Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse
by Marie Rutkoski

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @marierutkoski

Published: March 2014
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genre: Dystopia, Romance, YA
Hardback: 368 pages
Rating: 5

The Winner's Trilogy:
Bridge of Snow
The Winner's Curse
The Winner's Crime - tba

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.


My two-bits:

LOVED it and can't wait until book 2 is released!

It was like watching a game of chess. What I found fascinating about this book was the strategic moves made by the main characters. Kestrel was cunning in her dealings within her constraints and type of world she lives in.

The second main character and love interest, Arin, was just as interesting with his honesty and flexibility with his feelings and efforts towards a better future.


* highly recommend listening to the audio version

* added this to my Bookish Bingo challenge

* part of my Dystopia Reading Challenge

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Teaser Tuesday - 8.26.14

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along!

Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here's mine...

The Future for Curious People
The Future for Curious People by Gregory Sherl
-love, magical realism
Amazon | Goodreads

Here's what I know about possible futures: They're limitless, and all potential. They aren't messy like the past and the present.
-chapter 1, kindle location 33


about the book:

Meet Evelyn and Godfrey. Evelyn is breaking up with her boyfriend, who's passing out advertisements for his band on a snowy street corner in Baltimore. She's seen their dismal future together at Dr. Chin's office: she and her boyfriend, both many years older, singing Happy Birthday to a Chihuahua and arguing about cheese. She hopes for more. Meanwhile, Godfrey is proposing to his girlfriend, Madge, who's not quite willing to take that leap; she wants to see their future together first--just to be sure they re meant for each other. The Future for Curious People follows Evelyn and Godfrey's soon-to-be-entwined lives, set in motion by the fabulist premise of a world with envisionists like Dr. Chin. As the characters struggle with their pasts and possible futures, they wrestle with sorrow, love, death, and fate. This novel will capture you with its brightness, its hopefulness, its anxious twists and turns; it is a love story that is ultimately a statement about happiness and how to accept our fleeting existence.


* does this peak your interest? then stay tuned as i will give my review copy away later this month

* feel free to let me know what you are currently reading in comments

Monday, August 25, 2014

Winner for August pt1

Here are the winners for giveaways that
ended August 24, 2014

Thanks to all contestants!


The Vacationers: A Novel by Emma Straub -signup
Winner: rhonda

Deadly Errors by Allen Wyler -signup
Winner: traci16


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The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone
by Adele Griffin

Find out more about this book and author:
Author Website
Book Website
Twitter @adelegriffin

Just released: August 12, 2014
Publisher: Soho Teen
Genre: Mystery, YA
Hardback: 256 pages
Rating: 5

Two-time National Book Award finalist Adele Griffin offers an ingenious fictional take on the "oral history" celebrity bio that defined a bestselling genre: Edie, American Girl by Jean Stein and George Plimpton. In presenting herself as interviewer and curator of memories, Adele paints the portrait of a tragic young celebrity who allegedly committed suicide—presented in a series of brief first-person recollections—that ultimately results in the solving of a murder.

Adele's words: "From the moment she burst into the downtown art scene, seventeen-year-old Addison Stone was someone to watch. Her trademark subversive street art and her violent drowning left her fans and critics craving to know more about this brilliant wild-child who shone so bright and was gone too soon. By means of more than one hundred interviews with those who knew her best—including close friends, family, teachers, mentors, art dealers, boyfriends, and critics—I have retraced the tumultuous path of Addison's life, with research that sheds new evidence on what really happened the night of July 28, 2013. With photo inserts and previously unpublished supplemental material."


THE UNFINISHED LIFE OF ADDISON STONE by Adele Griffin Book Trailer from Victoria Bata on Vimeo.

My two-bits:

The most intriguing thing about this book is the presentation of this story via photos, interviews, illustrations and artwork from main character, etc.

After getting to know the main character, Addison, through the different media, she came across as one of those unlikable but interesting characters to follow because of the drama that surrounded her.

The mystery itself was not too surprising as outcomes as such is not too uncommon among the life of creative sorts who die young like Addison.

Made me think of artists who produce brilliant art and their state of mind and character.

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* review copy courtesy of book tour sponsored by SOHO Teen.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

In Bloom by Katie Delahanty


In Bloom
by Katie Delahanty

Visit Katie:
Twitter @KTDelahanty

Published: February 2014
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Paperback: 281 pages
Rating: 4

The Brightside series:
In Bloom
book 2 - tba

My name is Olivia Bloom and I. Am. Free.

I left for LA with everything I owned piled into my old Volkswagen and dreams of becoming a costume designer. Little did I know I’d wind up designing for a lingerie company—yeah, not sure how I landed this gig—and taken under the wing of two young Hollywood insiders. The fashion shows and parties were great, but life really got exciting when the seriously hottest lead singer of my favorite band started to fall for me. 

How does someone like me, an ordinary girl from Pittsburgh, wind up in the arms of the world’s sexiest rock star—surrounded by celebrities, fashion, and music—and not be eaten alive? Berkeley is everything I've ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, but the paparazzi, the tabloids, the rumors, it's all getting a bit too crazy. My life has become every girl’s dream come true, if only I don’t blink and lose it all… 

Zombie sighting:

I glaze my eyes over and allow my jaw to hang open in a state of tool zombie awe.
-chapter 24, location 2736, kindle

My two-bits:

Cute tweets preface each chapter to provide a chuckle.

This nice and sweet romance takes you behind the scenes into the worlds of fashion (lingerie) and celebrities (rock band).

The couple presented is adorable and their romance story includes plenty of "awwww" moments.

Although this is the first in a series, I felt the story was good enough as a standalone.


* review copy courtesy of Summer Reading Challenge 2014. It's not too late, join the reading challenge here. @booksparks #SRC2014!