Thursday, May 26, 2016



Man, I can't believe it's almost the end of May! The kids are [almost] out of school, and summer will soon be upon us. You know what that means! SYNC recently announced the list of audiobook pairings up for grabs this summer, and today kicks off week four of the program for 2016. Here's what you can grab through Wednesday of next week...for free!



This week's YA title is Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone, performed by Amy Rubinate for Ideal Audiobooks.

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If you could read my mind, you wouldn't be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she'd be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam's weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.





This week's classic title is Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire, performed by Michael Page for Brilliance Audio.

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A fantasy set in Tsarist Russia.

Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside. Her father has been dead for years. One of her brothers has been conscripted into the Tsar’s army, the other taken as a servant in the house of the local landowner. Her mother is dying, slowly, in their tiny cabin. And there is no food. But then a train arrives in the village, a train carrying untold wealth, a cornucopia of food, and a noble family destined to visit the Tsar in Saint Petersburg — a family that includes Ekaterina, a girl of Elena’s age. When the two girls’ lives collide, an adventure is set in motion, an escapade that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling incognito, and — in a starring role only Gregory Maguire could have conjured — Baba Yaga, witch of Russian folklore, in her ambulatory house perched on chicken legs






I loved Every Last Word when I listened to it last year...and now that it's available from SYNC, I'm itching for a re-listen! You can check out my review here. I've never read anything by Gregory Maguire, and I think this is a MG novel, but I do love some Tsarist Russia. :)

Will you be picking up either of these titles? Remember, they're only available through Wednesday, and new titles will be put up on Thursday for download. To download this week's titles, just click here to be taken to the SYNC download page.

I hope you take advantage of this program. I've been doing it for the last several years, and I've had the opportunity to listen to a ton of great audio for free.  If you've never tried audiobooks before, it's a great opportunity to do so without the obligation of buying one that you might not enjoy.  And if you love audiobooks, well, it's a great time to stock up on some titles you may have missed or discover new ones.  Win/win.  =)

Happy listening!


Wednesday, May 25, 2016





"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's WoW selection is...








's Pick:



Title: A Conjuring of Light
Author: V.E. Schwab
Series: Shades of Magic, book #3
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: February 21, 2017

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The battle between four magical Londons comes to a head in this stunning finale to the New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy by rising star V. E. Schwab

Londons fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies.

"Addictive and immersive, A Gathering of Shadows cements this series as a must-read. Rich details illuminate every dimension of an extravagant city flooded with magic, and intriguing personalities evolve into complex characters. ...Schwab already has us anticipating the rest of the series."—Entertainment Weekly

"[A Darker Shade of Magic] feels like a priceless object, brought from another, better world of fantasy books. Schwab's writing is engaging and vivid...kept me engrossed by its story every bit as much as I was fascinated by its complex, multilayered world."—io9.com

"Has all the hallmarks of a classic work of fantasy...Schwab has given us a gem of a tale. This is a book to treasure."—Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of The All Souls trilogy on A Darker Shade of Magic

OMG, I think this is my favorite cover of them all. I've loved each one, but this is by far the BEST. And it's just perfect for this final book. I can't even believe I'm saying that...that this series has almost come to a close. Like, what even? How is that possible? These characters are supposed to carry on with their magic and shenanigans till the end of time, providing me with endless entertainment! But at least if it has to end, it's going out with one helluva cover! =D =D =D


What are you desperately waiting for this Wednesday? Let us know in the comments or share a link to your own WoW post!



Saturday, May 21, 2016

{The Weekend Update} 5.21.16

Saturday, May 21, 2016 with 6 comments
So, since my end-of-the-week post isn't just about what I got in my mailbox or on my Kindle each week -- though that is a big part of it, I won't lie -- I decided to change up the title and intro a bit.  I might tweak the format a bit over the next few weeks, but for the most part, it'll contain the same stuff: stuff I got, stuff I did, and stuff that's coming up on the blog.  Plus, I get to use the awesome GIF you see here and blow kisses to all the people who sent me lovely books and bookish things.  Oh, and I've started linking up to Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews since I'm not using a specific meme title anymore.  April's also doing her own Stacking the Shelves posts on Sundays.  Stop by and say hi!  =)

Yesterday was supposed to be Katie's Field Day, but there was a water main break, and we live in a small town so that affects everyone, so they had to cancel school for the whole district, effectively cancelling Field Day, too. It's rescheduled for next week, though. But since we had a free day, my friend and I took our girls to the Dallas Zoo, which turned out to be the best idea ever. Katie posed with the penguins -- or rather they posed with her -- and she got to feed the giraffes, which was really cool. And a lot more fun than running relays! :D



Okay, okay. On to the books. Here's what I scored this week...

