Saturday, December 31, 2011

In My Mailbox (112) Audiobook Round-Up

In My Mailbox, inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie and hosted by The Story Siren.

Friday, December 30, 2011

2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

Since I was already planning on doing a TBR challenge (see here), I decided that it would not hurt for me to join another TBR challenge. Maybe this way I will stick with my goal of clearing off some of my TBR books.

Thanks to the awesome Evie of Bookish for putting this together. You can enter the challenge by going ->HERE<-.

At the moment, I am going for the level: 1-10 - A Firm Handshake. I'll update this list as I read them because I have not the slightest idea which books I'll read.

My ten books:
1. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
2. The Shifter by Janice Hardy
3. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies graphic novel
4. Kare Kano 2 by Masami Tsuda
5. Kare Kano 3 by Masami Tsuda
6. Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter
7. Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
8. Small Medium at Large by JoAnne Levy
9. A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink
10. Divergent by Veronica Roth
11. Peeled by Joan Bauer
12. The Other Countess by Eve Edwards
13. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
14. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
15. Entwined by Heather Dixon

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Its My Birthday

You guessed it, today is birthday and this is all I felt like posting. I will see you guys tomorrow because I have plans to make my entire family watch the movies I want to see (i.e. no lame chick-flicks or comedies with humor that is not funny to me).

Wishing ya'll the best.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wish List Wednesday (79)

Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls, 5) by Ally Carter, March 13, 2012. Published by Hyperion Books CH.
The last thing Cammie Morgan remembers is leaving the Gallagher Academy to protect her friends and family from the Circle of Cavan--an ancient terrorist organization that has been hunting her for over a year. But when Cammie wakes up in an alpine convent and discovers months have passed, she must face the fact that her memory is now a black hole. The only traces left of Cammie’s summer vacation are the bruises on her body and the dirt under her nails, and all she wants is to go home.

Once she returns to school, however, Cammie realizes that even the Gallagher Academy now holds more questions than answers. Cammie, her friends, and mysterious spy-guy Zach must face their most difficult challenge yet as they travel to the other side of the world, hoping to piece together the clues that Cammie left behind. It’s a race against time. The Circle is hot on their trail and willing stop at nothing to prevent Cammie from remembering what she did last summer.
 
Why: Because the Gallagher Girls series is one of my absolute favorite, which just gets all the more addictive with each passing book. I totally need to know what will happen next. Love this series.

The Cabinet of Earths by Anne Nesbit, January 3. Published by HarperCollins.
All Maya really wants is for her mother to be well again. But when her baby brother James goes missing, 12-year-old Maya has to take on the magical underworld of Paris, in which houses have bronze salamanders for door handles, the most beautiful people are all hooked on the sweet-smelling “anbar,” and a shimmering glass Cabinet of Earths has chosen Maya to be its next keeper. With the Cabinet’s help, Maya may be able to do for her mother what doctors cannot: save her from death, once and for all. But now that the clock is ticking for James, the price the Cabinet demands may be too high.
Why: Because I have wanted this one since I first spotted it while browsing for upcoming MG books to read. Plus it sounds like a really good read.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (72)

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply 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!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Clear That Shelf Readathon

Yes, I know I am already participating in another end of year readathon but how could I possibly resist this one.
Thanks to the awesome Kai of Fiction State of Mind for putting together another great readathon. You can sign-up here.

Readathon runs from today (December 26 to the 31).

I haven't decided upon what I'll read yet, but will post it as I do.

Reading/Listening Now:
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
The Iliad by Homer, translated by Stephen Mitchell

Read:
The Meerkat Wars by H.S. Toshack
The Outcats by John Flanagan
The Silent Oligarch by Christopher Morgan Jones

Last update. It is 11:30 on New Year's Eve and I am calling it. I finished two books and one audiobook and am quite pleased because they were all for review that I hadn't had a hcance to get to yet. Not my best number wise, but still happy.

Carrier of the Mark

Carrier of the Mark (Carrier, 1) by Leigh Fallon, 2011. 342 pages. Published by Harper Teen. Source: Publisher for review (unsolicited).
Their love was meant to be.
When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she's surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRĂ­s.
But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.
First Sentence:
Flames engulfed the boat, and my lungs ached as dark, noxious smoke filled the air.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Audiobook Review: Superman on Trail

Superman on Trial by Dirk Miggs, Jerry Siegel, and Joe Schuster narrated by full cast, 2010. 1 disc (1 hr). Published by BBC Audiobooks. Source: Audiobook Jukebox/AudioGo.
This exclusive special edition of the BBC Radio full-cast drama with never-before-heard scenes features Adam West, Jenette Kahn (President, DC Comics) and Dave Gibbons (Co-creator, "Watchmen"). This long-awaited release features Stuart Milligan as Superman, Shelley Thompson as Lois Lane, William Hootkins as Lex Luthor and Bob Sessions as The Batman and was written to celebrate Superman's 50th birthday. Accused of crimes against humanity, the Last Son of Krypton stands powerless before a court dominated by Lex Luthor - criminal genius turned Prosecutor. Has Superman really corrupted our children? Can he justify his continued interference in world affairs? Do we know the truth about his powers? Can Lois Lane defend '50 years of the Man of Steel'? Packed with spectacular sound effects and a thrilling orchestral score, mixed in cinematic Dolby Surround, this specially-extended and unedited recording can now be heard as writer/producer Dirk Maggs originally intended, remastered and with a new background sleeve note. Guest appearances include Adam West (TV's Batman), Jenette Kahn (President, DC Comics) and Dave Gibbons (DC Comics artist/Co-creator, "Watchmen").

Three for One: Tackling My TBR Pile(s) in 2012


After organizing my TBR piles yet again, I have come to the conclusion that I need to make more time to read all the books that I have bought, won, or traded for in the last year or two. So In order to achieve this and stay on top of my review pile I have decided to do a three for one.

