Thursday, October 31, 2013

Harry Potter MotW #16

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a meme hosted over at Uncorked Thoughts. The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself! Upcoming topics & how to join here.

  Favorite Villain

Alright, first up: Happy Halloween everybody!! Any day that celebrates Witches & Pumpkins & Black Cats is a winner in my book - I hope you all have a magical day ♥

And we have another brilliant topic here, quite fitting too!  Miss JKR certainly does shine at a lot of things, but no one can deny that she gave us some complex and memorable villains.  Starting with the obvious, Tom Riddle himself, who is without a doubt one of the most terrifying and diabolical characters I have ever read about.  Then there's Umbridge, who I think most of us wanted dead more than anyone else...the old hag!  Snape is another one that comes to mind, though I honestly don't think of him as a true villain; he's more of a cruel and mean man who has better motives (and a better heart) than he lets on.  So, I guess when it's all said and done, my favorite villain of them all is:

Bellatrix Lestrange

I'll be honest, my choice is probably due, in large part, to my love and admiration for Helena Bonham-Carter in general because I could never ever forgive Bella for ending Sirius.  That being said, HBC's portrayal was absolutely perfect in my opinion - she made Bella impossible to resist.  As much as she still terrifies me, watching her fly around the Ministry at the end of OotP, cackling like a real witch ought to always makes me smile!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday *55*

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming book releases that we're especially looking forward to!

Here's my pick this week:

The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain
Into the Dark #1
Expected Publication: March 11th, 2014

Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race.

Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong.

Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails. As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. But Daphne won’t be wooed easily and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended—he’s fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds.

Sigh, don't you just love a story about a pair of star-crossed lovers!  Especially when you add in fantasy elements like Mythology, the Underworld and the Gods!!  Into the Dark sounds like it has an odd enough combination of elements to make it into something fresh & exciting but I guess we'll have to wait and see ;-)

What are YOU waiting on this week?
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Review: Storm Watcher

Storm Watcher by Maria V. Snyder
Published October 19th 2013

Luke Riley is lost. His mother's recent death has set Luke and his family adrift. Even though his father, twin brothers, and their three Bloodhounds are search and rescue volunteers, they have been unable to rescue themselves and become a family again. The summer after sixth grade looms in Luke's mind as a long, lonely three months where the only thing he can look forward to is watching The Weather Channel. Luke is fascinated with the weather, but since his mother's death in a storm, he is also terrified. Even the promised 13th birthday present of a Bloodhound puppy fails to lift Luke's spirits. He would rather have a different breed - a petite Papillon, but his father insists he get a Bloodhound.
When Luke decides to get the Bloodhound from Willajean, a dog breeder who owns Storm Watcher Kennel, he works out a deal to help at her kennel in exchange for the expensive dog. Thrilled to have a summer with a purpose, Luke befriends Willajean's daughter, Megan and together they plan how Luke can get a Papillon puppy instead of a Bloodhound. But nothing seems to work as they struggle with stubborn fathers, summer storms, unhelpful siblings, and hidden guilt. Can one little white dog really save both families?

*An ARC was provided by Leap Books in exchange for an honest review.*

Maria V. Snyder is an author that I hadn't experienced before now  - despite her sitting on the very top of my 'must-read author list'.  Needless to say, I was very excited to get my hands on an advanced copy of Storm Watcher; even though the lack of any kind of fantasy or sci-fi elements usually turns me off quicker than anything. And coming from a HUGE feline-lover, the aspect of dogs and dog training didn't especially appeal to me at first.  That being said, Storm Watcher ended up being an easy, engaging and enjoyable read!

Storm Watcher is a short story, one that could easily be read in one single sitting.  As can be expected, with a limited number of pages comes less time to develop characters (and their relationships as well as any complicated plot points. I was pleasantly surprised that Snyder managed to still make me care about Luke, his family, friends and even the freaking dogs!  I was amused, and at times even a little heart-broken.

As an MC, Luke was very relatable.  He's suffered a loss but he's dealing as best he can.  His voice was quite believable and I enjoyed seeing his world from his perspective.  He's innocent, yet at the same time focused and hard-working...not to mention his love of dogs is kind of contagious. I especially like his fascination/fear with the weather since I happen to think weather is pretty darn interesting.

There isn't much else I can say, while it was an enjoyable read I can't say I developed any especially strong attachment to the story as a whole but I still feel like it was worth the read. In fact, the family dynamics were quite memorable.   If anything, reading Storm Watcher made me all the more curious about Snyder's fantasy series, which I feel are more up my alley anyways.  I'd recommend this one to children's/middle-grade readers, animal lovers anyone with an even passing interest in meteorology!


