Series Spotlight: The Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Welcome!

Today I want to spotlight the Chronicles of Nick series!

The seventh book, Invision, releases on May 3rd and I’m here with an excerpt from it below. BUT first! If you had over to the GriffinTeen website in the above graphic then you can be entered to win copies of the entire series! So be sure to go check that out!

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Now for Invision…

He’d just gotten comfortable again when the door opened to admit a new student. Something that didn’t happen often in their small private, parochial school. And it wasn’t just because St. Richard’s was hard to get into due to its high academic standing. But rather from the fact that the school had been set up as a place for preters to learn how to mingle with humans and not let the stress throw them into their animal states.
While there were a handful of baretos, or “normal” humans who had no idea that they were attending school with shapeshifters, the majority of the student body here was either shapeshifters or the children of Squire families. Squires who had been in service to Dark-Hunter like Kyrian and Acheron for generations.
As such, the Squires usually sent their kids to private school together so that they could be watched by older Squires to ensure that no one messed with them. Especially since their enemies might want to take their kids hostage, or kill them to get back at their parents or the Dark-Hunters in retaliation for the centuries of protecting humans from their supernatural predators.
It also allowed the shapeshifter families a controlled environment for their children so that they could have playtime with humans where if they had an accident and shifted into their animal bodies, the humans wouldn’t flip out and call the authorities. As Squires or their children, they all knew about Were-Hunters, and they could help cover for them with the humans here who didn’t know about them.
It gave the Were-Hunters a way to practice being in the normal world so that they could acclimate.
Nick had been one of those baretos students at St. Richard’s until two and half years ago when his best friends had turned on him, and Kyrian had saved his life. For some reason that still eluded Nick, the ancient Greek had taken a liking to him and decided to give him a hand up and bring him into this amazing world.
Now he was a Squire at an age that was unheard of since Squires were supposed to be eighteen before they could be sworn in to their oaths. But Kyrian had pulled strings and so here Nick was. The youngest Squire in Council history.
And this new guy they were introducing . . .
He didn’t appear to be a Squire.
Nick glanced to Caleb. What do you think?
Caleb shrugged nonchalantly.
Ms. Pantall cleared her throat as she read his card. “Everyone? This is Nathan St. Cyr. Nathan’s a new student who just moved to New Orleans from New York. I know everyone will be on your best behavior and welcome him in. Mr. St. Cyr, if you’ll take an empty seat, we’ll get started.”
An odd sensation went through Nick as Nathan neared him. Like a wire had been touched to his spine and sent a jolt through his entire central nervous system. Not that anyone had ever done that to him, but that was what he imagined such a thing would feel like.
As Nathan neared his desk, he inclined his head to him, then sat down on the other side of Kody.
Yeah, that didn’t endear him any. You better not be eye-balling my girl, punk . . .
Nick would snatch those blue eyes out of that boy’s head and use them for marbles. The Malachai in him was rising up and breathing fire down Nick’s neck. It was hard to leash the beast when he came calling like this. Every part of Nick wanted a piece of Nathan for daring to trespass on Kody’s personal space.
Especially when he leaned over a second later and, with a charming grin, brushed his hand against Kody’s arm. “Do you have a pencil I can borrow? Mine must have fallen out of my backpack.”
“Sure.” Kody handed him the one she was holding.
His grin turned even more debonnaire as he ran it under his nose and smelled the stylus as if he could still detect her light perfume on the wood. “Mmm, I’ll treasure it always. Thank you for your kindness, my noble lady.”
When Nick started to rise, Caleb caught his arm. Down, boy. Don’t make me smack your nose with a rolled up newspaper.
Nick cut a glare at his best friend to let Caleb know he could be a worthy substitution as a whipping boy if he didn’t let go.
Kody turned toward Nick. Is it me or was that gross?
And that right there saved Nathan’s life. Leave it to his girl to be oblivious.
He was relieved, until Nathan turned back toward her.
Suddenly, Kody’s desk slid four inches closer to Nick’s, and farther from Nathan’s. She turned an indignant glare at him for his audacity.
At the sharp, scraping that made most people cringe, everyone in the room shot around to look for the source of the sudden sound. Nick forced himself not to cringe at the involuntary use of his Malachai powers.
Clearing his throat, he glanced to his teacher. “Sorry. My foot got caught under Kody’s desk.”
“Why was your foot under her desk?”
Nick shrugged. “I’m too tall for the desk and my feet have a mind of their own. You’ve seen me walking down the hall, Ms. Pantall. I never know where my arms or legs are located, hence all the bruises I keep.”
She rolled her eyes. “Keep your feet under your own desk, Nick. Stop disrupting class or I’ll send you to the office.”
Something stabbed him in the leg. Hard. Nick let out a sharp curse and though it wasn’t in English, Ms. Pantall had enough Cajun in her to unfortunately know exactly what the word meant.
“That’s it! Get to the office! Now!”
“But—”
“No buts! Go!”


