Thursday, May 31, 2012

Full Moon O Sagashite 1

Full Moon O Sagashite 1 by Arina Tanemura, 2005. 208 pages. Published by Viz Media. Source: Library.
A bittersweet tale of puppy love, tragedy, and aspirations of pop-star fame. A spark of hope ignites to a blaze in twelve-year-old Mitsuki Koyama's life when a comical pair of magical beings appears to prove to her that dreams really do come true.

Young Mitsuki loves singing and dreams of becoming a pop star. Unfortunately, a malignant tumor in her throat prevents her from pursuing her passion. However, her life turns around when two surprisingly fun-loving harbingers of death appear to grant Mitsuki a temporary reprieve from her illness and give her singing career a magical push start.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wish List Wednesday

False Memory (False Memory, 1) by Dan Krokos, August 14, 2012. Published by Hyperion.

Miranda wakes up alone on a park bench with no memory. In her panic, she releases a mysterious energy that incites pure terror in everyone around her. Except Peter, a boy who isn't at all surprised by Miranda's shocking ability.
Left with no choice but to trust this stranger, Miranda discovers she was trained to be a weapon and is part of an elite force of genetically-altered teens who possess flawless combat skills and powers strong enough to destroy a city. But adjusting to her old life isn't easy--especially with Noah, the boyfriend she can't remember loving. Then Miranda uncovers a dark truth that sets her team on the run. Suddenly her past doesn't seem to matter...when there may not be a future.
Dan Krokos' debut is a tour-de-force of non-stop action that will leave readers begging for the next book in this bold and powerful new series.

Why: Okay, I love books were the main character is trained to be a weapon, Weird but true. Besides, this one sounds like it would be hard to put down.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

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, May 28, 2012

Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, 2011. 344 pages. Published by Philomel. Source: Library.


"Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother's was worth a pocket watch."

In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina is preparing for art school, first dates, and all that summer has to offer. But one night, the Soviet secret police barge violently into her home, deporting her along with her mother and younger brother. They are being sent to Siberia. Lina's father has been separated from the family and sentenced to death in a prison camp. All is lost.
     Lina fights for her life, fearless, vowing that if she survives she will honor her family, and the thousands like hers, by documenting their experience in her art and writing. She risks everything to use her art as messages, hoping they will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive.
      It is a long and harrowing journey, and it is only their incredible strength, love, and hope that pull Lina and her family through each day. But will love be enough to keep them alive?
       Between Shades of Gray is a riveting novel that steals your breath, captures your heart, and reveals the miraculous nature of the human spirit.
First Sentence:
They took me in my nightgown.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wish List Wednesday

Crewel (Crewel World, 1) by Gennifer Albin, October 16, 2012. Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers.
Incapable. Awkward. Artless.
That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.
Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.
Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.
Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.
Why: The plot of Crewel sounds extremely unique and like something I would seriously love.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

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, May 21, 2012

The Storm Guardians

The Storm Guardians (Rising Dawn, 2) by Stephen Zimmer, 2010. 580 pages. Published by Seventh Star Press. Source: Publisher for review.
Storms break out across the world and the realms beyond, as the Convergence seeks to advance its worldwide agenda, and Diabolos unleashes great powers from the depths of the Abyss.
The Fallen Avatar Beleth’s legions pour across the boundaries of Purgatarion, even as the Night Hunt is loosed once again, in the modern world. Dagian readies for a monumental unveiling of Babylon Technology’s greatest invention, a technology that holds grave implications for every living person on the face of the world.

It is a time when the Exiles in the Middle Lands, the An-Ki, and many others are falling under the shadow of the Abyss. Guardians of all forms, great and small, must rise to resist as the storm of darkness spreads. From high school students Seth, Jonathan, and Annika, to Ian, Arianna, and the others of humankind that have been drawn into the spiraling course of events, choices with dangerous consequences have to be made. 
An epic tale of resolve and heroism, The Storm Guardians takes the reader farther and deeper into the Rising Dawn Saga.
First Sentence:
A towering, fiery entity stood in quiet solitude, at the precipice of eternal night. 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Batman: Super-Villains Striked + Giveaway

Batman: Super-Villains Strike by Michael Teitelbaum, April 24, 2012. 144 pages. Published by Starscape. Source: Publisher.
Batman’s instincts tell him that Catwoman, The Riddler, Mr. Freeze, and Poison Ivy are all involved. But how could that be? They are all behind bars at Arkham Asylum. Batman knows these super-villains would never agree to work together…or would they?
Is a copycat criminal to blame? How could one person be in all these places at once? Follow the clues with Batman and then make your own choices for how the story will go. Can you help Batman solve this mystery? Will you be able to put the criminal—or criminals—behind bars and save Gotham City from chaos?
First Sentence:
You are Batman.
Do you have what it takes to be Batman and solve mystery? I totally forgot just how awesome a choose-your-fate adventure can be, especially when done well.

