In My Mailbox (46)

Sunday October 31, 2010
In My Mailbox hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea @ Pop Culture Junkie is a way to share what new books you get each week.  They can be books you borrowed from the library, bought, traded, won or received for review.






Books for review:


















Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
The Trouble with Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante
Sparrow Road by Sheila O'Connor
The Coming of the Dragon by Rebecca Barnhouse
The Golden Fleece (Looking Glass Library) by Padraic Colum
The Phoenix and the Carpet (Looking Glass Library) by E. Nesbit

I purchased about $500 books this week with my Scholastic dollars (woo-hoo!) but I'll just show you what I bought a Barnes and Noble yesterday with some donation money :)




















The Art of Calligraphy by David Harris
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
The Game by Monica Hughes
Jay's Journal by Anonymous

I'm building up my Dystopian collection for the library. With the success of the Hunger Games series I have kids asking me for books similar to them so I created a new Dystopian section which has been HUGELY popular (sometimes its all about gimmicks to get kids to read!) I'm always taking recommendations so if you have a Dystopian reccommendation leave me a comment!

Happy Reading and Happy Halloween!

Wanna See Something REALLY Scary????

Monday October 25, 2010


Well it's Scholastic Book Fair time again! Sometimes I wonder WHY I do this to myself! Unlike elementary schools and maybe some lucky middle schools, I have no PTA or PTO to rely on for help....just me! Getting parent volunteers seems to be really difficult in middle school...I have my one or two regulars who I hate to burden all the time so mainly I just wing it :) By the time its over I realize it was actually pretty easy for all the benefits I actually receive (mainly those nifty Scholastic dollars which equals a lot of books we couldn't normally afford!)

The one thing that the book fair really affects is my ability to do any of my computer/cataloging time......here is the result of that

Scary, huh! The kids drool over these books because they can see them from the check-out counter. As a result there is whining all day long because "Its right there Mrs. Wishard why can't I check it out?!" I've always had a clerk in the library but that went the way of the Dodo two years ago because of budget cuts. Maybe someday they will reinstate the position which would be wonderful but until then...be afraid, be very afraid.....of my endless piles of unprocessed books :)

Book Review - Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Thursday October 21, 2010

Please Ignore Vera Dietz
by A.S. King
October 12, 2010
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Goodreads Summary: Vera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.

So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?


Review: A few times a year a book comes along that takes you by the shoulders and shakes things up a bit. I'll admit it....I would, most of the time prefer to be reading something paranormal or a fantasy or something in that arena. Lucky for me (a tiresome creature of habit) I'm a librarian AND a blogger which means I have to step outside my favorites and read other stuff. Its only then that I happily discover wonderful, insightful and worth-every-minute of my time, books like Please Ignore Vera Dietz.
 
The story starts out with the acknowledgement of Charlie's death and Vera's emotional roller coaster of devastation, anger, guilt and remorse. As the story develops Vera looks back on her and Charlie's relationship and the events that led to his death. Is she responsible? Could she have stopped the whole thing? While Vera is the main narrator of the story, we also hear from Charlie (post-humous) and Vera's dad, who is doing his best to raise Vera alone.
 
Vera and Charlie had been best buds and neighbors since elementary school. From the very beginning they both have secrets they keep from each other and despite how close they are the secrets keep getting bigger and a rift seems inevitable. The issues they are dealing with will be relatable to a lot of kids....alcohol abuse, bullying, domestic violence and absentee parents.
 
The author does a great job of adding some comic relief through out the book to balance the heavy, and at times somber tone of the story. Vera, flaws and all, is an admirable character...her patience at times borders on saintly but as a whole I found her very realistic, in fact I found myself feeling very protective towards her in certain circumstances through out the book. Weird I know but perhaps because of all the bullying stuff that has been in the news lately???
 
As Vera works her way through the mystery of Charlie's death she must face the past, overcome the obstacles laid before her and learn to rely on those who love her.

Love it, love it love it! Seriously, a must read ages 15 and up! Read. It. NOW.

