October 31, 2013

Book Blitz: When Stars Die

When Stars Die
by Amber Forbes
Release Date: 10/22/13

Summary from Goodreads:

"Amelia Gareth's brother is a witch and the only way to save her family from the taint in his blood is to become a professed nun at Cathedral Reims. However, in order to become professed, she must endure trials that all nuns must face.

Surviving these trials is not easy, especially for Amelia, who is being stalked by shadowy beings only she can see. They're searching for people they can physically touch, because only those they can touch can see them. Amelia soon learns why she is being stalked when she accidentally harms her best friend with fire during the third trial. Fire is a witch's signature. The shadows are after witches.

Now Amelia must decide what to do: should she continue on her path to profession knowing there is no redemption, or should she give up on her dream and turn away from Cathedral Reims in order to stop the shadows who plan to destroy everything she loves?"

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About the Author:

Amber Skye Forbes is a dancing writer who prefers pointe shoes over street shoes, leotards over skirts, and ballet buns over hairstyles. She loves striped tights and bows and will edit your face with a Sharpie if she doesn't like your attitude. She lives in Augusta, Georgia where she writes dark fiction that will one day put her in a psychiatric ward...again. But she doesn't care because her cat is a super hero who will break her out.

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October 30, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday

Champion: A Legend NovelTitle: Champion.
Author: Marie Lu.

"He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?  

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion."

Release Date: 11/5/13.

October 28, 2013

It's Monday What Am I Reading?

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Putting Makeup on Dead PeopleTitle: Putting Makeup On Dead People.
Author: Jen Violi.

"In the spring of her senior year, Donna Parisi finds new life in an unexpected place: a coffin. 

Since her father's death four years ago, Donna has gone through the motions of living: her friendships are empty, she's clueless about what to do after high school graduation, and her grief keeps her isolated, cut off even from the one parent she has left. That is until she's standing in front of the dead body of a classmate at Brighton Brothers' Funeral Home. At that moment, Donna realizes what might just give her life purpose is comforting others in death. That maybe who she really wants to be is a mortician. 

This discovery sets in motion a life Donna never imagined was possible. She befriends a charismatic new student, Liz, notices a boy, Charlie, and realizes that maybe he's been noticing her, too, and finds herself trying things she hadn't dreamed of trying before. By taking risks, Donna comes into her own, diving into her mortuary studies with a passion and skill she didn't know she had in her. And she finally understands that moving forward doesn't mean forgetting someone you love.

Jen Violi's heartfelt and funny debut novel is a story of transformation-how one girl learns to grieve and say goodbye, turn loss into a gift, and let herself be exceptional...at loving, applying lipstick to corpses, and finding life in the wake of death."

My Thoughts: 

I'm actually in between books tonight, so I haven't started this one just yet. But I will either tonight, before I go to bed, or tomorrow when I wake up! Putting Makeup On Dead People has been sitting on my shelf for a good two years, I know that's really sad. The cover looks amazing, the synopsis sounds interesting, and it didn't deserve to sit for that long. I can't wait to get started!

October 27, 2013

What's Coming This Week?

Welcome to Turning Pages!

"What's Coming This Week?" is a meme hosted here at Turning Pages, showcasing all of the new YA books coming out within the next seven days. Interested in any of the books mentioned below? Click on the books title, it'll take you to that book's Goodreads page, where you'll be able to read more about it!


The Iron Traitor (Iron Fey Series #6) by Julie Kagawa: Book CoverThe Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin: Book CoverOutpost (Enclave Series #2) by Ann Aguirre: Book CoverRage Within by Jeyn Roberts: Book Cover


The Shadowhunter's Codex by Cassandra Clare: Book CoverIn the Age of Love and Chocolate by Gabrielle Zevin: Book Cover

Book Haul!

Welcome to Turning Pages!!

I know this is a very, very sad book haul, but I haven't bought books in a while...So I decided to finally just show you this new one (:

GoddessGoddess by Josephine Angelini.

"Helen Hamilton, a Scion—the offspring of a Greek god and a mortal—is fighting her destiny. She refuses to accept that her life will echo that of the tragic Helen of Troy.

In Goddess, Helen must find a way to return the furious Greek gods to captivity on Olympus without starting a war and bringing death to more Scions and mortals. The Oracle warns that Helen will be faced with a traitor. It appears that Orion could be the one to betray her, although he captured her heart guiding her though the Underworld. She must decide if it is Orion she truly loves, or Lucas, whose life hangs in the balance."

October 26, 2013

Book Review: Wither

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)Title: Wither.
Author: Lauren DeStefano.
Series: Yes, #1.
Pages: 358.
Source: Purchased.
Publisher: Simon and Schuster.
Published Date: 3/22/11.
Barnes and Noble.


"By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. 

When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out?

Together with one of Linden's servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?"


