Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Follow


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 –

Your house is burning down and you have time to select three books you own to take with you. What three books?
Signed copy of Mockingjay
Signed copy of City of Bones
Signed copy Fallen
I actually have copies of all of the rest of my favorites on my  phone...but the signed copies are the ones that are hardest to replace!!  Maybe I should put them in a fire-proof safe? HAHA!!
-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.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Endgame by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton


Published: October 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 477
Copy Provided by: Library
Summary: Goodreads

Summary:

Twelve thousand years ago, they came. They descended from the sky amid smoke and fire, and created humanity and gave us rules to live by. They needed gold and they built our earliest civilizations to mine it for them. When they had what they needed, they left. But before they left, they told us someday they would come back, and when they did, a game would be played. A game that would determine our future.

This is Endgame.

For ten thousand years the lines have existed in secret. The 12 original lines of humanity. Each had to have a Player prepared at all times. They have trained generation after generation after generation. In weapons, languages, history, tactics, disguise assassination. Together the players are everything: strong, kind, ruthless, loyal, smart, stupid, ugly, lustful, mean, fickle, beautiful, calculating, lazy, exuberant, weak. They are good and evil. Like you. Like all.

This is Endgame.

When the game starts, the players will have to find three keys. The keys are somewhere on earth. The only rule of their Endgame is that there are no rules. Whoever finds the keys first wins the game. Endgame: The Calling is about the hunt for the first key. And just as it tells the story of the hunt for a hidden key, written into the book is a puzzle. It invites readers to play their own Endgame and to try to solve the puzzle. Whoever does will open a case filled with gold. Alongside the puzzle will be a revolutionary mobile game built by Google’s Niantic Labs that will allow you to play a real-world version of Endgame where you can join one of the lines and do battle with people around you.

Will exuberance beat strength? Stupidity top kindness? Laziness thwart beauty? Will the winner be good or evil? There is only one way to find out.

Play.
Survive.
Solve.
People of Earth.
Endgame has begun.

Review:
Endgame felt slightly controversial to me.  It brings up an indirect comparison to the beginnings of human existence and I felt like it touched a bit upon religion as well.  The premise of Endgame was interesting...with the lineage of the winner surviving and the rest of the world perishing. But, what is the purpose of creating all of the lines if only to have one survive? And what if someone has genes from several lines? Do they have a better chance of surviving?

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I found it hard at first to remember everyone's names.  They weren't common but as the story unfolded and their personalities began to form, it was easier to distinguish the good from the bad and see who the real strategists were.  It was interesting to see how the authors paired players up and how these players seemed to have skills that complemented each other.  It took away from the brutality of the game.  And showed that they weren't just players, but they were also human.

(Personally, I was rooting for Chiyoko, the Japanese mute.  I have heard that movie rights have been issued for this trilogy.  If it happens, I am picturing Devon Aoki to play this character.)

There is the aspect of an actual game woven throughout the story which I think HarperTeen took a gamble on.  By the number of views from the linked YouTube pages, I would have expected this spin to be more popular and it leads me to wonder if this could be a publicity nightmare.  We shall see if it gains momentum with Book #2 and 3.

I will probably end up purchasing the book because I want to try out the links and why not participate in winning $500,000 in gold? Who couldn't use a little spending cash to say, buy a HOUSE, a vehicle and have some money leftover for a trip to Europe?  Book #2 ups the ante to 1 million and Book #3 will push the prize value up to 1.5 million.  Who couldn't use 1.5 million dollars???

Book #2 is coming out October 6th. I may not be standing in line to purchase it when Chapters opens but perhaps a pre-order may be happening.
 
James Frey has his own controversy with a Million Little Pieces and a certainly lady by the name of Oprah Winfrey but he has done quite well with the YA market with - I Am Number Four.  I wonder if his next series will have anything to do with aliens as well?  Something to think about....

 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder


Published: February 24th, 2015
Publisher: Mira
Pages: 384
Copy: Edelweiss
Summary: Goodreads

New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder wowed readers with Poison Study, the unforgettable story of poison taster Yelena. Now she's back with a new tale of intrigue.

Once, only her own life hung in the balance.

Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she'd survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands and protect her relationship with Valek.

Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek's job - and his life - are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret - or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is - while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers.

Yes, the days of tasting poisons were much simpler. And certainly not as dangerous,

"Doing full justice to the plot of this original and entertaining epic fantasy is impossible. Suffice it to say that the action is nonstop. The many characters leap to life, particularly Yelena, whose first-person narrative is riveting."


Curlypow's thoughts:

If you enjoy your fantasy with a solid hit of believable romance, you can't go much wrong reading Maria V Snyder.  Shadow Study is the latest in her series of trilogies set in the world of Ixia and its surrounds. 'Shadow' is the 4th book in the Study series ('Poison Stud'y; 'Magic Study' and 'Fire Study') but the first in the new 'Soulfinder' trilogy.

Ms Snyder has developed a very believable world  that she has reiterated in various forms in each of her trilogies, and it just keeps becoming more complex and involved.  The more you read, the easier it is to develop a mental map of where you are within the world and how the politics affect its people.

