May 26, 2016

Cover Reveal: Heroes of Arcania by Liz Long

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SuperNova (HoA #1), Fortune’s Favor (HoA #2), Unbreakable (HoA #3)
Heroes of Arcania Trilogy
COVER REVEAL
May 26th, 2016

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The streets of Arcania are overrun with crime, deteriorating as a madman named Fortune makes himself at home. He shows no mercy, striking down anyone in his path – including Nova Benson’s little sister. Devastated, Nova vows to seek justice for her family, but aside from her freak strength and impenetrable skin, how is she supposed to stop a monster like Fortune?  

Cole Warner wants to help people. Entrusted to keep his family’s secret, he’s also frustrated at having to hide his gift. He knows he could do more to help in the fight against Fortune. If he could convince his sister Penelope to join him, they might even have a chance at beating him. When Cole meets Nova, he realizes his whole world is about to change. And he’s going to welcome it with open arms.

Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan.

Then again, neither was becoming a superhero.


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Nova will learn it takes more than sheer strength to be a superhero. Her world implodes when Fortune strikes back for all the trouble she’s caused. His dangerous games put everyone around her at risk, especially when he decides to turn Arcania against its precious Heroes. Nova wants to protect Arcania, but how does she save a city that doesn’t want her help?

Cole has no idea how to deal with his sister Penelope, especially now that she’s learned the truth about their family secret. Thanks to Fortune, she’s headed down a dark path, one with no return. Torn between helping Nova and protecting his sister, Cole will be forced to make a choice. Tensions rise as Cole and Nova discover war will come to Arcania if they don’t get Fortune off the streets…or preferably six feet under.

Nova and Cole might have each other, but will they lose everything else in their mission to save Arcania?


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Nova started the fight against Fortune for simple revenge, but now it’s turned into something much bigger. Arcania’s criminals are at each other’s throats, putting the city right in the middle of a warzone. She’ll have to work with a few unlikely allies to end Fortune’s games once and for all. Nova thought she understood what it meant to be a superhero, but will she have to lose herself to truly defeat Fortune?

Fortune has given Cole a choice, one with unbearable consequences. When Cole takes matters into his own hands to save his sister Penelope, he realizes too late he’s another pawn in Fortune’s games. Fortune will use Cole’s gift against his enemies…including Nova. Cole will have to become the hero he always wanted to be if he’s going to protect the love of his life.

Nova and Cole could finally save Arcania from Fortune’s deadly games, but are they willing to sacrifice each other?


~*~ABOUT LIZ~*~
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Liz Long is a proud graduate of Longwood University. Her inspiration comes from action and thriller genres and she spends entirely too much time watching superhero movies. Her day job includes writing for a magazine publisher in Roanoke, VA.

The Donovan Circus series has best been described as "X-Men meets the circus." Adult horror story Witch Hearts tells the tale of a serial killer hunting witches for their powers. New Adult PNR A Reaper Made is about a teen Reaper who gets caught between falling in love or saving her sister's soul. All titles are available for paperback or ebook on Amazon.


To learn more about Liz (including more information on her books, plus writing, marketing, and social media tips), visit her website: http://lizclong.com.

May 25, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman

 But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past
But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman
Publisher: Blue Rider Press
Publication Date:  June 7, 2016




https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17608898-the-killing-jar?from_search=true&search_version=service

Goodreads Synopsis:  

We live in a culture of casual certitude. This has always been the case, no matter how often that certainty has failed. Though no generation believes there’s nothing left to learn, every generation unconsciously assumes that what has already been defined and accepted is (probably) pretty close to how reality will be viewed in perpetuity. And then, of course, time passes. Ideas shift. Opinions invert. What once seemed reasonable eventually becomes absurd, replaced by modern perspectives that feel even more irrefutable and secure—until, of course, they don’t.

But What If We’re Wrong?
visualizes the contemporary world as it will appear to those who'll perceive it as the distant past. Chuck Klosterman asks questions that are profound in their simplicity: How certain are we about our understanding of gravity? How certain are we about our understanding of time? What will be the defining memory of rock music, five hundred years from today? How seriously should we view the content of our dreams? How seriously should we view the content of television? Are all sports destined for extinction? Is it possible that the greatest artist of our era is currently unknown (or—weirder still—widely known, but entirely disrespected)? Is it possible that we “overrate” democracy? And perhaps most disturbing, is it possible that we’ve reached the end of knowledge?

