Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Most Anticipated May 2015 Releases!!!





Hey guys! 

Here are the books I'm looking forward to being published in May!


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Published on: May 5th 2015

Goodreads synopsis: [click here]

Where to Find It:  Amazon// B&N






   
The Heir by Kiera Cass

Published on: May 5th 2015

Goodreads synopsis: [click here]

Where To Find It: Amazon // B&N

  



   Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos 

Published On: May 5th 2015

Goodreads synopsis: [click here]

Where To Find It: Amazon // B&N





Undertow by Michael Buckley

Published On: May 5th 2015

Goodreads synopsis: [click here]

Where To Find It: Amazon // B&N



5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

Published On: May 12th 2015


Goodreads synopsis: [click here]

Where To Find It:  Amazon // B&N






P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Published On: May 26th 2015

Goodreads synopsis: [click here]

Where To Find It: Amazon // B&N





   
Maximum Ride Forever by James Patterson


Published On: May 18th 2015

Goodreads synopsis: [click here]

Where To Find It: Amazon 




 
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Published On: May 18th 2015

Goodreads synopsis: [click here]

Where To Find It: Amazon

   


  


Illusionarium by Heather Dixon  
Published On: May 19th 2015

Goodreads synopsis: [click here]

Where To Find It: Amazon // B&N



The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Published On: May 5th 2015

Goodreads synopsis: [click here]

Where To Find It: Amazon // B&N

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Published On: May 5th 2015

Goodreads synopsis: [click here]

Where To Find It: Amazon // B&N
   
What new releases are you guys looking forward to the most? My top 3 would have to be:

  1. The Heir by Kiera Cass
  2. Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos
  3. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Comment down below! 

Until next time!
Olivia
~livthebooknerd~

Monday, April 27, 2015

Lali of the Lill by Adi Mandal


 Lali of the Lill by Adi Mandal



Page Count: 152
Published on: February 14th 2015
Published by: Adi Mandal
Genre(s): YA, Fantasy

Source: Provided by author

Where To Find ItGoodreads // Amazon  

My Rating: 3 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
   
Lali must face her fears and begin the journey to The Lill, a treacherous journey built around lies. In seeking for the truth about her past and future, she must leave Krei, the young man who loves her more than his life, and learn to trust Theon, a stranger who claims he is the only one who can help her. 

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Hey guys!

       Lali of the Lill is about a girl named Lali. She and her mother are outsiders in London. To discover the truth of her past, she must leave her boyfriend/fiance Krei and leave with Theon, who is supposed to help her discover who she is and to discover her past.

       Adi Mandal contacted me on Instagram (@laliofthelill) to read her book. She sent me a pdf copy of the book and I read it in a day. The whole concept was really interesting, but because this was Adi's first book, I felt like she kind of skipped around towards the middle and her transitions from scene to scene were really confusing. Also, I felt like I couldn't relate very well with the characters because with 152 pages, there isn't much much elbow room to know them and connect with them. I loved the whole concept of numans and the attacks. I'd love to read more about it, and I would totally read the second book.

My Favorite Character:  Krei
My Least Favorite Character: Miss Brooklyn and sometimes Lali

Enjoy!
Olivia
~livthebooknerd~

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell


Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

Page Count: 304
Published on: August 4th 2015
Published by: Clarion Books (HMH)
Genre(s): YA, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Fairy-Tale Retelling, Steampunk
Source: ARC given to me by my school librarian, which was given to her by Clarion/HMH Publishing

Where To Find ItGoodreads // Amazon  

My Rating: 5 stars




Goodreads synopsis:

       Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home. 


       But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

       Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn't want a fairy tale happy ending after all.


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Hey guys!

      Sooooo. This book was so good! Keep in mind that at the end of the synopsis, it says: ". . . but realizes she doesn't want a fairy tale happy ending after all." You need to take that literally. Otherwise you probably won't like the ending (and if you're dramatic about emotional endings you will hate the book). 
Mechanica follows Nicolette Lampton. On her sixteenth birthday she discovers her mothers old workshop. She befriends a mechanical little horse named Jules. She starts to create little mechanical machines, will her inventing help her escape the tyranical clutches of her "Steps"? There is an exposition and a ball, soon, that celebrates the coming of age of the Heir. The event gives Nicolette the chance to try to escape her situation.

