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Monday, June 17, 2013

Blog Tour: Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance - Review and Giveaway!


Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance
Publication Date: June 11th, 2013
Publisher: Egmont USA
Page Count: 304 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Blog Tour
Goodreads | Books Inc.
Fields’ Rule #1: Don’t fall for the enemy.

Berry Fields is not looking for a boyfriend. She’s busy trailing cheaters and liars in her job as a private investigator, collecting evidence of the affairs she’s sure all men commit. And thanks to a pepper spray incident during an eighth grade game of spin the bottle, the guys at her school are not exactly lining up to date her, either.

So when arrogant—and gorgeous—Tanner Halston rolls into town and calls her “nothing amazing,” it’s no loss for Berry. She’ll forget him in no time. She’s more concerned with the questions surfacing about her mother’s death.

But why does Tanner seem to pop up everywhere in her investigation, always getting in her way? Is he trying to stop her from discovering the truth, or protecting her from an unknown threat? And why can’t Berry remember to hate him when he looks into her eyes?

With a playful nod to Jane Austen, Spies and Prejudice will captivate readers as love and espionage collide.
Talia Vance's Spies and Prejudice is a fun play on the classic story of Elizabeth Bennet. While I didn't find it to be too similar in any which way to Pride and Prejudice, the story itself is fun and entertaining. As someone who doesn't read a lot of mystery, I enjoyed the suspenseful way that Vance presented Berry's search for answers. Berry is such a kick ass character that it was hard not to like her, but I did have some problems with her attitude on more than one occasion. She is just so confident on the fighting field that I became irritated when she's shut down or complain about Tanner. However, I do think that her behavior was fitting for everything that she had been through in her life. I know I'd be pretty insecure if I were her as well!

Tanner is definitely a great representation of the Mr. Darcy that we all know and love. Charming, beautiful, elusive, rich, and a total asshole. I have to admit I was not swooning over him in the way that I swooned over Darcy until later in the book, but Vance did a great job with copying the Darcy appeal in Spies and Prejudice. Berry's job is also ridiculously awesome - she's a spy. How many sixteen-year-old girls can claim that they spy on people for a living? I loved this idea and I liked the playful aspect that Vance brought to such a serious plot. I'd definitely recommend Spies and Prejudice to fans of mystery, suspense, and thriller novels. However, don't expect a great retelling of Pride and Prejudice.

Author Bio:
Talia Vance is a practicing litigation attorney living in Northern California with her real life love interest, two-point-five kids, and a needy Saint Bernard named Huckleberry. Talia has been writing since she could talk, making up stories for every doll, stuffed animal and action figure she could get her hands on. She grew up hoping to write the great American novel, but her life ran more along the lines of tortured romance and fast paced thrillers, so that's what she writes.

Giveaway Details: 
5 winners total 
US only 
3 winners will receive 1 Hardcover of Spies and Prejudice and a T-Shirt. 
2 winners will receive a T-Shirt 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Stacking the Shelves - The one with the Coldest Girl!

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews as a way to share all the books we've received this week!

I managed to bring home a whole stack of awesome from the Books Inc. HQ this week! I am ridiculously excited about so many of these titles!!!

Also, don't forget I've got an awesome giveaway going on right now for a mystery box of books!! Check out the link above for a chance to win!


The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Sweet Legacy by Tera Lynn Childs
Descendant by Lesley Livingston
Fire With Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
The Whatnot by Stephen Bachmann
After Iris by Natasha Farrant
Unwholly by Neal Schusterman (SIGNED OMGZ!)
Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes

Friday, June 14, 2013

NYMBC Event - Sarah Dessen!


The amazing Queen of Contemporary came to Books Inc. in Opera Plaza on Monday, June 10th and we had a ridiculously awesome time!!! 


Stacks and stacks of Sarah's books!
The Ravenous Reader posing with her favorite of Sarah's novels!
Ravenous Reader was the lucky blogger who got to interview Sarah!
 
All of Sarah's fans posed with their brand new copies of The Moon and More!
Standing room only!
Sarah talked a bit about her newest book and then immediately took questions!
Sarah answered questions from eager fans!
Sarah read from the first chapter of her new book, The Moon and More!
Sarah brought along little prizes and asked fun trivia questions!
The signing lines went on for days and days!
Fellow YA author, Corrine Jackson, gets her book signed!!
This hardcore fan had her nails painted with Sarah Dessen art!
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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Tarnish Blog Tour - Review: Tarnish by Katherine Longshore & Giveaway!


