The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe Publisher: Penguin Group Release Date: February 1st/2014 Pages: N/A Goodreads Order Now:Book Depository|Amazon
What It's About! For sixteen years, Daisy
has been good. A good daughter, helping out with her autistic younger
brother uncomplainingly. A good friend, even when her best friend makes
her feel like a third wheel. When her parents announce they’re sending
her brother to an institution—without consulting her—Daisy’s furious,
and decides the best way to be a good sister is to start being bad. She
quits jazz band and orchestra, slacks in school, and falls for bad-boy
But one person won’t let Daisy forget who she used to be:
Irish exchange student and brilliant musician Cal. Does she want the
bad boy or the prodigy? Should she side with her parents or protect her
brother? How can she know when to hold on and when—and how—to let go?
Thirty-five girls came to
the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent
home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned
princess of Iléa.
America still isn’t sure where her heart lies.
When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless
romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she
sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with
memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down
to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon
over—and time is running out for America to decide.
America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her
question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her
future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy
are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any
kind of happy ending.
liked The Elite almost as much as The Selection, only in this second
book America for the life of her just could NOT make up her mind about
what she wanted. Which boy she wanted, which girl she could and couldn't
trust, whether she wanted to even stay in the Selection. Like come ON
I loved America in the first book, she was a great
character. She was very un-decisive in this book which pretty much drove
me insane by the end. I wasn't even sure if I was Team Maxon or Team
Aspen until the last half of the book. Aspen just started getting on my
nerves with his unsupportive attitude about America being the Princess
There was a lot of excitement and shocking moments
throughout The Elite, ones I really wasn't expecting. I wish there had
been more details and more happening with the rebel stuff, they were so
short that they almost might as well have never happened at all. I can
understand why we didn't see more into them though, for we got to see
how America and everyone else reacted to everything.
was a great book, even though America was a bit annoying with not being
able to decide anything. It really made me feel a lot of different
emotions whether I was upset, sad or shocked, I really enjoyed it a lot
and can't wait for the next book.
While skimming over book covers on shelves or scrolling through them online, have you ever wondered how these works of art are created? How illustrators collaborate authors? How artists reinvent the heart and life of a story – only in a different medium? I’m writing to give you an inside look at that unique process. I was lucky enough to work side-by-side with my illustrator, Owen William Weber, so you’ll get to see firsthand what went into the artwork of my award-winning novel,The Silent Deal.
Here’s a summary to give you a feel for the story:
When Viktor and Romulus, two peasant boys in the Russian Empire, dig too deep into their town’s strange past, they awaken the wrath of a mysterious overlord.On a quest for answers (and survival), the blood brothers navigate gambling parlors, Gyspy camps, and dark forests full of wild animals and men alike. But can they escape the deathly experiments their foe is creating in Staryi Castle?
So you get the idea – this is an Old World story, stuffed with thieves and beggars all the way to the fortune-tellers and fire-jugglers of the Romani Gypsies. This is important to recognize because it’s essential to match the time period of the story to the appearance of the cover. If I had written a flashy modern story, I might have a pop art style cover, but because I wrote historical fiction, I wanted an older medium, and an oil painting seemed like the perfect choice.
This is where Owen William Weber came in. He’s an excellent painter, and after viewing hisgallery, I immediately wanted him to do the cover art. Because the book deals so much with gambling, I requested the book’s cover resemble a king of spades playing card, with Viktor and Romulus, the two main characters, displayed as the king figures. Owen read my descriptions of the characters, and came back with several potential designs.
We agreed the fourth design was the most balanced, so Owen did a more detailed sketch, including attributes of both the characters. Romulus keeps a wolf as a pet, and carries blades throughout the story. Viktor is the son of a miner, and has to dig for buried items in certain scenes, hence the shovel. Both boys experiment with explosive weapons, as their enemy has banned firearms in their town.
I loved the sketch, but we both agreed that because Viktor and Romulus are serfs, their clothing needed to be rougher and less detailed. They also needed to look a bit younger. Owen carried out one more sketch, and this time it was perfect, save for the fact that we favored Romulus’ face from the first sketch.
The last step was for Owen to actually complete the oil painting. We agreed that rich reds and greens would give the book an older feel, so he handled the color scheme, and finished the work. After the typography was carried out, the cover art was finalized.
I hope you enjoyed this inside look at how a book cover is created! If you want to readThe Silent Deal, it’s available onAmazon. Or if you want to learn more about me, check out my website,www.levistack.com. Happy reading!
On the evening of Sofia Claremont's seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake. A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.
She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine. An
island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire
coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains. Sofia's
life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected
out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark
Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst
for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island
is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him
over if she is to survive even one more night.
Will she succeed? ...or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?
