Thursday, December 18, 2014

Blog Tour: This Shattered World (Starbound #2) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner {Review + Giveaway}

Release date: December 23, 2014
Amie's info: Twitter | Facebook
Meagan's info: Twitter | Facebook
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 390
Format: Egalley
Source: Publisher provided for review through Netgalley
Buy the book: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | The Book Depository
The second installment in the epic Starbound trilogy introduces a new pair of star-crossed lovers on two sides of a bloody war.

Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet's rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn's blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.
Whew! It's so scary to go into a sequel (sort of sequel, more a companion?) to a book you loved, and boy did I love These Broken Stars. I don't know that I've read another book that made me emotional (read: freak out) in that way that it did, so This Shattered World was both unrelentingly exciting to get into and horribly terrifying. I mean, what happens if I don't love this one? How could it possibly live up? Those fears were gone very quickly. This Shattered World, while a very different book with very different characters, is just as wonderful as its predecessor. It's got a new world and a whole new set of characters (with an exciting--and maybe a bit squeal-inducing--visit from Lilac and Tarver), but all of the elements that made the first book such an excellent read are there and working just as effectively.

I just can't get over Jubilee Chase. Like Lilac, she's got rather a misleadingly cheery name. Jubilee is just fantastic. She comes off as cold and unfeeling (Stone-Cold Chase is her nickname), but the hard exterior is her coping mechanism. She's got a painful past that colors how she sees her world, yet she's loyal and ready to do anything to defend others. Though she's got a strong opinion on the rebels at the beginning of the book, she's not slow to change her opinions once she's given reason to see differently--she never ignores the truth in front of her and trusts her gut feelings. And she and Flynn work so well together. He's loose and cocky where she's stiff and realistic. Both suffer because of their pasts, but those pasts influence their decisions--though never in a harmful way. They quickly come together to create a better future for Avon, not to defend the army or the rebel's point of view.

And oh, the romance is just perfect. It's not as heavy as in the first book, but that's what suits the characters and their story. Their goal is to help the planet and the people on it, rebels and army alike. Jubilee and Flynn know they will have to make hard choices, and a relationship is a distraction. They want it, but they also can see the bigger picture. It wouldn't work for the book in any other way, either.

Even with the great characters and the romance, the world stands out. I mean, Avon is a completely new planet to us and it quickly felt familiar. The threat from LaRoux Industries is only growing, and it builds up nicely in this second installment. This coming to a head will undoubtedly be a favorite part of the third book.

As most of us are heading into reading this with trepidation after loving Lilac and Tarver and These Broken Stars, I can honestly say there's no need to worry. It's a quick and easy transition into loving Jubilee and Flynn and rooting for them just as hard.

About the authors:

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner are longtime friends and sometime flatmates who have traveled the world (but not yet the galaxy), covering every continent between them. They are sure outer space is only a matter of time. Meagan, who is also the author of the SKYLARK trilogy, currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina, while Amie lives in Melbourne, Australia. Although they currently live apart, they are united by their love of space opera, road trips, and second breakfasts.

Visit the These Broken Stars website for the latest news on the series and follow the authors on Twitter at @AmieKaufman and@MeaganSpoonerThis Shattered World is available for pre-order (with fun swag!) and will be released in North America on December 23, 2014.

A million, trillion thanks to the ladies at The Midnight Garden for letting me be a part of this tour! (I might've fangirled hard in my signup...) The Starbound books quickly became a favorite series of mine last year, so anything and everything I could do to help, I would. :)

Now, there's also this huge, wonderful pre-order incentive going on, which you will hate to miss (I promise!). You know how pretty those covers are, right? I mean, scroll up and look at it! Well, if you pre-order This Shattered World from Books of Wonder, you will get a shiny giant beautiful print of that very cover art! (Along with a signed copy of the book and a bookmark!) Y'all. Y'all. I have the poster from These Broken Stars, and it's pretty much my favorite thing in the entire world. I swear you will love it. (I'm seriously not exaggerating, though I am known to speak in hyperbole.)

