Thursday, January 22, 2015

#IndieShoutoutThursdays: J. Meyers (Intangible Series)

About the Author

j. meyers is a total sucker for romance and wholeheartedly believes in love that lasts a lifetime. She grew up in Vermont, spent three years in Germany when she was a kid, and now lives in Central New York. When she's not reading or writing, she's chasing after her four kids, exploring the outdoors with her family, baking sweet treats, and forgetting to make dinner. She's the author of Intangible series, a YA contemporary fantasy. She also writes new adult romance as Jinsey Reese.

Check out the Intangible Series!

Intangible (Intangible Series, #1)

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Synopsis: Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly. They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift. 

Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right. And he can’t do anything about it.

Imaginable (Intangible Series, #2)

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Synopsis: Twins Sera and Luke Raine’s unusual abilities are growing. Sera is healing vampires now, making them human again. And, at times, Luke can actually change the future he Sees.

But Sera’s healing has dangerous consequences, and though Luke is altering the outcome of more visions, he can’t control them yet.

Now Sera is in danger as the dark creatures of the Realm seek to use her. As Luke struggles to master his gift in order to save his sister, he discovers even more about his powers. 

And what he learns just may put him in greater danger than Sera has ever been.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

#WaitingOnWednesday: Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell


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Publication Date: August 4, 2015

Synopsis: Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home. 

But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn't want a fairy tale happy ending after all.

OUR THOUGHTS: First, can we talk about how absoutely GORGEOUS the cover to Mechanica is! It's so well-detailed. The moon lit up and hanging in the background. The beautiful girl walking across the log made of cogs and gears and chains. The castle adorned in shadow and the dragonflies flying about. We can't stop looking at it!! If the cover isn't enough to just hook you in, the synopsis drives the NEED to read even deeper! Mechanica is a retelling of Cinderella but instead of the Disney princess acting as a locked up maid, we get a girl who is both forced maid and secretly an inventor of all things awesome. It's wonderful to discover a book where a girl will use BOTH her brains and her heart to make the choices for herself. The last bit of the synopsis: "But realizes she doesn't want a fairy tale ending after all" is what ultimately made us add this as a MUST read to our already growing TBR pile!! A fairy retelling where perhaps the girl chooses to go in a completely different direction of how she'll define happyily ever after, instead of with a prince, perhaps just with herself? YES! We are so there with girl power cheerleading! 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

#BookBirthdayTuesdays: All Fall Down (Embassy Row Series, #1) by Ally Carter

If there's a book we've been waiting for, it's ALL FALL DOWN by Ally Carter!

She is such a FANTASTIC writer and BEAUTIFUL human being! 

Come on, a wicked awesome heroine who is determined to find her mother's killer while navigating a world of power players who all want to keep their secrets and a hot Russian boy to boot?

Enough said!

We don't know what your plans are for today, but we're definitely running out and grabbing a copy ASAP!

All Fall Down (Embassy Row Series, #1)

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Synopsis: Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:

1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.

As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her-so there's no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Aleei, the Russian boy next door who is keeping an eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.

Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can't control Grace-no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do.

Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn't stop it, Grace isn't the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world all stand like dominoes, and one wring move can make them all fall down. 

Also, Happiest Book Birthday Shoutouts to:

Inked by Eric Smith
First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
The Prey by Tom Isbell
Polaris by Mindee Arnett
Tunnel Vision by Susan Adrian
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