Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Ashes on the Waves by Mary Lindsey

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we feature our most anticipated upcoming releases.
Release Date: June 27, 2013
Goodreads description:
Liam MacGregor is cursed. Haunted by the wails of fantastical Bean Sidhes and labeled a demon by the villagers of Dòchas, Liam has accepted that things will never get better for him—until a wealthy heiress named Annabel Leighton arrives on the island and Liam’s fate is changed forever.

With Anna, Liam finally finds the happiness he has always been denied; but, the violent, mythical Otherworlders, who inhabit the island and the sea around it, have other plans. They make a wager on the couple’s love, testing its strength through a series of cruel obstacles. But the tragedies draw Liam and Anna even closer. Frustrated, the creatures put the couple through one last trial—and this time it’s not only their love that’s in danger of being destroyed.

Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling poem Annabel Lee, Mary Lindsey creates a frighteningly beautiful gothic novel that glorifies the power of true love.
It's no secret that I am a very devoted Edgar Allan Poe fan, so naturally I am all over any book that is based on his work! This is based on Poe's poem, Annabel Lee, and I cannot wait to dig into Ashes on the Waves to experience a whole new level of the poem I love so much! Plus, isn't the cover gorgeous?! I can't wait for June to arrive so I can devour this story!
What's your WoW pick for this week?

Monday, January 28, 2013

Review: Emily's Dress and Other Missing Things by Kathryn Burak

Published: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Format: Hardcover
My rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When Claire’s best friend Richy went missing, he disappeared without a trace. But when Emily Dickinson’s dress goes missing from the Amherst museum, she knows exactly where it is: in her closet.

As Claire and her student teacher, Tate, attempt to figure out what do to about the dress, they begin to uncover the truth behind Richy's disappearing act. Following a trail of clues across state lines, Claire and Tate attempt to find the person that Claire knows in her gut is responsible for his disappearance.

Emily's Dress and Other Missing Things is a true delight and it provided me with one of the most memorable and unique reading experiences I have ever had! This book is in a category all on it's own. Kathryn Burak has a beautiful writing style that is very poetic and flows so well. I had no idea what to expect when I started reading this book but I was pleasantly surprised to encounter a story that combines mystery, a budding romance, Emily Dickinson, sadness, friendship, loss, adventure and emotional recovery.

Claire is the protagonist and she is very multilayered. She's been through quite a bit and her history really helps the reader understand what makes her the way she is. She's lost more than one person in her life and that had a definite impact on her. She's very different, but not in a bad way. It's really sort of hard to explain, but I found her to be quite refreshing in her sincerity and uniqueness. I'm not going to reveal much, but I will say that Claire's ties to Emily Dickinson feel very real and touching. You have to read this book to really be able to bask in the beauty of it.

I really enjoyed some of the other characters in this book as well, like Tate. Tate is a student teacher for one of Claire's classes and through a series of uncanny events, these two end up forming a close bond. There were a lot of funny situations involving these two, as well as some emotional ones. I adore Tate: he's one of the few people in Claire's life that really connects with her and understands her. Claire's best friend, Tess, is another noteworthy character. She's the kind of friend that accepts you no matter what and I really liked her!

One of my favorite things about this book is the poetry: it is so wonderful and significant. Claire's character writes poetry and due to the personal nature of her poems, I really felt like this further invited me into her world as a reader and allowed me to connect with her on another level. Some of Emily Dickinson's poetry is also discussed and mentioned, which really made me want to sit down and explore her writing further.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a tremendously good story filled with amazing characters and an exciting plot that will move you in several ways!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Stacking The Shelves (15)

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's a fun way to share what books we recently added to our bookshelves.

*All titles link to Goodreads*

Enclave (Razorland #1) by Ann Aguirre
Opal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Ditched: A Love Story by Robin Mellom
-I cannot wait to read all of these!! I already read Sealed with a Curse and I completely LOVED it--review coming soon. Enclave has been on my wishlist for a while and it just sounds like the perfect mix of creepy and awesome, and I am really looking forward to starting it. Whispers at Moonrise and Opal have been much anticipated reads for me as well, since the Shadow Falls and Lux series are two of my favorites--you should definitely check them out if you haven't already! And I've been told by my bestie that Ditched is hilarious and fantastic so I'm definitely looking forward to reading that when I need a good laugh!
-Thanks to my best buddy, Sarah, for giving me this book! She also gave me the first book in this series, Anatomy of a Boyfriend, a couple of years ago but I haven't read it--which is shameful because it sounds like a series I will totally enjoy! I need to get on this soon.
Won/For Review:
Flicker & Burn (Cold Fury #2) by T.M. Goeglein (ARC)
White Lines by Jennifer Banash (ARC)
Phoenix (Black City #2) by Elizabeth Richards (ARC)
-I won an ARC of Flicker & Burn in a giveaway that the author was holding through The Book Life. I just got it in the mail today from Penguin, and they also sent me two other ARCs (White Lines and Phoenix) which made me so excited because I definitely wasn't expecting them!! Thanks Penguin, for the awesome surprise!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Review: Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pubished: August 14, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Format: Paperback
Series: Lux
My rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

Onyx is the second book in the Lux series and I can honestly say that I loved it just as much as the first book, Obsidian. Onyx definitely has a more intense tone and once you start reading it, it's so hard to stop! There's a lot more action, angst, lies, revelations and emotions in this book as well. Jennifer L. Armentrout does a superb job at keeping the reader on their toes and supplying such a wonderfully written and out of this world (pun intended) plot!

I love seeing things through the eyes of Katy, the main character. She is just as sassy and funny as ever. I like how she continues to grow and how well she has handled the various changes in her life since she met Daemon. She gets some opportunities to prove just how fierce and awesome she is in this book, and I must say that I am pretty impressed. As much as I adore Katy though, she did frustrate me at times with her complete denial of her growing feelings for Daemon. She also makes some big mistakes throughout the book that result in shocking outcomes; but she's not the only one.

On a lighter note, I loved how determined Daemon was to show Katy how much he cared for her. Their bond just keeps growing stronger the more the story progresses, and I can't seem to get enough of them! Daemon really is one of the most swoon-worthy characters I have ever come across. If only we could all have our very own Daemon! I really thought my book was going to catch on fire at times due to the amount of intense and sexy encounters Daemon and Katy share.

There are so many things that were revealed in this book that shocked and awed me. The ending was especially jaw-dropping and I know that there are still so many more revelations to come. I have a feeling that there's going to be a lot more ass-kicking and hard decisions to make in the next book; and I'm definitely counting on the steamy romance to continue and progress with Katy and Daemon!


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