Friday, July 30, 2010

Review: Echoes by Melinda Metz

Echoes (Fingerprints, #1-3)Echoes by Melinda Metz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: 07/27/10




How does Rae Voight, the popular girl end up in a mental hospital? Rae had a breakdown in school when she was hearing thoughts that weren’t her own. Being that her mother died in a mental institution after murdering someone Rae thinks the same is happening to her.

While forced to attend group therapy she meets Anthony who is very short tempered. Anthony figures out that when Rae touches a finger print she hears what the person was thinking at the time. As Rae spends more time with Anthony she realizes he always goes out of his way to help his family and friends. When accidentally reading Anthony’s prints Rae finds out he never knew his father and a lot of anger comes from having a learning disability.

Just as Rae is coming to term with her gift she finds out that someone is trying to kill her. She also starts receiving packages and weird notes that later lead to her mother. The entire time Anthony is at her side trying to help her.

[Anthony KISS HER!:]

I really like that Rae has a good handle on all the obstacles thrown her way. I also love that Anthony is sweet and is often misunderstood. I only wish that Rae had picked up on what Anthony felt sooner.

Echos was published earlier as Fingerprints 1-3. The cover is stunning and will make you want to pick it up in bookstores. The stories are easy to devour! My only thought is CLIFFHANGER!!!! Fans of The Body Finder will love this book.

Thank you to HarperTeen for providing this book for review.

Click Here to read a sample of Echoes

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Shiver/Linger Bookmark Winners

We have winners!!!  I had a lot of great entries and have been posting winners as we went along but here is the final list:


Friday the 16th - Jojo
Tuesday the 20th -  Angela Z
Friday the 23th - Lizzie
Tuesday the 27th - fifteenaintsosweet


For the first 3 your bookmarks have been mailed and I for the final I have just emailed. Thank you so much to everyone who entered and of course to the super talented and generous Maggie Stiefvater for allowing me to give away bookmarks. Also check back soon for my blog post about Maggie's book signing in Texas!

For more on Maggie visit:
www.maggiestiefvater.com
twitter.com/mstiefvater
m-stiefvater.livejournal.com

Monday, July 26, 2010

Book News

Amazing things are happening the book world and I wanted to share some with you.

Last Sacrifice News:

The final cover has been released for Last Sacrifice and it is beautiful.  Many posted an earlier version were the hair was blonde so I thought it must be Lisa but with the brown hair I think Rose.  I am a little sad to see this series end but am looking forward to Richelle's new spin off series.  What are your thoughts?




Vampire Academy Graphic Novel:

We have seen this trend lately where our favorite books are being turned into graphic novels and the next is Vampire Academy.  Now me personally not a manga or graphic novel kind of gal but what are your thoughts?  Is this something you will pick up?  What other graphic novels have you picked up?





Are you ready for the Vampire Academy Movie?  Well the rights have been sold and we can all hope it will be made into a movie soon.  Who would you have play the characters? Richelle Blogs about movie news earlier this month: http://blue-succubus.livejournal.com/247622.html


Darkest Mercy:

Melissa Marr post tidbits of Darkest Mercy on the Rath and Ruins board.  Another great book and great cover.  I am excited to see what Bananach has been up to.  She is one of my favorite characters, because if anyone can bring destruction bet that it's her!  This is another series that is ending!  What will I do?


 

Mockingjay News:

Today On Our Minds posted the Mockingjay Book Trailer.  I am so excited for this book!  Scholastic please give us more.  Also have you purchased any Mockingjay Merchandise?  I wore my tee from Hot Topic this weekend.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Review: Minder by Kate Kaynak

  Minder (A Ganzfield Novel)Minder by Kate Kaynak

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Ganzfield is an exclusive private school for the gifted.  Gifted as in every student can either move objects with their mind, start fires just by thinking it, or are skilled in mind control.  Maddie Dunn was recruited to Ganzfield after stopping three guys from attacking her with only wishing it.  Students aren’t exactly welcoming Maddie because her abilities are so unique that they have only been seen in a handful of people.

