posting beyond that. If you're not selected, please don't take any offence!

Sooooo if you want to do SOMETHING, you can fill out this form or email me.

On a totally unrelated note: Huge congrats to Erin and Asher for winning my Prophecy Swag Giveaway!! Both beautiful ladies have responded and I'll get their prizes sent out soon :)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Owl Post #14

Inspired by The Story Siren's In My Mailbox, Owl Post allows me to excitedly share all the yummy books I get in the mail each week! Owl's are much faster and more reliable than sneaky postmen, and the common way for magical folk to send and receive letters and parcels.


I think every second person and their Aunt Marge has read this book... AND LOVED IT. I am so excited to finally sample some of the Miranda Kenneally genius!

 I haven't read too many reviews for this, so I'm sort of going in blind in terms of reader opinion. The summary, however, sounds AWESOME and the kind of book I love. Fingers crossed!

I haven't read the Blue Bloods series, but that awesome girl Erin informed me I can read this without having read BB (but I still should read BB because they're brilliant). So I'm giving this a go next!

This was an unexpected review copy. I think it's one of those 'Choose your own adventure' type stories, which I LOVED when I was younger, but don't really indulge in these days. Still, maybe it'll be a fun book to slip in amongst others? Won't promise it, but we'll see!

Holy crap, how AMAZING DOES THIS SOUND?! I haven't even read or fully watched Alice in Wonderland (I know, I know, tie me to a stake and roast me over an open fire), but I know the basics and this sounds like a deliciously dark companion to the original. Every early review I've seen has GUSHED.

What have those hardworking owls delivered to you this week?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: October 23rd (US) | 1st November 2012 (AUS)
Publisher: HarlequinTEEN
Thanks to: HarlequinTEEN Australia for the review copy!
Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’s dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myths and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

My name is Ethan Chase. And I may not live to see my eighteenth birthday.

After falling in love with The Iron Fey series, of course I was bouncing with glee over a spin-off. A spin-off featuring a very grown up Ethan Chase, younger brother to our original heroine. While The Lost Prince didn't quite make it into the same league as it's predecessor for me, I don't see this as a negative because it wasn't until The Iron Daughter that I became a fan of Meghan's story. So on turning the final page, all I can say is, 'Bring on The Traitor Son!'

Ethan Chase. There is a lot of back and forth in Ethan's mind; his hate and fear warring with his love for his sister. He wants to see her, he doesn't. Should he forgive her? He can't ever forgive her. There's plenty of angst, but it's believable. He may have only been 4 years old when the fey kidnapped him, but he's had to deal with the ramifications his entire life. They took his sister, tore apart his family and ruined any shred of normalcy he could ever hope for. He never lets people get close; it's safer that way, for both himself and the rest of the world. The asshole persona he projects is at odds with the nice, yet troubled boy within. I can't say he quite charmed me the way Ash and Puck did, but I do like him, and he still has plenty of time to woo me over!

Human he may be, but Ethan's far from defenceless. He knows tricks of the trade in warding of faeries, not to mention he's a badass trained in Kali. Boy can do some serious damage with a weapon. Still, he can never quite escape the fey. So when he's thrust back into the world of his nightmares, dragging a human girl along with him, Ethan's in for one wild ride. Secrets, family drama, a missing phouka and a rising war; the time of evading the fey is long gone. Ethan's right in the middle of a dangerous game involving a creepy, haunting group of faeries who refuse to be forgotten any longer.

Of course, we're treated to a few familiar faces. Razor is adorable as ever and Puck is... well, PUCK! Meghan and Ash weren't as exciting for me, but I think that's because Ethan holds a lot of animosity toward those two, so I wasn't reading about how brave and smexy Ash was courtesy of Meghan's lusty thoughts. Point of View changes things! While none of newer characters have captured my heart the way the original group did, I still think they'll sparkle more in the coming books. That's not to say they're an uninteresting bunch. Kenzie is the leading lady in Ethan's life. Curious (nosy, nosy girl!), headstrong and comes pre-packaged with a spine (sometimes an upgrade we have to wait for with our YA ladies). I thought she was a good match for Ethan: patient and caring, but stubborn enough to put up with his attitude and call him on his crap.

