Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (#11)

Waiting on Wednesday is a Book Hop  hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pick is:  
The Elite

"The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Timesbestseller The Selection.

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending."

Release Date: April 2013

I'm very eager for this book to be released. I loved The Selection so I hope this one is just as great, if not better! 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Book Review: The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of theShiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before."

Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Year of Release: 2012
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Sequel(s): 3 Untitled Sequels
What motivated you to read this book?: I enjoyed Maggie's other books, so I wanted to try this one too! Plus, the plot summary seemed interesting
Book Version: Hardback
Where did you get the book?: Library
Favorite Character: Gansey
Least Favorite Character: Barrington Whelk
Thoughts on Cover: I really like it! Very nice. Love the raven on it.
Recommended to
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Review:  This book is probably the eeriest book I have ever read. It gave me the a good way. It was written extremely well. It wasn't overly detailed, nor was it not detailed enough. It was perfect. The story and plot were completely original. I have never read anything like it before. It definitely kept my interest. I would give it 4 stars, but it was very slow moving and it had pretty much no romance at all. (Books without romance can be a bit boring at times.) Therefore I'm dropping it down to 3.5 stars instead. Its lack of romance is pretty understandable though, considering that Blue cannot kiss her true love without him dying. However, I did expect her to fall for Gansey right away. I didn't expect her to have a thing with Adam. I guess I am too accustomed to characters falling for each other immediately. I suppose this is more realistic. I like that.

Overall, this book was a good read, but it wasn't as great as I thought it would be. I plan on reading the sequels, but I'm not dying to do so.

Monday, October 1, 2012

October Reader of the Month

Reader of the Month is a monthly feature here at Emily Hearts Books. Every month I feature a reader and ask them several questions relating to books!

October's Reader of the Month is Ali from one of my favorite book blogs Ginger-Read Reviews! Read my interview with her below.

1.EmilyHeartsBooks:Can you please tell us a little about yourself?
Ali: First and foremost I am a mom, to a wonderful teenage girl. I think I was born just to be her mother. I work full time as a Project Engineer for a commercial remodeler and part time for my husband's electrical contracting company. Family is the most important thing in my life and always comes first!

2. EHB: Do you have a goal of a certain amount of books that you want to read this year? If so, what's your goal?
A: You know I do have a goal. I set it pretty low at the beginning of the year, I think I started at 45, but I've upped it a couple of times because I keep catching up to it. I don't try to hit the big numbers like some bloggers but it is nice to have a goal ~ it keeps me focused.

3. EHB: Do you think you will accomplish that goal by the end of the year?
 A: Yep and I will probably be upping it again here soon!!

4. EHB: Of all the books you have read this year, which is your favorite?
 A: When I read Sovereign Hope by Frankie Rose it became my favorite of the year, up to that point. But I have to say Blackbrooke by Emma Silver and The Infects by Sean Beaudoin are right up there with it. They have all brought something new and refreshing and hold a special place on my bookshelf!

5. EHB: What book releases are you most looking forward to? 
A: Ooh, tough to choose. Eternal Hope by Frankie Rose; Revolution 19 by Greg Rosenblum; Taking on The Dead by Annie Walls & The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

6. EHB: Do you have a favorite spot to just sit back, relax, and read? If so, where?
A: Yes, but I don't get to go there much! There is a small community called Seabrooke on the Washington Coast, it has a Cape Cod feel to it and I love it there. If I could just chill and read anywhere, that would be it. Otherwise you'll find me on the living room couch!

7. EHB: If you could go to any fictional world, where would it be? 
 A: Oh geez! Tough question. Hogwarts for breakfast, Alegasia for lunch and Munchkin Land for dinner!

8. EHB: What do you like doing when you're not reading?
 A: I love to play video games, even though I am pushing 40 here! On my most stressful days you'll find me killing crap on the XBox. It's the best stress reliever I've ever found, and I don't imagine I'll ever stop playing. I am going to a zombie shooting granny!

9. EHB: What's your favorite part about book blogging? 
A: The people I've met. There are some very fun, kind and creative bloggers out there and I've had the pleasure to 'cyber-meet' many!

A huge thanks goes to Ali for agreeing to participate and respond to all my questions! Be sure to check out and follow her blog Ginger-Read Reviews if you don't already!

Interested in being the next Reader of the Month? Send me an e-mail at with your name & e-mail address by the 20th of the month & I will e-mail you if you are selected!

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