Kinetically slingshotting through a broad spectrum of objective and subjective problems, But What If We’re Wrong? is built on interviews with a variety of creative thinkers—George Saunders, David Byrne, Jonathan Lethem, Kathryn Schulz, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Greene, Junot Díaz, Amanda Petrusich, Ryan Adams, Nick Bostrom, Dan Carlin, and Richard Linklater, among others—interwoven with the type of high-wire humor and nontraditional analysis only Klosterman would dare to attempt. It’s a seemingly impossible achievement: a book about the things we cannot know, explained as if we did. It’s about how we live now, once “now” has become “then.”

Why I Am Waiting:
When I was in college a read some of KLosterman's earlier works and I really like how he writes and I love the views on culture he presents. This is an adult book but sometimes I need to read a few :)

May 24, 2016

Recent Reads: The One-of-a-Kind Cat Book by Ciye Cho

Source: From the Author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.


The One-of-a-Kind Cat BookThe One-of-a-Kind Cat Book by Ciye Cho  
Publisher:  Self- Published
Publication Date:  2015




Buy the Book from the Author 
(It might even be free - check out the site!)

Format: Ebook
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Goodreads Synopsis: 
The One-of-a-Kind Cat Book is a whimsical treat for cat lovers everywhere. Dive into its pages to meet Catalina the narcissistic movie star, Kit the steampunk genius, and Guillaume the macaron chef. Browse through letters, notes, and photos to learn about mystery cats from Svalbard and the Amazon. Follow a detective as he unravels the crimes of “Murder Kitties.”

The OOAK Cat Book is a grown-up picture book full of modern themes: a shameless search for fame (or infamy), an obsession with true crime, and our constant need for adventure and kawaii cats. The felines here will guide you to places like Paris, Varanasi, Woodstock, and the Great Barrier Reef.

Find your adventure amid 127 pages, 16 chapters, and 46 illustrations.
Review: 
I have had this book on my TBR for a while and I am just getting to it, but it was an adorable collection of images as well as stories. The Images were vibrant and detailed and fit each of the stories very well, I liked the books focus on the art it was very fun.

The stories themselves were more of a compilation of written objects like postcards, letters, journal entries, news articles etc - they all seemed very realistic in styling and made the cats come to life. The very short stories were very creative and imaginative and I think that readers will enjoy them. I think that reading this in between novels was a nice break for me. It was not what I expected but it was very entertaining.

I enjoyed reading through this, if you are a cat lover  you should definitely pick it up.   

May 23, 2016

Mini Review: Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad by Rob Williams

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Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad: April Fools Special By Rob Williams
Series:#1 (I think it's a single though..)
Publisher:  DC Comics
Publication Date:  April 6,2016


 

Format:  Comic
Source: Bought/ Own


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Goodreads Synopsis: 
Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel, M.D., welcomes you to Evil Anonymous, the support group for super villains in need; where no problem is too insane or homicidal, and where discretion is assured as only a clown princess of crime can-which is to say, not at all. But when Harley Quinn starts using her patients’ own evil schemes against them, it turns out that a much bigger, far more dangerous, and truly life-altering joke is being played on her.
Mini Review: 
This was a weird one, I am pretty sure it is a one-off to lead up to the New 52 Suicide Squad books and the movie coming soon. Most of this issue was a dream sequence but that wasn't really too obvious at first so the story seemed all sorts of jumpy. The art changes throughout too so it was confusing to tell what was happening - if it was all a dream or if it was reality. I really enjoyed the artwork and the story was ok but it was a weird book.

May 22, 2016

Building the Book Pile #187

Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

I was off this past week on a 'stay-cation' and it was wonderful! I was able to relax but also do some productive things like: spring cleaning, painting my living room, reading some books, and I finished building my Harry Potter puzzle. Look at it! So gigantic and wonderful. I plan on bringing it into my office for decoration (and so my cat stopped eyeing it like he wants to play Gozilla 🐲) .


 I  hope that all of YOU had a wonderful week!
 
  Giveaways on Cover2CoverBlog!

   The Lost Twin http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/2016/05/armchair-bea-2016-giveaway-day.htmlI Wanna Be a Great Big Dinosaur

Coming up on the Blog... 