What I Loved: 
~ The whole world! I hope that Betsy writes more fairy-tale retellings that are based in that world
~ I loved her whole retelling. It was really well written and the backstory for her parents was really well thought out and explained her whole mind setting and personality. 
~ The whole story went along really well with the original story by The Brothers Grimm.
~ I loved how level headed she was by the end of the book. With what happened towards the end she actually acted really level headed for an emotional teenager. She is really mature for a 16 year old :)


What I Hated:
~ Nothing...Well, I would have like the ending to happen differently, but the ending was actually satisfying, and I really enjoyed it.
~ This book is nothing like Cinder so I'm not sure why people are comparing this to it. STOP IT!

If You Liked ______ You'll Love Mechanica!
  • (MG) Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • (MG) Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
  • (MG) The Land Stories by Chris Colfer
  • (YA) The Lunar Chronicles (for the fairytale retelling aspect)
  • (YA) Entwined by Heather Dixon
  • (YA) Beauty by Robin McKinley

Mechanica comes out AUGUST 4TH 2014!!!!

Enjoy!
Olivia
~livthebooknerd~

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Weekend Reads (4/25/2015)

Weekend Reads!

Hey guys! 

I figured that I should update you all on what I'm currently reading and what I may be reading this weekend and into this next week! 

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I'm currently reading:

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell (ARC)
Release Date: August 4, 2015 (!!!) 
I'm about 60 pages from the end so expect a review sooner rather than later! 





What I Plan On Reading Next!

Lali of the Lill by Adi Mandal

Lali of the Lill was sent to me by Adi via PDF and I plan on reading ASAP :D (and it's more of a short story so I decided to read this first!)

Goodreads synopsis: [click here!]

LOTL was published in February of 2015 and can be purchased on Amazon and I think is only an eBook :)




A Time To Live by Jonas Lee

This was sent to me from Jonas during term paper time and when I had a huge stack of library books, and I'm so excited to dive into ATTL! The cover is beautiful and the content is definitely going to be amazing I can tell!

Goodreads synopsis: [click here!]

A Time To Reap Review: [click here!]

This was also published in February so you can buy this basically anywhere. (It's also free on Kindle Unlimited...and $3.99 in eBook I believe!)





The Poisoned Emerald by Sarena and Sasha Nanua

I hate that I haven't read this yet! By the end of The King's Jewel I was so intrigued and I'm really excited to dive into this one as well!

Goodreads synopsis: [click here!]

The Gemstone Review: [click here]

The King's Jewel Review: [click here]

You can buy this anywhere I believe, but the iUniverse site is the publisher so all three books are there for sure to buy :)




MY RANDOM RECOMMENDATIONS!

(these are just a few random things that I'm really into right now)

~Movie


Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart!

This is such a cool movie! I watched it on Thursday (4/23) and yesterday (4/24). It's originally a French book by Mathias Malzieu (who is also the singer of the French band Dionysos.) It follows Jack who was born on the coldest day in the history of the world. His heart was frozen solid, and with the help of the midwife Madeline his heart is replaced with a small cuckoo-clock....This movie was so beautiful and creepy and gahh! It was so good!
It can be found on Netflix and on Youtube! Fans of Tim Burton will absolutely love this!





~FOOD                                      ~BEAUTY!


