Posted on Aug 12th, 2013 by audra
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Book Title: Incarnate
Author: Jodi Meadows
Release Date: January 31, 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

NEWSOUL Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

NOSOUL Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

HEART Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all? Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.

In Range, everyone’s soul is reincarnated into a new body which is discovered by using a soul detection device. It’s the way it’s always been for thousands of years, at least once the device was invented. So that’s why everything is flipped upside down when Ana is born without Ciana’s soul. She is a Newsoul, or as some wary citizens of Range proclaim, a Nosoul.

Incarnate is a book that I wish desperately I read sooner than I had. Honestly, I was a tad bit put off by the cover so I never gave it much of a second glance. Then someone told me I REALLY needed to read it, and the rest is history! I didn’t quite know what to expect going into reading this, which made the read that much more sweet. It had a lot of fantasy elements to it that I wasn’t expecting. I didn’t really think anything of it at first, but then it began to really press at me. Aside from the reincarnating bit, everything seemed so normal. Then you start adding in dragons and sylph’s and my brain began to spin a little bit.

Ana was a great female character and I was quite happy that there was no love triangle. I really hope this continues into the second and third book! Ever since she was young, she was in love with music, and the one soul most widely known for music is Dossam, or Sam, who Ana meets on her journey into Heart. Of course, it’s hard for Ana to not have feelings for Sam when she’s always felt feelings for him through his music. For the most part I think Meadows’ really nailed the character’s voices. Ana was an abused and scared kid who really blossoms into teenager fighting to figure out her place in the world. Of course she is going to be moody, self-conscious and brooding while trying to navigate through the new life in Heart. The writing really shined in all the characters and it played a part in me devouring this book whole.

One of my only problems with this book was all the mystery to it. There is a lot presented to us in this book, and if anything I was left with more questions than answers by the end of it. It was rather frustrating as a reader as I felt we only received resolution on one of the issues presented in the book. Needless to say this has me dying to read the second book and have already dived head first into it.

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Posted on Aug 7th, 2013 by audra
In these categories Ally Condie

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Ally’s got some new events coming up- will you be there?

August 15 at 2:00pm at the main Boise, ID library

YALL Fest Novermber 9. 2013

Posted on Aug 6th, 2013 by audra
In these categories Society's Bookshelf, Top Ten Tuesdays

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books you Wish had Sequels. For me, this was a bit difficult as most of the books I love already have sequels so I couldn’t quite reach a full ten.

There are a few series that are over, but I still wish there were more.

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The first and obvious choice for me is Reached. I would so love to see more of Cassia’s world. It was a beautiful ending to the trilogy, but I would very much like to discover the possibility of what else could happen.

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The second book that is already a part of a series is Harry Potter. Of course I would absolutely love to have more Harry Potter books. I don’t think I would mind if it was a prequel or even another book in the Harry Potter universe.

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The Fault in Our Stars and Eleanor and Park Both of these books tore through each and every one of my emotions. They are absolutely, wonderfully perfect all alone. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t want more from them. What happened to Hazel Grace?  What about Park? What about Eleanor? I would love to know where Eleanor and Park are now in current time

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Origin was a really fun book and is one I would have loved for there to have been a series based around it. It was a wonderful book filled with interesting ideas and plots that I would be ecstatic to be able to explore more.

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I’m going to go ahead and add Breaking Dawn to the list. I am content with the four books in this series, but really love the idea of further exploring maybe Jacob and Renesmee or maybe Leah, which I feel I remember Stephenie Meyer mentioning. I’m sure it will never happen, but I would love to see this.

Posted on Jul 29th, 2013 by audra
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Today Nyrae Dawn and Entangled Teen are revealing the cover for SEARCHING FOR BEAUTIFUL, which releases on March 4, 2014. Also enter below for a paperback of the book or an eBook!

On to the reveal!

Before, Brynn had a group of best friends, a loving boyfriend, a growing talent for pottery. She had a life. And after…she had none.

