Sunday, February 10, 2013

Showcase Sunday (#22)

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicki at Books, Biscuits and Tea. Its aim is to showcase our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders this week.

For Review: 
The Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman 
I was lucky enough to get this on NetGalley despite the fact that it already released last month and I loved it! It was original, well-written, and has one of the most unforgettable heroines ever! :)
You may know this novel by its Australian name, Cinnamon Rain, but it is being published in America under the title Out of This Place. I've been wanting to read this for ages and am so excited that it's being published in the US since I finally have an opportunity to check out what the hype surrounding this novel is all about! 

I don't remember pre-ordering this, but I must have since it arrived at my doorstep on January 22nd. Unfortunately, the novella preceding this, Neverfall, dampened by previous excitement to pick this up and I still have to read it, but I've heard great things, which is reassuring. 

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Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers 
This is Not a Test was my first Courtney Summers novel and I resolved to pick up all of her books after I devoured that in a sitting. Needless to say, I loved this. I have Some Girls Are on my shelf too, so I plan to read that soon as well. I am tempted not to return this to my library - it really is just that good. 
I've read the entire GG Series so far by Ally Carter and love her HS books even more, so when this released, I had to get my hands on it. It's the best of the HS books so far and I just LOVED it! 
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer 
Unlike the rest of the world, I wasn't a fan of Cinder. I know, it's strange and blasphemous, but I felt the novel lacked world-building and that the plot was stifled by the structure of the fairy tale it modeled. But, being the werewolf fanatic that I am, I couldn't resist picking this up when I saw it on the shelves. I planned to read the novella preceding this first to see if I'd like the book, but I jumped straight into this and wound up loving it! I should be posting my review up tomorrow! :)
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Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
I loved Soulless, the first novel in Carriger's Parasol Protectorate Series, but never finished the books since I thought the first novel was the perfect stand-alone. When I heard she was writing a YA Series, though, set in the same fantastic world, I was thrilled. I've heard mostly good things about this, but some not-so-good as well, so we'll see if I wind up reading this finally or not. 
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Sepetys's debut took me forever to pick up, but I'm glad I did. I truly adored it and I cannot wait to read her sophomore novel releasing this week, Out of the Easy.
Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Mariott
I've been in the mood for fairy tale re-tellings, along with Asian-infused settings, so this seemed perfect. I've heard fantastic things about the story and am itching to find the time to tear into it. 
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The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
I've heard endless praise for this novel and thanks to my piqued curiosity because of the release of The Archived, I decided to check this out of the library. I can't wait to see what it's like. 
Schwab's sophomore novel has gotten so much hype and publicity lately that I really just want to rip it open and read. I love the idea of it and that cover is utterly mesmerizing. 
I thought Flutter was just another one of those lame novels with a girl as the cover, but after reading Maja's review at The Nocturnal Library, I couldn't help but add it to my shelves at once. It sounds fantastic and Maja is one of my most trusted reviewers. Usually when she recommends a book, I know I can expect an unparalleled degree of quality and I love that. I cannot wait to read this now. 
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I've had this book on my wishlist for awhile and was so excited to finally recieve it from the library. I've heard amazing things about it and turns out there's a movie too, so I'll have to check that out once I've read the book. 
I heard of this book from Mandee at Vegan YA Nerds and it sounded like such a cute, fun, and romantic read that I couldn't pass it up. It's winter now in the US and we're getting a blizzard this weekend, so I'll probably hold this off until spring, but knowing me, I'll give in before then I suspect. 
Sempre is one of those obscure novels I've never heard of but have had recommended to me quite a lot, so when my friend offered to let me borrow it, I figured I might as well give it a try sooner than later. Not sure what to expect from this, but very curious. 

Well, that's my haul for the month, so far! What novels have you received? Also, as a quick poll, I have a ton of historical romance novels backlogged, so would you be interested in reading those on the blog or is having my reviews for them on GoodReads enough? I'm not sure if you (my lovely readers!) would be interested in that at all. I have so many reviews scheduled that I don't need to post them, but if anyone is interested, I'll be happy do that. Also, does it bother anyone that a lot of the books I read a couple of weeks ago turn up as reviews a few weeks later? I actually have a review out this month for a book I read in November! I read so prolifically that it's impossible to always time my reviews right after I read a book, so I apologize if it ticks anyone off. I'm going to try to be better about it...really! :)


  1. I loved Etiquette and Espionage! It has such intriguing characters but girl power! I see so very little of it in YA fic that whenever I do see it, I love it. Mostly. I didn't like The Near Witch but I did like The Archived because of Wes. It wasn't perfect but it was interesting. Enjoy your books!