Trevor student and outsider at Ganzfield instantly falls for Maddie.  Trevor keeps Maddie’s nightmares away in a very unique way.  He is sweet, caring, and wants nothing more than to protect her.  Maddie’s skills tend to become stronger when Trevor is near and he makes her life better.  With their combined skills there are no miscommunications and the relationship quickly intensifies.  Author Kate Kaynak does a great job making you wish you had the type of relationship that Maddie and Trevor share. 

Students at Ganzfield have dark secrets that Maddie stumbles upon and she starts making changes to make life better for all students.  Only she has to balance her powers because losing control can kill.  Apart from the students the outside world thinks Ganzfield is unnatural and want to study or kill them.  While taking a routine trip to town for supplies one of the students is captured and Maddie assembles a rescue mission where they are forced to use their powers to stay alive.

I must also warn you to be prepared for lots of swooning because this story is so sweet and romantic.  Alice Cullen and Sookie Stackhouse fans will love Maddie!  Kaynak brings plenty of action, unique story telling, and lots of romance.  Minder is the first in a Ganzfield series, Adversary comes out August 20th 2010 and Legacy will be published in 2011.  I can tell you this is a must read and will be a book I re-read over and over.

For more visit:
www.katekaynak.com
twitter.com/katekaynak
http://www.site.ganzfield.com/

Thank you to Kate Kaynak for proving this book for review.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Congratulations Maggie Stiefvater!

If you haven't heard then I am so happy to tell you that Linger debuted at number one on the New York Times Bestseller List. Maggie posted a special video and sheet music on her site. As a fan of all her books this is so exciting! Also if you have ever sent her a tweet or posted a comment on her site she is very personable. So let us all celebrate by buying another copy of Maggie's books!

Don't forget there is still time to sign up for the autographed Linger Bookmark Contest.  Just click the contest button up above.

See the post here: http://m-stiefvater.livejournal.com/169290.html

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Interview with Kimberly Derting


I am very excited that I nabbed an interview with one of my Summer Reading List Favorites!  Please welcome author of The Body Finder Kimberly Derting


Recently you were on HarperTeen’s Supernatural Summer Tour how did it feel?

It was incredible! I think the most surreal moment for me was sitting in Anderson’s Bookstore in Chicago and having Kelley Armstrong explain to the audience that just the year before she had met me when I was an attendee of the Supernatural Summer Tour, and now here I was…sitting on the stage! WOW, it gave me goose bumps to have it put in that perspective!!!

Was it exciting to be the only first time author on the tour?

It was beyond exciting! I half expected some friendly hazing to take place from such a veteran team, like maybe making the rookie carry their luggage everywhere we went (which I would have done proudly). I will say that I was a little scared I would be sitting all alone at my table (cue the crickets) while my fellow superstar authors had people pushing and shoving to get to them. Thankfully, the readers came out and saw me, and I had a GREAT reception in every city. Plus, the other authors were fantastic!!!

The Body Finder made my Summer Reading List Recommendations. Is there a book you are looking forward to this summer?

I haven’t even finished reading Catching Fire yet but I’m already totally looking forward to Mockingjay! Isn’t everyone, though??? There’s something electrifying about the end of a phenomenon like The Hunger Games trilogy!

Can you tell the readers what they can expect and why The Body Finder should be on their summer reading list?

UGH, really??? Is this where I’m supposed to say “because The Body Finder rocks!!!”? How about this: because how are you going to add Desires of the Dead to your reading list if you haven’t even finished The Body Finder yet? (And then you can tell them that TBF rocks!!!)

What kind of research did you do for The Body Finder?

I actually interviewed the local deputy fire and police chiefs (also my close friends), so that I had my facts straight for things like, how a body would be recovered from the lake, how different police and fire departments interact with each other, and of course the big question…what the heck are those long pointy sticks that search parties use? Did you know that it’s actually the job (at least in our area) of the local fire department to pull a dead body from the water? It’s because they’re the ones in charge of the dive team. I learned all kind of interesting factoids while I was researching!

What have fans said they love about the book?

A lot of people have really loved the chapters from the killer’s point of view. After reading those sections, I’m sure there are a lot of readers who think I’m a little disturbed. I’m not, I promise!

Is Violet inspired by anyone you know?

Nope! Although I can’t say I wouldn’t like to know someone who could stay as calm, cool, and collected as Violet does in the face of death and danger. I, for one, would be running the other way!