A copy was provided by Bella Forrest for review
ended up really liking this book in the end, but at first I wasn't too
sure about it. The story started off pretty quickly, the author wasted
no time getting right to the point. At first I didn't like it because I
like when the books I read have some sort of background or explaining of
the characters lives and whatnot, at least within the first chapter,
but once I got further into the book, there were things told throughout
the book that made me feel like I wasn't so lost like I was in the
The book as a whole felt like one huge whirlwind when I
was finished it. Everything happened so quickly but was also well-paced
at the same time, I really enjoyed it. Sofia was kind of a hard
character to relate to and figure out in the beginning. I started to
like her more as the story progressed though. Derek is the other main
character, whom I really liked right off the bat. He was gentle but
commanding, and willing to do just about anything to protect Sofia. Even
though I finished the book a couple days ago, I can't stop swooning
over Derek, he's just so hot in that fictional boyfriend way.
loved the way the story had developed from beginning to end. I don't
really feel like any of the characters grew or changed much, but there
also wasn't a whole lot of time that seemed to go by, so we may see some
character growing in the second book, which I would kind of like to
Lullaby (Watersong #2) by Amanda Hocking Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: November 27th/2012 Pages: 290 Goodreads Order Now:Book Depository|Amazon
What It's About!
Harper only wanted a
safe, normal life. But when her younger sister Gemma runs off with
a dangerous clique of beautiful girls, Penn, Thea, and Lexi, everything
changes. Vowing to get her sister back no matter what the cost, Harper
must face dangers unlike any she's ever experienced. Fortunately, she
has Daniel by her side, a gorgeous guy who's devoted to helping her find
her sister—and who's immune to the girls' dark powers.
Harper searches for her sister, Gemma struggles to adjust to her new
life. Gemma's powers are growing by the day, and the longer she lives
with her new "sisters," the harder it is to resist entering their
magical world. It's a realm both dark and beautiful, and where she's
plagued by strange hungers and unspeakable needs. Just as she's
drifting far away from her old life, Harper and Daniel find her...but
no one can deny how much she's changed. All she wants is to return to
her family and the mortal world, but how can she do that when she's
become something else entirely—and will they still love her once they
learn the truth?
was a pretty quick, mediocre read for me. I don't know if it's because
of the other books I've been reading that made this book just ok in
comparison, but it just didn't keep me interested for very long. Some
parts were better than others, but it was pretty slow up until the very
end when there's actually something going on. Otherwise I feel like
there could have been a lot more that happened, a lot of it felt like
everything was over-described just so there were words on the pages so
they weren't blank.
There was a lot more Daniel in this book,
which I really liked. He's the character that most grabbed and kept my
attention, the others were just...meh. Once again, the book is written
from both Gemma and Harper's points of view. While I was reading it, it
was a bit tricky sometimes to tell which one was actually telling the
story, since it's written in third person and sometimes they'd both be
in the same scene.
There were definitely parts I liked, like the
very end and a few parts in between. Overall it's a good book,
especially since it's about mermaids and boys and whatnot, I just hope
the next book is more action-packed and interesting.
Descendant (Starling #2) by Lesley Livingston Publisher: HarperTeen Release Date: August 27th/2013 Pages: 336 Goodreads Order Now:Book Depository|Amazon
What It's About!
The last thing Mason
Starling remembers is the train crossing a bridge. An explosion . . . a
blinding light . . . then darkness. Now she is alone, stranded in
Asgard—the realm of Norse legend—and the only way for her to get home is
to find the Spear of Odin, a powerful relic left behind by vanished
The Fennrys Wolf knows all about Asgard. He was once
trapped there. And he’ll do whatever it takes to find the girl who’s
stolen his heart and bring her back—even if it means a treacherous
descent into the Underworld. But time is running out, and Fenn knows
something Mason doesn’t: If she takes up the Spear, she’ll set in motion
a terrible prophecy. And she won’t just return to her world . . .
she’ll destroy it.
In this pulse-pounding sequel to Starling,
Lesley Livingston delivers another electrifying blend of nonstop action
and undeniable romance that will leave readers breathless.
Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2) by Katie McGarry Publisher: Harlequin Teen Release Date: May 28th/2013 Pages: 462 Goodreads Order Now:Book Depository|Amazon
What It's About!
If anyone knew the truth
about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and
seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all
costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose
between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds
herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school
that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who
shouldn't get her, but does....
Ryan Stone is the town golden
boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not
even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant
dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who
couldn't be less interested in him.
But what begins as a dare
becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly,
the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the
girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring
herself to want it all...
