Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tyger Tyger: Grab one of my favorite books for free!

Looking for something good and spooky to dig into this Halloween?

I recommend Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton!

I read this one a few years ago when it first came out. It's a brilliant story full of rich irish mythology, a family mystery, a strong heroine, a boy with a lovely accent, ...and creepy creatures that will make your stomach turn.  I absolutely loved it! 

This week, Tyger Tyger is the Apple iTunes Book of the Week!
Congrats, Kersten!

And for all those who've yet to experience these books, the Tyger Tyger ebook edition is FREE on both Kindle and Nook this week!

Grab the Kindle Edition here!  ♦   Grab the Nook Edition here!

Enjoy! :D

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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.

Welcome to the Dark House
by Laurie Faria Stolarz

hitting shelves July 22, 2014 from Disney Hyperion

description:
What’s your worst nightmare?

For Ivy Jensen, it’s the eyes of a killer that haunt her nights. For Parker Bradley, it’s bloodthirsty sea serpents that slither in his dreams.

And for seven essay contestants, it’s their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake’s latest, confidential project. Ivy doesn’t even like scary movies, but she’s ready to face her real-world fears. Parker’s sympathetic words and perfect smile help keep her spirits up. . . at least for now.

Not everyone is so charming, though. Horror-film fanatic Garth Vader wants to stir up trouble. It’s bad enough he has to stay in the middle of nowhere with this group—the girl who locks herself in her room; the know-it-all roommate; “Mister Sensitive”; and the one who’s too cheery for her own good. Someone has to make things interesting.

Except, things are already a little weird. The hostess is a serial-killer look-alike, the dream-stealing Nightmare Elf is lurking about, and the seventh member of the group is missing.

By the time Ivy and Parker realize what’s really at stake, it’s too late to wake up and run.


My Thoughts: I've actually never read this author before, but this sounds like too spooky and fun of a read to pass up.  There no guessing what's really going on here...but the whole thing sounds pretty trippy. Plus the cover is awesome.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Becky's View: Dark Star by Bethany Frenette


Dark Star by Bethany Frenette
♦publisher: Disney-Hyperion
♦released: October 23, 2012
♦hardcover, 368 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
♦series: Dark Star, book 1
♦source: sent for honest review
Audrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. Her mother is the superhero Morning Star, the most deadly crime-fighter in the Twin Cities, so it's hard for Audrey not to feel safe. That is, until she's lured into the sweet night air by something human and not human--something with talons and teeth, and a wide, scarlet smile.

Now Audrey knows the truth: her mom doesn't fight crime at night. She fights Harrowers--livid, merciless beings who were trapped Beneath eons ago. Yet some have managed to escape. And they want Audrey dead, just because of who she is: one of the Kin.

To survive, Audrey will need to sharpen the powers she has always had. When she gets close to someone, dark corners of the person's memories become her own, and she sometimes even glimpses the future. If Audrey could only get close to Patrick Tigue, a powerful Harrower masquerading as human, she could use her Knowing to discover the Harrowers' next move. But Leon, her mother's bossy, infuriatingly attractive sidekick, has other ideas. Lately, he won't let Audrey out of his sight.

When an unthinkable betrayal puts Minneapolis in terrible danger, Audrey discovers a wild, untamed power within herself. It may be the key to saving her herself, her family, and her city. Or it may be the force that destroys everything--and everyone--she loves.

Review: Bethany Frenette’s Dark Star, despite a bit of a slow start, ended up being a story I really enjoyed.  The writing is fun and casual and was the perfect way to tell this story.  Sometimes I have a hard time taking superhero-type stories seriously, but this is not your run-of-the-mill superhero story, leaning more toward paranormal fantasy.  They aren’t so much superheroes, but rather Guardians that protect the world from being taken over by an ancient race of demons.  

When the story opens, we meet Audrey.  She has a great humor and I love how protective she is of her mom---how protective they are of each other, actually. Despite the odd situation, their relationship felt very genuine, with it’s good moments and it’s struggles.  Audrey is used to living with secrets---on top of her own subtle powers of perception, she has to hide the fact that her mom is Morning Star, defender of the city by night, complete with a dedicated sidekick and mild-mannered alter ego by day.  Mom’s biggest secret is one that she’s kept from even Audrey to protect her, but when she winds up being the next victim in a series of attacks on teen girls, that secret is forced out. Suddenly, a whole new world opens up for Audrey and makes her feel part of something both special and incredibly terrifying. 