How long will the series be and was it always planned to be a series?

It was always planned to be a series. In fact, when I sold the first book, I was already about a third of the way through the second book (thankfully it was sold in a two-book deal!). I would like to do at least two (maybe three) more, and have already plotted them out, so now it’s just a matter of figuring out if the stars will align to make it all happen.

Why use the word 'morbid' as a description? Do you view Violet's ability as morbid?

Hmm, interesting question. I’m not sure that Violet would consider it morbid because that implies dark and gloomy. Odd, maybe. Creepy even. But I think as an outsider discussing her ability, morbid is probably an apt description since she is discovering those who’ve died at the hands of another. It is kind of grim.

We hear that good parents do not exist in YA generally, but in The Body finder there are great parental figures. What made you decide to use involved parents in the story?

I’ve actually heard a lot of readers say that it was refreshing to see Violet’s parents being so supportive of her gift. When I was writing them, I never really thought about making them more or less involved than some of the other books that are out there. I do think it would be boring if all stories were the same, if every book had nonexistent or uninvolved parents.

Has there been any movie buzz for The Body Finder yet?

HA! You want me to reveal secrets, don’t you??? Sadly, I don’t have anything to reveal just yet, but I can tell you that I have a fabulous film agent, and I’ll tell you as soon as I have news *crosses fingers so hard*!!

I love the cover for Desire of the Dead! What did you think when you first saw it?

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED IT!!! And then I told my husband that he would be required to wear a pink Desires of the Dead T-shirt to my launch party next year. He accepted the news a little better than my 17-year-old son did. His exact words were: “Yeah…that’s not gonna happen.”

Can you share a little about what to expect for Desires of the Dead?

I can share the jacket copy from the ARC:
When Violet Ambrose's morbid ability to sense the echoes of those who've been murdered leads her to the body of a young boy, she draws the attention of the FBI. She is reluctantly pulled into an investigation that will endanger more than just her secret...but her relationship and possibly her life as well.

Can we expect another great trailer for Desires of the Dead?

YES! I can safely say there will be another GREAT trailer! Other than that, mums the word! A girl’s gotta have her secrets, doesn’t she???

YA is very popular genre do you feel adults can enjoy your series?

Absolutely! From what I’m hearing, many adults are reading it, and hopefully enjoying it! I think the lines between YA and adult lit have really blurred over the past several years and adults are realizing that there are a LOT of great books that they shouldn’t be overlooking just because they’re marketed to teens. That’s how I found YA!

How do you juggle being a mom, wife, author, and having an online presence?

It’s tough sometimes, and I hate to admit that there are times I’m not great at it. Let’s see, I’ve fed the dog cat food, forgotten to get my daughter off the school bus (thank god for helpful neighbors!), and eaten Skittles as a meal. But on the flipside, I’ve been to some great places, met some awesome readers, and have been blessed to see my book on the shelves of bookstores! How cool is that?!?!

Just for fun: Team Edward or Team Jacob?

HAHA, Team Jacob! I have to go for the best-friend-boyfriend, don’t I??? (Just don’t let my daughters read this, they’d never forgive me…they’re both Team Edward all the way!)

Readers believe me when I say that The Body Finder Rocks! Run out and get a copy ASAP.  Kim will you trade Skittles for secrets?  Thank you so much for visiting and I hope to have you back when Desires of the Dead is released!



For more on Kimberly visit:
www.kimberlyderting.com
http://twitter.com/kimberlyderting
HarperTeen Website

Monday, July 19, 2010

Radiance Book Trailer

Hey Immortal Fans the book trailer for Radiance has been posted. I think the voice is just what I imagined Riley to sound like. I can't wait for this book!






Radiance by Alyson Noel

Coming August 31, 2010

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Immortals comes a new middle-grade series featuring Ever's younger sister, Riley.

Welcome to the Here & Now

Riley Bloom left her sister, Ever, in the world of the living and crossed the bridge into the afterlife—a place called Here, where time is always Now. Riley and her dog, Buttercup, have been reunited with her parents and are just settling into a nice, relaxing death when she's summoned before The Council. They let her in on a secret—the afterlife isn't just an eternity of leisure; Riley has to work. She's been assigned a job, Soul Catcher, and a teacher, Bodhi, a curious boy she can't quite figure out.

