Awesome Contest! Win a Copy of Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins + Swag!

Tuesday September 1, 2009


I'm so excited to be hosting this AWESOME contest! The Hunger Games is one of the most popular books in my library and everyone is anticipating the debut of the sequel...Catching Fire! Read on to get all the info you'll need to win the fabulous prizes!

First, what all the hub-bub is about...

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.










Visit the Hunger Games and Catching Fire website to get more information about the book, meet the author, play some cool games and to download some cool stuff!



So here is what we have for this awesome contest...and whats even better...there will be three winners! Each winner will receive...
  • A copy of Catching Fire
  • A limited edition t-shirt
  • A collectible Mocking Jay pin





To Enter:

This ones pretty easy! All you have to do is:
  1. Be a follower of my blog
  2. Leave me a comment
  3. Extra entry if you blog or post this contest somewhere!
All entries must be received by September 15, 2009, Midnight Eastern time (open to US residents only)

Here is the fine print:
The Catching Fire book promotion is open to participants with a United States mailing address only (international readers can enter if you have a friend in the States who can accept your prizes by mail!). Entrants under age 13 must have parent or guardian permission to enter. The Catching Fire book promotion runs from September 1 to September 15, 2009. Winners will be announced on or around September 16, 2009.

Good Luck!

In My Mailbox (13)

Sunday August 30, 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)
Dawn
by Kevin Brooks
Release date December 1, 2009

Dawn's dad is a recovering substance abuser, a one-time child molester, and...a born-again Christian. Religion: That's his latest addiction. But as far as Dawn is concerned, the Man Upstairs has robbed her of the father she once loved--drugs, drinks, and all.

Which is why Dawn's gone shopping for Bibles. For research. To know her enemy. Because, to get her old dad back, she's going to have to do away with this God guy.

She'd just better pray that the fallout from her father's past life of crime doesn't catch up to her first.



Chandra's War
By Allan Stratton
Available September 1, 2009

She promised her mama she'd keep them safe.

It's been six months since Mama died, and Chanda is struggling to raise her little brother and sister. Determined to end a family feud, she takes them to her relatives' remote rural village.

But across the nearby border, a brutal civil war is spreading. Rebels led by the ruthless General Mandiki attack at night, stealing children. All that separates Chanda from the horror is a stretch of rugged bush and a national park alive with predators. Soon, not even that. Before she knows it, Chanda must face the unthinkable, with a troubled young tracker as her unlikely ally.

Chanda's Wars is the unforgettable story of a teenager who risks everything to save her brother and sister. Epic in its sweep, intimate in its humanity, here is a gripping tale of family intrigue, love and courage, forgiveness and hope.


Avalon High Coronation
Volume 3: Hunter's Moon

By Meg Cabot
Release date September 1, 2009

Ellie has only one day left to get her boyfriend Will to truly believe he’s the reincarnation of King Arthur, or the world will plunge into eternal darkness. But Will refuses to believe her.... Ellie’s got to save her reputation and the world before the new moon on the night of Homecoming. If Ellie can’t convince Will of his destiny, the world may never recover...

This manga series of Arthurian legend and high school romance comes to a thrilling climax in this final volume. And just remember—anything can happen...if you believe!






Tentacles
by Roland Smith
Available September 1, 2009

Marty and Grace O'Hara's globe-trotting parents disappeared while on assignment for a nature magazine, and now they're living with their Uncle Wolfe, a scientist fascinated by cryptids--creatures that appear in myths but haven't been proven to exist, such as the Loch Ness Monster. Wolfe is planning an expedition to New Zealand to track a giant squid, and he's rented a huge (and possibly haunted) freighter for the trip. But someone on board is determined to sabotage their mission--and if Marty and Grace keeping poking their noses into things, they might end up the saboteur's next victims!



The Mark
by Jen Nadol
Available January 19, 2010
Sixteen-year old Cassie Renfield has seen the mark since forever: a glow around certain people as if a candle were held behind their back.

The one time she pointed it out taught her she shouldn't do it again, so Cassie has kept quiet, considering its rare appearances odd, but insignificant. Until she watches a man die. Mining her memories, Cassie realizes she can see a person's imminent death. Now how or where, only when: today.
Cassie searches her past, her philosophy lessons, even her new boyfriend for answers, always careful to keep her secret. How does the mark work? Why her? Most importantly, if you know today is someone's last, should you tell?

