Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wish List Wednesday (62)

Dragon's Heart (Pitt Dragon Chronicles, 4) by Jane Yolen, 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
Austar IV isn't the planet it once was, and when Jakkin and Akki finally return to the dragon nursery, their homecoming arouses mixed emotions. Together they've survived the insurmountable, and now they can weather the brutal conditions of Dark After and communicate with the dragons they love. But with this knowledge comes responsibility. What they've learned about survival could transform the planet--or, if entrusted to the wrong hands, bring about its destruction. Akki's insistence that she return to the Rokk to finish her training and begin new experiments drives a chasm between her and Jakkin. Suddenly she finds herself in the midst of a political battle that could claim her life. Only Jakkin can save her. If only he could reach her.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Teaser Tuesday *ARC Edition* (54)

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!

Sweet Venom 2 Title Hunt

Morning lovelies, I am beyond ecstatic to be taking part in the title hunt for the sequel to Tera Lynn Childs' Sweet Venom (one of my favorite reads of the year). 
Did I forget to mention that you can enter to win Sweet Venom.

I'm sure ya'll probably know all about Sweet Venom, which will be available in early September,  but just in case you haven't heard about it or need a little refresher here's the info on Sweet Venom. Isn't the cover absolutely gorgeous, cannot wait to see the second one.

Monday, August 29, 2011

ARC Review: Half-Blood

Half-Blood (Covenant, 1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout, September 15, 2011. 281 pages. Published by Spencer Hill Press. Source: from publisher for review.
The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure-bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:
Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.

Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.
First Sentence (ARC Edition...subject to changes and whatnot):
My eyes snapped open as the freakish sixth sense kicked my fight or flight response into overdrive.

Friday, August 26, 2011

ARC Review: Sweet Venom

Sweet Venom (Medusa Girls, 1) by Tera Lynn Childs, September 6, 2011. 345 pages. Published by Katherine Tegen Books. Source: From Publisher for Review.
Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster.
Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, especially on a school night, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though.
Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they're triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters.
These three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful gorgon maligned by myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.
 First Sentence (ARC, subject to changes):
Hydras have a distinctive odor.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Joker

Joker by Brian Azzarello & Lee Bermejo, 2008. 128 pages. Published by DC Comics. Source: Library.
An original hardcover graphic novel that tells the story of one very dark night in Gotham City—from the creative team behind the graphic novel LEX LUTHOR: MAN OF STEEL.
The Joker has been mysteriously released from Arkham Asylum, and he's none to happy about what's happened to his Gotham City rackets while he's been "away." What follows is a harrowing night of revenge, murder and manic crime as only The Joker can deliver it, as he brutally takes back his stolen assets from The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face, Killer Croc and others.
Brian Azzarello brings to THE JOKER all the visceral intensity and criminal insight that has made his Vertigo graphic novel series 100 BULLETS one of the most critically-acclaimed and award-winning series in all of comics.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wish List Wednesday (61)

Wings of the Wicked (Angelfire, 2) by Courtney Allison Moulton, Feburary 14, 2012. Published by Katherine Tegen Books.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Teaser Tuesday *ARC Edition* (53)

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, August 22, 2011

1,000 Follower Giveaway @ Missy's Reads & Reviews

Missy (of Missy's Reads & Reviews) is celebrating reaching the 1,000 follow milestone with one fantastic giveaway.

Since I'm sure ya'll would rather I cut the chase and just let tell you how you can enter. Well that's easy, just visit her lovely blog, follow and fill out the form. Oh, and did I mention that this giveaway of hers is INTERNATIONAL with 5 (count them five) awesome prize packs.

ARC Review: Dael and the Painted People

Dael and the Painted People (Zan-Gah, 3) by Allan Richard Shickman, August 30, 2011. 168 pages. Published by Earthshaker Books. Source: Publisher for review.
A prehistoric adventure, this is the third of the Zan-Gah young adult books. When Dael, guilty and tormented, came to live with the tribe of the painted people, he longed for peace and restoration; but without knowing it, he made a powerful enemy. Luckily, Dael had friends-including a troop of crows-and his own mystical powers. The disturbed and violent hero learns from the Children of the Earth, and from his submissive wife, a new way of life that is peaceful and generous. Dael and the Painted People is a story of conflict, healing, hate, and love by the winner of the Eric Hoffer Award, a finalist for the ForeWord magazine Book of the Year Award, and the Mom's Choice Gold Seal for Excellence in a family-friendly book series.
First Sentence:
To dream of a head dripping with blood and look into its glazed lifeless eyes might, even in sleep, leave the dreamer changed and chastened.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Vintage Reads Review: The Recruit

