Book Review - Devoured by Amanda Marrone

Wednesday September 30, 2009

by Amanda Marrone
Available September 22, 2009

Megan’s twin sister Remy died in an accident nine years ago, and she’s been haunting her ever since. Knowing how crazy that sounds, Megan keeps this secret to herself and tries to lead a normal life. But when she takes a summer job at Land of Enchantment to keep an eye on her new boyfriend and his lovesick best friend, Samantha, she meets fellow employee Luke who can see Remy, too. Things get even twistier because Megan’s new friend Ari is sporting a massive crush on Luke, who seems to be developing a massive crush on Megan…making for a love triangle that’s positively possessed.

Megan wants to keep her distance from Luke, but when Remy’s visions get crazy violent; she knows she needs his help. Because someone’s definitely in danger...the only question is who?

The story of Snow White which is one of Grimm's Fairy Tales, is actually quite gruesome when you un-Disney it. First the evil queen tries to have the woodsmen cut her heart out and then she poisons her with an apple! When you take away all the animation, singing with the birds and funny's actually pretty terrifying, which is the case with most of Grimm's Fairy tales (for example Hansel and Gretal...the witch eats kids people, that's gross!)

In Devoured Amanda Marrone brings the story of Snow White to present day. It's not at all a's more of a "what if" and a look into the future. I'm not going to say too much in order to maintain the twists and turns of the plot but you get the idea!

There have been quite a few books lately that have characters who can see ghosts and/or other paranormal entities but Devoured with its Snow White twist is definitely an original. In addition we also have the dreaded love triangle...just kidding we all know we LOVE the love triangle!

Overall, a good, fun, entertaining read. With the gore factor I would recommend for 8th grade and up.

Contest Time! Awesome Nancy Holder Bundle!

Monday September 28, 2009

I'm really excited about this one! I have some great books by talented author Nancy Holder who was kind enough to sign each and every one of them!!! So here is what one lucky winner will win...

The Wicked Series

and to go along with the Wicked theme Nancy also included these delish mints! Yes, I kept one for myself :o)

more books!!!

Pretty Little Devils

Okay, isn't this a SUPER, GREAT, AWESOME prize pack??!!

Remember every single one of these books is SIGNED

Visit Nancy's Website to find out about all her great books
Here is what you need to do to enter:

  • +1 for being a follower (must be one to enter!)
  • +2 for twittering about the can do one a day for more entries!
  • +3 for blogging about contest and/or putting on blog sidebar
  • +5 for referring a follower...comment who you referred to my blog
Contest ends October 20th!!!

In My Mailbox (17)

Sunday September 27, 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 this week for review...*yippeee* :o)

Well this week I received about $800 worth of books that I ordered for the library...I won't list them all here but I ordered everything that's been hot, hot, hot for the last three months!

I received the following for review...

by Mag
gie Stiefvater
In this mesmerizing sequel to Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception, music prodigy James Morgan and his best friend, Deirdre, join a private conservatory for musicians. James' musical talent attracts Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. Composing beautiful music together unexpectedly leads to mutual admiration and love. Haunted by fiery visions of death, James realizes that Deirdre and Nuala are being hunted by the Fey and plunges into a soul-scorching battle with the Queen of the Fey to save their lives.

My Boyfriends' Dogs
by Dandi Daley Mackall
Available February 4, 2010
True love is like a good dog—it comes when you need it the most. Bailey Daley might not have found true love just yet, but it’'s not for lack of trying. She has a string of ex-boyfriends—and their dogs—to prove it. Bailey’s been raised to believe in true lasting love—and to wait for it.
Along her path to love—and three boyfriends later—Bailey discovers that the things she was taught to believe are the things she really believes, too: it’s worth waiting for that one true love, the guy has got to believe in God, and he’s got to love her for who she is.

by Nancy Holder
Available Now!
Lindsay is hoping for a fresh start, to get out of San Diego, where everyone remembers when she had her breakdown, and get away to boarding school, even if it is a boarding school as creepy as Marlwood Academy. But Lindsay is happier, and even manages to make a great new friend, Julie. Then, the school's most popular girl, Mandy starts acting super creepy. Rumors abound, but it's becoming more and more clear to Lindsay that something else is at work...something darker and more dangerous than just a houseful of mean girls.

Pretty Little Devils
by Nancy Holder
Available Now!
Watch out! These babysitters will stab you in the back.

