Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | January 16 – January 22

Weekly Cover RevealsHey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of January 16 – January 22. Click the author to hop on over to their GoodReads page to add it to you’re TBR!

This was a big week for reveals. Hope ya’ll enjoy.

FANTASY / SCI-FI

Fireblood by Elly Blake (Frostblood Saga #2)

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

September 12th 2017

FirebloodIn this action-packed sequel to Frostblood, the future of Ruby’s world and a court ruled by the love of her life depends on the uncovered secrets of her past..

Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past….

Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fireblood queen. Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax–which grows closer every moment. But as sparks fly in her moments alone with Kai, how can Ruby decide whom to trust? The fate of both kingdoms is now in her hands.

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray (Untitled #1)

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

April 4th 2017

Defy the StarsNoemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that’s now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth’s robotic “mech” armies for decades with no end in sight.

After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel’s programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis–even though her plan to win the war will kill him.

Together they embark on a daring voyage through the galaxy. Before long, Noemi begins to realize Abel may be more than a machine, and, for his part, Abel’s devotion to Noemi is no longer just a matter of programming.

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

Published by Entangled TEEN

September 5th 2017

Black Bird of the GallowsA simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full. Harbingers settle in places where tragedy is about to strike, then feed on the energy of the dying. Then, they leave. Off to the next doomed place. No one wants a family of harbingers of death as neighbors, but that’s exactly what seventeen-year-old Angie Dovage gets when Reece Fernandez moves in next door.

Angie knows the mysterious boy is more than he appears, but can’t imagine that his presence heralds a tragedy that will devastate her small community. But her fears run deeper than Reece’s inevitable departure, because where harbingers of death go, grotesque, ruined creatures called Beekeepers follow. And where Beekeepers go, fear and chaos and death follows.

Angie wants to protect everyone she cares about, but stopping the Beekeepers involves a choice that will claim her life or Reece’s soul. She will learn the price of both.

Redux by A.L. Davroe (Tricksters #2)

Published by Entangled: Teen

March 21st 2017

ReduxThe domed city of Evanescence is in ruins. With nowhere to go, prodigy hacker Ellani “Ella” Drexel and a small band of survivors flee to the Undertunnel below their city.

To escape the wasteland she unknowingly created.

But sanctuary is hard to find. With malfunctioning androids and angry rebels at their backs, the group hopes to press on for the neighboring city of Cadence. But Ella’s chosen path is challenging…life-threatening, even. Worse, the boy she loves is acting distant, and not at all like the person she first met in Nexis.

But then Ella learns a secret…and it changes everything.

Ella knows she needs to turn back and make a stand to reclaim her home. She’s determined to bring a new—and better—life to all who’ve suffered.

Or die trying.

Ally by Anna Banks (Nemesis #2)

Published by Feiwel & Friends

October 3rd 2017

AllyPrincess Sepora of Serubel and King Tarik of Theoria have formed an uneasy truce between their kingdoms since the deadly plague began to rip through Theoria. Since their feelings for each other are entangled in politics and power, they must use their own trusted resources to find common ground.

But when traitors with powerful allies arise from unexpected places, Tarik and Sepora face challenges that will change both of their kingdoms forever. Will they learn whom to trust—including each other—in time to save their kingdoms, their relationship and even their lives?

Alone by Scott Sigler (The Generations Trilogy #3)

Published by Del Rey

March 7th 2017

AlonePawns in a millennia-old struggle, the young people known only as the Birthday Children were genetically engineered to survive on the planet Omeyocan—but they were never meant to live there. They were made to be “overwritten,” their minds wiped and replaced by the consciousness of the monsters who created them.

Em changed all of that.

She unified her people and led a revolt against their creators. Em and her friends escaped an ancient ghost ship and fled to Omeyocan. They thought they would find an uninhabited paradise. Instead, they found the ruins of a massive city long since swallowed by the jungle. And they weren’t alone. The Birthday Children fought for survival against the elements, jungle wildlife, the “Grownups” who created them . . . and, as evil corrupted their numbers, even against themselves.