What does that involve, well, for every three review books I either listen to or read I will read one book of my TBR that has absolutely no obligation attached to it (i.e. I don't have to review it unless I want to).
While this is more of a personal challenge, ya'll are more than welcome to join in and beat back your own TBR pile-just link back here if you want to join.
My hope is that by the end of the year I will have taken a considerable chunk out of my personal TBR stacks that are currently blocking my shelves. I am only coun ting ones that I have never read before, so if I bought but have already read it, it will not make the list.

My TBR Pile Stands At:
144

Number of Books I've Read So Far:

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wrapping Up 2011 Readathon

Good thing I check Twitter, because tomorrow is the kick-off of Remarkable Reads' Wrapping Up 2011 Readathon (it runs from December 22 until January 1).
You can follow all the Twitter action by using this hashtag: #WU2011R

I'll be adding whatever books I manage to read in this post. So be sure to check back and see what I have
read.

Currently Reading/Listening:
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
The Iliad by Homer, translated by Stephen Mitchell

Finished:
Fullmetal Alchemist 5 by Hiromu Arakawa
The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker
The Meerkat Wars by H.S. Toshack
The Outcats by John Flanagan
The Silent Oligarch by Christopher Morgan Jones

Winners: Mistwood/Nightspell Bookmarks & The Boy in the Suitcase audiobooks

After the epic fail of announcing winners for the last two giveaways, I am putting off everything else to get the winners for both of the last contests announced early.

So without further dithering, I give you the 3 winners of the Mistwood/Nightspell bookmarks:
Melissa @ Mel's Books and Info
Rhiannon @ Fivezenses of Reading
Amy H.

And the two winners of The Boy in the Suitcase audiobooks are:
Kara D.
Rhonda L. 

Congrats ya'll. I will be emailing you later this evening.

Winners have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is picked.

Wish List Wednesday (78)

Divergent (Divergent, 1) by Veronica Roth (@VeronicaRoth) , 2011. Published by Harper Collins.

Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place her in mortal danger. Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.
Why: Because Divergent looks like a fascinating addition to the dystopian genre. Plus it sounds like it will be pretty intense and epic, which are two very important qualities in a book.

Laddertop 1 by Orson Scott Card, Emily Janice Card, and Honoel A. Ibardolaza, 2011. Published by  Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC.
Twenty-five years ago, the alien Givers came to Earth. They gave the human race the greatest technology ever seen— four giant towers known as Ladders that rise 36,000 miles into space and culminate in space stations that power the entire planet. Then, for reasons unknown, the Givers disappeared. Due to the unique alien construction of the Laddertop space stations, only a skilled crew of children can perform the maintenance necessary to keep the stations up and running.
Back on Earth, competition is fierce to enter Laddertop Academy. It is an honor few students will achieve. Robbi and Azure, two eleven-year-old girls who are the best of friends, are candidates for the Academy. They will become entangled in a dangerous mystery that may help them solve the riddle of the Givers...if it doesn’t destroy the Earth first!
Why: Mainly because it sounds fascinating, and  I'm really curious to see what a Orson Scott Card manga looks like.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Re-Reading Challenge 2012

Re-reading Challenge
As much as I love reading new books, there's something about delving into an old favorite that always excites me. I love being able to reexplore some of my favorite books and seeing what I will notice about the story that did not catch my eye the last time through. Besides, we could all you a perfect excuse to share our reading love with an old favorite that we maybe haven't visit in a while, so I am extremely excited to be joining in Scribing Shadows Re-Reading Challenge for 2012.

As much as I would love to go for a higher level, I am going to start out on Cinders. Which will allow me to attempt to reread 1-6 books. If all goes well, I may bump things up a notch and shoot to reread more books.

Hope ya'll will join in this awesome challenge and reread a favorite. You can join in the challenge ->HERE<-.

My Re-Reads (will post them here):
1. Heist Society by Ally Carter
2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
4. Green Rider by Kristen Britain
5. Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter
6. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
7. Purity by Jackson Pearce
8. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
9. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Teaser Tuesday (71)

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply 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!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Elemental Reality

Elemental Reality (Elemental, 1) by Cesya Cuono, 2011. 251 pages. Published by Revolution Publishing. Source; Publisher for review.

When Callie Pierce was ten, her mother disappeared without a trace. On the eve of her disappearance twelve years later, the earth seemingly comes alive. The elements speak to Callie, and that's only the beginning. Everything she has ever known was a twisted fabrication to protect her. Now the truth is set free. Callie and her sister are more powerful than any Faerie ever born. Now they have to use their powers to save their mother and family from the evil hands of fate that threaten to tear them apart. Welcome to her elemental reality.


First Sentence:
Once upon a time there was a man and a woman who loved each other unconditionally.

YA Story Scavenger Hunt 2

Guess what, I'm today's hunt stop for the 2011 YA Story Scavenger Hunt! Go forth and see if ya'll can correctly answer today's question...which I have not the slightest idea since I haven't read the book yet.

Follow the hunt every day during the month of December! Answer the daily trivia questions from MG and YA books published during 2011 to be entered into the YA book giveaway.

Today's question is from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

Question #37: What is Zuzana’s nickname?

Remember to fill out your answer in the form at Most Important Letter here!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

In My Mailbox (111) Some Great Sounding Titles

In My Mailbox, inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie and hosted by The Story Siren.


Friday, December 16, 2011

ARC Review: Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, 2) by Cassandra Clare, 2011. 497 pages. Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books. Source: Publisher (requested).
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa's powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister's war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will; the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?
As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.
First Sentence:

The fog was thick, muffling sound and sight.


YA Story Scavenger Hunt 2011

 
Morning lovelies, I'm today's hunt stop for the 2011 YA Story Scavenger Hunt!