ARC received from Harlequin Teen via Netgalley for review
had read and loved Pushing The Limits when it had come out, so I was
pretty sure I was going to love Dare You To also, but I didn't expect to
love it this much! I loved it 10x more than Pushing The Limits. I don't
know why, I think it's because I liked the characters more, like
The story of Ryan and Beth had started out from a
dare and slowly it became more than a dare and eventually more than
friendship. I loved how well paced Dare To You was, a lot of authors
rush everything, but Katie McGarry really knows how to write so you feel
like you can relate to the story and its characters. Ryan and Beth were
so well developed as characters, that they felt like real people. I got
so wrapped up in the world of Ryan and Beth that I almost went through
withdrawals after I finished the book.
Everything the characters
had to go through, all the obstacles they had to go around, truths and
lies they had to discover, made the book really interesting and
realistic. I love that about Katie McGarry's books, she knows how to
bring words on paper to life like they're actually real. When the
characters came to terms with something that they had been fighting
against for the entire book, I felt like I did too. Dare You To was so
amazingly good! I can't even think of anything else to say without
giving anything/everything away for the people who haven't read it yet,
so it'll just have to be a shorter review than I planned on!
Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books Release Date: February 12th/2013 Pages: 469 Goodreads Order Now:Book Depository|Amazon
What It's About!
Dancing with someone is
an act of trust. Elegant and intimate; you're close enough to kiss,
close enough to feel your partner's heartbeat. But for Vanessa, dance is
deadly – and she must be very careful who she trusts . . .
Adler attends an elite ballet school – the same one her older sister,
Margaret, attended before she disappeared. Vanessa feels she can never
live up to her sister's shining reputation. But Vanessa, with her
glorious red hair and fair skin, has a kind of power when she dances –
she loses herself in the music, breathes different air, and the world
around her turns to flames . . .
Soon she attracts the attention
of three men: gorgeous Zep, mysterious Justin, and the great, enigmatic
choreographer Josef Zhalkovsky. When Josef asks Vanessa to dance the
lead in the Firebird, she has little idea of the danger that lies ahead –
and the burning forces about to be unleashed
book itself got 3.5 stars, but I gave it 5 because the cover is so
gorgeous. Especially when you see it in person, some of the rose petals
are shiny :)
The first quarter of the book started out really
good and totally sucked me into the world of ballerinas and dance and
the whole mystery of the missing sister that turned into being a whole
bunch of missing girls. I really thought this book had amazing
potential, but the author just didn't quite seem to reach the stars when
it came to the actual story. The whole idea of the well-known dance
academy having girls going missing was really good. Then slowly, the
story just sort of petered out like a flame that starts out really big
and bright and slowly goes out until there's almost nothing left.
the last few chapters things picked up again, but didn't really seem to
totally fit with the mystery the story had started out with. It did,
but it didn't at the same time, but maybe my expectations were too
At first, I really liked the main character, Vanessa,
though the deeper I got into the book, the more I disliked her. She was
kind of flat and boring and didn't really use her brain much. There
would be all these clues that practically painted a picture, and I
thought I, as the reader, realized what was happening because she did,
but then a few pages after she would finally put 2 and 2 together after
asking a million stupid questions. It just really started irritating me
by the time I was close to the end of the book. I think the only
character I really liked was Justin. He felt the most realistic. Then
there was Zep, the "bad guy", which was pretty much obvious right from
the very beginning he would turn out to be a creep, but of course,
Vanessa "had no idea" until the very end.
It's not a bad book, especially if you like ballet and not quite fully formed characters mixed with some mystery.
Between The Lives by Jessica Shirvington Publisher: HarperCollins Australia Release Date: May 1st 2013 Pages: 336 Goodreads Order Now:Book Depository|Amazon
What It's About! Above all else,
though I try not to think about it, I know which life I prefer. And
every night when I Cinderella myself from one life to the next a very
small, but definite, piece of me dies. The hardest part is that nothing
about my situation has ever changed. There is no loophole.
Until now, that is...
as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours
she Shifts to her ′other′ life - a life where she is exactly the same,
but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different
friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister,
in the other she does not. In one life she′s a straight-A student with
the perfect boyfriend, in the other she′s considered a reckless
delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day
when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly
fine in the other.
With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a
series of increasingly risky experiments which bring her dangerously
close to the life she′s always wanted... But just what - and who - is
she really risking?
What It's About! In The Boyfriend App by
Katie Sise, super-smart, somewhat geeky Audrey McCarthy can’t wait to
get out of high school. Her father’s death and the transformation of her
one-time BFF, Blake Dawkins, into her worst nightmare have her longing
for the new start college will bring.
But college takes money. So
Audrey decides she has to win the competition for the best app designed
by a high schooler—and the $200,000 that comes with it. She develops
something she calls the Boyfriend App, and suddenly she’s the talk of
the school and getting kissed by the hottest boys around. But can the
Boyfriend App bring Audrey true love?
