Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Desires of the Dead Cover


Author: Kimberly Derting
Release Date: March 15th 2011
Publisher:HarperTeen


Kimberly released the cover of Desires of the Dead today.  Desires of the Dead is the the follow up to The Body Finder. Body Finder is also on my summer list recommendations so run out and buy it today. I am so excited that the cover is so beautiful!  I think Kimberly realized that pink is my favorite color!  What do you think?

Source: http://kimberlyderting.com

The Iron King Review

The Iron King (Iron Fey, #1) The Iron King by Julie Kagawa


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Meghan Chase is a girl who blends into the background in most situations.  She lives with her mother, stepfather, and younger half brother Ethan.  Meghan’s father simply vanished one day and Meghan has a fuzzy memory of what really happened.   On the day that Meghan turns sixteen she starts to see things that aren’t there and finds out her brother is kidnapped and replaced by a changeling.  A changeling is a fairy offspring that is swapped for a human child.  In order to save Ethan she must accept that Fey do exist and in doing so she will always see them as they truly are. 
Meghan’s best friend Robbie is sweet, caring, light hearted, and protective. Robbie has been around as long as Meghan can remember.  He also turns out to be Robin “Puck” Goodfellow and was sent by King Oberon to protect her.  Their journey sends them to Faeryland where staying alive is a constant battle and finding Ethan is much more challenging than they thought.  Meghan meets the Summer and Winter court along with a new court that never seemed to exist before.

All faery tales must have a prince and Kagawa does not disappoint.  In the Iron King we meet Ash, a dark handsome prince whose heart is as cold as ice.   Ash’s loyalties are to his queen but can Meghan thaw his heart?

There is plenty of action and lots of romantic tension.  From reading previous fey books I did want to yell at Meghan "stop making promises!"  I like how Kagawa added modern technology to the fey world.  Also if you are a fan of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night's Dream than some of the characters will be familiar to you.  There were plenty of unanswered questions that will hopefully be answered in book two The Iron Daughter which will be released August 2010.  To hold you over until then Winter’s Passage a novella is currently available for free online.

For more on Julie Kagawa:
http://www.juliekagawa.com
http://twitter.com/Jkagawa
Free Novella: http://enterthefaeryworld.com/ironfey

Monday, June 28, 2010

Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, Book 6)

It's Monday and I'm on my second cup of coffee, but what really picks me up is Amazon preorder email I got!  So what's at the top Last Sacrifice!!!  ::Happy Dance:: we are 161 days until the release!  So here is the Amazon link and cover what do you think?  That looks like Lisa to me...



Saturday, June 26, 2010

L. A. Candy Review

L.A. Candy (L.A. Candy, #1) L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
L. A. Candy is a delicious novel by reality starlet Lauren Conrad. As a fan of Laguna Beach and The Hills I was drawn to this book. Lauren gives a lot of behind the scenes details of how the show affects Jane, the main character’s life and those who surround her. Before my obsession with YA vampires I loved Chick-Lit and this is a nice blend of YA meets Chick-lit. Jane moves to Los Angeles with her best friend Scarlett where she hopes to become an event planner while Scar goes to college. While out clubbing they meets mega producer Trevor Lord who wants both girls for a reality show. L. A. Candy will be the reality version of Sex and the City. Jane along with Scarlett and two other girls will be followed in their day to day life. Jane is the girl next door who has terrible taste in men. While filming she goes out with a guy who can’t shut up about food, a Hollywood bad boy, and fall for a guy who has a messy relationship with someone. Jane spends her days trying to survive her boss, find a good guy, and get Scar on board with the show. All while one of her cast mates is jealous that Jane is the breakout star of L. A. Candy.

L. A. Candy is a fun read and I was hooked from the start! L. A. Candy is book one in a three book series and the second book Sweet Little Lies is out now. The film rights for L. A. Candy have been sold and Lauren is in the early process of developing the movie. I recommend this as a fun summer read!

For more on Lauren Conrad:
http://www.harperteen.com/contests/lacandy/index.aspx

Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer Reading List

My dear twitter friend @MoREthANHuMAn asked if I had a summer reading list on my blog and I didn't, but if the public demands it here goes!  I am breaking it down to books I have read and believe are a must!  Also make sure to check my currently reading section where I have my reading list for the month.

Girls just Want to have fun:

Heist Society by Ally Carter
After a childhood spent assisting her father, one of the world’s most talented art thieves, Katarina Bishop tries to leave the family business behind when she forges her way into a New England boarding school. She quickly discovers, though, that her past is inescapable. Her father has been accused of stealing already stolen masterpieces from a dangerous Italian billionaire. Certain that her father is innocent, Kat resolves to find the missing paintings and return them to their unsavory owner, who has given her a two-week deadline.