Riley, Bodhi, and Buttercup return to earth for her first assignment, a Radiant Boy who's been haunting a castle in England for centuries. Many Soul Catchers have tried to get him to cross the bridge and failed. But he's never met Riley...

Source: Alyson Noel's Website and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

For more on Radiance visit:
http://us.macmillan.com/radiance-1
http://www.alysonnoel.com/radiance/radiance.php
 

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Linger Bookmark Giveaway - International

Who wants an autographed Shiver/Linger Bookmark?

 
I am giving away four autographed bookmarks!  What do you have to do?  Well it's easy send me a picture of your Shiver or Linger book out in the world.  Get creative!  

I will draw one winner on these dates:

Friday the 16th      Jojo
Tuesday the 20th    Angela Z
Friday the 23th
     Lizzie
Tuesday the 27th


CONTEST ENDS July 27th at 12:00 CST
UTC Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 05:00:00!  

This is open internationally!


 You only have to register once and once someone wins their name will be removed from the list.  Now if you already have an autographed Maggie bookmark please give others a chance to win. 



Sample Pics I have received







Originally posted 7/13/10

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Review: Ninth Grade Slays

Ninth Grade Slays (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, #2)Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My heart breaks for all the loss that Vlad has experienced at such a young age.  In Ninth Grade Slays Vlad starts his first year of high school.  While four years have passed loosing his parents is still very present and time has not made it easier.  Vlad blames himself for the death of his parents and as a result he carries so much guilt with him.  So many times I wanted to reach out and hug him!

Uncle Otis sends letters often, but hasn’t visited since the last book.  Vlad hopes that Otis will move to Bathory and have a relationship with his aunt Nelly.  Otis makes it clear to him that his dating Nelly would be against vampire law and could not do it.  In similar luck Vlad can’t find the courage to tell Meredith how he feels.

Henry, his best friend and drudge, is spending more time with the popular crew and is a little girl crazy.  This creates a distance between the two and Vlad wishes Henry would make their friendship a priority.  Henry’s cousin Joss moves to town and he and Vlad become instant friends.  Joss even saves Vlad from high school bullies.

During winter break Otis comes to take Vlad on a trip to Russia so that he can learn more about his vampire skills.  Otis doesn’t mention that the man who will teach him also taught his father.  Not being taught about the vampire ways Vlad doesn’t feel comfortable using many of the vampire powers.  While in Siberia they honor his father and Vlad grieves among vampirekind.

With new and old enemies Vlad is finding his secret is harder to keep.  I found Ninth Grade Slays to be a great book that both male and female readers will enjoy.  I can’t wait to read Tenth Grade Bleeds!

For more on Heather Brewer:  www.heatherbrewer.com

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Book Review: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Release Date: July 20, 2010
Spoiler Free

 Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style is flawless and so unique. If you take any sentence and show it to someone who has her books and they will know it’s her. I am also really happy with the poetry in the book. I don’t know if it was intentional but throughout the book you see the titles of the books: Shiver, Linger, and Forever which made me smile.

Linger picks up where Shiver left off and is told from Grace, Sam, Isabelle, and Cole’s point of view. Cole is the new wolf that Beck made the summer before. Isabelle is instantly drawn to Cole because like her Cole is misunderstood, lost, and just wants to escape the guilt. One of my favorite lines in the book is when Isabelle is ordering pizza over the phone and is flirting with the guy taking her order. After she tells Grace that she is sure they will get free toppings and Grace says “That was practically phone sex on an extra thin crust.” I swear I laughed so hard.

From the parental standpoint I was really surprised that Grace’s parents play a much bigger role in this book. Isabelle’s parents also make an appearance, but my favorite was Sam’s boss who gives him great advice.
The details that Maggie puts in Linger make you feel as if you are living in the story. For example the paper cranes that Sam makes and hangs on the ceiling adorned with twinkle lights. All the cranes are made of papers that represent happy memories like a school report card and the paper where he scribbled girl lying in the snow. I feel like all I had to do was look up to see them.