Waiting on Wednesday (29)

Wednesday October 20, 2010 


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










First Book:


I wouldn't read any further if you plan on reading Infinite Days the first book in this series just fyi!









Stolen Nights (Vampire Queen #2)
by Rebecca Maizel
March 15, 2011
St. Martin's Griffin
I couldn't find a formal summary but if you've read Infinite Days, the first Vampire Queen book, then you have also read chapter one of Stolen Nights which is provided at the very end of book one. As I mentioned in the review of Infinite Days (here)... that little teaser left my mouth-watering for Stolen Nights!!!

From interviews I've read around the blog-o-sphere this is what I have surmised....

  • Lenah is in for some sort of tough battle
  • Everyone at Wickham is in danger
  • She is on a quest to find Rhode
What about Justin? What about Vicken? I can't wait to find out!

Tween Tuesdays (16)

Tuesday October 19, 2010

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


The following three books are all excellent reads and I would recommend them for any middle school library!





Jake
by Audrey Couloumbis
September 28, 2010
Random House
Goodreads summary: A heartwarming holiday story from Audrey Couloumbis, the Newbery Honor–winning author of Getting Near to Baby. With beautiful writing and an endearing young narrator so honest and full of hope that you can't help but fall in love with him, Audrey Couloumbis tells a story, of a young boy and the grandfather that he’s just getting to know, that will make readers laugh and cry and, most of all, appreciate the gift of family.

It's a few days before Christmas when ten-year-old Jake's mom breaks her leg, ending up in the hospital. For as long as Jake can remember, it's been just him and his mom. So with no one else to look after him, the hospital contacts the gruff granddad that Jake only knows through awkward once-a-year phone calls. When Granddad shows up, he's nothing like Jake expected. And he brings a dog with him—a nightmare dog, Jake thinks at first. But as Jake gets to know his grandfather and a makeshift family of friends and neighbors comes together around him and his mom, he realizes that this might not be such a bad Christmas after all

Penny Dreadful
by Laurel Snyder
September 28, 2010
Random House
Amazon summary: The perfect book for girls and boys who look to find adventure and magic in surprising places!

What if you were really bored with your life? What would you wish for?

Penelope Grey wishes for something—anything!—interesting to happen, and here’s what she gets:

• Her father quits his job.
• Her family runs out of money.
• Her home becomes a pit of despair.

So Penelope makes another wish, and this time the Greys inherit a ramshackle old house in the middle of nowhere. Off they go, leaving the city and their problems behind them. Their new home is full of artists, tiny lions, unusual feasts, and true friends. Almost immediately, their lives are transformed. Penelope’s mother finds an unexpected job, her father discovers a hidden talent, and Penelope changes her name!

Penny’s new life feels too magical to be real, too real to be magic. And it may be too good to last . . . unless she can find a way to make magic work just one more time—if it even was magic.

Any Which Wall author Laurel Snyder introduces a quirky cast of characters as pleasantly strange as they are deeply real. Abigail Halpin adds to the charm with her distinctive line drawings.

Fans of Polly Horvath’s My One Hundred Adventures, Ingrid Law’s Savvy, and Jeanne Birdsall’s The Penderwicks will be enchanted by Laurel Snyder’s alternatively humorous and poignant look at small-town life and what it really takes to become a happy family. 

Star of Stone
Century Quartet, Book 2
by P.D. Baccalario
September 28, 2010
Goodreads summary: In the second installment of the Century Quartet, Italian author P. D. Baccalario continues the mystery that will take four cities and four extraordinary kids to solve.

Four kids. A wooden top. And four postcards with secret instructions.

New York City, March 15
Another mysterious artifact reunites Harvey from New York, Elettra from Rome, Mistral from Paris, and Sheng from Shanghai in their attempt to save the world. When they meet people who knew Alfred Van Der Berger, the murdered professor who sent them on their quest in Rome, they realize that the challenge is far from over. And when they discover a series of four postcards written in code years ago by the professor himself, their destiny becomes even clearer.

