Tidbit Tuesday #4: Duologies and Cover Reveals

 

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Tidbit Tuesday is a feature on The Candid Cover spotlighting and reviewing bookish events, news and bits of books.

I don’t know about you, but I get really excited about announcements for duologies because they are my favourite type of series. It is exciting to know that there will be more to come in a well-loved series, yet the commitment to read the next part is just one more book.

If you are a fan of Marie Lu, you will be thrilled to know that there is now a release date for Warcross and we now have a summary! Although the cover is still to come for this one, the excitement that I have for this series is growing daily.


Julie C. Dao took to Twitter last week and shared 3 amazing announcements  about her duology, Rise of the Empress. I love this title and I think that this series sounds incredibly epic with its ties to the Evil Queen legend in an East Asian fantasy. How awesome does that sound?


There were also a few cover reveals last week and I must say that all of them are stunning! First of all, Elly Blake revealed the US and UK covers for the second book in The Frostblood Saga. I have yet to read the first book, Frostblood, but it is receiving some wonderful reviews and I think that this book is going to be similar to Aveyard’s Red Queen series.


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Another gorgeous and intriguing cover was revealed over on YA Books Central for Gray Wolf Island  by debut author Tracey Neithercott. This book has a theme of friendship and searching for treasure. We will have to wait until October 2017 for it to be released, but if you head over to YA Books Central, there is a giveaway running for a signed ARC!

ARC Review: A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

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Title: A Quiet Kind of Thunder
Author: Sara Barnard
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Publication Date: January 12, 2017
Stars: 3.5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say.
Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen.
Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder.

Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.

From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things comes a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.

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A Quiet Kind of Thunder is a realistic story about a deaf boy and a mute girl that will really touch the reader’s heart. I enjoyed the lack of stereotypes in the book and the main character’s compassion and relatable awkwardness. I do, however, feel like the story became boring after a while, and didn’t find it as enjoyable as it could have been.

This book has such an inspiring concept! A girl with selective mutism meets a deaf boy. Before reading A Quiet Kind of Thunder, I didn’t know much about selective mutism at all, and I’m glad that this story is able to educate its readers on this topic in a way that is entertaining and pretty adorable. The primary method of communication in the book is sign language, and there are a few signs scattered throughout the book so the reader can learn a few simple phrases along with Steffi. While I am neither deaf nor a selective mute, I feel like Sara Barnard did a good job of avoiding stereotypes in her novel. The way this story is written comes across as respectful, which is exactly how a story about health should be.

I really enjoyed Steffi’s character. She is so caring and tries to remain positive, even though her anxiety makes it difficult. What I especially liked about Steffi is the fact that she makes a lot of mistakes around Rhys. She forgets sometimes that he can’t hear her favourite songs, and Rhys is understanding of that. All this makes the book more believable and relatable.

Although I enjoyed A Quiet Kind of Thunder, there were certain points where the pacing bothered me. Once Steffi and Rhys’s relationship was established, the book got pretty boring and repetitive. The beginning was amazing, but halfway through, the story just fell flat. Because of this, I was unable to enjoy it as much as I would have liked. It really has the potential to be a 5 star book.

A Quiet Kind of Thunder is an entertaining and educational book about a deaf boy who meets a selectively mute girl. I loved the concept and the main character’s personality, but the story became boring about halfway through. I didn’t love this book as much as I had hoped I would, but it is definitely one worth checking out.

ARC Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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I received an ARC from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Stars: 5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . . 

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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Although 2017 has only just begun, I can tell that Caraval is one of the best books of the year.The concept is so original and the main character is so clever. I adored the world of Caraval and how beautifully described everything is. This book is a must-read!

Caraval is so different from anything I have ever read. It is hard to describe this book since it is so complex, but basically, it is about a girl who must save her sister by completing the game of Caraval. I loved the sisterly bond between Tella and Scarlett and how they would do anything to protect each other. I also really enjoyed the scavenger hunt-like elements in the book and all the challenges that Scarlett must face. There are so many layers that really make the story come to life, something that can be difficult in novels like this one.

