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Monday February 1, 2010

My Soul to Save

Book 1 of The Soul Screamers series -- My Soul to Take -- was released this past summer, and readers found out why Kaylee Cavanaugh screams bloody murder when someone’s about to die.

In Book 2My Soul to Save – when teen pop star Eden croaks on stage and Kaylee doesn’t wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can’t cry for someone who has no soul.
The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad’s ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend’s loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls for a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld—a consequence they can’t possibly understand. 

Kaylee can’t let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk.
Soul Screamers: The last thing you hear before you die.

Want to read about where it all started? FREE E-BOOK!
You can learn more about Kaylee by downloading the free Soul Screamers prequel My Soul to Lose here!

Author Rachel Vincent visit her website here

Official Soul Screamers Webiste HERE

Contest Rules:


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Contest ends February 15, 2010

Three (3) winners will receive:
  • My Soul to Save book
Books are valued at $9.99 each
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In My Mailbox (28)

Sunday January 31, 2010

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 or bought :o)

For review:

Boys, Bears and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots
by Abby McDonald
April 13, 2010
Can a boy-hungry Jersey girl survive the wilds of Canada with her eco-identity intact? A witty new YA novel from the author of SOPHOMORE SWITCH.

Jenna may hail from the ’burbs of New Jersey, but Green Teen activism is her life. So when her mom suggests they spend the summer at Grandma’s Florida condo, Jenna pleads instead to visit her hippie godmother, Susie, up in rural Canada. Jenna is psyched at the chance to commune with this nature she’s heard about — and the cute, plaidwearing boys she’s certain must roam there. But after a few run-ins with local wildlife (from a larger-than-life moose to Susie’s sullen Goth stepdaughter to a hot but hostile boy named Reeve), Jenna gets the idea that her long-held ideals, like vegetarianism and conservation, don’t play so well with this population of real outdoorsmen. A dusty survival guide offers Jenna amusing tips on navigating the wilderness — but can she learn to navigate the turns of her heart?

Leaving Gee's Bend
by Irene Latham
January 7, 2010
A young girl sets out to save her sick mother and records her
adventures in quilt pieces.

Ludelphia Bennett may be blind in one eye, but she can still put in a good stitch. Ludelphia sews all the time, especially when things go wrong.

But when Mama goes into labor early and gets deathly ill, it seems like even quilting won’t help. That’s when Ludelphia decides to do something drastic—leave Gee’s Bend for the very first time. Mama needs medicine that can only be found miles away in Camden. But that doesn’t stop Ludelphia. She just puts one foot in front of the other. What ensues is a wonderful, riveting and sometimes dangerous adventure. Ludelphia weathers each challenge in a way that would make her mother proud, and ends up saving the day for her entire town.

Set in 1932 and inspired by the rich quilting history of
Gee’s Bend, Alabama, Leaving Gee’s Bend is a delightful, satisfying story of a young girl facing a brave new world.

Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs
by Ron Koertge
March 9, 2010
Candlewick Press
Fielding his social life is a bigger challenge for Kevin than hitting a fastball in Ron Koertge’s funny, insightful sequel to SHAKESPEARE BATS CLEANUP.

Fourteen-year-old Kevin Boland has a passion for playing baseball, a knack for writing poetry — and a cute girlfriend named Mira who’s not much interested in either. But then, Kevin doesn’t exactly share Mira’s newfound fervor for all things green. So when Kevin signs up for open mike night at Bungalow Books and meets Amy, a girl who knows a sonnet from a sestina and can match his emails verse for verse, things start to get sticky. Should he stay with Mira? Or risk spoiling his friendship with Amy by asking her out? Ron Koertge, master of snappy dialogue and a deft poet, offers a fast-paced, sympathetic story that interweaves two narrative voices with humor and warmth.

Hope you a had great book week too!