Linger proves you don’t need a crazy love triangle to tell an epic love story. The love that Sam and Grace have is truly real. Love is expressed with simple gestures such as a touch of a hand, a familiar facial expression, or the scent of a loved one.

I normally read a book from beginning to end in less than a few hours, but I didn’t want to finish Linger. I was really caught up with what might happen that I found it hard to enjoy the story. I laughed, cried, and loved this book. I will defiantly re-read both Shiver and Linger.


Thank you to On Our Minds @ Scholastic for having the contest that allowed me to win an advance readers copy of Linger!


Author Information:
www.maggiestiefvater.com
http://twitter.com/mStiefvater

You can order any of Maggie’s books autographed from Fountain Bookstore: http://www.fountainbookstore.com/autograph-maggie

Originally posted Apr 21, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

Review: Prism by Faye Kellerman

PrismPrism by Faye Kellerman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Prism is so shocking and suspenseful that it will keep you hooked until the very last sentence. In Prism Kaida is not happy about going on a class trip to the desert where everyone is split into vans. Kaida the girl with the purple hair is van pooling with Zeke star of the swim team and Joy who seems nice but is a smoker. They are not the same social circle so the trip starts of really quiet.

Mr. Addison, one of the teachers, is driving the van and keeps reminding them to be stay buckled because the road can be dangerous. Soon after they get into a car accident and the van goes up in flames. Kaida, Zeke, and Joy manage to get out and stick together, but there is no sign of Mr. Addison. While trying to decide on what to do in the middle of the dessert it starts to rain and they are forced to find shelter. The shelter they find brings them more problems than help.

Kaida wakes up from a strange dream that leaves her feeling uneasy. Everything seems normal except it’s days before her trip. When she arrives at school she feels drawn to Zeke and Joy. As the story goes on they discover a world without medicine and healthcare. Kaida meets Ozzy who will risk anything to help her. The world simply believes the weak die out and the strong survive. They try to learn the new rules without drawing to much attention.

The group hopes that reliving the crash will lead them back, but surviving long enough is a bigger challenge. Prism is the first book I read by mother daughter duo Faye and Aliza Kellerman. I read the book in a matter of hours because there was no way I could put it down. If you are looking for a good suspenseful thriller I recommend this one!

Special thanks to HarperCollins for providing this book for review.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Review: Private by Kate Brian

Private (Private, #1)
Private by Kate Brian

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I just finished the uber-catty book Private by Kate Brian and let me tell you it’s a page turner. Not only will you find yourself hooked but you might want to throw the book at the wall from time to time. You might be thinking I should have just put the book down but a book that makes you feel emotions is a book worth reading. If you are a fan of Gossip Girls the tv show you will love this book.

Reed Brennan arrives at Easton Academy her sophomore year as a scholarship kid. She is not great at making friends and wants to change that. On her first night in her dorm she spots a group of girls in the building across from her. Reed is instantly drawn to them, but little does she know they are the Billings Girls, the most popular girls in school. When they notice she is staring at them they give her the nick name “glass-licker”. You would think this would be enough to make Reed run in the other direction but instead it makes her want to belong even more.

Like most things the Billings Girls aren’t all perfect and hide plenty of secrets not only from each other but from the entire school. Noelle Lange is the leader of the girls she is super poised and not to be crossed. Ariana Osgood is always reading and mostly the quiet one. She is the first to speak to Reed and invites her to breakfast. Kiran Hayes is the model but has a relationship with someone the Billings Girls would not approve of. Taylor Bell is the final member who is super smart and helps Reed keep up with her school work.

As the book goes on I feel like Reed really looses herself and even gives her virginity to Thomas a guy she met on her first day at Easton Academy. Reed does anything the Billings Girls ask from getting their food to stealing an exam. Thomas isn’t a fan of the Billing Girls and wants her to choose the Billing Girls or him. In the end I don’t think either is the right choice for her.

I found the book to be a quick read and will continue reading the series. I warn you this book is not for everyone and would not recommend it for young teens. Never the less if you are looking for a fun read I suggest you pick this series up.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain: Official Book Trailer



For more on Bree visit: www.breedespain.com

Tell me a Secret ARC Winner



Congratulations to Angie D (BangerSis) on winning my ARC of Tell me a Secret!  I have emailed you and you have 48 hours to respond with your mailing address if not a new winner will be chosen.  Remember to check back soon for more giveaways!