Everything changes for Hazel Stone when she’s noticed by Sylvia, queen bee of their high school’s popular girls, the Pretty Little Devils. Sylvia invites Hazel to one of the group’s famous soirees—held at the site of one of their babysitting jobs. Hazel couldn’t be more thrilled! But what she doesn’t know is that popularity comes with a price. Some people can become jealous of a girl’s newfound status— deadly jealous. One of these babysitting babes is a killer! Hazel has to figure out which one, before they turn their backstabbing ways on her.

Wicked: Witch & Curse, Books 1-2
by Nancy
Available Now!
Holly Cathers's world shatters when her parents are killed in a terrible accident. Wrenched from her home in San Francisco, she is sent to Seattle to live with her relatives, Aunt Marie-Claire and her twin cousins, Amanda and Nicole.
In her new home, Holly's sorrow and grief soon give way to bewilderment at the strange incidents going on around her. Such as how any wish she whispers to her cat seems to come true. Or the way a friend is injured after a freak attack from a vicious falcon. And there's the undeniable, magnetic attraction to a boy Holly barely knows.

Holly, Amanda, and Nicole are about to be launced into a dark legacy of witches, secrets, and alliances, where ancient magics yield dangerous results. The girls will assume their roles in an intergenerational feud beyond their wildest imaginations...and in doing so, will attempt to fulfill their shared destiny.

Wicked: Legacy & Spellbound, Books 3-4
by Nancy Holder
Available Now!
Holly Cathers is not the same person she was almost a year and a half ago. After discovering her connection to an ancient legacy of witches, Holly has accepted her destiny as a descendant of the House of Cahors. She is determined to end an intergenerational feud that has plagued her family for centuries. Holly will have to overcome unworldly obstacles as she battles to protect her loved ones including Jer, a member of the rival House of Deveraux and her one true love. A war of magical proportions is being waged, and Holly is at the center of it all. Lives will be lost, and sacrifices will have to be made...

Wicked: Resurrection, Book 5
by Nancy Holder
Available Now!
WHAT THE CAHORS witches thought was the end of their troubles was only the beginning. A threat more powerful and more frightening than anything they have faced has been watching and waiting. The Cahors witches must come together and find Jer and Eli as both the Deveraux and the Cahors family lines face eradication.

All the secrets of the Cahors will be revealed, forcing them to overcome their greatest weaknesses in order to achieve their most powerful strengths. And only united do they have any chance at victory. Before the end, sacrifices will be made, alliances forged, and old friends lost forever.

A HUGE thank you to Nancy Holder for sending me these books! She also sent extra signed copies so expect an awesome contest soon! She even sent me some Wicked mints and I feel like sharing...:o)

Pride & Prejudice
by Jane Austen
October 6, 2009

"Darcy had never been so bewitched by any woman as he was by her."

With all the forces of the world conspiring to keep Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet apart, how will fate manage to bring them together? It certainly won't be easy if they're fighting it every step of the way. But theirs is a love that was meant to be, despite all the odds against them.

One of the most captivating love stories of all time, Jane Austen's enduring masterpiece is beloved by generation after generation. Beautifully presented for a modern teen audience, this is the must-have edition of a timeless classic.

That's what I got...hope you had a great week too!

5 Things Friday - This Week - Pam Bachorz

Friday September 25, 2009

Welcome to the first edition of 5 Things Friday! Most Fridays I will feature an author who has a new book debuting soon or who just released a new book.

This will be the place to be to find out things you never knew about your favorite authors!

Who knows what secrets lie in the hearts of authors? The Library Lounge Lizard knows...

Today you get the inside scope on fab new author Pam Bachorz author of the newly debuted young adult book Candor (see my review below!!!)

Pam Bachorz is the author of the young adult novel, CANDOR, published by Egmont USA (September 2009).

So...without further adieu...Pam Bachorz ladies and gentleman!!!!

Tell us 5 things that you think your readers would find interesting about you:
1. the first sci-fi book I read and loved was ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN
2. but the books I devoured as a teen were the historical SUNFIRE ROMANCES!
3. as a child, I always used to wish I had power over the wind!
4. I spent my high school years on the stage, singing and playing musical instruments
5. I have four college degrees... and no, none of them are in English or Composition! (OK, one IS in Journalism, though)

Tell us 5 things you like to do besides writing:
2. I watch far too much TV. I think my DVR is almost always recording something.
3. Exploring the DC area, as we moved here only 2 years ago and have barely scratched the surface
4. Hanging with my family
5. Trolling conspiracy websites (you never know what's reallllly out there!