With these opponents finally defeated, Em and her people realized that more threats were coming, traveling from across the universe to lay claim to their planet. The Birthday Children have prepared as best they can against this alien armada. Now, as the first ships reach orbit around Omeyocan, the final battle for the planet begins.

Seriously Hexed by Tina Connolly (Seriously Wicked #3)

Published by Tor Teen

November 14th 2017

Seriously HexedTeen witch Cam has resigned herself to being a witch. Sort of. She s willing to do small things, like magically help her boyfriend Devon get over his ongoing stage fright. But tangling with other witches is not on her wishlist. Joining her mother s wicked witch coven is right out.

New acquaintance Poppy Jones is a Type A, A+ Student of True Witchery. She s got all the answers, and she s delighted to tangle with a bunch of wicked witches. She doesn t need any reluctant witch getting in her way, especially one who knows less than a dozen spells, and has zero plans for witch college.

Then a coven meeting goes drastically awry. A hex is taking down all thirteen members of the coven, one by one putting both girls mothers in jeopardy. Now the two teens are going to have to learn to work together, while simultaneously juggling werewolf puppies, celebrity demons, thirteen nasty hexes, and even nastier witches. They may have to go through hell and high water to save their mothers but they also might find a new friendship along the way.

Seize Today by Pintip Dunn (Forget Tomorrow #3)

Published by Entangled: Teen

October 3rd 2017

Seize TodaySeventeen-year-old precognitive Olivia Dresden is an optimist. Since different versions of people’s futures flicker before her eyes, she doesn’t have to believe in human decency. She can literally see the path to goodness in each person—if only he or she would make the right decision. No one is more conflicted than her mother, Chairwoman Dresden, and Olivia is fiercely loyal to the woman her mother could be.

But when the Chairwoman captures Ryder Russell, a boy from the rebel Underground, Olivia is forced to reevaluate her notions of love and faith. With Ryder’s help, Olivia must come to terms with who her mother is in the present—and stop her before she destroys the world.

CONTEMPORARY

At First Blush by Beth Ellyn Summer

Published by Bloomsbury Spark

April 4th 2017

At First BlushWho would have thought that a teenager could have a successful career creating makeup tutorial videos on YouTube? For Lacey Robbins, this dream has been her reality. An up-and-coming YouTuber, she has thousands of fans and can’t wait for the day when her subscriber count reaches the one million mark. And when she is offered a high school internship at On Trend Magazine, she figures that this could be the make it or break it moment.

But sometimes your dream job isn’t all that it seems. Her editor is only interested in promoting junk products, and her boss in the Hair and Makeup department introduces her to the larger world of makeup artistry, making her wonder if making tutorials online is all she is meant to do. To top it all off, when the magazine’s feature subject , musician Tyler Lance, turns his broodingly handsome smile her way, falling for him could mean losing her fans, forcing her to make a decision: her YouTube life or her real life?

Wishbones by Virginia Macgregor

Published by HQ

March 9th 2017

WishbonesFeather Tucker has two wishes:

1)To get her mum healthy again

2) To win the Junior UK swimming championships

When Feather comes home on New Year’s Eve to find her mother – one of Britain’s most obese women- in a diabetic coma, she realises something has to be done to save her mum’s life. But when her Mum refuses to co-operate Feather realises that the problem run deeper than just her mum’s unhealthy appetite.

Over time, Feather’s mission to help her Mum becomes an investigation. With the help of friends old and new, and the hindrance of runaway pet goat Houdini, Feather’s starting to uncover when her mum’s life began to spiral out of control and why. But can Feather fix it in time for her mum to watch her swim to victory? And can she save her family for good?

MYSTERY / HORROR / THRILLER

Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers

October 10th 2017

Gray Wolf IslandRight before Sadie died, she begged her sister, Ruby, to do the one thing she could never do herself: Find the treasure on Gray Wolf Island.

With just a mysterious treasure map as a guide, Ruby reluctantly allows some friends to join her on the hunt, each of whom is touched by magic: a boy allegedly born to a virgin, a girl who never sleeps, a boy who can foresee his own death, and a boy with deep ties to the island. Each of them is also keeping a secret—something they’ll have to reveal in order to reach the treasure.

As the secrets come to light, Ruby will have to decide: Can she make peace with her friends’ troubled pasts and continue to trust them? Can she forgive herself for doing the unspeakable? Deep in the wilderness of Gray Wolf Island, Ruby’s choices will determine if they make it out with the treasure—or merely with their lives.

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Published by Delacorte Press

September 5th 2017

Genuine FraudFrom the author of the unforgettable New York Times bestseller We Were Liars comes a masterful new psychological suspense novel—the story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

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Are you looking forward to any of these books? Let me know in the comments below! Stay tuned for next weeks cover reveals!

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My Like in Books | TAG

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Hey guys!

I was tagged by Analee from Book Snacks. Thanks for the tag and sorry it took so long for me to finally get to it. Life can get pretty hectic sometimes, especially when you life involves books! So let’s get into it!



1. Find a book for each of your initials
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Joyride

(J)esse

New Moon

(N)icholas

2. Count your age along your book shelf- which book is it?

23

City of Ashes


3. Pick a book set in your city/state/country.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A Book of Spirits and Thieves


4. Pick a book that represents a destination you would love to travel to.


Japan

The Ronin's Mistress


5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color. 


Blue

Falling Kingdoms


6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

The Outsiders



7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

Althea & Oliver


8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment when you finish it?

The Harry Potter Series!

Well that was a lot of fun! I hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did.

Until next time,

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Joyride by Anna Banks | REVIEW

JoyrideJoyride by Anna Banks
Published by Feiwel & Friends on June 2nd, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

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A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber’s mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh.


Joyride-ReviewJoyride by Anna Banks is a stand alone contemporary novel set in sunny Florida. It follows Carly Vega, as she navigates her socially free life focusing on school while working long hours into the night so that her and her brother can save up enough money to get their parents back home. But along comes a boy and her life doesn’t seem so simple anymore.

Will Carly be able to reunite with her parents again? Or will this boy that stumbles into her life put up a road block? Let’s find out!


Joyride-Plot-+-WritingCarly Vega likes to go through life unnoticed. She does really well in school so that one day she will be able to provide for her family. Unfortunately her family does not believe that. They want her to get a job and work real hard to earn a living. Which is what her older brother is doing to save money to get their parents back over the border. Carly tries to help by working at the convenience store/gas station well into the night while still focusing on school. But after one fateful meeting with Arden Moss they spark an unlikely friendship based around Arden’s favorite thing to do; pranking. Carly learns that life isn’t all about hard work money. You have to learn how to have fun too. While Arden learns that you can only have fun for so long. You can’t keep hiding from the important things in life.

“I like the idea of feeling small. Sometimes life can seem bigger than you, you know? But knowing you’re less than a speck in the whole scheme of things takes the pressure off, sort of.”

So I liked the plot of the story, I really did. It was the execution that I wasn’t so fond of. There were aspects of the story that I didn’t find believable. Such as: the long hours Carly works at the convenience story at night. From the looks of things by the time she gets home she only has about an hour to sleep before she has to get read for school. I find it unrealistic that she can survive on sleeping for hour before school and couple hours after school. I also felt like the story was a bit rushed in a way that it ended too abruptly. I didn’t get as much closure as I would have liked and it left too much to imagination.

Banks’ writing was good. There was nothing in particular that I liked, but nothing that I didn’t either. It was just alright for me. I feel like she could have done more with the ending. The characters were well written and well developed though, so I was happy about that.


Joyride-CharacterCarly was pretty enjoyable as the main protagonist. We get to learn a lot from her as a person and the way she views life. She missed out on having a childhood that most other kids get to have, and now she is missing out on her prime teenage life as well. A girl her age shouldn’t have to work as hard as she does just to provide for her family.

Arden on the other hand was extremely carefree. He hides a lot of his emotions that were tied to his sister’s death and compensates with silly pranks and other juvenile adventures. He keeps trying to fill the void that his sister once lived that misconstrues the views other people have on him. He was quite the gentlemen though regardless of all the man-whore rumors floating around school.