And then there's a fey boy with a secret, a secret those who've read The Iron Knight can easily guess at, but for newcomers it will be a fun surprise. Ah, Keirran. His was an appearance I was most excited for, however he didn't quite live up to the Keirran we previously caught glimpse of. My first impression: 'Ooh, I kinda like you!' Last impression: 'Agh, idiot!' I think many will will enjoy his romantic, 'I will do anything to protect the one I love' side, but it was hard for me not to growl at his stupidity at times, particularly toward the end. Some of his heroic romantic beliefs vaguely mirror Ash putting everything on the line to be with Meghan, but I felt much more depth behind Ash's motives. Not finding Keirran's love interest all that memorable could be colouring my judgement. Regardless, I'm interested to see what impact his decisions will have on the coming books, because it does promise plenty of juicy drama and complications.

No Julie Kagawa novel would be complete without kickbutt action sequences, sneaky faeries, romance of the very complicated kind and a cat who thinks knows he's better than the NeverNever and human world combined. The Lost Prince checks every Kagawa prerequisite and promises an exciting, treacherous journey ahead!

3.5/5 Golden Apples!

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Are you the biggest IRON FEY fan?!

HarlequinTEEN Australia is looking for the biggest Iron Fey fan! Is it you? If it is, you could have the chance to read The Lost Prince early, plus score an exclusive spot as guest reviewer on their TV review show, talking about your favourite fey books! (why, those Kagawa ones, of course!).

Follow this link for all the details on how to enter, including a video from the gorgeous Polina <3

Also, until 30th September 2012, you can purchase the eBooks of The Iron Fey series for just $2.99 each! That is what we refer to these days as a freaking BARGAIN.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Books Talk #2: Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

What's this?

Rather than question the author or their characters, why not ask the book?! Surely it knows itself better than anyone? So I provide authors with a list of potential questions (along with explanations), they choose a few to answer and then take on the personality of their book! Thanks to Mandee for the name suggestion :)

Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst 

In a desert world of sandstorms and sand-wolves, a teen girl must defy the gods to save her tribe in this mystical, atmospheric tale from the author of Drink, Slay, Love.

Liyana has trained her entire life to be the vessel of a goddess. The goddess will inhabit Liyana’s body and use magic to bring rain to the desert. But Liyana’s goddess never comes. Abandoned by her angry tribe, Liyana expects to die in the desert. Until a boy walks out of the dust in search of her.

Korbyn is a god inside his vessel, and a trickster god at that. He tells Liyana that five other gods are missing, and they set off across the desert in search of the other vessels. For the desert tribes cannot survive without the magic of their gods. But the journey is dangerous, even with a god’s help. And not everyone is willing to believe the trickster god’s tale.

The closer she grows to Korbyn, the less Liyana wants to disappear to make way for her goddess. But she has no choice: She must die for her tribe to live. Unless a trickster god can help her to trick fate—or a human girl can muster some magic of her own.

I must admit, I'm a little starstruck this evening. It's not every day you get to chat with a book in the company of gods. I encourage you all to bow down before the awe-inspiring VESSEL by Sarah Beth Durst, and once you've listened to its almighty words, run to your nearest bookstore because it's out NOW!

What do you look for in a reader, Vessel?
I look for a reader who wants to be swept away to a faraway land... someone who wants to ride horses across a desert, dance under the moonlight with a trickster god, or face down an emperor.

Does it make you uncomfortable to think readers may be caught licking your cover?
Not really. They're the ones who will get sand on their tongues.

What's your personality type?
I'm romantic and adventurous. Also, thirsty.

What's your favourite song/music?
Anything with deep, sonorous drums. I'm also partial to "Desert Rose" by Sting.

Your race - Books - are generally conceived from a human's mind. But if books bred like humans, who would your parents be?
I'm the daughter of THE BLUE SWORD by Robin McKinley and THE WOMAN WHO RIDES LIKE A MAN by Tamora Pierce. My author read them both in sixth grade, and they convinced her that deserts are magical places. I, of course, agree.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love to dance! Unfortunately, as an inanimate rectangle, I cannot perform the kinds of leaps and spins that my characters can, but I love that dance is both ephemeral and eternal -- ephemeral because it happens in a moment and then is gone; eternal because when you dance, you are engaging in a means of expression as old as all of human history. It's therefore the perfect way to contact the souls of deities.

