Throwback Thursday (2)

July 30, 2009

Throwback Thursday is a meme started by Taste Life Twice and is a post about a book that has been out for a while that deserves to be talked about again because yes, it was that good!

Sunshine
by Robin Mckinley
Original released in 2003
Re-released in 2008


Rae Seddon, nicknamed Sunshine, lives a quiet life working at her stepfather's bakery. One night, she goes out to the lake for some peace and quiet. Big mistake. She is set upon by vampires, who take her to an old mansion. They chain her to the wall and leave her with another vampire, who is also chained. But the vampire, Constantine, doesn't try to eat her. Instead, he implores her to tell him stories to keep them both sane. Realizing she will have to save herself, Sunshine calls on the long-forgotten powers her grandmother began to cultivate in her when she was a child. She transforms her pocketknife into a key and unchains herself--and Constantine. Surprised, he agrees to flee with her when she offers to protect him from the sun with magic. They escape back to town, but Constantine knows his enemies won't be far behind, which means that he and Sunshine will have to face them together. A luminous, entrancing novel with an enthralling pair of characters at its heart.


I totally loved this book! The only thing that drove me crazy is that I wanted there to be a sequel so bad! The author must get asked about this A LOT because she even addresses on her blog here.

Just a note, I bought it because as you know all things vampire are hot, hot, hot...but I couldn't keep it in the middle school library. I was disappointed because I have a lot of Robin Mckinley books in my library but this one had one little explicit scene I just couldn't get past for middle schoolers :o)

Great book! If you haven't read it yet, do it now!


Waiting on Wednesday (5)

Wednesday July 29, 2009

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


The Seven Rays
By Jessica Bendinger
Release date November 24, 2009

When seventeen year old honors student Beth Michaels starts receiving gold envelopes with messages like, YOU ARE MORE THAN YOU THINK YOU ARE, she thinks that a crazy person might be stalking her. When she begins seeing people's thoughts, feelings, and personal histories on their electromagnetic fields, she thinks that she might be a crazy person. And then when the hottest boy in town, Richie Mac, kisses and becomes obsessed with her, she knows that something is up.

But she can deal with all of that until her mom gets freaked out by her erratic behavior and sends her to a psychiatric institute for observation. It is here where Beth finds out that she was adopted under mysterious circumstances and perhaps has supernatural powers. Now all she has to do is break out of the ward - with Richie's help - and road trip to New York to discover who she really is and What all of this is happening to her...

Is it possible that Beth might be more than she thinks she is?

The Seven Rays is a paranormal coming-of-age story that delves into love, friendship, family and the supernatural.

(all of the above is from The Seven Rays website)


Wow, sounds great huh? Not to mention the cover is out-of-this-world! I'm really curious about the writing style of Jessica Bendinger because "Bring it On" was pretty funny....I wonder how a paranormal written by her will be? I'll keep you posted :o)...

Go to the books website here: The Seven Rays (you can download the first chapter!)

Also! You can win a Kindle with the first chapter of Jessica Bendinger's new novel The Seven Rays here (thanks Game_Guy_09 whoever you are!)



It. Is. Hot.

Tuesday July 28, 2009

It is hot....not good hot either. It is hot and MISERABLE. I live in a big 'ole house with no AC...I'm laying on my bed with a fan and reading...that's it...maybe going to the movie later.

Seriously...it's supposed to be 105 degrees today! In the state of Washington! I bet even the Cullen's up in Forks are hiding in their house right now.

The only positive thing in my day? I'm reading Meridian by Amber Kizer and so far it is quite good :o)

I resent all of you with AC....

Sorry, nothing good today...I'll be more functional when this heat wave is over!



Book Review: Prophecy of the Sisters

Prophecy of the Sisters
by Michelle Zink
Available 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

There is just something so intriguing about identical twins...especially if one is good and one is evil. Ying and yang, dark and light, positive and negative, the world is full of these contrasts...including within ourselves...we all have the potential for good or evil...but what if a prophecy destined us to be one or other? Hey destiny...ever heard of a thing called "free will"? Hmmmm...

