Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday - PNW Edition @catwinters



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 2013 Debut 'In The Shadow of Blackbirds', Mel's anticipation is high for her 2nd Young Adult book:







The Cure For Dreaming by Cat Winters


Sadly there is no cover photo available quite yet....

The Cure for Dreaming
by Cat Winters

Amulet Books


In 1900 Portland, Oregon, seventeen-year-old Olivia Mead’s father hires a talented young stage hypnotist to cure the girl of rebellious, unfeminine thoughts…but the cure doesn’t go quite as planned.


(Official synopsis not yet available.)


I quite enjoyed Cat's debut 'In The Shadow of Blackbirds' and honestly I can't imagine waiting months for this book.  Of course maybe I will get lucky and find an ARC on Edelweiss but I will definitely be pre-ordering this book!  If you haven't read Cat's debut I highly recommend you check it out immediately.  You will be blown away by the smell of onions and you may be interested to know how the photos you will read about actually happen.  The ending is a surprise and I loved it!  I will totally be re-reading it before 'The Cure For Dreaming' releases so that I can enjoy all of Cat's writing at once.  And no, The Cure for Dreaming is NOT a sequel.  They are stand alone novels.



Check out Cat Winters at her Website and Goodreads.


Expected Publication by Simon Pulse 

Fall 2014!
 

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

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

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday - PNW Edition with @debcaletti





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:







The Last Forever by Deb Caletti


Endings and beginnings sit so close to each other that it’s sometimes impossible to tell which is which.
Nothing lasts forever, and no one gets that more than Tessa. After her mother died, it’s all she can do to keep her friends, her boyfriend, her happiness from slipping away. And then there’s her dad. He’s stuck in his own daze, and it’s so hard to feel like a family when their house no longer seems like a home.
Her father’s solution? An impromptu road trip that lands them in a small coastal town at Tessa’s grandmother’s. Despite all the warmth and beauty there, Tessa can’t help but feel even more lost.
Enter Henry Lark. He understands the relationships that matter. And more importantly, he understands her. A secret stands between them, but Tessa’s willing to do anything to bring them together—because Henry may just be her one chance at forever.

I have been reading a ton of science fiction and fantasy lately so I'm really looking forward to this wonderful contemporary!  I admit I have had Deb's books on my to-read list for a while and I need to have a read-a-thon for them.  Based on the warm scenery on her covers I should read them this winter to remind me of how nice and warm summer is :)


Check out Deb Caletti at her Website and Goodreads.


Expected Publication by Simon Pulse 

April 1, 2014!
 

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

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

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday - PNW Edition with @shelby_bach





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 several Middle Grade books lately I have been on the lookout for more!  I enjoy changing it up and I look forward not only to 'Of Sorcery and Stone' but reading 'Of Giants and Ice' and 'Of Witches and Wind'.  I am clearly a late reader of this series but that may add to the joy of reading them.  I am excited to read the first two immediately to prepare for book 3.  


Of Giants and Ice (The Ever Afters #1) and Of Witches and Wind (The Ever Afters #2) are OUT NOW!  Of Sorcery and Snow (The Ever Afters #3) by Shelby Bach comes out June 24, 2014!


 





While the first installment of The Ever Afters series reimagines classic fairy tale characters in a modern context, merging familiar fantasy with the everyday realities of middle-grade existence. 
Can you imagine how great this series is with the build up of Rory's knowledge?

When Rory realizes fairy tales are the real deal at Ever After School, she embarks on a classic quest to fulfill her destiny in this “fast-paced combination of middle school realism and fairy-tale fantasy” (Kirkus Reviews).

Life at Ever After School has become familiar for Rory. She’s been on two quests, she’s a great sword fighter, and she has terrific friends. But familiar is no fairy tale, and she’s still anxiously awaiting the chance to star in her own.
But as her connection to the Snow Queen continues to grow, Rory realizes her starring role might well be underway. When the Snow Queen sends the Pied Piper to kidnap several children, including the sibling of a fellow EAS-er, the teachers think this mission is too dangerous and won’t send any kids. But Rory, Chase, and Lena are determined to help,and it’s not long before they find themselves in more trouble than they can handle. Because it wouldn’t be Ever After School if things worked out according to plan...


While the summary for 'Of Sorcery and Snow' may not be final I am still excited for this entire series.  


  Click the icon to add Of Sorcery and Snow to your reading list.

Don't forget to add Of Giants and Ice (The Ever Afters #1) and Of Witches and Wind (The Ever Afters #2) to your Goodreads as well!


If you aren't familiar with Shelby Bach you should definitely check out the first two books in The Ever After series before June! I will be recommending this to everyone I know who has kids in grade school. The first two books are great for Christmas gifts!



Check out Shelby Bach at her webpage and on twitter!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Candace Reviews Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford

Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter Vol. 1 by Nikki Jefford
ebook, 543 pages
Published March 5th, 2013 by Nikki Jefford
Source: Purchased (ages ago!)
If there is one thing eighteen-year-old Aurora Sky wants, it’s to get off the iceberg she calls home. Being kissed before she graduates wouldn't hurt either.

Then a near-fatal car wreck changes everything. Government agents step in and save Aurora’s life in exchange for her services as a vampire hunter. In Alaska. Basically she’s a glorified chew toy. All thanks to her rare blood type, which sends a vampire into temporary paralysis right before she has to finish the job… by hand.

Now Aurora’s only friends are groupies of the undead and the only boy she can think about may very well be a vampire. And if he’s a vampire, will she be forced to kill him?

***Upper Teen/New Adult series with mild language, violence, sexual situations, and blood sucking.***

I have grown to really like Nikki Jeffords writing style.  I'll admit that it took me awhile to warm up to it (not with this book but the first book of hers I had read).  Now that I'm familiar with it I have found I really like it a lot.  I'm not sure how to describe it, but it's easier reading than many and more matter of fact, not all crazy drama and angst.  Not that the characters don't act appropriately, but they don't spend all this time dwelling in this major life change.  In Aurora Sky's case it's becoming a vampire hunter after nearly dying in a car accident.  She has to come to terms with vampires existing, but she also is suppose to hunt them.  Yeah, a bit of a shock!  And she goes a bit nuts, but it doesn't go on for  so long we grow exasperated with her. 

I really love the twist to the whole vampire thing.  It's easy to understand but it's the vampire hunter aspect that's really unique and cool and I'm really looking forward to seeing where this goes.  I like that there's gray areas when it comes to vampires, some are horrible but some aren't so bad.

Aurora actually took me awhile to warm up to and I think it's because we barely meet her when she has this major life changing event and totally changes.  She becomes a different person, rebelling and sort of working toward finding herself.  She doesn't act the best during this transition, but I see that's it's bringing her to the person she needs to be.  It's a journey, all of us go through it in one way or another in our life, and major life changing events can certainly trigger it.  By the middle of the book or so I definitely was liking her and really warmed up to her personality.

The romance was actually pretty sweet.  I have a tendency to really like the bad boys that are really soft hearted underneath all that leather and whatnot.  Fane was a character that I really loved, especially once I got to know him better.  I am really hoping that we get to see a lot more of him in the future as I think he's my favorite part of the book.

This was a very fast read, I think my kindle said it took me two hours to read the entire thing.  It would have been easy to sit and devour in one sitting, unfortunately I have too many interruptions to pull that off, but it still didn't take long.  I like having a nice easy read that still delivers a great story and this certainly did that.

I label this YA, but it's definitely mature YA only.  She's 18 but still in high school so we have the high school setting still.  However, there's mature content in the book.  Not too bad, but it's there.

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.