Tell us 5 things you plan to do in the future:
1. Finish my next YA
2. Vacation in Venice (some day!)
3. Find time for a pedi
4. Empty out my email inbox, just once
5. Go to the book launch party being planned by my husband and a friend!

If you want to find out even more about Pam and her debut novel Candor...check out these sites: - go to this site to view a sample chapter of CANDOR, the book trailer, enter the contest and other goodies! - get a "behind the scenes" look at the city of Candor, Florida the setting for the book! Get the scope on this creepy "Stepford" town!

Candor was also chosen as the Junior Library Guild Young Adult selection for the month of December...Congrats Pam!

Review - Candor by Pam Bachorz
Available now!
In the model community of Candor, Florida, every teen wants to be like Oscar Banks. The son of the town’s founder, Oscar earns straight As, is student-body president, and is in demand for every club and cause. But Oscar has a secret. He knows that parents bring their teens to Candor to make them respectful, compliant–perfect–through subliminal Messages that carefully correct and control their behavior. And Oscar’s built a business sabotaging his father’s scheme with Messages of his own, getting his clients out before they’re turned. After all, who would ever suspect the perfect Oscar Banks? Then he meets Nia, the girl he can’t stand to see changed. Saving Nia means losing her forever. Keeping her in Candor, Oscar risks exposure . . . and more.

Wow, this is a crazy good book...I just finished it and I'm not even sure where to start! I just keep thinking about my oldest daughter who has been a real pain at times. From the ages of 14 to 18 I considered it a real feat that I didn't smother her in her sleep...well, that's a slight exaggeration but you get the point. That being said, would I have gone the route of subliminal messages to "make" her behave better? Back then I may have said yes :o) but today it just sounds creepy!

The author does a great job of not pushing the limit, for example if you've seen either of The Stepford Wives movies, they are both a little over the top and the whole thing doesn't seem plausible. But in Candor the whole creepy topic seems like it could really happen, it totally felt real to me and I can't stop thinking about the ending!

Phenomenal writing, characters you will care about and a unique refreshing story that will definitely leave you thinking. Read it now, you'll be happy you did! Recommended for middle school and up.

New Book Review - Watcher in the Woods: Dreamhouse Kings Book 2 by Robert Liparulo

Thursday September 24, 2009

Watcher in the Woods
Dreamhouse Kings Book 2
by Robert Liparulo
In this stunning adventure series from acclaimed author Robert Liparulo, a house that is more than meets the eye will change the lives of the King family forever.

When we last left the King family in the first book House of Dark Shadows, the family is devastated when, in the middle of the night, a terrifying stranger kidnaps their mother and steals away into one of the many passages that leads to other worlds.

In this next book, Watcher in the Woods, the saga continues as the King Family begins their search, quickly realizing that they must learn more about the worlds in order to find their mother.

But they also must pretend that all is well at home. When a dark and menacing stranger appears and tries to force them to sell the house, their desperation reaches new heights. Can they keep the charade in place in order to solve the mystery of who kidnapped their mom?

I was blown a way by the first book which kept me on the edge of my seat. Book 2, Watcher in the Woods did not disappoint! With new dilemmas and obstacles in their way, the King family must persevere and work together in order to maintain the quest to find their mother.

The family is still finding out new and weird things about their house and the surrounding property. Keeping up appearances isn't as easy as it seems, especially when the boys keep getting hurt while scouting the other worlds. It seems that every world they visit is in the middle of some war or conflict!

I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery and adventure! Teens, tweens, adults and anyone in between will find something to like about this exciting, well written series. No library should be without it!

Keep an eye out for my review for the next book in the series book 3: Gatekeepers!

To find out more about all the books in the series visit the authors website

Waiting on Wednesday September 23, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday...books I can't wait to read hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials

by Roselind Wiseman

Available January 12, 2010

Looking for a new beginning after a terrible mean girl past, Charlie Healey realizes there’s no escaping high school drama Charlie Healey thinks Harmony Falls is the beginning of a whole new life.

