Weekly Roundup #10, 7/14/13

Hi friends!

WOW, it’s just been too long since I’ve been on here to just gush about books I’ve gotten!  I just got through my company’s busy season, and coming off of a few trips (no complaints on the trips, obviously!)  I’ll just throw out some great finds that I’ve gotten recently 🙂

Let’s get started!

NetGalley:

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Losing Hope (Hopeless #2) by Colleen Hoover

SUCH AN AMAZING BOOK.  REVIEW TO COME!

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Being Me (Inside Out Trilogy, #2) by Lisa Renee Jones

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The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never, #1) by J.A. Redmerski

This one has been highly recommended by one of my book besties!

Edelweiss:

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Carrie’s Run: A Homeland Novel by Andrew Kaplan

Homeland is one of my favorite new shows, so I was so excited to hear more about Carrie.

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The Fairest of them All by Carolyn Turgeon

Purchased/Library:

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Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse, #2) by Charlaine Harris

Impatiently waiting for Vampire Eric to be more of a presence.

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Twice Tempted (Night Prince #2) by Jeaniene Frost

$1.99 Kindle Sale!

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Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga, #1) by Orson Scott Card

Gotta finish this before the movie comes out in November!

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Flat Out Love (Flat Out Love, #1) by Jessica Park

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) by J.K. Rowling

I’m so glad that I’ve started reading HP!

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

July’s book club book!

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Strong Curves by Bret Contreras

Who doesn’t want a nice, new booty??…. haha

 

Hope you have all been wonderful and have been enjoying the summertime!  Hope to get back in the swing of things with blogging 🙂

 

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Arrow of the Mist Blog Tour!

 
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Arrow of the Mist by Christina Mercer
Publication date: March 21st 2013 
Genre: YA Fantasy
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Synopsis:
Terror strikes the Celtic inspired kingdom of Nemetona when barbed roots breach the veil of a forbidden land and poison woodsmen, including 15-year-old Lia’s beloved father. Lia and three others embark on a quest to the forbidden land of Brume to gather ingredients for the cure. But after her elder kinsman is attacked and poisoned, she and her cousin, Wynn, are forced to finish the quest on their own.

Lia relies on her powerful herbal wisdom and the memorized pages of her late grandmother’s Grimoire for guidance through a land of soul-hungry shades, trickster creatures, and uncovered truths about the origin of Brume and her family’s unexpected ties to it. The deeper they trek into the land, the stronger Lia’s untapped gift as a tree mage unfolds. When she discovers the enchanted root’s maker, it forces her to question everything about who she is and what is her destiny. Ultimately she must make a terrible choice: keep fighting to save her father and the people of the lands or join with the power behind the deadly roots to help nature start anew.

 
 
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Granda Luis halted and turned Dobbin to face his troop. The chilled air tugged at his cloak and swept through his winter white hair. His eyes shone from his face and the young trio drew their horses back a few steps.

 

“We’ve a straight and narrow trail ahead. We’ll go in single file—”

 

“A narrow trail?” Lia cut in. “But, I thought it’d be some kind of, well, secret passage or something. How is it that only you and Grandma made it through the fog safely? Why didn’t others just follow behind, track your steps?”

 

“There were many who tried.” His voice turned morose. “Even after all m’warnings. Men hovering in the wooded outskirts, creeping in the grasses, waiting till I was snug enough within the fog before charging in behind me, their lives over before I could utter a word. Because you see, as with most gates, there are guards.”

 

Lia’s eyes widened. She cast a glance at Wynn, whose jaw hung, and at Kelven whose face was like stone. 

 

Granda Luis added, “But not to worry, our passage was assured long ago.”

 

Lia opened her mouth, but held her tongue as Granda turned Dobbin around and headed him toward the perilous boundary. Guards? How is that possible? The notion of it chilled her like an icy deluge. Then the words from the Grimoire echoed inside her head: 

 

Fogged, bogged gates of Brume, barrier to my home;

Timeless, faceless watchers loom, but I am allowed to roam.

