{Book Review} Elemental

By: | Apr 27, 2012
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By Emily White
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Pages: 180
Format:ARC
Rating: 2 Birds

Just because Ella can burn someone to the ground with her mind doesn't mean she should.
But she wants to.
For ten years—ever since she was a small child—Ella has been held prisoner on an interstellar starship. Now that she has escaped, she needs answers.
Who is she? Why was she taken? And who is the boy with the beautiful green eyes who haunts her memories?
Is Ella the prophesied Destructor… or will she be the one who's destroyed?

My Thoughts:

Let me start off by saying that this book is definitely Sci-fi. To me the book description didn’t scream Sci-fi (also, on the back of the ARC it just says Ella has been held prisoner, not held prisoner on an interstellar starship). I’m guessing that was added later to clarify.

It took me a long time to read this book. I would read a little but I frequently found myself wanting to put it down. There were some really good parts that made me think, “Finally, things are picking up!” Only to be let a few pages later when the story flat lined again.

This story has a lot of very different names in it. Ella is the only normal one. Examples of this are Meir, Manoo, Malik, Ranon, and one group of people is called Mamood. (As I’m writing this, it seems there were also a lot of “M” names.) And these are just a few. There were several groups of people with even longer names and it made it difficult to keep everything straight. I felt the names were distracting and took away from the story.

Most of the time, I wasn’t really sure what was going on. It felt like a lot of information was left off and we were never given answers. I think White was trying to make the novel more suspenseful by doing it but it just made me confused and uninterested. I never did figure out if they were different races of people or just different religions. On a side note, there were a lot of religions in this book.

The book is narrated by Ella and she continuously gave me whiplash. She either really hated someone or really loved them. It wasn’t just one character she was like this with either, it was multiple. She also referred to Meir as her “savior” a few too many times for my taste.

Overall, I thought the book had some good parts where things were interesting and action packed but they were too few and far between for me to really get interested. I know there have been a lot of positive reviews on Goodreads so maybe it was just too Sci-fi for me.

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{Giveaway} Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

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We have a fantastic opportunity to share with one lucky MMSAI reader, a copy of IMMORTAL RULES by Julie Kagawa, from the amazing folks over at Harlequin Teen!

You all know Julie Kagawa from her best selling series The Iron Fey, well her new series, Blood of Eden just released the first book in the series on the 24th and we want you to have a copy!!!

If you remember, Ashley reviewed it a few days ago. You can check out her 5 Bird Review HERE!

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{Book Review} Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

By: | Apr 25, 2012
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Author: Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Release Date: April 24th 2012
Publisher: Walker’s Childrens
Pages: 354
Rating 5 Birds

Allie lost everything the night her boyfriend, Trip, died in a horrible car accident—including her memory of the event. As their small town mourns his death, Allie is afraid to remember because doing so means delving into what she’s kept hidden for so long: the horrible reality of their abusive relationship.
When the police reopen the investigation, it casts suspicion on Allie and her best friend, Blake, especially as their budding romance raises eyebrows around town. Allie knows she must tell the truth. Can she reach deep enough to remember that night so she can finally break free? Debut writer Jennifer Shaw Wolf takes readers on an emotional ride through the murky waters of love, shame, and, ultimately, forgiveness.

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MMSAI is happy to be participating in the BREAKING BEAUTIFUL book tour. Please click the banner above to see the other stops hosting reviews and interviews with author Jennifer Shaw Wolf.

Gut wrenching, intense and un-putdownable, this mystery will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions.

BREAKING BEAUTIFUL is not a fluffy, happy contemporary read that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It is, instead what I don’t think there is a whole lot of out there right now. Deep, dark, mysterious and painfully realistic at times. It is what I think there needs to be more of out there. Flat out 100% honesty in fiction about what life is, and can really be like. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies and Jennifer Shaw Wolf takes are hard, and maybe even taboo topic and sticks it in your face in a way that makes it impossible to ignore.

