Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - The Terminals by Royce Buckingham

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is

Summary (by Goodreads)

, only they spend the last year of their lives executing exciting and dangerous missions to make the world a better place.

With nothing to lose, Cam is in.

A helicopter flies Cam to a secret tropical location, where he’s tossed out with a parachute and an instruction manual. After a rough landing, he meets his nine teammates. The other terminals don’t seem sick; Zara is beautiful, Donnie is an amazing athlete, and Calliope sings like a bird. He soon learns that they’re enhanced with an experimental super steroid TS-8, which suppresses their illnesses’ symptoms and heightens their physical and mental abilities. It’s also fatal if taken for more than a year.

Cam joins this extreme spy team, and they begin pulling dangerous operations in multiple countries. As his teammates fall around him, he starts to receive cryptic messages from a haggard survivor of last year’s class hiding in the forest. She reveals that the program isn’t what it seems, leading Cam to question whether any of them are really sick at all.

What I like about the sounds of The Terminals is that it is a good, hearty action boy's read.  I'm just curious who will read it first?  Curlypow or myself?

- Christinabean

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Book of Ivy - Book Trailer

The Paperback Princesses are happy to be part of the reveal for the book trailer for 'The Book of Ivy'
Keep your eyes open for my review coming in a couple of weeks.

Book synopsis:

After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of
survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family
would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control
are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning
group in a yearly ritual.

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-
to-be husband—and return the Westfall family to power.
But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my
family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly
understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore
the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him...

Buy links:

Amazon: B&N:   iTunes:  Kobo:  Goodreads

About Amy Engel: 

Amy Engel was born in Kansas and after a childhood spent bouncing between countries
(Iran, Taiwan) and states (Kansas, California, Missouri, Washington, D.C.), she settled in
Kansas City, Missouri where she lives with her husband and two kids. Before devoting
herself full time to motherhood and writing, she was a criminal defense attorney, which
is not quite as exciting as it looks on TV. When she has a free moment, she can usually
be found reading, running, or shoe shopping.

Find Amy online:

Goodreads Giveaway Link:

Monday, October 20, 2014

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves allows us to share the books we have added to our collections - physical, virtual, borrowed, bought or received.

Here's my haul for this week - 


I guess they all seem to be a little big dark and dreary but it's fall, right?  Maybe I can find something a bit more uplifting next week.  :)
- Christinabean

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Shout Out to Indies - Autumn in the City of Angels by Kirby Howell AND Keeper of the Innocents by Kristi Centeno

We here at The Paperback Princesses often receive emails from Indie authors requesting reviews and are blessed with free book copies. Often we are unable to get to so many titles before our mass market published books take over our TBR shelves. That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of great reads though! We want to give back to those Indie authors and are declaring EVERY SECOND SUNDAY our SHOUT OUT TO INDIES MEME. For those of fellow bloggers, please feel free to add our meme to your regular schedule. We only ask that you quote and link back to us as a courtesy. For all of you Indie authors, we invite you to contact us at the contact link to your top left. We will select 1 - 3 titles (each time we post) that sound interesting. Lastly, for you readers, this is a bit of a test so please do comment and let us know what you think. We will also be offering up giveaway copies whenever we can! So without further ado, here are this week's picks:

A plague of epic proportion sweeps the globe, leaving less than one percent of the world’s population immune. Among the living is Autumn Winters, the teenage daughter of a famous actress.  When Autumn’s parents don’t come home and the city is overtaken by a dangerous faction, she goes into hiding with a small group of underground survivors.  They’re led by a mysterious young man who harbors an unearthly secret, and with whom Autumn feels a deep connection.

Kirby Howell's Autumn Series is available on Amazon!


The Autumn Series is a young adult trilogy of novels written by Kirby Howell.  The series follows the adventures of seventeen-year-old Autumn Winters after an apocalyptic plague decimates the planet.  Autumn is forced to grow up quickly when her parents don't come home, and she must decide who she can trust and who she should run from.

Kirby Howell is the pen name for Jessica Kirby Alexander and Dana Howell Melton, who have been writing together since 2000, when they met at The University of Alabama.  They've dedicated the past four years to The Autumn Series and are proud to announce the first two installments are available in both paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon! 

Why Kirby Howell Chose to Write YA:
When we were young adult readers, books by Ann M. Martin, Judy Bloom, Beverly Cleary, and Christopher Pike were popular, though, these books only made up a fraction of our page-turning hours.  Douglas Adams, Roald Dahl, Jane Austen, Robert Heinlein, and Laura Ingalls Wilder, amongst others, captured our attention and inspired us not only to want to be like the characters in their books, but to create characters with similar attributes that might inspire others in the same way.
You’ll find a bit of Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Kristy Thomas, Mary Ann Spier, Elizabeth Bennet, Charlie Bucket, Matilda, Ramona Quimby, and Laura and Mary Ingalls (and even a bit of Pa Ingalls!) hiding inside the characters of The Autumn Series.
By writing for young adults, we hope to pass on the inspiration and courage we gained by reading such great works.  There is no better age to teach the lessons of integrity, bravery, tenacity, the value of true friends, and the bonds of family.


Dana Melton and Jessica Alexander, who write under the name Kirby Howell, have been writing together since 2000 when they met as freshman in their first script writing class at the University of Alabama.  Dana, a native Southerner, quickly showed Jessica the ropes and the joys of living below the Mason Dixon Line.  Having lived in nearly every other part of the country, it didn’t take Jessica long to acclimate to sweet tea, grits and football.  Four years later, with a couple of film degrees under their belts, they moved to Los Angeles to pursue their professional writing careers. 