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Book Review - Intertwined by Gena Showalter

Friday August 28, 2009

Intertwined

by Gena Showalter
Available September 1, 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, as long as he's near 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. Still, the four will enter a dark underworld of intrigue and danger but not everyone will come out alive....

One of things that I most admire about certain authors is their wonderful ability to weave a story so intricately that by the end of the book you (as the reader) discover all the different ways the characters in the story are interconnected and there ends up being some great "a-ha!" moment towards the end of the book.

Intertwined is definitely one of those books! Now, to be honest here... the first chapter or so didn't completely excite me...but sometimes that's just me (who knows, maybe one of my kids had just irritated me or something) but just in case, I want to point this out because this book is totally worth it! Once the story got going I couldn't put the book down.

Aden is a very interesting character and his relationship with Mary Ann is very unique in the world of paranormal romance. It has nothing to do with the fact that he is labeled the bad boy, troubled child living at a youth ranch for teen boys versus Mary Ann who is the popular, good girl with plenty of friends and the cutest boy at school for a boyfriend. The uniqueness here is that all though they feel inexplicably drawn to one another they seem to be lacking any romantic spark.

But the fact that when they first see each other they cause such a power surge that it knocks Mary Ann on her butt shows us there is definitely SOMETHING going on...

Paranormal romance lovers will totally gush over the relationship between Mary Ann and Riley the werewolf shape-shifter, now here we see sparks! The same with Aden and his mysterious vampire princess Victoria.

Wow, there is just so much I could talk about with this book but I'll only mention one more thing :o)...the previously mentioned power surge that occurred between Mary Ann and Aden has drawn mystical creatures from all over the world ...demons, faeries, witches and of course the vampires. The ending of the book leaves tons of possibilities for the next one!

Great writing, a unique and well drawn storyline make this a great read! Appropriate for 7th grade and up!


Win $10,000 or a bunch of other great prizes at the Harlequin Teen Interwined Sweepstakes!

Find out more about Intertwined and the upcoming sequel Unraveled: Genashowalter.com


Book Review - Break by Hannah Moskowitz

Thursday August 27, 2009

Break

by Hannah Moskowitz
Available 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. This is the story of his self-destructive spiral, his rock-bottom moment, and how he finally learns to accept help and find true strength through recovery.

Right off I can tell you that this book is not for the faint of heart...more than a few times I found myself skimming through the sections where Jonah describes his many injuries on his path to breaking every bone in his body. On the other hand that is always a sign of great writing when the reader gets such a visual representation of the written word that it causes an actual physical reaction (in other words me getting queasy!)

Jonah has a lot of issues...a brother with deadly (this is no exaggeration) food allergies. I mean the poor guy can basically only drink these special blended drinks and he needs a lifetime supply of Benedryl...a baby brother who cries non-stop day and night and, well, obviously distracted parents. Jonah is constantly stressed out about the health of his brother who seems to be in and out of the hospital with horrible allergy attacks that almost bring him to the brink of death!

With the help of his best friend Naomi, who is filming his "accidents" as some sort of bizarre documentary, Jonah sets out on his goal of breaking bones. Whether its skateboarding or using a hammer...lets just say mission accomplished. He has to get pretty creative when trying to explain the injuries and before too long, he just can't hide it anymore.

I think that most readers will see the significance of Jonah hurting himself soon after something happens that causes more stress or anxiety for him. Most of the time when we think of self-mutilating, we think of girls who cut themselves or as a lot of teens refer to them "cutters". Jonah's story shows us the "macho" side of self-mutilating, which is almost more scary because I think a lot of us might write it off as "boys will be boys" especially in the age of TV shows like Jack Ass and Scarred. Luckily Jonah has a few people in his life who really care about him and confront him on his destructive habits.

This is a well written book that takes a tough and honest look at what lengths teens will go to in order to manifest emotional pain into something that is real and tangible. Ms. Moskowitz (who was around 17 years-old when she wrote the story) does an excellent job drawing the reader in and making you really care about Jonah and his family. Readers will definitely want to keep reading to see how Jonah's story ends.