For anyone who has suffered at the hands of an abusive relationship, being it physical or emotional – Allie’s life will ring all too true for you at times. It’s not gruesome or on the level of a bad episode of Law and Order SVU, but the emotion will be there for you. Having been in an abusive relationship at one point in my life, I wondered if taking on this book for review was a good idea, but as I read I found that being able to connect with Allie on more than just then reader/protagonist level was helpful and made the experience of BREAKING BEAUTIFUL all the more deep for me.

Am I saying if you’ve never had a crappy relationship you won’t be able to relate to this novel. Hell no! In fact I think that this book can and will reach so many people that not only will it’s fiction filled pages will bring entertainment to it’s readers, but it will also raise awareness of just how easy it is to fall into the trap of an abusive relationship.

If I could tell you to read anything this year, I would tell you to read this. I loved it, I think you will too – and if you have read it, please drop me a note and let me know how you felt about it.

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{Top Ten Tuesday} 23

By: | Apr 17, 2012
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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It was created because of their love of lists, and I myself love lists as well - so you will see it frequently popping up on MMSAI, although admittedly we have not done them in a while – let me tell you, we are happy to be back at it!

Everyone is welcome to join in, and don't worry if you can't think of 10 - just do as many as you can. And of course, be sure to link back to TBATB (and leave me a link here too!) on your post!
As always they are in no particular order.

This Weeks Topic is:
TOP TEN TIPS FOR NEW BLOGGERS

1. What I find most important for new bloggers, and bloggers in general is to BRAND YOURSELF. What does this mean? Well in short, get your blog design, name, and avatars on FB & Twitter set and leave them alone!
Sure, over time things need to be updated a bit (after a year and ahlaf I re-vamped only what needed it), but don’t mess with a good thing. Your logo, especially in the vast world of Twitter, is how people recognize you. Think of all the major companies, has their logo changed much, if at all? No.
Changing your layout and logo constantly just confuses people, think of it as a mental set back to square one each time you do it, for your readers.

2. On the same topic as above MAKE YOUR AVATAR ON TWITTER YOUR FACE/YOUR BLOG LOGO. Sure, I like to support my fellow authors as much as the next person – but do you know what people think when they see the book cover as your avatar? They think you’re the author. Plus 8 patrillion people on Twitter have the same cover as their avatar, how can we tell you apart when that feed is flying past at mach 4?

3. BE READY TO INVEST A LITTLE MONEY. Giveaways are not mandatory on any blog, but anyone with the brain of a slug can tell you the way they see the most new blogs, is by entering giveaways. It’s a great way to bring in new people, they can’t see your blog if they don’t know it’s there, right? Right. Everyone loves free stuff. Take those dollars shoved away for a rainy day and invest something everyone is looking forward to buying when it’s out, and wall-ah – instant traffic.

4. BE READY TO INVEST A LOT OF TIME. Good blogs don’t happen over night or in just a few hours. It would be fantastic if all you had to do was start a new blog and all the glory was there, but it’s the real world my friends. You have to get out there, make friends, tweet A LOT! The more you get your name out, the more people will know you’re there. When I started MMSAI the first year I read 117 books, spent hours and hours on the blog a day writing my reviews and participating in memes and making sure I had something new at least every other day. This is how I did it, it will work different for you but the thing that will remain the same is – it will take time and never give up!

5. PARTICIPATE IN MEMES. Memes are great! It’s a fun way to hook up in a Linky with others and be apart of something. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme, and blogs all over have them. Find ones you like and join up!!!!

6. COMMENT! Comment back to people when they take time to comment on your posts. Read the comments and respond accordingly if they require it. Also, go to other blogs and comment as much as you can (remember I said this took a lot of time…) Be the reader you want people to be on YOUR blog…you want comments, so does everyone. If you stop in to read something, even if it doesn’t grab you – let them know you were there!