Book Review - Bad Blood by Mari Mancusi

Thursday January 28, 2010

Bad Blood
A Blood Coven Vampire Novel (Book 4)
by Mari Mancusi
Released January 5, 2010
Berkley Trade
Sunny McDonald is in the ultimate forbidden relationship. Her boyfriend Magnus is a vampire, and the leader of the Blood Coven. Their differences have never been an issue, until now…

When the Blood Coven decides that Magnus needs a mate to be his co-ruler, Sunny’s humanity puts her out of the running. The Coven’s chosen candidate is Jane Johnson, a magna cum laude graduate of Oxford University who just happens to look like a vampiric celebutante.

Sunny is suspicious of a Rhodes Scholar who can’t answer the most basic poly-sci questions, but Magnus brushes it off as petty jealousy. Still, when the Blood Coven goes to Las Vegas for a vampire convention—where Magnus and Jane’s bonding ceremony will be the main event—Sunny and her sister Rayne secretly tag along. And Sunny’s not going home before she learns the truth about Jane. Because not everything stays in Vegas—especially bad blood…

I was worried that due to the fact I hadn't read the first three books that I would have no idea what was going on...but no worries :o) I was also a little worried that with the premise this series would be a little bit too much like the Vampire Kisses series. The kids in the library L-O-V-E that series and it is definitely directed towards a younger crowd. Happily, Bad Blood is much more my style.

There is plenty to like here and plenty of depth to the story.....Magnus and the Blood Coven, Sunny and her twin Rayne (half vamp, half slayer), their mom and step-dad David (who works for Slayer, Inc.) and finally Sunny and Rayne's real dad who lives in Vegas with his "new" family.

It seems that there is more to every character than first appears and there are secrets everywhere! There are some great new characters in this book and I especially like Jayden, a guy she meets while investigating the shady and would be co-ruler with Magnus, Jane.

Sunny has a lot of up and downs and deals with Magnus not trusting her and she also confronts the issues she has regarding her dad and the fact that he ran out on her and Rayne. Maybe getting his side of the story is a good idea...

Oh! I almost forgot, most of the story is set in Vegas...I mean its Las Vegas need I say more?

A fun story with a few surprises and a twist that will keep readers of this series wanting more.

Appropriate for 7th grade and up!

Find out all about the Blood Coven series here:

Waiting on Wednesday (18)

Wednesday January 27, 2010

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

by Marthe Jocelyn
May 11, 2010
Wendy Lamb Books
Three fates intertwine in this moving and passionate love story set in Victorian London.

Mary Finn: country girl, maid to a lord in London

Caden Tucker: liar, scoundrel, and heart's delight

James Nelligan: age six, tossed into a herd of boys

When Mary Finn falls into the arms of handsome Caden Tucker, their frolic changes the course of her life. What possesses her? She's been a girl of common sense until now. Mary's tale alternates with that of young James Nelligan, a new boy in an enormous foundling home.

In Folly, Marthe Jocelyn's breathtaking command of language, detail, and character brings Victorian London to life on every page, while the deep emotions that illuminate this fascinating novel about life-changing moments are as current as today's news.

Next to the paranormal stuff historical romances are my second favorite genre (i.e. The Luxe series). So when I scoped out this book I was super excited! Can't wait for this one!

Book Review - Darklight by Lesley Livingston

Monday January 25, 2010

Darklight (Wondrous Strange #2)
by Lesley Livingston
Released December 22, 2009
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.

When we meet up Kelley again she is practicing for her lead role in Romeo & Juliet and desperately missing Sonny while he is in the Otherworld on a quest to a deal with the fugitive riders from the Wild Hunt.

At the end of book one Kelley gave up her faerie powers from her father in order to save Sonny but still maintained the powers from her mother. When the possibility of losing all her faerie powers arises will Kelley be okay with it or can she ever be okay with going back to just being a "normal" human girl?

These are just a few of the issues that Kelley must deal with. She still has her mother and father (both powerful faerie royalty), the Janus guard (who guard the portals that divide the human world from the Otherworld), her roommate Tyff (who just recently admitted to being a faerie herself) and oh, so much more!

If you liked the first book you won't be disappointed with book two! Romance, some new evil villains, a few more secrets and a twist you won't see coming will keep readers turning the pages and wanting more.