From the opening scene at their father's funeral I was immediately drawn into this fantasy driven mystery. On her journey into discovering what the mysterious mark on her wrist means (it appeared soon after her father's death) our narrator Lia makes new friends who are key in helping her stop her sister. As Lia senses Alice growing farther and farther away from her, she needs all the help she can get, especially when she starts having weird dreams that seem all too real. In addition to her new friends Lia also has James, a lifetime friend who has recently become much, much more. But can she share her secret with James or will he think she is crazy?

The setting of this story reminds me a lot of the Gemma Doyle trilogy with its historical time frame, the girls who discover a secret world and a menace set to destroy them all. Other than that, The Prophecy of the Sisters is a truly unique and fantastic story that will draw readers in with it's moral issues of betrayal, loyalty, sacrifice and survival.

Michelle Zink delivers an intense and gripping story that will leave readers clamoring for more...and they won't be disappointed! The ending totally sets up for a sequel!

Perfectly suited for middle school and up.

4.5 points



In My Mailbox (8)

Sunday July 26, 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)

Vinyl Princess
by Yvonne Prinz
Release date December 22, 2009

With a summer job at Bob & Bob Records in Berkeley, California, teen music junkie Allie is ready for anything. She’s poised to fall in love, catch a thief, and make a mix that’ll break your heart. And when she blogs as The Vinyl Princess, Allie is the sort of mystery girl you can’t resist tuning into. Get ready for the vinyl revolution!

Author Yvonne Prinz, cofounder of Amoeba Music, the world’s biggest independent music store chain, brings readers into the inspired, obsessive, irrepressible heart of a teen who is head-over-heels in love with music. Like a great record, this read will rock your soul and rattle your bones.


Revolver
by Marcus Sedgwick

According to an email from Mr. Sedgwick, although currently available in the UK, Revolver will not be available in the US for another year or so...he was oh so brilliant enough to send me a UK copy. Thank you Marcus!

It's 1910. In a cabin north of the Arctic Circle, in a place murderously cold and desolate, Sig Andersson is alone. Except for the corpse of his father, frozen to death that morning when he fell through the ice on the lake. The cabin is silent, so silent, and then there's a knock at the door. It's a stranger, and as his extraordinary story of gold dust and gold lust unwinds, Sig's thoughts turn more and more to his father's prized possession, a Colt revolver, hidden in the storeroom.

A revolver just waiting to be used...but should Sig use it, or not?




If you haven't read any of his books yet. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? He is awesome thriller/horror writer...here are a few of his books:



The Kiss of Death
Blood Read, Snow White
My Swordhand is Singing (this one is most excellent!)
The Foreshadowing
The Dark Flight Down

I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I want to be Your Class President
by Josh Lieb
Release date October 15, 2009

Family Guy meets Election in this hilarious young adult debut!

Twelve-year-old Oliver Watson’s got the IQ of a grilled cheese sandwich. Or so everyone in Omaha thinks. In reality, Oliver’s a mad evil genius on his way to world domination, and he’s used his great brain to make himself the third-richest person on earth! Then Oliver’s father—and archnemesis—makes a crack about the upcoming middle school election, and Oliver takes it as a personal challenge. He’ll run, and he’ll win! Turns out, though, that overthrowing foreign dictators is actually way easier than getting kids to like you. . . Can this evil genius win the class presidency and keep his true identity a secret, all in time to impress his dad?



Duplikate
by Cherry Cheva
Release date September 29, 2009

Getting into Yale has been Kate Larson’s dream for years—and being overworked and under-rested is the price of admission. But when she opens her eyes after falling asleep on her keyboard one night, she comes face-to-face with, well, herself.

Meet Kate’s computer-generated twin. Kate doesn’t know why she’s here or how to put her back where she belongs, but she’s real. And she’s the last thing Kate has time to deal with right now. Unless. . .could having a double be the answer to Kate’s prayers?

In this hilarious second novel, Cherry Cheva introduces a character who has been granted the wish of every overscheduled teen everywhere—for there to be two of her. But as everyone knows, you should be careful what you wish for...it just might come true and wear all your clothes and steal your boyfriend.

I Can't Keep My Own Secrets:
Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous and Obscure

Edited by Smith Magazine
Release date September 1, 2009

True tales of love, loss, good friends, and bad hair days filled Not Quite What I Was Planning, the New York Times bestselling first book in the Six-Word Memoir series—an international phenomenon. Some of the very best were by teens, so the editors decided to create a book written entirely by those bold, brash truth-tellers. From cancer to creativity, prom dates to promiscuity, and breaking hearts to breaking laws, the memoirs in this collection reveal that often the youngest writers have the most fascinating stories to tell.







The Dreamhouse Kings series (books 1-4)
by Robert Liparulo

These books are available now, I was lucky enough to get these to prep me for the upcoming release of the 5th book Whirlwhind which is debuting in December 2009.













D
ream house ... or bad dream?

When the Kings move from L.A. to a secluded small town, fifteen-year-old Xander is beyond disappointed. He and his friends loved to create amateur films . . . and the tiny town of Pinedale is the last place a movie buff and future filmmaker wants to land.

But he, David, and Toria are captivated by the many rooms in the old Victorian fixer-upper they moved into—as well as the heavy woods surrounding the house.
They soon discover there's something odd about the house. Sounds come from the wrong directions. Prints of giant, bare feet appear in the dust. And when David tries to hide in the linen closet, he winds up in locker 119 at his new school.

Then the really weird stuff kicks in: They find a hidden hallway with portals leading to far-off places—in long-ago times. Xander is starting to wonder if this kind of adventure is a teen's dream come true . . . or his worst nightmare. (from author's website description of book 1)

Book Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Saturday July 25, 2009

Shiver

by Maggie Stiefvater
Release date: August 1, 2009
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

After reading Maggie's first book Lament, I was so enchanted by her writing that I have been not-so-patiently waiting for her next book. Thankfully I was not disappointed! Shiver is a wonderful story with the author's same magical writing style.

In line with the classic tragic love story, Grace and Sam seemed doomed to be separated forever when the winter cold will force him to change back into the wolf that roams the woods behind Grace's house during the winter. Adding insult to injury, the local townspeople have formed a blood-thirsty posse bent on killing the wolves after a boy was killed in the forest.

While desperately trying to put off Sam's transformation, he and Grace try to figure out who is responsible for the attack on the boy in the forest. Was it just random or are other people in danger too? Solving this mystery could lead them to all the answers they need to stay together.

Having the chapters alternately narrated by Sam and Grace gives the reader a clear understanding of the feelings they have for each other and the situation that they are in. This book will be a hot ticket among the paranormal romance crowd...star crossed lovers who fight the odds to stay together.

Appropriate for middle school and up.

4 points




Throwback Thursday! (yes, I realize it's Friday...)

July 24, 2009

Throwback Thursday is a meme started by Taste Life Twice and is a post about a book that has been out for a while that deserves to be talked about again because yes, it was that good!


The Melting Season
by Celeste Conway

Sixteen-year-old Giselle lives in a household where little has changed in the 10 years since the death of her father, a legendary dancer and choreographer. She attends a New York City school for students gifted in the arts; studies ballet under the watchful eye of her mother, an eminent former ballerina; and snatches what little free time she has with her best friend, Magda. After meeting Will, though, everything begins to change. Smart, ironic, constrained, and vulnerable, Giselle tells of the spring when her life suddenly shifts, allowing her to see the past differently and move forward in the direction of her choosing. From the opening descriptions of the school's Medieval Pageant to the difficulties of a teen communicating with her mother to the catch-your-breath evocation of first love, this novel will capture readers with vivid imagery, emotional subtlety, and fine dialogue. Often droll, the writing features apt turns of phrase and laugh-out-loud moments as well as a convincing backstory and sensitive portrayals of characters' interactions. Readers will find themselves rereading this for the sheer pleasure of spending more time with these idiosyncratic, engaging characters. (from amazon)

I really loved this book sooooooooooo check it out! (Literally, at the library...do it)

Book Review: My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

Thursday July 23, 2009

My Soul to Take

by Rachel Vincent
Available now!
She doesn't see dead people, but…

She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next…

Urban fantasy and Paranormal romance seems to be all the rage right now with vampires, faeries, zombies etc. and just when you think you've heard it all...wait! In My Soul to Take we are introduced to the Bean Sidhe (more commonly referred to as Banshee) of Irish folklore.

From the very first page I was totally drawn into the engaging storyline. The author does a great job of keeping the reader hanging on every detail of Kaylee's terrifying circumstances...why is she sensing the death of her classmates? Why has one of THE most popular boys in school suddenly started to take interest in her? These are just a few of the way bizarre things that Kaylee is dealing with.


I'm not giving a lot of plot details here on purpose. A key part of the enjoyment for me when reading this book was that I didn't know a whole lot about it. All I'm going to say is that as a librarian I read A LOT (yes really) and so I've learned to recognize a plot formula and I can sometimes see the ending of the book a mile away. Well...all I'm going to say is, yea...I didn't even come close this time! When I finished the book I did the one thing I always do when I really, really liked it...I immediately went online to find out when the next one is due to be published so I can torture myself, but I was really happy to find out that the next book, My Soul to Save, is actually due to be released in January 2010!

A sure hit for paran
ormal romance/urban fantasy lovers! Perfectly suited for middle school and up.

Download a FREE copy of My Soul to Lose the prequel here!

Find out more about My Soul to Take and other books by Rachel Vincent here!

4.5 points



Awards again, Yay!

Wednesday July 22, 2009

I've been given two awards in the last week that I really need to acknowledge! It's always nice to be recognized by your fellow bloggers...thank you!


First thank you goes to Jessica at A Booklover's Diary for the Let's Be Friends award!

" Blogs that receive the Let’s Be Friends Award are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in 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. "


Here are my Let's Be Friends winners...

In Bed With books
{Insert Book Title Here}
Juiciliciousss Reviews
Everyday Reading
The Epic Rat
Harmony Book Reviews
Karin's Book Nook
Just Your Typical Book Blog

Next, thank you to Kristin at Bookworming in the 21st Century for the Your Blog Rocks award!
Here are some blogs that I think totally ROCK!

Angieville

Bean Bag Books
Becky's Book Reviews
Everything to do With Books
Laura's Review Bookshelf


There are so many great blogs to chose from...enjoy!


Waiting on Wednesday (3)

Wednesday July 22, 2009

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


The Waking: Dreams of the Dead
by Thomas Randall
Release date September 29, 2009


Kara’s afraid to go to sleep
until the nightmares come when she’s awake . . . .
Sixteen-year-old Kara Foster is an outsider in Japan, but is doing her best to fit at the private school where her father is teaching English for the year. Fortunately she’s befriended by Sakura, a fellow outsider struggling to make sense of her sister’s unsolved murder some months ago. No one seems to care about the beautiful girl who was so brutally murdered, and the other students go on as if nothing has happened. Unfortunately, the calm doesn’t last for long. Kara begins to have nightmares, and soon other students in the school turn up dead, viciously attacked by someone . . . or something. Is Sakura getting back at those she thinks are responsible for her sister’s death? Or has her dead sister come back to take revenge for herself? This first book in a frightening new trilogy will have teens glued the page and scared to go to sleep.

Sounds kind of like The Grudge, huh??!! Creepy!

Thomas Randall is a pseudonym for Christopher Golden, a bestselling author of over fifty novels for adults and teens. You can check out more of his books here:
www.christophergolden.com


Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert

Monday July 20, 2009

Ballads of Suburbia
by Stephanie Kuehnert
Available July 21, 2009

Kara hasn't been back to Oak Park since the end of junior year, when a heroin overdose nearly killed her and sirens heralded her exit. Four years later, she returns to face the music. Her life changed forever back in high school: her family disintegrated, she ran around with a whole new crowd of friends, she partied a little too hard, and she fell in love with gorgeous bad-boy Adrian, who left her to die that day in Scoville Park....Amid the music, the booze, the drugs, and the drama, her friends filled a notebook with heartbreakingly honest confessions of the moments that defined and shattered their young lives. Now, finally, Kara is ready to write her own.

A painfully realistic, no-holds bar depiction of teenage life in 21st century suburbia. Parents who work full-time, who are divorced and caught up in their own struggles...unwitting accomplices in the downfall of their own children. This point of the book just stood out to me so much. It felt like a slowly spreading plague of destruction.