7. BE HONEST! BE YOU! Look, anyone can write a book report. Anyone can regurgitate the blurb on a book. Don’t do it. People read reviews because they have personality. You didn’t like something – say so! Do so by making points about the book and backing it up with facts. Don’t rag on a book just because you can, you won’t make any friends, it will just start an unneeded war online and in the end you’ll lose friends before you gain them. Authors and publishers are looking for fair minded, mature, smart and well worded reviews. Be they good or bad. I’ve written a ton of bad reviews, that were fair, honest and had major points. And you know what, when your point is valid – Authors appreciate it.

8.DO IT FOR THE RIGHT REASONS! Being a book blogger doesn’t mean ARCs. SO if you’re only hoping to some by starting a blog, please don’t. Starting something with bad intentions never ends well for anyone. And besides, it takes MONTHS to earn the klout needed for a publisher to send you ARCs.  

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{Book Trailer & Excerpt Reveal} Taste by Kate Evangelista

By: | Apr 16, 2012
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Help me Welcome Kate Evangelista to the blog today! *applause*
I am lucky enough to have her stopping by to share the reveal of the book trailer for TASTE – plus an excerpt from the book, you can find nearer the bottom of this post!
Be sure to check out other blogs on this tour, by hitting up Kate’s Web Site for a list of others participating. There’s a second excerpt out there you will want to read as well!



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At Barinkoff Academy, there's only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans.
When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn’t realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.





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{Book Review} Cascade by Lisa T Bergen

By: | Apr 15, 2012
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River of Time #2
By Lisa T. Bergren
Publisher: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 6/1/2011
Pages: 416
Format: eBook
Rating: 5 Birds

In Cascade, the second book in the River of Time Series, Gabi knows she’s left her heart in the fourteenth century and she persuades Lia to help her to return, even though they know doing so will risk their very lives. When they arrive, weeks have passed and all of Siena longs to celebrate the heroines who turned the tide in the battle against Florence—while the Florentines will go to great lengths to see them dead.

My Review:

Once again the author did a fantastic job on this second book!  The stakes were even higher from the first book!  This time Gabi and Lia head back in time but bringing their mother with them!  Boy, their mother was in for a surprise but oddly she fits in just like her daughters did.  Once again more action and romance crumbles through the book never stopping a beat.  There is so much going on that I do not want to give it all away.  Some main points that happen in this book are:  the war, the plague, marriage and choice of to stay in the past or go back to the present.  All these points will be seen through out the book as the characters tackle them as they come.

Marcello and Luca!  What more can I say? I love them both and how they interact so well with Gabi and Lia.  This book did include Luca and Lia more which I loved.  I loved how Lia was shooting her arrows and kicking butt just like her sister, Gabi does!  Luca has the cute humor about him as Marcello is serious and swoon worthy.  Then Lord Greco appears in this book who caught my attention and made me wonder about this character. I hope he appears again in the next book.

There's one thing towards the end of the book that totally caught me by surprise regarding to Gabi and Lia's father.  I submerged myself into that part of the book a great deal and was left with a cliffhanger!  So now my desire to read the third book is ready.  

While I was reading this book, every moment I put the book down,my brain wanted to know what was going to happen next.  So any free moment I had, this book was in my hands.  The third book is what I'm going to read next.  I cannot wait to see what adventures Gabi and Lia go on next.  Questions swirling in my head of: Will they go back in the past again or remain in the present?  Will marriage take place?  What about the war?  Did the plague come? 

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Autism Awareness Giveaway Hop

By: | Apr 11, 2012
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We are THRILLED to be participating in the Autism Awareness Giveaway Hop for the second year in a row. This year we are #9 of the 75+ Blogs participating in the hop. Be sure to follow the linky tool below to get in on all the amazing giveaways going on!

We here at MMSAI hope that you will not only enter the giveaways we've put together for you below, but also take a few minutes to educate yourself on Autism.

Autism is a developmental disorder that appears in the first 3 years of life, and affects the brain's normal development of social and communication skills.

Autism is a physical condition linked to abnormal biology and chemistry in the brain. The exact causes of these abnormalities remain unknown, but this is a very active area of research. There are probably a combination of factors that lead to autism.