Appropriate for 8th grade and up.

Author website: www.UntilHannah.com

Hannah's blog

Waiting on Wednesday August 26, 2009



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


Savannah Grey

by Cliff McNish
Available February 2010

15 year old Savannah Grey has never felt she's belonged. She keeps her distance, so she's surprised by her attraction to the new boy Reece. Then strange things begin to happen: nature, it seems, is exerting an overpowering force on the world. Birds behave strangely; gusts of wind blow leaves so fiercely they seem to lure people away. And Savannah learns she has supernatural powers. Nature has a purpose for Savannah and her friends. For they are on course to meet the vile and evil Orcrassa, who wants to destroy the world by corrupting nature. And it wants Savannah Grey to help realise its savage intent.

From the author's website: "It’s very different from anything I’ve done before, a true horror story, with three genuine monsters in it."

Sounds creepy huh?! I'm betting this will be a good one! To read the prologue of the book go here www.cliffmcnish.com

Read it...it's kind of freaky!



Book Review - Another Faust - Released Today!

Tuesday August 25, 2009

Another Faust
by Daniel & Dina Nayeri
Available 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 - the side-effects 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 re-imagining of the Faustian bargain is a compelling tale of ambition, consequences, and ultimate redemption.


All though many people are familiar with the age old story of the man who traded his soul to the devil for a certain wish or talent, not everyone knows it as the "Faustian Bargain" or the Legend of the Faust. So, in case you are wondering about the title of the book...that is what it is based on. I wanted to point that out because quite a few teens that I polled had no idea what the word "Faust" was related to.

As you may have guessed by now this story is centered around five mysterious teens who are seemingly perfect, but weirdly...icky. Each of them have a perfect gift that any teen could relate to wanting, yet at the same time an awful quality that they must overcome. They live with their creepy governess
Madame Villeroy who is no Mary Poppins (I'll just leave it at that).

Overall this is a very dark book with very few light-hearted moments and it will be obvious to any reader that each teen pays a heavy price for the gifts they so desire. There is also an ever-present feeling of loneliness through out the book because all though the five of them live together, their desire to be perfect has left them resentful, envious and mistrustful towards everyone, including each other. A few characters will surprise you and there are also some unexpected plot twists. The ending definitely leaves open the possibility for a sequel.

Great writing and chapters told from varying viewpoints (each of the five teens)keep the story well paced and interesting. Probably best for older teens or younger teens with a higher reading level due to the depth of the plot and the fact that the story bounces back and forth from present day to the past for each character.

Book Website: www.anotherfaust.com

Book Trailer


My School Library...Back to School Mess!

Monday August 24, 2009

I thought I would share with you some pics of my crazy library mess I came back to today! I promise I'll post pictures of the ending result which will hopefully be a clean cozy library but wish me luck...I have no clerk this year, they were all let go after budget cuts so I'm all by myself!















Okay, the first pic looks deceptively non-chaotic...














Then we have a table with all my mail, new books etc.














Then my INSANE office with books that need to be cataloged and well, stuff...

But I can't complain about the view :)

Book Review Rampant - by Diana Peterfreund

Monday August 24, 2009

Rampant

by Diana Peterfreund
Available August 25, 2009


The sparkly, innocent creatures of lore are a myth. Real unicorns are venomous, man-eating monsters with huge fangs and razor-sharp horns. And they can only be killed by virgin descendants of Alexander the Great.

Fortunately, unicorns have been extinct for a hundred and fifty years.
Or not.

Astrid Llewelyn has always scoffed at her eccentric mother's stories about killer unicorns. But when one of the monsters attacks her boyfriend in the woods — thereby ruining any chance of him taking her to prom — Astrid learns that unicorns are real and dangerous, and she has a family legacy to uphold. Her mother packs her off 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 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... and a relationship that could jeopardize everything.


What image comes to mind when you think of a unicorn? Rainbows and green meadows? Goodness and purity? Well these my friends, are not the unicorns we discover in the world of Rampant! These unicorns can kill you with their venomous acid breath or rip a hole in you with their poisonous horns. Yeah, not too pleasant...