Part of what makes Batman: Super-Villains Strike such an interesting read is that you get to choose how Batman will react to what is going on in the book and see if you can maneuver him through the various twists and turns of the plot, all while trying to solve the crimes taking place throughout the book. It was definitely fun and interesting way to introduce Batman to a younger generation while giving them a chance to be the Caped Crusader.
Being a pretty big fan of Batman, I was quite surprised and excited when Batman: Super-Villains Strike arrived in the post. Excited because not only was it Batman but it was also one of those choose-your-fate reads, even so, both points would have been moot if the writing and story-telling of Michael Teitelbaum had not pulled me into the story. So, while this is, again, aimed at younger readers the writing is excellent and the puzzles are just hard enough to make you think.

The plot was definitely one of the highlights of the book. I was, in short, intrigue as to how the villains were out causing mischief in Gotham when they were supposed to be safely locked away in Arkham, plus I loved the reveal of how they were out gallivanting around.

While I may not be one for writing in a book, I found this to be an incredible fun and quick read. One of the things that made this such a fun book would have to be the puzzles and problems that one had to solve to move forward with the investigation. Even though this book is aimed at readers 8-12 years of age, I think Batman: Super-Villains Strike is one that all readers and fans of Batman will find enjoyable.

Batman: Super-Villains Strike is just too good and too short for there to be anything to not like about.

Final Verdict: Batman: Super-Villains Strike an absolutely fun story that puts you in Batman's shoes. Loved it.

Batman: Super-Villains Strike earns 5 out of 5 pineapples.

Thanks to Leah at Tor, y'all have the chance to win a copy of Batman: Super-Villains Strike.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Audiobook Review: Born Wicked

Born Wicked (Cahill Witch Chronicles, 1) by Jessica Spotswood, read by Nicole Sudhaus, February 7, 2012. Time: 8 Hr. 55 Min. Source: Publisher.
Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word... especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.
First Sentence:
Our mother was a witch, too, but she hid it better. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wish List Wednesday

Glitch (Glitch, 1) by Heather Anastasiu, August 7, 2012. Published by St. Martin's Press.

In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network. When Zoe starts to malfunction (or "glitch"), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers. As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse. In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.


Why: Glitch just soun ds like one epic read, and I need to know what happens to Zoe.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Winners: Lexapros and Cons & Edenbrooke

Oh my goodness. Y'all I am so sorry about not announcing winners sooner, but things have been crazy and I completely forgot about both giveaways and that they had ended. Major fail on my part.

So, without further rambling, I present to you the lucky winners as picked by Rafflecopter.


Lexapros and Cons winner-


Edenbrooke winner-



Congrats to both of the lucky winners. Thank you to all who entered.

Both winners have been contacted an have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be picked.

Teaser Tuesday

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, May 14, 2012

The Vanishing Game

The Vanishing Game by Kate Kae Myers, February 14, 2012. 353 pages. Published by Bloomsbury. Source: Publisher.
Seventeen-year-old Jocelyn follows clues apparently from her dead twin, Jack, in and around Seale House, the terrifying foster home where they once lived. With help from childhood friend Noah she begins to uncover the truth about Jack's death and the company that employed him and Noah.
Jocelyn's twin brother Jack was the only family she had growing up in a world of foster homes-and now he's dead, and she has nothing. Then she gets a cryptic letter from "Jason December"-the code name her brother used to use when they were children at Seale House, a terrifying foster home that they believed had dark powers. Only one other person knows about Jason December: Noah, Jocelyn's childhood crush and their only real friend among the troubled children at Seale House.
But when Jocelyn returns to Seale House and the city where she last saw Noah, she gets more than she bargained for. Turns out the house's powers weren't just a figment of a childish imagination. And someone is following Jocelyn. Is Jack still alive? And if he is, what kind of trouble is he in? The answer is revealed in a shocking twist that turns this story on its head and will send readers straight back to page 1 to read the book in a whole new light.
First Sentence:
Life is a series of shallow breaths.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

I will be doing any and all updates for the readathon in this post. Mainly to keep every one's timeline from exploding.

I really hope I'll be able to read all, or, at least the majority of this stack of books during the readathon. It all really depends on how much reading I can sneak in.

I plan on trying to read:
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
Revived by Cat Patrick
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Cuttlefish by Dave Freer
False Covenant by Ari Marmell
Planesrunner by Ian McDonald

What I've Read:
Cuttlefish by Dave Freer
Kitchen Princess 6
Kitchen Princess 7
Kitchen Princess 8
Kitchen Princess 9
Planesrunner by Ian MacDonald
Updates:
Day 1: started Cuttlefish
Day 2: Finished Cuttlefish and Kitchen Princess 6; started Planesrunner.

