Cover Reveal: Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

It’s here! Yesterday, Hollywood Crush revealed the cover of Ally Carter’s brand new book, Perfect Scoundrels, the third book in the Heist Society series.

Isn’t it amazing?! Check out the synopsis below:


Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it’s that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting—or stealing—whatever they want.

No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale’s family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother’s billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there’s no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won’t let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother’s will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company’s fortune. So instead of being the heir—this time, Hale might be the mark.

Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she’s willing to save her boyfriend’s company if it means losing the boy.


Check out Perfect Scoundrels when it hits shelves February 5, 2013.


http://allycarter.com/

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Haylie’s Review of Until I Die by Amy Plum

So basically to make a long story short, my computer that it was going to record the videos without audio… And what good does that do me!

But anyways, How pretty is this cover! 🙂 ❤




Goodreads synopsis:


Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love.

As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy.

In Die for Me, Amy Plum created a captivating paranormal mythology with immortal revenants and a lush Paris setting. Until I Die is poised to thrill readers with more heart-pounding suspense, spellbinding romance, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave them desperate for the third and final novel in the series.


Review: 

      Let me first just say that this is probably one of my favorite series, I hold it up there with things like The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margret Stohl, and The Mortal Insturments/ Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. One of the main things about the book is that the main characters, Kate and Vincent, are just so down right lovable! They are probably one of the best couples I have ever read. They have such amazing chemistry and when they are together everything just seems right. I can’t really think of a time in either of the two books where I just sat there and was like, “….. Really, did you just do that!?”  But now to the actual book. 


     Until I Die, basically follows Vincent and Kate’s journey to find a way to help, Vincent resist the urge to sacrifice himself to save people, because Vincent has promised Kate that he will find a way to make their lives together as normal as possible. But this decision doesn’t come without consequences, and Kate has to decide what she can and cant live with. Until I Die definitely didn’t disappoint!


      With the introduction of two new characters, in Violette and Arthur, who are highly respected and old revenants. There is always a small drop off of the old characters. I definitely missed some of Jules sarcastic and witty dialog, and Charles troubled self. But the introduction of two interesting characters like Violette and Arther absolutely made up for it!


      The end of Until I Die will definitely put you through a whirlwind of emotions! One second I was happy, the next I was crying, and then crying turned into fits of rage! The ENDING has to be one of the most EVIL cliffhangers in the existence of books! I have no idea how im going to survive until May of 2013 with a cliffhanger like that!


       If you haven’t read Die For Me and Until I Die you HAVE TO go pick them up!


Website: http://www.amyplumbooks.com/
Twitter: @AmyPlumOhLaLa
     

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Due to techinical difficulties, Jemini’s first review is written instead of our usual video review.


For Jemini’s first review, she reviews the first book in the Divergent series, Divergent by Veronica Roth.



Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Synopsis:



In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.




Review:


On the first page of Divergent, I was already interested in the rest of the book. It had some similarites to The Hunger Games , which was previously my favorite book.


 As I continued reading, it became nothing like The Hunger Games. Veronica Roth left me hanging on every page. I would be going to a soccer game and unable to put the book down and then during the game, I was unable to focus on anything else. I’d see the ball down the field and think, “I wonder what Tris is going to do next!” or “I can’t believe that just happened.”


Roth used literary elements such as imagery and foreshadowing exremely well. Every element she used, added more and more depth to what was happening. As I said previously, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was my absolute favorite book, but after reading Divergent by Veronica Roth, nothing to compare!


Veronica Roth’s Website:
http://veronicarothbooks.blogspot.com/
Facebook Page:
http://www.facebook.com/DivergentSeries
Follow Veronica Roth on Twitter:
@VeronicaRoth

Nightlock Podcast Episode 26: Hunger Games Party



Episode 26: Hunger Games Party


There has been A LOT of news in the past couple of weeks including an actor gettin engaged, a possible Hunger Games version of Pottermore, the most major is how The Hunger Games did at the MTV Movie Awards, where the arena scenes of Catching Fire will be filmed, as well as what U.K. fans will be interested in on the DVD/ Blu-Ray. The other focus of this episode is how to have your own Hunger Games birthday party as we reflect on how we had our own. This includes how to replicate the games on your own, how to cook a Capitol feast, and other fun activities. We review the Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook and share which food we indulged in. To end the show, we read some listener feedback and recommend some books to read over the summer.


Also, Nightlock Podcast plugs our blog!


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Book Review: The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan


For our first review, Halee reviews the final installment in the Kane Chronicles series, The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan.

The Serpent's Shadow (Kane Chronicles, #3)

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
He’s b-a-a-ack! Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sade Kane can’t seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Now Apophis is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness, and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and for all. Unfortunately, the magicians of the House of Life are on the brink of civil war, the gods are divided, and the young initiates of Brooklyn House stand almost alone against the forces of chaos. The Kanes’ only hope is an ancient spell that might turn the serpent’s own shadow into a weapon, but the magic has been lost for a millennia. To find the answer they need, the Kanes must rely on the murderous ghost of a powerful magician who might be able to lead them to the serpent’s shadow . . . or might lead them to their deaths in the depths of the underworld.

Nothing less than the mortal world is at stake when the Kane family fulfills its destiny in this thrilling conclusion to the Kane Chronicles.


Rick Riordan’s Blog:
http://rickriordan.blogspot.com
Kane Chronicles Website:
http://disney.go.com/official-sites/kane-chronicles/index
Follow Rick on Twitter:
@Camphalfblood