Middle school was brutal. But high school is Charlie’s big chance to start over and stay out of drama, except that on her first day she runs into Will, her ex–best friend, who had moved away. Now a varsity athlete and hotter than Charlie
remembered, Will hangs with the crowd running the school.

But Charlie doesn’t understand their power until an innocent delivery guy falls victim to a near-deadly hazing prank.
Torn between doing what’s right and her secret feelings for Will, Charlie must decide whether to turn in her very best friend or live with the guilt of knowing what he did.

Rosalind Wiseman’s first novel for young adults is a fresh, funny, and juicy read about friendship, betrayal, and how far some will go to be accepted. She is probably best known for her NYT Bestselling book, Queen Bees & Wannabes, the basis for the movie MEAN GIRLS, which she co-wrote with Tina Fey!

“Rosalind Wiseman once again writes with humor, compassion and accuracy about the high school experience. The real-life situations she presents are like watching a train wreck, if that train were made out of text messages, make-out parties, and benzoyl peroxide, and if train wrecks were surprisingly funny, which they are not. You can’t put this book down . . . or it will talk about you while you’re out of the room.”Tina Fey

Umm has an endorsement by Tina Fey...what else will it take for you to want to read this book???? I'm thinking this book is going to be hilarious!

Tween Tuesday

September 22, 2009

Tween Tuesday is a meme I first saw at Green Bean Teen Queen and really liked because she is also a librarian who deals with teens and tweens. So, since most of my blog is devoted to YA and teen books I figured that on Tuesdays I can do posts for all the tweeners out there!

The Hanging Hill (Sequel to The Crossroads)
by Chris Grabenstein
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. This second book featuring the intrepid Zack and his stepmother, Judy, is full of the same humorous and spine-tingling storytelling that has made Chris Grabenstein a fast favorite with young and old alike.

I loved The Crossroads and I feel the same about the sequel. It has a great mystery, scary ghosts, an evil villain and of course our hero Zack. Perfect for 5th grade and up!

by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski
Alfonso Perplexon is an unusual sleeper. He climbs trees, raises falcons, even shoots deadly accurate arrows, all in his sleep. No one can figure out why. Then one evening a man arrives at Alfonso’s door, claiming to be Alfonso’s long-lost uncle Hill. This uncle tells a fantastical tale: Alfonso’s ancestors hail from Dormia—an ancient kingdom of gifted sleepers—which is hidden in the snowy peaks of the Ural Mountains. According to Hill, Dormia exists thanks to a tree known as the Founding Tree, with roots that pump life into the frozen valley. But the Founding Tree is now dying, and in a matter of days, Dormia faces an icy apocalypse. Dormia’s salvation lies with the Great Sleeper, who possesses the special powers to enter a sleep trance and grow a new Founding Tree. Hill suspects that Alfonso is just such a person. In fact, Alfonso’s sleeping-self has already hatched this tree. Now the question is: Can Alfonso and his uncle deliver it in time? They must hurry, but they also must be careful not to be followed by Dormia’s age-old enemy, the Dragoonya, who are always hunting for one of the secret entryways into Dormia. Alfonso agrees to take the tree to Dormia, and thus begins one of the greatest adventures a twelve-year-old boy could ever wish for. As he woke up from a late afternoon nap, Alfonso blinked open his eyes and discovered that he was perched at the top of a gigantic pine tree – some two-hundred feet above the ground. The view was spectacular. Alfonso could see for miles in every direction and he could even make out his house in the distant hamlet of World’s End, Minnesota. Unfortunately, there was no time to enjoy the view. The small branch that Alfonso stood upon was covered with gleaming snow and creaked dangerously under the pressure of his weight. Icy gusts of wind shook the entire treetop. Alfonso looked down grimly at the ground far below. If he fell, he would most certainly die. “Oh brother,” muttered Alfonso to himself. “Not again.”

This is an original and exciting story with a well-crafted plot. Readers are introduced to the secret world of Dormia where citizens do their best work when they are asleep! Lots of twists and turns with great, in depth characters. There are also plenty of action and fight scenes to keep you turning the pages! Although suited for almost any age, it does have a higher reading level of 5.8 (base on AR levels).

Avalon High:Coronation Series (Manga - Graphic Novel)
by Meg Cabot
Illustrated by Jinky Coronado
Being a new student at Avalon High has been exciting for Ellie, to say the least...she's an honor student, a star on the track team, and oh, yeah, dating the super-hot class president, Will. Who also happens to be alleged reincarnation of King Arhtur.