Your most treasured possession?
I love my knife made from the unbreakable glass scale of a sky serpent. Liyana's four-year-old brother Jidali gave it to her in secret when her clans abandoned her to die.

Are you an animal lover?
I love my desert horses and my wolves made of sand. I have mixed emotions about the monstrous worms.

Give us the scoop on your protagonist - do you enjoy her company on every page? Or do you find her intolerable?
I have great admiration for Liyana. She's brave and practical, willing to sacrifice herself to save her family, even though she doesn't want to die.

Many of us female readers can become a little... fangirly when it comes to book boys. Are you just as smitten with Korbyn as Liyana is?
Korbyn, my trickster god. He walks out of a sandstorm to save Liyana -- and she threatens to skewer him.

What are you hoping to achieve from your new career as a celebrity in the book world?
I hope to help readers escape whatever is bothering them in the real world and take them on an adventure.

Thank you so much for interviewing me! And my author thanks you, too!

Thank you so much for stopping by, VESSEL! And please give your author my number, I'm a wee bit of a fangirl! Readers, what say you? Magic, gods, sand-wolves and a knife made  from the unbreakable glass scale of a sky serpent... I dunno about you, but I am EXCITED to read this!

You can find Sarah at:

If you're an author and interested in me chatting with your fabulous book, feel free to shoot me an email! You can look over some potential questions here, or answer using your own, using whatever personality you adapt for your book. Fun!

If you're a reader and have any question suggestions that you'd be willing to let me add to this list,  you're totally awesome and I love you and you can share them here.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Owl Post #13

Inspired by The Story Siren's In My Mailbox, Owl Post allows me to excitedly share all the yummy books I get in the mail each week! Owl's are much faster and more reliable than sneaky postmen, and the common way for magical folk to send and receive letters and parcels. Yes. I went to Hogwarts.


I have been wanting to read this book for so long! Every review I've seen appear in my Google reader has been gushing, so when I saw that my library was getting it in, I wasted no time in snatching it up.

SPARK SPARK SPARK SPARK!!! There is strong evidence to suggest I've had multiple make-out sessions with the Gabriel of down-under (because doesn't he look so much hotter on the AUS cover? if I took better photo's, you'd totally see that), but until that video footage leaks, I admit to nothing. By the way, did you guys know I love this series?

This was a nice surprise! I didn't even know Australia was publishing this soon, nor had I seen the awesome cover art. This sounds dark, twisted and compelling!

Both this and Venom have different Australian cover art, which you can see a very small version of if you venture to NetGalley. The Darkest Minds is one I've been anticipating for awhile, so I hope to curl up with it soon!

Italy! Historical! Killers! Secret societies! Forbidden romance! Mysterious artist! Yes! Yes! Yes!

Ever since I read Sam's review of this, I've been dying to read it. It sounds effing AMAZING and creepy and VAMPIRE APOCALYPSE IN AN AMISH COMMUNITY. Seriously.  If it's not on your book radar already, PUT IT ON THERE. I am so excited to read it!

Excellent early reviews, an intriguing protagonist with a unique-compared-to-other-YA-books condition and a murder mystery. Reason enough to be excited? I think so.

What did those fluffy owls deliver to you this week?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Review: Defiance by C.J Redwine

Author: C.J Redwine
Release Date: In stores now!
Publisher: Atom (AUS/UK) | Balzar & Bray (US)
Thanks to: Hachette for the review copy!
Rachel’s world is confined to the protective walls around her city. Beyond them are violent wanderers, extreme terrain, and a danger straight out of legend: a beast called the Cursed One that devastates everything in its path.

When Rachel’s father goes missing, she is desperate to search for him. But her attempts to flee the city bring her to the attention of its overbearing ruler. His efforts to control her make the world within the walls seem as dangerous as that outside.

