06 July 2015

Book Wars a weekly feature hosted between two book review blogs – A Life Bound By BooksMuch Loved Books!

It’s a fact that book lovers know all about the covers of the books they covet. Often when a title is released here in the UK, it’s sometimes vastly different across the pond in the US. So, Michelle from Much Loved Books and I have come together to create Book Wars to talk about the difference in covers when it comes to the US vs. UK versions.

We hope from time to time authors will chime in with their thoughts as well. We welcome everyone to comment and share their thoughts too! The more the merrier!

Before we get to this weeks Book Wars, we have a winner to announce.The Book Wars winner for Bad Romeo is... the US COVER!!!!!! Thank you to everyone who voted for both books, and for picking a winner.

Also, there's a poll at the bottom of the post that we'd love to hear your input for the two covers! Tell us which one YOU love the most.

Left: US - Right: UK
Title: Mindwalker
Series: Mindwalker #1
Author: A.J. Steiger
Publisher: US - Knopf Books for Young Readers, 400 Pages, (June 9th, 2015), UK - Oneworld Publications, 400 Pages, (June 4th, 2015)
Add to Goodreads: USA Version | UK Version
Order online here: USA: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository UK: Amazon UKWaterstonesW H Smith, The Book Depository

Synopsis: At seventeen, Lain Fisher has already aced the Institute's elite training program for Mindwalkers, therapists who use a direct neural link to erase a patient's traumatic memories. A prodigy and the daughter of a renowned scientist-whose unexplained death left her alone in the world-Lain is driven by the need to save others.

When Steven, a troubled classmate, asks her to wipe a horrific childhood experience from his mind, Lain's superiors warn her to stay away. Steven's scars are too deep, they say; the risk too great. Yet the more time Lain spends with him, the more she begins to question everything about her society. As she defies the warnings and explores Steven's memories, it becomes clear that he's connected to something much bigger…something the Institute doesn't want the world to discover.

Lain never expected to be a rule breaker. She certainly didn't plan on falling in love with a boy she's been forbidden to help. But then, she never expected to stumble into a conspiracy that could ignite a revolution.


About the Author:

A. J. Steiger graduated from Columbia College in Chicago, where she majored in fiction writing. She has lived her whole life in the Chicago suburbs, though she enjoys regular visits to other galaxies and dimensions in her mind. She's a freelance writer and transcriptionist with an enthusiasm for anime and pancake houses. Mindwalker is her first book for young adults.

Find A.J. Online:

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Let the Wars Begin: Its now time to make our decision, let's see what we think about the covers and pick our favorite cover.
Lisa This is an easy week for me. Hands down the US cover wins for me this week! The cover is almost hauntingly beautiful. And the UK cover is just... flat. It doesn't speak to me in the ways that the US cover does. Feels not finished.

So, with an easy week for me and my choice of favorite cover - the US - which will YOU be voting for? Click on a cover below and share your thoughts today!
Michelle Both of these covers are unique in their own way, and could not be more different. I have read this book and I can vaguely see how the US cover is relevant to the story itself, and how the UK one doesn’t really relate to the book, so that is why my vote today is going to be more about cover apeal to me. For me, the book that appeals to me the most is the UK. I love how striking it is, but also the sparklyness of it, how the light reflects off the glitter just right, and how dramatic the eye is. It’s a UK vote for me this week. Don’t forget to leave you vote below and my review of the book can be found here.
VOTE for YOUR favorite cover of Mindwalker by A.J. Steiger NOW!

 

02 July 2015


Title: The Forgotten Mountain (The Collectors' Society #3)
Author: Heather Lyons
Publisher: CeruleanBooks, (June 25th, 2015)
Add to: Goodreads
Order here: Amazon, Barnes and NobleAmazon UK, Kobo, iBooks

NOTE: This is a New Adult/Adult novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: After years spent in Wonderland, Alice Reeve learned the impossible was quite possible after all. She thought she left such fantastical realities behind when she finally returned to England.

Now Alice has become a member of the clandestine Collectors’ Society, and the impossible has found her again in the form of an elusive villain set on erasing entire worlds. As she and the rest of the Society race to bring this mysterious murderer to justice, the fight becomes painfully personal.

