Monday, February 19, 2018

Book Birthdays! {Feb18, week 3}


It's Book Birthday time!!

In this weekly post, I talk about a few of the books I'm excited to read that are hitting shelves this week.  Are you with me on any of these? Are there books coming out you're running to the store or stalking your mailman for that I haven't mentioned here?  Hey, feel free to comment and sell me on them! :D
And don't forget to enter down below for a chance to win ANY February YA book your little heart desires! 🎁


by Deborah Schaumberg
1880's New York, creepy asylums, mysterious men in plague masks. It sounds wildy atmospheric and I am IN.  (btw---this one is also part of our giveaway here)
{HarperTeen}




by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekus
This one of those series that I haven't sat down with yet, but now that it's out in it's entirety, I'm even more excited to binge-read the whole thing together!
{Swoon Reads}





by Courtney Alameda
The descriptions on this one immediately conjures up images of "space pirates" in my head--- now I'm not sure how accurate that is, but it still has me dying to read it. ;)
{Feiwel & Friends}





Ink, Iron and Glass
by Gwendolyn Clare
So excited for this unique-sounding story about a girl and her mother who can alter reality with the written word in alternate Victorian Italy. This sounds amazing!
{Imprint/Macmillan}
by Rhoda Belleza
I really enjoyed book one in this series and can't wait to see where it leads. This one is perfect for fans of The Lunar Chronicles and Star Wars.
{Razorbill}






Some exciting looking titles hitting shelves this week! Anyone up for a book-buying spree? ;D


Enter to win any YA book published in February 2018!

(note: this is the same giveaway entry form in all book birthday posts for the month.)
One winner will win a YA February 2018 release of their choice! *see note below
• Contest ends February 28
th, 2018 at 11:59 PM
• Must be 13 or older.
• Open internationally. *International winners will be required to choose a book that is available through BookDepository.com or Fishpond.com up to $20 value.
•Extra entries can be earned by commenting on 
any BOOK BIRTHDAY POSTS or  REVIEWS, and can be done once per post. Come back throughout February whenever you comment on my reviews and get your extra points!
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Sunday, February 18, 2018

New Shelf Goodies {198)

For New Shelf Goodies, I'll be showing you what lovely books I acquired this week, whether from publishers, or the library, or from whatever half-crazed book-buying binge I happened to go on. :D (Inspired by Tynga's Stacking the Shelves) .  My Sunday post is also where I'll share a little recap of my week, the books I've currently got my nose in and such. ;)

Two lovely things in my mailbox this week!
{out now from EntangledTeen}
Carnival setting and cursed kisses---what not to be excited about?

{coming April 24th from Scholastic}
Super excited to have this in my hands! Daughter and I have both loved this series---sad to see it come to an end, but can't wait to see what is in store for this one!


Did you happen to see yesterday's post?? If not, please click back and meet my new co-blogger, Amy--and also enter to win two prize packs, one contemp & one dark fantasy! 
 This week, I'm starting on Ink, Iron & Glass. I've heard some mixed reviews so I'm eager to see how it goes. I also started listening to Traitor to the Throne on audiobook and the world is every bit as exciting as I remember! 

Have a great week, everyone! 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Welcome Amy!! An interview with my new co-blogger (✿◠‿◠)

Guys, I'm super excited about this, but after years of sneaking in a rare guest review from my BFF, I have finally sucked her into becoming an official co-blogger here at Stories & Sweeties!! Wheeeeee! ;D

So officially----meet Amy!!
Here's us!! (left to right: me, her 😉)

This gal has been my bestie partner-in-crime for 18 years. (Wow, has it been that long? LOL). We're the perfect balance to each other---we both love books, but sometimes have wildly different tastes, I'm the ultimate procrastinator, Amy jumps right in and gets things done, I'm probably one of the shyest people you will meet while Amy loves to chat away with perfect strangers---like I said, perfect balance. And through everything, we always bring out the very best in each other. ♥♥♥

So I thought it would be fun to not just introduce her to you, but to do a fun interview! 
So here we go!

From Amy:
Hello everyone! I can’t tell you how excited I am to be part of the Stories and Sweeties team. I remember when this blog was an idea talked about in car rides and over cups of tea, and have been a supporter ever since. I finally feel that I am home and among literary lovers of all ages.

~You're no newbie to book reviewing---tell us about your bookish history.
I have been a book lover my whole life, but for my professional bookish history I am the Book Review & Special events Editor for the weekly syndicated newspaper column- For the Love of Books for over five years now. I was also a feature writer and reviewer for the International horror magazine, Dark Discoveries, and I review for San Francisco Book Review and their affiliates.

~What got you started reading YA?
I have always been an avid reader, but as I got older I looked for the “adult” books that I was supposed to be reading, but they never really called to me. So, I would find myself sneaking Christopher Pike’s YA horror books, as my guilty pleasure read. It wasn’t until my best friend (yes, Becky) sent me a copy of Stargirl and attached a note saying “read what you love.” I picked up the book and never looked back.

~What fun things do you get up to when you’re not reading and reviewing?
I am a military wife, so I spend a lot of time at military functions or exploring the new areas we move to ( I am usually looking for amazing libraries or old places with a good ghost story attached). I also love spending my time with crafting, sewing and photography.    

~Where's your favorite place to read?
I’m not picky where I read at all. I’ll read on the couch, on my bed, outside or even in the car.

~What was your favorite book series as a kid?
Wow, that’s a hard one. The series that I read so many times the pages were worn was the Anne of Green Gables/ Anne of Avonlea series. However, as any good child of the 80’s I owned every Sweet Valley High book there was. As a teenager, horror books were banned in my house, so I hid The Flower in the Attic Series and Stephen King in-between my mattresses, but that is still a secret.

~What are some of your favorite classics? 
Well, my two childhood reads could now be considered classics, hahaha. But if you go true classic I would have to say Persuasion by Jane Austen.

~What's your favorite genre to read now?
Young adult horror and paranormal, always.

~Top 5 books of all time?
That’s like choosing your favorite child (Ok harder than choosing your favorite child, since I only have one)
I decided that I am making my first two a series, since they are impossible to choose one from.
1.Harry Potter (of course and not to sound cliché) I loved this book from the very moment I picked up a copy in 1999, and have reread the series more times than I can count.
2. The Selection Series by Kiera Cass. This one took me by surprise. I originally picked up The Selection because of the gorgeous cover, and the fact that it was getting bad reviews, and I instantly fell head over heels in love. It made me laugh out loud, cry and even throw the book down.
3. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
4.The Hollow by Jessica Verday ( I  pretty much love any Sleepy Hollow retelling)
5. My ultimate favorite little girl read- Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright. My writing idol and the woman who paved the way for ghosts to be on every little girl’s library shelf, and most likely the reason I love a good ghost story.

~If you could live in (or visit) one literary world, which would it be?
This question took a lot of thought, while there are many amazing literary worlds, there always seems to be its many setbacks as well. I am too old to want to take a tumble down the rabbit hole, or fight for my life in Panem. So, if I had my choice, I would accept an invitation to Hogwarts. I would be in a world I recognize, but I would have the power of magic, fast travel by floo powder, I would finally be able to fly, and I would be surrounded by everyone who talks in a British accent.

~book or movie?
Book
~coffee or tea?
tea
~cupcake or pie? 
Cupcake – of course

~What book are you currently anticipating the absolute MOST in 2018?
The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck

Among many other talents, Amy is also a wonderful photographer (anyone remember when I posted my daughter's bookish senior pics? Yea, that was her handywork!) I recently talked Amy into trying her hand at bookstagram and the girl is rockin' it!! Take a look and give her a follow!
    

     


SO to really kick off the joy of having Amy join me, we're giving away a few of the fab books featured here in her Feb reads pic! Two winners, two prize packs, one contemp, one fantasy! 
Enter below!
•must be 13 or older
• US addresses only please
•ends March 2nd, 2018

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

♥ Love @ First Lines ♥

 ♥ Happy Valentine's Day, Lovelies!! ♥

So, something a little different for today!
This week at my library, I did my own sort of take on the "Blind Date with a Book" idea that you see around all the bookstores this time of year lol.  I tweaked it a little, and here's what I came up with: 
I took a few great YA books with exceptionally tantalizing first lines and printed them on their little wraps to catch the attention of browsing patrons.  :D
It was a fun little project and I thought I'd do something similar here.  Are the first lines of these books enough to make you pick them up?
 Will it be LOVE at first lines?? ;)


Fate came for Dottie Epstein a year earlier, in the form of a call to the principal's office. 
It was not her first time there. 

The Metropolitan Theatre simmered with the heat of more than a thousand bodies packed together in red velvet chairs. My nose itched from the lingering scent of cigarette smoke wafting off the gentlemen's coats---a burning odor that added to the sensation that we were all seating inside a beautiful oven, waiting to be broiled. 

It is the first day of November, and so, today, someone will die. 

My big brother reaches home in the dark hours before dawn, when even ghosts take their rests. He smells of steel and coal and forge. He smells of the enemy.

Seven hundred and thirty-three days after my mom died, forty-five days after my dad eloped with a stranger he met on the internet, thirty days after we then up and moved to California. and only seven days after starting as a junior at a brand-new school where I know approximately no one, an email arrives. 

Apologies to the people who love it here, but Claremont, Oklahoma might actually be a circle of hell. 

And lastly--my personal favorite:
I'm on the toilet at the 9:30 club, and I'm wondering how mermaids pee


Do you have any favorite first lines?? Those kind that suck you right in and you must keep reading?  Please share! :D

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme created by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It lets us all gush about what soon-to-be released books we are jumping-up-and-down excited for.

What the Woods Keep
by Katya De Becerra

hitting shelves September 18th, 2018  
from Imprint 
What the Woods Keep is the stunning debut of Katya de Becerra, who combines mystery, science fiction, and dark fantasy in a twisty story that will keep you mesmerized right up to the final page.

On her eighteenth birthday, Hayden inherits her childhood home—on the condition that she uncover its dark secrets.

Hayden tried to put the past behind her, and it worked. She's getting ready for college, living in a Brooklyn apartment, and hanging out with her best friend and roommate Del. But now it's all catching up with her: her mother's mysterious disappearance a decade before, her father's outlandish theories about a lost supernatural race, and Hayden's own dark dreams of strange symbols and rituals in the Colorado woods where she grew up.

As soon as Hayden arrives at her hometown, her friend Del in tow, it begins: Neighbors whisper secrets about Hayden's mother; the boy next door is now all grown-up in a very distracting way; and Hayden feels the trees calling to her. And among them, deep in the woods, Hayden will discover something incredible—something that threatens reality itself.

My thoughts: Ooooh, is it just me or do the Macmillan imprints have the market cornered on all the spooky, woodsy fairy-tale sounding stories? This sounds magical and I CAN'T WAIT. :)



What book are you eagerly anticipating this week?

Monday, February 12, 2018

Book Birthdays! {Feb18, week 2}


It's Book Birthday time!!

In this weekly post, I talk about a few of the books I'm excited to read that are hitting shelves this week.  Are you with me on any of these? Are there books coming out you're running to the store or stalking your mailman for that I haven't mentioned here?  Hey, feel free to comment and sell me on them! :D
And don't forget to enter down below for a chance to win ANY February YA book your little heart desires! 🎁



by Victoria Stevens
A story of heartbreak, friendship, and love set in Eastern Australia.
{Farrar, Strauss, Giroux BYR}




by Rachel Caine & Anne Aguirre
These two amazing authors teamed up to bring on a thrilling looking space adventure!!
{Katherine Tegen Books}






by C.J. Redwine
This is the latest installement in a companion set of fairy tale retellings based on the story of The False Prince and the Prince and the Pauper
{Balzer & Bray}





by Steven Parlato
A teen starts to lose her grip on reality as disturbing memories start to surface during a writing group assignment.
{Simon Pulse}
by Susan Dennard
While I haven't kept up with the rest of this beloved series, I'm definitely a fan of this author! And I was excited to find this one is a companion rather than part of the series. 
{TorTeen}




by Jen Wang
This one is such a charmer, and I'm just excited to see it hit stores so everyone can enjoy it!!
{First Second Books}


by Aprilynne Pike
Another series that I haven't started, but I'm even more eager to especially now that Shatter is out to complete this duology! No torturous wait for the conclusion! :D
(Random House BYR}




So there's my picks for this week---any of these have you running to your nearest bookstore?




Enter to win any YA book published in February 2018!

(note: this is the same giveaway entry form in all book birthday posts for the month.)
One winner will win a YA February 2018 release of their choice! *see note below
• Contest ends February 28
th, 2018 at 11:59 PM
• Must be 13 or older.
• Open internationally. *International winners will be required to choose a book that is available through BookDepository.com or Fishpond.com up to $20 value.
•Extra entries can be earned by commenting on 
any BOOK BIRTHDAY POSTS or  REVIEWS, and can be done once per post. Come back throughout February whenever you comment on my reviews and get your extra points!
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Saturday, February 10, 2018

New Shelf Goodies {197}

For New Shelf Goodies, I'll be showing you what lovely books I acquired this week, whether from publishers, or the library, or from whatever half-crazed book-buying binge I happened to go on. :D (Inspired by Tynga's Stacking the Shelves) .  My Sunday post is also where I'll share a little recap of my week, the books I've currently got my nose in and such. ;)

Just a few new goodies this week, but so excited for both!
{out now for Simon & Schuster}
I've heard some amazing reviews of this series, so I'm super excited to have them both on hand so I can binge-read through them! 

{coming June 5th from Disney Hyperion}
I am seeing fantastic reviews of this already so I am steeling my heart for what looks like a real emotional roller coaster of a book. 


This week I finished Daughter of a Siren Queen and I really, really enjoyed it.  Look out for my review this week and then I'll be featuring a few quotes from it for the blog tour stopping here on the 25th.  Now I'm right back to the adventure with Danny and Colton in Chainbreaker---it's getting pretty exciting! I'm still listening to Dire King--not as fast as I have normally been going through audiobooks because I got a little waylaid.  I saw The Greatest Showman this past week and *sigh* I just cannot stop listening to the soundtrack. :D  Have any of you seen it? I heard some mixed reviews but I personally really loved it. I mean, if you need extensive character examination and heavy plot and historical accuracy--it's not gonna be your thing. But it was fun and the musical numbers were spectacular and it was just incredibly entertaining to me.  But of course, I've always been a huge fan of musicals so I'm also just jazzed to see them starting to be made again! 
*Anyhow* xD

Have a lovely week, all. Happy reading! :)
Oh and HEY don't forget to enter to win a February book of choice  in my weekly book birthday posts!