  2. Hah! I schedule my reviews sometimes two or three months in advance because I'm always trying to keep up with the release dates for my arcs and I have pretty much everything full until the end of March. It's the only way not to go crazy.
    Also, I'd love to expand my horizons, so a HR review here and there would be most welcome.

    And ohh, we HAVE disagreed here and there (think Enclave). I'm so scared you won't like Flutter. It's such a weird book, totally out there. Just when you think you have it figured out it surprises you completely. I'm just not sure the surprise will be welcome.
    You didn't like Cinder? So what?! I didn't even read it. :D
    Enjoy your books, my darling. Yaaay for Between Shades of Gray!

  3. All your books have such awesome covers Keertana! Sempre sounds like it'll be interesting :). I love the cover of it- it's so mysterious. And I'm glad that you enjoyed Scarlett more than Cinder! I'm not sure if I'll pick it up myself, but maybe I will someday.

    I'd love to hear your take on Historical Romances. I haven't really read lot of books from the genre, but I'm interested to see your take on some of them :).

    Happy Reading to you!

  4. I haven't heard of Shadows of the Moon but going to look it up.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  5. I really liked The Near Witch, though it didn't exactly blow me away. I hope you enjoy it! And your post reminds me that I still need to try Courtney Summers' contemporary novels. Cracked Up to Be has been on my wishlist for a while now. I will have to treat myself to a copy soon. :) Great haul, Keertana!

  6. What a great haul! I can't wait to read Everbound after loving Everneath. And I NEED Scarlet after the awesome Cinder. I'm excited for Etiquette & Espionage, because I've heard great things about it. I liked The swan kingdom from Marriott and I can't wait to read Shadow on the moon. The near witch was very good and I'm looking forward to The archived. Happy reading :D

    Haul - Mel@thedailyprophecy.

  7. Ok so I've been intrigued by Fire House Girl, but you say you loved it? Well, it must be good then. Am definitely going to be adding that one to my basket next time I go on Amazon book buying spree. ;)

    Glad you like Scarlet more than Cinder. I liked both books, but if I had to pick a fave heroine it would be Cinder. :)

  8. BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY. <3 I read that book over the summer and it was just PURE amazingness. I'm DYING to get my hands on Out of the Easy. Dying, I tell you. ;) I read The Near Witch a year ago and personally, it wasn't all that amazing. The writing was beautiful though. I hope we both enjoy the Archived! Awesome haul this week, Keertana. Happy reading!

  9. Oh I'm often posting reviews for books I've read a month or more after I read them--nothing wrong with that! I actually would totally be interested in historical romance, but you know I'll read them on Goodreads if you decide not to post them here (in fact, I'm often better about chatting there anyway).

    SO MUCH GOODNESS. I really need to read Victoria Schwab someday soon as well, and I can't wait for you to read Out of the Easy because I thought it was excellent. Fire Horse Girl sounds so fantastic, and I'm pumped that Out of This Place will be out in the US soon! Interested to see how the rest of Shadows on the Moon sits with you.

  10. I can't believe you didn't realise you'd ordered Everbound! haha.

    Well, I need to get my hands on a copy too.

    Oooh, The Archived is a book I need to get my hands on, so I'm looking forward to your review of that one.

    Ahh, I saw both Maja's review of Flutter and Mandee's review of Lovestruck Summer, so I'm going to have to try those two at some point too.

    What a massive haul, Keertana. And don't worry about not posting all your review and posting reviews after you have read the books. It just makes you look super-human dearest! ;)

  11. What a weird cover change for The Spectacular Now. I have a copy that's black with some stick figures or something on the cover. The new one you posted just reminds me of the cover of Fat Vampire.(except there it makes more sense because it's a red slushee and more like blood) Also, why the heck did they change the name of Cinnamon Rain? It's not like we don't understand those words in English. Now it has a title I will NEVER remember because it is like 4,560 other titles about being "out of this world" or whatever. (I'm purposefully not scanning up to see what the new title is.)

    I really liked Shadows of the Moon, but I thought it had a few problems just like Cinder. You aren't along in thinking that Cinder was stifled by the fairy tale plotline. I thought it was holding it back as well. I'm still excited to read Scarlet, though.

    So happy you loved your first Courtney Summers book. You have more greatness ahead of you:)

  12. I'll have to look up The Fire Horse Girl and I can't wait to see what you have to share on Flutter. Enjoy your books and have a lovely week :)

  13. ooh yay! Scarlet is SO good! im only 100 pages in, and I already love it! Cant wait for Perfect Scoundrels too! Lovestruck summer is also a cute read! Great books dear! btw, new follower! :D
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  14. I'm about halfway through Everbound and I'm really enjoying it a ton. I understand what you said about Neverfall - I liked it but can see where it could dampen your expectations. I hope you will find, as I am, that it is really great and I am *thinking* that I might like it more than Everneath. Great world-building and mythology in there!