I was caught up in this book from the first few pages. Astrid's adventure starts in chapter one and the roller coaster continues all the way to the last page. She is a strong willed, head strong character whose only weakness seams to be the will of her mother. For years Astrid's mom has been telling her about vicious unicorns and her families destiny to destroy them.

When a strange course of events leads Astrid to Rome she starts to realize that maybe her mothers stories aren't so crazy after all. There she meets other girls who share a similar legacy as her own and together they train to battle the deadly unicorns. When the motives of a wealthy benefactor come in to question, Astrid must take things into her own hands in order to fulfill her promise to an unlikely co-conspirator.

Lots of action and actually, quite a bit of gore! Diverse characters including the cloisters resident unicorn (because there are many different breeds, some much smaller and with different intentions towards the girls) her name...Bonegrinder, a breed of unicorn called Zhi that worships the hunters. Of course we have the love interests who at one point, are the center of a huge tragedy. The love story is always an essential part of the story :) but the best part of Rampant is the story surrounding the girls and their unicorn hunting legacy...it's captivating!

Wonderful writing and a great story...paranormal action/romance at its best!

Perfectly suited for 7th grade and up!

4.75 points

In My Mailbox (12)

Sunday August 23, 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)
Release dates provided by Amazon.com

The Vinyl Princess
by Yvonne Prinz
Available December 22, 2009
Summer is here, and 16-year-old Allie, a self-professed music geek, is exactly where she wants to be: working full-time at Berkeley’s ultra-cool Bob and Bob Records. There, Allie can spend her days bantering with the street people, talking the talk with the staff, shepherding the uncool bridge-and-tunnel shoppers, all the while blissfully surrounded by music, music, music. It’s the perfect setup for her to develop her secret identity as The Vinyl Princess, author of both a brand-new zine and blog. From the safety of her favourite place on earth, Allie is poised to have it all: love, music and blogging.
Her mother, though, is actually the one getting the dates, and business at Allie’s beloved record store is becoming dangerously slow—not to mention that there have been a string of robberies in the neighbourhood. At least her blog seems to be gaining interest, one vinyl junkie at a time….




Magic Under Glass
by Jaclyn Dolamore
Available December 22, 2009
Nimira is a music-hall performer forced to dance for pennies to an audience of leering drunks. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to do a special act - singing accompaniment to an exquisite piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new life. In Parry's world, however, buried secrets stir. Unsettling below-stairs rumours abound about ghosts, a mad woman roaming the halls, and of Parry's involvement in a gang of ruthless sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. When Nimira discovers the spirit of a dashing young fairy gentleman is trapped inside the automaton's stiff limbs, waiting for someone to break the curse and set him free, the two fall in love. But it is a love set against a dreadful race against time to save the entire fairy realm, which is in mortal peril.



Forget-Her-Nots
by Amy Brecount White
Available March 2, 2010
When someone leaves three mystery flowers outside her dorm door, Laurel thinks that maybe the Avondale School isn’t so awful after all — until her own body starts to freak out. In the middle of her English presentation on the Victorian Language of Flowers, strange words pop into her head, and her body seems to tingle and hum. Impulsively, Laurel gives the love bouquet she made to demonstrate the language to her spinster English teacher. When that teacher unexpectedly and immediately finds romance, Laurel suspects that something — something magical — is up. With her new friend, Kate, she sets out to discover the origins and breadth of her powers by experimenting on herself and others. But she can’t seem to find any living experts in the field of flower powers to guide her. And her bouquets don’t always do her bidding, especially when it comes to her own crush, Justin. Rumors about Laurel and her flowers fly across campus, and she’s soon besieged by requests from girls — both friends and enemies — who want their lives magically transformed — just in time for prom.

Goth Girl Rising

by Barry Lyga
Available
Time is a funny thing in the hospital. In the mental ward. You lose track of it easily. After six months in the Maryland Mental Health Unit, Kyra Sellers, a.k.a. Goth Girl, is going home. Unfortunately, she's about to find out that while she was away, she lost track of more than time. Kyra is back in black, feeling good, and ready to make up with the only person who's ever appreciated her for who she really is.
But then she sees him. Fanboy. Transcended from everything he was into someone she barely recognizes. And the anger and memories come rushing back. There's so much to do to people when you're angry.
Kyra's about to get very busy.

