Vamped by Lucienne Diver

June 29, 2009

Hey, all, it's me… Gina Covello, fashionista of the damned. Yeah, I know, I managed to get almost all the way through high school without cracking a book and now here I am immortalized in one. Well, actually, the immortalization process might have started a bit earlier, like in the broom closet at the after-prom-party, somewhere around the time Bobby-freakin'-Delvecchio started gnawing on my neck. Anyway, this is one book I'd maybe even phone a friend about, since it covers all my adventures going from chic to eek. Because, let me tell you, eternity without a mirror or tanning options—totally uncool. And they don't tell you in, like, Vampirism 101 about crazy conspiracies, psycho-psychics and other hazards of unlife. But I will, so stay tuned...

Well of course I've been dying to read this book since I first saw the cover...seriously, it's like eye candy! And let me just say, it couldn't be a better way to visually represent this fun, campy comedy.

Can you imagine waking up in a coffin? Ewww...I get a little queasy just thinking about it. Well, that's what happens to Gina and here's how SHE handled it:

"I fought down my rising panic-no, too calm a word--hysteria, with great unnecessary breathes...until my inner Cosmo girl witch-slapped me with an order to put on my big girl panties and deal with it. I was Gina Covello, dammit. I'd survive now, panic later."

Now there's a leading lady...and that basically describes her attitude through out the whole book. Whether she's dealing with the reality of becoming a vampire or fighting some goon trying to kidnap her, she's not taking any of it lying down!

Gina's priorities are adjusting to her new "life" (death?), her new boyfriend Bobby Delvecchio (yes, the very same boy who turned her into a vamp) and finding out why vampire vixon Mellisande has taken a sudden interest in Bobby and her other high school classmates. After being kidnapped by a few of Mellisande's goons, Gina discovers that Mellisande has vamped out a good portion of her high school and is preparing them for some sort of personal war. With the rest of them floundering and confused, Gina puts on a cute outfit and some spendy heels to lead her friends out of their current predicament.

This is a really fun and funny book. Think of Buffy the Vampire slayer (the original movie) but with a vamped out "heroine", WAY better clothes and a lot more attitude! There is also a creepiness factor added to the story by characters like the psychic boogeyman Gina faces who has the ability to speak to her telepathically while almost melting her brain in the process. Oh, and the last chapter totally sets up for a sequel!

Sure to be a favorite among the vampire/paranormal crowd and perfectly suited for middle school on up. Read it!

Score: 4 points

For more info go to author Lucienne Diver's website

Win a copy of Intertwined by Gena Showalter

June 29, 2009

Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him:

One can time-travel.

One can raise the dead.

One can tell the future.

And one can possess another human.

With no other family and a life spent in and out of institutions, Aden and the souls have become friends. But now, they’re causing him all kinds of trouble.

Like, he’ll blink and suddenly he’s a younger Aden, reliving the past. One wrong move, and he’ll change the future. Or, he’ll walk past a total stranger and know how and when she’s going to die.

He’s so over it. All he wants is peace.

And then he meets a girl who quiets the voices. Well, for as long as he’s with her. Why? Mary Ann Gray is his total opposite. He’s a loner; she has friends. He doesn’t care what anyone thinks; she tries to make everyone happy. And while he attracts the paranormal, she repels it. For her sake, he should stay away. But it’s too late. . .

Somehow, they share an inexplicable bond of friendship. A bond about to be tested by a werewolf shape-shifter who wants Mary Ann for his own and a vampire princess Aden can’t resist. Two romances, both forbidden. . . doomed. Still, the four will enter a dark underworld of intrigue and danger. . . but not everyone will come out alive. . .

To read the first chapter of the book go to Gena Showalter's website!

To enter:

+1 You have to be a follower to enter

+1 tell me the title of another book that interest you on Gena's website

+2 Link to this contest (and leave me the link so I can check it out!)

Contest closes July 15, 2009....Good Luck!

In My Mailbox (4) and Dreaming Anastasia winner!

June 28, 2009

The Dreaming Anastasia winner is......

The Book Pixie!!! Thanks to everyone who entered and I will be having a new contest next week so be sure and check back!