Leon, the sidekick is the bane of Audrey’s existence, always on her case like a bossy older sibling.  If anyone could make her snarky, snotty side come out, it’s him.  I actually couldn’t help but love the guy.  He’s a bit bossy, yes, but in a protective way---and he spends his down time as a baker, often popping into the room smelling like cookies (gotta love that!).  I loved how their relationship evolved over time and sort of naturally hit both complications and touching moments as little truths begin to surface.  


There are some great action scenes, heart-pounding, intense, and really visually written.  The demons are just creepy enough to set the spine tingling, mysterious and lurking and predatory. The actual villain and his accomplice felt a tiny bit cliché, but entertaining none the less.  


Definitely one to check out! Don’t go into it expecting the traditional superhero story---this one is not as it appears at first glance! I’ll definitely be checking out the sequel, Burn Bright, out February 2014!


Find Bethany Frenette online:  Website  •  Twitter

Purchase Dark Star: Amazon  •  BookDepository  •  Indiebound
 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sweetness on Sunday: Cinnamon Pear Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Buttercream

Pears!! This lovely fruit is one of my favorite stars of Fall. Hubby brought home a basket of these from a coworker who owns an orchard and my mind immediately craved them in cupcake form.  :)
These paired with a comforting brown sugar buttercream just scream Autumn coziness to me. 


Pear Cupcakes:
Preheat over to 350 degrees
Prepare cupcake pan with liners (remember to double them up if you want to see the pretty wrappers!)
 
•2 sticks unsalted butter at room temp
•1 1/5 cups granulated sugar
•3 eggs
•1 cup sour cream
•3 cups flour
•pinch of salt
1 tsp baking powder
•1 tsp cinnamon
•1/4 tsp nutmeg
•2 large ripe pairs, diced
•flour for dusting

Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Mix in eggs one at a time. Mix in sour cream.  Combine next 5 dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Stir lightly with a whisk (I'm lazy, I do this instead of sifting :D).  Add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture and mix just until combined.  
In a small bowl, dust the chopped pairs with flour and toss.  Gently fold the pears into the batter. 
Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake 20-25 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. 

While these are cooling, make:

Brown Sugar Buttercream:
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 cups powdered sugar
3 tbsp whipping cream

In mixer, combine first three ingredients, then alternately add powdered sugar and whipping cream until smooth and fluffy.

Frost these up and enjoy while watching the leaves fall outside!

Until next time...
 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

New Shelf Goodies & The Weekly Nutshell {66}

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 that...my 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 came through my mailbox this week!
 For review:
Looking forward to several of these, especially Teardrop, Dangerous, and Insanity! 

Many thanks to Random House & Bloomsbury for these! 

The Weekly Nutshell: 
{Tuesday} Waiting on Wednesday: Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff
{Thursday} Amy's View: The Beautiful & The Damned by Jessica Verday 

Well, I was a slacker this week. :/ I've been reading slow as molasses but it's mostly because hubby and I have both been off work.  Our little vacation ends tomorrow, so it's time to play catch-up! I'm so behind and my books are threatening to swallow me up!  

Hope everyone has had a great week!
 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Amy's View: The Beautiful and the Damned by Jessica Verday


The Beautiful and the Damned by Jessica Verday
♦publisher: Simon & Schuster
♦release date: October 1st, 2013
♦hardcover, 272 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
♦companion to The Hollow series
♦source: from publisher for honest review
Cyn’s blackouts have deadly consequences in this sexy, suspenseful spinoff to the New York Times bestselling Hollow series.Cyn and Avian are far from a perfect match. She’s a witch who casts spells on men so she can steal their cars. He spends his time being judge, jury, and executioner to the truly evil in the supernatural realm.

When the blackouts Cyn’s been having ever since her time in Sleepy Hollow start escalating, she finds herself unable to remember where she’s been or what she’s been doing. Frightened, she seeks guidance at a local church, and it’s there she meets Avian.

The unlikely pair soon discovers that her blackouts are a side effect of what she truly is—an Echo—a conduit for souls of the dead. The only way to prevent Cyn from losing complete control is to return to Sleepy Hollow and vanquish the source of her power—but she may not survive the process. And if she does? She won’t ever be the same...


