Monday, February 28, 2011

March 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!

Currently Reading:


To Read:



Finished Reading:

Review: Falling Under


Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars


Falling Under was nothing like I expected. I thought it would be a story about fey but I was wrong Gwen Hayes gives you a new dark creature to be taken by. In Falling Under Theia’s life is very normal and even a little boring until she finds a burning man on her lawn. Theia isn’t sure if she’s dreaming but from that moment her life is thrown into the supernatural. Theia also realizes if it was a dream she was sleepwalking because her clothes show signs of being out in the yard. She soon starts dreaming about a Victorian gothic gorgeous guy who she has never met. The next day Haden starts school and as soon as Theia sees him she knows he is the guy from her dreams. Only he isn’t goth but Abercrombie gorgeous! I would never have dreamed that a guy could be both emo goth and dream guy but Haden is hotness. Haden and Theia have one of those the earth stops kind of moment without even speaking but tries his best to avoid her. Haden reminds me a little of Patch from Hush, Hush because he’s hot and dark but has his jerk moments. Regardless of the jerk moments Haden does redeem himself.

Theia and Haden spend plenty of time in the dark dream world but Theia isn’t convinced if Haden knows or if it’s simply her dream. In Theia’s dreams she finds out who Haden is and why he suddenly shows up in her world. Haden’s reasons for showing up will only bring misery. The world where Theia dreams is dark and twisted and yet there is a beauty in the details.

Falling Under is told in two worlds where Theia and Haden will learn what it means to walk in each other's footsteps. Haden’s infatuation with Theia brings her a world of danger but her loved ones will stop at nothing to save her. Falling Under had a definite ending but with room for more books. Also if you are wondering Falling Under feels a bit like Twilight but Gwen Hayes acknowledges that in the novel and I found it amusing. I can really see fans of Fallen by Lauren Kate really enjoying this one. Falling Under is Gwen Hayes debut novel and I am impressed and look forward to more novels from her.

Gwen can be found online at: http://www.gwenhayes.com

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Spotlighting Illegal by Bettina Restrepo


Release Date: 3/8/2011


About:
Nora is on a desperate journey far away from home. When her father leaves their beloved Mexico in search of work, Nora fights to make sense of her loss while waiting for her father’s return and a better day. When the letters and money from her father stop coming, Nora decides that she and her mother must look for him in Texas. After a harrowing experience crossing the border, the two are all alone in a strange place called Houston. Now, Nora figures out how to survive while still aching for small comforts: friends, a new school, and a quinceaƱera to mark her fifteenth birthday.

Bettina Restrepo’s powerful and deeply hopeful debut novel captures the challenges of one girl’s unique yet universal immigrant experience.

Praise for Illegal:
"Bettina Restrepo’s first novel is a vivid and unsparing look at the life of an illegal teenage girl who comes to the U.S. from Mexico in search of her father. Faith, family, and friendship are all features of this unforgettable individual life, which is emblematic of so many others that are too seldom examined in novels for teens. An important novel that deserves a wide readership."—Michael Cart, author of My Father's Scar and Love and Sex: Ten Stories of Truth

Source: Harper Collins

If you would like to participate in a signed giveaway of Illegal answer the following question and your name will go into a grand drawing hosted by Bettina.

Would you break the law to find your family across a foreign border?

 Rules:
Leave a comment with your entry name/alias and where you live
Contest is open international
Winners must be over the age of 13
The winner will be announced on Facebook and Twitter April 1, 2011 and you must reply to Bettina to collect your prize

Friday, February 25, 2011

Winners and News

First for the Darkest Mercy Swag winners!

First winner: ♥ttlyoverit17♥♪ said...The first cover is always the best!! I love it!! my1blog17@yahoo.com

Second Winner:Two Readers Reviews said... I would go with the first cover, but they are all amazing! @missyreviews

Blog News!!!


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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Giveaway: Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

March is a month for so many great books one that caught my attention is the debut novel Falling Under by Gwen Hayes. Some of my favorite books have been debut novels so I'm excited to read this.

In FALLING UNDER, painfully shy seventeen-year-old Theia begins experiencing dark, hauntingly real dreams of the most gorgeous boy she has ever seen. When he shows up for real at her high school, she thinks she’s going insane. And when he touches her, she is sure she has lost her mind. Why would Haden, this devastatingly attractive boy, even look at her?

Theia isn’t the only one interested in Haden. Every girl in the school is after him. Yet somehow its Theia he gravitates to. Even though he knows it’s wrong, it’s Theia he wants to be near, Theia whose presence he craves more than his next breath.

Theia knows the pull between them is stronger than mere chemistry; it’s otherworldly. She fears how strongly she is drawn to him and yet she doesn’t really want to escape. She has always felt Haden is much more than just a normal teenage boy, but when she learns where Haden is truly from and what he has come to Serendipity Falls to do, Theia realizes she might lose more than just her heart—she may lose her soul.