Her only chance at escape is Logan. Once her father’s apprentice, and now her only protector, he feels that helping her might mean losing her completely. But if he can put his feelings aside, they might be able to save more than Rachel’s father. They might be able to break down the walls, and set their people free.

You're not going to fall in love with every single person you date in life. They might appear to be the perfect package when you first meet them, but twenty minutes into the date he's worrying you suffer serious bowel problems after you've spend 15 of those minutes in the bathroom to escape him. The next girl he dates? She falls head over heels and they marry within 2 months. The same thing happens with books. Some sound AMAZING in theory and have readers across the land fawning over its brilliance. But when you finally give it a read, you discover it wasn't meant to be. Sadly, rather than a review of a shotgun marriage, this is one of a failed relationship between Defiance and I.
Rachel and I began friends, but I progressively grew to dislike her. I'm all for a feisty, stubborn girl who isn't afraid to stand up for herself in a world where woman are ranked below men; and although she made rash decisions, I enjoyed her streak of recklessness. Reckless behaviour generally leads to trouble and trouble equals excitement! Danger! But those reckless decisions steadily began to annoy me. Then, toward the of the novel, Rachel made obvious changes for the worst. Changes I can understand, given what she had to endure (and even respect, because Redwine took some risks that I appreciate in a heroine). However, I just couldn't find it in myself to sympathise with her, and lack of sympathy did not do Rachel any favours when everything she did and said inspired a lot of weird, growling noises from the back of my throat. By novels end, I was sadly not a Rachel fan.

Logan didn't leave a stamp on my heart either, though I'm sure many will appreciate that he's quite different from your typical love interest. Logan is a planner, an inventor. A man of logic, knowledge and Best or Worst Case Scenarios, but he can still wield a sword with the best of them. I do like that he actually analyses a situation (perhaps too much) before rushing into things. It was interesting having the romance came packaged with an already messy history, but as good as Logan is at chemistry, I can't say I was feeling it between these two; not in their banter or near-kisses. There was just something... missing. A spark. In the characters, their personalities, goals, relationships, the very world around them. A spark to make this book truly come alive for me.

I felt like there was a lot of repetition with thoughts and emotions; twenty pages, fifty pages, one-hundred and fifty... I grew weary at going through the same internal thoughts over and over again. I'm not saying characters should express one emotion or goal and never think about it again, but for some reason I was very aware of this repetitiveness. When a character grieved over a second death, rather than it punch a hole in my heart, I was left thinking, "We're not going through this again, are we?" By no means am I saying Redwine is a bad writer, she is not; what I'm saying is her writing is not for me

I wish there was more depth to the worldbuilding, I was left with a lot of questions, though I feel perhaps we'll see more exploration in the sequel? The reveal of the mysterious package, while I'm sure it was exciting for some, fell a bit flat for me. I can't say I was very invested in the overall plot line. Having said all that, I can understand why others loved this. It has all the essential elements for a successful dystopian -  romance, fire-breathing monsters, swords, murder, deceit, a journey across the lands -  but those elements simply failed to brew together in a love potion specific to my heart.

I didn't hate Defiance, but it was teetering dangerously on the edge of 'mildly like' and 'dislike', hovering more into 'it was okay, but probably won't read the sequel' territory. I don't take joy in writing negative reviews. Every author pours their heart and soul into their work. I really appreciate and respect the amount of effort that goes into each novel. You may absolutely LOVE this, so I urge you to read some of those glowing 5 star reviews to see how they counter mine and then decide if this is for you or not!

2/5 stars

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Don't Judge A Book By It's Cover #4

There's no denying a beautiful cover helps influence our decision in buying a book. And hey, we're shallow creatures! So this is an opportunity to not judge a book by it's cover and solely by it's fantastic summary. Of course, no cover means that the release date is likely a long way off, but it's a chance to add it to your Goodreads lists and stay up to date when the exciting cover reveal does come!

This week's pick...

Whispertown by L.R Giles

Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: Summer 2013
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Nick Pearson is pretending to be someone he isn’t. Not high school pretending. Witness Protection pretending. And the #1 rule is “stay low-key”. But, when his sole friend Eli dies in the school’s journalism room under mysterious circumstances, and Nick stumbles upon the conspiracy Eli planned on exposing, staying low-key takes a backseat to staying alive.

