Thursday, June 28, 2012

Audio Review: The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

Rating 3 of 5 Stars

I was really excited to listen to The Calling by Kelley Armstrong after listening to The Gathering, the first book in the Darkness Rising series. I felt that The Gathering was more background and really a lead in to The Calling which is odd for a first novel. When I finally listened to The Calling I was kind of disappointed. This is my first time reading Kelley Armstrong’s books and now I feel like I need to go back and read The Darkest Power trilogy to understand what will happen in the next book. Also I feel like The Calling and The Gathering could have been combined into one novel. From what I can tell it looks like you need to know what happened in The Darkest Power series because some of the characters will appear in the Darkest Rising series. Again, I’m guessing because I haven’t read The Darkest Power trilogy and since The Calling and The Gathering were written afterward I would hate to find out what happened previously, because I might want to go back and read it at a later time. I had bloggers tell me that I would need to read the Darkest Power trilogy, but I figured it would be something minor. But it doesn’t seem that way. I’m not sure if I am invested enough to read the next book or if I want to go back and read the previous series. Most likely I will put this series aside for a while.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Review: Swim by Jennifer Weiner

Swim by Jennifer Weiner

Rating 5 of 5 Stars

I don’t know if I mentioned before, but I loved Contemporary Fiction before I read YA. It’s sometimes called Chick Lit because it gained popularity after Sex in the City. Swim is written by Jennifer Weiner and is a short E-Novella that will lead into her new novel The Next Best Thing which will be published July 3rd. Jennifer Weiner’s voice is wonderful! I normally am not a fan of short stories but in just 68 pages I got attached to her characters and it left me wanting more. In Swim, Ruth has quit her job after an office romance gone badly and is now doing freelance work helping kids fill out their collage applications. Ruth hasn’t allowed herself to move on and the only peace she finds is when she is swimming. I can’t wait to find out more about Ruth in The Next Best Thing. If you are on the fence about The Next Best Thing then I would say pick up Swim!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Book Event: Richelle Mead

Hi All,

I just wanted to share some pictures from another great event! Richelle Mead was in town promoting Golden Lily, the second novel from the Bloodlines series. Bloodlines is a spin off from the Vampire Academy series which I loved! I remember that she announced her pregnancy when Last Sacrifice came out and I thought wow she probably won't tour again for a really long time. Sure enough 2 books later she is back out on the road. I'm so glad that PenguinTeen brought her to Houston. Richelle is one of the very first author events I attended, so it was nice to see her again. I had Last Sacrifice, Bloodlines and Golden Lily autographed.

To see all all of the book event pictures I have taken click the Event Pictures tab.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Review: Between You and Me by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Between You and Me by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Short Version:
In Between You and Me we follow Kelsey Wade, a pop princess who’s parents control her ever step. Kelsey hires her cousin Logan to be her assistant and Logan tries to give Kelsey a normal life, but the paparazzi find that Kelsey sells more magazines when she's labeled a train wreck rather than a superstar. Seeing the scandals from both Kelsey and Logan’s perspectives shows us how a situation can look depending on where your standing. Between You and Me is a great read and not to be missed!

Long Version:
Logan and Kelsey are cousins and were best friends as kids, but Kelsey’s dad has a substance abuse problem and after an accident involving the girls Kelsey’s mom takes Kelsey and leaves Oklahoma. Logan doesn’t see or hear from her until her twenties when Kelsey’s assistant contacts her and talks Logan into visiting. While in LA her assistant quits and Kelsey offers Logan the job. With Logan not having a career she decides to take the job. Only helping Kelsey means dealing with controlling parents and Kelsey feels like she has to be “on” for everyone.

Kelsey’s dealing with a breakup and thinks that a night out with Logan might help distract her. Logan is amazed that Kelsey has to sneak out of her own house to go out. While at the club Kelsey runs into Aaron, a dancer that really catches her eye. Logan also meets a guy but being in charge of Kelsey’s life makes her social life a juggling act.

Logan tries to give Kelsey some breathing room by offering to take on more responsibilities, but her parents are not happy about that. Kelsey decides to get married and start a family, but the pressures of being married to a mega celebrity start to get to Aaron and he feels that no one will take him seriously and view him as a gold digger.

We see how a star can go from success to train wreck and how the media can spin things to make them look worse than they really are. There is one scene where Logan and Kelsey are driving and the paparazzi are bumping her car to get a reaction from her. Kelsey jumps out of the car and attacks the paparazzi yelling that her daughter could have been in the car. The media reports how Kelsey lost it and attacked the paparazzi, but not how they provoked her. Watching Kelsey go from super star to hitting rock bottom is an emotional must read story. Logan is challenged with staying with Kelsey through it all or walking away and living her own life.

