Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hoppy Easter Giveaway Hop!

Happy Thursday, darlings!

Hoppy Easter Giveaway Hop! Hop around, enter for great prizes, and enjoy!



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4th Annual Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop
April 17th to 24th
Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Read Now Sleep Later

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Summer Reading Challenge! Summertime Hop

 
Okay, so it's not summer. Yet. But technically it is for me starting next week! That is... SUMMER BREAK.

Though I will be working somewhere in the 60 hour a week range (job+internship = awesome) I'll have plenty of time to dedicate to the written word, which means SERIOUSLY TACKLING MY TBR SHELF! 

Here's the goal:

30 TBR books and 20 ARC/Author request books in 4 months. 


We all know it's possible *points to the people who read 200 books a year*


So, I totally wasn't planning on this, but I thought it might be fun to ask others if they'd like to join in. I'm turning Mondays in to SRC Recaps for the blog, so I think it would be a great day to link everyone up for a summertime hop.



 



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SUMMER READING CHALLENGE TBR 
Auggie's Goal:

The Book of Lost Things
A Great and Terrible Beauty
Revel Angels
An Apple for Creature
A Wind in the Door
Dragon's Egg
The True Meaning of Cleavage
Scarlet
A Tale of Time City
Dogsbody
Mint Condition
Sisters Red
Spirit of Lost Angels
Initiation
Two Sisters
The Whisering Road
Closed for the Season
The Prophecy of the Stones
Last Scene Alive
A Fool and His Honey
Dead Over Heels
The Julius House
Poppy Done To Death
A Cast-Off Coven
Hexes and Hemlines
Brownies and Broomsticks
The Trouble With Magic
Morgan's Cross
Dance of the Gods
Valley of Silence


Feel free to join in every Monday with links to you SRC updates! You can link up for the next few weeks on this post with a goal post of your own! If you miss the linky sign up on this post, no problem. You can still join by linking up your hop-posts every Monday!


Link your goal posts up in this Linky and we'll add you to our Challenges page!







Enjoy!

Until Next Blog,

Read On! 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Contributor Review: "These Broken Stars" byAmie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Good Tuesday, book babes!

Auggie-Talk Team member Tori is bringing us another awesome review!

Remember, if you're interested in becoming a Contributor or an Auggie-Talk Team Member please check out Guest Posting Signup page for the forms! We'd love to feature your fantastic reviews (whether you have a blog or not!).

Today's review: 
THESE BROKEN STARS
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REVIEW

13138635Title: These Broken Stars
Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Genre: Young Adult/Sci-Fi
Publication: December 10, 2013
Pages:   374

Synopsis:
 

It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

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A timeless love story, THESE BROKEN STARS sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.


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            I was surprisingly captivated by "These Broken Stars." I had read snippets of reviews in which this book was hailed as an "intergalactic Titanic." Such a proclamation seemed enticing to a science-fiction geek such as myself. Add a little romance, some sweet iced tea, and I had the makings of a wonderful afternoon in store for myself. 

            Oddly enough, all references to the RMS Titanic seemed to rapidly sink once I got past the first few chapters. The book takes the reader aboard the Icarus, a colossal luxury spaceship passing through dimensional hyperspace and carrying some fifty thousand souls. When the ship is wrenched off track, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux end up thrown together in a single safety pod. Their pod, along with all the wreckage of the Icarus, crashes on an unknown planet leaving the two stranded together.   

            Normally if a book is written from two different viewpoints, I would find myself nearly jarred out of the story every time a new chapter started. But with Lilac and Tarver, I found it to be a nearly seamless transition from one mind to the other. I don't know if that is due to the fact that this book was co-written by Kaufman and Spooner or just that it was written so well. Either way, I very much so enjoyed the tag-along with both characters.

            Lilac is the daughter of the wealthiest man in the entire universe. I was expecting to have to trudge along through the tantrums of a spoiled rich girl. At first, I was correct in my assessment. She was infuriating and difficult for the first few chapters. Once her icy demeanor began to thaw, I was content to watch her evolve throughout the book. I came to find that I admired her resilient attitude and her quick tongue. Tarver is the backbone to the beginning of the book. He keeps the plot from wobbling off track and you know that he is the character that will keep you moving. When Lilac starts hearing chilling whispers and having strange visions, it's her sanity that Tarver is trying to protect. 