From Publishers:



From Penguin:
Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar



From Disney:
Sea Spell by Jennifer Donnelly

Traded:

New #booksfortrade | Have You Seen This? post! I'm still looking for a few high profile ARCs, like Throne of Glass, The Near Witch, and Scarlet (Gaughen), plus some other 2016 releases. Also, if anyone has an extra of Caraval, you can have whatever you want from my trade stacks. Anything. Just sayin'...

Freebies:

100 Sideways Miles

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith - via SYNC

Gifted:



I do not deserve you, Sabrina, but I love and appreciate you all the same! Thank you sooo much for surprising me with these for my library! You are the absolute best!!! =D

Library:

I HAVE LIBRARY AGAIN!!!!!!!!



And here's what I procured on my first foray into their online shelves:

The Thief (The Queen's Thief, #1)An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)The Forbidden OrchidBlood Passage (Dark Caravan Cycle, #2)Crimson Bound

I finally found an audio copy of Megan Whalen Turner's The Thief!!!! But my library only has the 4th book on audio after this. I recommended they get the other two, but that could be awhile, so I'm sure I'll end up grabbing the ebooks for the next two VERRUH soon. :) A Torch Against the Night is winging its way to me, so I'm going to re-read the first book via audio in preparation. I can't freaking wait, though. I had an ARC -- and a finished copy, too! -- of The Forbidden Orchid, but there was some drama and I stepped back, not wanting that to taint how I felt about the book on its own. Maybe the audio will help? I still need to re-read (via audio, but of course) Exquisite Captive, but I saw Blood Passage available and couldn't help myself. I grabbed Crimson Bound on a whim...mostly because I really want to read Bright Smoke, Cold Fire now but that would be irresponsible considering all of the other review books that come before it. (I'll still probably read it very soon because I have ZERO self control.)


So, that's my haul. =) What fabulous bookmail did you get this week?



The Week in Review:

Reviews:

Outrun the MoonMy Lady Jane

Current Giveaways:

Check back soon!

Promotional/Discussion Posts:
Currently Reading:

Rocks Fall, Everyone DiesI'm not very far into this one yet, but it's very different. And I like different. And so far, I like this book. I can't wait to discover more about the magic and the significance of the cliff to the town and the main character's family.




Currently Listening:

Crimson BoundAs I said above, I'm dying to get to my galley of Bright Smoke, Cold Fire but I'm trying to be responsible and read some review books that release soon. But it's hard. So, I borrowed this audio from the library and hope that it tides me over for a bit. I'll probably end up DLing Cruel Beauty soon, too.





Upcoming Reviews:


Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms, #1)The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2)A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)




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Thursday, May 19, 2016



Man, I can't believe it's already May! The kids are [almost] out of school, and summer will soon be upon us. You know what that means! SYNC recently announced the list of audiobook pairings up for grabs this summer, and today kicks off week three of the program for 2016. Here's what you can grab through Wednesday of next week...for free!



This week's YA title is 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith, performed by Kirby Heyborne for Tantor Media.

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Finn Easton sees the world through miles instead of minutes. It’s how he makes sense of the world, and how he tries to convince himself that he’s a real boy and not just a character in his father’s bestselling cult-classic book. Finn has two things going for him: his best friend, the possibly-insane-but-definitely-excellent Cade Hernandez, and Julia Bishop, the first girl he’s ever loved.

Then Julia moves away, and Finn is heartbroken. Feeling restless and trapped in the book, Finn embarks on a road trip with Cade to visit their college of choice in Oklahoma. When an unexpected accident happens and the boys become unlikely heroes, they take an eye-opening detour away from everything they thought they had planned—and learn how to write their own destiny.





This week's classic title is This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff, performed by Oliver Wyman for HighBridge Audio.

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This unforgettable memoir, by one of our most gifted writers, introduces us to the young Toby Wolff, by turns tough and vulnerable, crafty and bumbling, and ultimately winning. Separated by divorce from his father and brother, Toby and his mother are constantly on the move, yet they develop an extraordinarily close, almost telepathic relationship. As Toby fights for identity and self-respect against the unrelenting hostility of a new stepfather, his experiences are at once poignant and comical, and Wolff does a masterful job of re-creating the frustrations and cruelties of adolescence. His various schemes - running away to Alaska, forging checks, and stealing cars - lead eventually to an act of outrageous self-invention that releases him into a new world of possibility.






I've never read any of Andrew Smith's books, but I do have several on my shelves. Now that I can grab this audio fo' free, I think I will have to make the effort finally. :) I don't know why I've held off...I've heard nothing but good things...

Will you be picking up either of these titles? Remember, they're only available through Wednesday, and new titles will be put up on Thursday for download. To download this week's titles, just click here to be taken to the SYNC download page.

I hope you take advantage of this program. I've been doing it for the last several years, and I've had the opportunity to listen to a ton of great audio for free.  If you've never tried audiobooks before, it's a great opportunity to do so without the obligation of buying one that you might not enjoy.  And if you love audiobooks, well, it's a great time to stock up on some titles you may have missed or discover new ones.  Win/win.  =)

Happy listening!


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