My Thoughts:

This series is always so fun! I’m definitely looking forward to the latest addition with this book.

With that in mind, just another reminder to go check out http://www.griffinteen.com to check out how to win the series!

-Melanie

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Release Day: The Rose and the Dagger! + GIVEAWAY!

I am so

excited that THE ROSE & THE DAGGER by

Renée Ahdieh releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an

awesome giveaway!


If you

haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Renée Ahdieh, be sure to

check out all the details below.


This blitz

also includes a giveaway for a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN and a

hardcover of THE ROSE & THE DAGGER and an awesome candle from The

Melting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only!  So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the

Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.



 Title: THE

ROSE & THE DAGGER

Author: Renée

Ahdieh

Release Date: April

26, 2016

Publisher: G.P.

Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Pages: 432

Formats:

Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks 

The much

anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn,

lauded by Publishers Weekly as “a potent page-turner of intrigue

and romance.”

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and

sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her

husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but

his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that

might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge

with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be

happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire.

Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But

she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t

yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within

her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young

man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true

love.

Praise

for The Rose and the Dagger:

“Above all there is the

shattering, triumphant

catharsis of love… In a story about stories, love is ‘the power to speak

without words.’ Thrillingly full of feeling.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Fiery romance, a spirited heroine, shifting loyalties… With more than a few

heartrending twists and turns.”—Booklist 


Excerpt:


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About Renée:

Renée lives in North Carolina (Go

Heels!) with her husband Victor and their dog Mushu. Her YA fantasy novel, THE

WRATH AND THE DAWN, will be published on May 12th, 2015. In her spare time, she

likes to cook, dance salsa, and wreak havoc on the lives of her characters.

She’s also a member of the Society of

Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as an active member of

theScience Fiction & Fantasy Writers of

America.

Giveaway Details:

1 winner

will receive a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN, a hardcover of THE ROSE

& THE DAGGER, and a His Calipha candle from The

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Going into the weekend…a belated update!

Happy Friday!

I realized that I never updated about the Children’s Book Festival that I attended two weeks ago!

I don’t want to give a full-blown report, but I wanted to share a few quick pictures and some stories about the week.

So without further delay…

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This was my fourth year to attend the festival and I always anticipate it more and more every year!


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I’m a geek and was ecstatic about having badge ribbons just because they’re fun.

Completely unrelated to the book festival, but- my pants? Lularoe. If you like leggings at all: splurge a bit and buy some lularoe leggings. They’re awesome!


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Waiting in line for lunch one day! I love these three ladies! The lady in the gold and the one to my left are librarians in the county I live in (though not the one I work in) and the other lady used to be in our county as well. The one to my left is basically my mentor, Tracey, as has taught me everything I know about being a good (I hope!) librarian! Always a fun time with this crew!


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I love graphic novels! I have a crazy short attention span, so they’re always perfect for when I want to read, but can’t focus. Anyways, I’m a fan of George O’Connor’s Olympians series and he was SO FUN! He also refuses to take a serious picture. I have two and this was closer to serious than the other.

Fun story: I was waiting in Rita Williams Garcia’s signing line the next day and they were actually at the same table. We were all LOVING how much time he spent with a 9 year old kid whose mom brought him to the festival. He apologized to the line for taking so long afterwards and we all assured him that it was absolutely okay. It is always great to see an author be excited about meeting with fans.

In fact, when I met him he said the Hera GN was his favorite in the series. I had to tell him about one of my students picking up my copy, reading it, putting it down and just bluntly saying, “well. Hera was a bad ass bitch.” We both cracked up over it and my student enjoyed knowing that he liked her reaction to it.


Next year’s festival will feature Kate Dicamillo and I’m excited to meet her because The Tale of Despereaux and Because of Winn Dixie are two of my favorite books!

There are a few other artists and authors listed already, but she’s who I’m most ready for.

I’m actually anticipating a few bookish events next year, so it should be a fun year for books!

-M

Review: Simon and the Homosapien’s Agenda

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Summary:

William C. Morris Award Winner

National Book Award Longlist

Everybody is talking about Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda!

“A remarkable gift of a novel.”—Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle
“I am so in love with this book.”—Nina LaCour, author of Hold Still
“Feels timelessly, effortlessly now.”—Tim Federle, author of Better Nate Than Ever
“The best kind of love story.”—Alex Sanchez, Lambda Award-winning author of Rainbow Boys and Boyfriends with Girlfriends

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Incredibly funny and poignant, this twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story—wrapped in a geek romance—is a knockout of a debut novel by Becky Albertalli.

