COVER REVEAL: UNTAMED BY S.C STEPHENS


We have a cover!




It's been an exciting week if you're a fan of the Thoughtless series, and it just got a whole lot better. Author S.C Stephens has shared with us the cover to Griffin's book - Untamed - and we're so darn hyped to show you this. It's amazing!

Because we sent off a receipt of our pre-order for Thoughtful, we were able to read the first two chapters of Untamed and they were brilliant! Once again, we are reunited with the D-Bags, which is always fantastic in and of itself, and it's all cuteness and babies and family and everything you'd want. Plus Griffin's bad language, which is to be expected in his POV. We're looking forward to seeing another side to his character and where he ends up, because we're sure Griffin's ambitious road will have some bumps along the way. But we, of course, hope it all turns out great for him. We also can't wait to see baby number two! Let's hope for the sake of the world that it's another girl.

Some come have a look and fangirl with us!


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BLOG TOUR: THOUGHTFUL BY S.C. STEPHENS





If we have any secrets here at The Honest Bookclub, our love for the Thoughtless series isn't one of them. (And since we're Honest, obviously we have no secrets at all. Obviously.) If anyone were to peruse our Top 10 lists since the blog's inception, they'd find more than a few honorable mentions of the series.


Following Kiera and Kellan's complete story, their many highs and equally as many lows in the Thoughtless series, last year the author S.C. Stephens announced that she would be publishing two more novels in the series - Thoughtful, a retelling of the events from the first book from Kellan Kyle's perspective, and Untamed, which follows one of his bandmates, Griffin Hancock.

That was the day the countdown started.
Thanks to the amazing people at Forever Romance and the Little Brown Book Group as a whole, we were able to read Kellan's story early (much to our incredible delight). And just as we promised on Twitter, the full review and the blog tour for the book is finally here. And the book... well... what we thought of the book can only be summarized in caps lock and with lots of exclamation points.

Kiera Allen has already told us her story. Now it's time for Kellan to shed light on his side.

And as always, Kellan's side is something you don't want to miss out on.

Thoughtful is available for purchase as of today in physical and ebook form. Links are provided below.



We'd like to take a moment to thank the incredibly kind people at The Little Brown Book Group - especially Clara Diaz and, naturally, S.C. Stephens - for supplying the book and for allowing us to take part in the Thoughtful blog tour. 

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TOP 10 MOST RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Welcome to the bookish community! Here's a bunch of recommendations! Let us know when you're done, so we can discuss!

... Are you done yet?

Book recommendations are both a blessing and a curse of every person deeply immersed in this community. From book bloggers to book vloggers, from casual to passionate readers, the moment that Goodreads/Amazon/Blog/Youtube profile has been created, recommendations will start pouring in. Some will be good. Some, not so good. Some will recommend books based on their enjoyment rather than your own reading preferences. But you learn to roll with the punches, because - believe us - the recommendations will never stop. For every new release you long to grab, there will be five "you must read this" situations for books which are already out. So that lesson in diplomacy you slept through in Government that one time in school? This is probably the perfect time to brush up on it. For while we may love some of the books we are suggested, others we will have to turn down.

This Monday, we're showcasing the books most recommended to each of us that we still haven't read despite the insistence. Some we are eagerly looking forward to. Some, not so much. That lesson in diplomacy? We're still learning, too.



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BOOK REVIEW: A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC BY V.E. SCHWAB



Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit. 


Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London - but no one speaks of that now.



Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her 'proper adventure'.



But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — trickier than they hoped.





ARC provided by Tor Books in exchange for an honest review.


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BLOG TOUR: DARE TO DREAM BY CARYS JONES




Horray! We were kindly asked to be part of the blog tour to show you a wonderful new book which is out today -  'Dare to Dream' by Carys Jones - and we're definitely excited to read this one. Not sure what the book is about? Well, you've come to the right place! 

Come look!

