Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Weekly Features

Dani's Pick...

Divided We Fall (Divided We Fall Trilogy #1)

From the author of the acclaimed WORDS IN THE DUST: an action-packed YA novel set in a frighteningly plausible near future, about what happens when the States are no longer United.

Danny Wright never thought he'd be the man to bring down the United States of America. In fact, he enlisted in the National Guard because he wanted to serve his country the way his father did. When the Guard is called up on the Idaho governor's orders to police a protest in Boise, it seems like a routine crowd-control mission ... but then Danny's gun misfires, spooking the other soldiers and the already fractious crowd, and by the time the smoke clears, twelve people are dead.

The president wants the soldiers arrested. The governor swears to protect them. And as tensions build on both sides, the conflict slowly escalates toward the unthinkable: a second American civil war.

With political questions that are popular in American culture yet rare in YA fiction, and a provocative plot that could far too easily become real, DIVIDED WE FALL is Trent Reedy's very timely YA debut.

Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by Arthur A. Levine Books
ISBN:  0545543673 (ISBN13: 9780545543675)
Edition language:  English

Young Adult
Science Fiction > Dystopia

Jax's Pick...

Fragile Spirits by Mary Lindsey
Paul has always known he was a Protector, fated to serve a Speaker who could hear the voices of spirits lingering after death and help those souls find peace. Vivienne never listens to the voices of the dead.
Paul has always followed the Protector’s rule book, preparing diligently for the day when he’d be matched with his Speaker and fulfill his destiny. Vivienne never does what she’s told.
So when Paul is matched with Vivienne, they both find the pairing less than satisfactory. But a kidnapping, a malevolent spirit and a power stronger than both of them may just prove that they are two halves of the same whole.
In a stunning story about the beauty of fate and the power of secrets, Mary Lindsey returns to the world of Shattered Souls with a breathtaking thrill ride of a novel.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399161865
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 1/23/2014
  • Pages: 320

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Weekly Features

Dani's weekly feature pick 

The Rule of Three

One shocking afternoon, computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe. At sixteen-year-old Adam Daley’s high school, the problem first seems to be a typical electrical outage, until students discover that cell phones are down, municipal utilities are failing, and a few computer-free cars like Adam’s are the only vehicles that function. Driving home, Adam encounters a storm tide of anger and fear as the region becomes paralyzed. Soon—as resources dwindle, crises mount, and chaos descends—he will see his suburban neighborhood band together for protection. And Adam will understand that having a police captain for a mother and a retired government spy living next door are not just the facts of his life but the keys to his survival, in The Rule of Three by Eric Walters.
Hardcover, 405 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN        0374355029 (ISBN13: 9780374355029)

Genres Categories
Young Adult
Apocalyptic > Post-Apocalyptic
Science Fiction > Dystopia
Adventure - Survival

Jax's weekly feature pick

The Waiting Game (American Gypsy)

 by J.L. Fynn

Twenty-five-year-old Tommy Costello has been going out on the road with his best friend Jim Reilly since they were kids. They've pulled cons together, picked up dates together, and have always had each other's back. They're as close as brothers, and Tommy's sure their bond will never be broken. 

That is, until Maggie Downey shows up. She's an enigma: smart, bold, and charming. From the moment they meet, sparks fly. But there's a huge problem. She's arranged to be married to Jim. 

Tommy tries to keep his feelings for Maggie in check, but it's not easy, especially when he's also hiding a dark secret for his best friend. Jim is gay, and that reality will not only make him an outcast among the Travelers, but could mean a life of misery for Maggie as well. Tommy does his best to protect both his friendship and his own heart, but it's soon clear that falling in love with his best friend's wife is the least dangerous thing happening in the Village. 

The Waiting Game is a prequel to The Long Game, and the second book in J.L. Fynn’s American Gypsy series.

  • Kindle Edition
  • Publication: January 2014
  • Length: 253 pages
  • ISBN: 1494949504
  • LINK: http://www.amazon.com/Waiting-Game-American-Gypsy-ebook/dp/B00HUWFZQK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390320802&sr=8-1&keywords=the+waiting+game+j.l.+fynn

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Weekly Feature - Hollow City

Miss Peregrine, Book Two
by Ransom Riggs
ISBN-13: 978-15947496123
Publisher: Quirk Books
Pages: 352
This second novel begins in 1940, right after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends flee to London, the peculiar capital of the world. There, they encounter a dangerous madman named Caul, who also happens to be Miss Peregrine’s brother. Caul has discovered a way to rob Peculiars of their abilities and steal them for himself—and it will take all of Jacob’s efforts to save his friends from certain extinction.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly creepy) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Can't wait to get my hands on this. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was just outstanding! The creepiness from the b&w vintage photo's adds the perfect amount of spine-chilling, hair-raising curiosity.

If you haven't read any of Ransom's work, you need to!