My Thoughts:

Full Disclosure—It took me a minute to start this one. It has been waiting on my kindle for months and I kept putting it off because I was hearing WAY too many good things about it. —It couldn’t possibly be that good.

It was great! I will admit, at time, I did put it down and go to other things, but over all I loved it.

The progression of Simon and Blue’s email relationship was interesting. I’ve only ever attended and worked at small high schools, so I’ve never understood the idea of HUGE schools in books and movies where kids don’t know each other that well. Where I’ve been- the identities would be quickly guessed because you’ve known your entire 150 member class since Kindergarten.

That isn’t to say it was unbelievable or anything- just that I always find it interesting in fiction.

Meanwhile, all of the characters are also very believable. Sometimes characters in fiction tend to be a sort of caricature of what teens are really like. That isn’t the case here at all!

In all, I definitely suggest this if you’re looking for a cute, quick read.

It took me some time because I was reading several things at the time, but for most people I think it’d be a fast read.

Look into it and I hope that you enjoy!

-M

Cover Reavel: Hilaria Alexander’s Not About Love

 
 
Title: Not About Love
Author: Hilaria Alexander
Release Date: Aug 18, 2016
Find on Goodreads
 
 
 
Strong and independent,
Wrong for each other in every way.
But the heat, the passion, the pull.
Undeniable.
Irresistible.

 

When we were together,
The chaos turned to desire,
Need.
Bliss.
I was his.
He was mine.
For the time-being.

 

Different countries.
Different worlds.
Just sex.
No strings attached.
That's how Boyd Rivers wanted it.
And exactly how I liked it.
 
But sometimes, fate has other plans…
Can it really be not about love?
 
 
 
 
Hilaria Alexander was born and raised in the south of Italy, where her family still lives. She attended college at the Istituto Universitario Orientale in Naples, Italy, and lived one year in Tokyo, Japan, as part of an exchange student program. She now lives in Oklahoma City with her husband and kids. When she isn't at work, she is reading, catching up on her favorite TV shows and coming up with new stories. She loves traveling and is a self-proclaimed concert addict.
 
Not About Love is her fourth romance novel. She published her first novel, Prude, in January 2015, followed by This Love in August 2015, and FU Cancer in December 2015.
 
 
 
 

Monday Musings: National Library Week

Happy Monday!

Okay, let’s be real- Monday’s suck.

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BUT! This is National Library Week, so I’m partially biased towards trying to make this a fun week either way it goes.

As a high school librarian, there isn’t much that I love more than promoting libraries and reading!

Plus, Gene Luen Yang is the honorary chair that’s to his spot as children’s lit ambassador. I love him! I saw him at last year’s children’s book festival here in MS and he’s awesome and GREAT advocate to have representing reaching out to our young readers!

Whitley over at Reading With a Vengeance has a good NLW theme going this week that you should all go check out with different ideas for the week and got me thinking more about how I could participate in the week.

***AND she has a giveaway going on for it, so go give her a visit!***

She intended for the daily topics to be on Twitter, and I’ll tweet about them too, but be on the lookout for a post tomorrow about MY library! I think I’ve shared a couple pictures before, but nothing much. I’m in such a beautiful library that I’ve been trying to spruce up this year. It’s an old building, so it needs a little TLC, but it is beautiful nonetheless!

Also coming this week will be updates from the Children’s Book Festival that I attended last week. I got to see and meet some amazing authors that I’m excited to brag about, plus show off a couple books that I got.

There’s tons going on and I can’t wait to share more!

So let’s get national library week started off right!

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Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Throne of Glass

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Summary:

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.


My Thoughts:

Seriously- it took me about 3 weeks to finish Throne of Glass, which is a long time for me.

I’d bought it on my kindle months ago, but hadn’t read it. However, I got the 4 books in the series at work in November and haven’t been able to keep them checked in because my kids have been LOVING them (as I knew they would.)

So I knew I had to read it to know what the hype was about.

I  even told some of my kids at work that I was reading it so that I could be held accountable for it.

First of all, I was wondering what the hype was. I’d tried to start it awhile back and couldn’t get further than maybe the 4th chapter or so. Upon finishing it, I’ll go ahead and say that the first half of the book DRAGGED for me. I was into it, but I wasn’t to the point where I could put it down. It was about to the point where I knew something was going to happen, so I kept trudging on, and…

Man. THAT. SECOND. HALF.

The action was great and the characters were taking care of business. There were still a few things that bothered me, but over all, I was hooked.

(Really though…is it necessary to say “makeshift knife” over and over in the same passage? Just say it once and then refer to it as a knife the rest of the time. That’s just the English major in me though.)

All in all, I can’t wait to find the time to read the next book! I thought that I already had it on my kindle, but I don’t. That doesn’t mean I won’t be getting it soon though.

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^Me waiting in anticipation thanks to the awesome ending.