Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday - PNW Edition




Waiting on Wednesday
is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine
that showcases upcoming releases 
that people are very much anticipating.



Here on Novels, News and Notes we are a Pacific Northwest Blog so we will be sticking with our most anticipated NW releases. Makes sense right?  Plus there are a TON of wonderful upcoming releases that we are excited for.

After reading this author's 'The Pledge' series I have been on a mission to read all her books.  Not only does she have the final book for 'The Pledge' series releasing at the end of December 2013 but this first book in a completely NEW series comes out only 4 months later!  



The Taking (Taking #1) by Kimberly Derting comes out April 29, 2014.



The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer meets The Fifth Wave in this blockbuster new series from Kimberly Derting.

A flash of white…and then…nothing. When softball phenom Kyra Agnew wakes up behind the local gas station she has no memory of the night before. She makes her way home only to find that five years have passed...yet she hasn't aged a day.
With the help of her old boyfriend's annoying little brother, Tyler-who is now a handsome teenager-she begins to uncover what happened to her that fateful night five years ago. They discover strange facts and phenomenon no one can explain, and other people who have been "taken," just like Kyra. With a determined, secret government unit after her, Kyra desperately races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had…but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

If the summary above doesn't grab your attention then I bet this sneak peak from chapter 1 of 'The Taking' will have you adding it right away to your To Reads list on Goodreads!

Ready?

'I had this strange sense of déjà vu that clung to me. It was like a wet second skin, all itchy and maddening, making me glance, and glance again, at everything I passed. It all seemed familiar yet not at once. Like I'd been here before but was seeing it all for the very first time.


Considering I'd been born and raised in Burlington, Washington, a town that barely rated a dot on most maps and definitely not worthy of a mention by name, I was chalking it up to the fact that I'd spent the night outside and still had no memory of anything after the fight with my dad.


Why I'd decided to camp out behind a Dumpster was beyond me--I was claiming temporary insanity, because there was no other feasible explanation.


Going home was sure to play out one of two ways, the way I figured it. My dad was either gonna be super sorry about our argument, and the fact that I'd gotten out of the car in the middle of the road and just...disappeared.'



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If you aren't familiar with Kimberly Derting you should definitely check out her other two book series before April!  



'The Body Finder' (Body Finder series) Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world... and the imprints that attach to their killers. Add this to your To Reads List.


'The Pledge' (The Pledge trilogy) In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. Add this to your To Reads List.


Check out Kimberly Derting at her webpage and on twitter!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Candace Reviews Clan by Realm Lovejoy

Clan by Realm Lovejoy
ebook, 350 pages
Published: November 12, 2013
Source: Author

Clans are Unity.

No variation. No deviation.

On Clades, to be a Clan is to be an exact copy.
A perfect society cloning themselves to survive,
even as the zombielike Frags threaten to overrun them
on an unforgiving planet.

Clan 1672 (privately known as Twain)
was never supposed to survive the Incubation Tank.
But he did. Illegally.
He is different from the other Clans.

A secret that could destroy him.

Clan is a very different sort of book.  I went in feeling pretty clueless about it since there were no reviews up yet and all I really knew was that it was sci-fi.  And it is, and initially feels very sci-fi as you start the book.  It feels maybe a bit frigid and sterile.  There's not really much emotion.  We see that Twain is stifled in a home with his sponsor and that he's never seen the outside.  One day he finds a way to look out and someone sees him and then his sponsor points out why he couldn't go out before, he has blue eyes and everyone else has brown.  He is a mutant, different.  This is because every single 'person' who they call 'clan' is a clone of their 'father'.  So everyone looks exactly the same.  They live in this society where they aren't suppose to be individuals. No laughter, no fun.  Just learn and do what you need to do to keep things together.  Twain only barely is allowed to live and they put him out in society to be with the others and contribute.  He gets some bullying, which is the first sign that some of the clans do have individual thoughts and opinions.  As the book continues we see this is true for most of them, even if they fight it.  Twain is introduced to a sort of underground and is told he may need to escape there one day to avoid execution because of being a mutant.
Twain starts out being a rule follower, it was what he was taught his whole life by his sponsor.  But he also wasn't out in society and now that he's out and he realizes all his own thoughts and opinions may not be clan and aline with what they are suppose to think.  He slowly grows into a much more free thinking character with opinions and cares.  He cares about others and when it comes down to really needing to step up he does so, fighting against the societal norm to protect others and himself.