Monday, January 13, 2014

Laurelin Paige's Forever With You

It's time for the release of Laurelin Paige's Forever With You! We are so excited!!!

Alayna Withers relationship with Hudson Pierce has tested both her and his ability to trust. They decide that the only way they can move forward together is with open doors and transparency. It won’t be easy for the scarred lovers, but they’re committed to each other more now than ever. Alayna, in particular, has grown through their trials, and has emerged more confident and faithful to the man she loves. 

But while the pair is focused on the future, their past shows up again to threaten their fragile bond. Promises that were made are broken, and Alayna learns that Hudson still has very potent secrets—secrets that will tear them both apart. As much as she feels for him, her ability to forgive and forget is tested beyond her limits. 

Even though she found the only man who could fix her, a forever with Hudson seems more and more out of reach. 

Here's an excerpt of Forever With You...

Hudson traced my cheek with his finger. “You know all you have to do is ask and it’s yours.”
A sudden wave of anxiety rolled through my belly. I turned to face the back of Jordan’s head. “Actually, I don’t know that, and honestly, that sort of makes me uncomfortable.”
Hudson put his hand on my neck. “Why?”
There were lots of reasons. But I settled on the most obvious. “I don’t want to be the floozy manager who only gets things because she’s fucking the owner.”
My eyes were still on Jordan. He was so good at his job—he didn’t even flinch at my crass language.
Hudson, it seemed, preferred that the conversation remain between us. He leaned in to whisper in my ear. “First of all, I love that you’re fucking the owner. Please don’t stop. Second, that’s not why you get things. You get things because you’re qualified. If you’d shown up to the interviews after the symposium, you would have had people fighting for you. But third, and most importantly, you get things from me because you’re my other half. Everything that is mine is yours. My connections, my money, my influence—it’s all half yours.”
I shivered. While I adored the sentiment—craved it, in fact—it also made my panic buttons go off. Those were the kinds of words that could make me think things I shouldn’t think. That I was more important than I was. That we were closer than we were. They were trigger words for me, and though I’d been healthy with Hudson, it had only come from diligence on my part.
But how I wanted to wrap myself in his declaration…
I swallowed. “I don’t know how to respond to that.”
Hudson nuzzled his nose against my earlobe. “You aren’t ready for that, I know. But I needed to tell you. As for your response, how about you say you’ll run our club?”
“I’ll run your club.”
I knew my mistake immediately. Funny, how strongly I wanted to correct myself. I turned to meet his eyes. “I’ll run our club.”
“Now kiss me because you’ve made me a very happy man.”
He didn’t have to ask me twice. He didn’t even really have to ask me once, because his lips were covering mine as I opened my mouth to agree. His tongue slid in immediately, and he kissed me thoroughly until the car came to a stop in front of The Bowery.
Reluctantly, I released myself from his embrace. “Thank you, Hudson.” For the chance to run the club, for helping me be successful at it, for loving me in the best way you know how, for finding me in the first place.

He swept my hair away from my shoulder. “No. Thank you.”

What are you waiting for? You have got to get your hands on Ms. Paige's books! 

B&N http://bit.ly/1cYMMpP
Amazon http://amzn.to/191egAa
iTunes http://bit.ly/Jnptzp

Friday, January 10, 2014

Weekly Feature

Every week we will feature a NEW RELEASE for that week. usually this post will be on Tuesdays but it was missed this week.

Our Weekly Feature...

Splintered, Book Two
by A.G. Howard
ISBN-13: 978-1419709715
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pages: 384
Amazon, B&N, Goodreads
Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole. She was crowned Queen of the Red Court and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the boy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly appealing Morpheus. Now all she has to do is graduate high school.

That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

Could she leave Jeb and her parents behind again, for the sake of a man she knows has manipulated her before? Will her mother and Jeb trust her to do what’s right? Readers will swoon over the satisfying return to Howard’s bold, sensual reimagining of Carroll’s classic.

Jax:  I cannot wait to get my hands on this! I've missed Jeb.

Dani: Jeb-Schmeb. Morpheus is the true Dark Night in well-tailored “armor”. I have been waiting to see what happens next!!

Jax:  Morph is hot, but I'll take the skater boy every single time! *sigh*

Dani: You are totally right... Morph is hot! And Jeb is super faithful and sweet for sure. I can't wait to read Anita's magic!

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Clear Your Shelf Giveaway

This hop features books that need a new home!

Clear Your Shelf Giveaway hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer  
For this bloghop, bloggers will clean out their bookshelves and giveaway book/s that they'd like to share. This hop runs from January 4th to 10th. 

At Cover Girls, we're giving away two books:

Jax will be giving away Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls) by Maggie Stiefvater (YA)

Dani will be giving away Deeper Than the Dead (Oak Knoll #1) by Tami Hoag (Adult)