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
 A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers.
When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.  In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

The Au Pairs (The Au Pairs, #1) by Melissa de la Cruz
Three girls with three agendas and the ultimate destination: the Hamptons.
Summer in the city? Way overrated. Everybody who's anybody in New York City summers in the Hamptons. Mara, Eliza, and Jacqui all want a piece of the action, all for different reasons.
So the girls answer a classified ad to become au pairs. How bad can it be, watching a couple of kids on the beach all day? They've got the swank address, the sweet ride, and an all-access pass to the hottest social scene on the East Coast. It's shaping up to be the summer of their lives.



NonFiction Humor:

My Fair Lazy by Jen Lancaster
 Jen chronicles her efforts to achieve cultural enlightenment, with some hilarious missteps and genuine moments of inspiration along the way. And she does so by any means necessary: reading canonical literature, viewing classic films, attending the opera, researching artisan cheeses, and even enrolling in etiquette classes to improve her social graces.

Vampy:

Morganville Series Books 1-8 by Rachel Caine
College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life, but they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.



Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, #1) by Heather Brewer Books 1-4
 Thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod really hates junior high. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: His mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs. When a substitute teacher begins to question him a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. But then he faces a much bigger problem: He’s being hunted by a vampire killer.



Suspense:

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Violet strained to see into the lake below. Multihued light seemed to be radiating up from beneath the water, centered among the reeds, and then diffusing outward as it reached the surface. Violet had never seen anything like it, and she knew that the spectrum of light was defying its very nature by behaving in that way.

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
When her boyfriend dies a most untimely death, Aura--who can see ghosts--is forced to reconsider her relationship with the living and dead in SHADE.

Wolfy:

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
 For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human ... until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Linger by Maggie Stiefveter

In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past...and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabel, who already lost her brother to the wolves...and is nonetheless drawn to Cole. At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love--the light and the dark, the warm and the cold--in a way you will never forget.

Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
 Adopted by the Alpha of a werewolf pack after a rogue wolf brutally killed her parents right before her eyes, fifteen-year-old Bryn knows only pack life, and the rigid social hierarchy that controls it. That doesn't mean that she's averse to breaking a rule or two.

But when her curiosity gets the better of her and she discovers Chase, a new teen locked in a cage in her guardian's basement, and witnesses him turn into a wolf before her eyes, the horrific memories of her parents' murders return. Bryn becomes obsessed with getting her questions answered, and Chase is the only one who can provide the information she needs.

Fey:

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she discovers why. When her half brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she never imagined--the world of Faery, where anything you see may try to eat you, and Meghan is the daughter of the summer faery king. Now she will journey into the depths of Faery to face an unknown enemy . . . and beg the help of a winter prince who might as soon kill her as let her touch his icy heart. The Iron King is the first book in the Iron Fey series.

Winter's Passage by Julie Kagawa
 Short story online that follows the Iron King which is available for free on: http://enterthefaeryworld.com

Wicked Lovely Series
Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty-especially if they learn of her Sight-and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.
But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. His is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost-regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; everything.
Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning twenty-first-century faery tale.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner Review

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella by Stephenie Meyer


My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is the short novella by Stephenie Meyer. The story is based on Bree Tanner one of the vampires in Victoria’s newborn army. Meyer shows us what it would be like to be part of the newborn army. We saw how the newborns fed and fought amongst themselves. This of course is different from the Cullen’s way of life, but Meyer could have gone darker. Meyer also had the chance to retell the battle from the field and I felt that was lacking. When Bree sees Edward for the first time she calls him the vampire with the dark red hair. It took me a minute to realize she meant Edward. One of Meyer’s strong points is her ability to draws you in with the relationships her characters build. Even with the chaos of the newborn coven Bree makes friends. My suspicion is that Meyer might even go into a spin off with Fred another newborn vampire. The book was easy to follow and a quick read. While this might not be the story you were hoping from Stephenie Meyer I would suggest reading it.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Deadly Little Games (A Touch Novel)

While searching goodreads I came across the new cover for Deadly Little Games the third book in the Touch Series. I started reading the Touch Series late December of 2009 and was instantly drawn to the characters and to Laurie Faria Stolarz writing style. I have noticed that people have really strong opinions of the series because there are similarities to Twilight. My opinion I love the series and can't wait to read this book. I think the cover for Deadly Little Games fits in well with the previous covers also I like that she is running. Are you a fan? Is this on your to read list? Share your thoughts!