 

“Come on, Dobbin. ’Tis all right, boy, steady now,” Granda Luis cajoled. Dobbin snorted and flipped his head up and down. “I was afraid o’this. He’s strong as a bull, but nervous as a cat, nothing like his fearless sire who’d brazen out the fog without a wink. Come on, boy, walk!” He struggled to move Dobbin forward, but the animal reared and the other horses backed away.

 

Kelven rode up and neared the anxious horse. “Luis, sir, I think I can help.” He dismounted Koby and commanded him with a mere nod, and his mount stood stock-still.

 

Kelven approached Dobbin and whispered words that Lia couldn’t make out. He placed one hand on Dobbin’s muzzle and used his other to caress the sorrel-colored mane. Dobbin settled, finally stilled, and whinnied softly. Lia reveled in Kelven’s poise, her fears ebbing like a receding tide.

 

Kelven reached into his leather jerkin and brought out a carrot, feeding it to the calmed animal while he stroked his coat. “If you’ll allow me to lead as we go through this fog, we could pull him through to the other side. He’d feel better, I think, following another horse in.”

 

With his brow knitted, Granda Luis replied, “All right, but listen to me carefully; you must stay to the trail, keep your eyes to it at all times, as that’s the only way to ensure we don’t get lost in the mists. I’ll be stopping us mid-way to leave a few offerings.”

 

Well, that might explain the separate pack of ale and bread, Lia surmised. Then she shuddered to think about what sort of creature could subsist in the fog.

 

Ropes connected the small band, led by Kelven astride his horse Koby, with Wynn and his dapple-gray Nolan bringing up the rear. The procession eased into the mists, and the air turned frigid, like the breath of a cave.

 

Merrie’s ears twitched and she snorted. Light dimmed to mere shadows and Lia barely made out Dobbin’s tail swishing in front of her. She pulled her cloak tighter, leaving only her face exposed to the chill. The wall of fog enveloped them, with only the horse’s rhythmic hoof beats to break its eerie silence. 

 

No turning back now, Lia thought.  

 
AUTHOR BIO
Christina Mercer writes fiction in addition to mothering two young adults, a pack of large dogs, and about 100,000 honeybees. Her varied interests prompted her to study creative writing, earn her official degree in Accounting, become a CPA, acquire a certificate in Herbal Studies, and keep honeybees. She took Writer’s Best in Show at the 2012 SCBWI CA North/Central Regional Conference and was a semi-finalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakout Novel Award Contest. You can find her at www.christinamercer.com or working as the Reviews Director at www.indie-visible.com 
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Weekly Roundup #9: 6/23/13

Hi everyone!  As stated in my earlier post, life has just gotten in the way of my blogging, and I am sorry for taking my 10 day break!  I am back and ready for reading and fun!

 

I have been requesting fewer and fewer books on NetGalley and Edelweiss, because I have lots to keep me busy with ARCs, reading for fun, and sadly reading for an insurance exam coming up in the near future.

 

I had a fun trip to the San Francisco Mission Bay library… I lurrrrrve it so much.  It’s actually one of my favorite parts of living in San Fran!

Library:

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The Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1) by Richelle Mead

Nerd Alert…. I am the VERY FIRST PERSON TO CHECK OUT MY COPY OF GofG from the SF library!  Don’t people know how amazing Richelle Mead is!?  Well, OK, this book has mediocre reviews so far, but I’ll give one of my fav authors, RM, a chance!

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If I Should Die (Revenants #3) by Amy Plum

Yep… another one.  FIRST PERSON TO CHECK THIS COPY OUT!  I want to jump into this trilogy as soon as I finish Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris.

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Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton

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Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #1) by Bethany Griffin

I received the ARC for the Dance of the Red Death, so I want to get into this series soon!

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

This is my book club’s July book – I’ve heard it’s amazing.  It’ll be a nice departure from my YA/NA/PN/UF lineup.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling

Can you believe that as obsessed as I am with reading, that I’ve never read HP!?  Or seen the movies?  I’m goin’ for it, and I’m so excited.

Purchased!

