Book Bytes I #2

Book Bytes is a feature I created to give quick updates in the book community such as cover reveals,  book adaptation & so much more! 

Of Fire And Stars Cover1. Of Fire & Stars by Audrey Coulthurst Cover Reveal

This YA Fantasy got its cover reveal from EpicReads on the 16th of Feb.

Here is my cover reveal post if you want to learn more about it!

 

 

2. Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco Summary+Title Reveal

This YA Historical-Fiction Thriller will be released Sept. 2016 & centers around Audrey Rose Wadsworth who is a lord’s daughter, but behind his back studies forensic science in her uncle’s lab!

Publisher: jimmy patterson

Full Summary Can Be Found Here! 

Three Dark Crowns3. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake Cover Reveal

On Feb. 18, Hypable revealed the cover for Kendare Blake’s new series!

Full Article w/summary & Q&A can be found here! 

 4. Gemina Cover Reveal (Illuminae #2)

Gemima will be released Oct. 18th

The cover was revealed on USA Today and has a small Q&A w/ Amie + Jay

Full Cover Reveal + Q&A

*I’ve been wanting to read Illuminae for a while now, if you’ve read it, let me know how it is in the comments below*

tumblr_o3a68mKELH1r742h8o1_5405. Gallagher Girls 10th Anniversary Cover Reveal

On Feb. 29 Ally Carter reveled the new covers for Gallagher Girls!

Being a huge fan of this series, I was very eager to know what the new covers would look like! ❤

While they do have a completely different look, they still have the same feel as the originals!

+ Ally revealed that there will be 6 special epilogues that take place after GG6!

Can’t wait to read the epilogues!!

 

6.Frostblood by Elly Blake (Frostblood Saga #1) Cover Reveal

Also on Feb. 29,YA Debut Author Elly Blake,  had the cover revealed for her 2017 release Frostblood!

Its a YA Fantasy set in a world where “Flame & Ice Are Mortal Enemies.”

From the premise, this books sounds like a great start to a new series

Full Summary can be found on ForeverYoungAdult’s Cover Reveal Post!

7.Throne Of Glass Book 5 Title Reveal

On March 10, Bloomsbury Publishing revealed the title for the 5th Throne Of Glass Book!

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8.Timekeeper by Tara Sim Cover Reveal

Revealed March 11, in this 2016 YA Debut, Timekeeper “takes place in an alternate Victorian England, in a world where clocks don’t just tell time, they determine how-and whether-it passes.”

Full Summary can be found on BNTeen’s Blog Here!

9. Blackhearts Sequel

2016 Debut Author Nicole Castroman announced March 18, that Blackhearts will be getting a sequel titled Blacksouls!

Quick summary can be found Here!

It will be released Spring 2017!

10. A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly TV Option

A Criminal Magic, where magic is outlawed in the 1920’s , has been optioned by Warner Brothers to be brought to TV!

Not much info has been released, but here is a tweet from the author herself:

 

What Book News Have You Heard? 🙂

February 2016 Wrap-Up

# Of Books Read: 6

Between-shades-of-gray1.Between Shades Of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Between Shades Of Gray Full Review

Publisher: Philomel Books

Release Date: March 22, 2011

Pages: 344

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: This was my first Ruta Sepetys novel and it was amazing! While heartbreaking, this story focused on another side to WW2 not usually explored. I really felt for each character and their struggles during the war. The pacing was a little slow at times, so that’s why I took away a star.

9781481432696_3be562. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

Blackhearts Full Review

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: February 9, 2016

Pages: 384

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: By the end, I felt I really knew each and every character. Anne and Teach slowly develop a relationship and through the writing, I really felt I was transported to that time period. With each chapter, I really saw their relationship develop and grow! Definitely a wonderful debut novel!