Laurie Faria Stolarz 
Hyperion Books
Release Date: 12/28/10

Amazon Description:

Camelia and Ben have discovered a powerful bond: They both possess the power of psychometry, the ability to sense things through touch. For Ben, the gift is a frightening liability. When he senses a strong threat or betrayal, he risks losing control and hurting people. Camelia's gift is more mysterious. When she works with clay, her hands sculpt messages her mind doesn't yet comprehend.

Before either teen has a chance to fully grasp these abilities, an unresolved family tragedy resurfaces in Camelia's life, irrevocably changing everything she cares about...






Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Nicholas Sparks's Next Novel: Safe Haven



Release Date: 09/14/10

Description from Goodreads:

The #1 New York Times bestselling author tells the story of romance lost and rediscovered-and the wrenching decision one woman must make between loyalty and love.

Every person's story has a beginning, middle and end, but the path that leads from one stage of life to the next is rarely predictable. Renee's journey begins when she is a carefree college student, studying in Italy with her best friend, Audrey. During that idyllic summer abroad, Renee meets a handsome local, and falls deeply in love. But like all summer romances, the affair comes to an end when she returns to North Carolina. Back home, Renee fulfills everyone's expectations - including her own - by marrying her longtime college boyfriend. Over the next two decades, she raises a family and lives a predictable, if in some ways unfulfilling life. When Audrey announces that she's dying of cancer, Renee drops everything to spend Audrey's last days by her side, unaware that her unconventional best friend still has a few surprises up her sleeve . . . surprises that will turn Renee's world upside down, and offer her a chance to re-live the choices of her past in a way she never dreamed possible.

I have been a Nicholas Sparks fan for a while now and have been looking forward to the release of his new book.  Today while searching Goodreads I came across this and wanted to share.  Is Nicholas Sparks on your to read list?  What do you think about this book?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Feast of Fools Review (Morganville Series)

Feast of Fools (The Morganville Vampires, #4) Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed Feast of Fools, book four in the Morganville Series. Bishop, Amelie’s father comes to town and caused the always feuding vampires to join forces. Bishop brings Fran├žois and Ysandre a female vampire who has her fangs set on Shane. Ysandre is the first reckless female vampire we have seen in Morganville and I am really proud that Claire stands up to her. Now that Claire’s parents are living in Morganville they see what the town is really like and regret not letting her go away to school. Michael performs for the first time since his accident at Common Grounds which is a huge success. All the while Morganville prepares for a feast to welcome Bishop where every vampire must bring a human escort. Clare would be left out if not for Mernin, but can he hold his sanity while at the event? In true Rachel Caine fashion we are left with a cliff hanger, but it’s a great one. I found Feast for Fools to be a great addition to the Morganville Series and can’t wait to read the next one.

For more on Rachel Caine visit:
http://www.rachelcaine.com
http://twitter.com/rachelcaine

Monday, June 14, 2010

Tell Me a Secret Contest!

Tell Me a Secret - Worldwide Blog Tour

The Tell Me a Secret Virtual Blog Tour starts today!  I am really excited to be one of the official stops and to celebrate I will be giving away an ARC of Tell Me a Secret!  Mark your calendars for July 5th when Holly Cupala stops by with a very special interview.  For a complete tour schedule visit: http://www.hollycupala.com/2005/01/tell-me-secret-virtual-tour.html

 Contest closes July 9th 12:00 AM CST and open to the US or Canada

Comments are welcome but to enter the contest fill out the form below:



Contest closes July 9th 12:00 AM CST and open to the US or Canada

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Supernatural Summer Tour

This weekend was really busy one but the highlight was the Supernatural Summer Tour with Kim Harrison, Kelly Armstrong, Ellen Schreiber, and Kimberly Derting.  There was a huge crowd and I met up with Cynthia from A Blog about Nothing who is awesome so visit her site!  I went with 9 books did I mention how much I love books? 



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Additional pictures are posted on my photobucket: http://s265.photobucket.com/albums/ii234/carisma_20/Supernatural%20Summer%20Tour%202010/?albumview=slideshow

Also don't forget to visit http://supernaturalsummer.com/  for a chance to win an iPad.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Forgive My Fins


Tera Lynn Childs is a wannabe goddess and the award winning author of Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp and the upcoming mermaid tail, Forgive My Fins. Tera lives nowhere in particular, but has spent time fleeing hurricanes, blogging with the Buzz Girls and the Fivers, and writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.