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Obsession by Jennifer Armentrout

Love, love, love the Lux series by JLa, and I love that she wrote another book from the Luxen world.  Obsession follows the ‘bad’ guys… I can’t wait to read it (and I got it for a great deal at $.99!)

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Sactum (Guards of the Shadowlands #1) by Sarah Fine

One of my book besties, Dani, has been raving about this book… I will always follow her guidance, so of course I bought it!

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Dark House (Experiment in Terror #1) by Karina Halle

Dani and my other book bestie, Angela, has been raving about the Experiment in Terror series by Karina Halle.  Dark House is FREE on Amazon, so check it out.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor

One of my fellow YA fiction lovers at work has been raving about the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, so I took the plunge and purchased the first two installments.

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Days of Blood and Starlight (The Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2) by Laini Taylor

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Elixir (Covenant #3.5) by Jennifer Armentrout

I officially own all of the Covenant series!  The last novel comes out later this year.  I’m excited to get into this series.  Some people like it better than Lux… so it’s gotta be amazing!

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Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer Armentrout

 

As you can see, I’ve been a busy bee with my library trips and Amazon/Barnes & Noble purchases.  What can I say?  It’s my hobby =)

 

What did you all get?  Hope you all are enjoying summer!

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Attention readers:  Hello!  I am still alive!  I have been traveling for vacation and for work, and my time has been very limited.  I’m still plugging away reading, but will need to give you some updates on my reviews ASAP.

 

Looking forward to diving into a few more good books!

XOXO,

Shan

Weekly Roundup: Week 8… 6/9/13

Hi everyone!  How were your weeks?  I turned the big 2-9 this past week, so that was fun 🙂  I have been focusing more on reading this week, too.  What did you all get this week?

 

NetGalley:

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One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths #2) by K.A. Tucker

I was so excited about this one (but I’ve heard it isn’t as good at Ten Tiny Breaths…)

 

Purchased:

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If I Were You (Inside Out Trilogy #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

$3.99 sale

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Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino

$.99 sale!

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn #1) by Jenny Han

$1.99 Kindle Daily Deal

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Changeling (Order of Darkness #1) by Philippa Gregory

$1.99 Kindle Daily Deal

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Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet # 1) by C.J. Roberts

$.99 sale!

 

W…W…W… and Waiting On Wednesday: Week 5

www_wednesdays4Hosted by Should Be Reading.

To participate in this feature, you just have answer these three simple questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading….

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Tangled by Emma Chase

This was blowing up all over social media and 1/3 of Crazy Book Geeks (GBGs) loaned it to me!  My loan is up this Friday, so I will be a reading machine 🙂

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Sacrifice (Legacy #3) by Cayla Kluver

I recently finished…

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Faking It (Losing It #2) by Cora Carmack, Trail of Dead (Scarlet Bernard #2) by Melissa F. Olson and Unraveling (Unraveling #1) by Elizabeth Norris

Busy week, right??? Reviews to come for some of those!!!

Next I’ll read…

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The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

I’m hosting my first book club in San Francisco this week!  It’s a mix of colleagues in the insurance field and some friends.  So far, my friends have been telling me that they have loved the book…. and it has stellar reviews on Goodreads.  Can’t wait to read this over the weekend! XO

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The Shadow (The Darkness Trilogy #1) by A.G. Porter; The Bane (The Eden Trilogy #1) by Keary Taylor;.  Eyes Wide Open (The Blackstone Affair #3) by Raine Miller; The Boleyn King (The Boleyn Trilogy) by Laura Andersen; The Secret of Ella and Micha (The Secret #1) by Jessica Sorensen; Unbreakable (Unraveling #2) by Elizabeth Norris.  

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to highlight upcoming releases we’re anxiously awaiting. 

Champion (Legend #3) by Marie Lu

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From Goodreads: The explosive finale to Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND trilogy—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!

He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion? 

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

I was expecting Champion to come out in 2014, so I was thrilled to hear that we will get to see the conclusion this Fall.  Do you know how HUGE the Fall will be for books!?  I can hardly wait!  Check out my review for Legend!  I will be reading Prodigy SOON!

What are you all waiting on?  Have a great rest of your week!

XOXO, Shannon