Day 3: Finished books 3 and 4 last night...late last night. I'm hoping to finish Plansrunner today and start on Of Poseidon.

Day...4: Was out of the house all day so I didn't read at all. Although, I am listening to The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes while catching up on blog work.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wish List Wednesday

Gilt (Royal Circle, 1) by Katherine Longshore, May 15, 2012. Published by Viking Juvenile.
In the court of King Henry VIII, nothing is free--and love comes at the highest price of all.
When Kitty Tylney's best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII's heart and brings Kitty to court, she's thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. No longer stuck in Cat's shadow, Kitty's now caught between two men--the object of her affection and the object of her desire. But court is also full of secrets, lies, and sordid affairs, and as Kitty witnesses Cat's meteoric rise and fall as queen, she must figure out how to keep being a good friend when the price of telling the truth could literally be her head.
Why: Historical fiction and court intrigue, need I say more. Gilt sounds excellent.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (90)

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, May 7, 2012

Boy21

Boy21 by Matthew Quick, March 5, 2012. 250 pages. Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Source: Publisher for review.
Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in broken-down Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish mob, drugs, violence, and racially charged rivalries. At home, his dad works nights and Finley is left alone to take care of his disabled grandfather. He's always dreamed of somehow getting out, but until he can, putting on that number 21 jersey makes everything seem okay.

Russ has just moved to the neighborhood. The life of this teen basketball phenom has been turned upside down by tragedy. Cut off from everyone he knows, he won't pick up a basketball, and yet answers only to the name Boy21—taken from his former jersey number.

As their final year of high school brings these two boys together, "Boy21" may turn out to be the answer they both need. Matthew Quick, the acclaimed author of Sorta Like a Rock Star, brings readers a moving novel about hope, recovery, and redemption.
First  Sentence:
Sometimes I pretend that shooting hoops in my backyard is my earliest memory.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Audiobook Review: Whites of Their Eyes

Whites of Their Eyes (Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School, 3) by Andrew Clements read by Keith Nobbs, February 21, 2012. 4 discs (8 hours *I think*). Source: Audiobook Jukebox/Publisher.

Andrew Clements delivers the latest in his adventure-filled school series.

This could be the last great Memorial Day weekend on Barclay Bay, and Ben knows it. This time next year, he might not be able to stand in the yard of the Oakes School and watch the harbor shake off winter—boats buzzing just beyond the bulkhead and families spreading picnics in the fields. If the school gets torn down and replaced by an amusement park, the town will never be the same. But that’s only if the school gets torn down. Ben and Jill are determined to keep that from happening. And the evil janitor Lyman has taken note. He’s following their every move—and undoing their progress along the way. Good thing Ben and Jill have a secret weapon. (Who knew that annoying Robert Gerritt would be such a spy wiz?) But Lyman has a secret weapon as well: a vicious guard dog. These kids are smart, but can they outsmart Lyman—and his beast—as the clock tick, tick, ticks toward total demolition?

Thursday, May 3, 2012

ARC Review: The Girl in the Park

The Girl in the Park by Mariah Fredericks, April 24, 2012. 224 pages. Published by Random House Children's Books. Source: Random Buzzers.

When Wendy Geller's body is found in Central Park after the night of a rager, newspaper headlines scream,"Death in the Park: Party Girl Found Strangled." But shy Rain, once Wendy's best friend, knows there was more to Wendy than just "party girl." As she struggles to separate the friend she knew from the tangle of gossip and headlines, Rain becomes determined to discover the truth about the murder. Written in a voice at once immediate, riveting, and utterly convincing, Mariah Frederick's mystery brilliantly exposes the cracks in this exclusive New York City world and the teenagers that move within it.

First Sentence:


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wish List Wednesday (98)

The Queen's Lady (Lacey Chronicles, 2) by Eve Edwards, April 20, 2012. Published by Delacorte Books.
England, 1584.

When beautiful Lady Jane Rievaulx begins her service to the Queen at Richmond Palace, she is thrilled to see the court's newest arrival . . . Master James Lacey.

No matter that Jane was previously courted by the eldest Lacey brother—James is the one who has won her heart. For his part, James cannot deny his fascination with Jane; his plans, however, do not allow for love. He is about to set sail on a treacherous journey to the Americas, seeking absolution for what he sees as past sins. But when Jane is forced into a terrible situation by her own family, only one man can save her. Will Master James return to his lady before it's too late?
Why: I really enjoyed reading The Other Countess and am quite curious to see what will happen to Jane in the second book.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (89)

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!

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