Friday, January 31, 2014

The Thing About Books: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

A new week. A new The Thing About Books :)
This week we discuss the fantabulous THESE BROKEN STARS by 
Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner! *THERE ARE SPOILERS* 
Only read this post if you've already read this book or else we'll spoil the book like crazy
and we wouldn't want that to happen!
Without further ado...enjoy!

~These Broken Stars~

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Blog Tour: Landry Park by Bethany Hagen {Interview+Giveaway}

Landry Park (Landry Park, #1)Landry Park by Bethany Hagen
Release Date: February 4th, 2014
Publisher: Dial

In a fragmented future United States ruled by the lavish gentry, seventeen-year-old Madeline Landry dreams of going to the university. Unfortunately, gentry decorum and her domineering father won't allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers the devastating consequences her lifestyle is having on those less fortunate. As Madeline begins to question everything she has ever learned, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty - her family and the estate she loves dearly - and desire.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (69)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine where that spotlights the upcoming books I am currently anticipating.

~Currently Waiting On~

Monday, January 27, 2014

Review: Also Known As by Robin Benway

Also Known As (Also Known As, #1)Also Known As by Robin Benway
318 Pages
Release Date: February 26th, 2013
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Genre: Spy Thrillers/Contemporary
Level: YA
Rating: 4 STARS

Goodreads Summary:
Which is more dangerous: being an international spy... or surviving high school?

Maggie Silver has never minded her unusual life. Cracking safes for the world's premier spy organization and traveling the world with her insanely cool parents definitely beat high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. (If it's three digits, why bother locking it at all?)

But when Maggie and her parents are sent to New York City for her first solo assignment, her world is transformed. Suddenly, she's attending a private school with hundreds of "mean girl" wannabes, trying to avoid the temptation to hack the school's elementary security system, and working to befriend the aggravatingly cute son of a potential national security threat... all while trying not to blow her cover.

From the hilarious and poignant author of Audrey, Wait! comes a fast-paced caper that proves that even the world's greatest spies don't have a mission plan for love.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Review: Faking It by Cora Carmack

Faking It (Losing It #2) by Cora Carmack
304 Pages
Release Date: June 4th, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Genre: Romance
Level: NA
Rating: 5 STARS

Goodreads Summary:

Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (68)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine where that spotlights the upcoming books I am currently anticipating.

~Currently Waiting On~

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Cover Reveal: City of Heavenly Fire, Extraction, The Last Changeling, & MORE

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

I actually like this cover. Not as much as CoLS but it's still pretty nice!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

1 Year Blogoversary

Ok, so today is technically not Books As You Know It's blogoversary.
Technically speaking it's been around for 2 years. I just never did much of anything with it for the first year.
Being the complete newbie I was, I wasn't sure how and what everything was supposed to be like. And then sometime around this month last year, I started posting more and more and actually becoming a part of the book blogging community. It was hard but I like and am grateful for where I am today with this blog. I wasn't even sure if I was going to have a blogoversary for this blog because I didn't even know the exact date of when I first started it. But I realized, it deserved the appreciation and I decided today would be that day.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Blog Tour: Otherborn by Anna Silver {Guest Post+Giveaway}

Otherborn (Otherborn, #1)by Anna Silver
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Release Date: April 4, 2013
Format: Paperback, ebook
Level: YA

Genres: dystopian, science fiction

In a reprocessed world, London and her friends must dream their way to a New hope.

London and her teenage friends live in a reprocessed world.
Confined within Capital City’s concrete walls, London has done the impossible and the illegal. She’s created something New- a song. But her mentor, club owner Pauly, is not impressed. Since the historic Energy Crisis forced everyone behind walls generations ago, the Tycoons have ensured there is truly nothing new allowed under the sun. Pauly warns London to keep her song to herself, if she knows what’s good for her.

What he doesn’t know is that London is keeping an even bigger secret: she dreams. And she’s not alone. London’s band-mates and friends have begun dreaming as well, seeing themselves in “night pictures” as beings from another world. As Otherborn, they must piece together the story of their astral avatars, the Others, in order to save their world from a dreamless, hopeless future.

When Pauly is murdered and an Otherborn goes missing, London realizes someone is hunting them down. Escaping along the Outroads, they brave the deserted Houselands with only their dreams to guide them. Can they find their friend before the assassin finds them? Will being Otherborn save their lives, or destroy them?

"Anna Silver weaves a dark new world full of taut suspense and characters that leap off the page." –Sophie Jordan, NYT bestselling author of the Firelight trilogy

"Travel to a world where dreaming is a radical act that can save the world… Anna Silver’s post-apocalyptic vision is rich with imagery and metaphysical ideas, grounded by vivid, three-dimensional characters. A truly fresh take on dystopian." –Nina Berry, author of the OTHERKIN series

“Silver built the right amount of conflict and tension to draw readers into her dystopian world, and created characters who are leery, yet determined to embrace New.” –Natasha Hanova, author of Edge of Truth

Monday, January 13, 2014

Book Blitz: PODs by Michelle Pickett {Excerpt+Giveaway}

Release Date: 06/24/13
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
312 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it's in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it's a balm for the broken soul.

After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That's the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters.

Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Thing About Books: Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter

Man it's been a while since we did one of these! 
Hey guys, how are all you doing?
This week's book discussion, is: THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS
Beware! There WILL be SPOILERS from Alice in Zombieland and Through the Zombie Glass
If you haven't read either, GO AND READ IT, YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!!
 And let it be known that a lot of fangirling ensues ;D

~Through the Zombie Glass~

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Review: Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau

Independent Study (The Testing, #2)Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau
310 Pages
Release Date: January 7th, 2014
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers  
Genre: Dystopian
Level: YA
Souce: Arcycling
Rating: 4 STARS

Goodreads Summary:
In the series debut The Testing, sixteen-year-old Cia Vale was chosen by the United Commonwealth government as one of the best and brightest graduates of all the colonies . . . a promising leader in the effort to revitalize postwar civilization. In Independent Study, Cia is a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas—and though the government has tried to erase her memory of the brutal horrors of The Testing, Cia remembers. Her attempts to expose the ugly truth behind the government’s murderous programs put her—and her loved ones—in a world of danger. But the future of the Commonwealth depends on her.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (67)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine where that spotlights the upcoming books I am currently anticipating.

~Currently Waiting On~

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Review: Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

HeartbeatHeartbeat by Elizabeth Scott
Release Date: January 28th, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Contemporary
Level: YA
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Rating: 1.5 STARS

Goodreads Summary:
Life. Death. And...Love?

Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

But Emma can't tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn't have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (66)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine where that spotlights the upcoming books I am currently anticipating.

~Currently Waiting On~
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