Scarlett is the ideal main character for Caraval. She is so intelligent and able to solve each puzzle so quickly. If I were in Caraval, I would definitely be out by the first night. Scarlett is also so compassionate and really only does things for other people. She is so determined to win the game and save her sister and is so sweet. This girl also knows how to get what she wants, which was actually pretty funny at times.

One of my favourite things about this amazing book is the beautiful setting. While the ARC that I have doesn’t include a map,  I really felt like I knew this world. Stephanie Garber has honestly thought of everything, even the way time works on the island. Her descriptive writing style makes the world believable and will make the reader feel as if they are in the game as well. The world of Caraval is definitely among my favourites.

Caraval is a complex story about a mysterious game with a main character who is selfless and intelligent. The setting is so vivid and makes the whole story even more believable. I can’t wait for the sequel to come out!

 

Book Blitz & Giveaway: Horribly Marvelous: The Diary of Cyndi Victoria Chase by Troy CLE

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Welcome to the Book Blitz for Horribly Marvelous: The Diary of Cyndi Victoria Chase
(Part One: Miracle Week) by Troy CLE! This book is part of the Marvelous World series published by Simon and Schuster and Random House Listening Library. Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

Title: Horribly Marvelous: The Diary of Cyndi Victoria Chase (Part One: Miracle Week)
Author: Troy CLE
Publication Date: November 29, 2016

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Cyndi Victoria Chase’s junior year was supposed to be about fun and getting into college while desperately dodging the pitfalls of being awkward and painfully self-conscious. All of that was derailed when the massacre of two of her Alonis Academy classmates marked the beginning of a local epidemic. That did not sit well with Cyndi, who is a highly imaginative girl living in her own “Naturally Augmented Reality” where she can flawlessly detect when someone is lying and see people’s words come to life right in front of her eyes. She’ll discover that she’s up against a vicious trans-dimensional and intergalactic threat that has dropped chaos upon her life, school, and town. Cyndi is Cyndi and will always be compelled to fight back; her powerful foes better be prepared for a battle that will become historic throughout the galaxy.

This book is part of the Marvelous World series published by Simon and Schuster and Random House Listening Library.

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Troy CLE is the author of the Horribly Marvelous and Marvelous World book series  (Simon & Schuster / Random House Listening Library Audio) along with being the creator of Marvelous World University. He is a graduate of New York University (BA American Literature and English, MS Digital Design) and a highly experienced lecturer who has spoken Harvard, UCLA, Colorado College and many other well know and respected institutions.

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Waiting on Wednesday #89: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s book:

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Author: Claudia Gray
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 4, 2017

Summary (from Goodreads): Noemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that’s now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth’s robotic “mech” armies for decades with no end in sight.

After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel’s programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis–even though her plan to win the war will kill him.

Together they embark on a daring voyage through the galaxy. Before long, Noemi begins to realize Abel may be more than a machine, and, for his part, Abel’s devotion to Noemi is no longer just a matter of programming.

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Thoughts:

I am so excited about this new Claudia Gray series! I find her writing to be so beautiful. Space books have really intrigued me lately, and, while I haven’t read too many, I have loved every one I’ve picked up. What interests me the most about this book is the fact that there are both robots and humans, but they are against each other. I can’t wait to see what Defy the Stars has in store this spring!

Tidbit Tuesday #3: YA Bookish Announcements

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Tidbit Tuesday is a feature on The Candid Cover spotlighting and reviewing bookish events, news and bits of books.

So many exciting new Young Adult books are coming our way! Some of these books were hinted at a while ago and others are completely new to me. It’s amazing how many thrilling events happen in the book world over the course of a week.

First of all, Tahereh Mafi revealed the title of her new YA novel that is a dark Persian fantasy about a girl who washes dead bodies for a living. WHICHWOOD definitely sounds intriguing and I am really looking forward to finding out what the cover will look like. Tahereh always has the most beautiful book covers.

