Discussion: How do you feel about excerpts?

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…about excerpts.

Excerpts are sort of a Thing now, huh? Maybe they’ve been a Thing for longer than I’ve really been paying attention to them as a Thing (does that even make sense?), but it seems like, more and more often, I’m seeing more and more excerpts used as The Next Exciting Marketing Promotion For This Awesome Upcoming Book. Case in point:

Excerpts, excerpts, everywhere!

A lot of people are fond of excerpts — obviously, they’re a pretty popular marketing tool — which I totally understand. They’re a sneak peek at a book you’re looking forward to! Or they give you a good idea whether you’d want to pick up the book — you get an early look at the writing style, characters, etc. But, well…

I can’t read excerpts.

I just can’t do it! I can’t deal with them! Why? A few reasons.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Blackhearts

Waiting on Wednesday

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

 

Waiting on Wednesday – Blackhearts
Blackhearts

Written by: Nicole Castroman
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February 9th 2016
Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 320
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Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything. This is their story.

Edward "Teach" Drummond, son of one of Bristol's richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There's just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents' deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she's stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

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PIRATES. BLACKBEARD’S ORIGIN STORY. NAUTICAL STUFFFFF. A (I’m pretty sure doomed) ROMANCE. YES. ALL OF THE YES.

There’s literally nothing in that synopsis that doesn’t sound amazing to me. I can’t even handle it. I’m super picky about which historical fiction-type books I pick up, but this one — because it deals with pirates, which is a huge plus in my book — is one I absolutely cannot miss. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be full of feels, and I can’t wait to read it!!

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

Link me to your WoW post, I’d love to stop by! :)

ARC Review: NEVER NEVER by Brianna Shrum

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

ARC Review: NEVER NEVER by Brianna Shrum
Never Never

Written by: Brianna Shrum
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: September 22nd 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Source: BookExpo America 2015
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James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up.

When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child—at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up.

But grow up he does.

And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate.

This story isn’t about Peter Pan; it’s about the boy whose life he stole. It’s about a man in a world that hates men. It’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan.

Except one.

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For as long as I’ve known about retellings, I’ve been on the lookout for a truly amazing YA retelling of Peter Pan. I am convinced that, if done right, this hypothetical retelling would skyrocket up to one of my favorite books of all time. In my head, it just has so much potential.

I saw that potential in Never Never when I first heard about it. However, after finishing it, I can say with certainty that this void in my life — the one waiting to be filled with the perfect Peter Pan retelling — is still empty.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Willful Machines

Waiting on Wednesday

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

 

Waiting on Wednesday – Willful Machines
Willful Machines

Written by: Tim Floreen
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: October 20th 2015
Genres: LGBTQ, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 370
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In the near future, scientists create what may be a new form of life: an artificial human named Charlotte. All goes well until Charlotte escapes, transfers her consciousness to the Internet, and begins terrorizing the American public.

Charlotte's attacks have everyone on high alert—everyone except Lee Fisher, the closeted son of the US president. Lee has other things to worry about, like keeping his Secret Service detail from finding out about his crush on Nico, the eccentric, Shakespeare-obsessed new boy at school. And keeping Nico from finding out about his recent suicide attempt. And keeping himself from freaking out about all his secrets.

But when the attacks start happening at his school, Lee realizes he's Charlotte’s next target. Even worse, Nico may be part of Charlotte’s plan too.

As Lee races to save himself, uncover Charlotte’s plan, and figure out if he can trust Nico, he comes to a whole new understanding of what it means to be alive ... and what makes life worth living.

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Ummm, let me see:

  1. Evil artificial intelligence.
  2. Closeted son of U.S. President with a crush on a boy named NICO,  who is OBSESSED WITH SHAKESPEARE.
  3. No, sorry, that’s all I needed to know.

I have heard that this may be one of those secret-series situations, which makes me a little nervous, but in my estimation, the pros of this book outweigh the cons, and I cannot wait to start reading this.

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

ARC Review: EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon

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

ARC Review: EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon
Everything, Everything

Written by: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte
Release Date: September 1st, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Source: ALA Annual 2015
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This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black -- black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

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When I picked up Everything, Everything, it was during a time when most books were taking me about a week to read, no matter the page-number or genre. It wasn’t that I was overly busy, or in a real book slump; but for whatever reason, I couldn’t gain the momentum to make significant progress in any book. But as soon as I started Everything, Everything, I knew that was going to change — I read this book in two days.

If that doesn’t tell you how much I adored and couldn’t put down this novel, nothing will.

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Book Review: CINDER by Marissa Meyer

Book Review: CINDER by Marissa Meyer
Cinder
The Lunar Chronicles #1

Written by: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: January 3rd 2012
Genres: Retelling, Sci-Fi
Pages: 390
Source: Purchased
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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

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Nikki, I hear you saying, what is this?!?! Did you just read Cinder?! Where have you been the past 3 years?!?!?! Okay, okay calm down. No, I did not just read Cinder.

I actually just re-read it for the third time. Yes, it is that good.

I’m not going to turn this into a very long review, since I’m sure 90% of you have already read and loved this first installment in The Lunar Chronicles. To the other 10% of you, I say either, a) alright, you tried it, you didn’t love it, fair enough, just move it right along… or b) WHO ARE YOU WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE WHY HAVEN’T YOU READ THIS BOOK/SERIES YET?!

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of retellings. I’m also a huge fan of sci-fi. Also romance. And dashing princes. And robots with the greatest personalities ever… wait, what? 😆 Cinder has all that and more. And re-reading this book has been (and always will be) a joy.

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