Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop!!

Hi all! Well, I don't participate in many of these, but this one I love to do because it gives me a chance to find new homes for a few books that have just been sitting on my shelves, and get the word out to a ton of readers! :D  This giveaway hop is hosted by I am a reader, not a writer and Bookhounds!

So here we go!! I'm giving away two separate stacks of books!!
One is contemp/thriller, the other is paranormal/fantasy.
Here are the stacks:

 Just a quick note:  You can ENTER both contests, but you can't WIN both contests. I want to spread the love around alittle. ;)
Now enter away! :D

•US mailing addresses only please
•Must be 13 or older, or have parent permission
• Contests ends 8/27/14, 11:59 pm

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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.

The Bargaining
by Carly Anne West

hitting shelves February 17th, 2015 
from Simon Pulse

The fact that neither of her parents wants to deal with her is nothing new to Penny. She’s used to being discussed like a problem, a problem her mother has finally passed on to her father. What she hasn’t gotten used to is her stepmother…especially when she finds out that she’ll have to spend the summer with April in the remote woods of Washington to restore a broken-down old house.

Set deep in a dense forest, the old Carver House is filled with abandoned antique furniture, rich architectural details, and its own chilling past. The only respite Penny can find away from April’s renovations is in Miller, the young guy who runs the local general store. He’s her only chance at a normal, and enjoyable, summer.

But Miller has his own connection to the Carver House, and it’s one that goes beyond the mysterious tapping Penny hears at her window, the handprints she finds smudging the glass panes, and the visions of children who beckon Penny to follow them into the dark woods. Miller’s past just might threaten to become the terror of Penny’s future….

My thoughts:  Love stories surrounding old spooky houses and dark forests. This definitely sounds like a spine-chilling read!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

New Shelf Goodies & The Weekly Nutshell {99}

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)

New shelf goodies this week:
For review:
Chasers of the Light by Tyler Knott Gregson
Love the inside of this one already, with poems written on bits of scrap paper and receipts, and I'm just a sucker for typewriter font. :) 
Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee
One of my most anticipated reads, but thanks to some mixed trusted-blogger reviews, I'll be going into this one with realistic expectations! 
The Alliance by Shannon Stoker
I don't know much about this series---anyone recommend?

Many thanks to Penguin, Skyscape, and William Morrow for these! 

The Weekly Nutshell: 
{Tuesday} A loving farewell to Robin Williams
{Thursday} Guest review: Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff
{Friday} Cover Story

Well it was quite a week, people. I'm still a bit in shock over the world's loss of Robin Williams.  My son has been on a streak of watching the Night at the Museum movies for about 3 weeks now, and I still can't help get a little teary when I hear his voice. On a happier note, we took my daughter to the Paul McCartney concert this week, and although we didn't get to go in (the pricey ticket was just not going to happen!) we did tailgate in the Candlestick parking lot and listen to the whole thing! As huge Beatles fans, it was amazing just to know we were hearing those iconic songs performed live by the man himself! :) 
This week I'm reading Jackaby and I can barely put it down! I'm also reading The Archived at work (also really good) and reading select stories from The Cabinet of Curiosities

What are you reading this week? 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Cover Story

Some gorgeous late-2014 and 2015 covers have been revealed recently! Check them out:

by Kit Alloway
 St. Martins Griffin, February 24, 2015

Earth & Sky
by Megan Crewe
Skyscape, October 28, 2014

by Seth Rudetsky
Random House, June 23, 2015

Stone in the Sky
by Cecil Castellucci
Roaring Brook Press, February 24, 2015

by Rysa Walker
Skyscape, October 21, 2014

The Way We Bared Our Souls
by Willa Strayhorn
Razorbill, January 22, 2015

by Kathleen Peacock
Katherine Tegen Books, January 6, 2015

Pretty much all of these would catch my eye on a bookshelf. What do you think? Do these covers make you want to read any of these?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff {guest review}

by Brenna Yovanoff
♦publisher: Razorbill
♦release date: August 14th, 2014
♦hardcover, 352 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
♦source: from publisher for honest review
♦guest reviewer: Amy
Clementine DeVore spent ten years trapped in a cellar, pinned down by willow roots, silenced and forgotten.

Now she’s out and determined to uncover who put her in that cellar and why.

When Clementine was a child, dangerous and inexplicable things started happening in New South Bend. The townsfolk blamed the fiendish people out in the Willows and burned their homes to the ground. But magic kept Clementine alive, walled up in the cellar for ten years, until a boy named Fisher sets her free. Back in the world, Clementine sets out to discover what happened all those years ago. But the truth gets muddled in her dangerous attraction to Fisher, the politics of New South Bend, and the Hollow, a fickle and terrifying place that seems increasingly temperamental ever since Clementine reemerged.

Review: For ten years, Clementine lay buried in the cellar, eyes sewn shut, ensnarled in willow roots.  Bound by a magic so strong, no one even remembers her existence. Until one day a boy hears the faint magical pull of her breathing, unearthing not only a lost and forgotten girl but quite possibly the magical curse that may be responsible for trapping Clementine. 

Waking to a world that is scared of the craft that dwells in Wixby Hollow, Clementine rediscovers a world where magical beasts, hell hounds and fiends dwell. A coalition of townspeople are waiting to once again burn the magic from the Hollow to purify those who possess the craft, saving themselves from the plague that they call The Reckoning. This leaves Clementine to not only try to discover who trapped her in the cellar, but where she fits in a town where politics and truth are buried deeper than the cellar she has emerged from. 

Brenna Yovanoff, once again captures her readers with a gothic tale of horror and mystique. Painting a story that is both horrific as well as alluring, she combines old magic with witchcraft, unraveling a town that is built upon fear itself. Taking that which is seen as unnatural and wrong, it fits together to make a beautiful and enchanting story.

Find Brenna Yovanoff online: Website  •  Twitter  •  Facebook

Buy Fiendish:  •  BookDepository  •  Indiebound

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

So many wonderful memories...

For all the laughs and tears, for lending your voice to so many beloved and unforgettable characters that both me and my children have grown up on, for life lessons from Captain, my Captain and Teddy Roosevelt, for learning how to fly, for silliness and playfulness at every age, and for the most perfect Popeye ever. We'll never forget you...

Rest in peace, Robin Williams.
(July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

New Shelf Goodies & The Weekly Nutshell {98}

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)

Just one new shelf goodie for me this week!
A Victorian supernatural mystery involving the daughter of Sherlock Holmes and the son of John Watson---this was a must-have for me!

The Weekly Nutshell: 
{Tuesday} Waiting on Wednesday: When My Heart Was Wicked
{Thursday} Old Books, New Looks 
{Friday} Review of Unwept by Tracy & Laura Hickman

So that's my week! I finished up Unwept and was initially impressed, and then underwelmed by this bizarre little story.  I'm reading Fiendish now, another bizarre one, but Brenna Yovanoff's writing always seems to draw me in. Really enjoying it at about 50% through. Other than that, my family's been reveling in the last few days of summer vacation, sneaking off to the beach at every chance and spending our evenings lying in the hammock under our twinkle lights and making smores. :)

Have a great week, everyone! ;D