Anyway, here's the info in a pretty image:

I know why you've gotten this far! The tour-wide giveaway for This Shattered World is BEYOND amazing, y'all. You'll kick yourself if you don't at least enter, and I'd like to spare you some pain, so ENTER! :D

You could win:
One of FIVE signed hardcover copies of This Shattered World

OR the grand prize, which includes:
Signed copies of both books
Starbound swag
A SECRET LETTER FROM TARVER TO LILAC (emphasis mine, because OH MY GOSH), which may be kept private or shared online
Coffee with the authors at one of their upcoming US tour stops OR a Skype chat!

See why I'm freaking out, y'all????

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Heir by Kiera Cass {73}

Title: The Heir (The Selection #4)
Author: Kiera Cass
Release date: May 5, 2015
Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought.

So, I have no shame in being excited for this. And how gorgeous is that cover? I hope it's SPARKLY.

 So what are you guys waiting on this week? :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: Suspicion by Alexandra Monir {99}

Title: Suspicion
Author: Alexandra Monir
Release date: December 9, 2014
Mysterious. Magnificent. Creepy. Welcome to Rockford Manor.

"There's something hidden in the Maze." Seventeen-year-old Imogen has never forgotten the last words her father said to her seven years ago, before the blazing fire that consumed him, her mother, and the gardens of her family's English country manor.

Haunted by her parents' deaths, Imogen moves to New York City with her new guardians. But when a letter arrives with the news of her cousin's untimely death, revealing that Imogen is now the only heir left to run the estate, she returns to England and warily accepts her role as duchess.

All is not as it seems at Rockford, and Imogen quickly learns that dark secrets lurk behind the mansion's aristocratic exterior, hinting that the spate of deaths in her family were no accident. And at the center of the mystery is Imogen herself--and Sebastian, the childhood friend she has secretly loved for years. Just what has Imogen walked into?

Combining a fresh twist on the classic REBECCA with a spine-tingling mystery and powerful romance, SUSPICION is an action-packed thrill ride.

My teaser, from 28% in the egalley:
"I don't expect you to be happy about it now. But I hope one day you will be, and that you'll see I did the right thing," I say. "And I promise, if I get there and I sense anything wrong, I'll come home right away. Please, just...try not to worry. Everything is going to be okay."

Zoey reaches for my hand across the table.

"You have my support," she says, forcing a smile.

This is seriously just the type of book I love, all Gothic and good! :)

I'll be visiting around and visiting back, so leave me links to your teasers! :) Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Stacking the Shelves {96}

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we get to share the books we've bought, been gifted, or received for review!

How was everybody's week? Mine's been pretty great! Seriously, there's nothing exciting going on in my life. Isn't that sad? I mean, I'm pretty darn excited for Christmas, but that's me every year. :) 


Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern
I popped onto IMDB to watch the trailer for something else (can't remember now...) and they had the trailer for this on the home page. I watched it. It looked adorable. I bought the book the next day. So far, I like it! I can't see that the movie is going to be very loyal to the book, though...

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (signed!)
Looooved this, but I read it on my Nook, so I didn't have a physical copy. Then B&N came out with the collector's edition with the fan art, which I needed, but wasn't in a rush to get. THEN they had SIGNED copies of it as part of the Black Friday thing. I tried to resist--and did, for a while, at least--but the pretty called to me and I bought it this week.