NAL Publishing will be giving away a copy to one lucky winner!

Rules:
US or Canada only
One entry per person
Must fill out form below
Giveaway ends 2/28/11

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Poem: Me by Megan Bostic

One of my earliest loves in literature was poetry even when I wasn't a big reader I was always drawn to poems. Recently I found out that Megan Bostic, author of Never Eighteen which will be released in Winter 2012 and Class of 2K11 writes poetry. So of course I asked if she would send me some and if I could feature it here on my blog. Megan sent me a few pieces and today I am sharing one with you.


Visit Megan here:
http://meganbostic.blogspot.com
http://www.classof2k11.com/

*This is Megan's work please do not copy or borrow without her permission*

Vanish Cover Sneak Peek!

As many of you know I love fancy covers and today I get to share with you a piece of Vanish by Sophie Jordan! So you want to see more well lucky for you 5 other blogs are giving you similar pieces and tomorrow you will get to see the whole cover!

Word: Romance

If you are ready for a scavenger hunt simply visit the following blogs and collect a word along with the puzzle pieces and head over to the three blogs hosting a giveaway.

7 AM: Right here!
9 AM: Mundie Moms
10 am Pirate Penguin Reads
11 am: Total Bookaholic
1 pm: Elliott's Review
3 pm: ReadingTeen

For the Final cover visit:
A Good Addiction
A Fanatic Book Blog
Books Complete Me

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Darkest Mercy Swag!

Happy Darkest Mercy Release Day!



If you have read the Wicked Lovely series than this is a super exciting and yet sad day! Today is the day that Darkest Mercy the last book in the series is released. I won't give spoilers away just want to say I found it to be amazing! So I would like to give two people a bookmark! One is signed and one is not but they are both equally beautiful!

To enter simply tell me which is your favorite cover and leave your email or twitter handle so I can contact you. Contest ends Feb 24, 2011 at Midnight which means if you get it in before Friday when I draw names you are good. Then you have 24 hours to reply!


Monday, February 21, 2011

Review: Darkest Mercy

Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars


If you have not read the first four books here is the short version:
Melissa Marr is by far my number one fey author. If you are not familiar with her books you want to start with Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchange, Fragile Eternity, Radiant Shadow, and finally Darkest Mercy. Now if the title doesn’t tell you I can promise you there will be so much sadness. Marr does a great job of giving all the main characters closure, but nothing is ever simple. I think the key words to describe this book are love and loss. I also love that Marr drops the book titles in the story and reminds us what each title means. Every single part of this book is amazing and cried but Marr’s books often make me cry. Bottom line I think this was a great ending to the series!

If you have read Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchange, Fragile Eternity, and Radiant Shadows then read on:
Darkest Mercy picks up where Radiant Shadows left off. Bananach is out for war and she will stop at nothing until she succeeds. Keenan has been missing for a few reasons one he can’t seem to function with Ash not wanting to be his mate but also because he is hoping to seek allies if war arises. Who would have thought Kingling would be thinking ahead. While Keenan is gone it gives Ash time to look back and think about where her life was before she became queen and how much she has changed.

As you may remember at the end of Radiant Shadows Banaach wounded Irial and Niall starts to lose it. The dark court will be weakened without its former king and if it’s current king won’t deal with his grief. Taking out Irial was strategic for Bananach and she continues to take out those most important to the head of the courts. War knows that with a weak monarch she can take power but not until the courts ban together will they stand a chance. The problem is that if they do nothing War will take out the courts and make herself queen but to kill one of the originals, Bananach or Sorcha, will kill all the fey.

In the end War is bloody, violent, and deadly. Some will lose, some will die, and nothing will ever be the same. I can honestly say I have never seen a more perfect last book! I am sad because for five books I have loved this series and I don’t think I’ll ever be ready to let go but I do look forward to more books from Melissa Marr.

A Mortal Touch Winners!

I gave all the entries a number and then chose with random.org and the two winners are:


Winners have 48 hours to reply with a mailing address or a new winner will be chosen. A new giveaway goes up tomorrow so check back soon! Thanks to everyone who entered!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Spotlighing: A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford

Swagtastic giveaway with debut author Leah Clifford! Leah sent over two signed bookmarks and stickers that I'll be giving away to you. If you haven't heard about A Touch Mortal then take a look at the cover and description below.

If you would like a to win a lovely signed bookmark and sticker simply leave your email or twitter id so I can contact the winner and what you love about YA. One entry per person and US/Canada only. I will randomly draw two winners and announce it on 2/21/11.


Release Date:2/22/11



Book Description:
Eden didn't expect Az.

Not his saunter down the beach toward her. Not his unbelievable pick-up line. Not the instant, undeniable connection. And not his wings.

Yeah.

