New Release Tuesday

The Muses Read: The Truth About Alice

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Mystery, New Release Tuesday, Reading, Young Adult | 0 comments

The Muses Read: The Truth About Alice

You guys may have noticed a pattern with my reads. While I read all over the place genre-wise, the books I rave over are always the ones that make me think about my life – or even better, society in general. Maybe that’s a lot to ask of a book. Maybe that’s a lot to ask of a YA book. But I don’t think so. THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE will make you feel, make you think…and probably make you glad that you’re not in high school anymore. (Apologies to any of our readers who are currently in high school. We still love you. We just don’t envy you. xo)   The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu Blurb: Everyone has a lot to say about Alice Franklin, and it’s stopped mattering whether it’s true. The rumors started at a party when Alice supposedly had sex with two guys in one night. When school starts everyone almost forgets about Alice until one of those guys, super-popular Brandon, dies in a car wreck that was allegedly all Alice’s fault. Now the only friend she has is a boy who may be the only other person who knows the truth, but is too afraid to admit it. Told from the perspectives of popular girl Elaine, football star Josh, former outcast Kelsie, and shy genius Kurt, we see how everyone has a motive to bring – and keep – Alice down. Find it at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble  Muse KJ’s Thoughts From the very opening of THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE, you know it’s going to be interesting. After all, it doesn’t start with Alice at all. It begins with someone telling you “two definite, absolute, indisputable truths” about Alice. Healy is the kind of town where you’re born there, and you die there. That’s just the way it is. Healy is also the type of the type of town where everyone knows everything about you. Which means everyone knows the truth about Alice. And everyone has something to say about it. The story is told through multiple points of view. Each character has a really strong voice, making it easy to tell whose chapter it was without even noticing the header. Elaine is the girl with Healy wrapped around her finger. Kelsie is the former nerd who moved to town with a fresh slate and vows to never ever  be that person again. Josh is the star of the football team now that Brandon’s dead. Kurt is the school loner, who nobody dares talk to in public. Alice is…well Alice is what this is all about. How they see her. How the town sees her. And at the end, how she sees herself. The beauty of these characters is even when you don’t morally agree with their actions, you understand them. You know how they can come to this line of thinking. None of them are one-sided. They each have their high points, and their flaws. They each have opinions about Alice that maybe Alice wouldn’t want to know. “It’s like when we read The Diary of Anne Frank in seventh grade, and I had the sneaking suspicion that I would have been a Nazi back then because I wouldn’t have had the guts to be anything else.”- Kelsie THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE is a bittersweet story about how we’re all just trying to find a place where we fit in. We’re all just trying to find a way to fashion ourselves into the person we want to be – or the person we want to be seen as. Every word we say, every action we...

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New Release Tuesday: The Golden Dunes of Renhala by Amy Joy Lutchen

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in New Release Tuesday, Reading, Romance, Science Fiction / Fantasy | 0 comments

