Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wish List Wednesday (89)

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, 1) by Robin. LaFevers, April 3, 2012. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?
Why: Because it sounds like my kind of book!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (81)

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, February 27, 2012

Thief's Covenant

Thief's Covenant (Widdershins, 1) by Ari Marmell, February 21, 2012. 273 pages. Published by PYR. Source: Publisher (requested).
Once she was Adrienne Satti. An orphan of Davillon, she had somehow escaped destitution and climbed to the ranks of the city's aristocracy in a rags-to-riches story straight from an ancient fairy tale. Until one horrid night, when a conspiracy of forces—human and other—stole it all away in a flurry of blood and murder. Today she is Widdershins, a thief making her way through Davillon's underbelly with a sharp blade, a sharper wit, and the mystical aid of Olgun, a foreign god with no other worshippers but Widdershins herself. It's not a great life, certainly nothing compared to the one she once had, but it's hers.
But now, in the midst of Davillon's political turmoil, an array of hands are once again rising up against her, prepared to tear down all that she's built. The City Guard wants her in prison. Members of her own Guild want her dead. And something horrid, something dark, something ancient is reaching out for her, a past that refuses to let her go. Widdershins and Olgun are going to find answers, and justice, for what happened to her—but only if those who almost destroyed her in those years gone by don't finish the job first.
First Sentence:
The girl watched, helpless, as the world turned red beneath her.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Review Copy Cleanup

So, I was not going to sign up for the Review Copy Challenge, until I saw the fourth or fifth post on it and looked at my review stack. Which is just a little crazy at the moment. Hopefully, I will be able to make quite a dent in my stack of books come March...if I can find more time for reading that is.

If y'all are interested in joining in just visit Nyx Book Reviews and Books, Biscuits & Tea, the awesome hosts, for all the rules and to sign up.

Challenge schedule:

✦ March 2 - Show Off Your Pile
✦ March 9 - Cuddle Up With a Book
✦ March 16 - Don't Be Such a Tease!
✦ March 23 - Mysterious Meet-up
✦ March 30 - Love Will Find a Way

Saturday, February 25, 2012

In My Mailbox (118) Where I Cleaned Out My Shelves and Find New Books

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

Over the last couple of weeks I cleaned out around 60 books from my shelves-mostly adult books that was never going to read again or that I just was not interested in. Needless to say that after trading them in for credit at one of the bookstores here I immediately bought some to replace them with.

Winner: Demons at Deadnight

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Couple days late, but Rafflecopter was being wonky and would not let me pick a winner, and to top it off the HTML editor was being weird on this post. Fail!

Without further blethering,  I am happy to present the lucky winner of a (paper or ebook) copy of  Demons at Deadnight by A&E Kirk.......

Congrats, ! I'll be emailing you shortly, so make sure you check your spam folder.

Winner has 72 hours to respond before a new winner is picked.
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Friday, February 24, 2012

Audiobook Review: The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, read by William Dufris, 2011 (originally published in 1930). 9 discs (7 hours). Published by AudioGo. Source: Audiobook Jukebox/Publisher.
Sam Spade, Dashiell Hammett's archetypally tough San Francisco detective, is more noir than L.A. Confidential and more vulnerable than Raymond Chandler's Marlowe. In The Maltese Falcon, the best known of Hammett's Sam Spade novels (including The Dain Curse and The Glass Key), Spade is tough enough to bluff the toughest thugs and hold off the police, risking his reputation when a beautiful woman begs for his help, while knowing that betrayal may deal him a new hand in the next moment.
Spade's partner is murdered on a stakeout; the cops blame him for the killing; a beautiful redhead with a heartbreaking story appears and disappears; grotesque villains demand a payoff he can't provide; and everyone wants a fabulously valuable gold statuette of a falcon, created as tribute for the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. Who has it? And what will it take to get it back? Spade's solution is as complicated as the motives of the seekers assembled in his hotel room, but the truth can be a cold comfort indeed.
First Sentence:
Samuel Spade's jaw was long and bony, his chin a jutting v under the more flexible v of his mouth.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cy-Believers 1

Cy-Believers 1 by Shioko Mizuki, 2008. Rated 16+. 200 pages. Published by Go Comi. Source: Library.
Rui has just transferred to a new school, and hopes to make friends quickly. Unfortunately, it seems that most of the social groups around campus have been recently shut down - by the boy who just happens to be Rui's fiance Still, determined to get around her controlling, selfish betrothed, Rui starts a new club that won't be so easy to shut down. Welcome to the Computer Believers.
First Sentence:
Domus Aurea School is a private boarding high school at the center of a major college town.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wish List Wednesday (88)

Storybound (Storybound, 1) by Marissa Burt, April 3, 2012. Published by HarperCollins.

In the land of Story, children go to school to learn to be characters: a perfect Hero, a trusty Sidekick, even the most dastardly Villain. They take classes on Outdoor Experiential Questing and Backstory, while adults search for full-time character work in stories written just for them.

In our world, twelve-year-old Una Fairchild has always felt invisible. But all that changes when she stumbles upon a mysterious book buried deep in the basement of her school library, opens the cover, and suddenly finds herself transported to the magical land of Story.

But Story is not a perfect fairy tale. Una’s new friend Peter warns her about the grave danger she could face if anyone discovers her true identity. The devious Tale Keeper watches her every move. And there are whispers of a deadly secret that seems to revolve around Una herself....
Why: Because I am in the mood for more fantasy books and Storybound looks like the perfect book to fill my request.

Book News: The Seventh Throne and Tor's Reader's Choice

Y'all, I am extremely excited to pass along some exciting news concerning Stephen Zimmer's The Seventh Throne, published by Seventh Star Press.

Wait for it....

The Seventh Throne took the top spot for best cover art in Tor's Reader's Choice and tied for third with Brandon Sanderson's The Alloy of Law for top novel. How awesome is that?

You can see all the excellent news in more detail in the Press Release section at Seventh Star Press.

Go on, I'll wait till you read the article. So what do y'all think?

Want to see what I thought of The Exodus Gate? You most definitely do, and I should have my review of The Storm Guardians up in the next week or two for y'all to see...just saying. =)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (80)

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!

Blog Tour Guest Vlog: A&E Kirk (authors of Demons at Deanight) + Giveaway

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To day I am very excited to have Alyssa (one of my favorite blogger's and now author) and Eileen (her mom) Kirk, authors of the brilliant Demons at Deadnight, stop by with a vlog. Hope ya'll will enjoy it.

Thanks so much for stopping by, Alyssa and Eileen! Y'all rock!
Will most definitely hvae to give have to give this receipe a whirl...translation, see if I can get one of my sisters to make it (I am not the best person to be cooking). =)
About the authors:
Anyone who says this mother-daughter team doesn’t mesh has only seen them trying to put out the fire from the stupid wires behind the television that should’ve been more clearly labeled.
Alyssa, the A in A&E, has gone from mucking out horse stalls and taping her eyes open during college lectures, to writing novels. When she’s not writing, reading, or running down the halls flapping her coat while singing the Batman theme song, she’s either dancing or immersed in anime.
Eileen has much more class. Even a degree. Fancy. Mother of three lovably peculiar children—all of which like to point out how short she is. Even though she really isn’t—they’re just freaking giants. Happily married, she enjoys escaping like a bat out of hell horseback riding at a leisurely speed around the mountains surrounding their home.

Demons at Deadnight is their debut novel, and currently they’re eating bon bons and watching TV diligently working on the next epic Divinicus Nex adventure.
Now, that y'all have watched their awesome vlog on making "Mrs. Lahey’s Soda Bread". You can check out my review of the awesome Demons at Deadnight and enter win some of the fabulous swag (trust me y'all want this).

How to enter:
Fill out the rafflecopter form at bottom of post (do Not leave your email address in the comments).
Leave on comment on this post. For extra entry comment on my review of Demons at Deadnight.
Giveaway is open internationally. One winner.
What you can win:
Bubbles (who is absolutely adorable), feather hair clip in your choice of color (see if you can spot the feathers in my hair in my next vlog), and an awesome Demons at Deanight poster (you definitely want this).