The cards send the kids all over New York City, through old libraries and abandoned tunnels, in search of the Star of Stone, an ancient object fundamentally connected to the earth. But a new set of villains, predators of Manhattan nightlife, will do anything to stop them....


Book Review - Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Monday October 18, 2010

Revolution 
by Jennifer Donnelly
October 12, 2010
Delacorte Press
Goodreads Summary:  
BROOKLYN, 2010: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS, 1795: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present. 

Review: The story of Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution has always been a fairly interesting topic and the queen herself is often a controversial discussion point (Did she REALLY say "Let them eat cake"?) Revolution is a story richly steeped in the history of the French Revolution but also delivers a gripping and powerful story of a two girls, centuries apart, both in mourning and trying to come to grips with their terrible losses. 

After her father whisk her away to Paris to focus on her Senior Thesis (if she doesn't finish it she won't graduate), Andi must try to focus and get it done. She makes a deal with her dad that she can go home early if she gets it done in a few days but forces beyond her control seem to hold her back and are continually in her way. Desperate to get home to her now hospitalized mother, Andi will risk anything to make it happen. 

The story of Alexandrine, the Green Man and little prince Louis-Charles that Andi reads in the girls' diary (which she finds in an old guitar case) is one of desperation and heartbreak. This whole part of the story really piqued my interest in what really happened to the young boy and I never knew the depravity and horrid nature in which he lived and died. The author also ties in the current event (2004) when DNA testing was done on a  preserved heart that was supposedly removed from the young prince after he died in captivity. 


There are a lot of great characters in this book that give the story real depth. The people that Andi meets while she is in current-day Paris include a handsome young musician, Virgil---the people that she and her father are staying with, Guillaume Lenortre (G for short) and his wife Lili just to name a few. 


I could go on and on about this book but I still would have a hard time giving you the details on everything it has to offer! I loved it and will recommending it to anyone and everyone! There are some references to drugs, alcohol and sex (not too much) but I think the whole concept for the book would be better suited for ages 14 and up anyway. 

In My Mailbox (45)

Sunday October 17, 2010
In My Mailbox hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea @ Pop Culture Junkie is a way to share what new books you get each week.  They can be books you borrowed from the library, bought, traded, won or received for review.

This is actually 2 weeks worth of books because I was out of town last weekend and I'm not quite as good as some other bloggers are at planning ahead! 























Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Banished by Sophie Littlefield
Destiny's Path (Warrior Princess #2) by Frewin Jones
The Emerald Flame (Warrior Princess #3) by Frewin Jones





















Vixen by Jillian Larken, December 2010
Frenzy by Francesca Lia Block (not picture but I already read and reviewed HERE)
Delirium by Lauren Oliver, February 2011
Strings Attached by Judy Blundell, March 2011
Recovery Road by Blake Nelson, March 2011
Gemini Bites by Patrick Ryan, March 2011





















The Midnight Tunnel: A Suzanna Snow Mystery by Angie Frazier, March 2011
Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg, January 2011
The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens (which came in a very cool metallic green mailer!) April 2011
Season of Secrets by Sally Nichols, January 2011
Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy, January 2011
The Romeo and Juliet Code by Phoebe Stone, January 2011




















 Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Petal Pushers: Too Many Blooms by Catherine R. Daly, March 2011
B Magical: The Missing Magic by Lexi Connor, January 2011
The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman, January 2011
The Loser List by H.N. Kowitt, April 2011 
Party Girl by Sabrina James, January 2011














Classic Chain Mail Jewelry by Sue Ripsch

Blog Tour Guest Post - Trash by Andy Mulligan + Contest!

Thursday October 14, 2010

I would like to welcome Andy Mulligan author of the new book Trash to Library Lounge Lizard!
(Photo credit  Jun Santos)



 LIBRARY LOUNGE LIZARD: 
WHERE’S THE BOOK SET?