I now have two copies of The Vinyl Princess so I'll have to do a contest soon! Hope your week was as book-lovely has mine!


Book Review... Ruby Unscripted by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma

Thursday August 21, 2005

Ruby Unscripted

by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma
Released May 5, 2009

Ruby Madden moves to an affluent town in Marin County, California, believing her dreams are coming true, but her hometown life is drawing her back. Her not-so-secret crush finally likes her. Her older brother decides to stay behind with their newly remarried father. And her best friend gets a boyfriend who's all wrong for her.

And Ruby's new life isn't as easy as she envisioned. Marin High School is a place for the rich and famous with their BMWs, chic clothes, and liberal beliefs-a place where she clearly doesn't belong. Even with her new job at the Underground Coffeehouse & Cinema, she is unsure of how to act and feels insecure about who she is.

When she tries out for an amateur film group, the puzzle pieces finally begin to fit. And who is this mysterious guy who's messing with her heart?

This is one of those books that just leaves you smiling when you're finished! Ruby is a character I immediately bonded with...she could be any girl you went to high school with, the girl next door who is dealing with stuff most teens deal with today. Her parents are divorced and her mom is moving to a new town. All Ruby wants is for things to go back the way they used to be.

There are a few perks to her new home... there's a boy (there is ALWAYS a boy :) and her new job at her aunts coffee place. At school she gets teased for being a goody goody and for going to church but even good girls make mistakes. Ruby ends up at a party that her mother would freak out about if she knew she was there.

All in all a beautifully written Christian novel that is uplifting and heartwarming with out being heavy handed. In fact the author is so subtle that I had to double check to see if the book was listed as "Christian fiction" which is great because sometimes kids think these kinds of books will be corny. They will never guess...they will just read a well written, very engaging, positive story about a teenage girl who learns to lean on God and her family when dealing with her problems.

Perfectly suited for 6th grade and up!

4 points


Waiting on Wednesday August 19, 2009



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



The Summer I Got a Life
by Mark Fink
November 10, 2009


Andy Crenshaw’s summer just went into the toilet. His father got a new job and cancelled their dream vacation to Hawaii. Andy and his older brother, Brad, are shipped off to a farm in Wisconsin to stay with an Aunt and Uncle they hardly know. Brad has little use for Andy, except to torment him.

What begins as a minor disaster turns into a life-changing experience. Andy discovers a whole new world and has his first blush with love in the person of Laura, a piano prodigy and town celebrity. Laura is a remarkable girl, who, despite having to deal with a major life trauma, is funny, resilient, full of life, and to Andy’s delight, just a little crazy.

Andy’s adventure includes chasing a pig through a mall, surviving a near-death driving lesson, and coming face to face with his first dead guy. He also has a side excursion with his brother that will redefine their relationship forever.

I'm a huge paranormal romance fan but sometimes its nice to read a plain 'ole love story...and love stories from a boys perspective are few and far between so I'm really looking forward to reading this book!


Trailer Tuesday August 18, 2009


I have a couple of book reviews I need to finish up but for now I thought I'd offer you "Trailer Tuesday" hosted by Bri at What Bri Reads...videos are always fun!


Today's offering....
Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayeri
Available 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 side-effects 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 re-imagining of the Faustian bargain is a compelling tale of ambition, consequences, and ultimate redemption.

Bookmarks for Teens....???

Monday August 17, 2009

It's almost time to go back to school and every year I get all my bookmark making supplies that I've collected over the summer (stickers, gel pens, glitter etc.) and some great cardstock that I get from our local print shop (they give me great deals on seconds, and left over pieces from custom cards etc.) and I make the kids handmade bookmarks.

The kids love bookmarks of all kinds but they absolutely love and EXPECT these handmade bookmarks! So my question is....

Do you have any ideas for handmade and inexpensive bookmarks?

Any help is appreciated!

In My Mailbox (11)

Sunday August 16, 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)
Release dates provided by Amazon.com

The Body Finder
by Kimberly Derting
Available March 2010


Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.

