Sunday, July 5, 2015

Shout Out - The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen by R T Lowe



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.

This week's selection is:


Publisher: Self-published
Genre: YA/Cross-over Urban Fantasy (due to violence and language it may not be suitable for the under 16 crowd)
Release Date: May 11, 2015
Page count: 494

Synopsis

Reeling from a terrible accident that claimed the lives of his parents, Felix arrives at Portland College hoping only to survive the experience. In time, however, his reality star roommate shows him there is more to higher education than just classes, shared bathrooms and bad dorm food, and Felix gradually dares to believe he can put his past behind him.
 But a fateful storm looms on the horizon: In the nearby woods, two hikers become the latest victims in a series of gruesome murders; a disfigured giant embarks on a vicious cross-country rampage, killing teenagers who fail his ‘test’; and an ancient society of assassins tasked with eradicating the wielders of a mysterious source of power awakens after a long silence. Only one man—the school’s groundskeeper—knows that the seemingly unrelated events are connected, and that an eighteen-year-old boy stands in the center of the storm.

We asked Randall why he chose to write for a YA audience:

The Accidental (Young Adult) Novel


I didn’t set out to write a Young Adult novel. I didn’t even have an “audience” in mind. The main characters in my story are in their first year of college, a time when most people experience their first real taste of freedom. Household chores, curfews and nagging parents are all swept away and suddenly you’re free to make choices for yourself. If you want to stay up all night or skip class or drink too much with your roommate there’s no one stopping you. It’s a fascinating time in a person’s life, the abrupt transition to adulthood marked by unforgettable events: The meeting of lifelong friends, personal exploration and growth . . . and monumentally bad decisions.
But The Felix Chronicles isn’t a simple tale of teenagers trying to navigate their way through the challenges of college and relationships. Felix’s world is wrought with danger: a serial killer cuts a bloody path across the country; bodies turn up in the woods near campus; and a shadowy society of assassins long thought dormant begins to stir. Violence, intense action, and terror is a part of this world, and for that reason, The Felix Chronicles may not be suitable for those under sixteen.      


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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - The Fixer Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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)

When sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick is sent to live with her older sister, Ivy, she has no idea that the infamous Ivy Kendrick is Washington D.C.'s #1 “fixer,” known for making politicians' scandals go away for a price. No sooner does Tess enroll at Hardwicke Academy than she unwittingly follows in her sister's footsteps and becomes D.C.'s premier high school fixer, solving problems for elite teens.

Secrets pile up as each sister lives a double life. . . . until their worlds come crashing together and Tess finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy with one of her classmates and a client of Ivy's. Suddenly, there is much more on the line than good grades, money, or politics, and the price for this fix might be more than Tess is willing to pay.

Perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars and Heist Society, readers will be clamoring for more in this exciting new series.

I love Jennifer Lynn Barnes. She is a brilliant author and a smartie pants to boot! Can't wait to read this. It comes out July 7th!!
- Christinabean

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah



Published: February 2015
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Pages: 438
Copy Provided by: Borrowed
Summary: Goodreads

Summary:

In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.


FRANCE, 1939

In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can...completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real--and deadly--consequences.

With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah takes her talented pen to the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France--a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.
 

Review:

Wow. What a storyteller.  I had read a few reviews about this novel when it first came out so I put it on my TBR list.  I was looking for a gritty book.  Something with substance that was going to make me uncomfortable and touch my soul.   This was definitely it.

There are so many things that I loved about this book.  Heroes were not only found at the warfront.  They were also found at home as well.  And they weren't always men.  Women fought their own battles at home and had to endure a different kind of struggle without the men in their lives.  I love how we see a woman's perspective on the war.  

The main characters are Vianne and Isabelle.  Although Vianne seems to have less spunk than her younger sister, she definitely does not lack in determination and an ability to push through all of her hardships. In some ways she seems to internalize more than her sister.  She appears to be strong for her daughter but on the inside, as you read her thoughts and how she weighs her decisions, you can see how much she sacrifices for her family and for her country.  

Isabelle's sacrifices are more obvious.  She is brave and has many different faces, depending on who she needs to be.  Inside though she is just a scared little girl trying to find the love of her father and sister.  I don't want to spoil the novel by getting into details but it was so gripping and REAL to me.  I wanted to keep on reading until the very last page.  And trust me, as you read the ending, make sure you have a box of tissue because you will be crying.  Mrs. Hannah had the perfect ending to this story.    It made me weep, it made me smile and it made me want to research her other titles.

Beautifully written, Kristen Hannah captured the essence of this story.  I felt like I was living the story instead of stopping into the pages of a book.  It was the first book I have read by this author but it certainly won't be my last.

Monday, June 29, 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)

In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance — beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. As they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.

Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way to Daenerys. But his newest allies in this quest are not the rag-tag band they seem, and at their heart lies one who could undo Daenerys's claim to Westeros forever.

Meanwhile, to the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone — a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, will face his greatest challenge. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.

From all corners, bitter conflicts reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness. But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all.

I miss Game of Thrones. I wish the seasons were longer.  How could it have ended the way it did???  I was considering giving up on the series after the final scene. Seriously....but then I thought I should do something more productive instead and read the book. Or rather, attempt to read the book so I found A Dance with Dragons at my secret bookstore for $2.50 and I'm going to attempt to read it.  And finish it.  I may end up falling asleep on the beach and using it as a pillow though....it's the effort that counts though, right?
- Christinabean

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Shout Out to Indies - Gearteeth by Timothy Black



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. Here is this week's selection:



Gearteeth / Timothy Black / Blysster Press (September 2014) / 348 pages/ Paperback, EPUB, MOBI
Book 1 of the Gearteeth series.

Synopsis:
In 1890, a disease that turned sane men into ravenous werewolves swept through the United States like wildfire. On the brink of humanity's extinction, Nikola Tesla and a mysterious order of scientists known as the Tellurians revealed a bold plan: the uninfected would abandon the Earth's surface by rising up in floating salvation cities, iron and steel metropolises that carried tens of thousands of refugees above the savage apocalypse. The remnants of mankind huddled fearfully in the clouds, waiting for the werewolves to devour each other.
 
Twenty years later, only one salvation city remains aloft, while the beasts still rule the world below. Time has taken its toll on the miraculous machinery of the city, and soon the last of the survivors will plummet to their doom. But when Elijah Kelly, a brakeman aboard the largest of the city's Thunder Trains, is infected by the werewolf virus, he discovers a secret world of lies and horrific experiments that hide the disturbing truth about the Tellurians.
 
When the beast in his blood surges forth, Elijah must choose between the lives of those he loves, and the city that is humanity's last hope of survival.


Why Steampunk as a genre?

Early on, the idea of achieving wondrous results above and beyond those our current technology allows with huge and intricate 'low-tech' machines captured my imagination. Even as a kid, I was fascinated with the idea of not only undiscovered science that anyone could build in their garage, but also the hiding away of the smooth, plastic world inside of a more down-to-earth exterior. I've also loved werewolves ever since I could remember, and the idea occurred to me one day to smash them together into a beautifully horrific concept: steampunk werewolves. Pair it with a bit of the Old West, and having the apocalypse occur in 1890, and the stage was set for a tale of horror and discovery. Many steampunk stories concentrate on the gadgets and a Victorian feel to their worlds, but I wanted to put a distinctly American spin on the concept that was both gritty and supernatural, with a protagonist that brings the rebellious aspects of 'punk' back into steampunk.

Author Bio:

Award-winning author and popular podcaster, Timothy Black was born in the Deep South where he hit the road at an early age and quickly learned it could hit back. Driven by an insatiable curiosity, he studied Geology, Astronomy, and the Occult, ending up with a degree in Philosophy that twists through his writing. After traveling the world to find his great loves he settled down in the Pacific Northwest, where he writes unique twists on disturbing fiction. A serial killer of coffee and whiskey sours, he stays one step ahead of retribution with a rebellious cackle.

To learn more about Gearteeth click here!
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

In Case You Missed It - Control by Lydia Kang

Control (Control, #1)

Published: December 2013
Publisher: Dial books for Young Readers
Pages: 393
Copy: Library
Summary: Goodreads



When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel knows she needs to protect her sister, Dyl. But before Zel has a plan, Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, and Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before—teens who shouldn't even exist. Using broken-down technology, her new friends’ peculiar gifts, and her own grit, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA.

A spiraling, intense, romantic story set in 2150—in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms—this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.



I've said it before and I'm sure I'll say it again, but I love it when I discover a book at work that seems to have missed my orbit completely and then I end up loving it. It looks as though the second book in the series 'Catalyst' came out in March of this year, but I haven't managed to find a copy of it yet.

Control is just a little bit strange, with shades of 'Steelheart', without all the fuss and fanfare, and a slight nod to X-men.  What I'm talking about is kids with 'powers', but no superhero vibe - they have some odd physical abnormalities as well.  I absolutely loved the diversity of the characters - Vera,  who is green and has an affinity for plants; Hex, who has an extra pair of arms; Wilbert who has a second head/brain and doesn't have to sleep conventionally; Cy, who has an affinity for healing and Zel, our protagonist, who seems not to age or grow.  The bad guys are equally fascinating.  Micah, Tegg, Blink and Caliga and our mastermind SunAj, who gave me the heebee jeebees!  I am constantly in awe of authors who have the imagination to come up with such completely individual characters.

The story trots along at a steady pace with several exciting incidents that get the heart racing and the synapses firing.  I just loved Zel's determination to get to the bottom of things and I enjoyed her relationship with Cy, with all it's ups and downs and insecurities.  There is a fair bit of science in the book as we are trying to find out what is in Zel and her sister Dyl's DNA, but it made sense most of the time and I didn't find it too boring.

There is a great mystery, great romance and great characters and I for one can't wait to see Catalyst.  Your either going to love this one, or hate it - there doesn't seem to be a lot of middle ground here. Me - I loved it.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Broken Hearts, Fences and other Things to Mend by Katie Finn


Published: May 2014
Publisher: Fiewel & Friends
Pages: 339
Copy Provided by: Bought
Summary: Goodreads

Summary:

Hot sun. Blue waves. New romances. Old secrets.

Gemma had her summer all planned out, but it takes a sharp turn when she gets dumped and finds herself back in the Hamptons after a five-year absence.

Being there puts her at risk of bumping into Hallie, her former best friends (that is, before Gemma ruined her life). But people don't hold grudges forever. Do they?

Gemma intends on making amends, but a small case of mistaken identity causes the people she knew years ago—including Hallie and her dreamy brother, Josh—to believe she's someone else. As though the summer wasn't complicated enough already.

Filled with summer sun, boys, and friendships gone sour, Katie Finn's first novel in the Broken Hearts and Revenge series sizzles and delights.
 

Review:
What caught my eye with this book is not only the title but the cover. It looked like a GREAT summer read. And it is. Not too intense but SO MUCH FUN!!  So Hallie has a bit of a chip on her shoulder. Not that she isn't entitled to it but she has literally invested YEARS into plotting against Gemma.  They were friends when they were younger and then all hell broke loose and an instead of coming clean with her friend, Gemma's lies have caught up to her in a BIG BAD way.  

I really enjoyed this title. Although some of it was a little disheartening to read (the extents that these girls go to in order to mortify the other), it is still a fun, light read.  I do think you should read Hallie Hath No Fury prior to reading this title so you get both character POVs.  I had so much fun that I had to buy and read book #2 as soon as this one was done!

If you are a fan of crazy stunts and misinterpretations, you will love this story.  It reminded me of the crazy antics in the Shopaholic series...  This is why you never want to piss off your girlfriends.  Guys have it so easy. They get mad and physically hit one another and then shake hands and move on.  Women are so much more calculating and manipulative.  Bad scenario upon bad scenario all stacked up.  Does the truth REALLY set you free when you are tangled up in a web of lies?  Great title to add to your summer reading list!

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