The winner was chosen by Random.org





Friday, July 9, 2010

Tell me a Secret Review

Tell Me A SecretTell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Tell me a Secret is the story of Miranda, a teenage girl whose life dramatically changes after the death of her older sister Xanda. Miranda’s life spirals out of control without much of a support system. In the darkest moments of her life she finds a reason to be strong. Tell me a Secret will pull at your heart and make you want to hug Miranda.

Miranda always saw her sister Xanda as larger than life. Xanda gave Miranda a nickname of Rand, because it has an edgy ring to it. Xanda was the wild child! She dressed provocatively and would sneek out to meet her boyfriend whom her parents would never approve of. When Xanda did come home she would always smell of cigarettes and alcohol.

One of Miranda’s last memories of her sister is sneaking into Xanda’s room to try on one of her dresses. Xanda catches her, but instead of throwing her out she finds it amusing. Miranda tells her sister she has a secret and Xanda promises to share one with her. Miranda finally tells her that she wants to be just like her. Xanda never shared her secret because she died shortly after.

Miranda’s passion in life is drawing and she hopes to make it a career. After her sister’s dead she was determined to be Rand. At the same time Delany, a new transfer student comes to town and quickly becomes Rand’s friend. Delaney is similar to Xanda and Rand is instantly drawn to her. Rand also meets Kamran a very cute guy who understand her art. Rand seems to be getting a new life all her own inspired by Xanda.

During the summer Rand goes to camp and comes back with her own secret. She tries to find comfort in Delaney and Kamran but instead finds herself alone. Living with her parents after Xanda died felt empty and void of all life. Little does she know that the days of her parents yelling about disappointment are back when they find out that Rand is pregnant. Her mother gives her one choice and Rand choosing not to follow that path leaves her completely alone.

A teenage girl who goes from being lost to becoming a mother is not an easy journey, but one that happens so often in real life. Fans of Sarah Dessen will fall in love with Tell me a Secret! I recommend this to mother and daughter duos because there is so much to learn from this book. Holly Cupala is a first time author and did a remarkable job in telling this story.

For more about Holly visit: http://www.hollycupala.com/

Don't forget the Tell me a Secret Advance Readers Copy Contest ends tonight!  Click the contest button up above to enter.

Make sure to view the amazing interview with Holly here: http://cariblogs.blogspot.com/2010/07/interview-with-holly-cupala.html 

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Lord of Misrule Review

Lord of Misrule (The Morganville Vampires, #5)Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine


My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Lord of Misrule is the best book in the series so far. When we last left Morganville Bishop had come to town wanting to dethrone Amelie. Father and daughter along with all the vampires have disappeared in preparation for a war over Morganville. With all the chaos human factions have formed against the vampires and Morganville is on the brink of anarchy.

Amelie is worried about Myrnin and goes to rescue him taking a group of vampires, Claire, and Hannah a former marine who is a big help to Claire. Hannah is also related to Gramma Day. When the rescue mission doesn’t go according to plan Clare quickly stakes Myrnin to save them both. Oliver reminds her that staking a vampire is an offense punishable by death, and if he chose he could kill her on the spot.

Even with Morganville in turmoil Rachel Caine gives us romance. Shane very sweetly professes his love for Claire and in very end of the world fashion Claire wants to experience it. Michael and Eve are still very much in love.

Monica who is usually a bully to anyone who crosses her path received a dose of her own medicine. She even needed to be rescued by Claire, Shane, and Eve more than once. During the height of a tornado war finally breaks. As a result some have switched alliances and many are taken captive. In the end more than one Morganville resident looses a loved one.

I was excited to see Rachel bring strong weather elements to Morganville which reminded me of her Weather Warden series. While Lord of Misrule included darkness and chaos there were plenty of humorous lines and nice touches of romance. I have said it before and I’ll say it again go out and get this series!

Best Lines:
“Yeah, I know. Terror Aerobics. Just wait until they get this at the gym. It’ll be bigger than Pilates.”