So long, happily-ever-after.

Now trapped between life and death, cursed to spread chaos with her every touch, Eden could be the key in the eternal struggle between heaven and hell. All because she gave her heart to one of the Fallen, an angel cast out of heaven.

She may lose everything she ever had. She may be betrayed by those she loves most. But Eden will not be a pawn in anyone else's game. Her heart is her own.

And that's only the beginning of the end.

Source: Goodreads.com

For more on Leah Clifford visit: http://www.leahclifford.com

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Interview with Chris Rylander

I would like to welcome author of The Fourth Stall Chris Rylander. Chris thank you so much for taking time for a quick interview with us. This is your first children’s book and the age range is 9-12 so it’s safe to say middle grade, but from reading the first two chapters I can see parents enjoying this with their kids.



What is The Fourth Stall about?

Thanks, Cari. The Fourth Stall is about the world of organized crime in a middle school. It’s my kid-friendly, and hopefully funny and action-packed, take on how I think the worlds of school and organized crime as seen in the movies mirror each other pretty well.

Your story is told from Mac’s point of view and Mac is quite the character. Can you tell us a little about who is Mac what he does?

Mac represents the Godfather character. He runs a business from an unused bathroom in the school and he has the answer to every kid’s problem – provided they can pay him with money or small favors of course. But ultimately Mac’s a pretty good guy, I mean, he’s not putting kids in cement overcoats or anything. He isn’t exactly the Carlo Gambino of kids.

How did you develop the characters Mac, Vince, or Staples?
Mac came pretty naturally – well, they all did in a sense. I thought the typical place to take the story would be to have the protagonist be an outsider to the organized crime and have the villain be the godfather. So that’s sort of what led me to make Mac the crime boss, to do the opposite of what I’d expect to see in a kids book. Vince seemed like a natural fit as a friend to Mac, after all, someone has to run the numbers for any business, right? Plus, the book has some dark edges, so it needed constant comic relief. And for Staples, I wanted a pretty realistic teen hooligan. I mean, as middle schoolers and grade schoolers, there was never anything more terrifying than big and mean high school kids, right?

There seems to be a lot of humor in the book and also in your tweet. How do you come up with all of it and are you funny all day all the time?
I have no idea where any of it comes from. Mostly I just type whatever amuses me, which is pretty much everything. All I can do is hope that it amuses other people as well. As to your second question, yes, I am pretty much hilarious all day long, every day. I know for sure that my dog finds me funny. And one time I even made my ham sandwich laugh right before I ate it. Which, to make something laugh right before you’re about to digest it is pretty impressive.

On your website you have a lot of drawings did you draw those yourself? Can you see The Fourth Stall as a graphic novel and movie?
Yes, I did all of the writing and artwork found on my website myself. Most of them I doodled during work meetings. (If anyone from work is reading this, I’m just kidding… Or am I?) I never really envisioned The Fourth Stall as anything but a novel, but I’d certainly love to see another person’s take on it – either in drawings or a movie.

Ok so if you or Mac had to stand in a bookstore and try to convince people to pick The Fourth Stall what would you say to them?
That’s a great question. I’m not a good salesman, so I’d let Mac take that portion of it. Meanwhile, I’d go buy a hot dog that I would then wear as a hat. I’m telling you, the whole hot dogs as hats thing is coming back in a big way.

Once again thank you so much for taking time to stop by my blog and I know I will be buying a copy for my nephew so I hope readers do the same.
Thank you, I hope he and other readers enjoy the book!

Ok this is one interview I could not have done in person or on video without laughing. Chris is so funny so pick up his book and you can find him online at:

http://www.chrisrylander.com/
http://twitter.com/chris_rylander
Goodreads.com

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars


Why did I wait so long to read this book? Cynthia from A Blog about Nothing read it and loved it, but for some reason it kept slipping to the bottom of my to read list. Big mistake because I loved this book! Sophie Mercer is half witch from her father's side but raised by her human mother. Sophie cast a minor spell that goes horribly wrong and exposes her magic to her entire school so she is sent away to Hecate School.

Hecate or Hex Hall as the students call it is where witches, fey, and shapshifters go when they expose who they are in the human world. Sophie hopes that at Hecate she will make friends with others like her, but she soon realizes that fitting in isn't easy especially when she discovers more about her magical history. Sophie is also thrown together with Archer, the super hot guy at school, but he is dating Elodie. Elodie needs Sophie to join her group but can't stand Sophie.  I love that Sophie is witty and had me laughing out loud when she tries to conjure a dress.

From beginning to end Hex hall was unexpected and I enjoyed every minute. The ending is left open for Demonglass, book two in the Hex Hall series that will be released March 1, 2011. I will gladly pick up anything that Rachel Hawkins writes.

For more on Rachel Hawkins visit: http://readingwritingrachel.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Book News I missed!