Don't forget:
To enter to win the Kindle Fire you need to know the secret phrase given out one word at a time by each blog tour host. Put the words together in sequential order and you'll eventually have the secret phrase! Right now you can Tweet and Follow on the AEKIRK Blog Tour Page to get points but starting March 9 (at the end of the tour) you can enter the complete phrase on the AEKIRK Blog Tour Page and earn BIG entry points! Your Kindle Fire will also include your choice of a DEMONS AT DEADNIGHT Skin. Either from the cover, or a Hex Boy group shot or individual "Team" skin of your favorite Hex Hunk!
Today's Secret Word is......

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Scary School

Scary School by Derek the Ghost, illustrated by Scott Fischer, 2011. 237 pages. Published by HarperCollins. Source: Author for review.
You think your school's scary?
Get a load of these teachers:
Ms. Fang, an 850-year-old vampire
Dr. Dragonbreath, who just might eat you before recess
Mr. Snakeskin—science class is so much more fun when it's taught by someone who's half zombie
Mrs. T—break the rules and spend your detention with a hungry Tyrannosaurus rex!
Gargoyles, goblins, and Frankenstein's monster on the loose The world's most frighteningly delicious school lunch
The narrator's an eleven-year-old ghost!
Join Charles "New Kid" Nukid as he makes some very Scary friends—including Petunia, Johnny, and Peter the Wolf—and figures out that Scary School can be just as funny as it is spooky!
First Sentence:
It's not often that a new kid arrives at Scary School, but when one does, no one wants to bother learning yet another name, so they just call him or her "new kid." 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Vintage Reads: Historical Fiction March

Y'all, it is that time again. Time to vote for which Vintage Read that will be featured on the blog in March. This month's theme is historical fiction...I have a few books that fit the bill and are in need of being read and reviewed for fun.
Hope y'all will enjoy this month's selection. Voting will be done via comments this time because I decided to simplifi and do away with the form for this blog feature.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

In My Mailbox (117) New Arrivals

In My Mailbox, inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and hosted by The Story Siren.
Goodness gracious, there are not enough words to explain my excitement over the new arrivals in the mailbox this week.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Vintage Reads: January-February Update

Okay, so not a single person voted last month on Vintage Reads-I know, I am as saddened by this as y'all are.
I had thought about re-posting last months books for y'all to vote upon this month, but instead decided that I would just randomly pick one of the books to read and review and line up a new selection.

So this month I am re-reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle-actually I am very nearly done with it already and will be working on my review soon.
Even though I am saddened that no one voted, I enjoyed re-reading A Wrinkle in Time as a way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its release.
 I hope that y'all will enjoy my upcoming review for it and are as excited as I am about the next round of books for Vintage Reads.

Also, you can find all the past books that have been reviewed for Vintage Reads on its very own page.
Definitely some great older books that I am sure that y'all will love...if you have not already read them.

I should have the next round of books posted this weekend. If there's certain genre of YA book y'all would like to see leave a comment and I'll see what I can put together. Although, I am thinking the a YA historical fiction selection would be awesome for next month's read.

Final thing-I promise. Have you read A Wrinkle in Time? Are you excited to see my thoughts on one of my all-time favorite book and author?

Cover Reveal: Finn Finnegan by Darby Karchut

Y'all, I am super excited to help reveal the cover for Finn Finnegan by Darby Karchut, mainly because this soud slike one fun read.

Finn Finnegan by Darby Karchut, March 12, 2012. Published by Spencer Hill Press.
Finn (not bleedin' Finnegan) MacCullen is eager to begin his apprenticeship. He soon discovers the ups and downs of hunting monsters in a suburban neighborhood under the demanding tutelage of the Knight, Gideon Lir. Both master and apprentice are descendents of the Tuatha De Danaan, a magical race of warriors from Ireland. Scattered long ago to the four corners of the world, the De Danaan wage a two thousand year old clandestine battle with their ancient enemy, the Amandán, a breed of goblin-like creatures.