New Release Tuesday: The Golden Dunes of Renhala by Amy Joy Lutchen

You know how I (Muse KJ) feel about a book when I finish a book and promptly contact the author to bat my eyes and beg them to write a sequel. You especially know how I feel when I take it upon myself to review and rave on release day, and even contact said author again to ensure I know when release day is. All’s fair in love, war, and book obsessions. Bonus for you: Not only do you get my review, but the opening book in the series, Renhala, is currently free on Amazon, and Barnes and Noble to celebrate the release of The Golden Dunes of Renhala!   The Golden Dunes of Renhala by Amy Joy Lutchen   Blurb: How do you live with a secret so dark and so deeply woven into your being that it threatens to smother your very existence, with no known way out? Use it to your advantage. Kailey Rooke, karmelean, and now a possibly unethical karma-for-hire, has spent the past year jumping from project to project without any real hope for salvation. With repercussions from her actions at every turn, she discovers that as time goes on, she loses a bit more of herself to that which feeds on her anguish–that which is thriving inside her own body. When a new contract to find a missing girl arises, Kailey attempts to put her past and its associated problems on the back burner, but she soon finds out that treachery and deceit lie shortly ahead in Golden Dunes, only giving face to new problems, with one leading right back to her childhood past. She struggles to complete her contract as her own life teeters on a fulcrum, constantly tipping according to karma’s whim. How long will she keep her balance? Which way will she fall? Muse Kristen’s Thoughts If you recall my review of the opening to the series, it reminded me that I needed to read more urban fantasy. As my to read list has gotten out of hand, I haven’t had the time to read much more – until I found myself back into the world of Renhala. As it’s been six months since I read the first book, I was a little concerned but quickly discovered that it was an easy opener. While the book isn’t  a stand alone, you can quickly catch yourself up if it’s been awhile since you’ve read the first. If you’ve read the first recently, don’t worry! The refreshers are subtle enough that you won’t feel as if you’re being bogged down with backstory. I’m extra critical of the second book in a series, because often they seem to slump (even if it’s just a little). Not the case here. The Golden Dunes of Renhala revved up the action, while increasing the intensity and complexity. We’re seeing directly inside Kailey’s head, as her life becomes more chaotic and hard to manage. I found the book hard to put down – switching from Kindle to phone so I could read it over the stove as I cooked, only putting it down when bacon threatened to splatter it. It’s easy to get lost in Renhala, especially with the vivid world-building. New creatures. New lands. This visit to Renhala is full of adventure, swoons, shocks…and some deeper darkness than the first book. There’s a gritty realism to this fantasy. Did I mention there are swoons? “His kisses travel down my neck and over my stomach until I feel I may die here and now, forever satisfied from a lover’s touch.” And per usual, there are creatures who...

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New Release Tuesday: Because The Night by Kristen Strassel

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in New Adult, New Release Tuesday, Paranormal / Supernatural, Reading, Romance | 0 comments

New Release Tuesday: Because The Night by Kristen Strassel

We all know how Muse Kristen feels about vampires, right? When our lovely intern Kristen Strassel offered up an e-ARC of Because the Night, I mulled over all the reasons to make time in my way-too-hectic schedule for this. vampires vampire rockstars Vegas “Sex, Blood, and Rock n’ Roll.” Oh please. We all know that I can’t turn that combination down. I was sold from vampire rockstar. Goodreads saw me flailing, swooning, and trying not to fall out of my chair as I read this. Kristen received DMs that all basically read like “ARE YOU TRYING TO KILL ME HERE, WOMAN? Ps: I want book two, now please.” Want to read an excerpt? – trust me you do. Tristan sank his fangs into me and wouldn’t let me go. Are you swooning with me yet? Good. Happy release day to Because the Night and Kristen Strassel! (Be sure to go check the book out on Amazon!)  Because the Night by Kristen Strassel  Immortal Dilemma is the hottest band in the Las Vegas vampire rock scene. They draw insatiable fans from around the globe, thanks to a supernatural attraction called Bloodlust. Tristan craved such an opportunity to fill his empty mortal life, and now he has eternity to earn his place along the legends of rock n roll debauchery. Callie always feared that Tristan’s excesses would get him into trouble, but she never thought they’d lead him to immortality. To reconnect with him, she must weave her way through a world not only she had no idea existed, but does not welcome her. Blade turned down a spot in Immortal Dilemma after learning what he must sacrifice for that lifestyle. He finds Callie a refreshing change from the girls in the vampire rock scene. When Callie drags Blade back into the world of Immortal Dilemma, his resistance drives her into the waiting arms of Tristan, who shows her the true meaning of Bloodlust. But the very things that Callie fights so hard to save are the very things that fight to destroy her. About Kristen Strassel Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross.  She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are.  She’s worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world’s worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and author.  She loves sunshine, live music, the middle of nowhere, and finding new things to put in her house.  Because The Night is the first book from The Night Songs Collection. Kristen is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg of Foreword Literary. BLOG|TWITTER |FACEBOOK | GOODREADS...