Being that this is an adult contemporary novel it does have a slower pace than YA, but the book is great. I really enjoyed seeing the celebrity and her staff from an insider's point of view instead of what we just see in the magazines. Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus did a fantastic job and I can’t wait to read their YA novel Over You which will be published August 21st.

To read an excerpt visit: Simon and Schuster

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


I'm thrilled to be a part of the exclusive ANASTASIA FOREVER BLOG TOUR! Joy Preble is very supportive of the YA community here in Houston so I jumped at the opportunity to be one of the few who will debut the ANASTASIA FOREVER trailer. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us in the final installment of the DREAMING ANASTASIA Series.

Here’s the scoop on the DREAMING ANASTASIA Series!

There is so much to love about this series as Joy brilliantly blends Russian history, romance, magic and mythology into an enticing adventure.

In DREAMING ANASTASIA, Anne Michaelson begins to have unusual dreams and discovers that she is the only one who can save the daughter of the last tsar of Russia, Anastasia Romanov. Believed to be dead by the world, Anastasia has been kept captive all these years by the Russian witch Baba Yaga, and only Ethan, a handsome and mysterious 18-year-old, can help Anne free Anastasia.

Anne once again leaves behind her ordinary life in HAUNTED to join forces with the mysterious and gorgeous Ethan as the journey with the Romanov continues. This time she is haunted by classic figures from Russian mythology, a rusalka, a Russian folklore mermaid with a malevolent streak – and a particular interest in Anne, who tells her that Anastasia is still alive. As she and Ethan team up, Anne’s search for the rusalka’s identity reveals deep and startling secrets - including the true source of Anne’s powers.

Now in ANASTASIA FOREVER, having survived Baba Yaga and the Rusalka, Anne finds herself bound by the witch to undertake a journey into past, present, and future that will determine her destiny - and that of everyone she loves.

Catch a preview of the danger, romance, and magic await Anne in this exciting glimpse ahead of ANASTASIA FOREVER by taking a look at a special sneak peak with the first three chapters here!

ANASTASIA FOREVER comes out this August, be sure to look out for all things Anastasia at Joy’s website

Monday, June 18, 2012

Book Event: Fierce Reads

I'm so lucky to live in Houston! We have two of the best Indie Bookstores that host great events all year long! Last week I went to my home away from home, Blue Willow Bookshop, where the Fierce Read tour made a stop. Jennifer Bosworth, Ann Aguirre, Anna Banks, Emmy Laybourne, and Leigh Bardugo were in town promoting their novels. It seemed every writer and blogger in town attended the event and I had a great time catching up with friends. After the event we met up for a late dinner where we talked about what else? Books! If you are ever in town visit Blue Willow Bookshop! A big thanks to MacMillan for bringing such a great tour!

Download the FierceReads sampler from MacMillan.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Fun in the Sun Winner

Jackie @MyTowerofBooks

The winner has been notified and has 72 Hours to reply by email with a mailing address or a new winner will be picked. Thanks for entering and check back soon for the next giveaway!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Fun in the Sun Giveaway Hop

Summer is right around the corner and when I think of summer I think beach reading and cold drinks. So to celebrate the beginning of summer Ex Libris Kate and I invited our blogger friends to participate in a giveaway hop. I want to welcome new readers and hope you visit all the blogs who are participating.

About the giveaway:
Open International
Contest closes June 16th at 12:00 EST
Entries must be via rafflecopter
Twitter accounts for giveaways will not count.
Winner will be notified and have 72 hours to reply with a mailing address.

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Visit the other bloggers participating in Fun in the Sun Giveaway Hop!

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Raven Boys Trailer by Maggie Stiefvater

As you may know, I'm a bit of a Maggie Stiefvater fan. I fell in love with Luke in Lament and Sam in Shiver. I may have multiple copies of her books, because I think she is AWESOME and extremely talented. Maggie not only writes but she paints, composes music, plays multiple instruments, and makes giant cookies. She uses all of these talents, minus the giant cookies, to make amazing book trailers. Today she revealed the book trailer for her next book The Raven Boys. The Raven Boys will hit stores September 18, 2012. I'm not kidding when I say this, I can't wait to read this book!

About the book:
There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark's Eve," Neeve said. "Either you're his true love. . . or you killed him."

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them-not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He has it all-family money, good looks, devoted friends-but he's looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we've never been before.

To learn more about Maggie visit her online at and on Twitter @mstiefvater.