Ellie couldn't be happier to have Will in her life, but she's also worried that his estrangement from his parents is tearing him apart. To make matters worse, Will's doubt that he really is King Aruthur could prevent the Merlin Prophecy—an age of enlightenment—from occurring. Can Ellie convince Will to believe in something that even she isn't sure about? And more importantly, can she get him to give his parents another chance?

With all the mythology and mysticism of AVALON HIGH, Meg Cabot's very first manga is indeed a tale for the ages.

There are three books in the series:

Volume 1, The Merlin Prophecy

Volume 2, Homecoming

Volume 3, Hunter's Moon

A great manga series for middle school kids!

New Book Review - Forest Born by Shannon Hale

Monday September 21, 2009

Forest Born (The Books of Bayern, Book 4)

by Shannon Hale
Release date September 15, 2009
Rin is sure that something is wrong with her…something really bad. Something that is keeping her from feeling at home in the Forest homestead where she’s lived all her life. Something that is keeping her from trusting herself with anyone at all. When her brother Razo returns from the city for a visit, she accompanies him to the palace, hoping that she can find peace away from home.

But war has come to Bayern again, and Rin is compelled to join the queen and her closest allies—magical girls Rin thinks of as the Fire Sisters—as they venture into the Forest toward Kel, the land where someone seems to want them all dead. Many beloved Bayern characters reappear in this story, but it is Rin’s own journey of discovering how to balance the good and the bad in herself that drives this compelling adventure.

Book four follows up the third book in the series (River Secrets) which all about the story of Razo. In Forest Born we learn all about Rin, Razo's little sister.

If you love the previous books in the series then you will be happy because all your favorite characters are here: Isi, Dasha, Enna, and Razo together again for an exciting new adventure!

Each of the Fire Sisters (Isi, Dasha, and Enna) as Rin refers to them, has a special power....what about Rin? She feels a special closeness to the trees because she is, after all, forest born. But there is something else, something that is bothering Rin. Is there something inside her that is bad, something she can do that will only hurt people? When she meets Selia whose power of people-speaking has driven her nearly insane with power, Rin is sure she is headed down the same path.

Another exciting, well written adventure by author Shannon Hale! There is some mild violence but nothing over for middle school and up!

In My Mailbox (16)

Sunday September 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 this week for review...*yippeee* :o)

The following books were sent by a wonderful pal at Bloomsbury

Magic Under Glass
by Jaclyn Dolamore
Available December 22, 2009

When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires Nimira to sing accompaniment to a mysterious piano playing automaton, she thinks it is the start to a better life until she starts falling in love with the dashing fairy prince whose spirit is trapped inside.

Hearts at Stake
by Alexandra Harvey
Available December 22, 2009
Watch out Buffy! A reluctant vampire princess takes on all comers in an action-packed, romantic, and snarky addition to the red-hot supernatural genre. With Solange due to wake up dead on her 16th birthday and her seven older vampire brothers being even more overprotective than usual, it's up to her human best friend, Lucy, to defend Solange's right to a normal life.

The Timekeepers Moon
by Joni Sensel
Available March 2, 2010
The spunky heroine of the The Farwalker's Quest sets off on a perilous journey to the source of her own destiny in this story set in a time long after technology has vanished from the world and magic has come once again.

In a Heartbeat
by Loretta Ellsworth
Available February 2, 2010
Told in alternating view-points, this compelling and emotional read tells the story of two girls sharing one heart - a figure skater learning to let go of the life she's left behind and a girl who has been ill for years realizes what it means to get well.

Calamity Jack

by Shannon & Dean Hale
with illustrations by Nathan Hale
Available January 5, 2010

The critically acclaimed Hale team - creators of Rapunzel's Revenge - brings readers another delightful graphic novel set in a magical landscape both familiar...and a whole lot stranger than anywhere you know.

I already have an ARC but this week I received a beautiful brand-spanken new hardback copy of:
Secret Society
by Tom Dolby
Available September 29, 2009

Secrets, secrets are no fun. Secrets, secrets hurt someone. . . .

An eccentric new girl. A brooding socialite. The scion of one of New York's wealthiest families. A promising filmmaker. As students at the exclusive Chadwick School, Phoebe, Lauren, Nick, and Patch already live in a world most teenagers only dream about.

