Friday, April 30, 2010

100 Post and Giveaway

I am really excited to reach my 100 post!  I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy writing it. To celebrate I am going to ask a few questions about one of my favorite authors and four people will an win autographed bookmark!  If you already won a bookmark you are not eligible for another one, but I will give you something off my bookshelf.  Also please be honest because if not I will disqualify your entry.


Contest closes May 15th CST Midnight and winners will be notified via email.



Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Dead Girls's Dance Review

The Dead Girls' Dance (The Morganville Vampires, #2) The Dead Girls' Dance by Rachel Caine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There is no place like Morganville! Rachel Caine keeps us entertained with Dead Girls’ Dance, the second book in the Morganville Series. At the end of The Glass House Frank Collins, Shane’s dad, came to Morganville to get rid of the vampires. In Dead Girls’ Dance he kills a vampire and many humans. Since Morganville can’t find Frank they will hold Shane responsible. Frank doesn’t sit around waiting for his son to pay for his sins instead he kidnaps the Mayors daughter for leverage. Claire tries to find a way to save Shane, but she only manages to get deeper involved with Morganville’s head vampires. Michael decides he can no longer live trapped in The Glass House and Eve is dealing with her new job at the collage. The book was great and a really fast read. If you haven’t read this series I suggest you start!

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Body Finder Review

The Body Finder (Body Finder, #1) 
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting is five star AMAZING! Seriously pick the book up and make it your next read because it is that good! The Body Finder is about Violet who inherited a gift that leads her to find dead things that are not at rest and see imprints on those who have killed before. When she was young it was small things like birds or other small wildlife, but at eight she found a dead girl.
The story takes place when Violet is sixteen and starts to have feeling for her childhood best friend Jay Heaton at the same time girls start disappearing from town. Jay is so sweet and seems oblivious to the fact that all the girls in school including Violet now see him in a much different way. Violet is to afraid to tell Jay how she feels and hopes that she can get past it and just be his friend. From chapter one I was screaming “JUST KISS HIM ALREADY!” talk about tension!
Violet has avoided using her gift for most of her life, but once the missing girls are showing up dead with no leads on who the killer is she realizes she could help. Jay of course thinks it’s a bad idea, but decides to help her. Seeking out a killer that targets young girls can potential make Violet his next target if she isn’t careful.
The Body Finder breaks the stereo types that Young Adult books never have good parental figures and that the love interest has to be a tortured guy with issues. Violet not only has two involved parents but also a caring aunt and uncle who keep a close eye on her. Jay her potential love interest is a good kid and so swoon worthy!
The Body Finder is Kimberly’s first book. Desire of the Dead is the title of her second which will be released in 2011. Kimberly will be part of the HarperTeen's Supernatural Summer Tour with Aprilynne Pike, Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison, and Ellen Schreiber. In the fall she will also take part in the Smart Chicks Kick Tour.

For more information on Kimberly:
http://kimberlyderting.com
http://twitter.com/kimberlyderting
http://supernaturalsummer.com
http://SmartChicksKickIt.com

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Interview with Laura Kreitzer and Book Giveaway


Earlier this week I had my very first interview with author Laura Kreitzer via chatzy. My first thought was I wonder if Barbara Walters ever did an interview via chatzy? Laura is a first time author who wrote Shadow of the Sun and will soon be releasing Soul Stalker the second book in the Timeless Series. She discovered her love of writing when she wrote fan fiction based on Twilight’s Bella and Edward. Instead of a traditional publication Laura went with self publishing. This gave her much more control and I believe when people read her book they will fall in love with it. I find her to be an extremely talented writer and at the same time I felt as if I was having a regular chat with one of my friends.

So here are some of the questions I asked Laura

About the cover
 
How did you come up with the idea for the cover and how involved were you? 
Laura: My editor, Brianne, gave me the brilliant idea of what she imagined for the cover. She even drew it for me. I contacted this amazing graphic designer from Croatia and told him what I wanted. He put something cheesy together but I saw his previous work and knew he was brilliant. So, I went with it and I am glad that I did because he did an amazing job. I worked with the graphic designer for several weeks. He updated me almost daily. I just asked him to add the electricity and golden tears and voilĂ !

Is the girl on the cover a specific character?
Laura: The wings are obviously just a metaphor since none of my angels have wings. The character on the cover is Gabriella--if you look at her eyes you will see that they are blue instead of the main characters green eyes, but if you remember, when an angel is sad their eyes turn blue.

About the Book

How did you come up with the idea for the book?
Laura: Would you believe me if I told you that I have NO IDEA! First, I gave my book a title without really knowing what it would be about. I was going to write it in Andrew's point of view and have it so he never "died," but when I sat down to write for the first time I wrote three sentences . . . back space, back space . . . then I started to write in Gabriella's point of view before I even had a name for her. I wrote the prologue before I even knew how I wanted my book to go. I just knew that it was going to be in that direction.

How did you choose Angels?
Laura: The idea of angels was my Grandmother's. She said she was tired of vampires and she wanted me to write about angels. So I did.
Do you think you will ever go back and try to write from Andrew's POV?
Laura: I have promised a friend I would write a scene or two from his POV for characterization therapy, I suppose. Thinking of each characters back story is fun.

What are your favorite scenes in the book?
Laura:  Andrew and Gabriella in the rain after he is shot by the FBI. Sooooooo cheesy! I love it!
Cari: My favorite was the library with Andrew and Gabriella.
Laura:  Oh! That was hot. I also liked the Aiden and Abelie library scene. It's a big debate which one is sexier. Hmmm . . . I guess I have to move it up a notch in the coming book.
Cari: Yeah the library has seen some action
Laura:  Dusty ol' library. Hmmm . . . ::thinks of new scenes::

Andrew had some of the best lines. Can you tell me how you came up with them?
Laura:  Okay, I'm going to be honest with you and you totally have the right to laugh at me but I think that Andrew is absolutely the cheesiest character of them all. I wrote his lines based on EXACTLY what I would want a man to say to me if I were in those situations.
Cari: I disagree Andrew is not cheesy he is sweet and amazing.

In the first book we saw the prophecy was altered. Will we find out the truth soon?
Laura: The prophecy . . . very tough subject because the small bit that we saw in Shadow of the Sun is flawed. I hope to flesh it out a tiny bit in book two and a whole bunch in book three.

Can you give us hints of what's to come?
Laura: Gabriella uncovers something that will cause an angelic war. And from the title, you should know that the Soul Stalker will be playing a huge role also. Joseph becomes a rock in Gabriella's life. Joseph and a "friend" (who is top secret right now) will help Gabriella find her angels.

I tried to get her to spill on the friend part but she wouldn’t say...

How many books will be in the series?
Laura: Honestly, I am not positive. At least three because I know book two will not cover it all. I suspect maybe five or six. I also have another story or seven brewing in my head that I might start on this summer.

When will they be released?
Laura: I hope to have the rough draft of Soul Stalker finished by May 14th, and hope to have it out by the end of June. I'll start book three immediately and hope to have it out by October. Sooner if I can help it.

Do you feel that your series can cross over to adult fiction? Do you think it could appeal to more than just young adults?
Laura:  I think my book is both! Yes, my character isn't a teenager, but when did YOUNG ADULT mean TEENAGER? It's not the typical story of girl goes to school, girl meets mysterious boy, girl and boy fall in love but their fate is doomed. I wrote about someone who had already come into her own person which would appeal to adults. It's a woman who has a career already--something that young adults, even teenagers, can find appealing.

If you had to pitch this to someone what would you say?
Laura:  First, I'd say that this book isn't going to be like anything else you have ever read because I made this world up in my head. I came up with the character groupings, the angel organization (which we have only barely dug into), and the whole concept. I believe there are more readers now then there has been in a long time and the shelves are lacking new material because it takes authors so long to get their stuff on the shelves (Darn publishers).

What do you want your readers to take away from reading your book?
Laura:  I hope that my readers take love, friendship, and family with them when they close this book. I want them to realize how each angel, Shadow, and human made a sacrifice to save the ones they loved. Because that is what love is--a sacrifice. I want people to wish to be more like the characters in the book. Brave, loving, strong, loyal, and kind. 

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I would like to thank Laura for taking so much of her time to give me my first interview. And when she makes it big I can say I was the first person to interview her! To celebrate my first interview I will be picking one lucky person to win an autographed copy of Shadow of the Sun and Laura will personalize it for you. So if you'd like to enter leave your name, email and why you'd like to read Shadow of the Sun and I will pick a winner May 3rd at midnight CST.  Contest winner must be within the USA. 

To learn more about Laura visit the following sites:
http://laurakreitzer.com/
http://twitter.com/laurakreitzer
Read a sample of Shadow of the Sun

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Vampire Academy News

Ready for Spirit Bound?  Penguin released this very cool widget with background on the books, wallpapers, and a video that my Twin stars in!  Ok really she is the first person in the video so take a look!



Spirit Bound will be released May 18th 2010

Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong...

After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri's birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir's—and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can't wait for their real lives beyond the Academy's iron gates to begin. But Rose's heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he's out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true— Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. Only this time, he won't rest until Rose joins him...forever.

Read an Excerpt

For more visit:
http://www.richellemead.com
Penguin's Vampire Academy Website

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Poison Eaters Review

The Poison Eaters: and Other Stories
The Poison Eaters: and Other Stories by Holly Black
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the short stories that Holly Black put together in this collection.  The stories are dark and rich with detail.   My favorite was “The Land of Heart’s Desire” because it was about Roiben from her earlier book Ironside.  If you haven’t read Holly Black’s books I suggest you pick one up!  Holly also has a new book White Cat coming out May 4th 2010.  I can’t wait to see Holly Black when she tours with the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour in the fall.

Author Info:
http://www.blackholly.com
http://twitter.com/hollyblack

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Jeri Smith-Ready’s teen debut

First in a young adult urban fantasy series about a world of ghosts only the young can see.

When Aura’s boyfriend meets a most untimely end, she is forced to reconsider her relationship with the living and the dead.

More about Shade

Read the first chapter

Want a signed copy of SHADE? Pre-order from Constellation Books and support a fabulous independent bookstore!

Or pre-order from Mysterious Galaxy, Amazon.com, or Barnes and Noble.


SHADE is a hauntingly good story and an intriguing beginning to a new series. Jeri Smith-Ready proves again why she is one of my very favorite reads! — PC Cast, New York Times-bestselling author of the House of Night series
 The perfect combination of mystery, ghosts and romance, SHADE left me breathless. — Lisa Schroeder, author of I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME and CHASING BROOKLYN

A sequel, Shift, will be released May 2011.



Author Info:
http://www.jerismithready.com
http://twitter.com/jsmithready

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Eighth Grade Bites Review

Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, #1) Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Eighth Grade Bites is the story of Vladimir Tod. My twin recommended this book a while ago but it took me a while to move it up my to-read list. I think the fact that he was in the eighth grade put me off, but let me say, I was wrong. I like that the story is told from a male vampire’s point of view.

I think Vlad is really cute but he doesn’t realize it. His parents died three years ago and he now lives with his aunt Nelly, who is human. He gets picked on by bullies, is shy, and doesn’t feed from humans normally. When Vlad was eight he bit his best friend Henry but he apologized and they continue to be best friends. Nelly prepares his lunches with hidden blood packets that she gets from the blood bank. He simply wants to find a way to be normal in a human world. I really enjoyed the book and look forward to the rest of the series.

I found a great surprise inside the book because I didn’t know it was signed when I got it. Also if you are a fan of the series visit Heather’s website she has a section called Minion Bling that tells you how to get buttons by simply sending her a self address stamped envelope. Visit her site for instructions.

Author Info:
http://twitter.com/heatherbrewer
http://www.heatherbrewer.com


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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Rules of Attraction - Released

Have you picked up your copy?

Release Date: April 13, 2010 
by Walker Books for Young Readers

In February I read Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles and loved it.  Now Simone has released the book trailer to Rules of Attraction, the second book in the series.  I really like the trailer and it seems like Carlos is picking up the bad habits Alex left in the past.  I can't wait for this book!




New sparks will fly in the steamy follow-up to Perfect Chemistry

Carlos Fuentes doesn’t want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him in Boulder, Colorado. He’s used to living on his own terms—terms that involve doing drugs and dating lots of girls.

When Alex arranges for Carlos to live with a professor and his family, he feels completely out of place. He’s even more thrown by his strong feelings for the professor’s daughter, Kiara, who is nothing like the girls he’s usually drawn to. But Carlos and Kiara soon discover that in matters of the heart, the rules of attraction overpower the social differences that keep them apart.


For more information on Simone Elkeles visit her website: www.simoneelkeles.net

Sea Book Trailer

Check out the book trailer for Sea by Heidi R. Kling. Sea is the first book for Kling and will be released June 10, 2010.




About the book:

Haunted by recurring nightmares since her mother's accidental disappearance over the Indian ocean three years before, fifteen year old California girl Sienna "Sea" Jones reluctantly travels with her father's volunteer team to six months post-tsunami Indonesia. During her stay at the orphanage, she meets scarred and soulful Deni who is more like Sea than anyone she has ever met.

She knows they can't be together, so why can't she stay away from him? And what about her old-best-friend-turned-suddenly-hot Spider who may or may not be waiting for her back home? And why is her psychiatrist father so secretive about her mother's plane crash? The farther she gets from home, the closer she comes to the truth. And Sea's real adventure begins.

For more information visit http://heidirkling.com

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Library Loving Blog Challege Winner

As many of you know I participated in the Library Loving Blog Challenge and raised $41 for my library!  Thank you all who commented!  In addition I was offering one lucky winner a chance to win a book off my bookshelf.  

Winner: Cynthial11

I will email you to find out which book you would like and will mail it to you soon!  Thanks again to everyone who participated!

As many of you know I'm kind of an excel geek so I took the names and added the entries into a column.  Add a rand function to jumble them.  Then ran this really cool formula [=INDEX($A:$A,RANDBETWEEN(1,COUNTA($A:$A)),1)] and tada I got the winner!  Now you see why I say excel geek.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Glass House (Morganville Series) Book Review

Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires, #1) Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The book begins with Claire, a sixteen year old genius who goes of to college in Morganville,Texas because her parents think she is too young to be at Harvard or MIT. Being the youngest on campus and accidentally pissing off Monica, the leader of the mean girls, has made Claire's life hell. At first they steal her clothes, but one day Monica shoves her down a flight of stairs. At that point Claire starts searching for a place to live off campus and stumbles across an ad for a roommate. Claire feels its a long shot but goes to the address to ask about the room. When Claire arrives she meets Eve the goth girl who instantly approves. Then she meets Shane who is really cute but doesn't think Michael, the third roommate and owner of the house will let Claire stay. After much debate about Claire’s age Michael agrees to let her stay but only temporarily. Claire seems to be a magnet for trouble which in a town run by vampires will get you killed. Claire comes up with a plan to stop being a target but to do that she must find a long lost book that all vampires want. The story has many twists and turns and really keeps you in suspense. I really enjoyed the book and can’t wait to read the other books in the series.


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For more info on Rachel Caine

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Jen Lancaster's My Fair Lazy Book Video

One of my favorite authors, Jen Lancaster has posted a book-video about her new book My Fair Lazy which will be released May 4, 2010. The video is really cute and she is so funny. I recommend everyone go out and buy/check out her books! Also I recommend that you follow her blogs she tells the best stories about her life but I'm warning you now, you may laugh out loud. I laugh all the time and my coworkers think I’m crazy or not working.





To Preorder her book: Amazon


Jen’s Website: http://www.jennsylvania.com

Monday, April 5, 2010

Shadow of the Sun Book Review

Shadow of the Sun (Timeless #1) Shadow of the Sun by Laura Kreitzer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shadow of the Sun is one of the best stories I have read all year! First time author Laura Kreitzer tells a story of Gabriella, a supernatural scientist whose job it is to find proof that there is such a thing as the supernatural. So far, Gabriella has not come across any real findings, that is until a shipment arrives from Italy containing three dead bodies that are actually angels; Andrew, Ehno, and Lucia. After her discovery, Gabriella receives a warning from a dark shadow telling her not to release the angels. Gabriella has to free the angels from the lab and stop those who want to hurt them. While trying to free the angels from the lab, Gabriella meets Joseph, a very charming and helpful FBI Agent. As the story unfolds Gabriella finds out more about her past and her destiny; a prophesy was told of one who would come to show who the enemies are and how to defeat them.

Kreitzer tells an amazing love story, one in which Gabriella finds her kindred soul: “He will love you more than any human could ever love another." It's details such as this that made me stop and swoon every so often. There is a very passionate scene in the library where books and bodies get tossed around and the only way I can explain it is NICE!

When I first received the book I was stunned by the gorgeous and unique cover. I was a little worried because real life kept getting in the way and it took me a little longer than normal to read this book. It took about the first 50 pages to really grab me but when it did I found it hard to let go. My two favorite characters are Andrew and Gabriella. I am a very visual reader, I have to know what every character sounds and looks like and with Andrew I felt like I knew him. I really didn’t feel the same about Gabriella, I couldn’t picture her or tell what she sounded like. In the story there are two potential love interests for Gabriella and I am going on the record as saying I am Team Andrew! Sorry Patch but you have been replaced as my most favorite angel.

Shadow of the Sun is the first book in the series and my only question is when can I get the next book? I find it amazing that Laura self published her book and hope that everyone will pick up a copy.

Buy the book on her website: http://laurakreitzer.com/shadow-of-the-s... the price includes shipping and will be autographed by Laura.

For more information on Laura Kreitzer:
http://laurakreitzer.com
http://twitter.com/laurakreitzer
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Laura-Krei...


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Sunday, April 4, 2010

April Reading List

 April 2010

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!

The
 Luxe (Luxe, #1) by Anna Godbersen The Luxe by Anna Godbersen (TAA Book Club) (currently reading)


The Body Finder (Body Finder, #1) by Kimberly Derting The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting - done

The Dead Girls' Dance The Dead Girls' Dance by Rachel Caine - done





The books below are part of the Fangs, Fur & Fey Challenge.  April is going to be a busy month!

Glass Houses   Glass Houses by Rachel Caine - done

The Poison 
Eaters: and Other S... The Poison Eaters by Holly Black - done

Linger Linger by Maggie Stiefvater - done

Eighth Grade Bites Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer- done

TeenBookCon is coming to Houston

Houston TeenBookCon April 10, 2010

Booklovers all over Houston have a reason to celebrate! Librarians in the greater Houston area who want to celebrate and promote reading by connecting teens with authors have organized TeenBookcon.

Author Sharon Draper will be the keynote speaker at the event. Also speaking and signing are Elizabeth Eulberg, Beth Fantaskey, Gayle Forman, Marjetta Geerling, Paula Morris, Judson Roberts, Jon Skovron, and Cynthia Leitich Smith. Graphic novelists Shawn and Matt Fillbach, Jimmy Gownley, Terry Moore, and George O’Connor will also be at the event.

Greater Houston TeenBookCon, to be held at Alief Taylor High School, 7555 Howell‐Sugar Land Rd, Houston, TX 77083 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 10. The event is free and will be promoted throughout the Greater Houston area and across several counties.

Blue Willow Bookshop is the official bookseller of TeenBookCon. All featured authors’ books will be available for purchase. Buy books at the festival and have them signed by your favorite authors at the end of the day!

For more information visit: http://www.teenbookcon.org