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New Release Tuesday: September 24th

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Horror, New Release Tuesday, Reading, Science Fiction / Fantasy, Thriller, Young Adult | 2 comments

New Release Tuesday: September 24th

  It’s Tuesday! New Release Tuesday, at that. An extra exciting New Release Tuesday. Why is it so exciting? Because both Muses are ecstatic to rave about one of the books being released today. Are you excited yet? Young Adult   Ultraviolet Catastrophe by Jamie Grey The Muses are really excited to talk about this book. Why? Because we both adore it.  As we’re running the blog tour for Ultraviolet Catastrophe over at Pen and Muse Press, we were able to get our happy grabby hands onto e-ARCs. Our thoughts: You will not be disappointed with this book. Muse KJ has been highlighting, swooning, and texting her BFF frantically with “You’ve read UVC, right? Because omg, I need someone to talk to about this RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND.” Oh, you know, just gushing like crazy over @Jamie_Grey‘s ULTRAVIOLET CATASTROPHE with @KristenJett. Because, you know, AMAZEBALLS. — Andrea Hannah (@andeehannah) September 24, 2013   Quantum Electrodynamics. String Theory. Schrödinger’s cat. For sixteen-year-old Lexie Kepler, they’re just confusing terms in her science textbooks, until she finds out that her parents have been drugging her to suppress her outrageous IQ. Now Branston Academy, a school run by the world’s most powerful scientists, has tracked her down and is dying for her to attend – as a research subject. She takes refuge at Quantum Technologies, a secret scientific community where her father works as a top-notch scientist, and begins her new life as girl genius at Quantum High. But the assignments at her new school make the Manhattan Project look like preschool – and Lexie barely survived freshman algebra. Her first big assignment – creating an Einstein-Rosen bridge – is also her first chance to prove she can hold her own with the rest of QT’s prodigies. But while working with the infuriatingly hot Asher Rosen, QT’s teen wonder, Lexie uncovers a mistake in their master equation. Instead of a wormhole, the machine they’re building would produce deadly ultraviolet rays that could destroy the world. Now Lexie and Asher have to use their combined brainpower to uncover the truth behind the device. Before everyone at Quantum Technologies is caught in the ultraviolet catastrophe.   Find Me by Romily Bernard “Find Me.” These are the words written on Tessa Waye’s diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa’s just been found . . . dead. Fans of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy will just love this creepy and alluring teen thriller. Complete with action, techie intrigue, a horrifying mystery, and a blossoming romance full of sparks, Find Me is an exhilarating debut. When teen hacker and foster child Wick Tate finds a dead classmate’s diary on her front step, with a note reading “Find me,” she sets off on a perverse game of hide-and-seek to catch the killer. But things get even more personal as Wick’s deadbeat dad returns and the killer points to Wick’s sister Lily as the next target. With the help of oh-so-cute hacker-boy-next-door Griff, can Wick find her tormenter and save her sister? Because it just got personal. Find Me won a 2012 Golden Heart Award and placed first in the 2011 YA Unpublished Maggie Awards (given by Georgia Romance Writers).     Countdown  by Michelle Rowen 3 seconds left to live. Once the countdown starts, it cannot be stopped. 2 pawns thrown into a brutal underground reality game. Kira Jordan survived her family’s murder and months on plague-devastated city streets with hard-won savvy and a low-level psi ability. She figures she can handle anything. Until she wakes up in a barren room, chained next to the notorious Rogan Ellis. 1...

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New Release Tuesday: August 6th

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in Children's, Genres, New Adult, New Release Tuesday, Reading, Young Adult | 0 comments