Our Song by Jordanna Fraiberg Publisher: Razorbill Release Date: May 2nd/2013 Pages: 352 Goodreads Order Now:Book Depository|Amazon
What It's About! Olive Bell has spent
her entire life in the beautiful suburb of Vista Valley, with a
picture-perfect home, a loving family, and a seemingly perfect
boyfriend. But after a near-fatal car accident, she’s haunted by a
broken heart and a melody that she cannot place.
Then Olive meets
Nick. He’s dark, handsome, mysterious . . . and Olive feels connected
to him in a way she can’t explain. Is there such a thing as fate? The
two embark on a whirlwind romance—until Nick makes a troubling
Heartbroken, Olive pieces together what really
happened the night of her accident and arrives at a startling
revelation. Only by facing the truth can she uncover the mystery behind
the song and the power of what it means to love someone.
Broken Wings (Hidden Wings #2) by Cameo Renae Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing Release Date: June 1rst/2013 Pages: N/A Goodreads Order Now:Book Depository|Amazon
What It's About! Emma’s world is falling
apart, and Kade, the only one who seems to hold her together, is
missing. With death lingering right outside their door, decisions must
be made before it’s too late. The Midway has refused to send help, so they are left to seek out the only other who can stop Lucian. A
perilous quest sends Emma and a few Guardians into the Underworld,
where the unimaginable abide, to beseech the Prince of Darkness himself.
Lucifer. Now, they must endure the deadly levels of Hell, which not one …mortal or immortal… has ever survived. Prepare for love, loss, and the unexpected.
Things are getting
desperate for Maya and her friends. Hunted by the powerful St. Clouds
and now a rival Cabal as well, they're quickly running out of places to
hide. And with the whole world thinking they died in a helicopter crash,
it's not like they can just go to the authorities for help.
they have is the name and number of someone who might be able to give
them a few answers. Answers to why they're so valuable, and why their
supernatural powers are getting more and more out of control.
Maya is unprepared for the truths that await her. And now, like it or
not, she'll have to face down some demons from her past if she ever
hopes to move on with her life. Because Maya can't keep running forever.
Old secrets are revealed and unexpected characters make a surprising return in this stunning conclusion to Kelley Armstrong's New York Times bestselling Darkness Rising trilogy.
There are just no words to explain how much I LOVE the Darkness Rising trilogy!! Especially books 2 and 3!
this last installment, the characters go through many changes, face
many challenges, and come to a very heartwarming, but also not so
Kelley Armstrong tied up this series
very nicely. I actually liked this last book more than I liked the last
book of the Darkest Powers trilogy. The Rising was definitely a ride, it
was so action-packed and eventful that it kept me guessing and wanting
more at every turn. I tried not to read the whole book all at once, for I
just wasn't ready for this series to end! But now that I HAVE read it,
I'm really looking forward to what Kelley Armstrong comes out with next.
I love how in this book, there were so many characters, but it
never got too messy. Kelley always had some reason that this character
or that character wasn't there in that moment, or would have just a
couple characters move away from the group so that we weren't bogged
down with SO many characters at once. One of my most favorite moments in
the entire book was when the new characters were brought together with
old characters from the Darkest Powers trilogy. It really made things
super interesting and put such a good twist into the story. I just loved
Not to purposely give anything away, I liked the character
Maya tends to lean toward the most throughout the book. I really think
they are a better fit and have a lot more chemistry and history than the
other character (if you've read the book, you know which ones I'm
talking about!!). I enjoyed every minute of The Rising. It started out
fast and action packed, right where the last book left off but it slowly
started a slow decent into the end conclusion of the series, which I
really liked. I am SO hoping there will be a third trilogy that connects
the Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising trilogies together (I've heard
rumors!) because that would just be the greatest thing EVER!
Adorned (The Trinity of Souls #1) by Georgeann Swiger Publisher: Entranced Publishing Release Date: November 4th/2013 Pages: N/A Goodreads Order Now:Book Depository|Amazon
What It's About! When seventeen-year-old
Anya finds out she’s actually an angel being trained to protect
humanity, she discovers that becoming an angel has nothing to do with
wings and haloes. For Anya, becoming an angel has to do with death—her
death. Micah, the angelic soldier ordered to protect her until
she transitions from human to angel, promises her death will be a
glorious experience as long as she follows his rules. But getting Anya
through this life and to the next isn’t as simple as Micah expects. His
job becomes even more difficult after he unwittingly performs a miracle
that exposes Anya’s hidden angelic light. With her secret
out, Hell’s legions begin targeting her. Unfortunately, Hell’s minions
are the least of Micah’s worries. He’s more concerned about the
forbidden human emotions he’s developed toward Anya. Even more
troubling, is she seems to love him too. And giving in to those
feelings, could mean dire consequences for them both.