Yelena and Valek are not the traditional romantic pair, but it is impossible not to take them completely to heart and to become invested in their lives.  They are very definitely a couple, but they are not in each others pockets at all.  Both are very independent and yet willing to admit that they need to be in each others lives.  Although predominantly written in alternating Yelena and Valek pov's, for a little bit of a change there are the occasional chapters from Janco's pov, which helps shake things up a bit - Janco is almost comic relief and you can't help but enjoy the banter between him and Ari.

'Shadow Study' uses a lot of flashbacks to introduce the reader to Valek's past and is very skilfully done.  The narrative never feels interrupted by these interludes and for fan's of Snyder's work, it just helps to cement Valek's place in our hearts.  There is lots of action as usual and this time around, a wonderful, if rather surprising, ending.  Fans will be champing at the bit for the next in the trilogy - 'Night Study', followed by 'Dawn Study'.  If you haven't read anything by Snyder before, I guarantee that you will be looking for her previous works to devour in the meantime. This is a world that is just waiting to be discovered - I'd love to be able to go back and read them again for the first time.

The original Study books have been issued with both YA and adult covers but the story is great whichever you happen to prefer.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Stacking the Shelves


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

This week I got: 


Summary (by Goodreads)

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
 

With so many books to read, it is hard to choose which title to read next but Red Queen caught my eye when I started to get bombed with tweets about the book....curiosity makes me read.  Look for my review shortly!

- Christinabean

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Shout Out to Indies - Some Fine Day by Kat Ross plus Giveaway



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. 


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Synopsis: A generation ago, continent-sized storms called hypercanes caused the Earth to flood. The survivors were forced to retreat deep underground and build a new society.

This is the story that sixteen-year-old Jansin Nordqvist has heard all of her life. Jansin grew up in a civilization far below the Earth’s surface. She’s spent the last eight years in military  intelligence training. So when her parents surprise her with a coveted yet treacherous trip above ground, she’s prepared for anything. She’s especially thrilled to feel the fresh air, see the sun, and view the wide-open skies and the ocean for herself.

But when raiders attack Jansin’s camp and take her prisoner, she is forced to question everything she’s been taught. What do her captors want? How will she get back underground? And if she ever does, will she want to stay after learning the truth?

Some Fine Day is available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You can find more reader reviews on Goodreads.

You can check out the trailer here.

We asked Kat why she likes to write YA:

I like to write YA because I like writing characters whose minds are relatively open, whose opinions of the world haven't yet fossilized, who can grow and change and question things. There's something so intense about the relationships we form as teenagers and the experiences we go through…kids are just revolutionary in a lot of ways.

Plus there's a big part of me that just never went along with the whole "being a grown-up" thing. I mostly write in first person and that voice comes very easily (:



Some Fine Day launch giveaway!

 a Rafflecopter giveaway


Grand Prize: Kindle Paperwhite with custom cover, preloaded with Some Fine Day

Second Prize (2): Signed copy of Some Fine Day

Third Prize (2): CD audiobook of Some Fine Day

This contest runs from February 7 to March 7.


Displaying katross300.jpgAbout the author:

Kat Ross was born and raised in New York City and worked several jobs before turning to journalism and 

creative writing. An avid traveler and adventurer, she now lives with her family—along with a beagle, a 

ginger cat, and six fish—far enough outside the city that skunks and deer wander through her backyard. 

You can find Kat on Twitter and her website.






Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Immortal who Loved Me by Lindsay Sands


Published: February 24th, 2015
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 384
Ecopy: Edelweiss
Summary: Goodreads


A few hours ago, Sherry Carne would have sworn that vampires didn’t exist. That’s before rogue immortals rampage through her store, leaving bloody chaos (literally) in their wake. The kicker comes when Sherry learns that one of the vamps on the bad guys’ trail may be her life mate. Her head says it’s impossible. The rest of her takes one look at Basileios Argeneau and has much more interesting ideas.

Whatever Basil expected in a life mate, funny, outspoken Sherry isn’t it. But mind-blowing chemistry and instinct don’t lie. They tell him something else, too—that Sherry’s connection to the immortal world goes deeper than she knows. And that she’s in the kind of danger only Basil can save her from—if she’ll just trust him, now and forever . . .


Curlypow's thoughts:

I have been reading the Argeneau series by Lynsay Sands since almost the first book came out and for the most part,  it has continued to be lots of fun.  The vampires are all of course really handsome and they are all looking for their life mates - 'cos these guys aren't vamps in the regular sense.  Nope, they are really Atlanteans who have been hiding in plain sight for thousands of years.

Unfortunately, I'm beginning to feel that these books are just becoming more of the same.  After 21 books there don't seem to be many surprises left.  Sherry, to my mind was too accepting of the circumstances she found herself in, and Basil, after millennia on his own,  is completely bowled over by a peppy 20 something.

If you enjoy some vampire fun, I'm sure you'll enjoy this one, but for me it certainly didn't stand out from the crowd.

Friday, February 20, 2015

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 –

Do you like fantasy or realistic books? via The Realm of Books

umm...fantasy, duhhh....I read to GET AWAY from real life...
OK. Sometimes I will read some contemp stuff just to get a grip and stop looking at people and classifying them into supernatural categories...I'm guessing Curlypow is going to feel the same way.  What? You don't do that? ("She's a bit of a siren.  He's definitely a post-apocalyptic zombie")
 
- 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.



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