Most Anticipated Releases of March 2015

Most Anticipated Release March 2015

Another exciting month in terms of book releases! I’m extremely excited about these new releases, some of the covers initially didn’t really capture my interest, however i’m happy to say that once i read the summary i was hooked. This may mean that i’m finally getting over my “Judging a book by its cover situation”. Last month was a great month in terms of releases and i now own four of the five i posted about. The only reason i haven’t gotten the fifth (Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder) is that i really want to re-read Posion Study, Magic Study and Fire Study, as well as the Opal books before i read the next in the series. I also don’t have those books with me at uni which makes it all a bit more awkward! Right now, onto the books i’m excited for this month:

My Most Anticipated Releases of Month Year (in no particular order):

1. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

(Publishing: 3rd March 2015 by Balzer + Bray)

Bone Gap

The Bone Gap seems to be set in a town in which people are constantly leaving. The story follows the tale of two boys (Finn and Sean) who were abandoned by their mother a few years ago, it seems like they had made a new friend called Roza, however she has gone missing and the people of the Bone Gap just assumed she left. However it implies that Finn saw her being kidnapped and no one will take him seriously. It seems like the sort of book that could be extremely interesting to read, as it is set in multiple point of views so you can really understand what is happening. I do want to find out what happened to Roza and a bit more about the town itself.

2. The Memory Key by Liana Liu

(Publishing: 3rd March 2015 by HarperTeen)

The Memory Ket

This really looks interesting, first of all i love the name and cover! It is set in a future world in which a viral form of Alzheimer’s has stricken the population and affected everyone’s memory. As a solution each person has a chip implanted into their brains, called a memory key, to help preserve memories in the way a healthy functioning brain would. However Lora’s (presumably the main character?) memory key is suddenly damaged and she starts to remember an event from the night her mum died which implies something else happened that night (i’m guessing she was murdered?). Now she has to figure out which of her memories are real and fake and what is really happening in the world she lives in?

3. Charisma by Jeanne Ryan

(Publishing: 3rd March 2015 by Dial Books)

Charisma

The story follows a girl called Aislyn, she is incredibly shy and agrees to be given an underground gene therapy drug called Charisma. This suddenly turns her popular and charming, however she isn’t the only person that seems to have changed. Then the drug seems to take a turn for the worst, turning into a contagious disease that is deadly. The doctor that administered the drug is missing and Aislyn needs to do something before it is too late.

4. Flunked by Jen Calonita

(Publishing: 3rd March 2015 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky)

Fairy Tale Reform School Flunked

First off, this has got to be one of my favourite book covers in a very long time. I absolutely adore it! The story is about a reform school for Villans in Enchantasia to turn them into upstanding citizens. I like that the summary really hasn’t given away much about the book and seeing as fairy tale retellings are one of my favourite genres i will definitely be reading this one!

5. The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace

(Publishing: 3rd March 2015 by Margaret K. McElderry)

The StorySpinner

In this world it is implied that there is currently no one on the throne, however there is a missing heir that is being searched for who may or may not be dead. The keepers ( a race of people with magical abilities) are searching for the lost princess, however other are also looking and girls that look like the main character (Johanna) keep turning up dead. Johanna is a performer, forced out of her troupe after the death of her father, now forced to work for a handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva. It is suggested that her fathers death may have not been an accident and people are after her.

6. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

(Publishing: 10th March 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books)

The Orphan Queen

Wilhelmina’s kingdom and homeland was conquered by the Indigo kingdom and herself and other orphaned children of nobility were forced to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. For ten years they have resided there, slowing becoming more powerful and basically spys, great at stealth and theft. Herself and her best friend infiltrate the palace and assume identities of nobles from a fallen kingdom. However things are not as they appear and a great evil is destroying the world and headed for Skyvale. Wilhelmina may have the power to stop it with her magic, however magic is forbidden. The great evil are known as wraiths, a by-product of magic and the reason it was forbidden (i’m assuming). Will Wilhelmina be able to save herself and take back her throne?

7. Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay

(Publishing: 17th March 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books)

Everything that makes you

This book will either be incredibly moving and most likely make me cry or not really work. It follows Fiona Doyle, but two versions of Fiona. In one, she had a terrible accident 12 years ago and her face is now covered in thick ridges of scar tissue and she seems to be quite reserved and potentially a bit frustrated with life. In the other version, Fi is the best female lacrosse player in the state, she is best friends with her other versions crush and has a full ride to a great university. It follows the stories of both girls and hopefully defines that no matter your outward appearance, you still have the capability to do what you want.

