Thursday, July 19, 2012

"Hourglass" Review and Release Crazed

Giveaway Reminders: 200 Follower Giveaway and "Pledged" Giveaway

Happy Thursday my wee sunflowers!

I'm happy again to bring you another RELEASE CRAZED as well as a review on Myra McEntire's "Hourglass" today.

But first... some fun news!

After my little part-time at the boutique turned into a nightmare I found myself job shopping, being asked by Mr. J NOT to get another job. "Work on your other stuff." he said.  What a man!

But, I didn't see that working out. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to stay at home and blog, write, read, craft, and bake all day long (who wouldn't?!)... but there's really no human interaction in that. I'm a strong introvert (surprise!) but I'm not a recluse! Not yet that is.

Anyway! By complete accident I now work at my local bookstore. Just thought all of my fellow book lovers would feel a little more enthused about that than the rest of my family.

"Bookstore? Oh, good for you." <---- Average response.

No no no.

"BOOKSTORE?! Oh goodness! That's absolutely fantastic, darling! Aren't you just so excited?!" <--- That's more like it, thank you. I'd also like some cake, too. If you can manage to scrounge one up.

Now, moving on to the legitimate business of the day. 

* REVIEW *
*"Hourglass"*
*Myra McEntire *
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* Hourglass*

Title: Hourglass
Author: Myra McEntire
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication: June 14, 2011
Pages: 387

Synopsis:
One hour to rewrite the past . . .

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn't there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents' death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She's tried everything, but the visions keep coming back. So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson's willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.

Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he's around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?

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4/5
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Emerson is a young woman plagued by the tragedy of her past. Her parents are gone. Her sanity... barely intact. She's haunted daily by guilt, loss, and those unsolid whispers from the past that take shape all around her.

She's just settled down into a semi-normal existence. She's got a job, a stable home life with her brother and his wife, and then Michael shows up. Michael is a big bundle of gorgeous but a mystery to Em. After discovering, and coming to terms with,  that fact that Michael met her before... as a time traveler from the future, she's dazed and rocked by an extreme revelation. She has the ability to time-travel.

She has the opportunity to go back into time and save a life, maybe even numerous lives. But, there's something about Michael that she can't shake, and there's a weird man named Jack appearing in her bedroom without warning. Then there's Kaleb, the attractive and tortured empath that has an eye for Em.

Let's just say It's all a giant, wonderful mess of emotions for Emerson. Wooo boy.

This book was so enjoyable! I was zooming through it after the first few pages. The writing style is just right and maintains a steady pace without any serious lulls or jumps in storyline. There's plenty of adventure and emotional struggle going on to keep you continuously interested in what's happening with the main character, Emerson.

Emerson is a strong character despite her tragic past. From time to time I felt that the author might have gone a little overboard with her tough attitude but only very rarely. The rest of the time her emotional actions seemed appropriate and endearing. She's a bit smart mouthed, a little sassy, loving, and just your average teenage girl that can see spirits. You know how that is.

Michael is not nearly as well defined as Emerson, but he's certainly not a flat character. Your standard romantic heart-throb with an interesting talent.

Kaleb is the more interesting one of the boys by far, but too much of a bad-boy to be in the running for "my favorite".

The other characters are perfectly proportional to their parts in the story. No one is underplayed and no one oversteps their character lines, stealing the spotlight from the main character.

The story was unique and a lot of the twists and turns were well thought out and actually surprising. A lot of the "dun dun dun!" moments were actually not expected, which makes me truly appreciate the talent this Author has with building anticipation and springing sudden changes on the reader.


The only reason I couldn't give this book a 5/5 rating was the too sudden attraction between Emerson and Michael. I understand that the story needs to be moved along, but I'm more of a fan of the "wait it out" deal. When romance happens too suddenly it makes me not as likely to appreciate it in the story. However, the author did manage a good excuse for why they were drawn together. I don't want to give anything too big away so you'll just have to grab this book up to read for yourself!

I'm in love with this book and I absolutely can not wait until the next one comes out.

READ READ READ
Hourglass
by Myra Mcentire
Powells.com
Amazon: $6.99
Kindle: $1.99
Nook: $1.59




* Release Crazed *

Release Crazed is a weekly feature on Auggie-Talk where I list 5 upcoming books that I'm really looking forward to. What are you anxiously anticipating?

