Feb 11, 2013

Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four: Review and Giveaway

Nya Jade
Pages: 335
Publisher: Dreamwell Publishing
Format: Paperback
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Age Group: Young Adult
Date Published: October 30, 2012
Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four (Shapers, #1)

The students of Green Lane Academy roam their halls unaware that below their manicured campus exists a prestigious school of an entirely different kind . . .
Sixteen-year-old Phoebe Pope has enrolled at the Campus Below: a spy academy for shape-shifters hidden deep beneath the grounds of a boarding school whose humans unknowingly protect it. There, thanks to a carefully planned schedule, she leads a double life: spy trainee Below and normal teenager Above.
As if two course loads, concealing a secret power she alone wields, and coping with her father’s recent death weren’t enough, Phoebe finds herself developing major feelings for actor and teen heartthrob Colten Chase, who attends the Campus Above and appears to be majoring in winning Phoebe’s heart. But when officials learn that Phoebe may be at the center of a startling prophecy, she becomes the target of shape-shifting assassins who will stop at nothing to suppress the truth.
Now Phoebe’s lessons about Shaper’s enemies and spycraft take on great importance as a menace stalks the campus, with Phoebe as its target. Meanwhile, what began as an unlikely relationship with Colten, quickly morphs into heartache when she suspects that something sinister lurks beneath this movie star’s glitter and fame. Suddenly, Phoebe’s caught in a mesh of lies, betrayals, and danger where she doesn’t know who to trust, and needs to rely on herself—and her secret power—to get to the truth and to stay alive.

Feb 8, 2013

[Review] The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Megan Shepherd
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Format: *signed TO ME* Hardcover
Source: Malaprop's Bookstore
Age Group: Young Adult
Date Published: January 29, 2013
The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1)

In the darkest places, even love is deadly.
Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.
Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.
Inspired by H. G. Wells's classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman's Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we'll do anything to know and the truths we'll go to any lengths to protect.

Feb 6, 2013

Wings of Tavea Blog Tour: Reviews & Giveaway

Devri Walls
Pages: 462
Publisher: Stonehouse Ink
Age Group: Young Adult
Wings of Arian (The Solus Series, #1 )Release Date: April 24, 2012

Kiora thought she had never heard a lie until she was sixteen. But she was wrong. Her entire existence was based on nothing but. She thought that evil did not exist. Lie. That magic was not real. Lie. And that the land of Meros was all there was. One more lie.
With Aleric telling her that evil is knocking on the door and that she is the only one who can stop them she has a choice to make. Refuse, or start the wildest most painful ride of her life.
She reluctantly dips her toe into her new existence of magic and threads, dragons and shapeshifters, and the person who wants to take control of it all: the evil Dralazar.
However, this journey was never meant to be hers alone. She will be accompanied by a Protector. To her disbelief, and utter irritation they name the hotheaded, stubborn, non -magical, (albeit gorgeous) Prince Emane. They will have to trust each other with their lives, but right now Kiora would settle for a non hostile conversation.
And now it comes down to this, If you had never heard a lie, would you know when you heard one? Is knowing good from evil innate? Kiora finds herself having to decide who lives and who dies on those very questions.

Feb 3, 2013

Malaprops Event: Extreme Fangirling

So, I got my dad to drive Amanda (she's written a blog post or two here in the past, but she's my BFF) and me (with the rest of the fam) to Asheville yesterday for this super cool book signing & IT WAS SO AMAZING. I met Megan Shepherd (The Madman's Daughter), Victoria Schwab (The Archived), Lenore Appelhans (Level 2), Beth Revis (Across the Universe trilogy), and Meagan Spooner (Skylark). They were all so funny and nice and adorable and I nearly died from excitement. Each of them read from their books and told a bit about themselves to start.

Victoria talking about The Archived
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