8. The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

(Publishing: 24th March 2015 by Algonquin Young Readers)

The Walls around Us

I’ve read and re-read the summary for this book and still i can’t find myself able to really put it into words. The book follows two girls that are unrelated, however through both of their stories we get to know about another. I can’t really get more info than that, which is good as it means that more will be a surprise!

9. Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross

(Publishing: 31st March 2015 by Harlequin Teen)

Sisters of Blood and Spirit

The story follows two twin girls, Wren and Lark Noble, however Wren is dead. Her and Lark seem to be able to communicate and almost share a body, with Lark allowing Wren to occasionally take over her body and allow her a chance at “real life”. It seems like it could be really interesting and definitely one to look forward to!


What are the books that your most looking forward to in March?

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February 2015 Monthly Recap

monthly wrap up


 Books i received this month:

Showcase Sunday #21 – 3 for review

Showcase Sunday #22 – 2 bought and 2 for review

Showcase Sunday #23 – 2 bought and 2 for review

Showcase Sunday #24 – 2 bought

Showcase Sunday #25 – 1 bought and 4 for review


Bought book i’m most looking forward to reading:

The Red Queen

Review book i’m most looking forward to reading:

The Girl at Midnight


Books I read this month:

Deep Blue Rogue Wave The Sin Eater's Daughter TheGlassArrowbyKristenSimmons


Books I reviewed this month:

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly – 4/5 stars


Other posts this month:

Most Anticipated Releases of February 2015

2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Assignment Challenge

February 2015 – Book Budgeting


Challenge Update for the Month:

2015 Reading Assignment Challenge

1/12 books read

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

(No passes or extra credits used)

2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

1/50 books read

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

Definitely a bit behind schedule on this one! Need to read a lot more in March.


Goals for next month:


 

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Showcase Sunday (25)

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Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea.

I accidentally requested more books again… However i’m super excited! I didn’t expect to get approved for a copy of The Girl at Midnight (and i have been waiting for it to be released for a while!) and the other three books also looked super interesting. I have been waiting for my copy of the Red Queen to arrive since it’s release date and its only just finally arrived! I have so much reading to get done and not enough time to do it in!

These are the books i acquired this week :)

Received:

Thank you Netgalley and Publishers!

 The Bell Between Worlds The Girl at Midnight Enchantment Lake Made For You

Bought:

The Red Queen

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What did you get this week?

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday :)

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March 2015 Take Control Of Your TBR

March 2015 Take Control of your TBR pile

 

Take Control of Your TBR Pile is hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and its back for its third year. This will be my first time taking part in the challenge and i’m hoping it will really motivate me to read more books than i have been lately! It ties in well to my other challenges of the year (which are basically TBR challenges) so i’m hoping this will give me the super boost that is needed. For the month of March you read books in your TBR pile that were released before March 1, 2015, that means that any ARC’s read do not count for this challenge.

Rules:

  • Link-up! This is open to everyone. If you do not have a blog then link your Facebook or Goodreads account.
  • Make a Goals/updates/Results post (can be combined)
  • Begins March 1st, 2015 and ends March 31, 2015 at midnight.
  • Read/listen to books from your TBR pile .
  • ALL books must have been published before March 2015.
  • Post a review to Goodreads, your blog or Facebook then link it to the Rafflecopter for an entry. (mini review)
  • You can combine events, challenges etc.
  • No novellas for this one peeps
  • The rafflecopter will only allow you to enter up to two books daily, so update as soon as you finish a book.
  • Earn an extra entry for adding Take Control Button to your blog, or facebook (with link-back)
  • Use hashtag #TakeControlTBR
  • Twitter Party and read-a-thon will be announced to help you reach your goals.
  • Rafflecopter will close on April 2, 2015 at midnight and a winner will be chosen within 72 hours. Open internationally as long as Book Depository or Barnes and Noble ship to you. Prize: New 2015 release. I will do pre-orders as well. (may request eBook copy)

Goals

Right, this is a tricky one. I think i’m going to aim to read 7 books ( mainly because i like the number 7). It may not seem like much, but the first two weeks of March i’m finishing up my lab time for my masters year and it’s going to be super hectic. I have multiple journal articles to read and a dissertation and project report to write and finish, but reading can help relax me so i’m hoping that i’ll be able to get quite a lot of reading done! I’ll also try and do weekly update posts throughout march on my progress in this challenge!