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TOP 10 BOOKS WE WISH WE HAD

So many books, so little money. It is the newest spin on the good ol' so little time, and chiefly due to incredible book-lusting skills some of us tend to develop, despite our limited budgets. The dearth of hefty bank accounts doesn't stop us dreaming up Hogwarts-style libraries and mentally filling them with our favorites, soon-to-be-favorites and all of our TBR books.

Now, in general, wishlists tend to be a tricky sort of concept. For some, they're a source of disillusionment more than anything ("Look at all the books I can't have!"), while others see them as potential ("Look at all the books I could have someday/in the vague future/when I win the lottery"). Us two are nothing if not dreamers and idealists and just plain wishful-thinking-favorers. So this Monday, we've compiled a list of ten-ish books we would each most like to own. You know, hypothetically. Someday, hopefully, we will be looking back on this list from atop our throne of books, in our bookish house with bookcases instead of walls and laugh. Someday, hopefully.

As for now... we have our lists.




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BOOK REVIEW: SCARLET BY MARISSA MEYER


Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.




No spoilers ahead.

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COVER REVEAL: EXTRAORDINARY SAM BY KEVIN A. SPRINGER

Afternoon!

We have a wonderful cover to show you all today! Author Kevin A. Springer and the lovely people at BookFish Books were kind enough to let us show you all the new action-packed cover for his upcoming Middle Grade book Extraordinary Sam and the Adventurers' Guild.
It looks amazing!  


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COVER REVEAL: END OF DAYS (PENRYN & THE END OF DAYS #3) BY SUSAN EE

For YA dystopia aficionados, there is hardly a need for an introduction to this particular series. Susan Ee's Penryn & The End of Days, commonly mistitled as the Angelfall series, has been a staple in the young adult community in the past years. The story of a world overtaken by avenging angels is not for the faint of heart, but promises everything we've come to love in our doomsday series. There is no shortage of gripping characters, nor of compelling storylines. And the world is very much not as black and white as it seems. The lines blur within the first couple of chapters, and the worlds tilts further still as the series progresses. It is only logical, therefore, to expect it all to be flipped upside down in the conclusion of the trilogy, aptly titled End of Days.

After a lengthy wait which had us all on edge (three more books? One more book? When? How?) the mystery has been solved. In a magnificent subversion of the popular expansion-of-the-series tendency many authors succumb to, Susan Ee's End of Days will indeed be the last book in the series - now with a cover, a synopsis and an excerpt from the book in tow!

Following the article in Entertainment Weekly, Susan Ee has made the details about the upcoming conclusion to the series available on her website, as well. And now here at The Honest Bookclub, we're recapitulating all we've been told about End of Days. It might be just us, but May 12th 2015 still seems like so far away.




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BOOK REVIEW: CINDER BY MARISSA MEYER



Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
 



No spoilers ahead.

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THE THOUGHTLESS SERIES: UNTAMED UPDATE

If you have stopped by this blog before, you'll be well-aware of the amount of love we have for the Thoughtless series here at The Honest Bookclub. Anything remotely related to it, we will be reading it and fangirl like crazy. 

Though originally conceptualized as a trilogy, us fans of the series have been lucky enough to get the author, S.C Stephens, to pen a book written from Kellan's POV. At The Honest Bookclub, we've been doubly as fortunate, because we got a very, very early ARC copy of the book. And it is every bit as marvelous as we expected! (A review will be up around the release date - stay tuned!)

But this isn't where the Thoughtless-joy ends. S.C. Stephens has decided to give us all a heart attack - yet again - by opting to write another book in the series, this one from Griffin's P.O.V. To say we were excited would make for a serious understatement. We were THRILLED. Although he has his moments of supreme jackassery and is at times very inappropriate, we can't help but to adore Griffin. So being able to read a book from his own perspective is in all likelihood going to be the time of our lives.





Only a month or so a go, we got a name for the book - Untamed. Now, we don't know about you, but we feel it's a fitting one. But we were still very curious as to what the book would be about and when it would be set, in the overall timeline. Is it pre-Thoughtless? Mid-series? Post-Reckless? Well, we finally know. Goodreads was updated and we have a summary. Curious? We bet you are! Come check it out and we can fangirl together!


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MAGGIE STIEFVATER'S RAVEN CYCLE: BOOK 4 GETS A TITLE AND A RELEASE DATE

Once upon a time (actually, not that long ago) Maggie Stiefvater compiled a list of reasons for starting her Raven Cycle series, for those who have not. Among other reasons which would make no sense to those who aren't familiar with the series are these three in particular:
- boys behaving badly
- psychics behaving badly
- cars... behaving badly
Also, helicopters which are completely fine and behave as helicopters should. (Not that we're in any way denying them their rights to unique helicopter traits and personalities. By all means, helicopters. Do your thing. Just stay up, if possible.)

Following the release of Blue Lily, Lily Blue, the third book in the Raven Cycle quartet, news have been scarce on this front. But now, at long last... news! News galore! The fourth book in The Raven Cycle, previously untitled, is now... well, titled. It, too, is acquiring a personality, even on this side of the release date.


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IN MY MAILBOX: FEBRUARY 4TH 2015


What a marvelous bunch of books I have. I'm one lucky girl! Once again I am blessed to know someone with the name of Dennis who sent me more books, but not just any books - these books. 



I am unable to shelve them at the moment, considering I have a very small bookshelf and a room the size of a matchbox. With a full shelf and a pile getting too high to add any more without it toppling over, I am having to ponder where to put these. That'll be interesting.

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COVER REVEAL: P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU BY JENNY HAN

Once upon a time, there was a book. It was the fairest YA contemporary in all the lands. Other YA contemporaries only aspired to its quirkiness, its cuteness and its charm. Bloggers from all across the globe flocked to pay their respects to this beautiful queen of 2015 YA contemporaries. And in turn, this book was kind and welcomed everyone into its court with open arms...

... where it ripped their hearts out with a smile on its face.

Because this book, this book, is the champion of YA contemporary cliffhangers everywhere. We'd come to expect it from fantasy. We'd always dreaded it in paranormal. In dystopians, it's all but a given. But this book - so uplifting, so endearing - it had lulled us into a false sense of security.


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TOP 10 BOOKS WITH MULTIPLE POINTS OF VIEW

Point-of-view, famously shortened to POV, doesn't get nearly as much credit as it deserves. It is the oft-overlooked brother of character development, the plot's favorite sidekick and the pacing's very best friend. And yet it isn't discussed nearly as much as its more famous counterparts. As readers, we frequently assume that the author had always known, on a purely intuitive level, how many points of view to include in a story, which tense to use and what sort of voice to employ. And sometimes, we are right to assume it. But more often than not... well, we all know what they say about assuming.

Mastering multiple POVs is a thing of wonder. For every entry on this list, there are dozens of failed attempts. Even some of our beloved and much-appreciated authors struggle with mastering the art of telling the story from various perspectives, and then weaving those together. Sometimes, the voices are identical and there's no way to tell them apart. Sometimes, multiple POVs are unnecessary. Sometimes, they never quite come together.

But sometimes... sometimes they are done just right. These are those times (in YA and NA, respectively).



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EPIC READS BOOK TAG

As the "video destination for all things YA and teen books", the Epic Reads YouTube channel is a must stop on the internet highway for YA enthusiasts. It's no secret that we love these ladies - it's only last week in our Top 10 Monday that we extolled their virtues and did that thing where a small bookish community (that'd be us) recommends a much larger bookish community and bows out, Captain Obvious style. We couldn't help it, really. The Epic Reads website is a thing of wonders. Earlier this week, the community behind their YouTube channel created an official tag - one with insightful questions we couldn't wait to answer. Which brings us to this point.

The thing to mention is that here at The Honest Bookclub, we would be ready, willing, able and moreover enthusiastic to answer each of these questions with some variation on the Harry Potter theme. Who would we meet? J.K. Rowling. Who would we have tea with? J.K. Rowling. So when an answer in this tag is answered differently, keep in mind - we really also mean Harry Potter. Or J.K. Rowling. Now proceed.




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