Lives are being lost. Loved ones are shattered or irrevocably altered. Each step closer Alice gets to the shadowy man she hunts, the more secrets she unravels, only to reveal chilling truths. If she wants to win this war and save millions of lives, Alice must once more embrace the impossible and make the unimaginable, imaginable.

Sometimes, the rabbit hole leads to terrifying places.


Excerpt:

          “You should have informed me as to where you went today,” Van Brunt is saying.
          “I did. Marianne sent an email to you of our objectives and destination.”
          “En route, yes,” he allows. “The point I am making is that you should have informed me prior to leaving.”
          Before we left, his door was closed and both his cell and office phones rang constantly. Had I even knocked, I do not think he would have heard. Still, what’s done is done. “Each second we afford Lygari is another step he gains away from us. I could not risk him moving beyond our reach.”
          “Did you fear I would reject such a mission?”
          “No.” It’s honest. “I must admit, I did not think much of chain of command at all. I found the need for action to be far more pressing than bureaucracy, and did not wish anything to slow me down.”
          “Ms. Reeve—”
          No. The sorrow in his voice, the quietness, are contextual clues I do not wish to be illuminated. I shake my head, hold out my hand, but he says it anyway.
          “None of this will bring them back.”
          The breath that fills my lungs stings.
          “You must know how much I desire to find this Gabriel Pfeifer or Lygari or whatever his name is. My wife is . . .” His deep voice is tremulous. “Dead. My sons—”
          I am out of my chair. “You give up too easily, sir.”





About the Author:

Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.

Find Heather Online:

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01 July 2015

"Waiting On" Wednesday is an event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. The purpose of this weekly event is to spotlight a soon-to-be-released book that you are very much anticipating. "Waiting On" Wednesday will also give bloggers an opportunity to share ideas for our TBR lists.


Title: Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Harlequin Teen, 400 Pages (July 28th, 2015)
Add to: Goodreads
Order here: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository, Amazon UK

Synopsis: Some loves will last ’til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

Title: Oblivion (Nevermore #3)
Author: Kelly Creagh
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 448 Pages (July 28th, 2015)
Add to: Goodreads
Order here: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository, Amazon UK

Synopsis: This electrifying conclusion to the Nevermore trilogy takes one last trip to the dream world of Edgar Allan Poe to reveal the intertwined fates of Isobel and Varen.

The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins? —Edgar Allan Poe

The fine line between life and death blurred long ago for Isobel Lanley. After a deadly confrontation with Varen in the dreamworld, she’s terrified to return to that desolate and dangerous place. But when her nightmares resume, bleeding into reality, she is left with no choice. Varen’s darkness is catching up to her. To everything. Threatening to devour it all.

Isobel fears for her world. For her sanity and Varen’s—especially after a fresh and devastating loss. To make matters worse, the ghostly demon Lilith wants Varen for her own, and she will do anything to keep him in her grasp—anything.

Can Isobel ever find her happy ending? Worlds collide and fates are sealed in this breathtaking finale to the Nevermore trilogy.

*covers are always subject to change.

 

29 June 2015


Book Wars a weekly feature hosted between two book review blogs – A Life Bound By Books & Much Loved Books!

It’s a fact that book lovers know all about the covers of the books they covet.  Often when a title is released here in the US, it’s sometimes vastly different across the pond in the US.  So, Michelle from Much Loved Books and I have come together to create Book Wars to talk about the difference in covers when it comes to the US vs. UK versions.

We hope from time to time authors will chime in with their thoughts as well. We welcome everyone to comment and share their thoughts too! The more the merrier!

Before we get to this weeks Book Wars, we have a winner to announce. The Book Wars winner for Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles #1) by Amanda Hocking is..... a TIE! We haven't had a tie in awhile. Thank you to everyone who voted for both books, and for picking a winner.

Also, there's a poll at the bottom of the post that we'd love to hear your input for the two covers! Tell us which one YOU love the most.