Andy Mulligan here, writing hard on this blog tour for my new book, TRASH and thrilled to be appearing on “Library Lounge Lizard”. I’m putting Nick Cave onto the iPod so that I can concentrate – why does Nick Cave always provide just the right stuff?  

 TRASH is out in a few days, and we’re preparing for a book launch in Manila, blowing up the balloons and printing the free bookmarks. It is strange to be sitting in the very city where the novel was conceived, and to be walking past the statues that feature, and even – now and then – the trash boys doing their late-night rounds.

‘Why don’t you make it clear it’s the Philippines?’ said a very educated Filipino to me, yesterday.
‘I wanted to create a country that could be anywhere -’
‘Yes, I realize that. Why?’
‘I wanted the reader to think it could be Calcutta, Bogotá, Rio -’
‘Like I said, I realize that. Why?’

I have thought about this a lot, so I tried to get it clear in my own mind. Because the situation is not unique to the Philippines, and because – as a guest of the Philippines – I don’t feel like writing something that might be seen as an attack. Political corruption, child-labour, police-brutality – is there a country in the world that doesn’t suffer these evils? Even in the safe and sacred world of the UK and the US – do we know what happens in our police stations, and how the rich dodge their taxes? Do we know what happens to the waifs turning up on our railway stations? – and even if ‘child labour’ is a thing of the past, let’s not forget that our industries were built on that very commodity.

No: TRASH is not a book about the Philippines. The Philippines gave me some really vivid pictures, and out came the book. It really is set anywhere.

Win a copy of trash!
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Check out these other sites to find out more about Andy and his new book Trash:
www.RandomBuzzers.com  Where Andy will be chatting with Buzzers all week!
www.bookroomreviews.com  Another guest post from Andy today
http://www.omnimysterynews.com/   Andy's guest post for Oct. 15

Trash
by Andy Mulligan
Availalbe October 12, 2010
David Fickling Books
Raphael is a dumpsite boy. He spends his days wading through mountains of steaming trash, sifting it, sorting it, breathing it, sleeping next to it. Then one unlucky-lucky day, Raphael's world turns upside down. A small leather bag falls into his hands. It's a bag of clues. It's a bag of hope. It's a bag that will change everything. Soon Raphael and his friends Gardo and Rat are running for their lives. Wanted by the police, it takes all their quick-thinking, fast-talking to stay ahead. As the net tightens, they uncover a dead man's mission to put right a terrible wrong. And now it's three street-boys against the world...

I really enjoyed this book....full of action, mystery and clues that lead these boys on a dangerous journey. A great conversation starter in the classroom in regards to living conditions, relationships and poverty in third world countries around the world. 

Book Review - Frenzy by Francesca Lia Block

Wednesday October 13, 2010

Frenzy
by Francesca Lia Block
September 28, 2010
HarperTeen
Goodreads: Love is a werewolf, influenced by the moon and terror, and always about to change. Liv has a secret. Something happened to her when she was thirteen. Something that changed everything. Liv knows she doesn't belong anymore-not in her own skin, not in her family . . . not anywhere. The only time she truly feels like herself is when she's with her boyfriend, Corey, and in the woods that surround her town. But in the woods, a mysterious woman watches Liv.

In the woods, a pack of wild boys lurks. In the woods, Liv learns about the curse that will haunt her forever. The curse that caused the frenzy four years ago. And that may cause it again, all too soon.While Corey and Liv's love binds them together, Liv's dark secret threatens to tear them apart as she struggles to understand who-or what-she really is. And by the light of the full moon, the most dangerous secrets bare their claws. . . .

Review: This book is definitely different than any werewolf-themed book I've read to date. In fact it feels almost like the werewolf aspect of the story is used as a metaphor for just about any characteristic, physical or otherwise, that makes a teen feel like they aren't "normal" or are different than everybody else. 
Liv has always felt different but after her thirteenth birthday everything changes and her only really allies in life are her boyfriend Corey who is African American (which means Liv can't tell her obviously racists parents about him) and her best friend Pace who is gay. Pace must also hide his true self and together he and Liz use their friendship as a mask as they pose as boyfriend and girlfriend. This fact, in addition to the secrets about herself that she is keeping from Corey, is a constant strain on their relationship as he watches Pace and Liz act out their pseudo boyfriend-girlfriend relationship in public.

