Book: Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

16085457Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: March 10, 2015
Series: Seraphina, Book 2
ISBN-13: 978-0375866579
Genre: Fiction – Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis: The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.

As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?
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Book: Sisters of Glass

Sisters of Glass by Stephanie Hemphill

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf BFYR
Publish Date: March 27, 2012
ISBN: 0375861092
ISBN-13: 9780375861093
Genre: Fiction – Young Adult, Poetry
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Synopsis: A lush, romantic tale from a Printz Honor-winning author.

Maria is the younger daughter of an esteemed family on the island of Murano, the traditional home for Venetian glass makers. Though she longs to be a glassblower herself, glass blowing is not for daughters—that is her brother’s work. Maria has only one duty to perform for her family: before her father died, he insisted that she be married into the nobility, even though her older sister, Giovanna, should rightfully have that role. Not only is Giovanna older, she’s prettier, more graceful, and everyone loves her.

Maria would like nothing more than to allow her beautiful sister, who is far more able and willing to attract a noble husband, to take over this role for her. But they cannot circumvent their father’s wishes. And when a new young glassblower arrives to help the family business and Maria finds herself drawn to him, the web of conflicting emotions grows even more tangled.

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Book: Dearly, Departed

Dearly, DepartedDearly, Departed by Lia Habel

Publisher: Del Rey
Publish Date: October 18, 2011
Series: Gone With The Respiration #1
ISBN: 0345523318
ISBN-13: 9780345523310

Synopsis: Love can never die.

Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead-or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie? 

The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria-a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible-until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses. 

But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting “The Laz,” a fatal virus that raises the dead-and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.

In Dearly, Departed, romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love.

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Book Releases: August

August, to me, is the calm before the storm. It always seemed like there were many things to prepare for, in the month of August. August is when you acclimate your life to normalcy, back from vacations or nerd conventions and routine sleeping patterns. August is the month that I chose to stay indoors, for fear of indian summer’s heat temperatures and humidity.

Soon, my routine will go back to normal. Classes will start and there will be tests to study for, papers to be written, and I will forever dread the first day of class. Yes, I am over thirty, but there is still something to be said about that day.

Nevertheless, even though August is the end of summer, there is still time for some awesome reads. Want to know what else is great about August? It is the month that transitions into the big fall publishing season!

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Weekend Reads: Comic Con weekend!

So, I’ll be at Comic-Con all weekend and it dawned on me that I’ll most likely not be able to read any books. Well, I’m planning to bring my Kindle with me so that I have something to do while waiting, but I won’t really have any time to read. I imagine I could squeeze it in somewhere, somehow…

So it will be a little different this weekend. Here are some books that has been generating some buzz this weekend at Comic Con. Yes, some are yet to be published, but isn’t that why there’s buzz? I’ll be tweeting from the panels throughout the weekend, so follow me on twitter for the latest.

Anyhoo, here are the weekend reads from Comic Con.

LegendLegend by Marie Lu

Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: November 29, 2011
ISBN: 110154595X
ISBN-13: 9781101545959
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Crossed (Matched, #2)Crossed (Matched #2) by Ally Condie

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile/Penguin Teen
Publish Date: November 1, 2011
ISBN: 0525423656
ISBN-13: 9780525423652
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopia

ModellandModelland by Tyra Banks

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Publish Date: September 13, 2011
ISBN: 038574059X
ISBN-13: 9780385740593
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia

Wolfsbane (Nightshade Series #2)Wolfsbane (Nightshade #2) by Andrea Cremer

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publish Date: July 26, 2011
ISBN: 0399254838
ISBN-13: 9780399254833
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy

Event: San Diego Comic-Con, the Book Edition

It’s that time of year where nerds unite under one large convention center in San Diego, to attend panels and idolize pop culture gods, to ogle booth babes throughout the main floor, and to meet others just like you and just feel like you’re home.

I’m talking about the San Diego Comic Con. The 2011 Comic Con will be from Thursday, June 21 through Sunday, June 24. There is an extensive schedule of panels, autograph sessions, and events to make you turn from a closet geek into a loud and proud one.

I myself am excited since this will be my first year. And what am I excited to see the most? The book publishers of course! Well, there is this little cartoon called the Thundercats, but you may not have heard of it…Okay, maybe you have, but that’s for another post all together. Yes! I am excited for the publishers that will be at Comic Con. Since I was not able to attend BEA or ALA this year, I am going to make the best of both worlds (of my geekiness) and fully embrace all that Comic Con has to offer.
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Mother’s Day

Mom and IMother’s Day is coming up and my first thought for a present for my mom is a book. I learned to love reading and books from my mom. I remember her reading to my brother and I when we were young, and as we got older, she always encouraged us to read our own books of our own interests. When she had free time, I remember her always reading about something different and interesting. Even though my tastes have evolved, I am sure that the exposure from the books she chose were the foundations of what I liked to read. Her choices of literature must have defined my preferences now.  She constantly challenged my interests and always suggested that I try a different topic, different author, different genre. And for that, I owe her my whole reading life! Continue reading