Appropriate for ages 12 and up

Visit the authors website for more info!

In My Mailbox (27)

Sunday January 24, 2010

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 or bought :o)

For review:

My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers #2)
by Rachel Vincent
December 29, 2009
Contest coming soon!!!
“If she were going to die, I’d already be screaming. I’m a banshee. That’s what we do.”

The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad’s ironclad curfew and putting her boyfriend’s loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls for a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld — a consequence they can’t possibly understand. Kaylee can’t let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk....

The Following are from Scholastic for review!

by Lucy Christopher
Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back? The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don't exist - almost.

Dark Life
by Kat Falls
May 2010
Set in an apocalyptic future where rising oceans have swallowed up entire regions and people live packed like sardines on the dry land left, DARK LIFE is the harrowing tale of underwater pioneers who have carved out a life for themselves in the harsh deep-sea environment, farming the seafloor in exchange for the land deed.

The story follows Ty, who has lived his whole life on his family's homestead and has dreams of claiming his own stake when he turns eighteen. But when outlaws' attacks on government supply ships and settlements...

... threaten to destroy the underwater territory, Ty finds himself in a fight to stop the outlaws and save the only home he has ever known.

Joined by a girl from the Topside who has come subsea to look for her prospector brother, Ty ventures into the frontier's rough underworld and begins to discover some dark secrets to Dark Life.

As Ty gets closer to the truth, he discovers that the outlaws may not be the bloodthirsty criminals the government has portrayed them as. And that the government abandoning the territory might be the best thing for everyone, especially for someone like Ty, someone with a Dark Gift.

Forbidden Sea
by Sheila A. Nielson
July 2010
When, one stormy night, a mermaid comes to take Adrianne Keynnman’s sister, Cecily, down into the depths of the sea, Adrianne knows she must fight with every ounce of her strength to protect her little sister. On land, Adrianne toils away, trying to eke out a living for her mother, sister, and aunt, after a tragic accident stole her father. Now, life takes a strange and frightening turn as Adrianne’s dreams are filled with the mermaid’s singing . . .

Life, After
by Sarah Darer Littman
July 2010
Everything changes for Dani and her family when a truck loaded with explosives detonates outside the AMIA building in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing her beloved aunt and unborn cousin. Because of the ensuing political upheaval, economic hardship, and emotional toll, Dani's family moves to the U.S. It is a terrifying place--new school, new language, new hardships--and Dani's angry father is turning into a stranger, more so everyday. Just when Dani thinks she is about to lose it, she befriends Jessica, one of the girls who has been cruelly teasing her since she arrived.

It is the most unlikely of friendships. Jessica is wealthy, groomed, spoiled. But Jessica has a past that only Dani can understand. She lost her father in 9/11. It is a friendship that allows them both to heal in unexpected and surprising ways, and changes them and their families forever.

The Ghosts of Ashbury High
by Jaclyn Moriarty
June 2010
This is the story of Amelia and Riley, bad kids from bad Brookfield High who have transferred to Ashbury High for their final year. They've been in love since they were fourteen, they go out dancing every night, and sleep through school all day. And Ashbury can't get enough of them.

Everyone's trying to get their attention; even teachers are dressing differently, trying to make their classes more interesting. Everyone wants to be cooler, tougher, funnier, hoping to be invited into their cool, self-contained world.

But they don't know that all Amelia can think about is her past -- an idyllic time before she ran away from home. Riley thinks he's losing her to the past, maybe even to a place further back in time. He turns to the students of Ashbury for help, and things get much, much worse.

In the tradition of the gothic novel, this is a story about ghosts, secrets, madness, passion, locked doors, femmes fatales, and that terrifying moment in the final year of high school when you realise that the future's come to get you.

by Angie Frazier
June 2010
Sailing aboard her father’s trade ship is all seventeen-year-old Camille Rowen has ever wanted. But as a girl of society in 1855 San Francisco, her future is set: marry a man she doesn’t love, or condemn herself and her father to poverty.