Follow the hunt every day during the month of December! Answer the daily trivia questions from MG and YA books published during 2011 to be entered into the YA book giveaway.

Today's question is from Passion by Lauren Kate.

Question #32: What was Daniel’s name in Jerusalem?

Remember to fill out your answer in the form at Most Important Letter here!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wish List Wednesday (77)

Deadly Cool (Deadly Cool, 1) by Gemma Halliday, 2011. Published by HarperTeen.
Hartley Grace Featherstone is having a very bad day. First she finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her with the president of the Herbert Hoover High School Chastity Club. Then he's pegged as the #1 suspect in a murder. And if that weren't enough, now he's depending on Hartley to clear his name. Seriously? Not cool.

But as much as Hartley wouldn't mind seeing him squirm, she knows he's innocent, and she's the only one who can help him. Along with her best friend, Sam, and the school's resident Bad Boy, Chase, Hartley starts investigating on her own. But as the dead bodies begin to pile up, the mystery deepens, the suspects multiply, and Hartley begins to fear that she may be the killer's next victim.
Why: Will keep the simple: I love murder mysteries and Deadly Cool sounds like an excellent read.
Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances, Vol. 1 by Masami Tsuda, 2003. Published by Tokyopop.
Straight As, athlete and overall "Ms. Popularity," Yukino, is the perfect student. Or at least that"s how she appears to the outside world. But when the curtains are drawn, a lazy young egomaniac lurks who will do anything and everything to be the top student in her school. Yukino finds her resolve put to the test as after years as the Idol of her class a threat emerges in the MORE perfect Soiichiro. A good-natured, studious and athletic boy he is her equal in every way but one ;that behind the act is a genuine heart driven to succeed. Yukino is desperate to regain her status anyway she can, but through embarrassing flub-ups at every turn, Soiichiro remains untouched even as they find respect for one another, and maybe, after all the dust has cleared, something more.
Why: Kare Kano just sounds like something I would love.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (70) Infernal Devices Edition

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply 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!

Audiobook Review/Blog Tour: The Boy in the Suitcase + Giveaway

The Boy in the Suitcase (Nina Borg, 1) by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friss, read by Katherine Kellgren, 2011. 8 hr 41 min (7 discs). Published by AudioGo. Source: Publisher for Review.
Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder who can't say no when someone asks for help—even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet. Inside the locker is a suitcase, and inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy, naked and drugged, but alive. Is the boy a victim of child trafficking? Can he be turned over to authorities, or will they only return him to whoever sold him? When Karin is discovered brutally murdered, Nina realizes that her life and the boy's are in jeopardy, too. In an increasingly desperate trek across Denmark, Nina tries to figure out who the boy is, where he belongs, and who exactly is trying to hunt him down.
First Sentence:
Holding the glass door open with her hip, she dragged the suitcase into the stairwell leading down to the underground parking lot.


Story:

Monday, December 12, 2011

Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices, 1) by Cassandra Clare, 2010. 476 pages. Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books. Source: Won
Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between
saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

First Sentence:
The demon exploded in a shower of ichor and guts.

Cover Reveal: Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Ya'll, I am super excited to be one of the blogs revealing the cover for Deity, the third book Jennifer L. Armentrout's covenant series.

While Pure is so far my favorite of the three covers, I think ya'll will love the cover of Deity as much as I do.

So, if ya'll read my review of Half-Blood, then you probably know how much I enjoyed this book and Alex the main character, who definitely kicks-butt. Go on, go check out my review and see if Alex is the heroine that you would like to see win the YA Heroine's Tournament hosted by The YA Sisterhood.



Did I mention that today is her first match.

Okay, so without further ado and rambling on my part, I give you the cover of Deity.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

In My Mailbox (110) To Excited for Words


In My Mailbox, inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie and hosted by The Story Siren.

I am so excited to share this week's set of books that I have acquired-for review, bought, and gifted.

All of these books are making me want to do a -> *happy book dance* <- see why below.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Random Acts of Kindness (Nov-Dec)

Book Soulmates

I received a very awesome RAK surprise last month, which absolutely made my day-especially when I saw what book she had picked out for me.
Maybe I can find a home for a book or two from the stacks by my TV...otherwise known as the books in need of a good home stack.
So a big THANK YOU to Damaris of Good Choice Reading for sending me-
Thank so much, Damaris!!!
To find out more about RAK and sign-up, visit Book ♥ Soulmates.
The top three books I am wishing for this month:
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Chime by Frannie Billingsley
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Psst, my birthday's later this month. lol

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wish List Wednesday (76)

Shattered Dreams (Midnight Dragonfly, 1) by Ellie James, December 6, 2011. Published by St. Martin's Griffin.

Sixteen-year-old Trinity Monsour wants nothing more than to live a normal life. But that isn’t as easy as it seems. Trinity is different. She is special. She sees visions, and for those she’s seen, it’s already too late.

Trinity arrives on her aunt's doorstep in New Orleans with virtually no knowledge of her mysterious heritage. She begins settling into life at a new school and even starts making friends. But all too quickly her dreams accelerate; twisted, terrifying visions of a girl locked in a dark room. And when the head cheerleader, Jessica, goes missing, Trinity knows she has no choice but to step forward with what she's seen.

But people believe that Trinity has information about Jessica's disappearance not because of a dream, but because she is involved. She is kind-of dating Jessica's ex-boyfriend, Chase, and Jessica did pull a nasty prank on Trinity. Revenge seems like the likeliest scenario.

Nothing prepares Trinity for the dark odyssey that ensues while searching for Jessica, including the surprising romance she finds with Chase, or the shocking truths she learns, not just about the girl who has gone missing, but the past that has been hidden from her.
 
Why: Okay, I am definitely intrigued by the synopsis for Shattered Dreams. Besides, I love books where the main character has some kind of mystery surrounding them and seeing how it will play into their everyday life in the book.