“In this whole screwed-up town, you‘re the only thing that’s always been right to me,” he whispered. “I love you”


For more on Rachel Caine visit: www.rachelcaine.com

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Review of Winter's Passage by Julie Kagawa

Winter's Passage (Iron Fey, #1.5) Winter's Passage by Julie Kagawa


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Winter's Passage is the story of Ash and Meghan’s journey to the Winter Court. In The Iron King Meghan made a deal with Ash that if he helped save her brother she would go willingly to Queen Mab. During the journey something seems to be following them and no matter how much they try they end up facing the big bad.

Before heading to the Winter Court Meghan request to see Puck, and finds him where she last left him. While she may not be able to speak to Puck she does connect with him. While visiting Puck she runs into Grimalkin, the faery cat who helped her in The Iron King.

While in The Winter's Passage Ash slowly demonstrates his affections for Meghan. He calls her by her name and drops the cold icy stare. Ash points out her weaknesses in hopes to give her some survival skills for the time she will spend in the Winter Court. He constantly reminds Meghan that he is third son of the Winter Court and his loyalties lie with Mab. While Meghan is part fey she is driven by her human emotions and stubbornness. She is hoping that Ash’s feelings will save her in the end.

I was afraid that with such a short novella we would not get a full story when in fact Julie Kagawa gives us more than expected. I feel like she is leaving little bits of hints that in the end will put the whole story together. For example Meghan ask about her father and the question is not answered in a direct way leaving me to think that there is more to the story than we have heard. I am counting down the days until August 1st 2010 when The Iron Daughter will be released.

To download a free version of Winter's Passage visit: http://enterthefaeryworld.com/ironfey/

Monday, July 5, 2010

Past mini Contest

Contest Details:

Somewhere on my blog there are 2 foreign covers of Maggie Stiefvater's books. One winner per book cover! As the link is found I will remove it and update this note. Send me link of where you found the cover and wins an autographed bookmark! Good luck!!! You can either tweet or email me the link!!

1 link found by EmoEclipse!
1 link found by hefollowedme


*If you already won a bookmark be fair and give others a chance*

Thanks!
Cari

PS If you visit http://www.maggiestiefvater.com/shiver you will know what the covers look like.

7/5/10

Interview with Holly Cupala

I am very excited to have Holly Cupala via video on my blog today.  Holly is a first time author who has written a beautiful story titled Tell me a Secret.  Tell me a Secret is published by HarperCollins and was released on June 22nd 2010.  Holly has also provided an excerpt of her book which is listed below.  I will be posting a review of Tell me a Secret this week and there is still time to sign up to win my gently used advance readers copy.


Check out Holly interviewing herself.  Holly's husband/video editor pulled a parent trap.

The next stop for Holly's tour is...tomorrow at Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf! You can also view the full tour schedule here.

• Leave comments at any official tour stop or Holly’s blog (www.hollycupala.com) throughout the tour! Each comment counts as an entry (one comment per post*).
• Tweet about the tour (@hollycupala) and tell us what you think!
• Post about the tour, then leave a comment at my blog with a link.

Each week's prizes will be announced at Holly’s blog the following week - check back to see if you've won and contact us at the contact link at www.hollycupala.com (we will hold prizes for 2 weeks).

* Comment calculation: for instance, during week one you can comment once at every official stop, and once on any of my posts for that week to be entered in that week's prize drawing.


Excerpt of Tell me a Secret


It’s tough, living in the shadow of a dead girl. It’s like living at the foot of a mountain blocking out the sun, and no one ever thinks to say, “Damn, that mountain is big.” Or, “Wonder what’s on the other side?” It’s just something we live with, so big we hardly notice it’s there. Not even when it’s crushing us under its terrible weight.

No one mentions my sister. If they do, it’s mentioning her by omission, relief that I am nothing like her. I am the good sister. Thank God.

To speak of my sister . . . there’s nothing more sacrilegious. Alexandra, Andra, Alex. Xanda—who was, and is, and is to come. To speak her name is my family’s purest form of blasphemy.

To think of Xanda is to conjure up a person out of phase with the rest of us. Gym socks and mary janes. Lipstick always slightly outside the lines, as if she were just the victim of a mad, messy kiss. Laddered stockings with dresses that were decidedly un-churchy. Sloppy in a way that was somehow repulsive and delectable at the same time. Repulsive to my parents. Delectable to me.