Now with the beasts concentrating their attacks on Finn, he and his master must race to locate the lost Spear of the Tuatha De Danaan, the only weapon that can destroy the Amandán, all the while hiding his true identity from his new friends, Rafe and Savannah, twins whose South African roots may hold a key to Finn's survival. Armed with a bronze dagger, some ancient Celtic magic, and a hair-trigger temper, Finn is about to show his enemies the true meaning of "fighting Irish."
So, what do y'all think about Finn Finnegan? I for one think it sounds quite interesting.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hana-Kimi 1

Hana Kimi 1 by Hisaya Nakajo, 2004. 184 pages. Rated T+. Published by Viz Media. Source: Library.
Japanese-American track-and-field star Mizuki has gotten herself a transfer to a high school in Japan...but not just any school To be close to her idol, high jumper Izumi Sano, she's going to an all-boys' high school...and disguising herself as a boy But as fate would have it, they're more than classmates...they're roommates Now, Mizuki must keep her secret in the classroom, the locker room, and her own bedroom. And her classmates - and the school nurse - must cope with a new transfer student who may make them question their own orientation...
First Sentence:
Mizuki...Are you really going back to Japan all by yourself?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wish LIst Wednesday (87)

The Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger, October 2, 2012. Published by Aladdin.

Twelve-year-old Sophie has always been different -- she's years ahead of the other kids in school and can read minds. She's always assumed there's some kind of logical explanation for her talents, but when she meets an adorable and mysterious boy, she finds out the shocking truth. She's never felt at home because she, well, ... isn't.

There are secrets buried deep in her memory, secrets about her true identity and why she was hidden among humans, that others desperately want and would even kill for. And she must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world, before the wrong person finds the answer first.

Why: Because it sounds like a brilliant read and the cover is absolutely gorgeous, which is a total bonus.

Excerpt: Transcendent: Tales of the Paranormal

Hello lovelies. Today I have an excerpt from Transcendent: Tales of the Paranormal featuring stories by Lani Woodland, Rita Webb, Melonie Piper, Wendy Swore, Melanie Marks, Heather McCubbin, and Evan Joseph to share with y'all.

Not only will y'all get to read an excerpt for "Feather" by Rita Webb, but 50% of February's net sales for Transcendent will go to St Jude Children's Research Hospital to support the care and treatment of children with cancer (links to purchase are at the bottom of post).

Thanks to Rita Webb for the awesome excerpt.
Excerpt from “Feather”