About Forgive my fins:
Half-mermaid princess Lily Sanderson has been living on land for the past three years, crushing on Seaview swim-god Brody Bennett, dealing with annoying biker boy neighbor Quince Fletcher, and just generally trying to figure out this whole human thing. But everything changes when she accidentally bestows her magical first kiss on the wrong boy.




Tera will be signing books at Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston on June 11, 2010 at 7:00 pm.

For more info visit http://www.bluewillowbookshop.com also remember if you can't attend the event you can always contact Blue Willow and they can take phone orders for autographed copies.

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Passage by Justin Cronin

This is a new book that was mentioned by Murder by the Book at the Laurell K. Hamilton event here in Houston. The books sounds really interesting and the author was featured in Time magazine. I am really excited about the release of this book and will be adding it to my list.  Below is the information from Justin Cronin's website.


About the Book
“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die,
another to be born.”
First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.
As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.
With The Passage, award-winning author Justin Cronin has written both a relentlessly suspenseful adventure and an epic chronicle of human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger. Its inventive storytelling, masterful prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction.

About the Author
Born in New England, Justin Cronin is the author of Mary and O’Neil, which won the Pen/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize, and The Summer Guest. Having earned his MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop, Cronin is now a professor of English at Rice University and lives with his family in Houston, Texas.

Praise for The Passage
“Every so often a novel-reader’s novel comes along: an enthralling, entertaining story wedded to simple, supple prose, both informed by tremendous imagination. Summer is the perfect time for such books, and this year readers can enjoy the gift of Justin Cronin’s The Passage. Read fifteen pages and you will find yourself captivated; read thirty and you will find yourself taken prisoner and reading late into the night. It has the vividness that only epic works of fantasy and imagination can achieve. What else can I say? This: read this book and the ordinary world disappears.”
—Stephen King

“Justin Cronin has written a wild, headlong, sweeping extravaganza of a novel. The Passage is the literary equivalent of a unicorn: a bonafide thriller that is sharply written, deeply humane, ablaze with big ideas, and absolutely impossible to put down.”
—Jennifer Egan, author of The Keep


http://enterthepassage.com
http://twitter.com/jccronin

Houston's Murder by the Book will be selling autographed copies that can be picked up in store or ordered by phone and shipped out: http://www.murderbooks.com

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Shade Review

Shade Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In Shade something caused a shift in the world 16 years ago giving everyone born after the shift the ability to see and talk to ghosts. There are ghosts who have unfinished business and can simply be annoying, but then there are ghosts called shades who are angry and hurt the people who can see them. The government is working to trap shades and is recruiting anyone who has the ability to see them.

There isn’t a specific logic to who will simply pass on after they die and who will turn into a ghost. One way to help ghosts pass on is to file a wrongful death suit and if the lawsuit is won the ghost can move on. Aura the first baby born after the shift tries to ignore ghosts in her everyday life except when she is working at her aunt’s law firm translating or speaking for ghosts. Aura's mother died when she was a child but Aura has a feeling that her mother might have known what caused the shift. With her mothers journals as a guide Aura hopes to find out more.

Aura’s views on ghosts change when Logan, her boyfriend, dies suddenly. Even though she knows that Logan should move on Aura can’t help but hold on to him. Aura even feels that she could some how stay his girlfriend. Shortly after Logan’s passing she meets Zachary who is pre-shift, so he can't see or talk to ghosts, and he's stunning. Zachary tries to be her friend, but he also shows signs of liking Aura. To make matters worse Logan starts to display signs of turning into a shade and his family is quickly trying to file a wrongful death suit to get him to move on. If either of these things happens Aura will loose Logan for good.

Shade is the first teen book by Jeri Smith-Ready. I first heard of Jeri when the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour was announcing authors and then again when the Haiti earthquake happened and she very generously was giving autographed books to people who made a donation to Doctors without Borders and again with the Multiple Sclerosis Society's Walk.

I found the story unique and emotional. When Aura lost Logan I was in tears and I found her to be a great lead character. Shade kept my attention the entire time and I kept wondering what would happen next. At the end of the book I couldn’t decide between Logan and Zachary. Overall I found this to be a great book and would recommend it to everyone.

For more on Jeri visit: http://www.jerismithready.com

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

June Reading 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!

Feast of Fools Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine - Done

The Short Second Life of Bree... The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer - Done

Tell Me A Secret Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala - Done

L.A. Candy L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad - Done

The Iron King The Iron King byJulie Kagawa - Done


Need to Finish:

The Luxe The Luxe by Anna Godbersen