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Also, E. Lockhart fans will be thrilled to know that her new book, GENUINE FRAUD, was announced on Mashable last Thursday. This new psychological thriller sounds just as intense as We Were Liars and I am so excited to read it in September.

 

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It seems that so many YA novels are being optioned for film, even before publication. Jennifer Mathieu’s book, MOXIE, is going to make for a really interesting and most likely enlightening story and movie. It is about a girl who starts a modern day feminist revolution. The Hollywood Reporter announced the movie deal last Friday.

 

As well, watch for an intriguing YA debut novel from Tehlor Ky Meija. WHEN WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE is bound to be an epic and diverse book that we will have to wait until 2019 to read!

What books are you excited to know more about? Do you have any bookish news to share that I have missed?

Review: Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

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Title: Stealing Snow
Author: Danielle Paige
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Stars: 3/5

Summary (from Goodreads): First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.

Mine broke Bale.

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.

Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.

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When I heard the news of a new series by Danielle Paige, I was super excited. Dorothy Must Die is one of my favourite series, so I had high hopes for Stealing Snow. The concept is unique and the main character is enjoyable, but there were a few things, the excessive amount of love interests, for example, that bothered me. I wanted to love this book, but unfortunately, I ended up a bit disappointed.

I really enjoyed the concept of Stealing Snow. This book is about a girl who has been locked in a mental hospital her entire life, but is able to escape to a new land. She learns many things about herself while she is there, such as the fact that she is a snow princess, and meets some interesting characters, like other witches. I haven’t read a retelling of The Snow Queen before, and I liked how this story doesn’t use the same old fairy tales. If you are a fan of Frozen and Alice in Wonderland, you might enjoy Stealing Snow, since it has similar elements to both stories.

Snow is a likeable main character. While she does make some questionable decisions, I admired her ability to stick up for herself. She is able to stay pretty sane while she is in the asylum and knows deep down that she shouldn’t be there. I liked Snow’s spunky personality and curiosity. I just wish that she was able to stay more focused on what is important.

Although I enjoyed Stealing Snow, there were a few aspects that annoyed me. My main issue with the book is the amount of love interests. There are three boys that Snow likes, which I found to be pretty frustrating. She goes to the land of Algid to save her crush, but finds two more on the way. I also found the plot to be a bit confusing, since there was so much going on at times. At other moments in the book, the pacing was so slow that I ended up getting bored. The book was still pretty enjoyable, it just didn’t live up to the hype.

Stealing Snow is a retelling of The Snow Queen with a main character who is brave and determined. I really wanted to love this book, but it ended up confusing and boring. While it isn’t one one my favourites, I would still recommend this book to fantasy fans.

ARC Review: Salad in a Jar: 68 Recipes for Salads and Dressings by Anna Helm Baxter

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Title: Salad in a Jar: 68 Recipes for Salads and Dressings
Author: Anna Helm Baxter
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication Date: January 17, 2017
Stars: 5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): A collection of more than 60 illustrated recipes for simple-to-prepare salads, dressings, breakfasts, and snacks to take on the go.

The solution to the lunchtime salad rut, Salad in a Jar provides healthy, easy alternatives to dissatisfying or overpriced grab-and-go meals. These nutritionally balanced recipes are perfect for making ahead. Anna Helm Baxter reveals the keys to layering ingredients to maximize freshness and texture for a hearty and satisfying dish or snack. Tips and tricks include instructions on designing salads in a jar with recipes for raw salads, side salads, meal salads, snacks, and desserts.

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Have you got the desire and a few extra minutes to prepare a quick and nutritious lunch? This is one cookbook that I can honestly say will satisfy your need to eat healthier and not demand too much of your time. Salad in a Jar gives its readers ideas and solutions that are not only tasty, but relatively easy to prepare. The beautiful illustrations and simple instructions make this book a must-have for anyone wanting to shake up their lunch routine.