The Recruit (CHERUB, 1) by Robert Muchamore, 2005 (originally published in 2004). 352 pages. Published by Simon Pulse. Source: Own/Bought.
CHERUB agents are highly trained, extremely talented—and all under the age of seventeen. For official purposes, these agents do not exist. They are sent out on missions to spy on terrorists, hack into crucial documents, and gather intel on global threats—all without gadgets or weapons. It is an exceptionally dangerous job, but these agents have one crucial advantage: adults never suspect that teens are spying on them.
James is the latest CHERUB recruit. He’s a bit of a troublemaker, but he’s also brilliant. And CHERUB needs him. James has no idea what to expect, but he’s out of options. Before he can start in the field he must first survive one hundred grueling days of basic training, where even the toughest recruits don’t make it to the end...
First Sentence:
James Choke hated Combined Science.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Challenge Yourself Read-a-Thon (Start/Updates)

Last readathon of the summer....for me that is. Ya'll know that I have a soft-spot for readathons, so how could I resist fitting in just one last readathon before the summer official closes.
Thanks to the awesome Kai of Fiction State of Mind for putting this together.

What I'm Reading/listening:
What I've Finished:
The Goblin Wood by Hilari Bell
The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets by Nancy Springer
Alice 19th: Blindness 6 by Yuu Watase
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn  Childs
Fullmetal Alchemist 1
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (audiobook) 3 of 7 disks

Pages Read: 742

In My Mailbox (101) I Love This Number

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

Friday, August 19, 2011

Enlightened

Enlightened by (Enlightened, 1) Allyson Richards, 2011. 288 pages. Published by AuthorHouse. Source: Minute Muse for Review.

Alexis Randall is anything but a normal 16-year-old girl. Knowing that her curse can lead her to commit acts of extreme violence, she has vowed to live by one simple rule: Stay away from Normals. However, Alexis' clear-cut rule is tested by a chance meeting with one boy and an encounter that leaves another in a coma. As she struggles to suppress her feelings for the first and live with her guilt about the second, Alexis soon realizes that reality has a funny way of catching up with her.
With engaging characters and fascinating plot twists, the first installment of THE ENLIGHTENED SERIES thrusts its readers into the wild and surreal life of Alexis Randall.
First Sentence:
I was walking down a familiar sidewalk, the one with trees lining either side, where the sun always seemed to shine, and that always seemed too perfect for my world.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Forbidden Dance 1

Forbidden Dance 1 by Hinako Ashihara, 2003. 192 pages. Published by Tokyopop. Source: Borrowed.

When a young girl loses her confidence to dance, she fears she'll never set foot on the stage again. But when she falls in lust with an all-guy avant-garde dance troupe and their leader, everything changes. Soon, her primary goal in life is to join the troupe and snag the guy. So what if she's missing a Y-chromosome? She's got spunk, skill, and passion--and, in the end, she hopes that love will conquer all.
First Sentence:
Good luck Aya!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wish List Wednesday (60)

The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell, September 6, 2011. Published by HarperCollins.
Twelve princesses suffer from a puzzling—and downright silly—curse. Ridiculous though the curse may be, whoever breaks it will win a handsome reward.

Sharp-witted Reveka, an herbalist’s apprentice, has little use for princesses, with their snooty attitudes and impractical clothing. She does, however, have use for the reward money that could buy her a position as a master herbalist.

But curses don’t like to be broken, and Reveka’s efforts lead her to deeper mysteries. As she struggles to understand the curse, she meets a shadowy stranger (as charming as he is unsettling) and discovers a blighted land in desperate need of healing. Soon the irreverent apprentice is faced with a daunting choice—will she break the curse at the peril of her own soul?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (52)

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, August 15, 2011

Guest Post: Cesya Cuono (Author of Elemental Reality) On World Building

Today I am pleased to have Cesya Cuono, author of Elemental Reality, dropping by to chat about world building for the Elemental Reality Blog Tour. Hope ya'll enjoy her lovely post. =)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A Vintage Reads Review: The Secret Country

The Secret Country (The Secret Country, 1) by Pamela Dean, 2003 (originally published in 1985).  384 pages. Published by Firebird. Source Own/Bought.
For the past nine years, cousins Patrick, Ruth, Ellen, Ted, and Laura have played at "The Secret"-a game full of witches, unicorns, a magic ring and court intrigue. In The Secret, they can imagine anything into reality, and shape destiny. Then the unbelievable happens: by trick or by chance, they find themselves in the Secret Country, their made-up identities now real. They have arrived at the start of their game, with the Country on the edge of war. What was once exciting and wonderful now looms threateningly before them, and no one is sure how to stop it . . . or if they will ever get back home.
First Sentence:
Edward Fairchild, Prince of the Enchanted Forest, Lord of the Desert's Edge, Friend to the Unicorns, and King of the Secret Country, wished he were somewhere else.

#RDreadathon (End Credits)

And thus another readathon has drawn to a close. Did I get as much reading done as I wanted, no, not in the least. Although I did have a blast participating in Ren's first readathon.

What I read:
Alice 19th: Jealousy 5 by Yuu Watase
Batman: Hush 2 by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee, and Scott Williams
We Were There 3 by Yuki Obata
I also very nearly finished The Recruit by Robert Muchamore before the readathon ended (I was so close).

Congrats, Ren, on an awesome first readathon.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

In My Mailbox (100) Triple Digits, Oh My!

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

Friday, August 12, 2011

#RDreadathon Report from Day One

Last night I managed to make some progress on the read-a-thon.
So wishing I had more time for reading, but things must be done. I've even managed to knock out the majority of my library books. =)

Books Read on Day One:
Alice 19th: Jealousy 5 by Yuu Watase
Batman: Hush 2 by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee, and Scott Williams
We Were There 3 by Yuki Obata

Pages Read: 592

Books Finished: 3

What I'm currently Reading:
The Recruit by Robert Muchamore
Dael and the Painted People by Allan Richard Shickman

Audiobook Review: Cryer's Cross

Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann; read by Julia Whelan, 2011. Time- 5.5 hours. Published by Simon and Schuster/Audioworks. Source: Publisher for review.
The small town of Cryer’s Cross is rocked by tragedy when an unassuming freshman disappears without a trace. Kendall Fletcher wasn’t that friendly with the missing girl, but the angst wreaks havoc on her OCD-addled brain.
When a second student goes missing—someone close to Kendall’s heart—the community is in an uproar. Caught in a downward spiral of fear and anxiety, Kendall’s not sure she can hold it together. When she starts hearing the voices of the missing, calling out to her and pleading for help, she fears she’s losing her grip on reality. But when she finds messages scratched in a desk at school—messages that could only be from the missing student who used to sit there—Kendall decides that crazy or not, she’d never forgive herself if she didn’t act on her suspicions.
Something’s not right in Cryer’s Cross—and Kendall’s about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried.
First Sentence:
Everything changed when Tiffany Quinn disappears.

A Proposition for Little Book Bloggers (from The Thing About Books...)


Hey guys, Raquel of The Things About Books and I...  are working on a pretty cool project to help out smaller blogs. So if you are a small blog or just starting out drop by and check out her post. Also if you would like to help brainstorm or have any suggestions feel free to leave them in the comments. =)

I now leave you with a snippet from her post. Cheers.
So, I had this idea recently:

Have you all heard of the Book Blogger Rebellion? Well, once you click on that dandy link, you'll find a group of bloggers who are rebelling together. I was thinking that maybe it would be cool to create something like that for little book bloggers...
To see the rest of her post and the bigger picture on this wonderful idea, I would highly suggest stopping by (plus she's super nice). See link below.

A Proposition for Little Book Bloggers

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Read Dangerously Read-a-Thon (Starting Line/Updates)

A little late in the day, but here is my starting post for Ren's Read Dangerously Read-a-Thon. I'll also be putting all my updates in this post as well as any mini challenges that requie posting on my blog. =)

I have read:
Alice 19th: Jealousy by Yuu Watase
Batman: Hush, volume 2.
We Were There 3 by Yuki Obata

Am reading:
The Recruit by Robert Muchamore.
Dael and the Painted People by Allan Richard Shickman

Next:
Cloaked by Alex Flinn
Fullmetal Alchemist 1
For The Recruit by Robert Muchamore I have picked Slow Hand- Interpol. Thanks to my sisters, for their suggestion.  

The Recruit- Robert Muchamore
James's opinion of his own intelligence hit an all-time low. While he'd been worrying about getting in trouble with Mum, school, and maybe even with the police, he'd forgotten something: Samantha Jennings had a sixteen year old brother.
Teenage orphans who become spies for MI5.

We Were There 6

We Were There 6 by Yuki Obata, 2009. 200 pages. Published by Viz Media (Shojo Beat). Source: Library.
What would be a present that's better than your past?It's simply this...You're here, And I'm here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wish List Wednesday (59)

First Kill (The Slayer Chronicles, 1) by Heather Brewer, September 20, 2011. Published by Dutton Juvenile.
You've heard Vlad's side of the story . . . now, it’s Joss’s turn.
With over a million copies already in print, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod is still sinking its fangs into new readers every day. Now, bestselling author Heather Brewer brings us the other side of the story, from the perspective of Vlad’s former friend turned mortal enemy: vampire slayer Joss Macmillan. In five books that can be read alongside Vlad Tod or entirely on their own, Joss discovers his powers as the youngest, strongest slayer in history. And just in time, too: with all the vampires running rampant, he’s going to need all the help he can get. This action-packed series will quench the thirst of even the hungriest veteran minions.
Why: While I still haven't had a chance to finish Heather Brewer's wonderful Vlad Tod series, I am already looking forward to the Slayer Chronicles.
As a master minion, I highly encourage you go forth and read the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod. See my thoughts on Eight Grade Bites.

Happy Hustle High, 1 by Rie Takada, 2003. Published by Viz Media (Shojo Beat).
What happens when an all-girls' high school reigning tomboy finds out her school is about to be filled with boys!?
Hanabi Oozora is a rambunctious 16-year-old tomboy who comes to the rescue of her less assertive friends-sometimes in exchange for food. So what does she do when, all of a sudden, her all-girls' school is about to be integrated with an all-boys' school?!
She meets and falls in love-naturally-with one of the three most popular and handsome boys in the Student Council, Yasuaki Garaku! Unfortunately, Yasuaki doesn't care for girls...and when the girls' Student Council clashes head-on with the boys' Student Council, Hanabi steps in to become a member-hoping she'll change Yasuaki's mind!
 Why: The reason I want to read Happy Hustle High is because it sounds like a mixture of Gaba Kawa and Punch!, which just so happen to by the same person (all three that is).

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (51)

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, August 8, 2011

The Exodus Gate

The Exodus Gate (The Rising Dawn Saga, 1) by Stephen Zimmer, 2009. 580 pages. Published by Seventh Star Press. Source: from publisher for review.
The Exodus Gate, by Stephen Zimmer, is a modern fantasy novel that is the first release in the Rising Dawn Saga. The story unfolds around Benedict Darwin, host of a popular late night radio show that deals with the paranormal. Benedict comes into possession of a virtual reality simulator that turns out to be something far greater and more powerful than he ever expected. Meanwhile, supernatural powers from the depths of the Abyss and their human allies are working tirelessly to bring about a One World Government. They are also laboring to bridge the boundaries between time and space to bring back the Nephilim, the monstrous offspring of Fallen Avatars and humans that were destroyed in a Great Flood that occurred long ages ago. An epic tale of courage, hope, and adventure, with fantastical realms and exotic creatures, The Exodus Gate is sure to appeal to a wide range of fantasy readers. The first edition also feature 15 full page illustrations by the artist Matthew Perry.
First Sentence:
Auras of shrouding blackness encompassed the forms of the towering figures, standing with heads bowed reverently in the midst of the vast, featureless expanse of ebon murk

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Vintage Reads: Voting for September (Fanged and Dangerous)

Once again it is time to prepare to vote on what I'll read and review for Vintage Reads. Since I'm sure you don't want to hear me go on and on (and ya'll know how things work), I'll skip the chase and introduce you to the line up of Fanged and Dangerous books that you can vote for my September read.

So without further ado, I present to you this months contenders the Fanged and Dangerous group.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

In My Mailbox (99) My Wish List Just Got Shorter!