They didn't ask to be Society members. But when three of them receive a mysterious text message promising success and fame beyond belief, they say yes to everything—even to the harrowing initiation ceremony in a gritty warehouse downtown and to the ankh-shaped tattoo they're forced to get on the nape of their necks. Once they're part of the Society, things begin falling into place for them. Week after week, their ambitions are fulfilled. It's all perfect—until a body is found in Central Park with no distinguishing marks except for an ankh-shaped tattoo.

The fantastic folks at Harper Teen also sent me these two...the "Twilighted" covers of two classics...both available October 6, 2009

Wuthering Heights

by Emily Bronte

Romeo & Juliet

by William Shakespeare

That was my was yours??!!

Book Review - One of the Survivors by Susan Shaw

Friday September 18, 2009

One of the Survivors

by Susan Shaw
Available September 8, 2009


Anger. Sadness. Rage. Grief. Guilt.

Joey Campbell experiences them all, even though he knows what he should really feel is lucky. Lucky to have survived the fire that burned Village Park High School to the ground. Lucky that his best friend, Maureen, also survived, when no one else in his freshman history class managed to make it out alive.

Writing in a journal provides some solace, but Joey knows that redemption lies with the living. If only the living students and parents didn't blame him for the fire...

Startling, relevant, and honest, Joey's story is simply unforgettable.

I have always been a fan of Susan Shaw and her books have always been very popular in our middle school library. Once again I was not disappointed! Susan has written another poignant, and at times, gut-wrenching story.

After Joey and Maureen survive the fire that caused the death of the rest of their classmates, people start to wonder how they knew to get out. Surely only someone who had something to do with the fire would know when and how to escape.....right?

Joey tells us his story through journal entries as he describes what he is experiencing in the aftermath of the fire. At first things seem a little blurry, but as you read on it becomes clear that Joey has a story of his own and you soon find out why he and Maureen escaped the fire in their classroom that fateful day.

This story shows the need that people seem to have that when a tragedy occurs we must blame somebody...somebody must be responsible and therefore be punished. As if in some cosmic way this make things even and just.

At times frustrating (as frustrating situations are) sad, and heart-warming this story of guilt, forgiveness and redemption will stick with me for a long time. Recommended for middle school and up!

For more information on Susan Shaw's award winning books visit her website

Catching Fire + Swag Contest Winners!!!

Thursday September 17, 2009

Congratulations to the following winners of the Catching Fire + Swag Contest!





Congratulations! I've emailed each winner with the great news!!!

Book Fair Madness!!!

Wednesday September 16, 2009

The first day of my first book fair ever! In fact the first book fair at our middle school ever! Anyway, I may be preoccupied for a few days because of being soooo busy but I'll keep you posted! Wish me luck! My budget was slashed roughly 70% so we need the money!

Here's a few photos of all the pretty stuff we have :o)

Book Review - Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe

Tuesday September 15, 2009

Give Up the Ghost

by Megan Crewe
Available Septem
ber 15, 2009
Cass McKenna much prefers the company of ghosts over "breathers." Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody... and Cass loves dirt. She's on a mission to expose the dirty secrets of the poseurs in her school. But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass's whole scheme hangs in the balance. Tim wants her to help him contact his recently deceased mother, and Cass reluctantly agrees.
As Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim's life, she's surprised to realize he's not so bad--and he needs help more desperately than anyone else suspects. Maybe it's time to give the living another chance...

Ahhhh, ghost old as time but we never seem to get tired of them. Why? Because storytellers just keep coming up with fresh new twists that keep us coming back for more!

Ever since her big sister Paige died in an accident, Cass has been able to see her and other ghosts...a gift she has learned to use for her own benefit. Needless to say her life has changed majorly since the death of her sister. She went from happy-go-lucky teen to avoiding almost everyone she knows.

When Tim talks her into trying to contact his mom, Cass is torn but ends up agreeing to help him out. This leads to something she starting to care for Tim?

There are some really great characters in this book. Of course there is Cass and her sister Paige who have a very "unique" relationship and then there are the two ghosts who reside within the walls of Cass's school who do a lot of her dirty work when it comes to finding out peoples secrets. The relationship between Cass and her parents is also a key part of the story.

I really enjoyed this book and getting to know Cass. Her story is not only about her special ability to see ghosts but process of her grieving as she learns to live with the loss of her sister and how to move past it.

Recommended for middle school and up!