Tarnish by Katherine Longshore
Expected Publication Date: June 18th, 2013
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Page Count: 448 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Blog Tour
* If you are unfamiliar with the history of Anne Boleyn and the Tudor family, this review may contain spoilers *
Anne Boleyn is the odd girl out. Newly arrived to the court of King Henry VIII, everything about her seems wrong, from her clothes to her manners to her witty but sharp tongue. So when the dashing poet Thomas Wyatt offers to coach her on how to shine at court--and to convince the whole court they're lovers--she accepts. Before long, Anne's popularity has soared, and even the charismatic and irresistible king takes notice. More than popularity, Anne wants a voice--but she also wants love. What began as a game becomes high stakes as Anne finds herself forced to make an impossible choice between her heart's desire and the chance to make history.
The sordid life of Henry VIII and his six wives has long been one of my favorite pieces of world history. Anything that has to do with Anne Boleyn is something I'll devour in seconds and then immediately crave more. Katherine Longshore has become one of my favorite writers of historical fiction ever since her debut novel, Gilt. Tarnish is a spectacular story about Anne Boleyn before she set her sights on the crown. It's authentic, accurate, and thought-provoking and I wouldn't expect anything less from Katherine. Tarnish is the perfect novel to pick up for those who love historical fiction, a little romance, and of course, some scandal.

Most people know Anne Boleyn as Henry VIII's second wife and the cause of one of the greatest scandals in English history. While much is known about Anne's life in the French and English courts, very few people know about Anne's life before her attempts to climb the social ladder. I love Katherine's depiction of Anne in Tarnish. We really get to see the naive girl who was manipulated by the rules of men and transformed into the vixen that we all know and love. Even her budding romance with Thomas Wyatt is tastefully done, leaving just enough to the imagination. The way Thomas felt for Anne really broke my heart. I love the honesty that Katherine bleeds into her characters, really making me feel like I know them. The passion that Anne has for herself and bettering her life is contagious and beautifully heart-breaking.

One of my favorite things about Tarnish is that the novel focuses on Anne's early life, leading up to the moment she caught the eye of the King of England. Most of the novels I've read like to end with poor Anne's death, but I really like how Katherine evades all of that. As always, the writing is perfect and elegant, paralleling the courtly world of England in the 1500s. Katherine also does an amazing job of capturing the strength and wit that Anne Boleyn must've had. Any woman who could tear apart a country the way that she did had to have been skilled with words as we as well incredibly intelligent and Katherine really showcases that. I'm so incredibly amazed by how brilliant this book is. I know with any kind of historical fiction that boles are filled in with creative ideas and private conversations are manifested, but, as always, I'm really impressed with the accuracy that Katherine details the Tudor history with.

Even if you're not a big fan of historical fiction, Tarnish will have you hooked in a heartbeat. Beautifully written with perfect accuracy, Katherine Longshore will have you craving more for days after you finish the last page. As someone who salivates over Tudor fiction, Tarnish is one of my all-time favorites and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. If you're a newcomer to the intensely scandalous history of the Tudor court, or a long-time lover, Tarnish is a novel you'll want to pick up ASAP. Romantic, impassioned, and brilliantly written, Katherine Longshore is no stranger to epic story-telling.

Author Bio
Katherine Longshore grew up on the northern California coast. At university, she created her own major in Cross-Cultural Studies and Communications, planning to travel and write. Forever. Four years, six continents and countless pairs of shoes later, she went to England for two weeks, stayed five years and discovered history. She now lives in California with her husband, two children and a sun-worshiping dog.
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Giveaway: 
1 winner will receive A pair of Anne Boleyn inspired earrings and a signed Hardcover of Tarnish 
2 winners will receive signed copies of Tarnish 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday - The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

****"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.****


The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
Expected Publication Date: September 17th, 2013
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Page Count: 464 pages
Goodreads | Books Inc.
It all began with a ruined elixir and an accidental bolt of lightning…

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she's being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death.

Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he's also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to revenge the death of his family—even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal.

But Titus makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.
Why I Can't Wait:  High fantasy. Nuff said. Because, you know, there really isn't enough high fantasy in the YA world and I NEED more :)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Teaser Tuesday - Inferno by Dan Brown

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

Inferno by Dan Brown
Publication Date: May 14th, 2013
Publisher: Doubleday
Page Count: 464 pages
Goodreads | Books Inc.
In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.
My Teaser
"I am the shade. Through the dolent city, I flee. Through the eternal woe, I take flight. Along the banks of the river Arno, I scramble, breathless...turning left onto Via dei Castellani, making my way northward, huddling in the shadows of the Uffizi." - Page 5. 
I love Dan Brown like nothing else and I'm SO excited to finally be reading this one!!! I know it's not YA... but come on. Dan Brown!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Stacking the Shelves - I'm back!

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews as a way to share all the books we've received this week!

I've been getting a lot of new books in the past few months, but I figured I'd just show you what I recently received in the mail and what I snagged from work to keep it simple! Now that I'm back to blogging I can finally read so many things!!


For Review from HarperCollins
The Elite by Kiera Cass
Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike
Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith
Arclight by Josein L. McQuein
The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise
Reboot by Amy Tintera
September Girls by Bennett Madison
Transparent by Natalie Whipple

Purchased or Received from Work
Eye of Minds by James Dashner
Inferno by Dan Brown
Linked by Imogen Howson
Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
The Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell

I'd love to see what everyone else got this week!


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