My Lunch Table: Fangirls, Misfits, and Book Nerds Welcome

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish,
and features weekly top-ten lists! This week it’s…

Ten Characters Who Would Sit At My Lunch Table

I saw this topic forever ago and have been planning my table for weeks. A lot of thought and consideration and selfishness went into choosing the people for my lunch table. And now all I can think about is, WHY AREN’T FICTIONAL CHARACTERS REAL??? ;_;

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IN THE AFTERLIGHT – Prize Pack Giveaway!

In the Afterlight Giveaway!

Hi guys! Today I’m excited to bring you all a special giveaway in anticipation of Alexandra Bracken’s upcoming book, In the Afterlight, the final book in the Darkest Minds trilogy!

IN THE AFTERLIGHT – Prize Pack Giveaway!
In the Afterlight
The Darkest Minds #3

Written by: Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: October 28th 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 496
Add on: Goodreads
Also by this author: The Darkest Minds, Never Fade

Ruby can't look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government's attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there's no guarantee you're fully in control, and everything comes with a price.

When the Children's League disbands, Ruby rises up as a leader and forms an unlikely allegiance with Liam's brother, Cole, who has a volatile secret of his own. There are still thousands of other Psi kids suffering in government "rehabilitation camps" all over the country. Freeing them--revealing the governments unspeakable abuses in the process--is the mission Ruby has claimed since her own escape from Thurmond, the worst camp in the country.

But not everyone is supportive of the plan Ruby and Cole craft to free the camps. As tensions rise, competing ideals threaten the mission to uncover the cause of IANN, the disease that killed most of America's children and left Ruby and others with powers the government will kill to keep contained. With the fate of a generation in their hands, there is no room for error. One wrong move could be the spark that sets the world on fire.

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There will be a bunch of prize packs being given away across the blogosphere throughout September and October, representing each different Psi group (so be sure to look out for those!), but this giveaway is specific to There Were Books Involved readers! And the group being represented on TWBI is…

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ARC Review: ILLUSIONS OF FATE by Kiersten White

I received this book for free from HarperTeen. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

ARC Review: ILLUSIONS OF FATE by Kiersten White
Illusions of Fate

Written by: Kiersten White
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 9th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Source: Edelweiss
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads

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“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status… and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray.

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I was sooooo excited for Illusions of Fate, for many reasons. First of all, it’s a standalone. Oh, glorious standalones!! I feel like these are few and far between (or at least, the ratio of series-starters-to-standalones feels like 1,000:1 lately). Second, it’s described as Downton Abbey with magic. Ummm, yes please.

Illusions of Fate takes place in a sort of alternate-Victorian-England (Albion), where the nobility have magic (but it’s a secret that only the nobility know about). When Jessamin, who is in Albion studying to be a teacher, starts spending time with Finn, a noble, and finds out about the magic, she gets thrown into the middle of a conflict between Finn and a man named Downpike. Finn has something that Downpike desperately wants, and he’s basically the only one standing between Albion and war.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Stranger

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

Waiting on Wednesday – Stranger
Stranger

Written by: Rachel Manija Brown, Sherwood Smith
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Release Date: November 13th 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads

Many generations ago, a mysterious cataclysm struck the world. Governments collapsed and people scattered, to rebuild where they could. A mutation, "the Change,” arose, granting some people unique powers. Though the area once called Los Angeles retains its cultural diversity, its technological marvels have faded into legend. "Las Anclas" now resembles a Wild West frontier town… where the Sheriff possesses superhuman strength, the doctor can warp time to heal his patients, and the distant ruins of an ancient city bristle with deadly crystalline trees that take their jewel-like colors from the clothes of the people they killed.

Teenage prospector Ross Juarez’s best find ever – an ancient book he doesn’t know how to read – nearly costs him his life when a bounty hunter is set on him to kill him and steal the book. Ross barely makes it to Las Anclas, bringing with him a precious artifact, a power no one has ever had before, and a whole lot of trouble.

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I heard about this book fairly recently, and it totally intrigued me. A dystopian world, but one that resembles the Wild West? YES PLEASE. Also, I’ve heard really great things about the characters in this  – namely that it does the multiple-main-characters/multi-POV thing well, which is something I really enjoy. And it just sounds super unique and different. SIGN ME UP.