            Their romance is the stitching among the chapters that held me firmly rooted to their story. The concept of needing someone takes on a whole new meaning when two people are conceivably alone on a planet together. It made me anxious for every touch. This book is not a fast-paced read. It's a slow journey of survival and a love that society and Lilac's father would condemn.

            At first, I perceived the writing to be a bit dawdling. But it didn't take me long to figure out that therein was the beauty of the piece. You are pulled along through every bit of their exhaustion and desperation. I found paragraphs so beautifully written that I was wrenched down into the dirt right along with them. Blinking back sudden tears and having to widen my gaze to keep from missing a moment of the emotion that was so wrenchingly raw on the page. 

            I give this book 4 quills. I wanted a little more from the ending, which is what kept me from giving it that extra quill. But as this is the first in the Starbound Trilogy, I suppose I can't expect the world. Take the afternoon and meet Lilac and Tarver. You can never quite tell how characters will surprise you.

Happy reading!


           

Monday, April 14, 2014

Reviews You Might Have Missed

Hello, spring beans!

We've decided to do a little review recap today. A bit of a "lookback" at our year up until this point.

There are going to be a LOT of changes coming and all of them are looking spectacular! We're so grateful for all of your support and love and we're excited to be able to offer you even more bookish goodness in the future!


 
Reviews You Might Have Missed: 

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Enjoy!

Until Next Blog,

Read On! 


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Book Gathering #32

Happy Sunday, mon petit bookworms!

I got a gander of a rough draft of our new blog design and it's stupendous! We're working out the kinks now and hopefully you'll be seeing new, unique, Auggie-Talk by the end of this month.

This next two weeks is going to be CRAZY. I'm packing up my apartment to make 1 of the 2 big-moves this year. Library School final projects are due this week and I've got another trip to New York on the menu this weekend.

Do not fret, good readers!  For I have made efforts to pre-schedule numerous posts for your reading enjoyment while I'm slinging packing boxes, MARC records, and plane tickets. *superwoman pose*

Today it's a BOOK GATHERING (You know we love those!).







Book Gathering #32



I'm currently participating in two great haul memes hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Books, Biscuits, and Tea.

Please give these two lovely blogs a look see and participate in these great meme adventures!

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Books
(Images and synopses courtesy of GoodReads)

ARC and Copies
from Publisher
 
 
We Are The Goldens
 
We Are the GoldensTitle: We Are The Goldens

Author: Dana Reinhardt

Genre: Contemporary YA

Publication Date: May 27, 2014

Pages: 208


Synopsis:

Nell knows a secret about her perfect, beautiful sister Layla. If she tells, it could blow their world apart.

When Nell and Layla were little, Nell used to call them Nellaya. Because to Nell, there was no difference between where she started and her adored big sister ended. They're a unit; divorce made them rely on each other early on, so when one pulls away, what is the other to do? 
 
But now, Nell's a freshman in high school and Layla is changing, secretive. And then Nell discovers why. Layla is involved with one of their teachers. And even though Nell tries to support Layla, to understand that she's happy and in love, Nell struggles with her true feelings: it's wrong, and she must do something about it.
 




 
The Quick
 
The QuickTitle: The Quick

Author: Lauren Owen

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publication Date: June 17, 2014

Pages: 228


Synopsis:

An astonishing debut, a novel of epic scope and suspense that conjures up all the magic and menace of Victorian London  
London, 1892: James Norbury, a shy would-be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat. Through this new friendship, he is introduced to the drawing-rooms of high society, and finds love in an unexpected quarter. Then, suddenly, he vanishes without a trace. Unnerved, his sister, Charlotte, sets out from their crumbling country estate determined to find him. In the sinister, labyrinthine city that greets her, she uncovers a secret world at the margins populated by unforgettable characters: a female rope walker turned vigilante, a street urchin with a deadly secret, and the chilling “Doctor Knife.” But the answer to her brother’s disappearance ultimately lies within the doors of one of the country’s preeminent and mysterious institutions: The Aegolius Club, whose members include the most ambitious, and most dangerous, men in England.