    Also, Courtney Summers, what a beautiful writing style! This Is Not A Test was my first book by her, and soon after I went to her contemporaries and read Fall For Anything, which I absolutely loved. I'm hoping to add more of her work to my contemporary month later this year.

    Lauren has recommended Sempre to me before a few times, so I was fortunate to see it for 99 cents one day not too long ago. I grabbed it for that price although I haven't had a chance to read it yet. Soon, though!

  15. Wow! Nice book haul! I also got everbound and the archived. I am so excited to read the latter next. I'm so jealous that you got to read Cracked Up to Be. I also was a huge fan of This Is Not a Test, and I just ordered Some Girls Are on sale. I should've just gotten Cracked Up to Be as well. I can't wait to read your review! Between Shades of Gray is a wonderful read. Truly beautiful! I hope you like it as much as I did. Though you may shed a tear. And I have The Near Witch but have yet to read it. I can't wait to read something by Schwab. I hope you enjoy all of your books!

  16. I'm always trying to plan ahead with my reviews too, but I find my weeks just jammed packed, as I'm always trying to align my reviews with release dates! Sometimes a review that I post will be of a book that I've read last month, so I honestly don't mind you doing the same thing!

    Yay for Cinnamon Rain being published in the US, it's great seeing more of the Aussie gems coming over, we've had a great influx recently too! Also The Fire Horse Girl looks and sounds amazing! I will definitely be looking forward to your review for that one! Also wasn't Perfect Scoundrels just amazing? I felt so sorry for Hale, but like you this was my favourite book in the series! I really need to pick up the rest of Courtney Summer's books too, I've been saying this for ages! I hope you enjoy the rest of your books hun! :)

  17. Awesome haul, Keertana. I'm very curious to see what you'll think of ARCHIVED, and I've heard such good things about the Zoe Marriot and THE NEAR WITCH, too. And I have to find time to finish E&E! I rather agree that SOULLESS was the perfect standalone. I read a couple of the sequels but still haven't finished the series yet because they're good, but they're not....subliime. ;)

    Happy reading!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  18. Oh, dude. There's just too much awesome here. I can't say definitively that Everbound will be amazebeans because I haven't read my smuggled library copy BUT I will say Scarlet is just so darn fantastic. And Cracked Up to Be is such a solid book, and bittersweet. ETIQUETTE & ESPIONAGE. Can you see my drool? Because I don't want to offend.

    AND THE NEAR WITCH. That was one of my faves of that year and I NEED to read my e-copy of The ARchived because I luuurrve Victoria Schwab SO BAD. Also: Lovestruck Summer is bound for a course of fantasticness and I still need it myself and it's impossible not to trust Mandee's judgement. :D

  19. Wow. This is one heck of a haul. I just finished the Fire Horse Girl and I adored it. Shadows on the Moon is one of my favorite books of last year. Scarlet is one of the two books I have awarded 5 stars to so far this year. Lovestruck Summer was ADORABLE.

    *coughs* I bought Everbound too. Enjoy them all!

  20. Wow what an amazing haul! I loved Perfect Scoundrels too and I can't wait to read The Archived, Everbound and Etiquette and Espionage.

  21. This is a LOT of great books. But did you see my comments on Neverfall from the Dark Days? I'm pretty sure she wrote that under pressure of the publisher, and it doesn't appear like she's connected it well to her story. I think you should forget about it when you go into Everbound.

    ALso, I'm very curious about your opinion of Sempre. I LOVE that book, but I can't tell whether you'll like it or hate it. The romance is over the top at times, but there's a gritty reality to the world that balances it all out. Of all the books I read last year, I think Haven and Carmine are the couple that I find myself thinking and worrying about the most. Not for the state of how they feel about each other, but for everything that they have and will face.

    I am currently reading The Archived and I want to get to Perfect Scoundrels soon. But I'm waiting until I can really sit down and enjoy it cover to cover. I think it will both stress me out, and make me swoon big time (I hope). MASSIVE HAUL, Friend.

  22. Daaaaaaamn. I can't believe you have so many posts scheduled. Props. I read a ton but reviewing... that's another story. Haha.

    I'm so excited to read Emma Cameron's book whatever the new name is!


  23. Omg, so so much amazing. <3 I just bought Cracked Up To Be a few days ago, I cannot wait to get it :D Loved This Is Not A Test. <3 Sad you didn't love Cinder :( but glad you loved Scarlet :D Lots of other amazing too :D Enjoy them all. <3
    Thank you for commenting on my mailbox. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

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