You can haunt Ellie James at-
Website | Facebook

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (69)

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply 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!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Blog Tour Review: The Bronze and the Brimstone

The Bronze and the Brimstone (Verona, 2) by Lory S. Kaufman, 2011. 336 pages. Published by Fiction Studio. Source: Pumped Up Your Book Tours/Author.
Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln, three teens from the 24th-century, are trapped in 14th-century Verona, Italy. They’ve survived many deadly experiences by keeping their wits about them and by introducing futuristic technology into the past. Principal among these inventions is the telescope, which brought them to the attention to the rich and powerful.
But standing out can get you into unexpected and dangerous situations. The nobles of Verona now believe Hansum is a savant, a genius inventor, especially after he brings them plans for advanced cannons and black powder. Being the center of attention is great, but the potential for trouble is now exponentially greater because people are watching Hansum’s every move.
Meanwhile, artistic genius Shamira has fallen for a Florentine artist with bloody and disasterous consequences. Lincoln, considered an incompetent back home in the 24th-century, has blossomed – at least until he’s shot in the head with an arrow. And Hansum, after secretly marrying his new master’s beautiful daughter, Guilietta, is offered the hand in marriage of lady Beatrice, daughter of the ruler of Verona. To refuse could mean calamity for all the teens.
Amazingly, none of this is their biggest challenge. Because a rash illness is spreading across Verona – and it is threatening to consume everyone.
First Sentence:
"Why don't I feel any pain?"

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Blog Tour/Review: The Lens and the Looker

The Lens and the Looker (Verona, 1)  by Lory S. Kaufman, 2011. 336 pages. Published by The Fiction Studio. Source: Pump Up Your Book Tours/Author.
There's hope for the future, but what about the past?

It’s the 24th century and humans, with the help of artificial intelligences (A.I.s) have finally created the perfect post-dystopian society. To make equally perfect citizens for this world, the elders have created History Camps, full sized recreations of cities from Earth’s distant pasts. Here teens live the way their ancestors did, doing the same dirty jobs and experiencing the same degradations. History Camps teach youths not to repeat the mistakes that almost caused the planet to die. But not everything goes to plan.

In this first of a trilogy, we meet three spoiled teens in the year 2347. Hansum almost 17, is good looking and athletic. Shamira, 15, is sassy, independent and an artistic genius. Lincoln, 14, is the smart-aleck. But you don’t have to scratch too far beneath the surface to find his insecurities.

These three “hard cases” refuse the valuable lessons History Camps teach. But when they are kidnapped and taken back in time to 1347 Verona, Italy, they only have two choices; adapt to the harsh medieval ways or die. The dangers are many, their enemies are powerful, and safety is a long way away. It’s hardly the ideal environment to fall in love – but that’s exactly what happens. In an attempt to survive, the trio risks introducing technology from the future. It could save them – or it could change history.
First Sentence:
One of Hansun's earliest memories was of his mother telling him he was just like his name sounded in the old English, handsome.

Winner(s): Frightful Fall Reviewers Challenge (Super Late) & Dark Eden Goodies

I have failed in announcing the winners for my last two giveaways. To all who entered, I am so sorry.
 November and December are two of my busiest months with church activities and I completely spaced on picking and announcing the winners.
So without further ado, the winners. I will try to email all of ya'll later today....of you can email me or fill out my contact form.
The two winners of a Sweet Venom and First Kill (each) bookmarks are:

S. Leighanne of Leighanne's Lit
The grand prize winner of an ARC of Frost by Marianna Baer, and Sweet Venom & First Kill bookmarks is:
Jess of BookGeeksRule
And the winners of the Dark Eden Goddies are-
The nine runner's up:
kayla m.
Liza
Nikki A.
Mary DeBorde [M.A.D.]
Kelly M.
Lyssa Anne
Kamerin R.
Nicole
Rabiah

Grand prize winner:
Aurora T.

Since this took so long, ya'll can have an entire week to either email me/fill out my contact form or respond to my email.  

Guest Post: Leah Cypress (Author of Mistwood and Nightspell) + Giveaway

I am excited to have Leah Cypress on the blog today as part of her blog tour. You can see the full list of stops and dates ->HERE<

About Leah Cypress:
I wrote my first story in first grade. The narrator was an ice-cream cone in the process of being eaten. In fourth grade, I wrote my first book, about a girl who gets shipwrecked on a desert island with her faithful and heroic dog (a rip-off of both The Black Stallion and all the Lassie movies, very impressive).
 *taken from authors blog*
      I first discovered critique groups in law school. Until then, I wrote my stories and/or books, read them over several times myself, occasionally had my sister read them, and then sent them off to editors.
*shudders at the memory*

Apparently, this wasn’t all that terrible – I did get a few non-critiqued short stories published, and even got my first encouraging rejections letters (the ones with a scribbled "send me more" at the top). But once I discovered critique groups, I could never go back. All it took was once instance of seven different readers thinking my main male character was female, or mentioning that I had forgotten to mention a crucial plot point, to make me swear by them.
But while I’m solidly behind the critique group concept, I’m also aware of the dangers. Critique groups can be a crutch; you can have something critiqued over and over again, trying to make it everything to everyone, and scrub out your own unique vision. The worst mistake you can make, when going through critique, is thinking you have to get everyone in your group to love your manuscript.
When I sent one of the earlier drafts of Mistwood to my critique group, one critiquer wrote to me to say that she was going to have to withdraw because she couldn’t finish the manuscript; she disliked my main character too much. Needless to say, this was a confidence-shattering moment for me, especially since the critiques I’d been getting until then were all glowing. But now that the book has been published, I realize that she wasn’t wrong; she represented a sample of readers who do dislike Isabel. No character is going to be universally liked, just as no person in real life is universally liked. No story is for everyone. It is really important to winnow out the critiques from people who are simply not the story’s audience, and – not to put too fine a point on it – ignore everything they say. They’re not bad or wrong, they’re just not useful.
Sometimes you have to ignore the critiquers and follow your own muse; it’s important to distinguish "I didn’t get this concept across on the page" from "these critiquers are in disagreement with the concept." You also have to guard against laziness; sometimes, it’s easier to throw your manuscript out to the wolves than to figure out what’s wrong with it yourself. Books are not written by committee.
I know some writers who gave up on critique groups after getting published; deadline pressure makes it a lot harder to work in time for that process, and in the end, the best critiques will come from your editor. But for me, they are a necessary part of my revising process, and I don’t see myself going it alone any time soon.
Nightspell (Mistwood, 2) by Leah Cypress, 2011. Published by HarperCollins.
Open to residents of the US (sorry international followers, but I can only ship within the US).
A stand-alone companion novel to the much-acclaimed MISTWOOD. When Darri rides into Ghostland, a country where the living walk with the dead, she has only one goal: to rescue her younger sister Callie, who was sent to Ghostland as a hostage four years ago. But Callie has changed in those four years, and now has secrets of her own. In her quest to save her sister from herself, Darri will be forced to outmaneuver a handsome ghost prince, an ancient sorcerer, and a manipulative tribal warrior (who happens to be her brother). When Darri discovers the source of the spell that has kept the dead in Ghostland chained to this earth, she faces a decision that will force her to reexamine beliefs she has never before questioned - and lead her into the heart of a conspiracy that threatens the very balance of power between the living and the dead.
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Saturday, December 3, 2011

In My Mailbox (109)The Time I Went to Three Different Library Sales

In My Mailbox, inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie and hosted by The Story Siren.

As I am sure ya'll know, I love the library. I love borrowing books from them and even buying some when they have their annual sales. This year-okay, this fall- I was lucky enough to go to three different library sales.
I also found quite a few interesting titles that I have yet to share with ya'll.

I am warning ya'll now, there is quite the hodge-podge of books this week.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Audiobook DNF Review: Glow

Glow (Sky Chasers, 1) by Amy Kathleen Ryan, read by Ilyana Kadushan and Matthew Brown, 2011. Runtime: 9 hr 59 min (8 discs). Published by Macmillan Audio. Source: Publisher (unsolicited).
If a violent battle destroyed the only world you’ve ever known, would you be brave enough to save who was left? Would love be strong enough to survive the fight? Either way, there’s no turning back.
The Empyrean is the only home 15-year-old Waverly has ever known. Part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space, she and her boyfriend Kieran will be pioneers of New Earth. Waverly knows she must marry young in order to have children who can carry on the mission, and Kieran, the handsome captain-to-be, has everything Waverly could want in a husband. Everyone is sure he’s the best choice. Still, there’s a part of Waverly that wants more from life than marriage, and she is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth.
Suddenly, Waverly’s dreams are interrupted by the inconceivable – a violent betrayal by the Empyrean's sister ship, the New Horizon. The New Horizon’s leaders are desperate to populate the new planet first, and will do anything to get what they need: young girls. In one pivotal moment, Waverly and Kieran are separated, and find themselves at the helm of dangerous missions, where every move has potentially devastating consequences, and decisions of the heart may lead to disaster.
First Sentence:
The other ship hung in the sky like a pendant, silver in the ether light cast by the nebula.

Holiday Readathon

Yep, it is that time again...readathon time that is. I am quite excited to take part in Liza Wiemer's Holiday Readathon again this year (had such a blast last year for it).
I will be adding all my updates- and if need be challenge entries- here in this post. I don;t want to clog up everyone's feeds with a million posts over the next couple of days.

Click on the button for moer information about the Readathon.

I am currently working on my ARC of Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare and listening to The Boy in the Suitcase.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wish List Wednesday (75)

Partners in Crime (Slueth or Dare, 1) by Kim Harrington, May 1, 2012. Published by Scholastic.
Whodunit?
When best friends Darcy and Norah have to create a fake business for a school assignment, they come up with a great idea: a detective agency! Darcy loves mysteries, and Norah likes helping people, so it's a perfect fit.
But then their pretend agency gets a real case. Someone is missing, and it's up to Darcy and Norah to take on the search. Unfortunately, there's someone else out there who doesn't want the two detectives stirring up any trouble. . . .
With the help of hidden clues, spy gadgets, and trusted friends, can Darcy and Norah crack the case in time?
Why: Mid-grade slueths, need I say more. I love whodunits, and the fact that it is also a MG read has totally grabbed my attention.
Special A 1 by Maki Minami, 2007. Published by Viz Media.
Her whole life, Hikari Hanazono has been consumed with the desire to win against her school rival, Kei Takishima--at anything. He always comes out on top no matter what he does, and Hikari is determined to do whatever it takes to beat this guy...somehow!

At age 6 Hikari lost to Kei in an impromptu wrestling match. Now, at 15, Hikari joins "Special A," a group of the top seven students at a private academy, for the opportunity to trounce the guy who made her suffer her first defeat.
Why: Special A just sounds like one of those books that leave you giggling your head off...most likely in  public.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (68)

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply 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!

Guest Post: Piper Maitland (Author of Acquainted with the Night)

Today, I am happy to have Piper Maitland stopping by the blog. She'll be talking about the vampires in her latest book, Acquainted with the Night).
About Piper Maitland: Piper lives on a small farm in Tennessee with her family. She still watches old Dracula movies—minus the garlic around her neck—and she’s constantly thinking of ways to give the original myths a scientific basis. Right now, she is working on a sequel, A Requiem for Daylight, to be published by Berkley.

A Different Look at the Mythology of Vampirism
When I was a tiny girl, I watched Dracula on The Late, Late Show, and I got so scared, I slept with a crucifix and garlic pods. I’m not kidding. I felt safe in daylight, but I kept a stash of holy water in my bedroom drawer, just in case I ran into an immortal. For years, until I discovered boys, I thought vampires might exist, and I wasn’t taking chances.
Years later, when I was working on Acquainted With the Night, I wanted to address the myths—the blood drinking, the aversion to crosses, shape-shifting, and the inability to walk in sunlight—and give them a biological foundation.
The main character in AWTN, Caro Clifford, didn’t believe in vampires until her beloved uncle was murdered at an archeological dig site in southern Bulgaria:

One week ago, Caro’s biggest problem had been juggling her tour guiding job. Now her uncle was dead, the Kardzhali police thought she’d murdered a man, and she was stuck in a town with (maybe, possibly) vampires and a mad (but mortal) scientist named Jude.
"Isn’t there another explanation for the blood drinking?" she asked. "Like porphyria?"
"No, it’s vampirism," Jude said.
"I’ve been bitten once," Caro said. "In horror movies, it takes three bites, and that’s it, you become a vampire. So I’ve got two more bites to go, and I’ll turn into a ghoul?"
"It’s not the number of bites. It’s the number of stem cells that pass from the vampire’s body into yours. And how your immune system reacts."
Caro shuddered. Best-case scenario: Somebody was making people act like vampires, and a crazy man was trying to protect her from them.

My vampires can venture outside on overcast days, but they must wear sunblock and protective gear—and they can’t stay outside for extended periods. Their immune systems are hyperactive. Their ketonin is sensitive to ultra-violet rays, and any direct exposure to the sun will cause second and third degree burns. Also, light affects the eyes; it causes corneal abrasions—even blindness.
I have a BS in nursing. Years ago, I was a chemotherapy nurse. Now, I write full time, and I’ve lost my medical edge. Fortunately, I live with two scientists—a physician and a biochemist. Our dinner table conversations center around cloning, stem cells, MRSA, and H1N1. When we’re around our medical friends, the talk often turns to the future of science—and also the history of diseases. For a writer, this is great fodder for a paranormal novel.
Early on, I decided that I wanted to honor the myths, but I also wanted to give them a twist. Like most predators, the vamps in AWTN have a biological edge. They are physically attractive. Their brains are more developed than a human’s—some are quite gifted with telepathy. They are physically superior. They run faster, never become ill, and heal at an extraordinary rate.
Jude Barrett is a biochemist—a book nerd and vampire hunter. He’d worked at a pharmaceutical company in Yorkshire:
"I harvested stem cells from mouse embryos," he said. "The marrow is a rich site for hematopoietic stem cells. I made them grow into anything I wanted—skin, muscles, nervous tissues, livers I also induced mutations, which corrupted the genetic code. The mutated mice grew into adults. They were aggressive. Sensitive to light. Wouldn’t eat or drink—except they craved blood. The mutated mice bit the normal ones. Within hours, the bitten mice became like the others. I thought it was a virus. So I sedated the mice and took biopsies from various organs. I examined the tissues under the microscope. Nothing seemed out of order, except the specimens were loaded with stem cells."
But that’s not all. Every part of a vampire’s physiology is significant. They possess a unique hidrosis, which is the Greek word for perspiration. They emit an odor—some smell of ketones and others smell like menthol. It’s not a pheromone, but it mimics one. The odor affects a human’s brain chemistry, relaxing their muscles and generating a sense of calmness. It also has a bit of an aphrodisiac effect. This is, of course, helps them subdue their prey.
Here, Jude explains it to Caro:
"It’s similar to a terpene," Jude said. "I’m sure you’ve heard of Nepetalactone?"
"Catnip?" Father Aeneas asked.
Jude nodded.
"That would explain the aphrodisiac effect," Father Aeneas said.
"But my tabby was immune to catnip," Caro said. "Uncle Nigel was always setting out little herb-filled toys for Dinah. She ignored them."
Jude touched his nose. "Perhaps she lacked the olfactory receptor. Some felines have it, some don’t. It’s genetic."
Caro smiled. "What does bat-nip do to humans?"
Jude’s face went slack, as if he was offended by the comment. "It depends on the concentration," he said. "In large quantities, the molecule causes sedation and numbness, followed by euphoria and hypersensitivity."
"But I thought a vampire’s saliva had a toxin—one that caused paralysis in its prey." Caro wiggled her fingers, remembering how they had gone numb after she’d been bitten. "Surely I wasn’t anesthetized from breathing these souped-up ketones."
"I agree with Caroline," Father Aeneas said. "If the catnip theory is true, then people would faint whenever they got near a vampire. Sidewalks and train stations would be filled with paralyzed humans."
Jude lowered his eyebrows, flashing his I’m-Not-Good-at-Explanations look. "When the chemical is excreted by a vampire’s sweat glands, it evaporates and diffuses into the air and becomes less potent," he said, his clipped, controlled voice barely containing his passion for science. "If humans inhale it, they feel relaxed. But it’s fleeting. A high concentration of this molecule is found in a vampire’s blood and saliva. That’s why Caro was temporarily paralyzed. She was prey. And predators are made for survival. They stalk, pounce, restrain, and feed."
"Why don’t vampires succumb to their own chemical?" Caro asked. "Why doesn’t it paralyze them?"
"Is a spider killed by its own venom? Jude lifted one eyebrow. "An effective predator isn’t harmed by its own methods of predation."

Of course, I added more to the mythology. I wanted to explain why vampires are so attractive to prey. As an example, I compared them to cone shells (Conidae are very beautiful, but they’re also toothed and impale their prey, infusing them with venom). I also explain the origin of vampirism by comparing it to the emergence of Methicillin-resistent Staphylococcus Aurea—better known as MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant bug.

"I’ve been thinking of ways to explain the science of vampirism," Jude told Caro.
A shy grin flitted across his lips, as if he were giving her a bouquet of wildflowers instead of simplified information about stem cells. She hid her smile by taking a sip of tea..
"To create a strain, all you need is a petri dish filled with staphylococcus," Jude said. "Add penicillin. It will kill ninety-nine percent of the staph. Take the surviving one percent and culture them. You now have bacteria that are resistant to penicillin. Actually, the bacterium’s resistance is a defense mechanism. If you put the penicillin-resistant strain into a petri dish and apply erythromycin, the antibiotic will kill a majority of the bacteria. Culture the survivors, and you have an organism that’s resistant to penicillin and erythromycin. If you repeat this process ad infinitum, adding various antibiotics, you will eventually create a superior organism—one that’s resistant to all antibiotics. And it’s indestructible."
"You’re saying vampirism evolved like MRSA?" Caro set down her teacup harder than she’d intended and it clapped against the saucer.
"It’s evolution. Survival of the fittest. Vampires began in small numbers and multiplied. They’re adaptive. Strong, hard to kill. And they destroy the competing organism. Also, they’re still evolving."
"Into what?"
"We’ll have to wait and see. If we’re still around."

Acquainted with the Night by Piper Maitland, 2011. Publushed by Berkley.
The pages of history are written in the blood of the undead…

A woman’s quest for the truth…
A medieval icon that holds the clues…
An ancient book with the power to shake Christianity—and humanity itself…

Caroline Clifford’s bland life as a London tour guide flips upside down when her beloved uncle is brutally murdered at a Bulgarian archeological site. While traveling to recover his remains, she meets a man who corresponded with her uncle. Jude Barrett is a biochemist on a mission—to eradicate the world of vampires…

At first, Caro is dismissive of Jude’s beliefs, but she can’t ignore the signs around her—the human bites on her uncle, the strange men following her, the anguished cries after sundown. Strange anagrams on her uncle’s passport lead her and Jude to a cliff-top monastery in Greece, where a shattering revelation connects a relic Caro inherited from her parents to an age-old text on immortality—and an enigmatic prophecy that pits the forces of darkness and light in a showdown that could destroy them all…
Acquainted with evil…
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Audiobook Review: The Unwanteds

definitely left me wondering wThe Unwanteds (The Unwanteds, 1) by Lisa McMann read by Simon Jones, 2011. 7 discs ( ). Published by Simon and Schuster Audio. Source: Publisher for review.
Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths.
Thirteen-year-old Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when his fate is announced as Unwanted, even while leaving behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted. Upon arrival at the destination where he expected to be eliminated, however, Alex discovers a stunning secret—behind the mirage of the "death farm" there is instead a place called Artime.
In Artime, each child is taught to cultivate their creative abilities and learn how to use them magically, weaving spells through paintbrushes and musical instruments. Everything Alex has ever known changes before his eyes, and it's a wondrous transformation.
But it's a rare, unique occurence for twins to be separated between Wanted and Unwanted, and as Alex and Aaron's bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises for the survival of Artime that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate, magical battle. 
First Sentence:
There was a hint of wind coming over the top of the stone walls and through the barbed-wire sky on the day Alexander Stowe was to be Purged.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

In My Mailbox (108) More Pretties Than I Know What to do With

In My Mailbox, inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie and hosted by The Story Siren.

Last week I went on such a reading binge that I completely forgot all about writing up an IMM post. Yes, I know I would put off writing them again, but the books were so good that I couldn't pull my nose out of them long enough to write one up.

This weeks IMM has- a ton- of books that have been stacked up either in my closet or in front of my bookcases that I have forgotten to mention. I will also- FINALLY- get around to picking winners for the two contests that have ended recently this week. To participants: I am super sorry about the lateness of announcing winners, but I have been super busy lately and completely forgot. :(

Hope ya'll will enjoy the awesome that is this weeks IMM.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Audiobook Review: Batman: The Lazarus Syndrome

Batman: The Lazarus Syndrome by Dirk Miggs read by Michael Gough, Garrick Hagon and Bob Sessions, 2010. 1 Disc (44 minutes). Published by AudioGo LTD. Source: Audiobook Jukebox/Publisher for review.
Michael Gough, Garrick Hagon and Bob Sessions star in this thrilling radio drama featuring the Batman.
'This is the Batman. Treat what you are about to hear in the strictest confidence - my associates must be protected at all costs. By night in Gotham City you knew me as the Batman. What you never knew was....'
The Batman is dead. Police Commissioner Gordon has received a recording by the Batman that reveals his real identity. But who is the occupant of Wayne Manor? It soon becomes a desperate journey into the background of Gotham City's famous vigilante to find out who killed the Dark Knight.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Fullmetal Alchemist 3

Fullmetal Alchemist 3 by Hiromu Arakawa, 2005. 192 pages. Published by Viz Media. Source: Borrowed.
Accompanied by their bodyguard, Alex Louis Armstrong, our heroes seek out their closest childhood friend, mechanic Winry Rockbell, to fix their battered "auto-mail" bodyparts. Soon their quest for the Philosopher's Stone takes them to the great central library, where the Stone's formula may be hidden...if the mysterious figure named Lust doesn't get there first! But the secret of the Philosopher's Stone may be even more frightening than the beings who guard it...
First Sentence:

There, all done.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wish List Wednesday (74)

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid, July 10, 2012. Published by Katherine Tegen Books.
IT'S WORLD WAR III.
THE ENEMY IS WINNING.
WHAT IF THE GOVERNMENT'S SECRET WEAPON IS YOU?

More than anything, Tom Raines wants to be important, though his shadowy life is anything but that. For years, Tom’s drifted from casino to casino with his unlucky gambler of a dad, gaming for their survival. Keeping a roof over their heads depends on a careful combination of skill, luck, con artistry, and staying invisible.