At ten, I was practicing her pout in the mirror. By twelve, I was trying on her clothes (in secret, of course), thrilled with the way her shorts hugged my cheeks and made my underpants seem obsolete. Xanda was seventeen. She didn’t wear underpants.

One day she caught me in her boots and safety-pin dress, the one she had painstakingly assembled like rock-star chain mail. I was so scared I poked a pin through the end of my pinky. I imagined her taking off one of her stilettos and plunging it into my heart.

But Xanda didn’t skewer me. Instead, she threw back her head and laughed a dazzling, tonsil-baring laugh, then smothered me in a hug. She had that sour, sharp smell, and I knew she had been with Andre—Andre, of the sultry voice and skin the shade of coffee with milk. CafĂ© con leche, as he put it. Sweet and dangerous. A bit of a con, said Andre. A bit of a letch, said my sister.

After she bandaged my finger, Xanda insisted I try on the matching safety-pin leg warmers. They hung like chains around my ankles. Clump, clump, drag. With a heavy grasp, she steered us both toward the full-length mirror hung on the back of her bedroom door. The metal of the safety pins shimmered down my straight, twelve-year-old hips. Xanda stood behind me, the glow of the bedroom window lighting up the pale chaos of her hair in a halo. She shimmered, too, but in a different kind of way. Her sheer white dress fluttered around her, a ghost trapped behind my chain-link figure. When she smiled, she looked like an unholy angel.

She studied my face with one eye closed, like an artist sizing up a canvas. “You know what?” she said. “I don’t think you should be Mandy anymore.”

“Should I be Miranda now?” I asked.

“No, I was thinking more like . . . Rand. Rand is so much cooler than Mandy. Kind of edgy. Don’t you think?”

I tested the name in my mouth. Rand. Rand would wear a safety-pin dress. Rand could probably go without underpants now and then. Rand sounded almost like Xanda. I liked it.

“Do you want to know a secret?” I whispered to the sister in the mirror.

“Tell me,” she whispered back. “Tell me, and I’ll tell you one.”

Tell Me a Secret. Copyright © 2010 by Holly Cupala. Tell Me a Secret will be published by HarperCollins June 22, 2010.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Soul Stalker (Timeless #2) by Laura Kreitzer Cover

How amazing is the cover of Soul Stalker? I think it fits in well with the previous cover for Shadow of the Sun. Laura Kreitzer is a self published author who brings the amazing story of Gabriella and a group of powerful angels. I highly recommend Shadow of the Sun to everyone!  This is another great book for August.




Expected release date: August 2010
WARNING: This summary contains spoilers for Shadow of the Sun.

Being the Illuminator is not all happiness and light, especially when everyone thinks you are dead. When Gabriella decides to finally let her angels know that she is alive, Joseph and an  unexpected friend help her. The Darkness Illuminator is not as in control of her power as she believes, which makes for a very comedic and endearing relationship that blooms between the three. A fender-bender debacle, a run-in with the cops, and a hiccup at the airport seem to all be worth it until Gabriella finds out her plan has backfired.

The three angels are missing, more mysteries pile up, and a new evil is brewing – so terrifying, in fact, that even the Soul Stalker herself is cowering in fear. Our heroine begins a jarring, romance-filled, heart-breaking journey that will lead her back to Italy, and ultimately to the answers she is desperately searching for. What will she do when they aren’t the answers she expected? What happens when she unveils a truth, so deeply hidden, that it causes an angelic war? 

Source:http://laurakreitzer.com/timeless-series/soul-stalker

Thursday, July 1, 2010

July 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!

Carpe Corpus Carpe Corpus (The Morganville Vampires) by Rachel Caine

Echoes Echoes by Melinda Metz - Done

Greek: Double Date Greek: Double Date by Marsha Warner - Done

Minder Minder by Kate Kaynak -done

Ninth Grade Slays Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewer - Done


Prism Prism by Faye Kellerman, Aliza Kellerman - Done

Winter's Passage Winter's Passage by Julie Kagawa - Done

Private Private by Kate Brian - Done

Lord of Misrule Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine - Done

Blue Is For Nightmares Blue Is For Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz