Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Lion Heart

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

 I am waiting on:

Lion Heart (Scarlet, #3)
Title: Lion Heart
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Series: Scarlet #3
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children
Publication Date: May 19, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Historical, Retellings
The eagerly-awaited conclusion to the Scarlet trilogy delivers another action-packed and romance-filled adventure.
Scarlet has captured the hearts of readers as well as the heart of Robin Hood, and after ceaseless obstacles and countless threats, readers will finally find out the fate of the Lady Thief.
Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape from the Prince's clutches, she learns that King Richard’s life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine demands a service Scarlet can’t refuse: spy for her and help bring Richard home safe. But fate—and her heart—won’t allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long, and together, Scarlet and Rob must stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England. They can not rest until he’s stopped, but will their love be enough to save them once and for all?
Why am I waiting?
The Scarlet series by A.C. Gaughen has been one of my favorites since I first picked up Scarlet a little over 3 years ago. I love the turn the story took in Lady Thief, and I just have to know if Scarlet and Rob ever get to be together and get their happily ever after. I love the way A.C. Gaughen takes the Robin Hood legend and retells it is such an action-packed way. 

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Chantress Fury

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

 I am waiting on:

Chantress Fury (Chantress, #3)
Title: Chantress Fury
Author: Amy Butler Greenfield
Series: Chantress Trilogy #3
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, 
The sea is coming. We are coming. And we will drown you all.
With a song, Lucy can control the wind and the water; she can bring castles and kingdoms to their feet. Since Lucy mastered her powers, King Henry has kept her close as he’s rebuilt England. She’s his best ally—and his workhorse. And now he’s called her to investigate attempted murder: His men claim they were almost killed on the Thames…by a mermaid. All Lucy can glean from the creature they’ve captured is a warning: The sea is coming. We are coming. And we will drown you all.
And then the floods begin. Swaths of London are submerged as the people scramble to defend themselves against the water—and the monsters—that are flooding their streets. As mistrust of Lucy's magic grows, the king relies on Nat, Lucy's great love, to guide them through the storm. But Nat is cold and distant to Lucy. He swore his love only a year before, and now he calls her “stranger.”
Lucy is determined to defeat this powerful new magic alone if she must. But then she hears an eerie song within the water…can it mean that she’s not the last Chantress after all?
Sweepingly romantic and crackling with magic, Chantress Fury triumphantly concludes the powerful Chantress trilogy.
Why am I waiting?
I have love this series since I first read Chantress two years ago, and I am not sure I want to say goodbye. I do however want to know where the end of the story means for Lucy and for Nat. I am still rooting for them, but things did not look their brightest in Chantress Alchemy. I think it would be an interesting turn if there was another Chantress. 

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Waiting on Wedneday: Becoming Jinn

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

 I am waiting on:

Becoming Jinn (Becoming Jinn, #1)
Title: Becoming Jinn
Author: Lori Goldstein
Series: Becoming Jinn #1
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: April 21, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, 
Forget everything you thought you knew about genies!
Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit.
To the humans she lives among, she’s just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she’s learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny.
Mentored by her mother and her Zar “sisters”, Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all. As Azra uncovers the darker world of becoming Jinn, she realizes when genies and wishes are involved, there’s always a trick.
Why am I waiting?
It has been so long since I read a book involving Jinn, and even then this book subject is one not often used. I think it is going to be a refreshing read, and besides who did not grow up hoping to find a genie in a magic lamp. I also love that this takes on Jinn not being the perfect life everyone thinks it is, and that should defiantly create an intriguing story for the main character, Azra.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: All The Rage

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

 I am waiting on:

All the Rage
Title: All the Rage
Author: Courtney Summers
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: April 14, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, 
The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear. 
With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?
Why am I waiting?
While I get that this book is not going to be an easy book to read, I also have a feeling the Courtney Summers is going to handle the subject delicately, but brutally truthful too. This one I know I am most likely going to need a big box of Kleenex for at times, but hopefully it is an open read, even as a piece of fiction. 

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Dead Spots Blog Tour: Review, Interview and Giveaway

Welcome to Unabridged Bookshelf's stop on the Dead Spots Blog Tour!  Today I have not only a review of Dead Spots, but also an interview with author, Rhiannon Frater herself. Make sure to check out everything going on during this tour by clicking the banner above. 

About the Book
Title: Dead Spots
Author: Rhiannon Frater
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: February 24, 2015
Genres: Adult, Horror, 
In the dead spots, dreams become reality, terror knows your name, and nightmares can kill you.
The stillbirth of Mackenzie's son destroyed her marriage. Grieving, Mac reluctantly heads for her childhood home to seek refuge with her mother, who constantly reminds her of life's dangers.
Driving across Texas, Mac swerves to avoid hitting a deer...and winds up in a dead spot, a frightening place that lies between the worlds of the living and the dead. If they can control their imaginations, people can literally bring their dreams to life—but most are beseiged by fears and nightmares which pursue them relentlessly. 
Mackenzie's mother and husband haunt her, driving her to the brink of madness. Then she hears a child call for help and her maternal instincts kick into overdrive. Grant, Mac's ally in the dead spots, insists Johnny is a phantom, but the boy seems so real, so alive....
As the true horrors of the dead spots are slowly revealed, Mackenzie realizes that time is running out. But exits from the dead spots are nearly impossible to find, and defended by things almost beyond imagination.