I wasn't on my pc much yesterday so this is what I missed:

Maggie Stiefvater reads the first two pages of Forever! If you haven't finished Shiver and Linger don't watch the video.



Kimberly Derting News:
Kimberly announced that there will be two more books about The Body Finder and she also has a new book titled The Pledge being released November 15th, 2011 from McElderry! Click here for info

Desires of the Dead Winners

First let me start out by saying how excited I am that so many people entered this giveaway!  Funny part is most of the giveaway winners were those who selected I'll take any prize.  I hope you have all ordered or are picking up  your copies today.

Special thanks to Kim for providing the amazing swag!

Stats:
164 entries for Desires of the Dead
139 entries for The Body Finder Paperback
98 entries for Signed Poster
114 entries for Bag and Bookmarks
103 entries for Signed Bookmarks

Desires of the Dead: 24) Jen @ I Read Banned Books

The Body Finder Winner: 63)Melissa @ Mel's Books and Info

Signed Posters: 19) Jessy

Bag and Bookmarks: 26) Meredith

Signed Bookmarks: 37) aurora m.

All winners have been contacted by email and have 48 hours to reply! 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Winners!

As you know Friday I couldn't come up with a post idea so I decided to give away some books. The winners have been chosen and contacted! Thank you to all who participated and check back for more giveaways!

Winners are:
Lindsey (leebee)

***Throws Confetti ***

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Interview with Kimberly Derting

Today I have one of my favorite authors Kimberly Derting stopping by to talk about life as an author and her new book Desires of the Dead. For those of you who are not familiar with Kimberly then I highly recommend you pick up The Body Finder her debut novel.




How does it feel to have your second book published?
Exciting. Nerve wracking. Intense. And did I mention exciting?!?!?

How has the fan reaction been?
So far I’ve been thrilled with the response to Desires of the Dead! I think most authors, especially debuts and even more so if it’s a series, worry about that second book. I certainly did. I felt a ton of pressure to have it live up to The Body Finder. So to have early readers give a positive response…YAY!

Recently your books were auctioned off for close to 100 dollars for Charity and I heard that after it ended people still wanted to bid. How was that?
Insane! I expected it to get a couple of bids, but when I saw how high it was going, I was kind of overwhelmed! But I’m so glad that the money went towards such a great cause!

Last year you told me you were surviving on skittles for meals. How was it surviving writing Desires of the Dead?
I’m still eating Skittles…and unfortunately, more fast food than I should. I’m still finding that balance between my writing life and my family life, and unfortunately, if one of them has to give it’s usually the household stuff. Thankfully, my husband and kids are supportive and we’re working it out.

How does it feel to come off Harper Summer Tour, Smart Chicks tour, and now Dark Days of Summer?
It’s been sort of surreal. The group tours are great because I get to hang out with these uber-talented authors whose books I’ve read over the years (it makes me feel like I’m sitting at the cool table!) But even better, I LOVE getting the chance to meet my readers!!!!!

About Desires of the Dead

How has Violet changed?
I think she’s learning to accept that her ability can be a good thing, that she can use it to help others.

In YA parents are usually not in the picture. How did you approach it?
I decided to give Violet the parents I would hope I would be if one of my kids had such an unusual/frightening ability. I wouldn’t want them to have to hide it from me and I didn’t want Violet to have to hide what she could do, so I made her parents (and her aunt and uncle) very present and supportive in her life.

My Twitter friends and I were arguing over Jay because he’s such an amazing boyfriend. Where did you get the inspiration for his character?
LOL! I would love to say that he was based on someone I actually know because…well, then I would know Jay! But, really, he’s the kind of friend/boyfriend I think I would have wanted in high school.

How did you decide what Jay would give Violet for her birthday?
OMG, funny that you ask because this is one of those instances where I sprinkled in a little of my real life…or rather, my brother’s. When he was in the 2nd grade, his little girlfriend combed his hair right before school pictures were taken. As a result, I have this awesomely goofy picture of him with a totally crooked part and his hair all slicked down with water. It’s one of my favorite childhood pictures of him!

In The Body Finder you had crazy serial killers now that they are out of the picture did you find it difficult to keep the same creepy factor?
I definitely wanted to steer away from setting up the same storyline—another serial killer—but we live in a world where creepy can come in so many forms. I love the new storyline since Violet is so much more involved with the “bad guy”.

What comes next?
I wish I could tell you now, but the publishing world is riddled with all these crazy secrets…which is terrible for someone like me who has a big mouth and wants to share everything with everyone! But, I promise, I will be sharing news soon. And I’m SUPER excited about it!

For more on Kimberly Derting visit: http://www.kimberlyderting.com

The Body Finder is in stores now and Desires of the Dead available by preorder.
Book Depository | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

I would like to thank Kimberly for stopping by my blog and encourage you to pick up her books!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Guess who was listed on Blogs of Note?