By Rita J Webb
The morning air chills my bare arms and legs. Stars smile down on me, though I frown back at them. Who wakes before dawn to travel into the wilderness to find a crazy spirit guide? Idiots, that’s who.
Dressed in shorts, tank top, and hardy boots, I stand alone. Maybe I should have done this when I was thirteen like everyone else—maybe I would have enjoyed it—but Grandma had been sick that year. I refused to leave her.
With white braids and a crinkled face, Dirty Face steps out of his teepee. I roll my eyes. Yeah, a teepee. He keeps it around for tourists. Like the rest of us, he lives in manufactured housing with thin windows and doors and no insulation.
When I’m old enough, I’ll leave this hole. I refuse to live in poverty for the rest of my life.
He carries a bowl of white paint. Dipping his finger in the bowl, he chants a prayer then streaks my forehead and cheeks. A weight settles over my shoulders, and fear clenches my throat.
“Come.” Facing the forest, he trudges forward.
I follow, my skin prickling as if a pack of wolves lurk in the shadows, watching me. The deer path winds ahead of me, leading me away from civilization and up into the mountains. Whatever is expected of me on this journey is a hazy idea. Stories of native boys and girls finding their spirit guides race through my mind, but they’re only stories of people who have no bearing on who I am.
The sun tinges the sky a golden red, and as it climbs high above me, the heat beating down on me reminds me that this is July. Sweat burns my eyes, and my hair slips into my face every time I lean forward. This must be why my ancestors wore their hair in braids and wrapped headbands around their foreheads.
Dirty Face’s long strides carry him around the bend, leaving me alone on the path. Stopping to rest on a rock, I pull bands from my pack and braid my hair, laughing at myself. My grandmother would be so pleased to see this.
A rustle of wings and a hawk feather drifts down to me. Snatching it from the air, I look up into the trees, but nothing’s there. So I tuck the feather into my hair.
“What are you doing?”
My stomach leaps into my throat, and I jump up, stumbling backward, and fall on my butt in the middle of the path. In the tree above me, a teenage boy perches on a branch. He’s dressed in traditional deerskin breeches, a talon necklace around his neck, but rather than moccasins, his feet are bare. He is shirtless, and lean muscles cord his body.
His intense eyes capture my attention. They’re like golden fathomless pools. I could get lost in them.
“Don’t your feet get hurt, walking barefoot on the forest floor?” I ask.
“I rarely walk.” He drops down in front of me. His face is so close that I take a step back and thump into a tree. He leans toward me and sniffs. “You smell different. What are you?”
“I’m a girl.” I can’t take my gaze from his.
“No, humans stink. You smell…” He sniffs my hair and grins. “You smell good.”
“Is there a reason that you’re invading my space? I have somewhere to be.” My voice cracks.
He tugs one of my braids and winks at me. My pulse quickens, and my breath catches in my throat. His eyes study me with intensity, and he leans closer. Is he going to kiss me?
“I don’t know what’s up with you, but I don’t like it.”
“You have a feather in your hair. A hawk’s feather.”
My hand flies to the feather tucked into my hair. “So?”
“Nothing.” He shrugs, but a secretive smile spreads across his face.
I push past him and shoulder my pack. Without looking back, I tromp away. The skin on my back pricks as he laughs. I know he’s watching me, but I won’t give him the satisfaction of glancing behind me. I won’t.
“Be careful. There are hunters in the forest,” he calls after me.
I peek over my shoulder, but he’s not there.
Dirty Face waits around the bend, leaning on a walking stick. Silent and steady, he stares out at the trees, his breath deep. I inhale too, taking in the forest smells.
His gaze falls on me. “The road you will travel will take you many places far from here. The reservation cannot keep you safe forever. Pay attention; we must equip you for what comes next.”
A cold breath creeps up my spine, and I shrug it off. Not the usual speech of understanding our past and living in communion with the earth. Maybe he sampled too much booze, and it rotted his brain.
“We need to keep moving. I must take you up the mountain before night fall.” Dirty Face leads me up a steep path. My legs burn until I think I will melt into a puddle of goo, but still we climb, one painful step after another. My feet ache from hiking in worn-out tennis shoes, and my blisters have blisters.
Stepping out on the ridge, I gaze out on my home. Once upon a time, my people ran free through this countryside. Now we cringe from the world, hoping we can remain true to our heritage.
“Here you will meditate.” He sits a few paces away and closes his eyes. The mumble of prayers drifts on the air.
With a sigh, I drop my pack and sit by the cliff’s edge. My eyes closed, I pretend to meditate. What am I even supposed to do? Wait for a spirit guide to show up. If only I could at least do something…
I wonder what his name is—the boy on the trail. I bet his lips are soft.
Transcendent: Tales of the Paranormal

Discover the secrets of a siren, fly with a hawk girl over the mountains of Montana, and flee supernatural party-crashers as the décor comes to life in this magical journey through paranormal stories.

Along the way, watch for ghosts in a haunted house, or ride through the moonlight with a stranger. Save a comatose boy who has lost his soul, and don’t forget to bring your garlic and wolfsbane—you never know when the shadows will snag you.

Transcendent includes eight stories of magic, love, death, and choice by some of the newest names in young adult fiction.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Teaser Tuesday *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!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Blog Tour/ARC Review: The Book of Wonders

The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards, 2012. 416 pages. Published by HarperCollins. Source: Won/and for GCR ARC Tour.
Magic, Djinn, Ogres, and Sorcerers. Thirteen-year-old Zardi loves to hear stories about fantastical beings, long banned from the kingdom of Arribitha. But anyone caught whispering of their powers will feel the rage of the sultan—a terrifying usurper who, even with his eyes closed, can see all.

When her own beloved sister is captured by the evil ruler, Zardi knows that she must go to any lengths to rescue her. Along with her best friend, Ridhan—a silver-haired, violet-eyed boy of mysterious origins—and an unlikely crew of sailors led by the infamous Captain Sinbad, Zardi ventures forth into strange and wondrous territory with a seemingly impossible mission: to bring magic back to Arribitha and defeat the sultan once and for all.
First Sentence (ARC):
"I heard the noise first.-"

Friday, February 10, 2012

Audiobook Review: The Thin Man

The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett, read by William Dufris, 2011 (originally published in 1932). Time: 5.9 hours (6 discs). Published by AudioGo. Source: Audiobook Jukebox/published.

