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.

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I am currently working on my ARC of Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare and listening to The Boy in the Suitcase.
Are you a middle grade author, want your book to be spotlighted this year during the challenge on my blog? Than this post is just for you. All about Middle Grade Challenge

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