So if you use blogger than you know that on the dashboard there are 3 tabs one of them says Blogs of Notes where Blogger features blogs.  I have always thought how awesome for those blogs who get featured but I saw it as a dream a goal I would never reach.  Well guess what! I was featured on Blogs of Notes! I had a comment this morning on my Slacker post letting me know!  I went to check and LOOK! Seriously thinking of making this my wallpaper and maybe a business card or tshirt!  Is blowing it up to a wall size picture to much?



I'm so honored and thrilled!

I am a slacker so you win prizes!

So I have nothing to post today, but since it's Friday I think you need a new post so how about I give you books!

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I will pick two winners and send them two books each! The first name drawn get's first choice the second person will get the other two books.

Rules:
US and Canada only
Ends Sunday 2/13/11

Fill out the form below:

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Lisa McMann talks Cryer's Cross and The Unwanteds

I am really excited that Lisa McMann is going to be here next week on her book tour for Cryer's Cross that I wanted to share a video of her talking a little about Cryer's Cross and her new dystopian project The Unwanteds which will be out this fall. Take a look and let me know without spoilers what you thought about Cryer's Cross. Is there anything you want to ask Lisa? Maybe I'll ask her for you. Be sure to come back next week for pictures and details from the event but in the mean time enjoy.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Review: Desires of the Dead


Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting

Rating:5 of 5 Stars


Desires of the Dead is the follow up to The Body Finder where Violet has the ability to find the dead if they are not properly laid to rest. She also sees a matching imprint on the killer which could make her extremely valuable if her gift is ever revealed. The only people who know about what Violet can do is her family, as it was passed through the women in her family, and also her best-friend-turned-boyfriend Jay. Jay learned about what Violet could do when they were kids and has always accepted who she is. There has been much swooning for Jay. When Violet finds an Echo, it seems to drain her of any energy until the body is put to rest. Jay is always by her side to keep her going but readers shouldn’t get the impression that this makes Violet a fragile girl who needs to be saved; if anything, she doesn’t run or hide from her gift.

On a regular outing with her friend, Violet finds an Echo calling to her and drawing her closer. Violet isn’t able to do anything without her friend finding out, but that doesn’t mean that she will stop. This particular Echo changes Violet’s life in more ways than she could imagine. In helping, she attracts the attention of the FBI and realizes since Jay is now her boyfriend, she can’t tell him everything as she did when they were best friends. Jay, as a boyfriend, wants to protect Violet and that might mean telling her parents about the dangerous situations she puts herself in; but Violet isn’t ready to share everything with her parents.

With the FBI on her trail and Jay’s overwhelming need to protect her, Violet also feels that she is being stalked. First, hang up calls and then, creepy gifts are left at her car and later, threatening letters. When she turns to Jay, she doesn’t find the answers she needs and things get shaky. Violet is also dealing with the insecurities that come with dating a guy who every woman seems to want. I would like to include myself on that list! All the stress and secrets cause major problems for Jay and Violet. Kimberly writes scenes so beautifully that you can’t help but to get emotionally invested in these characters. Jay, I heart you!

I love that Violet’s family members see that she is going through a lot and give Violet the space to deal with it in her own way, but they are always close enough if she needs them. I can’t remember reading a YA book with such emotionally-stable families. Desires of the Dead really has it all! There is plenty of stalker/ killer creepiness, and yet lots of love, kissing, sweetness, and of course the emotional stuff. Kimberly Derting is an amazing author and has quickly become one of my favorites. I can see myself re-reading both The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead over and over. I would recommend this book to everyone and I see movie potential all over these books.

Desires of the Dead will be released 2/15/11 so get your copy!


Thank you to HarperTeen for providing a review copy.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

New Series: Ash Mistry Chronicles By Sarawat Chadda

HarperCollins has signed a three book deal with author Sarwat Chadda.  The series will be titled Ash Mistry Chronicles.

 Ash Mistry and the Savage Palace – the first book in the series – will launch in Spring 2012. An edge-of-your seat action adventure, it introduces a major new character for 9–12s, 14-year-old British-Indian Ashoka Mistry, better known as Ash.

Ash hates India. Which is a problem since his father has brought the whole family there to take up a dream job with the mysterious Lord Savage. But Ash immediately suspects something is very wrong with the eccentric millionaire. Soon, Ash finds himself in a desperate battle to stop Savage's masterplan – the opening of the Iron Gates that have kept Ravana, the demon king, at bay for four millennia...

Sarwat Chadda added, “Everyone's read the adventures of Hercules and Thor. But the vast mythology and history of the Indian sub-continent has been strangely neglected in children's fiction. Through Ash, a modern British-born Asian, I hope to immerse the reader in a world as magical and as thrilling as anything to come out of the more familiar Greek and Norse mythology. Heroes are heroes and we love them wherever they come from. It’s time we met some Indian ones...”