What is really amazing to me about Salad in a Jar, is the method that Helm Baxter describes to create these salads. After you understand the simple layering technique, any recipe can be used. This is very exciting to me, as there are many times that I have tried to take a salad for lunch and found that it was soggy or just not as fresh once lunchtime hits.

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Also, the 10 minutes that it takes to prepare the most complicated recipe is quite doable and can be sped up with a little preparation the night before. There are so many different types of recipes that vegetarians and those who prefer a little more protein in their meal will be able to find something enjoyable to prepare. The ingredients for the salads and dressings that I created were all sourced from my local grocery store and were quite reasonably priced. Considering that I would spend more on take-out, this is considerable savings.

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A gorgeous recipe book that is packed full of ideas and recipes for eating well, Salad in a Jar is my new favourite cookbook. I have always looked forward to the lunch hour, but knowing that I will have something delicious and good for me is a bonus. If you are looking for a new and easy way to change up the way you do lunch, I highly recommend Salad in a Jar.

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Book Blast & Giveaway: Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey

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Welcome to the Book Blast for Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey, presented by Blaze Publishing! Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post! Also, look for more information about a few other Blaze Publishing books that might be of interest to you.

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Title: Shadow Fall (Shadow Fall #1)
Author: Audrey Grey
Publication Date: November 22, 2016
Publisher: Blaze Publishing

The asteroid hurtling toward the earth will kill billions.

The Emperor and his Gold Court will be safe in their space station, watching from the stars. The Silvers will be protected underground. But the Bronzes must fight it out at the Shadow Trials for the few remaining spots left on the space station.

When an enigmatic benefactor hands Maia Graystone a spot in the Trials, she won’t just get a chance at salvation for her and her baby brother, Max: She gets to confront the mother who abandoned her in prison, the mad Emperor who murdered her father, and the Gold prince who once loved her. But it’s the dark bastard prince she’s partnered with that will make her question everything, including her own heart. With the asteroid racing closer every day, Maia must trust someone to survive.

The question is who?

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Audrey Grey lives in the charming state of Oklahoma, with her husband, two little people, and four mischievous dogs. You can usually find her hiding out in her office from said little people and dogs, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for her characters to live in.

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Some other Blaze Publishing Books to check out:

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Seventeen-year-old Rose suffers from terrifying, painful nightmares that leave her bruised, exhausted, and questioning her sanity. Desperate to hold on, she makes a choice: Trust her doctor who claims he can cure her, or listen to another patient who swears the asylum will kill them.

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Asleep by Krystal Wade
Publication Date: February 16, 2016
Publisher:  Blaze Publishing

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When Sixteen-year-old Andie Hamilton discovers she’s pregnant, she also learns the truth of her adoption. Overwhelmed, Andie must choose what’s best for the baby, but after hearing the heartbeat for the first time, she doesn’t know how she’ll ever be able let go.

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Because I Love You by Tori Rigby
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Blaze Publishing

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Crescenzo never would’ve thought his father’s figurines were modeled after real people, but when his loved ones start vanishing from his life, he must unite their real life counterparts and seek their aid to save his family.

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The Carver by Jacob Devlin
Publication Date: July 19, 2016
Publisher: Blaze Publishing

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After a financial collapse devastates the United States, the new government imposes a tax on the nation’s most valuable resource—the children.

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Waiting On Wednesday #87: Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s book:

32078787Title: Once and for All
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 6, 2017

Summary (from Goodreads): As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

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Thoughts:

While I have only recently discovered and fallen in love with Sarah Dessen’s books, I am super excited for her next work. I have never read anything related to wedding planning before, so I am interested in seeing how this will play out. The main character’s reluctance to find her happily ever after also intrigues me, and I feel like this will make the book even more dramatic. I am positive that I will love this story, and I don’t know if I will be able to wait until the summer to finally have it in my hands!