Monday, March 30, 2015

Lies I Told Blog Tour! 10 Random Facts about Michelle Zink!!

Today I'm thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for Lies I Told by Michelle Zink!  Michelle was one of the first authors I read that really got me hooked on YA, and I've been a fan ever since! Read on to find out more about her latest book, learn 10 fun facts about her, and enter to win an awesome Lies I Told Prize Pack!

What if, after spending a lifetime deceiving everyone around you, you discovered the biggest lies were the ones you've told yourself?

Grace Fontaine has everything: beauty, money, confidence, and the perfect family.

But it’s all a lie.

Grace has been adopted into a family of thieves who con affluent people out of money, jewelry, art, and anything else of value. Grace has never had any difficulty pulling off a job, but when things start to go wrong on the Fontaines' biggest heist yet, Grace finds herself breaking more and more of the rules designed to keep her from getting caught...including the most important one of all: never fall for your mark.

Perfect for fans of Ally Carter, Cecily von Ziegesar, and Gail Carriger, this thrilling, high-stakes novel deftly explores the roles of identity and loyalty while offering a window into the world of the rich and fabulous.


Michelle Zink: 10 fabulous facts!

  1. I was born in Northern California and spent most of my adolescence in Southern California.
  2. I’ve lived in eight different states, and until the house I live in now, had never lived in one place longer than three years.
  3. I’m secretly addicted to a game/app called Covet.
  4. The fact that this is a fashion game and I spend 80% of my time working in pajamas is an irony not lost on me.
  5. Cats.
  6. I cry easily in movies (and even commercials) but will fight valiantly to make sure no one sees me doing it.
  7. I’m a bit of a foodie, but I rarely measure anything. This results in recipes with instructions like, “Then you just throw some balsamic in there…”
  8. I’m not a great everyday friend. I forget birthdays and generally just drop off the earth for long periods of time. But if you need me, I’m there.
  9. Prophecy of the Sisters, my first published book, was my fifth complete project (aka Keep Writing).
  10. I’m a huge movie junkie and see at least one movie every Friday with my teenagers. Whoever is with us gets to hear our post-movie analysis. Whether they want to or not. ;)

Michelle Zink is the award-winning author of six published novels and six novellas. Her first series, Prophecy of the Sisters, was one of Booklist’s Top Ten Debut Novels and a Booklist Top Ten YA novel. It was also on the Lonestar List, New York Public Library’s Stuff for the Teen Age, and Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best. Her character, Alice, is the recipient of the Best Villain Award from the Teen Read Awards, an award won in competition with Lord Voldemort. Michelle’s work has been translated into more than twenty languages and published in over twenty countries. She lives in New York in an old converted barn with too many teenagers and too many cats.


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Michelle has put together a fantastic prize pack for each tour stop, including a signed finished copy of  the book, a peacock pocket mirror, and a bookmark!! UM...can I enter my own contest??? hehe...
•Open to US/CAN mailing addresses
•Ends 4/13/15

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

New Shelf Goodies & The Weekly Nutshell {121}

For New Shelf Goodies, I'll be showing you what lovely books I acquired this week, whether from publishers, or the library, or from whatever half-crazed book-buying binge I happened to go on. :D (Inspired by Tynga's Stacking the Shelves) The Weekly Nutshell will be just week here at Stories & Sweeties, in a nutshell. (inspired by Ginger @ GReads and her recaps at the end of the TGIF posts)

Here's what's new on my shelf this week:
For Review: 
Super excited to Jackson Pearce take on MG! :)
Ack, I didn't realize this was a sequel when I accepted this one for review..will have to track down book one. 
This looks so fun and right up my alley! Many thanks to the author for offering a gorgeous signed hardcopy! 

Many thanks to Bloomsbury, St. Martins, and Gregory Funaro for these! 

Well, I'm going to skip the usual weekly rundown, because I only posted once for Waiting on Wednesday. I've gone and caught a horrible cold or allergies or something completely hiddeous.  UGH my whole head is in pain, but especially my eyes so I haven't been reading much at all either. Just sleeping and watch copious amounts of Dr Who, Fixer Upper, and Graham Norton when I can stand to have my eyes open.  Lots of tea (my lovely daughter brings home a yummy blend from work at Teavana that actually helps congestion) and lots of rest and I'm sure to be all fixed up soon.  

I hope you all had a more enjoyable week! :D

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It lets us all gush about what soon-to-be released books we are jumping-up-and-down excited for.
by Rebecca Hahn

hitting shelves September 1st, 2015 
from Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Heed this warning, mortal: stay far away from the three sister Fates. For if they come to love you, they might bring about the end of the world…

Chloe is the youngest. Hers are the fingers that choose the wool, that shape the thread, that begin it. The sun smiles upon her. Men love her without knowing who she is. She has lived forever and will live forever more. She and her sisters have been on their isolated Greek island for centuries, longer than any mortal can remember. They spin, measure, and slice the countless golden threads of human life. They are the three Fates, and they have stayed separate for good reason: it is dangerous for them to become involved with the humans whose lives they shape.

So when a beautiful girl named Aglaia shows up on their doorstep, Chloe tries to make sure her sisters don’t become attached. But in seeking to protect them, Chloe discovers the dark power of Aglaia’s destiny. As her path unwinds, the three Fates find themselves pulled inextricably along—toward mortal pain, and mortal love, and a fate that could unravel the world.

My thoughts:
I loved Rebecca Hahn's debut, A Creature of Moonlight, absolutely gorgeous writing style with such a classic fairy tale feel. Now I can't wait to see her take on mythology. Plus, beautiful cover! The author tweeted about the finished cover--it has a metallic swirl effect that looks almost holographic! Check it out here!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

New Shelf Goodies & The Weekly Nutshell {120}

For New Shelf Goodies, I'll be showing you what lovely books I acquired this week, whether from publishers, or the library, or from whatever half-crazed book-buying binge I happened to go on. :D (Inspired by Tynga's Stacking the Shelves) The Weekly Nutshell will be just week here at Stories & Sweeties, in a nutshell. (inspired by Ginger @ GReads and her recaps at the end of the TGIF posts)

Here's the fun stuff that landed on my doorstep this week! :)
 A lovely package from Bloomsbury!
Women Who Broke the Rules:  Sacajawea & Judy Blume by Kathleen Krull
How fantastic are these!  
This cover gives me chills and  the story sounds intense!   
This looks like it's going to be a tearjerker. Hopefully a good one, though!  

This week I read Burning Kingdoms and, while I planned to read Miss Mayhem next, I found myself drawn to picking up Beastkeeper, so that's what I'm reading now. :) Then there are two books I have to read on a deadline, so most likely those are up next. I'm excited for both though, so that's good! But *sigh* someday soon I'll get to Miss Mayhem!  Beastkeeper has a very good fairy tale vibe though, and I'm enjoying it so far. 
Not much else going on this week, except that my car has died on me. UGH :(  A month before I was planning to get a new one. Double-UGH.  It's going to be an interesting next few weeks.
Have a great week, everyone! 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma {review}

The Walls Around Us 
by Nova Ren Suma
♦publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
♦release date: March 24th, 2015
♦hardcover 336 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
♦source: from publisher for honest review
“Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me.”

The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.

We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture—which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.

Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other.

Review: This book. Wow. I’ve read other books by Nova Ren Suma before and she has such a gorgeous, haunting, and sometimes gritty writing style. The Walls Around Us is definitely no exception to that.  I haven’t read anything like it before and I thought it was stunning.

In this story, two girls tell their tales of guilt, regret, truth, and vengeance.  Violet is a serious ballet dancer, clawing her way to the top.  She’s about to leave for Julliard, doing one last show with her current school, when she receives a gruesome gift that makes it clear that the past is not forgotten. Three years ago, her best friend, Orianna, was charged with murder and sent to a detention facility, and only Violet knows what truly happened.  The other girl, Amber, is an inmate at the facility who crosses paths with Orianna---but she’s been dead for three years.

Amber and Violet are both bold, unforgettable voices full of emotion, hurt, guilt, and near madness at times. It’s incredibly fascinating getting inside each one’s thoughts and emotions, seeing how they think after the the things they have both done and been through.
The two (three actually, if you count Orianna, though she is only spoken of by the other two) characters are developed in a way that makes you care for them and not trust them and so curious about what will happen to them all at once.  The story in unrelenting in its intensity, told in line after line of beautifully crafted prose that sear themselves into your mind. There are scenes in this story that I don’t think I will ever forget. And it’s all in the way they are written---the truth seeps out in almost abstract ways that sneak up on you, then suddenly it’s crystal clear and knocking you sideways. 

It's an absolutely mezmerizing story from start to finish. The Walls Around Us is a daunting and gritty tale, but one that you do not want to miss. 
Find Nova Ren Suma online: Website  •  Twitter 

Purchase the book:  Indiebound  •  BookDepository  •  Amazon

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It lets us all gush about what soon-to-be released books we are jumping-up-and-down excited for.
by  Linda Buckley-Archer

 hitting shelves October 20th, 2015
from Simon & Schuster

An English teen questions all she knows about aging when she encounters a set of journals that date from the present back to the reign of King Louis XIV in this blend of contemporary and historical fiction from the author of the acclaimed Gideon trilogy.

Stella Park (Spark for short) has found summer work cataloging historical archives in John Stone’s remote and beautiful house in Suffolk, England. She wasn’t quite sure what to expect, and her uncertainty about living at Stowney House only increases upon arriving: what kind of people live in the twenty-first century without using electricity, telephones, or even a washing machine? Additionally, the notebooks she’s organizing span centuries—they begin in the court of Louis XIV in Versailles—but are written in the same hand. Something strange is going on for sure, and Spark’s questions are piling up. Who exactly is John Stone? What connection does he have to these notebooks? And more importantly, why did he hire her in the first place?

My thoughts:
Yesssss. Not sure how I missed this one, but I am so excited now!! Linda Buckley-Archer wrote the Gideon Trilogy which hubs and I both loved, and hasn't written anything since the last book came out in 2009. Now I find out she's coming out with a YA historical!! Eeeee! :D 

Monday, March 16, 2015


HURRAY! Two of my most anticipated covers of 2015 were revealed this past week! Fall cannot come fast enough for me, mostly because of these two books!!
They've done a fantastic job with all the covers of this series.  I can't wait to read more about Winter (who of course we met just briefly in Cress!)

 Absolutely love that they kept with the same style as Jackaby's cover, though I admit it's not quite as striking as the teal and red was. I still love it, though! :D

What do you think of these?  
And what are some of your most anticipated cover reveals for this year??