For more on Sarwat visit: http://www.sarwatchadda.com/

Source: Sarwat Chadda Newsletter and Press Release

Monday, February 7, 2011

Review: Unearthly

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

4 of 5 Stars


In a sentence Unearthly is the story of a girl who has a calling and finds love in an unexpected place along the way. Ok it’s a little more complicated like the fact that Clara is part angel and her calling is her reason for being. Clara found out as a teen that she was special and that her mom was half angel. At sixteen she has her first vision of a guy in the woods surrounded by fire. At first the visions are muddled and hard to figure out but as time approaches the visions will be clear. When Clara finds out that mission leads her to Wyoming to save Christian, the guy from her visions her mother quickly uproots her family so Clara can fulfill her mission.

When Clara get’s to Wyoming things don’t go smoothly. See Christian is dating Kay who instantly hates Clara and for good reason because when Clara is around Christian she feels an instant pull to him. He is pretty gorgeous and Clara actually passes out the first time she sees him. LOL Yes I said she passes out. Clara gets on Kay’s bad side makes life pretty isolated. She does meet Wendy who isn’t one of the popular kids, but quickly befriends her. Only problem is that Wendy’s twin Tucker picks on her, and always finds a way to drive her crazy. Tucker gives her a hard in class and loves to call her carrots after a bad dye job.

Shortly after arriving in Wyoming Christian and Kay break up which gives Clara the opportunity to get close to Christian. He of course doesn’t make it very easy but she tries to remind herself that this is about a mission and not about falling in love with him. Clara invites him to prom and surprisingly he agrees but just as she is making progress Kay falls apart and Christian leaves with her. Clara is left taking a ride from Tucker. Tucker might give Clara a world of grief, but he helps Clara when she needs him.

To further complicate things Christian is spending the summer in New York so Clara takes the time to get to know her surroundings and prep for the day she will save Christian. Being in Wyoming Clara finds happiness and love which only help her with her power.

Unearthly is Cynthia Hand’s first novel and part of a series. Hand is currently working on Hollow the second book in the series which will be released in 2012. I will say the ending is something I never would have expected. I mean Holy Cliffhanger what the beep just happened type of ending?!? Also it took me the first 50 pages to really find myself emerged in the story but it’s so worth it and I’m excited about the second book.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Hi Readers,

You are probably in a food coma after super bowl but I have the cure! What you ask? Well how about the book trailer for Unearthly!?! Also visit tomorrow to read my review. Thanks to my friend Ginger @ G-Reads for letting me borrow this book and I'll have to get a copy of my own!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Giveaway Winners!

We have winners! Lot's and lots of winners! Someone get the confetti!!!

Ganzfield Winner:
The winner of the Ganzfield Book is Alyssa from booksareexcellent.blogspot.com



Signed Angelfire Bookmarks
Nina from http://jadorehappyendings.blogspot.com/
WulfLuva from http://wulfluva-shellsstories.blogspot.com/
Harley from http://starletreviews.blogspot.com/

All winners have been contacted via email and has 48 hours to reply or I will pick a new winner.

Thanks so much and remember to sign up for Desires of the Dead and Body Finder giveaway!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

Ally Carter announced that she had a final cover yesterday. I'm so excited because I loved Heist Society and Ally was one of the first authors events I ever attended. I love the new cover and can't wait to see what the crew is going to pull off.

Release Date: June 21st 2011 by Hyperion

Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life. Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners.

There are only three problems. First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long, and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous and that is simply… the emerald is cursed.

Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all she has her best friend—the gorgeous Hale—and the rest of her crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the globe, dodging curses, realizing that the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless this time.

Which means, this time, Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules.

Source: Goodreads

For more on Ally Carter visit: http://www.allycarter.com

Why I Blog

Wednesday there was a #YALIT chat happening on twitter and like with all things it can be good or bad. Last night seemed to be buzzing and the topic turned to bookmarks, buttons, bad reviews, and ARCs. ARCs are advance readers copies of books which are uncorrected proofs that go out to media in hopes of creating a buzz. After seeing a number of tweets that felt like digs at bloggers I finally turned twitter off. I normally try to stay away from drama because really there is no point.

I would like to talk about a few points of my own and what better way than my blog. I blog because I love books and I love talking about books. I tell people this all the time, I never set out to be a book blogger. I started blogging because my twitter friends wanted to know more about what I was reading and what I thought that couldn’t be explained in 140 characters on twitter. I went the first 4-5 months without knowing that book bloggers, arcs, review copies even existed.

Why does it bother me when I hear that book bloggers are in it for free books?
I own 460+ books and 10 of those were given to me by a publisher for review. I purchase the books I giveaway. I try to support every YA book event where I live and have purchased multiple copies of books when not many people show up for an event. I have traveled out of town for book events. If I receive a review copy I try to give away a finished copy in my next giveaway.