Although both characters were polar opposites, they complimented each other well. They both had lessons to be learned from each other. Carly needed to learn how to relax and enjoy life a little more, while Arden on the other hand needed to learn how to focus and do something productive with his life.

“But are there really good people? Good people, through and through? Or are we all just varying versions of bad people, some trying harder to be good?”


Joyride-SettingI thought the setting was interesting. It really shows two drastic sides of the money making spectrum. Carly’s home life is in a trailer park. She relies on her bike for transportation and has to rent the school’s laptop from the library. Arden lives in a big house, drives a nice truck, and doesn’t have to work to earn money. The setting of the story really sets up the tone of the story and personalities of the characters themselves.

I wish there was more “Joyriding” in the story though. I feel like they only did that a couple times, so not enough to warrant the titling the story after it.

“But pessimism and reality are usually mistaken for each other”


Joyride-In-ConclusionIn conclusion, Joyride by Anna Banks was enjoyable, but probably not memorable. It didn’t leave me with exciting feelings like other books did. I just shrugged my shoulders and moved on. As a contemporary it was great, just not the best that I’ve read.

So what did you think? Did it end too quickly? Do you wish there was more insight into what happens next? Let me know down below!

Rating:

Plot: 3/5

Writing: 2.5/5

Characters: 3.5/5

Setting: 3/5

Until next time,

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Joyride-About-the-AuthorAuthor 28Anna Banks, New York Times Bestselling author of The Syrena Legacy series.

Grew up in a town called Niceville. No, seriously. I graduated from Niceville High School. So did J Lo’s second husband. And the guy that plays Aqua Man on Smallville dated my best friend.

Now I indulge my tendency to lie by writing the lies down and selling them to publishers. Well actually my agent sells it, so she’s an accomplice to lies. One of my lies is called OF POSEIDON. The sequel is called OF TRITON. The last and final installment is OF NEPTUNE, and it released May 13, 2014. Be on the lookout for JOYRIDE, my YA Contemporary out June 2, 2015–Bonnie & Clyde meets Latina Pretty in Pink!

And um. I also write adult fiction under pen name Anna Scarlett. One of the adult lies is DEGREES OF WRONG.

That is all.

August 2015 TBR!

AUGUSTTBR3Hey guys!

Another month has come and gone. Now that we’re halfway through summer, lets hope this month goes by a teeny bit slower than the last. I would really like to get some more reading done! With the longer days, comes more reading out of the deck well into the evening. So I picked 5 books this month that I feel encompass the August feelings. So lets get to my August TBR!

The Cage

The Cage by Megan Shepherd

Joyride

Joyride by Anna Banks

The Night We Said Yes

The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

Proof of Forever

Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer

Emancipated

Emancipated by M.G. Reyes

All pictures link to their respective GoodReads page.

Well there you have it! The 5 fun summery books I chose for the month of August. I’m hoping to end this summer on a good note! Be sure to follow me on twitter to track my progress throughout the month: @BooksatDawn

Until next time,

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Last 10 Books in My Possession | Top 10 Tuesday [2]

Top10TuesdayHey guys!

I’ve decided to join the Top 10 Tuesday weekly fun on my blog because why the hell not? Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join in the fun, hop on over to their blog to see what it’s all about!

This week’s topic is Last 10 Books in My Possession. I struggled with this list because I’m always buying books on a whim that I can never keep track of the last ones I purchase. I seriously need to do one of those book buying bans before I go broke. Any suggestions on how to kick this habit?

10. The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

The Witch Hunter9. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys8. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves7. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

Openly Straight6. Emancipated by M.G. Reyes

Emancipated5. The Cage by Megan Shepherd

The Cage4. Joyride by Anna Banks

Joyride3. Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer

Proof of Forever2. The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

The Night We Said Yes1. A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

Well there you have it. The Last 10 Books in My Possession. Let me know what you guys think of my list and share with me which books were last in your possession.

Until next time,

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