Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Belated Book Birthday: The Shadow Throne

Oops! I missed a good one.  
One of the books I have been highly anticipating was released yesterday. 
Wahoo! A day late, but its the thought that counts .... right?!

Happy Book Birthday!!

The Shadow Throne (Ascendance Trilogy Series #3) 
by Jennifer A. Nielsen

One war.
Too many deadly battles.
Can a king save his kingdom, when his own survival seems unlikely?

War has come to Carthya. It knocks at every door and window in the land. And when Jaron learns that King Vargan of Avenia has kidnapped Imogen in a plot to bring Carthya to its knees, Jaron knows it is up to him to embark on a daring rescue mission. But everything that can go wrong does.

His friends are flung far and wide across Carthya and its neighbouring lands. In a last-ditch effort to stave off what looks to be a devastating loss for the kingdom, Jaron undertakes what may be his last journey to save everything and everyone he loves. But even with his lightning-quick wit, Jaron cannot forestall the terrible danger that descends on him and his country. Along the way, will he lose what matters most? And in the end, who will sit on Carthya's throne?

Rousing and affecting, Jaron's adventures have thrilled and moved readers in The False Prince and The Runaway King. Journey once again with the Ascendant King of Carthya, as New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen brings his story to a stunning conclusion with The Shadow Throne.

Jennifer A. Nielsen's Blog


Waiting on Wednesday (59): Death Sworn

Time for "Waiting On Wednesday" weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine! Waiting on Wednesday spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating! 
  Coming Soon...
Death Sworn by Leah Cypess
To Be Published: March 4th 2014 by Greenwillow
When Ileni lost her magic, she lost everything: her place in society, her purpose in life, and the man she had expected to spend her life with. So when the Elders sent her to be magic tutor to a secret sect of assassins, she went willingly, even though the last two tutors had died under mysterious circumstances.

But beneath the assassins’ caves, Ileni will discover a new place and a new purpose… and a new and dangerous love. She will struggle to keep her lost magic a secret while teaching it to her deadly students, and to find out what happened to the two tutors who preceded her. But what she discovers will change not only her future, but the future of her people, the assassins… and possibly the entire world.
My Ramblings on Death Sworn: I have not ever read anything by Leah Cypess, but I know that her Mistwood series is popular.  This new Death Sworn series sounds pretty interesting and I like the cover art!  Magic, assassins, lost love... sounds like a fun read to me! I am game.  Only a few more days and this one will be hitting the shelves!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer

: Picture Book
Publication Date:
August 28th 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers 
 Publisher:  Atheneum Books
Age Range: Children +
Pages: 40
Book Source: Baby shower gift!
Synopsis (via Goodreads): In this picture book starring the world’s most imaginative pig, Olivia embarks upon a quest for identity with very lofty goals—and being a princess is NOT one of them! Olivia is having an identity crisis! There are too many ruffly, sparkly princesses around these days, and Olivia has had quite enough. She needs to stand out! She has to be special! She wants to do more than just fit in! So what will she be?

Join Olivia on a hilarious quest for individuality, and rest assured, you won’t find THIS pig pleased to be in pink!

Scoot’s Review:

Having just recently started reading picture books again (yay for a newborn expanding my horizons) I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  Olivia is a spunky girl (pig), with a personality that stands out.  Olivia wants to be unique and the story follows her mental journey through a day of deciding what she wanted to "be".  As an adult reading a lot of infant board-books it was refreshing to read a story to my three month old that didn't rhyme and had 'big' words.  Any children's book with the word corporate malfeasance is generally going to make me smile.  As for my little listener she seems to enjoy the mostly black and white art work with splashes of red and pink.  This is a book I don't mind reading to her again and I enjoyed the moral of the story; be yourself, be unique and dream big! If you haven't already tried an Olivia book for your young reader be sure to check them out.  Olivia and the Fairy Princesses is a great way to start.  



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (58): Dreams of Gods & Monsters

Time for "Waiting On Wednesday" weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine! Waiting on Wednesday spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating! 
  Coming Soon...
Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor
To Be Published: April 8th 2014 by Little, Brown & Company          
By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz ... something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?
My Ramblings on Dreams of Gods & Monsters: There is not really too much you can say about this book without spoiling the other two... but I AM SO EXCITED that reading it is just around the corner! I loved the first two books and can't wait to find out the conclusion.  I am actually going to be a little sad that it is over because the characters/world building is SO GOOD. Love it.  The cover is a bit 'meh', but I am sure the story inside will be amazing.  Can't wait!!


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