Swag:
When an author sends swag they go towards giveaways. This also cuts down on expense for the author because they send 10 bookmarks to one person and we mail them out individually and in some cases internationally. In rare occasions that an author has provided extra special swag I giveaway a copy of their book to say thanks.

Bloggers shouldn’t bash books and authors!
I will never attack an author because I would never want someone to attack me. I firmly believe that not every book is for every person and just because I don’t like something doesn't mean you won't enjoy it.

How do I help promote books?
I host giveaways.
I donated close to 100 books to my local library, hospitals, and shelters during 2010-2011.
I shop library and school books sales
I promote and support events at my local indie bookstores

My goal has been to help promote books, authors, and share my love of books. You will find new authors, self published, established authors on my blog. Remember not all bloggers are the same and when statements are thrown out they affect both the good and the bad. I will continue to purchase books with or without free ARCs or swag and review them.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Pull of Gravity Cover Talk

Today is an exciting day! Remember at the beginning of the year when I had all the 2k11 authors on my blog? Well Gae Polisner didn't have a final cover so she drew the lovely picture below. I loved it so much I shared it with the world and promised to do a very serious cover discussion with a panel of experts to disuss the new cover for Pull of Gravity. Oh and by experts I mean my blogger friends who were nice enough to participate.

Cheers, Confetti, and Applause


Okay first, I have to say.... TROLL! Best. Cover. Element. Ever. Not a clue if it actually relates to the story but who cares? It's a troll! And stick figures? Okay, yes, the fancy posed artistic covers are nice, but there's something nice and nostalgic about going back to the days of stick figures that basically say so much so simply. Are they holding hands? Aren't they? Who knows? Let's read to find out! -Kari from A Good Addiction

I love Gae’s hand drawn cover ideas. So cute! The bus and the hotel for Nick and Jaycee’s journey. The Steinbeck quote is funny. I don’t get the troll or the light sabers, but maybe they are part of the plot. My favorite part would be Gae’s funny little comments. -Melina from Reading Vacation

First off, I was actually present when John Steinbeck made this book rec, so.....yeah, you should buy it. A troll doll is essential to any epic road trip. It brings good luck (and good gas mileage) as well as serve as a conversation piece on those long drives through the desert. It is upside down to convey the "weight" of their adventure. You know...the whole gravity thing.... -Jen Bigheart from I Read Banned Books

Sign me up people, I am writing a book just so I can get an original hand drawn cover from Gae. I'm with Jen and Kari, the troll is epic AND nothing says road trip like wax lips and lightsabers.-Stacy Wells from Girls in the Stacks

I saw this one on your blog post about a month ago and thought it was amazeballs!!! I would definitely pick this one up at the bookstore if it had this cover, hellooo there's a troll in it! I want to know what that troll has to do with the story and why those two stick figures are wearing wax lips?! Did I mention I had a troll collection when I was little?! -Cynthia from A Blog About Nothing

I would LOVE to see a book like this on the shelves...Mostly because of the randomness and the little descriptions next to everything. (I have to do that on drawings too because no one ever knows what they're looking at :)) I love, love, LOVE the Troll...It makes me hopeful that there is a reference of it somewhere in the book that will whisk me away to my seven year old self. Also, I'm really craving some wax lips right about now... – Jasmine from The Reading Housewives

Seriously I had the pink troll that talked and nothing adds a touch of nerd cool like Lightsabers! If I ever meet Gae I am printing this out and have her sign it. I wonder if Gae used this cover would the Sheraton would have gave her free rooms for life. –Cari from Cari’s Book Blog

The Final Cover!


Most standoutish for me is the lettering... this overall is something I would definitely grab in store, especially as someone who loves boy books. I also really like the expression on the girl's face watching the boy... the circles that expand out are kind of psychedelic, and so is the fact that their bodies totally meld into each other, but it's a cover that isn't just a repeat of a whole bunch of others which I like. And okay, so I kind of miss the troll, and these two might be doing more than holding hands... but if I knew nothing else about the book, I'd still grab it to find out. -Kari from A Good Addiction

(Kari) Psychedelic circles, how cool...wait, I'm getting dizzy. -Stacy Wells from Girls in the Stacks

I am guessing that is Nick (not Scoot) and Jaycee on the other cover. Yes, he does resemble JB. It’s that JB hair. That’s really in style right now though, so it makes sense. At first I thought the ripples were a fingerprint, but they are too perfect for that so they look more like a target to me. Makes it look a bit blurry and mysterious. I’m not sure if that is what they are going for, but that’s what I felt when I saw it. Which one would I more likely pick up? Gae’s, because it’s fun and unique. There you have it, the opinion of a tween girl. -Melina from Reading Vacation