Please read more on Autism at PubMedHealth 
 
 For our International Readers:
 We have a $10 Amazon OR Barnes & Nobel gift card, enter by Filling out the form 

 For anyone with a US Mailing Address
We have amazing book prize packs! To enter fill out the form 

First Prize Pack is an AUTOGRAPHED copy of SILENCE (Hush, Hush #3) by Becca Fitzpatrick
+ a hard cover copy of FACING DEMONS by Ashley Sanders

Second Prize Pack is an AUTOGRAPHED copy of THE PRINCESS DIARIES by Meg Cabot
+ a hard cover copy of FACING DEMONS by Ashley Sanders

*Standard rules apply, must be 13+ to enter either of our contests (US or INTL)

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{Book Review} Immortal Rules by Julie Kawaga

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Blood of Eden #1
Author: Julie Kagawa
Pages: 485
Format: ARC
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: April 24th 2012
Rating: 5 Birds

In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.
Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die or become one of the monsters.
Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.
Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.
But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.

My Thoughts

I am a HUGE fan of Julie Kagawa’s The Iron Fey series so you can imagine my excitement when I found out she was writing a vampire series (my first love). However, I was also a little apprehensive. What if I didn’t like her new series? What if I did like it but didn’t love it like I had hoped? What if I couldn’t connect to these characters like I did with the ones from The Iron Fey? All of these what if’s. Luckily, Julie Kagawa knew what she was doing and wrote yet another dazzling book.

The Immortal Rules is sheer brilliance from page 1 to page 485. At 485 pages, you would think there would have to be a lot of “filler” information, this is not the case. Every word is used tactfully to enhance and propel the story forward. The story is so action packed; it is near to impossible to put it down!

I loved Allison. She was real and an admirable heroine. Allison hated vampires but when faced with the option of dying or becoming the one thing she hated most, she chose life. I believe that this is something that most people can relate to. At the end of the day, we would all choose to live rather than die. She had weaknesses and flaws but worked hard to overcome them and become a better person. She continuously chose not to become the monster she truly could be. This line sums up her struggle:

“Hunger flickered, always there, but I pushed it down. I was a vampire. Nothing would change that. But I didn't have to be a monster.”

The romance between Allie and Zeke was beautiful. I loved how Kagawa allowed their relationship to develop naturally. There wasn’t an instant love connection. Their relationship was real and genuine. Zeke is (of course) a total hottie and such a sweetheart. He made it his personal duty to take care of everyone. He even tried to take care of Allie, although we know that she was more than capable of taking care of herself.

The world, the characters, the writing, the pacing were all perfect. I loved this story and cannot wait to see where Julie Kagawa takes it. I highly recommend this book!!

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{Book Review} Radiate

By: | Apr 10, 2012
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Author: Marley Gibson
Format: ARC
Pages: 416
Publisher: Graphia
Published: April 3, 2012
Rating: 5+ Birds

Hayley Matthews has one dream: to make it onto the varsity cheerleading team her senior year of high school. Odds are against her, but she doesn't let that stop her from trying. So she works hard for months, perfecting her gymnastics and dancing moves. And despite the odds, she makes the squad.

In an instant, Hayley's life changes. Now she's part of the popular crowd at school, dating a football player, and going to parties. And she's working hard to be as perfect on the squad as her captain expects them all to be.

But then one day Hayley notices a lump on her left leg and the steady throb she's been feeling has gotten much worse. She can barely walk. When Hayley goes with her mom to get it checked out, the diagnosis is cancer. The doctor can't say how bad it is or what the prognosis will be. At the minimum, she'll have to have surgery. At the most it could mean loss of her leg or even her life.

Once again Hayley's life changes in an instant. Now she must face the odds again and show everyone, including herself, just how strong she is. And through it all--three surgeries, chemo, radiation, rehab, and just getting back to a normal life--it's cheerleading that keeps Hayley focused and positive.