The plan is that Liv, Corey and Pace will soon escape their "prison" when they go away to college in the big city where they feel their lives will finally start. When mysterious things start happening to Liv and the murders continue in the forests surrounding her house, she feels this future may be in jeopardy. People in her strange little town are keeping secrets from her...including her parents who seem to keep her at arms length. Especially her father who looks at her sometimes with almost disdain in her eyes. Her grandpa tries to help her but are his ramblings the truth or just an old man who is a bit "confused"?

I enjoyed this read because like I stated earlier it is different than most paranormal books and I also think it has a message about how kids feel with being and feeling different than their peers and parents. In other words, I think a LOT of kids will in some ways relate to Liv. There is some pretty emotional stuff here including sex, underage drinking and death. I recommend this book for ages 14 and up.

Author Lauren Bjorkman Mega-Contest!

Thursday October 7, 2010

Author Lauren Bjorkman is having an awesome contest on her website HERE

She is giving away the following...

  • One $25 gift certificate to the bookstore of your choice
  • A second $25 dollar gift certificate
  • 15 amazing contemporary novels SIGNED  by the author. 
  • Plus more great stuff!!!
Go NOW, yes hurry...enter before its too late!  
Lauren Bjorkman

Whoops or Maybe I should blog when I'm not distracted by a school full of hyper middle-schoolers...

Wednesday October 6, 2010


Sorry for the confusion :) My Waiting on Wednesday was a LITTLE inaccurate! Here is the actual US cover for the book which will be called The Demon Trapper's Daughter her in the states. Here are the two covers I found...the first one being the possible US cover and the one to the right, the UK version.

Thanks to author Jana Oliver for setting me straight! Still very excited for the book which is set for release on February 1, 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin....

The Demon Trapper's Daughter
(Demon Trapper's #1)
by Jana Oliver
Release date February 1, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (28)

Wednesday September 29, 2010 


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











Forsaken
(Demon Trappers #1)
by Jana Oliver
Macmillan
Riley has always wanted to be a Demon Trapper like her father, and she's already following in his footsteps as one of the best. But it's tough being the only girl in an all-guy world, especially when three of those guys start making her life more complicated: Simon, the angelic apprentice who has heaven on his side; Beck, the tough trapper who thinks he's God's gift, and Ori, the strikingly sexy stranger who keeps turning up to save her ass. One thing's for sure - if she doesn't keep her wits about her there'll be hell to pay...


This sounds something akin to The City of Bones Series so I'll definitely be checking it out!

Here is another book I can't wait to get my hands on because the previous book in the series left me really wondering how its going to work out....I won't give anything away for those of you who haven't read Evernight and the rest of the books (if you haven't you should.....right now....go, go!) But something happened at the end of book 3 that is making me nervous...

Afterlife
Evernight Series #4
by Claudia Gray
HarperTeen
The fourth book in this electrifying vampire series has all the romance, suspense, and page-turning drama that have made Claudia Gray’s Evernight books runaway successes.

Having become what they feared most, Bianca and Lucas face a terrifying new reality. They must return to Evernight Academy, Lucas as a vampire and Bianca as a wraith. But Lucas is haunted by demons, both personal and supernatural. Bianca must help him fight the evil inside him, combat the forces determined to drive them apart—and find the power to claim her destiny at last.

Readers have fallen in love with Bianca and Lucas, and they will be thrilled to read this exciting conclusion to their romantic adventure. 


A wraith...a wraith? How the heck is this gonna work???

Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!

Monday October 4, 2010

I wanted to share some books with you that have been super popular in the library since the day they arrived and I put them out on the shelf! Zombies are nothing new but the latest ones seem to have the boys lining up to read them and as a middle school librarian that makes me VERY happy!

Here they are....do YOU have any zombie books to share? If so please post about them!!!

Z
by Michael Thomas Ford
Harper Teen
Josh is by far the best zombie Torcher around. At least, he is in his virtual-reality zombie-hunting game. Zombies haven't existed in the real world in more than fifteen years, and the battle to defeat the devastating zombie epidemic is now the stuff of history lessons. Or so it seems.

When Josh accepts a coveted invitation to join an underground gaming league in the dark, forgotten tunnels of the city, he soon realizes that hunting zombies is not all fun and games. Real blood is spilling, members of the team are disappearing, and the zombies in the game are acting strange. And then there's the matter of a mysterious drug called Z...

This darkly thrilling teen novel will have readers holding their breath as they turn every page


Rot and Ruin
by Jonathan Maberry
Simon & Schuster
In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn't want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human. 












The Enemy
By Charlie Higson
Hyperion
 They'll chase you. They'll rip you open. They'll feed on you...When the sickness came, every parent, policeman, politician - every adult - fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry. Only children under fourteen remain, and they're fighting to survive. Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city - down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground - the grown-ups lie in wait. But can they make it there - alive?

Book Review - Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel

Friday October 1, 2010

Infinite Days: A Vampire Queen Novel
by Rebecca Maizel
August 3, 2010
St. Martin's Griffin
Goodreads Summary: Lenah Beaudonte is, in many ways, your average teen: the new girl at Wickham Boarding School, she struggles to fit in enough to survive and stand out enough to catch the eye of the golden-boy lacrosse captain. But Lenah also just happens to be a recovering five-hundred-year-old vampire queen. After centuries of terrorizing Europe, Lenah is able to realize the dream all vampires have -- to be human again. After performing a dangerous ritual to restore her humanity, Lenah entered a century-long hibernation, leaving behind the wicked coven she ruled over and the eternal love who has helped grant her deep-seated wish.

Until, that is, Lenah draws her first natural breath in centuries at Wickham and rediscovers a human life that bears little resemblance to the one she had known. As if suddenly becoming a teenager weren’t stressful enough, each passing hour brings Lenah closer to the moment when her abandoned coven will open the crypt where she should be sleeping and find her gone. As her borrowed days slip by, Lenah resolves to live her new-found life as fully as she can. But, to do so, she must answer ominous questions: Can an ex-vampire survive in an alien time and place? What can Lenah do to protect her new friends from the bloodthirsty menace about to descend upon them? And how is she ever going to pass her biology midterm?

Review: I was so enamored with this book from the first look. I mean seriously could the cover get any better???  I know, I know don't judge a book by its cover but sometimes its just so hard!
Thank goodness I wasn't disappointed by the actual story!

As a vampire queen Lenah has many devoted followers....all of them men (well young men considering she chooses them around the age of eighteen or younger). The complications that arise from this are many, but the relationships she forms with four specific young men will set the course for hope and disaster through out her centuries as a human then vampire (without giving anything away, that process may repeat itself....confused? wha ha ha :)

One specific thing that I really enjoyed about this book is that Lenah forms relationships with other characters that, as a reader, you will really invest in. I laughed, I cried, whatever....but the quality and depth of the characters is well played and therefore meaningful.  Lenah herself is an awesome leading character and the fact that you will like her despite knowing about her gruesome past is very telling. 

I wavered just a nano-second in the middle of the book and I hate even mentioning it because, well sometimes that's just me and my ADD but just in case, please keep reading because the ending is totally worth it! Let me also say that I was left devastated at the end of the book but thank goodness we get a preview of the next book in the series with chapter one provided for your reading pleasure. I was left with a What! Who? Huh? after reading chapter one of book 2 but let me say it left me REALLY anticipating the next books release in early 2011 titled Stolen Nights.  

If you love a good paranormal romance with a unique twist to the old vampire plot then this book is for you! I recommend for ages 14 and up :)