Left: US - Right: UK

Title: Bad Romeo
Series: (Starcrossed #1)
Author: Leisa Rayven
Publisher: US - St. Martin's Griffin, 417 Pages (Decemver 23rd, 2014) UK - Pan, 400 Pages (July 2nd, 2015)
Add to: Goodreads USA Version | Goodreads UK Version
Order online here: USA: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository UK: Amazon UK, Waterstones, W H Smith, The Book Depository

NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+
Synopsis: While performing the greatest love story of all time, they discovered one of their own…Cassie Taylor was just another acting student with big dreams at her prestigious performing arts college…then she met Ethan Holt. She was the good girl actress. He was the bad boy on campus. But one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing on stage, Cassie and Ethan’s epic romance seemed destined. Until it ended in tragedy when he shattered her heart.Now they’ve made it to Broadway where they’re reunited as romantic leads once again—and their passionate scenes force them to confront the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their intense college affair. For Ethan, losing Cassie was his biggest regret—and he’s determined to redeem himself. But for Cassie, even though Ethan was her first and only great love, he hurt her too much to ever be trusted again. The trouble is, working with him again reminds her that people who rub each other the wrong way often make the best sparks. And when it comes to love, sometimes it’s the things that aren’t good for us that are the most irresistible. Don’t miss Leisa Rayven's Bad Romeo, the intoxicating romance beloved by over two million fans online—a story that’ll captivate you and hold you breathless until the final page.


About the author: 

Writing has always been a passion for Leisa, and even though she originally intended to be an actress, it wasn’t long into her time at drama school that she began writing plays.

Those plays were bad. Very bad. Well, her friends thought they were good, but that’s because they were always cast in them and any opportunity to be on stage was met with an obnoxious amount of enthusiasm.

Since then, she’s honed her craft, and several of her plays have been produced and toured throughout Australia.

These days, playwriting has given way to fiction writing, and Leisa’s debut novel, BAD ROMEO, will be available in a worldwide release through Macmillan Publishing in December 2014.

Leisa lives in Australia with her husband, two little boys, three cats, and a kangaroo named Howard.

(Howard may or may not be her imaginary marsupial friend. Everyone should have one.)

Find  Online: WebsiteTwitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Let the Wars Begin: Its now time to make our decision, let's see what we think about the covers and pick our favorite cover.

Lisa This week I've picked a book that I haven't read yet. I hope to soon as I've just received a signed copy in May's Bookworm Box. Talk about EXCITED to receive! If you haven't check out this amazingly awesome charity then click on the link I provided above to check it out!

So, this week we have two totally different covers. And can I just say that the US one is pretty amazing in person. It's so vibrant and eye-catching and it's sometimes nice not to have models on the cover. These days we don't get that often, and while I do enjoy them, such as the ones in the UK cover... there's just something about being able to be make a reader want to put up a book when it's without anyone gracing the cover.

I'm choosing to go against the grain this week and vote for the US cover. It's beautiful and without a doubt makes a statement. So, it's the US for my vote.... which one gets YOURS?
Michelle 

VOTE for YOUR favorite cover of Bad Romeo (Starcrossed #1) By: Leisa Rayven NOW!

 

24 June 2015

"Waiting On" Wednesday is an event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. The purpose of this weekly event is to spotlight a soon-to-be-released book that you are very much anticipating. "Waiting On" Wednesday will also give bloggers an opportunity to share ideas for our TBR lists.


Title: Exposed (Captive #2)
Author: Brighton Walsh
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin, 288 Pages (July 21st, 2015)
Add to: Goodreads
Order here: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository, Amazon UK

NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+
Synopsis: In this sexy, suspenseful New Adult novel, a young woman hiding from her criminal past is taken captive by her ex-boyfriend, the ultimate bad boy.

Evie is about to embark on the perfect life. Beautiful, poised, and engaged to a rising business star, she fits the part of trophy wife perfectly, except for one thing: her entire identity is a lie.

Five years ago she created a new identity for herself, but it all crashes back when something she witnessed years ago comes back to haunt her. Now she's in danger of losing more than her social status.

Determined to protect the careful life she's built for herself, Evie doesn't want anything to do with Riley, the criminal for hire who broke her heart years ago. But Riley has other ideas. He's never forgotten Evie, and to protect her, he steals her away. Hidden from the world, sparks begin to fly as old memories resurface and their passion reignites.

*covers are always subject to change.

 

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