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Stacking the Shelves *29*

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews showcasing new books we've gotten a hold of (bought/given/gifted/trade/for review).

This week, I finally completed my Throne of Glass collection with this much coveted set of e-novellas:

 The Assassin and The Pirate Lord (Throne of Glass #0.1)
The Assassin and the Desert (Throne of Glass #0.2)

 The Assassin and the Underworld (Throne of Glass #0.3) &
The Assassin and the Empire (Throne of Glass #0.4) 

Now I've heard that it would have been best if I had read all of these before the actual books 1 & 2 in the series but since I don't own a Time-Turner or a TARDIS...yet
, I guess I'll settle for reading them like, now!!  Who knows, it may even prompt me to re-read the whole series :D

Have you read the ToG series & novellas?
Let me know and don't forget to link me up to your haul!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Harry Potter MotW # 15

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a meme hosted over at Uncorked Thoughts. The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself! Upcoming topics & how to join here.

  Favorite potion

I'm seriously loving these topics, every week I get more and more pumped thinking about and picking favorites...and then seeing everyone else's answers!  Ok so, potions are really intriguing to consider - some of them would be dead useful in real like *ahem* Truth Serum anyone?!  And then there are some I would never consider using, like Love Potions for example...we've seen how awful the outcome can be O_O  I think we can all agree that we'd all like to try Polyjuice Potion at least once (call it morbid curiosity)  but out of all those choices and more, my favorite is :

Felix Felicis
Honestly, couldn't we all use some liquid luck sometimes?!  Just that little extra something to ensure a really spectacular day!  I especially adored how it was used in Half Blood Prince by Harry himself.  Here's a bit more information about Felix Felicis:

Felix Felicis, also called "Liquid Luck", is a magical potion that makes the drinker lucky for a period of time, during which everything they attempt will be successful.
It is meant to be used sparingly, however, as it causes giddiness, recklessness, and dangerous overconfidence if taken in excess. Felix is highly toxic in large quantities and is also a banned substance in all organized competitions, such as Quidditch, along with all other methods of cheating. It is very difficult to make, disastrous if made wrong, and requires six months to stew before it is ready to be consumed.- Source

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday *54*

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming book releases that we're especially looking forward to!

Here's my pick this week:

The Nightmare Dilemma by Mindee Arnett
The Arkwell Academy #2
Expected Publication Date: March 4th 2014

Dusty Everhart might be able to predict the future through the dreams of her crush, Eli Booker, but that doesn’t make her life even remotely easy. When one of her mermaid friends is viciously assaulted and left for dead, and the school’s jokester, Lance Rathbone, is accused of the crime, Dusty’s as shocked as everybody else. Lance needs Dusty to prove his innocence by finding the real attacker, but that’s easier asked than done. Eli’s dreams are no help, more nightmares than prophecies.

To make matters worse, Dusty’s ex-boyfriend has just been acquitted of conspiracy and is now back at school, reminding Dusty of why she fell for him in the first place. The Magi Senate needs Dusty to get close to him, to discover his real motives. But this order infuriates Eli, who has started his own campaign for Dusty’s heart.

As Dusty takes on both cases, she begins to suspect they’re connected to something bigger. And there’s something very wrong with Eli’s dreams, signs that point to a darker plot than they could have ever imagined.
Even before I'd read the first book in The Arkwell Academy Series, I was so in love with the idea of a story centered around a human nightmare - especially one set in a Magical Boarding School for the gifted!  So I guess it's no big surprise that my interest is holding and that I'm just as eager to return to Arkwell Academy to join Dusty in yet another adventure!

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Harry Potter MotW #14

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a meme hosted over at Uncorked Thoughts. The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself! Upcoming topics & how to join here.

  What job would you choose after Hogwarts?

LOVE this question -  The boyfriend and I have actually had this discussion quite a bit!  I mean, there are so many fun job possibilities in the Wizarding World.  As much as I would love to be able to return to Hogwarts every day for work, my top job pick would have me working in Diagon Alley as a Wandmaker
Every single bit of information we got on wands from book 1 to 7 was precious to me.  I desperately wanted to know more, to really understand their inner workings.  I mean, how cool is it that the wand chooses the wizard?!  Not to mention all the different combinations of woods & cores with each one having it's own special properties and strengths!  Needless to say, I spent many hours reading up on all of this on Pottermore...and I was pretty psyched about getting my personalized wand - Hawthorn with Phoenix feather, 10 ¾, surprisingly swishy.  So yeah, if I was a witch, I could totally see myself pouring over all of this stuff until I could make wands myself.  And hey, Olivander does need a replacement!

A wandmaker is a person who constructs and sells wands for witches and wizards, and is thus an important occupation in wizarding society. The practice of making a wand is known as wandcraft. Wandmaking shops date back to at least the establishment of Ollivanders Wand Shop in 382 B.C., and some of the earliest wandmakers were the druids. Thought it was general practice in older times for the purchaser of a wand to provide their own core, generally of a traditional or well-liked substance, some modern wandmakers such as Garrick Ollivander procure their own cores, and claim to have found more success in doing so. -Source

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday *53*

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming book releases that we're especially looking forward to!

This week's pick is one that I was waiting until the cover revealed to feature.  I participated in the cover reveal this week organized by Book Nerd Tours so I couldn't resist featuring it was my WoW pick:

Born of Deception by Teri Brown
Born of Illusion #2
Expected publication: June 10th 2014

Budding illusionist Anna Van Housen is on top of the world: after scoring a spot on a prestigious European vaudeville tour, she has moved to London to chase her dream and to join an underground society for people like her with psychic abilities. Along with her handsome beau, Cole Archer, Anna is prepared to take the city by storm. But when Anna arrives in London, she finds the group in turmoil. Sensitives are disappearing and, without a suspect, the group’s members are turning on one another. Could the kidnapper be someone within the society itself—or has the nefarious Dr. Boyle followed them to London? As Cole and Anna begin to unravel the case and secrets about the society are revealed, they find themselves at odds, their plans for romance in London having vanished. Her life in danger and her relationship fizzling, can Anna find a way to track down the killer before he makes her his next victim—or will she have to pay the ultimate price for her powers? Set in Jazz-Age London, this alluring sequel to Born of Illusion comes alive with sparkling romance, deadly intrigue, and daring magic.
I truly enjoyed book 1, Born of Illusion and since I read it I have been very eager to return to New York in the roaring 20's with Anna the illusionist!  This time around though the adventure seems to largely take place in London...but, I most certainly will NOT be complaining about that ;)  ''Jazz-Age'' London sounds even more enticing to me - especially when dealing with magic!

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PS: There's still time to enter to win a signed ARC of  'Born of Deception', click here

Monday, October 14, 2013

Review: Vicious

Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Published September 24th, 2013 by Tor

A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and superpowers, set in a near-future world.

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?
 **An ARC was provided by Tor Books in exchange for an honest review.**

Vicious truly was a book unlike any I've ever read before.  This was my first experience with Victoria Schwab - despite having wanted to read The Archived since before it even came out - and I can say with complete certainty that I will be reading everything else this brilliant lady will ever write.  Vicious  was compelling, dark, addictive and beyond clever.  The story stayed with me at all times when I wasn't reading it and once I was done, it just stayed with me for days and days afterwards.  I'd find myself musing over certain twists and the truly unforgettable characters, which I consider to be quite the feat!

Vicious is a tale of revenge that is flawlessly woven within a ten year time span.  The narrative goes back and forth between the present and the past in a way that is addictive and exciting, never confusing or labored.  The way the story is put together is truly a feat of sheer genius on Schwab's part and I don't think anyone could have done it better.  HUGE props to her for pulling it off anyway, it could have easily been disastrous but it was executed to perfection.  I was honestly shaking my head when it was all over, just reeling over all of it.

The characters are another aspect of Vicious that made it stand out.  There are no 'true' heroes in this tale - at least, not in the way you'd expect.  The story is told in alternating POV's which mostly centers around Victor & Eli.  Neither of these characters were especially relatable; or even sympathetic, I was surprised by how quickly I became immersed in their world.  As the both become obsessed with EO's or extra-ordinaries - people who survive near-death experiences and somehow develop super-human abilities, their darkest ambitions and truest natures come to the surface in a way that is both chilling and engrossing.  It was like witnessing the start of a horrible accident and not being able to turn away - not even for a second.  And I mean that in the best possible way!

The delicious plot & intricate pacing had me glued to the pages right from the start and the more I read the more I needed to know the outcome.  I was surprised at how much empathy I felt for one of the MC's and his entourage.  With all of the horrible things that were done throughout this story: murders, betrayals, torture, violence and conniving, these characters still came off as entirely human in some way, shape or form.  Sure they were despicable and scary at times, but their humanity remained.  They all felt that they were doing the right thing and when you understood their pasts and their reasoning for doing the things they did, it was impossible not to feel invested in it all.

If I had to sum up Vicious in one word it would be: stirring.  This is the kind of tale that lingers in your mind, both when you're not reading it and once all is said and done.  Almost a week has gone by now and I still find myself going back to certain scenes in my head.  The EO powers are certainly something very new which was refreshing.  Despite some super-human abilities, this story reads more like realistic fiction than straight up paranormal story.  Everything seemed so plausible throughout, and the way certain individuals ended up with their specific power was super eery!  I'd recommend Vicious to adult readers looking for a delicious revenge story or fans of Victoria Schwab.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Stacking the Shelves *28*

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews showcasing new books we've gotten a hold of (bought/given/gifted/trade/for review).

This week, I make my triumphant return to Stacking the Shelves with some truly drool-worthy covers!  Behold:




 **A BIG thanks to Harper Collins Children for these lovelies.**

So, I've been super busy with work lately (which also explains my serious lack in reviews & blog-hopping this past weeks </3 ) and I hadn't gotten around to checking Edelweiss for weeks now.  To my surprise, I discovered an e-mail from them in my junk folder this week saying a review request had been approved.  Imagine my shock when I logged in to find all of this waiting for me!  All of these were on my wishlist for 2014 - in fact, both Death Sworn & Alienated were recent WoW picks here on the blog!

Thoughts? Are you excited for any of these?
  Don't forget to link me up to your haul as well ♥

PS- You can also visit my Born of Deception cover reveal post for a chance to win a SIGNED ARC of the sequel to Born of Illusion (US only) click here to enter!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Cover Reveal: Born of Deception + Giveaway

Happy Friday guys!  Today I have something special for you all - I am very excited to be part of the cover reveal tour for Born of Deception by Teri Brown, the hotly anticipated sequel to Born of Illusion!  This tour is organized Book Nerd Tours & includes a giveaway for a signed ARC of Born of Deception! (U.S. only)

So without further ado, here it is, the cover for Born of Deception:

Budding illusionist Anna Van Housen is on top of the world: after scoring a spot on a prestigious European vaudeville tour, she has moved to London to chase her dream and to join an underground society for people like her with psychic abilities. Along with her handsome beau, Cole Archer, Anna is prepared to take the city by storm. But when Anna arrives in London, she finds the group in turmoil. Sensitives are disappearing and, without a suspect, the group’s members are turning on one another. Could the kidnapper be someone within the society itself—or has the nefarious Dr. Boyle followed them to London? As Cole and Anna begin to unravel the case and secrets about the society are revealed, they find themselves at odds, their plans for romance in London having vanished. Her life in danger and her relationship fizzling, can Anna find a way to track down the killer before he makes her his next victim—or will she have to pay the ultimate price for her powers? Set in Jazz-Age London, this alluring sequel to Born of Illusion comes alive with sparkling romance, deadly intrigue, and daring magic.
So, what do you guys think?!  Isn't it stunning?!!  I love how it goes so well with the cover for the first one but also adds a little something with the splash of red in there and the use of the light blue font!  Here are both covers side by side for ya:

 *drools*

And, in case you weren't already aware of the awesome that is author Teri Brown, here's a little something about her as well:

Teri Brown I’m not sure who to tell you about here because I’m actually two people rolled into one. As a responsible mother of teens, I show one persona to the world. That person is driven, conservative and level headed. But the other part of me just never grew up. She is rebellious, impulsive and curious. It’s hard being both these people. They’re often at odds. The mother part of me knows I should put a cap on how many animals we take in. The teen part of me wants to save them all. We have five cats and two dogs. Who do you think is winning? Even now. The mother part wants to make a meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and a tossed salad. The teen part wants to order a pizza, work on my website and check my Facebook. Luckily, though my two halves don’t always agree, both of us live happily in Portland, Oregon, with a husband and too many animals. And we both love to write and write and write..

Twitter: https://twitter.com/teribrownwrites
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teri.foremanbrown
Website: http://www.teribrownbooks.com/
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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Harry Potter MotW #13

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a meme hosted over at Uncorked Thoughts. The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself! Upcoming topics & how to join here.

  Favorite Moment in Book 3

So this week, we're talking about our favorite moment from Prisoner of Azkaban, and I don't have to tell you all (again) that this is one of my absolute favorite books in the entire series!  Picking one single moment to love more out of so many amazing moments was especially hard this time around but here's my pick:

When Sirius' true identity is revealed and he invites Harry to come and live with him.


It's heartbreaking that it never actually happened but every time I get to that part, it makes me so happy because Harry thought he was completely alone before then - and now, he has a living family member ♥ ...one who was his father's best friend at that!  Sigh...I can't help wishing for both of them that it could have happened; even for just one Summer :*)

Honorable mentions go out to
- The week Harry gets to spend alone in Diagon Alley. 
 - When Lupin teaches Harry how to make a Patronus.  
 -The introduction of the Marauder's Map.  
-When Harry conjures a Patronus to save himself & Sirius.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday *52*

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming book releases that we're especially looking forward to!

Here's what I'm waiting on this week:

The Falconer by Elizabeth May
The Falconer #1
Expected Publication Date: May 6th 2014

Heiress. Debutant. Murderer. A new generation of heroines has arrived.

Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844

Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery killed her mother.

Now it’s the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways.

But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana’s father returns home, she has decisions to make. How much is she willing to lose – and just how far will Aileana go for revenge?
Ok so, let me break down the things that have me excited about this one: it's a sci-fi read that's also considered to be historical fiction.  It's set in Scotland.  It also has elements of Steampunk, Fantasy and Paranormal woven in there for good measure.  Oh, and did I mention is has to do with the Fae?!  And the MC is killing said Fae with cool weapons and stuff!  There's no way I'm passing this one up.  So, where's the line forming to wait to get my hands on a copy ?

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Harry Potter MotW #12

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a meme hosted over at Uncorked Thoughts. The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself! Upcoming topics & how to join here.

  Favorite Place in the Series

Ah! Finally, I can offer up one single answer to one of these questions - this one is a no-brainer for me.  My absolute favorite place from the series has got to be:

 Hogwarts


There is just no other place I would rather be, fictional or otherwise!  The idea of a secret, magical school being hidden away in England just gets me excited like nothing else can.  I want to find myself a Time-Turner or a TARDIS and send my 11 year old self to study at Hogwarts.  And then I want to stay on staff full-time...maybe even live there permanently.  I might not be a teacher but I'd still want to be there, you know?!


Other than Hogwarts (since I feel like that's the 'general consensus' answer among us Potterheads), I'd definitely pick Diagon Alley.

This is almost like a second home within the series.  I could totally see living & working there!  All the little shops would be fun to browse through endlessly and since Potter & the gang now work at the Ministry, I'd feel super safe :)

I would have loved to have gotten a chance to explore Godric's Hollow more too, not just because it's Harry's birthplace, but Dumbledore's as well!  Not to mention the Three Brothers!  Sigh, so much for my 'one single answer' eh? >.< #fail.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday *51*

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming book releases that we're especially looking forward to!

Phew, coming at you a bit late today.  I usually set up my posts on Tuesdays since it's my day off but yesterday was the boyfriend's birthday... so that didn't happen.  Better late than never right?  Here's what I'm waiting on this week:

A Shard of Ice by Alivia Anders
The Black Symphony Saga #1

Expected Publication: April 14th 2014

THEIR SOULS, REAWAKENED.

When 13-year-old Lilix Morgan is found alive and floating on a bed of ice at sea, everyone counts it a miracle. Kidnapped nearly four weeks earlier, she remembers nothing of her mysterious abduction. When she tries to remember what happened, she hears only a melody – a faint and delicate set of notes, strung together in a tune she doesn’t understand.

THEIR POWER, UNMATCHED.

A year later and desperate to put the lingering nightmares of her past behind her, Lilix crosses the country to enroll at Baelmorte Academy, aiming to become the violinist she once dreamt of. Things seem to be finally going well, and Lilix settles into a routine of sheet music and inspiration among new friends.

Then the dreams start.

The melody and night terrors she thought she’d left behind return with a vengeance, threatening to ruin her fragile version of normalcy. Then an unlikely ally tells her that she isn’t alone. That there are others just like her, fighting to hide their own shocking truths from coming to light. That they know who she is, and what she’s been through. Now, accompanied by four other girls, Lilix discovers her nightmares are larger than a single trauma; they’re a window to a hidden part of her soul, a place of immense power with a destiny that cannot be ignored.

THEIR BATTLE, IS ONLY BEGINNING.

With this knowledge comes a new and frightening reality. For Lilix has been reawakened to stop an age-old enemy, one thought to have been destroyed centuries ago. Trapped by her destiny, Lilix is torn between what feels right and what she remembers. Her memories tell her of a star-crossed love waiting to be reunited, of friendships and trust broken in the past. But can she save that love when reality brings her an enemy, and an evil that will be the undoing of them all if they don’t destroy it?
Now that's a synopsis you can take to the bank!  I love being able to really get a feel for the plot, but in this case, as soon as I saw that this was about magic powers + music I was intrigued. You don't often come across fantasy stories that involve musical magic but it's an element I've always been drawn too...probably because it  mixes two of my favorite art forms: books and music ♥

Thoughts? Let me know :)
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