Review:  Cyn is constantly on the run, between her nighttime job as a waitress, her numerous wigs that she uses for disguises, to the tiny sparse room that she rents, life can’t get any worse. Torn between the visions and scant memories of the night her boyfriend Hunter was murdered, Cyn can’t let her guard down for even a moment, lost in the fact that she doesn’t have full memories of the night her boyfriend was killed. Is she responsible for killing Hunter, or can someone else be blamed for his murder? All Cyn knows is that she woke that night, covered in his blood and that she’s in constant danger of being discovered by Hunter’s brother who is trying to solve the case.

Living in constant fear, doesn’t leave Cyn open to trusting anyone. However, she soon finds herself in a situation where help is desperately needed, forcing her to fall right in the path of the scorned, evasive, and often abrasive, Avian. Not wanting, or looking for his help, she finds that he shows up at the most unexpected of times, fortunately for her, it’s the times when trouble seems to find her. Through the unlikeliest of events, and the kindness of Father Montgomery, they soon realize that the secrets that threaten them both just might be the key to unlocking the truth in each other’s lives.

It compells them to try and regretfully work through their differences.
With the many secrets they both hold, Avian knows the truth behind Cyn's memory lapses and why she feels convinced that she is Hunter’s killer.

Being the thirteenth Revenant, Avian has been cast out of both Heaven and Hell, and is doomed to walk the earth searching for his purpose. Making him able to recognize the evil that resides in others, like Cyn an Echo, who is partly possessed by the souls of the dead, leaving her to see reflections of others when she looks in the mirror. What’s even harder than knowing, is Avian deciding if he should tell Cyn the truth about who she is.

With a relationship that can only be described as one filled with tension and angst, these two must find a way to conquer the demons within, or let those very demons kill them in the process.

With gentle resonation of the Hollow Series, Cyn and Avian’s story is a fresh new take on revenants , demons and the evils that can take over one’s life.
Jessica Verday quickly captivates her reading audience, as she so delicately weaves a tale of love, heartache, belonging, and finding help in the most unlikely of cases. Only reminding fans of her endearing quality as a writer.



Find Jessica Verday online: Website  

Purchase The Beautiful and the Damned: Amazon  •  BookDepository  •  Indiebound

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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.

Fiendish
by Brenna Yovanoff 

hitting shelves June 26th, 2014 from Razorbill

description:
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.


My thoughts: Point one: Brenna Yovanoff---love her stuff. Point Two:  Intriguing synopsis with magic and mystery and willow trees.  Point Three: FREAKING AMAZING COVER.  Just...wow.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

New Shelf Goodies & The Weekly Nutshell {65}

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 that...my week here at Stories & Sweeties, in a nutshell. (inspired by Ginger @ GReads and her recaps at the end of the TGIF posts)

Got a few lovely surprises in my mailbox this week! 
 For Review:
This looks really good! I'd never heard of it before it showed up in my mail, but it's described as Wizard of Oz with dead people instead of munchkins! :)
OH so excited to step back into Howard's twisted Wonderland!
This looks so amazing---one of my most anticipated reads of 2014
If you haven't read the synopsis of this, click over and check it out! Sounds incredible!
 For a middle grade, this has the potential to be very creepy!

Many thanks to Harper Collins, Abrams, and Macmillan for these!

The Weekly Nutshell: 
{Monday} Spooktacular Giveaway Hop: Win 4 ARCs! 

Back from my Disney/Monterey vacation! We had a blast this week and it was so cool to finally see Disney all decked out for Halloween! We got to see the new Cars land and the new racer ride is so, so fun!! My whole family dressed up, even my older kids: my daughter The Mad Hatter, my older son as Finn from Adventure Time, my little guy as a ninja and me...well, I won't tell until the end of the month! If you stop by my Spooktakular Giveaway, you get 3 extra points for guessing my costume correctly! :D  Also I'm still trying to catch up on commenting back for the week, thanks to everyone who stopped by while I was gone! :D

Hope everyone had a great week!

