WoW #117 - Shutter

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

Title: Shutter
Author: Courtney Alameda

Expected Publication: February 3, 2015


Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She's aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera's technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.
When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn't exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she's faced before . . . or die trying.
Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week.

Why I am lurking on this: Creeeeepy -- just look at that creepy cover! I definitvely don't read enough creepy and ghosty, but I think it makes a nice mix, so I'm keeping an eye out for interesting sounding stories -- and Van Helsing is always a good background story!

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In Her Shoes ~23~ .:. Maddie Fynn

Emma Watson

In Her Shoes is a bookish meme invented by Vanya at YA Story Teller. To participate, simply put yourself in the shoes of a heroine you've recently read about, and then tell what you thought of her, what you would do in her stead, or what you've learned from her.

casting as:
Maddie Fynn from When

Maddie has been through a lot in her life due to her gift of seeing death dates. She saw her father's date, but couldn't help him because she didn't know what those numbers meant she was seeing. Since then, she has taken care of her (as of then) alcoholic mother, of the house and the bills -- even made sure there was money to spend by charging people to tell them their death dates. Aside from her best friend Stubby, most people call her a witch, so she stays away and acts even more like a wallflower.

But Maddie has a strong character. Although she is badmouthed and bullied, she never stops trying to help people by telling them their dates. She hopes so much that she will one day manage to change a date by telling someone, because maybe they will be extra cautious or change their mind about something. In addition, her good character shows because she does not try to run from her guilt (of not saving her father, as she believes), but sticks with her mother, although she isn't treated too well by her.

Maddie is also very brave. She challenges FBI Agent Farraday to test her abilities, although her lawyer uncle told her not to, because she knows it's the right thing to do to get Farraday to believe her, just so Stubby is no longer a murder suspect in a jail cell. Her will to go above and beyond to help others, but not herself, was remarkable, and something that can only be admired.

>> review to come <<

WoW #116 - I'll Meet You There

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

Title: I'll Meet You There
Author: Heather Demetrios

Expected Publication: February 3, 2015


If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.
Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.

Why I am lurking on this: I don't read much NA, but this sounds like it could be a great soldier story, just like Something Like Normal by Trish Doller -- can't pass that up!

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Me, my Shelf, and I


Me, my Shelf, and I is my version of a weekly recap post, and also a feature to tell you more about myself. What exactly I am doing, you can see here.

ME ... credulous?

Definition: "a tendency to be too ready to believe that something is real or true"

Hm, I'm not sure. I don't believe outright what people are telling me, especially people I don't know. I don't hop onto every majoy opinion flying around, either. But I easily fall for April's Fools statements and the like, because I only question people I know when something really doesn't sound right.

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Two tours for me in December:

theLETTING inner_fire

Posts of last week:

Teaser Tuesday: When
Waiting on Wednesday: Now That You're Here
Friday - Movie Review: Divergent

Planned posts for the next week:

Teaser Tuesday: Inner Fire by R.L. Stedman
Waiting on Wednesday: #116
Friday - Review: Gray Moon Rising by SM Reine
Sunday: Me, my Shelf, and I

and I

I got kidnapped on Friday -- the good kind, you know, on a date. ^^ The date was in the calender for weeks, and I was very much looking forward to what my better half had planned. I first thought we'd go to the town's festival hall and watch maybe some comedy or something, and that definitvely went in the right direction. In the end, we drove 1,5h to Leipzig to watch a Piano Guys concert -- and it was amazing.

Otherwise, I'm very much into Diablo 3 at the moment, which takes time out of my reading, but I'm gonna enjoy it while it lasts. ^^

HEE - Gray Moon Rising

What is Happily Ever Endings (HEE)? Check here.

Gray Moon Rising | Seasons of the Moon 4
by S.M. Reine


It’s been almost a year since Rylie Gresham was bitten by a werewolf on Gray Mountain. Now something is beckoning her back to the place she was attacked, along with every other werewolf in the world. But they aren’t the only ones heeding the call. A group of hunters notices them gathering and sees it as their chance to wipe out the entire species.

Seth is about to graduate high school when he learns of the final hunt. He secretly plans to save Rylie and his werewolf brother even though he has to play along with the hunters to do it. But Rylie doesn’t want to be saved. She’s already decided to solve her problems with a silver bullet if answers aren’t waiting on Gray Mountain.

One way or another, everything is about to end—whether it means Rylie’s liberation or the end of her life…

Klick on "Read More" for the Happily Ever Ending Summary. Careful: SPOILERS! Don't read if you haven't read the book yet!!