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

Friday, August 5, 2011

Attention: Inheritance Reading Challenge Participants


Over the past two weeks I've been thinking of how to make the Inheritance Reading Challenge more interactive. So I would like to know if those who are participating would like to write up a guest post on the their thoughts on the series(or something along those lines) to be posted here during the reading challenge?


If you think this is a good idea and would like to volunteer, just shoot me an email, with Inheritance Reading Challenge Guest Post as the subject (I'll also give you all the details via email).     

Lastly, there is still plenty of time to enter the challenge (a whole lot of time). I hope you will join me and all the awesome fans of the series who will be re-reading or starting the series for the first time in October for the challenge. =)

Vintage Reads: The Winning Male Protagonist Book for August Is...

It seems it's already the fourth of August and I haven't even announced the winning book for Vintage Reads for this month. Since I'm a few days behind and ya'll probably just want to know which book won, I'll keep this short sweet.

The winning Male Protagonist book for August is.....

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Gaba Kawa

Gaba Kawa by Rie Takada, 2006. 192 pages. Published by Viz Media (Shojo Beat). Source: Bought.
Demons like Rara are supposed to cause mischief in the mortal world and draw humans to darkness. They're not supposed to help mortals and they're definitely not supposed to fall in love with them! But that's just what happens when Rara enters high school, where a hot guy named Retsu Aku calls her "Gaba Kawa"!

While demons gain power by causing mischief, the opposite is also true--if Rara uses any of her powers to help mortals, she'll immediately lose that very power. If she loses enough power, she'll disappear! Poor Rara. What's a "Gaba Kawa" demon to do?
First Sentence:
Alright right, Rara.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wish List Wednesday (58)

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier, August 1, 2011. Published by Amulet Books.

"Now, for those of you who know anything about blind children, you are aware that they make the very best thieves. As you can well imagine, blind children have incredible senses of smell, and they can tell what lies behind a locked door- be it fine cloth, gold, or peanut brittle- at fifty paces. Moreover, their fingers are so small and nimble that they can slip right through keyholes, and their ears so keen that they can hear the faint clicks and clacks of every moving part inside even the most complicated lock. Of course, the age of great thievery has long since passed;today there are few child-thieves left, blind or otherwise. At one time, however, the world was simply thick with them. This is the story of the greatest thief who ever lived. His name, as you've probably guessed, is Peter Nimble."

What Is "Go BZRK" The Transmedia Project by Michael Grant


Yesterday I told ya'll about Michael Grant's new project...well I told all the info that I at the time that is. You're in luck because today I have a little (okay a lot) more intel on the book and transmedia stuff.

About the story (from email):


What is “Go BZRK”? Is this a book or some kind of interactive story?
The missing son of a U.N. diplomat... the reemergence of a strange organization... a pair of society twins caught in the middle... this is just the beginning of "Go BZRK," a new transmedia experience from author Michael Grant.

Both. The book comes out this winter, but the interactive part starts now.  One leads up to the other, but they're part of a complete package.

Why “transmedia”?

There are different approaches to transmedia.  Most people take a single story and reproduce it on various platforms.  My philosophy has been to make each element - ARG, app, web, book - a thing unto itself, each revealing some aspect of the world of BZRK.  I've been fascinated with this is as a new way to tell stories.  The book remains central, but now I can reach beyond the book and create a much more complete world.  I can tell stories that enhance the book, and stories that parallel the book, and stories that are offshoots of backstory.  I guess the answer to "why" is "because it's fun."

Is this the future of publishing?

I began a few years ago reaching out to publishers and saying we collectively needed to understand that the old models were dead or dying.  I want publishing to survive, and of course I'd like my own career to thrive.  So Egmont Publishing and my partners and I certainly hope this is a part of the future of publishing. 

How long is this running? Is this part of a larger picture?

We'll be running this in several chunks between now and the book release this winter. Because these things have a hard start/stop point, August is a ramp-up phase. There'll be a lot of content coming out, but the experience really gets underway at the end of the month… just in time to distract the kids from their schoolwork.

What if someone wants to follow the story but doesn’t want to participate?

You don't have to do anything.  You can do one thing and not another.  But the deeper you plunge the wetter you get.  I think every part of this is fun, I think people will enjoy the ARG, the app, the site and the books. 

App? You've mentioned that a couple times now.

Just wait and see.

What can you tell us about the story? What is “BZRK”?