Snapple: Diet Trop-a-Rocka Tea         EOS: Sweet Mint Lip Balm


                                 



HAVE AN AWESOME WEEKEND GUYS!
Olivia
~livthebooknerd~

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Undertow by Michael Buckley


Undertow by Michael Buckley


Page Count: 384
Published on: May 5th 2015
Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers
Genre(s): YA, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopian, Romance
Source: ARC given to me by my school librarian, which was given to her by HMH Publishing

Where To Find ItGoodreads // Amazon  

My Rating: 5 stars


Goodreads synopsis:

       Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker’s life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world’s initial wonder and awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric’s small town transforms into a military zone with humans on one side and Alpha on the other. When Lyric is recruited to help the crown prince, a boy named Fathom, assimilate, she begins to fall for him. But their love is a dangerous one, and there are forces on both sides working to keep them apart. Only, what if the Alpha are not actually the enemy? What if they are in fact humanity’s only hope of survival? Because the real enemy is coming. And it’s more terrifying than anything the world has ever seen.


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       Hey guys! HO-LY CRAP!!! I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK. SO. MUCH! This is definitely going to be one of my favorite book I've read this year! GAHHHH!

       Undertow follows Lyric Walker. Lyric Walker's life is turned upside down when she witnesses the arrival of the Alpha. The Alpha are creatures that came from deep in the ocean. They resemble humans but they have the traits of different and strange sea creatures. The Coney Island area, The Zone, becomes a segregated military zone. Lyric's school started a program where 6 Alpha's are enrolled there. This causes mayhem and riots and even deaths to those who befriend or sympathize with the Alphas. Undertow is full of action and it was so original! I haven't read anything like this and I loved it so much! 

       I loved everthing about this book! I really couldn't find anything wrong with it! Michael Buckley is truly a master! His debut YA novel is fantastic! You will love this guys!

       I cannot wait to read what Michael Buckley writes next! I've loved his work since middle school when he wrote the Sisters Grimm series! I plan on reading as many of his books as I can! 

My Favorite Character: Lyric or Fathom
Least Favorite Character: The governor or Fathom's father and step-mother

NERDS


  1.  NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society
  2.  M Is For Mama's Boy
  3.  The Cheerleaders Of Doom
  4.  The Villan Virus
  5.  Attack of the BULLIES

I have yet to read the NERDS series....


UNDERTOW COMES OUT MAY 5TH!!!


Enjoy guys! 
Olivia
~livthebooknerd~

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Liebster Blogger Award





Hey guys! I was nominated by Book Hooked Blog! Thanks darlin!

       The Liebster award is a chain award that was created by bloggers and is a                                tradition to make new friends in the blogging community.

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Rules
Link back to the person who nominated you
Give 11 random facts about yourself
Answer 11 questions from your nominator
Nominate 11 new and obscure bloggers
Come up with 11 questions for them to answer

Inform your nominees

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                                     The Questions I Was Asked

1. Which book are you highly anticipating? The Heir by Kiera Cass & Undertow by Michael Buckley
2. Have you ever stayed up all night to finish a book? Do fish swim?
3. Which is your favorite series? Harry Potter, The Sisters Grimm, the Anna/Lola/Isla trilogy, and the Selection series
4. What is your favorite type of food? Anything with potatoes
5. Which are your favorite T.V. series? Parks & Rec, Once Upon A Time, and The 100
6. Which genre of music do you listen to? Anything but Rap or certain kinds of Screamo
7. Which fictional character do you hate the most and why? Dolores Umbridge. Need I explain any further?
8. Which fictional character do you love the most and why? There are too many to count! 
9. Have you ever heard of Ben Howard? Nope!
10. Favorite Book Cover? The Anna & the French Kiss cover, the whole Selection Series' covers, and the Shatter Me series' covers

11. Birth Month? October

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Random Facts About Me

1. I love reading!
2. I love iced tea
3.  I am 17.
4. I love cats.
5.  I love big words.
6. I want to be a librarian or go into publishing after college.
7.  I'm a junior in high school
8. I hate reading more than one book at a time
9. I'm running out of room on my book shelf
10. I love to design clothes
11. I'm behind on typing up reviews...curse you school!