In My Mailbox hosted by The Story Siren is a way to share what you new books get each week. So, the following books are all ARCs I received in the mail this week*yippeee*

The Tear Collector
by Patrick Jones
Release date: September 1, 2009

Fans of urban fantasy should prepare for a new kind of vampire—one that feeds off of tears instead of blood. Descended from an ancient line of creatures that gain their energy from human tears, Cassandra Gray depends on human sorrow to live. Her job as a grief counselor at the hospital provides the perfect cover to keep this secret safe, and any time a friend needs a shoulder to cry on, she’s there. Only Cass has grown tired of living a lie and wants to live like a human, especially now that she’s found someone worth fighting for.

by Thomas Fahy
Release date: August 11, 2009

Emma Montgomery has been having trouble sleeping. Whenever she closes her eyes, all she can see are horrible nightmares ... nightmares of gruesome murder. And she's not alone. All of the students in Dr. Beecher's secret society have been having terrible dreams and sleepwalking. Now, as their classmates start turning up dead, Emma and her friends race against the clock to keep themselves awake and find out what is causing them to kill in their sleep--before the next victim dies.

Rage: A Love Story
by Julie Anne Peters
Release date: September 8, 2009

Johanna is steadfast, patient, reliable; the go-to girl, the one everyone can count on. But always being there for others can’t give Johanna everything she needs—it can’t give her Reeve Hartt.

Reeve is fierce, beautiful, wounded, elusive; a flame that draws Johanna’s fluttering moth. Johanna is determined to get her, against all advice, and to help her, against all reason. But love isn’t always reasonable, right?

In the precarious place where attraction and need collide, a teenager experiences the dark side of a first love, and struggles to find her way into a new light.

Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have
by Allen Zado
Release date: September 8, 2009

Life used to be so simple for Andrew Zansky—hang with the Model U.N. guys, avoid gym class, and eat and eat and eat. He’s used to not fitting in: into his family, his sports-crazed school, or his size 48 pants.

But not anymore. Andrew just met April, the new girl at school and the instant love of his life! He wants to find a way to win her over, but how? When O. Douglas, the heartthrob quarterback and high school legend, saves him from getting beaten up by the school bully, Andrew sees his chance to get in with the football squad.

Is it possible to reinvent yourself in the middle of high school? Andrew is willing to try. But he’s going to have to make some changes. Fast.

Can a funny fat kid be friends with a football superstar? Can he win over the Girl of his Dreams? Can he find a way to get his Mom and Dad back together?

How far should you go to be the person you really want to be?

Andrew is about to find out.

LittleBlack Lies
by Tish Cohen
Release date: October 13, 2009

Sara Black might as well be wearing a scarlet letter on her school uniform when she walks into Anton High as a new girl in the eleventh grade. Anton is no ordinary public school-you can't even get in after freshman year (unless, like Sara, your dad is the janitor). But since no one knows her past, Sara hopes she can be a whole new person.

For Sara, being new is the perfect escape from everything she's avoiding - like the fact that her mother has run off with the science teacher, and the fact that her father's OCD is only precarioulsy under control. People even think she's from London, England, instead of Lundon, Massachusetts. But when one of the most popular girls at Anton starts looking into Sara's past, the whole charade could come crasing down...

The Dark Divine
by Bree Despain
Release date: December 22, 2009

I stood back and watched his movements. Daniel had that way about him that could shut me down in an instant. . . . I kicked the gravel a couple of times and worked up my courage again. “Tell me . . . I mean . . . why did you come back? Why now, after all this time?”

Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared—the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away.

As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude and Daniel's dark secret . . . and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it—her soul.

Viola In Reel Live
by Adriana Trigiani
Release date: September 1, 2009

Three reasons why Viola Chesterson knows she'll never survive her first year at boarding school:

She has to leave behind her best friend, Andrew

....and replace him with three new roommates who, disturbingly, actually seem to like it there

"There" is South Bend, Indiana, which feels about as far away from her hometown of Brooklyn, New York, as you can get.

After the Moment
by Garret Freymann-Weyr
Available now

He felt her skin against his, and for a moment he couldn't breathe. He needed to say Hello or How are you? He would need to shake the hand of her date, and introduce her to Kathleen. He had to find out if she was well and happy. If she had recovered from what happened, both to them and to her. And he had to do it without her ever knowing how desperately he needed the answer. But she seemed to know everything already, as her eyes remained on his.

It made sense that she would know more than he did, for the detail that made his and Maia Morland's love story different was that Leigh was forever a few pages behind in the plot.

by Amy Efaw
Release date: August 2009

Who would leave her own baby in the trash to die?

Certainly not someone like Devon—straight-A student, soccer player with Olympic dreams, more mature than her own mother. But desperation and panic drove her to do what most people can’t even imagine. Now Devon ’s in a juvenile detention center charged with attempted murder. If she’s tried as an adult, she faces life in prison. Does Devon deserve that punishment? Your answer depends on whether you believe her story.

The Hanging Hill (Sequel to The Crossroads)
by Chris Grabenstein
Release date: August 11, 2009

How serious is stage fright? At the Hanging Hill Playhouse, it can kill you.

After narrowly escaping a malevolent spirit in The Crossroads, Zack and Judy are hoping to relax during the rehearsals for a show based on Judy’s bestselling children’s books. Little do they know that the director is planning to raise a horde of evil specters from the dead, and to accomplish this, he needs a human sacrifice . . . and Zack fits the bill perfectly.

Troy High by Shana Norris

June 26, 2007

Homer’s Iliad, the classic tale of love and revenge, is shrewdly retold for teens in Troy High.
Narrated by Cassie, a shy outsider and sister to the two most popular boys at Troy High, fears that an epic high school rivalry is about to go up in flames, the story follows the Trojans and Spartans as they declare war on the football field. After the beautiful Elena—who used to be the captain of the Spartan cheerleaders—transfers to Troy High and falls madly in love with Cassie’s brother Perry, the Spartans vow that the annual homecoming game will never be forgotten.
The Trojans and Spartans pull wicked pranks on each other as homecoming approaches. And the Spartans’ wildcard football star, Ackley, promises to take down the Trojans’ offensive line. But the stakes are raised when Cassie is forced to choose between the boy she loves (a Spartan) and loyalty to her family and school.
Troy High will seduce readers with its incendiary cast of mythic proportions.

What a fun book, because really... Greek mythology based on battles and stolen loves? Hello...soap opera! The story of the Trojans and the Spartans translates seamlessly into this modern retelling of classic mythology. I found myself anxious to find similarities and always pleased with how the author tied them together. Readers with little or no knowledge of the Greek myth will still enjoy this fun story of two high schools embattled in a bitter rivalry, something most kids can relate to.

Cassie, the narrator of the story, is a realistic character caught right in the middle of the battle. All she really wants is keep her brothers safe as well as preserving her friendship with Greg, her best friend from her rival school. In addition to the Trojan-Spartan battle, Cassie is also stressing over the fact that in a moment of weakness she kissed Greg, catching them both off guard. Did she ruin everything or does Greg want to be more than friends too?

Readers from middle school on up will enjoy this fun retelling of a classic tale. The author also provides a character list at the end of the book explaining which characters in the book represented each of the characters in the Greek myth. Read it!

Release date: August 1, 2009
Score: 4 points

Retro Wednesdays (1)

June 24, 2009

Retro Wednesdays will be a focus on books that were published at least two years ago that I think are worth blogging about. Maybe you missed them, maybe you want to read them again but these will be books that I would hate for anyone to miss!

Feels Like Home

by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo
It's been six years since the death of Mickey's brother's best friend—and six years since her brother, Danny, went missing. Back then Danny was a high-school football champion with a bright future. He and Mickey would read from a well-worn copy of The Outsiders, never getting enough of the friendship and sibling loyalty themes, or the hope that they could escape their small town. When Danny shows up unexpectedly at their father's funeral, Mickey is forced to deal with her anger at being abandoned, while trying to piece together her memory of the night of the accident. Fragments of the mystery are revealed slowly as Mickey undergoes a metamorphosis similar to her fictional hero, Ponyboy. Fans of Hinton's classic will notice many send-ups in this tribute, and realistically portrayed grief, best-friend troubles, and a budding romance with a boy from a different social class add to the novel's strength. As Mickey and Danny discover, "there's a lot more to growing up than getting out of this town."
I really loved this book!

YA Book Carnival!!!

June 23, 2009

The YA Book Carnival is brought to you by Shooting Stars Mag. Go to her page to see a list of ALL the blogs having contests!

I'm giving away a copy of Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble

Due for release in Sept. 2009 but you can win it now!

The contest will run until June 27, 2007 US only

+2 points for being a follower

+1 for putting a link to this contest on your blog

+1 for going to Joy Preble's website and telling me what other subjects (besides reading) that Joy loved in school.

Good luck to everyone and remember to find a link to all the contests on Shooting Stars Mag's blog!

Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis

June 22, 2009

When Shelby's father and evil stepmother send her off to "brat camp" as punishment for one too many broken curfews, things start looking up when she meets fellow camper (and son of a rock star!) Austin Bridges III. But soon Shelby realizes there's more to Austin than crush material--he wants her help guarding a dark family secret. Shelby knows that bad boys get her into trouble...but who is she to turn her back on a guy in need, especially such a good-looking one?

I've been wanting to read this book ever since I saw the cover. I just love the Little Red Riding Hood reference, not to mention anything werewolf is hot, hot, hot right now! Thankfully it reads as good as it looks and I was not disappointed.

Shelby isn't a bad kid, or even misunderstood, she's basically trying to get her dad's attention and ends up being ousted by her stepmother who just wants her out of the way. At least while at "brat camp" she makes a few new friends and is distracted from her misery as she tries to help Austin guard his family secret (and develops a crush in the process.) In the meantime and despite rebelling against her counseling sessions, Shelby even learns a little about herself and starts to resolve the feelings she hasn't talked to anyone about since her mothers death.

So there you have it, a great paranormal romance where our heroine learns a little about life, love and growing up. I am also going throw it out there and say...I think I smell a sequel???

If you know fans of Twilight, Evermore and anything paranormal...get this book! Best suited for middle school on up.

Release date June 2009
Score: 4 points

In My Mailbox (3)

June 20, 2009

In My Mailbox hosted by The Story Siren is a way to share what you new books get each week. So, the following books are all ARCs I received in the mail *yippeee*

By The Time You Read This I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
Release date January 2010
23 days and counting





There was nothing you could do to stop me because:

__I'd already made up my mind

__I have been suffering my whole life

__you were too slow to notice

I offed myself because:

__you suck

__the world sucks

__my life sucks



National Book Award Finalist Julie Anne Peters shines a light on what might make a child want to kill themselves, and how they might start to bring themselves back from the edge.

Anouther Faust by Daniel & Dina Nayeri
Release date August 25, 2009

One night, in cities all across Europe, five children vanish — only to appear, years later, at an exclusive New York party with a strange and elegant governess. Rumor and mystery follow the Faust teenagers to the city’s most prestigious high school, where they soar to suspicious heights with the help of their benefactor’s extraordinary "gifts." But as the students claw their way up — reading minds, erasing scenes, stopping time, stealing power, seducing with artificial beauty — they start to suffer the sideeffects of their own addictions. And as they make further deals with the devil, they uncover secrets more shocking than their most unforgivable sins. At once chilling and wickedly satirical, this contemporary reimagining of the Faustian bargain is a compelling tale of ambition, consequences, and ultimate redemption.

Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble
Release date September 2009

Anastasia Romanov, the daughter of the last Tsar of Russia is believed to be dead by the world. But she is alive. And when she sleeps, she dreams.....
Anastasia knows she should be dead; she watched her family fall in a hail of gunfire. Surely the bullets would come for her next. But they didn't. Instead, something, or someone, saved her. Trapped and scared, she begins to understand the truth of her situation: there are some fates worse than death.

Struts & Frets by Jon Skovron
Release date November 2009

Music is in Sammy’s blood. His grandfather was a jazz musician, and Sammy’s indie rock band could be huge one day—if they don’t self-destruct first. Winning the upcoming Battle of the Bands would justify all the band’s compromises and reassure Sammy that his life’s dream could become a reality. But practices are hard to schedule when Sammy’s grandfather is sick and getting worse, his mother is too busy to help either of them, and his best friend may want to be his girlfriend.

When everything in Sammy’s life seems to be headed for major catastrophe, will his music be enough to keep him together?

Troy High by Shana Norris
Release date August 1, 2009

Narrated by Cassie, a shy outsider who fears that an epic high school rivalry is about to go up in flames, the story follows the Trojans and Spartans as they declare war on the football field. After the beautiful Elena—who used to be the captain of the Spartan cheerleaders—transfers to Troy High and falls madly in love with Cassie’s brother Perry, the Spartans vow that the annual homecoming game will never be forgotten.

The Trojans and Spartans pull wicked pranks on each other as homecoming approaches. And the Spartans’ wildcard football star, Ackley, promises to take down the Trojans’ offensive line. But the stakes are raised when Cassie is forced to choose between the boy she loves (a Spartan) and loyalty to her family and school. Troy High will seduce readers with its incendiary cast of mythic proportions.

Ash by Malinda Lo
Release date September 1, 2009

In the wake of her father's death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.

