Thursday, December 30, 2010

Literary Lonestar & Montgomery County Teen Book Fest

There are several Literary Lonestars meeting up at the Montgomery Fest in January!  What are Literary Lonestars?  Well it's Texas Authors, Bloggers, and Book lovers. We all sort of knew that there were a lot of us in Texas and we follow each others blogs and even attended some of the same events.  Some of us have met and we all know of each others blogs so what better way to keep in touch than a facebook page!  The first event some of us will be attending is the Montgomery County Teen Book Fest in North Houston. Are you planning on attending now that you have heard about the event and awesome Literary Lonestar group?  Great!

Also if you are in Texas and want to be a Literary Lonestar?  Just like the facebook page

Montgomery County Teen Book Fest info:

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Author Lineup
Lois Lowry
Anna Godbersen
Justina Chen
Derek Kirk Kim
Thomas E. Sniegoski
Jeff Stone

Things You Can Do
• Get in free, thanks to our generous sponsors
• Hear renowned young adult authors speak
• See a Panel Discussion that features all of the authors
• Attend Breakout Sessions to interact more closely with two authors of your choice
• Listen to music & purchase refreshments
• Buy books and have them signed by the authors

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Review: Amy and Roger's Epic Detour

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

I won't lie Amy & Roger's Epic Detour took me a while to get into but about half way through the book I was was loving this book!  When we first meet Amy she is so overwhelmed by grief that all she wants to live in solitude with her pain.  Amy's father died in a car accident three months earlier and her mother decided to move the family cross country to Connecticut.  She leaves Amy the job of getting the car from California to Connecticut but Amy doesn't drive.

Amy's mother explains that her friend's son Roger will drive her to Connecticut.  Her mother pulls that old trick oh you remember Roger you played together that time you were kids...ah yeah that makes it so much better.

Enter Roger and all I can think is Holy Awkwardness! Amy has a world of hurt to deal with, hates being in cars since her father passed, and Roger is HOT!  Shortly after the road trip begins Hot_Roger decides that Amy's mom's itinerary is not going to work and the detours begin.  Roger's main reason for the trip turns out to be his ex-girlfriend who he still sort of has feelings for.  While Amy slowly starts to part with her baggage and yes at one point even literally.  (Funny story I promise)

The different people they meet and spend time with along the way are so much fun and Amy even finds a way to honor her father.  She also gets to see her life from other people's point of view which helps her heal.  I promise that by the end of the road trip you will have laughed, cried, and enjoyed every second of it.  I can't wait to read more from Morgan Matson!

P.S. This would make a great moview.

P.P.S. I need to go to Chick-fil-A. Read the book you will understand!

P.P.P.S If Lucian is what Kentucky guys are really like I'm packing my bags! I loved him!

Monday, December 27, 2010

New Year - New Book Resolutions!

Wow 2010 has come and gone in the blink of an eye. I remember thinking it seemed like I had to wait an eternity before I got to read Linger, Mockingjay, and counting down the days to great tours like Smart Chicks, Harper Supernatural Summer Tour, and of course the Texas Book Festival!

So with a new year comes new goals and dreams!  My blogger friend Melissa at My World words and pages created a post about New Years Bookish resolutions so here are some of mine.

Reading Goal: 75 Books that is 15 more than 2010

New authors challenge: 25 of the 75 books I read should be new authors I have never read before.  Last year I participated in Literary Escapism New Author Challenge and met my goal so I hope to be able to do the same this year.  These do not have to be debut authors just authors that you have never read before.

Blog goals: More author interviews, fun giveaways, and blog more!

Attend Events: Texas Book Festival in Austin, try to attend as many YA events in Houston as possible, and other fun book events in Texas.

I am looking forward to hanging out with the great group of friends I have made due to our love of books as well as meet lots of great authors, readers, and bloggers!

Of course what would 2011 be without all the great books that will be released? So the countdown begins and my list of books I am looking forward to in 2011 grows!  If you are wondering I keep a list on the Release Date tab.

What are some of your goals?  To read more resolutions visit Melissa's blog!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

DARK DAYS of Supernatural

One of my favorite authors Kimberly Derting is going on tour with the DARK DAYS of Supernatural and they have provided a whole bunch of items to pimp out your website....yes I said pimp reminds me of Pimp-my-Ride. My days will be dark because the tour isn't stopping in Texas, but I am excited for everyone who will attend this event. OK so here are the details below:

The Website:

Desires of the Dead
The Book Covers

Kim Derting

Dark days of Supernatural Badge

Very much needed I am reading badge

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Last but not least if you have not read The Body Finder trust me it's a 5 star book run out and get it and preorder Desires of the Dead while you are at it.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Secret Santa

I know this sounds crazy but last year I had no idea that book bloggers existed or that there is a whole community of book bloggers. So this year I feel a little more in the know and one of the events I found out about was secret santa! I signed up with Holiday Swap and I received a great package from my Secret Santa. I don't know who the person is but THANK YOU!!!! I will be signing up again next year!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

12 most fascinating authors of 2010

I thought I would borrow Barabara Walters’s style and mention my top 12 authors of 2010. I loved reading so many books written by so many great authors this past year but I narrowed it down to the 12 who really stood out.

Maggie Stiefvater: Maggie brought us back to Mercy Falls were Sam and Grace are still in love and once again she told a beautiful story.

Kimberly Derting: Kimberly makes the list for her books The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead which will be released in 2011 they’re both fantastic novels. I always forget that The Body Finder is Kim’s first published novel. She is so amazing, funny, and I wish her lots of time on the best sellers list.

Kate Kaynak: Kate writes for a small publishing house but her books really pack a punch. You might not see Minder on the shelves of the big book stores, but I guarantee if you buy this book you will fall in love.

Jen Lancaster: I am not a big reader of nonfiction memoirs except when it comes to Jen. She is funny, snarky, and laugh out loud funny. Jen Lancaster was the first author signing I attended and I was so nervous. She of course was really sweet and last year when I saw her again I told her how much I loved her book and got to chat with her a bit.

Rachel Caine: Rachel is a Texas author who has the long running series Morganville Vampires. Woohoo Texas!! Morganville is set here in Texas and she has a way of keeping you hooked over nine books and more to come.

Duo Rachel Cohn and David Levithan: I had never read a book by Rachel and David until Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares and let me tell you I was missing out. I loved Dash and Lily so much that after reading it I found it was hard to find another book I loved as much. I will frantically start collecting all the books they have written.

Simone Elkeles: Simone writes beautiful books about bad boys who change for a girl they would never date. The boys are so much likes those I have dated in the past but only they never changed. She also has lovely endings to her books and lots of kissing!

Melissa de la Cruz: Melissa by far has the most secrets and details in her stories than anyone I have ever read. She gave me Jack Force for which I am grateful and Mimi who I love to hate. I also adore her earlier series Au Pair which will hopefully be made into a movie soon.

Sophie Jordan: Dragons. Yes I said dragons. I was first drawn to Firelight by the cover but was worried about the dragon angle well that all changed after a few chapters. I was hooked and even more I was swooning for Will the hunter. Firelight is Sophie’s first YA novel. She is however a very established romance author.

Melissa Marr: The wonderful author of the Wicked Lovely books gave me Radiant Shadows which I loved!  Melissa will take you into the dark world of the Fey where you can find love, hate, passion, and always leaves you wanting more.  In February of 2011 Melissa will release her last book Wicked Lovely book which I can say I am both sad and excited for.

Suzanne Collins: 2010 was the year of the Mockingjay. I mean if you read YA then you were counting down to August 24th because the final book of The Hunger Games trilogy would be released. Mockingjay was sad, exciting, and amazing. I will miss you Katniss and Peeta.

Stephanie Perkins: December is one of the craziest times of the year for me.  Work always picks up and Christmas shopping takes over!  Also after reading paranormal and dystopia one needs a happy real world book and Anna and the French Kiss pulled me out of a reading funk and made me forget about the December madness.

2010 was an amazing year! I am excited to read new books from some of my favorites in 2011 but I am also excited about all the new authors I will discover!

Monday, December 20, 2010

The world of Gae Polisner

When I first heard that 2K11 blog existed I took a long shot and emailed them to ask if they would be interested in being featured on my blog.  I never knew if I would hear back or so imagine my surprised when they said yes!  Gae is one of the authors who does not have a cover yet and when I suggested she draw one she actually did.  She is so much fun and I have been receiving the best artwork emails from her and I would like to share it with you.  Also you know if I ever meet Gae I am going to print these on photo paper and have her sign them!

Gae's Pull of Gravity Cover Art

Gae's self portrait

Did you know Geoff Herbach's nick name is Nacho dip?  When I asked Gae posted this:
I believe Geoff's nickname Nacho Dip comes from the fact that on the day of his birth, his parents couldn't make it all the way to the hospital, and so they stopped the car outside a Dorito facility. Rumour has it, he was born in a giant batch of chips.

Update! More art!!!

For more nick names and details on 2K11 visit

Friday, December 17, 2010

Roll Call for 2K11 Part 2

Good Morning Readers,

Let's recap!
  • Trailer
  • Blogging with Carrie Harris
  • Meeting Class of 2k11 part1
  • So many great comments from the authors

Now I have more of the Summer session and the Fall session!

Tara Hudson, Hereafter, June 7, 2011

Geoff Herbach, Stupid Fast ,June 2011

Carrie Harris, Bad Taste in Boys, July 12, 2011

Amy Fellner Dominy, OyMG!, Summer 2011

Gae H. Polisner, The Pull of Gravity, Spring 2011

Caroline Starr Rose, May B., Fall 2011

Megan Bostic, Never Eighteen, Fall 2011

Trinity Faegen, The Mephisto Covenant: The Redemption of Ajax, Fall 2011

Kiki Hamilton, THE FAERIE RING, Fall 2011

Tess Hilmo, With A Name Like Love, Fall 2011

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For more information visit 2k11 Blog!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Roll Call for 2K11

Good Morning Readers,

We have watched the 2K11 trailer, heard Carrie Harris about 2K11, so let's get down to it and meet the Class of 2K11! Today I am calling roll for Spring and beginning of Summer sessions. Make sure to come back tomorrow when I have the end of Summer session and the Fall session authors!

Julia Karr, XVI, January 6, 2011

Bettina Restrepo, Illegal, March 11, 2011

Amy Holder, The Lipstick Laws, April 4, 2011

Carole Estby Dagg, The Year We Were Famous
April 4, 2011

Angie Smibert, Memento Nora, April 15, 2011

K. Ryer Breese, Future Imperfect, April 26, 2011

Christina Mandelski, The Sweetest Thing, May 2011

Sheila O’Connor, Sparrow Road, May 2011

Alissa Grosso, Popular, May 2011

Last Minute Entry:

For more information visit 2k11 Blog!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

THE CLASS OF 2K11 by Carrie Harris

Hi Readers,
I told you I had a secret that involved 2k11 and today author Carrie Harris is here to tell you all about it.  Through out the rest of the week I will big giving you details about all the authors and through 2011 we will meet so many of these great authors.  Readers please welcome Carrie Harris! 



Ahem. Sorry. We’re just a little excited to partner with Cari on the Class of 2k11 Yearbook project. The whole process of being a debut author is kind of like the senior year of high school, only with fewer horrible prom experiences, better hair, and no final exams. At least I hope so. I REALLY hope so. That last prom almost killed me. And don’t get me started on the hair.

So we’ll be doing this yearbook thing throughout the year, which will be a lot of fun. But before we get to that, Cari thought you might like to hear a little bit about the Class of 2k11. See, in 2007, a bunch of YA and MG authors got together and said, “Yo! Wouldn’t it be the bomb if we all got together and did events and things?” (Okay, so maybe they didn’t say “Yo!” But you get the picture, right?) Some of the most amazing authors were involved in that first 2k class. I’m talking Cassandra Clare, Jay Asher, Rebecca Stead, and Melissa Marr, just to name a few.

Yeah, I make high pitched noises of excitement when I read that list. I admit it.

And with that kind of history, of course lots of people wanted to sign up. So now there is a 2k class every year. In order to join, you have to be a new YA or MG author with a book out in that calendar year. Pretty simple, eh?

With open enrollment like that, you can expect a lot of variety from the 2k classes, and I think that’s one of our strengths! No matter what you like, there will be a book for you in the Class of 2k11! We’ve got a little bit of everything: contemporary, dystopian, fantasy, historical, paranormal…about the only thing we don’t have is an epic poem about mutant wombats. Which is really unforgiveable when you think about it.

Anyway. That’s who we are. And as 2011 rolls in, we’d love to hear from you about what YOU like to read and what makes YOU tick. We feel lucky to be in a small group that allows us to get to know and talk to you! So drop in to see us!

You can visit us at our website, Twitter, and Facebook.

So that’s it! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve just come up with the best idea for a sequel involving mutant wombats…

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I have a secret....2k11 style

Hey Readers,

Did I get your attention with the title? I like you am always looking for new authors and new books. Do you wonder what it was like for some of our favorite authors when they first started? Do you wish there was a place to learn all about debut authors? Are you a fan of Melissa Marr, Cassandra Clare, Jay Asher? What if I told you they all had something in common? The catch I can't tell you yet but I will give you a clue.  If you come back tomorrow you will get even more details!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Review: Matched

Matched by Ally Condie
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Dystopia in literature is often defined as a futuristic society that has degraded into a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian.

Matched is one of those books that has a huge following right out of the gate and after reading it I see why. Matched is a dystopian novel by Allie Condie that I won from Jennifer Lynn Barnes author of Raised by Wolves and is amazing. With the end of Hunger Games I have noticed that a lot of new dystopian novels will be hitting the shelf in 2011.

Matched has been described as a story that Twilight and Hunger Games fans will love. I would like to disagree with that because if you go into the idea that Matched is similar to Twilight or Hunger Games you are setting yourself up for disappointment. Read this book because you want to discover a new book and genre.

In Matched the world is a very structured place. The Society (government) decides everything for you including who you will marry, where you live, what job you do, when you die, how much food you can eat, and they even monitor your dreams. The world feels very much like Pleasantville x 100.

When Cas goes to the Match Banquet to find out who her future husband will be she discovers that it’s her best friend Xander. This is something that is very uncommon as they usually match based on who would be most compatible to produce future citizens. Most matches are in other cities and not someone you typically know. They are given microcards with data about their match and instructions for courting. Only when Cas looks at her card she discovers another face of someone else she knows. The face she sees is Ky the quiet boy at school she has also known most of her life.

Complications arise as Cas wonders how the Society could have made a mistake. Mistakes in this world never happen. Even stranger is the fact that Ky was not meant to ever be matched because his father killed people and the Society will not risk his defiant genes to be spread. I was so frustrated with the control the Society had over the citizens and I wanted Cas to stand up and start a rebellion. Cas does set things in motion but not with brute force.

As with human nature if you are told you can’t fall in love with someone you normally do. I felt the story of Xander should have been explored more since he was one of my favorite characters. He was her best friend all her life but after the matching he seemed to fade into the background. I will say the first half of the story was a bit slow but after I found myself really enjoying the book. Match is delightful in the way the romance plays out. Don’t expect a fast paced book because the story is very subtle and yet beautiful. I will say there is an insane cliffhanger but it’s worth it for such a unique story.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Review: Two Way Street

Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Rating: 2 of 5 Stars

I was hoping for a fun lighthearted novel with characters you would really love but Two Way Street fell short. The characters are obsessed with myspace so the story feels a little dated but you can easily replace any social media site and get the same outcome. In Two Way Street Courtney is forced to road trip to college with her ex-boyfriend who dumped her for a girl he met on myspace. Courtney’s character comes off as extremely immature, controlling, and bratty. She spends so much time trying to picture what the myspace girl is like and how the myspace girl is with her ex Jordan.

I must warn you I feel this would be for the more mature YA reader because there is a lot of drinking and casual hooking up. I was annoyed that the parents were being far more immature than the teens. The most likeable character is Jordan. Jordan was a player who believed in nothing more than hooking up. Then he meets Courtney who is pretty, but definitely not the hookup type. He tries to change his ways but then discovers a secret about Courtney’s family that will cause him to reconsider things with her.

There are a lot of points where the book drags and I felt there was too much inner monologue. After the road trip from hell Courtney and Jordan are forced to stop running from the issues that caused their break up and they must decide if they are done for good.

I did like that the book was told from Courtney and Jordan’s points of views so you really get a feel for what both characters are going through. I will say that it might be a while before I pick up another book by this author.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Review: Nightshade

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Andrea Creamer really brings the steamy sexy scenes to Nightshade. Nightshade is about Calla an alpha female wolf that is destined to mate with Ren, the alpha male of another pack and together they will rule their own pack just like many before them. Only Calla slips and exposes herself to Shay, a human boy, when she saves him. Breaking the rules to save him is only the beginning of her defiance against everything she knows and the way she lives.

I felt that Ren and Shay were playing tug-of-war with Calla and she let her hormones easily sway her. Ren is the alpha wolf who hooks up with any female and yet gets jealous if a guy goes near Calla. On the first group date Calla shows up to a club and finds a female from Ren’s pack straddled on his lap and licking his neck. Now if I was an alpha female I would have dragged her off of him and showed her what an alpha is all about. I don’t know of a nicer way to put it than to say Ren is a man whore. On the other side there is Shay and he wants Calla to throw her whole life away for him. Can Calla simply give up her history and everything she has ever known to be with him? Every time Calla is around Ren she loses control and wants to be with him and it's the same way when she's with Shay only he is exciting because he is forbidden and represents rebellion.

I kept wondering what Calla wants for herself outside of the lust she feels for these guys. As an alpha she has always lead her pack but once the pack merges with Ren’s pack he will take over. Accepting this does not come easily to Calla. Shay wants Calla to ask herself who really decides what is best for the packs and herself. Calla knows that breaking the rules will force her to cross lines that could get her killed and endanger the entire pack. Nightshade is a fast paced story with lots of twists and turns that ends in an intense cliffhanger. I am looking forward to the follow up book in the Nightshade series entitled Wolfsbane.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Review: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

5 of 5 Stars

This book is fanciful, fun, and an overall hit! If you need a break from paranormal or heavy subjects Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares is the book for you! The book is set in New York City during Christmas so this is the perfect book for the season. Don’t think this is strictly a book about Christmas because I am sure this book could be enjoyed year round and I can see myself rereading this book many times.

Dash is browsing the shelves of his favorite bookstore when he comes across a red notebook. The red notebook lists a series of questions and if he follows the directions he might get to meet the owner of the book. Dash is described as "snarky" but under that attitude he is so lovable.

Lily is an eccentric girl who you will automatically want to be friends with. Her brother, Langston, came up with the idea of the notebook to help her find a boyfriend and to keep her busy since their parents were going out of town for Christmas and that gives him time to hang out with his boyfriend Benny. Lily doesn’t have any friends and has never had a boyfriend. Her only friends are the dogs she walks because her parents won’t let her have a real pet. Don’t worry the reason why is a great sub-plot in the book. Lily’s friends are her family especially her grandpa and her great aunt.

Through the notebook Dash and Lily get to know each other and learn more about the each other than those who live with them on a daily basis. Lily wants to share her love of Christmas with Dash, but he'd rather the holiday just go away. In one hilarious scene Lily sends Dash to visit Santa at Macy's in Times Square which takes hours and a power mad Elf won’t let Dash through. When Santa figures out who Dash is he asks him to reach in his suit to pull out the instructions of what to do next. Only Santa isn’t wearing anything under the jacket and it’s a funny and gross story.

All is going great until Lily fails to make the drop of the notebook and has no way to get in touch with Dash. Dash starts to wonder if sharing dares is enough or should he attempt to meet her, but he starts to wonder if Lily in real life can live up to the Lily he knows from the notebook. I found Dash and Lily to be a refreshing story and I couldn’t put it down. I literally read it straight through because I didn’t want to end the adventure. If you are looking for something romantic, sweet, funny, and over all a great book this is the one you should read! I dare you!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Review: Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Story: 2 star
Audio: 1 star
Cover: 4 star

Warning: I listened to this book on audio and it was not a pleasant experience.

Sisters Red is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. I want to go over what I did enjoy. I loved the cover of the book and the idea that we would see wolves in a villain role instead of as the hunky best friend, hero, and misunderstood emo guy. I also really like one of the main characters Scarlett, she is physically and emotionally scared.

In Sisters Red Scarlett and Rosie are sisters who live in a cabin by themselves after a wolf attacked and killed their grandmother. Scarlett makes it her mission in life to kill any wolves that come to their small town in Georgia.

Scarlett is the older sister who lost an eye and has horrible scars from a wolf attack and lives with those horrible memories every day. Her life goal is to stop the wolves and protect her little sister Rosie. Enter Silas, a young woodsman who has hunted with Scarlett all his life but decided that the hunt wasn’t for him and he walked away. A year later he returns to the woods to find Scarlett still hunting and Rosie at 16 has grown up. Rosie, much like Silas also wants a life outside the hunt but Scarlett saved her as a child and she feels she owes it to her sister to stay with her. I personally would not want someone to stay with me out of obligation. Scarlett assumes that Rosie feels the same way about hunting and that it is their obligation to stop the wolves because others can’t.

During the hunt they find out that new wolves can only be turned every few years and this happens to be a turning year and the wolves are searching for potential victims. To broaden their search Rosie, Scarlett, and Silas move to Atlanta to hunt.

Silas, 21 and Rosie, 16 develop a relationship without Scarlett realizing it and he encourages her to find a life outside of the hunt. Rosie deals with a lot of guilt especially where her sister is involved. Rosie was my least favorite character for many reasons. She wants more but feels guilty about it and I don’t feel that her main focus is her sister like she says. The sisters keep saying they are half of the same heart and this didn’t really make sense to me. I think it would be a great line if they were twins. In my opinion if Rosie really cared about her sister she would have flat out asked Scarlett "do you have feelings for Silas because I think I like him?" I also felt it was selfish of Rosie to pursue something with Silas because she is a pretty girl who could have met many guys but instead chose the one guy who knew and accepted her sister, scars and all. Did I mention I’m not a fan of her's?

The Wolves! The wolves can shift to human males and are really handsome and only choose to eat pretty girls. They spend their time at clubs, bowling, jogging in groups, and at salsa classes in community centers searching for girls. I was hoping for creepy lurking vicious beasts and didn’t really get this.

Scarlett finds out about the relationship between her best friend and little sister and does not take it well. She leaves to try to figure out what is happening and finds out more about Silas’s past than even he knows about. During this time, while Scarlett is gone, Rosie lets her guard down and gets kidnapped by the wolves. Scarlett and Silas work together to try to get Rosie back and it's this decision that will change the rest of their lives.

I have heard mixed reviews about this book some people love it while others not so much. Me, not so much but I will give the author another chance in the future.

Listening to the audiobook I hated the accents the characters have. I also felt the narrators was reading really slow and I could have been finished with the book long before the audio was done. I was also really irritated by the fact that the narrators spoke every sigh and grimace. I really should have just read the book because it might have turned out different than listening to it on audio.

Remember this is simply my opinion. I normally just give a flat rating, but since this was an audio I want to rate things a little different.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas Card from Cari's Book Blog

Hello All,

Happy Sunday! Today I was surfing the blogs to see what's going on in the book blogger world and I came across YA Addict's post on Christmas Cards. I thought this was a brilliant idea and decided I'm going to give it a shot. If you would like to get added to my Christmas Card list leave me your name and address in the google form!  Don't worry once I send the card I will delete the mailing address and no other person will have access to the list.  If you feel more comfortable you can email me with your address.

If you are under age please check with your parents and use the following format: 
c/o your parents name

Also I don't expect to get many request but if so I'll cap it 10 international (due to postage fees) and 25 US & Canada.  I will be taking request until December 15th so I can get them out to you in time.

Friday, December 3, 2010


First HarperTeen wowed everyone with the Supernatural Summer Tour, which if you remember was right here in Houston and I got to meet Kimberly Derting, Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison, and Ellen Schreiber. Now a few lucky cities will get to meet Ellen Schreiber,Cynthia Hand, Claudia Gray,Courtney Allison Moulton, and Kimberly Derting! I am so jealous because I really want to see Kimberly Derting again and have her sign my copies of Desires of the Dead. I am hoping that the tour is so successful HarperTeen will bring them to Texas.  While I dream about amazing book events in Texas check out this great video about the author on THE DARK DAYS Tour.

For more details visit Pitch Dark on:

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Review: The Replacement

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

I was really excited to read The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff. Brenna is Maggie Stiefvater’s critique partner and part of Merry Sisters of Fate. I like that The Replacement is told from a male point of view which I always find refreshing. Mackie Doyle lives in the small town of Gentry and has always been sick. He is allergic to any form of iron including the smell of blood. He looks nothing like his family and his goal is to simply fit in when really he stands out more than anyone.

The Replacement is a book about Fey and very different from any faeries I have read about before. These don’t seem as evil but as a twist there are two courts and one is made up of un-dead fey who want the town to love them while the other likes to keep the town in check with sacrifices and fear. If you have ever read about the fey folk than you know you should never ask them for help or eat or drink anything they offer, because there are always consequences. Mackie is pulled into their world and finds out he might be more like the fey than anyone in his own world, but he simply wants to remain normal.

I sadly couldn’t get fully into the story and found it lacking that certain spark that makes me want to get lost in the story. I loved the creepy cover of this book, but i just couldn't fall in love with the story itself. I do look forward to reading more from Brenna in the future.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December To Read List

So here is my schedule of what I plan to read this month. Feel free to join me and then we can discuss. Also I am always up for taking recommendations. If you check my blog often you will find I add and remove books just depending on my moods. Happy reading!

Currently Reading:

Finished Reading:

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Review: Misguided Angel

Misguided Angel by Melissa de la Cruz

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Wow the Blue Blood Series just keeps getting more intense. I feel as if this series is one of those pictures within a picture. Each book tells a story but sometimes in order to get those hidden clues you have to step back and look at the bigger picture. Misguided Angel picks up where The Van Alen Legacy left off. Mimi is still in charge of the New York Coven and has focused all her energy on keeping the coven running so she can keep her mind off the fact that she lost Kingsly and that Jack left her at the altar for Schuyler. Mimi is the girl you love to hate but her actions make you not want to slap her as much in Misguided Angel.

Jack and Schuyler’s quest to find the gates of hell came to a halt when, instead of finding help they found imprisonment. Jack and Sky must find a way to escape and find the gates to complete her grandfather’s mission. Aside from the fact that Jack and Sky are always putting their lives in danger their relationship seems to be growing and is so amazing. (Insert swoon here)

Mimi in the meantime is dealing with a problem of exposure. She receives a mysterious video email of a vampire tied to a chair with a message that says she will be killed within . Mimi puts all her efforts into finding her before the girl is killed. Mimi turns to an unlikely source for help and finds he is not only loyal and honest, but could be a friend as well.

When a second vampire is taken, Mimi calls in Deming Chen, a Venator, to help in the investigation. Venators are part of the secret police to help keep the Blue Bloods safe. Deming always apprehends the criminal and has never failed until she gets to New York and discovers that not everything is as cut and dry as she's used to.

Certain chapters are told from the perspective of Blue Bloods in 1400’s Florence, that tie into part of Misguided Angel but also into the larger story of the series. I missed the bigger story arch and it wasn’t until I talked to a friend about the book that she pointed it out. I also had to reference the Keys to the Repository at times because it has been a few years since I read the previous books and not everything is fresh in my mind.

The ending is amazing and leaves a cliff hanger for Lost in Time, the next book in the Blue Blood Series, to be released in October 2011. I know this seems like forever but in the mean time there will be two other books related to Blue Bloods. Bloody Valentine a collection of short stories will be released December 28, 2010 and the adult spin off Witches of East End will be available Summer 2011.