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

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Books I really need to buy soon…

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish,
and features weekly top-ten lists! This week it’s…

Top Ten Books I Really Want to Read – But Don’t Own Yet

These are all books I’ve had my eye on forever, whether because of an awesome cover/blurb, or because they’re sequels, or because friends love them, or because I’ve read too many positive reviews and just NEEEED THEM. Why don’t I own them yet? Don’t make me answer that question. Honestly, I don’t even know.

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ARC Review: WINTERKILL by Kate A. Boorman

I received this book for free from Amulet Books. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

ARC Review: WINTERKILL by Kate A. Boorman
Winterkill

Written by: Kate A. Boorman
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: September 9th 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 319
Source: NetGalley
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads

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Emmeline knows she’s not supposed to explore the woods outside her settlement. The enemy that wiped out half her people lurks there, attacking at night and keeping them isolated in an unfamiliar land with merciless winters. Living with the shame of her grandmother’s insubordination, Emmeline has learned to keep her head down and her quick tongue silent.

When the settlement leader asks for her hand in marriage, it’s an opportunity for Emmeline to wash the family slate clean—even if she has eyes for another. But before she’s forced into an impossible decision, her dreams urge her into the woods, where she uncovers a path she can’t help but follow. The trail leads to a secret that someone in the village will kill to protect. Her grandmother followed the same path and paid the price. If Emmeline isn’t careful, she will be next.

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I’ve decided to conduct a little experiment. I just finished reading Winterkill a few minutes ago, and usually I wait a day or so to start writing my reviews, and I end up writing them in two sittings. Well, I’m gonna see if I can write a full review immediately after finishing this book. I feel like this is a good book to start with, too, because I have a lot of THOUGHTS that are fresh in my mind. Unfortunately, most of these thoughts are not excellent. -_- So let’s do this.

First off, Winterkill wasn’t all bad. It did manage to grab my attention in the beginning, otherwise I would’ve DNF’d. The writing was good – the book is narrated by the main character, Emmeline (Em), and she speaks with a slight Western-inspired slang (not like, “talkin’ and walkin’”, but like, “unnatural quiet”). I found her narration to be easy to jump into, and the world pretty intriguing.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Sacrifice

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

Waiting on Wednesday – Sacrifice
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Elemental #5

Written by: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: K Teen
Release Date: September 30th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads
Also by this author: Spirit, Secret

One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.

Michael Merrick is used to pressure.

He’s the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it out for his family, and he’s all that stands in the way.

His girlfriend, Hannah, gets that. She’s got a kid of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could end her life without a moment’s notice.

But there are people who have had enough of Michael’s defiance, his family’s “bad luck.” Before he knows it, Michael’s enemies have turned into the Merricks’ enemies, and they’re armed for war.

They’re not interested in surrender. But Michael isn’t the white flag type anyway. There will be blood on the ground tonight…

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Guys. Guysssssss. GUYSSSSSSSSSS. Guys, I can’t flipping wait to read this book. If you haven’t read this series, you won’t understand, so first of all: Go read this series. Seriously, it’s some of the best contemporary paranormal YA out there. There are 4 books out so far, and each book consistently gets better and better. And more and more full of feels. Anyway, yeah. I can’t cope with this series, and I’ve been looking forward to Michael’s story since I read the prequel to book 1. I am just… dying… omg.

PS. In all honesty, the reason I chose it today was because I just got approved for the eARC on NetGalley but I can’t read it yet. How cruel is that?! It’s my own fault, really, but I actually do have to wait quite a while to read this one and I’m just so upsettttt. ;_;

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

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15 books (or 5 series) I’m Finally Going To Read Soon

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish,
and features weekly top-ten lists! This week it’s…

A Bunch of Series I’m Finally Going To Read Soon!!

This was seriously the easiest TTT I’ve ever put together. There are so many books/series that have been out for a while, that people have been absolutely yelling at me to hurry up and read already, and I really really really want to! So this November/December, once I crawl out from under the crushing weight of my ARC pile, I’m going to try to tackle a BUNCH of the books I’ve listed below. I have been yelled at about these series way too much, and I want to read them so badly, so… it’s time.

Also, PSA: There are 15 books on this list, if you’re counting individually; but these are also all series, and there’s only 5 if you count series. I figure this sort of events out to 10 in some weird and completely illogical way. :P

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