Kara is your typical high school student with the regular ups and downs of being an adolescent until her father decides to move out. His departure initiates a spiral of bad decisions that ultimately leads to Kara overdosing on heroin. Although she has used other drugs before, Kara is introduced to heroin by Adrian, the "bad boy" she falls for. As she describes it:

"I couldn't have scripted a better entrance for my first love, as ripe with impending disaster as the beginning of Mickey and Mallory's romance in Natural Born Killers."

I really didn't want to put this book down. I found myself hanging on every word, stressing out about what would happen next. The vulnerability of these characters is palpable and the consequences of their actions is heartbreaking. Thankfully, not everything is gloom and doom. Expertly woven through out the story is a small yet consistent flicker of hope. Kara's relationship with her mom and brother show that some bonds are not easily broken.

Adolescents will certainly relate to this tale of broken families, drug addiction and lure of premature independence. A cautionary tale that is subtle and honest...teens love and need their peers, but nothing replaces the strength and support of families.

I loved this book...read it now! Best for 9th grade and up.

4.5 points


In My Mailbox (7)

Sunday July 19, 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 Good Girl's Guide to Getting Kidnapped
by Yxta Maya Murray
Available January 2010

Princess P is the fast bad girl Michelle Pena used to be: the dirty dancing, foul mouthed, gang-princess daughter of Reina, Queen of the 99's, one of the most formidable gangs in California. Princess P was once set to inherit supremacy over her own gang, the Snakes. With Silver, the love of her life and partner in crime, she was unstoppable--until Reina got thrown in jail, her brother Samson got carted off to juvie, and everything in her old world went extinct.

Now Michelle's turned her life around with a devoted foster-pop, a prestigious scholarship on the horizon, and a new best friend. Kiki knows nothing about Michelle's gang-princess past. But what Michelle doesn't know is that the Snakes are back, and they'll do anything for the blood money Samson still has. Anything, including holding his beloved sister for ransom. When Silver brutally kidnaps Michelle and Kiki, Michelle has to put to use everything her mama taught her about being Princess P.

Michelle has one shot at freedom. One more chance to be herself. But will she survive long enough to discover who she really is?

Rampant
by Diana Peterfreund
Available August 25, 2009

Forget everything you ever knew about unicorns . . .

Real unicorns are venomous, man-eating monsters with huge fangs and razor-sharp horns. Fortunately, they've been extinct for a hundred and fifty years.

Or not.

Astrid had always scoffed at her eccentric mother's stories about killer unicorns. But when one of the monsters attacks her boyfriend—thereby ruining any chance of him taking her to the prom—Astrid finds herself headed to Rome to train as a unicorn hunter at the ancient cloisters the hunters have used for centuries.

However, at the cloisters all is not what it seems. Outside, the unicorns wait to attack. And within, Astrid faces other, unexpected threats: from the crumbling, bone-covered walls that vibrate with a terrible power to the hidden agendas of her fellow hunters to—perhaps most dangerously of all—her growing attraction to a handsome art student . . . an attraction that could jeopardize everything.


Evil?
by Timothy Carter
Available August 1, 2009

Stuart Bradley is an openly gay teenager who has been caught by his little brother "pleasuring" himself in the shower. Soon, the entire town of Ice Lake in rural Ontario finds out about it and becomes obsessed with the act, deeming it the worst sin of them all. To get the truth about what actually constitutes a sin, Stuart summons the demon Fon Pyre, who let's it slip that the new Biblical Studies teacher at Stuart's school is a actually a fallen angel who is controlling the minds of the townspeople, fueling their hatred of the sin he finds the most repugnant. It falls to Stuart to save his feeble-minded neighbors before their intense fanaticism tears a rift in the thin veil protecting the human world from the demon hoards waiting to attack on the other side.

Beautiful
by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma
Av
ailable November 3, 2009

Truth's Found When Beauty's Lost.

Since childhood, seventeen-year-old Ellie Summerfield has fought to overcome her grandfather's painful words that push her to be driven, determined, and successful to the detriment of those around her. She always strives to do more, be more, help more. But when a tragedy stops her world short, Ellie is confronted with her deepest fears and this question: what is her life really worth?

Experience one girl's journey to rebuild herself into someone who is truly beautiful.