 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Cover Story

The internet has been flooded with YA cover gorgeousness these past few weeks! Here are a few of what's been recently revealed!




by Teri Brown
Balzer & Bray, June 10, 2014









Fan Art 
by Sarah Tregay
Katherine Tegan Books, June 17, 2014









by Bethany Neal
Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, June 10, 2014










Prisoner of Night and Fog
by Anne Blankman
Balzer & Bray, April 22, 2014









by Kimberly Derting
HarperTeen, April 29, 2014










Sleep No More
by Aprilynne Pike
HarperTeen, April 29, 2014










by Wendy Higgins
HarperTeen, April 29, 2014









When Silence Gathers
by Kelsey Sutton
Flux Books, July 8, 2014








Some really fantastic stuff here! What do you think? I admit Born of Deception isn't nearly as awesome as the first---but that cover was tough to live up to!  And I should come clean and admit that, as much as I adore the Sweet Evil books, I'm not a fan of any of the covers; bit too cheesy for me.  But it will never stop me from reading them! It's one of my favorite series!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Becky's View: Sorrow's Knot by Erin Bow


Sorrow's Knot by Erin Bow
♦publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
♦release date: October 29th, 2013
♦hardcover, 368 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
♦stand-alone
♦source: from publisher via San Francisco Book Review
In the world of SORROW'S KNOT, the dead do not rest easy. Every patch of shadow might be home to something hungry, something deadly. Most of the people of this world live on the sunlit, treeless prairies. But a few carve out an uneasy living in the forest towns, keeping the dead at bay with wards made from magically knotted cords. The women who tie these knots are called binders. And Otter's mother, Willow, is one of the greatest binders her people have ever known.

But Willow does not wish for her daughter to lead the lonely, heavy life of a binder, so she chooses another as her apprentice. Otter is devastated by this choice, and what's more, it leaves her untrained when the village falls under attack. In a moment of desperation, Otter casts her first ward, and the results are disastrous. But now Otter may be her people's only hope against the shadows that threaten them. Will the challenge be too great for her? Or will she find a way to put the dead to rest once and for all?


Review: Sorrow's Knot is my first experience with Erin Bow's work---I somehow missed out on Plain Kate as much as I wanted to read it.  I know I definitely heard great things about it.  After reading Sorrow's Knot, I will definitely go back and try Plain Kate soon, if only to read more of this author's lovely writing. 

In Sorrow's Knot, the world building was subtle but beautiful.  The female-dominated village of Westmost has a very native tribal atmosphere.  They live simply, each woman grows up and is chosen for a specific trade. They have rangers and healers and storytellers---but Otter is a born Binder.  In this land, the dead are part of their daily lives and something they must always look out for.  Different kinds of ghosts pose different kinds of threats to them.  The binders use a magic of tying knots and a complicated "cat's cradle" kind of thing to ward off these spirits. They also use it to bind their dead.  Through Otter's journey to find her place in the village and through the many legends told by the storyteller, Cricket, a really beautiful story unfolds that basically comes down to the human condition of binding our loves ones to us with our grief and sorrow---and the freedom of letting them go. 

I really enjoyed the three main characters, Otter, Cricket, and Kestrel.  Cricket is the only boy in the village and I kept expecting the dynamic between them to shift into something more complicated and predictable, but it thankfully never did.  There was a kind of sweetness and purity to the three of them being so close. The relationship between Otter and her strange mother, Willow, was definitely heavier! Willow often seems on the verge of insanity and it's hard to know if she is threatened by Otter or trying to protect her or just plain crazy---or a little of each.  

The pacing at times seemed a little slow, and other times seemed to fit the solemn journey that Otter faced.  It felt more like a chronicle of Otter discovering the truth about her people and what they've all grown to believe than some action-packed plot with an obvious beginning, middle, end.  For now, I think this is a stand-alone, but with the way it ended I definitely would be interested in what Otter discovers next beyond the village of Westmost!
Find Erin Bow online: Website  • Twitter  •  Facebook

Purchase Sorrow's Knot: Amazon  •  BookDepository  •  Indiebound

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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.
Don't Your Forget About Me
by Kate Karyus Quinn

hitting shelves June 10th, 2014 from Harper Teen

description:
Welcome to Gardnerville.

A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies.

Except...
There’s a price to pay for paradise. Every fourth year, the strange power that fuels the town exacts its payment by infecting teens with deadly urges. In a normal year in Gardnerville, teens might stop talking to their best friends. In a fourth year, they’d kill them.

Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was locked away after leading sixteen of her classmates to a watery grave. Since then, Skylar has lived in a numb haze, struggling to forget her past and dull the pain of losing her sister. But the secrets and memories Piper left behind keep taunting Skylar—whispering that the only way to get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville’s murderous cycle once and for all.


My Thoughts: What the??? Doesn't that synopsis just boggle your mind? This sounds completely different from everything out there---and completely amazing. I can't wait to hear about why this place is the way it is.  And that cover? How interesting and creative is that?  Can't. Wait.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!

 Once again, Stories & Sweeties is participating in the annual Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!!

This year I have a lovely spooky stack of ARCs for one lucky winner! And a fun way to earn some extra entries!

Check out the photo below---the top hat on the books goes to my halloween costume.  For 3 extra points, guess what I'm dressing up as this year!!

A few more hints:
My hubby will have on red Converse.  
A spot of tea can heal me. 
Wibbly wobbly...timey whimey...stuff.

**DON'T ANSWER IN THE COMMENTS PLEASE!**
There is a place in the Rafflecopter form to enter your guess. 

Enter below!  One winner takes all four books shown!
•US Mailing addresses only, please.
•Must be 13 or older
•Ends 10/31/13
Be sure to check out the rest of the blogs in the Spooktacular Giveaway hop below!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

New Shelf Goodies & The Weekly Nutshell {64}

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 that...my week here at Stories & Sweeties, in a nutshell. (inspired by Ginger @ GReads and her recaps at the end of the TGIF posts)

 It's been a few weeks since I did a mail post so this crazy haul is for two weeks worth.  Also,  I went to a great trade show this past week in San Francisco.  I included some of my favorite finds from there!
For review from publisher:
From Trade Show:


The Weekly Nutshell 
This week on the blog I showed off some new gorgeous covers in Cover Story.  I also confessed my undying anticipation of Katherine Longshore's upcoming Downton Abbey-esque book, Manor of Secrets on Waiting on Wednesday

This month is ending up to be so crazy---I know it's been slow around here, especially in the review department. Ugh. I have been busy reading and reviewing, but for a magazine, not for here.   Hoping to get back into the swing of things for the blog soon.   But this week we are off to the Disneyland Halloween Party (woohooo! I've always wanted to go!!).  

Hope everyone has a great week! :D 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

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.
 
Manor of Secrets
by Katherine Longshore

hitting shelves January 28th, 2014 from Scholastic

description: The year is 1911. And at The Manor, nothing is as it seems . . .

Lady Charlotte Edmonds: Beautiful, wealthy, and sheltered, Charlotte feels suffocated by the strictures of upper-crust society. She longs to see the world beyond The Manor, to seek out high adventure. And most of all, romance.

Janie Seward: Fiery, hardworking, and clever, Janie knows she can be more than just a kitchen maid. But she isn't sure she possesses the courage -- or the means -- to break free and follow her passions.

Both Charlotte and Janie are ready for change. As their paths overlap in the gilded hallways and dark corridors of The Manor, rules are broken and secrets are revealed. Secrets that will alter the course of their lives. . . forever. 

My thoughts: I first heard about Manor of Secrets at Katherine Longshore's book signing and as soon as she said her next book was kind of a YA Downton Abbey, I was instantly excited for this one!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Cover Story

Hi, everyone!  I know I've sort of fallen off the edge of the blogging world this past week! Sorry about that!  My life's been taken over by a few fun (book trade show!) and not-so-fun (medical yuckiness) events, but I think I can safely say I'm back for now!  It may be a little slow around here for October but no more week-long disappearances, I don't think!

Anyhow---a few covers that I have been eagerly awaiting to see hit the web these last few days!! Thought I'd share in case you hadn't seen them already!






by Amy Plum
Harper Teen, May 6, 2014








Hollow City
by Ransom Riggs
Quirk Books, January 14, 2014









by Phoebe North
Simon & Schuster, July 15, 2014

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

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.
 
Dorothy Must Die 
by Danielle Paige 
hitting shelves April 14, 2014 from Harper Teen

Description:

I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.
What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!