All she wants to do is cheer, and nothing, including cancer, is going to stop her.

My take: When I read the synopsis on this book, I immediately jumped at the chance to read it after having a family member go through chemo and radiation.  I also wondered quickly if Hayley would survive.

Immediately I fell into this book and didn’t turn back once.  Marley got to me quickly by throwing it straight into Hayley’s attempt to become a cheerleader and lead a new life…be someone else. 

But quickly getting a charge on the cheerleading thing, things fly by quickly and we’re to a point where Hayley needs to go get this lump on her leg consulted by a doctor.  And that’s when things take a turn for the “what the hell is going to happen here?”

Joining Hayley on a battle through surgeries, chemo and radiation was like being on a constant roller coaster, but it was NOT that “ugh can this ride be over yet?!” because it was so true to how some people react when going through all of the turmoil that comes with having cancer.  And to top things off, Hayley has to witness things her parents are struggling with at the same time.

Having a big sister who screwed things up so long ago, a brother who’s kind of perfect in some ways, and parents who have no clue what to do but look after their baby is almost incredibly accurate of how families can be.  Throw in a former neighbor, a boyfriend, and a cheer squad…and it’s just incredibly amazing.

All in all my favorite part of this entire story is just how strong Hayley is.  She kind of defies everyone and everything with her head held high.  To see a female character just take charge and believe, more times then not, that things would be okay…was refreshing.  And the best part was, even with the less important characters along the way, I got to see a lot of eye opening things of how some people get treated when they’re at a younger age and going through cancer treatment.

So if you want a tearjerker, an emotional roller coaster, and a feel good book all wrapped into one, DEFINITELY take a shot at Radiate!

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{Book Review} Intangible

By: | Apr 9, 2012
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Author: J. Meyers
Format: eBook
Pages: 340
Publisher: Self published
Published: January 31, 2012
Rating: 4.5 Birds

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.

I really enjoyed Intangible, it was very unique and I like that. I was put together very differently than anything that I’ve read before. In Intangible J. Meyers switched points of view a lot. The only reason I rated it four and a half instead of five is because I sometimes had trouble following what was going on in the beginning. After I got through the first 50 pages, this story really took off!
In Intangible you are introduced to Luke who can see the future and you get to witness one of his visions; Sera is Luke’s twin sister and she also has a special ability which is to heal people. I don’t want to go in too deep with details because it would spoil it for you. I just have to say that I am so glad I pressed through the beginning because you are introduced to some really amazing characters. I loved the world building in particular; J. Meyers made every situation feel so real.
Fey and Quinn are Sera and Luke’s best friends. Luke and Sera don’t have many friends but felt drawn to Fey and Quinn, you will find out why when you read the story. Marc is the romance interest in this story for Sera. Marc really made me angry during some parts, he was a really big jerk to Sera. Also, last but not least Vampire Jonas… I loved his character. He was definitely my favorite character. Although he is a Vampire and is known to be evil and soulless he proves this thought wrong with flying colors.
There is a happy ending, but it wasn’t what I thought was going to happen at all. The ending really took me by surprise, and while I was disappointed with it at first I now appreciate it because in real life not everything ends happily.
If you like books with action, the supernatural, family, love, and a little romance; you will thoroughly enjoy this book.

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{Ya Rebels} Monday Meets Wednesday

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It's Silent Week...and Gretchen and I knew we coulnd't do this alone so I flew to LA and we filmed both our vlogs together...ok, ok I was ALREADY in LA for something but still...just watch...and don't mind the off-centered-ness, I swear it was centered when we started!