March TBR read-a-thon

I’m also going to be taking part in the Read-a-thon happening between the 13th and 16th of March, hopefully this will be the boost i need in the middle of the month!


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February 2015 – Book Budgeting

Book Budgeting

 

I realised this year that i have been spending way too much money on books, as a result i am trying to cut down on the amount i spend each month. I will be trying to get around this by finding innovative ways to buy cheap book and new releases that i still need to read! My current budget is around £20-£25 a month, trying to keep on the lower scale and we’ll see how this goes :) In this post i’m only going to include books i have bought, not free ebooks or books for review. Let me know if you think i should change that!

January Total – £22.31 for 7 books

This works out to just over £3 per book, not too bad in my opinion! Also under the higher limit of the budget, though would prefer to be slightly lower if possible.

February Total – £18.09 for 6 books

e-books

Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs – £0.29 (used £1 kindle credit from no rush prime delivery)

City in Embers by Stacey Marie Brown – £2.19

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder – £0.99

physical books

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons (Hardcover) – £10.21

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury (Paperback) – £4.50

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Paperback) – £0.00 (used Waterstone points)


What did you buy/budget this month?

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Waiting on Wednesday (41)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine talking about upcoming book released we are excited for.

My choice this week is:

The StorySpinner

The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace

Release Date: 3rd March

From Goodreads:

“Drama and danger abound in this fantasy realm where dukes play a game for the throne, magical warriors race to find the missing heir, and romance blossoms where it is least expected.

In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer’s life can get tricky. And in Johanna Von Arlo’s case, it can be fatal. Expelled from her troupe after her father’s death, Johanna is forced to work for the handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva. Too bad they don’t get along. But while Johanna’s father’s death was deemed an accident, the Keepers aren’t so sure.

The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are on a quest to find the princess—the same princess who is supposed to be dead and whose throne the dukes are fighting over. But they aren’t the only ones looking for her. And in the wake of their search, murdered girls keep turning up—girls who look exactly like the princess, and exactly like Johanna.

With dukes, Keepers, and a killer all after the princess, Johanna finds herself caught up in political machinations for the throne, threats on her life, and an unexpected romance that could change everything.”

Oooh, now this looks interesting! The cover is a bit strange, however there’s something about it that i just like. Also is Johanna the princess? Potentially but i kinda want to find out, it could be a double bluff. Overall i’m hoping for lots of good things from this one. I’m really in a fantasy mood at the moment and hopefully this will help me carry on my streak.

What are your picks for this week?

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The Apollo Academy by Kimberly P. Chase Book Blitz

The Apollo Academy by Kimberly P. Chase Book Blitz

Apollo

The Apollo Academy by Kimberly P. Chase

Release Date: 22nd February 2015

Synopsis:

“Take off with this dynamic, thrill-seeking, sexy New Adult Science Fiction series debut. Welcome to the exclusive Apollo Academy, where Aurora is about to discover that achieving her dream is only the first step towards her future.

As the heiress to Titon Technologies, eighteen-year-old Aurora Titon can have whatever she wants—clothes, expensive gadgets, anything money can buy. But all she really wants is to escape her pampered, paparazzi-infested life for the stars. Becoming the first female pilot to train as an astronaut for the exclusive Apollo Academy is exactly the chance for which she has been waiting.
Flying is everything she ever dreamed, her best friend also got into the Academy, and the paparazzi is banned from campus. Everything would be perfect, but for her unreciprocated crush on a fellow student, the sexy astronaut bent on making her life hell, and the fact that someone keeps trying to kill her.

The most important education doesn’t happen in the classroom…”

Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US


Exclusive Excerpt from THE APOLLO ACADEMY:

(Chapter 10. Aurora in flight training with Sky, her domineering (and not to mention hot) flight instructor.)

“Whoop, whoop. ‘Thrust warning, loss of main engine one.’ Whoop, whoop.

The shrill warning bell caused the hair on the back of Aurora’s neck to stand on end. She thrust the throttles on the remaining two engines full forward. She knew Sky stood behind her simulation panel, probably smiling as she struggled to recover from the engine failure he’d just caused with the flick of a switch.

