Sunday, January 27, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (27)

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Erin's Books:
Star Cursed (signed ARC)by Jessica Spotswood
Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader edited by Cassandra Clare

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev
So Silver Bright by Lisa Mantchev

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Snow White, Blood Red edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
The Archived by Victoria Schwab
Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Not Pictured
Altered by Jennifer Rush "Cas" button
The Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood signed bookmarks

Star Cursed and Cahill Witch bookmarks came from Jessica Spotswood. Eyes Like Stars, Perchance to Dream, and So Silver Bright came from Fierce Reads/MacKids. Altered button came from Jennifer Rush. Everything else I bought/ordered.

What did you get?

—Tea for Three Team

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

WWW Wednesday (22)

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you'll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I just finished Kiss Crush Collide so I haven't started this yet, but with the movie coming out in a few weeks I need to get to reading. And all the trailers on TV make me really excited to dive into the story.

What did you recently finish?

It wasn't the best thing ever, but it wasn't the worst. I definitely have thoughts, and hope to get a review up soon.

What will you read next?

Hopefully by the time I finish Beautiful Creatures Amanda will be done with The Goddess Legacy, but if not, I'll read Witches of East End.

What are your answers?

—Tea for Three Team

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Review: The Goddess Test

Title: The Goddess Test
Series: Goddess Test #1
Author: Aimée Carter
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Genre: YA Fantasy/Romance
Pages: 293
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Rating: 5 cubes of sugar!
Buy: Amazon | The Book Depository



It's always been just Kate and her mom--and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld--and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy--until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she suceeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.

(Taken from Goodreads)

An engaging, interesting, and wholly entertaining new take on Greek Mythology. The Goddess Test is a book I can't believe I haven't read before now! Aimée Carter did an excellent job of keeping me guessing, I honestly didn't expect any of the twists, and boy where they good ones!

The characters were all interesting and very well developed. I found Kate to be a great narrator, despite her rather depressing situation over the last four years of her life. She's strong and tries to keep a somewhat hopeful outlook on things. Henry, I just wanted to pat the poor boy on his darling head. "Dark and tortured" is an apt description for him and everything that happened in his past with Persephone (if you know Greek Myths this isn't a spoiler) just had me rooting for him to get together with Kate even more. He was moody and mysterious, but who doesn't like moody, mysterious guys?! James, though he's not around much, was one of my other favorite characters and Ava...well, I found her annoying for most of the book but I find most characters with her personality annoying (don't worry, she gets better in the end). She's a really good friend to Kate and for me that was her redeeming quality.

The story itself covers a little over six months and in that time there are quite a few lulls where routine sets in. These lulls were handled well, in terms of writing, and you never get bored. You get just enough information to keep you reading while not giving away too much. That ending! And the council! I didn't see that one coming! (Don't worry, I won't spoil it)

Overall it was a great read that I couldn't put down (literally) and an interesting modern twist on ancient Greek myths. Definitely pick this one up!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (26)

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Erin's Books:
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Pandemonium (ARC) by Lauren Oliver
The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti
The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott
Defiance (signed) by C.J. Redwine
Rash by Pete Hautman

Incarnate was the only thing I bought, everything else came from the awesome Shalena @ Writer Quirk.

What did you get this week?

—Tea for Three Team

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

WWW Wednesday (21)

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you'll read next?

What are you currently reading?


What did you recently finish reading?


What do you think you'll read next?


What are your answers?

—Tea for Three Team

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (16)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten 2013 Debuts I'm Looking Forward To

Erin's Picks:
These all sound so amazing, and I cannot wait until they come out!

1. The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
Release Date: January 29

2. Pivot Point by Kasie West
Release Date: February 12

3. MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza
Release Date: March 12

4. The Collector by Victoria Scott
Release Date: April 2

5. Taken by Erin Bowman
Release Date: April 16

6. Reboot by Amy Tintera
Release Date: May 7

7. Transparent by Natalie Whipple
Release Date: May 21

8. OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu
Release Date: July 23

9. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
Release Date: August 20

10. Red by Alison Cherry
Release Date: October 8

What 2013 debuts are you looking forward to?

—Tea for Three Team

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Stacking The Shelves (25)

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Amanda's Books:
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
(Not pictured)
City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte
The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow

Erin's Books:
Broken (signed) by A.E. Rought
The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
Crash by Nicole Williams
Clash by Nicole Williams
Kiss Crush Collide by Christina Meredith
Blood-Kissed Sky by J.A. London
The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines (Yet another copy, so expect a giveaway soon)
The Goddess Inheritance (signed ARC) by Aimée Carter
Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti
The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Rise by Andrea Cremer

Not Pictured:
Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles signed poster (you can see it on twitter, if you wish)
The Vincent Boys breakup kit:
     • TVB sleep mask
     • Godiva chocolates
     • iTunes giftcard
     • Polka dot pj set

The Vincent Boys breakup kit came from Simon & Schuster via Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile; the Perfect Chemistry poster came from Simone Elkeles; The Goddess Inheritance ARC came from Aimée Carter, for review; everything else I bought.

—Tea for Three Team

Friday, January 11, 2013

6-Month Blogoversary Giveaway! {CLOSED}

A week ago Thursday was T3's 6-month blogoversary, and to celebrate we're having a GIVEAWAY! We have 2 prizes for 2 winners. All prizes will have various swag, and at least 1 signed mystery book, so you'll get 4+ books total. These prize packs are US only. . .

BUT, if we reach 500 followers before the end of the giveaway we'll add another winner for a book of their choice (up to $15) from The Book Depository! That's right, one of you international folks will be able to win.

The Prizes:
Fins Are Forever (ARC)                                                                     Embrace (Paperback)
Valkyrie Rising (ARC)                                                                          Entice (ARC)
The Goddess Test (Paperback)                                                            Lost in Time (Hardcover)

The Rules:
—Must be a follower, whether by GFC, Linky, or email
—Must be 13 years or older to enter
—Open to US ONLY
—Giveaway ends Feb 8, 2013 at 11:59pm EST
—Winners will have 48 hours to respond to our email, if no response is given a new winner will be chosen
—First winner will get their choice of prizes, second winner will get whatever the first winner didn't pick.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
—Tea for Three Team

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Teaser Tuesday (6)

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

To play along, just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser comes from. . .
I pointed to the nearest trailer. "They have cameras installed," my voice rasped. "In every one of them." 
Chubs sucked in a sharp breath. 
"You're sure?" Liam's voice was calm—too calm. I could tell he was forcing it, even as his fingers fumbled to put the keys in the ignition. 
The van's back tires spun against the mud as he threw it into reverse. I went tumbling on to my  backside with the force of his acceleration.
I just finished The Darkest Minds, and LOVED it! My teaser is a small taste of what the rest of the book is like (and you all should read it!).

—Tea for Three Team