Twain makes two friends, one of which is a total surprise and it shows that everything isn't black and white.  While initially I had thought he could be the death of Twain, I was impressed when he became a protector.  The other is a friend he made immediately who is much different from the others.  In fact, he almost stands out as different to everyone because he has such individual thoughts and opinions and has trouble keeping them to himself.  I felt the author did an amazing job in creating characters that were really multidimensional.   
Initially I felt the book was a tad slow, but it was just being introduced to the world and seeing how it is.  Getting a feel for the city filled with clones of one man.  All looking the same and only differentiated by the numbers on their clothing and the chip in their body identifying their number.  Once Twain starts to have more individual thought and is introduced to the other side of this society, one with more dirty secrets then he could imagine, the story really takes off.  At this point it was hard to put down.

This book has a lot of twists. Because of the nature of it, it wasn't really possible to predict anything.  With my brain constantly trying to figure out what might happen next, I just found myself surprised over and over again.  I would think one thing only to be shocked by the events that occurred.   Because of twists and turns it's not possible to really talk about the plot too much.  It was one that was filled with crazyness and tension.  There were lots of moments where I couldn't believe anyone could actually survive what was happening.  Twain was close to be killed more then once and it was a wild ride!

The ending of the book caught me off guard.  I was at 96% and there was still so much we needed to know!  Well, the author fills us in about what happened, and it worked out well.  It was an ending that really made me smile because I wasn't sure that things could possibly work out.  Just the fact that ANYONE lived, would make me smile though, cause that was CRAZY-TOWN!

I definitely do recommend this book to mature YA readers who enjoy sci-fi and twisty plots.  Excellent read!

Realm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan. Currently, she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry. CLAN is her first book. You can find out more about her and her book at www.realmlovejoy.com

Check out Realm Lovejoy on Facebook and Twitter too!  Clan has it's own Trailer!

Disclosure: I received this book for review purposes, all opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

Candace is a wife and mother to two. She’s blogged at Candace’s Book Blog since November 2008. She enjoys a variety of genres including anything and everything young adult, some adult urban fantasy, a little bit of adult paranormal romance, some historical fiction and reads lots of childrens books. You can find her on her blog at http://www.candacesbookblog.com, twitter @candacemom2two and on goodreads.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Candace Reviews A Sleep So Dark by Inara Scott

A Sleep So Dark by Inara Scott
Paperback, 221 pages
Published: Oct. 25th, 2013
Source: Author (I had also bought an ebook of it, but the author sent a paperback)

Haunted…

After watching her mother die in a car accident, sixteen year-old Tandy McIntyre is plagued by violent dreams. Terrified to sleep and losing her grip on reality, she agrees to attend an experimental group retreat with Dr. Robert Gillman, an expert in lucid dreaming.

Trapped…

In the bitter cold of a Colorado winter, Tandy follows Dr. Gillman and his enigmatic son Cade as they lead a group of troubled teens into the wilderness. There, Dr. Gillman claims he will teach them to control their unconscious minds and master their dreams. But when the dreaming and the waking collide, will Tandy ever be safe again?

Don’t Fall Asleep…
This was a fantastic read!  It pulled me in immediately and was plenty mysterious. I knew some serious stuff was going to go down, but that's about it.  I had no idea what could happen and the twists and turns caught me unawares.  Once I started reading I really didn't want to stop and it could have easily been read in one sitting.

The paranormal aspect was pretty unique, and while dreaming themes have been done before, this was different from anything else I've read.   It was pretty creepy and if you're an active dreamer you might not want to read it before bed...

The secondary characters were fleshed out just enough to be able to imagine them, but without them taking over the story.  The main characters were great and I could relate and connect with them. Tandy started out good, but as the story went on and we saw her character growth and strength I loved her even more.  Initially I didn't know what to think of Cade, but as him and Tandy grow close I saw more of his good side and I really liked him.  Even though the romance was fast, I found it believable due to the situation and was on board with it. 