When Brynn lost the boyfriend who never loved her, the friends who feel she betrayed their trust, and the new life just beginning to grow inside her, she believes her future is as empty as her body. But then Christian, the boy next door, starts coming around. Playing his guitar and pushing her to create art once more. She meets some new friends at the local community center, plus even gets her dad to look her in the eye again…sort of.

But can Brynn open up her heart to truly find her life’s own beauty, when living for the after means letting go of the before?

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About Nyrae Dawn:

Writing has always been Nyrae Dawn’s passion. There have been times in her life where she wasn’t able to chase that dream the way she desired, but she always found her way back to telling stories. One of her loves has always been writing about teens. There’s something so fresh and fun about the age that she loves exploring. Her husband says it’s because she doesn’t want to grow up. She doesn’t think that’s such a bad thing and luckily for her, he doesn’t either.

Nyrae gravitates toward character-driven stories. She loves going on emotional journeys with characters whether it be reading or writing. And yes, she’s a total romantic at heart and proud. Nyrae resides in sunny Southern California with her husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two awesome kids. When she’s not with her family, you can be pretty sure you’ll find her with a book in her hand or her laptop and an open document in front of her.

She writes for Entangled Publishing, Grand Central Publishing and is self-published.

Nyrae is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel and Goderich Literary Management.

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Posted on Jul 25th, 2013 by audra
In these categories Ally Condie

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MATCHED and Ally Condie is the winner of the 2012-2013 California Young Reader Medal for the Young Adult Category. Congratulations Ally!

The California Young Reader Medal (CYRM) program encourages recreational reading of popular literature among the young people of our state. Since its inception in 1974, millions of California children have nominated, read, and voted for the winners of the California Young Reader Medal.

 

Posted on Jul 25th, 2013 by audra
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It’s Christmas in July and that means you have a chance to win this huge stack of books! Some are finished copies, some are advanced copies and some are even signed! The contest will go on for 10 days, and we will be adding some extra goodies along the way so don’t forget to keep checking back!

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Posted on Jul 10th, 2013 by audra
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Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and gives us a chance to feature a book we’re waiting to read.

This week I’m dying for Cress by Marissa Meyer. From Goodreads:

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker – unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

I fell in love with Cinder and Scarlet and absolutely cannot wait for Cress- especially with a Rapunzel theme!

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Posted on Jul 9th, 2013 by audra
In these categories Society's Bookshelf, Top Ten Tuesdays

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations (you could pick best or worst OR split it in half) I have a love hate relationship with movies based on books. It was easy for me to think of 5 bad adaptations, but was harder for me to think of good ones, but I wanted to be able to split them in half.

Best:

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Perks of Being a Wallflower: I was so very impressed with the movie version of this book. The screenplay, the casting, everything was so great to me. It’s one of the only adaptations I don’t find any issue with.

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The Great Gatsby: I’m sure this version will appear on a lot of people’s worst lists, but I really enjoyed it. The cast was perfect to me, and visually you couldn’t get any better to me. I also LOVED the contemporary soundtrack which gave it a really interesting feel to it.

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Bridge to Terabithia: This book killed me as a kid, and the movie was no different. I haven’t watched this in a long time, but the acting is from the two leads is phenomenal, and really stuck with me as being a great adaptation.

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The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe: How could I not? Again, this was a great adaptation with great actors, effects and the important parts of a very large book were handled quite well for a film adaptation.

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The Outsiders: What an absolutely incredible book and movie. I remember having to read this book in middle school, and while other kids wanted to claw their eyes out while both reading the book and watching the movie I was entranced.

Worst:

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Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: There really are no words for these two. There are so many things I dislike about them that I honestly do not know where to start, so I won’t. I’ll just say there was no question they would end up on this list.

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City of Ember: I really enjoyed this book, it reminded me a lot of The Giver which was one of my favorite books growing up. I couldn’t absorb the series fast enough. So I was very excited for the book to come out. I think there was a bit too much for them to capture in the movie and I know that things have to cut and fall to the wayside when adapting into a movie, but I think a lot of the general book suffered by being turned into a movie.