On her final voyage before the wedding, the stormy arms of the Tasman Sea claim her father, and a terrible family secret is revealed. A secret intertwined with a fabled map, the mother Camille has long believed dead, and an ancient stone that wields a dangerous—and alluring—magic.

The only person Camille can depend on is Oscar, a handsome young sailor whom she is undeniably drawn to. Torn between trusting her instincts and keeping her promises to her father, Camille embarks on a perilous quest into the Australian wilderness to find the enchanted stone. As she and Oscar elude murderous bushrangers and unravel Camille’s father’s lies, they come closer to making the ultimate decision of who—and what—matters most.

by Ebony Joy Wilkins
July 2010
Sophie the Awesome
by Lara Bergen
May 2010

The Deadlies Felix Takes the Stage
by Kathryn Lasky
May 2010
Guardians of Gahoole Lost Tales of Ga'Hoole
by Kathryn Lasky
May 2010

Elvis and Olive Super Detectives
by Stephanie Watson
July 2010
Reissue of the Baby-Sitters Club Series:

Kristy's Great Idea
The Summer Before
by Ann M. Martin
April 2010

Bone: Tall Tales
by Jeff Smith
August 2010


by Carrie Jones
January 5, 2010

Hope you had a great week too!!!

Book Review - Magic Under Glass

Friday January 22, 2010

Magic Under Glass
by Jaclyn Dolamore
Released December 22, 2010
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 rumors 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.

I really enjoyed this unique story of Nimira who grew up in wealth and privileged but ended up alone and penniless after her mother dies and her father falls out of favor. Things are looking up when a mysterious gentleman offers Nimira the chance of a lifetime. Will all her dreams come true or will her need to save the trapped fairy lead to her doom?

Nimira is a strong willed character who seeks to overcome class and gender prejudices in her quest to do whats true and just despite the possible consequences. And there is more to her would-be rescuer, Hollin Parry than meets the eye. This kind and gentle man definitely has some darker of them being an evil sorcerer who seeks to destroy what Nimira has come to love.

This is a well written, original story that will leave the reader wanting more...which is good because the untidy ending leaves all sorts of possibilities for a sequel!

Best suited for ages 12 and up!

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Book Review - By The Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead

Wednesday January 19, 2010

By The Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead
by Julie Anne Peters
Released January 5, 2010
Daelyn Rice is broken beyond repair, and after a string of botched suicide attempts, she's determined to get her death right. She starts visiting a website for "completers"-

While she's on the site, Daelyn blogs about her life, uncovering a history of bullying that goes back to kindergarten. When she's not on the Web, Daelyn's at her private school, where she's known as the freak who doesn't talk.

Then, a boy named Santana begins to sit with her after school while she's waiting to for her parents to pick her up. Even though she's made it clear that she wants to be left alone, Santana won't give up. And it's too late for Daelyn to be letting people into her life. Isn't it?

Bullying is a national epidemic and adults don't always understand or see the signs that bullying is a problem for their children. No one wants to believe that their child is not "accepted" at school or they figure they went through the same thing and turned out okay so its no big deal. Unfortunately, kids who are bullied frequently keep the extent of the bullying hidden from the adults in their lives.

Books like By The Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead are a giant wake up call.

Daelyn Rice has never felt safe at school. For as long as she can remember kids have picked on her for being overweight. The older she got the worse things seemed to get and soon suicide seemed her only way out.

Through out the book we travel with Daelyn as she counts down the 23 days until her Day of Determination...the day she'll kill herself. Along the way she meets Santana a home-schooled boy about her age that lives near her school. She also meets Emily, a new girl who is chubby and teased...just like her. Both of them reach out to Daelyn just as shes shutting down emotionally.

This is such a good book and really, a story we should all read. Julie Anne Peters is a wonderful writer who has written a variety incredible books that deal with hot-topic issues that teens and young adults are dealing with.