Recent Reads: Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad by Rob Williams (Comic)
Recent Reads: The One-Of-A-Kind Cat Book  by Ciye Cho (GN)
Waiting on Wednesday
Cover Reveal: Heroes of Arcania by Liz Long (YA)
Recent Reads: The Blue Door by Christa Kinde (maybe- still reading 😊)
 
      

  Books Received this Week     

The Underdogs 
The Underdogs by Sara Hammel from Netgalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing  Group for review - which is awesome because this was my W.o.W. post this week :)

May 20, 2016

Mini Review: Harley Quinn & Her Gang of Harleys by Jimmy Palmiotti


Harley Quinn & Her Gang of Harleys (2016-) #1Harley Quinn & Her Gang of Harleys
Series: #1
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication Date:  April 13, 2016



 

Format:  Comic
Source: Bought/ Own


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Goodreads Synopsis: 
Straight from the pages of HARLEY QUINN comes the story of her strange new army of assistants, the Gan of Harleys! In this new miniseries, they've been on the job for just a few months, and the Gang is ready to stand up and show what they can do without Harley...and they just might have to, because Harley's been kidnapped! The Gang's homes, their loved ones-they're all in danger from a strange new villain with a very personal grudge against Harley!
Mini Review: 
Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys is a spin-off from the Harley Quinn books I have been reading (so I hope you aren't tired of them yet). In this first issue Harley decides that her gang needs to be able to work without her but still help the city, luckily she is kidnapped so they have to find her. The book follows them around in their search which is pretty useless but Harley is in trouble. In coming issues it seems that we will only be following the gang and in #2 we will still be looking for Harley. I like all the personalities you get from the gang and there is a lot of diversity which is always refreshing.

May 19, 2016

Recent Reads: Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot

Source: Librarything Early Reviews Program and William Morrow in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Royal Wedding (The Princess Diaries, #11)Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot
Series: The Princess Diaries #11
Publisher:  William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date:  June 2, 2015



 

Format: Paperback ARC

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Goodreads Synopsis: 
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series comes the very first adult installment, which follows Princess Mia and her prince charming as they plan their fairy tale wedding - though a few poisoned apples could turn this happily-ever-after into a royal nightmare

For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity: living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia’s gorgeous longtime boyfriend, Michael, managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn’t need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui.

But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother has leaked “fake” wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia’s father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone - especially herself - that she’s not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?
Review: 
If you follow my blog you may have noticed that I have been reading The Princess Diaries series and if I am completely honest with you, this book is the reason. Now I probably could have read this book as a stand-alone but I have always wanted the excuse to read the whole series and so now I have and it was a good idea. I love this series so much - I am a little sad I didn't read it when I was younger. Mia becomes such a strong female throughout and her growth is beautiful. 

In this newer more adult installment, Mia finds herself out of college and needing to journal again due to stress. I think this was a very clever way to pick up the story again - more journaling makes for more books! Woo! She is still up to her 'go for it' approach to the world and making her own way even though she is a princess and I loved ever bit of this book.  There were so many twists and turns throughout - I was laughing, smiling, even crying with happiness for her as I read - because it is a diary you feel so close to the character.  

My only issue is that the book is called the Royal Wedding and yes much of it revolves around her about to have a wedding but you don't read anything about the wedding itself. It is mostly an engagement. I REALLY hope there are more to come. 

May 18, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday:The Underdogs by Sara Hammel

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The Underdogs by Sara Hammel
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date:  May 31, 2016




https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17608898-the-killing-jar?from_search=true&search_version=service

Goodreads Synopsis:  

A debut summer mystery with a breathtaking twist you won't see coming

Who killed Annabel Harper?

When a popular teen beauty’s body is discovered by the pool at an elite tennis club, the regulars are shocked—especially twelve-year-old Evie and her best friend, Chelsea. While everyone else is haunted by the teen’s death, Evie and Chelsea jump on the case, dogging the footsteps of the lead detective as he investigates this suspicious death. As the two shadow the detective, the girls learn secrets about the club’s regulars—and stumble upon a disturbing truth that will test their friendship and prompt an act of heroism that may change both of their lives forever.

Why I Am Waiting:
This book sounds great, a fun, summer, middle grade murder mystery. It is available for request on Netgalley so fingers crossed I get approved.