It's a battle for the soul and freedom of the human race carried out simultaneously in the world we know, and in a world that you're not going to expect. It's a world where if you make a false move, you're going to lose your mind.

Insanity… is this something you have a personal familiarity with?

The line between writer and crazy person is very thin.  Both go around holding long, involved conversations with people who aren't there.

What’s this other world thing all about?

Do you really want spoilers? I'll tell you this. We'll be going "down in the meat." It's going to be vast, bloody, and beautiful.

Wait… isn’t this supposed to be for kids?

Adults like to flatter themselves that kids won't get, won't understand, won't be able to handle, more intense, more complex stories. That's nonsense.  It's the adults who are easy to creep out or scare.  Say the word "biopsy" in a room full of adults. Or "audit."  See?  Easy to scare.  Kids are a tougher audience because kids think they're immortal.
If you're ready to take the plunge in an interactive story like you've never experienced before, visit societytwins.com and register with nexushumanus.com to take your first steps in a strange and compelling universe.
Ready to take the plunge, then come and join me on Nexus Humanus (I signed up last night). =)
Filled with video, puzzles, community collaboration, and more, "Go BZRK" put YOU the player right in the middle of the action as you join Nexus Humanus and unravel a mystery that may hold the key to the fate of all mankind.

Epic Fail for July's RAK + August

Book Soulmates Gah, I had the best of intentions with RAK last month and then I completely forgot that I had signed up. So I epically failed and didn't send out a single RAK to any of the lovelies that participated in July. :(

I think this is my third time participating RAK...
I will find some one to send a book to this month and maybe even get my first RAK as well. Hopefully I can make some one's day with a book. =)

You can see all the (new) rules and sign up for RAK in August by going -> HERE

Rather than a link, I'm just going to include a couple of books I'm interested in.

Ouran High School 11 by Bisco Hatori
High School Debut 1 by Kazune Kawahara
Love*Com 1 by Aya Nakahara
Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Runaway by Meg Cabot
Dark Secrets by Elizabeth Chandler
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (50) ARC 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!

Michael Grant's New Book and Story Experience

So I was checking my email this morning, during the brief time that it worked, when I saw the very curiously titled Michael Grant's New Book and Story Experience in the subject line. Now, the first thing I did before even opening it was to google search for anything about it and after deeming it not spam I decided to see what it's all about.
(Taken from part of the email)
This winter, Michael has a new series coming out that was conceived not only as a book, but also as a “transmedia” experience.  This may not be a familiar term to YA fans, but essentially a transmedia story is an interactive narrative told through the written word, video, puzzles, and more. But most importantly, it encourages fans to become part of the action.
Apparently the story has already begun at societytwins.com and nexushumanus.com (something seems a bit weird about Nexus Humanus). While this may be just the beginning, I am already quite intrigued to see where it will go and what it's all about (I do like mysterious things). =) 
I haven't had a chance to check out either site, but am curious to see what they'll have posted about Micahel Grant's newest book.

Monday, August 1, 2011

High Summer Read-a-Thon (End)

I cannot believe that another readathon has already drwan to a close. I had such a great time during it, even if I was unable to participate in any of the mini challenges and didn't get much done in the reading department.
A huge thanks goes out to Michelle of The True Book Addict for putting together another fabulous readathon.

What I read:
Forbidden Dance 1
Angel by James Patterson
Angel Sanctuary 1

and very nearly finished The Exodus Gate by Stephen Zimmer.

As you can see I didn't get much reading done, but still had a lot of fun. =)

ARC Review: Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, by Jonathan Auxier, August 1, 2011. 381 pages. Published by Amulet Books. Source: Author for review.
"Now, for those of you who know anything about blind children, you are aware that they make the very best thieves. As you can well imagine, blind children have incredible senses of smell, and they can tell what lies behind a locked door- be it fine cloth, gold, or peanut brittle- at fifty paces. Moreover, their fingers are so small and nimble that they can slip right through keyholes, and their ears so keen that they can hear the faint clicks and clacks of every moving part inside even the most complicated lock. Of course, the age of great thievery has long since passed;today there are few child-thieves left, blind or otherwise. At one time, however, the world was simply thick with them. This is the story of the greatest thief who ever lived. His name, as you've probably guessed, is Peter Nimble."
First Sentence:
Now, for those of you who know anything about blind children, you are aware that they make the very best thieves. 

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