The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash's capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Release date December 1, 2009

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
Release date August 1, 2009

An ancient prophecy divides two sisters-
One good...
One evil...
Who will prevail?
Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, the girls find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents' deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.
Lia and Alice don't know whom they can trust.
They just know they can't trust each other.

Vamped by Lucienne Diver
Release date May 1, 2009

Gina Covello's Perks and Pitfalls
of Vamp Life
1. Hello?! Eternal youth and beauty!
2. Free. Designer. Clothes.
3. My hot new boyfriend Bobby went from chess dud to vamp stud.
4. No reflection! First order of business: turn my own stylist to stop the downward spiral from chic to eek.
5. Vampire vixen Mellisande has taken an interest in my boyfriend, and is now transforming the entire high school into her own personal vampire army. If anyone's going to start their own undead entourage it should be me.

I guess I'll just have to save everyone from fashion disasters and other fates worse than death.

Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog

June 19, 2009
Morgan Sparks has always known that she and her boyfriend, Cam, are made for each other. But when Cam’s cousin Pip comes to stay with the family, Cam seems depressed. Finally Cam confesses to Morgan what’s going on: Cam is a fairy. The night he was born, fairies came down and switched him with a healthy human boy. Nobody expected Cam to live, and nobody expected his biological brother, heir to the fairy throne, to die. But both things happened, and now the fairies want Cam back to take his rightful place as Fairy King.

Morgan and Cam have been best friends for as long as she can remember. He's always been the popular one and good at everything he does, especially football. Morgan has always considered herself somewhat average, pretty but not gorgeous, smart but not a brain, but there is one very special thing about her...Morgan can see the future. Give her a minute and she can tell you what you want to know: Will I get into the college of my dreams? Will I marry my dream guy? But for some reason she can't see Cam's future no matter how hard she tries.

Just as Morgan and Cam are planning their huge 16th birthday party, which they are celebrating together, things starting going awry. Cam is acting weird, and is he shrinking or is it just Morgans imagination? When Pip shows up about the same time and the whole story unfolds about Cam being a fairy, Morgan is determined to keep them from taking him away. They are meant to be together forever...aren't they?

Fairy stories are all the rage right now in fantasy fiction and Fairy Tale fits right in. Morgan is a fun and likable MC, her humor and sarcasm kept me snickering through out the whole story. The supporting cast of characters: her loyal yet clueless friend Eden, Cam's mysterious "cousin" Pip, her goofy parents (I love that her dad is a total soap opera freak) and even the scary fairy Dawn (shes the one in charge of taking Cam back to fairyland) keep this story rolling. A twist in the plot will keep you guessing about Morgan and Cam's fate until the very end!

Fantasy lovers from middle school on up will definitely find a favorite here! Get it, read it!

Release date: June 23, 2009

Score: 4 points

Contest Winner!

June 17, 2009

I almost completely forgot to announce the winner of my first contest! The lucky winner for the "Does a book cover affect your purchase of book?" contest is..........................


She wisely chose The Vast Fields or Ordinary by Nick Burd

Thanks for everyone who participated and I'm thinking of a new contest right now so be on the look out!

Feeling not THAT kind of special!

June 16, 2009

It took me a while to get to this....all I can say is that the last few days of school at a middle school is CRAZY! Anyway....

NotNessie over at The Ultimate Book Hound was kind enough to give me the Proximidade Award, Thanks! It's my first award!:

This blog invests and believes in the Proximity - nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement! Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this clever-written text into the body of their award.

So here are the blogs I'M going to award......

Books Love Us
Stop Drop Read
Cornucopia of Reviews
What Bri Reads
Readings of a Teenage Tree
A Flight of Minds
The Book Geek
Lucid Conspiracy

There....great job book bloggers!

In My Mailbox (2)

June 15, 2009

"In my mailbox" was started by The Story Siren as a way to share what new books you have received in the last week.

I'm so excited, I had a really good week! I've been reading, reading, reading between jury duty, Wild Waves chaperon and oldest daughters graduation. Here we go..

Forest Born by Shannon Hale
The Dying Breath: A Forensic Mystery by Alane Ferguson
Secret Society by Tom Dolby
Candor by Pam Bachorz
Devoured by Amanda Marrone


Intertwined by Gena Showalter
Gray Baby by Scott Loring Sanders
Dormia by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski
Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert
Fairy Tale by Cyn Balong

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
Stone Voice Rising by C. Lee Tocci
Fire by Kristin Cashore
David Inside Out by Lee Bantle
Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis
Wicked: Resurrection by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie