Wednesday, January 11, 2012

We've Moved!

Dear Book Brats Friends,

Due in part to Blogger's recent antics, and due in another part to my desire to be like the cool kids (DAMN YOU PEER PRESSURE!), I have decided that it is time for Book Brats to move on to bigger, greener pastures. And trust me - this new pasture is AMAZING. And you should come and join me.

Starting from today on, Book Brats Reviews will be located at...

Be sure to update your bookmarks and start following me via Feedburner or email! Believe me, this only takes a few seconds and will make my day. And you can find all your favorite posts and new ones at the new site. So stop by, say hello, and help me break in my new home!

Thanks again for all your support! I LOVE YOU ALL!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Book Brats Most Anticipated Books of 2012 - PART ONE

The Book Brats Most Anticipated Books of 2012
January-April Edition
There comes a time in every reviewers life when they look at Goodreads and see the lists of books to come out in the coming months and they squee a little. For me, that was January 8th, when this post was constructed. But if you are reading this, it's at least the 10th because that's when this post goes up. But enough with the rambles! I have decided that I need to feature my TOP TEN anticipated books of January through April, including some books I already have on my shelves yet to read. Please bear with me as I argue with myself and try to explain why I am not insane. This ramble should prove that I am indeed off my rocker. Also, this is mostly YA. I think somehow I am becoming a YA blogger, LOL.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

UNDER THE NEVER SKY (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi
Published January 3rd, 2012 by HarperCollins
384 Pages // Hardcover
Received From NetGalley For Honest Review
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥
Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction. 

As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions. 

They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers a barbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love - one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY.
With all the hype surrounding it, UNDER THE NEVER SKY is not a book you can avoid – for long. After some wariness, I got myself a copy and dove in. Let’s just say that the hype on this one isn’t wrong, at least when it comes to me, a girl notoriously frightened by hype and more often than not surprisingly disappointed. With a strong mix of post-apocalyptic drama (not really fully dystopian in my opinion), awesome science fiction attributes, and mesmerizing adventures, UNDER THE NEVER SKY is a strong debut from an author who will definitely become one to watch for me.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

In My Mailbox (19)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren, where you get to show off all your fun new purchases/gifts/received books of various sorts for the week! And no, still not doing a vlog, LOL. Maybe one day while I wear a ski mask and use a voice synthesizer, or hide in the shadows, or force my cat to present it to you.

This week was pretty good for books, especially thanks to the AMAZING Michelle at Michelle's Book Blog for her wonderful RAK package and the people at Macmillan and its various imprints! You guys seriously rock my world. Also, quick note, but expect my review of UNDER THE NEVER SKY tomorrow. Just a heads up so you can plan now to come back by and see. Anyway, check out what I got in my mailbox this week!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

January Saturday Swap!

Hosted by Ruby at Ruby's Reads, Saturday Swap is a chance for you to post what you have available to swap - and what you are looking for. I don't have much to be honest, but I would love to put them up here and see if anyone is interested in swapping.

I have two wishlists - one on Amazon and one on Goodreads. I don't mind the format - ARC, hardcover, paperback, but I will trade two paperbacks for one hardcover on my wishlist. I will also take any offers you might have as long as it's YA, adult urban fantasy or paranormal romance, or something along the lines of Confessions of a Shopaholic or Devil Wears Prada.

The top five books on my wishlist, though, are - Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, Blood Red Road by Moira Young, and Everneath by Brodi Ashton. You can find my offerings behind the cut!

You can email me at bookbrats at gmail dot com with any proposals! US only, please!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Book Brats On... The Author/Reviewer Relationship

Or… Megan’s Thoughts on being a blogger and aspiring writer.

I am sure many of you have seen the recent author versus blogger fiascos going around the interwebs. If you’re a blogger, it’s not hard to miss. Authors mocking reviewers, authors sending nasty emails about reviewers that then leak, authors posting angry rants on their websites and then deleting them after the damage has been done. It’s really nothing new, but somehow these specific events have blown up in the last four or five days. And it’s clear that damage can and has been done to reputations and opinions.

I am not going to name names, but if you browse Goodreads or Twitter, you can find exactly who did what. And I know many people have blogged about this and the relationship between authors and reviewers, specifically those of us who have blogs and post to Goodreads and Amazon and LibraryThing and the like. But I wanted to approach this from a different angle. As you probably know, I am a reviewer and an aspiring author. In fact, I plan on querying a project with agents within the coming months.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan (REVIEW)

WHEN SHE WOKE by Hillary Jordan
Published October 4th, 2011 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
341 Pages // Hardcover
Borrowed from Library
Purchase from Amazon

Hannah Payne’s life has been devoted to church and family. But after she’s convicted of murder, she awakens to a nightmarish new life. She finds herself lying on a table in a bare room, covered only by a paper gown, with cameras broadcasting her every move to millions at home, for whom observing new Chromes—criminals whose skin color has been genetically altered to match the class of their crime—is a sinister form of entertainment. Hannah is a Red for the crime of murder. The victim, says the State of Texas, was her unborn child, and Hannah is determined to protect the identity of the father, a public figure with whom she shared a fierce and forbidden love. 

A powerful reimagining of The Scarlet Letter, When She Woke is a timely fable about a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of the not-too-distant future, where the line between church and state has been eradicated, and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned but chromed and released back into the population to survive as best they can. In seeking a path to safety in an alien and hostile world, Hannah unknowingly embarks on a journey of self-discovery that forces her to question the values she once held true and the righteousness of a country that politicizes faith and love.

I had heard about WHEN SHE WOKE for months before it came out. Even my mother had heard about the book through her book clubs and sources for information. And then what did I do? Well, I might have put off reading it… And put it off… And checked it out from the library… And put it off. Then I picked it up as my due date grew closer and closer. Once I started reading it, there was no stopping. By the end, this book flew onto my favorites shelf and I was desperate to tell the world about the amazingness I had just read.