He’d been overseeing everyone’s progress and of course decided now to come over, waiting until she was at an extremely critical altitude before creating this failure for her to handle.

Whoop, whoop. ‘Stall imminent.’ Whoop, whoop.

Aurora knew she was approaching the aircraft’s stall speed, but the loss of a single engine made it extremely difficult to control the overly large shuttle. Her yoke shook, another warning that a stall was close.

Aurora had to resist the urge to pull the nose of the aircraft up.

“Aurora, you’re going to stall if you don’t increase your airspeed,” he whispered right next to her ear. She jumped, accidentally pressing her foot down on the rudder pedal. She still felt his breath on her cheek. Sky’s constant hissing in her ear was more distracting than being yelled at.

“Shit!” She didn’t even have a chance to alter the course of events because she was at too low of an altitude to recover from the spin she’d just entered.

‘Terrain, terrain.’ Whoop, whoop. Pull up, pull up.’

She wasn’t going to make it. It was like her last simulation flight all over again.

The screen cracked and blacked out when the shuttle hit the ground, killing everyone on board. This was followed by flashing red lights and a loud siren that alerted her and everyone else around her of the failure.

She slammed her finger down on the automatic warning system. The red warning lights swarmed around her, making her cringe in on herself. She already knew she had messed up; she didn’t need the incessant light show. If Sky hadn’t scared her half to death, she wouldn’t have stomped down on the rudder so hard at such a low speed. Okay, so maybe scared wasn’t the right word, but his breath on her face definitely distracted her.

“Damn it, Sky!” she said taking her frustration out on the one who was really responsible for her crash.

Now sitting down beside her, his large frame towered over her. He whispered in her ear, “Tell me why you crashed.”

He was still too close. “Oh, I don’t know, maybe because you scared me half to death by hissing at me.” She touched her ear. “Who does that? It made me stomp down on the rudder.”

Sky grinned, showing off his dimples. “Are you saying you were distracted by my very presence?” He had the audacity to wiggle his eyebrows suggestively.

Heat ran to Aurora’s face, but instead of backing down like she normally would, she decided to wipe that grin off of his face. She’d had it with everyone treating her differently. It might not have been the best idea, but she flirtatiously leaned toward Sky anyway. His eyes widened in surprise.

Now that he was distracted, she discreetly pulled a piece of gum from her bag on the seat next to her. “Here, maybe next time your breath won’t cause so much trouble.”

His mouth opened in shock, and Aurora took the opportunity to place the gum into his mouth. The instant she did it, she felt horrible. What was wrong with her? That was the most immature thing she’d ever done.

Sky calmly shut his mouth and popped a bubble, but the grin on his face was definitely gone.

Oh stars, he was going to make her regret that . . .”


About the Author:

Kim

Kimberly P. Chase holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, which basically means she’s kind of a geek and loves flying airplanes. Naturally, her books tend to include aviation, hot flight instructors, aviator glasses, and—let’s not forget—kissing! When Kimberly’s not writing or reading, she’s hanging out with her husband, five-year-old son, and two dogs in Charleston, SC.

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Showcase Sunday (24)

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Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea.

I tried to be good this week and not buy anything…that didn’t really work. However i did restrain myself to only buying e-books, also the books have been on my must read list for a while. City of Embers was featured on my most anticipated releases of February 2015 and i love Maria V. Snyder’s Study series so want to try some more of her work. What have you guys bought this week?

These are the books i acquired this week :)

Bought:

e-books

Touch of Power City in Embers

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What did you get this week?

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday :)

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Waiting on Wednesday (40)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine talking about upcoming book released we are excited for.

My choice this week is:

Fairy Tale Reform School Flunked

Fairy Tale Reform School: Flunked by Jen Calonita

Release Date: 3rd March

From Goodreads:

“Would you send a villain to do a hero’s job? An exciting new twisted fairy tale series from award-winning author Jen Calonita.

Full of regret, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, Flora, has founded the Fairy Tale Reform School with the mission of turning the wicked and criminally mischievous into upstanding members of Enchantasia.

Impish, sassy 12-year-old Gilly has a history of petty theft and she’s not too sorry about it. When she lifts a hair clip, she gets tossed in reform school-for at least three months. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla, she learns there’s more to this school than its sweet mission. There’s a battle brewing and she starts to wonder: can a villian really change?”