Ruby Unscripted
by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma
Available Now

Small-town girl Ruby Madden has moved to Marin County, California; home of high-dollar homes and green living. The girls wear shoes that cost more than her entire paycheck at the Underground Coffeehouse & Theater, and the students are well-traveled and full of life experiences that Ruby can only dream of.

All the stresses of adjusting to her new life have put a strain on her ability to trust God. Yet when mysterious and eye-catching Kaden invites Ruby to join the school's film group, the puzzle pieces start to fit. Her love of art finds perfect expression and the film friends seem to really get her. When a major Hollywood director hosts an amateur film contest, Ruby and her friends are stoked.

But Ruby's old life is tugging her backward and her frantic balancing act throws her new life totally off track. To top things off, Ruby makes a mistake that could cost her the chance of a lifetime.

Life would be so much easier if Ruby just had a script to follow with a happy ending guaranteed. But what's the fun in that?

How I Found the Perfect Dress
by Maryrose Wood
Available Now
On a bike tour of Ireland last summer, Morgan Rawlinson fell for Colin, the hunky guide, and entered a portal that turned her into the goddess Morganne. Now she’s back to her painfully normal life and her relationship with Colin has fizzled to the occasional e-mail…until he writes saying he’s coming to Connecticut—just in time for the prom.

But when he arrives, he’s exhausted. It seems that when Morgan crossed the portal as Morganne, a spell was cast on Colin. In his dreams he’s being forced to dance ’til dawn with the faeries, who want to boogie with him for eternity. Somehow she has to break the spell on her date, help plan the prom, and find the perfect dress. Oh, what a night…



Why I Let My Hair Grow Out

by Maryrose Wood
Available now
Being sent to your room is one thing. But being sent to another country?

Morgan's boyfriend dumped her on the last day of school-it seemed the only thing to do was to hack off her hair and dye the stubble orange. Unfortunately, Morgan's parents freaked and decided a change of scenery would do her good. So they're sending her off on a bike tour of Ireland.

But Morgan gets more than she bargained for on the Emerald Isle-including a strange journey into some crazy, once upon a time corner of the past. There, she meets fairies, weefolk, and a hunky warrior-dude named Fergus, and figures out that she's got some growing to do-and she doesn't just mean her hair.

Win a Signed Copy of My Soul to Take!!!


Friday July 17, 2009

My Soul to Take

by Rachel Vincent
Release date: August 1, 2009

She doesn't see dead people, but…

She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next…

Okay, I just recently finished reading this book (haven't posted the review yet) and it is soooo good!

Rachel was kind enough to sign this copy especially for the winner so yeah, you should feel special! This contest will run until
July 31, 2009
.

+2 for being a follower
+2 for going to Rachel's website, then post here about something you read about!
+5 for posting about this somewhere (tell me where!)




Good luck everyone!!!

Intertwined by Gena Showalter Winner!


Thursday July 16, 2009

The winner is.....

Misusedinnocence


Congratulations!!! I'll be posting my next contest tomorrow...

A signed copy of My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent!!!

Stay tuned...

Waiting on Wednesday (2)

Wednesday July 15, 2009

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

Fallen
by Kate Lauren
Release date: December 8, 2009

Seventeen-Year-Old Luce is a new student at Sword & Cross, an unwelcoming boarding/reform school in Savannah, Georgia. Luce’s boyfriend died under suspicious circumstances, and now she carries the guilt over his death with her as she navigates the unfriendly halls at Sword & Cross, where every student seems to have an unpleasant—even evil—history.

It’s only when she sees Daniel, a gorgeous fellow student, that Luce feels there’s a reason to be here—though she doesn’t know what it is. And Daniel’s frosty cold demeanor toward her? It’s really a protective device that he’s used again . . . and again. For Daniel is a fallen angel, doomed to fall in love with the same girl every 17 years . . . and watch her die. And Luce is a fellow immortal, cursed to be reincarnated again and again as a mortal girl who has no idea of who she really is.



After reading that, do you even have to ask why I can't wait to read this book??!! I'm not sure if this is the US cover but I love it! Click here to read an excerpt from the book...

