Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it’s awesome” This blog post is to alert those that visit about “the” book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.
This book cover caught my eye because It reminded me so much of The Immortal Instrument series and then once I read the snyopsis I was more than intrigued, that is why it is my WOW choice for this week. Beautiful cover, amazing concept. I’m there.
THE MAP OF TIME
Published to massive acclaim in Spain, Félix J. Palma’s rollicking page-turner boasts a cast of real and imagined literary characters and cunning intertwined plots, as a skeptical H.G. Wells becomes a time-traveling investigator in Victorian London.
Jack the Ripper, Allan Quartermain, Dracula author Bram Stoker, the Elephant Man, and Jules Verne are among the players in Félix J. Palma’s captivating and ambitious novel. To save innocent lives—including that of his own wife—H. G. Wells the author of The Time Machine must discover the truth about purported incidents of time travel. The mysteries involve an aristocrat in love with a murdered prostitute from the past; a woman bent on fleeing the strictures of Victorian society by searching for her lover somewhere in the future; and a fourth-dimensional plot to murder celebrated authors in order to steal their fictional creations.
Awarded the 2008 XL Ateneo de Sevilla Novela Prize and lauded as “a miracle from beginning to end…a masterpiece” ( Qué Leer ) on its original publication , The Map of Time is an audacious historical fantasy executed with uncommon skill. It is a story full of love, adventure, and extraordinary imagination.
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The Underworld Ball Featuring authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Not Your Mother’s Book Club
Start: 04/11/2011 7:00 pm
Not Your Mother’s Book Club Presents
The Underworld Ball
Featuring authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Tickets are $5 with the purchase of ANY of either Holly’s or Cassandra’s
Otherwise they are $10
Come in Masquerade Garb!
Food, drink, giftbags included in ticket price
Author Jennifer Archer is hosting a GARGANTUAN GIVEWAY on her blog beginning today, March 1, 2011 and it will run until April 4, 2011. This contest is wicked amazing because you can win several out-of-this-world prizes like: a Kindle, or iPod Shuffle, a bound leather journal or even signed copies of THROUGH HER EYES.
All you have to do is go to her website HERE follow the contest rules and enter. Easy-Peasy! Good Luck to those that enter.
THROUGH HER EYES
Every ghost has a story to tell
The last place Tansy Piper wants to be is stuck in Cedar Canyon, Texas, in the middle of nowhere, with a bunch of small-town kids. But when her mother decides to move to the desolate West Texas town, Tansy has no choice but to go along. Once there, Tansy is immediately drawn to the turret of their rickety old house, a place she soon learns has a disturbing history. But its the strange artifacts she finds in the cellar–a pocket watch, a journal of poetry, and a tiny crystal–that have the most chilling impact on her.
Tansy soon finds that through the lens of her camera, she can become part of a surreal black-and-white world where her life is intertwined with that of mysterious, troubled Henry, who lived in the same house and died decades earlier. It seems their lives are linked by fate and the artifacts she found, but as Tansy begins spending more and more time in the past, her present world starts to fade away. Tansy must untangle herself from Henry’s dangerous reality– before she loses touch with her own life forever.
Sneak a Peek Saturday is a feature that lets you “peek” into an upcoming book. Sometimes it is a chapter or two and maybe less, either way it is an amazing opportunity that I enjoy sharing.
This week I have the extreme pleasure of showcasing CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS by Cassandra Clare. I am torn about this new trilogy series because I adored CITY OF GLASS and was very happy with the ending, but how can I deny myself the undoubtedly wondrous pleasure of Cassandra’s newest endeavour. I cannot, so here I am deep in the wants for this new book that will come out next month. For those that have not read the first chapter, here is your chance.
Just click on the book cover and enjoy.
CITY OF GLASS by Cassandra Clare
Who will fall in love, and who will find their relationship torn apart?
Who will betray everything they ever believed in?
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge.
In the heart-pounding fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series, the stakes are higher than ever.
Last week I presented some beautiful new covers and this week I have even more to showcase. I believe this week may have even surpassed last week with it’s awesomeness.
LOST IN TIME by Melissa De La Cruz
A Blue Bloods Novel
THE GIRL IN THE STEEL CORSET by Kate Cross
POSSESS by Gretchen McNeil
VANISH by Sophie Jordan
UNFORSAKEN by Sophie Littlefield
A BEAUTIFUL DARK by Jocelyn Davies
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (April 19, 2011)
Source: Net Galley
It’s always been just Kate and her mom–and now her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won’t live past the fall.
Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld–and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.
Kate is sure he’s crazy–until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride, and a goddess.
If she fails…
With THE GODDESS TEST I have finally encountered a novel that is a fantastic pairing of Greek Mythology (Persephone and Hades) intermixed with a unique and romantically mysterious tale.
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter is a story centered on a protagonist who has been saddened by life; her mother is dying, she has no true friends to lean on and has never been on a date in her life.Yet, soon after Kate and her mother arrive in Eden events begin to change for them both, but non so much as with Kate. After a tragic event occurs Kate makes a promise that she could have never imagined would eventually lead her to become a willing captive in Hades lair.
As I read THE GODDESS TEST, I began to question certain points of the story line, but although those questions were not answered right away, most of them were worked out before the end of the novel giving the story a bit more of a mysterious edge. I really enjoyed seeing Kate grow out of her doomed existence and blossom into a character that was worthy of becoming a member of the immortal court. And although I knew Kate promised to stay with Henry for her allotted time by the end of the book I did not want her to leave *sigh* I adore a good love story. Yet, those moments with Henry weren’t the only ones that did a number on my heart I was also left misty eyed by her special moments with her mom and friend James.
THE GODDESS TEST ends on a questioning note that now leaves sitting on pins and needles until the next installment, GODDESS INTERRUPTED, hits the bookshelves next year.
THIRTEEN REASONS WHY
by Jay Asher
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Razorbill; 1st edition (October 18, 2007)
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the
Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply
affect teen readers.
WOW! What can you say when you just have read something that is so profound and moving that you cannot believe what has just transpired: that with each breath you take it brings forth a little more understanding, a little more pain and despite that pain you’re glad that you experienced it. That is exactly how I felt after reading THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay Asher and I am so kicking myself for not reading this amazing book years ago.
The book starts out like any other day for Clay Jensen, until he receives a box of tapes that unveil the startling and painful confession of Hannah Baker, former classmate and suicide victim. It is at this point that the story takes on it’s alternating POV with Hannah slowly and methodically explaining her thirteen reasons why and Clay trying to understand and question why he is given these tapes. As each reason floats into Jensen’s ears he is filled with sadness and hatred for those that hurt Hannah, but mainly for himself for he saw all the signs and he stood by and did nothing. A fact that these tapes confirm but that he is powerless to change.
As Hannah’s story came to light I understood her feelings of betrayal, her loneliness and sadness and my chest would get so heavy, I couldn’t breathe. Her pain was so raw and real that I would have to step away and stop so that I could process everything. I consider myself lucky to have an amazing support system so that if I had a bad day I would have many to help me, but what if things were different? That is when I see this story being a reality for many and it breaks my heart.
With THIRTEEN REASONS WHY I suspect that, despite some heartbreaking touches, it isn’t purely fiction. Blowing through Asher’s vision of a lonely and misunderstood girl is the bone-chilling wind of truth; that words and actions have repercussions that cause a ripple that fan out and effect everyone around us. I highly recommend this read to everyone, but be forewarned because you will never forget it.
“You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything. . . affects everything.”
— Jay Asher
(Thirteen Reasons Why
What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (November 1, 2008)
When Evie’s father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly. But Joe Spooner brought more back with him than just good war stories. When movie-star handsome Peter Coleridge, a young ex-GI who served in Joe’s company in postwar Austria, shows up, Evie is suddenly caught in a complicated web of lies that she only slowly recognizes. She finds herself falling for Peter, ignoring the secrets that surround him . . . until a tragedy occurs that shatters her family and breaks her life in two.
As she begins to realize that almost everything she believed to be a truth was really a lie, Evie must get to the heart of the deceptions and choose between her loyalty
to her parents and her feelings for the man she loves. Someone will have to be
betrayed. The question is . . . who?
In Writing What I Saw and How I lied, author Judy Blundell has created a taut mystery that is showcased in the classic film noir style. A story interlaced with deception and pretense and at it’s heart is a young girl who is desperately trying to uncover the truth.
It’s 1947 and Evie is a 15-year-old girl enjoying her teen life post WWII. Her stepfather, Joe has come back from the war and their lives soon turn into the American dream. Before Summer ends, Joe decides on a family vacation to ritzy Palm Beach, little did he realize that running never solved ones problems.
While in Palm Beach, Evie and her parents encounter several patrons at their hotel, but one particular couple quickly becomes fast friends with them and soon they are all inseparable. Then one dance with a handsome stranger turns their cozy group into something else all together. Evie begins to feel the first stages of young love and maybe it is because of this fact that she does not realize the web of lies and ultimate treachery that will soon complicate her life. When an unimaginable tragedy occurs Evie’s world and the house of lies that it was built on begins to crumble and she must decide on which truths to bring forth and what lies to keep hidden thus signaling the end of her innocence.
While reading WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED I became completely absorbed with this story and within a few pages I was that girl in 1947. I fell in love with the style and ambiance of that time period for it was well detailed and described in this story. Judy Blundell did an amazing job of showcasing a time period that had an air of romance to it while bringing forth some of the ugly truths. One of the most disturbing moments to witness was the anti-Semitic treatment of the Jewish population in the united states during that time period along with the unspeakable crimes that were committed by some US soldiers during WWII. Yet, while this subject matter was harsh to digest it was secondary to a mysterious tragedy whose truthful unveiling will forever remain unanswered.
Although I could see some of the plot lines that were coming before they solidified before my eyes I still could not believe it. And unlike Evie I am not sure that I would want to know what exactly happened, for it would surely not bring forth any peace. I admired her strength and resolve and was left hopeful that her newfound knowledge would provide a change for the better.
After reading this novel I could not stop thinking about it. I understood Evie and her reasons for what she did but was haunted by that choice. Would I have done the same thing and what truly occured that tragic day? I will always wonder.
One of my favorite moments…“This could be the worst thing, even worse than everything that came after: Even now, if I could go back to that moment–I wouldn’t change a thing”