Just think the 90's gave us "The Rachel" and now we have the "The Bieber." -Stacy Wells from Girls in the Stacks

Okay, real people. I'm not gonna lie, I miss the troll, but I"m digging the way the two people are melting or fading into each other. I can see all of the girl AND all of the guy. The added rings around the two, remind me of a ripple effect from an earthquake. To me, the rings give the word "gravity" in the title some weight. (pun intended). Overall, not too shabby...I wonder if he will let me borrow his hoodie? -Jen Bigheart from I Read Banned Books

Aww, Jen I wanted to borrow that hoodie first! Yep, I'm digging the cover. -Stacy Wells from Girls in the Stacks

oooh, I love the look the girl is giving the boy in the cover, like she's not so sure she likes him but she's stuck with him, maybe he did something wrong? I want to know what that is. I'm also with Kari on the font of the title, I love it!! Very eye catching and colorful. The circles around them both, very cool and appealing like it wants to hypnotize you. -Cynthia from A Blog About Nothing

I really like that I kind of had to squint a bit at first because it's out of focus. That makes me want to lean in and take a closer look. The girl in the background intrigues me because she seems kind of alternative/punky maybe? And then there's this poppy (not like the seed, but like the music) boy that she's with. The two of them seem like opposites and I want to know what PULLS them together...Get it? The simplicity of the text is awesome...And I love the kind of tunnel effect the target causes. – Jasmine from The Reading Housewives

Baby Baby Baby ok I’ll stop dancing for a minute. I would like to think that if I were back in high school I would look as cool as the the girl in the hoodie. I agree with everyone that the font is great and it sort of keeps a bit of Gae’s drawing. I also love the look she is giving him. Melina you are so right it really does look like a finger print. Baby, Baby, Baby I’m excited to get this book in May. - Cari from Cari’s Book Blog

Thank you to Gae for allowing us to compare the covers and thank you to all my lovely blogger friends who participated! Put Pull of Gravity on your to read list and visit all the blogs who helped out.  Readers what are your thoughts?

**No Trolls were harmed in the making of this blog post, but I do think they will start flying of the shelves if people can find them.**

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead Giveaway

Is everyone ready for Desires of the Dead? I can tell you that you will love it and to celebrate I am giving away tons of prizes!


What are the prizes?

How about a paperback copy of The Body Finder



A hardback shiny new copy of Desires of the Dead


Signed The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead posters and bookmarks

A Desires of the Dead Bag with signed bookmarks, button, sticker, bracelet


Desires of the Dead and The Body Finder Bookmarks


Rules
  • US and Canada Only
  • Direct Link must be provided for extra entry
  • Following not required but appreciated
  • Contest ends 2/14/11
  • You can sign up for all prizes
  • Five Winners will be chosen
  • Winners will be notified via email and have 48 hours to reply.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Review: Delirium


Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars


Delirium is Lauren Oliver’s highly anticipated second novel that the blog world is in a frenzy about and after reading it I understand why. Delirium is dystopia where the world believes that love is a disease and a surgery can cure and prevent living with “deliria nervosa”. In Delirium Lena is the girl who follows the rules and counts down to the day she will be cured. Lena’s mother had the surgery a number of times and was never successfully cured and before another attempt could be made she jumps off a cliff. The city considered Lena damaged goods and feared that her mother’s sickness would be passed to her. Hana, Lena’s best friend, is beautiful and from a good family, but unlike Lena she tends to be more of a rule breaker. She listens to unapproved music, sneaks out after curfew, and even hangs out with boys who are uncured. All of what Hana does scares Lena because her behavior is completely against the rules and could get her thrown in jail or worse.

Like in all great books there is a boy! Lena first spots Alex 95 days before her cure is supposed to happen. She later meets Alex while out on a run with Hana and while he is already cured she feels a connection with him. Slowly Lena starts to break the rules when she spends more time with Alex. Alex drops a bomb when he confesses that he isn’t cured and comes from the wilds. The city is kept safe by electrified gates and anyone who did not want the cure escaped to the wild. The government assures that living in the wild is barbaric and they will slowly die out if anyone is truly out there.

Lena knows that spending time with Alex are early signs of Delirium, but she slowly gives in anyway. Alex shows her poems and books about love and encourages her to talk about her mother without shame. As the days pass Alex and Lena fall in love, but know that once Lena is cured everything will end. The options are limited, Lena will either be cured, discovered as infected with delirium, or find an escape.

Lauren Oliver’s writing is very poetic and flows nicely which I found similar to Maggie Stiefvater. While Delirium is not fast paced the ending is explosive and leaves you emotionally raw. Dystopia fans will truly enjoy this book as will anyone looking for a beautiful story that takes it time to unfold.

For more on Lauren Oliver visit: www.laurenoliverbooks.com