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{Book Review} Facing Demons

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By: Ashley Sanders
Format: Paperback and Ebook
Published: October 15, 2011 by Trafford Publishing
Review: 3 Birds

An inspirational YA fiction novel, FACING DEMONS follows the journeys of four teenagers as they tackle their problems whilst at the Anchor Beach Rehabilitation Clinic. The facilitator, Blake Solomon has succeeded in his own battle with cancer and feels obliged to pass on this second chance to those who deserve it.
The first person views of each of the four main characters - Felicity, Jason, Matthew and Rebecca - gives vital insight into their developing minds and conflicting ideals. One by one they are each able to tell their heart-wrenching stories of lives tainted by drugs, alcohol, self-harm, abuse, gangs, child prostitution and homelessness. Reaching beyond the depths of despair, where all hope seems lost, the four teenagers attempt to find ways to face their demons.

Ashley Sanders inspiring story of four youths from different paths that come together at the Anchor Beach Rehabilitation Clinic is truly moving. While the book gives first person views from four different characters it is never confusing and flawlessly intermingles them to the end. I did have a feeling that the story and the actions of Blake Solomon were a bit far reaching but it wasn’t enough to distract from the overall story. Each character’s back story is so diverse they could merit independent books of their own. While difficult stories are attached to each character the presentation by the author is never so depressing that the book has to be put down.

Overall this book is a good read.

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{Waiting on Wednesday} 25

By: | Apr 4, 2012
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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

See something you like here?
Click the book cover to add it to your Good Reads TBR List!

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Girl Of Nightmares
Anna #2
By: Kendare Blake
Release Date: August 7th 2012
Publisher: Tor Teen

In this follow-up to Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas begins seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he’s asleep, and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong. These aren’t just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.
Cas doesn’t know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn’t deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it’s time for him to return the favor.


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The Kill Order
Maze Runner #0.5
By: James Dashner
Release Date: August 14th 2012
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares seared the earth and mankind fell to disease. "The Kill Order" tells the story of that fall.
“The prequel is something that has churned in my mind since before "The Maze Runner" was even complete. It's been hard to keep it a secret! I'm excited to finally share the news and I can't wait for my readers to see how it all began," shared author James Dashner

What are you Waiting on this fine Wednesday?

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{Interview + Giveaway} Angela Carling

By: | Apr 3, 2012
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We have Angela Carling, author of UNBREAKABLE LOVE on the blog today. She’s been gracious enough to include us in her blog tour, and even has a giveaway for you, my lovely readers!

5331346About The Author: Angela Carling was raised in Palm Springs, California but now resides in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, three kids and five felines. After years of denial, she final admitted, that she is in fact, a hopeless romantic, which allowed her to let down her hair and write her first book, Unbreakable Love. She always eats the frosting of her cake and cookies but leaves the rest, and can be caught singing in public bathrooms just for the acoustics. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. When she is not writing YA novels, she is secretly using her family as Guiney pigs to test what she learned in College.

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About The Book: Jennie Townsend is unlucky in love, so she is immediately suspicious when a mysterious new student named Nate tries to gain her friendship. But there is something special about Nate, and in spite of her best efforts Jennie finds her feelings for the boy growing deeper every day.
In fact, Nate is more special than Jennie can even imagine. He is a guardian angel, sent to protect Jennie during a most dangerous time in her life. To do so, he must first become close to her - but not too close. The rules for Protectors warn against physical contact and strictly forbid falling in love. But the more time Nate spends with Jennie, the harder the rules are to follow. Will Nate be able to save Jennie from a premature end, or will his own emotions - and Jennie's - get in the way of completing the task for which he was specifically chosen? 

With Unbreakable Love, Angela Carling has created a captivating story for young adult readers, with a refreshing twist on relationship issues. It is an ode to the magical power of true love, a tribute to belief in a benevolent higher power that watches over us and surrounds us every day of our lives. (Click the book cover to add it to your TBR pile)