Visit her website:

Best suited for 8th grade and up

Here are some scary statistics regarding bullying:

  • Each day 160,000 students miss school for fear of being bullied.
  • Some 3.2 million kids in grades 6-10 say they're a victim of bullying each day.
  • One-third of America's school students report being bullied at least once a month and six out of 10 say they witness someone being bullied daily.
  • A school bullying statistics reveals that 43% fear harassment in the bathroom at school.
  • 100,000 students carry a gun to school.
  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) students reportedly hear antigay slurs such as "homo," "faggot," and "sissy" about 26 times a day, or once every 14 minutes

Book Review - The Vinyl Princess

Tuesday January 19, 2010

The Vinyl Princess
by Yvonne Prinz
Released 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 favorite 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 neighborhood.

At least her blog seems to be gaining interest, one vinyl junkie at a time….

To say that Allie knows a lot about music is a severe understatement. When she was little her father (an aging Rocker) would say the name of a Beatles song and Allie could tell you the name of the album the song was on...and this is just a small tidbit of musical knowledge!

Keeping that in mind Allie has the perfect job at Bob and Bob's music store, but there is only one thing missing...romance. With her mother newly dating after her dad splits and her best friend Kit totally gaga over her rocker boyfriend Niles, Allie is feeling a bit left out. Is the mysterious boy she sees visiting Bob and Bob's and the surrounding neighborhood destined to be her soul-mate???

To me a huge part of the story is the setting in which the story is told...Telegraph Avenue in Berkley, California. The eclectic and bohemian aura of the area is practically a character itself, its moods changing throughout the seasons. The authors vivid description of the area made me want to pack up move there :o)

There are so many parts to this story to love. Allie, her mom, her grandma (but don't call her grandma, its Estelle or Ms. Horowitz... these are your only options) and Kit. All awesome, strong female characters who struggle with life, love, gender expectations and what it means to live "outside the box". I knew I'd miss them when I finished the book.

There are so many musical references in this book that I discovered a whole new treasury of songs. I kept looking up the various songs that Allie references through out the book and I would listen to them on the internet (please Allie, don't hate me for downloading). Now I'm not so sure that I'm going to start a vinyl collection but I definitely discovered some very cool music.

A well written, wonderful story that you will love!

Mild use of profanity make this book appropriate for 8th grade and up.

Visit the website!

Peace, Love and Hope

Monday January 18 , 2010

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day everyone! I've been in the hospital for 4 straight days with hubby but he's better and we're home and I read a lot of books while sitting by his side so I should have quite a few reviews this week!

In honor of MLK Jr. Day Common's I Have a Dream's awesome!!!

Waiting on Wednesday (17)

Wednesday January 13, 2010

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

by Elizabeth Hand
Release date May 2010
Viking Juvenile
Elizabeth Hand's new novel Illyria follows in a long tradition of science fiction and fantasy stories which reference the works of Shakespeare, particularly the romances, and Hand's lyrical writing style is a wonderful fit for the dark romance she sets out to tell. The romance tells of the relationship between two cousins, Maddy and Rogan, but like that of the twins Viola and Sebastian in "Twelfth Night" to which the title Illyria alludes, the relationship between Maddy and Rogan proves to be a powerful touchstone for drawing together all the "big ideas" of love, ambition, and conformity to family and social expectations.

Maddy, the protagonist, and her cousin, Rogan, are teenagers growing up in the suburbs of Yonkers in the 1970s. The cousins were born on the same day, Maddy in the morning and Rogan at night, and so they think of themselves as twins, inseparable opposites.

So Rogan was darkness, I was light, and over the years the metaphor was extended to include just about every doomy literary reference you can imagine-Caliban and Ariel, Peter Pan and Wendy, Heathcliff and Cathy, Abelard and Heloise, Tristan and Iseult, Evnissyen and Nissyen . . . .

The cousins seem intent upon invoking the doom dictated by their literary references for, though cousins, they experience first love with one another. The proximity of the many houses filled with their endless spying relatives, the unrelenting disapproving gaze of the family, and Maddy's own belief that Rogan is her dark twin all lend themselves to the feeling that the cousins are moving toward some violent end. Even Rogan's pet name for Maddy, "mad girl," seems to indicate that it is the self-destructive streak within each of them to which the other is drawn.

