Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | Apr 11 – Apr 17

Weekly-Cover-Reveals

Hey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of Apr 11 – Apr 17. Click the author to hop on over to their GoodReads page to add it to you’re TBR!

CONTEMPORARY

Teach Me to Forget by Erica M. Chapman

Published by Merit Press

December 2nd 2016

Ellery’s bought the gun, made arrangements for her funeral, and even picked the day. A Wednesday. Everything has fallen into place.

Now all she has to do is die.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Published by Delacorte Press

November 1st 2016

I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story...

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

Published by Simon & Schuster

February 21st 2017

THINGS/PEOPLE MARGOT HATES

Mami, for destroying my social life

Papi, for allowing Junior to become a Neanderthal

Junior, for becoming a Neanderthal

This supermarket

Everyone else

FANTASY

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess (Kingdom on Fire #1)

Published by Random House

September 20th 2016

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames.
Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s invited to train asone of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Untitled #1)

Published by Flatiron Books

January 10th 2017

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

Sci-Fi

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow (Prisoners of Peace #1)

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books

June 7th 2016

Greta is a Duchess and a Crown Princess. She is also a Child of Peace, a hostage held by the de facto ruler of the world, the great Artificial Intelligence, Talis. This is how the game is played: if you want to rule, you must give one of your children as a hostage. Start a war and your hostage dies.

The system has worked for centuries. Parents don’t want to see their children murdered.

The Swan Riders by Erin Bow (Prisoners of Peace #2)

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books

September 20th 2016

Greta Stuart has become AI. New transmitters have silvered her fingerprints. New receptors have transformed her vision. And the whole of her memory has become one book in a vast library of instant knowledge. Greta is ready to rule the world.

But the new technology is also killing her.


Well that’s it for this week! Are you looking forward to any of these books? Let me know in the comments below! Stay tuned for next weeks cover reveals!

Until next time,

Sig New

January 2016 Book Haul | Books at Dawn

Book Haul

Hey guys!

So now that the holidays are over and January as rolled around, I had quite a bit of money and bookstore giftcards that needed to be spent. So I think I might have went a teeny bit over board this month with my book buying… But what else is new?

So let’s just get right into it shall we?


Golden SonGolden Son by Pierce Brown

Published by Del Rey

Released January 6th 2015

Series: Red Rising #2

Hardcover

Purchased From BookOutlet.com

 


 

A Dance of MirrorsA Dance of Mirrors by David Dalglish

Published by Orbit

Released December 30th 2013

Series: Shadowdance #3

Paperback

Purchased From BookOutlet.com


StormdancerStormdancer by Jay Kristoff

Published by Thomas Dunne Books

Released September 18th 2012

Series: The Lotus War #1

Paperback

Purchased From BMV Used Books

 


FireflightFirefight by Brandon Sanderson

Published by Delacorte Press

Released January 6th 2015

Series: Reckoners #2

Paperback

Purchased From Indigo Books


The Rest of Us Live HereThe Rest of Us Live Here by Patrick Ness

Published by Walker Books

Released August 27th 2015

Series: Standalone

Hardcover

Purchased From Indigo Books

 


Anne & HenryAnne & Henry by Dawn Ius

Published by Simon Pulse

Released September 1st 2015

Series: Standalone

Hardcover

Purchased From BookOutlet.com


The Stars Never RiseThe Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

Published by Delacorte Press

Released June 9th 2015

Series: The Stars Never Rise #1

Hardcover

Purchased From BookOutlet.com

 


Lovely, Dark, and DeepLovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara

Published by Simon & Schuster Books

Released October 16th 2012

Series: Standalone

Hardcover

Purchased From BookOutlet.com


The Dark Days ClubThe Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

Published by Viking Books

Released January 26th 2016

Series: Lady Helen #1

Hardcover

Purchased From Indigo Books

 


How to LoveHow to Love by Katie Cotugno

Published by Balzer + Bray

Released October 1st 2013

Series: Standalone

Paperback

Purchased From BookOutlet.com


The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Published by Doubleday

Released September 13th 2011

Series: Standalone

Hardcover

Purchased From BMV Used Books

 


11 books later…. and my wallet is empty. But February is a new month with more books that need to be bought! I think I need some therapy…

Until next time,

Sig New

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson | REVIEW

Steel HeartSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Published by Delacorte Press on September 24th, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy, Sci-fi
Pages: 386
Format: Paperback

Steelheart-Rating


Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics…nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart – the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning – and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.


Steelheart-ReviewSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson is the first book in the Reckoners trilogy. It follows David as he searches and stalks the Reckoners, a team of individuals who has made it their mission to put an end to every Epic in their nation. His whole life has revolved around finding a way to kill Steelheart and he believes he needs them to make his plan a reality.

A book about a world where there are only super villains and no super heroes, will David achieve what he’s centered his life to do? Or will the Epic’s be too much for him and The Reckoners to handle?

“Never throw the first punch. If you have to throw the second, try to make sure they don’t get up for a third.”


Steelheart-Plot-+-writingTen years ago, Calamity entered Earth’s orbit. Since then it has bestowed some regular human beings with super powers unexplained by science. The people effected are known as Epics. When David’s dad is murdered trying to protect one the Epics named Steelheart, David makes it his life’s goal to eliminate him. When his plans have finally come together he must find the one team that is also trying to terminate Epics, The Reckoners. With their help he believes that he will accomplish the biggest assassination the new world has ever seen!

Brandon Sanderson’s Steelheart is, hands down, a phenomenal opening for his new Young Adult trilogy. He has skillfully created a new world with the empowered Epics vying with each other for supremacy, the humans attempting to survive, and the resistance group called the Reckoners. Suspenseful, fast-paced, and with an arch sense of humor, Steelheart is brilliant.

His writing was superb and the world building was flawless. I was at the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened next and then plot twist after plot twist. BAM. It ended. Have you ever read a book where you’re certain you know what is going to happen and you think you have all the plot twists figured out and then when it’s revealed going in a whole different direction your jaw just drops? Well that’s what Steelheart does to you. I was so certain I knew one of the characters was an Epic because of the hints dropped here and there. But what I wasn’t expecting was that ending/reveal. Sanderson has truly mastered the art of story telling.

“I’ve seen Steelheart bleed.
And I will see him bleed again.”


Steelheart-CharactersThis books boasts a colorful cast of characters human and Epic alike.

David our protagonist was extremely likable. Even though he has focused his whole life on revenge, he still comes off as genuine and sweet. He definitely has the awkward end of the teenage years down pact with his lame jokes and analogies. But he is also strong willed and a careful planner.

“You’ve got passion to kill but you need to find passion to live.”

Megan was so badass. She has these constant mood swings and I never understood why until the end. But damn can that girl take action. I would risk my life in her hands that’s how much I trusted her. She also had this complexity about her. She never talks about her past and doesn’t like to open up much to her friends and partners. So she was very interesting to read.

The Prof and the other Reckoners Tia, Cody, and Abraham were a great addition to the story. Although we don’t get much back story on these characters except The Prof, they still add to the story. Each one has their strengths and purpose to bring to the story and worked well as a team. I’m curious to see how they fair in the future.

“You can’t be so frightened of what might happen that you are unwilling to act.”

Finally the main Epics of the story, Steelheart, Firefight, Conflux and Nightwielder. All were powerful, frightening, and fantastic villains. Their powers were all very unique and well thought out. It would have been interesting to get their perspective in the story, but I’m quite satisfied with the way it was written. My liked them all individually and have a hard time choosing a favorite among them!


Steelheart-Setting

“Sometimes, son,” my father said, prying my fingers free, “you have to help the heroes along.”

The world building was Epic (all the puns intended). Newcago is the new world’s version of Chicago. Steelheart has transformed it into a city of steel and darkness with the help of Nightwielder. I loved how dark and gritty it was. People only lived to survive. Never wanting to stand out and get themselves killed by the Epics who ran the city. It was very dystopian like. I couldn’t imagine living in complete darkness all the time and never seeing the sun again. I can picture how pale and malnourished the citizens must have looked without good ol’ vitamin D.


Steelheart-In-ConclusionSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson was an amazing supervillain filled book. Would I recommend it to everyone? Hell yes I would. It was epic from beginning to end. When you think you have everything figured out, you better rethink that because you’re about to be mind blown.

Get up and go buy this book. What did you guys think? Would you want to be an Epic? Do you believe there can be good Epics in this new world? Let me know down below!

Until next time,

Sig New


Steelheart-about-the-authorAuthor 27Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.

Currently living in Utah with his wife and children, Brandon teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.