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Title: Velveteen

Author: Daniel Marks

Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: October 9, 2012

Pages: 464

Synopsis:  Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that’s not the problem.

The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it’s not a fiery inferno, it’s certainly no heaven. It’s gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn’t leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind.

Bonesaw.

Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she’s figured out just how to do it. She’ll haunt him for the rest of his days.

It’ll be brutal... and awesome.

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.

Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules... or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.




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Title: Beta
Author: Rachel Cohn
Genre: YA Dystopian
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Pages: 304

Synopsis:  In a world constructed to absolute perfection, imperfection is difficult to understand—and impossible to hide.

Elysia is a clone, created in a laboratory, born as a sixteen year old girl, an empty vessel with no life experience to draw from. She is a Beta, an experimental model of teenaged clone. She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to die in order for Elysia to be created.

Elysia's purpose is to serve the inhabitants of Demesne, an island paradise for the wealthiest people on earth. Everything about Demesne is bioengineered for perfection. Even the air there induces a strange, euphoric high that only the island's workers—soulless clones like Elysia—are immune to.

At first, Elysia's new life on this island paradise is idyllic and pampered. But she soon sees that Demesne's human residents, the most privileged people in the world who should want for nothing, yearn. And, she comes to realize that beneath its flawless exterior, there is an undercurrent of discontent amongst Demesne's worker clones. She knows she is soulless and cannot feel and should not care—so why are overpowering sensations clouding Elysia's mind?

If anyone discovers that Elysia isn't the unfeeling clone she must pretend to be, she will suffer a fate too terrible to imagine. When Elysia's one chance at happiness is ripped away from her with breathtaking cruelty, emotions she's always had but never understood are unleashed. As rage, terror, and desire threaten to overwhelm her, Elysia must find the will to survive.




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Title: Venom
Author: Fiona Paul
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Pages: 432

Synopsis: Cassandra Caravello is one of Renaissance Venice’s lucky elite: with elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, her own lady’s maid, and a wealthy fiancĂ©, she has everything a girl could desire. Yet ever since her parents’ death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape.

When Cass stumbles upon a murdered woman—practically in her own backyard—she’s drawn into a dangerous world of courtesans, killers, and secret societies. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a mysterious artist with a mischievous grin... and a spectacular skill for trouble. Can Cassandra find the murderer, before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancĂ©, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?

Beauty, love, romance, and mystery weave together in a stunning novel that’s as seductive and surprising as the city of Venice itself.





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Title: Ironskin
Author: Tina Connolly
Genre: YA Dystopian Fantasy
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Pages: 304

Synopsis:  Jane Eliot wears an iron mask.

It’s the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain—the ironskin.

When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a "delicate situation"—a child born during the Great War—Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help.

Teaching the unruly Dorie to suppress her curse is hard enough; she certainly didn’t expect to fall for the girl’s father, the enigmatic artist Edward Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio...and come out as beautiful as the fey.

Jane knows Rochart cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things is true? Step by step Jane unlocks the secrets of her new life—and discovers just how far she will go to become whole again.




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Title: Crewel
Author: Gennifer Albin
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Pages: 368

Synopsis: Incapable. Awkward. Artless.

That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.

Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.


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Well my darlings, that's all for this week's Release Crazed!

What books are you looking forward to being released?

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

~A.

3 comments:

  1. A job at a bookstore?! That's AWESOME! I've tried to do that, but the ones close enough just aren't ever hiring. :(
    I really loved Hourglass but my issue was I kept picturing Michael as OLD. I mean, not old old, but you know, like 30 or something. I'm not sure why, but something to do with how he was introduced to the story I guess. But it was still an awesome read and I loved the second one, which was narrated by Kaleb!

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  2. I hear you about the job part. Not only is a job in a bookstore awesome news, interaction with other human beings is still something most of us need. I used to work from home, a few years ago, and it quickly became terribly boring. I wouldn't want to go back to that, to be honest.

    "Crewel" is one of the books I'm really looking forward to as well. And probably "Beta", too. The more I read about it, the more I think I'd enjoy it.

    Also: I’ve nominated you for the Lovely Blog Award: http://ylogs.com/archives/one-lovely-blog-award

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  3. Great review on Hourglass! I think books about traveling in time are always interesting! I love that you say "a lot of the twists and turns were well thought out and actually surprising" because I love books that aren't predictable and that surprise me. Thanks for the great info!

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