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I'm using the questions I was asked to ask the blogs I nominate:

1. Which book are you highly anticipating?
2. Have you ever stayed up all night to finish a book?
3. Which is your favorite series?
4. What is your favorite type of food?
5. Which are your favorite T.V. series?
6. Which genre of music do you listen to?
7. Which fictional character do you hate the most and why?
8. Which fictional character do you love the most and why?
9. Favorite Book Cover?
10. Birth Month?
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11. What's your favorite book of 2015 so far?

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I nominate:

Once Upon A Twilight: {http://www.onceuponatwilight.com}
Jessica and Stacy: {http://chapterchick.blogspot.com/}


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Bad Magic by Pseudonymous Bosch

 Bad Magic by Pseudonymous Bosch


Page Count: 393
Published on: September 16th 2014
Published by: Little, Brown & Co. for Young Readers
Genre(s): Fantasy, Middle Grade, Humor, Mystery, Adventure
Source: Library

Where To Find ItGoodreads // Amazon  

My Rating: 4.5 stars




Goodreads synopsis:

Magic is BAD.
As in fake. Cheesy. Unreal. At least, that's what Clay, who has seen one magic show too many, thinks.

       When words from his journal appear mysteriously on his school wall as graffiti, he never imagines that magic might be to blame. And when the same graffiti lands him at Earth Ranch, a camp for "troubled" kids on a remote volcanic island, magic is the last thing he expects to find there.

       But at Earth Ranch, there is one strange surprise after another, until Clay no longer knows what to expect. Is he really talking to a llama? Did he really see a ghost? What is the scary secret hidden in the abandoned library? The only thing he knows for sure is that behind the clouds of vog (volcanic smog), nothing is as it seems. Can he solve the riddle of Earth Ranch before trouble erupts?

       Elusive author Pseudonymous Bosch introduces an extraordinary new series that will have you believing in the unbelievable.

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 Hey guys!

      If you guys haven't read the Secret series...read at your own risk because it's a secret....
  1. The Name Of This Book Is Secret
  2. If You're Reading This, It's Too Late
  3. This Book Is Not Good For You
  4. This Isn't What It Looks Like
  5. You Have To Stop This
  6. Write This Book: A Do-It-Yourself Mystery
"The Secret" is a secret, secret, the entire Secret Series is based upon a secret. It is said to be the formula for immortality.
A pentalogy of novels that is based on the five senses:
The Name of This Book Is Secret - Smell.
If You're Reading This, It's Too Late - Sound.
This Book Is Not Good for You - Taste.
This Isn't What It Looks Like - Sight.
You Have To Stop This - Touch.



      If you love mysteries and adventure and kick butt characters you will love this series. Now onto Bad Magic! Bad Magic is a spin-off, basically, of the secret series. It takes place after quite a bit of time has passed after the end of You Have To Stop This. 

      Clay HATES magic. After his brother Max-Ernest randomly leaves he removes any kind of magic from his life, whether it be card tricks, rope tricks, or even fantasy novels. Clay refuses to have anything to do with magic. One day, after school, Clay writes "MAGIC SUCKS" in a journal his English teacher gives him, and the next day it shows up on the wall of the English class! His parents decide to send Clay to Earth Ranch. Earth Ranch is a camp for "wayward youths". There is absolutely nothing on the internet about the camp except that it is located on an island with an active volcano, Price Island. 

      This book was so cool! I loved the action and the whole writing style! PB has once again written a masterpiece. The way he narrates the book is so original and hilarious. I loved how he tied in the Secret series but didn't completely base Bad Magic off of it. I really really really hope this is a start of a new series because my sisters and I would read the heck out of these! I also loved how he tied in The Tempest throughout the book! Stupendous! I hope Clay sees his brother again... hahaha...Guys read the Secret series! Read Bad Magic!


My Favorite Character: Clay or Leira
Least Favorite Character: Clay's parents

You will love this book guys! If you have siblings or family members that are around 12 to 14 years old they will love it too! I'm almost 18 and I loved it so it's not just for younger kids! If you loved the Secret series you will most definitely love Bad Magic!

Enjoy!
Until next time!
Olivia
~livthebooknerd~