I love fairy tale retellings and when i found out about this release i knew i had to read it and share! The cover is also extremely gorgeous which helped draw my attention.

What are your picks for this week?

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Top Ten Tuesday (25)

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Top Ten Tuesday is a Weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where each week a topic is given and we have to reply with ten answers.

This Week’s Question: Ten Book Related Problems I Have (could be serious or fun!)

This was a tricky one to answer, mainly for figuring out which problems i actually wanted to admit to myself. However was a lot of fun to do and learn about myself. Hopefully now that i’m aware of all these i can try and behave a bit more sensibly!

10. Forgetting all about the e-books

I am always forgetting about all the books i have in pdf format and on my kindle because they’re not right in front of me. It’s slightly easier now with my Kindle Paperwhite where i can see the covers of the e-books, but i have so many books on there that i’ve been really excited about, but just forgotten because i don’t have it in physical format. It’s bad…

9. Owning a series of books of different editions 

I have a couple of series in which the cover design changes throughout and for the later books in the series i may have the hardcover which doesn’t match with the paperbacks from earlier. It drives me absolutely crazy. I’ve had to rebuy a few books to get them to match. Anyone else have this problem?

8. Spending too much time reading

Yes, i know that you can never really spend too much time reading, but i have so much uni work that i have to get done that very often i feel like reading isn’t something i should be doing. Or if i want to read i should read one of those *exciting* journal articles to put into my dissertation. Hopefully when i graduate i’ll feel less bad, though if i get my PhD place that’ll be another 3 years of guilt ridden reading.

7. Judging a book by its cover…

I definitely judge books by their covers. I know its bad to do and i miss out on a lot of great books by doing so, however i just can’t help it. A great cover will immediately attract me to look at the book and see if the plot is something i’m interested in, however for books with ugly covers i often have to get recommendations from friends to get me to  see if they captivate my attention.

6. Waiting between books in a series

Whenever i read the first book in a series that i enjoy i will rush to goodreads to find out when the next book is coming out/if its already out. Most of the time i get lucky and can continue reading straight away, but occasionally (and more and more often now) you have to wait a year or longer for the next book to be released. During this time i can forget major plot points from the initial books and won’t want to read the next book until i have re-read the series. However i will then feel bad re-reading as i have so many other books that i still need to read and this can lead in an even longer wait to carrying on the initial series.

5. Falling in Love with the Plot only to read the book…

I will often read the plot to a book and make my mind up on whether i will enjoy it or not. However more and more recently i have found myself getting extremely excited over a new book release, only to be extremely disappointed and frustrated with the author as to how they’ve gone about weaving their tale. It almost seems like from the plot i make up a scenario in my mind and expect the book to relate. Hopefully this will not continue in 2015!

4. Overhyped Books (similar(ish) to above)

I’ll quite often be found following the recommendations of other book bloggers/reviewers/friends. It’s always really saddening to get to a book that everyone says you will really love and just not enjoy it. Maybe it’s due to the overhyping, of seeing it everywhere and impatiently waiting for the release. This is luckily still the minority though, most books that have bee “overhyped” to me i still really enjoy and really hope it stays this way!

3. Netgalley Addiction

Netgalley can be a wonderful wonderful place, however when you first get it you definitely request way more books than you actually want to read. This results in a pile up of books that you have little interest in but should still review as a courtesy to the publisher for accepting your request. You may also see books that other people have been accepted for that may look interesting initially, however when you receive it you realise it isn’t really for you. Please do your research and make sure the books your requesting you are actually interested in. I know i wish i had!

2. My TBR pile is crushing me :P

I have 184 books currently in my TBR pile…yes that was 184. That’s ridiculous! It doesn’t keep me from adding more books as well. Also there are always going to be new releases or review requests, so unless you stop buying books/accepting reviews for probably 2 years (and thats if you read an average of 92 books a year) you won’t be able to get it down completely. I’m going to stick with trying to slowly chisel it down over time. Lots and lots of time…

1. Book Budgeting

This was always going to be my number one problem, no matter what. I can be extremely bad at showing restraint in buying books. If there is one i want, i will try and get my hands on it as soon as possible. If not it can make me feel sad and pine for said book. I’ve gotten better this year trying to keep my book budget for the month. Hopefully this will eventually be less of a problem!

Bit more blabble


What are your top ten this week?

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