A recap of the week here on Paper Cuts:
Monday - Review: Persuasion, Captain Wentworth and Cracklin' Cornbread by Mary Jane Hathaway
Tuesday - Teaser Tuesday: Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay
Wednesday - Waiting on Wednesday: To Hold the Bridge by Garth Nix
Friday - Review: Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas

Books I read this week:
This Shattered World (Starbound #2) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

I'm currently reading:
Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

So that's been my week! Working at Barnes & Noble might just be the death of me. I love it, but gosh I spend a lot of money there. My shelves sure do look pretty, though. :) Have a lovely Sunday and a fabulous week!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Review: Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas

Release date: December 9, 2014
Author info: Website | Facebook | Twitter
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 304
Format: Egalley
Source: Publisher provided for review through Edelweiss
Buy the book: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | The Book Depository
Top Five Things That Are Ruining Chloe’s Day

5) Working the 6:30 a.m. shift at GoodFoods Market

4) Crashing a cart into a customer’s car right in front of her snarky coworker Sammi

3) Trying to rock the “drowned rat” look after being caught in a snowstorm

2) Making zero progress with her crush, Tyson (see #3)

1) Being accused—along with her fellow teenage employees—of stealing upwards of $10,000 

Chloe would rather be anywhere than locked in work jail (aka the break room) with five of her coworkers . . . even if one of them is Tyson. But if they can band together to clear their names, what looks like a total disaster might just make Chloe’s list of Top Ten Best Moments.
After loving Liz Czukas's adorable Ask Again Later early this year, I knew I had to get my hands on Top Ten Clues You're Clueless as soon as possible. While altogether a much simpler story, she still imbues her writing with such personality and fun that it's hard to tear yourself away from reading.

Top Ten Clues You're Clueless is exactly the kind of story I imagine The Breakfast Club is. Honestly, I've never seen the movie, but it's that idea of a bunch of seemingly different teenagers brought together by force bonding and ending up the better for it. Is that close? Even if it's not, that's the goodness that you get here. Chloe works in the GoodFoods Market, where she's not really close to her co-workers, but someone steals a large amount of money from a donation box and the teenaged employees are accused and forced to stay after hours on Christmas Eve. The fun you'd expect ensues. And who knew the goings on of a supermarket could be such fun? Between Chloe's lists, including things like most random groupings of items purchased, and what the group gets into, it's completely entertaining, and the pages fly by.

Yes, the mystery of who stole the money isn't exactly a head-scratcher, but it's one of those things where you simply enjoy the ride to get to the inevitable conclusion. Focusing on the whodunit of the book really misses the point, though. Chloe comes to see her co-workers in a new light, not only making friends out of people she'd never expect to be friends with, but opening up to them, both about herself and to see them in a new light.

Top Ten Clues You're Clueless is really a delight to read. It's quick and fun, and actually a great book for the holidays, since it's set on Christmas Eve. You'll certainly get the warm fuzzies you want for Christmas--which are also good any time of the year. :)

About the author:

Liz Czukas is a freelance writer who lives outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ask Again Later is her first novel. She collects college degrees she doesn't use, types too loud, and always has a song stuck in her head. In high school, Liz did go to two proms, but not at the same time.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: To Hold the Bridge by Garth Nix {72}

Title: To Hold the Bridge
Author: Garth Nix
Release date: June 9, 2015
To Hold The Bridge is a collection of short stories by Garth Nix, and features “To Hold the Bridge: An Old Kingdom Story” along with 18 other short stories.

All things Old Kingdom will be mine, even though I haven't read Clariel yet... Garth Nix's short stories are good in general, so there's more than just one story in there for me, :D

 So what are you guys waiting on this week? :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay {98}

Title: Princess of Thorns
Author: Robin LaFevers
Release date: December 9, 2014
Game of Thrones meets the Grimm's fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty's daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.

Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora's throne ten years ago.

Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it's too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?

My teaser, from 17% in the egalley:
My small triumph cheers me until a flash of black draws my eyes to the sky above the valley. There, dozens of vultures--crooked wings spread wide and bald heads craned toward the ground--drift in slow, relentless circles in the fading light, searching the world below for the ogre queen's prey.

Happy release day to Princess of Thorns! Do you need to see anything else past "Game of Thrones meets Grimm's fairy tales"?? :D

I'll be visiting around and visiting back, so leave me links to your teasers! :) Happy Tuesday!