My thoughts:  This looks so fun.  I do love a good reimagining of my favorite childhood stories, so  this looks right up my alley.  Dorothy on a power trip? Head gotten a little too big for her braids?  So fun, I can't wait to see how this story plays out.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

"What's New" October YA Releases & Giveaway

If your September went anything like mine, basically we all blinked and it was GONE.  But now it's October! Weeee! :D  My favorite month of the year!! Fall is here, and for us here in Cali, it's finally starting to feel like it! Time to bust out all the spooky reads!  Halloween is a big deal in this house---it's time to set up the graveyard in my front yard again!  Plus, this will be the first year we make it to Disneyland during Halloween Time! :D  I'm so freaking excited!! :D

So if you're new to Stories & Sweeties, here's a little run-down of this feature: at the start of each month, I do a little thing called the "What's New List & Giveaway" where you'll find a full list of the new releases in YA for the month, and entry to the giveaway. At the end of each month, one lucky winner will get to choose any new release as their prize!

First things first! The winner of September's giveaway was: JenniferG W!  Congratulations! :D
October 2013 Releases:
Just like previous months, I've put a little lve by those books that I am really anticipating!

{1}
Allure by Lea Nolan
The Beautiful and the Damned by Jessica Verday
Blackout by Robison Wells
Eat Brains Love by Jeff Hart
The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
Endless by Jessica Shirvington
Endless Knight by Kresley Cole
Entangled by Amy Rose Capetta
Evanescent by Andria Buchanan
The Ghost Prison by Joseph Delaney
The Girl who Soared over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Cathrynne M. Valente
Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell
Hereafter by Kate Brian
Hero by Alethea Kontis
Hideous Love by Stephanie Hemphill
How to Love by Katie Cotugno
Made of Stars by Kelley York
Merlin's Shadow by Robert Treskillard
My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman
Perfect Ruin by Lauren Destefano
Pretenders by Lisi Harrison
Rebel Heart by Moira Young
The Rule of Thirds by Chantel Guertin
Shadowlark by Meagan Spooner
Sick by Tom Leveen
Six Months Later by Natalie Richards
Skulk by Rosie Best
Stained by Cheryl Rainfield
Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles
Zom-B Baby by Darren Shan
  
{3}
Everything Breaks by Vicki Grove
Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron
Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff

{7}
Confessions: The Private School Murders by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
  
{8}
Backwards Glass by David Lomax
Backwards by Todd Mitchell
Bang by Lisa McMann
Beauty's Daughter by Carolyn Meyer
Blood Bound by Keshia Swaim
Blythewood by Carol Goodman
The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney
BZRK Reloaded by Michael Grant
Cutting Room Floor by Dawn Klehr
Dare Me by Eric Devine
Death and the Girl He Loves by Darynda Jones
Desert Tales by Melissa Marr
Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier
The Extra by Kathryn Lasky
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
Juvie by Steve Watkins
The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee
Muckers by Sandra Neil Wallace
No Angel by Helen Keeble
Phantom Eyes by Scott Tracey
Premeditated by Josin L. Mcquein
Pull Down the Night by Nathan Kotecki
Red by Alison Cherry
Resist by Sarah Crossan
Season of the Witch by Mariah Fredericks
Starry-Eyed: 16 Stories that Steal the Spotlight (anthology)
Tandem by Anna Jarzab
Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone

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Just One Year by Gayle Forman

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Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund
Anywhere but Here by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
The Deepest Blue by Kim Williams Justesen
Fault Line by C. Desir
Lone Wolves by John Smelcer 
Meet Me at the River by Nina de Gramont
Now I'll Tell You Everything by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
The Osiris Curse by Paul Crilley
Reclaimed by Sarah Guillory
Revealed by Kristin Cast & PC Cast
Slayers: Friends and Traitors by C.J. Hill
Unsouled by Neal Shusterman
The Vow by Jessica Martinez

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Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Freak Boy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
In the Band by Jean Haus
Indigo by Gina Linko
Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales (Anthology)
Reality Boy by A.S. King
Teardrop by Lauren Kate

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Altered by Gennifer Albin
Fractured by Sarah Fine
In the Age of Love and Chocolate by Gabrielle Zevin
The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa
Notable by Marni Bates
Obsidian Pebble by Rhys A. Jones
Relic by Heather Terrell and Ricardo Cortes
Sorrow's Knot by Erin Bow
Waterfell by Amalie Howard



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