Newspaper Nerd Eli had a secret, an in-the-works story codenamed “Whispertown”. And it’s got a lot of folks interested. Like corrupt cops, the town’s shady mayor, and certain high-ranking government officials. Teaming with Eli’s estranged (and gorgeous) sister, Nick sets out to unravel the mystery and still maintain his cover. He’ll have to use all the deviant skills he’s gained from his racketeering dad, assassin godfather, and their Serbian gangster boss to find the truth. However, each clue brings him closer to answers he may not want. Whispertown is bigger than he could have ever imagined, and in its shadow stands a killer…a killer Nick fears may be his own father.

My thoughts:

Do I even need to explain this one? It had me at "Witness Protection" and then coaxed out my inner fangirl with mention of conspiracy, murder, corrupt cops, gangster bosses, and an ASSASSIN GODFATHER. Not to mention a killer who may be Nick's freaking father. Damn. Everything about Whispertown screams awesome. I dunno about you, but any book that features an assassin godfather is pretty high on my wishlist :)

You can find L.R Giles at:

Monday, September 10, 2012

Books Speak Out: Prophecy by Ellen Oh!

What's this?

This is my introduction to a new style of interview. Rather than question the author or their characters, I thought... why not ask the book?! Surely it knows itself better than anyone? So I provide authors with a list of potential questions (along with explanations), they choose a few to answer and then take on the personality of their book! (Uh, any name suggestions are so welcome. I can't think of anything!)

Prophecy by Ellen Oh

The greatest warrior in all of the Seven Kingdoms… is a girl with yellow eyes.

Kira’s the only female in the king’s army, and the prince’s bodyguard. She’s a demon slayer and an outcast, hated by nearly everyone in her home city of Hansong. And, she’s their only hope…

Murdered kings and discovered traitors point to a demon invasion, sending Kira on the run with the young prince. He may be the savior predicted in the Dragon King Prophecy, but the missing treasure of myth may be the true key. With only the guidance of the cryptic prophecy, Kira must battle demon soldiers, evil shaman, and the Demon Lord himself to find what was once lost and raise a prince into a king.

Intrigue and mystery, ancient lore and action-packed fantasy come together in this heart-stopping first book in a trilogy.

I am so, so excited to kick things off with a very special book making it's debut on January 2nd 2013. Please welcome the violent, yet tender, and amazingly badass PROPHECY to the blog!

What do you look for in a reader, Prophecy?
Well, I look for a reader who can accept the violence inherent in my nature and still weep at the sad parts.

Are you a trend-setter or do you follow the crowd?
Oh I am most definitely an original. There’s never before been a YA fantasy set in ancient Korea and published in the US. And I even have some amazing scenes that are taken right from Korean history. Brilliant stuff really, if I do say so myself.

What's your favourite song/music?
That crazy author kept blasting Evanescence every time we got to a battle scene. Gave me such a headache. I much preferred when she played the Last of the Mohicans soundtrack although that one violin song would make me dizzy when she had it on repeat 10 times in a row!

Are you an animal lover? (eg, does the book have any notable animals)
I love dogs. Particularly Jindo who is the best dog in the world, in my opinion. My brother, Warrior (the sequel), has a very strange affinity for foxes. Particularly kumihos (nine-tailed fox demons). But that is a story for another day!

Your most treasured possession?
The tidal stone, of course! I wear it proudly on my cover! It has the power to control the seas and even more! But you need to read me to find out what else it can do!

Your race - Books - are generally conceived from a human's mind. But if books bred like humans, who would your parents be?
I’m not a purebred. I’m a muggle. You see my mother was the great Lord of the Rings book, but she got bored with all those other stuffy British classics. So she headed east and had numerous affairs with several Movies, including but not limited to Jet Li’s Hero, House of Flying Daggers, and the Seven Samurai. Quite frankly, I’m not sure who my father was…

Does it make you uncomfortable to think readers may be caught licking your cover?
I’m a very misunderstood cover. Some people think I’m wearing an apple or a cherry while others recognize the priceless nature of the brilliant ruby that adorns me. They covet it’s beauty and power, but beware of getting too close or my dragon might bite you!


Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy life to chat with us, Prophecy! And I must add, I think your author, Ellen, is AMAZING and talented and friendly and you're so lucky to share such a special bond with her!

Goodreads | Book Depository | Amazon


Thanks to the amazing Ellen, I have two Prophecy swag packs to giveaway!! Each contain two signed bookmarks and an adorable Korean doll/drum charm. One winner will be international and because I love you crazy Aussie readers, one pack specific to you. So you'll get double the chance to win!


If you're an author and interested in me chatting with your fabulous book, feel free to shoot me an email! I'll send you a list of potential questions to choose from and you answer using whatever personality you adapt for your book. Fun!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Owl Post #12

Inspired by The Story Siren's In My Mailbox, Owl Post allows me to excitedly share all the yummy books I get in the mail each week! Owl's are much faster and more reliable than sneaky postmen, and the common way for magical folk to send and receive letters and parcels. Yes. I went to Hogwarts. Be jealous.

 I SPY.... BRODIE READING A MELINA MARCHETTA BOOK. Yeah, I'm officially a legit booknerd now. They also reinstated my Australian citizenship. Yay! 

I hadn't even heard of this until it arrived in the mail, but mystery, paranormal and romance? Yup, sounds like my kind of read!

I loved The Iron Fey series (after so many of you poked and proded and stabbed at me to read them), so I've been eagerly awaiting the chance to see Ethan all grown up. I'm not very far in yet, but fingers crossed I LOVE!

I'm way better keeping up with tv shows than I am movies. I never saw this at the cinema (I haven't even seen Thor yet! The horror! The horror!) so I grabbed it at my library to see what the fuss was about. Woo! Anyone a fan?

What have the owls delivered to you this week?

Look at me, I'm a note! At the bottom of a post! And not really important! But read me anyway!

Ugh, I know. A whole week without a review or even a post. I either don't have time, or when I do have time, I don't have the motivation to write. When I have both the time and motivation, I'm struggling to stare at the computer screen long enough because it's not so friendly on my eyes. I'm getting long-overdue glasses in a few weeks, so hopefully that will solve one of three problems!

I'm also taking advantage of this excuse to explain why I am so far behind commenting on your blogs! And responding to emails. And pretty much doing anything that requires a certain amount of effort on my behalf. ANYWHO. Leave me a link and kick up the ass!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday.... on Sunday!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight a book you're giddy with excitement to read so other people can be giddy with excitement too :)

Author: Steven Dos Santos
Release Date: March 8th 2013
Publisher: Flux
Add or Buy: Goodreads | Book Depository | Amazon
Who would you choose?

Lucian “Lucky” Spark has been recruited for training by the totalitarian government known as The Establishment. According to Establishment rules, if a recruit fails any level of the violent training competitions, a family member is brutally killed . . . and the recruit has to choose which one.

As the five recruits form uneasy alliances in the hellish wasteland that is the training ground, an undeniable attraction develops between Lucky and the rebellious Digory Tycho. But the rules of the training ensure that only one will survive—the strongest recruits receive accolades, wealth, and power while the weakest receive death.

With Cole—Lucky’s four-year-old brother—being held as “incentive,” Lucky must marshal all his skills and use his wits to keep himself alive, no matter what the cost.

Well it's not Wednesday, but I felt like posting a WoW, so... LET'S PRETEND IT'S WEDNESDAY. END OF THE WEEK IS NEARLY HERE, WOOHOO!

My thoughts:

*shudder* Not only are you forced to enter into a violent training competition where the weakest face death at the end (I'm getting a Hunger Games vibe! In a good way), but if you fail any of the competitions... you have to choose a family member to die? Can you really find a more sick and twisted government than that? I'm raging already!! I can only imagine what effect reading the book will have on me.

I'm seriously in the mood for an intense, edge-of-your-seat book like The Culling, except it's not out until March 2013. This makes Brodie grumpy and forces her to glare at her bookshelf for ten minutes for not having a suitable alternative on standby to read.

And bonus points: male/male potential romance! We need to see more of this in YA.
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