In her first novel, Lauren Owen has created a fantastical world that is both beguiling and terrifying. The Quick will establish her as one of fiction’s most dazzling talents.

Named One of the Top 10 Literary Fiction Books of the Season by Publishers Weekly
“A suspenseful, gloriously atmospheric first novel, and a feast of gothic storytelling that is impossible to resist.”—Kate Atkinson, bestselling author of Life After Life and Case Histories

“A sly and glittering addition to the literature of the macabre . . . As soon as you have breathed with relief, much worse horrors begin. It’s a skilled, assured performance, and it’s hard to believe it is a first novel.”—Hilary Mantel, bestselling author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies

“Ambitious, elegant, atmospheric, and often deeply poignant, The Quick is a seamless blend of Victorian London and rich imagination. This is a book to savor.”—Tana French, bestselling author of In the Woods and Broken Harbor
“Seductive . . . extraordinarily polished . . . a book for readers to lose themselves in.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The book’s energy, its wide reach and rich detail make it a confident example of the ‘unputdownable’ novel.”The Economist



 
The Reflections
Of Queen Snow White

 
The Reflections of Queen Snow WhiteTitle: The Reflections of Queen Snow White

Author: David Meredith

Genre: Fairytale Retelling/ Fiction

Publication Date: October 2, 2013

Pages: 155


Synopsis:
What happens when "happily ever after" has come and gone?

On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven's wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven's fiancĂ©, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White's own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:

The king is dead.

The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.

It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what "happily ever after" really means?

Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White.



 
Daughter of the Sea
 and the Sky
 
The Daughter of the Sea and the SkyTitle: The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky

Author: David Litwack

Genre: YA 

Publication Date: May 19, 2014

Pages: 228


Synopsis:
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fter centuries of religiously motivated war, the world has been split in two. Now the Blessed Lands are ruled by pure faith, while in the Republic, reason is the guiding light—two different realms, kept apart and at peace by a treaty and an ocean.

Children of the Republic, Helena and Jason were inseparable in their youth, until fate sent them down different paths. Grief and duty sidetracked Helena’s plans, and Jason came to detest the hollowness of his ambitions.

These two damaged souls are reunited when a tiny boat from the Blessed Lands crashes onto the rocks near Helena’s home after an impossible journey across the forbidden ocean. On board is a single passenger, a nine-year-old girl named Kailani, who calls herself “the Daughter of the Sea and the Sky.” A new and perilous purpose binds Jason and Helena together again, as they vow to protect the lost innocent from the wrath of the authorities, no matter the risk to their future and freedom.

But is the mysterious child simply a troubled little girl longing to return home? Or is she a powerful prophet sent to unravel the fabric of a godless Republic, as the outlaw leader of an illegal religious sect would have them believe? Whatever the answer, it will change them all forever… and perhaps their world as well.


 
The Dark World
 
The Dark World (Dark World, #1)Title: The Dark World

Author: Cara Lynn Shultz

Genre: Paranormal YA

Publication Date: May 27, 2014

Pages: 384


Synopsis:
Paige Kelly is used to weird--in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn't fazed by Paige's propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she'll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that's overrun by demons-and she might never make it home.


 
Devil in the Corner
 
The Devil in the CornerTitle: The Devil In The Corner

Author: Patricia Elliot

Genre: YA Historical Fiction

Publication Date: March 6, 2014

Pages: 400


Synopsis:
A gorgeously gothic historical tale from the author of THE PIMPERNELLES

Penniless, and escaping the horrors of life as a governess to brutal households, Maud seeks refuge with the cousin-by-marriage she never knew. But Juliana quashes Maud's emerging friendships with the staff and locals - especially John, the artist commissioned to restore the sinister Doom in the local church. John, however, is smitten with Maud and makes every effort to woo her.

Maud, isolated and thwarted at every turn, continues to take the laudanum which was her only solace in London. Soon she becomes dependent on the drug - so is this the cause of her fresh anxieties? Or is someone - or something - plotting her demise?

Is the devil in the corner of the Doom a reality, or a figment of her imagination?


 
Kiss of Deception
 
The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1)Title: The Kiss of Deception

Author: Mary E. Pearson

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: July 15, 2014

Pages: 492


Synopsis:
In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assasin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.


Enjoy!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!