For even more go HERE

This book really intrigues has obsessive love and "doomed lovers" written all over it!

Book Review - Hearts at Stake

Tuesday January 12, 2010

Hearts at Stake (The Drake Chronicles #1)
by Alyxandra Harvey
Released December 22, 2009
Walker Books for Young Readers
On Solange’s sixteenth birthday, she is going to wake up dead. As if that’s not bad enough, she also has to outwit her seven overprotective older brothers, avoid the politics involved with being the only daughter born to an ancient vampire dynasty, and elude Kieran Black—agent of an anti-vampire league who is searching for his father’s killer and is intent on staking Solange and her entire family.

Luckily she has her own secret weapon—her human best friend Lucy—who is willing to defend Solange’s right to a normal life, whether she’s being smothered by her well-intentioned brothers or abducted by a power-hungry queen. Two unlikely alliances are formed in a race to save Solange’s eternal life—Lucy and Solange’s brother Nicholas, and Solange and Kieran Black—in a dual romance that is guaranteed to jump start any romance-lover’s heart.

With all the fancy, smancy covers out there these days sometimes people who know better (namely me) overlook books that don't meet some sort of bizarre standard we have for cover candy. Thank goodness books I'm sent review remind me to take a closer look! I picked up this book Sunday evening and didn't put it down until I finished it later that night!

The weird part is that (to clear any confusion because I was totally confused at first) the book was originally published or also published as "My Love Lies Bleeding" with this cover:

Which is actually pretty cool. I'm not sure about the story behind the whole title change but either way this is a really good book! UPDATE: I'm such a dork...BookLuverCarol was kind enough to enlighten me that the other cover is the UK version... :o)

Chapters alternate between Solange and Lucy narrating each of their perspectives regarding Solanges unique situation. The girls have been friends forever starting with the friendship of their parents (with Lucy's parents having full knowledge of the Drakes heritage.)

There are a lot of different aspects to this book that I really like. Of course there is the romance with both girls falling for boys they never thought they would fall for but the story of Solanges would-be destiny and the path it takes her down is the heart of the story.

There are also some plot twists that will keep you guessing and at times it will be hard to tell exactly who is friend and who is foe.

If you are a fan or know a fan of paranormal romance/fantasy this book will be a hot ticket! A great story and fluid writing make for an easy read. According to the author's website, look for book 2 sometime in 2010!

Best suited for 7th grade and up

12 Blogs of Christmas Contest Winners (Finally!)

Tuesday January 12, 2010

I finally got around to sorting through the hundreds of entries for the 12 Blogs of Christmas contest...yowza there were a lot of them! After choosing the numbers on Random.Org here are the winners:

Jessica Capelle
Haley Mathiot
Pepsi Vanilla

I've sent out the emails so first one to contact me gets to pick the books they want first!
In other worlds...first come, first served!

Book Review - Beautiful by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma

Monday January 11, 2010

by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma
Released November 3, 2009
Thomas Nelson
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.

I first fell in love with the author's writing when I read another of her books Ruby I wasn't surprised when I read Beautiful and found it just as enchanting!

To everyone who knows her, Ellie is the perfect girl....perfect daughter, perfect student, perfect girlfriend....just perfect. This opposed to her sister Megan who seems to strive to be the exact opposite of Ellie: sarcastic, rebellious and aloof. Not to mention the fact that she wore a bright yellow dress to her grandfathers funeral (hey, it was his favorite color) dyes her hair black and wears way too much make-up.

After Ellie experiences a life-altering event everything changes....including her relationships with the the people in her life: her parents and sister, her boyfriend Ryan even her grandfather who passed away. Ellie must look within to find out who she truly is.

This is an awesome book! I loved the story and the writing is beautiful. The author does a great job of infusing the book with the Christian theme of learning to lean on God without being preachy which can turn some people off. It's a subtle but important part of the theme of the book. I'm going to be recommending this book like crazy in the library!