Wither (and the rest of the series) has such a beautiful cover, with intricate details and interesting qualities. It also represents the story so well; which is what I look for in a cover. The obvious one is the girl, I would assume her to be Rhine. Then the wedding ring on her finger and the caged bird. Perfect!

My Thoughts:

I can't believe this book was published almost three years ago, it feels like just yesterday! After the first few months of its release I couldn't hear enough good things about it, but as time went on reviews started taking a shift, and evaluating what the story was truly missing.

I went into reading this book excited but also a bit hesitant, due to all the reviews I had read over the years. Many people really enjoyed the book, and it kind of sucks when I don't get the same enjoyment out of it as others did...bleh.

Wither takes place in a futuristic world where nothing is the same as it is today. After World War 3, a cure was found to any and every disease and sickness humanly possible, so people who received this treatment were able to live for much longer than we are today. But after that generation was given this treatment, their children (the next generation) was dying off quickly. Women at the age of 20 and men at the age of 25. Afraid that the human race was soon dying out, rich men were hiring others (basically kidnappers) to steal and select girls for him to marry, and have children with.

Rhine is living alone with her twin brother in poverty; hiding and keeping watch at night. Rhine knew that girls were being kidnapped and stolen, so she was always afraid and hesitant. Until she was kidnapped, and piled along with many other girls in a van. After witnessing many of those girls being dragged away to kill, Rhine (16) and two others (Jenna (18) and Cecily (13)) were chosen to wed a man named Linden.

Wither follows the story of Rhine and her stay at Linden's, as well as her attempt to escape and get back to her brother.

Wither had many interesting characters, whom of which many I really liked. Rhine wasn't the bad ass leading female character I was hoping for in this story, but I felt she still played a really good role. She was more quiet, and steady. I felt that she was watching and making more important moves to get out in the future, then to get out right then and there. I felt that if she tried to escape much earlier she wouldn't have become Linden's favorite nor would she have gained all the freedom that she did.

While the other two girls were completely different than Rhine. Jenna, the older one, was much more mysterious and I liked her for the character she played. She came from a rough background, and I felt that even though she was sad for being there, that she was happy that she at the very least had a roof over her head. Cecily on the other hand, was very excited to be there. She was blinded by the house, and all the nice things inside; as well as Linden's attention. I felt that she was almost too young to truly understand all the cruel things going on here.

I enjoyed the three girls and I can say all of the smaller characters. But on the other hand I thought Linden was a bit strange, for the role he played. I know that he didn't know that these three girls were kidnapped from their home and their loved ones, but holy cow! He can't be that dumb can he? Did he really think that these three girls just showed up on his front step happy to marry him? Can he really be that naive? When only one (Cecily) is somewhat interested in talking to him? I also felt that it was strange that in the one year that Rhine was with him, he never forced her to bare a child of his, especially because of the circumstances.

Overall I enjoyed the story and I'm excited to continue the series, but I do have to say, that I felt there was something missing. There are so many heavy topics occurring in this book (polygamy, kidnapping, child marriage, rape etc) but DeStefano never really discusses them, she only brings them up. I felt that the story could have been much more interesting and have more substance if she would have. But she seemed to just skim over these topics and continue with the story.

Clearing Out My Shelves: Random Book Giveaway!

Welcome to Turning Pages!

It's been a while since I've cleaned out my book shelf, and its been even longer since I've had a giveaway! I figured it was about time I did both, so I cleaned my shelf and picked out a few books I wouldn't mind giving away to another book addict like myself. There's no real rhyme or reason for this giveaway, except that I have a few books I'm trying to get rid of!

So all you have to do is pick which pack you want to enter to win, or both, and just fill out the Rafflecopter below each picture! There are also a few rules that every giveaway requires, so please make sure that you meet each one of them.

Giveaway Rules:

-You must live in the US (sorry Internationals, shipping is just too expense, and I'm starting to save up for Christmas!)
 -You must fill out the Rafflecopter below.
-If you're really paying attention to this rules, comment down below with your favorite color, you get bonus entries.
-This giveaway will end on November 25!
-Feel free to follow Turning Pages via GFC!

Prize Pack #1:

Project Cain, by Geoffrey Girard. (Signed! ARC)
Shadows by Paula Weston. (Hardback)
Zombie Blondes, by Brian James (Hardback)

Prize Pack #2:

The Clock of Life by Nancy Klann-Moren. (Paperback)
Hooked by Liz Fichera. (Paperback)
Clarity by Kim Harrington (Hardback)
Mercy by Rebecca Lim. (Hardback)

October 24, 2013

WWW Wednesday

Welcome to Turning Pages!

What am I currently reading?

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)

With the end of the month coming up and another Burn Bright Book Club review, I'm reading this month's book, The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I've heard nothing but fantastic things about this book, and so far it's everything I expected and much more! Can't wait to see how things work out!