David Inside Out by Lee Bantle

July 13, 2009

David Dahlgren, a high-school senior, finds solace in running with the track team; he’s a fast runner, and he enjoys the camaraderie. But team events become a source of tension when he develops a crush on one of his teammates, Sean. Scared to admit his feelings, David does everything he can to suppress them: he dates a girl, keeps his distance from his best friend who has become openly gay, and snaps a rubber band on his wrist every time he has “inappropriate” urges. Before long, Sean expresses the thoughts David has been trying to hide, and everything changes for the better. Or so it seems.

I thoroughly enjoyed this open and honest depiction of a gay adolescent boy's quest of self-discovery. Based in part on author Lee Bantle's own experiences, David Inside Out depicts the inner struggles of a boy who desperately wants to have "appropriate" desires for girls when all he can think about is other boys.

Without being overly sentimental, the author expertly emotes the feelings of fear and loneliness that David feels as he weighs the pros and cons of telling anyone that he is gay. David is a truly likable and realistic main character, that at face value could represent your "average" high school kid. I think this is especially important because it dismisses the feminine, un-athletic stereotype that many kids (and adults) associate with being gay.

With its easy prose, believable dialogue and well developed characters this book is a true joy to read. Kids will easily connect to this story of self-discovery and the promise of first love.

Sexual situations make this book appropriate for grade nine and up.

Score: 4 points

In My Mailbox (6)

July 12, 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 Demon King

by Cinda Williams Chima
Release date: October 2009


Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for himself, his mother, and his sister Mari. Ironically, the only thing of value he has is something he can't sell. For as long as Han can remember, he's worn thick silver cuffs engraved with runes. They're clearly magicked-as he grows, they grow, and he's never been able to get them off.

While out hunting one day, Han and his Clan friend, Dancer catch three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. After a confrontation, Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to ensure the boy won't use it against them. Han soon learns that the amulet has an evil history-it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

Meanwhile, Raisa ana'Helena, Princess Heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She's just returned to court after three years of relative freedom with her father's family at Demonai camp - riding, hunting, and working the famous Clan markets. Although Raisa will become eligible for marriage after her sixteenth name-day, she isn't looking forward to trading in her common sense and new skills for etiquette tutors and stuffy parties.

Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea-the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But it seems like her mother has other plans for her--plans that include a suitor who goes against everything the Queendom stands for.

The Seven Realms will tremble when the lives of Han and Raisa collide in this stunning new page-turner from bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima.

The Hollow

By Jessica Verday
Release date: September 2009


When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead?and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special. Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her—one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.


We Were Here
by Matt de la Pena
Release date: October 2009

When it happened, Miguel was sent to Juvi. The judge gave him a year in a group home—said he had to write in a journal so some counselor could try to figure out how he thinks. The judge had no idea that he actually did Miguel a favor. Ever since it happened, his mom can’t even look at him in the face. Any home besides his would be a better place to live.

But Miguel didn’t bet on meeting Rondell or Mong or on any of what happened after they broke out. He only thought about Mexico and getting to the border to where he could start over. Forget his mom. Forget his brother. Forget himself.

Life usually doesn’t work out how you think it will, though. And most of the time, running away is the quickest path right back to what you’re running from.

A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts: A Collection of Deliciously Frightening Tales
by Ying Chang Compestine
Release date: October 2009


According to Chinese tradition, those who die hungry or unjustly come back to haunt the living. Some are appeased with food. But not all ghosts are successfully mollified. In this chilling collection of stories,Ying Chang Compestine takes readers on a journey through time and across different parts of China. From the building of the GreatWall in 200 BCE to themodern day of iPods, hungry ghosts continue to torment those who wronged them. At once a window into the history and culture of China and an ode to Chinese cuisine, this assortment of frightening tales—complete with historical notes and delectable recipes—will both scare and satiate!


My Soul to Take
by Rachel Vincent
Release date: August 2009

She doesn't see dead people, but…

She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next…



Break
by Hannah Moskowitz
Release date: August 25, 2009

Jonah is on a mission to break every bone in his body. Everyone knows that broken bones grow back stronger than they were before. And Jonah wants to be stronger—needs to be stronger—because everything around him is falling apart. Breaking, and then healing, is Jonah's only way to cope with the stresses of home, girls, and the world on his shoulders.

When Jonah's self-destructive spiral accelerates and he hits rock bottom, will he find true strength or surrender to his breaking point?