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Twilight: I will admit that I actually loved the books. Harry Potter got me to read again in college, and Twilight got me reading again post-college. I really enjoyed the books. I just think this first movie was really bad. The weird blue tint is just the start of things I really didn’t like about it. Dialogue was just… hit or miss. Too campy in some parts, too serious in others. What I will say is that I think the characters looked their best in this movie compared to later movies. And some of the later movies were pretty good. This one? Not a fan.

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The Hunger Games: I think I might get flamed for this one, but I left the theater watching this and just not really liking it. I won’t single out which ones but I really disliked some of the casting choices, which pulled me out of the story because I just didn’t feel like it worked. I loved the books dearly, and hope I like Catching Fire more than I did this one.

 

 

Posted on Jul 8th, 2013 by audra
In these categories Review, Society's Bookshelf

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Book Title: Some Quiet Place
Author: Kelsey Sutton
Release Date: July 8, 2013
Publisher: Flux

I can’t feel sadness, anger, or fear. I can’t feel anything. I’ve grown talented at pretending.

Elizabeth Caldwell doesn’t feel emotions . . . she sees them in human form. Longing hovers around the shy, adoring boy at school. Courage materializes beside her dying friend. Fury and Resentment visit her abusive home. They’ve all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn’t succumb to their touch. All, that is, except beautiful Fear, who sometimes torments her and other times plays her compassionate savior. He’s obsessed with finding the answer to one question: What happened to Elizabeth to make her this way?

They both sense that the key to Elizabeth’s condition is somehow connected to the paintings of her dreams, which show visions of death and grief that raise more questions than answers. But as a shadowy menace begins to stalk her, Elizabeth’s very survival depends on discovering the truth about herself. When it matters most, she may not be able to rely on Fear to save her.

Some Quiet Place is one of the most exquisite, unique books I’ve read this year. From the cover to the pages, this book was phenomenal. The cover initially drew me in before I even read the synopsis. It’s thoroughly haunting and beautiful at the same time, much as the actual story as well.

The idea that Elizabeth can’t feel emotions, but also she can see their physical manifestation in the form of people no one else can see was groundbreaking to me. In a world of very similar YA books, Some Quiet Place broke the mold completely. Throughout the book, Elizabeth is put to the task of solving her missing memories after a car accident, along with a bit of game with Fear. Things get out of control when a new element rears its nightmarish head and things come to a head for all involved.

It was extremely refreshing to see such a strong female protagonist without a huge love triangle or angst ridden storyline. Even though Elizabeth couldn’t feel emotion, it seemed to heighten my emotion. Sutton’s ability to pull that emotion from me as a ready was remarkable. Now, there was a bit of a love triangle, but I feel that it was written in a very unique way, which didn’t pull me out of the story like most love triangles do.

Some of the hardships that Elizabeth faces were extremely difficult to read, intensified by Sutton’s fantastic way of crafting a scene. Elizabeth lives in a very cold home, and doesn’t get to experience a traditional loving family that so many other kids have. I do have to say this is one of the reasons I had a slightly difficult time with this book, only that I didn’t realize it was going to be such a dark read. I like to be in a certain headspace when venturing into dark reading spaces such as this, and didn’t really go into this book expecting this.

Some Quiet Place was an emotional, wonderfully developed book that I couldn’t recommend more.

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Posted on Jul 7th, 2013 by audra
In these categories Ally Condie

Ally Condie will be one of many amazing authors featured on the “When Grrls Fall in Love” panel at the now sold out San Diego Comic Con! Ally will be on the panel along with Cassandra Clare, Veronica Roth, Holly Black, Marissa Meyer, Lissa Price and Veronica Wolff. Will you be there?

UPDATE: Ally will also be doing a signing Friday from 6:00-7:00 at the Mysterious Galaxy Signing, booth #1119.

For more panel information check out PageToPremiere or SDCC.