Interview With Angela Carling:
MMSAI: I am a self proclaimed cover snob and have been known to judge a book by it's cover more than once. Are you also guilty of judging books by their cover? And what did you think of your cover for Unbreakable Love when you first saw it?
AC: You may be a cover snob, but I, at least before Unbreakable Love was a cover virgin, inexperienced  in all things cover(how embarrassing).  When I first saw the cover, I was torn.  I liked the picture, it is expressive and Nate is adorable but I didn’t really feel like it represented the story as well as I’d hoped. Chalk it up to learning.  For my next book Shackled (cover reveal is May 1st) I hired a photographer and models and I like it a lot better. 
MMSAI: Unbreakable Love is a stand alone novel, in a world full of series. Did you go into writing it with the intention of it being a stand alone or did the book "just write itself" that way?
AC: I did wrap it up pretty tight at the end of the book, but I never intended to write a series.  To be honest, I was shocked when someone wanted to publish my novice ramblings.. In fact, I wrote the book as a promise to my kids so they could see me aspire and work as hard as they were in school, never knowing where it would lead. Now, I’m really glad I wrote it stand alone. It was great first run and I got to put all my heart and passion into it without wondering where it would go once the first book was complete.  I am however, laying out the outline for my first series of three books.  I have two ideas in mind and may even ask the world at large which one they would like to see written.  Until then, I’m hoping you guys get to know my writing style through Unbreakable Love and Shackled(pub date June 1st).
MMSAI: Do you see yourself in any of your characters?
AC: Let’s just say I can be bribed with thin mint girl scout cookies just like Celeste(Nate’s guardian angel supervisor), but hopefully, I am not as grouchy.  I also relate to Nate.  His intentions are good, but his imperfect nature keeps getting in the way.   At least that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.
MMSAI: What will we find you doing if you are not writing?
AC: Sleeping is my favorite lately, But I also love to read and hang out with my family.  They can be pretty entertaining, especially my teenagers. 
MMSAI: Everyone here gets a silly question, so here is yours: If you were a super hero, what would your power be and why?
AC: I would be just like the wife on the Incredibles, super fast so I could do all the mundane stuff in no time flat and save all the rest of the time for my favorite things like writing stories.  Plus, I’m sure superspeed makes you burn so many calories that you can eat all the chocolate you want.
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{Book Review} Waterfall by Lisa Bergren

By: | Apr 1, 2012
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River of Time #1 
By Lisa T Bergren
Format: eBook
Publication Date: 2/1/2011
Pages: 284

American teenager Gabi Betarrini accidently finds herself in sixteenth-century Italy . . . Knights. Swords. Horses. Armor. And Italian hotties. Most American teens want an Italian vacation, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives there with their archaeologist parents. Stuck on yet another hot, dusty dig, they are bored out of their minds... until they place their hands atop handprints in an ancient tomb and find themselves catapulted into the sixteenth-century—and in the middle of a fierce battle between knights bent on killing one another.

The cover of this stunning book caught my eye at the bookstore as I decided to wait a bit before I purchased it but ended up getting a PDF file through being a blogger at MMSAI which was originally from the author herself!  That was totally amazing.  Anyways, this book is spoken from Gabi's perspective as it swirled in adventure, fighting, humor, suspense, mystery, romance and family.

I've always enjoyed time traveling stories as this one held my interest the entire time.  It was journey to be with Gabi (Gabriella) in finding her sister.   I love how Gabriella immediately adjusted herself to being back in time with her head on her shoulders. I believed Gabriella is strong and fearless when she needed to be along with being gentle and compassionate.   Even her ability to yield a sword came in handy which I thought was a nice touch as well!   She took danger head on and kept her wits about her as she searched for her sister.

Lia (Evangelina) seemed to be a bit similar to her sister but also naive.  She grew up overnight as well as her sister, Gabi did.  She used her archery skills with perfection which was awesome. 

Of course, romance is mentioned in this book but I'm not telling who. You need to go get this book to read.  It did leave me in wanting the romance to blossom completelyI love how the author added this in the book along with putting amazing details of the lifestyle and language of that time.  It made you feel like you were there.

The ending leaves you in question of what will happen next with Gabriella and Evangelina?  Will they go back in time again? Will they tell their mother what had happened?  Will someone else find out about this secret?  Will the true love happen?   Did history change?   I can't wait to read the next book! 

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