A great book for middle school and up!

Book Review - The Dark Divine

Thursday January 7, 2010

The Dark Divine
by Bree Despain
Released December 22, 2010
Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared--the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in his own blood--but she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night held.

The memories her family has tried to bury resurface when Daniel returns, three years later, and enrolls in Grace and Jude's high school. Despite promising Jude she'll stay away, Grace cannot deny her attraction to Daniel's shocking artistic abilities, his way of getting her to look at the world from new angles, and the strange, hungry glint in his eyes.

The closer Grace gets to Daniel, the more she jeopardizes her life, as her actions stir resentment in Jude and drive him to embrace the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind the boy's dark secret...and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it--her soul.

Okay, no beating around the bush....I straight up loved this book! Its the paranormal romance we love with a unique story line that will keep you turning the pages (see my post from yesterday, I could not put this book down!)

The author does a great job of twisting the paranormal with reality. Siblings Grace and Jude while seemingly close to perfect to their neighbors and peers (they are the children of the local pastor) are dealing with issues and feelings we all have. Mysterious Daniel comes from an abusive and troubled home, having to grow up faster than any kid should have to while living on the streets in a desperate effort to avoid going back into foster care.

I've said this before but anytime an author can throw in a twist that surprises me, I love it! There are a few twists and turns that will probably surprise you!

Great writing and a unique storyline will definitely make this book a hit with any paranormal or fantasy lover. The ending leaves a few options open for a sequel so I'll be crossing my fingers that we still have more to learn about Grace and Daniel!

Appropriate for 7th grade and up!

I know, I know....

Wednesday January 6, 201

...I should be posting a review or working but I'm reading The Dark Divine by Bree Despain and can't put it down...seriously I'm sneaking and reading it at work. Well I am a librarian so that's okay right?

Book Review - What I Wore to Save the World

Tuesday January 5, 2010

What I Wore to Save the World
by Maryrose Wood
Release date December 1, 2009
by Berkley Trade

Third in the fabulous series that started with Why I Let My Hair Grow Out

it's not just the end of high school...

Senior year's coming up fast and Morgan still has no clue about college, or a career-the whole rest of-her-life thing is basically a blank. Maybe it's because she spent her junior year obsessing about Colin, the hot Irish guy she fell for last summer (that was right around the same time she discovered she's a half- goddess from the days of Irish lore... you had to be there). She even saved Colin from a nasty enchantment, but he doesn't know that. Colin doesn't believe in magic, not even a little.'s the end of the world

But then a mysterious message reunites her with Colin, who turns out to be caught up in the biggest faery-made disaster ever. We're talking the end of reality-not just reality TV. To save the world, she's going to have to tell Colin the truth about her half-goddess mojo. But if he doesn't believe in magic, how will he ever believe in her?

This series is just one of those that is always fun to read. The third book in the series has a little bit of a different vibe to it, I can't pinpoint it but it just felt a little different (make sense?) But anyway, just as good!

My favorite is still the first book so if you haven't started the series be sure and start with Why I Let My Hair Grow Out where you first meet Morgan and really get to know her!

There are more secrets revealed about Morgan and her half-goddess self in this installment so you won't want to miss it! Morgan has kept her mortal and fairy worlds seperate until now...but with evil queen Titania's new diabolical scheme things are getting tricky!

The girls at my middle school love this series and the books are usually on hold and rarely on the shelf! I think the series would also do well in a high school library :o)

Visit the author's website to find out more about this series and a new series she has coming out in 2010!

Holiday Break Reading Challenge Final

Monday January 04, 2010

Well I didn't do as well as I wanted for the Holiday Break Reading Challenge partially due to the fact that I ended up having surgery and its REALLY hard to read when doped up on Vicodin (I kept falling asleep)

Anyway here is what I read:

Freaks and Revelations by Davida Wills Hurwin
Fallen by Lauren Kate
What I Wore to Save the World by Maryrose Wood
Beautiful by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma
Struts and Frets by Jon Skovron

Thanks to Karin Librarian for hosting this challenge!