New Release Tuesday: August 6th

  It’s Tuesday! Do you know what’s good about Tuesday? It’s not Monday. And books are being released. I hope you’re looking for some new books to get lost in, because that’s what we’re bringing you today.     Children’s/Middle Grade North of Nowhere by Liz Kessler Blurb: From the New York Times bestselling author of the Emily Windsnap series comes a captivating adventure about family, friendship, and the bonds that bridge time. The sleepy seaside village of Porthaven hides a mystery: Mia’s grandad has vanished, and nobody knows why. When Mia and her mom rush to Porthaven to help her grandmother, Mia imagines long dreary days with no one to talk to except for the old-time fisherman at her grandparents’ pub. But that’s before Mia finds a diary on an empty, docked fishing boat and starts exchanging notes with a local girl named Dee, a girl who seems much like her. Mia is excited about having a new friend, but why do their plans to meet each other never materialize? And why does Dee claim to be stuck at home due to violent storms when Mia sees only sunny skies? Will Mia be able to solve the mystery of where — and when — her grandfather and friend might be before time and tide forever wash away their futures? KJ note: Okay…so this is one I’ve been meaning to review, but haven’t found the time to write a full review.  Short thought: It’s light, fun, and perhaps poetically poignant. I giggled. I smiled. I enjoyed.   My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  by Dr. Martin Luther King III Blurb: What was it like growing up as a son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? This picture book memoir, My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King III, provides insight into one of history’s most fascinating families and into a special bond between father and son. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Martin Luther King III was one of those four little children mentioned in Martin Luther King’s groundbreaking “I Have a Dream” speech. In this memoir, Martin Luther King Jr.’s son gives an intimate look at the man and the father behind the civil rights leader. Mr. King’s remembrances show both his warm, loving family and a momentous time in American history.   Young Adult  Gated by Amy Christine Parker Blurb: Do the gates keep the unchosen out or the chosen in? In Mandrodage Meadows, life seems perfect. The members of this isolated suburban community have thrived under Pioneer, the charismatic leader who saved them from their sad, damaged lives. Lyla Hamilton and her parents are original members of the flock. They moved here following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, looking to escape the evil in the world. Now seventeen, Lyla knows certain facts are not to be questioned: Pioneer is her leader. Will is her Intended. The end of the world is near. Like Noah before him, Pioneer has been told of the imminent destruction of humanity. He says his chosen must arm themselves to fight off the unchosen people, who will surely seek refuge in the compound’s underground fortress–the Silo. Lyla loves her family and friends, but given the choice, she prefers painting to target practice. And lately she’d rather think about a certain boy outside the compound than plan for married life in the Silo with Will. But with the end of days drawing near, she will have to...

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New Release Tuesday: 4/31/2013

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in New Adult, New Release Tuesday, Reading, Science Fiction / Fantasy, Young Adult | 0 comments

New Release Tuesday: 4/31/2013

Hello readers! This week is a great week in YA fiction! I feel like I say that a lot. Check out the new releases for literature out today 4/30/13. I know that Muse Kristen will be super excited for the dystopian book out today and I’ve been sitting here drooling over the cover of Gorgeous. Oh, before I forget, shout out to my dad! It’s his birthday.   YA Romance Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick Goodreads blurb: Inner beauty wants out. When eighteen-year-old Becky Randle’s mother dies, she’s summoned from her Missouri trailer park to meet Tom Kelly, the world’s top designer. He makes her an impossible offer: He’ll create three dresses to transform Becky from a nothing special girl into the most beautiful woman who ever lived. Becky thinks Tom is a lunatic, or that he’s producing a hidden camera show called World’s Most Gullible Poor People. But she accepts, and she’s remade as Rebecca. When Becky looks in the mirror, she sees herself – an awkward mess of split ends and cankles. But when anyone else looks at Becky, they see pure five-alarm hotness. Soon Rebecca is on the cover of Vogue, the new Hollywood darling, and dating celebrities. Then Becky meets Prince Gregory, heir to the British throne, and everything starts to crumble. Because Rebecca aside, Becky loves him. But to love her back, Gregory would have to look past the blinding Rebecca to see the real girl inside. And Becky knows there’s not enough magic in the world. A screamingly defiant, hugely naughty, and impossibly fun free fall past the cat walks, the red carpets, and even the halls of Buckingham Palace,Gorgeous does the impossible: It makes you see yourself clearly for the first time. YA Fantasy Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike Goodreads blurb: Moving to a new high school sucks. Especially a rich-kid private school. With uniforms. But nothing is worse than finding out the first girl you meet is dead. And a klepto. No one can see or hear Kimberlee except Jeff, so–in hopes of bringing an end to the snarkiest haunting in history–he agrees to help her complete her “unfinished business.” But when the enmity between Kimberlee and Jeff’s new crush, Sera, manages to continue posthumously, Jeff wonders if he’s made the right choice. Clash meets sass in this uproarious modern-day retelling of Baroness Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel. YA Sci-Fi (dystopian) The Program by Suzanne Young Goodreads blurb: In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program. Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories. Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.   New Adult Romance This Girl by Colleen Hoover Goodreads blurb: There are two sides to every love story. Now hear Will’s. Colleen...

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