The only thing that I didn't love was that the ending wrapped up a bit too quickly for me.  I liked how it played out, the overall conclusion, but I would have liked to see some stuff that it skipped over.  Still, it's a minor complaint. 

It was a fast and unpredictable ride that I highly recommend!

Disclosure: I received this copy for review purposes, all opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

Candace is a wife and mother to two. She’s blogged at Candace’s Book Blog since November 2008. She enjoys a variety of genres including anything and everything young adult, some adult urban fantasy, a little bit of adult paranormal romance, some historical fiction and reads lots of childrens books. You can find her on her blog at http://www.candacesbookblog.com, twitter @candacemom2two and on goodreads.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday - Pacific NW edition





Waiting on Wednesday
is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine
that showcases upcoming releases 
that people are very much anticipating.


Here on Novels, News and Notes we are a Pacific Northwest Blog so we will be sticking with our most anticipated NW releases. Makes sense right? 

Plus there are a TON of wonderful upcoming releases that we are excited for.

After reading this author's Young Adult Mystery books, Mel's anticipation is high for this upcoming new Young Adult Mystery series:




'The Body in the Woods' (Point Last Seen series) by April Henry will release in June 17th, 2014. 'The Body in the Woods' will release in Hardcover at 272 pages and will be published by Henry Holt & Co.

Alexis, Nick, and Ruby have very different backgrounds: Alexis has spent her life covering for her mom’s mental illness, Nick’s bravado hides his fear of not being good enough, and Ruby just wants to pursue her eccentric interests in a world that doesn’t understand her. When the three teens join Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, they are teamed up to search for a autistic man lost in the woods. What they find instead is a dead body. In a friendship that will be forged in danger, fear and courage, the three team up to find the girl’s killer—before he can strike one of their own.

This first book in April Henry’s Point Last Seen YA mystery series is full of riveting suspense, putting readers right in the middle of harrowing rescues and crime scene investigations.  I for one LOVE all of April's books and have even sent her messages via twitter to comment on content as I was reading her books.  My favorite part is that April not only does research but attends a Writer's Police Academy where she learns how to take down a criminal and drive an ambulance simulator.  Here is one of April's photo from her blogpost about going to the Academy this year.  Want to see more photos? This blog post is a fun read!

Photo from April Henry's Blog
April Henry is the New York Times-bestselling author of over a dozen mysteries and thrillers for teens and adults.


Stop by April's Website or her Goodreads profile for information on ALL her amazing books!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday - Pacific NW edition





Waiting on Wednesday
is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine
that showcases upcoming releases 
that people are very much anticipating.




Here on Novels, News and Notes we are a Pacific Northwest Blog so we will be sticking with our most anticipated NW releases. Makes sense right? 
Plus there are a TON of wonderful upcoming releases that we are excited for.

After reading this author's first two 'The Atlanteans' series books, Mel's anticipation is high for this upcoming Contemporary:




Exile by Kevin Emerson


Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional—she’s a student at the PopArts Academy at Mount Hope High, where rock legends Allegiance to North got their start. Summer knows that falling for the lead singer of her latest band is the least professional thing a manager can do. But Caleb Daniels isn’t an ordinary band boy—he’s a hot, dreamy, sweet-singing, exiled-from-his-old-band, possibly-with-a-deep-dark-side band boy. And he can do that thing. That thing when someone sings a song and it inhabits you, possesses you, and moves you like a marionette to its will.


Summer also finds herself at the center of a mystery she never saw coming. When Caleb reveals a secret about his long-lost father, one band’s past becomes another’s present, and Summer finds it harder and harder to be both band manager and girlfriend. She knows what the well-mannered Catherine side of her would do, but she also knows what her heart is telling her. Maybe it’s time to accept who she really is, even if it means becoming an exile herself. . . .



Check out Kevin Emerson at his Website and Goodreads.

Expected Publication by Katherine Tegan Books (HarperCollins) April 29, 2014! 


Click the link on the left to add it to your Goodreads To-Read List. 



What's your "waiting on" pick this week?