A value-priced collection containing two of Dashiell Hammett's most legendary hardboiled detective novels. The Thin Man: Introducing Nick and Nora Charles, New York’s coolest crime-solving couple. Nick retired from detecting after his wife inherited a tidy sum, but six years later a pretty blonde spies him at a speakeasy and asks for his help finding her father, an eccentric inventor who was once Nick’s client. Nick can't resist, and soon he and Nora are caught in a complicated web of confused identities and cold-blooded murder. The Maltese Falcon: PI Sam Spade is a loner who follows his own code and the rules of the street as he zeros in on his partner's killer and the famous jewel-encrusted bird.
First Sentence:

I was leaning against the bar in a speakeasy on Fifty-second Street, waiting for Nora to finish her Christmas shopping, when a girl got up from the table where she had been sitting with three other people and came over to me.           

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Wish List Wednesday On a Thursday (86)

The Selection (The Selection, 1) by Kiera Cass, April 24, 2012. Published by HarperTeen.
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
Why: While the character names aren't exactly screaming read me, the actual plot-line sounds interesting and makes me want to read it. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Blog Tour Review: Demons at Deadnight + Giveaway

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Demons at Deadnight (Divinicus Nex Chronicles, 1) A&E Kirk, January 7, 2012. 404 pages. Source: Author.
For seventeen-year-old Aurora Lahey, survival is a lifestyle.
Aurora has the crappiest superpower on the planet. And it’s just unleashed a hit squad from hell. Demons are on the hunt, salivating to carve her carcass into confetti.

The Hex Boys—mysterious, hunky, and notorious for their trails of destruction—have the answers Aurora needs to survive. But their overload of deadly secrets and suspicious motives makes trusting them a potentially fatal move.
The battle to save her family, herself, and stop demonic domination may cost Aurora everything worth living for, and force her to reveal her own dark secrets. But no worries. She needs the Hex Boys to pull this off, and, chances are, teaming up with these guys will get her killed anyway.
First Sentence:
Someone's car was totaled and it wasn't my fault.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (78)

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, February 6, 2012

The Odd Job Squad

The Odd Job Squad by Karl Fields, 2011. 238 pages. Published by CreateSpace. Source: Author.
The best way to get even is to get Odd... Thirteen-year-old Ander Cartwright is an expert on two subjects: fortune cookies and payback. Especially payback. When he’s not struggling with algebra, Ander leads an anonymous revenge club that operates within the walls of Marina Middle School. Got a beef with a classmate? Email Ander’s crew and, if your case if legit, they’ll get even on your behalf. It’s not easy to right wrongs and fly under the radar at the same time. That’s why Ander developed three simple rules designed to help him and his friends stay incognito. But when Ander spots the opportunity to settle a score of his own, he ignores the rules, setting off a chain of events that threatens to blow his cover, and it’ll take all the butt-kicking, detention-dodging skill the guys can muster to keep a lid on their secret.
First Sentence:
We almost never got revenge requests during the summer.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Forbidden Dance 3

Forbidden Dance 3 by Hinako Ashihara, 2004. 192 pages. Published by Tokyopop. Source: Borrowed.

Aya is more confident than ever that she belongs in the—formerly—all-male dance troupe COOL, founded and run by Akira, the boy she's falling in love with. But COOL is at a pivotal time—their anniversary is approaching and funds are running out. Unless Akira can find a sponsor to bring in da' noise and bring in da' funk, COOL will fizzle out!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Wish List Wednesday (85)

The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats, April 17, 2012. Published by Harcourt Children's Books.

Cecily longs to return to her beloved Edgeley Hall, where her father was lord of the manor. But now he has completely ruined her life. He is moving them to Caernarvon, in occupied Wales, where he can get a place for almost nothing, since the king needs good strong Englishmen to keep down the vicious Welshmen. At least Cecily will get to be the lady of the house at last—if all goes well.

Gwenhwyfar knows all about that house. Once she dreamed of being the lady there herself, until the English came and destroyed the lives of everyone she knows. Now Gwenhwyfar must wait hand and foot on this bratty English girl who has taken what should have been hers.

While Cecily struggles to find her place amongst the snobby English landowners, Gwenhwyfar struggles just to survive. And meanwhile the Welsh are not as conquered as they seem. Outside the city walls of Caernarvon, tensions are rising ever higher—until finally they must reach the breaking point.

Why: Because I am in the mood for a historical fiction read, and d this one sounds like it could be quite interesting.