Darkligh
t (sequel to Wondrous Strange)
by Lesley Livingston
Available January 2010

Much has changed since autumn, when Kelley Winslow learned she was Faerie royalty, fell in love with changeling guard Sonny Flannery, and saved New York City from a rampaging Faerie war band. When a terrifying encounter in Central Park sends Kelley tumbling into the Otherworld, her reunion with Sonny is joyful—but cut short. For they’ve been plunged into a game of Faerie deception and wavering allegiances in which the next move could topple a kingdom...or part them forever.


Devil's Kiss
By Sarwat Chadda
Available September 1, 2009


As the youngest and only female member of the Knights Templar, Bilquis SanGreal grew up knowing she wasn't normal. Instead of hanging out at the mall or going on dates, she spends her time training as a soldier in her order's ancient battle against the Unholy.

Billi's cloistered life is blasted apart when her childhood friend, Kay, returns from Jerusalem, gorgeous and with a dangerous chip on his shoulder. He's ready to reclaim his place in Billi's life, but she's met someone new: amber-eyed Michael, who seems to understand her like no one else, effortlessly claiming a stake in her heart.

But the Templars are called to duty before Billi can enjoy the pleasant new twist to her life. One of the order's ancient enemies has resurfaced, searching for a treasure that the Templars have protected for hundreds of years -- a cursed mirror powerful enough to kill all of London's firstborn. To save her city from catastrophe, Billi will have to put her heart aside and make sacrifices greater than any of the Templars could have imagined.

The Summer I Got a Life
by Mark Fink
Available November 10, 2009
Andy Crenshaw, 15, is about to have a summer he didn't expect. He lives in the shadow of his good-looking, athletic older brother, Brad, and they don't get along. Lately they only agree on their excitement over their upcoming trip to Hawaii. But the family's plans change at the last minute, packing the boys off to rural Wisconsin. They'll be stuck with their wacky, free-spirited aunt and uncle--on a farm with no cable TV and Internet. Things start looking up when Andy scores a date with Laura, a cute teenage local celebrity pianist, and even Brad's impressed. Laura's amazing: besides her late night jam sessions at a local jazz club, she's the funniest, little-bit-crazy girl Andy's ever met. He's shocked at first to see her in a wheelchair, but nothing stops Laura--her killer bowling skills leave Andy in the dust. Meanwhile, Andy and Brad share a series of misadventures and narrow escapes that move their brotherhood to a whole different level. It all adds up to a summer no one will soon forget.


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

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.


Sooooo excited about these books! A big THANK YOU to the publicists and authors that sent these out!


Book Review! After by Amy Efaw

Friday August 14, 2009

After

by Amy Efaw
Available August 11, 2009
An infant left in the trash to die. A teenage mother who never knew she was pregnant . . .

Before That Morning, these were the words most often used to describe straight-A student and star soccer player Devon Davenport: responsible, hardworking, mature. But all that changes when the police find Devon home sick from school as they investigate the case of an abandoned baby. Soon the connection is made—Devon has just given birth; the baby in the trash is hers. After That Morning, there’s only one way to define Devon: attempted murderer.

We've all heard the story before, or something similar; a child left to die in a dumpster, a child left in a public bathroom...news stories that shock us, leaving us to wonder what the world has come to.

What we don't usually hear about is the story of the would-be mother, the girl who left the baby behind. We all have our own ideas, based on our own experiences about who this ruthless woman could be and what would motivate her to commit such a heinous act. What do you think?

Once you've read this book I'm betting you might just change your mind. As an educated mother of two teenage daughters, I even surprised myself at some of the preconceived notions I had about these desperate girls.

The author does a great job of tackling this controversial topic in a sensitive yet honest way. This book will definitely resonate with teen girls who, for the most part, can only imagine the horror of finding themselves in a similar situation.

Believe it or not the books main character Devon, is very easy to relate to. She deals with issues that a multitude of teens face and like many, she has no real support system. My heart broke for Devon in her many struggles as she faces the repercussions of her actions...especially when what exactly happened isn't real clear to Devon herself.

This cautionary tale is appropriate for any teen reader and will definitely leave a lasting impression. Devon's journey to the realization of what happened and how she'll deal with it will leave readers asking questions they probably hadn't thought of and could lead to some great discussions on the topic.

4 points