Then one day, Tom stops being invisible. Someone’s been watching his virtual-reality prowess, and he’s offered the incredible—a place at the Pentagonal Spire, an elite military academy. There, Tom’s instincts for combat will be put to the test, and if he passes, he’ll become a member of the Intrasolar Forces, helping to lead his country to victory in World War Three. Finally, he’ll be someone important: a superhuman war machine with the tech skills that every virtual-reality warrior dreams of. Life at the Spire holds everything that Tom’s always wanted—friends, the possibility of a girlfriend, and a life where his every action matters—but what will it cost him?
Why: Because it sounds absolutely thrilling! It also does not hurt that cover is so awesome and would make a nice addition to my collection.

Loveless 1 by Yun Kouga, 2006. Published by Tokyopop.

When 12-year-old Ritsuka discovers a posthumous message from his brother Seimei indicating he was murdered, he becomes involed ina shadowy world of spell battles and secret names. Togheter with the mysteirous Soubi, the serach to find Seimei's killer and uncover the truth begins!

But in a world where mere words have unbelievable power, how can you find true friendship and happiness when your very name is Loveless?
Why: I really enjoy fantasy type manga, and Loveless sounds like it could be a pretty fascination read.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (67) Inheritance Cycle Edition

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply 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!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Jacob Have I Loved

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson, 1980. 244 pages. Published by Scholastic. Source: Bought.
"Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated . . ." With her grandmother's taunt, Louise knew that she, like the biblical Esau, was the despised elder twin. Caroline, her selfish younger sister, was the one everyone loved.
Growing up on a tiny Chesapeake Bay island in the early 1940s, angry Louise reveals how Caroline robbed her of everything: her hopes for schooling, her friends, her mother, even her name. While everyone pampered Caroline, Wheeze (her sister's name for her) began to learn the ways of the watermen and the secrets of the island, especially of old Captain Wallace, who had mysteriously returned after fifty years. The war unexpectedly gave this independent girl a chance to fulfill her childish dream to work as a watermen alongside her father. But the dream did not satisfy the woman she was becoming. Alone and unsure, Louise began to fight her way to a place where Caroline could not reach.
Renowned author Katherine Paterson here chooses a little-known area off the Maryland shore tas her setting for a fresh telling of the ancient story of an elder twin's lost birthright.
First Sentence:
As soon as the snow melts, I will go to Rass and fetch my mother.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Cover Reveal: Battle Scars by Cesya Cuono

Morning lovelies. I am super excited to be able to reveal here on the blog the cover for the Battle Scars, the sequel to Elemental Reality, by Cesya Cuono.

Thanks to Jennifer at Revolution Publishing for the chance to show Cesya's new cover.
Battle Scars (Elemental Reality, 2) by Cesya Marae Cuono, 2012. Published by Revolution Publishing.

How do you carry on fighting for your family when you’re left scarred and broken? When your dreams are plagued by nightmares, how do you strengthen the armor needed to protect yourself again? Callie’s been defeated by the loss of her entire family. With the help of old and new friends, will she build her battle armor up and fight the evil hands of the Demons who threaten to destroy her new home? Or will her battle scars leave her too broken and empty to fight?

Persoanlly, I really like the cover for Battle Scars, especially after just finishing up Elemental Reality. which you can look for my review to come in December. =)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wish List Wednesday (73)

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen, Febuary 14, 2012. Published by Walker Children's.

Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance. Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in. It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.
Why: A girl posing as Robin Hood, with a mysterious past sign me up. I definitely cannot wait to get my hands of a copy of Scarlet because it sounds exactly like somethingt I would love.

Janes in Love (Plain Janes, 2) by Cecil Castellucci , illustrated by Jim Rugg, 2008. Published by Vertigo.


The second volume of the critically acclaimed series finds a group of high school girls each named Jane, who are anything but ordinary, playing cupid. Plus P.L.A.I.N. (People Loving Art In Neighborhoods) goes global once the girl gang procures a spot in Metro City Museum of Modern Art contest.

Why: Plain Janes was one fo the first graphic novels that I read, and I really enjoyed it. Plus I absolutely cannot wait to see what all the Janes' will get up to next.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (66)

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply 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!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Blog Tour Review: True Grime



True Grime by Natasha Deen, 2011. 276 pages. Genre: YA Urban Fantasy/Mystery. Published by Blueberry Hill. Source: Parterners in Crime Tours/Publisher for review.
Grime cop and teen fairy Pepper Powder lives for one thing: protecting the human species from magical zealots who seek to eradicate them with Violent Illness of Unusual Resistance and Strength (humans call them “viruses,” but their mistake is understandable. The very young often get their words wrong.). When a terrorist leader releases a necrophage bomb, it not only decimates Grime headquarters, it turns Pepper into the magical world’s first fairy amputee—but she’s not going to let a little thing like a missing leg stop her. To catch her criminal, and prevent him from unleashing a VIURS in one of the human world’s biggest shopping centers, West Edmonton Mall, she goes undercover as a human. But once Pepper's theories of humanity collide with the reality of bullies, cliques, and environmental destruction, will she still believe humanity's worth saving?
First Sentence:

In The City, crime never slept.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Angel Sanctuary 2

Angel Sanctuary 2 by Kaori Yuki, 2004 (originally published in 2000). 192 pages. Published by Viz Media. Source: Borrowed.
The most insane creatures in the nine planes of heaven and nine planes of hell are all telling messed-up teenager, Setsuna, that he is the reincarnation of an angel. That wouldn't be so bad except that some of these beings are trying to kill him and others want him to lead them in a revolt against God! All Setsuna wants to do is keep a sister he loves away from the dangerous creatures that are trying to harm her. Unfortunately some of the worst harm can come from Setsuna's love, which threatens to bloom into full-blown incest! How can he protect her from himself?!
First Sentence:
Hey!
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