In My Mailbox (26)

Sunday January 3, 2010

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 or bought :o)

All Unquiet Things
by Anna Jarzab
Available January 12, 2010
Carly: She was sweet. Smart. Self-destructive. She knew the secrets of Brighton Day School’s most privileged students. Secrets that got her killed.

Neily: Dumped by Carly for a notorious bad boy, Neily didn’t answer the phone call she made before she died. If he had, maybe he could have helped her. Now he can’t get the image of her lifeless body out of his mind.

Audrey: She’s the reason Carly got tangled up with Brighton’s fast crowd in the first place, and now she regrets it—especially since she’s convinced the police have put the wrong person in jail. Audrey thinks the murderer is someone at Brighton, and she wants Neily to help her find out who it is.

As reluctant allies Neily and Audrey dig into their shared past with Carly, her involvement with Brighton’s dark goings-on comes to light. But figuring out how Carly and her killer fit into the twisted drama will force Audrey and Neily to face hard truths about themselves and the girl they couldn’t save.

by Tricia Rayburn
Available June 10, 2010
Egmont USA
Seventeen-year-old Vanessa Sands is afraid of everything—the dark, heights, the ocean—but her fearless older sister, Justine, has always been there to coach her through every challenge. That is, until Justine goes cliff-diving one night near the family’s vacation house in Maine, and her lifeless body washes up on shore the next day.

Though her parents hope that they’ll be able to find closure back in Boston, Vanessa can’t help feeling that her sister’s death wasn’t an accident. After discovering that Justine was keeping a lot of secrets, Vanessa returns to Winter Harbor, hoping that Justine’s boyfriend might know more. But Caleb has been missing since Justine’s death.

Soon, it’s not just Vanessa who’s afraid. All of Winter Harbor is abuzz with anxiety when another body washes ashore, and panic sets in when the small town becomes host to a string of fatal, water-related accidents in which all the victims are found, horrifically, grinning from ear to ear.

Vanessa turns to Caleb’s brother, Simon, for help, and begins to find herself drawn to him. As the pair try to understand the sudden rash of creepy drownings, Vanessa uncovers a secret that threatens her new romance—and will change her life forever.

A seductive paranormal romance full of unexpected twists, Siren is certain to make a big summer splash.

Bad Blood (Blood Coven #4)
by Mari Mancusi
Available January 5, 2010
by Berkley Trade
Sunny McDonald is in the ultimate forbidden relationship. Her boyfriend Magnus is a vampire, and the leader of the Blood Coven. Their differences have never been an issue, until now…

When the Blood Coven decides that Magnus needs a mate to be his co-ruler, Sunny’s humanity puts her out of the running. The Coven’s chosen candidate is Jane Johnson, a magna cum laude graduate of Oxford University who just happens to look like a vampiric celebutante.

Sunny is suspicious of a Rhodes Scholar who can’t answer the most basic poly-sci questions, but Magnus brushes it off as petty jealousy. Still, when the Blood Coven goes to Las Vegas for a vampire convention—where Magnus and Jane’s bonding ceremony will be the main event—Sunny and her sister Rayne secretly tag along. And Sunny’s not going home before she learns the truth about Jane. Because not everything stays in Vegas—especially bad blood…

Whirlwind Dreamhouse Kings #5
by Robert Liparulo
Available December 29, 2009
Thomas Nelson

David King is reeling from his travels through history-and the evil he's found there.

The last thing he needs is his great-great-uncle Jesse's hosipital bed instructions:

You can't simply do nothing. You must fix things.

David and his brother Xander's search for their abducted mother has repatedly led them on strange and terriflying journeys as they've stepped through the portals of the creepy old house and into some of history's most turbulent moments...and confronted an unimaginably bleak vision of the future.

Now Jesse's words saddle them with an obligation to not only visit the past, but the need to rewrite it.

Fulfilling their purpose will take everything they have, both mentally and physically. But they have no choice...because everything in the past-and the future-is on the line.