Recognition for The Autumn Series:

2014 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist

2014 Kindle Book Review Award Semi-Finalist

2014 Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention

Our second title this week is:

Demi Redding has used her powers to vanquish demons for years, but when one shows up next door she will be forced to set both her experience and instincts aside to battle a war that has nothing to do with magic, and everything to do with matters of the heart.
As a Keeper of the Innocents, Demi’s load as a guardian reduces with only one charge to take on at a time. However, when her new foe proves to be a force she can neither see nor find, she has no choice but to doubt the so-called good intentions of the stranger one door down.
Rhyzel Connor is not your average neighbor by any means. The red specks of color in his green eyes alone sets him apart and his demonic heritage makes him an easy target. Because of who he is he can’t afford a mistake that will result in his demise, but the fact that he knows way too much about Demi quickly raises the suspicion veil over him.
There is a mission he must complete, and secrets he must fight hard to keep, but the biggest hardship he must face will be forfeiting his life in order to save Demi’s.
Book Links:
We asked Christy why she writes for a YS audience.
Why I write YA
Young adult is one of my favorite genres to both read and write. And even though I write other genres, YA is definitely my favorite.
I’m often asked why I write YA. Well, aside from being the age where most rites of passage begin, it’s also an important stage of our lives and often times these years turn out to be the most difficult period of our existence. During our teenage years most of us learn or at least try to learn, where we’re going. We try to figure out who we are and what we’re meant to do. Where we stand. We learn about responsibilities and how to take them seriously. How to accept right from wrong.
Although I’m an adult—having left my teenagers behind some ten or so years back—this self-discovery battle is one I struggled with myself and when I read a young adult fiction, identifying with characters who are often struggling with something in their lives comes naturally to me and I tend to transmit my own feelings in my writing.
One of the reasons I enjoy writing young adult fiction is because it allows me to be challenged by the characters. Often times, teenagers are a lot more open about trying new things, having different experiences, exploring, delving into things they shouldn’t just to see where they end up and I like to push this aspect of their personalities without being extremely graphic.
Ultimately, YA is a huge part of me as well. I’ve been reading YA fiction for as long as I can remember and I feel like I’m tied to this specific genre because a part of me is still young inside. When I started putting together the ideas for my first book, the first thing that came to mind is that my story would definitely fall into this category and even though it wasn’t my plan to continue the trend, I felt compelled to continue writing YA fiction because I have a deep appreciation for it.
Although I read other genres, YA is my first choice even when I’m shopping for something new to read or write. Though my reading list includes many genres, when it comes to the voice that identifies me the most there’s no other than young adult fiction.
So, in case it wasn’t clear, I write YA because I have a deep passion for it.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Follow Friday

Friday Follow is a blog hop that was started by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  Each week a different question is posted by our hosts and we will answer!  This is a great opportunity for bloggers to network and interact. 
This week’s question –

Share the song you can’t stop listening to.via Journey Through Fiction

What can I say? I'm a top 40's kinda girl.  :)
 - Christinabean

Welcome to the Paperback Princesses! Make yourself at home, take a look around our blog and let us know what you think in the comments section. We would love to hear what you have to say about our posts. We often try to comment on your comments as well so feel free to start a conversation! Since there are two of us running the show, we always have a variety of titles and event postings. Be sure to check out our own personal meme page. Check out Fantastic Fairytales, Let's Hear it for the Boys, In Case you Missed it and a few others. We try to not only focus on new YA books but also great titles from the past.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Published: June 2012
Publisher: Crown Publishers
Pages: 419
Copy Provided by: Library
Summary: Goodreads

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife's head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media--as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents--the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter--but is he really a killer? 

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn't do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

I don't normally like to post adult books on our blog because we dedicate the majority of our reviews to YA titles but Gone Girl has been on my TBR list for a few years now and with the release of the movie, I just had to see what all the hoopla was about.  So here it is.  I need to share this with you.  Gone Girl is one of the strangest, hard to put down reads I have ever experienced.  No, seriously...someone said this to me and I believe it - "there will be a point in the book (and you will know when it is) where you won't be able to put the book down and you will have to finish it until the end)."  So true...

So Gone Girl starts out as a mystery.  A man's wife disappears on their wedding anniversary and no one knows what has happened.  It looks like foul play but we slowly start to see the course of their lives unfold and how this "wreck" of a marriage has started to unravel.  There are layers and layers of resentment, guilt, betrayal, blame...all piling up like a car crash on life's highway.

What I found interesting in this book is how quickly we assume who the bad guy is.  Nick seems to be cruising for a beating from the police, the public eye and his in-laws.  He does all of the wrong things and on top of it all, appears to be completely emotionless about the entire ordeal.  So what happened to Amy?  Where is she? Is she even alive still?  The truth may turn out to be more shocking than you can imagine.  Don't see the movie.  Read the book first.  Your imagination always trumps the big screen.  I would highly recommend this read to any adult who can handle language, sex and some violence.  Just this once skip the YA section and read something considered "adult" :D

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - Trust Me, I'm Lying

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is

Summary (by Goodreads)

Fans of Ally Carter, especially her Heist Society readers, will love this teen mystery/thriller with sarcastic wit, a hint of romance, and Ocean’s Eleven–inspired action.

Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.

But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.

Love it.  Especially for fans of Ally Carter's Heist Society.  Hey, where can I get a necklace like that?  :)
- Christinabean

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