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It’s New Book Tuesday! 🎉

There are two BRAND NEW books in the world today! 

Berserker by @emmylaybourne​ – The Norse mythology/American Western mash-up you didn’t know you needed 💥
The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe – The incredible tale of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust (based on a true story!) 📚

We ❤️ them both and hope you do too!

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New Young Adult Books Releasing Today! (October 10, 2017)

Another big week for YA new releases! Are any of these on your TBR? Have I missed any titles? Let me know!

First in a Series/Standalones: 

  1. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  2. Breathless by Tara Goedjen
  3. Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski
  4. The Memory Trees by Kali Wallace
  5. This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis
  6. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
  7. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
  8. Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott
  9. The Berserker by Emmy Laybourne
  10. The Gatekeepers by Jen Lancaster
  11. Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster

Sequels: 

  1. Into the Bright Unknown (The Gold Seer Trilogy #3) by Rae Carson
  2. The Knowing (The Forgetting #2) by Sharon Cameron

Happy reading!

Berserker by Emmy Laybourne

Her brother Stieg swears their powers are a gift from the old gods, but Hanne Hemstad knows she is truly cursed. It’s not Stieg’s fault that their father is dead, their mother has left, and their brother Knut has been accused of a crime he didn’t commit.

No, the fault lies with Hanne and her inability to control her murderous “gift”–she is a Berserker. When someone she loves is threatened, she flies into a killing state. The siblings must leave Norway for the American frontier or risk being brought to justice.

Aided by a young cowboy who agrees to be their guide, Hanne and her siblings use their powers to survive the perilous trail, where blizzards, wild animals, and vicious bounty hunters await.

Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you hurdle down the stairs and make a run for the corner.

Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.

But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.

JANUARY COVER REVEALS

It’s been a great cover month, hasn’t it?

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore (plus an interview with the author)
Berserker by Emmy Laybourne (plus an exclusive excerpt of the book)
Ally (Nemesis #2) by Anna Banks (plus an interview with the author)
The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty (plus an interview with the author)

To more pretty covers, forever and always.

Book Review

              

Book: Monument 14  | Author: Emmy Laybourne  | Pages: 294

Synopsis: “Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner. Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus. But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran. Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.
In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.” Goodreads

Review: I just finished Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne about two hours ago and all I can say is wow, just wow.  Monument 14 is captivating, frightening, comical and heartbreaking. It was honestly phenomenal, a must read!  The writing was incredible, I honestly felt I was living inside the book. I was left on the edge of my seat, falling in love with the characters, crying with them, worrying about them - such wonderful character development.  

The story starts out with our main character, Dean, who almost misses the bus to school. He doesn’t say goodbye to his mother, he doesn’t tell her that he loves her, or that she has been an amazing mother, he is too busy trying to catch the bus.  As the two busses take off (one to the elementary and middle school, the other to the high school)  hail the size of a basketball comes hurdling though the sky and the next thing Dean knows is that his bus is crashing and that he is pinned under a bus seat. His brother’s (Alex) bus smashes into the Greenway, the local superstore. But that bus crashed on purpose, and it is making a return for the high school students. Now Dean and 13 other students, including kindergarteners, his crush, his brother, and the school jock and bully, are stranded inside the store while the bus driver searchers for help outside.  The story is told during a 12 day period but it feels like they were trapped there for months with all that happens.  How will Dean and his peers take care of a bunch of little kids and themselves while the world is crumpling around them? How will the survive the earthquakes, the toxins released into the air, and the savages outside the store?  Read Monument 14 and you’ll find out.

I am madly in love with this book. The story itself is so captivating you can’t break yourself away from it. The plot, the writing, the character development were all flawless. What I also enjoyed was the sense of humor that would break through and loosen the mood a bit.  There is so much more that I want to say, but my mind is still reeling. I just can’t get over all that happened, the story as a whole, the plot, the ending! Oh the ending! And the characters!  I loved some of them, hated some of them and wanted to adopt a few of them. The characters had such depth, I felt like I personally knew them all, but that was because of the writing. Such detailed and strong writing. Emmy Laybourne, you deserve all the awards!  Monument 14 just became one of my all time favorite books! I’m devastated that I have to wait until 2013 to see what happens next. I need this sequel in my hands NOW!

 Do yourself a favor and read this book. 

Challenge: 17/50

Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5 (10 out of 5 if I could!)

I JUST FINISHED THE BOOK, MONUMENT 14 AND OMG WHY?!

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT?! WILL HE GET TO MEET HIS FAMILY AGAIN?! WHAT HAPPEN TO JAKE?! WHY STOP NOW!! OMGGG! WILL NIKO, ALEX, AND THE OTHERS SURVIVE THE TRIP TO DENVER?! WHYYYY?!!! The ending just broke my heart. I MEAN I CAN’T HANDLE NOT KNOWING! WILL MY BABIES WILL BE OK?! I CAN’T TAKE THIS!!! OMGGG! IT’S A SAD ENDING! I MEAN THEY SAID GOODBYE AND OMG!  -pukes out my tears- THERE BETTER BE A BOOK TWO I SWEAR TO GOD!! I WILL PUNCH SOMEONE!… . There’s a book 2 MUST GET ITTT

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Book Two Cover:

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And so my reading starts again.

Happy October, book lovers! Enjoy this giant stack of new releases. 📚🖤

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore (October 3)
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani (October 3)
Because I Was a Girl edited by Melissa de la Cruz (October 3)
Ally by Anna Banks (October 3)
Cast No Shadow by Nick Tapalansky and Anissa Espinosa (October 10)
The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe (October 10)
Berserker by Emmy Laybourne (October 10)
The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz (October 17)
The Innocence Treatment by Ari Goelman (October 17)
The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater (October 17)
Meant to Be by Julie Halpern (October 24)
My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff (October 31)
The Wicker King by K. Ancrum (October 31)