51791fac06ad83b1f20c93afe76b15dbe0df3b813.Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen #2)

Glass Sword Full Review

Publisher: Harper Teen

Release Date: February 9, 2016

Pages: 448

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

(Still in between 4/4.5)

Overall Thoughts: Glass Sword definitely had a different tone to it than RQ. Maven’s transition to a villain really made this book a blast to read! He is now my fave. character in the series! My issues were mostly with plot direction and world building! But this was definitely a solid sequel! I do plan to continue the series!

2 Salt To The Sea4. Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt To The Sea Full Review

Publisher: Philomel Books

Release Date: February 2, 2016

Pages: 400

My Rating:Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: Told through multiple, short, POV’s we follow 4 people as they plan to board the Wilhelm Gustloff! The writing style truly creates such emotion and depth within each character! Similar to Between Shades Of Gray, this novel focuses on war from a different angle. This novel was absolutely brilliant! Highly recommend ❤

1 Unhooked5.Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

Unhooked Full Review

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: February 2, 2016

Pages: 342

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Overall Thoughts: This was a dark and immersive retelling of Peter Pan. The tone/atmosphere was definitely present all through out the story. The characters and plot were wonderfully developed. However, I did feel the ending was quite rushed!

Earths-End-Cover-Only6.Earth’s End by Elise Kova (Air Awakens #3)

Earth’s End Full Review

Publisher: Silver Wing Press

Release Date: February 11, 2016

Pages: 350

My Rating:Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: A great continuation to an amazing series! Character development is huge in this story. The end will definitely leave you wanting to get your hands on Book 4 right away!

What Books Did You Read This Month? 🙂

Let Me Know In The Comments Below!

Blackhearts Playlist

Blackhearts By Nicole Castroman PlaylistBack in December I made this post: Fire Falling Playlist!

And I made it a 2016 goal to create more playlists for the books I read this year!

So today, I am so happy to share w/ you today another Reading Playlist ❤

Today’s playlist will be based on Nicole Castroman’s Blackhearts!

If you’ve read Blackhearts already, you can also check out my Full Review

Songs on this playlist are from: Assassin’s Creed, Kingdom Hearts, and Pirates Of The Caribbean!

Enjoy 🙂

+ Let me know your thoughts on the playlist in the comments below!

 

February 2016 Book Releases I’m Looking Forward To!

In order by date, here are the books I’m excited to get to this month!

1 Unhooked
Publisher: Simon Pulse Release Date: Feb. 2

1.Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

Summary: For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home—all because her mother believes that monsters are hunting them. Now these delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. The only saving grace is her best friend, Olivia, who’s coming with them for the summer.

But when Gwen and Olivia are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey, Gwen realizes her mom might have been sane all along.

The world Gwen finds herself in is called Neverland, yet it’s nothing like the stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through her fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the roguish young pirate who promises to keep her safe.

With time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But will she be able to save Neverland without losing herself?

2 Salt To The Sea
Publisher: Philomel Books Release Date: Feb. 2

2.Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt To The Sea Full Review

Summary: In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are  Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety.

Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

 

 

3 Revenge And The Wild
Publisher: Balzer+Bray Release Date: Feb. 2

3.Revenge And The Wild by Michelle Modesto

Summary: The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it’s perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler.

Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Nine years later, Westie may seem fearsome with her foul-mouthed tough exterior and the powerful mechanical arm built for her by Nigel, but the memory of her past still haunts her. She’s determined to make the killers pay for their crimes—and there’s nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.

But Westie’s search ceases when a wealthy family comes to town looking to invest in Nigel’s latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold—which Rogue City desperately needs as the magic wards that surround the city start to fail. There’s only one problem: the investors look exactly like the family who murdered Westie’s kin. With the help of Nigel’s handsome but scarred young assistant, Alistair, Westie sets out to prove their guilt. But if she’s not careful, her desire for revenge could cost her the family she has now.

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Publisher: HarperTeen Release Date: Feb. 9

4.Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen #2)

Glass Sword Full Review

Summary: Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

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Publisher: Simon Pulse Release Date: Feb. 9

5.Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

Blackhearts Full Review

Summary: Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

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Publisher: Greenwillow Books Release Date: Feb. 16

6.The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (TGFE #1)

Summary: It was the kind of August day that hinted at monsoons, and the year was 1774, though not for very much longer.

Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveller. She, her father and their crew of time refugees travel the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate ship stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical. Old maps allow Nix and her father to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times – although a map will only take you somewhere once. And Nix’s father is only interested in one time, and one place: Honolulu 1868. A time before Nix was born, and her mother was alive. Something that puts Nix’s existence rather dangerously in question…

Nix has grown used to her father’s obsession, but only because she’s convinced it can’t work. But then a map falls into her father’s lap that changes everything. And when Nix refuses to help, her father threatens to maroon Kashmir, her only friend (and perhaps, only love) in a time where Nix will never be able to find him. And if Nix has learned one thing, it’s that losing the person you love is a torment that no one can withstand. Nix must work out what she wants, who she is, and where she really belongs before time runs out on her forever.

What Feb. Book Releases are you looking forward to?

Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman Review

9781481432696_3be56Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: February 9, 2016

Pages: 384

Summary: Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts:

Told in alternating chapters this novel follows Anne & “Teach.”

Both wish to leave their lives in England behind and start their adventures.

While they start off not liking each other, their relationship develops slowly and soon they can’t help but fall in love w/ each other.

Anne and Teach’s relationship develops from their love of literature/adventure, to the witty/passionate dialogue that gets exchanged between the 2!

During this time period, a relationship like theirs was not allowed. Knowing this, they still find themselves falling for each other.

With Nicole’s writing style each character was well-developed and reading like a well-loved classic, I definitely felt transported back in time. With each and every line, I felt more connected to Anne & Teach and definitely sensed their longing for adventure and freedom.

I also loved how Nicole discussed with such honesty serious topics in this novel (considering the time period), such as interracial relationships & social class!

Speaking of plot…

There is a lot that happens in this story, but each and every moment was memorable.

Teach’s father, strict but hardworking, loses sight of what is best for his son and focuses on getting him married.

Anne later reveals her family’s past and Master Drummond becomes her guardian. She becomes part of the upper class, but in doing so, Teach worries of what is to become of their relationship.

Teach fed up with what is expected of him, promises Anne they can finally be together. When all seems to go well, they become tragically separated.

Taking on the name Blackbeard, Teach is determined to find Anne and be with her.

The cliffhanger ending definitely tugs at your heartstrings!

While this origin story is quite sad, it was definitely a wonderful debut!

At points the pacing is slow, but it goes well with overall tone.

If you are looking for a romantic, character-driven story then I definitely recommend Blackhearts!

 

 

Waiting On Wednesday I #3

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly started by Breaking The Spines to spotlight upcoming book releases.

Today I will be spotlighting…

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Pages: 320

Release Date: February 9, 2016

9781481432696_3be56Summary: Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

I am a big fan of Pirates Of The Caribbean/pirate books & when I first found out about this book, I knew it would be on my TBR for 2016 🙂

This prequel story to Blackbeard sounds amazing & I cannot wait to read it 🙂

And I made a bookmark based on the cover 🙂

Feel free to download/share it 🙂

Bookmark: 

Blackhearts Bookmark

Top 3 YA Debuts of 2016 I’m looking forward to!

Though 2016 is still a few months away, I wanted to share with you the top 3 YA Debut books I am looking forward to reading 🙂

**I will have a longer list of more 2016 YA Debuts coming soon***

RebelSands1. Rebel Of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Wild West meets Arabian Nights in this YA Debut centering around Amani Al’Hiza, a sharpshooter desperate to escape the desert town she grew up in.

Summary: She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him…or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

97800623807532. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Heidi Heilig’s debut  fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City to nineteenth-century Hawaii to places of myth and legend.

Summary: Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.

blackhearts-9781481432696_hr3. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

This YA Historical Fiction tells the origin of famous pirate Blackbeard.

Summary: Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

Can’t wait to read these 2016 debuts 🙂

Which 2016 YA debuts are you looking forward to? 🙂 Continue reading