What did I just finish reading?

All the Truth That's In Me

The most recent book I've read was All the Truth That's In Me, by Julie Berry! This book wasn't what I was expecting (in a good way) the book was laid out and the way the story turned out.

What do I hope to read next?

Putting Makeup on Dead People

I'm not sure if I'll be able to get in another book from this month's TBR but if I do I'll probably read Putting Makeup on Dead People by Jen Violi! This book has been on my shelf for a really long time, and the cover looks so fun!

Waiting On Wednesday

Outpost (Razorland, #2)Title: Outpost.
Author: Ann Aguirre.

"Deuce’s whole world has changed.

Down below, she was considered an adult. Now, topside in a town called Salvation, she’s a brat in need of training in the eyes of the townsfolk. She doesn't fit in with the other girls: Deuce only knows how to fight.

To make matters worse, her Hunter partner, Fade, keeps Deuce at a distance. Her feelings for Fade haven’t changed, but he seems not to want her around anymore. Confused and lonely, she starts looking for a way out.

Deuce signs up to serve in the summer patrols—those who make sure the planters can work the fields without danger. It should be routine, but things have been changing on the surface, just as they did below ground. The Freaks have grown smarter. They’re watching. Waiting. Planning. The monsters don’t intend to let Salvation survive, and it may take a girl like Deuce to turn back the tide."

Release Date: 10/29/13.

Blog Tour: Project Cain

About The Book:

"Fifteen-year-old Jeff Jacobson had never heard of Jeffrey Dahmer, the infamous serial killer who brutally murdered seventeen people more than twenty years ago. But Jeff’s life changes forever when the man he’d thought was his father hands him a government file telling him he was constructed in a laboratory only seven years ago, part of a top-secret government cloning experiment called ‘Project CAIN’.
There, he was created entirely from Jeffrey Dahmer’s DNA. There are others like Jeff—those genetically engineered directly from the most notorious murderers of all time: The Son of Sam, The Boston Strangler, Ted Bundy . . . even other Jeffrey Dahmer clones. Some raised, like Jeff, in caring family environments; others within homes that mimicked the horrific early lives of the men they were created from.
When the most dangerous boys are set free by the geneticist who created them, the summer of killing begins. Worse, these same teens now hold a secret weapon even more dangerous than the terrible evil they carry within. Only Jeff can help track the clones down before it’s too late. But will he catch the ‘monsters’ before becoming one himself?"

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About The Author:

Geoffrey Girard is an award-winning fiction author whose works have appeared in several best-selling anthologies and magazines, including Writers of the Future (a 2003 winner), Murky Depths, Apex Horror & Science Fiction Digest, and the Stoker-nominated Dark Faith anthology. His first book, Tales of the Jersey Devil, thirteen original tales based on American folklore, was published in 2005, followed by Tales of the Atlantic Pirates (2006) and Tales of the Eastern Indians (2007). Simon and Schuster will publish two Girard novels in 2013: CAIN’S BLOOD, a techno thriller, and PROJECT CAIN, a spinoff novel for teen/YA readers.
Born in Germany, shaped in New Jersey and currently living in Ohio. Geoffrey graduated from Washington College with a literature degree and worked as an advertising copywriter and marketing manager, later shifting to high school English teacher. He is currently the English Dept. Chair at a private boys school in Ohio and is an MA candidate in Creative Writing at Miami University.
He has presented seminars and workshops on creative writing at colleges, elementary schools, bookstores and writers’ organizations and can also be spotted speaking at various conventions/events.

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October 21, 2013

It's Monday What Am I Reading?

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)Title: The 5th Wave.
Author: Rick Yancey.

"After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up."

My Thoughts So Far:

I've heard nothing but fantastic things about this story, and Yancey's writing! Its about time I get to this one, and I'm excited to see what its all about! I love the cover, I loved the synopsis, and I have to admit, I've been reading reviews with spoilers and I love what I'm hearing!

October 19, 2013

What's Coming This Week?

Welcome to Turning Pages!

"What's Coming This Week?" is a meme hosted here at Turning Pages, showcasing all of the new YA books coming out within the next seven days. Interested in any of the books mentioned below? Click on the books title, it'll take you to that book's Goodreads page, where you'll be able to read more about it!


Beautiful Redemption (Beautiful Creatures Series #4) by Kami Garcia: Book CoverAshen Winter by Mike Mullin: Book CoverPerfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano: Book Cover


Allegiant (Divergent Series #3) (B&N Exclusive Edition) by Veronica Roth: Book CoverTeardrop (Teardrop Trilogy Series #1) (B&N Exclusive Edition) by Lauren Kate: Book CoverReality Boy by A. S. King: Book CoverRags & Bones by Melissa Marr: Book Cover

Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark: Book Cover