About the Author

Rhiannon Frater was born and raised a Texan. Though she has lived in various towns all over the
state, she finally settled in Austin, Texas where she met her husband and worked as a governmental consultant.
During her travels for her job, she was inspired to write the story of two women fleeing into the Texas Hill Country in an attempt to survive the zombie apocalypse. Originally published as a serial online under the title As The World Dies, she later self-published the series in three novels to satisfy the many fans of the story. The first novel in the series, The First Days, won the 2008 Dead Letter Award for Best Book (Fiction). The second book, Fighting To Survive won the 2009 Dead Letter Award in the same category.
The As The World Dies books were purchased by Tor in 2010.The first book, The First Days, was released in July 2011 and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. The second, Fighting To Survive, was released on November 8, 2011. The third book, Siege, was released in April 2012.
She is also the author of over a dozen independent works such as The Last Bastion Of The Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog). Her next novel for Tor, Dead Spots, will be published in 2014.
Rhiannon continues to live in Austin, Texas with her husband and is now a full-time writer.
She is represented by Hannah Brown Gordon of the Foundry Literary + Media and Brandy Rivers of Gersh Agency.
   
1. How did you choose the horror genre to write in?
I don’t feel I chose horror. It chose me. For a very long time I thought I would write mysteries, but I was terrible at it. Then I realized my muse has sharp fangs and claws and decided to roll with inspirations I found in my nightmares. After I wrote my first horror tale, I knew I had found my niche.

2. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Agatha Christie, Charlotte Bronte, and Laura Ingalls Wilder had a big influence on me when I was a young girl simply because they were women writers and wrote books I loved. I wanted to be just like them and write stories that readers would enjoy.  

3.     What was your favorite chapter (or part) of Dead Spots to write and why?
This is a tough one. I don’t have a favorite per se. Each chapter had its own challenges during the writing process. The most difficult for me to write was the shark scene because I am absolutely terrified of sharks. It probably gave me the most nightmares. So I can’t say it’s a favorite chapter, but I can say I’m very proud of it. That was me facing my own fear inside Dead Spots.

4. What was the hardest part of writing Dead Spots?
Mackenzie is an imperfect character and doesn’t always make the right choices. She struggles a lot in the book with her grief and fears. Showing her progression throughout the story was not always easy. I often had to sit back and ponder her internal journey.  Mackenzie isn’t a flashy heroine that somehow always knows how to save the day. She sometimes really screws up and doesn’t act in her best interests. I’ve written about plenty of female characters who really have it together, who know exactly what they’re capable of and are quite competent. So to write about a woman at the start of that journey to strength and wholeness was exhausting at times, but also rewarding.

5. Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you would love to work with?
The story feels whole to me. At its core it’s about Mackenzie coming to terms with loss, who she wants to be, and what she really wants out of life. That journey comes to a solid conclusion in my mind. Though I adore Mackenzie and enjoyed meeting some of the others caught in by the dead spots, I am not sure there is more to be mined out of that universe. I suppose I could write an endless series of stories about people being caught by the dead spots and the fears they endure, but then I’m afraid it would be all about the scares and not the actual personal journey. 
Of course, I love a complicated heroine, so I’m sure I will always write about them.

Thank you Rhiannon for allowing me to interview you!


My Review of Dead Spots
Rhiannon Frater has taken my worst nightmares and turned them into a novel I could not put down. I mean you cannot have a book about a world caught between dreams and nightmares and not have killer clowns and zombies. The main character, Mackenzie, is so broken when her story begins it broke my own heart seeing her go through such devastation and tragedy. I loved watching her slowly fight back against herself and her grief as she fought to stay alive in the nightmare world and dead spots. 

Rhiannon Frater has a simple elegance to her writing when handling the grief of a mother who never got to be one. While that is the ultimate loss for any mother, she also handles Mackenzie’s return to life when she could have just given up with a fierceness that captured me and had me rooting form the sidelines. Then Rhiannon Frater took some of the things that terrifies so many including myself, made them worse, but also showed how to fight back against the things we fear most. 

I was not sure if I would be able to get into the concept of dead spots and a world of nightmare and dreams. I am a huge fan of Rhiannon Frater, so I trusted that she would write it in a way that would invoke my own nightmares, but also in a way that made you experience the story right along with the characters. 

Rhiannon Frater has again created a horror masterpiece that has emotional depth, and showcases the vulnerabilities we all have inside of us. I truly felt Mackenzie’s grief and fear throughout the novel. I am glad I decided to give Dead Spots a shot, and I know that if you are a fan of horror, you will be too. 

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday:The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

 I am waiting on:

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Title: The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Series: Hazards #5
Publication Date: March 26, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, 

Why am I waiting?
Do I even have to say it at this point? Everything by Alyssa is gold, and I absolutely love her Hazards series. I have been hoping to see Jade's story and find out who she ends up with, and as a bonus I am sure a few of the previous Hazards characters will make an appearance which always is a blast. 

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Vanishing Girls

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

 I am waiting on:

Vanishing GirlsTitle: Vanishing Girls
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: March 10, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.
Why am I waiting?
Vanishing Girls sounds just like the mystery/thriller novel I have been craving lately. This one sounds interesting with the sisters trying to find each other, even with their estranged relationship. It also has me curious about the accident that caused Dara's face to become disfigured. This one defiantly has my interest peeked. 

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