Hey y'all!I'm really happy to post today. Doing my monthly trailers feature may be one of my favorite post to put together. It's so much fun to watch the trailers and stumble upon new ones, especially because it makes me that much more excited to read the actual book.Today is the first day of June. This means many things to a lot of people and for me it means that I'm only a few days away from being in New York City! I'll be at BookExpo America next week on Monday (for BEA Blogger's Conference), Tuesday, and Wednesday. I'll also be at signings and such during my time in New York, like Teen Author Carnival on Tuesday. If you see me, say hi! If you're unable to go, there's Armchair BEA which is awesome. I did it last year and it was sort of how I started in book blogging because I was paired up with The Reading Housewives of Indiana.I'll be posting an announcement in the next few days of which signings and such that I'm going to, which authors I'm most excited to meet, and my expectations and fears about BookExpo America. I just ordered business cards yesterday as well so hopefully I'll have them while I'm posting.Some fantastic books (including a few end-of-series books, unfortunately) are releasing. The book releases this month promise to make me laugh, cry, and discover a few new favorite reads. So here we go.Rapture by Lauren Kate
The sky is dark with wings . . . .Like sand in an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this—live only to lose Luce again and again.Yet together they will face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen.For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now will be the only one that truly matters.In the fight for Luce, who will win?The astonishing conclusion to the FALLEN series. Heaven can’t wait any longer.
Excuse the many videos for this book, but it truly is an excellent series and there are so many tempting extras on Youtube relating to it...[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FyogYoAhPA]This was the trailer for Random House Australia, which I absolutely loved.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o1fyzXz-Fk]This was the trailer for the U.S. release.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BWnkL9s1hI&feature=plcp]This is Lauren going in for the audiobook recording of Rapture![youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJY7ZhPeu-A]This is Lauren Kate reading an excerpt of Rapture. If you're a fan, you'll want to see this video!This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers
It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually wantto live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what doyou hold on to?
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i02qb17noZs]Is it wrong that I'm kind of in love with this? It's so chilling and put together extremely well.Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee. Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exhdELDNZT8]I had the wonderful opportunity to read this book early and it's very evocative and well-written in a way similar to Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. The trailer does show the flavor of the book well.Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother's death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family's homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistable good looks and charm on ususpecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there's more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83UEpk8H6n4]I really love the idea of this book. Somehow Anne Greenwood Brown finds a way to put a fresh spin on the mermaid story. While I love the haunting images of the trailer, it think it should be more subtle and it could have been done a bit better. I can't wait for this one!Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti
Noelle's life is all about survival. Even her best friend doesn't know how much she gets bullied, or the ways her mom neglects her. Noelle's kept so much about her life a secret for so long that when her longtime crush Julian Porter starts paying attention to her, she's terrified. Surely it's safer to stay hidden than to risk the pain of a broken heart. But when the antagonism of her classmates takes a dramatic turn, Noelle realizes it's time to stand up for herself--and for the love that keeps her holding on.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-fL_9RKEyM]This isn't exactly a trailer, but I'm on a Susane Colasanti kick and her books are really fun and thoughtful. Also, this book actually came out yesterday, on May 31st.A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
Whitley Johnson's dream summer with her divorcé dad has turned into a nightmare. She's just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée's son? Whitley's one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin' great.Worse, she totally doesn't fit in with her dad's perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn't even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she's ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn't "do" friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn't her stepbrother...at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.Filled with authenticity and raw emotion, Whitley is Kody Keplinger's most compelling character to date: a cynical Holden Caulfield-esque girl you will wholly care about.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqH9KTxmylw]This is another non-trailer but Kody has some great things to say about her latest book. Maybe I should retitle the feature to "Videos: June". I can't wait for this one. While some people may just look at the surface of her novels she makes excellent points about strength and sexism and relationships in her novels and I love seeing what she has to say.Surrender by Elana Johnson
Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control…Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn. Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque....
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBe5ZI7k2ks]I haven't read Elana's first book, Possession, but I haven't heard anything bad about it. Possession is one of those books where I'll read it if I get the chance, but I'm not searching for it.Arise by Tara Hudson
Amelia—still caught between life and death—must fight for every moment of her relationship with the human boy Joshua. They can hardly even kiss without Amelia accidentally dematerializing. Looking for answers, they go to visit some of Joshua’s Seer relatives in New Orleans. But even in a city so famously steeped in the supernatural, Amelia ends up with more questions than answers…and becomes increasingly convinced that she and Joshua can never have a future together.Wandering through the French Quarter, Amelia meets other in-between ghosts, and begins to seriously consider joining them. And then she meets Gabrielle. Somehow, against impossible odds, Gaby has found a way to live a sort of half-life...a half-life for which Amelia would pay any price. Torn between two worlds, Amelia must choose carefully, before the evil spirits of the netherworld choose for her.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAvHnQQ7Etw]I really loved Hereafter. Last year, it was one of the first books I ever got for review and it was stunning to me. The graceful writing and dark tone of it was perfectly suited to my tastes and I can't wait to have a taste of Arise. The trailer is a lot more jerky, horror-movie type video, but it's pretty good.Mirage by Kristi Cook
Seventeen-year-old Violet McKenna is back for her senior year at Winterhaven, and thrilled to be with Aidan after a long summer apart. But when a violent and disturbing vision begins to haunt her, Violet suddenly feels unsure of everything: who to trust, if she is in danger, and—worst of all—whether she and Aidan are really meant to be together.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gefezle2DzA]I read Haven a while back. It's a solid read with plenty of substance. It has all the elements that you really need (and want) for a story like this so I'm hoping that I get to pick up Mirage soon.The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy spinoff seriesTough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students--children of the wealthy and powerful--carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead's breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.
There is no shortage of Bloodlines book videos. Richelle Mead did a "book club" series on her Youtube as well as no less than six quote videos and trailers. Needless to say, I will be posting all of them. I hope y'all enjoy![youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5nAlFdp1pI&feature=plcp][youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NWz5jKDOCY&feature=plcp][youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsNujIkWR3A&feature=plcp][youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tHC5uM0jfo&feature=plcp][youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUV2BUdnj_E&feature=plcp][youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP90oMwZzM8&feature=plcp][youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=069vPICaCIE&feature=plcp]That's it for June trailers. I hope y'all enjoy! Look out for my review of The Boo Hag and my BEA expectations post this weekend!